The Seigun Samurai
The samurai have been the traditional military caste for the island of Tekkan for over a thousand years, but the historically most impactful samurai clan were none other than the Seigun shogunate, the most intelligent, gifted, and potent of all warriors in Tekkan. They were considered to be undefeatable in duels with their excellent experience in weapons such as spears, bows, and most importantly, the sword; a noble weapon among samurai tradition. Despite their impeccable skills in combat, what truly drives a Seigun samurai is their honor. Cultivating martial virtues is very sacred among the Seigun, it's what separates a true samurai from a barbaric sword-swinging savage.
The origins of the Seigun began hundreds of years ago when the island was being sieged by the Batukhan, a ruthless tribe of colonizers from the Tuskunovna mountains (now under the name of Monkhu). Refusing to surrender, the samurai were on the brink of being overthrown with thousands of lives lost to the invaders. It was until a faithful samurai prayed to the gods above at the highest hilltops, where he was approached by an ancient spirit to answer his calls. This spirit represented mind, one of the Three Principles, he taught early mortals the art of precision thousands of years ago and has returned to continue his teachings. He spent many suns and moons training the young samurai to his utmost potential until he was able to share his teachings with his fellow samurai and brought birth to the first Seigun samurai. It only took a hundred of these warriors to overthrow the entire Bakukhan legion and reclaim their land. Some thought these warriors not as humans but as divine spirits with skills no human can achieve, but they were in fact, nothing more than humans. As the clan grew, the Seigun became the most respected line of warriors across Kudao.
The training involved was extraordinarily difficult. It was recommended to begin lessons at a very young age in order to ensure the maximum potential of a samurai without getting too old. Seigun teachings included exercises such as intense sword training, balancing yourself on a thin wire for several hours, and releasing hundreds of arrows directly through the previous in a row, until absolute perfection. You cannot let anything shatter your focus, in order to wield the energy that flows through the mind, you must clear it. Once mastered, the average Seigun is said to deflect and redirect any projectile, varying from arrows, bullets, gusts of wind, objects as heavy as boulders, and even waves of sound. They were considered perfect swordsmen which brought much fortune, honor, and privilege to them and their family line.
Centuries passed, and the ways of the Seigun continued to thrive, but their tradition began to dim once the discovery of the mineral, trillium, arose. It awoke a new age for the island of Tekkan, an age of steel. The energy found within the trillium mineral was able to power new technology, and new technology meant new weapons, and new weapons meant a new order of samurai. Tatsu, the clan where the first shard was found, claimed that the Seigun-era was deemed outdated, and needed to be replaced by their own line of samurai. The Tatsu Samurai are soldiers, marksmen, and swordsmen powered not by the traditional Seigun teachings, but with trillium. After numerous conflicts regarding the Seigun's use and the results of Yamamura, the Tatsu Samurai were proven to be most effective and the ancient era of the Seigun clan was no more.
With the Tatsu clan making a massive uprise, it rose the country along with it. Tekkan's new reign, despite showing great success, glimmered a depraving side of immoral greed. Without the moral code the Seigun once followed, the balance between power and tranquility was broken, causing the nation to fall into a corrupt dictatorship. As the economy grew, tensions of overthrowing other nations grew even larger. The Seigun, now ronin, witnessed as the land soaked with the blood of their own and those before them who died protecting their land, was being tainted by their own people.
The Tatsu samurai began their conquest to invade their rival nations overseas, lead by General Kuroda Tatsu. Their legion of ten-thousand men of steel and gunpowder marched forth with merciless intent, but were met with a much smaller force that stood in their way. The Seigun Samurai have banded together as ronin to protect the honor that Tekkan once stood for. General Kurdoa ordered them to yield, for they have dishonored themselves by reinstating their banners once more. But the Seigun answered in silence and stood their ground, facing destiny with no hesitation.
As the glorious battle erupted, the Seigun were overwhelmingly outnumbered from 10,000 to 500, but they fought fearlessly until their last dying breath. For every Seigun slain, 12 more imperial samurai died among them. The Seigun pulled their weight, heroically, but it wasn't enough to defeat the entire legion, bringing an end to the ancient tradition.
Despite the defeat, the Seigun had managed to cripple Kuroda's men and resources by nearly half, leaving the Tatsu Samurai unable to continue their conquest and turn back. All 500 Seigun died a warrior's death and were immortalized by many. While the Seigun were told to be extinct, there is one still lingering to this day. Before entering their destiny, the Seigun agreed to assign Sakamoto; a well respected Samurai, to flee Tekkan and slowly bring rebirth to the Seigun over time in case of a completed genocide. Sakamoto wanders the realm to this day, keeping strict security of his personal information, and teaching worthy students the art of the Seigun, to revive the culture and tradition once more.
The standard Seigun armory.
A hidden, reserved, Seigun dojo.
Sakamoto during his exile.