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At the dawn of Japan's Azuchi-Momoyama period (the late 16th century) two rival clan of Ninja, the Iga Tsubagakure and Kouga... More

At the dawn of Japan's Azuchi-Momoyama period (the late 16th century) two rival clan of Ninja, the Iga Tsubagakure and Kouga Manjidani, are engaged in a bitter blood feud that has spanned for centuries. The fighting finally ends when Hattori Hanzo the 1st succeeds in forging a cease fire between the two clans by conscripting both into the service of Tokugawa Ieyasu (the man who seized power to become Shogun and form Japan's first truly stable form of centralized government). Regardless, hostilities and bad blood remain between Kouga and Iga, ensuring a tenuous co-existence at best.