Ken Banno has never told us how many of his people he brought home after War’s End. It would be a loss of honor to advertise them. But we know hundreds of thousands slowly returned to Los Angeles after the Empress rebuilt it. Some admitted to having fought, and publicly surrendered a ceremonial weapon on the steps of her palace. Most returned with some story about sheltering in Texas, Dixie, or New England, and their friends, families, and neighbors pretended to believe them. It would be a loss of face and honor on both sides to question their stories. Ken Banno never surrendered a weapon. He never returned to his old life. He remains a Cowboy to this day, serving the Empress as her personal representative to our organization.