Kobayakawa Hideaki

Kobayakawa Hideaki
Character Type NPC
Guardian Spirit Aya-komori

Kobayakawa Hideaki is an NPC in Nioh. NPCs are characters that can be interacted with or are shown in the game. NPCs are characters that add contrast to the game's lore where they provide information, some are categorized as quest givers, while others are categorized as Merchants whom you can trade with or request for certain services.

 

Kobayakawa Hideaki Information

 

Kobayakawa Hideaki is a general under the Toyotomi clan. He is the leader of the Chugoku-based Kobayakawa clan, which, along with the Kikkawa clan, is one of the "two rivers" (kawa) supporting the Mohri clan. Hideaki was born into Hideyoshi's family, and was even considered for a role as his successor before the birth of Hideyoi made that irrelevant. Rising so high early in life made him arrogant, and the other generals consider him an inexperienced child.

Hideaki proved his valour in his first campaign after coming of age, catching the eye of veterans like Kato Kiyomasa. However, despite committing no particular wrong, he was treated poorly, including having half of his land taken away. This bred anger and resentment, and his natural fondness for drink and luxury took a turn for the worse.

Hideaki acts arrogant towards others, but the truth is that he fears that they will see through his act and look down on him. As a result, he lacks confidence in his actions. On the other hand, in his relationships with superiors he has a tendency to rely on their conscience and goodwill. Nor can he bring himself to abandon all humanity. He seeks more power, but finds acquiescence to power meaningless. He tends to view the world coldly, as something without any worth, and his desire to tear it up and oppose everything grows stronger by the day. Even the smallest event might set him off.

Although Hideaki began the Battle of Sekigahara on the Osaka side, he secretly made contact with the Tokugawa camp and switched allegiances. The size of Hideaki's forces meant that his betrayal sparked a series of similar reversals in the Osaka camp, with multiple generals that had stood firm up until then joining the Tokugawa instead. This, in turn, decided the shape of the battle as a whole. Afterwards, Hideaki was rewarded with significant increases in land holdings, but he died suddenly just two years later. Speculation was rife that he had been cursed by Otani Yoshitsugu, who resented Hideaki for his betrayal.

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