Ring of the Rising Sun
We had Tokugawa Iemasu hide the legendary sword Honjou Masamune by surrendering it to the Americans after WWII. It was the last mythological weapon we expected to show up. Now, every item in this collection resides in Japan, yet again. The situation has become far too dangerous.
When eight famous weapons from myth and history come together, they allow their owner to become the Shogun of Japan.
The Swordsmith on Mount Inari by Ogata Gekko,© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Spread/ApocryphaThis legend is obscure. The secretive Blade’s Sacred Flame has the lone document mentioning the name, list of weapons, and the tie with the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu under lock and key.
They split up the collection after WWII since Japan could no longer afford to have a Shogun conflicting with the new democratic government and the now symbolic Emperor. The Blade's Sacred Flame stores the original document wrapped in a specific flag. No other reference to this symbol exists, but the Blade's Sacred Flame considers it to be more important than their own secret identification.
Date of First Recording
VariationsOne seer said there were more weapons that could be used in the set and pointed to Tokugawa Ieyasu's massive collection as proof. Unfortunately, the prophetess disappeared a century ago and her name was lost to history.
It is unclear if she meant a collector could swap these weapons in for items on the original list or if a collector could use them to increase the power of the set.