Tokugawa: Blood and Fire Dramatis Personæ Izanagi: The late father of Emperor Tokugawa Tokugawa: Emperor of Japan Jurojin: A poor soldier in the Imperial Army Sado Takeaki: Leader of the Japanese Military Kanagawa: Sado's personal clerk Dairoku: Japanese Aide-de-camp Takagi: Another poor soldier in the Imperial Army and friend of Jurojin Mikawa: An officer in the Imperial Army Tojo: High-grade officer in the Imperial Army Sayako: Young nurse Shimazu: Non-commissioned officer in the Imperial Army ————— Montezuma: Aztec Emperor Tizoc: Leader of the Aztec Military ————— Huayna Capac: Inca Emperor Atahualpa: Leader of the Inca Military *** It is written on ancient parchments, now laying in dark, dank library basements or on dusty little-perused shelves, that the Japanese people emerged as the dominant tribe out of hundreds of other nomads to establish a permanent civilization. Some say, however, that the Japanese people were really descendants of angels, divine beings that came from heaven to strike down lesser mortals for sins. Most, however, believed quite the opposite. Japan was a nation of demons that rose from the underworld to terrorize the innocent and consume the living. Whatever the truth may be, this is the story of the nation that can never be forgotten: Japan. This is the story of the people that forged a mighty empire through war and butchered their name permanently into history. This is the story of Tokugawa, the Great Emperor of Japan. *** What is known for sure is that Tokugawa was the only son of Izanagi, the tribal chieftain that had settled his people on the shores of the Sumida River. There, they settled in a place called Kyoto and began a civilized life of cultivation and practical studies. Particularly, Izanagi was interested in new forms of warfare. For eons beyond remembrance, his people had clubbed each other to settle disputes like wild animals. Izanagi had a different vision for Japan: a nation of refined tactics and artful warriors. Unfortunately, Izanagi died mysteriously, leaving his 17 year-old son, Tokugawa to carry on his vision. "Lead so that all may remember Japan," were his last words to his son. Tokugawa would forever be haunted and obsessed by them as he struggled to fulfill his father's vision. Kyoto grew slowly. Not long before, the Japanese had been primitive people eating wild grains and grasses that grew in the forests and fields of the world. Now, Tokugawa set his sights on cultivating fields and taming the chaotic uncertainties of nature. Agriculture was established and fields were sown up and down the Sumida River. The rustic warriors Tokugawa had were sent across the lands to begin exploring and conquering the surrounding areas.