Kyushu, 740 CE

Emperor Shōmu, your great-grandfather, the Emperor Tenji, ended the power of the Soga clan by aligning with a minor courtier. In recognition of his aid, your ancestor bestowed the clan name Fujiwara to the courtier. Now, like the Soga they helped defeat, the Fujiwara have grown powerful and seek to dominate the imperial throne. One of their clan leaders leads a rebellion in Kyushu. Defeat him and restore the people's faith in your divine rule.
—In-game campaign description

Fujiwara Revolts is the eighth and last scenario of the Yamato Empire of the Rising Sun campaign in Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, replacing Kyushu Revolts.

Scenario instructions[edit | edit source]

Starting conditions[edit | edit source]

Objectives[edit | edit source]

  • Destroy the Fujiwara revolt.

Hints[edit | edit source]

  1. Establishing a base across the Kanmon Straits will allow to more quickly bring troops to battle.
  2. The river in the west gives you access to the rear of the Fujiwara defenses.

Players[edit | edit source]

Player[edit | edit source]

  • Player (Yamato): The player starts with a walled city in the north.

Enemies[edit | edit source]

  • Fujiwara (Shang): The Fujiwara clan controls several guarded villages on the map and a city in the south.

History[edit | edit source]

The Fujiwara clan originated when Nakaomi no Kamatari was rewarded with the clan name by the Emperor Tenji for his role in the Isshi Incident that ended Soga power. During the rule of the Emperor Tenji and his successors, the Fujiwara increased in power and married into the Imperial family, just as the Soga had done. By the 730's CE, he clan monopolized power on the Council of State with four out of ten seats held by a Fujiwara clan member. In 735 CE, however, a devastating plague swept through Japan and led to the deaths of the leading Fujiwara officials. This setback allowed other clans to gain prominence. These clans quickly pushed the Fujiwara out of power, causing Fujiwara officials to be demoted and sent to remote posts.

Fujiwara no Hirotsugu was one such official. Ha had been demoted from governor of Yamato province to a remote post at Dazaifu in Kyushu in 738 CE. In September 740 CE, Hirotsugu began a rebellion, demanding the dismissal of corrupt officials he blamed for his clan's decline.

Hirotsugu found willing followers in Kyushu. The island had suffered from the plague and repeated years of bad harvests. Government attempts to assuage the gods by constructing temples only exacerbated the conditions of the locals who were forced into providing labour for the building programs. Hirotsugu was soon able to raise an army and began establishing relations with the Korean Kingdom of Silla.

The Emperor Shomu responded to these actions by sending an army to Kyushu. Hirotsugu's rebellion fell apart as several of his allies defected, and the Imperial forces distributed a decree promising rewards for the death of the rebel leader. Hirotsugu led his remaining forces to battle at the Itabitsu River, where they were decisively defeated. Hirotsugu then attempted to flee to Silla by boat, but storms caused him to abort his journey, and he was finally captured and beheaded.

Historical outcome[edit | edit source]

You have restored peace to Japan, but wars and the intrigues of court weigh heavily on your spirit. You hope that with your victory and the weakening of the most powerful clan, you will be able to one day abdicate the throne in favour of your daughter. You will retire to a Buddhist temple to become a monk and walk the Eightfold Path. After all, with your victory, most assuredly, no clan will ever again dare to challenge the Yamato Emperor.

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