was born in Japan to a peasant family during a time of war. Nevertheless,
this did not stop him from becoming a renowned mercenary. His reputation
earned him nicknames such as "The Mercenary of War," "One Man Army," and
"Demon." His style is called Tenpu-Kosai Ryu-Kai.
a mercenary, Mitsurugi fought in and triumphed over countless battles.
Every enemy who faced him in combat feared his invincible blade. That was
until a new breed of weapon was introduced. Rifles known as Tanegashima
were brought in for practical use by the famous shogun Nobunaga Oda.
Mitsurugi, who relied purely on his strength and skill, the Tanegashima
was a serious threat. Simply by holding this "pipe," even the lowliest
foot soldier could become a powerful force on the battlefield. Unable to
accept such a preposterous notion, Mitsurugi looked for ways to defeat
the rifle. Unfortunately, he could not find a good way to overcome the
new weapon. Frustrated, Mitsurugi challenged Tanegashima to a duel, but
lost when he was shot through the right shoulder. But
this did not deter Mitsurugi's spirit. He resolved to defeat the rifle
by finding a powerful weapon that would enable him to achieve this goal.
It was then that he heard a rumor from overseas about Soul Edge. At the
time, a man known as
Nightmare wielded the
giant, grotesquely shaped blade. Hearing stories of its immense powers,
Mitsurugi set off across the ocean in pursuit of the sword without a moment's
headed west towards Europe, where Nightmare supposedly roamed. Travels
through foreign countries were difficult for Mitsurugi, who was unable
to understand the languages of the places he visited. Nonetheless, he continued
his travel, making ends meet by fighting battles as a mercenary. The added
benefit of his mercenary lifestyle was that he was able to maintain his
fighting form. But
time was callous and unforgiving. Eventually, rumors that Nightmare had
disappeared reached Mitsurugi, and Soul Edge's trail ran cold. Mitsurugi
was still unwilling to give up, and continued his search around the world's
battlefields for signs of the ultimate blade.
years after his quest had begun, while visiting a castle near the Ming
frontier, Mitsurugi stumbled upon the trail of Soul Edge. It was a metal
fragment of Soul Edge that he came across by accident. Walking
past one of the back alleys of the city, Mitsurugi came to a halt when
he witnessed several assassins surrounding a gravely wounded man. When
the assassins saw Mitsurugi, they pounced upon him, intending to leave
no eyewitnesses behind. A vicious melee ensued, and Mitsurugi drove back
the assailants, saving the man's life as a result. The
badly injured man handed Mitsurugi a piece of metal-perhaps he thought
that he would be unable to accomplish his mission with his wounds. He asked
Mitsurugi to keep it safe. He seemed afraid to let it fall into someone
else's hands, but he would not explain any further. Without another word,
the man vanished into a dark alley.
at the metal fragment in his hand, Mitsurugi pondered, "If Soul Edge was
so powerful, why would it shatter?" Mitsurugi
had a difficult time believing the man who gave him the fragment, but there
was no denying the sincerity in the man's eyes. "Besides," Mitsurugi reasoned,
"why would a man on the verge of death lie to a complete stranger?"
after, a grave story circulated through the castle. Apparently, a servant
of the Ming Emperor arrived at the castle, demanding the "Sword of Heroes."
When the servant steadfastly refused to leave without the sword, the lord
of the castle slew him, exclaiming that he could not turn over something
he did not have. "War is coming," thought Mitsurugi. He
sensed the same storm brewing that he had felt before in countless battlefields.