I Once wrote a fan fic about my vision of what a reboot (It´s not very good but i wanted to share) Before i get started the story would borrow heavily from tenchu 2 so any similarities please remember is a just a fan version so Rikimaru story: His story would start as the original only with a few differences
1: The azuma clan doesn't serve house gohda
2: There is only 2 ninjas Rikimaru and onikage (Yeah you heard right)
3: Rikimaru would still be in his teens
His story would start at a test by his master a duel between rikimaru and onikage in order to decide who would be the wielder of izayoi (The clan´s ancestral sword) which rikimaru is defeated At the same time of his defeat are annouced the arrival of the gohda troupes who annouced the village now must swear loyalty to Motohide gohda but master shiunsai refuses saying that the azuma clan would never a man like motohide so the general of the troupe orders them to attack the ninjas (This part would serve as a tutorial for the combat) the ninjas easily defeat the troupes leaving no man alive Later they are gathered in the dojo where the master explain his old relations with the gohda family where he says he had a old parthernership with lord gohda but they parted ways in peace a long time but after death his tyrannical brother now has taken over because his son was too young to take over the house The master than explain that matohide is extremely hated and that there will be a rebellion but the azuma clan will take no part in it he than gives a mission to onikage and a assignment to rikimaru saying he must deliver a message to a women but is given no name only a description and is said that he can´t be seen otherwise the message would be pointless and tell him that she is located outside of a village but the village is under house gohda control (it would show the stealth gameplay) When rikimaru finally reaches the location he is surprised by a girl wearing a fox mask then the two engage in a fight until the fight is broken by lady kagami (Yeah you heard right) a women that matches the description that rikimaru received The girl with the fox mask then removes her mask and presents herself as ayame (Yes you heard right) Rikimaru delivers the letter written by his master (Kagami is impressed by how he was to get by the village without being seeing) Kagami then delivers a letter and instruct rikimaru to deliver to his master and ayame makes a comment about his sword skills and that she will like to battle him again Upon his return to the village rikimaru notices the smell of fire and hears screams coming from the village he then notices the gohda house soldiers executing the villagers Rikimaru then rushes throuth the temple where he see his master dueling motohide and easily defeating but while he is on the ground he pulls out a gun and shoots the master Rikimaru enraged by what he saw tries to attack motohide but is stopped by onikage Where rikimaru would discover that onikage actually sold the azuma clan in exchange of a position in motohide house Furious by the betrayal rikimaru tries to fight but is easily defeated by him but is saved by his dying master that throw a smoke bomb and gives him a chance to escape After he took shelter in a river the both are unsure of what to do rikimaru then opens the letter that lady kagami wrote to the master The Letter said that: she understand that the clan wouldn´t support the burning dawn and it would not take any part in the soon to be upcoming war Unsure of what to do next rikimaru decides to search for the lady kagami again in order to know more about this war Rikimaru than searches the same village he went the first time but noticed that the hideout was empty and that they left no long ago rikimaru than see a planning board saying that they planned to attack house toda during the break of a war between house toda and house gohda do to the death of lord gohda Rikimaru then rushes in order to catch up with them Rikimaru then manages to get into toda castle where is suffering a attack of gohda rikimaru then manages to enter the castle where he meets ayame once again where she is trying to assassinate lord toda´s son but is defeated do to his superior sword skills rikimaru then steps in and manages to defeat him Then is questioned by ayame what is he doing there he then tells her that he wants to join the burning dawn Ayame is somewhat surprise She then tells rikimaru that he would have to complete a trial first The trial is to kill lord toda and bring his sword to the burning dawn hideout Rikimaru accepts the trial and tell ayame he will see her back in the hideout While rikimaru leaves Ayame then says to herself "poor fool he actually thinks that he will get past lord toda's guards and kill him" Rikimaru then make his way into the mainhall where he hears some soldiers saying that lord toda is out of the city in a camp but their orders were only to take over the castle Rikimaru then makes his way into the camp The camp is high alert so Rikimaru cannot be seen otherwise lord toda will escape Rikimaru then makes his way into his tent where he his surprised by the twin sparrows (they are two identical twins wearing pirate like clothes one of them posses two blades while the other posses several pistols) the guards that ayame mentioned Then the twins than have a argument about their payment from lord toda while one wants a ship the other want money then they say whoever kills rikimaru first will decide the paynent Rikimaru then fights and defeats both twins and make his way into toda tent where he is shocked that rikimaru defeated the twins then he tells rikimaru to do what he got to do he won't fight because he was too old and it was time for his son to take over (the son that rikimaru killed early) Rikimaru then kills toda and takes his sword He then makes his way into the hideout as he told ayame And overhears the group's conversation
Kagami: It was a sucess the toda received a significant blow with the fall of their house and the death of their heir
Ayame: There is one more thing I didn't mentioned
Kagami: What is it ayame Ayame: that ninja who came here the otherday he was there
Kagami: the azuma ninja? What was he doing there?
Ayame: He said he wanted to join us so I. ....
Rikimaru then steps in and say
Rikimaru: She said I needed to complete a trial and I did Rikimaru throws toda's blade and everyone is shocked by it (especially ayame) Ayame then says "wait you actually did it I can't belived" Rikimaru then is confused by her answer and lady kagami even more confused demands a explanation from ayame Ayame then explains that she actually was trying to get rid of rikimaru because of lady kagami orders of not Letting anyone discover their intentions Lady kagami then forgives ayame because she actually did say that nobody could discover about the burning dawn Kagami then questions rikimaru asking if his master changed his mind about aiding her Rikimaru then gives her the news about his master death and how cowardly he was killed Lady kagami then infuriated by what she heard tells rikimaru that she is going to make sure that motohide pays for what he did Rikimaru then request to join the burning dawn which kagami glady accepts him saying that a azuma ninja will be a great addition to her cause She then explains what the burning dawn stands (is pretty much the same as the original just the difference is that fire demon wans´t build by slaves it was build by people who actually support kagami) she then presents rikimaru to the four lords
Shiryu,The Black Dragon (A Extremely skilled martial artist)
Kazādo, The Red giant (a giant Axe wielder)
Minase, The green eagle (A Archer who looks like a bum)
Ayame, The white fox (I don't need to tell who she is)
She then explains their plan to defeat house gohda The first step is to kidnap motohide daugther princess kiku (yes you heard right) who is hidden in mansion that is heavily guarded So kagami instruct Kazādo and rikimaru to the mission The both then go to the mansion when they got there they notice a giant group of soldiers Rikimaru then says he will sneak in but Kazādo ignores him and break throuth the front gate rikimaru then joins him and they fight their way in After they reached the entrance they are confronted by a fully armored samurai and Kazādo tells rikimaru to get the princess rikimaru gets to the princess chambers and finds the princess about to get killed by a man throwing knives at her Rikimaru then steps in and saves the princess and kills the men The princess than ask rikimaru who he is and what is he doing there? (Rikimaru see several marks and bruices on her) Rikimaru than tell her that he was there to kidnap her Princess kiko than stands up and agrees to go with hím (rikimaru is surprised by that) and the two make their way to entrance where Kazādo is uncontious The fully armored samurai presents hinself as Senjuro Akechi and tell princess kiku to not even think about leaving because her father paid them too well to let her leave (princess kiku hide behind rikimaru in fear) Rikimaru then questions what did they do to her where Akechi responds "don't worry she still a virgin we only played few games with her" Rikimaru infuriated draws his blade and prepares to battle The two engage in a battle where rikimaru needs to finds way to penetrate his armor After rikimaru manages to give him enough hits Kazādo wakes up infuriated he grab his Axe and hits Akechi breaking his armor entirely while he is on the ground Kazādo stands there grinding his teeth while he screams and begs while rikimaru and kiku leave Back to the hideout princess kiku tells lady kagami that rikimaru told her everything and that she can give her informations about her father's army Lady kagami is very surprised and satisfied with it Rikimaru then explains to her everything about what happend in the mansion and he hatred towards motohide increased She then tells rikimaru that they need to move to their new "home" in order to continue their plans Rikimaru then is presented to the fire demon a week passes by during their trip in this rikimaru gets close to all the members of the burning dawn (especially ayame) and princess kiku is getting really clingy towards hím During one night rikimaru see's kagami praticing her sword play and she ask him to duel her where rikimaru is defeated Kagami tell's rikimaru that he should not bury his fealings rikimaru ask what she means
Lady kagami: your master always belived that passion was a weakness but he was wrong A warrior without passion is like a river without water You must use your passion if you ever hope to defeat your enemy
Rikimaru: but how
Lady kagami: come and let it flow like a river
Rikimaru and kagami pratice sword play (ayame watches the two praticing) The next day kagami gives a mission to rikimaru and ayame The mission is torch the gohda sacred temple which would create panic in the village Rikimaru and ayame wait into the night when there is no one presented in the temple The end up talking about their lifes Ayame tells hím that her family died when warring clans fought for the ownership of the small village where she lived she then was found by lady kagami who took care of her and trained her Rikimaru then tells her that he was a azuma ninja for as far as he can remember he always consideraded his master as a father and onikage a brother and he was heart broken when he lost his father and was betrayed by his brother but he is glad because he had a new family now The night had come and the temple was empty So ayame And rikimaru enter the temple and prepare to torch the place but rikimaru is surprised by a ninja the two engage in a fight but ayame há already started the fire so rikimaru has a time limit to defeat the ninja Rikimaru manages to hold his own against the ninja but colapses of exaution and the ninja escapes afterwords He wakes back in the fire demon and is embraced by kiku Kiku then tell him that ayame carried him back to the ship He then meets lady kagami that tells hím that the day of the downfall of house gohda has come Lady kagami then call everyone and tells them everything about the plan She then tells rikimaru to assassinate motohide once and for all The attack start by shotting at the gohda castle Rikimaru then makes his way into motohide throne where he cofronts motohide
Motohide: (laughs) so you came avenge your master isn't?
Rikimaru: You're going to pay motohide, pay for my master, for kiku for everyone
Motohide: Pay? (Laughs) I paid my entire life boy,i paid when my only child was born a women,i paid when my brother murdered my father,and i paid when your master murdered my brother,and now what i´m gonna get killed by my own nephew
Motohide: then you don't know? Ofcourse you don't,Shiunsai never had a reason to tell you
Rikimaru: TELL ME WHAT?
Motohide: My father had three sons Matsunoshin,Tenrai and me motohide then one day my father growed sick out of nowhere died in his sleep and the oldest brother matsunoshin becomes the lord of the house Then the middle brother Tenrai orders a ninja to kill hím but the ninja didn't just kill him he also killed his wife and his newborn son
Rikimaru: this ninja was my master but what does this have to do with me
Motohide: before your master died he told me he never killed the son, my bother and his wife were killed 16 years ago,how old are you boy
Rikimaru: No it can't be
Motohide: So i was right, is ironic my brother always had a deep hatred towards ninjas and his own son became one it´s hilarious
Rikimaru: no this can't be true
Motohide: you're master killed your parents, and took you to train like a dog
Rikimaru: shut up
Motohide: how does it feal nephew to destroy your own family
Rikimaru: SHUT UP
Motohide: Did you enjoy my daugther how does it feal to touch your own blood
Rikimaru infuriated draws his blade and attacks motohide the engage in duel After rikimaru beats motohide into a pulp he kills hím by chopping his head off
He them returns to the ship where he finds lady kagami in a pool of blood she then tells hím that onikage is waiting for him in the front deck and she then dies in his arms Rikimaru filled with hatred and sorrow goes to confront onikage but is stoped by ayama telling him she would not let him confront onikage because rikimaru has no chance of defeating him rikimaru then tells her to step aside which ayama refuse and say the she won´t allow it even if she has to fight him rikimaru then says "so be it" rikimaru than defeats ayama leaving her unable to stand rikimaru then persues to onikage but ayame grabs his leg and beg him not to go
Ayame: Please don´t
Ayame: (Cries) first my mother and my father and now lady kagami you can´t die too rikimaru
Rikimaru: I´m sorry ayame but i can´t let this go not after everything he did i won´t be able to live with myself if i don´t confront him now
Ayame: Rikimaru look around you all this death and destruction it wasn´t motohide that caused it was us we are no different from the people we fight we only hide behind a dream that is not even ours i never belived lady kagami´s dream i just followed her because i owned her everything but now that she is gone i see everything we did is wrong and now you´re about to throw your life away because of revenge?
Rikimaru: It's not revenge it's...
Ayame: You hate him because he betrayed you,he was you're friend and he tried to get you killed,please rikimaru this not worth it it's not worth your life,please don't leave me
Rikimaru then gently kiss ayame forehead and says "Don´t worry i won´t be leaving you so soon" ayame then let go of rikimaru,Rikimaru then climbs into the front back and meets onikage
Onikage: Rikimaru I was waiting for you
Rikimaru: Why onikage? Why did you do all of this?
Onikage: see for yourself
The two look to the village burning and the screams
Onikage: Chaos is the will of my lord
Rikimaru: Motohide is death
Onikage: I wasn't talking about your uncle rikimaru I only serve one lord
Rikimaru: I don't care who you serve onikage
Onikage: So be it.
Onikage: Prepare yourself rikimaru
The two start their battle until rikimaru gets the upperhand but is unable to kill onikage so onikage slice his eye with izayoi
Onikage: you're weak rikimaru that's why you will never beat me you allow your emotions to make you weak
Rikimaru stands up and and he remembers what lady kagami tauth him Rikimaru then fights onikage and manages to defeat him onikage then piece izayoi into his own chest and say
Onikage: Well done rikimaru I guess I was wrong when my lord finally comes you better be ready because this won't be enough to stop hím
Rikimaru: What are you talking about
Onikage: He told me to do all of this he made me betray the master he......
Mei-oh: That's enough onikage
Mei-oh: You no longer usefull so is time for you to end
Mei-oh then makes onikage feal pain
Onikage: Rikimaru you need to be prepared you're the only one who can stop hím now AAAAHHHHHH
Rikimaru: ONIKAGE!!!!!! NOOO
Rikimaru then see onikage collapse unable to help hím He then mourne yet another death Afterwords rikimaru is preparing a grave to lady kagami putting her sword in the grave he then is surprised by ayame who as him how he is doing Rikimaru says he was fine but then ayame hugs him Rikimaru: Ayame Why? Ayame: Don't pretend you're not sad Rikimaru: I..... Ayame: You're not alone anymore rikimaru there is no reason to suffer in silence Rikimaru starts to cry and hugs ayame back
Post credit scene:
We see that same ninja that rikimaru fouth in the temple and is knneling before mei-oh
Mei-oh: Onikage has been defeated and that boy will pose a treat to me in the future
Ninja: My lord we can´t allow him to interfere
Mei-oh: Don´t be stupid the boy might be strong but he will never be able to defeat me in my full streath but i will need the izayoi to return
Ninja: The sword?
Mei-oh: That sword was used as a key to seal me in the portal and is the only thing that can open it now the boy has it
Ninja: I see i will recover the sword no matter the cost
Mei-oh: Exellent now go Tatsumaru
Tatsumaru: Yes my lord