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    And we will galdy march into the almost empty Higo castle. We did not even have to break the castle gate, as our arrows can easily kill the Samurai Retainers in a manual battle.



    Lucky for Sagara - their army has not left the border of Higo. (If they had left the border, the army will instantly vanish.) So we still have to deal with them. This is still not a bad news for us, as we will receive a military crackdown bonus to the population happiness in Higo when we put down Sagara's army.

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    Sagara's army has shown up and set a fire to the farms.



    At the same time, we noticed that Otomo has invaded Ito (just crossed the Bungo-Hyuga provincial border), and Ito might be a little too weak to repel Otomo's invasion. Not only will we lose a vassal, but our capital will also be threatened.

    Hm, maybe we can trick Otomo into peace since now they probably have no defenders in Bungo.

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    Did someone say Otomo are idiots?

    They actually agreed to become our vassal! Why not? We can use half of their income on any day. And if anybody could declare war on Otomo, it would be Shoni, which we are already at war with. So there is no additional protection duty. You have a deal!

    Note: Otomo actually has one little accomplishment - they rushed to the cotton trade node before we did.



    Strangely, Otomo and Shoni are not at war at this moment - so how did Otomo lose Buzen to Shoni? Maybe they have reached peace after that.

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    As our vassal, Otomo presented their map, and we were introduced the Chosokabe clan in Shigoku. They have quicky expanded to own three provinces! Maybe they will soon invade Kyushu.

    We have to delay that - not until we are ready - like having a Nanban Trade Ship to sink their full stack before they lands on our shore.



    Doesn't Chosokabe's daimyo have a daughter Nana? Let's propose a marriage! They agreed to pay the boat fee, too! But strangey Chosokabe has absolutely no interest to trade with us. We will need to send a scout ship to meet with more potential trade partners in the east.

    Note: Poor Nana, she also married to an unnamed second cousin of the Shimazu daimyo.

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    As we took Otomo as our second vassal, we instantly received the recognitiion from the emperor.



    We have not even fought a difficult battle, and we already have 3 provinces and 2 vassals.

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    Here is a chance to prove ourselves! The Sagara army is camped very close to the Higo castle.



    Quite an even match! We have the same number of cavalry (2:2) and spears (6:6, we have slightly better quality), and we have a slight ranged advantage (8:6).

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    The Sagara army did not actively march towards us (probably because our ranged advantage was not very obvious). So we will have to go to them to see if we can "lure any of their army into our trap".



    Sagara put their spears at front, so we moved our bows to the front to take some free shots. The Sagara bow gladly took the challenge for a duel. But what are they thinking here - 2 vs. 8? In a short time, most of these two units' men were pinned down on the spot. But nobody was lured into our trap.

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    When both of their bow ashigaru units were gone, Sagara's Yari Ashigaru was exposed to our arrows. They were ordered to charge us (and yes - into our trap!), but they turned around even before making contact with the trap.



    In the meantime, Sagara has moved up the rest of their Bow Ashigaru to duel ours.

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    Sagara's general managed to rally their fleeing spear units. Very soon, they issued the charge order to all their melee infantry. Since we have the same number of units, we can assign our own to match them one on one, with one more spear on the far right flank.

    Note: It seems that the AI always like to have a wide and shallow formation (especially when they have a lot of archers), so it is hard to surround them without more units.



    However, the chaotic spear matches also created a gap of our line. The Sagara general took the risk and charged into the gap, toward my general!

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    My spare Yari Ashigaru is too far away to help. So I had to order two nearby Bow Ashigaru units to throw their lives at the Sagara general. They will be slaughterd, but they will buy some time for me and my bodyguards to arrive on time. And we will attack the Sagara general together!



    The other Sagara general has curiously charged into our Yari Ashigaru's spears in the middle. At least try to circle to the flank or back... but then our spare Yari Ashigaru will find his arse.

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    We were definitely winning every single local match. The other Sagara genera who charged into our spears died in no time. One after another, the Sagara units fled the battlefield.



    The Sagara general has to fight four Shimazu units together. He did not last long.

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    What a great battle! We earned a landmark for this decisive encounter, too!



    The remainder of the Sagara army dissolved on the stop. Military crackdown for extra happiness! We can safely leave no garrison in the Higo castle, and march our 4/5 stack to the border - very ready to attack one of Shoni's defenceless castles next spring.

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    By now we already have two Ninjas, and they are invaluable in helpin us to moniter Shoni's move.



    In response to our pending invasion, Shoni marched its menacing full stack into a forest just west of the road. They probably attempted to ambush us, but their location is off by a little - we can still march on the road without triggering the ambush. Or they are just here to lure us to attack. They seem to be camped on a hill.

    Well, that's why we have brought ninjas! The fact that Shoni's full stack is out means that Shoni must be relatively defenceless in its castles. We can Hizen has 0 garrison.

    So why don't we happily receive Shoni's gift to us through the hands of our ninja?

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    "My lord, our army has been sabotaged by Shimazu ninja!"



    "My lord, our Hizen castle is under siege by Shimazu army!"

    "My Lord, our Tsukushi castle is under siege by another Shimazu army!"

    "Darn! We have to rush back to take back the lost castle!"

    "We cannot move this season, my Lord!"

    "But they can move before us next season and take our last province?"

    "Yes, my Lord! We are doomed!"

    "NOOOOOO~~~~:

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    We received a mission to blockade any hostile clan's port.



    The nice thing about this mission is that we only need to temporarily blockade a port - we can cancel the blockade immediately afterwards, not even before ending the turn. So we easily accomplished this mission by doing nothing meaningful.

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    This is the result of our attack on Shoni's last castle in Buzen (auto-resolved, for it is a Stronghold with arrow towers). We had to leave half of the men in Tsukushi due to the unrest, but what we have is certainly enough.



    Shoni's full stack vanished in Hizen before they could move again!

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    Ten dramatic seasons - we are now the only power in Kyushu!



    It is a good time to cocoon up and develop - and actively prepare to convert to the Nanban religion. When we emerge from the cocoon, we will become a force to be feared by all.

    This concludes chapter 2 of our story.

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    Another very informative and polished write-up, Maltz, thanks.

    Legendary or not, I pity the remaining AI factions. They must be looking anxiously west to Kyushu.

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    I said I would be following this and it has both been entertaining and educational.
    Quote Originally Posted by Drone
    Someone has to watch over the wheat.
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    We've made our walls sufficiently thick that we don't even hear the wet thuds of them bashing their brains against the outer wall and falling as lifeless corpses into our bottomless moat.

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    Chapter 03. Bait, not hidden

    Welcome back, daimyos!

    Now we have Kyushu under control, we can shift more attention to conversion.



    Honor

    As discussed, it is better for me to reach level 4, so I will have one more retainer and skill. The fastest way to reach that is to hop on a Bow Kabuya and run in circles for the Ouchi fleet to chase after in vain.

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    The Wako pirates have appeared to harass our trade fleet. However, once we ordered all our slow trade ships to retreat and leave only the Bow Kabuya, which we purposely left to "protect" the fleet, the Wako Pirates would only exhaust themselves in the resuming chase. Our trade fleet is therefore competely safe.



    Note: The third western trade node (incense) features lots of lands but little sea, and even a Bow Kabuya will have a hard to surviving the naval battle there. So battles should be avoided there. A full-stack trade fleet is more than enough to prevent the Wako from attacking (as they will lose in auto-combat).

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    After a few failed attempt to catch me on the water, the Ouchi clan daimyo launched a full attack on land. Although we can easily block the strait with our invincible Bow Kabuya, why don't we accept the challenge since we have nothing else to fight anyway? If we win, we might be able to force Ouchi to sign a fat peace treaty.



    Right now Ouchi's stack is slightly more powerful than ours. We should be able to soften Ouchi a little - our Ninjas are always prepared for actions!

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    Both Ouchi generals suddely collapsed from tea poisoning on the same day! It is our chance to strike!



    Ouchi has one more Bow Ashigaru than us, o they probably will not actively march to us. Their two extra spear units could also pose problem should they find our cavalry. We can't engage them blindly.

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    The Ouchi army formed a very long and thin line and camped on a small hill. But it does not really matter, because we have no plan to simply attack.

    The Ouchi army put their Yari Ashigaru at front. Let's see if we can use a little bait...



    Indeed, when our Bow Ashigaru got just close enough to start shooting at their spear units, 4 units of Ouchi Bow Ashigaru marched forward. This is good - we can win a duel 8:4. Now we only need to back up a little, so the rest of Ouchi army will stand and watch. That's... really stupid, by the way.

    Note: Alternatively, we can back up really far away, and charge the lured units with cavalry. But sometimes the lure units will not fall for it, as they soon turn around and return.

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    The 8:4 fight went well - especially when some of them tried to shoot our spear units, who were running around to waste their arrows.


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    70% of those 4 units of Bow Ashigaru are now corpses on the ground! The rest routed. We suffered very reasonable losses in the meantime.



    So we only need to repeat this lure and... well, we are not hidden. We are out in the open. Here comes another 2 units of Ouchi Bow Ashigaru. Not a problem! The only concern is that we had to back up far away enough so they do not receive shelter from a few trees in the middle.

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    Here comes another 2 units! So that leaves only ONE (9-4-2-2 = 1) Bow Ashigaru on the hill.



    After we routed these two, Ouchi was on a definite disadvantage of ranged power. But they still stood stil.

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    Two of our Bow Ashigaru units ran out of arrows, so now they become our new reserve. After a bit of rest, we made the move - the same old luring routine. But this time we seemed to have attracted the attention of everyone! The Light Cavalry charges ahead of spears (who have become quite tired as they remained in spear wall formation since the beginning - what are they thinking?)!



    So we rushed our spear wall forward and set the Bow units on skirmish!

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    Of course we have recalled the once targeted Yari Samurai. The Ouchi light cavalry picked the wrong place to charge! But just to be safe, we will add in the no-ammo Bow Ashigaru reserve anyway.



    And our spear wall has been setup - ready to hold their Ouchi counterparts!

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    repeated post.

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