The Battle of Iyo (cont.)
Rain and high explosives alike fall upon the OzuOnce the shelling starts, Ozu is forced to rush into battle with me lest they die to my bombardment. In an act of clear desperation, their daimyo charges my force before his men are in a position to successfully engage. Though his charge exacts a heavy toll on my men, the Ozu daimyo is slain before the battle proper begins.
The Ozu daimyo meets his fate while his force looks on in the distanceSoon enough the battle proper commences. Losses are heavy on my side but the day is won as the Ozu army loses heart after seeing their daimyo fall before my might. The Ozu army is obliterated and ceases to exist as an operational unit by the time the smoke clears on the battlefield. Capturing Iyo is an important first step on the long road that lies ahead.
The battle proper begins
An auspicious start
The Second Battle of Iyo (cont.)
The loss of Iyo to the rebels was a costly blow to my economy. In particular, losing the wealth generated by the copper mines made me raise taxes in Tosa lest my army find themselves fighting for free. Needless to say, this upset the locals there mightily; only the great charisma of my daimyo has calmed their anger sufficiently to keep them working the land instead of starting another uprising I could ill afford.
The rebel force in Iyo proclaimed themselves to be the rightful heirs of the Ozu clan and immediately sought to reestablish themselves on the political stage. Unfortunately for them Toyonori would shortly arrive to let them know how he feels about their claims on Iyo.
All is not dark, however, as a messenger arrived with the news that my ally the Tokushima captured Sanuki from the Marugame. Though the news was greeted with joy, it would have been sweeter had I the chance to destroy their clan myself after dealing with the uprising my in lands. The fact that the Marugame clan was destroyed by the will of the Emperor would have to suffice, though soon enough they will be joined by the Ozu (once again) in the dishonor of defeat.