Century of the Three Shoguns and the Decade of Blood
In 1609, Tokugawa Ieyasu, Clan Tokugawa, and Emperor Go-Yozei would be assassinated. This assassination would be orchestrated by Emperor Go-Mizunoo, a man many believed a tyrannical and insane boy-king. Recent documents recovered from historical buildings buried in time suggest that Emperor Go-Mizunoo was used by Clan Date (one that would later be eliminated in the coming Decade of Blood
) in an attempt to seize control over the whole of Japan. This of course would later fall through, as the relatives of House Yamoto would flee following attempts on their life by Emperor Go-Mizunoo.
Many of the young Emperor's relatives would die during their escape, many killed by Bandits, but many more killed by the Emperors men. Three however would survive.
Ichijō Akiyoshi would flee to Tsushima, to Clan So
. Although just four years old, he managed to survive the trek with aid of nurse. He would be raised by Clan So, with their Daimyo- So Yoshitoshi
, being proclaimed Shogun of Japan. Yoshitoshi
would raise the young Emperor, later christened Emperor Go-Eno in a Christian manner, and upon his death his son would raise the young emperor in a similar manner.
Konoe Nobuhiro would flee to the lands of Clan Uesugi
. His upbringing was unknown, but as an Emperor he was frivilious, not on simple gaudy things, but on weapons and death. Konoe was a fervent Buddhist, and tended to rule in a similar manner to the Shogun Uesugi
, with an iron fist. He invaded the Ainu tribes alongside the Uesugi men, and was known to kill entire villages. If he hadn't died in 1643, it was believed the Ainu people as a whole may have died out. Even today the Ainu haven't recovered, with roughly 4,800 tribesmen living in Japan.
Hachijo Toshihito was not a son of Emperor Go-Yozei, but being the uncle of Emperor Go-Mizunoo
did not protect him from the Boy-King's rage. with his land in Katsura razed to the ground, he was forced to rely on a friend of his, Oda Hidenobu
. with his friends aid he would survive Go-Muzinoo's
rage and would be claimed as Emperor in Kyoto after Emperor Go-Mizunoo's
fall in 1619, which would end the Decade of Blood.
The Decade of Blood
would destroy 93 clans and prop up 65 new clans. Such clans include the Otomo, replaced by the Uzumaki Clan, the Mori Clan, replaced by the Uchiha Clan, The Date Clan, replaced by the Chizu Clan, and The Nanbu Clan, replaced by the Nakao Clan.
The Decade of Blood
was a time drenched in blood, as it is called. Entire Clans were wiped out, and the death toll was huge. over the entire decade it is believed that 10-23% of Japans total population was killed off.
In 1619, Samurai under control of Oda Baruhide
, the son of Oda Hidenobu
, would enter Kyoto. There Emperor Go-Mizunoo
, his infant son Komyo, and his wife Ao Date, would jump from the top of one of the largest towers of his personal estate. Within the month Emperor Hachijo would rule from Kyoto with Oda Baruhide
as the first Oda Shogun
. This was of course not without the other would be Shogun's fervent displeasure. the So Shogunate
, based out of Kumamoto ('graciously' 'donated' after the 'peaceful' passing of Kato Kiyomasa) would agree to a ceasefire, though fighting still occurred, merely under different Banner. The same could be said for the Uesugi Shogunate
, based out of Aomori, a well defended province seized after the passing of it's previous holders in the Decade of Blood
. by 1630 Aomori Castle would be built, and it still stands to this day.
The timing was tenuous, and a ceasefire would hold until 1697, where the Uesugi Shogunate would declare war upon the Oda Shogunate
. The Oda - Embroiled in Economic turmoil, would be swiftly conquered, but the So would be a much harsher challenge.
The So had spent many decades conquering, colonizing and trading. They brought many inventions over from Europe, Military Geniuses, Preachers, and of course, the will to colonize new lands. The So, despite being the smallest, were the strongest. Unlike the Uesugi who fought with sword, the So fought with fire, Their Samurai fought through the grace of God, and their economy was strong. In a long and drawn out war that would kill 11% of Japan's population, the So would turn victorious, leading to the Century of Tranquility
Edit: a bit of flaring and Also a warning. Yes , I know some stuff is Ahistorical. Such as such and such Oda not existing. this was intentional. Oda Hidenobu died childless, thus here he is given a son AND lives a bit longer. Aomori of course is a small fishing village at this point, but it is at a perfect strategic point. It's a wonder that it WASN'T given a castle!