To help those who deserve it, to knock sense into those who ask for it, to punish those who demand it. To fool those who are fools, to confuse those who are confused, to right those who are righteous and to generally be a pain in the neck to all.*
Background:In the year 1600, the power of the feudal daimyos was broken and Japan came under the power of the man who would be proclaimed Shogun. The only threat to his power was the young son of the late taiko who resided in the magnificent fortress of Osaka Castle. The enemies of the Shogun would have to bide their time and build their power base before moving openly against the Tokugawa Shogunate. They'd never get the chance.
On the flimsy pretext of a slight to the Shogun's honor, the Tokugawa forces moved against Osaka Castle in 1615 in an effort to crush the resistance therein.
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*Alwyn, in "Casting Shadows" a Babylon 5 novel written by Jeanne Cavelos