The Emperor was true to his word. Some weeks after Mura’s death, he bestowed upon Yasugawa the title of Shogun.
Yasugawa’s first decree was that Mune’s prized creation, Hizashi, would be the symbol of his Shogunate.
He further decreed that any blade created by Mura was outlawed, citing the evil urges and death that they caused their wielders.
The population who had one of his blades quickly destroyed them, though some did not do so, opting to remove Mura’s symbol upon the weapon. Some of the cursed blades found their way into the hands of those who opposed Yasugawa’s rule, but those people were either found dead at their own hand or sentenced to death for the murder of others.
Mune went back to his forge in Kamakura, seeing out his days there. One item always seemed out of place in his shop; an exquisitely designed, yet empty, chest sitting behind the office desk. When queried what it was for, the smith it was to keep the memories of a treasured friend who had passed away.
Keeping his word, Yasugawa always carried Mura’s sword when he had Mune’s with him. This continued with his successors, though the passage of time removed the association of the starlight blade to the demented smith who created cursed blades.
Mune’s legacy was Hizashi, the sunlight blade of the Shogunate. Furthermore, his ten apprentices became famous weapon makers in their own right. Though it pained him to the end of his days to hear Mura defamed, he found peace in the fact that he knew the real man, and that Mura was anything but the monster the people and stories made him out to be.
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