Path of the Kingslayer: The Assassination of Kagetsu Kiyo<i></i>
By Imperial Historian Takagi Masao
“So, you want to know who killed the Raikage and connived in the cover-up? Everybody! High officials in all three shinobi branches, missing nin, the NeoKonoha Corporation, and the Shogun himself. Everybody done it – everybody but Yukimura Enishi.”
Kagetsu Kiyo, Seventh Raikage of Kumogakure, was assassinated fifteen years after the start of her second reign in the rear pleasure garden of the Torre Celeste at approximately twelve thirty in the afternoon. Many adult shinobi of Kumogakure, as well as those who have taken a scholarly interest in these unique individuals, remember exactly where they were, what they were doing, and even the topic of conversation at the time at which they first heard the news that the Kagetsu had died, which was considered public knowledge little more than an hour after the event. An independent commission investigating the killing quickly concluded that the assassin, Kagetsu’s own bodyguard Yukimura Enishi, had acted alone and that his actions were the result of the sudden manifestation of a latent personality or an acute psychotic break. Although the commission’s findings were initially supported by the majority of shinobi as well as researchers, there is mounting evidence to suggest that Kagetsu was assassinated as a result of a conspiracy and that many details of the event have been deliberately subject to an information suppression campaign. While there is no evidence to suggest that elements of Bakufuu of Kaminari no Kuni, Holy See of Tenouza, NeoKonoha Corporation, People’s Republic of Marsh Country, or organized crime groups were involved, no one can rule out individual members of these groups, and thus the assassination of widespread debate and has spawned numerous conspiracy theories and alternative scenarios. Adding to the confusion is the fact that Yukimura himself currently remains at large.
It is mainly for this reason that I have embarked on a journey of scholarship attempting to elucidate and clarify many of the facts about Yukimura Enishi, whose role in the assassination, although central, has often been neglected as a subject of study in favor of attempts to discredit the larger groups previously implicated by popular conspiracy theories. He is considered to have been merely a pawn manipulated by a shadowy author meta-gaming against Kumogakure. And yet there is so little organized literature about his origins, life history, and perhaps motivations that I felt the need to rectify this. Fortunately, the basic details of Yukimura’s life are well-known, and it will be possible through interviews as well as collection of primary literature sources to shed some light on the often-ignored “Mad Dog of Cloud”.
Background of the author: Sir Takagi Masao is the senior Imperial Historian in service of the Bakufuu of Kaminari no Kuni and Professor of Military History at Lightning National University at Raiden no Me, with a joint appointment at the Bibliotheca Conscientiae at Kumogakure. His main scholarly interests are shinobi history and warfare and he has published extensively on the subject. His most recent publication, along with Imperial Historian Nakamura Akihiko, is Raikages of Kumogakure: A History of Shinobi Leadership.