Battle of Kyuden Ashinagabachi
Kyuden Ashinagabachi
1173, month of the Goat
Major Forces:
Mantis Clan,
Imperial Legions,
Utaku Battle Maidens,
Tsuru's Legion,
Tsuruchi Fusako,
Utaku Yu-Pan
Battles of Rokugan

The Battle of Kyuden Ashinagabachi was fought in the Destroyer War when a force of Kali-Ma's Destroyers attacked the palace in 1173, in the month of the Goat. [1]

Preambles Edit

The Shogun Moto Jin-sahn sent a Imperial Legion led by Matsu Fumiyo to establish a major defensive stronghold there. Fumiyo was informed by Doji Jun'ai, the Keeper of Water, about a rokugani conspiracy to allow its fall as a message to the Mantis for their impertinence. [2] Doji Okakura alerted of the imminent arrival of the Destroyers. He had been advised through dreams by the prophetic shojo En'you. [3] The defenders during several weeks built trenches and barricades into the village that surrounded the castle. [4]

Armies deployment Edit

Several sub-commanders of Kali-Ma had combined their forces deploying a vast force. From the Empire thousands of troops from all different clans were dug in the fortified plain, including the bearer of the Hand of the Jade Dragon Matsu Benika and Togashi Matsuo, the favored student of the Oracle of Thunder. [4] The Third Imperial Legion led by Kakita Totani and the Sixth led by Tsuruchi Etsui were also present. [5] Utaku Battle Maidens led by Utaku Yu-Pan and the small but fierce Tsuru's Legion were the cavalry units there. [6]

Engaging Edit

The battle began in the mountain pass that led to the palace. The ironclads came first. Thousands of them were destroyed before they ever came within sight of the Mantis holding, but the enemy reached the outskirts of the castle. The Tsuruchi archers fired thicker arrows which were magically propelled by Moshi Shugenja, and with their superior force penetrated the ironclad shells. Moshi Awako and her acolytes called the thunder and lightning struck the specially prepared arrows and leaping from one of the Destroyers to another. [7]

Siege Edit

The siege at Kyuden Ashinagabachi had become a deadlocked siege, with a massive army of Destroyers held at the outskirts of the castle village. They fought day and night as the Destroyers made their intermittent assaults. The stores were beginning to run low. Minor fights were made gaining or losing ground on them. [8]

Empire's victory Edit

In a far and small Scorpion temple the Black Scroll Essence of Destruction was opened, and with that Fu Leng stole the divinity of Kali-Ma. The beast demons that looked like animals began to flee, and the ironclads seemed disoriented and without formation. The enemy broke and their lines were in disarray. Kali-Ma had summoned them to aid in her battle in the Scorpion temple against the again divine Ninth Kami. [5] Kyuden Ashinagabachi was intact and largely undamaged. [9]


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