Lords of the Earth
Anno Domini 1181 - 1185
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Taira Tankokazu, Daimyo of Kwanto, Shogun of
Diplomacy Shimane (a)
The postal road between Kwanto and Nigata was completed and
Rokaku III, Lord of the
A new port,
Mingfa Tengku, Beloved of Ganesha
Did some diplomacy and that was about it.
Taree II, Prince of Maree
Taree continued to oversee the increasing urbanization of his kingdom, with Yarram, Kurrara and Nambour all increasing to size 8. In more sinister news, the royal heir, Gelar, marched into Tih-ar-dha at the head of some 9,000 troops and gushed the natives. He then slaughtered the population. Having finished this grim and brutal task, he then marched on into Eha-Rana and subjected the locals there to the same treatment.
Ghorgon, King of the
Most of Ghorgon’s activities continued to be focused on the home islands as Tatasara, Aeteora, Tiakau and Pojemi all were expanded to size 4. There was some activity on the outer islands as well, with Attara Su growing to a size 2 and two new cities,
Xoing the Merciless, King of Shan’si, Watcher of the
In an act that proves that the trend towards general nastiness is continuing, the new king, Xoing, led over 36,000 troops into Parhae and conquered the place, despite facing an alliance of the local tribes arrayed against him. The Chinese then subjected the pagan inhabitants to cruel slaughter (at least those they could catch. Most of the nomads fled north, swelling the populations of their immediate neighbors).
In contrast to this unpleasantness, Morning Calm and New Inchon increased to size 4 and
Cao Shen Han, King of
Diplomacy Hwai (f)
Various projects were initiated, continued or were completed, including:
1) Great Wall segments between
2) Great Wall segments in Chiennan and Kweichou in the west (continued).
3) Great Wall segments between Taiping and Kiang’si and between
4) In addition, Yantai grew to size 9 and Quinn to size 3.
Wu Juan, Prince of Kwangsi
Diplomacy Gouangxi (ea)
Chu Shun died in late 1181 and was succeeded without incident. The new prince continued to work on city expansion with Kwangchou growing to a size 9,
Bao Dai IV, King of Champa, Lord of Vijaya
Aside from building a new citadel (next to Yekten) and shuffling some troops, then Champans were quiet.
Anucha, Deveraja of the Kambuja
Diplomacy Kedah (a), Johor (t)
Anucha’s fortunes were mixed. While diplomacy continues to be successful among the Malay population to the south, attempts to enslave the Buddhists of Lampang and Nam Pung were repulsed. At home, Angor continued to expand, reaching size 9, while Pattaya and Panong grew to sizes 3 and 2 respectively. Finally, postal road links were built between Mon and Kedah and between Kedah and Perak.
Vikram, Raja of
Diplomacy Pundra (fa)
Aside from putting Pundra under cultivation and continuing work on the Gtsang-Tz’uk’ai road; Vikram also continued his membership in the “Ethnic Cleansing is Oh So Much Fun Club” by dispatching over 22,000 troops into Tz’uk’ai and smashing the local Prince’s army into a jellied pulp. The victorious armies of Prince Tarun then had a fine ole time slaughtering the inhabitants. Further to the north, missionaries continued to make glacial headway among the Buddhists of Bhutan.
Varun, King of Chola, Lord of Tanjore
Diplomacy Satava (ea)
Varun continued to concentrate on road building, completing a link between Chola and
Mogli II, Emperor of
Alp Arslen, Lord of Karakocho.
Diplomacy Altai (nt)
The cultivation of Beshbalik was completed (last turn, which shows you how much I’m paying attention…).
Al-Haji, Emir of Samarkhnad
Balgitzi, Kagan of Khazar and Saksiny
Diplomacy Bolgar (a)
Balgatzi ordered a great postal road built starting in Sarigh-Shin it runs westward via Khazar, Patzinak and Levidia into Polovotsy, with a side route to Tamen. The Kagan also declared his brother
Salal al-Hasan, Sultan of
Diplomacy Bostra (t)
Deciding that the Chrisitans were getting just too uppity (not to mention dangerous) Omar decided to play host to his Egyptian ally, allowing a great Fatamid army to march north and billet in
Tajir ibn Ibriham, Emir of Emirs, Protector of the Caliph.
No orders (which is just as well as a good chunk of the Buwayid leadership chose this time to die off. The road links between Neyriz and Mand and
Sulemain ibn Umar, Emir of
Sulemain ordered a new port to be built in the burning wastes of Zufar. And it was done. The pathetic little pile of mud-brick huts and lean-tos is called Raysut.
Constantine Paulos, Emperor of the
Diplomacy Pamphyla (nt)
Several cities continued to expand:
Ivan I, Boyar of
Jerzy “The Stutterer”, King of
Diplomacy No effect.
Konstantine Viikberg, Duke of
Estonian missionary activity now moved to the east, where work began on converting the Pagans of Kostroma. Closer to home, the city of
Martin Govner, Duke of
Valdemar Germanicus, Emperor of
Shipwrights throughout the ream continued to rebuild the Italian fleet. Also Massa-Carrara and
Henri II, King of the Franks
Henri, as befits a new king, was very busy, overseeing new projects for his mighty realm.
Joao I, King of
Miguel II was devastated when his son and namesake died in early 1184. The grieving king was going to appoint his grandson (and namesake) as his heir, when his second son, Joao, who had the backing of most of the army, managed to browbeat the old man into naming him instead. To smooth any ruffled feathers, Joao officially adopted Miguel IV as his son and heir. Thus things stood at the end of 1185 when Miguel II finally passed on.
On the domestic front, another road link was built, this one between
Eadric Harethson, King of the Angles and Saxons
Diplomacy: Lothain (fa)
Both Lancashire and
Erik Gregorsson, King of the Swedes
Gregor died at the beginning of 1181 and was succeeded without much fuss. All in all, things remain pretty quiet, with
Gregor Jornson, King of the Norse
A new port fortress was constructed on the Isle of Man and Vinland was settled to a (-/7), the first European settlement in the
Misr ibn Bashar, Emir of Morroco
In a truly Hupei-like orgy of city expansion, Misr ordered that all cities in the realm be increased (except for little Zuwara, in Gefara, whose locals felt somewhat slighted as a result).
In other events, a small squadron of
Muhtadi Mujahid ibn Fadi, Fatamid Caliph of Egypt
Having vanquished the Christians at sea (at least for the moment), Muhtadi decided to press his advantage, dispatching a great army under the Heir Latif and General Abdul-Hasib north into
Kutukomla, Lord of Kumbi-Saleh
Diplomacy Susu (t)
Cackling evilly, Kutukomla decided to take advantage of Chata’s pre-occupation to deliver a killing blow. Unfortunately, his coterminous attempt to emplace a colony of Ghanans in Gao led to a local revolt that had to be put down first (see below).
Chata, King of Nupe and Oyo
Diplomacy No effect.
Deciding that sitting on the defensive just would not do, Chata decided to strike back!
Akintunde, King of
Diplomacy Niete (ea)
Akroke built up more troops in order to continue the fight. He also died in 1183 and was succeeded by his second son, Akintunde, his first son, Chitambo having re-deceased him by a year.
The Nupan War – Last Act…
1181 AD: To the west, the Ghanan generals Quatay and Kwazi begin marching east, gathering up troops as they go. By the time they reach Gao, the Ghanan army numbers over 34,000 troops. They spend the rest of the campaigning season suppressing the rebels and establishing the colony. In the south, the
1182-85 A.D: Having crushed the rebels in Gao, Quatay and Kwazi now marched into Gorouol (adding yet more troops) and hence directly into Nupe. Taziyah had mustered some 8,000 inexperienced infantry (mostly unemployed merchant sailors, whose shipping has been driven from the river) to man the walls of his capital against a force four times as large. Quatay was very methodical, securing the region of Nupe before putting Jukun under siege. These actions took up the balance of 1182.
The resulting investment would last three years, and the defenders had sufficient food on hand for only a third of that time. Despite attempts to ration food, by early 1185, the defenders had been reduced to eating rats and grass in their extremity. Only when Taziyah died of starvation, did the remaining emaciated defenders open the gates and plead for mercy. It was not forthcoming. Jukun was thoroughly sacked and plundered of what wealth it had left. With that, the Nupan cause collapsed.
Susiseko II, King of Kanem and
Susiseko devoutly hoped that the conflagration to the west would not engulf his Kingdom as well. The Kingdom’s armed forces did receive a boost when 9,000 Nupan cavalry showed up, seeking shelter and swearing fealty.
Ugo Wambolea, King of Bakongo
Diplomacy Uige (a)
The southern region of Uige was put under cultivation. The cities of Bonaberi and Whydah both grew a level (to sizes 2 and 6 respectively). A squadron of ships from the Maghreb Emirate anchored in Whydah in mid-1183. The visitors were feted and made at home. Several copies of the Koran were left as well as scholars to teach various members of the Royal family to read and write in Arabic. Then the visitors departed.
Asserate IV, Chief of the Nyasa
Things remain pretty quiet down south, Zomba expanded to a size 2 city and Cultivation began in Malawai. Asserate III died in late 1182 and was succeeded by his son and namesake, Asserate IV.
Ntombhela, King of Rozwi, Lord of
Ntombhela was deeply saddened when his son and namesake died suddenly in 1182. The old king then appointed his grandson Munyika as heir. In other events, both
M’tesa III, King of
Deciding that being a nice guy was just so pass‚, M’tesa dispatched over 5,000 troops under Prince Umwesi to conquer the various tribes between Mapungubwe and Namaqua. Although the Sotho fell relatively easily, the Khosia resisted fiercely and took far longer to subjugate than Umwesi intended. Then the mountain tribes of
Ka-Seen, Chief of the Tlingit, Lord of the Far North.
Timishian was colonized to a (2/5).
Dark Coyote, Ruler of
Two new cities, Lassen and Snow Lodge were built along the
Motega, Chief of the Anasazi, Lord of the
Several cities within the Empire continue to grow:
Patamon, The Great Beaver of the Snake
A gala celebration was planned to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Queen-mother, White Birch. But then she died at age 98 and it was cancelled. In other events, Nameluni and
Dancing Wolf, Great Sun of the
Another expedition to the northern seas came back frost-bitten, half drowned and unsuccessful (and will continue to do so, much as Yurok attempts in the Northern Pacific did). Closer (much closer) to home, Caddo was colonized to a (1/7) and put under cultivation;
Eagle’s Feather, Chief of the Yamasee
A new road link was built between Yamasee and
Moya, Grand Hegemon of the Maya
Tizoc, Lord of the
Indiatlantic continued to grow, reaching level 6. To the south, Arawaki settlers colonized Akawaio to a (-/1). To the north, an Arawak squadron anchored off Xinaian and exchanged some navigational information for some moolah. Speaking of navigational information, another attempt to sound out the
Rama, King of the Chibchan
Cumangoto and Camaracoto were both colonized to (1/8) and a road link was built between Achagura and Yaruro.
Panib III, King of
Paraiban colonists continue to spread across the land, settling Chifre to a (1/9) and Sherente to a (1/2). Work on a new road link between Camacan and Arana was begun and Mixoxa was increased to a size 5 city.
Machicho, Emperor of the Incas
Culja stepped down and Machico came to the throne. A great deal of city expansion occurred, but I’ve just heard that I’m not allowed to tell you which cities because of new laws against spreading LORDS pornography. Apparently, noting long lists of growing cites has been discovered to cause un-natural curving of the spine, hair on the palms and insanity. So you’ll just have to guess. In other events, Inca merchants operating in the waters of the Bahia Bandera have come under attack by pirates, losing several ships in the process.
Amaru III, Lord of the South
Quillaca was colonized to a (-/7).
Ake, King of Shokleng
Colonization in the southwest continued, with Quaroi and Guarnai being settled to a (1/2) and (1/1) respectively and Omaguaca being settled to a (-/3). Quaroi and Guarnai were also put under cultivation. Colonization of Omaguaca broght the Shokleng in contact with the Carangans settling Quillaca and trade resulted. To the north, things were less sanguine. Ake ceded control of Arana to the Paraibans in exchange for some weighty gold. The locals didn’t take to kindly to this (as well as the fact that Panib didn’t move in with troops) and the region went independent as a result. See the rules, Friendly regions transferred to another power become pacified vis a vis the recipient.
Bakari, Emperor of the Mapuche
Bakari came of age and the regent stepped down. Elsewhere, a road link connecting Errandi with the Shokleng road net in Minuane was built and Cuqumbo was colonized to a (1/1). Work also began on a new religious monument in the wastes of Pehuenche as well as a postal road between it and Oic.
 Maranga, Arequipa and Ica to size 9; Cuzco and Chanchan to size 8; Pusharo to size 6; Huexotla and Cuatico to size 5 and Paykikin and Alta to size 4. Now don’t tell anyone where you got this!