After many generations of peace and complacency, the emperor’s power over Japan has weakened to the point where he is largely a figurehead. The Shogun, commander of the country’s military affairs, and now holder of the true political power, is a weak-willed and pitiful man, not even worth mentioning in this account.
Sensing an opportunity to seize power for themselves, clans from across Japan have risen up in arms and begun warring with each other, the final prize being the Shogunate and the glory that comes with it. Though they maintain a veneer of peace and civility, open conflict has begun erupting between the major families, fighting for control of provinces and resources in their bid to become a force in the approaching war.
In this age of chaos, you are one such clan. Currently considered a minor power, you know that with the skill of your Daimyo and the generals under them, you too have a chance at the Shogunate. If you can defeat your rivals and seize control, nothing will be beyond your grasp.