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Recent History - Timeline of the last 5 years

Postby Guile » Thu Apr 05, 2012 10:25 am

1115
Battle of Toshi Ranbo.
In an effort to prove his worth to the Matsu family, Akodo Arasou, Champion of the Lion, leads the Lion clans armies in an effort to retake the city of Toshi Ranbo from the Crane Clan. However the Daidoji Daimyo, Daidoji Yamato was not caught unaware. The Daidoji used every weapon at their disposal in order to vanquish their would be attackers. Ambush, deception and no quarter given would make this one of the most bloody conflicts seen in over 400 years. Though the Champion of the Lion was captured he was not spared, Daidoji Yamato sent the head of Arasou back to the Akodo Family estate in a box inscribed with the kanji for ‘Never Again’.

The first son of the Mirumoto family, Mirumoto Satsu, is killed in an unorthodox duel – he is killed with a tetsubo by the heir to the Crab Daimyo, Hida Yakamo. While the courts are in an uproar over the blatant disregard of etiquette, Yakamo’s exploits are lauded in his home lands. The Mirumoto Daimyo, stricken with grief at the death of his son, retires to a monastery passing his Daimyoship to his daughter, Mirumoto Hitomi. However as she is under age, his brother, Mirumoto Sukune is placed in charge.

1116
The new young Lion Champion, Akodo Toturi, seeking to change his family’s fortunes, requests to be schooled with the Crane Clan. His hope is to engender peace and understanding between the Lion and the Crane. The Emerald Champion, Doji Satsume, accepts Toturi’s decision and allows him to train with his son, Doji Hoturi. The Lion Clan is left in the hands of the Matsu family until he returns from his schooling.

Bayushi Kachiko, long rumoured to be the Emperor’s concubine and mistress, achieves a permanent position of power within the Empire. The aging Emperor declares the reinstating of the Imperial Advisor and appoints Bayushi Kachiko to the position. Although the Crane seek to undermine the position, the power of the Scorpion in the courts achieves great heights at this time.

1117
Following a series of minor squabbles in court, an ambitious Scorpion general, Shosuro Tomaru, takes a small army to push through the Sparrow lands to the coast, in the process punishing the perceived ‘insolence’ of the minor clan. When the two forces meet, the Sparrow forces are unexpectedly bolstered by support from the Wasp Clan archers and the Fox Clan Shugenja. Tomaru and his forces are caught off guard and forced to retreat. At the conclusion of the battle, the three leaders of the minor clans meet and form an alliance against any further attacks from the great clans. This will become known as the ‘Three Man Alliance’.

In a strange turn of events, the Dragon Clan Champion, Togashi Yokuni, withdraws into his palace monastery of the High House of Light. Further more to this, the entirety of his own family, the Togashi order of Monks, follow their leader’s example, withdrawing from the Empire. No monks have been seen outside of their monastery since that time.

1118
Winter
The Crab clan declares a Twenty Goblin Winter, an event that allows ronin to go into the Shadowlands and fight for the right to become a Crab clan samurai. The courts are upset by this decision as courtiers of the Crane and the Scorpion see this as a blatant attempt by Hida Kisada, the Crab clan champion, to gain more recruits for a military action.
During the Winter Court, the Phoenix Master of Fire, Isawa Tsuke, calls out the Lion during a session in front of the Emperor. He boldly proclaims ‘The Phoenix are the greater clan for our devotion to peace, for what was true in Isawa’s day is just as true as today. No army in Rokugan can defeat the great magic’s at our disposal. It would be laughable if any clan were to try.’ In the wake of this outburst, The Lion delegation leaves the court and departs for Shiro Matsu, to make plans for the following summer.

1119
Summer
Battle of the Fire Flower:
The Lion army marches into the lands of the Phoenix only to be confronted by the Phoenix army entrenched behind barricades of risen earth. As the Lion camped to make preparations for the following day’s slaughter, assassins were sent – with magical assistance - into the commands tents of the Lion daimyos. The daimyo of the Ikoma, the Kitsu and the Matsu were all killed – along with their wives. However, the young Matsu Tsuko – heir to the Matsu but barely past gempukku – managed to kill the assassins in her tent with only her bokken. Valiantly, the young girl addressed the Lion army and in her rage and fury, urged the Lion forward to slaughter the cowardly Phoenix. ‘If the Phoenix think that their cowardly magic can frighten us, then they have yet to understand the true strength of the Lion!’ As the Lion charged the lines of the Phoenix, the Phoenix unleashed the terrible might of their Firestorm Legion. Torrents of rolling fire cascaded through the valley and burned the Lion army to ash. Of the 15,000 Lion soldiers that marched on the Phoenix, only 800 made it to the enemy lines, Matsu Tsuko included. However when the 800 Lion broke through the lines, the Phoenix surrendered and withdrew, their powerful travel magic taking them from the battle quickly. But the damage was done. The Lion had lost every one of their leaders in the single engagement, leaving Matsu Tsuko to return to Shiro Matsu to rally additional forces.

Winter
During the Winter Court, Matsu Tsuko launches into a terrible tirade and is almost lured into a duel to the death with a Phoenix swordsman. But help comes from an unexpected quarter, when the young Crane Daimyo Doji Hoturi volunteers to take Tsuko’s place, forcing the Phoenix to back down. As Tsuko turns to confront the Crane who saved her, she is forestalled by the announcement that Akodo Toturi had returned and would now be leading the Lion Clan once more. Toturi immediately calls for a cessation of hostilities from Tsuko, earning her anger and contempt.

1120
With the loss of the army of the Lion and the confusion in the lands of the Dragon, many bandits have used this time to spread their terror throughout the lands. However, the Emerald Champion has issued a bounty on the heads of the bandits, and this sees the rise in the use of the Tsuruchi Bounty hunters throughout the Empire.

The Phoenix, having proved their point over the Lion in the previous summer, begin training many of their shugenja in combat tactics, waiting for the Lion to attack them once more. To their surprise, the attack never comes.

The Emperor dies in his sleep on the first day of autumn. A call in sent out throughout the Empire for young samurai to be allowed to attend the funeral of the Emperor. This command is sent out from the crown prince, Hantei Jordan, but for what purpose is still a mystery. (The first event starts here)
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Re: Recent History - Events after The Topaz Championship

Postby Guile » Tue Oct 23, 2012 12:56 am

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Spring
The first Topaz Championship under the new Emperor is won by a Scorpion, Shosuro Kenshin. While the Emperor had declared that the winner of the event would recieve the position of Emerald Magistrate, The Emerald Champion, Doji Satsume, judged him unworthy and denied the Emperor his wish. While many courtiers are gossiping about the possible ramifications of this event, the Emperor created an uproar when he instead declared the young Scorpion to be the first of the Topaz Magistrates, a group of magistrates with a mandate to serve the Emperor's will and answerable only to the Emperor. With this proclomation a second samurai was elevated to the position, Hiruma Kazeko.
The Emperess also decided that the young heir to the throne, Hantei Sotori, would be trained by the Lion. Many courtiers had speculated that the Scorpion would have this honour given their close relations with the Emperess, however the Lion courtiers present suitably petitioned and impressed the Emperess who made her thoughts know to the assembled Samurai.
The event itself was marred by an attack by a shadowlands beast and a bloodspeaker cult. While the Emperor and his family are unharmed, many are wondering how the Crane could have let such a thing come to pass.
The Dragon Daimyo, Mirumoto Hitomi, never arrived at the Topaz Championship. The rise of banditry is thought to be the issue, however many are whispering on whether or not she found out that the Hida family Daimyo of the Crab and his children were not to be in attendance.
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Re: Recent History

Postby Guile » Sat Mar 09, 2013 12:31 am

Summer
The Emperess and the heir to the Empire are attacked on their route to the Akodo war college, where the young Hantei Sotorii will begin his tutelage under the watchful eye of the Lion Senseis.
This attack was orchestrated by the Bandits of the Empire and in light of the death of the Emerald Champion who was guarding the caravan, the Emperor commanded a full scale purge of the Empire with all the clans commanded to route the bandits wherever they may be found. Large forces of Phoenix, Lion and Mantis have been mobilised and the response to the Emperor's command has been harsh and overwhelmingly brutal, with talks of massacres occuring or Ronin everywhere.
Satsume's killer was found and killed by the Topaz magistrates and their fellow samurai delegation.
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