Episode Link: Between Breeze and Bough
Mnemon Sarissa meets V’neef Kai to discuss his recent encounter with the Prince. As they stroll through the villa’s splendid gardens, Kai informs her that the Prince is aware the Dragon-Blooded know her true identity. The perplexed Sarissa listens as he expresses sympathy with the Prince’s stated ideals, and dissatisfaction with the leadership of the Realm. While Sarissa still trusts Kai, she is not convinced his point of view is sound.
Elsewhere, Sanzo goes to Gauntlet and asks him to determine if the Lunar anathema’s professed belief that she genuinely cares for the people of the Realm is true, or a deception. He also wishes to understand whether his plans with Gauntlet conflict with or complement the Lunar’s schemes. Ultimately, Sanzo believes either possibility will serve him well.
Sarissa visits monk Mnemon Hoji to learn more about the nature of the anathema. He tells her that Lunars do not necessarily need to kill those they impersonate, but may steal the forms of of their victims through other dark arts.
Sanzo visits Tepet Indaro, who introduces him to Tepet Ejava, the Roseblack, an exceptionally promising member of the House. Indaro leaves, while Sanzo and Roseblack discuss potential strategy in case a clash with the anathema becomes inevitable.
Kai and Tovin discuss the great houses. Tovin, whose political views are even more radical than Kai’s, insists they must be destroyed. Before the discussion goes too far, the passion the two feel for each other rises, and they abandon talk to deal with the more important and pressing matter of love.