Battle of the Thundering Shrine
Location: Shrine of Osano-Wo
Date: 718
Major Forces: Crab Clan, Scorpion Clan
Generals: Hida Banuken, Unknown
Battles of Rokugan

The Battle of the Thundering Shrine in 718 [1] was the largest of many battles between the Crab and Scorpion following the Battle of the Cresting Wave. It was a border skirmish with the Scorpion, fought in the territory around the Shrine of Osano-Wo. The fierce storms and rocky terrain made the fighting extremely difficult for both sides. [2]

Preambles Edit

The Crab asked the Scorpion to cede the rich farmlands surrounding the Shrine of Osano-Wo in compensation for the loss of the Hiruma lands. The Scorpion refused; in retaliation, the Crab raided the border and attempted to take several villages by force. [3]

Battle Edit

The Scorpion met the Crab in battle near the Shrine itself. Shortly after the battle began a massive thunderstorm erupted, making it difficult for both sides to fight. The Crab won the day, but the Scorpion subsequently persuaded the Emperor to order the Crab to withdraw from the occupied lands. [3]


  1. Winter Court: Kyuden Kakita, p. 90
  2. Way of the Crab, p. 56
  3. 3.0 3.1 Imperial Histories 2, p. 133

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