It is time for an entirely justified reanalysis of the history and facts of the Shiro Tagachi saga:
Long have the Canthan Emperors perpetuated the myth of the legendary swordsman and betrayer, Shiro Tagachi. This myth preserved ignorance of the true extent of Cantha’s vulnerability to its enemies and ensured that civil unrest remained muted. Ironically this also allowed the Canthan authorities to market a burgeoning range of “miniatures” including Canthan fauna and even rare green models of Shiro himself!
For many long years the Canthan emperors waged war against the Heket of the Elonian continent. With wars waged far from Canthan lands, none need know the ferocity of the opponents whilst reports of “victories” served to reaffirm the patriotic support of the Canthan people.
One such victory occurred in the year 871 AE when the Canthan forces successfully routed the Heket from the Sunward Marches after a long campaign spanning many months. The “hero” of this campaign was one Shiro Tagachi, a cowardly and clumsy soldier who was on-hand to deliver the killing blow to a badly injured and battle-weary Heket Champion. Due to the great acclaim afforded to this returning “hero” and the mischievous machinations of an old fortune teller, Shiro Tagachi was promoted to the ceremonial role of bodyguard to Emperor Angsiyan himself.
The Heket Wars continued however with reports of incursions by the insidious amphibians deep into Canthan lands. For this reason the Emperor chose the unprecedented step of attending the Harvest Temple ceremony that year together with his bodyguards. Nevertheless this additional support proved ineffective for the Heket champion, Slort Nilbog, had successfully infiltrated the temple, gaining revenge against the Canthan Emperors by slaughtering Angsiyan and many of his bodyguards. This spilling of royal blood triggered the Jade Wind which brought devastation across Luxon and Kurzick lands.
Clutching his head in panic Shiro Tagachi chose to flee before the Heket’s wrath leaving bewildered courtiers to discover the scene of violence. With Nilbog’s disappearance, the assembled dignitaries passed judgement on the absent Tagachi. To prevent civil unrest, the murder could not be blamed upon the foreign enemies. Instead Tagachi, whose actions in abandoning his post warranted a death sentence, was to be blamed - the assassin Vizu was tasked to hamper his flight by crippling the coward as he ran. The killing blows were then delivered by the Kurzick Archimorus and the Luxon Victor who had pursued him relentlessly as he fled.
Shortly after this event the Canthan armies were withdrawn from Elona, and the Heket Wars came to end. History was carefully rewritten to obscure much of the conflict and Shiro Tagachi was presented as the great villain whose betrayal claimed the life of his emperor.
200 years later Shiro returned as an envoy, outraged by the actions wrongly attributed to him. Ever the coward, he corrupted villages and monasteries seeking soft targets whose response was unlikely to be strong or coordinated. With Cantha’s tourist industry suffering and unwilling to fund military action himself, Emperor Kisu recruited foreign do-gooders who would flock in numbers to pursue this “great evil” and would spend lots of money in Canthan shops whilst they did it!
Shiro was thus constantly hounded and frustrated by throngs of these tourists who disrupted each and every ploy he attempted. When he tried to get revenge on the assassin Vizu (having established she was already safely dead!), day-trippers and Canthan monastic students easily disrupted his plans. Similarly his plans in Sunjiang District and the Imperial Palace itself were easily disrupted. Frustrated and clearly lacking focus, Shiro Tagachi finally exploited a phenomenon known as “long boring cutscenes” (or LBC for short). These LBCs rendered all other characters within this saga inactive and unable to defend themselves. Abducting and murdering Master Togo, a member of the royal bloodline, during one such LBC, Shiro was finally able to restore himself to a mortal form. Armed with cheesy “monster only skills”, he felt sufficiently confident to actually face his opponents in actual combat.
The first opponent Shiro Tagachi encountered in his newly restored form was the Tyrian monk Mhenlo leading a tour group of the aforementioned day-trippers. Exuding misplaced confidence, Shiro attacked this group and was soundly beaten, his body being turned to jade and his spirit banished to the realm of torment. Thus Shiro “the Pathetic” Tagachi was immediately banished as soon as he had returned.