From these families, Hattori Hanzo (1541-1596) emerged as a legendary Ninja. Practically raised with the martial arts as his main occupation in life, Hattori faced battle for the first time at sixteen. Recognized for his remarkeable fighting skills on the battlefield by Lord Tokugawa, 'Hanzo the ghost' went on to battle at Anagawa in 1570 and Mikata Ga Hara in 1572.
Where as Watari Ninja sold their services to the highest bidder, the Hattori Ninja remained loyal to Lord Tokugawa. Tokugawa was in a village close to Osaka when he was threatened by Akechi's troops. Hattori Hanzo and some 300 Iga and Koga Ninja helped Tokugawa escape using Goton Jutsu, the skills of hiding in nature and other specialist Ninja techniques.
By this time Hattori Hanzo was highly regarded for his merits, and was to rise to command over the Hassenshi Samurai's. While advancing with troops against the Fuma Ryu Ninja into Kanagawa, the Fuma Ninjas withdrew by sea. Hattori Hanzo and his men continued the pursuit by boat. The Fuma Ninjas swam back and using underwater techniques destroyed the rudders. Jumping into the water to swim back to shore on the now foundering boats, Hanzo and his men met their end. The Fuma Ninja had filled the water around the boats with oil and upon setting it on fire, all perished in the flames.
The Hattori family continued its service to the Shogun however. The Watari Ninja recieved no such favor and were dishonored and poorly treated under the rule of Tokugawa Imeitsu. Their revolt, known as the incident at the Sasa Temple, was beaten by the Shogun's troops. Playing an ineffectual role in the Shogun's success in crushing the revolt, the Hattori family lost their status and pre-eminence as well.
After fording the Hachiman River it was not long before they were intercepted by the Scorpion army.
200 Samurai- Bayushi Swordsmen
300 Samurai- Ronin Swordsmen for hire
200 Infantry-Bayushi Pikemen
300 Infantry-Ashigaru Spearmen
Before the battle roll a D10
(1-2)15 Ogres and 200 of Nogoten's Bowmen join the Scorpion force.
(3-4)100 of Nogoten's Bowmen join the Scorpion force.
(5-8)Ambush! The adventure party starts the battle as if heavily engaged.
(9-10)The emissary has enough koku to sway the loyalty of the 300 Ronin in the Bayushi army, they join your army instead.
The barrage of the Sasumi and Koba Gunners proves decisive in breaking up the Scorpion force that had ambushed them.
Upon reaching the Lake of Sorrows, the force disperses and
Hida Makotare and the remaining Ninja journey on disguised as peasants and merchants.
(1-2)Ninube Ninja have infiltrated your force, your adventure party must duel several assassins.
(3-4)A water spirit emerges from the Lake to curse one of the adventure party with a spell.
(5-8)Visiting one of the many shrines along the shore, the Oracle of the Moon gives Hida Makotare a talisman adding +1 to any ring characteristic.
(9-10) The Oracle of the Moon blesses your adventure party adding +1 to any ring for each player.