The Orochi: The Imperial Palace. A fortress within a fortress.
Ayu: (Yelling toward the battlement above the closed gate) "Seijiro! Our people bleed! Put down your weapons!"
Seijiro: (Looking down) "Then end this and kneel before me." (Several archers fire down at Ayu, who is shielded by a few soldiers with shields.)
The Orochi: Seijiro wasn't giving up and he had strong warriors at his side. But we had numbers. We just needed a way in. I hadn't been inside the palace in three years. Not since the Emperor had ordered me imprisoned.
The Orochi and Momiji have managed to sneak inside the ground of the Palace, but their remaining troops wait behind the Palace main doors. The first objective is to reach the main gate. After moving forward across the bridge, there will be thin wooden doors on the building to the right. An Orochi's form is visible through the paper. Attack the door to break it down. Kill the Orochi and move on. In the next room is a Fear Itself Pick-up .
Moving up to the courtyard area, players will see several warriors in training, including a Kensei. Seijuro will be giving a speech to them from above. They can be fought, or avoided. Break through the door to the right and the wall just past it. Kill the enemy there and keep going straight through. Look for an Observable in the following room, then turn left and head through the next door. Watch for Breakables here as well.
Continue through the rooms (content may vary with difficulty) and take out the Shugoki. Take a right away from the courtyard and up the stairs. Players will reach an open area containing several warriors and an elephant. Jump down and kill the warriors below. This will trigger a cutscene that will introduce the player to the mechanic for using the elephant.
Momiji: "HA! Only the best for the emperor!"
Orochi: "Our army is on the other side."(The Orochi then draws a Kunai)
Momiji: "I don't think that's a good idea."
(The Orochi throws the Kunai at the elephant, who then pummels the nearby enemies. Then the Orochi whistles and triggers the behemoth to charge the gate controls, which damages them in the process.)
Momiji will concentrate on the warriors. The Orochi needs to use the elephant to take out the gate controls. The elephant will follow The Orochi slowly. Move it a short distance away from the gate controls before running back to the control and whistling at the elephant (the games states that the whistle is an Emote). This will give the player time to move or dodge out of the way before the elephant charges. Once the controls are broken, a couple charges to the gate itself should break it open. Ayu, Okuma and the rest of the Samurai warriors will charge through, joining The Orochi.
Go through the gate and push through the Front. It will be a battle, consisting of a few Kensei, from here to the Palace doors. Watch for Fire Arrow warnings on the ground and stay out of them. Go up the ramp to the left, then to the right. The palace will be north, up the stairs. The chamber with Seijuro will contain four enemies, each of the Samuri classes that the player needs to fight. If the Fear Itself feat has not been used yet, this may be a good time to use it or save it for the boss. This is the final fight in the mission.
After the ambushers are killed, Seijuro will jump down into the plaza saying "EXECUTE ME! I will be remembered as the greatest warrior our people have ever seen." Seijuro will then say that his warriors will not follow anyone else. The Orochi then says "You will be forgoten. The emperor's Champion will defeat you" for Seijuro to respond "The emperor's champion..is rotting in a cell in the lower city". He then realizes he is face to face with the Emperor's Champion. This causes comotion over Seijuro's forces .This ends the cutscene and the duel will begin. Seijuro is himself an Orochi, so his skillset is the same as the player's. Once he is down to low health, he will drop to his knees and the final cutscene will begin.
Seijuro:(The Orochi puts his/her blade against Seijuro's throat)...What are you waiting for?
Ayu: We need commanders, Seijuro.
Seijuro: You dishonor me!
Orochi: We need you. You are a Great warrior.
Seijuro: I won't serve beneath you.
Orochi:..Then slay me. Take my place. Command our armies. (The Orochi flips the katana around, putting the point against his/her own chest. Seijuro grips the hilt in his palm)
Seijuro: You've gone mad!
Orochi: Apollyon did this to us. Not Seijuro. I WILL NOT FIGHT THE LEGIONS WAR FOR THEM!!!
(Seijuro looks around at the other Samurai in the room before flipping the blade around, and handing it to the Orochi.)
Seijuro: Hah! (The Orochi helps Seijuro to his feet.) The Emperor's Champion. Heading our armies again.
Orochi: I am going to Ashfield. Our enemy is there.