Sengoku Horizon

Look towards the Horizon

The Warring States Period: Fierce warlords fought for control of Japan, and many would perish. When a warrior falls, where does the passion they once held go? Possibly into something dear such as a favorite weapon or heirloom. These heirlooms have been labeled as “relics”, and those that carry them are labeled as “Scions." Recently more and more of these special relics have been activating, signaling the start of a great change as ancient power meets the modern world!

Now For The Local News, 3/8/2017Spring has come. The war with the Ikko Ikki monks has begun! The Bugei students set off to various areas of Japan in the first war the country has seen in nearly 200 years! What will happen as monks and samurai clash? FIND OUT!

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~The World~

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In Sengoku Horizon the course of the world has changed. For the sake of upholding chivalry wars are fought with knights and samurai at close range instead of missiles and machine guns. Due to this focus on chivalry and military might various empires have come to power across the world. In Europe France, England, and Germany are constantly locked in a three way war with colonies across the world.
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In Asia China and Russia are the two largest powers. Both countries rarely move but are constantly watching each other, waiting for war. Korea is a small country guarded by China known for it's flashy music groups and it's key role as a central trade point between China and Japan. The smaller Asian countries tend to keep to their own borders but all trade heavily with each other and China. In Southeast Asia the large island of Australia acts as a penal colony on the western side of the island, and an emerging economic power on it's Eastern coast.
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Finally across the pacific the U.S., Mexico, and Canada have the world's most advanced guns and battleships known to the world. The three countries have managed to settle their borders through strict treaties and military build up along the borders. In south America, must like Asia, multiple small countries trade with each other but are often too busy dealing with civil disruption in their own borders to wage war on one another.
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~Japan~
Central and Southern Japan
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In Sengoku Hoirzon the fall of the Tokugawa Government never happened. After Sekigahara the Tokugawa had been named shogun, military lord of Japan, while the Emperor ruled quietly from Kyoto. This rule has gone on for the past four-hundred years with little disturbance. The Shogun has kept a heavy emphasis on bushido and the warrior class. Following samurai tradition the country is divided into clans and territories.
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Because of the Tokugawa's Sakoku ("closed country") policies Japan has remained mostly isolated with strong limitations on who may enter and leave. While foreign trade does take place, only four trade ports exist between the isolated country of Japan and the rest of the world. These four ports are located in the Date clan's city of Sendai, the Shogun controlled city of Edo, the major trade hub Osaka, and the small island of Tanegashima located off of Kyushu's southern coast and operated by the Shimazu clan.
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National education exists in Tokugawa Japan. While commoners do go to school, education is not only expensive but also non-compulsory. The level of education varies by ruling clan and funding within each province.So while a large amount of the Japanese common people are educated, a peasant class still exists made mostly of farmers and minors. For even though education is important poorer families in some provinces still rely on income from farming and mining just to stay afloat. Also, under the feudal system all able bodied men are expected to prepare for war should the lord of their province ever ask them too.
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~Relics~

Through the passing of heirlooms, compatibility tests held by the Shogunate, and sometimes even dumb luck, Japanese teenagers are finding the left over sacred items of famous samurai. Students who's spirits are similar to those of ancient samurai and thus are able to use relics from the warring states period in order to gain amazing powers such as combat mastery, elemental control, and even teleportation.
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A relic is created when a person with a strong soul, usually born of an era of war, passes away. Through out their life they would have had an item that was always on their person that slowly absorbed their strong spirit, their will, and their ambition.This item would then be passed down or traded around for centuries until it ended up in the hands of it's current owner.
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The power of a relic is not limited by the power of the person in their previous life but instead by the power and experience gained in this new world. To activate a relic a person must be similar in spirit to the original owner. A relic could easily exist as an heirloom in a family for generations without activating if no one in the family has a similar spirit to the item's original owner. The current theory is that in every four generations, only two people exist who are compatible with a relic. Even then this relies on a person actually coming in contact with that relic to activate it.
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Scion's power tend to come into full bloom durrring the highscool years of one's life. Shortly after teenagers activate these relics they are taken to a special charter school in Edo. At this school elite children, descended from samurai and nobles of the sengoku era are groomed for high ranking positions in the military and government.
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Under Edo Castle the Tokugawa have a large vault of known relics. Many relics are also stored in museums or in the hands of famous clans. This is because without a proper person to active them relics aren't usually considered dangerous. A group of record keeping onmyouji residing below Edo Castle tend to the relic vault and keep extensive records on all known relics, from who owns them to what they have been doing with those relics recently. The head priest who resides under Edo Castle has a rare sensor relic that allow him to sense the general area of a relic's awakening. After his report the shogun then dispatch agents, either metsuke or shinobi, to the area to give a clear ultimatum to the Scion. They may either attend Edo Bugei, or be put down as a rebel Scion. This is how the shogunate is able to dispatch representatives to bring newly awakened scions into Edo Bugei. It should be noted though that given the number of strong souls that lived and died during the Sengoku Jidai not even the shogunate is completely sure of just how many relics exist.
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Shortly after teenagers activate these relics they are taken to a special charter school in Edo. At this school elite children, descended from samurai and nobles of the sengoku era are groomed for high ranking positions in the military and government. The name of this school is Edo Bugei Academy.
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~Plot~

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Welcome to Edo Bugei, where high school truly is a battlefield. Created by the Shogunate in order to nurture the best and the brightest to lead the future of Japan, Edo Bugei is the country's most prestigious military academy that was designed to test its students in other ways than just multiple choice questions. Students must prove their worth in their chosen path in order to succeed.
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In spite of their prestigious status the students of Edo bugei are far from free. The third Tokugawa Shogun Iemitsu made a strict law that all clans must send their first child to Edo to live as a hostage all year in case the clan decided to rebel. The current Edo Bugei system is a modern version to this law. Through this system the future leaders of the country are tutored and trained by the shogunate, as well as given excellent protection. However, they are also hostages and closely monitored in case any start showing signs of a highly rebellious nature.
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The challenges the Bugei students face are as varied as the students themselves. . Across Japan the atmosphere is tense. The Wokou, pirates from mainland Asia, repeatedly attack Japanese ships. Angry monk groups called the Ikko-Ikki rise up every few months and insight rebellion. Even among the warrior class various clans still wage war against one another to reclaim the lands they once ruled.
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With students haling from various backgrounds not even Edo Bugei's campus can escape the political climate. Various clans with long standing blood feuds and conflicting views on the Shogunate clash both in and out of classes and missions. As anti-Tokugawa factions begin to clash with the shogunate, so to do students with different ideals begin to clash inside the Bugei. With the threads of Japan's stability slowly unwinding what role will your character play? A normal student trying to survive in this world? A loyalist of one of the factions looking to support his or her side? Perhaps a scion looking for something to do with your newly awakened powers? Or perhaps....something entirely different all together. The choice is yours.
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~Technology~

In this world civilian technology is relatively unchanged. Energy is supplied mostly through steam and the burning of fossil fuels. Due to a horribly failed nuclear test in Chernobyl nuclear power never caught on. Also due to limited resources jet propulsion as a means of transportation and combat are extremely uncommon. Massive transport and passenger plans are far more common than missiles and fighter planes.
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Cars are fairly uncommon in many parts of Asia due to environmental concerns. Trains and buses are often used for mass transit, and the electrical railed shinkansen is a preference for long distance travel. Personal bikes and motorcycles are expensive but common. In terms of getting around Asia, or traveling from one Japanese island to another, ships are still very much the mainstay. Cell phones, tablets, game platforms, etc. still exist, just with a bit reduced graphics, lower battery life, and mostly useless reception depending on the area.
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The existence of scions and lack of fuel stopped the development of long range missiles and nuclear weaponry. Since weaponry is mostly focused on edged weapons gun and naval military technology haven't advanced past roughly 1865 in our world. This means Japan's rifles are breech or muzzle loading, lever action, with America has gun technology more equivalent to 1880 in our world. The most powerful gun in the world right now is the Modified Gatling gun. Ships have large cannons on them that are more in line with siege cannons than what we would consider naval cannons. Steam powered ironclads are the pride of most countries. Some ships also carry torpedo launchers and have rotating platforms that house Gatling guns inside of them or raised areas for rows of archers or riflemen to stand on and fire from.
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Armor has also changed quite a bit over the past 400 years. Due to almost two centuries of fairly peaceful life battle armor for generals and specialists has now become something made more for style and appearance rather than actual combat. Usually it is a slick, well fitting outfit adorned with an extra hard piece of armor covering critical places while having thick padding or chain-mail underneath. Examples are as follows.
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~Classes~

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Edo Bugei is first and foremost an academy. This means everyone attending is either a teacher or student, and must attend classes. From history, to science, to combat practice, various classes will be offered that can help your character brush up on things they already know, or expand horizons with new areas of study and special training. These are a great chance to learn more about your fellow students and bond with your instructors. They will also raise your status in the academy.
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Five types of classes exist at Edo Bugei. Lectures on people, which cover famous people from Japanese history. Lectures on events, which usually cover famous battles. Skill training, which cover combat techniques. Art classes cover crafting, performing, etc. Finally you have Field Trips. Field Trips are rare classes that will take students to amazing places all over Japan.
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~Missions~

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With most of the world still using a feudal type system many issues arrise in modern times. The two main issues being that rival lords through out Japan go to war with eachother despite the fact they are suppose to be at peace. When rival warlords go to war Edo Bugei students may be called to either defend a specific area or defeat a rebellious lord.
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The second major issue is peasant uprisings. Through out Japan the average people band together in order to try and over throw the Tokugawa government. They either don't like being subjugated, or have grudges due to the actions of rogue samurai in the area. When this happens Edo Bugei students are usually called upon so that a lord does not have to order people from his or her own province to kill eachother.
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A final problem, though rare, is for a foreign country to either issue a challenge or try and invade Japan. Just like local lord, country governments wish for more land, resources, and money. So be prepared for this occurrence should it ever arise. If this happens then pro and anti Tokugawa forces will be ordered to put all differences aside in order to defend the country. The same is true in the event of a large scale peasant uprising.
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~Mission Ranks and Types~

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All missions are split into six ranks. Each mission will have a rank number showing it's difficulty. Ranks one and two are usually for first years. Ranks three and four are for second years. Rank five for third years. Rank six missions are extremely dangerous and a mixed team of students, usually guided by at least one teacher, is preferred.
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Edo Bugei carries out six main types of missions. City missions, missions inside of Edo to improve the city. Protection missions, missions that involve escorting people or cargo. Rescue missions, missions to retrieve people captured by enemy monks or ninja. Suppression missions, which do with putting down dangerous groups or individuals. Then finally retrieval missions, rare missions in which students are sent to recover relics from all over the world!
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~Rewards~

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Not all missions will have rewards. Most missions are given to students in order for them to gain experience using what they have already learned in class. However, all missions need to be completed. Every mission and class will help both the student and the country. Also keep in mind some missions may have special rewards for those that go above and beyond or think outside the box.
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~Gaidens~

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Occasionally active, hard working characters may receive an offer to complete a gaiden. Gaidens are long side stories that will be randomly offered by staff in order to help an active character complete a personal goal. Accepting and completing a gaiden thread by give someone a large discount on a specific shop item they've been wanting, or help them find clues about an enemy mentioned in the character's history, or even help put them in contact with someone to quickly move them closer to a long term goal.

~Site Events~

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Every few months a major site wide event will happen. These events will consist of multiple threads and be put in a special event area at the top of the RP area. Participating in these events will give you great prizes and help you meet other characters. They are also extremely important for moving the site story forward. We request people post often in these as they can take quite a while due to the number of members and length of the threads.
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Side wide events will have a prologue and epilogue NPC post. This way even members who have been away a while will understand what is going on in the event, and everyone will understand what will happen after the event is completed. It may also have Supplemental NPC posts through out the event to show you what other characters are doing while the event is going on.

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~Combat Basics~

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Combat on Sengoku Horizon is very free form. Your character will be able to do two or three actions a turn. Actions mean physical attacks, throwing an object, running away of towards someone full speed, or activating a relic power. Physical attack means attacking with your weapon, your feet, anything that isn't Relic use related. Obviously the stronger the attack the less attacks you get per post. A really light weapon such as a rapier would get the full three attacks, where as a single heavy club or a strong arrow shot is only one per post. What we don't want is people putting so many attacks the other person can't properly counter, or saying "Well I hit you with so much stuff you can't counter that in your post!" that is cheating.
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When responding to a combat post please respond to all of the attacks thrown at you before launching your own. Also, take your hits. Your character isn't perfect, please don't expect to dodge and perfectly block everything. Keep in mind that RP posts are about good story telling and character's struggles, not about seeing who can make their character sound more god like.
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~Weapon Use~

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Please keep in mind that unless previously stated the weapons used in combat on this site are very real. Fortunately your combat uniform from the academy can absorb attacks and handle different climates fairly well, though it is by no means indestructible. Their is an NPC doctor that can cure wounds and restore limbs, but with serious restrictions.
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If you are going to use the back of the weapon, or a lower powered attack in order to stop someone without killing them then please specify this in your post so everyone is aware. Also, don't just suddenly pull a weapon out of nowhere or say a trap went off if you didn't mention having that weapon at the start of the thread or setting up that trap in previous posts.
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~Damage System~

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If during combat your character got stabbed multiple times, shot, burnt, etc. we don't expect you to just shrug that off. We would like your character, in role play, to be in a cast for a few threads, or talk a few times about how much the residual damage hurts. It will provide a surprising amount of depth to your future posts as you talk about how you got a scar or why your character is spending two months worth of threads with an arm sling.
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~Poisons~

<br> Poisons exist on the site. Poisons will be judged on a case by case basis in your application and will require specifics such as what your poison does and how many turns they take to effect someone.
<br> Sengoku Horizon uses a dose system. basically "each hit gives the enemy a dose of poison. please put how many doses it takes for the poison to take effect or how strong it is at each dose". Poisons will be put in the weapons section of your character application below your weapon.
<br> If you want to craft a poison you need to write out what it does, and staff will approve it and add it to the app under weapons. Once approved you will still need an IC thread to make it though.
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~Details~

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Details are the biggest part of RPing combat. If you aren't sure how to extend an RP combat post more detail is always better. Instead of just saying you swing your sword why not add detail? Talking of the sound of the blade moving through the air, about the strain of repeated sword attacks, or the hard clash or your blade against that of the enemy? About what is on your character's mind during the fight? Consider describing your character planning his or her next attack, or the effect of your battlefield upon your character such as feeling overheated or slipping on a wet or muddy surface while trying to attack.
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~Further Reading~

<br>Please check out the combat guides at the end of the guidebook.
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May 18 2017, 09:57 PM
Everyone who is not currently in Event mission 3 please post in this thread with the names of yours characters you would like in the final event of the Ikko Ikki arc next month. This sign up will be until June 16th. This will determine number of threads. Sorry, you don't get to choose whom you fight or what thread you will join this time.

Number signed up so far: 25
(22 sign up + 3 in Infiltration Event)
May 13 2017, 09:02 AM
~Teachers~
Important Staff at Edo Bugei Academy.

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~Elite Students~
Elite Students at Edo Bugei. These men and woman represent the most powerful students of the academy.

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~Edo Castle~
The important military leaders of the country that live inside Edo Castle. Next to the Imperial Family they are the most powerful people in the land.

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~Kyoto~
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