The Thousand Years of Steel were a set of kata designed in the 12th century when Kakita Kaiten and Mirumoto Uso met for a duel of respect. As masters of their respective schools they honored the bloodless challenge between the Mirumoto and Kakita schools that occurs almost every generation. The two swordsmen worked together to settle the differences between their two families by designing the kata, and the kata were since taught by all the major bushi schools of the Great Clans. [1] It was the hope of the series' founders that these Kata might help promote better relations between the martial institutions of the Crane and Dragon Clans, but so far this did not seem to have been the case. [2]


  1. Way of the Samurai, p. 12
  2. Book of Fire, p. 179

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