The Snake Clan was once a proud and prosperous family, the descendants of the Imperial Magistrate Isawa Chuda who had saved the Emperor's life from the deadly threat of a maho cult. The Emperor proclaimed Chuda the first daimyo. After the death of their daimyo, his son, with the help of the spirit -- a Shuten Doji -- conceived of a plot to gain immortality and power through the use of dark forces.
The Elemental Masters were outraged at the young daimyo's actions, and terrified at the implications. They mobilized the armies of the Phoenix and marched upon Snake lands, killing every living thing within the Dragon Heart Plain.
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