Sengoku Horizon

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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!

Now For The Local News, 7/10/2017 A blood red summer has come. As the Edo Bugei students finish facing off with the ikko forces all across the nation a massive steel ship floats towards Edo Harbor. The final battle between the Ikko Ikki rebels and the Edo Bugei students is about to begin. The lingering question now, just how much of Edo will be left standing once the battle ends?

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 Special Class: The History of Edo Bugei
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 Posted: Oct 4 2017, 05:14 PM
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"Ms. Tagami. We do have writings by the original students during that period. They are in the library and I encourage you to read them. You will find the grammar used to be quite different than the language we use now." The Headmaster's words made her stop and think, even as Suishoku and Shinsuke answered his question and Suishoku proposed her own. What would the writing of the students be like? She was of course familiar with how people wrote from that time but a clear difference would exist between famous poets, and students as a school for the future leaders of the nation.

She didn't want to be rude and take out her phone right now, so instead she wrote herself a note to check the library's archives later. She then put the note in her tote bag. Then as the Headmaster spoke of the school's second phase and Shinsuke answered Yumiko gave her own answer.
"Did we speak more with foreigners?" she asked. After all, no point in learning more about foreigners if they never planned to interact with them.

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The headmaster listened carefully to the answers from both Shinsuke and Yumiko and smiled a bit.
"How far along are we now from stage 2?" Suishoku asked. Considering the answer for a moment he looked down at the photos in front of him then at the school around him.
"I would say stage 4. That is of course, leaving room for a possible stage 5 later. I don't think this school is what it could someday be." he explained before going back to his proposed question.
"Now then, you are both right. You see, letting in more students worked for a while but about two decades after this Southern Edo took root. At the time Southern Edo was mostly for shipping and fairly underdeveloped. However, as time began to pass the Shogunate, who was preparing to ward off foreign invaders who at the time had been busy attacking Japan, quickly found that just getting Dutch books wasn't enough. As war broke out in Asia between China, France, and Britain, Japan wanted to increase it's own strength. To do this foreign countries insisted that Japan allow diplomatic buildings to be built. They also demanded it be in Japan's biggest city. At first Osaka was proposed, however Edo merchants suggested southern Edo. This way an excuse existed to bring in more foreign trade goods, and have easy opportunity to sell Japanese goods to foreigners while building our international bonds. Thus Southern Edo was deemed the foreign district." it was then that he showed them all three pictures of old embassies in Southern Edo, as well as what looked like a series of docks being made in Edo.

"Where do Scions fit in all this? Wasn't knowledge of them been around for a long time?" Suishoku asked. The Headmaster looked up from the photos as she finished.
"If relics weren't being actively used before then when did this come into play for a school that has been mostly catered toward those within clan families?" The Headmaster couldn't help but smile.
"How inquisitive of you. I am impressed." he responded before pulling out a picture of an old katana that was clearly a relic given the shrine around it.

"For a long time relics have existed in Japan. The mostly belonged to ancient famous samurai. Thus, the samurai clans descended from said relic creators are the ones that held on to the items. Over time some got lost of course but lets not focus on that right now. A lot of the future clan lords that came to the first and second forms of Edo Bugei did indeed have relics. However, at the time the relics had been seen as things to keep clans even and the Shogunate stopped them from fighting one another. However, after war on the Asian mainland the Shogunate decided to focus on increasing it's appearances towards the outside world. Modernizing education, increasing ties with foreign countries, and starting to be open about Scions and their power. China managed to keep it's lands but the war in mainland Asia was hard and many lives lost. The Shogunate managed to avoid it strictly by virtue of promoting our Scion's power. Do you all have other questions?"

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I thought that was the question most people would have asked. Suishoku thought in concern of the headmaster's praise. This might be one of the rare chances to get an idea of how Relics and Scions were back then. Yumiko really focused hard into the arts and the styles of the past students. They must have written essays and poems so formal back then compared to the more loose language many youths of today would roll off the tongue. Edo is hitting a steady western culture boon as a lively city of commerce and night life. Maybe their old poems could provide a peek into the writer's thoughts and what was considered noticeable or important in their lifetime.

Suishoku found herself rather absorbed in the lecture now in this more developmental part of the school. A stage plan of step by step system progression? "They really must be thinking so far into the long term. Just how many steps are there...?" She wondered to herself during Hosokawa's recounting of how Scions and Relics were involved. It felt a little obvious that relics were a power balance to clans but with so many of them, the imposed number may have started to shift here and there or maybe clan's had a main knowledge of just one or two in full control of the province lord's family. Assumingly, when a clan proved to be traitors and were killed off to have a more loyal standing one take their place, perhaps the relics returned to Edo or were kept dormant in the new families hold.

"What do you mean by how the Shogun avoided that?"

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Like Suishoku, Yumiko couldn't help but be wrapped up in the headmaster's lecture. It was fascinating hearing how the school had gone from the grounds of the Hosokawa mansion and only serving an elite few to serving as many people as it did now. The current phase of the school the Headmaster spoke of seemed far more like the Edo Bugei they knew now than the one had had talked of at the Hosokawa's mansion.

"For such a traditional school, I didn't expect western arts to influence so much." Yumiko admitted. The school was, at it's core, a samurai school. It had deep roots in Japanese tradition but apparently the emergence of Western culture in Japan caused even the historic school to shift. Which meant it probably changed certain ways the Shogun did things as well. Thinking about it made her recall long lectures from Masumi about history. She herself wasn't interested in the lectures, but she loved listening to the man talk. As he spoke of history and how western tactics had slowly been worked into classical samurai battle plans she gladly gave him her full attention.

Though, she did notice one important fact. She always thought that Edo had evolved due to curiosity with Western learning and wanting to make the school better and better. Instead it seemed like the school had kept evolving mostly to avoid true contact with western countries and not to seem easy to conquer. Did the Shogunate really fear the western powers that much?
"I don't have any questions sir." she responded to the Headmaster.

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Shinsuke nodded his head along with the Headmaster's descriptions of the political developments of the past. It was fascinating to see just how much events in an entirely different country affected the education of Edo Bugei students. He'd learned about the conflict in China in history classes, and especially the politics behind some of Japan's policies then. As a diplomat part of predicting outcomes of negotiations was to understand trends of the past; sort of a 'past experience dictates future behavior' kind of thing. Adding relics to the mix complicated things quite a bit, but ultimately seemed to have added a balance of power to international politics.

It was also quite interesting to see what Southern Edo had first looked like after being opened up to Western powers. He'd been there many times by now and it had certainly changed quite a bit from the earliest forms. Hardly the same sort of place that it was now with all the shops and restaurants; he doubted his sister would like it so much if it were still mainly diplomatic quarters. Of course this talk about relics safeguarding Japan from Western attack did cause him to wonder at something. Something that might be profound or might simply be a frivolous question.

"Relics played a crucial role in Edo Bugei's development, and helped China defend its lands.. but if they exist in this part of the world, wouldn't it be reasonable to assume that they should exist in the West as well?" he asked before adding, "Sorry if that question is off-topic.. but I'd imagine even fear of such a possibility might change the trajectory of Edo Bugei's development."

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"What do you mean by how the Shogun avoided that?" she asked. The Headmaster's face looked a bit grave as he spoke.
"China got attack a long time ago by Western powers. It was a fierce battle between Western and Eastern Scions that put China in grave danger. Fortunately through the power of it's scions China managed to protect it's lands. Japan is a small country but we fortunately have many scions awake at one time. The shogunate believes that it is by promoting and even inflating the powers of our scions that we can help deter attacks from foreign powers. That, and the development of trade ports to help keep relations up with foreign nations." he explain as Shinsuke spoke up about a similar topic.

"Relics played a crucial role in Edo Bugei's development, and helped China defend its lands.. but if they exist in this part of the world, wouldn't it be reasonable to assume that they should exist in the West as well?" in response the Headmaster simply nodded.
"The West has many powerful scions, mostly in the form of kings of various countries. However, in terms of numbers, Asia has more. It is this balance between numbers and raw power that helps keep Asia and the West from fight one another. It is convenient but as I just said in the example with China, it isn't a guarantee war will never happen." with that he then looked back at the school photos and then at the building around them.

"The school's development, to train scions, is an important part of the nation's defense. As Southern Edo grew, international trade also grew, and Japan's technology and economy along with it. This growth added new electronics, and more money. Which allowed the Shogunate to create a grand school like the one around us right now. Currently we are in the fourth phase of the school. I don't know what future phases will hold but this is our current one. A school that isn't much different than it's third form, just with considerably more money and western knowledge. The added tracks such as dancing actually came along with the tactics and infiltration parts of the school. As the worry and knowledge of foreign powers grew the Shogunate realized it needed to have people from all walks of life to truly have a strong sense of Japanese spirit. Not just students bound for political and infantry tracks, but people with all kinds of talents that could be used to both defend and improve the land of the rising Sun. I hope that makes sense." he stated while looking over at Yumiko.
"It is also simply a part of our culture. Fighting is beautiful, but so are times of peace. Dance, painting, poetry, all aspects of culture must be embraced, and students from all walks of life must get use to dealing with one another in order to be well rounded. That is why the school has everyone from the poor to clan lords."

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Suishoku nodded in consideration and often neglected aspect. Japan wasn't the only nation with Scions but with all the problems happening here, the matter of other countries was nearly forgotten. The school news sometimes mentioned the status of other countries in their trade and small wars. Hard to say now that she thought about it so she didn't say any more but lightly pondered the state of China and the other countries. While Edo is having its own problems, what were other nations using their Scions for? By sheer numbers, Japan and China would be safe bets on leading powers. The Europes area was a mix and that was the only third most population version she could think of but Suishoku didn't take extended history lessons nor would most schools teach of other countries in depth.

Their headmaster all confirmed to be this with a toss into the future of what a war could be like. A war would be must like chess if the goal was to target Scions, maybe. It wouldn't be any different from other wars with Scions being placed with care, or carelessly, in the hands their leaders. His lack of knowledge of what would happen in a future stage of Edo Bugei visibly disappointed her. A concern of what would happened next and how it would effect others. Sure he did describe the current state of Bugei trying to build more well rounded character in its students but is this the peak of what Bugei can be?

"So what will happen if, let's say, Edo Bugei was not longer to be funded or no longer a school institution? It is a military school so would the school just become a secondary military base?"

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