Mori Ranmaru was a favorite page to the powerful and brutal Japanese warlord Oda Nobunaga who took the first major steps towards unifying Japan during the 16th century Sengoku period.
Born at Kayanama Castle in Mino, Ranmaru was made an attendant at an early age to Nobunaga and quickly became a favorite because of his bearing, talent and loyalty. And under the shodu tradition, which paired off adolescent boys with older samurai in a similar fashion to the ancient Greeks, Ranmaru and Nobunaga had a sexual relationship as well.
Ranmaru was rewarded for his loyalty and though a teenager, made Lord of Iwamura Castle. He died along with Nobunaga at the temple of Honnō-ji in Kyoto during an ambush, committing suicide along with his younger brothers in loyalty to the defeated Nobunaga. He wasn’t yet 18 years old. Afterwards, Ranmaru’s loyalty and the strength of his relationship with Nobunaga was widely admired and written about.