A Brief Recounting of the Origins of the Takagi clan

The Takagi clan is descended from the great hero Agan, known to the people as Arashi Umare (storm born).

According to Hinohara’s folklore Agan was Impriosoned by the Hakugai-sha in the Rosutosouru no Shima (Island of the Lost Souls - now known as Agarijima), a place that only the greatest enemies of the oppressors where sent to be worked to death.

But Agan was not broken, his will persisted even under the brutal work regime implemented in the island. In time he was able to unite the majority of the prisoners against theirs oppressor, by teaching them to fight with the most basic weapon available, crude wooden pikes from which they took the name Takagi (which means Tall Trees). Despite the long odds, Arashi Umare was able to kill every Hakugai-sha of the island with his “Takagi troops”.

It is said that the Gokai Taisan (Great Heroic Wars) started with Agan’s revolution when he freed first Agarijima and then the Hinohara, Yurihama and Sakaide territory, sending the enemies to the north of the Inagawa or to theirs deaths in the mountains of Miyashiro and Ogawara.

Although the Takagi troops where a great army, in many of their battle it’s said that his leader, Agan, demonstrated great powers. Some says that he was able to control the winds and storms with his lance, others that he could control the lightning and kill many enemies in one attack and, finally, that he possessed the speed of the wind and the power of the storm, and, alone, was able to kill entire armies of Hakugai-sha. Whatever the truth, Agan is said to be the direct son of the Sea goddess, inheriting all her power and ferocity.

After the conquest of the territory, Agan unified his Takagi troops into a clan, he transformed the brotherhood forged in battle into something more lasting. At his death he ruled over all the open spaces east of the Miyashiro and Ogawra mountains and south of the Inagawa.

In the Sheinaru Miko no Zaii (Reign of the Sacred Priestesses), Takagi Seiji divided the realm into three administrative regions, Hinohara, Sakaide and Yurihama, the last two while still nominally under the control of the first, effective control was given to the clans that helped in the fight against the Hakugai-sha, in recognition of their contribution and as a means to rebuild the realm’s infrastructure faster. The Hakugai-sha burned almost every city, plantation, and killed the cattle before being expelled from the lands and the Seiji period was known as the Shuyōna saiken (the great rebuilding) years.

The realm remained united until the Tai Henkan Funso (The Great Restoration Conflict), in this time Takagi Toru made a disastrous attempt to conquer the mountain clans of Miyashiro and Ogawara. His army was ambushed and decimated on the field known to this day as Hone no tsūka (passage of bones), where the road from Hinohara to Miyashiro first enters the mountains. Without an army to Toru was unable to maintain his control over the Miura and takeuchi, and those clans renounced their vassalage. Toru made an attempt to enforce his suzerainty, but after suffering several defeats he was obliged to recognise the independence of the two realms.

Since that time the Takagi clan have made no further attempts to expand their power, concentrating on holding Hinohara.

Original by Tudor