History of the Tendo Bunsha

    During the Namahe no Seiso Mosakaru Kogaiso Megami and Teruyari Shiruso Gami along with the other kami dwelt with the people and shared their glory with them in this time of bliss until the coming of the Akuna no Bokun. When the Hakugai-sha overran the land and enslaved humanity they also sought to enslave the kami. While lesser spirits fell however the great kami resisted the demons. Falling back to the heavens they gathered their might and planned to inspire humanity to reclaim its rightful pre-eminence.

    When in the fullness of time humanity rose up to challenge their evil masters the kami stood with them. Mosakaru Kogaiso Megami blazed in fire every day driving the darkness away. When the Akuna no Bokun responded by bringing forth the Seven Demons of a Thousand Hells who could not be slain by mortal weapons she granted the sacred Sword of the Sun to the heroes of Zaidan-Tai. Arikaki Hikaru was the first to bear this mighty weapon, followed by Watanabe Masato and a hundred other heroes in turn. Teruyari Shiruso Gami meanwhile waged a secret war on behalf of humanity, seeking out the weaknesses of the various demon tyrants and whispering them in dreams to the heroes of the land. No artifice of the enemy could hide from him and in the end all hidden paths were revealed. At the end of the great struggle the kami returned to the heavens once more. The Time of Glory had ended and it was time for humanity to forge its own destiny.

    In the period after the expulsion of the Akuna no Bokun, the land was ruled by a series of Sacred Priestesses (Sheinaru Miko) chosen by the leaders of the major cults. The Tendo Bunsha contributed much during this period of general peace and growing prosperity along with the other great sects.

    The depredations of the Sogo clan however led to the fall of the system and to anarchy. Seeing the suffering of the people, the Tendo Bunsha supported Hashimoto Oda in his bid to restore order. This period was afterwards a time of theological discussion for the sect which turned inwards to contemplate higher matters. Allegations that this was a time when the Shrine Maiden and Spirit Master were consumed by an internal struggle for power are of course nonsense.

    At the time of the Kashikoi no Gikai no Tochi The Tendo Bunsha neither formally supported nor opposed the reforms if Mori Yuudai, being focused on expanding the Tendo Taisha and extending the faith to Chikuhoku and Noto. Accusations that the faith was using the disturbances to its advantage are of course scurrilous. Instead this was a time when the faith was still focused on exploring deeper mysteries.

    In the Year of the Restoration (683), the Tendo Bunsha joined the coup d’état led by the Sheinaru Miko. At the end of the Tai Henkan Funso the Tendo Bunsha were amongst the last holdouts against the Abe ascendency. The military power of the Tendo Bunsha was eventually broken by the Abe clan at the Battle of the Fallen Sun. The Abe forces burned the shrine in the Noto district in revenge for their opposition. Faced with the destruction of all their shrines the Tendo Bunsha backed down and accepted the Abe victory though the Raiments of the Twelve Matyrs of Noto remain noted relics to this day.

    Thereafter, the Seibu No Hiyoru Shuha who had suffered crippling losses in the long struggle against the warlords entered into a period of introspection and rebuilding.

    The Tendo Bunsha joined forcea with the Oshiro clan in the Year the Land Divided and avenged themselves upon the Abe, Spirit Master Arikaki Tanaka slaying the feared warlord Abe Akira at the stroke of midnight in the Battle of the Vengeful Moon.

    The Tendo Bunsha was a strong supporter of the Oshiro regime and in the Year the Land Reunited  they fought along side the Oshiro against the Ogawa invaders. When the Oshiro were defeated wishing to avoid the losses previously suffered under the Abe, the Bunsha quickly made peace with the new overlords and recognised the Ogawa warlord as sole Dai Kunshu.

    In the years that followed, the Tendo Bunsha withdrew from political activities, instead using the time to extend their faith, establishing the Rokkaku-sha in Yunaguni.

    After the assassination of Yamashita Norio the land was without any central governing authority and the clans fought amongst themselves for supremacy. The Tendo Bunsha navigated the years of strife, trying to broker peace between the western clans while backing them against their eastern rivals. In the Year of the White Hart (903) the temple endorsed the peace established between the five leading clans.

    In the years since, the Tendo Bunsha has once again focused on spiritual matters, though it has remained responsive to the needs of the leading clans in whose lands its worshippers reside.

Original by Martin