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Revenge of the Shogun

Mr. Blonde

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[SIZE=2][FONT=Palatino Linotype][COLOR=darkred]Honshū, Japan[/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE]
[SIZE=2][FONT=Palatino Linotype][COLOR=darkred]The Heian Period[/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/center]

[FONT=Book Antiqua]In the late 8th and early 9th centuries Japan's Emperor Kammu sought to expand Japanese rule into the Honshū, a land inhabited by numerous nomatic clans. His unrivaled expansion of the Japanese Empire was nearly complete, however the Emishi tribes of the Northern Honshū opposed Emperor Kammu's rule and brought the fires of war down upon the Japanese Empiire. [/FONT]

[FONT=Book Antiqua]The Emishi led strong cavalry attacks which desimated Japanese strongholds throughout the Honshū. Emperor Kammu quickly responded, however the previously unchallenged Japanese Army lacked motivation and discipline, and were easily dispatched by the Emishi. The Japanese soldiers which were primarily infantryman were swiftly cut down. Emperor Kammu was desperate and turned to the nomatic clans he despised to help him save his empire. [/FONT]

[FONT=Book Antiqua]In 781 A.D the Emperor bestowed the title of Seiitaishogun (Shogun) to the leaders of powerful regional clans and paid these clans handsomely to conquer the Emishi for the Japanese Empire. These Shogun Generals showed fearless valor in battle. Their warriors excelled in mounted combat and archery. Their long swords and thick plated armor were like nothing no one had ever seen, not even the previously unbeatable Emishi. The Emperor was proud of his Shogun Warriors, rewarding the clans with land and harvest. For a time all was good. [/FONT]

[FONT=Book Antiqua]But Emperor Kammu could not stomach his distain for these "barbarians" for long. And when the Emishi had been all but elimated and Kammu's need for the Shogun was no more, he attempted to dispatch them. Kammu sent the full might of the Imperial Army into the Honshū plains waving the banner of peace. He called the Shogun Generals to an unarmed meeting, and in cold blood had every last one of them executed. His armies set the country side ablaze. Thousands of men were slaughtered, women raped and children bled out and left for dead. The Honshū burned, and all memory of the valor of the Shogun was erased... nearly.[/FONT]

[FONT=Book Antiqua]Emperor Kammu, confident in the erradication of any that could oppose him, began arrogantly reffering to his Imperial Generals as Shoguns and adopted heavy cavalry into the Japanese Army. Control over the whole of his Empire was realized and soon the Honshū clans drifted from the Emperor's mind.[/FONT]

[center][SIZE=2][FONT=Palatino Linotype][COLOR=darkred]805 A.D[/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE]
[SIZE=2][FONT=Palatino Linotype][COLOR=darkred]24 years later[/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/center]

[FONT=Book Antiqua]Years have passed without challenge and the Imperial Army has forgotten the feel of battle, the sting the defeat, and the taste of blood. For 24 years not a word has been spoken of rebellion in the Honshū... but all is not as it seems. There is a second rebellion brewing, but not by the Emishi, by the very Shogun Warriors Kammu thinks he has eliminated. The Bushido Warrior Code has kept the way of the Shogun alive and in the shadows, hidden from the Emperor and his armies. But now the clans have called a secret meeting, a war is brewing and the Shogun shall have their revenge.[/FONT]

Your character is one of the Shogun Warriors called to the meeting.

[B]EDIT:[/B] The meeting will be a gathering of the most gifted warriors in the Honshū. An assasination is being planned on the Emperor and a small band of assasins is being put together to carry out the dangerous mission.


Here's a list of some clans:

Akahoshi clan (赤星氏)
Akamatsu clan (赤松氏)
Akita clan (秋田氏)
Akiyama clan (秋山氏)
Chiba clan (千葉氏)
Chōsokabe clan (長宗我部氏)
Doi clan (土井氏)
Hosokawa clan (細川氏)
Itō clan (伊東氏)
Kitajō clan (北条氏)
Nagao clan (長尾氏)
Ōta clan
Rokkaku clan (六角氏)
Saitō clan (斉藤氏)
Sō clan (宗氏)
Utsunomiya clan (宇都宮氏)
Yagyū clan (柳生氏)


Like always I'll post if and when this takes off.
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