Lords of the Earth

Campaign Nineteen

Turn 66

Anno Domini 1226 - 1230

Turn 67 Orders Due By: Friday, March 17th.  Orders will not be accepted after Midnight MST on Saturday, March 18th.        



Price Increase:

Due to increasing workload, the sign-up/per turn cost is now $7.00.  I apologize for any inconvenience this decision may cause. 


From this point, any player who sends missionaries to an uncontrolled area that is of a hostile organized religion will get no conversion result and a bunch of dead missionaries.

Leaders & Espionage Actions (Battle Assistance):  In order for a leader to perform this action he must remain with the army he is aiding.  APs spent in moving around with the army do not count towards the action itself.  The maximum bonus a leader may make using this action is +1.  So make sure you’ve got leaders with high CHA scores on this.

More on Leaders & Espionage Actions: I am beginning to get the feeling that this rule is being abused and I may excise it entirely in the near future.

The Cause Mutiny Operation (CM): players attempting this operation must produce a valid reason as to why the mutiny would occur or it will automatically fail.  And no, “Because I think it should succeed.” is not a valid reason.

The HC Operation:  from this point forward, all HC operations must be done in the Capital (if the nation has one) or the Homeland region.   If the monarch is female and the HC die roll is successful, she may do nothing but HC for a full year (measured in AP) and undergoes a leader mortality check at the conclusion of that period.  If the HC check is unsuccessful, she may do any other activity that you’ve put in her orders.

Interactions between the Hemispheres: at this point only the Seafaring cultures may sail between the Hemispheres.  Once people hit Renaissance, then they may attempt to do so as well.  So the New World players should stop trying to get to Europe and Non Seafaring Old World players should do likewise.

Building units:  The vast majority of units must be built in a city within your HBZ.  The exceptions are as follows:

1)       Ships may be built in a port outside the HBZ if it is the only one available.

2)       Field forts may be built in any region at NT status or higher.

3)       Inexperienced infantry may be built in a F region within your HBZ.

4)       Nomad/Barbarian cultures may build units at a Trade Center within their HBZ.

In all these instances please be aware of the yard capacity for all ships and all heavy class units.

Some advice that will (hopefully) speed up processing time):

1)       When players are increasing a city, please indicate what the new size will be.

2)       For ships to be built for conversion to MSP, you can also put what route they’re going into in the Builds section.   Projects may also be put in the Builds section.

3)       When building a road link, indicate which region it starts in and which region it’s going to.  Don’t give me city names.

4)       For players who are not using a standard WORD or XTEL format, please put the information in the following order:  Revenue; Maintenance, Investments, Builds, Transfers, Projects, Trade Routes, Intel Ops, Religious Ops, Leader Actions.  When indicating an expense, please list gps first then nfp.


Contacting & Paying the Referee

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Rule Changes and Clarifications

        The complete list of rules changes (including the happy stuff on Smallpox) can be found on the Lords 19 page on the Throneworld website.  If you haven’t read them, please do so.  Reading them will save you (and me) a lot of grief.

Japan & the Pacific Rim

The Taira Bakufu

Taira Haro, Daimyo of Kwanto, Shogun of Japan.

Diplomacy     Tottori, in Shimane (+7 to YfC)

        Haro was very busy.  First there were the usual city expansions:

City (Region)

New Size

Noshiro (Akita)


Sakurajima (Kagoshima)


Nagaoka (Nigata)


Takamatsu (Shikoku)


Tottori (Shimane)


Takoka (Toyama)


Kyoto (Aichi)


Kumamoto (Saga)


Hagi (Yamaguchi)


Heian (Yamato)


        The Japanese also landed on the mainland in force, dispatching some 5,000 troops to extort tribute from the Sikhote and Suifenhe tribes.  

The Moluccas Seahold

Rokaku V, Lord of the Spice Islands

Diplomacy     None     

        No orders.

The Kingdom of Java

Mingfa II, Beloved of Ganesha

Diplomacy     Sumba (nt)

        Flores was colonized to a (1/3).  Java now merged to Champa.              

The Maree Kingdom of Australia

Jarrah Taree, Prince of Maree

Diplomacy None         

        Colonization of the northwest continued with Oanx settled to a (1/8) and Irith to a (2/2).  A new port, Biruu, was built in the former region.


The Kingdom of Shan’si

Feng Xoing, King of Shan’si, Watcher of the Northern Marches

Diplomacy     No effect

        Well a royal road link was built between Laio-tung and Parhae and a fortress was raised in Yun.  Wuhu grew from size 7 to 8; Tai’Yuan from size 8 to 9; and Iron Mountain from size 6 to 7.  A new city, Kirin was built in Parhae.  Although Shan’si diplomacy in the north was ineffective, Buddhist missionaries continue to make inriads among the pagans if Kin, Wudan, Langshan and Hsuing-nu (the latter becoming completely Buddhist).

The Kingdom of Hupei

Cao Ai Tiao, King of Hupei

Diplomacy     Suzhou (nt)

         Work began upon a road link between Yanzhi and Lob Nor.  Work on the Great Eastern Sea Wall continued construction getting as far south as Taiping and as far north as Fujian.  Work also began on a great observatory in Om’chu to observe celestial objects (as well as keep an eye out for the Venusian invasion fleet with their patented High ISI Empire Destroying Ray).

The Kingdom of Kwangsi

Wu Juan II, Prince of Kwangsi

Diplomacy None

        A road link was completed between Lingtung and Lingsi and another was started between Ganzhou and Kiangsi.

Southeast Asia & India

The Kingdom of Champa

Khavirhan II, King of Champa, Lord of Vijaya

Diplomacy None

        No orders.


The Kingdom of Maghada

Pramsu, Raja of Bengal

Diplomacy             Sikkim (nt), Ranong, in Thaton (+7YfC)

        Hiten died at the beginning of 1227 and was succeeded by his son Pramsu.  Money and agro were sent to the Moluccas.  Aside from shifting troops around, there were the usual city expansion.

City (Region)

New Size

Chittagong (Samatata)


Sittwe (Arakan)


Yangon (Pegu)


Tezu (G’tsang)


Naupada (Kalinga)


Parganas (Nadavaria)


Patna (Chandela)


Aisha (Gaur)


Karimgani (Assam)


Taralipti (Palas)


The Kingdom of Chola

Devaj, King of Chola, Lord of Tanjore

Diplomacy     None

        A not inconsiderable amount of city expansions took place in the Deccan.

City (Region)

New Size

Tanjore (Chola)


Kakinda (Madurai)


Kollam (Pandya)


Kalyani (Nasik)


Kayal (Anhivarta)


        In addition, Hindic missionary work continued in Sri Lanka.

The Pratihara Empire of Kaunaj              

This position has been dissolved.  All the regions have reverted to their 1000AD values (as best as those could be determined).

Central Asia

The Kingdom of Jungaria

Tab-Tangri, Lord of Karakocho.

Diplomacy     None

        Work began on putting Dzungaria under cultivation.

The Emirate of Samarkhand

Al Abdi ibn Selim, Emir of Samarkhnad

Diplomacy   Kophat Dagh (a), Merv, in Kophat Dagh (fa)

        Aside from trying to settle colonists into areas that couldn’t be further settled, Abdi focused on city builds.  Samarkhand itself grew to size 7; Kar Kalanis to size 4; Shustar to size 2 and Khiva to size 5.

The Khazar Khanate

Atakhazar, Kagan of Khazar and Saksiny

Diplomacy None

        Basil decided to involve himself in events to the south once again.  The generous Byzantine donatives certainly disposed him to look favorably upon such activities.  Attempts to upgrade some troops and spread the faith among the Torki and Bolgar failed.

The Near East

The Hamadid Sultanate

Jutamat Halal, Regent for...

Abdul al-Motresh, Sultan of Damascus and Protector of the Holy Places

Diplomacy None

        After catching a filthy Greekling snooping where he shouldn’t last turn, Motresh raised additional troops and braced himself for trouble.  The Empress must be getting bored...he thought grimly.  More agro was shipped to the Egyptians, missionary work among the Armenians continued and the Sultan managed to sire a son before everything went to heck in 1229.  See below for all the fun.

The Buwayid Emirates

Hassim ibn Masoud, Emir of Emirs, Protector of the Caliph.

Diplomacy None

        More city expansions were the order of the day, with Bagdhad growing to size 8; Basra and Farselos to size 6; Carhaer and Mandulis to size 5; Tabara to size 4; and Shirvala to size 3.  Friendly colonists were settled in Abadan creating a friendly upper class lording it over a resentful local population.

The Emirate of Aden

Mansoor al-Sheikh, Emir of Aden and S’ana.

Diplomacy Beylul, in Zeila (+6 to YfC)

        Work began on a road from Jiddah to Holy Mecca and an Observatory was built in the highlands of Yemen.

Eastern Europe

The Eastern Roman Empire

Parados Tzimices, Empror of the Eastern Roman Empire.

Diplomacy     No effect.

        Zoe, determined to consolidate her rule did two things.  First she married General Tzimices, commander of the Eastern Themes.  Sadly, this union failed to produce the offspring she sought.  Second, she ordered additional troops to be raised and sent lots of money to her co-religionists up north.  It was time to try to pound the Infidels again!  See below for all that nonsense.

        In other events, missionary work among the Galich, Vasi and other pagans continued.

The Principality of Muscovy

Ivan, Boyar of Muscovy

Diplomacy     Pinsk (nt)              

        Ivan also decided to assist the Greeks in pounding the Muslims; dispatching a substantial cavalry force under generals Kovaleva and Roberto (don’t ask) to the south.

The Kingdom of Poland

Borisov, King of Poland

Diplomacy     None

        Jarulzelski died in early 1227 and was succeeded without incident.  The new King, Borisov, oversaw the construction of a new city, Gora, in Meissen, the construction of a road link between Kauyavia and Lausatia and the upgrading of the Bochnia/Slovakia postal road to royal road status.  Budapest, Kielce and L’vov all increased in size, to 2, 2, and 3 respectively.

The Duchy of Estonia

Konstantine Viikberg, Duke of Estonia

Diplomacy None

        All in all, things were pretty quiet in Konstantine’s neck of the woods.  Saint Petersburg grew to size 7 and a road link was built between Kalinin and Kostroma.

Western Europe


The Duchy of Bohemia

Gert Govner, Duke of Bohemia

Diplomacy     None

        Two new citadels were raised, next to Lubeck and Sarrbrucken respectively.  The cities of Brno, Trier, Dresden, Amsterdam and Saarbrucken expanded a level (to sizes 6, 6, 5, 9, and 5 respectively).  A royal road segment was built between Swabia and Bavaria and a great wall section arose on the border of Thuringia and Meissen.  Missionary work among the pagans of Transylvania proceeded apace.  Finally, Gert dispatched 30,000 troops under general Dirken to aid in the Byzantine war against Syria.

The Roman Catholic Church

Innocent III, Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Christ

Diplomacy     See below...           

        More new churches (plus the occasional Monastery or Cathedral) continue to pop up, especially in Western France and now England as well.  Tithes were also extracted from the French and the Bohemians (amid some grumbling).  NOTE: I don’t think a secular power can stop the Pope from tithing, however, if they indicate in their orders that they aren’t happy with the arrangement, a negative DRM will occur when the Papal emissaries show up for their cut.  Also, if the Pope tithes at 4% or less, there is no loss of income to you.




Nevers (ch)

Verona (mn)


Savoy (ca)


Champagne (ch)


Lothian (ch)

Edinburgh (ch)


York (ch)


Port de Saxon (ch)


Cair Mor (ch)

Gascony (ch)

Bordeaux (ch)

Poitou (ch)

Nantes (ch)

Anjou (ch)


Maine (ch)

Le Mans (ch)

Brittany (ch)


Normandy (ch)

Avrranches (ch)


Massalia (ch)


Dijon (ch)


Limoges (ch)

The Vernonian Empire

Valdemar III Germanicus, Emperor of Italy

Diplomacy     None

        Caludius died in 1129 and was succeeded with little fanfare.  Venice grew to size 6 and Rome to size 8.  The postal road between Spoleto and Campania was upgraded to a royal road.  An attempt to plunder the Egyptians got bitch-slapped.

Le Royaume de France

Phillipe, King of the Franks

Diplomacy     None     

        Money was sent to both Navarre and Verona and Phillipe’s long quest to sire an heir were successful.  In addition, Admirals Luke and Anthony were dispatched to the West African coast.  Luke died before reaching African waters and Anthony blundered about ineffectively, losing quite a few ships before managing to map the Gambian Sea.

        Quite a bit of city expansion was undertaken as well.


New Size

Flushing (Brabant)


Caen (Brittany)


Bruges (Flanders)


Bordeaux (Gascony)


Massalia (Languedoc)


Avranches (Normandy)


Nantes (Poitou)


Rennes (Ponthieu)


        Finally, 50,000 troops were sent east under Generals Eric, Wyat and Prince Dareau to assist the Byzantines.

The El Reino De Navarre

Miguel Aroca V, King of Navarre

Diplomacy     None

        Fortresses where built in Murcia, New Castille, Old Castille and Portugal and a new road link was built between Talevera and Estremadura.  Ithixa grew to size 8 and Zaragoza to size 4.  Miguel had a great idea to take the war to the infidels, sadly the idea turned out to be not so great.

The Syrian War

Byzantium, Muscovy, and Khazaria with Assistance from Bohemia and France versus Syria.

Initial Intel Work: various attempted terrorist attacks and disinformation attempts carried out by the French, to no avail.

AD 1226: in the west, 30,000 Bohemian and 50,000 French cavalry are raised and set out for the parts east.  After linking up in Swabia they reach Austria by years end.  In Muscovy, the Rus mass some 12,000 cavalry and begin marching south.  Although general Kovaleva dies fairly early in the adventure, the Muscovite forces arrive in Abasigia by November (all that light cav and Roberto’s a good general).  The Khazar contingent, some 50,000 in number are slower to start but manage to start crossing into Lazica (where Byzantine diplomacy has failed to gain anything) in September.  Joining them is the Byzantine army, under the Empress herself, over 117,000 strong who also got a late start due to the Empress’ unsuccessful attempts to sire children.  Help is also unforthcoming from the sea, where, after Admiral Markos dies early in the year.  The Dromons stay in port.

AD 1227: the western hosts continue to march east, ending the year en route to Wallachia.  In the Caucasus, the Muscovite force begins entering Lazica.  After several months traversing the mountains they enter the region and link up with the Byzantine/Khazar host.  Together they begin marching into Armenia.

AD1228: the Catholics continue their eastward trek, arriving in Moldavia by years end.  To the east, the Orthodox army enters Armenia and, leaving the Muscovite contingent there, begin crossing over the mountains into Carhae.

AD 1229: the Catholic army skirts the Black Sea, ending the campaigning season in Levidia.  Throughout their march in Orthodox lands, the German and Frankish knights are regarded with ill-disguised contempt by their Greek counterparts.  Some guides are corrupt and either demand payment for their services or deliberately lead the army on a longer way then needed.  Religious differences, though small to our modern, Western sensibilities, are profound and lead to an extremely high amount of friction.  The Greeks view the westerners as barbarians and the Catholics view the Greeks as venal and effete.

        In place of this tension, there is out and out warfare in Carhae, where the Byzantine/Khazar host (now under command of its new Emperor Parados (Zoe having died at the start of the year) clash with over 70,000 Syrian troops.  Despite the wounding of the Sultan himself and having an over 2-1 advantage in numbers (168,000 vs 70,000), the Byzantines and Khazars are whomped and set to rout.  (Attacking out of uncontrolled areas, across a mountain range and far from a friendly city is a very BAD idea).  The year ends with the Orthodox armies regrouping in Armenia.

AD 1230: the Catholic host (now a teeming cauldron of ill-humor) completes its circumference of the Black Sea, crosses into Abasigia and begins moving through northern Anatolia.  In Galatia, things explode.  An altercation over a pair of shoes becomes violent and the Frankish general Wyat is stabbed to death.  The Catholic army explodes.  The Franks and Germans kill their guides, and begin plundering the region.  By this time, Parado’s forces have completed their retreat into Pontus and react quickly to the threat, storming into Galatia and attacking the Catholics.  After a brief battle pitting 91,000 tired Byzantines, Khazars and Rus against 80,000 rampaging Germans and Franks, the Catholic host is crushed and its survivors put in chains.  And on that depressing note...

Northern Europe

The Kingdom of Wessex

Cearl, Aldwulfson, King of the Angles and Saxons

Diplomacy:    Man (f)

        With most of the Saxon leadership busy wooing the Manx (and no not the cats) and Prince Ehtelred subjugating the last of the independent Irish clans, Caerl suddenly found himself very busy.  Embarking large amounts of people and money onto the royal fleet; he sailed over to Leinster and founded the port of Cobh.  He then sailed over to Connaught and dropped of the manpower and material to begin the cultivation of that place.  Finally he sailed to Munster and dropped off the colonists destined to supplant the Celtic, Culdic population there.  The latter revolted, they were crushed.  Cearl then sailed back to London and hung up his bus driver’s hat.

The Kingdom of the Svear

Erik Erikson, King of the Swedes

Diplomacy     None

        Pleased with his new colonies, Erik then expended great amounts of manpower and money putting them all under cultivation.  And so it was as Jamtland, Vasterbotten, Norbotten, Lohrar Javi and Livo-Joki all went under the plow.

The Norse Kingdom of Iceland

Ottar Gregorson, King of the Norse, Dragon King of the Isles

Diplomacy     None

        Like his Saxon counterpart, Ottar found himself playing bus driver, shipping people and material to increase the cities of Stonehaven and Rackwick to size 4 each.  Haraldswick grew to size 9.   Magnus Redbeard sailed all the way to Rome to seek an audience with the Pope and died shortly after arriving in Italy.

Finally, the Isle of Man was completely ceded.

North Afriqa

The Maghreb Emirate

Mohammad ibn Bulent, Emir of Morroco

Diplomacy     Al’Hauts (nt)

        Bulent died in early 1226, so a lot of administrating didn’t get done.  What did get done was the shipping of people and material to the Baelerics, Canaries and Cape Verdes to raise the cities in those places to size 6 each.  Work also began on a road between Tunisia and Gefara.  A Spanish attempt to infiltrate the government was discovered and a stiff note was sent to Arles telling them to knock it off.

Al Fatamid Caliphate Al Qaira

Abdul Salam ibn Muhtadi, Fatamid Caliph of Egypt

Diplomacy     None

        Salam was minding his own affairs when several unsuccessful attempt on his life where, well, attempted.  One of the assailants confessed under torture to working for Verona.  These barbarian infidels have far too much free time on their hands...the Caliph thought.  Most of the rest of the turn was fairly quiet until mid-1227 when word came of unusual activity in the south.  Salam dispatched the mobile forces (87,000 cavalry) under General Assad to investigate.  The new road network built last turn allowed the Caliphal army to move quickly and they marched south, where they surprised and destroyed some 23,000 Spanish infantry and foot that had marched miserably over the deserts of Libya and ad’Diffah as well as the oases of Siwa and El-Wahat to attempt a raid on Faiyum.  Moving further south, the Egyptians encountered a smaller (8,000) Veronan force, attempting to do the same to Thebes.  This force too, was extirpated.

West Afriqa

The Kingdom of Ghana

Kwazi II, Lord of Kumbi-Saleh

Diplomacy     Kurfei (t)

        Kwazi reached maturity in 1227 and Kutokomla stepped down.  None of this effected the ongoing urbanization of the Kingdom as the usual cities continued to expand.

City (Region)

New Size

Goundam (Garou)


Bourem (Dogama)


Banjul (Gambia)


Conakry (Takrur)


Shenge (Susu)


Badiar (Senegal)


Ayrou (Gorouol)


Dendi (Zerma)


Niamey (Nupe)


        In addition, a road link was built between Sudan and Kurfei.


The Kingdom of Togo

Morenike, King of Togo and Akan

Diplomacy Benin (f)

         Growing tired of getting pounded, Morenike concentrated on some internal matters this turn.  A postal road was built between Niete and Bomi and Marampa was put under cultivation.

The Kingdom of Kanem-Bornu

Susiseko IV, King of Kanem and Bornu

Diplomacy Kanuri (ea)

        Susiseko wited for the next Togoan assault...and was relieved when none came.

South Afriqa

The Kingdom of Nyasa

Asserate V, Chief of the Nyasa

Diplomacy Kimbu (f)

        Zoma and Nampula were increased to size 4.

The Kingdom of Rozwi

Lungile I, King of Rozwi, Lord of Zimbabw