|Age:||42 (at time of death)|
- "You fool. You want to rule this blasted land? So be it. Be cursed, as it is!"
- —Takeshi Ofuchi to Masamori Hyuga
Emperor Takeshi Ofuchi was a descendant of Taro Ofuchi. He ruled Yamato until he was killed by Shogun Masamori Hyuga during a coup in the First Battle of Kageshima in 1000 AE. Takeshi's death gave Masamori full authority over Yamato as he became the empire's new leader while retaining the title of Shogun, and the Unification of Yamato began soon after.
- "He'd been taught from birth that Taro Ofuchi had been an evil usurper, but he was well aware that victors wrote history, and from reading between the lines of the history books, he'd been able to reconstruct events. Taro had brought stability to Grandbell, but the gaijin had cast him down because he was of Ryuugumi, the predecessors of the Yamato. His scapegrace nephew, Nobuhiro Ofuchi, took the name of Hiro Redeemer and fought on the side of the King Lysander, who presided over the destruction of the world. The Explosion, surely, had been the punishment of the gods sent against Grandbell for their blasphemy in murdering Taro Ofuchi. Why else had the entire City of Valhalla--with Lysander and his Champion Despard Silverbranch--been incinerated in the greatest fireball of the Explosion, barring Ground Zero itself?"
- —Takeshi about Taro Ofuchi
Takeshi was directly descended from Taro Ofuchi and was the latest Emperor from a long line of members of the Ofuchi Clan in Yamato, ruling from Kageshima. He had been taught from birth that Taro Ofuchi had been an evil usurper, but he was well aware that victors wrote history, and from reading between the lines of the history books, he had been able to reconstruct events.
The Emperor believed that Taro had been an unsung hero whose legacy had been tainted by the victors' lies. He also believed that there would come a time when the genetic superiority of Yamatians would be uncontested, and the Yamatians--and the Ofuchi Clan--would rule the entire world. However, before he could realize his grand vision, he would have to unite all the clans of Yamato, including the island of Falgorn which was still resisting his rule.
To Whom the Scun TollsEdit
- "Hear my words, O Dwarves of Kusomachi. Your concerns have not fallen on deaf ears. My agents will be coming forth to hear your complaints, and I give you my word as Emperor that they will be dealt with accordingly. It is the right of every citizen of our great Empire to bring their petitions before the Emperor."
- "You're all a bunch of whining pisstacks. Fack off!"
- —Takeshi and Hageoyaji d'Arioc to Chaos Dwarves
At some point Takeshi hired a Scunnish translator named Hageoyaji d'Arioc to translate his speech to the Chaos Dwarves of Kusomachi, hoping to end a budding rebellion there via diplomatic means. Unfortunately for the Emperor, Hageoyaji chose to use the liberal translation method when he conveyed the message to the dwarves by using crude terms which pissed off the dwarves and made them riot in response. Takeshi's guards drove Hageoyaji away from the town, and the Emperor later sent ninjas after the Scun translator who had caused him so much trouble with just a few liberally translated words.
Takeshi kept many bodyguards near him to keep him safe, one of them being the half-elf Azalie Himura who secretly had a score to settle with him because the Emperor's men had killed her family to claim the Himura Clan's magical heirloom, the Emerald of Otome, whose powers Takeshi had desired. Azalie would bide her time, however, and wait when the Emperor would be at his weakest before she would strike as she knew the Emperor was a skilled combatant due to his powerful Innate Ability. Takeshi remained unaware of his bodyguard's plans.
Search for ArtifactsEdit
- "Is there any further word, Lord Chancellor, on the Crystals?"
- "None, Majesty."
- —Takeshi and the Chancellor
Takeshi came into possession of one of the shards of the ancient, shattered magic blade Krystallopyr. Being a well-read man, he was one of the few people in the world who knew how important it was to find the shattered Crystals of the Crystal Blade so he could use the magic of Taro Ofuchi to empower himself tenfold.
The Emperor sent his agents to locate and retrieve other shards of Krystallopyr with hopes of forging the weapon anew and use its power to force the remaining gaijin and rebellious daimyos of Yamato to fall under his influence before he could focus on conquering the rest of the world and finish what Taro Ofuchi had begun so long ago.
Duel of the FatesEdit
- "Today is the end of your dynasty and the beginning of my destiny. I shall slay the son of god and become a god myself."
- "Hyuga Masamori, is it? I should have known that the Hyuga would be responsible for the lost scouts. They've ever been the troublesome ones. No matter. It ends here. I'm going to enjoy killing you and dishonoring your clan, Masamori."
- —Masamori Hyuga and Takeshi
However, the Emperor soon saw trouble brewing on the home front because some of the agents he had sent to specific regions hadn't reported in for weeks. His suspicions proved to be correct when Shogun Masamori Hyuga finally rebelled against the Emperor and boldly attacked the Yamatian capital of Kageshima in an effort to stage a coup.
After a fierce battle, Masamori managed to breach the city and enter the Emperor's throne room thanks to interference from Azalie who kept some of the bodyguards away at this crucial moment. The Shogun challenged the Emperor to a duel which Takeshi accepted. This duel would decide the fate of Yamato and, as it would later turn out, the entire world.
- "Takeshi had nephews...cousins. One day, the Ofuchi would rise again. Surely one day."
- —Takeshi's last thoughts
In the end Takeshi and Masamori dueled, but the Shogun proved to be the superior warrior and slew the emperor, thus becoming the de facto leader of Yamato albeit under the title of Shogun. The emperor's last thoughts before perishing was that one day another Ofuchi would rise and carry on his and Taro Ofuchi's legacy and bend the world under their will.
Takeshi's death allowed Masamori to set his ambitious plans in motion, and the Unification of Yamato could finally begin in full force under the Shogun's orders.
Although Takeshi had perished and much of his bloodline had been wiped out in the Shogun's purges, one of his sisters survived the massacre and eventually gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Sasuke Ofuchi, who became the last male heir to the Ofuchi line in Yamato and would live on past the Cataclysm. From the Redeemer line in Remon, Takeshi's distant relative Hideyoshi Ofuchi continued studying the shards of Krystallopyr with nearly disastrous results until he was stopped in the First Battle of Remonton.
Aliases and NicknamesEdit
- Emperor of Yamato
- His title.
He was a fit man with cold eyes and dark hair, dressed in regal clothing.
Personality and TraitsEdit
- "Pay the gaijin and send him away. The smell is almost overpowering."
- —Takeshi to the Chancellor
Takeshi was a cruel, ambitious man who only saw people as pawns to be used as he saw fit. He despised speaking in anything other than Yamatian and always required a middle-man to talk to gaijin, or those not of pure Yamatian blood. He believed it would be unseemly for the emperor to converse directly with a gaijin, even one in his own employ as a spy.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
Innate Ability: He could, at will, call a wicked, poisoned battle-axe into existence.
Takeshi hired Hageoyaji to act as a translator to the Chaos Dwarves of Kusomachi. However, Hageoyaji translated the emperor's speech rather liberally with vulgar terms, which angered the dwarves and forced the emperor to end the rioting that followed. Takeshi was pissed off at the Scun and eventually sent ninjas after him. Hageoyaji, offended that the emperor hadn't paid him for his job, swore to never work for Takeshi again.
There had always been tension between the Ofuchis and the Hyugas but both had needed one another to keep the Yamatian heartlands secure. Eventually Masamori chose to fuel his ambition and rebelled against Takeshi's rule, which led to an insurrection where Masamori's forces were ultimately victorious, and Takeshi lost his life.
| Takeshi Ofuchi|
Born: 958 AE Died: 1000 AE
| Preceded by|
| Emperor of Yamato|
| Succeeded by|
as Shogun of Yamato