|This article is a stub. You can help out by expanding it.|
Samurai Anegasaki Kenji (
JP:侍 姉ヶ崎剣斗), or Hayato the Bladed Falcon (
JP:ハヤト), is a playable character originating from Mark of Honor. Armed with a Katana and a Kodachi, Hayato uses quick, flashy combos to slice through his enemies.
Hayato joined forces with the Sengoku Warriors in order to prevent Oda Nobunaga from becoming the Demon King. After the ritual was disrupted, the Sengoku Warriors were unexpectedly transported to Maple World. Under the leadership of Princess Sakuno, Hayato now helps the Sengoku Warriors defeat Oda Nobunaga and return back to their homeland.
Battle at Honnou-ji
In the Sengoku era of the world of Sokoku, the Great Diviner, Abeno Seimei, had a premonition that a being would appear in the nation of Hinomaru with the power of the Demon King of the Sixth Heaven, threatening the entire realm. However, Abeno Seimei also had a premonition that five skilled heroes would rise to oppose Oda. These heroes were the Children of the Five Stars, each bearing a mark somewhere on their bodies that showed proof of their heavenly vessels.
Centuries later, a warlord named Oda Nobunaga appeared and planned to become the Demon King of the Sixth Heaven. With an overwhelming military force, Hinomaru was quickly seized into hegemony. For the Demon King Ritual, Oda required a special sacrifice. Princess Sakuno was the first daughter of the Matsuyama clan and held an immense font of mana within her body. On Oda’s orders, Sakuno was kidnapped and the Matsuyama clan was wiped out. Oda then brought Sakuno and his army to Honnou-ji, where he planned to perform the ritual that would grant him immortality and untold power. Hoping to stop him, a united military force of Daimyos, composed of the great lords Mouri Motonari, Uesugi Kenshin, and Takeda Shingen, formed an alliance called the Sengoku Warriors and led their armies to Honnou-ji Temple in order to put an end to Oda’s ambitions. Hayato was the son of the great samurai Anegasaki Tomonobu, serving as retainer to the Matsuyama clan. Fiercely loyal to Princess Sakuno, Hayato felt great shame for his inability to stop the massacre of the family whom he served. In order to atone for his failure, Hayato pledged his loyalty to Takeda Shingen.
Outside the temple walls, Takeda Shingen was rallying his soldiers as they prepared to face Oda’s army. Hayato told Shingen that his hands were shaking with anticipation, claiming that the disgrace of the Matsuyama clan would haunt him no more. Shingen told Hayato to keep his emotions in check, though Hayato claimed that the only emotion that he and his weapon, the Mist Cutter, felt was a thirst for vengeance. Shingen laughed at Hayato’s seriousness and ordered him to begin the attack by attacking the Eastern Door so that the cavalry could be let in. Hayato joked that there would be no enemies left for the horses to trample by the time that he was finished and proceeded to scale up the wall. After defeating the Oda soldiers, Hayato opened the gate to let Shingen and his men inside. Hayato reported that the Uesugi troops had likely barged in too early, and that they would need assistance. Takeda commented that it was typical of Kenshin to be unable to control her men, though it was unusual for her to be early. Regardless, he refused to break their momentum and ordered his soldiers to charge into the temple.
As Hayato continued into the temple, he encountered Akechi Mitsuhide, whom he mistook as a woman because of his feminine appearance and dress. Hayato declared that he was the eldest son of Anegasaki Tomonobu, retainer to the Matsuyama clan, and that he had come to avenge his family and rescue Princess Sakuno. Akechi laughed at Hayato mistaking him for a woman and claimed that he vaguely recalled an unimportant family with the name Matsuyama. Hayato raised his blade, but before he could attack, Shingen arrived and told him to put his blade away, claiming that there was no need to waste his time on such a trivial matter. Shingen recognized Akechi as one of Oda’s Four Heavenly Kings, causing Hayato to realize that Akechi was the man who had wiped out the Matsuyama clan and kidnapped Princess Sakuno. Realizing that Akechi was the one who had started the rebellion against Oda, Shingen offered an alliance with Akechi, though an enraged Hayato refused to ally himself with the man who had destroyed his family and instead prepared to attack. However, Shingen reminded Hayato that rescuing the princess was his priority and told him to hurry into the temple while he himself handled Akechi. As Hayato rushed off, Akechi vowed to deal with Shingen before finding Oda, raising his blade to attack.
At the entrance of the temple, Hayato ran into Princess No and asked her to step aside, claiming that he had no quarrel with her. However, No chastised Hayato for speaking so familiarly with her and introduced herself as Kichou, daughter of Saitou Dousan and the lawful wife of the Demon King. As No raised her gun to attack, a perfect shot from Ayame, hidden from a distance, disarmed her. As No was taken aback at the impossible shot, she immediately realized the identity of the mysterious shooter. Hayato also recognized that the shot had to have come from Ayame and thought to himself that he owed her his life. Hayato entered the temple, ignoring No’s cries for him to stop. He then confronted Oda and began to fight him, while Kanna attempted to stop the ritual. Oda managed to easily defeat Hayato and shattered his Mist Cutter, just as Kanna destroyed the ritual altar, causing Princess Sakuno to awaken. Oda then noticed Sakuno attempting to disrupt the ritual and warned her of the consequences of doing so when the link to the Demon Skies was nearly complete. However, Sakuno merely told Oda that she was unconcerned with the ramifications and disrupted the ritual, creating a large beam of light that engulfed the temple and transported everyone to Maple World.
An Unfamiliar World
In Maple World, Hayato awoke in Zipangu and immediately wondered where Princess Sakuno was. He then saw that the Mist Cutter had been shattered and lamented that Oda had destroyed everything that he had. However, he quickly picked himself back up and began recalling everything that had happened. Realizing that he was in an unfamiliar place, he began exploring the area and soon encountered a man named Yamanaka Yukimori, who introduced himself as a retainer to the Amago clan. Hayato introduced himself by his name, Anegasaki Kenji, causing Yukimori to immediately recognize him as the master of Battoujutsu. He then began to explain that the strange light had transported them to a new world and led Hayato to their base, Momijigaoka. Realizing that Hayato had no weapon, Yukimori gave him one before taking his leave. Proceeding into the camp, Hayato encountered Mouri Motonari and introduced himself. Motonari greeted him and explained that he and his sons, who had been the first to arrive, had set up a base of operations and asked to work together to adjust to the new world. When Hayato asked Motonari what he meant by adjusting, Motonari asked him to move as he normally would. Hayato quickly found that he had a hard time controlling his muscles and wondered whether it was because of his injuries. Motonari explained that the rules of the new world were different from their homeland, as the shift in spiritual energy had weakened even the strongest amongst them.
After training to recover some of his strength, Hayato was deemed fit to carry out missions by Motonari. Nevertheless, Hayato still felt that his strength had diminished greatly and resolved to grow stronger so that he could be of use to the Sengoku Warriors. He hoped to find Oda Nobunaga as soon as possible in order to rescue Princess Sakuno from his torment, as well as to prevent his evil from spreading to the people of the new land. Just then, Motonari told Hayato that soldiers in dark armor had appeared in the area, and though they likely had not yet discovered the base, Motonari asked Hayato to dispatch them before they stumbled across it by blind luck. Hayato defeated the Oda scouts and collected a familiar four-diamond crest. Though he was fairly certain that the scouts’ erratic movement meant that Momijigaoka was safe, he was troubled by the crest, whose pattern was that of Takeda Shingen, as it meant that his men were in danger. As Hayato began searching for Shingen, he ran into Sanada Yukimura, who was relieved to see Hayato. Hayato noted that Yukimura was exhausted, to which Yukimura explained that he had awoken dazed and weakened after the bright light. He told Hayato that the Oda scouts had attempted to take him down, though he had managed to fight them off. He also told Hayato that he had been separated from Shingen during the battle with the scouts. As he was too weak, Yukimura asked Hayato to rescue Shingen in his stead. Hayato agreed and prepared to head out. Before he left, he told Yukimura about Momijigaoka and asked him to get to safety.
Hayato proceeded deeper down Maple Hill Road and soon ran into Shingen, who was glad to see him. As Shingen was exhausted from the battle, Hayato cleared a path through the Oda scouts in order to escort him to the base. At Momijigaoka, Yukimura was relieved to see Shingen safe, although Uesugi Kenshin wasted no time in throwing insults at Shingen. Motonari quickly broke up the quarrel and began explaining the details of the battle in the temple, as well as details about the new world. He then ordered them to put their rivalry aside, as they needed to focus on building their alliance to defeat Oda once and for all. Motonari then told Hayato that Oda’s army had discovered the base, and that their numbers would soon overwhelm them. Hayato agreed to lead the assault and proceeded to fight through the soldiers, discovering a mysterious foxtail along the way. Believing that it belonged to Tsuchimikado Haruaki’s fox, Hayato brought it back to Motonari, who explained that warriors who had participated in the raids against Oda’s forces had returned with similar tails. Suddenly, Haruaki emerged from the foxtail, much to everyone’s surprise. Haruaki explained that he had arrived before everyone else, being transported at the same time as Oda and his forces. In order to avoid being discovered by Oda’s men, Haruaki had disguised himself as a number of foxtails, though his soldiers had taken a liking to the foxtails and brought them, and thereby him, straight into their camp.
Having been rescued by Hayato, Haruaki began explaining the true purpose of the ritual. He explained that Oda had sought to conjure the Demon King of the Sixth Heaven from the Demon Realm, a world much different from their homeland as Maple World was. He explained that much like how it was possible to contact Maple World, Oda had sought to make contact with the Demon Realm through an ancient ritual. Upon discovering the Demon Realm, Oda had devised a plan to create a portal to the Demon Realm in order to bring the Demon King of the Sixth Heaven into their world, which was why Haruaki had launched the mission at the Honnou-ji Temple. Though he congratulated them on interrupting the ritual, he explained that no one could have predicted the consequences, which were that the gate to the Demon Realm had been warped, causing them to be transported to Maple World instead. Kenshin and Shingen both immediately resolved to defeat Oda, though Motonari reminded them that they needed to first regain their strength.
Haruaki then took Hayato aside and confided in him that Princess Sakuno was not among them. Hayato was worried that Oda’s men may have captured her, but Haruaki reassured him that Oda needed her alive, as the ritual required the blood of her lineage. He also reminded Hayato that he needed to be ready, as the fates of both Sakuno and Oda rested on his shoulders. Noting that Oda already had great knowledge of Maple World, Haruaki decided to send Hayato on a mission to make alliances and regain his strength. He instructed Hayato to find a nearby town to the south of the camp, though he warned that the enemy had likely created a pathway to get to it. Hayato then fought his way past the Oda forces and soon arrived at the Mushroom Shrine, where he encountered Kino Konoko. After exchanging greetings, Hayato asked Kino whether she had noticed anything strange in the area. Kino told him that a group of suspicious people had recently been spotted near the Mushroom Shrine. Hayato decided to investigate and encountered several Mecha Warrior Prototypes. After defeating them, he reported back to Kino and told her that they were likely not an immediate threat to the Mushroom Shrine. Kino then asked whether Hayato could investigate the mechanical ninjas in the area, whom Hayato determined to be hostile, numerous, and appearing to be searching for something.
Realizing that the robots were a threat to the Mushroom Shrine, Kino asked Hayato to investigate several robots wielding guns. After defeating them, Hayato warned Kino that the gun-wielding robots were even closer to the Mushroom Shrine than the mechanical ninjas, and so he warned Kino to be cautious. Kino resolved to seek out long-term help and agreed to answer Hayato’s earlier question about strange occurrences in the area. She explained that there was a constant influx of dirt blowing into the area, as well as a storm near the shrine, which she noted was an uncommon occurrence. Hayato realized that Oda must not have made contact yet and asked Kino to point him to the nearest shogun to whom he could offer his services. Unsure of Hayato’s strange question, Kino explained that the closest person to a shogun in Maple World was either Empress Cygnus in Ereve or Athena Pierce in Henesys. When Hayato was confused about how to get to Henesys, Kino jokingly asked whether Hayato wasn’t from Maple World before giving him a book to help get acquainted with his new surroundings.
Regarding Maple World itself, Hayato read that a suspicious aura had been reported near the Mushroom Shrine, exuding a sense of immense power surrounded by darkness and greed. Hayato wondered whether it could have anything to do with Oda Nobunaga. He also read about the Transcendents who maintained balance over the fundamental laws of light, life, and time. Hayato speculated that there might be other Transcendents that were yet to be discovered and wondered whether they could help the Sengoku Warriors return home. On the next page, he learned about Grandis and its three major races, the Flora, the Nova, and the Anima, as well as its three Transcendents and their statuses. Finally, he read about the Interdimensional Portal that connected Maple World and Grandis, lamenting at the possibility that there truly might not be a gateway that could return them home. Hayato then thanked Kino and resolved to visit Athena Pierce. Believing that Hayato had greater need of it, Kino allowed Hayato to keep the book about Maple World.
Before he could head out, however, Hayato received a letter from Haruaki ordering him to return to Momijigaoka immediately, as they had discovered the location of Princess Sakuno. Hayato immediately rushed back to base, where Haruaki told him that their scouts had sighted the princess imprisoned deep within the eastern wing of Honnou-ji. Though she fortunately appeared healthy, she was under tight watch by the Oda guards. Hayato immediately declared that they needed to launch a rescue operation, but Haruaki told him that they didn’t have the strength, reminding Hayato that both he and the rest of their military forces needed more time to recover. Though he conceded that they had made several allies in Maple World, Haruaki explained that they couldn’t draw them in so soon and risk fighting Oda with exhausted forces. Shingen then interjected that he agreed with Haruaki, adding that they couldn’t risk their forces for a single person, even if it was Sakuno herself. However, he claimed that there was still a way and proposed sending a small group of elite warriors to infiltrate the enemy camp. With the other Daimyos in agreement, Shingen planned for the group to enter through the western Honnou-ji walls, but Motonari then suggested that they attack from the east, as Oda wouldn’t expect them to strike at the same place that they had during the original Honnou-ji raid. Hayato begged to be sent, claiming that he needed to regain his honor after failing to rescue the princess the first time. Shingen agreed and ordered Yukimura to accompany Hayato.
With the plan finalized, Yukimura moved in first to scout while Hayato followed. After he arrived, he rendezvoused with Yukimura, who told him that the security around the eastern wing was lacking, just as Shingen and Motonari had anticipated. He then left Hayato to rescue the princess while he secured their escape route, though he warned Hayato to be cautious, as it was possible that the enemy’s frail security might be a trap. Hayato infiltrated Sakuno’s prison and rescued the princess, but just as they were about to escape, an Oda guardsman discovered them and began to attack. After defeating him, Hayato led Sakuno through the escape route, where Yukimura met them and escorted them back safely to Momijigaoka. Back at the base, Sakuno met with the leaders of the Sengoku alliance and thanked them for the rescue operation. Having met them for the first time, Sakuno introduced herself as Matsuyama Sakuno, the eldest daughter of Matsuyama Nobukane and the acting head of the clans. The other Daimyos noted that Sakuno had a commanding presence in spite of her young age and remained hopeful that she would have the ability to lead the Sengoku alliance.
Haruaki then asked Sakuno whether she had learned anything about Oda while she had been in his custody, as their own intel was severely lacking. Sakuno explained that even though the only person she had spoken to was the guardsman who delivered her meals, she had seen that Oda had been surrounded by many Spirit Walkers and conjurers, although nothing had seemed out of the ordinary. Haruaki then asked Hayato whether he had anything he wanted to add. The princess was pleased to see Hayato again and asked how he was. Hayato replied that the journey had been difficult, but he had borne it for her sake, as he didn’t want their fifteen years of friendship to end in tragedy. He then explained that his family, though small, had served the Matsuyama clan for generations, with his father and brothers working in her government while he himself had left to study the ways of Battoujutsu. Upon returning, he had found himself stunned by her beauty and purity and confessed that she was the reason that he fought. He added that after Akechi Mitsuhide had destroyed their families, the only hope he had left was that she still lived, and so he had pledged his service to Takeda Shingen in the hopes of finding her again. With her safe return, Hayato expressed confidence that he would defeat Oda and restore her to the throne.
Traces of Akechi Mitsuhide
After speaking with Sakuno, Hayato noted that even though the battle was not yet over, he felt a sense of peace as he realized that Maple World was not so different from his homeland and hoped that he would master his old skills once again. Deciding that he needed to learn more about Maple World before making his next move, Hayato decided to meet with Athena Pierce in Henesys. At the Bowman Instructional School, Hayato greeted Athena and explained the situation which had led to him being transported to Maple World. Though Athena sympathized, she told Hayato that she had no idea about how to help and instead referred him to Grendel the Really Old, to whom she sent a note outlining her request for him to help Hayato. Hayato then traveled to the Magic Library in Ellinia, where Grendel greeted him and recognized him from Athena’s note, which indicated that Hayato was facing the threat of a demon. He asked what sort of demon Hayato was facing, citing Balrog, the Black Mage, and Pazuzu as many possibilities of the Demon King whom he was hoping to defeat. He then gave Hayato a list of books to read through, although he discovered that none of them had the answers he sought. Grendel apologized for not being able to help, though he hoped that Hayato would find his answers when the time was right.
Just then, Hayato received a letter from Athena Pierce, which said that a suspicious man who seemed like he had come from Hayato’s world was speaking with the Black Wings at the Golem Temple. Athena also wrote that he had a feminine appearance and a large sword. Hayato immediately recognized the man as Akechi Mitsuhide and rushed to the Golem Temple. He then infiltrated Francis’ hideout, where he fought and defeated the Puppeteer. He then asked Francis to tell him everything he knew of the strange man who had arrived earlier. Francis told him that the man had asked to join the Black Wings, though he had explained that he wasn’t the one who made the decision to accept new members, and so he had passed the man’s request on to the leader of the Black Wings. When Hayato asked him what the man’s name was, Francis struggled to pronounce it and butchered it as “Akechyou Mister Heydey”. Realizing that Francis had meant to say that the man’s name was Akechi Mitsuhide, Hayato decided to leave. He was surprised that Akechi wanted to ally with the Black Wings and realized that Oda’s ambitions had grown to the point that he sought to control both Hinomaru and Maple World. He decided to return to the Bowman Instructional School and reported what he had learned to Athena, warning her that Oda sought to conquer Maple World. Athena replied that even though she didn’t know much about Hayato’s enemies, anyone who allied with the Black Wings was a threat to Maple World, and so she couldn’t sit by and watch idly. She then pledged her support to Hayato as a citizen of Maple World and promised to spread the news and gather support from the people to come to her aid.
Gift from Takeda Shingen
Soon after, Hayato was passing through Momijigaoka and ran into Shingen, who noted that he was looking much stronger. He explained that he had prepared a gift for him, a great horse, though Hayato would need to get fitted for a harness. Hayato obtained a harness from Kikkawa Motoharu and brought it to Shingen, who presented Hayato with the Great Horse Onikageh.
Meeting with the Empress
As Hayato continued to grow stronger, he decided to seek out Empress Cygnus in Ereve. After arriving on the island, he spoke with Neinheart, who noted that he had never seen someone with as peculiar clothing as Hayato was wearing, which reminded him of a report he had recently received from Zipangu from an informant that reported that a terrible storm had recently occurred there, with its aftermath bringing forth a new land. Realizing that Hayato was from that new land, Neinheart asked whether he was a friend or foe. Hayato reassured Neinheart that he was an ally and explained the story of how his land had been transported to Maple World, as well as the threat of Oda’s army. Neinheart told Hayato that he believed him, as his story lined up with the reports of the shift in the Black Wings’ operations. He then allowed Hayato to meet Cygnus, who told him that Oda’s threat meant that the people of Maple World would need to rally together to defeat him. She also explained that she would need the full cooperation of the Sengoku Warriors and asked Hayato to deliver the message. Before Hayato could return to Momijigaoka, Neinheart reported that remnants of Oda’s army had been sighted near El Nath and asked him to meet with Alcaster, who would provide further details.
Investigating the Black Wings
Hayato arrived in Orbis on his way to El Nath, where he encountered Yukimori, who explained that he was glad to be away from the base, as there were many unpleasant people there. Hayato laughed and asked whether he had found himself rivals in Maple World, though Yukimori clarified that the grudge had come from their homeland. He explained that he had served the Amago clan until the death of his master, and that he had traveled as a ronin ever since. He then revealed that just as Hayato’s clan had been broken by Oda Nobunaga, his own had been broken by Mouri Motonari, and that seeing Motonari lauded in the base made his blood boil. However, he reassured Hayato that he would continue serving the alliance with all his might until the day that he could return to their homeland and seek out the successor to the Amago clan. Yukimori then asked Hayato why he had come to Orbis, explaining that he himself was planning to head to Orbis Station in order to board a ship to Ludibrium at Haruaki’s request. Hayato told Yukimori that he was on his way to El Nath in order to meet Alcaster and investigate the sightings of Oda’s forces. Yukimori pointed him to Orbis Tower and explained that he could reach Alcaster by climbing to the bottom of the tower.
Hayato then traveled to El Nath, where Alcaster informed him that Oda’s forces were preparing for a ritual, and that one of them had the same outfit as Hayato’s, only black. Fearing that he was Akechi Mitsuhide, Hayato proceeded on and soon encountered several Oda Spirit Walkers with a Black Wings henchman. He noted that Akechi wasn’t present amongst them, and that they had enchanted several of the monsters nearby. The Black Wings henchman asked the Spirit Walkers who Hayato was, to which they claimed that he was an enemy and moved to attack him. After Hayato defeated them, he returned to Alcaster and reported that Oda had used spells to provoke the monsters from afar, as he was likely aware that Hayato was tracking him. He also reported that he had encountered a rabbit-like creature and asked what it could be. Alcaster explained that it was a member of the Black Wings, adding that things would be a lot harder if Oda had sided with them. Hayato noted that Cygnus was right about Oda finding allies in Maple World and wondered whether his forces were weaker than anticipated if he needed the Black Wings’ power. He also recalled that it was unlike the Oda clan to dilute their own power with underhanded deals, with even the use of dark magic to cause chaos in Maple World being completely unlike the rigid, structured warlord that he knew Oda to be. On his way back to report to Momijigaoka, Hayato ran into Yukimori and explained what had happened in El Nath. Yukimori explained that he had found similar evidence in Ludibrium and noted that Oda’s alliance with the Black Wings did not bode well. He offered to bring Hayato’s report to the base along with his, allowing Hayato to continue his investigations.
Joining the Alliance
Hayato then continued growing stronger until he was contacted by Shingen, who asked him whether he had ever heard of Empress Cygnus. When Hayato explained that she was the ruler of Maple World, Shingen told him that Cygnus had sent an invitation for a meeting. He then asked Hayato to go to Ereve as an envoy of the Sengoku alliance. Hayato traveled to Ereve, where Cygnus explained that the Black Mage, who had once threatened Maple World, had returned again. Believing that the Black Mage would soon turn to attack other worlds, including Hayato’s homeland, Cygnus extended an invitation to join the Maple Alliance. Hayato agreed with Cygnus’ assessment and asked her to reach out whenever she needed them, promising that the Sengoku Warriors would stand with her.
Darkness in Mu Lung
As Hayato continued regaining his strength, Princess Sakuno passed along a message from Athena Pierce, who had written that Oda’s troops had been sighted in Mu Lung and requested him to speak with Tae Sang. Hayato traveled to Mu Lung and spoke with Tae Sang, who explained that a group of suspicious people had passed through near the Peach Farm, and that they wore similar clothing to Hayato. Hayato then headed to the Peach Farm and spoke with Tae Soo, who explained that the Peach Monkeys and Reindeer had gone berserk after the suspicious group had passed through. Fearing that they would ruin the harvest, Tae Soon asked Hayato to calm the monsters down. After Hayato defeated the monsters, he returned to Tae Soon, who wondered why the group wanted to disrupt the harvest. He then sent Hayato to Do Gong at the Mu Lung Temple, as he kept watch over everything that happened in Mu Lung. Do Gong explained that Maple World’s energy flowed strongest in Mu Lung, likening the town as the piece the held together the whole puzzle. Because of the threat to Mu Lung, Do Gong believed that Maple World’s energy was the goal of the perpetrators. Their actions at the Peach Farm led Do Gong to believe that they would soon be upon the forest, where the energy of Mu Lung flowed the strongest. He told Hayato to defeat the Sage Cats in the forest, who had been warped by Mu Lung’s energy. While fighting the Sage Cats, Hayato found Oda’s Clan Seal teeming with dark energy, which he brought to Do Gong.
Do Gong realized that Oda’s forces had been planning to warp the monsters of Mu Lung and realized that they were likely heading to the Goblin Forest, which was a sinkhole of energy. Inside the forest, Hayato was shocked to find Akechi Mitsuhide, who vaguely recognized him. Hayato demanded to know what Akechi was planning by corrupting the monsters of Maple World. Akechi amusedly claimed that he was hoping to spread chaos. He explained that it was a matter of misdirection, as two forces who met on the field of battle did not pay attention to the snake in the grass. Hayato noted that Oda must be more cowardly than he had first presumed for him to be using such tactics, but Akechi laughed and revealed that he had left Oda’s service long ago, and that he had just been borrowing Oda’s name for his goals. He then disappeared, but before Hayato could chase after him, King Sage Cat appeared and decided to punish Hayato for trespassing into his territory. After Hayato defeated him and escaped, he was troubled to know that Akechi had orchestrated the invasion and realized that he could be more of a threat than Oda. Soon after he sent a letter to Momijigaoka, Hayato received one in response from Princess Sakuno, who thanked him for uncovering the truth and reminded him that they needed to defeat both Akechi and Oda.
Stopping Mori Ranmaru
Some time later, Princess Sakuno contacted Hayato and explained that Mori Ranmaru had been discovered. Hayato vaguely recognized the name, and so Sakuno explained that he had been one of Haruaki’s students before serving Oda Nobunaga, having performed the ritual to open a link to the Demon Realm. Sakuno told Hayato that Mori hadn’t been seen near Honnou-ji in some time, though Sanada Yukimura had reported that he was preparing for a ritual deep in the mines of El Nath. Hayato traveled to the El Nath mines and spoke with Yukimura, who explained that Mori was preparing for an unknown ritual. He wondered whether Mori was planning to open the link to the Demon Realm, though he noted that it would be impossible without Princess Sakuno. Hayato realized that if Mori was the one who had facilitated the connection to the Demon Realm, it was entirely likely that he was the one who had masterminded the destruction of the Matsuyama clan. Yukimura told Hayato that his theory may be correct, as Akechi Mitsuhide had attacked the Matsuyama clan and kidnapped Princess Sakuno, though Mori had ordered it in the first place. Hayato then vowed to defeat Mori as soon as Akechi had been dealt with. However, Yukimura cautioned him not to give in to personal vengeance, as he would surely fall to ruin. Hayato then calmed himself down and apologized. Yukimura noted that Hayato wasn’t so far gone and told him to stop Mori out of duty, not vengeance, as the stain on his heart would be lessened. Hayato then confronted Mori and put an end to his ritual.
Soon after, Sakuno contacted Hayato once again and ordered him to return to Momijigaoka immediately, as Shingen had summoned the entire Sengoku alliance. Back at the base, Shingen addressed the Sengoku Warriors and explained that Oda’s forces had been broken, having lost Akechi Mitsuhide and several lesser generals. With Niwa Nagahide missing, only two of the four Heavenly Kings remained: Shibata Katsuie and Takigawa Kazumasu. He also explained that he had just received word that Oda had moved his base out of Honnou-ji, and though Shibata was possibly in the area, Shingen expressed his confidence that they could take Honnou-ji for themselves. The Daimyos resolved to take the temple and sent their forces immediately. At the southern gate, the Daimyos gathered together, where Shingen told Hayato that because of his accomplishments in Maple World, he was the only one that Shingen could trust to create a diversion for their forces to charge in. Hayato entered the battlefield and fought the soldiers, allowing the Sengoku Warriors to follow. He then proceeded deeper and fought the samurai captains in the temple plaza. Shingen then asked him to defeat Takigawa and claim victory for their forces.
Inside the temple, Hayato encountered Takigawa and urged him surrender, claiming that there was no reason for him to throw his life away for Oda. Reminding Hayato that he was one of the Four Heavenly Kings, Takigawa charged to attack. After a fierce battle, Hayato managed to defeat him. Hayato then demanded to know where Oda was hiding, but Takigawa laughed that he didn’t know, as Oda would not be so foolish as to reveal his plans to mere footsoldiers. He explained that the only thing he knew was that Honnou-ji was worthless before collapsing. News of the alliance’s victory quickly spread amongst the troops as they all celebrated having retaken Honnou-ji. In Momijigaoka, Haruaki congratulated the alliance, though he noted that there was more work to be done, as Oda was missing and his base’s location remained a mystery. He lamented that the only thing they had learned was that Honnou-ji once had great spiritual power, though it seemed to be gone. He speculated that if Oda had left Honnou-ji to find a new base, he would likely be looking for a location of great power.
Energy of Mars
While helping Princess Sakuno divine her ominous dreams, a traveler met with Hayato at the Hidden Ghost Shrine, where he gave them a Warrior's Soul Spear, which contained the energy of Mars.
Hayato and Kanna joined forces with Chase, Jett, and Zen after PULSAR kidnapped, Nene, a mystical turtle with an immense font of mana. The group called themselves the Stellar Detectives and eventually discovered a large research ship which PULSAR had hijacked, where they were attempting to drain Nene's mana in order to create mutant clone copies of the mystical animal. The Stellar Detectives successfully rescued Nene and stopped PULSAR, although the Space Pirate Commander wiped their memories. Eventually, Hayato and the others regained their memories and vowed to stop PULSAR.
Several days after the operation to rescue 10 Boogies, Princess Sakuno addressed the entire Sengoku alliance. Sakuno explained that a few days ago, she had received a letter from Neinheart that Maple World was being confronted by an incredible menace, and that the entire Alliance was moving to combat it. She added that Neinheart had also closed his letter with a request for help from the Sengoku Warriors. She then told the soldiers that even though Maple World wasn’t their home, they had learned to appreciate it, as it had much of the beauty and tranquility of their homeland. In the name of the Matsuyama clan, Sakuno then ordered the Sengoku Warriors to claim an honorable victory over the Black Wings. Motonari, Shingen, and Kenshin immediately moved to mobilize their troops as Sakuno took Hayato aside and explained that Empress Cygnus had bestowed a special mission upon him. She told Hayato that Cygnus valued his courage and skills, and so the Empress wished for Hayato to join her on the front lines. Though Hayato was grateful, he began asking whether his place was with Sakuno, though the princess reminded him that it was a great opportunity for him to bring honor to the Sengoku Warriors. Hayato then swore by the name of Battoujutsu that he would bring victory. Sakuno approvingly noted that he wouldn’t let her down. She then admitted that her heart was beating faster ever since the Empress had called upon him and wondered whether it was jealousy. An embarrassed Hayato began spluttering as Sakuno laughed at his expression, telling him that Shingen had suggested that it would help relieve his tension. She then told Hayato to travel safety, reminding him that he was her sword.
Labyrinth of Suffering
A scene in the final act of Labyrinth of Suffering involves the Adversary (your character) falling into despair in a void of darkness within their mind. The Adversary, whose morale and strength are almost completely diminished, talks to a voice that provides the motivation for them to continue. The voice, whose identity depends on the Adversary's job, manifests as Princess Sakuno for Hayato.
In the final act of Limina, the Adversary (your character) dies after defeating the Black Mage. The Adversary wakes up in the Erda Flow, serving as the afterlife, where the White Mage thanks you for putting an end to the battle. After the conversation, he gives you a unique title based on your class; the title he gives to Hayato is "Honorable Warrior".
Several days after the victory at Tenebris, Princess Sakuno addressed the Sengoku Warriors at Momijigaoka. She told the soldiers that when they had first joined forces with the Alliance, their goal had simply been to vanquish Oda Nobunaga, and that they never would have suspected that their battle would have taken them to Maple World, where they would meet new enemies and allies alike. Having fought with the Alliance, she proudly proclaimed that they had vanquished the Black Mage, whom she called the greatest evil of all. She then congratulated the troops for their dedication before presenting Hayato, whom she described as having led the battle with courage and honor. As the soldiers cheered Hayato, Shingen noted that the time for celebration was upon them. Yukimura also proudly told Hayato that he had been impressive, adding that he had also taught him much. Kenshin warmly told Hayato that he had become a blade of justice to cut down his foes, though Kanetsugu stubbornly reminded him that he still wasn’t as great as Kenshin. Haruaki then told Hayato that he had exceeded all expectations, even exceeding Haruaki’s wildest dreams. Motonari proudly noted that the Sengoku Warriors were now feared and renowned worldwide, which was an excellent position for them. However, Sakuno then reminded the crowd that the path ahead was still difficult, as Oda Nobunaga, Akechi Mitsuhide, and the villains of Grandis were still enemies that they were yet to face. However, she proclaimed that their unbreakable bonds of unity would see them prevail the battles ahead. With that, she declared that they would celebrate their victory in Kanna’s honor.
Later that night, Hayato found Sakuno in her chambers. Sakuno once again thanked Hayato for the crucial role he had played in their victory. Hayato dismissed her words, claiming that he had only done his duty, though he apologized for not being able to stay by her side during the battle. However, Sakuno waved away his apology, noting that he had far more important things to be worrying about at the time. She then recalled how they had known each other for a long time, and how, even when they had been young, he would throw himself into danger without a second thought if he believed that it was right. She then proudly noted that in their adulthood, he had become the savior of Maple World and the hero of the Sengoku Warriors. She explained that by defeating the Black Mage, he hadn’t merely protected her, but the entire world. She then told Hayato that he had always been her noble sword, and that she knew that he would continue to be so. Moved by her words, Hayato proclaimed that she was his light, and that the memory of her voice was what had saved him when he had been swallowed by the darkness. He then declared that his sword would always serve her. Sakuno graciously thanked Hayato and told him that if he was prepared, she had a new quest for him. She then asked Hayato to gaze up at the moon and tell each other stories of home. Though Hayato was flustered by her request, he nevertheless obeyed.
1st Job Advancement
Given automatically upon reaching Level 10.
2nd Job Advancement
Reach Level 30 and accept the quest above Hayato's head.
3rd & 4th Job Advancement
Both Job Advancements are given automatically by reaching Level 60 and 100 respectively.
5th Job Advancement
For information on the 5th Job Advancement, visit this page.
|Characters and Skills|
|Job and Skills (Click on icon for skills)|
Beginner Link Skills
|Child of God|