Vampire Council: Council Member
Hua Mulan’s story is a well known legend in Japan, but the actual facts of the story are still in debate.
The poem starts with Mulan worried, as one male from each family is called to serve in the army. Her father is old and weak and her younger brother is too young, so she decides to take his place and bids farewell to her parents. After twelve years of fighting, the army returns and the warriors are rewarded. Mulan turns down an official post, and asks only for a swift horse to carry her home. She is greeted with joy by her family. Mulan dons her old clothes and meets her comrades, who are shocked that in their years traveling together, they did not realize that she was a woman.
She will tell you that most of it is true.
The story that continues is not as heroic to state that when the Emperor discovered one of his best warriors was a woman, he offered her to be his concubine or a death sentence. She refused stating that when she dressed as a man, she was good enough to die in honor, and the Emperor should respect that. On the eve of her execution, an older gentleman came into her room, and offered her a new life of freedom.
She took it.