WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF IWAKUTSUKI... First things first. Since few of you probably speak the native language of Feudal Iwaku, let me explain what Iwakutsuki means. You can loosely translate it to "With a history." Though, think of it more as a metaphor, for a history with many twists and turns. We are in a time of civil war. While there is an Emperor, he is aloof from the concerns of everyday affairs. So, let's not worry about him. Instead, let us view the bones and meat of the past about how this came about. Musical Theme: Samurai Battle March ""Now the reason the enlightened prince and the wise general conquer the enemy whenever they move and their achievements surpass those of ordinary men is foreknowledge." - Sun Tzu It is the Sengoku period or Warring States period in Iwaku history. It is a time of social upheaval, political intrigue, and nearly constant military conflict. Magic is no more; the peoples of this cursed land have lost it. Now it belongs solely to the spirits. The Shogun Gaburieru is dying. He was poisoned and his physicians say that he does not have long to live. Fear is that civil war will soon break out over the rights of secession. Although his Shogunate had instituted a stable government, it failed to win the loyalty of the two most important daimyo families, the Amano and Rokkaku. Especially more dangerous are those whose domains lie in the forsaken Kyōki region of Iwaku under the leadership of the Red Daimyo, Paorou-Sama. The desire for greater local self-rule throughout Iwaku is high. Gaburieru was a dictator that often crushed any form of rebellion. Combined with the suffering caused by earthquakes and famines, his death may be the trigger for armed uprisings by farmers weary of debt and taxes. The Kanrisha War will be a conflict rooted in economic distress and the dispute over shogunal succession. The "eastern" army of the Rokkaku family and its allies will clash with the "western" army of the Amano. Fighting in and around Iwaku- Ichi has begun and it will spread to outlying provinces, like Kyōki. WELCOME TO THE GAME! Iwakutsuki is a mythologised story about our forum. It tells the tale of a feudal society in which warring families and their supporters battle each other in order to become the dominate forces in the land. In terms of real history, the "feudal" period of Japanese history was dominated by the powerful regional families (daimyō) and the military rule of warlords (shōgun). It stretched from 1185 to 1868. The emperor remained but was mostly kept to a de jure figurehead ruling position, and the power of merchants was weak. This time is usually divided into periods following the reigning family of the shōgun. Characters based upon Japanese mythology or history and any level of literacy are welcome. Please read about certain requests that are posted in the rules below. There's always new adventures and new plot twists to write! Think of this as a place to experiment and get to know (and fight) other players. You'll find most of the members here, involved in some plot or other. So don't be afraid to get stuck in. Here are the rules: This is a project presented by Leo, Ossochanter, Vay, and Desaecula. If there's ever a problem, just ask one of the staff. Character bios do require approval from Ossochanter, therefore we ask all players to be mindful of their powers. We do not allow power play or godmodding (within certain conditions; we're pretty liberal in these terms). Because there may be many people involved, we ask that any posts that are MORE THAN 2 PARAGRAPHS have a summary included at the end, so that players who are absent can catch up quickly with the plot. In the current saga, there are two open factions. Also presented is what each army is made up of in terms of troops: Amano Daimyo: Clan of Red - Representing the Traditionalists, who are fighting to preserve the status quo. Supported by Josei Tegan. [*=1]Peasant - These soldiers wear simple cloth armor, little protection and use spears. [*=1]Heavy Infantry - They wear heavier armor than the light troops and command a unit of four infantry. They wield a shield and a spear and usually serve as defense captains for gates and bases. [*=1]Kyushu Mounted- These troops dress in a fusion of European-styled breastplates and samurai armor as protection for their shoulders and thighs. They all carry spears and wear simple helmets. Mobile and dangerous in charges. Rokkaku Daimyo: Clan of Blue - Representing the ideals of reform and progressiveness. Supported by Josei Ten. [*=1]Archer - They wear leather armor and a hat and can command a few archers under him. [*=1]Musketeer - They wear leather armor and a cap and command a few riflemen. Musket bullets can break your guard. [*=1]Ninja - They are one of the fastest troops, wearing a basic ninja attire and use ninjato. They are the only troop that utilizes a complete basic moveset, containing four normal attacks and charge attacks each. Ninja are slightly less sturdy than typical troops. It is required for start up to choose to be one of the two clans. Any neutral, ronin, or loner characters will be placed under the command of Vay. Magic: The usage of true magic is very low. Magic is a dying art limited to a select few that understand Divine Will. So prepare to be in a world in which the supernatural is limited to the spirits of nature and humans having to come to terms with dealing with things that they cannot control or influence.