“Bachō Tries to Attack Sōsō”
“Bachō, Sōsō o Utan to Suru no Koto” (馬超、曹操を討たんとするのこと)
Sōsō and her troops return to Shao after defeating the army of bandits. While there, she meets Rinrin when she is suddenly attacked by Bachō who claims Sōsō killed her father, Batō, before being subdued by Rinrin & Sōsō’s guards. Aisha, after hearing the news, meets Sōsō & asks her to spare & release Bachō. She agrees, on the condition that Aisha sleeps with her that night. However, their night together is interrupted when an Assassin tries to kill Sōsō but Aisha manages to save Sōsō. Thankful, Sōsō frees Bachō for Aisha. Kakou Ton, Sōsō’s commander, while escorting Aisha, reveals the truth of what happened to Bachō’s father. On the night he died, Batō was ordered to have a match with Sōsō, but she refused since he was too drunk to fight. Embarrassed, he left the palace where he unfortunately fell off his horse getting seriously injured. Ton & her men found him & she promised to keep the secret of how he died. However somebody did see them and mistakenly believed that Sōsō sent her troops to kill Batō. Sōsō decided not to do anything about the rumor, since she wanted to protect Batō’s honor to make it seem like he died a warrior’s death (A warrior who died drunk falling from his horse is considered an embarrassment.). Bachō refuses to believe it and accuses Ton of lying, who is insulted and challenges Bachō to defend her honor. Before they began their match, Bachō realizes that Ton was telling the truth when she notices her fighting stance & remembering her father’s words that “A noble warrior with no secrets or regrets, will show it in their fighting stance”. Realizing her mistake, she breaks down and cries. In the end, Bachō decides to return to her home to tell her people the truth, while Rinrin is confident they will meet again.