What I am working on is an expansive history of Sokoku, the continent on which War of Ninja is set. The history will start in around -12,000 MS, and carry on until 866 DJR and beyond as the game moves forward in its time. It will explain the rise and fall of the Shogunate, and those that came before it. The following is an excerpt from the unedited, pre-condensed version of the History of Sokoku, which will hopefully give you an idea on what I'm doing and where I'm taking this project.
119 JS (19 Shobu)~Hanto in Flames
For a while after the defeat of his sister, the reign of Shogun Shobu was relatively peaceful, it seemed after the Centenary Rebellions neither the Shogunate nor the ninja clans within it had the desire to go to war again so soon. As oft was the case, this would be short lived, and communication between the Shogunate’s capital in Kanri and the White Guardians located in Hanto grew ever increasingly rare. By 119 JS, they had halted completely, forcing the Shogun to send a team to investigate what had taken place in Hanto to silence the region. When the team sent to survey the situation arrived, they found all out war had broken out between the Niiro and the Aoiro, with the other clans in the region dragged into either side of the conflict. The White Guardians themselves had split between supporting either side, but had all died without any successors. The Shogunate’s army had been broken between the two factions, and the survey team lacked the authority to unite the fractured forces to stablise the region.
Two years later, the Shogunate sent a large expeditionary force with White Guardian backing to restore peace to the region. The Shogunate forces serving the Aoiro and Niiro defected back to the Shogunate, leaving the two ninja clans facing a vastly superior force than either could stand against. A hasty alliance brought the Aorio and Niiro together as they fought to expel the Shogunate from Hanto altogether. A fierce war raged for several years, but in the end the Shogunate proved victorious. Fearing a repeat of what had happened in Hanto, Shogun Shobu limited the number of White Guardians to one per region, to act as his representitive in the region. The excess White Guardians were pulled back to Kanri and formed into an elite military unit which would serve as the Shogun’s personal force on the battlefield. This restructure shifted more power back to Kanri and away from the regions, limiting the strength of any separatist factions that dared to rise.