The Divine Wind
God is famous for sending storms and winds against those that anger Him. Earthquakes and terrible storms are among the forms of smiting that most people imagine when they picture a wrathful God. Sometimes, however, those storms are the answer to an entire culture’s prayers. Such was the case with 13th century Japan.
In the late 13th century, the Mongols decided that they were not content with conquering large swaths of Asia and the Middle East. They wanted Japan as well. So, the Mongols put together an invasion fleet and set out for the islands just east of their Chinese holdings. They reached Japan and conquered a few settlements on Tsushima and Iki after fierce resistance. As the Mongols pulled back to retrieve reinforcements, they were hit by a typhoon that sank most of their ships.
Seven years later, the Mongols decided to try again. This time, they brought four thousand ships bearing more than 140,000 Mongol warriors. The size of this naval invasion would not be eclipsed until D-Day in 1944. This massive invasion of horse lords, however, was unable to find a safe place to land. As the fleet sailed along the coastline, God dropped a second typhoon on their heads. The fleet was utterly destroyed, and the Mongols decided to leave those islands with such furious weather alone.