This is the third episode in the first season of Born to the Blade, an eleven-episode serial from Serial Box. This episode is written by Cassandra Khaw. In the Warder's Circle of Twaa-Fei, the truth is a game, and nothing can be taken at face value. Not even friendship. Warder Ojo Kante and aspiring warder Kris Denn strike an alliance that surprises them both with its swiftness and magnitude, while Ojo's gregarious nephew Adechike plies a bond with the young Kris. Junior Warder Bellona Avitus is trying to emerge from the shadow of her cruel superior, the Mertikan empire's Warder Lavinia Junius, by throwing a baby shower for Warder Penelope Krykos. Penelope, a fierce battlemistress, has little interest in the gaudy affair, but she too will seek advantage where it is offered. And Lavinia's junior, Cassia, welcomes home her exuberantly boastful lover, Anton, another quick friend for Kris. Meanwhile, the Warders and their juniors are all furiously working schemes, and Oda no Michiko is feeling more torn than ever between her imperial duty and the demands of her ancestor, the Golden Lord, slain by Lavinia's own hand.