The Demon clan unleashes the Four Gods, plunging the capital into utter chaos. Yasuaki ultimately breaks the seal upon Little Tengu in order to combat the onslaught of the Four Gods, controlled by the Demons.
Upon hearing that white-winged vengeful spirits have appeared at the foot of Daimonji Mountain and threatened the people there, Yorihisa remembers the “Nue” he encountered in the mountains of his homeland in his youth.
One night, at the Chief Councilor's banquet, the Vice Minister of Civil Affairs Fujiwara-noTakamichi meets the dancer Shirin. All of the noblemen are intoxicated by her beautiful figure and graceful performance.
Thoughts of Akram continue to sway Akane, though the quick response of the Eight Guardians in sensing her troubles further proves to her the existence of a mysterious bond connecting the Priestess and Eight Guardians to one another.