The Weeping Empress

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Sanskrit carvings - Chiyo's sword Salvation has a red bonji

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"...Then the energy within her sprang to life suddenly, as if it had been stretched to its limits and released. She leapt forward. Risking her fingers, she recklessly grabbed the naked blade. On the tang, hidden from view until now and flowing from the very bonji she had so admired, were the names of her lost family. Why did I never ask what it meant? she wondered. Her knuckles were white from gripping hard, and the pain was unbearable. ..."
"...They returned to camp. Chiyo saw that Muhjah had collected Salvation’s discarded hardware and laid it neatly to the side. He passed her a steaming cup of tea and watched as she settled herself to the task at hand. She ran her fingers along the bonji as if she might touch its namesakes by doing so. Its stark redness took on a new meaning as they finally died to her. Her hands shook as she replaced the tsuka, a burial of sort. Replacing the mekugi, a small finicky job, felt as if she was placing ..."

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