With several of the Elemental Masters having proven themselves to be corrupt, defying the Empress and holing up in their lands, the Empress orders the only clan not embroiled in conflict, that being the Mantis, to lay siege to the Phoenix lands and subdue to the council with as minimum a loss of life as possible. Knowing that their troops are no match for a land battle due to how entrenched the Phoenix already are they opt for an attack by sea. Their fears are proven true when they realize the Isawa have placed magical wards up that guard their entire lands from any form of attack.
During the war the Mantis bombard the harbors of the Phoenix, reducing their seafaring abilities to nothing, while sending troops to torch farms. Their hopes are to end the battle as quickly and smoothly as they can by forcing the starving armies to surrender. While the Asako and Agasha openly rebel against the Isawa, demanding that they stop these attacks, while the Shiba are torn between their sacred duty to the Isawa and their duties as Samurai to both the people and the Empress.
In desperation the Isawa summon up an avatar of the Dragon of Fire and send it against the fleet. As it destroys ships Tamiyo sees the only way to stop it from slaughtering her friends and allies, calling upon the blood of Togashi within her. Changing into a water dragon she assaults the avatar, the very surprised avatar. With the assistance of some Shugenja amongst the fleet she destroys it, destroying the artifact used to summon it. This, along with some outside assistance, causes the barrier to fall and the Mantis assault the Isawa.
When all is said and done only the Elemental Master of Earth and Void survived. The others were killed by Tamiyo and her allies. In addition a Bloodspeaker was revealed to be behind the corruption, having sunk “her” claws into the council. Torn to shreds by Tamiyo, the hope is that now the Shugenja of the Phoenix can help the Dragon with the attacking Yobanjin and the Unicorn with the mysterious beasts attacking their lands.