At some point in his youth, Ri Shin's parents were killed in an unknown war which made him an orphan at an early age and he was taken in by the mayor of Jyouto village. There, he met his future best friend and fellow orphan, Hyou, as they worked as servants under the mayor's family.
It was Hyou who inspired Shin to take up the sword and the dream of becoming the greatest general underneath the heavens. Both Shin and Hyou have always dreamed of leaving their social class by becoming the world's greatest generals.
Shin dueled with Hyou with wooden swords every day after working, topping over 1,000 battles with each other usually with Hyou winning by 1 match. By sparring every day, both of them believed they'll become one step closer to their goal.
While Shin and Hyou are performing one of their many sparring bouts, they draw the attention of Shou Bun Kun who was passing by at that time. Shoubunkun decides to take Hyou in his service and therefore taking him with him to the Royal Palace, leaving Shin behind.
A month later a mortally wounded Hyou return and asks Shin to do a final task for him. He gives Shin a map towards a small shack in. While searching for the shack, he runs in with some thugs, including a strangely dressed kid that, and beat them up. When he located the shack and entered it, Shin was shocked to see a young man looking like Hyōu. This Hyōu look-alike turned out to be the king of Qin, Ei Sei, who was driven from the capital by his half-brother after a coup d'état.
They are then attacked by the assassin Jo Kan, who was responsible for Hyou's death. Shin, therefore, cuts down Jo Kan, only to find themselves surrounded by troops sent by Ei Sei's brother, Sei Kyou. The strangely dressed kid shows up again and says to know an escape route and introduces herself as Ka Ryo Ten. They escape through a tunnel and travel to a summer getaway that is the rendezvous point for the king's followers. While waiting for the others to arrive, they are attacked by a new assassin Muta. Initially, in the battle, Mu Ta had the upper hand because his killing intent was overwhelming the boy.
Sei informed Shin not to retreat, Shin realized what was happening and turned the tables becoming faster and stronger as the battle continued until Muta was defeated. Muta in a last-ditch effort tried to kill Sei with his blow dart but was struck down from behind by Shoubunkun who just arrived on the scene. Shin realizing Shou Bun Kun is the source of where everything began and overall blamed him for the death of Hyo and tried to attack him. He was knocked unconscious by Shoubunkun lieutenant He Ki. When he awoke Heki informed him about Hyou's heroic final moments referring to him as Lord Hyou. Shin is emotionally affected at his best friend's final moments as Heki referred to the sight of Lord Hyou as a true Blue General. Shin is really amazed at how magnificent Hyo was and finds his resolve to walk the path to become a Great General of the Heavens. He then questions Sei on what is required of him in order to accomplish this goal.
Shin listens as Sei, Heki, and Shou Bun Kun discuss the current situation when Ka Ryo Ten runs in asking if it is true that Ryo Fui is awaiting Sei's death before returning. Shin is shocked and angered by the current situation, he is concerned with how Sei is completely surrounded by enemies. Sei decides to journey up the mountain to request aid from the Mountain King. While traveling they are suddenly surrounded by mountain people, the current leader informs them he is aware of the current situation in Qin. Everyone is notified the mountain people will escort Sei only to the Mountain King accept it or be killed. One of the warriors attempt to grab Sei but he is sent flying with a punch to the face by Shin breaking part of his mask in the process. Sei gets the situation under control before everyone could start fighting and agrees to go to meet the King alone. He tells Shin that even though he is a sword, at the moment a sword is not necessary. Not too long after Sei and the mountain people left, Shou Bun Kun asks Shin to go after Sei to save him. He also apologizes for the death of Hyou saying things were not supposed to turn out that way. Shin, Ka Ryo Ten, and Heki are in pursuit of Sei and the mountain people however they are soon captured and thrown in prison. While in the cell a group of mountain people attempts to kill them but they were saved by the warrior Shin punched who now respects Shin's strength. Later Shin, Heki, and Ka Ryo Ten are brought to the palace where Sei is to be beheaded however he escapes and helps convince the Mountain King to help Sei which is agreed upon by re-establishing the alliance between Qin and the Mountain people.
The war with Wei was Shin's first campaign. From the start, Shin was considered weak because of his age and height by the other foot soldiers and no five-man squad wanted him. He was left with what his comrades believed to be the weakest of the 4th army and even giving them the name the weakest five. Though they quickly start to wonder who Shin is when Shin greets 1000-man commander Heki and Heki doesn't kill him and instead invites him back to his tent. Shin quickly proves to be a leader when he leads the surviving men of Baku Koshin's unit through an attack from Wei's war chariots, which the majority of the 4th army failed to survive. Baku Koshin recognizes this and asks Shin if he wants a great achievement and allowing Shin to join his cavalry and even gives Shin his first achievement, the head of Kyuu Gen. Because of his achievements, Shin was promoted to a 100-man commander.
Shin was summoned on Kanyou when news that the assassins are going to kill Ei Sei, to act as the King's bodyguard. The assassin strike, with Shin repelling every attempt, but was stunned by Kyou Kai's appearance. He fought his friend, but the assassins were surrounding them. The duo went on to repel and kill as many assassins as they can until the King and the Harem were secured.
Kyou Kai revealed her story to him in the aftermath. He was shocked at first but later accepted it. He was rewarded for his actions.
But on Anime, the entire arc was scrapped, replaced by Shin meeting Kyou Kai on outside of his house. He invited his own friend to pass up the night. Kai told both Ten and Shin her story, then left for Wei.
After repelling the assassination (no Assassination Plot Arc in Anime, which was replaced by Kyou Kai's stay on his house then leaves for Wei), Shin and Ten go back to their home. Ten stays there for a while before telling Shin that she will go to study warfare to become a strategist. After Kyou Kai had stayed at Shin's place overnight, he decided to seek out Ou Ki for training. He went to En, a liaison posted in Shin's village by Heki, to bring him to Ou Ki's City.
After convincing him, Ouki sends Shin to the Stateless Area to subjugate the area for him. He takes his sword because he doesn't want Shin to do it with his own strength. The Nanba Tribe whose area Shin has fallen in is considered to be the weakest tribe out of the ten groups in the area, numbers are around a hundred. He sees the defensive line made up of women and old people. He has the old men get into groups of five and focus down one enemy at a time. And the women fall back to support them with spears. He then presides to plug up the breach in the fence. Ou Ki reveals that Shin must the difficulty of leadership and the strength of unity.
After Shin had assembled his 100-man unit, the majority of his unit is a mix of Keiyou Capmagian veterans and fresh troops, and accepted the task of killing general Fuu Ki, Shin's unit received the name "Hi Shin Unit ( Fast and the trustworthy force)" by General Ou Ki. General Ou Ki told Shin that it was the most critical part of the wars later stages against Zhao that General Fuuki died as soon as possible, and he was therefore not allowed to fail no matter what happened. Shin's force sneaked into the woods to infiltrate the right army of Zhao guarding General Fuuki, while the enemy was concentrating in front of the battlefield where they were decimating the forces of General Kan Ou, which included commander Heki. Shin and his unit succeeded in killing the enemy General with the help of General Kanou and Commander Heki.
On the fourth day, Shin's unit is assigned to join Kanou's fourth army for the mass assault on the Zhao forces. While they successfully carve their way through the enemy HQ defenses, the enemy retreats into the mountains.
During the fourth night, Kanou's camp, which included Shin and his squad, was attacked by Hou Ken, Zhao's mysterious supreme commander. When Shin realized that Houken has slaughtered some of his allies, Shin decides to fight him. But is easily defeated even after working together with Kyou Kai. Shin then devises a plan to kill Hou Ken. Even though Shin manages to injure Houken, he fails to inflict mortal wounds on him. Houken then knocks him out. But when Houken is about to kill him, his unit saves him, and together they flee from battle. Shin manages to survive here at the cost of several of his 100-men members, including Bi Tou, who carried Shin to safety. After the unit regroups the next day, they travel in the direction of Qin flags that are within their field of vision. These flags turn out to be part of a trap prepared by Shou Mou, but before he gets the chance to fight with the Hi Shin unit, Ou Ki appears and cuts down Shou Mou. The unit then follows Ou Ki’s army, which is moving towards the battle of Mou Bu vs Chou Sou and Houken. When they arrive, Mou Bu, Ryuu Koku, and some survivors are trapped by Chousou and Houken’s troops who had prepared themselves for Ou Ki’s arrival. Shin and his unit are then assigned to the infantry group that will act as bait to draw out the Zhao front lines after Tou had made the opening gambit by decimating the Zhao left-wing archer units. Ou Ki’s plan proofed to be successful as he was able to penetrate deep into the Zhao army almost reaching their HQ, only to be stopped and challenged to a duel by Houken. Shin then moves towards the duel to be a witness to it.
When Ri Boku arrives, Shin and his unit go and try to intercept Gi Ka’s unit that was moving to assault Ou Ki’s. But before Shin was able to reach Gi Ka, he fires an arrow that hits Ou Ki in the back and allows Houken to pierce Ou Ki’s body and cause a mortal wound.
Shin then kills Gika in a fit of rage and moves back to Ou Ki. While critically wounded, Ou Ki berates his men for losing their will to fight in order to restore their morale. He then proceeds to overpower Houken. Houken then pulls back his weapon in order to strike Ou Ki again, only to be blocked by Tou. Ou Ki then collapses, but Shin takes place before Ou Ki on his horse to support him. Tou then gives orders for Ou Ki’s bodyguard unit and the Hi Shin unit to bring Ou Ki’s body to safety while he himself proceeds to assault Riboku’s HQ as a diversion. He mentions to Shin that a chance for escape should present itself, referring to Moubu that was busy carving his way through the enemy lines. While escaping, Ou Ki regains consciousness and tells Shin to take a moment to relax, close his eyes and take a breath in order to fully experience the view of a general. Shin protests, only to be “strangled” into submission. Ou Ki then points out what a general sees, which includes a not before existing escape route created by Moubu and Ryuukoku. They then escape and regroup at a safe place in the surrounding forests, where Shin is witness to Ou Ki’s final moments; Ou Ki hands over the command of his forces to Tou gives a final piece of advice to Moubu and gives his glaive to Shin, after which Ou Ki passes on.
A short time later, Shin (with Ou Ki's Glaive in his right hand), Moubu and many other Qin soldiers are looking at the “retreating” Zhao army, while grieving Ou Ki’s death. Shin then goes home where he is welcomed home by Ten who had taken a few days from studying.
1 year after the Zhao War and General Ou Ki's Death, Shin is found on the front lines of Qin and Wei with the rank of 300-Man Commander. Where he and the Hi Shin Unit are famous and have the power to change the tides of almost any small-scale battle. During this time he is invited by Shou Hei Kun to attend a meeting between Qin and Riboku that was orchestrated by Ryo Fui.
On arrival in Kanyou, Shin and Kyou Kai are welcomed by Shou Hei Kun himself. Shin asks why Ryo Fui arranged the meeting as he starts to think it’s for killing Riboku. Shou Hei Kun says he does not know and gives Shin and Kyou Kai the order to dress as guards and strike down Riboku on his command. Shin refuses, saying it would disgrace Ou Ki’s expectations of him. Shou Hei Kun then says that others are less objected to the thought of killing Riboku. At that moment Mou Bu, Tou, and Ou Ki’s vassals pass them. Shou Hei Kun then says he only invited Shin in consideration of him receiving Ou Ki’s glaive so he should give up his childish sentiments. Shou Hei Kun continuous to explain that the nature of this meeting can be considered a war in itself.
Shin is then witnessed to the negotiations between Ryo Fui and Riboku that accumulates in a Qin-Zhao alliance and the transfer of the Kankou region to Qin. Following the negotiations, Shin and Kyou Kai participate in the celebratory dinner for a new alliance. Shin spots two empty seats and takes place to the shock of everyone present. Before him sat Riboku who asked Shin if it was a smart decision to sit there as its Ryo Fui place. Shin jumped back on instinct to draw a sword, which causes the angered Kaine to speak some aggressive words to Shin. This incites Roku O Mi to release some of his pent up frustrations after which he, Tou, and the rest leave. Immediately after Moubu and his vassals leave to having drunk up their portion of the liquor. Shin is then called over by Shobunkun. Ri Boku then realizes that Shin is the captain of the Hi Shin unit who slew Fuu Ki, causing the two to have a short talk ending with giving a splendid retort to small provocation. Shobunkun then punches Shin on the top of the head and drags him away.
After the celebration Shin and a drunk Kyou Kai walk in on a conversation between Ten and Kaine, leading to a small discussion. Shin drags Ten away to meet up with Ei Sei, where Sei explains they only have five years to deal with Ryo Fui. He, therefore, asks Shin if he can become a general in five years.
One month after the Qin-Zhao alliance, Heki visits Shin on the front lines. Heki was in the middle of a trip to Asui were had some business to attend to with Duke Hyou. He informs Shin of the Wei invasion campaign is drawing close. And since the Duke along with Mou Gou has been nominated as potential candidates to lead the campaign, Heki has been sent to ask Duke Hyou for his opinion. He informs Shin that this information is top secret but he decided to go out of his way to inform Shin. And if he wishes to jump up the ranks quickly, getting big accomplishments in large campaigns like these are the best choice. However, that will only be possible if Shin and his men are posted at important positions within the army. So until then, Shin had to make the effort to earn as much merit as he can, no matter how small it may be, he had to do anything he could to secure a better position for himself in the upcoming campaign.
A few days later a rare large clash was actually about to occur on Shin's battlefront. For the purpose of pushing the battle lines. The Wei had drafted a large army numbering over 10,000 from the surrounding area. The Qin reacted by forming two armies to the north and south, to pincer the Wei army between the two Qin forces, then rout them.
Shin's Unit which is apart of the Northern Army, devises a plan to get to the enemies HQ. When they reach it they find it has already been destroyed. They then meet 300-Man Commander Ou Hon from the Southern Army. Ouhon introduces his unit to the Hi Shin then goes on to explain the vast difference between the elite and common soldier. Bayou then humiliates the Hi Shin Unit. When Shin threatens Ban You, Ouhon gives him a glancing blow before telling him about the ongoing competition for the seat of a great general in Qin before insulting him. Shin tries to attack Ouhon and is pushed back by a reverse thrust from his spear. Ouhon goes on to tell Shin he is from the same family as Ouki, and that Ouki was in the branch family. Ouhon tells him that the Gyoku Hou will take all the achievements to be had.
That night the Hi Shin Unit comes up with a plan only they are capable of. They hid among dead corpse to sneak into the enemy's HQ. When the Gyoku Hou Unit arrives to the HQ they find it has been defeated by the Hi Shin Unit.
On the third day, the Hi Shin Unit sees their first siege. The Qin army was forced to retreat but the Hi Shin Unit didn’t suffer any casualties but 20 men were injured. Ten days later the Gyoku Hou Unit brings a siege tower to the battlefield under the cover of smoke, and are able to get on top of the gate. They use ropes to get down and open the gate for the army.
Later inside the city of Kourou after an argument between Mou Ten and Ou Hon, they see fire coming from the city. They see a very horrific site. Shin is stopped by En, because attacking your own is a severe crime and could get him executed, and the ones doing this will be punished. Then 1000-Man Commander Ran Dou tells them that there’s not a single army that follows the rule about not killing prisoners. He presides by killing a child, which sends Shin off the deep end. He stops with his sword at Ran Dou’s throat.
Mouten tells him that if he cuts down a 1000-man Commander he will lose everything. Shin tells him to order his men to stop this humane act and swear he will never lay hand on another civilian. He kicks Shin and goes to kill him, Shin cuts him down. He then states, “Shin of the Hi Shin Unit will absolutely never forgive scumbags like you!! No matter what reason!! Doesn't matter if you’re a 1000-Man Commander, a general, or even a king!! None of it means shit!! That’s the way I've chosen! It has never changed up until now and will never change in the future!!” Then the Hi Shin Unit comes to back their captain.
Thanks to Mou Ten, Shin gets confined for only one night as Ran Dou struck first and didn't die. Shin decides to dedicate that night to reflect on his actions without sleeping.
Days later, the Hi Shin Unit uses the Gyoku Hou’s siege tower. They then try to do the same rope trick but fail. Shin would have been killed if it weren't for the 1000-Man Kaku Bi Unit breaking through the south wall, while they were distracted by the siege tower. But after breaking into the city, the Hi Shin Unit was able to defeat a famous Wei commander’s Unit. Also, the siege tower broke.
That night while they’re celebrating they meet Kakubi, he tells him that because of their similar background, he respects and supports Shin. Kaku Bi comments that due to Shin's actions in Kourou, there have been no acts of atrocity in Kinrikan. Telling him that they won't lose out to the noble caste, he heads for a war council.
Just a few minutes later, he is decapitated by Rin Ko, who infiltrated the city to kill notable 1000-man commanders.
Three days later, despite the army's defensive march, Rinko successfully kills General Ra Gen while the Mougou army marched to their next Wei city. Rinko’s path away from the dead general leads him to the Hi Shin unit whom he intimidates with his fierce killing intent. It causes them to halt in fear, with the exception of Shin, who attacks Rinko instantly. He grabs Shin by the wrist, running him into branches before attempting a cut that is dodged by the 300 man commander. Dropping Shin on the floor, he tells his men to go ahead and comments that Shin must be strong to have dodged his sword and be unfazed by his killing intent. After asking his name, he checks his list and not finding Shin on it, tells him that he gets to live another day. Shin interrupts his departure by asking if he killed Kakubi, Rin Ko replies yes, and is instantly attacked by Shin yet again. He cuts at Shin's chest but he manages to dodge most of the blow leading Rinko to note that Shin is already giving off the "Air of a General" though it is but the tiniest of hints. He charges Shin but is stopped by spears thrown by the Hi Shin unit who caught up to them. When Shin asks how an assassin could be a 300-Man Commander, Rin Ko informs him that he can command much more as he is a full-fledged general. Before leaving, he states that generals that are truly beloved by the heavens number only a small handful and wonders to himself why he mentioned that. After telling Shin that he will remember the Hi Shin unit, he heads to his next target.
A few nights later, Shin catches a rabbit and on his way to cook it, he steps on an old man’s head. He shares his rabbit with him and gives him advice. The next morning the three 300-Man Commanders are gathered to promote two of them to the rank of 1000-Man Commander temporarily. Ouhon and Mouten are chosen. But Shin is called to Mougou and he recognizes him as the old man from last night. On the whim of Mougou Shin is promoted but harsh conditions. He must bring back the heads of either three 1000-Man Commanders or one general. And if he is unable to fulfill these requirements he will be demoted three ranks and forced to start over from 5-Man Squad Leader, and the Hi Shin Unit will be disbanded. Shin replies by stating he will take the head of General Renpa, and if he can't he'll gladly start over as an infantry soldier. Since the Hi Shin Unit was bolstered by 700 men.
At the gathering of his newly rebuilt unit, So Sui the former lieutenant of the Kakubi Unit introduces himself and says his new 700 men are remnants of the Kakubi Unit. He lets So Sui keep his rank.
Later in a conversation with Mouten and Ouhon, Shin learns that a large number of officers in the army are resentful of their promotions. And there are people in the upper echelons who look unfavorably upon this as well. So if they lose the campaign, they will be court-martialed and punished. So Shin had to start thinking of how to utilize a 1000-Man Unit’s tactics. After all, a 1000-Man Unit is an entity that is already at a scale where its actions can affect the battlefield as a whole.
While discussing battle strategies, Do Mon informs them that the battle will be drawing near. That night Kyou Kai informs after the war she will leave the Hi Shin Unit, to go avenge her sister. And when she’s done she will come back, so she can move forward with them.
On the day of the battle they find out Renpa is not the Commander-in-Chief, so he won't be limited to staying in headquarters.
While posted in the 2nd wave, So Sui informs Shin that before targeting Renpa they should meet their requirements first, to be officially recognized as a 1000-Man Unit.
Later Shin is informed the enemy is targeting newly formed 1000-Man Units. With the 1st wave suffering heavy damage the 2nd is called in. Unlike the other, the Hi Shin Unit was doing well by fighting as separate bodies. But under the rule that “no matter what time it is, and no matter what enemy you happen to be fighting the moment there’s a signal, we will all charge the target marked by Captain Shin and strike them as 1000 men in unison”- So Sui
When the Wei 2nd wave appears they set off smoke bombs to have the 1st army retreat. The Wei then begin to attack the Qin with arrows from outside of the smoke. No matter where they went the arrows kept coming, Kyou Kai figured out the Wei were transmitting their position using sound. But it is useless to kill the sound teams because more would just take their place. As they are about the pull out of the smoke the Wei send out their chariots. Kyou Kai comes up with a plan to make noise themselves to confuse the enemy. En comments saying that there has been a low ringing sound since the battle, to which Kyou Kai replies it must be the enemy command squad. So if they then figure out the place that’s giving off the noise they find the location of the enemy command group. Shin has the Seki Squad figure out where the noise was coming from. They take the cavalry leaving the infantry with En. When they reach the command group they are caught in a trap. While Shin is leading the charge from the front he gives everyone the strength to go on. When the enemy starts to aim for Shin, So Sui sends the Retsu brothers to guard him. As they close in on the enemy infantry they are knocked off their horses by an anti-cavalry picket trap, which was hidden underground. Thanks to this trap, the Hi Shin Unit’s Vanguard was nearly completely destroyed, leaving only a handful of survivors. Being cut off from their comrades, Shin and a dozen other members were trapped by 800 Wei soldiers. As they were being slaughtered by the Wei, the smoke began to come to the rear of them. Just then the Gyoku Hou Unit suddenly appears from amidst the smoke. They began to head for Gen Bou. Then the rest of the Hi Shin Unit’s cavalry shows up having imitated the Gyoku Hou and comes by stepping on top of corpses. They then begin to chase after the Gyoku Hou and claim Gen Bou's head for themselves. When they catch up to the Gyoku Hou Unit, Shin notices the injuries on Ouhon. He raises their morale, by insulting them. As they are about to reach Gen Bou he has all his forces retreat. As they are retreating Shin throws a spear at Gen Bou, which only hits the top of his seat. So Sui tells Shin that they did enough by causing the Wei to retreat, but Shin says that they were completely crushed by Gen Bou's schemes.
The Mou Gou Army which had suffered a devastating loss in the opening battle set up Shin and Ouhon as the heroes of the battle in an effort to preserve morale.
At nightfall, Mou Ten informs Shin that Gen Bou was killed by general Kan Ki. Then he invites Shin to Ou Hon’s tent. Mou Ten has their three units fight together to strike down Rin Ko. The next day the Gaku Ka switches back to an independent entity and heads out, leaving 200 men to cover their spot. They aim for Rin Ko’s command, but their target isn't Rinko rather his own personal soldiers. When Mou Ten gave the signal both the Gyoku Hou and Hi Shin rush out. Thanks to the Gaku Ka’s first engagement, all the Wei soldiers were on guard thinking that it was some sort of concerted attack with other units. But it was only the Gaku Ka Unit all by themselves grabbing the enemy’s attention. So there was little to no obstructions for the Hi Shin and Gyoku Hou. When they started to close in on the enemy command, the Gaku Ka opened a path by leading the Wei soldiers away with them. Leaving only Rinko’s remaining soldiers. When So Sui takes a hit from one of Rinko soldiers and kills him, Kyou Kai goes back for him saying the Hi Shin Unit has need of him in the future. Then Shin heads for Rinko. When Shin and Ouhon fight him, he tries to finish off Ouhon, who is the more troublesome one but is interrupted by Shin. Rinko thinking he can easily defeat Shin is surprised when he blows him away and is capable of keeping up with him. Rinko states Shin is capable of bringing out more power the stronger his opponent is. As Ou Hon and Shin rush Rin Ko he is able to fend off both their attacks. Shin states that “Being able to wound even general Ou Ki wasn’t just some idle rumor.” Rin Ko claims that they don’t understand what it's like to go up against General Ou Ki. Shin tells him that Ou Hon from the same family as Ouki, and he’s the one that inherited General Ou Ki's Glaive. And he’s the man who inherited his dying will and the man who will surpass all other generals and become the strongest general in history. When he says that after he slays him Ren Pa is next, Rinko slashes Shin across the forehead, saying to Shin not to get ahead of himself because today is the last day of his life. As they are fighting Rinko Deals heavy blows to Shin. Shin releases why all the Great Generals he’s seen are so strong isn’t simply because of the number of battles they’ve been in, they managed to overcome it right in the heat of battle over and over again. Shin then begins to surpass his limits, he uses his “Jump Attack” and breaks Rinko’s horse and cut off two fingers on his left hand. The Hi Shin and Gyoku Hou then pull out but are surrounded. Then Ban You comes and has secured an escape route.
That night as Kyou Kai tends to Shin’s wounds, she gives him a secret medicine passed down in her village. She uses her small supply on Shin ignoring her own wounds. The next morning Shin is up and feeling fine. Kyou Kai claims half was due to the medicine and the other half was due to his absurd healing strength.
Later on, Shin finds out from General Ei Bi that the Hi Shin Unit has been assigned to the reserves in the rear, along with the Gyou Hou and Gaku Ka But Ei Bi says that if Rin Ko makes his move being posted in the rear would actually be to the Hi Shin Unit’s advantage. So Sui agrees because it would be difficult to run into Rinko deployed as part of the line. Whereas the larger area they cover as part of the rear gives them a better chance. Before the battle, Shin is ordered to leave 200 of his men as a precaution against further enemy movements. Seeing the injured Kyou Kai he leaves 200 of their most heavily wounded men, under her command.
When attacking the Qin, Rin Ko has his troops perform the Rindou. When they break off they head straight for General Ei Bi, who is then slain as he leaves the rest to Shin.
Before Rinko can make it to the HQ, he is stopped by Shin and the Hi Shin Unit. They enter into a fierce duel. Shin tries to hit Rinko from the left, where he can’t use his other hand. But thanks to Rinko’s skillful horsemanship, he can’t get an opening at all.Even though Shin knew that there was something going on at the HQ, he didn't have time to worry about it, because it is he turned his eyes away from Rin Ko for an instant, he would die. During the fight, Rin Ko realizes that Shin is the reason for the high morale of all the Qin soldiers. In reality, Shin was fulfilling the role of a commander for the whole area. When Shin charges for Rin Ko, he deals a leg wound Shin’s leg, and since he’s mounted it proves to be fatal. Because a stable footing is essential for mounted combat and having lost that he was no longer able to stop Rinko’s swings. Shin then jumps and grabs Rinko throwing both of them to the ground, injuring Rinko’s neck. Having switched to a ground arena, through his will power Shin is able to stand on his wounded leg. During their duel, it begins to rain. Shin is losing strength, but So Sui stops the infantry from coming to his aid, saying if they intervene Shin’s name will be tarnished forever, making it so he can never become a Great General. That doesn't stop Gir You, because if Rin Ko dies it's over for the Wei. He’s then cut down by So Sui. Then So Sui who could not stop himself let off a huge killing intent directed at Rinko. And in response to that, Rinko reflexively cut him down. And in that tiny window, when Rinko shifted his attention away from Shin, Shin did not let the opportunity escape to deal a fatal blow to Rinko. Then Rinko slashed Shin's leg. Rinko got back up. Rinko says that Renpa is waiting for him because he is Renpa’s sword bestowed to him by the heavens. And that there are only a small handful of generals that are truly beloved by the heavens. He tells Shin about how Renpa saved him as a child. And it was fate that brought him and Renpa the two of whom had a natural talent for warfare together. Shin says that the heavens don’t dictate fate. And that everyone stands on their own two feet. But the part about meeting people being important, he can understand me, because he met and grew up together with the man who was going to become an even greater general than Ren Pa. He gave him his dream but left him at a young age, but in exchange, he ended up encountering another incredible guy. And from then on, even more meetings and farewells with irreplaceable comrades. And he even met the man who would become the “compass” for his path. And for Rinko to say all this wasn't a coincidence, he might be right, but that doesn't have anything to do with the heavens. All he’s doing is moving forward, carrying all the thoughts of his comrades on his shoulders, one step at a time. And his fights with Rinko will also become fuel for him to move forward even more. So meetings are up to fate and everything after is all up to you. After a few more swings Shin runs Rinko threw.
Instead of cutting off Rinko’s head, En tells the Unit that news will still spread the same. And he has the cavalry spread the word that Shin slew Rinko. So Sui is still unconscious but should be alright.
Then, Ryuu Sen notices that the spot they left Kyou Kai and the other injured men is empty. A dying Wei soldier mockingly tells them that their reserve unit of 500 men from Kai Shi Bou’s personal retinue posted to the side of Rinko’s main force, broke through their weakened areas when their attention was turned. So the comrades they left have been killed by know. They then rush over to the area. They find a mountain of corpses. After a while they find an exhausted Kyou Kai standing over a large number of large enemy corpses.
Just when Shin arrives in front of Kyou Kai, he then dismounts and catches Kyou Kai onto his arms. Then because of tears in her clothing, the unit figures out that their lieutenant is really a woman. Then Den Yuu reminds everyone of all the time Kyou Kai had saved them, and it doesn't matter that she’s a woman. And for a young girl like her to be so skilled with a sword, then going as far as to take to the battleground while disguised as a man, she must be carrying a great burden or task on her shoulders. Shin responds by saying it’s the opposite because Kyou Kai is actually “empty.” And she is on a journey to avenge her sister. Then she finally started to look past her revenge, for a place where she can return to after it’s done, and that place was the Hi Shin Unit. So they decide to treat her the same as before, and the fact that she’s a woman might someday reach the enemy, and once that happens she would be targeted specifically for that reason. So they made a pact to use what little strength they had to protect Kyou Kai together.
En notices the news of Rinko’s death seems to have blunted their momentum, but they weren't collapsing just yet. The reason for their morale holding was due to the fact Rinko wasn't a genuine Wei general and the fact that this a battle to safeguard their own homeland from foreign invasion.
Shin leaves the Unit to En, and heads for Mougou’s HQ. Shin meets up with Mouten on the way to HQ. They fight the path towards the HQ completely unguarded, and when they reach the HQ they fight no one there. When they find Mou Gou they locked into a duel with Renpa, then Ren Pa cuts off his arm. Mou Ten then rushes Renpa, but he kills his horse and two of his men, knocking Mouten to the ground.
When Shin is watching of Renpa he feels Renpa’s pressure, and unlike Ouki he is standing as their enemy, which makes it hard to breathe because it feels like his heart is being held in his grasp. But when Ren Pa insults Ouki, Shin gets furious and yells at Ren Pa. When Ren Pa looks at him, he tells Shin he’s 10 years too early, and first must acquire a name worth his time if he wishes to speak to him. Shin replies by saying he already has a name worthy of that. He then throws Rinko’s sword at Renpa, and says, “I am Shin of the Hi Shin Unit, the man who slew Rin Ko of your Four Heavenly Kings!!” Ren Pa then directs this attention towards Shin. Shin dismounts and braces himself for the general’s strike.
As he blocks it he feels the awesome full-strength blow of a Great General knocking him into the ground as the hit created a small creator. As blood leaks from every one of his pours, Shin then rises and is hit again blowing him away, but still stands back up. After a long talk between Ren Pa and Mou Gou, Ren Pa prepares to kill Shin who doesn't have any energy left to move. He stops when Mou Gou tells him that he accompanied Ou Ki in his last moments, and was the one who inherited his glaive. After cutting down a Qin soldier who stabs him in the back. He asks Shin what Ou Ki’s last moments were like? “Was he relieved that though he had been defeated, it was not enough to tarnish his fame, or did he pass on with a face twisted with hatred and regret?” Shin replies by telling Ren Pa it was neither, and Ou ki said, “Those who are strong will always be defeated by the next powerful person. And so, the flow of time continues on. Which is exactly why these chaotic times are so interesting. He died with a smile on his face. That sight of him could be seen by anyone as a Great General of the Heavens! That visage of him was that of a true hero of the ages.”
Then General Kai Shi Bou came from the flank to assist Ren Pa. They then see the Wei HQ in flames. To tip the scale Kaishibou tries to kill Mougou to tip the scale but is an order by Ren Pa to cease because this was their loss. Because Kaishibou’s Left Army remained scattered in the mountains, whilst the Center Army, having lost Rinko, has now been rendered powerless, and even Kyou En’s Right Army is still held up in the mountains to the rear. If it were a Zhao army, perhaps they would have a chance. But since it was Wei, to rally them would take much more time. Also, they had Ou Sen and Kan Ki to deal with. Then Heki rushes up the mountain with 2000 soldiers. Then he tells Mougou it was time for a ceasefire. Stating which the Qin will hereby forbid all attacks on any of Wei’s soldiers, and Ren Pa will begin retreating the Wei forces at his own discretion, and they are not to lay a hand on any of the Sanyou populace nearby who have been hiding. Mou Gou agrees.
As Kaishibou goes to apologize for losing track of Kan Ki, and allowing him to get to the Wei HQ. Ren Pa replies to him saying Kanki wasn't the problem. Because the Wei main offense was comprised of the Center Army. So long as that remained intact, regrouping would have been a manageable task. Their biggest miscalculation was that its commander, Rinko, would be defeated by some nameless soldiers.
He then goes over to Shin. He then tells Mouten to get back. He then tells Shin to become a Great General he needs the “willpower of a hundred!” Also, the arm strength of a hundred. The knowledge of a hundred, the experience of a hundred, the luck of a hundred. It was due to the Zhao Three Great Heavens and Qin Six Generals possessing all these traits that they were able to construct such a perfect era! He then asks Shin if he thinks he’ll be able to stand shoulder to shoulder with them. Shin replies by saying his dream isn't to stand shoulder to shoulder with them, rather surpass all of them and become the Greatest General in History. He then tells Shin it is impossible to even become equal, much less surpass them. No matter how large of a storm he kicks up in the future, the only thing that will ever be thrown his way is “what if’s.” However, the truth is, there exists only one method through which Shin can surpass them, and that is by completely overwriting their legend. By completing a tremendous feat that even they were not able to accomplish, history will, without a doubt, remember his name. And that is the unification of all of China. And to accomplish this feat would require a king who holds a frightful level of “Martial Might.” But most of all, it requires a king of a caliber who would not balk at the great cost of bloodshed this feat would require. Then Shin promises Renpa he will unify China. He then gives the young commander his Flying Spear's sword and tells him to keep on improving himself and bids farewell.
Mou Gou then goes to inform the troops they've won the battle. As Heki comes to greet Shin he passes out. Meanwhile, at Kanyou Sei he’s about the win, and how Shin defeated the commander of the Wei main offensive.
The Hi Shin Unit was allowed to return home as a small gesture of reward by General Mou Gou. On the journey home, Kyou Kai decides to leave before Shin wakes up. As she is leaving she is caught in a trap set by Shin, as punishment for trying to sneak off by herself. Then Shin tells her that no matter how much distance is between them, they’ll be supporting her from behind. She then proceeds by throwing Shin into the hole.
In Kanyou, Shou Bun Kun comments on Shin’s outfit, saying he can’t believe he’s wearing that to the reward ceremony. Shin replies saying these are his only clothes. But since some people are wearing body armor they should let him slide.
At the reward ceremony, Shin stands at the front and is quickly rushed to the back by Mouten. Shin has been rewarded the third prize for slaying, the famous Zhao turned Wei general Rin Ko who commanded the Wei's main offense. As he goes to the front he steps on general Do Mon. While walking he is stiff, and his face is frozen, but when he sees Sei his nervousness vanishes. Shin’s nobility rank was raised by three ranks, and he was awarded 500 units of gold, and 5 units of treasure, and officially promoted to a 1000-Man Commander. Then he was bestowed a sword by Sei. The sight of the two young men would steal away the breaths of every spectator there. Because the sight of the two seemed to fit perfectly together, despite the difference in status as a king and army officer. The beauty of the spectacle plunged the entire hall into silence for an instant, and then it transformed into great applause. But the two of them were actually acting out the scene because doing this was all they could do to hold back their laughter. After the ceremony, Shin tells Sei their two paths have merged into one, the unification of China. And to achieve that requires both military strength and the strength of a king.
His unit was assigned to Kei City to assist in defending it from Wei. He got separated and lost his money on the way, and got beaten by the eatery owner Nanman for eat-and-running until Hi Sui saved him from being amputated. Then another 1000-Man Commander tried to harass her, which led him to save her then ran, but was shocked to learn that she led the city, and doesn't need him to protect her. He promised that he will pay for the food, in the same spot then leaves.
He was shocked to learn from the owners that she was going to be married to Wei's Ga Gyuu, and went to her house. She just accepted the marriage, but he went to tell her that she must carve her own destiny, then tells her that he isn't alone, and he has his own unit to assist her. They later went on to fight Ga Gyuu's men while the latter was too focused on massacring Kei City's army, and was killed by Shin. She jumped on him when he rescued her. He later left the city, rewarded for his actions, but not enough to be promoted. While on the road, he was heckled upon for wasting such a woman.
Before the invasion began, he was sent to Chu frontlines, defending the area. His unit also there. But they were constantly harassed by Kou Yoku's taunts, which he tried to charge, but he was halted. His unit was later recalled to Wei frontlines and celebrated Ei Sei's fatherhood with Mou Ten. Then he and his unit were recalled to Kanyou when they passed along Jo, a minor kingdom defended only by old men and women. They charged against Han besiegers, he slew Ba Kan, Han's commander. He saved the city and was rewarded by the city's elder an updated map, as their maps were obsolete.
As they went to regroup, the invasion started. They arrived in a city too late, as the inhabitants were killed by Wei. He rose a flag to honor the dead then moved on. They met Duke Hyou Army, busy chasing Wei's Go Hou Mei Army. They stalled the army, until the arrival of Ri Boku Army and Zhao troops forced them to retreat.
During The Battle at Kankoku Pass, Shin, and the Hi Shin Unit were assigned to the Duke Hyou Army. When Duke Hyou charges the Zhao army, Shin and his men quickly followed the Duke's lead and shortly before engaging the Zhao troops, Shin sends Ka Ryo Ten back, deeming the melee engagement was too dangerous. When Duke Hyou turns his army left to engage the Zhao right army of Kouson Ryuu that had made a movement, Shin and his men fight their way through the Zhao troops almost all the way to Duke Hyou's personal unit. Duke Hyou's army then gets attacks in the
rear by the army of Man Goku of the Assault and Shin instinctively realizes the danger of this and moves all the way from the front to the back with his unit to save the entire army of Duke Hyou. When he arrived in the back he successfully halted Man Goku's advance and starts to rile up the entire rear of Duke Hyou's army to make a stand. Doing this, Shin successfully rallied over 10,000 troops to turn around and face the Zhao army head-on. Shin then fights his way to Man Goku and after a short conversation slashes down Man Goku. In relation to their previous conversation, Shin pays his final respects by promising Mangoku that he will never commit or allow something like The Massacre of Chouhei to ever happen again. Man Goku says he will be watching Shin from the hatred and always be watching to see if he keeps his promise.
During the night, Shin is sitting on an elevated place deep in thought. Even his men sitting below him are talking with a serious mood about what happened, instead of a joyous celebration for killing a general. Shin is then slapped hard on the back by Duke Hyou and tumbles down the elevated place all the way down and falls on Ten mouth to mouth, therefore kissing each other. Duke Hyou then has a drink with Shin to celebrate Shin being the Hero of the day for their battlefield. While challenging the men present to drink his liquor, Duke Hyou talks about the current state of their battle and how he perceives warfare. Shin says he understands the Duke's view on warfare and Duke Hyou in recognition of Shin's words and action asks how many losses the Hi Shin unit had in order to bolster them with troops from his own unit, he even throws in two 500-man units for Shin to use how he sees fit.
The days following are just a back-and-forth battle. Until the Duke smelled wrong with Zhao's movements. He is right as Ri Boku starts attacking towards the Bu Pass. They tried to attack the Ri Boku Army, busy sieging Qin cities and towns towards Sai. He tried to rescue the Duke, but the old man told him to go on. He did, with the remains of the Duke's army, but harassed by other Zhao units, combined by physical tiredness and fatigue, his psyche shattered by the Duke's death, made him a broken mess until he saw Ei Sei in Sai.
After Duke Hyou's death, Shin led the remnants of his army along with the Hi Shin Unit further in the Bu Pass. After passing by the three cities of Kan, Ri, and Rou, they reached the city of Sai, where they could finally get seek refuge from the endless pursuit of Riboku's soldiers, he himself a broken mess. By choosing to stop at Sai, what these men saw could truly be said to be a single ray of light shining through the darkness. What they saw was their King Ei Sei, who told them his reason for being there was to fight alongside them. Shin then informed Sei that Duke Hyou was killed, and those that are left are all beaten up too, and if that wasn't enough, the enemies Ri Boku and Hou Ken would be there soon, and all their Great General calibers were still at Kankoku Pass. Sei revealed his plan to stop the enemy there at Sai and asked Sei a favor of just leaning at him for a while, which the King agreed, being grateful for doing everything. While the two men were talking, everyone was wondering who that mysterious figure was. Shin revealed that Sei is none other than the king of Qin during their meal, much to everyone's amazement, who was surprised by how casual Shin was with him.
Shin and Sei held a meeting at the HQ to discuss the way they would approach the battle. Ten shared the information she gathered on the city's state. Hearing the news, Shin realized it was going to come down to a melee battle on the walls and asked Ten how many men were available, to which she replied 1,000 men. Shocked Shin responded that The Ri Boku Army was over 30,000 strong, while the sum of the Qin forces were less than 5,000. Sai's population numbered roughly 30,000, however, 20,000 of them were comprised of children, women, or the elderly. Sei was relieved that there was still so many left and if they were to add them up then they would have 35,000. Shin was shocked that they were planning to use normal civilians to fight and told Sei not to underestimate warfare, but Shou Bun Kun told him to be quiet.
Later, Sei had the entire citizens gather. Shin was on edge and wondered if Sei's plan was going to work. Shou Bun Kun started by introducing himself as the Chancellor of the Left and then Sei as their sovereign, Ei Sei the 31st King of Qin. Sei, with a moving speech managed to convince the militia to take up arms and defend their city and state to their dying breath.
Shin energetically fought every day, protecting Sai and played a big role in the whole defense, defending the most hit south side. He is fatigued at 4th night, and Sei comes to visit him, making the whole Hi Shin unit surprised. However, slowly Sai begins to fall, making everyone demoralised. Suddenly,reinforcements from the mountain come. Shin says that only he, Sei and a very few other people knew about this. The tides of the battle turn and Ri Boku's troops are getting overwhelmed and start losing, but, then appears Hou Ken. As Yo Tan Wa angered wants to duel him, Shin stops her saying that he should be the one that duels Houken. As the fight between Shin and Houken begins, both of their horses fall, and Shin is dealt a blow in the ribs by Houken early in the fight,and he is knocked away.As everyone thinks Shin instantly lost,he stands up and tells Houken that he realizes why he struggled with Duke Hyou and couldn't defeat Ouki. It was because Houken's blade did not weight like a blade of a true Great General.
As he angers Houken,both of them charge at each other,trading blows.Just as Shin manages to parry Houken's strike,he attacks him again knocking him away and wounding him in the chest. Not leaving any time for Houken to retaliate, Shin quickly jump-attacks,wounding and scarring Houken at the same place where Ouki did. Seeing this, Ri Boku orders a retreat. At first Houken refuses to retreat, even killing soldiers that came to help him.But, Shin Sei Jou convinces him to retreat. Hou Ken says that he will let Shin live, but remember his name. As Shin wants to stop Hou Ken from leaving, he faints.
After the Ri Boku Army retreated from Sai, the citizens and troops naturally held a party to celebrate this great victory. Shin was still lying unconscious in a bed due to his wounds in the previous battle and duel with Houken. Some time during the night, Shin woke up and saw that Ten had been by his side the whole time and had actually fallen asleep. He gave a smile and put Ten in the bed instead and then left to go outside, almost everyone at the party had fallen asleep due to the exhaustion from being forced with little to no sleep for a week. Similarly, the mountain tribes were exhausted from being push in a fiery pace by Yotanwa in order for them to go to Qin's rescue.
When looking at everyone sleeping soundly and getting some well-earned rest, he noticed someone on a wall and after a moment recognizes Sei. Shin decided to go talk to him and had to crawl up the last set of stairs due to his fatigue. He spoke to Sei about war, how it affects you as a person and that the people of Sai more than likely knew that they were being manipulated into fighting but that they still fought for Sei because of how brightly he shined. After this night they wait another day before leaving for Kanyou.
Shortly before the award ceremony, he met up with Mou Ten and Ou Hon to discuss how they fared during the invasion. He just praised Ten for surviving the fatal wound. Ou Hon and Shin almost sparks a new fight between them, forcing Mou Ten to once again mediate and calm them down then told the two that Shin won this round.
During the award ceremony there was three "Special semi-awards" that was going to be give out. The first of the awards went to the people of Sai for valiantly defending their city with the price of their lives. Each citizen had his nobility rank raised by two and would receive a portion of a generous monetary reward. The second went to the mountain king Yotanwa. She received the rank of Dai Jou Zou (Da Shang Zhao) and 30 units of treasure. The last of the award was given to Shin for his many accomplishments during the invasion. For personally slaying Zhao General Man Goku, for accompanying Duke Hyou in chasing down the Riboku army in the southern passage and thereby buying precious time for everyone else, for serving as the southern wall commander and even though they saw the most brutal fighting in the whole battle, holding it to the end. Finally, this award was given to Shin because he personally dueled Houken and managed to drive him off without too many casualties.
Due to all these feats, Shin had his nobility rank raised by 1, he had his current territory of residence Fuuri enlarged, received 500 units of gold, 5 units of treasure and lastly, became officially promoted from a 1000-man commander to a 3000-man commander.
When receiving the ceremonial sword from Sei, Sei asked him if he isn't happy as he is not causing a big ruckus like during the last ceremony. Shin replied that of course, he is happy, but he is more excited for what is slowly coming into view, referring of course to being only 3 ranks away from becoming a fully-fledged general.
Two weeks later Shin and his Unit set out for Kaisou region to defend the citizens and help rebuild the villages. Due to the invasion the villages were in ruins, no defensive walls or fences and many homes were burnt down. Shin would be informed by Ten that Ouhon and Mouten were north and south of their current locations. Ou Hon has been promoted to 3000 man commander and Mouten to 2000 man commander. Ten thought HQ stationed them close to each other so their rivalry would allow them to finish their tasks quickly.
The Hi Shin Unit, celebrated the return of the missing Lieutenant Kyou Kai who finally finished her vengeance. After many glorious feats on the battlefield, she would then inform Shin and the other officers of her 2 goals. The first was to become a great general, since that's what her sister would have done. The second was to have Shin's child. After being informed of how babies were made, Kyou Kai avoids Shin for the next few days.
During the winter the Hi Shin Unit had to stay at their post, until spring when another unit would relieve them. Later Shin and Kyou Kai would have duel while discussing the number of great generals Qin has and what amount they need to conquer all of China.
Shin later received news that General Mou Gou was dying and he raced to his home, on the way he met up with Mou Ten and they wondered if they would make it in time. Upon arrival, Mou Gou was told that both Shin and Mou Ten were present he sat up and decided to tell his story. He told of his travels across China to become a hero. And upon arrival in Qin he began to blossom, but the Six Great Generals grew so much stronger and faster he couldn't keep up. He told of his jealousy of the Six Great but he truly admired them. He went on to say, Shin, Mou Ten, and Ouhon should all rise up together. They didn't need to get along and the rivalry was good but to keep each other in mind and have the special bond that the Six Great Generals had. He then said, they should become undefeatable heroes like the Six Great General. Finally, he said it was a long journey and died while sitting up.
When hearing news of Sei's new baby girl being born, the Hi Shin Unit was in an uproar. Shin stated, "So it happens that people die, but it also happens that they born..." Shin said the possibility of the baby could be the reincarnation of General Mou Gou, and Ten reminded him it was a girl. Shin had So Sui assemble the troops, and they celebrated the birth of a new princess. The Hi Shin Unit then ended a two month break and returned to the front lines.
With General Heki’s suppression force trapped in a pincer between the joint Zhao and Tonryuu's army, the Hi Shin unit slid in alongside Heki’s right flank to take the entire Zhao army of 10,000 for themselves. Now skilled enough to wield a glaive and promoted to 4000-man commander, Shin had cheated the system, using Kyoukai’s rank to booster his unit to 5,000 men, giving him more than enough power to crush the Zhao advance.
During the siege of Tonryuu, he used a siege tower to enter the city with Kyoukai, advancing past the enemy forces in search of Seikyou, who was rumored to be an innocent pawn in Ryo's power struggle. Reunited with Ten, the trio pushed on to the steps of Soushin Mansion, where Rui led them to her dying husband. Before exchanging his last words with Rui, he informed Shin "Though you may serve Sei as his sword, do not forget that you are also his shield...if you were ever to fall, then Ei Sei [would also fall]" to which Shin replied, "Don't worry, I will never fall."
Following the battles conclusion, Shin returned to the capital with Rui to apologize for his failure to rescue the prince in time. He confronted Ryo before leaving.
The Hi Shin Unit was personally requested by general Tou to reinforce the Qin forces in the Choyou Region of Wei. Once there, they met up with the Gyoku Hou Unit and, after an exchange of words, Shin and Ou Hon began to fight each other, but they were stopped by Tou, who had been waiting for them.
Following Ou Hon's attack strategy, the Hi Shin Unit, Gyuku Hou unit and Roku O Mi Army attacked three points of the Go Hou Mei Army's defense circle, while general Tou worked as a decoy to attract the enemy's attention. As Shin's unit progressed, Wei reserve troops arrived, led by none other than the great general Gai Mou, a member of the Seven Fire Dragons. Gai Mou, impressed by Shin's feats, challenged him to a duel.
Shin answered Gai Mou's call, to everyone's surprise, and the two men started clashing, with Gai Mou clearly having the upper hand and Shin coming closer to death with each blow. However, at some point, Gai Mou suddenly decided to retreat. Confused by that move, Shin's comrades realized that their strategist, Ka Ryo Ten, had been kidnapped by one of Gai Mou's lieutenants, Jun Sou. Kyou Kai run after them to save Ten, but she only managed to take Jun Sou with her instead.
That night the entire Hi Shin Unit was thrust into a deep depression with the loss of Ten. At the HQ tent, a multitude of personnel were gathered. Kyou Kai apologized to Shin for being able to save Ten. Shin then grabbed her in anger, and asked her why she wasn't able to save Ten when she saw she had been kidnapped? Kyou Kai then tried to leave to go rescue Ten. Shin explained if that were possible, they would have set out ages ago. En explained to her that Ten most likely had been taken to the HQ of the reserve army located deeper in. Reaching it would first require her to somehow get past the 10,000 troops stationed in front of them. Even if she tried to approach it stealthily, it was going to be impossible. Kyou Kai then asked Shin what he wanted her to do. He told her he was pissed off because, he didn't know what to do. Shin wanted to mount an all out night strike to rescue Ten. Ga Ro explained that the idea was stupid. Even if Ten was their strategist, at the end of the day, Ten was still only one person. And it wasn't something you could gamble hundreds and thousands of lives on. Ga Ro then went on to explain that those of them who have only known Ten for one or two years would not easily accept sacrifice their lives. And by choosing to come to the battlefield as a women, she should have accepted the risks that came with it if she was captured. En told Shin even though Ten may have been in danger they had to look at the big picture.
Kyou Kai told them there was still one option available that was worth trying, a prisoner exchange. Ten for Jun Sou who she had captured earlier. At the Hi Shin Unit HQ, Shin gave orders to send out a messenger to negotiate an exchange. Ga Ro told him to think it through before he went ahead with it. If they just brainlessly asked them for an exchange, then who knew what sort of ridiculous terms the Wei would ask. Not to mention, there was a distinct chance of them falling for a trap. This angered Den Ei. Ga Ro explained that he wanted them to know there was risk involved too. He didn't have anything against Shin having them sortie because of his own personal reason. After all Duke Hyou basically made his moves depending on his mood. It was just that he wanted to take the chance to ask how deep Shin's motives went. Since it seemed to be a subject that everyone avoided touching on, he asked if Ten was Shin's women or not? Ga Ro explained if Shin made it clear, then the
troops would be able to accept it too. Shin told the story of how he met Ten and Sei, and ever since then, she had been by his side. And he thought of her as part of his family, like his one and only sister. Even though it was reckless, there was no way in hell he was going to sit there and throw Ten to the wolves. Ga Ro finally understood Shin. And they proceeded with the plan for a prisoner exchange.
That night the Hi Shin Unit received a message that Gai Mou had agreed to the exchange. And both sides would proceed to the centre of the field in the morning. Also Seeing as how the Hi Shin Unit numbered 5,000, they would also bring 5,000 troops in kind. The next day at the exchange, almost 20,000 Wei were stationed. Seeing as the Wei were breaking the terms right out the gate, the Hi Shin Unit had their doubts. Jun Sou told Shin he had risk too much. He asked if Shin had considered that it might be a set up? If the Wei were to hit them now, they would be caught completely off guard and be completely annihilated. Gai Mou then screamed to Shin that he would be releasing Ten at that time, so they should release Jun Sou as well. Shin asked if Gai Mou was trying to pull something? Jun Sou told him he wasn't, and at any rate that meant his gamble on the exchange had worked out. When Ten reached Shin he asked her if she was alright? She told him yes. Ten told Shin to have the Hi Hyou take the center and split the enemy into two halves. He and Kyou Kia would then take one side each and thoroughly annihilate the enemy ranks. She told him that plan might sound a bit forceful, but he could leave the details to her. She told him they had no choice but to rely on tactics to make up for the lost time. The Hi Shin Unit rejoiced over Ten's return. Ten then told Shin they absolutely must win the battle. Shin agreed. Ten then told Shin that didn't do anything to her. He told her he could tell just by her face. Having concluded the exchange, the Hi Shin Unit and Gai Mou Army separated and returned to their respective positions to begin the second day's worth of combat. Gai Mou himself returned to his reserve army's camp located deeper. While the Hi Shin Unit once again focused their attention on breaking through the 10,000 Wei soldiers before them.
With the return of Ten, the Hi Shin Unit managed to recover some of the ground lost from the blunder from the first day. As the sunset over the battlefield, the Hi Shin Unit was able to break through the enemy's outer defense line. At this moment, Ten ordered the Hi Shi Unit to withdraw, make camp and ready for the next day of battle.
During the night, Shin and Kyou Kai had a frank conversation. Shin apologized to Kyou Kai over his impulsive reaction over Ten's kidnapping. Kyou Kai contests that the plan that Ou hon has developed is extremely high risk and difficult to pull off. Shin surprises Kyou Kai by defending Ou Hon and announces that any opportunity that they have, they must seize it. They conclude by stating that the Choyou Campaign is the first step to becoming a Great General.
Before the third day of combat, the Hi Shin Unit had a strategy meeting to discuss Ten's proposal. There was some discord due to the high-risk nature of the plan, but Shin, seeing this as their only opportunity, concluded the meeting by acquiescing Ten's plan.
As battle erupted between the two opposing armies, Shin was naturally in the thick of it. He swept countless enemies away with effortless sweeps of his glaive. However, Kyou Kai, knowing that Shin had bigger fish to fry, began to defend him to allow him to conserve his strength for the duel to come.
As the battle developed, Ten began to enact her strategy by shifting Kyou Kai and Garo to the flanks. Jun Sou reacts to this by reinforcing his left flank and calling out Gai Mou to lure in Shin. Jun sou reinforces Gai Mou's position with veteran cavalry squads, however, Shin penetrates this defense and they begin their furious duel.
They exchange a flurry of blows, each striving to dominate the other, but they are evenly matched. They each receive superficial wounds, but this doesn't slow down the contest. At this moment, Ten orders Kyou Kai to disengage from the Gai Mou army and charge the Wei HQ, thus leaving Shin and the remaining members Hi Shin Unit surrounded. Gai Mou sees this as his chance and he begins to overwhelm Shin with Shin carrying on fighting valiantly.
Suddenly reinforcements in the form of Ryuu Koku and his army arrive and crash into the Gai Mou army. Gai Mou expresses his surprise at this turn of events and his displeasure that Shin won't allow him to complete the duel. Shin informs Gai Mou that Ren Pa and Ou Ki never found him worthy enough to duel. Realizing that he is in a precarious position, and at the behest of Jun Sou, Gai Mou retreats. To the dismay of the Hi Shin Unit, Shin sees this as his window of opportunity and he orders an advance on the Wei HQ.
On the advance to the Wei HQ, Shin notices that it is burning, indicating victory. Suddenly Shin observes movement in the distance. Shin discovers Gou Hou Mei and Rei Ou, but he inadvertently slays Rei Ou due to Gou Hou Mei's trickery. Shin overbalances and falls off his horse, which allows Gou How Mei to escape.
Later that night; Shin, Roku O Mi, Ryuu Koku, and Tou discuss the finer points of the days battle. Tou informs the others that there will be a fortress constructed at Choyou and that kingdoms will be destroyed.
Two months have passed and Shin has entered into minor border skirmishes with Wei at Choyou. Shin is dismayed to hear a messenger announce that 10,000 troops will be sent to Taigen, leaving Choyou vulnerable to a Wei counterattack. The whole Hi Shin Unit is shocked to find out that the governor of Taigen has risen up in rebellion.
In response to Shin's achievement, he is promoted to 5,000-man commander. Tou informs Shin that a 5,000-man commander isn't like the other commanders and he will need to learn how to achieve results without relying on others. Tou finished by attaching Shin onto Ryuu Koku, so that he can learn from him.
Shin and Kyou Kai celebrate the new year with a drink. Shin is having a really hard time with Ryuu Koku, with him working Shin really hard. Kyou Kai informs Shin that her unit will never go independent from his.
In the new year, Qin began a renewed assault on Wei. Naturally, Shin laid waste to all that approached him while swiftly capturing a city.
Shin is having it difficult as then Kyou Kai is trying to pep him up. She is wondering if he is already feeling the pressure of being a 5000-man Commander. Shin is angry as he remembers Ryuu Koku continuously scolding at him for making basic mistakes. Telling Shin that he is too gullible for enemy traps, doesn't know how to delegate and slacks of in managing the workers. Because of the new year, the workers are home to their families. Kyou Kai then says congratulations and happy new year. Shin mentions that now that she got promoted to 3000-man Commander she can lead her own troops. Adding that to the 5000 men of Shin unit, that makes them 8000. Ryuu Koku stated that 8000 men exceed the restrictions of a 5000-man commander and therefore can't stay in the Hi Shin Unit. She, however, states that she belongs in the Hi Shin Unit and won't leave because of that. They are commenting on the fact that the construction of the fortress is going very well. The work them even harder Shin realizes they will need to give out bonuses to work extra. This is coming from the pockets of Shin and Ka Ryo Ten. This idea shakes up Shin, but it has to be done. Also when the workers aren't working, Shin was forced to send in his own men to help to get the work done and apologizes to Kyou Kai for this. Kyou Kai then states that when they finish the outer wall of the fortress, they will have finished the lower parts and then they can finally initiate the attack. Shin then remembers that Tou already started investigating target areas. They can use Chiyoyu as a standpoint to start the invasion of Wei. Kyou Kai then reminds Shin that there is also the internal struggle to deal with.
Shin along with the other members of his unit are attacking enemy soldiers. The Hi Shin Unit are appearing and disappearing amongst the battlefields. Shin is then being notified that the enemy has begun to fall back. Shin tells that their main target is the city of En. He orders his unit to pull back to where Ka Ryo Ten and the main army are.
At the Hi Shin Unit HQ, Ka Ryo Ten is being told that they've captured most of the interior of the castle in the distance. She orders to leave Den Yuu and the others to keep attacking the castle but pulls back Kyou Kai and [[Hi Hyou]]. She mentions that they need to have their Cavalry start heading to Kou hills today. She tells that the plan is to match pace with Ryuu Koku and siege the cities of En and Hoyou together. She tells that they will take those bases with just the Ryuu Koku army and the Hi Shin Unit.
A messenger comes in with an update from the southern fortress. When Ka Ryo Ten turns around, she is shocked to see Shin. He and his unit are back and they've smashed the enemy forces into pieces. Shin managed to drive away that huge army faster than she predicted. Shin sees that she was busy as well as he notices that Sanki city has already fallen and tells that this must be Kyou Kai. She tells that this was not that big of a city to begin with, so this is about right. However she does mention that she was expected Shin not until tomorrow at least. She makes the joke that this must be due Shin being in top condition as Ryuu Koku isn't on his ass anymore. Shin mentions having the main force move in too. She tells she already knows and that she is sending men off to Kou hills now. She tells Shin that he and Kyou Kai should take 1000 men detachment and head for Keisui further in. Shin then thinks about the progress they made as now the can have a 1000 men detachment when they used to only have a 1000 men or less as a unit. He tells they really have gotten bigger and Ka Ryo Ten agrees.
With this Qin is attacking the cities of En, Sanki, Hoyou and now Keisui. That said, their target the city En, shouldn't fall to anything less than a 10 000 strong army. Suddenly a messenger arrives, looking for Ka Ryo Ten. The messenger tells that he has a message from the chief of Kanyou. He states that it was urgent enough that he had to swap mounts and ride throughout the night. However, when looking to the scroll, she notices something. The seal on the letter is broken and she asks what happened. The messenger starts sweating and tells that this must be due on of his horses fell from a broken leg. He asks her to keep this a secret from the chief. If he would find out, he will be scolded. Shin asks what the message is about. She tells that Shou Hei Kun wants them to take Koku Road when attacking En. Shin doesn't understand how he can know the terrain so well from Kanyou. She tells him not to underestimate her sensei. She mentions that he also wants them to be careful of the weather. It is also written that after En then Kyou, Sou and then Kou. Shin tells that there is no way in hell that someone in Kanyou can know the weather out here. She, however, says that he can. Shin then remembers that it's only a couple of days now until Ei Sei coming of age ceremony. Only 10 days remain. At long last, the moment has come.
At You, Ei Sei Coming of Age Ceremony is being interrupted by a messenger who has urgent news. He and everyone in the Kinen Temple are confused about what is going on. He tells the officials of Qin that an army of 30 000 belonging to the state of Ai has just bypassed Kankoku Pass and approaching Kanyou. Ryo Fui talks to the people and tells that the state of Ai sends a rebel army and they already bypassed Kankoku Pass and are approaching Kanyou this very moment. The people are all shocked. Ryo Fui tells that they are now in a situation that threatens the very existence of their nation. He tells that much to his regret he declares that the coming of age ceremony has ended.
Ei Sei, for the first time, openly opposed Ryo Fui and tells him to not to end this ceremony on his own accord. He states that they will continue the ceremony to the very end. Ei Sei tells Ryo Fui that An army capable of stopping the rebels is on its way as he speaks. He is referring to the Hi Shin Unit.
The Hi Shin Unit is headed towards Kanyou as fast they can in order to help Ei Sei. Ka Ryo Ten who rides ahead suddenly stops. Shin who notices this asks if something is wrong. They ride towards her as fast they can in order to know what is going on. When above the hill, they are all shocked.
A large fleet of boats are headed towards Kanyou, all of them militia of Sai and the Hi Shin Unit will join them. Ka Ryo Ten tells that the Wei River is covered in black with boats and therefore must be between 8000 to 10 000 soldiers. Suddenly a messenger calls for Shin.
The militia realizes that the commander of the Hi Shin Unit is the same man who held the southern wall in the battle with the [[Coalition Army]]. However, there isn't much time for them to catch up as events are unfolding outside the predictions.
Elsewhere the rebellion army of the state of Ai gets wind of a rise of a hidden army. Han O Ki isn't pleased that Ryo Fui didn't tell him about this. The report comes in that already 3000 soldiers have reached the banks. Han O Ki asks Duke of Juuteki to deal with them. While he will lead his army into battle with the Hi Shin Unit and the militia of Sai, Han O Ki and the rest will make their way to Kanyou.
The Hi Shin Unit then gets the news that they won't be facing a 10 000 men army as predicted, but a harsh 30 000 men strong army. Shin finds that these boats are pretty cool and thinks that the Hi Shin Unit should be making them someday. However he isn’t faced at all that they will be facing 20 000 more soldiers than planned. He states that this is the last battle between Ryo Fui and Ei Sei.
The Duke of Juuteki and his army secured the shore before the Hi Shin Unit could and are now about to attack them. He calls for his Archers and his infantry equipped with large shields.
The members of the Hi Shin Unit realize that they are in quite the predicament and asks their commander what to do. He tells that they shouldn't be scared and do what they always do, taking them head-on.
The archers are firing on the boats as En gives the order to raise the shields. Some of the soldiers fall into the water as arrows are raining on them. However, the Hi Shin Unit is having a hard time getting ashore as the enemy is pinning them down with their shields and spears.
The Hi Shin Unit members realize that in these conditions they can't get ashore. Shin gives the order that only the boats containing the Hi Shin Unit members should advance and the boats containing the militia of Sai should stay back. They are ordered to wait until the Hi Shin Unit opens up a path for them to safely get ashore.
Ka Ryo Ten gives the order to use the Wedge Formation. However, this confuses the members as they have never done this before in these conditions. With now the boats in a triangular formation, they are pushing through the enemy defensive lines which surprise Duke of Juuteki.
Duke of Juuteki is laughing as he notices that the Hi Shin Unit is using a Wedge Formation, but just in case he orders his men to be careful.
The Hi Shin Unit is closing in, but they are losing speed and the shields aren't going to hold against this barrage of arrows. However, Den Yuu tells them to shut up and to keep going.
Duke of Juuteki who still doesn't know which army he is dealing with realizes that these aren't fodder, but actually veterans. However, he states that no matter how battle-hardened they may be, it doesn't change the fact that the bad footing and height difference offer his army an overwhelming advantage. He states that the enemy underestimated how difficult it is to cross a river. The moment his army managed to capture the shore from the enemy, any chance of being able to set foot onto the shore went up in smoke.
When getting close, Ka Ryo Ten gives the order for the archers to shoot which surprises Duke of Juuteki army. Now the conditions are reversed as Duke of Juuteki army is being rained down by arrows. The people of Sai prepared the bows and arrows for the Hi Shin Unit to use. It was only a matter of when to use it. Duke of Juuteki is angered after witnessing his soldiers falling. This surprise attack created a small gap for the Hi Shin Unit and the people of Sai to get ashore. The enemy realizes this as well and is trying to close the gap. However Ka Ryo Ten states that it already is too late.
Shin takes the lead and opens up the gap by himself. The enemy defenses are crumbling before Shin's strength. With now a foothold secured, Ka Ryo Ten gives the order to the other vessels that they need to land the soldiers here.
Duke of Juuteki realizes that there is not much he can do here and gives to order for 3000 soldiers to stay behind and to deal with the enemy. He tells that he will be joining Han O Ki.
At the City of You, Kinen Temple reports are coming in. The rebel army of the state of Ai has arrived at Kanyou. The siege is already underway.
The Hi Shin Unit with the militia of Sai is fighting the 3,000 soldiers Duke of Juuteki left behind. Even being in the disadvantaged position they still managed to successfully cross the river. However, the toll in doing so was very high. From deaths and desertion, the cost was 1,500 men. The remaining Sai soldiers and men of the Hi Shin unit to add up to a grand total of 9,500 will serve as the rebel subjugation army. The man leading the subjugation army is General Ba Jin. However, he is surprised that the Hi Shin Unit only brought 1000 of their own men.
Shin states that they are still in the middle of a campaign against Wei. There was no way they could just stop what they were doing and run to Kanyou. He states that in fact his boss, Ryuu Koku didn't want to give him leave to come here in the first place. He had to leave enough men behind that they wouldn't drag Ryuu Koku down too much. Someone states that Shin is as reckless as ever. Shin then turns and see someone he knows. Shou Kaku, he remembers him from the Battle at Dakan Plains. A friend of Heki who was back then also a [[1000-man Commander]]. Shin asks him what brings him here as he says he is visiting a certain lady. He says that he rather not gets involved in a power struggle, but Heki begged him to come.
En interrupts, saying that the horses have arrived. Shin is preparing to leave as Shou Kaku asks him how it was that they were the first ones to catch up to this plot. Shin tells that Ka Ryo Ten managed to decode a message, but he wants to leave the details for later as the need to go now.
While en route to Kanyou, Ka Ryo Ten tells the Ba Jin about the message she received. When looking closer to the letter, she notices something strange. She deduces that this message may contain a hidden message. Ka Ryo Ten story greatly shocks both Ba Jin and Shou Kaku. The latter states that if what Ka Ryo Ten said is true then this will completely turn the situation on his head. A messenger interrupts the conversation and tells that Kanyou is already under siege.
At Kanyou, the people defending the city are all shocked that the gates are now open. However, they don't have time to panic as the rebel army of the state of Ai uses this to their advantage and are charging inside.
Han O Ki son asks his father if it was his handy work that the gates were opened from the inside, but he tells that this isn't the case as he tells it was Ryo Fui.
Ei Sei gives him permission to leave his side and to go into battle and calls for Heki. However as soon as they wanted to leave someone tells them to halt which shocks Shou Bun Kun, Ei Sei, the Queen Mother, and most of all Ryo Fui.
The Hi Shin Unit, along with the people of Sai and the subjugation army finally reached Kanyou. However, they are shocked that the gates of Kanyou are already breached. Shin gives the order to charge the enemy. Shou Kaku tells his men that they are going in too, but Ba Jin reminds him that they aren't information yet. However, Shou Kaku tells that they can do that while closing in. The top priority is to make it inside Kanyou. Otherwise, they will be overrun.
Han O Ki and his son notice that their enemies have arrived. However, Han O Ki isn't worried as their numbers aren't even in the 10 000. He orders half of his forces to intercept them.
Shin is feeling the pressure of the enemy numbers. The people inside Kanyou are still trying to get away from the rebel army, but the rebel army's men are mounted and are easily able to catch up to the citizens and kill them.
The rebel army's first destination is the Royal Harem but they have faced and being sent flying by Shouheikun’s personal army.
Ten days before the Coming of Age Ceremony took place. Ka Ryo Ten tells Shin about a rebellion. She tells that the seal being broken wasn't an accident. It was done by that messenger Son Chiku, who is probably in Ryo Fui's pocket. She tells that her sensei knew that his message might be tampered with, so he made sure to word his message in a subtle way so that it wouldn't be immediately obvious. At first glance, these may look like standard orders from higher up, but these orders want them to hit the cities in a particular order. Kyou, then Sou and finally, the city of Kou. She tells that she didn't notice it at first, but the head for Kou after taking Sou doesn't make sense strategically, it's something only a second-rate strategist would come up with. She asked herself why Kou of all cities as she then remembered. Kou is one of the former royal capitals of the state of Jin, from which Wei originated from. Which is the case of Qin, would be the city of You. And right now, what's happening over there is the Coming of Age Ceremony. As for the note about the weather, he mentioned watching out for change. In other words, signs of chaos which mean that someone's aiming to start an uprising right when the Coming of Age Ceremony is being held.
Ka Ryo Ten says that this is bad and that they need to inform Ei Sei about this. However, Shin then deduces that if anyone is going to start up a rebellion, nine out of ten it would be Ryo Fui. When Ka Ryo Ten agrees to that he asks her why Shou Hei Kun, one of Ryo Fui's four pillars go out of his way to send them a coded message and clue them in on this uprising. She, however, responds that this message isn't only for notifying them about the rebellion, but also means that Shou Hei Kun has finally chosen to cut off his ties with Ryo Fui and part ways.
The war continues. En tells his men to keep up the pace. It's only a bit more until they have reached the city. The Ai Army notices that the Hi Shin Unit is moving in fast and Han O Ki's son asks his father whether or not he should go out and stop them himself. Han O Ki tells him to ignore them as they have bigger things to worry about. He tells the army to move to the west and states that the other gates should be opening any moment now.
As he says that, moments later two gates are opening. This development shocks the subjugation army. Ka Ryo Ten is worried that even with her sensei's aid, it will be very difficult to get there on time.
Han O Ki tells that it's time to etch the name of the Han family into Qin's history books. Then they are entering the city of Kanyou.
Ka Ryo Ten tells Shin that they can't allow a repeat of their failure at Tonryuu. Shin is shocked as he remembers what happened there. They were meant to save Sei Kyou, but they had arrived in time to only witness his death. She tells that the can't let that happen as now the lives of Ei Sei children will be on the line.
Shin grits his teeth and shouts towards everyone who can hear him and calls for the Hi Shin Unit and the soldiers of Sai. He shouts that the enemy's goal isn't just to capture Kanyou, they teamed up with Ryo Fui to wipe out the royal bloodline and make him the next king. Therefore they will all be heading for the royal family with the ones most in danger being Ei Sei's children. Everyone is shocked by this and Shin calls for them to lend him their strength; just like they did once before.
After Shin told his men that Ei Sei's children are in danger, they are giving their all in order to reach the Royal Harem in time. They know that they can't allow a repeat of events when they had to save Sei Kyou.
Shin remembers a conversation he once had with the king about what it's like to have kids. Shin is asking this as he never knew his own parents were like. So, therefore, he doesn't really get this sort of thing. Ei Sei responds that he is hardly an expert on normal families who are like either in that respect. But if he had to give an opinion about children then while at times they make him sick with worry, or fill him up with exasperation. In the whole, he believes they are like small, fragile bundles of joy, a source of smiles in his life. Especially Rei. He spends a lot of fretting over her since her body isn't that strong. Shin tells if that is the case then make sure to take good care of her right from the get-go.
Shin is giving his all as well in order to save Ei Sei's children and managed to push his way to the walls. Ka Ryo Ten is slightly relieved and sees that Shou Kaku's army is starting to move as well. She states that it's time to try to make their way inside the city as well.
Once inside the city walls, Shin is shocked by the amount of death and destruction. As far as he can see is only a sea of fire. Shin tells his men that there is no time to be shocked. However, they don't know where to go as even Tonryuu can't even compare in size. En states that at this rate they will end up the same as with Sei Kyou. Shin, however, tells that this will be different. He asks his men if they already have forgotten that he visited the Royal Palace many times in the past. He tells his men to follow him. Shin orders his Cavalry to move at full speed and if the Infantry falls behind they are ordered to help protect the civilians.
Meanwhile, the Hi Shin Unit is reaching the wall of the castle. However, they are intercepted by enemies and Shin tells to charge as the harem is beyond there.
Shin, along with some other Cavalry are still headed for the Royal Harem. However, he doesn't know the way to the harem. Suddenly he sees some Royal Palace guards. He asks them where the rebels went and where the shortcut to the harem is. They tell him the location as the suddenly Shin is being stabbed. He tells that Ryo Fui will win as then Shin kills him. However, Shin isn't out of danger yet as Den Yuu sees a group of archers is targeting Shin. They shoot as Den Yuu uses his body as a shield.
Han Roki is already at the Royal Harem and is slaughtering everyone in sight. He notices that all the buildings have the scent of females, leading him to believe that the king of Qin is keeping all of them to himself and condemns him for it. One of the soldiers from the state of Ai tells Han Roki that two others have already left to take the prince's head. He suggests going after the princess soon. Han Roki assures him that with nowhere else left to run for the princess, there is no need to rush.
Before the horseman could claim You's life, he was killed by Shin from above, saving her in the process. Shin then catches You and noted her bravery.
A few moments before the soldier of the state of Ai targeted You, Shin jumps down from a wall off of his horse. Everyone is shocked to see Shin after he cuts the soldier in half. Shin tells You to be at ease as he is here. However, You tells him that there is still four Cavalry left as Han Roki is launching an attack on Shin with his men.
Shin waits for the perfect opportunity to strike. Rather then targeting the riders, Shin aims for the necks of the enemy horses. Consequentially, each rider was dismounted. Han Roki quickly pulls himself together and orders his men to attack Shin again. Despite being wounded, Shin quickly disposed of the three other soldiers with one blow each. This sheer power shocks Han Roki to the point where he begs for Shin to stop as he realizes that he is no match for Shin. The latter, however, doesn't hesitate and cuts off Han Roki's sword arm.
Some enemy reinforcements arrive and attempted to assist the wounded Han Roki. Before they enter the fray, You notice more cavalry approaching with Shin telling her there is no need to worry. The cavalry turns out to be men from the Hi Shin Unit. Han Roki's reinforcements, losing their morale after seeing the Hi Shin Unit, began to flee, which angers Han Roki.
Den Ei laughs as he notices the enemy running away and tells Han Roki that his popularity with his men is pretty low. Hai Rou asserts to Han Roki that the difference between him and their commander is like the heavens and the earth. Kyo Gai then ask about Shin's wounds to which he replied that it's fine. When asked about Den Yuu's status, Kyo Gai stated that a group of palace servants, who were in hiding, emerged and were asked by him to treat Den Yuu's arrow wounds.
Shin approaches Han Roki and holds him up by the collar. He asks him if he knows how Shin was able to find him at Santei street. Through Han Roki's nervousness and silence, Shin tells him that it was because only his group didn't get lost and kept going forward, leaving behind a trail of Qin citizens massacred. Han Roki became confused on why Shin is so angry. He stated his belief that killing people isn't unusual. He asks Shin if killing isn't the privilege of being a military leader. Shin, however, wasn't pleased as Han Roki laughs and asks Shin if he is a saint. He tells that since Shin is also a commander, he should understand the satisfaction of slaughtering people. Shin responds by punching him in the face with Han Roki flying towards and hitting a stone wall; knocking him out cold. Shin tells him not to put him at his level while calling him a freak.
Kyo Gai asks Shin why he didn't kill Han Roki with Hai Rou affirming that the man is scum. Shin's reasoning was to expose Ryo Fui as the mastermind behind all the crimes, they need to capture as many commanding officers as possible for evidence. He tells Kyo Gai to stop the bleeding. Kou, seeing that the skirmish has ended, turn towards her childhood friend, You. You cries as they embrace in overwhelming relief.
Shin noticed Ei Sei's daughter, Rei and kneels down to speak with her. Asking if she is Ei Sei's daughter, the presence of the princess greatly shocks the men of the Hi Shin Unit. Shin then ask her if she's scared, to which she shook her head. Shin laughs as he tells her that not only does she have her father's looks, but also his personality. Shin asks if she knew who he was, with her replying in the same fashion. Shin proceeds to lift her up onto his shoulder while his men complain that he shouldn't touch her with his blood-covered hands. He tells her his name and that he is a friend of her father. Shin then stated his relief that he was able to save her in time.
Shin is being treated for the wounds he received while trying to get to Ei Sei's children. Shin tells the palace girls that he heard from others troops that it's confirmed that the prince is safe. This place had a wide field of view so it's good for protecting the girls. However Shin tells that just in case, they should familiarize themselves with the escape route. Shin then tells then that he needs to go outside the city and asks Hai Rou and Kyo Gai to take care of them. They tell me that it's no problem. Furthermore, the problem with the underground tunnel is taken care of and it is stated that they have several other escape routes. You ask Shin if he intends to keep fighting even though he is injured so much. Shin tells her that originally he thought Ka Ryo Ten could break into the city and close the gates from the inside, but that hasn't been done yet. If all the enemies from outside get in Kanyou's fate will be sealed. The battle outside the city will determine their fates.
Outside Kanyou's walls, Ka Ryo Ten is struggling. She notices that the left flank is about to collapse. She realizes that if they don't send reinforcements, they are going to be eaten alive by the enemy. Shou Kaku is struggling as well and tells that all the other groups are already using everything they have to keep themselves alive. Suddenly they get informed that Yuu Ju has been slain. Duke of Juuteki starts laughing. He states that Qin dogs sure know how to struggle. He then orders his main troops to advance forward.
Reports are coming in that people are dying left and right. The Qin army is taken heavy casualties. There are no more intact troops left in the center. Shou Kaku tells that if they don't retreat and regroup ... Ka Ryo Ten interrupts and tells Shou Kaku that he might be wiped out as well. She tells not to retreat. She states that they are the only ones pinning the enemy outside the wall, if they fall back, the enemy will enter the gate and then close it. Then everyone inside the walls will be doomed. She tells that no matter what, they have to hold their ground. Suddenly enemy troops are closing in. The soldiers are now trying to protect the General. People are trying to protect Ka Ryo Ten as well. Ka Ryo Ten tells that there are only two ways to save Kanyou. The first one is they attack enforce their way into the city and close the gate. The second option is they kill the enemy general and make a turnaround victory. However, the enemy clearly knows her position and their defense around the gate is impeccable. Ka Ryo Ten gives Den Bei the order to protect the general. Ka Ryo Ten can't find a way to get out of this situation. She tells that if they can't find a way out of this then Sei's hard work to get the crown and aspirations for the state of Qin will have been for nothing.
New enemy troops are arriving while Qin soldiers are telling Ka Ryo Ten to run. Duke of Juuteki laughs as he asks if his lance finally reached her throat and tells them to get crushed just like maggots.
Suddenly everyone is looking up as they hear a sound. Ka Ryo Ten realizes what it is. Shin who is fighting as well can hear it as well. The people inside Kanyou can hear it as well as they are praying for their safety. The sound is that of the arrival of Shou Hei Kun's forces. The enemy can hear it as well and they realize that it's enemy reinforcements. They arrived from the west. Duke of Juuteki is then notified.
Kai Oku tells that even though they are not too late, this isn't a pleasant situation. Mou Ki states that facing 30.000 troops with only a 1000 Cavalry and that speed is of the essence in this situation. Shou Hei Kun affirms that that is correct. He gives the signal to go.
The State of Ai's army is preparing to intercept the Qin reinforcements. Duke of Juuteki tells his forces that just the rear troops won't be enough and orders for No Ko and Ha Mui to lead their forces back to reinforce the rear. He states that if they just rushed in from the Coming of Age Ceremony then they're not ordinary reinforcements. Also the fact they only just spent half a day running here, it means they have made preparations by having fresh horses to rotate for the trip.
Ka Ryo Ten states that the attack has started and Shou Hei Kun plans to attack the enemy before they have enough time to reorganize their troops. Shou Kaku asks if reinforcements arrived from the army commander. She responds absolutely. The horn sound that was heard just now is Kai Oku's own bugle. Shou Kaku realizes that this means that one of Ryo Fui's four pillars has defected. Ka Ryo Ten tells him that it's only a thousand cavalry. The enemy still has the number advantage. However, if it's her master's troops then even with only a thousand, Shou Hei Kun will find a way to win.
Shou Hei Kun split his cavalry into two. Shou Bun Kun is eager to know what Shou Hei Kun can do in actual battle. He is unquestionably the top military strategist in the world, but becoming a general and personally coming to the battlefield, that's a whole other matter. Shou Bun Kun wants to know how he will fight. He notices that he is charging in front. He thinks that he is doing that to boost the morale of the troops, a feat that is worthy of praise. However, he notices that he is going in too deep. He tells Shou Hei Kun to come back. Kai Oku then tells Shou Bun Kun not to worry. He asks him if he doesn't know and tells him that when his master was young, he was even stronger than Mou Bu. Shou Hei Kun kills several people instantly in one strike and breaks through enemy lines. Shou Bun Kun is shocked by his sheer strength. Shou Hei Kun then tells Kai Oku to take care of the Duke of Juuteki.
Even though they number only a thousand, Shou Hei Kun Army is charging headlong into an enemy army consisting of 30.000 men. Leading the charge is Shou Hei Kun who is slaying enemies left and right with great ease. One of the state of Ai's soldiers aims for Shou Hei Kun's head as the latter dodges it and kills him in turn.
The Duke of Juuteki is informed that the enemies in the rear's advance can't be stopped and that they are making a beeline right for their HQ. He gives the order to rotate men over to bulk up the rear. He starts to smile and states that it seems that choosing to hide far to the back, away from the Qin forces, has backfired. He tells his soldiers that the enemy is made up of crack troops and not to expect to be able to stop them that easily. He orders his men to Pincer them from the sides to slow down their advance.
Shou Hei Kun keeps moving forward. The enemy is unable to stop them and Ai soldiers are sent flying in pieces. Shou Bun Kun is still surprised by his sheer strength. Heki is surprised as well and states that it's unbelievable and that he never have thought Shou Hei Kun would be such a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield. Kai Oku starts to laugh and responds that if one were to be generous, one could say his martial prowess is even on the same level as Mou Bu. Also, at the least, it can't be denied that his intellect is on par with Ri Boku. He further comments that very thought gives him goosebumps; especially if one were to imagine if his lord Shou Hei Kun were to have matured in Chu, the land of his birth, instead of Qin. Both Shou Bun Kun and Heki have cold sweat from that thought alone.
Suddenly the enemy moves changes. Heki notices this and informs his colleagues that enemy Cavalry to the right is advancing. Shou Bun Kun deduces that they intend to hit them on their flank. Both armies are about to collide when suddenly another unit appears. Both Shou Bun Kun and Heki are surprised as they notice that it is the detachment led by Kou Ryuu that was sent to the right earlier. Shou Bun Kun states that he didn't expect them to come back so soon. Kai Oku tells them that this was a mission given to the Kou Ryuu Unit and asserts that with this, the enemy's belly has been chewed in twain.
The Duke of Juuteki is informed that the No Ku Unit on their left has been wiped out in an instant. The Duke asks what of the Ha Mui Unit on the right and if they have arrived yet. A soldier tells him that they should almost be back. Suddenly a group of cavalry arrives. The duke starts to smile as he says that the 800 cavalries of the Hamui Unit have returned. He gives the order for them to charge down the right and hit the enemy's left flank. He asserts that the Qin doesn't have another detachment to cover their left flank. Shou Hei Kun's army also notices that there are more enemies bearing down them from the left. Heki deduces that they must be aiming for the left flank.
Heki calls for 200 of his men and orders them to follow him. He says that they will stop the enemy here. Shou Hei Kun tells Heki to hold it and that there is no need for that. Both Heki and Shou Bun Kun are surprised and puzzled as to why there is no need for any countermeasures. Meanwhile Ha Mui is about to give the order to attack as Ai soldiers are repelled at a nearby gate. Ha Mui turns around and sees the elite cavalry unit covered in black from earlier. Heki is shocked as he sees the cavalry unit came out of the city. Shou Bun Kun is shocked as well as he notices that those are the elite soldiers under Shou Hei Kun's command. Kai Oku starts to laugh as he states that they were still around after all; the Hyou Shiga Unit.
Their commander, Hyou Shiga, states that it's killing time. Mou Ki says that with this, the walls on the left and right have been completely set up. Kai Oku is surprised that Mou Ki is tagging along as well. The latter tells him that this is a battle in which Shou Hei Kun is personally taking part, he says that there no way he could forgive himself if he didn't witness it with his own eyes. Kai Oku starts to laugh and says fair enough. Mou Ki then asks if this is the Hourai stratagem. Kai Oku just grins and doesn't say a word.
Elsewhere the soldiers under Ka Ryo Ten are confused. They ask what is going on as some black cavalry just came out of Kanyou. One of the soldiers asks if those aren't the same soldiers who were guarding the front gate. He wonders if they break out of the city in response to the chief's arrival. Ka Ryo Ten takes higher ground to see what is happening. Another soldier tells her that they've completely secured a path down the center. Ka Ryo Ten is shocked as she realizes that this is the Hourai tactic.
She asks Shou Kaku to immediately give the order for all surrounding troops to dissolve their formations and create a wall of soldiers facing the front. Shou Kaku is shocked and asks what on blazes she is talking about. He says that they're right in the middle of a pitched battle and surrounded. The moment they break formation they won't be able to last even 15 minutes. The other soldiers agree as well. Ka Ryo Ten responds that they don't need to hold out for 15 minutes. Everything will be decided before the 15 minutes even passes. It all comes down to this instant. She says that they must do everything they can to support Shou Hei Kun's gambit. Shou Kaku says that he can't accept this. He says that he still has 5000 men fighting for their lives under his command. He asks how he could gamble all of them on a ploy that he has not the slightest understanding of. Ka Ryo Ten responds that though she is the Strategist of the Hi Shin Unit, she is also one of Shou Hei Kun's students. She says that she understands him, as a commander of men, he is not wrong to place his men's lives before anything else. However, she begs him to trust her on this. She asks him to trust Shou Hei Kun.
Kai Oku explains that the Hourai stratagem involves creating walls of soldiers to the left, right, and rear of the enemy commander, so as to entrap them. This is followed by a surgical strike straight down the center to take out the enemy's head. Normally it is utilized in grand, large scale battles, but on this occasion, Shou Hei Kun hopes to achieve it with the small number of elite units they have available. Shou Bun Kun says that they don't have a wall of Infantry to block off the enemy's rear. Mou Ki responds by saying that there is a battle going on behind the enemy commander right now. It's not perfect, but they will have to treat that as one of the walls. Kai Oku says that granted that this is not reliable, but at least it's better than nothing.
The Duke of Juuteki suddenly hears something behind him. It's the Hi Shin unit and the Shou Kaku army. Ka Ryo Ten has given the order to raise all the flags and banners they have at their disposal. She tells the soldiers that there is no need to force themselves forward. They just need to hold their positions and maintain formation. Both Kai Oku and Mou Ki are shocked that there is now a wall of troops erected behind the enemy. Kai Oku starts to laugh and realizes that Ka Ryo Ten is over there. Shou Hei Kun smiles while Shou Bun Kun is surprised.
Ka Ryo Ten says that the set-up for the Hourai has been completed and that there is nowhere left for Duke of Juuteki to run. With this, she states that he is finished while the Duke is visibly angered.
The Shou Hei Kun Army proceeds to try to kill the enemy commander. Meanwhile, the Duke of Juuteki is being notified that the enemy's advance can't be stopped. Some soldiers ask what the men in the rear are doing. They realize that even though the enemy numbers only 1000, their HQ won't hold if they hit them. They ask if the reinforcements on the left and right have arrived. Another soldier tells them that their troops on the left have been blocked by the enemy detachment. Meanwhile, the Hamui Cavalry on the right is busy dealing with those black-armored horsemen. And now a wall of enemy soldiers has appeared behind them too, blocking off their escape. They ask the duke to escape towards the right or left and note that if this keeps up for much longer the enemy will be on top of them.
Ka Ryo Ten and her soldiers are in a tight spot as well as they can barely hold the enemy back. They ask her how long this is going to take. Ka Ryo Ten, worried and sweating, tell them to hang in there as it's almost over as Shou Hei Kun's blade is about to reach Duke of Juuteki's throat.
Shou Hei Kun sees that now is the time to strike. He inspires the troops by telling them that the moment is upon them. There would be no second chances if they were to fail. This is the one and only chance of victory the gods have given them. Failure is not allowed and one shot is all they need to bring the enemy commander down. Even if their flesh were to tear and their bones to break, they will take Duke of Juuteki's head. This raises the morale of the troops. Shou Bun Kun is surprised by this as he says that even at times like this, he is still able to inspire the soldiers to even greater heights.
Meanwhile, the soldiers of Duke of Juuteki implore him to escape. They tell him that they will hold the enemy off for him to escape. They say that as long as they can overcome this, their victory is all but assured. However, Duke of Juuteki responds that by this point, it's far too late to try and escape. Even if he were to try, he imagines they would simply be repelled by the walls of troops and then, stuck in the back. The enemy should also be well aware that this is their only chance of turning this battle around. Taking into account how extraordinary these foes are, he doubts they will be so foolish as to screw up this gambit. The soldiers are worried as then the duke says that it's the custom of the Juuteki, to elect the strongest man as the king of the people. He asks his men if they doubt the strength of the current king. They respond that they do not. They all believe in him and they are offering their lives to him. He then tells that if this is the case to then follow him. He states that their hope of survival doesn't lie to their rear.
Shin is then seen stunned as he observes the battlefield. Meanwhile, the men ask Ka Ryo Ten what is wrong as she is shocked. She tells them that the duke is advancing. The enemy soldiers in the rear ask the front to open up a path as the duke himself is taking the field. Shou Bun Kun and Heki is informed that the enemy commander is moving out. They say that the enemy is heading right for them, head-on, shocking them.
Both Mou Ki and Kai Oku realizes what this means as the former says that the enemy has sharp insight. The only method of escaping the Hourai's trap is to move straight forward, straight past the assault and through the center. If they don't manage to kill the duke on the first pass, he will escape back into the sea of the enemy soldiers behind them. Mou Ki is fearful of the idea that the enemy commander is confident that he can weather the clash between their two forces. Kai Oku notifies Shou Hei Kun that the enemy is a formidable fighter as well. The latter however tells that it's just dumb courage that propels him. He tells that it's very kind of the enemy to save them the time of chasing them down. Kai Oku then starts to grin.
Both forces are about to clash and are strengthening the front for impact. The cavalry at the front on both sides is sent flying into the sky upon impact.
Duke of Juuteki realizes that this might be the end of him and tells Bu Dai that this rebel army is nothing but a hodgepodge gathering with little holding it together. Now that Han O Ki has entered Kanyou, the moment he is slain, the whole thing will fall apart. When that time comes, Ba Dai and his officers must do whatever it takes to escape alive. It will be their duty to pass on their stories and stoke the fires of vengeance within the future generations of the Juuteki people. As he starts laughing he tells him that when another century has passed, the banners of the Juuteki shall rise once again.
Duke of Juuteki and Shou Hei Kun are about to clash. The former tells Shou Hei Kin that he will send him to meet their ancestors. As the two reach striking range, the duke starts to smile while Shou Hei Kun looks ferocious. The latter cuts of the duke's arm with great ease. The duke realizes that Shou Hei Kun was aiming for his arm right from the start. He realizes that whether it be brains or brawn, he is no match for him. He states that he truly is a monster.
Shou Hei Kun goes for the finishing blow and cuts of the duke's head with one swing. With this, he ends this battle with only two strikes. This shocks everyone. Duke of Juuteki's head falls on the ground as his soldiers are bursting into tears. Shou Hei Kun gives Kai Oku the signal as the latter mounts the duke's head on his glaive and raises it over the battlefield. The latter shouts that the Duke of Juuteki, leader of the rebel forces, has just fallen at the hands of Shou Hei Kun, Commander-in-Chief of the Qin army. He shouts that this is the Qin army's victory. The cries of victory ring out both within and outside the city.
Shin is shocked that the fight is over as everyone else is cheering. The rebel army is now fragmenting and the sense of relief begins to spread. The people in Kanyou however don't know what is going on as all they can hear is cheering. The state of Ai's army is being overwhelmed by the Qin army's high morale and is starting to panic.
Ka Ryo Ten, however, doesn't have the time to cheer as the enemy still outnumber them. She asks general Shou Kaku to immediately give the order for the soldiers to dissolve the wall they made earlier. Though Shou Hei Kun may have successfully slain the enemy commander Duke of Juuteki, the difference in numbers between the two sides still lay overwhelmingly in favour of the rebels. Furthermore, the Qin force's top priority was still to free the city of Kanyou itself from the grasp of the rebel army. Hence, Ka Ryo Ten swiftly gave the order to dissolve one of the walls entrapping the enemy, so as to lure the confused rebel army into the routing of their own free will. Which is exactly what happens. The enemy soldiers notice a gap is being opened up.
Kai Oku is impressed by Ka Ryo Ten. Baiting the enemy into escaping before the officers can reimpose order. He states that her reactions have become increasingly quicker. He starts to laugh and tells his men to spread out and prod the enemy from the rear. They prompt the enemy into escaping by having their officers shout from afar that a path has opened up to their east while posing as the enemy's. They tell them to retreat. Some of the state of Ai soldiers that realize what is happening are trying to stop their soldiers. However it's no use as nobody is capable to bring the soldiers under control.
Qin goes even further by spreading rumors that the Mou Bu army has returned from the front. This adds to the already existing fear in the enemy. Another Qin shouts that the Kan Ki army is coming as well. They tell them that they must run for their lives.
Against this, the rebel army, composed of the Han O Ki and Juuteki armies as well as the 10.000 conscripted soldiers, were ultimately routed, as they were nothing more than a ragtag gathering. The soldiers in the rebel army are asking were Han O Ki is. They still can't believe the Duke is dead. Due to all this, the very moment anything resembling defeat took shape. The whole rebel army instantly dissolved into an unstoppable rout.
At the rear Rou Ai and the rest of the army don't know what is going on. As then the news comes in that they lost. Rou Ai is in a state of shock. The soldiers that are around him are confused as it still looks like as if their forces outnumber the enemy. Other soldiers tell them that they should pull back. Rou Ai is told that they should return to the state of Ai and wants to turn around. However, he falls out of his cart on to the ground. The soldiers are confused and tell Rou Ai to get back into his chariot. However, he says no. They can't go to the east. They need to go to the city of You. He tells them that he promised the Queen Mother that he will be headed there when he won. He remembers that she told him that she will be waiting for him in You. Rou Ai starts to cry as he realizes he can't fulfill his promise.
Inside Kanyou, Han O Ki heard the news as well. The soldiers ask him to fall back as well. A group of black-armored soldiers from the Shou Hei Kun's elite Hyou Shiga Unit are in front of Han O Ki blocking his path further into the Royal Harem while Ai soldiers litter the ground. Han O Ki isn't pleased and curses Shou Hei Kun. He is surprised that he planned that far ahead as to assign his elite black Cavalry to safeguard the crown prince. Now their forces outside have been defeated, he realizes their defeat is due to a mountain of miscalculations on their part. He also realizes that his chance of rising up to a better station has gone up in smoke. He then is forced to pull out.
You and Rei are relieved as well when they hear the good news. Kou starts to cry as she looks outside. Later, all the scattered Qin forces and their officers are meeting up. Shin arrives as well. He asks [[Shou Bun Kun]] how Ei Sei's Coming of Age Ceremony went. He responds by saying that there is no need to worry. They had to rush through a few parts, but it was successfully carried out from start to end. Shin asks if this means that they have won. Shou Hei Kun tells that with Kanyou now out of danger as well, they will be able to trace the rebellion back to Ryo Fui. That is to say, Ryo Fui's fall from grace is all but assured. This shocks everyone as they still can't believe it. Shin however asks if Shou Hei Kun doesn't mind asking him a question. He asks him why he decided to betray Ryo Fui. He tells him that if it wasn't for that cryptic message tipping of Ka Ryo Ten, Ei Sei would be finished by now. After a few minutes of silence, Shou Hei Kun responds that he also considers himself to be a man who dreams of unifying all of China and also states that it's his belief that the current king of Qin is a man capable of making that dream a reality. This shocks Shin and Shou Bun Kun as they realize what this means.
Kai Oku tells that the ones who were fretting the most were them, his vassals. However, their lord was willing to risk everything he achieved so far, so as to able to serve under Ei Sei.
Shin tells him that on behalf of the king, he give Shou Hei Kun his thanks. He also notes that Shou Hei Kun didn't have an enemy vibe coming from him anymore since the whole Sai incident. He states that he is looking forward to working with him. Shin asks what will happen with the rebels that got away and if they plan to just let them run all the way back to Ai. Kai Oku responds that they recalled Kan Ki's army from the Zhao front. They expect him to engage and wipe them out near Kankou pass. Shin leans back and is relieved. He starts to smile while he looks up to the sky. He asks for Shou Bun Kun to hear the confirmation of Sei's victory from his mouth. Now that Ei Sei is officially crowned, and Ryo Fui getting locked up is just a matter of time, what does it all mean? He responds that this is his majesty's win. Everyone starts to cheer and cry.
Having entrusted their fate to the heavens, the city of You sits enveloped in the silent night. All the factions are waiting for a response on how the battle at Kanyou is going. Suddenly a messenger arrives. It appears to be one from Ryo Fui's faction. He comes in with great haste and tells all those present in the temple that he has urgent news from Kanyou and therefore people need to make way for him. He bows before Ryo Fui telling that he brings word of the result over the battle at Kanyou. Everyone is waiting patiently. However Ri Shi is quite nervous. However the messenger is quite nervous himself as the other factions are there as well. Ryo Fui tells that there is no need to worry. The messenger then tells all those present that the state of Ai rebellion has ended in failure. Kanyou remains standing. The rebel forces have been routed and are currently withdrawing to the north. This news shocks everyone.
With the rebellion finally over, the members of the Hi Shin Unit that was sent to Kanyou return to the front lines. Unfortunately for Ka Ryo Ten, a very irritated Ryuu Koku immediately berates her upon arrival. Meanwhile, in the city of Kanyou, prisoners captured from the rebellion are executed with Han Roki about to be beheaded in front of a crowd of enraged citizens. Meanwhile, a disguised but emotionally disturbed Han O Ki silently looks on from the same crowd as his son and Rou Ai are executed. It is also noted that the families of the main conspirators were wiped out to the last man. At the same time, Chou Kou and 4000 families of those related to the revolt are exiled to the lands of Shu.
Sei walks to the top of the castle while in deep thought. To his surprise he finds Shin waiting there at the summit. It is revealed that Shin's injuries were worse than first thought and that he has been recovering in Kanyou since the victory. The pair discuss what he's been going on at court between the queen and Sei, in addition, Shin questions why Sei has to wait for the outcome of the trial before dealing with Ryo Fui. Sei explains to Shin that a decision must be made on what to do with the members of the other factions, in particular, the Four Pillars in the Ryo Fui Faction and the leaders of the Royal Harem now that the queen mother is no longer their leader. In all Sei estimates that the process will take half a year to reach a conclusion.
The two friends reminisce about the journey that has led to this conclusion from meeting each other following the death of Hyou, to taking back the royal palace following Sei Kyou rebellion and the battle at Sai. The pair reaffirm their goal of uniting China with Sei paying homage to the roles that Shin and others have played in getting to this point while acknowledging the upcoming bloodshed that will be required.
Sei reveals to Shin that Shou Hei Kun and the other military advisers have already made a plan to unify China, but due to the nature of what is required from the people to carry out the task; they have guessed that the maximum amount of time that the unification can take is fifteen years. Shin rightly points out that it is impossible to carry out such a feat at that time, but Sei says that he will continue down that path regardless. To carry out the plan Sei outlines changes that need to make with regards to recruitment of personnel, financial reform to strengthen the treasury, gathering supplies needed and finally the reformation on the Six Great Generals of Qin. Sei tells Shin that he needs to become one of the six chosen.
Shin informs Ou Hon and Mou Ten about the reinstatement of The Six Great Generals of Qin. Shin asks Mou Ten who he believes would be chosen if the decision were to be made presently. Mou Ten surmises that his father Mou Bu and Tou would definitely be chosen as they are both Great Generals of Qin. In addition he believes that Ou Hon's father Ou Sen and Kan Ki would get two of the positions as they are rumored to be as talented as the original Six Great Generals of Qin. Mou Ten states that this leaves two positions for the three of them to fight over, he jokes that they should fight for the positions now. Shin corrects him that the remaining positions are up for grabs amongst the remaining generals including Rokuomi and Ryuukoku and all the other aspiring generals. Shin states that only those who are able to attain the title of Great General will even be considered as one of the six whenever that decision is made. The conversation ends with Mouten questioning Shin's decision to tell them the news; Ou hon meanwhile states that he and Mouten will be the ones chosen to which Shin protests with Mouten laughing.
In the next scene Shin is in the presence of Kyou Kai and Ten. Shin informs them that Mou Ten mentioned that the current attack is nothing more than a feint to capture the Wei castle of En Shi to the south. Ten sees the validity of such a claim as Wei have moved forces away from the castle to counter the movement of Qin and Zhao forces to the border. She can't figure out where the forces needed to attack the castle will come from however, Shin mentions that Mouten suggested that Ou Sen could become south to help.
Five days later the Hi Shin Unit receives word about the fall on En Shi. Shin is surprised by the news as the castle was meant to be impregnable; Ten tells him that they need to hurry to set up a defensive line as Wei tries to reclaim the castle. Upon arrival, they find the towers of the castle in shambles, within the castle the Hi Shin unit is greeted by the mountain people and their leader Yo Tan Wa. While the others voice their surprise, Ten states that since the Battle of Sai Yo Tan Wa had been given an honorary title that is equivalent to a Great General. Hearing this Shin states that there is one more competitor for the Six General positions. The news of Yotanwa's victory would shock the other nations.
Shin and his unit were assigned to the Kan Ki Army, in order to seize the region of Koku You, which was supposed to become the entry point for the Qin forces during their invasion of Zhao. But they did not perform so well at the beginning of the battle, and were lacking behind. But with combined effort of each member, they were able to make up for their mistakes. This included an assassination attempt on the enemy commander by Kyou Kai and an example of strength through willpower by En.
On the third day, Ka Ryo Ten lead them to a point, to pressure the Zhao defenses on the central hill, which shook the entire battlefield. But Kan Ki didn't use this chance to attack, but to lure ou the enemy commander-in-chief and attack him with one of his clans. Kei Sha evaded this trap because th officers of the Ki Sui Army come for his rescue. Yet Shin decided to chase after him and killed him.
When they returned behind their own lines, they discovered, that Kan Ki had raided the villages of the civilians around Koku You. This caused a fight between Shin and Kan Ki. This caused, that Shin and Kyou Kai did not receive any reward or promotion after the campaign.
Mou Ten and his Gaku Ka Unit was sent to take over for the Hi Shin Unit in defending the Koku You region. So the Hi Shin Unit started with new recruitment and training, to be better prepared and have soldiers, on a stronger individual field. Then a messenger arrived and recalled Shin and Ka Ryo Ten to Kanyou, while the Hi Shin Unit should remain in their position and proceed with their training. In Kanyou, they attended a secret tactical meeting with Ou Hon and Mou Ten. There they are informed about their next target, which has to remain a secret. Ei Sei tells them, that they have to raise up to the rank of a General during this campaign.
The Hi Shin Unit is sent on the Western Zhao Invasion with the second army under Yo Tan Wa. When they leave Kanyou, the capital of Qin, Shin receives Ou Ki's Glaive from Ei Sei. The king himself came out into the streets, to hand it over to Shin. When they reach Kinan, the supreme commander Ou Sen calls for a meeting, and Shin is the last one to arrive because he got lost on the campground.
During the siege of Retsubi, the Hi Shin Unit and the Yo Tan Wa Army is given the order to break through the city and open the path of the Qin Army. While the Yo Tan Wa Amry is fighting on the walls and tries to open the gate for the Hi Shin Unit.
Then Ou Sen commanded him again, this time taking the Hi Shin Unit to assist the right-wing. But they were hampered by 2 of Rin Shou Jo's best Generals, Gyou'un and Chou Ga Ryuu, Ba Nan Ji, Ri Boku's subordinate and Gaku Ei, Kei Sha's officer. He slew Gaku Ei during one of the encounters.
Another setback was suffered when both A Kou, the commanding General of the right, and Ou Hon were incapacitated, both respective units temporarily promoting him as commanding officer of the right-wing. He fought and killed Chou Ga Ryuu then took the unit charging when the Zhao left-wing collapsed. Shin pushes through and duels Hou Ken until he kills the thorn in their side. But exhaustion took a toll in his body, collapsed and lost consciousness. He saw himself in a stairway, with Hyou. Despite Kyou Kai trying to interfere, he seems to forget something, until he remembered what they want to be, so Kyou Kai threw his soul back, reviving him.
He left for Fuuri after the war, got a new house with the help of Den Yuu's friends. But his promotion was hit by a roadblock, him lacking a last name, which Shin decides to use Ri as his last name. Five months later, he, alongside Ou Hon and Mou Ten, was promoted to General in a long due over the ceremony. One month later, he and his newly built army, now with a whole new level of strength, set off for Gyou once again.