Characters will be added as the story expands.
Yoshizane and his allies
Yoshizane: Satomi Jibu-no-Taifu Yoshizane the Ason (里見 治部大夫 義実 朝臣). Hero of the prologue. Son of Suyemoto and heir to the Satomi Clan.
Suyemoto: Satomi Jibu-no-Seyu Minamoto no Suyemoto (里見 治部少輔 源 季基). Father of the hero Yoshizane. He lets Yoshizane escape certain death in his own last battle.
Ujimoto: Sugikura Kisonosuke Ujimoto (杉倉 木曾介 氏元). The older one of the two loyal lieutenants from the clan serving the Satomi for generations. A short-tempered but formidable knight.
Sadayuki: Horiuchi Krando Sadayuki (堀内 蔵人 貞行). The other of the two trusted lieutenants of Yoshizane’s, also from a family traditionally serving the Satomi. Calm and stable of character, even though a lot younger than Ujimoto and presumably closer to Yoshizane in age.
Takayoshi: Kanamari Hachiro Takayoshi (神碗 八郎 孝吉). Jin’yo’s retainer who wanders away disillusioned by his lord Mitsuhiro’s behaviour, only coming back at the news of his death. Taught sword skills to Bokuhei and Mukuzo.
People in Takita Castle and around
Mitsuhiro: Jin’yo Nagasa-no-suke Mitsuhiro (神余 長狭介 光弘). Lord of Takita Castle. Rules Heguri and Nagasa, two of the four counties of Awa Province.
Tamazusa (玉梓): Mitsuhiro’s favourite concubine who exercises control over him for her own good.
Sakuza’emon Sadakane: Yamashita Sakuza’emon Sadakane (山下 柵左衛門 定包). Originally taken up as a page by Mitsuhiro but gradually gains control over the province through Tamazusa, Mitsuhiro’s concubine.
Bokuhei: Somaki Bokuhei (杣木 朴平). A farm worker from Aoko Village and excellent swordsman, who plans to assassinate Sadakane with the help of his friend Mukuzo. Raised by Takayoshi’s family from young and learnt martial arts from them. ‘Boku (朴)’ means unpretentious.
Mukuzo: Suzaki no Mukuzo (州崎 無垢三). Bokuhei’s farming friend who is a stalwart warrior. Helps Bokuhei in his secret plot. Also taken care of by Takayoshi’s family. ‘Muku (無垢)’ means naïve.
Nako no Shichiro (那古 七郎): Mitsuhiro’s attendant. One of few steadfastly loyal retainers. Takayoshi’s close friend.
Amatsu no Hyonai (天津 兵内): Another of the loyal attendants Mitsuhiro had. Also Takayoshi’s close friend.
Kokuroku: Shietage Kokurokurou Motoyori (萎毛 酷六郎 元頼). Delegate lord of Tojo Castle. One of Sadakane’s favourite retainrs. Cruel (酷) ruler to his people.
Donpei: Iwakuma Donpei (岩熊 鈍平). Sadakane’s trusted lieutenant who used to be a sumo fighter. ‘Iwa’ (岩) means rock and ‘kuma (熊)’ means bear.
Ikunai: Sabitsuka Ikunai (錆塚 幾内) Another of Sadakane’s favourite and sumo-fighter-turned warriors. ‘Sabi (錆)’ means rust.
Togoro: Tsumadate Togoro (妻立戸五郎). Sadakane’s attendant since early age. Volunteers to send a letter to Maro and Anzai in order to invite them to fight against Yoshizane along with Sadakane.
Other people in Awa Province (Counties of Asahina and Awa)
Nobutoki: Maro no Kogoro Byouye Nobutoki (麻呂 小五郎 兵衛 信時): Lord of the County of Asahina in Awa Province. Resides in Hiratate Castle. Said to be an avaricious captain of brute courage who would act in his own interest and is scornful of others.
Kagetsura: Anzai Saburo Taihu Kagetsura (安西 三郎 大夫 景連). The lord of the County of Awa in the Province of Awa. Resides in Tateyama Castle*. Stout both physically and mentally and has a penchant for conspiracies, although not decisive in crisis.
*The present-day Tateyama Castle houses Hakkenden Museum which is part of Tateyama City Municipal Museum. Many of the images displayed in this blog are kindly on loan from the museum.
*Normally Japanese words including names are written without spaces in-between (里見治部大夫義実朝臣). Here I separated each word just as you would when addressing someone in e-mail messages (里見 治部大夫 義実 朝臣) for the ease of reading.