Lords of the Earth
Anno Domini 1171 - 1175
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Taira Tanko Mitsuoke, Daimyo of Kwanto, Shogun of
Tanko continued to try to mend fences with the hostile daimyos of
Rokaku III, Lord of the
Diplomacy No effect.
Rokaku pretty much minded his own affairs although some ineffectual diplomacy was done in
Nang Ha, Beloved of Ganesha
Apparently, Hang Nah made some kind of arrangement with Rokaku in which Javan Sabah would be exchanged for Moluccan Palembang.
Taree II, Prince of Maree
Diplomacy Eha-Rana (ea)
Diplomatic work among the Polynesian communities in the northeast continued to bear some fruit. Closer to home, Yarram, Kurrara and Nambour all grew to size 6.
Ghorgon, King of the
Ghorgon decided to complete the colonization of the
Were colonized to (2/10) and Otago and Te Wai Ponamu to (2/8). In the
Chao the Grim, King of Shan’si, Watcher of the
Golden Moon, New Inchon and Morning Calm all continued to grow (to sizes 7, 2, and 2, respectively). A fortress was raised in Silla and road links were started between Bao’Ding and
Cao Shen Han, King of
Diplomacy Changde, in Ghang’de (f),
Not content to rest until he had fortresses in every region of his realm, Cao Shen Han ordered new defensive structures and landing places in Tsainan, Fujian, Cheinnan, Shangtung, Kiangsu, Taiping, Chekiang, Fukien, Jiangxi and Ghang’de. Great Wall segments were also begun in the southeast, along the border with Kwangsi. In urbanization, a new port city, Quinn, was raised in
Diplomacy Kiang’si (a), Ganzhou (ea)
A new port, Kian, was built in Kiang’si on the
Bao Dai IV, King of Champa, Lord of Vijaya
Activity was quite apparent in the temple precinct in Vijaya as work on the Great Temple of Brahma was completed and work on the Great temple of Vishnu was begun. Vijaya itself also grew a level (to size 9), while a
Anucha, Deveraja of the Kambuja
Diplomacy Panat, in Kedah (a)
Yet another new port, Ranong, was built in Thaton. A royal road link was built between Mon and Thaton as well. Finally, work began in putting Kedah under cultivation.
Vikram, Raja of
A quiet turn of PWB investments.
Kamadev, King of Chola, Lord of Tanjore
Diplomacy Gangas (a)
Gagan died in late 1174, but not before overseeing the construction of a new royal road system, stretching from Chola, south into Pandya and north again into Chera. In addition, Satava was put under cultivation.
Mogli II, Emperor of
Alp Arslen, Lord of Karakocho.
Diplomacy Beshbalik (a)
The cultivation of Beshbalik continued apace.
Al-Haji, Emir of Samarkhnad
Diplomacy Firoz Kohi (f), Carmania (t), Baluchistan (a), Bandar (f)
Work on the Southern Highway continued, with links between Gurgan and Firoz Kohi via Khurasan being completed. A new port, Tamaresh, was raised in Bandar and both that place and
Bashtu, Kagan of Khazar and Saksiny
Diplomacy Bolgar (fa)
Determined not to take no for an answer, Bashtu ordered his son, Balgitzi to bring the Urkel
to heel. This he did, leading over 17,000 heavy cavalry into the
region and grinding the natives into pulp. The heir then
converted them to the orthodox faith at sword-point. This done, he than marched south to join the Byzantine armies in
Omar ibn Hasan, Sultan of
Diplomacy Circis (ea)
Hasan died in late 1172, but not before announcing that the Holy Places in
Tajir ibn Ibriham, Emir of Emirs, Protector of the Caliph.
Diplomacy Arbiliq (c)
Buwayid urbanization continued apace, with
Sulemain ibn Umar, Emir of
Diplomacy Zufar (fa)
Sulemain continued to beautify the many mosques in the vicinity of
Constantine Paulos, Emperor of the
The Cold War against the Egyptians continued, with the Emperor
shuffling troops hither and yon as well as playing host to Khazar and Muscovite armies as well. Subsidies and grain payments continue to pour out of the Imperial coffers to
Aleksandr I, Boyar of
Diplomacy Turov (fa)
Work on the royal road between
Jerzy “The Stutterer”, King of
Well this was a fine how do you do. First off, Stanislaw died in
late 1171, just after dispatching his son and heir,
In other events, a postal road link was built between Little Poland and Bochnia.
Ahti Viikberg, Duke of
Things were fairly quiet here. The royal road between Rzhev and Kalinin was completed.
Ewald Govner, Duke of
Diplomacy No effect.
A diplomatic embassy to Bakony
was disrupted by the Polish Invasion and by the fact that the Ref
forgot to notice that nations with really high religious Strengths
can’t go around doing diplomacy against regions with a hostile
religion. In other news, a new port, Retion, was built in Pomern and Freiburg,
Valdemar Germanicus, Emperor of
Some urbanization went on with Massa-Carrara expanding to level 6 and Milano to level 9. But the really interesting stuff occurred in Rhodes at the end of 1171 where the entire Veronan navy (nearly 800 ships and 47,000 troops) was sent to support the Byzantine naval interdiction of the
And that’s when the trouble started, for Riccardo was a viper just waiting for an opportunity to spread mischief. (he had a big fat loyalty of zero, folks) The renegade spent a good chunk of the winter secretly trying to build up support among the bored troops and sailors for a bid for the throne.
Consequently, when spring came and the fleet prepared to resume
interdiction operations, Riccardo made his move, in a stirring oration to the troops, he beseeched them to back his attempt to oust that “effete fop” Valdemar and set him up in his stead. Unfortunately for Riccardo,
he had not been able to silence General Griffin and the latter made an
equally spirited appeal to the troops’ loyalty. (In other words, they
tied their CHA checks). So the army and fleet split down the
middle with half backing
Henri Capet, Regent for…
Some Punk Kid With No Name, King of the Franks
Yet another road link was built, this one between Vermandois and
Desiring a say in the situation in the eastern Med, Gerard dispatched
his uncle Henri to
Miguel II, King of
Overall, things were quiet in
Ehtelred Harethson, King of the Angles and Saxons
Diplomacy: Port de Saxon, in
Things here were pretty quiet as well.
Gregor, King of the Swedes
The quiet continues (not that I’m complaining). Tronheim grew to a level 3 and
Gregor Jornson, King of the Norse
The Norse finally managed to navigate the
Bashar ibn Umar, Emir of Morroco
Aside form expanding some cities (Cincart, Rusicade, Caralis and Mahidia, all to size 6.), the Tunisians were quiet as well.
Muhtadi Mujahid ibn Fadi, Fatamid Caliph of Egypt
Having felt the wrath of the Byzantines, Muhtadi hunkered down and built up his armed forces. He would not be conquered easily! The next five years saw the Caliph’s intelligence services beat off innumerable attempts to damage the inner workings of the Fatamid government. Finally, Muhtadi giggled over the discomfiture of the Italians and wished he could take credit for it.
Komla, Lord of Kumi-Saleh
The “phony war” between Komla and Ta’ziyah continued. The Ghanans did some diplomacy and began putting
Ta’ziyah Surinama, King of Nupe and Oyo
Diplomacy Gurma (f)
For his part, Ta’ziyah remained on his guard…and Wawa increased to size 2.
Akroke, King of
Diplomacy Niete (t), Bomi (c)
Akroke continued to upgrade the kingdom’s infrastructure, building a postal road link between
Susiseko II, King of Kanem and
Diplomacy Kwararafa (t)
Did some diplomacy and that was it.
Ugo Wambolea, King of Bakongo
Diplomacy Nambe (fa)
Asserate III, Chief of the Nyasa
Nampula increased to size 2. Other than that, Asserate sat on his butt.
Ntombhela, King of Rozwi, Lord of
Diplomacy Hah! For wimps…
M’tesa III, King of
Pretty quiet here. M’tesa died in late 1173 and was succeeded by his son and namesake.
Ka-Seen, Chief of the Tlingit, Lord of the Far North.
Grey Owl died in late 1173, but not before marrying off his son and heir to the Yokuts princess Ojai in a ceremony of some magnificence. The new Chief started off his reign by finishing up the census that his father had started before the latter suddenly felt THE ICY HAND OF DEATH UPON HIM!!
Dark Coyote, Ruler of
Work on the
Motega, Chief of the Anasazi, Lord of the
Eagle’s Bluff was raised to a size 6 port and Ute and Unita were colonized to (2/2) and (2/5) respectively. An attempt to learn the secrets of the
Patamon, The Great Beaver of the Snake
Michigamean westward expansion continued. Ogala was colonized to a (-/3), while
Choctaw was colonized to a (2/3), Onate to a (1/9), the latter was also put under cultivation.
Eagle’s Feather, Chief of the Yamasee
Things were fairly busy in the muggy South. The port area in Chatot was turned into a city, Okaloosa.
Moya, Grand Hegemon of the Maya
Aside from putting the jungles of Chontal back under cultivation, the Mayans were pretty quiet. Huytahata died in late 1173 and was succeeded without fuss.
Tizoc, Lord of the
Arawak ships crisscrossed the
Rama, King of the Chibchan
Panib III, King of
The Paraibans continued to build up the infrastructure in the northwest, building a royal road between Piaul and Terembembe via Potiguara. To the south, Jurucu was cultivated.
Cochari, Emperor of the Incas
Aside from a glut of city expansions (Pusharo > 4; Huexotla and Cuatico > 3; and Pisac, Llactapata, Paykikin and Alta > 2), the Incans were somnambulant.
Amaru II, Lord of the South
Work on the Caranga – Guanacane road continued.
Ake, King of Shokleng
Like his northern neighbor, Ake worked on continuing to get a trade route to the Incas. To this end, Minuane was colonized to a (2/8) and Abipon to a (1/3). A road link was built between Charrua and Minuane and Abipon was put under cultivation.
Malachite, Emperor of the Mapuche
Most activity this turn centered around the region of Errandi, which was put under cultivation and colonized to a (1/3). A road link was also built there from Chechete.