- "Yes, you have your ideals. But I will have a nation."
- ―Oda Nobunaga.[src]
When the Assassins made contact with Oda, he was sympathetic to their cause and promised an alliance once he had unified his country. However, after he came into possession of a Sword of Eden, the possibility of an alliance was compromised.
He was subsequently killed by the Assassin Yamauchi Taka on 21 June 1582, when Nobunaga was betrayed and attacked by his vassal Akechi Mitsuhide at Honnō-ji in Kyoto. Taka retrieved the Sword and brought it to Liu Yan, who transported it to China.