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    Default Oda AAR: A rise from the ashes of obscurity. (COMPLETED)

    Hey, here is the beginning of my Oda AAR. It's my first time doing one of these, but I have time to burn and enjoy writing every now and then so I thought I would give it a shot. I will update it regularly, enjoy


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    Prologue: Civil and foreign strife.

    Eastern Japan, 1545. Oda Nobuhide sits by the fire, staring into the flames. Safely, but not securely, residing in the fort of Owari, Nobuhide watches the flames licking the wood with a touch of sadness in his heart. Not only is he fighting fellow members, brothers, comrades of his clan for control of Owari, but the Tokugawa and Imagawa clans to the north, as well as the pesky Saito to the west, all want his head delivered, and his lands siezed. Nobuhide realises, in order for his insecure status as Daimyo to remain intact, he must not only end the civil strife in his own lands in a quick and deadly fashion, but regroup his small force and prepare for the two front storm which was gathering over Owari.

    The ability to survive is how humankind has become dominant in this known world. Nobuhide must tap into the ability of his ancestors, and tap into the belief that he will carve out his own fate, and rise from the ashes of insecurity into a man who can provide for his people, who can become the most revere Daimyo of the generation, who can rise like a phoenix.

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    Chapter 1: Survival

    Ordering his general, commisioner for warfare, and most trusted friend and servant, Takayama Muneyori, to attack the rebels who camp 2 miles to the east of the fort, Nobuhide sits back, and realises the survival of his small clan depends on the outcome of this battle. The rebels are few in number, however they have cavalry, which Muneyori’s army lacks. The use of the trusty Ashigaru spearmen will be pivotal, as will the terrain the battle is fought on.

    The battle ensues, and as expected, the rebels attempt to outflank the frontline spears to hit the bows who are firing from behind. This was expected, and Muneyori is no fool. Immediately ordering the spearmen on the edge of his spear wall to about-turn and point the spears outward, the cavalry are shocked and stand off. This moment of hesitation is their downfall. The bow ashigaru use this moment to pepper the cavalry, only lightly armed, and vasty reduce their numbers, men and horse alike. Muneyori smells blood, and charges in, throwing caution to the wind, and ripping through it like a knife through butter. The cavalry rout, as do the frontline army, fearful of this turn of events. The battle is won, but the war for survivial, is not.

    The rebels remain so few in number that Muneyori realises they are no longer a threat to the safety of Owari. Immediately, he sets about returning to the fort. A wise move, as meanwhile Nobuhide recieves news that The Tokugawa to the south have crossed the border into their realm, as well as the Saito to the north. The haste of the army is essential. Nobuhide immediately orders all able bodied men to pick up the spear, and the bow, to defend their freedom and families. The Tokugawa will arrive in a week, they must be ready.

    The leaves turn orange and brown, and the Tokugawa rape and pillage the villages to the east of Owari, as the rebels did before them. Tokugawa seem to have used their brains, they refuse to attack the fort itself. Nobuhide paces in the throne room, impatient and struggling with his thoughts. He makes a decision which will make or break his status as Daimyo, he orders Takayama to take his reinforced army and drive the Tokugawa from their borders. Muneyori senses a trap, but Nobuhide demands he take the bait and risk the future of the clan. A reckless man he may be, but also smart. If he sits back, the Tokugawa have a chance to wait for the Saito clan to the west to arrive, and double the odds. No, this was not going to happen. And thus, Muneyori sallied forth to the outlying villages, to drive the Tokugawa back to the pits they came from.

    The situation looks bleak for the Oda clan as armies invade from the East and the West.

    Muneyori viewed the battlefield, a plains with a strip of trees horizontally across the middle was a great place to attack. Hiding his wall of spears in front of his bowmen, Muneyori orders his men to fire from the cover of the trees, knowing his bowmen outnumber the enemy 3 to 1. The Tokugawa, although defending, have little choice but to attack. As they close in on the bowmen, the spears remove their leaves and camouflages and stand fast, much to the shock of the enemy. The enemy still charge with fury, but Muneyori can sense the fear in their hearts, also the spears of the ashigaru ripping through them. Takayama quickly realises he has struck gold. The enemy Daimyo, is on the battlefield! His heavily armoured horses and flag banners are concrete fact to his presence. The Daimyo attempts personally to outflank the spear in order to his the bows behind, who are vunerable. The spears on the left flank immediately regroup, and the Daimyo’s plan is foiled. Furthermore, Muneyori himself charges left in an attemps to outflank the Daimyo. The Spearmen on the left flank charge, and the Daimyo is surrounded. Quickly, his bodyguards fall from the combined sandwich effect of spear and horse alike. The Daimyo is left standing, but Muneyori demands he is left alone, this prey is his personally. The Daimyo fights for his life with utmost vigour, but Muneyori has seen enough bloodshed in the past few weeks, and a rage comes sweeping over him like a wave on sand, and with a blow to the heart, Tokugawa falls limp. The enemy army panic, realising their Daimyo, their general, their leader, is dead, they hasten their retreat. Their blind panic is perfect for the 300 bowmen to take advantage of, and thus, the army is all but destroyed, and Owari is safe, for the moment.

    Takayama seizes the opportunity to sandwhich the Tokugawa Daimyo between horse and spear.

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    Chapter 2: Oda strikes back

    Muneyori returns to Owari victorious, and Nobuhide greets his friend and warfare general like a son and hero. The men are jubilant, and celebrations last well into the night, however, Nobuhide and Muneyori know they are not safe yet. Imagawa will not be happy at the defeat of their vassal, and Saito still linger on the borders to the west. What’s more, winter is coming. Nobuhide knows they must be ready for the coming harsh months. The first order is to gather as much food from the lands as possible for the winter. Nobuhide also believes that the fort of Owari needs strengthening, for any winter sieges may be pivotal for survival. Thus, work is commissioned for the fort to increase in strength, the a stronghold. Wether the work will be completed for more enemy incursions, is a matter of luck, and blessing from the gods.

    A month passes, and work on the Stronghold is going well. The snow begins to fall, and a sudden change of fortune occurs. The irrigation less than a mile from Owari has been attacked by the Saito Daimyo himself. War it is then. Foolishly attacking with a much smaller force than that which is residing in Owari, Nobuhide smells blood, and curses the stupidity of the Satio for such a rash move. The weak must be weeded, and Satio must fall. Thus, Nobuhide immediately takes after Saito, and crushes his 300 strong army with the utmost fury. The Daimyo manages to escape westward with his life, and his dishonour. No matter, his time will come.

    Summertime is here, the lands are prosperous and Owari has successfully been fortified. It seems the Tokugawa and the Saito are licking their wounds. The time has come for Nobuhide to exact his revenge. The time has come to attack. Heading westward with the ballooned army of ashigaru from Owari, Muneyori strikes and the Saito capitol of Mino, which is suprisingly unguarded and is taken within an hour. A pathetic end to a dishonourable clan. It seems the Daimyo and his small army fled before Muneyori could arrive, in fear from death and a release from their dishonourable lives. Sure enough scouts report a 300 strong rebel Saito army to the north. They will be dealt with in due course. For now, Nobuhide recieves news of the victory, and immediately begins plans for a campaign eastward into Tokugawa lands, and also the hand of diplomacy to be reached to the clans in the west. Trade brings wealth, which brings power.

    Saito and his men fled at the sight of General Takayama's advancing forces, leaving Mino ripe for the taking.

    Chapter 3: Diplomacy and Deception

    Nobuhide’s emisaries arrive back at Owari with good news. The Kiso clan to the North of Mino has agreed to trade with us, thus bringing in income from the deportation and importing of goods. This is good news, as the Kiso are allied to the powerful and arrgessive Takeda clan, who Nobuhide realises at this time are not to be meddled with. The only issue here is the rebel Saito army which sits on the trade route to the north. Clenching the report in his hand, Oda orders the emissary to inform Muneyori that the rebel army must be crushed, the trade is vital. Within days emissaries from Takeda and the extremist Ikko-Ikki clan arrive in Takeda. Both have agreed to trade. Nobuhide smiles, trade with the Takeda will hopefully establish relations with them. They are allied to Imagawa, who are our current enemy, so cautious steps need to be taken at this crucial stage.

    No sooner are thing beginning to look up when the sword strikes at the hope of Nobuhide and delivers a massive blow. Less than a month into their trade agreement, the decietful Ikk-Ikki declare their intentions for war. This is not all, a second Tokugawa army marches in from the east. Muneyori in Mino has not only rampaging rebels to the north, but also the Ikko-Ikki from the south to contend with. The invading Tokugawa menace to the east must be faced by Nobuhide himself. He requests an alliance to the Kiso of the north, who act as a buffer to the dangerous Takeda. They accept the alliance offer, which gives Muneyori a bit of breathing space in Mino. However the time for talk is now over, the time for battle, is upon us.

    The Oda clan is once again in turmoil as rebels in the north and Tokugawa from the east bare down upon Oda lands.

    The Tokugawa army, led by a young general called Honda, are pursued by Nobuhide and his army. Both armies number around the 700 men mark, and the battle, on a plain field, is as even as they get. Military tactics and human courage is what will win the day here. Looking over at the enemy, Nobuhide feels a sense of emptiness. He has not lead a battle since the first civil war, and expresses a wish in his head that Muneyori was with him. Nevertheless, his men needed Nobuhide to be couragous, and lead them with pride, and honour. The battle was a simple one, the two sets of spearmen clashed in the centre of the field, while the opposing archers fought each other behind the lines. Oda spent the course of the battle shouting words of encouragement to his men. Time passed, and the right flank began to weaken, as the enemy right flank (our left) also began to weaken. A 50-50 battle with heavy losses on both sides, Nobuhide needed to make a decison. He could attack the left and rout the enemy, or charge to the right to offer encouragement to his men, without which they may break and flee. He could not linger, the decison had to be made. Within a second he charged with his bodyguard to the left flank, and routed the already wavering enemy instantly. They ran asif the whips of their masters were behind them, and the enemy general fell back to a higher safe point. The young coward had no desire to join the battle. Sensing the right flank battle was lost, Oda charged with the utmost haste, and attacked from the backs of the enemy, causing instant panic. The entire army fled, and the battle was won. The casualties, however were great, and Nobuhide immediately began the journey back to Owari with half his men alive. The fate of the clan now rested in Muneyori to the west.

    Muneyori realised he was vunerable on two fronts, but there were no reports of Ikko-Ikki advancing from the south as of yet. However Muneyori knew that the passage to Mino from the south was a very large forest of old, and an army sneaking through there may go undetected for days. Nevertheless, the loss of Takeda and Kiso trade due to the rebels made Muneyori take the risk and travel north. The decision was the right one, and the Saito rebels were defeated with ease at the hands of Muneyori’s vast military experience. The Oda lands were clear of enemies, for the moment, and Nobuhide knew he would have to go on the offensive soon.

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    Chapter 4: The offensive

    1546. Winter. Security. Any enemies foolish enough to attack now would suffer losses at the hands of the winter bite. Nobuhide and Muneyori immedietly enlisted the peasantries into their armies. Men were an abundance, plenty were without work and willing to fight for their homes. Winter was a time to breathe slightly, rebuild the military strength and prepare for the year ahead. Nobuhide believed it was time for the Tokugawa to pay.

    Winter passed and Spring followed. Nobuhide was ready. The spears and bow ashigaru under Nobuhide’s command spilled out of Owari and set eastward, to the lands of the Tokugawa. Oda left Muneyori, residing in Mino, in charge of the defence of both Mino and Owari in the event of an Ikko-Ikki invasion. The help and support of the gods was crucial at this time.

    Mikawa fell. The Tokugawa fell. They sallied forth to meet Nobuhide in battle, however the vast number of bows and spears under Nobuhide’s command were too much for Tokugawa and his generals. After the rout, the stronghold of Mikawa surrendered, allowing Nobuhide to march triumphantly to the palace, and to his victory. The leaders of the Tokugawa requested that they commit suppuku, Nobuhide replied with permission and by the moon’s rise, the bloodline of the Tokugawa was dead. Oda's northern border was now the Imagawa, whose revenge may come swiftly and deadly. Only time will tell.

    Time did tell. And within a month the reports were damning. A 1300 strong army was heading south to Mikawa from Imagawa lands. Nobuhide had around 700 men at his disposal. He immediately ordered Muneyori, who has travelled to the capital Owari from Mino, to send reinforcements. They must arrive before the Imagawa do, or all is lost. However it seems the Imagawa share the tactics of the Tokugawa before them, to their downfall. They had the chance to besiege Mikawa, as the reinforcements were delayed due to the winter roads. They however, never, but chose to rape and pillage the surrounding towns. 700 reinforcements arrives from Owari and Nobuhide’s belief in the defence of Mikawa was restored. Impatiently he strode along the throne room of Mikawa, anxious for the chance to let the Daimyo die at his walls. Meanwhile, back westward in Owari, Muneyori was considering sending a small force southward through the forests to the lands of the Ikko-Ikki, whose war declaration a year ago seemingly fruitless. Perhaps they were hindered on other fronts? Nobuhide's anxiety was lessened slightly when he heard news from Owari that his wife at 32 had given birth to his first daughter, to add to his two sons. A child born in winter, a flower arising through the snow.

    Will Oda's reinforcements reach the safety of the castle gates before the Imagawa strike?

    Chapter 5: Patience is a virtue

    Patience was never Oda Nobuhide’s strong point, and this showed by his stress as he sat within Mikawa waiting for the Imagawa attack. They still would not attack Mikawa. They taunted him by their mere presence in Nobuhide’s lands. Yet he knew that he must not sally forth. To do so, even in victory, would be at the loss of too great a number. Patience is a virtue, and Nobuhide knew he must learn to control and accept it. Meanwhile, Muneyori in Owari authorise the construction and improvement of the fort at Mino, making the barricades higher and adding extra towers for better defence. In Muneyori’s absence he also authorised the improvement of the roads and infrastructure in the province of Owari. Trade passed through these roads and were essential to the Oda clans economy, so the roads they travelled on must be improved.

    1548 and summer came with no Imagawa attack. Their armies still in the field, Muneyori considered...... SLAM and the door to his room opened. Standing abruptly and in shock, an exhausted messenger brought grave news while trying to catch his breath. Ikko-Ikki has emerged from the southern forests with an army numbering over 2200 and bearing down upon Mino. Muneyori had rushed from Owari to Mino with his army to prepare the defence, leaving himself no choice but to leave Owari undefended. The only way to defeeat this mammoth suprise army was with all the western Oda clan might. Hope now lies in the hands of Muneyori and his men, Nobuhide felt helpless.

    The first battle ensued. The forest watch of 150 men were decimated by the Ikko-Ikki army, advancing to Mino with haste and bloodlust. Less than a week later and Mino was surrounded, almost 3000 men ready to attack, rape and kill. The battle for Western Oda, and Mino, began.

    After decimating Takayama's forest watch, the Ikko-Ikki surround Mino in which would prove to be the most blood
    thirsty battle yet.

    Takayama Muneyori looked through the mist. Quietness surrounded the Mino defenders, though quietness that exhaled confidence. Muneyori had delivered what he is best at, delivering speeches. His ability to inspire his men is bettered only by his ability to cut down his enemies. Silence. Then, suddenly, figures appeared in the distant mist like shadows from the underworld, sillhouettes of men who came to fight and die. Archer ashigaru around the barricades and walls of Mino fort were preparing to fire, and fight to defend their right to stay alive. The gods did not call for their lives just yet, and the men of Oda were ready to prove it.

    They attacked from the south and the north, on two flanks. They ran at the walls like men posessed, while their archers peppered in the fort from behind. The bow ashigaru took down the enemy in their droves, men dying everywhere, but they still reached the walls. They climbed the slippery walls in the mud and mist, some slipping to their deaths, others penetrated by close range arrow fire, yet still they climbed. They reached the top, and Muneyori shouted for the archers to fall behind the wall of spears. The fight on the southern flank went very well, due the the enemies lack of supporting archers. They lost too many men to the walls and arrows before they breached the wall, where fresh Oda ashigaru spears struck with the utmost fury. The northern flank was a harder battle however. With their many supporting archers, at least 200 Oda spears were dead before the enemy even reached the wall. The situation looked dire, and Muneyori needed the southern flank to rout so they could reinforce the north. The balance of the battle hung on one thing, time. The faster the south rout, the faster the north can be assisted. Will they rout in time?

    The enemy struggle on the southern flank due to their lack of supporting archers.

    The northern flank and bulk of the enemy cause major casualties, both with their supporting bows and hill-climbing

    Just. The enemy south broke and Muneyori ordered his troops immediately to the north to fortify te defences. What came now was a massacre. The Ikko-Ikki panicked and ran for their lives. The screams of victory echoed around Mino, but the cost was dear. Many Oda men were dead, and the fort was badly damaged. However, a price like that is small when you are fighting for your freedom, independance, and most importantly, your honour. To die in dishonour is to die a failed man. To die in honour is to die from a life of content and success.

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    Chapter 6: Oda’s tactics

    Winter of 1548. Quiet strikes again. News from the south is that the Kitabatake clan have been overthrown by the Hattori. Nobuhide acted quickly to secure his southern border by offering the Hattori trade and an alliance, which they accepted. The clinch in the deal was an agreement between the two clans to prevent permanent military access. Nobuhide knew that if the Hattori wanted to expand north, he is their first obstacle. By allowing military access, the Hattori can pass safely through the Oda lands to reach their destination, thus their need to break the alliance is no longer valid. Oda Nobuhide is not a fool, however, he remains vigilant at all times, letting your guard down against the Hattori may mean your death. Another strategic importance of military access is that through the Hattori lands is a road to the Ikko-Ikki, which completely bypasses the southern forests. Revenge will be swifter than a two week march through dense woodland.

    Spring of 1549 brought great news to Nobuhide. The Hattori had declared war on the Ikko-Ikki, due to border infringements and religous differences! Now we had an alliance against these dishonourable men! Meanwhile Nobuhides patience finally ran out. He marched forth with his army to meet the Imagawa in the field, and drive from their 2 year old army camp slap bang in Oda territory. As the Oda line advanced, the Imagawa seemed to favour their right (our left flank) due to their lack of archers, and the amount of trees there which could protect them from our archer fire, to an extent. This gave Nobuhide an idea. The right side of his army were to turn left so that the Oda front line formed a reverse L shape. Hoping the army would rout when facing the Oda on the front and their left, Nobuhide gave the command and watched it unfold, with hope as well as excitement. The strategy worked well, the first Imagawa line broke and routed. However while reforming the enemy cavalry seen a temporary gap in our line and drove through, smashing into our archers. The gap was closed as soon as it was open and the L formation was in place, with a few cavalry behind. Nobuhide himself charged in to save his archers, and the enemy Daimyo ran at this sight. While running in cowardice, an arrow hit the back of his skull, and the sight of this caused his men to run in fear. Oda Nobuhide was victorious, and did not want to stop there. The northern stronghold of Totomi was a few days march away, why stop there when the Imagawa province was so close? Nobuhide smelled blood.

    Oda Nobuhide observes the battlefield and ponders thoughts about his best tactical approach.

    Oda's tactics start to take shape as he begins to cut off the enemies right by forming his troops into a reverse L

    A small gap in the Oda spear formation allows cavalry to subsequently break through and charge the Oda bowmen.

    Last edited by NEXUS12; March 21, 2012 at 09:12 PM. Reason: A few corrections.

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    Default Re: Oda AAR: A rise from the ashes of obscurity. (Regular Updates)

    Nice start to your AAR Oda is one of my favourite factions in the game besides the Takeda so it will be very interesting to see your progress.

    A couple of unsolicited ideas - try to expand a bit on the plotline as it makes your characters stand out more than just what happens in the campaign. Oda is the surname btw, so you would refer to your generals as Nobuhide, Muneyori, etc. Using Japanese honorifics is optional, especially if you're not familiar with the language. The other thing is that editing out the game UI (the unit cards, map, etc) improves immersion in most cases I feel.

    I also find it easier to read if you put each chapter on a new page instead of having a ton of spoiler tags in the OP, but that's your choice of course. Get to 25 posts so you can do more things with your posts - go spam the Thema Devia or something and then come back
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    Quote Originally Posted by robinzx View Post
    try to expand a bit on the plotline as it makes your characters stand out more than just what happens in the campaign.
    I planned on this originally but wondered if I would end up making it too long. If people don't mind the extra reading then I will have a go at character development

    Quote Originally Posted by robinzx View Post
    Oda is the surname btw, so you would refer to your generals as Nobuhide, Muneyori, etc
    I will start to translate from surname to forename in the next part, thanks for pointing it out

    Quote Originally Posted by robinzx View Post
    The other thing is that editing out the game UI (the unit cards, map, etc) improves immersion in most cases I feel.
    I have no idea how you do this, I am presuming its in the game settings though ? I will have a look

    Quote Originally Posted by robinzx View Post
    I also find it easier to read if you put each chapter on a new page instead of having a ton of spoiler tags in the OP, but that's your choice of course.
    When you say page do you mean a new post for each chapter? I didn't want to spam the thread with each chapter, as some are shorter than others. Also I thought it would be a good idea to keep it neat and tidy, but again if people prefer other methods I will change how I post as it doesn't bother me how I do it.

    Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate constructive advice as this is my first try

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    Chapter 7: What is most important

    Oda Nobuhide stared forward, focussing on two birds singing in the nearby tree. Summer was here, and all things that are beautiful now have their time to shine. He thought of his sons, Nobunaga and Noboyuki, back in Owari. He thought of his wife Ozen, and his new daughter, Iwa, who he had yet to see. Such a beauty, he was told, like her mother. Nobuhide longed for the day he would finally cast his gaze upon her. He reminded himself of Nobunaga, now 16, almost ready to join at his fathers side against their enemies. Such beautiful and positive thoughts, which were snapped away with the shouting of men and the clashes of swords and spears in the nearby training ground.

    It was summer, 1549, 4 long months had passed since the victory in northern Ikawa. Now Totomi was besieged by the army of Nobuhide, and the Imagawa inside were ready to fall. Nobuhide snapped back into reality, his advisors and stretegists speaking constantly and swiftly, all of them urging Nobuhide that the time was right to end the seige and take Totomi. They were right after all, the garrisson in Totomi was weak, and they will be even weaker from the lack of fresh food. The time to attack, was now.

    Totomi fell within the hour. As the 1800-strong ashigaru army of Nobuhde attacked, the majority of the enemy surredered in the hope that their lives would be spared, and only a few brave men fought to the end. Nobuhide gave full funeral rights to those who fought. There was nothing wrong with fighting to defend your right to live in this world. Those cowards who surrendered were put to death for their dishonour. Totomi was theirs, and with control of this castle was a tactical stronghold for their northern borders. Although the Oda clan were in the center of mainland Japan and surrounded by many foreign clans, their position was stable. Not secure, but stable. Reason being is that to get to Mikawa from the north, Totomi MUST be taken in order to pass. This creates a strong chokepoint and a sense of security. In the west, Mino can be attacked only from the north, through the mountain passes or south, through the dense forests, as the Ikko-Ikki did beforehand. Although this is a good suprise tactic, it takes a lot longer for an army to walk through dense woodland than it does down a road.

    Totomi fell to Nobuhide with ease, after which he longed to return to Owari to see his family.

    Enough of this strategy talk, Nobuhide immediately sent word to Takayama Muneyori that Totomi was captured, and the mission was a success. Nobuhide longed to see his family, and Muneyori longed for war. He was a general after all, never married. Nobuhide believes his friend and brother in arms enjoys the mistresses too much to ever commit. ‘One in every port, one in every conquered land’ Nobuhide recalled his friend saying, many a year ago. A smile came across Nobuhide’s face. The time to return home was nigh. He would send for Muneyori to travel to Totomi to keep watch on the northern stronghold while Nobuhide returned to Owari to see his family, and catch up on the day to day running of the clan. He just hoped to return home before the winter.

    Autumn, and Muneyori felt a twinge of nervousness as he approached Mikawa. Why? He wondered. He had fought many battles and put an end to the lives of many men, why was he nervous now? Nobuhide is his brother in arms. The fact they had not seen each other for such a long time meant that this crossing of paths at Mikawa, the halfway point between Owari and Totomi, was where they would meet again.
    As Muneyori entered the throne room of Mikawa, his Daimyo, his leader and his friend Nobuhide told him, ‘You’re late.’
    ‘You’ve put on weight’ replied Muneyori, and an awkward stand off commenced. Nobuhide began to laugh, as did Muneyori, and the friends greeted with a hug befit two brothers. But what was to come was not expected by Muneyori. Nobuhide decided the time was right for him to have another son, a son named Muneyori. He was adopting his friend and brother to take to Oda name, a true honour and a show of loyalty and love. Muneyori wept tears of joy, the first time his eyes have leaked since he was a child. The feast and party commenced, and father and son drank and ate and laughed until the sun began to rise. The time had come for them to both depart once more. Brothers in arms, father and son, departing south and north.

    Nobuhide reached Owari as the snow began to fall. The next few hours of his life were a blur, as he came face to face with his sons, Nobunaga and Noboyuki. The latter was the quieter and younger of the two. Nobunaga was the heir, and Nobuhide could sense a fire in him, sense he was destined to be great. His gaze upon his daughter for the first time brought joy to his eyes, and he embraced her and his wife with the utmost love. It seems that, for a time, even a Daimyo can forget his responsibilities, forget his infrastructure development, forget foreign affairs, forget trade disputes, and remember that he is, first and foremost, a father, a friend, and a husband.

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    Chapter 8: The disruption of peace

    Spring, 1550. A quiet winter internally and externally, people and clans alike choosing to stay warm with their fires and with their wives. Spring, however, brought news. Firstly, word from the southern allies, the Hattorri, was that a clan known as the Hatano has begun invasions into their territorry. Nobuhide sent his symathies to the Hattorri Daimyo and declared a state of war on this Hatano clan. Though this may not help externally, the declaration of war showed the powerful Hattori that Oda were a loyal ally, and thus keeping our southern borders secure. Furthermore, the Ikko-Ikki territory to the south of the forests has been taken by the Hattorri themselves, thus helping Mino secure its southern border. Word from Muneyori was that he had besieged the final settlement of the Imagawa to the north of Totomi, the stronghold was called Suruga. Suruga fell with minimal effort, and the Imagawa were no more.

    The geographical situation in Spring 1550. With the Ikko-Ikki seperated by western mountains, and allies Hattori,
    Kiso and TAkeda to the north, Oda's position in Japan seems secure.

    Word of the achievements of the Oda clan, from obscurity and internal strife to a moderate power in central Japan, has not gone unnoticed by the Shogunate. Nobuhide recieved a letter from the Shogun himself, expressing his admiration for the Oda clan, applauding their efforts to fight for their freedom, whilst reminding them where their loyalites ultimately lay. A subliminal message, it seemed. Nobuhide did not dismiss it, however. To ally with the Shogun and his allies was a wise move, those who extend their ambition to higher extents, usually end up without a head. This view was not shared by his son, however. Nobunaga believed that only those who has ambition for power would truly recieve it. Nobuhide could sense this fire in his boy, his eldest son, his heir. Wether he could maintain that fire now that Nobunaga had come of age, was a different question in itself.

    Muneyori was disturbed from worship by a messenger carrying word from the northern clans. They were introduced as the Hojo, a clan controlling much of the lands north of Suruga. Indeed, when exchanging approximate known map information, the Hojo were a powerful clan, allied with none other than the dangerous Takeda, who bordered the north western lands of the Oda. An interesting situation. Muneyori was not sure what to do, after the trade rights were secure, he sat and though to himself. Hattorri to the south, Takeda and Hojo to the north and west. Where next? Was this the end for Oda’s military campaign? After all, there are many policies to consider, such as organisation, economics and the welfare and order of the people. But Muneyori was a gernal, the commissioner for warfare, such policies were boyond his interest and understanding. He wanted to fight, to extend the borders of the Oda into great and unkown lands. Nobuhide, however, was a different kettle of thinking. Upon hearing news of the Hojo map extent and the Takeda-Hojo alliance, Nobuhide immediately sent an emmissary with an offer of alliance to the Takeda. Should they accept, the status quo would be maintained. They did accept, and Nobuhide was relieved. Now he could focus on developing Oda lands, and increasing the organisation and quality of life for the people. Nobunaga was furious. Is this it? Is war now over? How will the Oda ever become Shogun if they sit back and build stables and markets? After a heated exchange with his father, Nobunaga left Owari for Mino, disgusted by his fathers lack of ambition.

    Summertime, and the time of marriages in the Oda clan. Muneyori, in Sugura, was with a mistress, 10 years his senior, at 22. A beautiful temptress, she did what no man could do, she found and captured the love of a nomad, a man thought never to marry. It is said that Nobuhide sent them both 10 gold pieces each as a wedding gift. Furthermore, Nobuhide furthered not only the relations with the northern Kiso clan, but also made steps at a reconciliation with his ambitious son, Nobunaga, by allowing him to marry Ryoko. Ryoko was the neice of the Kiso Daimyo, and well known not only for her beauty, but her remarkable intelligence. Nobuhide hoped his marriage would stem the flow of ambition coarsing through his sons veins, or at least purge it for a small amount of time.

    Spring, 1552. Almost two years have passed since the marriages of Muneyori and Nobunaga. Muneyori already has, as expected, produced al illegitimate son with a mistress, and Nobunaga’s mood swings have gone unnoticed to all except Ryoko, who is the only person who can calm him. Nobuhide, and his wife Gozen, have since produced their third son, Oda Shitagu. A 37 year old woman giving birth to a healthy son at such an age was the talk of the clans for a month. Nobunaga paces in his room in Mino, for the first time not out of anger, but excitement. Almost 2 years of training and he hopes soon he can finally lead an army into battle. Since 1550, his father Nobuhide has reformed the tax system, improved infrastructure and boosted his economy with foreign trade. All the things a Daimyo naturally is expected of him by the Shogun. However, Nobuhide and Nobunaga recieved reports of northern troubles and the end of the 2 year status quo, much to the contrasting emotions of the father and son. The Hatekeyama clan, who were known to own a provice north west of the Ikko-Ikki lands, have constructed a massive invasion with mercenary forces of the Takeda lands. Suprising friends and enemies alike, the invasion has caught the Takeda completely off guard and they have been forced to retreat east all the way back to Kai, their final significant stronghold. The Takeda are, on paper, allies of the Oda clan and Nobunaga has many-a time reminded his father of this via their Mino-Owari letter communication. His father however, so reluctant for war when he can avoid it, told his son to wait while he debated the idea. Nobunaga cannot wait, he wants war, he wants glory.

    News arrives as summer arrives, that the Takeda are no more. The sheer speed and power of the Hatekeyama clan was too fast for any allies to help, even Nobunaga acknowledged there was nothing to be done. Now the situation was more of a severe one. The Kiso to the north are the only clan between Mino and the Hatakeyama, and in the east, Muneyori’s stronghold of Sugura can be accessed directly from the Hatekeyama’s stronghold of Kai, via a valley through the mountain passes. Nobuhide knew he had to decide wether to war, or hope that the Hatekeyama remained peaceful, despite rejections of trade permissions already.

    The shocking and swift invasion of Takeda by the Hatekeyama sent shockwaves through Central Japan. Would the
    war-weary Nobuhide bow to internal and external pressure to go to war?

    The decisive moment was the news that that Hattori had declared on the Hatekeyama due to border attacks on the west in the former Ikko-Ikki provinces. With mounting pressure from Hattori, Kiso, Nobunaga and Muneyori, Nobuhide reluctantly finally agreed to war, giving both Nobunaga and Muneyori permission to gather their armies and strike at the Hatekeyama. They rejoiced at this news, and began preparations for war. Muneyori would attack through the valley en route to Kai from his stronghold at Sugura, and Nobunaga would travel through Kiso lands (after they accepted military access) to reach the stronghold of North Shinano. The armies were ready by the browning of the leaves, though all parties agreed the best option was to save the invasion until the Spring began, the snow melted and the flowers began to bloom.

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    Chapter 9: Nobunaga’s fury

    Spring, 1553. War. Muneyori and his men travvelled through the valleys of Kai, bearing down upon Kai fortress. Muneyori had a new lease of life about him, it had been a long time since he had tasted war, and although it would be easier if Kai was not well defended, a small part of his mind hoped there would be a long and glorious battle. Meanwhile,as Nobunaga passed through South Shinano, he recieved word that the Kiso army was travelling north. Nobunaga was furious. Were they attacking North Shinano? This was where he himself was headed! The treachery! Nobunaga ordered double time of the army, they were to catch up and overtake these Kiso fools.

    Kai fell with very little opposition. A garrison of 300 men. Muneyori celebrated in the halls, however, he felt a tinge of satisfaction, almost like a drug which he is addicted to, he recieved so little dosasge. He debated the next step, and felt a twinge of jealousy to his brother Nobunaga, who was marching on North Shinano with no obstacle, or so he thought. What Muneyori didn’t know was that North Shinano was also lightly garrisoned, and furthermore the Kiso were likely to beat Nobunaga to the punch. It seems that the Hatekeyama swift invasion took a toll on their own forces, furthermore their war with the Hattori in the west was the main focus of their armies.

    Nobuhide dined with his son, Noboyuki, in Owari. Noboyuki was 16 years of age, and had a very intelligent mind. He was the complete contrast to his older brother, Nobunaga. Noboyuki shared his fathers ideals and believed the Shogun was the power, to impress him and keep him happy meant peace and prosperity to the people. The war in the northern lands was draining Oda of the finances it had accumulated in the last 3 years or so, and it needed to be brought to a swift end. Nobuhide knew of his sons desire to be awarded the post of commisioner of finance, and Nobuhide was all to glad to accept, once his son had reached matuity. Placing Noboyuki being finance commisioner would mean he controls the finances not just of the general day to day clan, but also of the active field armies, including his brothers. Nobuhide knew to be careful howerver, his son was popular with the people, VERY popular. The young heir had more power than he realised, and should he come to realise this power, and combine it with his ambition, Oda could well indeed become the subject of civil strife once more.

    Nobunaga screamed in fury and threw his cup in rage at the messenger who just brought him the ill news. Kiso had beseiged and taken North Shinano. Nobunaga’s journey had been a waste of time. Furthermore, the messenger from Owari informed Nobunaga that his younger brother Nobuyuki had been made commisioner for finance. What a disgrace! A 17 year old in charge of the finances of the entire Oda clan. This was a deliberate undermine of his authority and he knew that Noboyuki could halt the payment of his troops, forcing him to return home. That is precisely what the letter said to Nobunaga from his father. He was to return home to Mino; Muneyori had already taken Kai and the Kiso-Hattori were to dispatch of the remaining Hatekeyama lands. Nobunaga threw the letter into the fire and told the messengers to leave before they become a head shorter. It was decision time for the young heir. What was he to do, travel home and waste the journey, or travel onwards to Hida, the next Hatekeyama province?

    Kiso beat the ambitious Nobunaga Oda to the punch at North Shinano, much to his displeasure.

    As Nobunaga reached Hida, he let out a cry of fury which no man has ever cried before. The Kiso were occupying the castle! Twice they had stabbed him in the back in the name of the ‘alliance’ and made Nobunaga waste his journey. His fury was incomparable, and the entire balance of central Japan relied on what his next move would be. Twice he has been mocked by this Kiso clan. To add to the irony, a message came through that his Kiso-born wife Ryoko had given birth to a healthy son, Katsumoto. For the moment Nobunaga was not interested in such news. The future heir was born, yes, but currently within the reach and power of his Kiso born wife. How could he strike at the Kiso now and extract his revenge, without potentially harming his son? His wife was intelligent, and he knew that an attack on her homeland would provoke her into extreme reaction. Nobunaga was stuck. He decided to head west, further into Hatekeyama lands, through the winter, through the cold. Repeated letters from his father and brother were burned, the men were not to know that they may not recieve their pay, for they would surely turn around and go home. A pitiful situation.

    1554, and Nobunaga reached Etchu, on the far western shores, and far from Owari’s clutches. Etchu fell easily to his might, and he claimed it for himself. Thoughts began to whirl through his head. This land was not under the influence of Oda, the borders did not meet. He could seperate himself from his father, and form the Nobunaga clan right here in Etchu. Why not? He has been disrespected for too long, glory can be his. Nobuhide, back in Owari, sensed this was the thought of the young heir. He even feared that should Nobunaga choose this path, there would be little to stop him. His main army alone numbered among the 3000. Initially peasants and farmers, these man were growing in experience by the day, and news that Nobunaga was already issuing border patrols along his lands were of utmost worry. The Kiso wrote to Nobuhide regularly, pleading to reconcile his son and congratulate him on his efforts, for should Nobunaga estrange from his clan, he would surely no doubt reign upon the Kiso for the embarrasment they caused him. The loss of trade from the Kiso and the undoubted anger of the increasingly powerful Hattori from the south would destableise the Oda homelands and undo all that Nobuhide had worked to achieve. On the other hand, writing a letter of submission to his son would be spread publicly amogst Etchu, and the Daimyo’s power would be weakened beyond repair, the time had come for Nobuhide to choose between his own power, and the welfare of the people he cared so much about.

    Etchu province falls to Nobunaga, whose power within the Oda clan and influence externally begins to grow.

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    Chapter 10: A new order

    Muneyori sat back in Kai, the northern borders of the Oda lands, torn. Reading letters both from his best friend and adopted father, Nobuhide, and also from the ambitous Nobunaga, Muneyori was torn like a piece of paper. Should he side with his father, whom he had fought with and knew for his entire 36 years of life? Or should he side with the man who he actually agreed with, Nobunaga? Muneyori was, after all, a general. He did not believe in Nobuhide’s peaceful policy and the like, however the idea of betraying him was too hard to comprehend. Muneyori written an identical letter to them both, stating he is at their command and will do what is right to protect the people of Oda. Muneyori was the only man, besides Nobuhide and Nobunaga, to have control of a large army, and it isclear to him what both men were asking him to do - attack the other. He refused, and thus, was excluded fromthe conflict. It was down to father and son to settle their differences.

    By the late winter of 1554, the cold civil-war in the Oda clan was over. Nobunaga had won. The people of the Oda clan, despite being brought from poverty to prosperity by Nobuhide, were in love with the Golden General and Victor of Etchu. He brought them a sense of pride and glory and honor. The external issues were also too large to bear. The powerful Date and Hattori clans were in support of Nobunaga, for different reasons. The Date had been promised by Nobunaga that, should he become ruler of the Oda clan, he would inavde their enemies, Hojo, from the South while they pressed on from the North. The Hattori were in support of him due to his willingness to help in the war against the Hatekeyama, whilst Nobuhide only accepted due to pressure. His peaceful attitude 50 years ago was exactly what was needed, however it was now Senkodu Jidai, and peace was no longer existent in Japan. Thus, with a heavy heart, the following agreement was signed by both parties and declared public, with a copy to be ssent to all known clans. Oda Nobuhide was to retain the status of Daimyo of the Oda clan, however, Oda Nobunaga was to recieve the status of Supreme General and Ruler of the Oda lands. His rule was absolute and his power undermined by none. He could declare war, make peace, and change internal policies. His father was to continue his role as Daimyo and govern the Oda homeland, and keep the people in prosperity. However, his decisions are only valid with Nobunaga’s consent and will.

    Oda had changed. The Golden General had won. War, it seems, will now begin in full ernest.

    Within a month of power, Nobunaga had allied with the Date clan to the north, and declared war on the Hojo. Muneyori was to take his army east from Kai, to the coastal province of Izu. Rich gold was mined there, and the Hojo used it as their main source of remaining income. Muneyori was to take it. Up in the western lands, Nobunaga marched from Echigo further west, to the Hatakeyama;s capitol of EEEEE. The Hatakeyama’s final army were marching east to Echigo, to make their final stand at the stronghold walls. This was not to be however, Nobunaga would not allow it. He placed himself and his army in the western forests, and waited for the HAtekeyama to travel pass. They did, blissfully unaware at the horrer they were about to endure.

    The battle was to be the most costly victory in the short reign so far of Nobunaga. The enemy decieved us and their treachery almost paid off. They knew of the ambush, merely playing as fools to lure in the unsuspecting Nobunaga. As the Oda closed in all around the Hatakeyama, they immediately took rank and formation and begun return fire. Nobunaga shouted to fire at will, the Oda had the upper hand with archers, hoever the enemy had over 300 cavalry, whereas the only cavalry in Oda’s posession was the Golden General himself. Thsi would not have been a problem if the ambush had went as planned, however, as they fought back they made plenty of use of their cavalry power. The north side of the Oda ambush party were flanked and routed within minutes, over 1000 men losing their lives to the cavalry charges. Nobunaga panicked, his first challenge in warfare was going horribly wrong. He ordered the eastern Oda to link up with his own southern contingent and regroup, a move which saved the battle. Using his superior missile quantity, he ordered they all fire on the cavalry, reduce their numbers. this worked to an extent, as the two infantry lines charged towards each other. The main line crashed into each other like waves on a rock and a ferocious battle of spear and sword ensued. The enemies remaining cavalry attempted to flank both sides of the field and Nobunaga was in trouble. His bodyguard was the only cavalry. He ordered his entire contingent of archers to fire at the left horse flankers, which began to greatly reduce their numbers and lessen their impact. He himself must protect the right flank, or the battle would be lost. This is the moment he had waited for his whole life,. with a cry of fury the Golden General crashed into the enemy cavalry with the utmost haste and fire. The battle of the right flank was vicous and bloody, Nobunaga slaying enemy enemy that came into his path. However they were vastly outnumbered and Oda recieved a sword blow to his left leg, which cut his flesh from the bone and dismounted him. He lay, limp.

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    Chapter 11: Southern Troubles

    Nobunaga could hear muffled voices around him, distant shouts of panic which were in fact less than a metre away. It took him a few moments to gather his bearings to realise that he was in the arms of three men, who were carrying him. He looked down, and felt vomit come to his mouth. His left leg was seeping with blood in a wound so deep that his thighbone was clearly visible. Nobunaga was placed down upon soft sheets as the surgeon took a look at his leg. He said there was only one way Nobunaga could save his leg and that was through immediate bandaging and a thorough cleaning of the wound. Hours of agony ensued as the surgeon and his apprentice patched up the wound the best they could before tightly wrapping it in the cleanest cloth that could be found. The pain was still unbearable, and Nobunaga was furious with himself. He must continue his armies march west to take Noto castle!

    Muneyori marched upon Izu and took it from the weak and meagre Hojo with ease. This was a gold mine, literally, of a province. The gold reserves due to the vast complex of mines here was staggering, almost enough to double the income of the clan. Muneyori now had to debate wether to send the gold the way of Nobunaga or Nobuhide, for surely if he sent it to Nobuhide, it would once again bring the clan into civil strife and Nobuhide looked to return to power. Nobunaga, despite being completely unable to walk, was lifted onto his horse, ordered his battered army on towards Noto. By the summer, Noto was taken. Nobunaga was exhausted, and was ordered not to move for a month by the physicians. His leg muscle would take a long time to heal and if he were to gain infection, his entire power would crumble and his father would return the clan to obscurity once more.

    News of the ventures reached Nobuhide, who could not hide his pleasure at the capture of Izu. The gold mines there were too valuable, and despite his opposition to the war with the Hojo and the now extinct Hatekeyama, even Nobuhide could not deny this was a glorious day for the Oda. What’s more is the Supreme General, Nobunaga’s injury meant he was confined to Noto for a minimum of a month. The longer he was subdued the more that Nobuhide could make the most of his absense. For starters, he learned that Muneyori was to send half the gold his way and half to Nobunaga, from Izu. He knew Muneyori would not let him down, he fully expected the entire gold to be delivered to the Supreme General. Perhaps things were not so bad after all.

    Late Autumn, and Ryoko, the wife of the Supreme General, who had long been escorted to Nobunaga’s Echigo with his son, gave birth to a second healthy son. Nobunaga recieved the news from Echigo in Noto, where he is still unable to move. He also heard of the gold that was sent to Echigo, through Kiso lands, by Muneyori. According to reports Kiso tried to steal the money for themselves, before realising their senses and looking at the long term issues with doing so. An Oda-Kiso war, regardless of the victor, would be very bloody indeed at this time. However, Kiso spat on Nobunaga twice by taking castles he was headed to with his army, before he settled in Echigo. One day, he thought, there will be revenge.

    Winter brought terrible news from the South. The Hattori, long time supporters of Nobunaga, grew tired of the inter-clan quarreling, and sent a messenger to state they were no longer allies. This news was a blow to Nobuhide and Nobunaga, the southern borders suddenly seemed insecure and fragile. With the moan Oda armies laying in the west with the Supreme General and the far east with Muneyori, Nobuhide had no choice but to muster a standing army for the southern borders incase of an attack. Nobuhide fully blamed his son for this. The Shogunate were allies of the Hattori, who do their bidding. The break of alliance must have came from the Shogunates mouth, the man that Nobuhide has spent his life trying to please.

    Hattori's abuse of the military access only goes to increase the tension between the clans.

    Spring, and Muneyori captured Sagami from the ailing Hojo with relative ease. While this may seem as positive news, word from the south was that a Hattori army had crossed the border into the Oda lands, claiming the treaty of military access prevented it from being a declaration of war, and that they were merely passing through to assist in the Hojo war. They are fighting on two fronts in the south, Nobuhide thought. Why would they want to send 3000 men up north to assist our war with the Hojo when they have just broken their alliance. With Muneyori heading further north, he is leaving settlements behind undefended. However, he cannot travel further south again because Sagami is a chokepoint against the Hojo, who, as scouts report, have a 2000 strong army nearby. It seems there is a crisis in the Oda lands, furthermore, the divided Oda lands. Yes, there was a treaty between Nobunaga and Nobuhide, but that does not stop sides being taken by the common folk.

    The Hattori then sent a messenger to Owari claiming that the Oda clan no longer had permission to walk through Hattori lands, while their army was just 5 miles south! Nobuhide immediately reacted with a break of military access from the Hattori into Oda lands, and demanded their army retreated. It did, but only as far as the border, where they set up camp. This sudden rise of tension with their once most secure allies was a worrying prospect for Nobuhide, who sat right on the Hattori border in Owari. There was only one thing for it, he decided he must write to Nobunaga and request help. Differences between father and son, Daimyo and Supreme General, must be cast aside if the Hattori declare war, as they were the only ones who could hold this powerful clan and remain steadfast. Muneyori was occupied with the Hojo in the north, he could not assist the southern issue in any way. A worrying time for the Oda clan, friends and foes alike within all shared the one common fact that if the Hattori declared war, their survival depended on their ability to work together.

    News in the autumn was joyful amidst all the tension and recent strife, a small light in the shadow of darkness. Two sons were born, Nobunaga and Ryoko producing their third son, and Muneyori producing his first legitimate son with his wife. Good news. However the Hattori were mustering more soldiers upon their borders and a war now seemed inevitable. Nobunaga and Nobuhide alike were preparing their armies for the upcoming war. If the Hattori were to strike, the longer they delay it the better. Six months ago the southern Oda border was undefended. Since then, Nobuhide had time to prepare the clan for war, meanwhile Nobunaga’s leg was improving, though the wound he sustained has never fully healed, and has to be drained of pus almost daily. The Supreme General had a limp and, if possible, knew he should avoid frontline battle. However, this was not in his nature, too proud a man to sit back and let his men do all the work! Winter was coming, if the Hattori attacked then they would be foolish, hopefully a peaceful winter would endure. Hopefully.

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    Chapter 12: Two Front War

    A mild winter was here. The Hojo were the only clan to cause problems this winter, they attacked Kai, a wise move. There are two chokepoints on the northern Hojo border, Kai and Sagami, which Muneyori resides in. Kai was less defended, however, the forces of the Oda and the forces of the Hojo were equal with Oda having the advantage of the stronghold. The fight for Kai was on. Should Oda lose, their eastern provinces were a lot less secure.

    The battle took part in moderate snowfall. Hojo advanced on the stronghold from three sides, which caused a problem due to out lack of archers, spreading them thin. The battle was an immediate disadvantage due to the lack of archers. Because it snowed, both sides missile capability was affected, this evened it out, and the numbers game came into play. With so many enemy arrows coming down there were up to 400 losses alone from enemy arrow fire. If there wasn’t snowing the battle would have been pointless. By the time their infantry scaled the walls, our men were depleted, yet stood fast. They made the mistake of launching all their melee units in one place, wheras their archers were spread out causing panic. A ferocious battle occured in which the Oda won, but sustained heavy losses. Once the enemy infantry were disposed of, the archers took to the walls. Though only archers, their numbers were far superior and, by the time they were all dead, a small handful of Oda soldiers remained, fewer than 50. Oda won on this day, however the cost of victory was great, and Kai was now vastly undefended, a situation which Muneyori must address to maintain the northern borders.

    Early summer of 1557 and the inevitable came to pass. The Hattori passed into Oda lands and beseigned the capitol Owari, inside the Daimyo was present. This was to be a battle for the ages, for surely if Oda lost here, the eastern provinces of Nobuhide would be incredibly vunerable and weak. The battle was on for Eastern Oda and their prosperity. The pros to both sides were, Oda has slightly superior numbers, and also the fortress to defend from. Furthermore, Owari is surrounded by a moat, which is shallow in parts, but deep in others, slightly restricting enemy movement. The enemy however, have vastly superior troops. The Oda are known for their reliance on the peasantry and today was no different, but the peasantry have not failed them so far.

    The Hattori invade the Oda lands and besiege the capitol of Owari, where Daimyo Nobuhide is residing.

    The Oda forces are placed, and prepare to defend their home against the Hattori invaders.

    With both armies deploying over 2000 men, Hattori went for the typical approach of surrounding the castle on many fronts. Their initial charge caused them great losses, with our archers combined with their slow speed due to walking through the moat water, meant many died in the shallows. Their first wave routed, the part of their army which consisted of peasants and archer fodder. Behind them however, were the dreaded Katana Samurai, skilled trained troops. Their wall climb took a lot from our first wave of defenders, and at the battle continued the more they took advantage. Eventually, Nobuhide had no choice but to sound a retreat and return the men to the second level. The archers were already there due to the melee on the first level, and they provided vital cover fire for the retreating yari ashigaru. This proved to be the winner, although a costly one. With the Katanas facing archer fire on all fronts, their numbers were greatly reduced. And by the time their men reached the 2nd wall they were exhausted. The fresh reserves of ashigaru on the second level were too fresh and swift for the katanas, who broke. The mass panic caused a massacre, and the Oda were victorious. The death toll. however, was immense. Both armies losing over 2000 men, the Hattori army all but destroyed, and the Owari garrison heavily weakened. If they sent another army wave within the next few weeks, Owari would fall.

    Hattori forces begin to reach the walls and the Oda must defend themselves.

    When news reached Nobunaga of the situation in Eastern Oda, he immediately set south to Naga, the Hattori border castle. After a decent battle, in which all 600 enemy soldiers were slaughtered to Nobunaga’s 100, the castle fell. Nobunaga swore to continue to rampage through the Hattori lands until they begged him for mercy. He may dissaprove of his father, even considered that he would be better off dead, however, should Eastern Oda fall now, the financial implications on Western Oda would be dire. He had no choice but to fight, side by side with his father, against this treachery. Within a week he had also taken Echizen from the Hattori. This moment marked the first time that Western and Eastern Oda shared a border. Nobunaga recieved a letter from his father, urging him to put aside their differences temporarily for the good of Oda. Nobunaga replied, and acknowledged his fathers plea. Howerver Nobunaga reminded him as to who the Supreme General was, and who would be the main director of this war. With the Hattori losing a castle and gaining none, the Oda clan were on the front foot, and under the watchful eye of the Shogunate in Kyoto...

    Winter of 1557 brought both famine and poverty. The one thing the Oda clan has always greatly lacked is a navy, machines of the sea. Around 50% of the Oda’s income came from trade with the southern clans, all of whom shipped to the Eastern Oda ports, all 5 of which were under blockade from the Hattori. Furthermore, this year had been a disaster for farming, as the crops never grew and the people starve. Winter hit hard, and with people unable to keep up their strength, many die of the cold. The war with the Hattori has taken its toll on the Oda clan more than any other war before it. Furthermore, many of the Oda villages in Owari province were on the Hattori border. News came in almost daily of their rape, pillage and burning. Nobuhide’s army were still licking their wounds from the heavy seige of Owari. The only dominant military army of the south was now Nobunaga, who’s leg swelled three times its normal size in the winter, thus halting his progress. However, spring was now here, the swelling went down, and Nobunaga was ready to attack once more. Wakasa was invaded and occupied by Nobunaga. It is said the garrison wept in fear as they seen the Supreme General march towards them, and opened their gates in the hope he would show mercy. He did no such thing, and the castle inhabitants were put to the slaughter.

    Wakasa was taken by Nobunaga, who vented his fury on the invaders of his homeland.

    Meanwhile, in the north, to counter Kai’s vunerability, Muneyori marches upon Musashi. A short but fierce battle was to come to pass. The Hojo’s commisioner for warfare lost his head at Muneyori’s personal sword, afterward the castle fell without much difficulty. Meanwhile, Oda Nobuyuki, the commisioner for finance, produced his first son in Mikawa. The commisioner was sent there for his safety by Nobuhide after the Hattori attempted invasion. He was not a man of war, unlike his elder brother, but a man of intelligence. Nobunaga seen this as a threat, though such quarrels were defunct at a time when the Oda clan was at stake.

    A quick update on the Japanese borders just before Musashi was taken. The Kiso are neutral with the Oda,
    the Date are allied and the Hojo and Hattori are at war. All others are neutral/trade.

    Muneyori attacks Musashi to counter the weakness of Kai.
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    Excellent story so far, you're keeping me interested in what happens next. Keep up the good work.

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    Nice updates! Keep up the good work

    Nice to see the campaign is keeping you busy so far. Hattori in particular seems to have a habit of not liking the Oda
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    Thanks jpops, it's great to know your work is appreciated! I have nearly finished the next few chapters which will definately be uploaded tomorrow.

    Yeah robin, those damn Hattori, I never expected that one to happen, though I should have. This is my third long term campaign on hard after Shimazu and Chosokabe and everytime I have allied with the Hattori, and everytime they have stabbed me in the back. Lesson is deinfately learned now

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    Chapter 13: The battle

    Summer, 1558. Nobunaga sits painfully in the hall of Wakasa fort, and recieves news from the south. The Hattori Daimyo and over 5000 men are mustering at Tango, just south of their location on the eastern Japanese coastline. They outnumber the Nobunaga army over 2:1. Preparations must be made, if Nobunaga is going to survive this. He could fall for aid from his father... but then Nobunaga wondered if he would rather commit seppuku than do such a thing. Ones own pride can be ones own killer, and that saying may be put to the test.

    Scout reports show a huge Hattori army preparing to invade Nobunaga's current residence of Wakasa.

    By the winter they attacked. A vast army with a mix of peasantry, advanced samurai, missile and cavalry, along with a 45 year old Daimyo who has earned a reputation as one of the most fierce generals of all time. As they advanced around the fort, Nobunaga collapsed in pain, his leg ulcers had untimely burst. The men hurried to get him out of view of the army, who did not need demoralising further. Nobunaga had refused his fathers aid and the soldiers knew, that for most or all of them., their time had come. Yes, they had experience, but this enemy double-army was rumoured to have over 15 years battle experience. If there are gods, if there are dieties in higher positions of power, now is the time for their blessing to be struck upon us.

    The battle outlay was simple. Oda surrounded the outer fort with their archers and hoped to kill as many of the advancing enemy as possible before the melee troops fought on the walls. The Hattori attacked from two sides, with considerably more focus on their southern attack wave. Their northern wave completely lacked archers, which was a bonus. The 500 strong army of the north scaled the walls with relative ease, however, despite losing approximately 100 men to archer fire. In order to combat this, the injured Nobunaga ordered the ashigaru to switch places with the bow, and form a spear wall. Spear wall is effective defensively, however is vunerable to archer fire due to their close compact formation. However, with them lacking completely in archers on the northern attack, this formation could be used without issue.

    Oda spearmen form up on the northern border to prepare for the enemy melee attack.

    Meanwhile, on the southern border, the story was slightly different. Vast waves of archers and melee came forward and forward and forward. Nobunaga normally uses his bowmen to take down enemy melee troops, neglecting enemy archers, due to the fort reducing the amount of casualties. By targeting melee troops, you weaken their spine and by the time they have scaled the walls, they are already tired and depleted. This was simply not an option today. The amount of bows, numbering 1000+, meant that ignoring them is impossible. Nobunaga ordered his entire army of bows (around 600) to fire on the enemy archers, forgetting about the advancing melee troops. Those archers must be numbered down if the Oda were to survive. This enabled the enemy ashigaru and samurai to charge forward unchallenged, their only casualties caused by the occoasional stray arrow, or by slipping down the wall. Upon reaching the top of the wall and the fort, the typical switch occured. The bow retreated and the spears took point, protecting their missile counterparts from melee attack. The bow reformed behind and continued their work on the enemy missile troops. The problem now was that the enemy bow were attacking the Oda infantry in still a good number. The spear wall formation could not be used, as the amount of missile kills it would endure would outweigh the defensive advantage. The peasant ashigaru would have to fight hand to hand with the enemy samurai. Nobunaga and the Oda clan relied on their bravery, their resilience, and their ability to make holes in the enemy.

    The battle was long, feirce and bloody, but the presence of Nobunaga near the frontline and the fort gave Oda the upper hand, and eventually the enemy began to rout. All that remained were the 600 or so remaining bows outside the castle walls. There was another enemy army en route and the second wave would be the same as the first, only with half of the tired Oda remaining. Nobunaga could not afford to lose more bows in a skirmish, so he ordered his 100 light cavalry to sally forth and hit them in the behind. A great and bad move. Great because, the enemy did not expect this, and the 600 archers were ploughed through like a hot knife through butter, their lack of armour no match for a swift horse and a sharp sword. Bad becasue, the feared enemy Hattori general and Daimyo noticed this scuffle otuside the walls. The light cavalry did not see his 30 super-armoured troops ploughing at them with all haste and vigour, and by the time they did it was too late. Nobunaga watched from the fort as his cavalry were absolutely decimated in a fashion he had never seen previous. He thought he had seen it all, he thought becoming Shogun would be nothing but victory, awe and enemy death, but this was something else. Even his own archers feared to fire incase of some sort of consequence, such as a god showing disfavour for killing such a man in such a way. Nobunaga began to stride to the castle gates when his men pulled him back. Nobunaga was a powerful young man, an ambitious mind and a brave soldier and general, however right now he was weak. His leg wound that he sustained in the battle of the fields of Etchu had never recovered, and to fight such a man now would not be wise. Nobunaga watched as the Daimyo once again rode off into the distance, biding his time. Next up was wave two, coming from the other side of the castle, on the north.

    Nobunaga's light cavalry make short work of the enemy bowmen...

    However the enemy Daimyo makes them pay.

    Nobunaga had to re-muster his tired and depleted troops to the other side of the castle to prepare for the next wave of defence. The army incoming was vast, just as the last one, and all hope this time, really does seem lost. That was, until, the horn blow of the samurai was heard from the western coast...

    Rienforcements! From Echizen it seems, for that is the direction from which they are heading! Nobunaga could not help but issue a cry of relief, and the exhausted men in the fort shouted for joy and the sound of the horn. Oda was here, but would they make it in time? The enemy Daimyo feared so, as his company immediatley darted toward the Oda reinforcements. There were approximately 300 spears and 300 bows travelling, and they seen the Daimyo incoming. Surely he was not going to charge? Is the man brave, or stupid? Oda did not know what to make of it. The captain of the troops, after wiping his face from shock, ordered his men into the spear wall formation and prepared the archers for melee combat. Hopefully they would avoid it, but the cavalry were coming in too fast to get any decent shots in and they proximity would risk friendly fire. The Daimyo and his contingent were clearly planning on outflanking the spears to his the bow but this captain had his men well trained. The spear formation continued to rotate with the cavalry, and the Daimyo became angered. The captain ordered his bows to load and prepare to fire, thus forcing the cavalry into charging. If he did not charge, he would face the full might of 300 arrows clouding his vision. Indeed, he charged, and death would reign once more. The spearmen were flying all over the shot as horse flesh clattered into wood and metal with devastating haste. The initial shock and blow was hard for the reinforcements to muster but they soon regained control over mounted enemies, and the battle began to turn. The archers, with their short swords, formed a circle around the spear and Daimyo horse fight, and began to slowly close in. Then, they charged. Yes, they were light armoured bows, however there were 300 of them, compared to the enemies now 14 horsemen. Add the 200 remaining spears in and the enemy Daimyo is in trouble. As his bodyguards fell around him, eventually only the Daimyo remained. It is said that after being dismounted by a bowman, he broke the boys neck so hard his head left its position on the body. It is also said he picked up a spear from the floor and swung it round with utmost strength, killing 10 men in the process. Wether this is legend of fact, is not known for cetain. What is known, is that this beast of a man was about to die with the utmost honour. Approximately 6 minutes later, he lay dead, in a pool of blood, mixed from horse and man alike. The reinforcements stood for a moment to take in what they had just seen. A contingent of 30 heavy horses put to death approximately 250 troops on their own accord. The day lives on in Japanese legends and mythology, and those who lived to tell the tale gave their grandchildren endless hours of stories about the man who killed a hundered.

    Meanwhile, as the rienforcements continued their march to the fort after their devastating battle, the northern attackers were scaling the walls once again, this time more effectively. As their fresh soldiers continued to pour in, the left side of the Oda defence broke. This could not happen, if they were to survive. Nobunaga had no choice, he ordered his archers to enter the melee fray. If the enemy on the left were to flank his central defence, all was lost. The battle continued, and finally, the reinforcments arrived. Oda immediately ordered the spearmen to charge into the enemy attackers with all haste, enabled his now severaly depleted bowmen to pull out of the fight, and fire on the outside fort troops along with the fresh bowmen. The battle began to tip into Oda’s favour, with the enemy beginning to tire as now Oda had the fresh troops. All was going well, until a stray arrow flew over the fort. It flew over the fighting. It flew over the bowmen. It hit Nobunaga square in the chest and he fell with an almighty crunch.

    Panic. The men started panicing and did not know what to do. The general’s bodyguard barked orders at the men to keep their line. KEEP YOUR LINE IF YOU WANT TO LIVE. The fighting continued as Nakamura, Nobunaga’s right hand man and bodygaurd leader, jumped off his horse to check on Nobunaga. He turned him over. He was alive. Breathing, saved by his armour, but the force of the collision on the floor had knocked him unconcious and his leg wound was reopened, bleeding very very heavily. He needed to be taken inside for care, but Nakamura needed to continue to lead the battle. Two of the bodyguard took Nobunaga inside, while Nakamura shouted to his troops that the Supreme General was alive. Cheers echoed amidst the clash of sword and spear, and the Oda fought with the utmost vigour and the utmost honour, until finally, after hours of fighting (literally), the Hattori broke, and began their retreat. The Oda were so exhausted, they could not follow. The scene at the end of the battle was mountains of dead bodies, laying next to the remaining alive ones, who simply could no longer stand up. The battle was over. Less than 1000 men on each side remained, after almost 8000 were in this battle.

    The state of the Nobunaga army is now clear to see, after the most deadly and perilous battle in Oda's history.

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    The death of an Oda family member draws nigh. Who will it be? Find out in the next part.
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    Chapter 14: Hojo's assault

    News from the south reached Muneyori regarding Nobunaga’s defence of Wakasa. A proud but costly victory, it seems. Well, as long at the southern borders were protected he did not have to watch his back. He did have to watch his front however, there were reports that a large Hojo army had crossed the border and were heading south to Muneyori in Musashi. Muneyori was confident in his ability to repel the invaders, should they strike Musashi stronghold. However, the supply chain from the south was slowly getting smaller, as the blockaded Oda ports and the two front war began to take its toll on the Oda lands themselves. He was still hopeful of a peace treaty with Hojo, though he knew it was a fools hope, he had taken to many of their lands for a forgiving treaty. No matter, he loved war, and he loved fighting, as long as his men were fed to do it.

    Hojo travel south with a large army towards Musashi.

    Nobuhide felt a small twinge of pride beneath all the resentment for Nobunaga when he heard the news of Wakasa’s successful but costly defence. His reports from the south were that, on the front line at least, the Hattori threw everything at Nobunaga, fearing he is the key to the war. Their southern strongholds of Iga and Omi were largely undefended for the moment, and if Nobuhide were to strike now, they would surely fall to his almost fully recovered army. however,, this would bring Oda into border contact with the Ashikaga Shogunate, something Nobuhide was reluctant to do. However, the support of the people was drained. They were enduring famine and poverty, as the armies need the food to defend the lands. Their children were dying and the winters seen death come to take the elderly. Nobuhide was losing support of the people, the people who heard tales of the Supreme General. Some fact, some myth. Some say he has one leg, and fights as fierce as any man despite his handicap. This is no doubt due to his severe leg injury, however the point is that the people love him. For Nobuhide to survive in this new environment, he must bow to what the people want. They want revenge for the Hattori betrayal. He must travel south, and hit the Hattori where it hurts.

    Reluctantly, Nobuhide travelled south and took Omi with ease. He left Noboyuki in charge. Something that the Supreme General will not be pleased with, however, we would be even more angered if the Daimyo did not march south in the first place. The Oda clan now shared a border with the Shogunate, and were mere miles from Kyoto itself. Nobuhide laid in bed in his Omi room, and butterflies entered his stomach at the thought of the Shogun being so close.

    Nobuhide goes on the offensive against the Hattori and takes the stronghold of Omi.

    The Hojo attacked Muneyori at Musashi stronghold, with an army about the same size as his. The Hojo army was somewhat lacking in archers, however had plenty of superior samurai at their disposal.

    The Hojo attack Muneyori and a difficult battle lay ahead.

    The Hojo, with their plentiful spears, were aiming for a kamikaze swipe down one central path. With almost no tactical observation whatsoever, they send their entire mass of spears to the walls without hesitation. They were at the mercy of the Oda archers, who picked them off by their hundereds. However still over 1000 reached the top of the wall and the melee began, with the enemies superious numbers reduced by arrow fire. However, they still had more melee troops than ourselves; that is where the trouble began. They were clearly winning the melee fight with their troops superiour in quality and quantity. Muneyori ordered the archers to occupy the space jsut behind the melee and shoot down at the men clamouring to climb the walls. Cut off the melee rienforcements from below, and starve them of fresh fighters. It worked, to an extent, but the enemy still had the upper hand. Muneyori decided it was time to fight fire with fire, and charge at them himself, along with the light cavalry contingent. They 100 horses smalled into the fray and caused mass panic on both sides. Then the archers, not having anyone to fight, picked up their swords and daggers and hundereds of them clamoured into the fray. The battle was not one to be remembered for tactical genius, as the entire army of both sides clamoured into a huge blob. Muneyori loved it, he had not fought in a long time and the 41 year old had immense pleasure in the slaying of the enemy once more. The Hojo routed eventually, bringing victory to the Oda and securing the northern border once more.

    The Hojo begin to take a foothol on the castle walls, the fight is on.

    Muneyori decides to enter the battle personally.

    Nobuyuki recieved word of a medium sized Hattori force that had crossed the border, bypassed Owari and was heading straight to Mikawa, killing en route. Mikawa was undefended. The young commisioner for finance had no taste for war and would rather remain in Owari, but knew he had no choice. If he did not lead the men into battle he would be seen as a major coward by the people.

    The battle took places on plains with patches of woodland. The enemy played guerilla style, and just about every tree had behind it a bowman. Whilst pursuing some enemy melee troops that had been sent to their deaths to weaken our line, the Oda were ambushed by tens or hundereds of bowmen in the woods. The cavalry was not effective in the woods, however there was not much other choice. As the cavalry chased the archers their main army hit, and catching the inexperienced Noboyuki off guard, he was caught up in the battle. He had been taught basic swordplay as a child, but he was no match for these armoured soldiers. His bodyguard however were as strong as any other, and protected the Daimyo’s sno during the battle. The light cavalry force noticed the bodyguard in fight and immediately began cahrging back into the fray to protect Noboyuki. The main line of Oda routed, causing mass panic. The light and heavy cavalry however, charged into the back of the enemy mainline, who were chasing the Oda routers. As the massacra continued Noboyuki got himself a bit bold and even struck down a router. The battle was over, and Noboyuki could not wait to return to Owari to send a message to his father about his deeds.

    Noboyuki prepares for his first taste of battle.

    Winter, 1559. 3 months since Noboyuki won his first battle in the Owari plains, his wife gives birth to a daughter. He is sent congratulatory letters by his father, Muneyori, and Nobunaga, though he knows Nobunaga’s handwriting and that is not his. No matter, for despite the fact this is the coldest winter for a decade, the people are dying by the thousands yearly, there are still moments of hope and happiness in this world. Furthermore, Muneyori had negotiated peace with the Hojo clan. On paper, they could be wiped out with ease. They are militarily and economically defunct, and the Oda’s allies, the Date, constantly sniff around the Hojo’s northern borders. However, Oda simply cannot afford a two front war from now. In a normal situation, such a peace treaty would be massively in Oda’s favour, with them having the advantage and won the Oda-Hojo war with almost ease. However, with the fact that the army is struggling to eat and people are dying due to poverty, peace is a welcome thing for the Oda, who can now focus on the Hattori and maybe bring some more stability to their people. On the southern border, Nobunaga showed that it is not only his brother who has brains. He established contact with the naval power, the Mori clan, who’s lands are south of the Hattori’s southern borders. Tensions have grew there for a long time, and Nobunaga sent the Mori clan an offer. If they joined the war on the Hattori, then the Oda clan would join in on the war against the Ito. Ito control all of Kyushu, however if the Hattori surrender/ are wiped out, then the agreement is for Oda to build a moderate sized fleet and assist the Mori in the blockading of Ito ports. Furthermore, the Oda will send 1000 koku to the Mori if they hold up on their bargain and attack the Hattori. If they hold up on their bargain, Nobunagaa knows he must send the koku, as the Mori’s navy is rivalled by none other, and they could effectively cut off the Oda clan from the world and its trade partners. Hattori may be doing that already, but if Mori were to do it themselves, there would be no hope for the Oda clan.

    Spring of 1560 saw a change of Oda fortunes. For the first time in three years the crops showed a promising sign of a good harvest. If the crops were to harvest well this year, then the armies in the south could finally be fed with a surplus, so they could continue with the strength to fight. The people would recieve more food and, if all goes well, maybe the war will be over sooner rather than later. However Nobuhide and Nobunaga were wary of such positive talk. The Hattori lands had been scouted and their defences weak. It seems their armies have still not been able to recover from the shocker of Wakasa. The problem was that the Oda forces were already spread thin. If they want to control more land they must have a good harvest to feed the extra troops. Only time will tell.

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    Chapter 15: A Black Day

    The Hojo peace treaty lasted just two months before they again declared war and began raiding border Oda villages. Muneyori was baffled, why a clan of such low strength and feeble military might would declare war on the Oda was mind-boggling so say the least, but at least now Muneyori had every right to finish this Hojo once and for all; to put them out of their misery. Within weeks Muneyori had defeated the remaining Hojo 400 army and captured Shimosa to the north east. Hojo how controlled two remaining strongholds, one in the east on the coast and one inland further west. Muneyori began scouting action to determine their strength or weakness before moving forward. One thing was for sure, the Hojo would not be allowed to remain free after their latest baffling declaration of war. It was time to end the northern war, permanently.

    Muneyori loses patience with the Hojo and captures Shimosa.

    The news to the south was very troublesome. The army from Hattori Omi had slipped past the vast plains of the Daimyo’s stronghold of Iga and was marching through the southern forests to Mino, as the Ikko-Ikki did before them, many moons ago. Mino was undefended. Nobunaga was in Wasaka to the south west, however his army was still licking their wounds from the Battle of Wakasa last year, and Noboyuki’s force in the capital of Owari was not as large as the invading Hattori force. Nobuhide cursed as he realised he may have to travel back north to defend his homeland. He would not reach Mino in time, however his son Noboyuki could. His force was smaller than the invaders however he would have the protection of the Mino stronghold itself, and if his father travelled north to Owari then he would not have to worry about leaving the capital undefended.

    The Hattori completely catch the Oda off guard by marching through the southern forests of Mino,
    bypassing Owari and Omi.

    Nobuhide had no choice. He abandoned Iga, hoping it would still be in Oda hands when he returned, and travelled north. He must defend Owari with all his might, it was the central location for the people’s trust and a vital beacon of trade and surplus of food. Noboyuki travelled with most his army to Mino to garrison the defence while his father marched to Owari.

    Hattori attacked Mino as soon as they reached it. Noboyuki inside, inexperienced except for one battle, and with a smaller army, looked in serious danger to lose his life. The battle was on.

    Hattori attack Mino and Noboyuki most defend successfully to save himself and his family.

    The Hattori attacked from many angles and Mino’s lack of archers could not do much to stem the flow of men attacking the castle. They picked off as many as they could, but eventually the samurai and ashugaru reached the walls and begand to climb. The usual tactic of switching the missile and melee troops occurred and the battle was evenly matched. Oda began to win the battle for the southern front as the Hattori began to waver. The northern front however was a different story. The the over abundance of enemy samurai climbing, Boboyuki ordered his light cavalry to charge in and try to tip the balance. For a moment it worked, as the enemy staggered and lost some men. But once again, the enemy continued bringing more and more troops into Mino’s walls and the cavalry began to falter. The northern front was soon to lose. Even the southern front, assisted by the enemies 300 archers now in melee mode, were beginning to tire and weaken. Noboyuki was beginning to lose the battle, and feared for his life. His wife and children lived in Mino, having moved here when the Hattori war started, for Noboyuki and Nobuhide thought it the least posisble place to be attacked. They were wrong, and it seemed that Noboyuki and his family were about to pay for that mistake.

    The Hattori begin their assault.

    The Hattori began to take a major foothold of the stronghold.

    With his last two bodyguards, Noboyuki charges into the enemy lines.

    The last troop recieves an arrow direct to the heart.

    The battle continued, and the fate of the Oda was sealed. Noboyuki and hus guard charged into the Hattori ranks in a last gasp attempt at victory, and despite Noboyuki’s bravery, the commisioner for finance, having struck a fatal blow into an ashigaru, was struck on his side by a spear. Falling off his horse, he handed back first on the floor, only to be picked up by an enemy samurai. The man looked with delight when he realised who he was about to fight, and with an almighty thrust, he sent his katana deep into the finance commisioner’s stomach.

    Noboyuki heard the shouting of his children and the laugh of his wife. He saw the leaves sparkle in the summer sunlight. He heard the birds singing in the distance, and the wind blowing against the river. Everything went light, light, light, untill.. Noboyuki stopped breathing. The battle was over. Mino was lost.

    The first major defeat since the start of the Sengoku Jidai period was on this day, when the Daimyo’s beloved son fell on his sword in the stronghold of Mino.
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    Great updates! Your pics for chapter 14 aren't working though
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    Really? hmm that's weird, they are loading for me and I used the usual method.. I will delete and reupload them as I still have them saved

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    I'm getting this on those pics
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    Well I'm off out tonight, so tomorrow I will reupload them and let you check then, also I should get another update as well as sorting them pics out tomorrow

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    Good work. Why don't you remove the floating flags to make those battle screenshots a bit prettier though?
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    Nice update, pity about Noboyuki, I've been secretly rooting for him to take over the clan, would be an interesting twist. Pity the Takeda have been wiped out in your campaign. A Nobunaga/Shingen throwdown would have been cool. Well maybe the Date will give you a good run for the crown.

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    Dom, the flags help me click the right units because my computer is kinda lame and laggy, and clicks are slightly delayed lol.. it's a pain to have to turn them off everytime I wana take a shot (unless there is a hotkey to do it which would make things a lot easier I dno)

    Yeah jpops. I wasn't too happy either, was trying to make him seem the weakest out of the Oda family members so that he would one day rise up, but that plan went out the window when he died, I had to rewrite it because I didn't see that move coming :| But on the plus side the AAR would be boring if I just won everything easily

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    Chapter 16: The fury of the Daimyo

    Oda Nobuhide was the man who fell out of favour with his people and his son due to the friendly nature he often shown to the Daimyo and his reluctance for war and the Shogunate. This was until the summer of 1560, when a messenger, fearful to speak his tounge, told Nobuhide of the death of his son and the loss of Mino. Something changed in Nobuhide that day. The men could feel it. He sheer rage on the face of Nobuhide was nothing ever previously seen. His son. His favourite son. His intelligent and loving son. Dead. He was no warrior, yet he died in battle as honourably as he could have. There had to be vengeance. Someone was going to pay.

    Nobuhide ordered his army alter course and set straight off for Mino. Within a month they were there, the Hattori’s army still inside, however weakened from the battle with Noboyuki. Within 45 minutes the castle of Mino was back in Oda hands, and the slaughter of the enemy prisoners began. The generals were rounded up and bound and tied. It was only then when Nobuhide entered the feasting hall to find his sons body sprawled across the table, along with that of his wife and children, mutilated and dihonoured in the worst possible way.

    It is said in scriptures that the generals of the Hattori army were able to be kept alive for 6 days to endure the most painful torture able to inflict upon a mans body, with their souls giving up on the 6th day of Nobuhide’s fury.

    Nobuhide arrives at Mino, but is too late to save his son.

    Nobunaga recieved a letter from his father.

    Dearest son,

    I have pains within my mind which I must share with you. The death of your brother, my son, was known, however the fact of his issue and spouse is something of unknown quality to yourself. For today I found their bodies paraded like a geisha on new year celebration. Those responsible are put to the pains of the mind and the soul, however the pain they endure is nothing that I, as a father and uncle, will endure for the rest of my life. For it was I, who sent them here to Mino for their protection and honour. Now they are dishonoured in such a public way and I am to blame for such terrible events to occur. You were right, my son, about my ability to lead this clan and these people. You were right about everything. I submit to you now, in all your glory and honour, and in all my shame and dishonour, I submit to your will. I wish for nothing now, except for one thing. I do not wish for the Shogunate, I do not with for control, for my status as Daimyo is in name only. I wish for one thing, my son, and that is vengance. For as long as the Hattori control any land then I will not rest. My son, I beg of you, to strike at this vile enemy with all your cruelty and combined wisdom, and grant this, your fathers final request.


    Nobunaga looked out of his window, the pain in his leg now a numbing afterthought. For the first time in years he felt a sense of love for his father. His brothers death may have been a bonus in terms of his personal security and control over the clan, but it was his brother nonetheless. To hear of his cousins and sister-in-law mutilated and paraded in public only fueled the fire of his already growing hatred of the Hattori. He would grant his fathers request. He would seek vengeance upon these people in a way that the world had never seen before. The death of Noboyuki was the opening of a can of worms, worms which would bury themselves in the impending downfall of the Hattori clan.

    The northern war, thankfully, was going very smoothly, in a stark contrast to the bloody mess that was the southern Hattori war. Muneyori succefully captured Kazusa, and the Hojo were eliminated from the coastline, only one western landlocked province remained under their control. That would be next to fall, then the northern war would finally be over, and the triple KOD alliance of Kiso-Oda-Date would control all of northern Japan. News from the far south was that the Mori clan were performing well on the Hattori’s southern border, and had captrued two strongholds since their declaration of war. News also came in of an army of Hattori heading straight for Wakaza, where Nobunaga was planning the Oda offensive. They reached Wakaza around winter, and their numbers were evenly matched. Nobunaga could not wait for blood, and to defeat this army with utmost fury. He was confident of that. The battle was quick and decisive. Inspired by Nobunaga’s speech, the men knew they were not to let a repeat of Mino happen here. The enemy were destroyed mainly by arrow fire before they reached the walls, and once they did, the pumped up ashigaru decimated the enemy as they almost immediately ran for their lives. The Hattori had gotten bold once too often, and Nobunaga knew, it was time for the Oda to get off the back foot, and wipe this clan for the depths of history.

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    Chapter 17: A Realm Divided

    Nobunaga, quick to establish his full military control over the entire Oda lands, appointed Toyotomi Ariyasu into the rank of General, and also gave him the position of Commisioner for Finance, which his late brother held. Currently the only General of the clan was Commisioner for Warfare, Muneyori, in the north (though he was adopted by Nobuhide, so is technichally a son, however he is a General in blood), however the war with the Hattori had not gone too well so far and besides the Daimyo and the Supreme General, there was no-one fit to lead large armies in the field or in the cities. Thus, at 39, after many years of successful liutenant roles under Nobunaga, Toyotomi Ariyasu became an established General of the Oda clan. He was to be garrisoned with a defence force in Mino, so that Nobuhide could return to the capital of Owari and help secure both southern borders. Furthermore, this strengthened Nobunaga’s grip on the clan as his brother was allied to his father, and thus controlled the Oda finances. However now, the new Finance Commisioner was loyal only to Nobunaga. He who controls the finance controls the clan.

    Spring of 1561 brought around massive change. The Hattori were beginning to crumble and the Mori and Oda clans prosper. The lack of fighting on the Oda northern front saved many resources and the Hattori were the ones now facing a two front war. Many of their ships blockading Oda’s ports were removed to fight the Mori’s immense navy in the south, so trade once again picked up. The farming was looking promising. Nobunaga took this opportunity to march south and capture Tango, which he did without any bloodshed. The garrison was so light that they surrendered without a fight. They should have read the stories of Nobunaga’s previous conquests. He does not take to surrendering to lightly. They were all murdered for their dishonour and their heads raised on spikes. Tango was now under Oda’s military control.

    Though originally meant to reside in Mino, Ariyasu was now ordered to travel to Owari to oversee the capital as Nobuhide was ordered south with his army by the Supreme General. The mission was simple; capture the palace of Iga. Nobuhiude was all too happy to accept this order. Iga is where the army that killed his son were trained. Oh how they would pay. News in the south was that the Mori had taken Tajima, which was the castle south to Tango, where Nobunaga currently was residing. This meant that the Mori and the Oda now share a border, having squeezed all the Hattori’s western shore lands from their grip. There was no alliance between the Mori and the Oda, only a gentleman’s agreement to make the Hattori to fight on two fronts for mutual gain.

    Ida is captured by Nobuhide, and the Hattori supporters are made to pay for the death of Noboyuki.

    By the winter, Iga was taken by Nobuhide. Owari apart, Iga was now the largest castle under the Oda clan’s control and a dominating presence in the area. The Shogun heard of this news and how his once great follower, Nobuhide, was rampaging through Hattori lands at will. Thus, by the Spring of 1562, heralds from Kyoto were heard in all corners of the land.

    The realm is divided. The Oda clan and their dishonourable ways control Japan from East to West, seperating us from trade and prosperity. Their military actions against the Hattori show their desire for power. I bid you all now to rise up and destroy this once-honourable clan and remove them from our memory. The realm must not be divided in such a way as to threaten our livelihood.

    Nobunaga smiled. The time for him to become Shogun had begun. There was now no excuse to not strike out against the Ashikaga Shogunate and Nobunaga could not wait to sit in the Kyoto throne room. Nobuhide wept upon the news. Oh how things had changed. What had he become? A ruthless killer and conqueror like his son. His heartbreak drove him to kill the Hattori at will, and his son was loving every minute of it. But the tears would have to wait, because the Hattori still lived... Up north, Muneyori, with full northern power in the Supreme General + Daimyo’s absence, immediately wrote to the members of the KOD alliance, Kiso and Date, upon their stance. He hoped they would remain peaceful but wasn’t too optimistic. The Date had been delaying trade as of late and tensions were not high, but they had a platform.

    Realm Divide was here. The Oda must become Shogunate, or cease to exist.

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    With the Oda beginning to take the front foot against the Hattori and the sudden Realm Divide, how will the Oda cope? Find out next time.
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    Chapter 18: Oda V Japan

    Within a month, every clan in Japan had declared war on the Oda clan, except from the KOD alliance members Kiso and Date. Their position was increasingly difficult however, with the trade pressures they were experiencing from the southern clans. The Oda were now in big danger. Their complete lack of a navy meant their ports were vunerable to blockades and military landings, especially from the likes of the Chosokabe and the Mori. The only way to survive such a mess was the total destruction of the Oda enemies. Nobuhide sighed, while taking a long swig of Sake. This was not his dream. This was not what he wanted. Now the entire country was at war and the target was the blood of his people. Peace had failed. To survive, he must help his son become Shogun. His son who, having seized power, had caused (in Nobuhide’s eyes) this entire mess in the first place.

    Reluctantly, Nobuhide marched forward and seized Yamato from the hands of the pathetically weak Hattori. They were almost finished. Nobuhide just hoped that he could wipe out the Hattori before the rest of Japan began their assaults.

    This never came to fruition. Nobunaga was attacked in Tango by none other than both the Mori Daimyo, and the heir to the Mori throne! Their army besieged and attacked immediately. Nobunaga wanted it. He had not fought for too long. His leg was doing really well this year and had not developed ulcers since the early winter. The fight was on, and Nobunaga looked forward to the challenge.

    The Mori clan attack in one massive push which catches Nobunaga off guard.

    Oda's western flank defenders prepare with a spear wall formation.

    They attacked from two angles, with all their bow force focused on the eastern attack. Nobunaga complied. He did not want to have bows on the western front when they had none. It would be up to the melee men of the western fron to defend the walls. They hit the eastern front with an almighty barrage and initially caught Nobunaga off guard. He did not expect such a rush from skilled opponents like the Mori. He respected them, maybe he had respected them too much. He ordered his men on the west to move into spear wall formation, since they were under no threat from archer fire. This basically almost took their western attack out of commision, however they still were taking many casualties as well as suffering them. On the east, their commisioner for warfare, known to be a skilled marksman and swordsman, joined in the fray. The Daimyo and son however, opted out of joining in the battle. The warfare commisioner slew many enemies on his own accord, before finally a stray arrow hit him in the dead and he dropped instantly. The battle was 50 50, with missile V missile and melee V melee. The turning point was when the Moro retreated on the west, it freed up the western defenders to dive into the eastern fight, thus simply overwhelming the Mori with numbers. The rout began, and the chase was on. Nobunaga himself and a company of Yari cavalry took advantage of the confuison and slew many enemies who were running for their dishonourable lives. The Daimyo and his son were in view! They were retreating but Nobunaga was faster. They continued to catch up until AARGH.

    The Mori barrage begins to take a foothold on the ramparts.

    It's all to play for on the eastern flank.

    Nobunaga screamed in pain as his left leg seared a shot of pain through his body so fast that Nobunaga almost fell of his horse. He cursed into the trees as the Mori leader ran before his very eyes. He vowed to kill him, and all his allies, and all their allies, and to not stop hunting until he was Shogun. Nobunaga continued to shout in the trees at the retreating enemy until Nakamura, his right hand man, begged him to return to Tango castle to get his leg assessed. They had gotten away, fornow, but Oda still had Tango, and the Mori suffered their first defeat since their ressurection years ago, and their ascent to power in southern Japan.

    News came in a week later that the men who had retreated with the Mori Daimyo and son had betrayed their masters for the loss of the battle, and killed them in their sleep. Their heads were sent to Nobunaga in bags, much to his anger. He wanted them dead on the battlefield, not in such a dishonourable way. However, news also came in that the Mori settlement to the south of Tango, Tajima, was now relatively undefended. Nobunaga could strike it and take it without too much difficulty, but that left the risk of leaving his back door open to the weakened Hattori, who could head west with ease and strike at Tango.

    Meanwhile, Nobuhide travelled north and took Ise from the Hattori. They now had no provinces to the north of Oda, all their lands were to the south in the central Japan region. However, one troubling situation was there WAS an army in Ise, and the reason Ise was empty was it left 1 week ago and was heading to Owari. Nobuhide panicked, in his invasion of Hattori lands, Owari was left relatively undefended. He sent word immediately to Ariyasu to prepare the capitals defences. Up north, news to Muneyori was that the Date had captured the final Hojo settlement in the north. Further trade delays was causing tension and Muneyori wondered how long it would be until the Date had no choice but to declare war in order to keep their trade with the southern clans up.

    Nobuhide then had a stroke of genius. His daughter, Oda Iwa, had just turned 14 and become of age. Nobunaga did not have control over the Daimyo’s children, so Nobuhide had an idea. He offered the Date his daughters hand in marriage to the son and heir to the Date throne. News was that he was not married and this was the perfect boost to relations. Sure enough, the Date accepted the offer and Iwas was sent from Owari on her journey north, to become a member of the Date clan and secure the Oda northern borders, which at this time was a vitally important situation.

    Then out of the blue, a Kikkawa army marched north past Kyoto and besieged Omi. Oda did not expect this whatsoever and Nobuhide and Nobunaga were so busy with the Mori and the Hattori they forgot that the rest of southern Japan were also at war with them. There was only a captain in Omi, and it was time for him to earn his stripes, against all odds.

    The battle turned out to be a massacre. The Kikkawa attacked on one front, sending their archers in first to attempt to lighten the Oda defenes. Big mistake. Omi is surrounded by a waist deep moat and the enemy archers had to cross it to get into range. In doing so, they came into the range of the Oda archers whilst they were struggling to get through the water. The moat ran red as human blood was spilled in the hundereds and the hundereds, the enemies entire archer segment decimated by a tactical flaw. The enemy melee units charged and suffered the same fate, as they had no archer support. By the time they got to the walls they were heavy and wet, tired and depleted. They never lasted too long. Every Kikkawa invader fell and Omi was defended, however now weakened. If the Kikkawa would dare to try again they would probably take the castle, though it would take a force of good numbers, and courage.

    The Autumn of 1562 brought about the Oda’s attempt to stamp out the Hattori once and for all. Their last major army which was en route to Owari would be attacked in the field before it began pillaging Oda homelands. Ariyasu travelled forward from Owari, and Nobuhide travelled north from Ise. There was nowhere for the Hattori to go, south was Nobuhide, north was Ariyasu, east was ocean and west was mountains. The Hattori army was larger than either of the Oda armeis however, smaller than them combined. If they lost this battle, they lost their power, as their final settlements were reported to be grievously undefended.

    The battle was known as the worst Oda victory of the time. The entire Hattori army was depleted, as was Nobuhides. He lost so many men as the Hattori almost fully focused on fighting him and forgot about Ariyasu. What resulted was the Hattori superior numbers decimating Nobuhides forces until the Ariyasu army slammed into their backs and sandwhiched the Hattori between both armies. The Hattori were vanquished, but Nobuhide surveyed the scene, as the Oda dead numbered in the thousands. He decided it was best if he took control of the Ariyasu army. They were not happy, as they were mere peasants who lived a simple life in Owari, called to action for the defence of the capital. Nobuhide promised them all tax free lives should they march south with him and seize the remaining Hattori lands. He also promised that once he had recieved a new fully trained army, they would be allowed to go back home and live out their simple lives. The Hattori were now in full danger of being wiped off the face of the earth, and Noboyuki’s death was soon to be avenged.

    Winter came, and Yamato was lost. The Hattori had used their remaining small army from the south and seized the stronghold back from the Oda. Nobuhide had no choice but to leave it undefended to march north to defend the capital. He began marching back to Yamato with all haste however it was winter, the movement was slow and the road was freezing. Ise was up the road and Nobuhide decided to give the peasant army some shelter until the worst of the winter subsided. Sure enough, two months later the stronghold was back in Oda hands. What a back and forth war this was, with victories and defeats on both sides. The war was stable until a horror arrived from on the western shores of Wakasa.
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