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Honno-Ji Burns by Changinghand Honno-Ji Burns by Changinghand

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1582, Honno-Ji Burns

Nobunaga had consolidated his power over most of Japan and had begun his final push to eliminate what few clans remained. Hashiba Hideyoshi was leading a western assault against the powerful Mori clan. Nobunaga had left to join the campaign, but had stopped at Honno Temple, his usual resting place in the capital of Kyoto. Mitsuhide had been ordered to rendezvous with Hideyoshi to support his efforts. Instead, he was marching towards Honno-Ji with a force of 13,000 men ready to overthrow Nobunaga. As Nobunaga’s generals and armies were all off fighting on different fronts, his only company were servants, bodyguards, court officials, and merchants.

Mitsuhide’s march towards Kyoto went unchecked as he used previous demonstrations in the city as a pretext to belay suspicion. As they crossed the Katsura River, Mitsuhide exclaimed “the enemy awaits at Honno-Ji!” Before sunrise, the temple was surrounded and Mitsuhide had begun his attack. Nobunaga and his company were taken by surprise and could not defend against the sheer number of troops. Rather than give the traitors the satisfaction of his head as a prize, Nobunaga ordered the temple to be burned down. He then committed ritual suicide, his body soon claimed by the flames. So ended the rule of the Demon King, Nobunaga. 

Mitsuhide then began his own consolidation of power by claiming himself the new Shogun. However, besides the few holdouts, Japan had been ready to accept an Oda-Shogunate. Peace had begun setting in as quarrelsome provinces and rivals had been pacified. Without Nobunaga, ambition and the desire for power crept back into the land. Mitsuhide’s treacherous act would fracture the entire country, leading to all out war for the next two decades… 

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Sanjunin49 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well done.
TitaniumUrsa Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2018
As I looked down from the balcony, I saw him standing boldly at the head of his army. Mitsuhide... The one man who had managed to catch me, Nobanaga Oda, off guard. In truth, I was rather impressed. He had won this battle before it began, but I would not let him savor it. I felt the heat of the fire I ordered lit behind me. He would not get this palace. My servants begged most vehemontly that I flee the inferno. Yet I stood as a statue overlooking the army of my ruin. Everyone else in the palace had soon fled, all except me. For I wanted Mitsuhide to witness my final act as the Greatest Warlord in Japan. I climbed to the top of the railing of the balcony and drew my sword. Immediatly, all signs if triumph drained from his face as he realized my intention. I could see some of his men cowering at the silhouette of the one they knew as 'Demon King' with a throne of flames behind him. As I raised my sword above my head, I heard him scream "NO!" Before he could order arrows fired to kill me, I saved his men the trouble and plunged the blade into my midsection. I could feel his rage, it burned hotter than my the magnificent pyre I had made for myself. Before the final light had faded from my body, I proclaimed "I am Lord Nobanaga Oda! The Demon King! And you will never defeat me!"
Curnott Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018
I'm always a tad envious of people who can color so well like that, but great picture!
Dark-Dragon-Knight1 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
CarmenTheChameleon Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018
Dude! That is so bad-ass! This would make a great poster!
Blue-Jay-Blaze Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
RIP Oda Nobunaga. I haven't commented in quite a while now. I love this work. :)
JTgolem31 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018
Great Art
RioFluttershy Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018
Wonderful! I like how you portrayed Japanese warfare vividly!
Kyouken0w0 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work!
anloymk Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018  Professional Artist
Master piece, ı love it so much :)
Venom-V13 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018
Very nice
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