The Empires of the Sun: A Fantastic Alternative History

Epilogue: The Rediscovery

An Excerpt from "The Forgotten Crossing: Tracing The Lost Japanese Refugees," by Brother Juan Diego, famous ab-dead Jesuit historian:

The Japanese settlement in the New World would be discovered by another group of foreigners. In the year 1585, Spanish explorers on the west coast of North America were seeking safe harbors for ships and setting up missionary outposts along the coast. On the 7th of May, 1585 Anno Domini, Spanish explorers first made contact with the settlement. A thriving settlement of thousands was found, and relations were quickly established. The Nisei settlers reacted with surprise to hear that their homeland still existed. The much feared Mongol invasion had never came in the first place...

...Over the next twenty years, the vast majority of settlers began to return. The returning Japanese found their country in the midst of unrest of the Sengoku period, and many daimyo tried to appeal to the returning sons of Japan, seeking whatever support they could muster...

...By the time that overseas travel by Japanese had been banned, the North American settlement had been deserted. The few remaining Nisei either assimilated into the Spanish colonies or intermarried with local tribes...

...The Nisei settlement may have remained a historical footnote, if the Jesuit missionaries had not taken time to copy many of the records of the settlement. The story of Kensuke and the expedition to find the Eternal Armsman would have been lost. (The scant details and detached narration of many chapters leads me to believe that some may already have.) The Empire of Aztlan had been reduced to a shell of its former self when the first conquistadors arrived, and Cortes was easily able to topple the Aztecs as a result. Had the conquistadors arrived to face Aztlan in its prime, the results of this may have been quite different. Should the intentions of the False Gods have been realized, Aztlan may have been invading Spain instead...

...Several other aspects of the story have been confirmed by recent explorations of the continent. The palace of the False Gods had been recorded by the conquistadors, and was occupied by the current Huey Tlatoani (First Speaker), Montezuma II...

...Several legends tell of the fall of the False Gods, and the followers of Green Lady fleeing over the waters. Aztlan-styled settlements found in the Caribbean, and as far as the Azores, are further evidence to attest to this...

...The underground realms of K'n-yan and N'kai were discovered by the ill-fated expedition led by Panfilio De Zamacona Y Nuñez, and promptly sealed behind them. (Note: Acquiring information on the Zamacona expedition from the Inquisition was a difficult exercise, and more may be disclosed at a future point.)...

...While the presence of Martian Overlords has been confirmed, the installation has, as of yet, not been rediscovered. The discovery of similar facilities in the Andes mountains, however, does seem to validate the descriptions of the insides and presumed purposes of the structures...

...As for the fates of the Water Goddess, the Eternal Armsman, Kensuke, Atlacoya, and their associates, nothing has been heard from them. However, an investigation into the Fifth Sun prophecies has been conducted by the Inquisition. The results of this investigation are still considered highly classified...

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The Nisei settlement was located in the place of modern-day Seattle, and the "New Mount Fuji" is known to us as Mount Rainier. While most of this story was fictional, the sacrifices described in the previous chapter are (mainly) real. The underground realm of N'kai, the Zamacona expedition, and the Toad God were taken from HP Lovecraft. A partial inspiration for this story was the "Time of the Sixth Sun" series by Thomas Harlan, set in an alternative history where Japanese refugees help advance the Aztec Empire technologically, and then into a galactic superpower. I wanted to take the concept into a fantasy world. While the characterization and detail was not as optimal as I hoped, I am glad to be finished. This style of writing that combines alternative history, fantasy, science fiction, and horror is one I call "bizarro history." This story takes place in the same timeline as my novel "Father of Lights" as well. Since truth is stranger than fiction, I must constantly work harder to reverse this. The Prophecy of the Fifth Sun and Sixth Sun is based on a Mayan calender that says the world will end on December 21st, 2012. This date is very significant for the entire Father of Lights timeline. Aside from that, thank you from reading.