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Daidoji Shigehira 
Born: Unknown 
Died: Unknown 
Parents: Daidoji Hira 
Siblings: Daidoji Yasuhira,
Daidoji Michihira
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Daidoji Shigehira was the second son of Daidoji Hira, the youngest brother of Daidoji Daimyo Daidoji Kamei. [1]

Hira's Maddened Behaviour Edit

In 520 Hira began to act erratically, exhausting the patience of Kamei. The daimyo ordered his brother to commit seppuku, but Hira fled along with forty-four bushi from the Shiro Daidoji guard, leaving a message behind: "You did not set a date for my death, brother. Seek me in the Uebe Marshes if you wish to hasten it." [1]

Foxfire War Edit

Incensed, Kamei sailed down the coast to the Uebe Marshes to chase his brother. In the unfamiliar terrain, his troops were slaughtered during the Foxfire War with trap-laying and ambush strategies developed by Hira. After several months, Kamei retired to Shiro Daidoji, and found Hira's body in his former quarters, dead by seppuku. Arranged around him was a model depicting the most treacherous ambush points in the Marshes in the same scale as those in the Daidoji Library, and the message: "Do not let the food and drink of peace make the belly of the Daidoji grow fat. Seek my son in the marshes." Kamei retired as a monk, and his daughter and heir, Daidoji Kasako, hunted Yasuhira. Within three years she had brought her cousin to bay. Yasuhira was captured and executed, surrounded by new woodland models and maps and the instruction: "My brother Shigehira and my men spit at you from the Wall above the Ocean." [1]

Death Edit

Shigehira followed the Blood feud against Kasako and his followers from the mountain range. Kasako's younger brother Daidoji Hanzo was the commander of the Daidoji troops who chased him, and killed Shigehira during a yari duel between the two leaders on a cliff path. With his death the war was concluded. [1]

Aftermath Edit

Those troops that had helped the current daimyo defeat Hira's followers, were proclaimed the Hiramori family, vassals to the Daidoji. The family was named the "Forest Hira," an ironic joke at the traitorous Hira's expense. Hira's third son, Daidoji Michihira, was pardoned for his involvement in the uprising, and Kasami chartered him with his own family, the Hiramichi family, or "Hira of the paths." It was formed by men forced to rely on illegal sources, smugglers who had supplied food and war material to the revolters. [2]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Secrets of the Crane, p. 31
  2. Secrets of the Crane, pp. 31-32


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