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Before the village system was established with the founding of [[Konohagakure]] by [[Hashirama Senju]], the {{translation|'''Era of the Warring Clans'''|戦国時代|Sengoku Jidai}} was an extremely bloody period in history where the hundreds of individual shinobi clans fought in constant, bitter warfare. By the end of the conflict the two most powerful clans to participate in the period were the descendants of the [[Sage of Six Paths]]: the [[Senju clan]] and the [[Uchiha clan]].
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[[File:Clans.PNG|thumb|The many mercenary clans active during this era.]]
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The {{translation|'''Warring States Period'''|戦国時代|Sengoku Jidai}} was the long, violent era preceding the formation of the [[hidden village]]s.
   
 
== History ==
 
== History ==
[[File:Hashirama Senju Family.png|thumb|left|Hashirama and his family.]]
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[[File:Itama ambushed Uchiha Clan2.png|thumb|left|A child about to die in battle.]]
During this time period, the average life-span was a scant 30 years for both shinobi and civilians alike.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 622, page 12</ref> However, the biggest loss in the era was the conscripted children in the individual clans which were forced to fight in the front lines, often slaughtered by the more experienced adults which lowered the overall life expectancy.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 622, page 13</ref> Hashirama lost his brother [[Itama Senju]] and his clansman [[Kawarama Senju]] in this era, while [[Madara Uchiha]] lost up to three of his four brothers.<ref>''Naruto'' chapter 622, pages 4-16</ref>
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During the Warring States Period, the countries of the world were uniformly small, constantly battling each other for land, power, and opportunity. To fight these battles, countries hired one or more [[clan]]s of mercenary [[shinobi]] to represent their interests, the shinobi's loyalties ultimately going to the highest bidder.<ref>Chapter 398, pages 16-17</ref> The constant warfare in turn led to constant death, creating an average lifespan of only thirty years. Children were the greatest victims of the era, forced to fight for their clan no differently than an adult would and, more often than not, being killed by older and more skilled opponents.<ref>Chapter 622, pages 12-13</ref> In an attempt to avoid conflict caused by the ever-changing alliances and resulting vendettas, shinobi were in the habit of never divulging their family names to strangers.<ref>Chapter 622, pages 4-16</ref>
   
[[File:Madara & Izuna.jpeg|thumb|right|Izuna and Madara awaken their Mangekyō Sharingan.]]
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[[File:Hashirama VS Madara.png|thumb|The Uchiha vs. the Senju.]]
Both Hashirama and Madara, along with their respective younger brothers [[Tobirama]] and [[Izuna]], grew and become infamous leaders of their respective clans. Despite the friendship they made as children, Hashirama and Madara engaged each other in several battles which end in a draw. But during this time, Madara and Izuna discovered the secret of the [[Sharingan]]; becoming the first two Uchiha to awaken the [[Mangekyō Sharingan]] after killing their comrades. During these constant battles with the [[Senju clan]], Madara's vision degraded further and further until he had to steal his brother's eyes, gaining a Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan to keep fighting his friend and rival during the war at cost of suffering his clan's [[Curse of Hatred]].
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Amidst all the vying for supremacy, two clans emerged as the strongest: the [[Senju clan]], famed for their balanced skill in all the shinobi arts, and the [[Uchiha clan]], famed for their [[Sharingan]]. Whenever one side in a conflict hired one of the clans, the opposing side would hire the other clan. This constant competition created a deep-seated animosity between its members, with all Senju having lost a loved one to an Uchiha and vice versa. Despite the clans' enmity, it would be the Senju and Uchiha that brought an end to the Warring States Period. [[Hashirama Senju]] and [[Madara Uchiha]] met as children, unaware of each other's identity. They quickly became friends, bonding over the deaths of their brothers, their desire to protect their remaining siblings, and their dreams of a peaceful world where children wouldn't need to fight.
   
[[File:UchihaSenjuTruce.png|thumb|left|The Senju and Uchiha form an alliance.]]
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Hashirama and Madara eventually learned who the other was, preventing them from continuing to meet under friendly circumstances. Over the following years, the two regularly met and fought on the battlefield, with each in time becoming the leader of his respective clan. Hashirama attempted to use their new positions to broker peace between their clans at long last, finally achieving the dreams they'd had as children. Although Madara was tempted, the death of his last remaining brother, [[Izuna]], committed him to continuing the fight. Other Uchiha, however, found the prospect of peace tempting and started surrendering to the Senju in growing numbers. With his support running out, Madara made a last stand against Hashirama and the Senju and was summarily defeated.<ref>Chapter 624</ref> From his defeat and Hashirama's willingness to give his own life to stop the bloodshed, Madara was convinced to accept the peace proposal.
However, after decades of fighting, most of the clans in the [[Land of Fire]], under the [[Uchiha]] and Senju banners formed a first lasting truce after being bled dry. The only person who opposed the peace was Madara, who argued for the Uchiha clan to continue the fighting but was persuaded to join in a permanent alliance with the Senju clan, and [[Konoha]] was formed.
 
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[[File:Senju & Uchiha truce.png|thumb|left|The Senju and Uchiha form an alliance.]]
=== Senju Clan ===
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The allied Senju and Uchiha formed a pact with the [[Land of Fire]] to allow them to establish a shinobi village within its borders, what would be called [[Konohagakure]]. Other clans wishing to share in the new peace settled in Konoha as well, the [[Shimura]] and [[Sarutobi clan]]s being amongst the first. Other clans in other countries, fearful of the combined might of the Senju and Uchiha, created their own villages. Thus was the Warring States Period brought to an end, replaced by the [[Shinobi Organisational System]] of the [[Five Great Shinobi Countries]].<ref>Chapter 399, pages 4-7</ref>
[[File:Senju clan.jpg|thumb|The Senju clan under Hashirama.]]
 
The Senju clan descended from the youngest son of the Sage of the Six Paths and were considered to be one of the strongest clans in the ninja world at the time of the Era of the Warring Clans. Unlike their rivals and other clans, the Senju mastered various forms of ninjutsu that gave them fame as the "clan of a thousand skills". When Hashirama succeeded his father, he intended to end the conflict that raged between him and the Uchiha as well as the unneeded killings of ninja and civilian alike.
 
   
=== Uchiha ===
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== Influence ==
[[File:Madara-Uchiha-madara-Anime.jpg|thumb|left|The Uchiha clan's leader Madara Uchiha.]]
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The {{translation|[[Wikipedia:Sengoku period|Warring States Period]]|戦国時代|Sengoku Jidai}} was a timespan of two centuries where the Ashikaga Shogunate collapsed and Japan was torn into various factions in the midst of a bloody civil war. This moment in history was the time of many famous ninja such as [[Wikipedia:Hattori Hanzō|Hattori Hanzō]]. It was also an era where shinobi were in high demand for unconventional tactics such as infiltration, espionage, assassination, and sabotage. But after the war resolved in 1615 with the establishment of the Tokugawa Shogunate, their services were cut in a united Japan and ninja began to fade into history.
The Uchiha clan descended from the eldest son of the Sage of the Six Paths. Their bloodline enables them to access the [[Sharingan]] which has been both a blessing and a [[Curse of Hatred|curse]] due to the mortality rate at the time. Though his kin eventually decided to end their feud with the Senju, only Madara could not truly embrace peace.
 
   
== Trivia ==
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The [[Wikipedia:Warring States Period|Warring States Period]] (simplified Chinese: 战国时代; traditional Chinese: 戰國時代; pinyin: Zhànguó Shídài) was also timespan of three centuries in Chinese History where the Zhou Dynasty was extinguished and the Chinese Empire split in to various warring city-states. It followed the Spring and Autumn period and concluded with the victory of the state of Qin in 221 BC; creating a unified China under the Qin Dynasty.
* The Era of the Warring Clans could be named after the {{translation|'''Sengoku Period'''|戦国時代|Sengoku Jidai}} or Warring States Period, a time when Japan was in civil war and the demand of ninja was high. This moment in history was the time of many of famous ninja, including Sasuke Sarutobi. But after the war resolved, their services where cut in a united Japan, ninja began to fade into history.
 
   
 
== References ==
 
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Latest revision as of 17:51, December 27, 2015

This is the article on the time period. If you are looking for the article on the episode, head to Warring States Period.
Clans

The many mercenary clans active during this era.

The Warring States Period (戦国時代, Sengoku Jidai) was the long, violent era preceding the formation of the hidden villages.

History Edit

Itama ambushed Uchiha Clan2

A child about to die in battle.

During the Warring States Period, the countries of the world were uniformly small, constantly battling each other for land, power, and opportunity. To fight these battles, countries hired one or more clans of mercenary shinobi to represent their interests, the shinobi's loyalties ultimately going to the highest bidder.[1] The constant warfare in turn led to constant death, creating an average lifespan of only thirty years. Children were the greatest victims of the era, forced to fight for their clan no differently than an adult would and, more often than not, being killed by older and more skilled opponents.[2] In an attempt to avoid conflict caused by the ever-changing alliances and resulting vendettas, shinobi were in the habit of never divulging their family names to strangers.[3]

Hashirama VS Madara

The Uchiha vs. the Senju.

Amidst all the vying for supremacy, two clans emerged as the strongest: the Senju clan, famed for their balanced skill in all the shinobi arts, and the Uchiha clan, famed for their Sharingan. Whenever one side in a conflict hired one of the clans, the opposing side would hire the other clan. This constant competition created a deep-seated animosity between its members, with all Senju having lost a loved one to an Uchiha and vice versa. Despite the clans' enmity, it would be the Senju and Uchiha that brought an end to the Warring States Period. Hashirama Senju and Madara Uchiha met as children, unaware of each other's identity. They quickly became friends, bonding over the deaths of their brothers, their desire to protect their remaining siblings, and their dreams of a peaceful world where children wouldn't need to fight.

Hashirama and Madara eventually learned who the other was, preventing them from continuing to meet under friendly circumstances. Over the following years, the two regularly met and fought on the battlefield, with each in time becoming the leader of his respective clan. Hashirama attempted to use their new positions to broker peace between their clans at long last, finally achieving the dreams they'd had as children. Although Madara was tempted, the death of his last remaining brother, Izuna, committed him to continuing the fight. Other Uchiha, however, found the prospect of peace tempting and started surrendering to the Senju in growing numbers. With his support running out, Madara made a last stand against Hashirama and the Senju and was summarily defeated.[4] From his defeat and Hashirama's willingness to give his own life to stop the bloodshed, Madara was convinced to accept the peace proposal.

Senju &amp; Uchiha truce

The Senju and Uchiha form an alliance.

The allied Senju and Uchiha formed a pact with the Land of Fire to allow them to establish a shinobi village within its borders, what would be called Konohagakure. Other clans wishing to share in the new peace settled in Konoha as well, the Shimura and Sarutobi clans being amongst the first. Other clans in other countries, fearful of the combined might of the Senju and Uchiha, created their own villages. Thus was the Warring States Period brought to an end, replaced by the Shinobi Organisational System of the Five Great Shinobi Countries.[5]

Influence Edit

The Warring States Period (戦国時代, Sengoku Jidai) was a timespan of two centuries where the Ashikaga Shogunate collapsed and Japan was torn into various factions in the midst of a bloody civil war. This moment in history was the time of many famous ninja such as Hattori Hanzō. It was also an era where shinobi were in high demand for unconventional tactics such as infiltration, espionage, assassination, and sabotage. But after the war resolved in 1615 with the establishment of the Tokugawa Shogunate, their services were cut in a united Japan and ninja began to fade into history.

The Warring States Period (simplified Chinese: 战国时代; traditional Chinese: 戰國時代; pinyin: Zhànguó Shídài) was also timespan of three centuries in Chinese History where the Zhou Dynasty was extinguished and the Chinese Empire split in to various warring city-states. It followed the Spring and Autumn period and concluded with the victory of the state of Qin in 221 BC; creating a unified China under the Qin Dynasty.

References Edit

  1. Chapter 398, pages 16-17
  2. Chapter 622, pages 12-13
  3. Chapter 622, pages 4-16
  4. Chapter 624
  5. Chapter 399, pages 4-7

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