Notes from a Wandering Soldier
A collection of personal essays and journal entries describing Makoto Ryu's experience as a soldier in Bucephalus the Rambunctious' mercenary army during the Kiri-Kawa-Oda War. Traveling through more than half a dozen nations and participating in several major encounters, Ryu's writing offers a firsthand account of a pivotal moment in the Northern Territories' history and the changing political dynamics of the region.
Following the end of the Kiri-Kawa-Oda War Makoto was awarded with a comfortable job as a civil servant in Oda Clan's capital of Olenjii. Bored with the role, the former soldier passed the time by adapting brief journal entries during the war into a longer record of the conflict. The book was published in the summer of 881, capitalizing on the five-year anniversary of the war's end and becoming a bestselling read across the Northern Territories.
Notes from a Wandering Soldier provided a short and entertaining account of the war to a large audience, a sharp contrast to the thick and cumbersome military records at the time. The book inspired a new generation of historians to take a more sociological approach towards history, focusing less on the broad strokes and battle tactics and more on the individuals affected by the war. Bards would adapt the format to transform their travels into anthologized tales and entertaining adventures.