Brotherhood of the Golden Lion
The Sakada Clan
A powerful clan of the Empire of Vaneha, the Sakada is a loose association of fiefdoms ruled by vassal families in turn united in service to their leader Sakada Hajime. Hajime's family has served the Emperor of Vaneha who rules from the capitol city Jibei. Twenty five years ago, the Sakada clan under the orders of the previous Emperor Ichiro began colonizing the lands to the north beginning with the Sapphire Horde of the Northern Horselords. The Sakada clan is an old military with a long legacy of powerful generals and legendary swordsmen.
After the death of Emperor Kuang, the Sakada and the rest of Vaneha watched carefully from a distance. As the Empire continued to fall into chaos, the Sakada continued to cement their rule in neighboring lands. After the Sapphire Horde was defeated, the Sakada invaded the Kingdom of the Jade Chrysanthemum to the southwest and drove the members of that kingdom into the three mountain strong holds and have been able to fight off the raids that have ensued. Five years ago, the Sakada made their incursions into the Kingdom of the Crystal Chrysanthemum and crushed General Yee in the far southwest. They immediately set about battering Colonel Yang and then crossed the red clay river to invade Chao Ling's territory.
These moves have proved to have finally over extended the mighty war machine that is the Sakada. They have set most of their efforts on combating Colonel Yang but recently the support received by Chao Ling from the realm has proven too powerful to overcome and they have been pushed back across the Red Clay river. To make matters worse, a slave uprising began in one of their towns by a slave girl by the name of Khezia. She has begun inspiring massive hordes of slaves to rise up and kill their masters and to break their chains. The Sakada clan has tried to hunt her down but most of their forces are too divided.