I hope you enjoyed reading about the Shogun Empire and are now itching to get your hands on the fearsome armies of the emperor. It’s time to give you a glimpse of the exotic warriors and weapons that imperial commanders bring to the battlefield! The westerners rely on the sheer weight of their mechanized armies or the implacable advance of countless soldiers. The warriors of the emperor, however, use stealth and swiftness to deceive their enemies and the Dragon Monks are masters of subterfuge.
The origins of the Dragon Monks can be traced back to Echizen province. There, nestled in the most reclusive forest of the Hino mountain lies the fortress shrine of the Dragon Monks. It is revered as a sacred and holy place and it is there that the neophytes are trained as Dragon Monks. From an early age, the initiates are taught to venerate the emperor before all else and to serve with unquestioning loyalty. Their training also includes subterfuge, stealth and tactical deception. This presents the imperial commanders with a force of disciplined, loyal and most of all – tactically versatile troops.
On the battlefield, the Dragon Monks inspire fear in their enemies with hallucinogenic grenades and charges. The poison that is released from the charge has a hidden recipe but its effects are all too visible. The smallest amounts of it induce panic attacks and terror, thus incapacitating even the most resolute soldier.
“The Emperor is the spirit of our nation and as our spirit guards us during dark times, so must we also guard it.” - Teachings of the Dragon Monks