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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!

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 Official Class: The History of Sekigahara!
Alida
 Posted: Nov 25 2016, 12:43 PM
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As expected of the history lesson did the class quickly reviewed over the mess that was Sekigahara. In a stand point was a more well to do army against a collective that couldn't figure out who was leading them. Before the teacher could carry on to the bigger picture of what was really wrong with this setting, the students were once again asked about their views and takes to remedy a group that isn't focused.

Mika huffed a bit and tried to think on the idea. The gist of it was to get people to stay behind one goal. That's like ensuring advisers back home to stay on topic during discussions. She sighed. Most of the time when sitting through meetings that required family presence did they tend to drag on before Father directs their concerns. She thought of how her Father have handled things when it came to honor but her thoughts on it were too lightly. These men may have been looking for honor at the time but material values and merits that carry on afterward would be more enticing.

"If they want Honor so badly, wouldn't that be enough? To fight under their command to ensure honor to be granted unto them and their home clan? Winning would encourage more favors so long as they choose not to defect."

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Kitsu listened to the class lecture and took a few notes in a small notebook. The question arose then; how do you unify a side that is wrought with instability? He pondered a moment, and then listened to the other student's ideas. He sighed inwardly, wondering if his thoughts were too extreme. Executing a lesser general would do the trick....but there is another way.

Kitsu raised his hand to give his opinion. "Depending on the budget, a handsome amount of money given to the top generals of the army would also solidify the military forces, at least for a short time....promises of parcels of land work nicely in lieu of cold hard cash."

He knew that land was a big bargaining chip back then, and was a prized thing for samurai to have land. So why not dish out the land gained from the battle as payment to keep people's loyalty?

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Toshi listened on as the Doctor explained the situation in the western camp, and as the other responded he could not help but think they were missing the reason for the divisions. The promise of honor would go to them either way, gained in either victory or death. Money and land would not solve it either for who would be making such promises when there was no coherent leader besides such things would only drive the division wider. For the problem was not lack of loyalty but rather an abundance of Ego, the forces were correct in having the Mori run the battle it made sense with the numbers. If Mitsunari acted like the Doctor said then the solution was for him to back off and let the Mori do their thing. However Toshi would not say any of this out loud for he would only be pegged as biased, which was funny considering Toshi really didn’t care for the Mori but it was clear the Doctor though otherwise. So Toshi said nothing and waited for the Doctor to continue on.

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The teacher listened carefully to his student's responses. It seemed best to address each thought individually starting with Mikazuki's.
"If they want Honor so badly, wouldn't that be enough? To fight under their command to ensure honor to be granted unto them and their home clan? Winning would encourage more favors so long as they choose not to defect." With a smile he nodded approvingly.
"That did work for some Western clans. For instance the Shimazu who always fought for honor regardless of who was in charge. Though hold that thought." then next came Kitsu.
"Depending on the budget, a handsome amount of money given to the top generals of the army would also solidify the military forces, at least for a short time....promises of parcels of land work nicely in lieu of cold hard cash." again the teacher nodded.
"You guys are definitely getting towards the right idea here." then finally the teacher looked at the rest of the class but got no answer. Shaking his head a bit he pointed at the Tokugawa crest.
"Tokugawa Ieyasu as the clear leader of the East. If he won, he would decide who got honor, who got land, etc. and he definitely did just that. Now the problem comes with the Western Army. The leader of the Western Army was obviously Hideyori in name, but he is seven at the time. So who gives out honor and land? Maybe the Mori, though they are only commander in title. Maybe Mitsunari, though he isn't really a samurai and is suppose to be equal to the Mori? This lack of a leader caused what was already a mix of egos to become even worse. Unlike the East who was under a clear leader the West had multiple competing sources of ideals and this caused a lot of the Western force to move without warning or notice." and with that he drew a large tokugawa clan symbol surrounded by the various clan crests of the Western army.

"Now, three things to note before we really get into this battle. Thing one is a man named Otani Yoshitsugu. He was the official strategist of the Western Army. While his moves did have to be approved by Mitsunari, Yoshitsugu was a brilliant man and no one can deny this. Even though Mitsunari wasn't well liked, Yoshitsugu still gave a well thought out battle plan that caused the Western army to stand at least somewhat of a chance." he said and pointed to a crest that showed to dragonflies gazing at each other.
"Thing two, the area Tokugawa Ieyasu was from and use to fighting in is the flat areas of the Kanto. Open, flat land with low hills. Incidentally, Sekigahara is open, flat land with low hills." and with that drew multiple small cannons around the Tokugawa crest.
"Thing three, and the opening to our battle. Ii Naomasa shot first." and with that drew the crest of the Ii clan outside of the cannons.

"Ii Naomasa was a young, foolish warrior with everything in the world to prove. He was considered the brave, handsome young flame of the Tokugawa's alliance and was never the type to hold back. On the morning of Sekigahara it was Naomasa that charged directly into the enemy before the Western army could even begin attacking. Through this charge he would actually claim the lives of multiple Western army troops and even a general. This is why he is famous as a charging cavalryman." the teacher said loudly in an excited voice.
"Just imagine through the fog, when you are ready for all out war, you see a large cavalry devision in all red armor charging straight at you with the fastest horses in the East. No word of attack, no even formal start to the battle, and here you see the enemy charging directly at you before you can even properly get into formation. You can imagine how terrified the Western army must have been. They would be badly hurt by the charge, and then all begin to charge themselves. This is when the large problem happened. The Western generals got deeply locked in conflict with Eastern generals that had grudges against for a long time. Though with proper order from Ieyasu who was use to these situations and the egos of his men the Eastern army moved in formation and even had multiple canons brought in for the open are warfare. The Western army was uncoordinated soldiers with grudges picking and choosing their own battles. The Mori, the Kikiawa, the Kobyakawa, and a lot of other generals would end up never even moving in the actual battle out of direct protest of how they had been treated thus far. The Shimazu, the most famous warrior clan in the West, didn't even more until Ii Naomasa had killed a ridiculous number of Western troops. Even when the Shimazu did move it certainly wasn't for Mitsunari, it was because the war hungry Shimazu saw a strong opponent and like most of the Western generals followed the path they wanted to follow." the entire time the professor kept shaking his head while slowly making slash marks through the various Western army clan crests.

"They had more men than the Tokugawa. They had better generals if we go by a strict role call of who was at the battle and what exploits they had accomplished. They even had the element of surprise through the fog. Yet what they didn't have was chain of command. The Tokugawa never had to cut the head off the snake, the snake never had a head to begin with. Well, perhaps too many heads depending on how you wish to look at it." and finally the teacher sighed.

"To make matters worse, ONE MAN, Kobyakawa Hideaki, even betrayed Mitsunari. It was clear that the Western army would lose the battle. Multiple clans had chosen not to fight and some even retreated from the battle with most of their armies still in tact. It would actually be Kobayakawa Hideaski, with one of the largest armies on the Western side, who decided that if you can't beat them join them. He would attack Otani Yoshitsugu from behind. The Otani army was so busy fighting the Kobayawaka that they couldn't issue orders to the honor hungry Western generals, and so no massive formations or troops movements happened. It was like a bunch of rain drops hitting a steel sheet when they could have been a high pressure blast hitting a stone." with that said he drew a large question mark.

"I want everyone to be honest. After this question I will tell you the end result of Sekigahara and some fun myths and legends about the battle. Before we end though be honest with me. Can you blame Hideaki? A lot of people due to samurai code view him as a traitor in the history books. Which don't get me wrong he is by all definitions. Though I want to challenge you all to think of this from his point of view. You signed on out of loyalty to a dead man, to fight another great man. Your side is full of honor hungry warriors with no real strategies and are getting slaughtered left and right. So really when you care about your life, and the lives of your men, why not join the side that is winning? Do you think he was wrong?"

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Kitsu thought about the question for a short time, thinking about what he personally would have done. It sounded a lot like his crusade to bring back his clan once he thought about it enough. He was ready to change sides if it meant getting his clan back up and running.

He finally raised his hand and waited to be called on before speaking. "When someone truly believes in a personal thought or cause, it doesn't matter about changing sides. All that matters is that you do what you think is the best for your goals. It seems to be that he didn't have any real belief in the side he originally swore loyalty to and found that the other side had a more reasonable cause to fight for."

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"Would not stepping out of the fight be another option? Their sworn virtues are toward a dead man and if the living is inadequate to uphold those tenants then there shouldn't be any folly to go toward one who would. The sworn loyalty may be toward another, however, taking an initiative to go and back stab another general in the field is, well, if it were myself in that position, their reasons are sound but their actions would not allow myself to trust them. Rather I would dismiss them rather than disband their clan."

Mika spoke after considering the weight of values and actions. Had someone done that to her if she was leader, someone taking actions on their own hands without consulting her by some means in the middle of a battle breaking out would not bring any well intents across. Someone acting on their own can't be as trusted, loyalty or not. After saying this did Mika seem to frown upon the thought and attempted to keep notes of this lecture if advisers at home showed any signs of questionable loyalty conflicts.



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For Toshi the answer was simple, “A dead man cannot protect his land for people, regardless of codes a rulers first respsibiltiy is to his people. After all in war there is no wrong or right only victory or death.”
It was all rather simple in his mind either you win or you die, there was no half measures. You simple must do what’s best for you and yours and if that means betraying former allies then so be it.

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The teacher listened to the three views. All three seemed fairly different in terms of view. Kitsu understood, Mika understood the reasons but said the clan was still low, and finally Toshi simply said that war was war and the dead could not create a new country. The teacher felt truely happy for a moment. In this relatively peaceful era these three could express such different views openly and not have to worry about settling their disputes on the battlefield, with one or more of them having to give up their lives.
"I am glad to have such open minded students." he said as he gave them all a warm smile. Honda Matsushina had remained relatively quiet but the teacher understood why. Matsushina seemed to be rather tough willed and may be holding back due to the discussion focusing more on the Toyotomi said rather than the Tokugawa.

"Now, lets talk about the ending. As all of you know Sekigahara ended with a Tokugawa victory. Fifteen years later the Tokugawa would march from their base in Edo to the Toyotomi base in Osaka and claim victory and unify the nation. Lets talk about what happened in other people's lives though shall we? For instance Mr. Kobayawaka. The Tokugawa let him keep his lands, but alegedly, after the battle when Hideaki requested merits and gold Tokugawa Ieyasu went as far as to actually punch the young man in the jaw. Screaming about how he was no true samurai and was to remove himself from the sight of the TOkugawa at once. Though this is just a legend. What we do know is that not even tow weeks later poor Hideaki was violently assassinated. You see, he went back to Western Japan, and was surrounded by the clans and retainers of those he had betrayed." and with that the teacher drew a thick "X" mark through the Kobyakawa clan crest on the board.

"Ii Naomasa, loyal Tokugawa general and famous combat master. At the battle of Sekigahara he killed a large number of Shimazu forces, and was the first to charge into battle. Sadly, he was also shot. While he didn't die at Sekigahara, a few weeks later he would die of infection. Some say it was a curse from Shimazu Toyohisa, the brave young warrior that Ii killed in combat." and with that marked out the Ii clan crest.

"Finally, one of the more interesting stories was a man named Tachibana Muneshige. It was said that if Honda Tadakatsu was the strongest in the East, then in the West, Muneshige. He was a brave, strong, loyal man. After his defeat at Sekigahara he was praised so much that the Tokugawa generals supposedly told their lord that it would be a shame to let such a fine man be executed. However, when Ieyasu asked Muneshige if he would like to retain his castle Muneshige refused. He gave up his fied, his lands, and his retainers, and chose to become a ronin. It was very hard on his family but Muneshige was a man of pride. It was only because he wanted to continue protecting his retainers that he didn't commit sepuku after the battle. However, only a few years later, Ieyasu would find Muneshige and again offer him his fief back. Muneshige would again refuse, however his family and many of the Tokugawa generals would finally persuade him to regain his territory. This is why many compared him to a famous European Knight in his actions. Absolute loyalty and willingness to accept punishment." so the teacher drew both a circle and "X" through the Tachibana clan crest on the board.

"Now then to end the class I would like to talk about two famous myths and rumors regarding Sekigahara. The first is the fog. It is well known that Sekigahara was extremely foggy, but some legends say the fog was due to Death itself! Some legends say Death knew the battle would happen, and created the fog as a way to welcome the soldiers into the underworld. Strange as it is, it is in fact a legend. The other is an eclipse. Many popular culture references say an eclipse, and in some instances even the falling of a meteor, happened at Sekigahara. None of those are truly confirmed however." he said as he waved his hand in the air a bit, as though to clear away false myths.

"Now then. I hope you all found this class interesting. I plan to run another lecture on the battle of Osaka that happened fifteen years later and truly ended the Waring states period. Any questions before we dismiss?"

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She glanced at her brother mid-lecture now that the class has nearly drawn to a close. Matsushina remained oddly silent despite his more passionate views but she wasn't sure of what could be on her brother's mind these days. Mika pressed her notes together in an orderly fashion for the final parts of the lecture. The ends of men fell as differently as their opinions but that boy Toshi may have the right of it that the battle was a war. A little too cut and dry for her liking but for years later of the aftermath that his blunt expressions could have summarized the battle to a single page.

Mika shook her head slowly while awaiting for permission to leave the room. No more questions would come from her, even after the oddly shoehorned in mystical aspects of the battle. A fog of death was one thing but an eclipse was a bit far out there that the teacher even swatted away the false thoughts.


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Kitsu would simply shrug when asked if there were any questions. He took in all of the history information pretty well, though seemed to light up a small amount when talking about the myths and lore that was surrounding the battle, such as the fog. Things like this surprisingly intrigued him. It reminded him of several plays he had seen since coming to Edo, and that was one of his 'secret' interests.

He would lean back in his chair and wait for the class to end, or so it seemed that it was going to end very soon.

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As all of the students seemed quiet the teacher smiled.
"Well, then I suppose that ends our lecture for the day. I know I wasn't the teacher you had all been expecting but I hope it was enjoyable. As I said I will be doing a follow up class later and hope to see you all in it." the teacher then reached in his pocket and handed all four students a cheat sheet with the crests of various clans, which clan the crest belonged too, and what they did at Sekigahara.

"I know some of you may not want extra reading but if you want to learn more about the battle of Sekigahara please read these sheets I just gave you. I think you will find a lot of useful information. Also, if the battle comes up in one of your other classes you now have a cheat sheet of sorts. With nothing else to do, I guess class is dismissed." and with that he waited for the students to pack up and leave before he would close out the room himself.

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Toshi wasn’t sure what to expect of this class but in the end he felt like he had learned something and that was better then wasting his time. But now that it was over he grab the sheet packed it away and prepared to leave but before he left he felt it was appropriate to thank the instructor.
“This lecture was most enjoyable and I look forward to the next, till then.” with that he gave a slight bow to the teacher his fellow classmates and took his leave

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A final page was granted to every student as a visual aid for taking part in the class. A sheet that held the different clans, their emblems, and where they stood that faithful day. Mika's eyes skimmed the paper over to recount where her own family may have stood but also welcomed the spare notes to have. Families seldom change or change by a large margin over the years despite the modernization that has come within Edo. "Thank you kindly," she spoke in proper tone as she stood up and bowed to the class instructor. The man seemed kindly in his work that she somehow looked forward to the next class.

Gathering up her things, Mika took the welcome time to depart the room for her own quiet studying.

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Kitsu stood up and stretched hard, his arms visibly shaking from reaching up to the ceiling. He groaned slightly and sighed when he finished. He wasn't one to sit in one spot for a long time unless he's at the firing range. He would bow respectfully to the instructor of the class and accept the sheet of paper with all of the information on it. He turned and walked out of the room, off to parts unknown.

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Naganori smiled warmly as the students left. Once everyone had departed he cleaned the board of the various clan crests and gazed out the windows on the side of the classroom. It was easy to see the city of Edo around the school.
"It is incredible what 400 years can do." he said fondly as he packed up all of his papers. Putting things back in a traveling case he carried on him a very old tea cup wrapped in cloth fell out. Picking it up he slowly unwrapped the cup. It was a black lacquered cup with a golden Oda clan crest in the middle. Slowly he put it to his lips as though drinking and smiled a bit before wrapping it back up.

"I'm sorry Nobunaga-sama. It was truly a shame that Akechi Mitsuhide betrayed you. However, the world you would have made would have had far too much war in it." and with that the professor closed his traveling case and walked out of the room, locking the door behind him before returning the key to the room to the faculty offices on the third floor. He still had to work on lecture notes for a few of his upcoming regular classes, as well as a few side classes he was planning to teach later on regarding world history.

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