Lords of the Earth
Anno Domini 1271 - 1275
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Main Differences with the V6 Rules
§ Cities cost more to build and to expand. See Table 5-7.
§ Units have different costs and some now cost Industrial Capacity instead. Please review your new build chart carefully.
§ Projects (almost always) cost 50gp/25nfp per level – and this now covers regional settlement/colonization as well.
§ Optional Units are in play.
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
The Adepts of the Free Spirit
The Adepts of the Free Spirit, were
1) Regions/Cities experiencing Adept activity will be marked on the map with a red cross. Papal holdings in those regions and cities will garner income at one level less than their normal one. Cathedrals will generate income as if they were Monasteries; Monasteries as Abbeys; Abbeys as Churches; and Churches won’t give squat. The control web will be intact and the actual holding will not be affected (see below for an important exception to this) they will just generate income at the lower level. The Holy City of Rome will never have Adept activity and therefore, will be unaffected.
2) Papal actions (and secular actions in support of the Papacy) in areas or cities affected by heresy will have a sharply decreased chance of success. It’s hard to raise money to build that new monastery when some gits are screaming that you’re the Whore of Babylon and the new structure is just another sign of the Mark of the Beast.
3) The heresy will spread on its own accord at an irregular rate. Some turns it will spread one region/city in all directions, some turns it won’t spread at all. All-non RC regions will be unaffected by any of this.
4) Each city or region where the adepts are active will have a secret Charisma value that will be determined anew every time a leader attempts to suppress it. To attempt to suppress the Adepts in a given region or city a Papal leader must attempt an opposed CHA check (using the Preach action) against the CHA value of the Adept infested region or city. If the leader gets a higher success effect than the region/city, the heresy in that place is successfully suppressed (N.B. it can return however). If the leader gains a critical success against the Adepts, the heresy has been decisively crushed in that region or city and it will not recur there except under very rare circumstances. In the event of a tie, there is no effect. If the Adept gains a higher success effect than the leader, the heresy either spreads or gains a bonus against all subsequent attempts to suppress it, (depending on where it is). If the Adepts get a critical success, the heresy spreads two regions instead of one (and in this case a region or city that was decisively suppressed can be re-infested).
5) In most cases, secular leaders can also attempt to rid a given area of the adepts in the same way as Papal leaders. However (and read this well), if the Adepts get a critical success in the CHA check, the local heresy then explodes into a revolt against the secular and Papal authority, all church holdings in the region or city are destroyed, the ref generates a player position for the rebels and you all have a major headache on your hands as new religion is born.
Taira Fujita, Daimyo of Kwanto, Shogun of
Urbanization continued, though slowing,
with Tottori on Shikoku, Sakurajima in
Tekalameme, Lord of the
The islands remained tranquil and quiet, save in the byways of Buku Salat where the youth frequenting the loa-bars turned their discussion to the natural world and the peculiar, yet common laws which governed its nature.
Burnu, Prince of Maree
Diplomacy No effect
huge mobs of Maree ships prowled the coasts of Austral and ventured north and
east – to be seen even off the coast of Sumba and
Li Dimeng, Khan of Under-Sky
themselves from a long sleep, Khan Li dispatched his son Li Yuanhao and two of
his feudatories – Ozmish of the Uighurs and Byanchan of the Kerait – to plague
all the lands around about his domain… Beshbalik, Tanu, Oriot, Telmen, Yumen,
Xoing Feng, King of Shan’si, Watcher of the
Diplomacy Lang’shan (f)
continued to annoy the northern nomads, beseeching the khans and muliks of
Gaxun Nur, Khitan, Dzamin Uud, Karatao, Naiman and Kutai to follow the peaceful
way of the Bodaisattva. Because Xoing Feng was the king of peace! Yes, he was. Which
is why he immediately ordered his generals to invade Honan (as that nation was
distracted, or so Feng hoped, by war with the
massive Shan’si army marched south into
Cao Dao Wang, King of
The upkeep of the Great Wall was abandoned. Grass grew up, and there was no more wall. King Wang presumed (very grumpily, I might add) that everyone would attack him and that no one would like him (and he did not like very many people, to be honest), so he raised as mighty an army as he could and girded his loins for battle. He was not to be disappointed!
Shan’si troops roared into
the battle, General “Egg” accepted the parole of several thousand Shan troops,
sending them and their commanders off to the south to watch the border with
Cao Man Li, King of
Tau Saou Son led off the turn for Hupei by dying of a liver disease, which
stranded the Wei fleet in
1273, as the mothers and widows of Wei were lamenting the deaths of so many
sons and husbands in the south, the
This set 25,000 Wei troops (mostly fortress garrisons) in a desperate battle to slow down the 230,000 Wangists. They fought bravely, but “Egg” Shen and his veterans handily crushed them. Fou Kei now holed up in the fortress blocking the north road, and was immediately besieged by the Wang army (who had, it must be said, come well prepared for the southern fortresses).
Shan parolees went into the breach first, winning themselves a brave funeral
and the admiration of the Wangist knights. The fortress fell, and now “Egg” and
his army closed in on the great city of
Wu Juan III, Prince of Kwangsi
afflicted the southern Chinese, who found their armies campaigning in the north
to eat vast quantities of rice and ever demand more! The cities suffered, to
feed them, leaving everyone pinched and malnourished. It was only to be the
beginning of their troubles… General Go Jing, who was serving with the Prince
in the north and had been wounded in the massive battles last turn in
Wu Juan III, a smart but not-terribly martial lad, betook himself north with an
army of horsemen to reinforce his father’s position in Hunan and arrived just
in time (along with Lin Yao and his raiders) to join the elder Wu in another
massive, earthshaking, cloud-piercing, rain of blood and steel battle with the
armies of Wei. Second
Wei knights fouled amongst the revetments and caltrops, then were swarmed under
by endless legions of archers, halberdiers and axe-men. King Cao Man Kai and
Lord Por Mei Du were both slain in the melee, while General Dun managed to
extricate a fraction of the Royal Lancers back to
After this cataclysm Prince Wu fled south again, shaken and terrified – though he did then write a long, epic poem extolling his father’s virtues in battle. Unfortunately for the prince, he had not seen the end of strife… (see Sri Vijaya)
Old Wu returned to Kwangchou, victorious for the third time, but now the gods decreed the end of his glorious life. He died in his own bed, his generals weeping, and his kingdom secured – for now.
Khavirhan III, Maharaja of the Khemer People, Prince of Champa, Lord Protector of Java
health stalked the royal family of Khavirhan, taking two of the aunties. Lord
Jayavarman, traveling in
set the stage for eternal victory, Khaviran III and his brother the great
general Indravarman now marched north into
since the region was undefended. The city of
The two brothers, now sporting war-attire modeled on that of Saiva the Destroyer, let their troops exhaust themselves and kept none of the loot for themselves. Word of their attack, however, had fled north on crows-wings. Soon the Kwong would have to respond somehow.
the same time, the Sri Viyajan fleets scoured the
Yet no Kwong armies rushed to the succor of tomb-like Chou, so the Malay army then advanced (jingling with loot) across Kwangsi province towards Kwangchou itself.
Now old Wu revealed himself, having marched his armies down from the north in haste, and the hearts of the Kwong soldiers were aflame with a desire to revenge the innocents of Chou. The 155,000 Malays roared a great shout of challenge, striking their elephant-hide shields with their spears, their kris knives clanging harshly. The 197,000 Kwong Chinese responded with a cold, grim silence as they advanced, their banners snapping sharply in the breeze. Kvarihman and his brother had not quite expected the enemy to be so many, or so fierce, or battle-hardened… regardless, they ordered their men forward – into a vast, brutal melee.
Old Wu had one last trick … his heavy horse had lain hidden on the flank of the open fields where the two armies faced off. The Malays, unfamiliar with the terrain, had failed to note the shallow valley hiding the ranks of knights. Now they stormed up out of the defile and fell upon the right wing of the Sri Vijayan army, wreaking a great slaughter. Indravarman hurried to rally the third cohort, and was badly wounded. The Malay army staggered, Wu sent Lin Yao and his men into the thick of the main struggle, and then the southerners broke.
Kharivarman fled, carrying his brothers gore-soaked body away, and his army was laid in windrows. No mercy was shown the despoilers of Chou. None.
has brand new, shiny elephants. Everyone is jealous. And missionary work
in Panat, successful. In
Great Prince Vinay (who was off roistering in Kosala) was married off to a pretty rani from Sukkur, securing her father’s allegiance to the Rajah.
Manthan, King of Chola, Lord of Thanjavur
Diplomacy Jihjohti (f), Surashtra (f)
Ignoring the pridefulness of the northerners (“impressed by elephants, are they? Children with a shiny bracelet!” Jagrav focused his attentions on expanding cities (like Kollam) and making sure the farmers of Avanti realized the forests of that land had been cleared. The Prince of the South also kenned the unease which afflicted the Rajah of the north – so he too set his builders to fortifying everything in the sight.
The road-layers were busy too, for the clearing of Avanti now allowed the King of Builder’s men to lay a new highway east from Gujerat into Avanti, and thence to Kalanjara in Vasta and into the rural districts of Jihjohti.
all seemed well, until the summer of 1275, when King Jagrav fell prey to a
wasting disease and passed away with appalling swiftness. He had already
proclaimed Prince Jaisawal his heir, but that worthy fellow was overshadowed by
his far more appealing (and younger) brother Manthan. When the lords Gupta and
the elderly Prince-Uncle Kumbesh died within a few weeks of Jagrav’s passing,
Manthan was seized by a premonition of his own doom – at his older brother’s
hand. Determined to best dharma, he
led his army south from Vengi at great speed along the coastal road – and almost
immediately came upon Kumbesh’s retainers encamped in
Finding him preferable to the dour Jaisawal, Kumbesh’ men threw in with the rebel prince and together they marched on Tanjore. Now the putative King had heard of his brother’s rebellion by this time, and he was marching south from Anhivarta on the western coast – but he reached Tanjore a critical two months later than Manthan and his adherents.
The rebel prince had, by excellent luck, arrived at Tanjore to find his mother in residence at the palace – between them they suborned the ministers, seized Jaiswals’ three children and secured the loyalty of the Royal army by large payments direct from the treasury.
Jaisawal approached, Manthan led his forces out to meet his brother in open
battle (ignoring his mother’s pleas to hold tight in the city and let the older
prince spend his men fruitlessly on the fortifications) near the farming
Jaisawal’s forces immediately abandoned the field in disarray, scattering baggage and weapons behind them, while Manthan wound up stunned and nearly unconscious after falling from his horse. As a result, his faction did not pursue Jaisawal, who retired south to Kollam in Pandya proper.
Which set the stage for a nasty little civil war… Manthan’s Cholans wound up controlling: Avanti, Belur, Chola, Dahala, Gangas, Gujerat, Karnata, Madurai, Nasik, Satava, Sri Lanka, Vatsa and Vengi as well as the cities therein.
Jaisawal Sundara Pandya, King of the South
now commanding from Pandya, owned the alliegiance of Anhivarta, Chera, Jihjhoti,
Al Harrat, Lord of Karakocho.
growth held sway across the steppes … Karakocho expanded; while three new towns
were hewn from the grassy loam of the steppe – Yenisei in
The Xi-Xsia raided into Beshbalik, but did not sack Xinjiang.
Al Abdi ibn Abdi, Emir of Samarkhnad
Diplomacy Bandar (ea)
Emir’s roadwrights touched the blue bowl of heaven itself while hewing a trade
road between Uzbek and
Emir’s efforts were successful, regaining the allegiance of the Bandaris.
General Achmed’s campaign against Und also found success, defeating the local
levies at Manipurwand and then laying siege to
Jamal – who had taken a force of some 7,000 men into the deserts of Kul’sary to
drive out the Eastern Orthodox missionaries operating amongst the tribesmen –
did not fare so well. His expedition was attacked by the Christian tribes and
thumped soundly. He fled back into
only presaged some serious structural issues with the Golden Emirate. Despite
the massive road network, the realm was just too far-flung and stretched over
too many rugged mountain ranges, deserts and distant lands. Lord Ikram, who had
made great progress in converting the Afghanis to Sunni, now revolted outright
with his army, declaring himself Bey of Kabul. General Achmed, almost isolated
in Und, managed to stay loyal. The provinces of Shadad and
Valeria, Kaganess of Khazar and Saksiny
A great calamity was only barely avoided by the Khazars, for kagan Bulan, his uncle Issac and even the renowed Arigh Boke all fell ill and died within weeks of each other in 1274. This left only two nameless boys as possible heirs to the kingdom – and it seemed that kinstrife was only days away… when Atakhazar’s daughter Valeria (a redoubtable woman herself) claimed the kaganate by blood and cowed all in Sarigh-Shin into following her.
Alik, The Sword of the Faith (Sayf al-Din) Protector of the Caliph.
Emboldened by the
behind-kicking they’d given the Greeks last turn, the Buyids now determined to
slap around the Syrians (who were doubtless still going to be fighting the
Greeks and other Christians in the west). The Sword Alik himself attacked into
General Dhakir attacked Selucia with another infantry army, and Lod Fu’ad punched into Circis with a third force of dingham. Finally, the Azerbaijanis raided Carhae.
Faruq al-Motresh, Sultan of
Faruq – weary from decades of war – did not send forth his fleets or armies to harry the enemies of the Faithful. Instead, they all stayed home, waiting for the next round of attacks. They were not disappointed!
The first attack was the
Azerbaijani’s raid into Carhae –
that was met by Prince Abdul and his light cavalry army, which responded out of
Second was Dhakir’s incursion into Selucia with 19,000 footmen. This attack fell upon the frontier far enough away that Abdul and his riders were not able to respond in time, though they tried. By the time they had arrived in the southern deserts, the Buyid force had already withdrawn.
Third came the Sword Alik
and his main army, which probed into
The last Buyid general,
Fu’ad, now abstained from attacking into Circis. Instead he rushed his forces
While a thousand enemies assailed the Hamadid state from without, even in Damascus there was chaos and confusion, for the students at the ancient ulema of Badr became fired with a religious frenzy and rose up against their teachers and against the Sultan himself, leading to fighting in the streets… Faruq had little choice but to send General Moq and his militiamen against the students, which led to fierce fighting in the university district before the rebellion was suppressed.
At the end of 1274,
Selahadine passed away, leading to widespread mourning throughout all
Usayd ibn Ishaq, Emir of
Diplomacy Hijaz (fa), Adulis (fa),
Behind the shield of
Basil I, Proconsul of the East.
Diplomacy Pamphyla (c)
deciding to keep to home and rebuild his battered domain, Basil ordered work
begun on roads between
A secret diplomatic mission by Spiriates to Cappdocia found that region (though Orthodox) to be firmly aligned with the Hatamids, at least as far as shooting arrows at “icon-loving city-dwellers” went.
Theophanos Konstantinos, Emperor of the
disheartened by the division of the east, and continuing failures of
Christenden to drive the Moslems from
Giacomeo Igor di Pasquale, Boyar of Muscovy, Tsar of Russia
Diplomacy Turov (a)
efforts continued in the west, where the Orthodox clergy were trying to drive
the damnable taint of Catholicism from Mother Russia. The towns of Igortown,
Igorgrad and Olgaville all grew in a frenzy of urbanization. Work also began on
a road from Respublika to Olgaville. The forest road between Rivne in Goryn and
of this, however, lifted Boyarina Olga’s mood. Still she mourned for the dead
Roberto – and falling into a wasting illness, she herself expired in 1271. Which
then left her son Giacomo the ruler of Muscovy and tsar of
Dansk I, King of
Diplomacy No effect
Like their Russ neighbors,
the peace prevailing in Eastern Europe allowed the cities of
Juku Enellson, Duke of
even more peace and prosperity rain down upon the blessed lands of
the duke died – fell through the ice while fishing and drowned – and by the
All-Father there was no sure heir to the Duchy. Unfortunately for the gods of
war, only Prince Johannes actually had
an army, and he marched forthwith from
here was a fine state of affairs in such an orderly land! Johannes refused to
accept the oily Juku being promoted over him, and attempted to lay siege to
Talinin. General Erikk, however, marched forth with the city garrison and Ducal
guard – leading to – of all things – an actual battle on the
Johannes’s 23,000 men shouted all manner of war cries as they drew up a shield wall across the fields and road, while Erikk’s 35,000 men (mostly cavalry) shook out into orderly banners and then put their horses to the trot, lances lowered… Johannes’s forces fought bravely, but were crushed. The pretender (yes, now he was…) fled to Sankt Petersburg, seeking the support of the town fathers.
They, in turn, arrested him and turned him over to General Erikk when that worthy arrived with his army. Peace was restored, Juku became duke in fact, as well as name and no one visited the poor, lonely grave of the daring Johannes.
Kurnik Govner, Duke of
“Duke” (something of a misnomer, given the vast wealth and power of the
Bohemian state – Emperor of the West would be more appropriate). The cities of
German army that had wound up in
Adepts of the Free Spirit continued to be quite active in
Lucius IV, Bishop of
Bishop continued to spend generously to support his allies, particularly the
Conti – who was active in
Valdemar IV, Emperor of
Italian efforts were focused on reclaiming
had spent long enough sweltering the Calabrian heat. He attacked as soon as the
weather allowed in 1271, once more crossing the Straits in force. Again, he was opposed by the Fatamid mutineers
Antoinne I, King of the Franks
Money money money! Antonine stayed home, in the palace treasury, counting his
money. Save for an enormous sum he sent east, with Prince John, to help the
home, the Free Adepts spread their teachings into Anglia, Ponthieu and
Marco Aroca II, King of
Marco’s generals hurried here and there, consolidating fleets and armies. His
spies hunted high and low for Muslim agents (but did not find any) and peace
Sebbi Cearlson, King of the Angles and Saxons
The English sat around, growing fat on beer and sausages.
Erik IV, King of the Swedes
craftsmen and timberers labored long and hard to build roads across the bogs
and fens of Norbotten – plank-roads leading north to Vadvet Jakko and the mines
at Malmberget, and northeast into Lohar Jarvi to the fisheries at Kemi. A third
road cut through the deep forest still further east, towards
Admiral Gustav died – ashore, in his bed – and Prince Svenstrom took command of the fleet.
Sven Erikson, King of the Norse, Dragon King of the Isles
While reviewing the cod harvest, Jarl Erik took ill and then died of a burst intestine. This left cousin Sven the jarl-apparent, and he ascended to the dragon throne without violence. The Seven Aunts (Aetta, Sulia, Marunta, Ceska, Marka, Alekra and little Maksa) could have interfered, but were distracted by Aetta’s illness and then her death, which led to a much larger and more grandiose (and well attended) funeral than Jarl Erik’s.
Umhad ibn Aslar, Emir of Morroco
The emir, seeking to reward his brave followers, elevated the noble Bahis to the rank of Bashar and also named him “Admiral of the Maghreb”. Every city and town along the long coast was filled with the sounds of hammering, sawing and pounding as hundreds of new warships were fitted out and set to sea. All expected war against the infidels to continue without respite!
A massive counter-missionary effort in Morocco drove out nearly every single Christian convert, demolished their churches and ran off the remaining Spanish and Papal missionaries. This, as chance would have it, turned out to be the only conflict in the Maghreb this turn, as the French and Navarrese stayed home.
Fayed ibn Mutadi, Fatamid Caliph of Egypt
Caliph ordered his armies to march, his fleets to sail. He was also blessed by
the birth of a son. General Fawad returned from
Cardinal Pantaleon, the Papal cardinal who had been languishing in a Fatamid cell for some years, managed to escape his captors with the help of some greedy jailers and a friendly Nestorian cleric. Rumors out of the western desert now spoke of actual Catholic churches being built from the salt-brick of Siwa.
Kwazi III, Lord of Kumbi-Saleh
Diplomacy Ghat-al-Barkat (nt)
Seeking to keep the
Maghrebi from extending their influence any further south, Kwazi ordered that a
settlement be raised at
Tseke, King of
Diplomacy Kongo (nt)
An enormous fire broke out
Ju I, King of Kanem and
Diplomacy N’jimi (f)
The industrious farmers of
the Tchad continued to till fields, hew down forests and dig wells and canals
across the sub-Sahara. The provinces of Jos,
Shaka II, Chief of the Nyasa
Seeking to reduce the number of petitioners crowding the halls of his kraal in Nacala, Shaka (II) declared that the provinces of Masai, Luba and Chilwa would only pay tribute to him, and otherwise govern themselves. Similarly, the chief married off his sister Aliya to the warrior lord Mthethwasogoya – which saddled that fellow with a fierce wife (see painting, below) and got her out of the kraal as well.
Nyasan troops under Senzeangakona raided into Scebeli, taking slaves and harrying the desert tribes. Though they took captives, they also found the camel-riders to be fierce opponents. Another Nyasan army – this one commanded by the newly married Mthethwasogoya (who had hurriedly left home) attacked the Muslim settlements in Mombassa with a force of men mounted on enormous, armored elephants. Unfortunately, the Arabs had faced elephants before, startled the creatures with sudden fires, and then laughed as the Nyasan army stampeded back over the border in a self-inflicted rout.
Shaka III Northron, King of Rozwi, Lord of
an earthquake flattened the town of
Shaka II Southron, King of
Things were darned quiet down Vaal-way for a time – but then Prince Malandela of Rozwi arrived all unannounced in Matopos with a long train of bearers laden with gifts. The prince was in search of a wife, and spent lavishly to woo the various relations of King Shaka – eventually winning the heart and hand of Wuae, the “southern lily”, despite her grandfather (the king’s) displeasure.
Rebuilding a poxed regional GPv now costs the V6 standard amount, which is 50gp/25nfp. Rebuilding a poxed City GPv costs the appropriate amount from table 5-7.
Aak'wtaatseen, Chief of the Tlingit, Lord of the Far North.
Even amid the privations which had afflicted his people of late, the Chief managed to hire a slew of new sub-chiefs, priests, salmon-counters and tree-huggers to bolster his rule.
Obsidian Coyote V, Ruler of
highway between Mono and Moapa was completed.A
Desert Fox, Chief of the Anasazi, Lord of the
The rains fell regularly in the south-west and life was good. Aside from the empty cities where the pox had passed, of course.
Kahailo, the Great Beaver of the Snake
Beaver ordered that every town, village, clan and dam in his domain account for
itself. Message takers plied the streams and rivers in their Imperial canoes,
carrying the bark-paper rolls with the reported figures back to
Red Bird, Great Sun of the
Diplomacy Choctaw (f)
Prince Two Feathers (who was a bit of a threat to Red Bird, if truth be told) was sent off to Choctaw as escort for Princess Light Melody, who was being sold – I mean, married – to the king of that southern principality.
Yahatul, Grand Hegemon of the Maya
and Timuca became cultivated as hordes of lowland Maya farmers were deposited
on the islands, given their hoes and set to work. The Hegemon’s fleets were
very busy, shuttling waves of settlers from the mainland to Arawak, Taino,
Ciguayo and other smaller islands. Though Quayatilla had grand plans – he did
not even hear of their success, dying of a ruptured gland in 1274. His son
Yahatul became hegemon in his place, a process eased by his command of all of
the warriors at
Jiqamo, Emperor of the Incas
Diplomacy Chimu (nt), Nazca (fa)
After four years of constant striving, the Emperor managed to get the Sun-Queen Anta-Anclla pregnant and she gave birth to a son, Tupac Prince of the Sun.
Chalez the Wise, King of Shokleng
Though the pox had hit them hard, Trunka had the opportunity to begin recovery – it wasn’t as through the black demons from the eastern sea were plaguing him (yet). As a result, Kaingan increased to (1/4). Still, fate caught up with him – Trunka died in 1271 and was followed to the throne by his son Chalez, who quickly gained the moniker “the wise” for his perceptive rulings upon the law.
Peltuish, Emperor of the Mapuche
Desperate to restore agricultural potato production, Peltuish ordered all available families to return to the devastated countryside of Mapuche proper, which increased the region to 3 GPv.
 Those who wish to read up on the Adepts can start with Norman Cohn’s The Pursuit of the Millennium which was the first major work to examine the group in any detail.