February 14th, 1546
A 1.5 on the Kinsey Scale
Titles and Aliases:
The Dragon Emperor
The Tiger General
Spirit of the Undying Flame
The Shimazu Cub
Mercantilism with Nordic Characteristics
"人と鬼と言う者共は情緒の存在だ、我々がこの真実を認めなければならん。" - Shimazu Akatora
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Shimazu Akatora(島津 赤虎)is the current Demon Emperor of Sixth Heaven and the 3,754th person to claim the title. He currently controls the domains of Makai and Ryūkyū, the latter of which is a territory on the surface world. He is known throughout Makai as one of the few Demon Emperors who genuinely cares about the people’s well being...and one of the few who are crazy enough to act on those feelings.
Shimazu Akatora was born on February 14th, 1544 into the Samurai Clan of Shimazu. At birth, his parents bestowed him with the name of Toramaru(虎丸). It is said that during his early days, the young Toramaru was said to be a bright and cheerful (if a little mischievous and lazy) child.
He was said to have been exceptionally gifted at playing the shamisen and at studying history. Nonetheless, neither of those were to take first priority due to his future duties as a member of the Shimazu Clan. Like most boys of his social class, Shimazu Akatora was trained in the art of horsemanship, archery, sōjutsu, swordsmanship, martial arts, poetry, governance, and Confucian studies. He was said by instructors to be relatively good in all aspects except for archery.
It was during these early years that a distance had grown between Akatora and his father. The source of this disagreement may have stemmed from the nature of his true parentage, or perhaps his inability to conform to the expectations that his father had set out for him. This was balanced out by his love for his mother, despite the initially aloof manner in which she treated him due to not being her son by blood.
It soon came to pass that Akatora was declared an adult at the ripe old age of 15. It was then that he was given the name of Akatora. This pleased the young Akatora. However, this also meant that he was of marriageable age and he was betrothed to a woman named Lady Otsumi. This did not please the young Akatora. The two of them barely knew each other before the arrangement was announced and, understandably, got off to a rocky start. However, Akatora was not antagonistic towards his betrothed and the two did manage to become friends. It was during these discussions as friends that Akatora discovered that Lady Otsumi was lesbian.
Understanding that both he and Lady Otsumi wanted to be nothing more than friends, and none too pleased with his father, Akatora was caught in a pickle. So, Akatora did what any rational person would do in such a situation. He bided his time and prepared his equipment.
On the day of the wedding, as they were about to say the vows, Akatora grabbed the spear of a nearby Hatamoto samurai, kicked him in the █████, then used to spear to pole vault over the Shrine’s wall. He then tossed a bundle of firecrackers into the air to confuse the guards and prevent them from acting. Akatora then made his escape on a horse. During this escape, an archer successfully managed to hit Akatora in the back. Fortunately, Akatora had predicted that an occurrence like this would happen and wore a cuirass on backward underneath his wedding robes.
This enraged his father, who punished him severely. Namely, by disowning them and thus proclaiming him as a rōnin and a fugitive.
The Depths of Hell
With his father’s soldiers hot on his trail, Akatora had no choice but to hide in the forest. Life in the forest was quite unforgiving for the 15-year-old boy and he has claimed that he had spent many nights with a hungry belly. Perhaps it was because of the nature of food in the forest that Akatora developed a taste for insects and other foods that common society may find abhorrent to consume.
One day, Akatora had suffered through hunger to the point where he collapsed near a rock, exhausted. Coincidentally, it was during this time that a certain Draconic Demon had made its way out of hell. This demon was none other than the (now deceased) Emperor of Hell. The Demon Emperor, seeing Akatora, approached to inquire about the surrounding lands. Unfortunately for the demon, it never had the chance to do so. For before it could even utter a word, the hungry and frightened Akatora grabbed a nearby object and impaled the Dragon Demon’s head. Shimazu Akatora then proceeded to eat the remains of the deceased dragon, and thus gained its power.
A couple of days had passed since the incident and it was then that Akatora had found the gap from which the Dragon had passed through. Immediately upon entering the gap, Akatora was greeted by the sight of a coronation ceremony. Specifically, for him.
To no-one’s surprise, this was met with extreme confusion and a mountain of questions. Mostly originating from Akatora. However, the members of the court immediately explained that since the premature departure of the late Emperor, Hell had fallen into chaos.
Akatora, with no other option, called upon the Great Clans to meet in the Royal Palace. Unfortunately, only three Great Clans had bothered to show up. Akatora, vexed by this situation, immediately called upon the Clans present to raise their feudal levies. In the following months, Akatora would launch a campaign that would be popularly known as the Kubitori Wars, which was basically a giant tour that told the leaders of the Great Clans to swear fealty to him on the pain of death and beheading.
Reign and Ideology
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Since taking power, Shimazu Akatora has enacted a series of policies, they have resulted in:
Expansion of Makai into the Surface World, Namely Kyūshū
Abolishment of the old system of Nobility
Creation of the Haniwa Soldiers
A Grand Reformation of Makai to turn it from a place of Damnation into an alternative Surface World
Sending an expeditionary force to steal holy fire from heaven for R&D
Shimazu Akatora, quite simply put, is a man who is only bound by his ideals and conscience. As such, he is what many would consider at the time to be a Radical Progressive. He is also a believer in Government Centralization, viewing that the fall of the Ashikaga Shogunate and the resulting Warring States Period to be a consequence of the State’s inability to properly enforce its will onto the country. Additionally, Shimazu Akatora views the country as a way to spread prosperity and his ideals across nations, even through military force. Despite this, Akatora is shown to be appreciative of foreign cultures and customs and is open to trade and religion as long as it does not go against the laws and reforms that he has set.
Pro: Imperialism, Japanese Reunification, Colonialism, Big Cannons going Boom, The Portuguese, Supernatural Rights, Shintoism, Taoism, Oda Nobunaga, Takeda Shingen, Uesugi Kenshin
Neutral: The Dutch, Christianity, Buddhism
Anti: CONFUCIANISM, Isolationism, Religious Dogmatism, Joseon being an Independent State, Matsudaira Ieyasu
Five Dimensional Political Compass
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Akatora is described by those close to him as “quite possibly the dumbest and smartest in the room”. He is known for his inability to recall recent experiences that he deems to be of less importance. However, he is also known for his problem-solving abilities and above-average awareness when identifying something wrong. Akatora is also quite prone to falling into boredom, and would usually seek out new concepts and situations that intrigue him in order to quench his boredom. Thus, Akatora is a naturally curious person.
Despite this, when it comes to matters of morality, Shimazu Akatora is quite stubborn. He may sometimes choose to overrule a suggestion made by his cabinet if it conflicts with his inner values. Also, while he may tolerate and be curious about foregin religions such as christianity, he also covertly sends Shintō missionaries to foreign lands.
As a person, Shimazu Akatora is known to be quite happy and cheerful. He is not afraid to laugh and would often crack jokes with his cabinet. Additionally, Akatora wears his emotions on his sleeve. Whatever he feels, everyone else would probably know. This also means that emotions such as sadness show through easily and it has been known for Akatora to cry openly in moments of grief.
It is because of this belief in emotions that Akatora is described as a kind person. He often finds himself sympathizing with people he has not met before, including to the point where he may fall into sadness upon hearing the plight of people in foreign lands. Yet, it is this very sense of idealism that allows him to potentially drive forward change in Makai society.
Yet, despite this, he is not averse to violence, especially on the field of battle. He mostly has no qualms with killing and maiming those he deems to be combatants or ‘guilty’. Additionally, he has a habit of keeping the decapitated heads of those he has killed in a hall called the aptly named ‘Hall of Heads’. He would then eat the rest of the deceased’s body in order to gain whatever strength or power the deceased wielded. In fact, this attitude may extend outside the battlefield, as he has sent assassins after enemy lords during the Kubitori wars.
However, when it comes to those he deems innocent and civilians, Akatora has shown great aversion to the thought of killing them. This includes the families of enemy lords who have rebelled against him. As such he would spare the family of a deposed daimyō, in contrast to the customs of his day when the family may also be killed. Nonetheless, he still accepts that some innocent lives may be lost as collateral damage on his campaigns, especially during sieges. While he does work towards mitigating these losses, he does, in the end, prioritize the success of a campaign than risk it to save a couple of innocent lives.
Surprisingly enough, anger is not an emotion that comes easily to Akatora. In fact, most ‘anger’ displayed by Akatora is usually a form of joking as his shouts of anger are usually followed by a giggle of mirth.
Akatora is a firm believer in the spirit of humanity and emotional bonds. Thus, Akatora is more often than not open to the idea of making genuine friends, despite the risk that they may betray him.
However, despite his happy-go-lucky attitude, Akatora is not without personal issues. For one, he still holds anger and resentment towards his father. This is due to his father’s cold attitude, especially as Akatora felt as if he was not acknowledged as his father’s own son and more of a threat to an alliance between the family of Shimazu and the family of Akatora’s mother-in-name. Speaking of his mother-in-name, Akatora had developed what can also be described as an Oedipus complex towards her. Akatora also is not as decisive as he may seem on the battlefield, as he almost always second guesses his actions and ideals after the fog of war clears. Ironically, he also second-guesses the nature of his bonds with other people, being unsure of their true motive of being with him. However, this tendency to doubt those around him is slowly being eroded from the positive experiences he has had with those around him.
Akatora, as expected of a man who’s power is gained from eating, is a gourmet. He has been known to eat up to fifteen bowls of Soba noodles per day. Akatora, before his tenure as a Demon Emperor, was known to be very good at playing the Shamisen. This has not changed through the years and is credited as one of the main reasons that he has succeeded in taking over a portion of Makai. In addition to playing the Shamisen, he is also fond of poetry and painting, although he is often credited as being “Absolutely Horrendous,” at the latter. In addition to the arts, it has been known that Shimazu Akatora occasionally goes out onto the streets to wander around Makyō to experience the city(and free samples) and to see if there is anything that might be worth considering to improve his land. Lastly, while he does not recall those memories fondly, Akatora still had a martial background as the son of a Daimyō, and still carries some of those habits and hobbies that may be associated with that title. This includes his hobby of inviting his close friends to sparring matches. It is said that while Akatora is skilled in the use of a Nodachi, it is said that he could not aim with a ranged weapon at any object that is moving faster than 0.5 mph.
As befitting the Demon Emperor, Shimazu Akatora has a series of powers, most of which are associated with fire.
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