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Basilisk Synopsis:

The year is 1614 AD. Two warring ninja clans, each supporting a son of Hidetada Tokugawa as the next shogun, send ten representatives each to fight to the death for the possession of a scroll. The prize: the annihilation of the other and the staunch support of the Tokugawa government for the winning clan for the next thousand years.



At the dawn of Japan’s Azuchi-Momoyama period (the late 16th century) two rival clan of Ninja, the Iga Tsubagakure and Kouga Manjidani, are engaged in a bitter blood feud that has spanned for centuries. The fighting finally ends when Hattori Hanzo the 1st succeeds in forging a cease fire between the two clans by conscripting both into the service of Tokugawa Ieyasu (the man who seized power to become Shogunand form Japan’s first truly stable form of centralized government). Regardless, hostilities and bad blood remain between Kouga and Iga, ensuring a tenuous co-existence at best. Fast forward to the year 1614; Ieyasu has retired from power (although he still wields considerable influence within the government) and passed the torch to his son Hidetada. Unfortunately, a succession dispute has risen concerning which of Ieyasu’s grandsons are destined to take up the reins of power when their father finally decides to step down. The various government retainers are beginning to take sides and the Tokugawa Shogunate is on the verge of tearing itself apart. In order to solve the problem before it spirals out of control, Ieyasu orders the no hostilities pact between Kouga and Iga canceled and promptly commands each clan to send 10 of their best ninja to enter a ruthless and bloody competition of kill or be killed. The leaders of the two clans kill each other off outside of the walls of the palace, leaving nine ninjas in each side to determine the outcome of the battle. Having received a scroll considerably early, the Iga gain the advantage and quickly kill four more of the Kouga before they even become aware the pact has been breached. However, upon the discovery of the pact’s ending the Kouga soon retaliate, killing almost all of the Iga, and forcing the new young leaders into a path that will test the true strength of their love. Prior to the conflicts renewal, Kouga and Iga’s two young heirs (Gennosuke and Oboro respectively) were betrothed to each other in the hopes that their union would finally dispel their clan’s long-seated animosity toward each other. Forced headlong onto separate sides of a conflict they want no part of, Gennosuke and Oboro must now choose whether to kill the person they love or lead their entire clan to annihilation. Against centuries old hatred and the horrors of war, is love even capable of surviving? Each clan will represent one of the two factions supporting Ieyasu’s grandsons; the names of their selected fighters recorded on two identical scrolls to be marked out in blood upon their death. The clan that slays the chosen ten of the other will be given favor for a thousand years while the grandson they represent will be pronounced the undisputed heir to the Shogunate.


01 Destiny
02 Last Rendezvous
03 The Onslaught of War
04 The Horned Owl
05 The Surprise Attack
06 Longing in the Rain
07 The Bloodsucking Seductress
08 Cage of Blood
09 Farewell
10 Divine Mandate
11 On Their Own
12 Remembrance
13 A Swarm of Butterflies
14 Fallen Flower
15 Reckoning
16 First Impressions
17 Wandering Hearts
18 A Dawn Without Light
19 Conspiracy
20 River of Mercy
21 With All Her Heart
22 The Haunted
23 Emancipation
24 Requiem


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