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 unit lead by Kaoru Kashiwagi that is 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 it's captain, this position is currently held by Kaoru Kashiwagi.
- Kaoru Kashiwagi - Captain of the Goefu; Leader of the Emonfu
Name & Origin
The Goefu is based on the actual historic military institution from imperial Japan of the same name. The Goefu (五衛府 Goefu), lit. Five Palace Guards and commonly translated as the Five Guards, was made up of five smaller departments, all in charge of protecting the Emperor and guarding the capital, their main difference was the social class of the people that made up their soldiers. They are the Emonfu (衛門府 Emonfu), who had the vestiges of enemy clans' palace guards as well as peasants; the left and right Hyōefu (兵衛府 Hyōefu), who had middle to lower class nobles; and the left and right Ejifu (衛士府 Ejifu), who had peasants. Each department was commanded and supervised by its own "Kami" (督 Kami), their titles were written by replacing "fu" (府) with "kami" (督), for example the leader of the Emonfu is called Emon no kami (衛門督 Emon no kami). 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 Ooama no Ake no Mitori succeeded a coup d'état and 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, as seen from Kaoru Kashiwagi covering the city with a red mist to warn citizens of the danger, as well as their attempt in stopping the protagonist trios from entering the city.
The captain of the Goefu, Kaoru Kashiwagi, can be encountered as the stage 4 Boss of the Brilliant route.
- 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.