Arrayed on the battlefield are the armies of Lords Mifune and Hikiji,
along with those that swear fealty to them. the battle is joined and it is
soon clear that Hikiji stands not a chance of victory. With this known,
Mifune joins the battle personally, signalling the rest of his troops
Hikiji's forces are routed and Mifune's forces press forward however
the forces of General Toda do not attack as planned and turn traitor,
scything into Mifune's troops. Hikiji's men regroup and rejoin the
battle, catching Mifune in a pincer.
Seeing this, Gunichi urges Usagi to flee with him and desert their
lord, cursing him for a fool when he stays. Usagi reports Gunichi fallen
to his lord and stays with him, attempting to break out of their hopeless
situation. Luck seems to go with them until a final volley of arrows takes
the life of Mifune. Usagi performs his duty, taking the head of his lord
and then becomes ronin. Of Gunichi there was no sign.
Usagi did not see him again until the time of the duel.
His tale now finished, Usagi pays the innkeeper and he and Gen make
their way into the night.