One of the reasons why the Seven Tigers posed an existential threat to the early Realm is that they, arguably, had more of a legitimate "right" to consolidate and rule over the remnants of the Shogunate than the Empress did -- they were a group of high ranking generals, while she was a single low-ranking officer. Taking over and ruling the Dragon-Blooded Host post-Contagion required, to some extent, the consent of the Dragon-Blooded Host, and if the Seven Tigers had been successful at killing the Empress and seizing control of her power base -- or even just separating her from the Imperial...