Borneo, Hosogawa

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Foundation: 1677-date (T175-date)
Capital: Kozoronden in Sabah
Religion: Buddhist

By Rob Pierce, updated by Martin Helsdon


The population of Hosogawa Borneo is almost entirely Tatar in origin. After the Tatar defeat at the hands of the Nisei in Alaska, those of their people that could be evacuated from those lands were (T175, 1677). The destination of the exodus proved to be the islands of Borneo, the Phillipines and the southern end of the Javan island chain. Their arrival in Borneo sparked an Oroist Holy War led by the Nippon-Austral. Was known as the Tatar Kingdom of Borneo up through at least T176, and Hosogawa Borneo since T186. What happened in between is not yet known, though the Oroist holy war probably had something to do with it.

The History:

Still to be written.

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1739-1740 T205
Hosogawa: Unlike nearly everywhere else near them, the Hosogawans trundled along about their own business, make a lot of banging and crashing sounds in their workshops outside Kozoronden and generally kept the peace. The 'unveiling' of the PM&T (with only two offices within their domain) was viewed with alarm by the government, but no jackbooted oppression had yet occurred.

1741-1742 T206
New Annam: A Judean-Hosogawa fleet had rendezvoused off Taiwan and then plunged south, every ship alert, every gun primed for battle. The armada took on water at Hong Kong, then swung wide around Hainan Island, seeking to intercept any Javan squadrons preying on the shipping lanes, or a fleet of transporting bringing fresh troops up from the south. Of course, the Javan armies on land had collapsed like sand before the Ming tide, but the Judean admiral had yet to receive this news.

As it happened, the Javan fleet at sea (under the command of the wily N'dret) had sailed to meet Shir'le and her entourage, which included four new Javan airships.

"We are still at war," the Queen barked as she stepped down from a bosun's chair on the deck of the Pedang Capat. N'dret met her with a confused expression. "The war had stopped?" He asked.

Accompanied by the wide-ranging eyes in the sky, the Javan fleet turned back north into Gulf of Tonkin and within days the DuQuoin swung within signaling range of the fleet - Judean fleet sighted, sixty miles north-northeast. N'dret and his squadrons prepared for battle. Huge trimaran battlecruisers heeled, bow-wakes flaring white as they picked up speed.

The Judean commander, Falcon, continued his sweep, unware of the Javan airships lurking in the upper air, their blue-painted shapes blending with the brilliant summer sky, watching his every move. Only two days later, the Javan fleet appeared on the southern horizon and by afternoon, the two fleets collided a hundred miles south-southeast of cape Tonggou Jiao.

Three hundred and seventy Javan ships (including many taken as prizes from the smashed Ming, Japanese and Judean squadrons of two years previous) engaged the combined three hundred and ninety Judean and Hosogawan vessels with the wind guage and a moderate advantage in guns. A day of swirling melee followed, tongues of flame stabbing in the murk of cordite smoke and burning ships, the queer wailing cry of the Lascars swarming over the side of a stricken ship, the quiet terrifying rush of the Malays with their long kukri knives... The Judean and Hosogawan squadrons took a severe beating. As night fell, Falcon ordered the fleet to break away under cover of darkness and make way to safety of the Chinese coast and the Ming batteries in Kwangchou.

N'dret's airships could not be shaken - not with the moon shining on the ocean, and the wake of the Judean ships shining plain against the dark sea from a thousand feet. Two days later, the fleets clashed again, this time almost within sight of Hainan Island. This time N'dret closed in for the kill, his battle cruisers ripping broadside after broadside into the Judeans, his frigates slashing in with the landward wind, his airships raining flame and bombs from above. The Hosogawan squadron struck their colors, more than half their ships smashed to ruin, the rest captive prizes.

Falcon escaped with a broken fragment of his fleet, and the Javans once more ruled the seas. N'dret sent prize crews aboard, and sailed to Yu-Lin to harbor and repair. The Hosogawan crews were sent home, their parole accepted. The captive Judeans were held in a camp in the hills above the port.

A letter was waiting in the port, from Nita in Java. N'dret read the letter with interest, then frowned and looked at his captains. "The Queen... the new Queen thinks this war is foolish and without purpose - she says we should decide if we wish to join Shirl'e in Annam and fight, or return to Java and find peace."

Two months later, after repairs were complete, N'dret's fleet set sail for the south.

Hosogawa: Diplomacy: Messing around on Sulawesi [dropped Java's status there down to nt]
Under pressure from the Judeans to help "clean up the Javan mess", old Shigo agreed to dispatch the prince of Timur and a naval squadron to fight in the waters off the southern Chinese coast. The rest of his fleet and army he kept close to home - who knew if the war might suddenly spill over into his small domain?

Despite the heavy losses in ships and men, Shigo was glad to see some of the Timurese escaped the debacle off the China coast.

Primacy of Oro: The Shark Priests continued to work industriously - delegations were sent to the Maori in the south, and everywhere the temples of Oro gleamed like white bone in the sun. Well, except in Hosogawa lands, where the prodding, pressing, irritating nature of the latest delegation irritated old Shigo to no end. There was also trouble in Maori lands, where the Great Tooth was intent on appointing his own priesthood and wanted nothing of the candidates sent from Fukuzawa.

1743-1744 T207
Hosogawa: Though the shogunate suffered from terrible storms in the north, and the same darkening sky afflicting other Asian nations, the immediate damage from the Hell Hammer was limited to Luzon, where the port at Kryztin suffered fires and many ships were destroyed. General Gorobei also died - though that was from worms - and Shigo began a project to promote trade among the islands.

1745–1746 T208
Hosogawa Borneo: Very wisely, Shigo and his people stayed home, made sure the crops were gathered and stored against the sort-of-less-humid winters and minded their own business.

1747–1748 T209
Hosogawa Borneo: With the tides receding and the sky – at least – not growing any dimmer, the Hosogawa minded their own business, built a lot of queer-looking warehouses and factories and mourned the passing of the veritably ancient lord Shigo, who had ruled them for so many years. His grandson Suenaga, though of beardless years, became the new daimyo.

1749–1750 T210
Hosogawa Borneo: Efforts by General Yamashita and Admiral Nagumo to extend the daimyo’s control over the southern tribes of Barat and Tengah failed – the Buddhist Khmer-speaking tribesmen had no desire to be ruled by a Japanese-Mongol Oroist expatriate king. Yamashita’s columns were attacked and they drove off the ‘headhunters’ with loss. A number of Ming engineers and craftsmen arrived in Kozoronden to assist the Hosogawa in building a ‘fertilizer plant’ outside the city.

1751-1752 T211
Hosogawa Borneo: While his workmen busied themselves with building framing sheds and liftgas separation plants in the hills above Kozoronden, the young daimyo Suenaga dispatched the fleet and the army and a specially trained force of 'jungle fighters' to Tengah province on the southern side of the island. "These tribesmen displease me!" He declared in a surly tone.

This time the Tengai - ferocious as they were - could not stand up to the hammering guns of the Hosogawan frigates prowling the coast, or the mountain guns of the army, or even the slippery, black-masked 'jungle fighters.' Investigations were also made into some kind of a public funds scandal in Huangor.

Supreme Primacy of Oro: The efforts of the Oro Priests were stymied by the unexpected death of the middle-aged Mola ne Wooka (who suffered a seizure while negotiating with representatives of the temples in Hosogawan lands), Tars Tarkas (found dead in Pocara, slumped over a table filled with monastery plans) and Thuvan Dinh (who choked to death on a spiny eel soon after securing the allegiance of the faithful in Sorong). In all, a sky cloudy with bad omens…

1753-1754 T212
Hosogawa Borneo: DiplomacyBarat(^pt)
On misty Borneo, the Japanese continued to toil away, carving mountains and hills into shapes of their pleasing. More airships trundled forth from the workshops and factories at Kozoronden, while the city itself continued to sprawl away from the port. Down south, where of late the samurai were waging a difficult and arduous jungle war against the natives (a hardy mish-mash of Indonesians and displaced Mongols), Admiral Nagumo attempted a landing in Barat province to cover for a flanking attack by Lord Kuupene over the mountains.

The seaborne attack was a messy failure, with Nagumo wounded by an arrow and the first wave of troops being slaughtered in the surf. Kuupene, however, made a fast march through the jungle and came upon that Barati by surprise, saving the campaign. The chiefs of the south bowed down and swore to pay a tribute to Suenaga.

1755-1756 T213
Hosogawa Borneo: Tired of watching independent prospectors stumble down out of the mountains of Linau with bags of gold on their backs, the Hosogawa government moved into highland Borneo will full force, establishing a direct settlement and making Linau a (0bh7) province. Back in the capital there was also a huge effort to expand the system of fabricating shops and craftsmen supporting the airship yards.

The daimyo also dispatched a squadron of ships and merchantmen to support the intervention of the Ming in Indian affairs. The citizens of Leyte were warned a new city would be constructed in their province, and lo! A whole crew of Borang workmen eventually showed up to build a new town.

Borang Bakufu: The Oro priests convinced the Emperor to send some troops to India to “secure the peace there”, and so seven thousand-odd Borang were shipped off with the Hosogawa to fight alongside the Ming.

Arnor: The provinces of Chitor and Jats, assigned to the Iranians by the treaty, simply revolted and refused to join anyone, even the Southern League. The unexpected arrival of a Ming fleet, accompanied by Hosogawan and Borangi ships, startled nearly everyone – the common people had no idea of the level of negotiation which had managed to forge the treaty. The shops of Chinese, Indonesian and Japanese merchants were burned and looted throughout the lower Indus. Word passed in the night, hand to hand, ear to ear, of the pressures brought to bear on the Duke by foreign powers. The darkness was filled with whispers.

We were betrayed. The Persians and the Chinese murdered us. Where is noble Denmark in our hour of need?

Iran: Late in ’56, another Chinese fleet arrived at Al-Harkam and unloaded a fairly powerful army of Ming and Borang regulars. The massive Chinese junks were escorted by a squadron of Hosogawan trimarans.

1757-1758 T214
Hosogawa Borneo: Miners, merchants, craftsmen and other settlers continued to flock into the highland forests of Linau, following the trail of gold spilling from the fog-shrouded mountains. The province became 1 GPv. Back in Kozoronden, the daimyo’s entire attention was focused on continuing to improve the airworthiness of his small nations aeroforce. Other efforts – some subtle, some not so – continued apace in the workshops and foundries of the coastal cities. A spate of bad luck afflicted the hitherto fortunate Hosogawans – in ’58 alone the prince Yernu, the lord of Timur, Admiral Nagumo and Lord Kuupene all took with a variety of illnesses, fell sick and died.

Then the gold deposits in Linau gave out, leaving all the miners with nothing but dirt and barren stone under their grasping fingers. The local economy of Huangor collapsed as a result. Amid all of this, a veritable plague of Oroist priests settled upon the land, whooping and hollering and throwing things into the sea. The merchants and craftsmen of Borneo – who had never been particularly tight with the southern priests – ignored them.

Iran: Nothing indicated the level of paranoia and tension in the court of the Shah than the ominous and unmistakable presence of the “Chin Guard” who watched Al’Qadir’s back and secured the safety of his family. Many in the court looked upon the foreigners with distaste – why should an Aryan king need these barbarians to protect him? The truth was even less palatable… the entire edifice of the state rested on the presence of nearly 20,000 Qing troops encamped in and around Schwarzcastel (plus a large number of Borang mercenaries, and three fleets of Qing and Hosogawan warships). The honor of the Aryans was a little soiled by holding such a barbarous overlord.


The attempt to force the Arnori citizens out of their farmsteads, estates and homes in Edrosia was inflicted by the Iranians at bayonet-point. The presence of the Red Kross with tents, water and food did little to assuage the fury of the betrayed Hussites in the valley of the Indus.

“Traitors!” Screamed mobs of outraged Hussites, flinging bricks and offal at the Red Kross workers. “Pawns of the satanic Qing!”

Qing, Borang and Hosogawan troops took the field and stepped up patrols in Schwarzcastel, trying to keep the lid on. But the presence of the hated Chinese and their lackeys fed more oil into the flames gathering among the citizenry. Worse, the still sizable Hindu underclass now found common cause with the Hussite landowners – the Moslems were well known for their outright destruction of Hindu temples, and the Buddhists were even more reviled…

In September of ’57, while the Iranian army was trying to organize the evacuation of the Hussite inhabitants of Schwarzcastel, the entire Indus valley erupted in The Great Revolt. Edrosia, Sind, Sukkur, Bauluch, Punjab, Sahis, Und and Tarain rose up in a frenzy; mobs of citizens attacking every Iranian outpost and garrison, the Bauluchi highlanders sweeping down onto the plain to take revenge, the Ajmeri and Jats desert-men slipping into the cultivated lands to slit a few Moslem throats…

Though some might have expected the rebels to call upon Peregrin of Arnor to succor them, to lead them, they did not. He too was disgraced in their eyes… the stolid farmers, craftsmen and merchants of Danish India would free themselves from tyranny!

The rising in Edrosia drew the immediate attention of the Qing / Iranian / Borang army, resulting in widespread slaughter. While battles in the streets of Schwarzcastel made the gutters slop with blood, the Ajmeri, Jats and Bauluch converged on Sind and obliterated the Iranian garrison. With Subir al-Jawzi and his lancers tied up fighting in Chitor there was nothing to prevent the isolated garrisons of Sukkur, Punjab, Und, Tarain and Sahis from being enveloped and besieged by hordes of Hussite and Hindu rebels.

The garrison of Sukkur put up a stiff fight, but was overwhelmed. In Punjab and Und, particularly vigorous Iranian commandants managed to crush the local rebellions before they could rightly form. The rebels in Sahis and Tarain, however, managed to gather their forces, then attack the garrisons and rolled up the Iranian presence from east to west. In middle ’58, they were joined by the remaining rebels from Und and Punjab.

Meanwhile, the ‘International Peace Keeping’ force in Schwarzcastel was locked in a brutal house-to-house battle for control of the city with (essentially) the entire population. Buildings burned, artillery leveled whole blocks, the harbor districts roared up in flames and smoke, and thousands were killed in the crossfire. After two months of constant battle, the revolt was crushed. More than half of the IPK troopers were slain, wounded or missing. Forty-four thousand civilians (armed and not) were dead. The city itself was a smoking wreck, nor more than a shell of its former self. The rebellion in the countryside was also suppressed with equal vigor. At last, with their villages in flames and their menfolk dangling by the roadsides or consumed by the charnelhouse of Schwarzcastel, the Hussite population began to flee up the road to the north and safety.

In the wreckage of the port, the Borang contingent had been wiped out (along with its commander), the Qing forces were nearly shattered and the Iranians were exhausted. The Qing commander Kuo Cheng had fallen in the worst of the fray.

The settlement of Edrosia did, however, succeed. While the port burned, Giv Gudarz had been slaughtering civilians and driving them off their land with a will. In late spring of ’58, however, a Hussite army (composed of the diverse rebels in the north, as well as the bands of raiders come across the border from Ajmer, Jats and Bauluch) swept out of the north with fire in their eye and a forest of lances newly washed in Iranian blood.

(Punjab and Und, as it happened, were still under Iranian control, but the decision of relegate those garrisons to regional fortifications stole their mobility).

News of the Hussite counter-attack struck fear into the hearts of those Iranian and Qing commanders in the south, but Giv Gudarz was made of far sterner stuff than the palsied sub-commanders who had succeeded Kuo Cheng. Claiming their first duty was to ‘preserve the army’, Dhin Duy and Joo Siah rushed to board their fleet and fled, taking the five-thousand-odd men they still commanded to Mei-Guo in Muscat to ‘regroup’.

This left Gudarz to face thirty thousand angry Hussite troops with only 13,000 of his own. Finding the odds not particularly palatable, the Iranian general marched day and night and managed to evade the Hussite rebels and reached the modest safety of the Carmanian mountains. Mahmoud al’Basrah, meantime, took over the defense of Schwarzkastel itself.

The Hussites, who had now organized themselves under the overall command of John Abraham of Bauluch laid siege to the city with a portion of their force while the rest harried the Iranian settlers out of their newly won homes. While this second round of slaughter and misery transpired, Al-Jawzi had learned of the revolt and had daringly led his horsemen across the wasteland of Jats to arrive all asudden in Edrosia itself. Then the Iranians dashed east, trying to meet up with Gudarz in Carmania.

Unfortunately they now traveled in an entirely hostile countryside, where every herdsmen, shepherd and milkmaid was a hostile spy. Al-Jawzi and his riders were caught at Khosal, a dozen miles east of the Grand Trunk Road by Abraham’s pashtun horse-archers. Despite great personal bravery, Al-Jawzi’s command was destroyed on a dusty afternoon and the daring captain taken a prisoner.

John Abraham now spent the last months of ’58 besieging Schwarzcastel (oh, unhappy city!). This time the port was fortified and defended – but against the markedly superior siege skills of the Hussites, the Persian defense was doomed. Of course, they suffered too without a fleet to support them with supplies (though there were Carthaginian and Albanian ships aplenty in the nearby waters…) and no one knew the byways of the old port as well as those who had grown up in it’s once beautiful streets. Al’Bahram was captured with the last of his men.

1759–1760 T215
Thai Empire: The Red Hand bestowed many favors upon the fawning Pacifican merchants, including the right to handle all trade between Mighty Thai and the pitiful domains of the Hosogawans on Borneo.

Hosogawa Borneo: Expecting the squadron on ‘peace-keeping’ duties in India to return at any time, Suenaga turned his attention to other matters close to home. The university of Kozoronden received a variety of grants, allowing it to expand the student population and build a number of new classroom buildings. The busy industry in and around the port continued apace. Very large sums to were dispatched to the south-east, to distant Aotearoa, where the various Oroist kingdoms were conspiring ... no, collaborating in a massive project. General Yamashita returned to the capital from his campaign against the southern tribes.

1761–1762 T216
Qing China: quantities of rice, millet, wheat and preserved yams were dispatched to the Persians, Hosogawans and Australs.

Hosogawa Borneo: The Hosogawa fleet tooled around between the islands, visiting the various port towns and trying the fried duck. The number of Oroist priests on the streets of the bustling towns of the kingdom increased by a marked amount.

1763–1764 T217
Hosogawa Borneo: Suenaga’s engineers continued to putter about with various airship designs, engine configurations and materials – the factories at Kozoronden weren’t vast commercial enterprises like in Japan, but playgrounds for new and exotic kinds of flying machines. The daimyo issued orders for a road (the Shigo Highway) to be cut through the jungles and mountains from Kozo to Huangor on the western coast.

After many years of bachelorhood, Suenaga decided to wed – finding a beautiful young Malay wife, Suriyo, to further his lineage. She went to work assiduously and within the year the daimyo’s family was blessed with a squalling baby boy.

Java: However… a Hosogawan squadron arrived at Tempyo in Broome in the summer of ’63, and unloaded a force of mountaineers and sleek-looking scout zeppelins under command of the Hosogawan lord Ozawa. They were not alone in disembarking at the port, for countless thousands of Javan soldiers crowded the streets, the air above was nearly black with the zeppelins circling over the city, and the bright blue sea was crowded with sleek, trimaran hulls.

Without waiting for the Javans, the Hosogawan force then hired many native guides and struck out due south, into Bilhuna, six zeppelins ceaselessly patrolling overhead. They journeyed far south, following a Japanese translation of a Chinese journal describing the expedition of a Ming to the buried city of Pnakotus, and somewhere in the desolation of the Red Center, Ozawa – tramping along among his men, sunburned and parched with thirst – jerked out of a sun-induced doze at the dull crump! of the zeppelin Snowcrane bursting into flame in the sky above. The Hosogawan troops goggled, amazed, and eyes searched the sky in all directions. Nothing.

In quick succession, the other five airships staggered in the air, silk fabric darkening to ash, and then blew apart violently. “Scatter!” Ozawa shouted, bolting off into the thorny brush, katana banging against his thigh as he sprinted for cover.

A vast humming sound permeated the air, and then the ground shook, as though a giant’s step had fallen on the earth. Ozawa didn’t look back – he kept running – but within the day he too lay dead on the ground, flesh sizzling and popping as a metallic black spike prodded curiously at his fallen body.

Supreme Primacy of Oro: Efforts by Horoku to garner a tithe from the shark-temples and monasteries in Hosogawa lands failed. The High Priest was not exactly the most delicate of negotiators… worse, the questions raised by the Tenguist movement caused a great deal of discussion and even open resistance to the Primacy. Tal Hajus, for example, was beset by angry villagers in Geelong and badly wounded.

1765–1766 T218
Hosogawa Borneo: While the daimyo’s fancy air-corps grabbed all the press and a continuous stream of newly-built zeppelins swept over the peaked roofs of Kozoronden and Shin Nagasaki, the completion of construction of a modern shipyard at the latter port went almost unnoticed… The governor of Sarawak, General Yamashita, fell ill in ’66 and died before the end of the year. Though he not fall prey to enemies of the state, a rising tide of trouble in recently conquered territories led to rioting, insurrection and the revolt of Mindanao, Selatan and Tengah against the daimyo.

This came at a difficult time, as the Hosogawans had dispatched another army and fleet to Austral to join in the pan-Oroist effort to discover what, exactly, was going on in the Red Center.

Events in Western Austral…
February 1766: A Hosogawan fleet under Admiral Noguchi arrives off the coast of Yampi, searching for a safe anchorage.
March: A small force of 1,200 Hosogawan jungle-fighters commanded by General Hirokawa unloads from Noguchi’s fleet and stands ready to defend Yampi province against any attack.

Supreme Primacy of Oro: Efforts to dig more contributions out of the temples in Hosogawa, however, continued to fail…

1767–1768 T219
Hosogawa Borneo: Disgusted by reports in the local crier’s sheets of sewage befouling the streets of his capital, Suenaga spent a few coins to have the local eta clean things up. The vast clouds of woodsmoke billowing up from the factories along the bay at Kozoronden and Shin Nagasaki, however, did not abate. Not when more steam-powered ships were needed for the war, and more airships needed to patrol the skies.

The daimyo himself rode south with his army in an attempt to assuage the hostility of the Selatani natives. His effort failed and – showing great self restraint – did not order his troops to slaughter everyone in the province. These results proved prophetic for the second embassy in play… Matsuoka’s expedition to Mindanao; wherein the general was ambushed as he went to parley with the hetman of Jolo. Two of his catamarans were sunk when a huge force of Moro war canoes rushed out of the mangroves, and the rest of the squadron scattered in fear.

Trouble continued to brew on the southern shore of Borneo as gangs of Taika’no priests began to land from catamarans, and plagued the natives with the teachings of Oro – teachings which ran rather counter to the native Buddhist faith. Violence followed, with many Oroists dying by hanging in Selatan. The missionaries did manage to gain a bit of a foothold in Tengah, however.

The War against the Meteor Men
March 1768: Hosogawan general Hirokawa leads a reconnaissance force into Kwaranjdji.

Taika’no Te’ikoku Hiro’i: Having recovered Hawai’i from the peculiar madness which had overcome the local population, the Taika’ took pains for fortify the outpost and to keep a wary watch upon the sea-road in case the “white fleet” returned. A pair of zeppelins were purchased from the Hosogawans, just to allow the fleet some experience with the newfangled devices.

1769–1770 T220
Hosogawa Borneo: Despite the war burning red hot in the south, the Hosogawans continued to chip away at the road running over the mountains between Sabah and Sarawak. The captivity of lord Matsuoka having roused the grandees of Kozoronden to demand the Daimyo secure his ransom or rescue led to the dispatch of Prince Kawase of Timor and a force of 1,600 samurai to rescue the diplomat. Unfortunately the soldiers landed near Sulu city without even a fragment of air or artillery support (even their ships were only merchantmen drafted to the expedition). The Moros swarmed out from their citadel in hundreds of swift canoes, capturing the transports while the samurai wading ashore were plunged into a gory disaster which left the surf heaving with severed limbs, rolling heads and the glistening gray shapes of Oro's children. A great sacrifice indeed… Kawase himself was hewn down by the Moromen and their great machetes, and not one of his men lived to return to Kozo.

Matsuoka, however, was released by the kahnua of the Moros, after being forced to watch the dreadful events. It was he who carried the news back to Sabah.

The War Against the Meteor Men
April 1769: By sheer luck, a hardy band of Hosogawans troop across the border between Orantjugurr and into Great Sandy Desert, their way in the wasteland scouted by a lone airship of battered and dusty appearance. Avoiding the waving fields of crimson wheat dotting the plains, they angled southeast and vanished into the quiet vastness of the desert.
October: Under the cover of tropical darkness, the hellbats descend upon the Hosogawan capital of Kozoronden. Despite their speed, they have not quite outfoxed old Suenaga - the rows of factories and airship sheds outside the city are far too tempting a target - and his men have been spending sleepless nights, in shifts, waiting for an attack. Now they rush to their guns, throwing back tarpaulins to reveal shining barrels, and conch horns and sirens wail, alerting the city.
Despite the scurrying ants below, the hellbats sweep in, the dreadful heat ray already lashing across the workshops and helium-separating plants… even as the sky lights with blossoms of flame and the triphammer of guns flailing at the half-invisible enemy.
November: For the first time, the hellbats withdraw from the hornet's nest of Kozoronden before the city has been entirely leveled. Massively wrecked, yes, the factories in ruins, the shipyard a burning wreck of twisted cranes and submerged ships. But Suenaga and his men are still game for the fight in their bunkers and gun-pits. The vast majority are dead, true, but some still live.
And the citizens, long ago evacuated to the hills, are still alive to rebuild.


  • Hosogawa Suenaga 1747-date
  • Hosogawa Shigo 1739-1747


  • T205-date (1739-date) Floyd Goldstein
  • T187-???? (1701-????) (open)
  • T186 (1699-1700) Mike Nelson
  • T177-T185 (1681-1698) (unknown)
  • T175-T176 (1677-1680) Alex Evans

Last updated: 4 March 2005

© 2002 Robert Pierce

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