The Town of Harutoshi and Atarashii Haru-jo

After the surprising success of Lady Norie at pacifying the lands around Haru-jo, the Shogun felt threatened of her quick progress and raising influence at the court. He decided to intervene before she could finish fortifying her castle. He ordered the leader of the Hidea Clan to move to another territory farther away from the capital and gave the control of Haru-jo to Noriehime’s rival clan, Saigen.

Lady Norie and her clan abided to the Shogun’s orders and sad, but determined, moved to their new home, a small shukuba, or trading station, located next to a crossroads in a land claimed by goblins and wolves and shrouded by ancient legends. Upon placing her banner, Noriehime of the Hidea clan swore to herself and her clansmen that no longer would they be forced to leave their home.

They started by exploring the surroundings for food and wood and then focused on restoring the old shukuba and roads. The goblins raiders started to close on the fledging settlement but the warriors of the clan defeated their advances and followed their tracks back to their camps attacking them. A strategy that also had proved of great value in their former home.

Inmigrants and merchants heard news of the clan victories and began to gather around the haven of safety they promised. With the increase in population Lady Norie had to expand the shukuba and a village formed around the crossroads. Houses, workshops and shops were built and to protect them a wall was raised around them.

The growing wealth also attracted the attention of more dangerous enemies. A horde of wolf mounted goblins moved against them. But fortune was on the side of the Hidea Clan. Following a weird dream, a villager entered the woods East of the wall. There he found a place of spiritual power where an unknown spirit warned him of the impending threat.
Lady Norie decided to act quickly and sent hunters to locate the wolves’ camps. Then launched an attack on their pens scattering the animals before the goblins could prepare them for combat. Next they proceeded against the goblins finding the Horde Chieftain and killing him. The goblins fled the land in fear never to return.

To celebrate this victory Lady Norie built Shrines in the holy place. The peace that followed allowed an unprecedented growth of the town, now known as Harutoshi. A permanent monument was raised over the old banner at the crossroads. Hidea meant to stay this time.

One day, monks from the West arrived to the town and asked Lady Norie to be allowed to establish themselves in it. She agreed and built a temple for the monks that turned the city into a beacon of culture and of their faith.

The town was thus divided in four quarters.

The Merchant Quarter:
Centered around the central plaza, the shukuba and the East road. Here can be found all the shops and workshops of Harutoshi:

The Shukuba (Trading station):


Central Plaza and Crossroads Banner

Central Plaza, another view

East street

Drum Tower
Built to warn the villagers of attacks it is found at the end of the East street.

The Drum

The Farmer’s Quarter
It is located to the North west of the town. Includes the houses of the farmers, shepherd, farms and pastures.

General view:

The Samurai Quarter:
To the South west of the town. It is where the Bushi (warrior) class lives. They are very nice houses. Lady Norie lived here until he moved to her permanent state in the castle.

General view:

Interior of a samurai house:

Temple Quarter:
Buitl for the monks it hold the Butshuden or Great Hall, a five-storied Pagoda, Reading Hall, garden and monks’ dormitories

General view

First Torii, Temple entrance
Behind it are the monks’ dormitories

Butshuden and central plaza

It is a reliquary where sacred items are kept.

Town Walls:

The South Gate
One of the four gates that grant access to the town:

Archer Platforms
Allow the defenders of the town to keep a close watch of the walls and nearby lands.

The lake house:
When the land became safe the people of Harutoshi could at last spend their leasure time outside the walls. The lake house was built to hold private ceremonies in a beautiful, quite enviroment. It also became a focal point for the fishing community…

. . . Dedicated to @Pattinger whose scaffolding house inspired it.


The Shrines of the Traditional Faiths:
After the defeat of the goblin horde Noriehime ordered the construction of this Shrines. Here the spirits and the ancient ones are worshiped and gifts of gratitude are presented to the unknown protector of the town.

The path to the Shrines:

The Shrines:

General view of Harutoshi:

Southwest view:

Southeast view:

The road West was a difficult one. A big mountain range blocked any travel in that direction. But the monks knew a path across those mountains that led to their monastery and offered to guide and protect merchants and travellers in that long journey.

Again, the great success of Lady Hidea Norie attracted the suspicions of the Shogun, This time, though, Lady Norie had used the wealth from the Western trade to send exotic gifts to the Emperor who disapproved any action agaist the Hidea clan. The Shogun, hands tied, had no other option but to turn to the Saigen. Hidea’s rival was envious of The Lady’s wealth and willingly accepted the Shogun’s proposal.

It was time for the Hidea to use all their resources and prepare for the arrival of the Saigen. Time to Fortify.

Ps: I finished it at last @DontCallMeSurly, @Beatrice I hope you like it.


Atarashii Haru-jo, Seat of Clan Hidea:

Building a castle

First we started clearing the mountain over Harutoshi. All that wood would prove precious for the coming project.

Next, the mountain itself was prepared:
We dug a trench to isolate it from the rest of the mountain range.

And polished the mountain slopes.

It was then when the proper building started:
Reinforcing the slopes

Raising the walls

And the defenses

Weak spots were further strengthened, like the Lower Gate:

But we finally completed the project and Atarashii Haru-jo, the New Spring Castle. We are now ready for the coming of the Saigen. Clan Hidea will win!!!

Atarashii Haru-jo:

General view:
Southwest (town view):



Lower Gate:

Upper Gate:


Yaguras (towers):

Upper yaguras are bigger than the lower ones, although the enemy will find it difficult to spot*.*

Castle Buildings:

Samurai Barracks:

Court house/Night guard:

Dojo and Training grounds:

Daimyo State, Lady Norie’s House:

Tenshu and Sotenshu (Castle keep):

General view of the Town and the Castle:

Southeast view (my favourite):

Southwest view (also a very good one):

I hope that you have enjoyed this little trip to Harutoshi.


Technical details:
Last save: 26, Azuremun, 1000.
The kingdom still works but you have to be very carefull with what you order.
The town was mostly Hearthling built, only a couple of details were Ib’d. The castle, on the oposite side, was mostly Ib’d. Distance and complexity of paths put the game at risk. Most of the things that are more that 30-40 blocks away from the town’s walls had to be Ib’d. The parts of the castle close to the town were hearthling built.
Anything that was Ib’d was first tested on a different fresh kingdom for viability. Everything can be built by hearthlings :smiley:
Population 18.



Incredible :slight_smile: (plus additional characters for comment length limitations)

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OH MY GOSH…dude…that…is…SO…epic! You outdid yourself once again. I love how you wrote all that back story also :smiley: The build is stunning! the detail is outstanding! the feel is so Japanese. @Avairian you’ll love this.


absolutely, in every conceivable way, gorgeous!

its been a while since these have been handed out, but you sir have certainly earned your fair share…

here, have 20 internet points… :smile: :+1:


THAT is crazy! :open_mouth:

I love that kind of work, a solid background to build upon and great details everywhere. Really well done… :clap:

I cannot imagine the number of hours you have spent to do this, ib or not. And the challenge to my eyes is to do that on an unstable version, knowing you won’t be able to integrate some new cool stuff. I tested in a much simple way with the lakeside city but definitely I will not develop something really huge until the full featured game. So really for this aspect, bravo!

Now, despite your work is to my eyes the best over the place, I have one, no, two issues with it. Suggestions at best:

  • On the technical side, this need better HD screenshots!

  • On the conceptual aspect, the beauty of the work deserve more space here and there to let breath the city a bit more. Note that the dense aspect is important too, but some construction could have a few more blocks of space around to increase their exceptional aspect. Pagoda perhaps, Drum tower…

So really again, exceptional work here… Cannot wait to see what is coming!


Wow that’s really impressive, amazing job @Kythandra!


You just blew my mind… That’s amazing.

Keep it up :+1:

This… is amazing! Arguably the best build in all of existence! It looks like a late-game city, not an mid-alpha one! What day are you on? And how the HECK have you not crashed yet? One of my favorite details is how you filled the farmer fields with water, since to grow rice you need the fields to be like that.

and then he got an idea…

What if… we combine @Avairian’s models from his japanese stuff mod, your build, and @Pandemic’s render abilities… TO MAKE AN AWESOME HARU-JO / HARUTOSHI RENDER!?


This is genuinely impressive. I selfishly hope you release your templates!

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@Kythandra @Avairian Wink Wink Nudge Nudge :stuck_out_tongue:


I hope to build great things like this, very inspiring.

Why am I not part of the nudge group? :cry:


I just edited the post.


That is insanely impressive! Well done!

How is your computer holding up at this point? How many hearthlings do you have?

Again, brilliant job.



WOW! I’m particularly impressed by the massive castle walls/castle you have.

Well congratulations @Kythandra, it looks amazing! I’m not sure how to do it, or if it’s even possible, but I’d vote this here baby for the Community Spotlight section on the Stonehearth website!

Again, congrats!


I’m sorry to announce that there is going to be a delay with the release of the second part of Harutoshi, Atarashî Haru-jo. My wife has just gone into labor and we are going to be off for several days. Wish us luck!!!

Have fun, Kyth :wink:


Congratulations and good luck to you and your wife! Hope all goes well and look forward to your return :smiley:


Incredible! and congrats!

Oh my god. It’s so good. SOOOOO GOOOOOOD. It’s so beautiful! It brings tears to my eyes :cry:

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