Land of the Gods
The Son of Heaven.
The Emperor’s support is crumbling, or is at least not as strong as he would ike. With the Shogunate contained and no longer an active threat, old rivalries and grudges rise to the surface again. The Emperor has been force to play the diplomat more than a warrior of late, trying to keep his new Empire from falling into civil war and back into the hands of the Shogun.
Few of the daimyo support him out of simple loyalty, even though he is the Son of Heaven. More than one of his ‘loyal’ daimyo would happily seize the chance to become Shogun, were it available. Fortunately, most are too busy squabbling with one another to marshal the kind of strength it would take to become Shogun.
The Emperor know that his most likely path to keeping the daimyos in line is not through strength of arms, but through strength of will – by outwitting and out-thinking them. To do so, he has begun to stockpile as many magical items, and secure as many sources of magical power across Nippon as he is able. Ancestor worship is so strong in Nippon and tradition so ingrained into the culture, that the Emperor thinks that if he recovers and controls treasures and artifacts thought previously lost, he gains status, honour and reputation. Whiel it’s likely the daimyos will see through this, it’s less likely that the acergae samurai will be as astute, being less aware of the ‘great game’ between the lords of Mippon. Difficult for a daimyo to war against his Emperor, when his army army refuses to fight.