Something that's not quite explained in Suikoden 1, and I know I'm looking too deeply into it, so just humor me.
But why did the Imperials steal the plans for the Burning Mirror, instead of simply buying them?
The Liberation Army, small as they were at the time, managed to scrape together enough cash to buy the plans for the Fire Spears. So surely a fully funded army could have just bought the Burning Mirror plans no problem.
And the Imperials likely would have paid Kage a substantial sum to steal the plans any way.
Do you suppose it's because the Imperials didn't want to be seen doing business with the dwarves, so they had the plans stolen so that Kwanda could take credit for designing the Burning Mirror himself, or something like that?
Ultimately it's the fact that the Imperials stole from the dwarves that prompted the chief into taking action and destroying the Burning Mirror any way. the dwarves don't seem too bothered about who uses their weapons for which purpose, as long as crimes aren't committed against the dwarves themselves.