Kaoru Kashiwagi, captain of the guards
The Five Palace Guards|
The Five Guards
The Goefu (五衛府 Goefu, lit. Five Palace Guards) is an independent guard in charge of protecting the emperor and maintaining the city's safety, effectively being the Emperor's personal guards as well as the police. The Emon no Kami (衛門督 Emon no kami) is its captain, this position is currently held by Kaoru Kashiwagi.
The Goefu was established to maintain the city's safety and protect the emperor, although they gave Ooama no Ake no Mitori their full support during the coup d'état, Mitori has cut down on the organization's budget since they did not want to spend military resources to protect themself. Combined with the Imperial Military taking over defense of the city as well, the Goefu has been rendered largely redundant and their budget greatly cut.
- Kaoru Kashiwagi - Captain of the Goefu; Leader of the Emonfu
Name & Origin
The Goefu is based on the historic military institution from imperial Japan of the same name. It was made up of five smaller departments, their main difference was the social class of the people that made up their soldiers. They are the Emonfu (衛門府), which had the vestiges of enemy clans' palace guards as well as peasants; the left and right Hyōefu (兵衛府), which had middle to lower class nobles; and the left and right Ejifu (衛士府), which had peasants. Each department was commanded and supervised by its own "Kami" (督), for example the leader of the Emonfu is called Emon no kami (衛門督). They Goefu were in charge of guarding the gates of the palace and imperial residences, escorting imperial processions, serving as guards during court ceremonies and celebrations, and acting as the capital's police.
Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle
After Mitori became the new Emperor, they announced that specific protection for themselves was not needed and cut down the budget of the Goefu, so the Goefu is now unfortunately on the verge of collapse. Despite this, the Goefu still serves Mitori loyally and helped protect the city during the events of Brilliant Pagoda or Haze Castle. Kaoru Kashiwagi also covered the city with a red mist to warn citizens of the danger, and attempted in stopping the protagonist teams from entering the city.
- Imperial Military
The Imperial Military find the Goefu to be useless and thinks that they should be replaced by the military completely, many members of the military mock them by calling them mere "mannequins". The Field Marshal, Fujiwara no Shirogane no Sanra themself shares these thoughts. In turn, the Goefu seems to be on bad terms with the military as well, especially Kaoru Kashiwagi, the captain of the guards, who is stated to be on bad terms With Sanra.