Muramasa (村正 Muramasa) is Masamune's older brother and the shogun of the barbarian lands' strongest Hōjō Clan. He is particularly infamous for his cruel methods in dealing with the empire's enemies and his actions are even known by western kingdoms. One particular event was the Ōnin War, where he led his forces against the Daizen Clan. After a decisive victory, Muramasa rounded out the defeated army, and, according to others' accounts, took 8,000 prisoners.
He then divided them into groups of 100, blinded 99 men in each group and left one man in each with one eye so that he could lead the others home; this was done in retaliation for the death of Takimaru, who was Muramasa's favourite general and advisor, and also to crush the Daizen Clan's morale. It did not take him long to conquer the clan afterwards, proving just much of a great leader he is, not to mention merciless.
Aside from being a leader, Muramasa is also a blacksmith capable of creating some of the finest weapons the world has ever seen. His younger brother's sword was forged by him.
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- Muramasa's apperance is based off Oda Nobunaga from the manga series Sengoku Strays by Nanami Shingo.
- The name of the Ōnin War is based off an actual historical battle.
- However, the event that transpired during the fictional battle is based off Battle of Kleidion in which, the Byzantine Emperor Basil II, after defeating the First Bulgarian Empire's Emperor Samuel, took roughly 8,000 bulgarian soldiers as prisoners. He then divided them into groups of 100, blinded 99 men in each group and left one man in each with one eye so that he could lead the others home; this was done in retaliation for the death of Botaneiates, who was Basil's favourite general and advisor, and also to crush the Bulgarian morale. Another possible reason was that, in Byzantine eyes, the Bulgarians were rebels against their authority, and blinding was the usual punishment meted out to rebels. For this action, Basil gained the nickname Boulgaroktonos (Greek: Βουλγαροκτόνος), "the Bulgar-slayer". Samuel died of a heart attack on October 6, 1014, reportedly due to seeing his soldiers blinded.