[Shoko Asahara] was insane but managed to convince a couple thousand people that he was enlightened.
— Brad Warner

Shoko Asahara, born Chizuo Matsumoto, was a Japanese devotee of Buddhism and Taoism, who, in 1984, started the cult of Aum Shinrikyo, whose doctrine a combination of Buddhist, Shinto, Christian, Hindu, and Taoist beliefs. Asahara claimed to be a Christ-like figure who had the power to cleanse people of their sins.

The cult gained popularity amongst university students and the societal elite. Asahara's sermons started taking a darker turn the world would be destroyed in a nuclear apocalypse in 1997, and that his followers would be the only survivors. In 1989, the cult committed the murder of a member who tried to leave and later murdered a lawyer intending to investigate the cult, as well as his family. By 1993, the cult was manufacturing sarin and VX nerve gas and smuggling in arms Russia. In 1994, the cult released sarin gas in Matsumoto, Japan, and a year later, the cult gained infamy when they released the gas in a Tokyo Subway, killing 13 and injuring 1100.

Shoko was arrested in May 1995 at Aum Shinrikyo's compound in Kamikuishiki, near Mt Fuji. He was sentenced to death in 2004 and was executed in 2018.

Battle vs. David Koresh (by SPARTAN119)Edit

Koresh: Blue Blue Blue Blue Blue

Asahara: Darkred Darkred Darkred Darkred Darkred

Koresh and five Branch Davidians walk into the Aum Shinrikyo compound at Kamikuishiki, near Mt. Fuji, in order to eliminate a "false prophet" leading the cult. Koresh and the five cultists burst into a small building, weapons at the ready. One of them trips over a wire and activates a sarin gas bomb. The small structure fills with the nerve gas, killing one of the Davidians. Blue

The other four Davidians get out of the trap in time, only for one of them to be cut down by a burst of fire from an AK-74. Blue One of the Davidians raises his AR15 and shoots the Aum Shinrikyo cultist who fired the shot. Darkred

The Branch Davidians move toward the building the remaining Aum cultists are firing from. A Davidian tosses an M26 practice grenade modified with live explosive charge into the building. The grenade explodes and kills two Aum Shinrikyo cultists. Darkred Darkred

The three Davidians enter the building, only for one of them to be cut down by an AK74 burst fired by Asahara himself. Asahara could not aim well with his one good eye, simply by spraying bullets at the door, he cut down one of Koresh's men. Blue

An Aum cultist armed with a Makarov fired his weapon, killing another of Koresh's men.Blue

Koresh returned fire with his Colt M1911 and killed the Aum Shinrikyo cultist Darkred

Asahara tries to fire at Koresh, but is out of ammunition. Asahara instead draws his Soviet machete and slashes at Koresh, but misjudges his swing because of his poor vision.

Koresh attacks with his KA-BAR and stabs Asahara repeatedly killing him. Darkred

"There can be only one true voice of God!", Koresh yells.

WINNER: David Koresh

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