Lords of the Earth 

CAMPAIGN TWENTY-FOUR Ė THE WEST

Turn 83

1402 ~ 1405 Anno Domini

805 ~ 808 in the year of the Hegira

4039 (Water Horse) - 4042 (Wood Rooster)

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New for T73

Noble House rules have been added Ė please take a look at these here.

 

New Spreadsheet for the Renaissance has been created Ė this can be found here and must be used from now on.

 

Some tinkering with the Religious Order rules.

 

Iím going back to standard movement rules Ė sigh Ė as it is just taking too much time to rewrite these. Please continue to give your orders in year chunks though Ė The newly created spreadsheet should help with this

New for T59

Paths to victory: There are several options open to a player when an NPN has been defeated

 

  1. Take the victory conditions (see NPN rules) available for NPNs and allow the NPN to go its own way. This is a useful option if you do not want to increase your imperial size or bother with the NPNs internal affairs.
  2. Keep it as either Pacified or Pacified Tributary. You will not get victory conditions but will get income from the NPNs Homeland/Friendly regions and cities. Also, as the years from conquest marker goes up it may turn Friendly or Tributary. Using this option treats the NPN as a super-region.
  3. Old school, you will have to take the regions you want and conquer each in turn. If the capital is taken then some of the NPNs ratings will be added to yours if higher. The NPN will cease to exist.

 

Dealing with hordes: Hordes can be dealt with a number of ways rather than just an outright battle. These are

 

  1. Threaten them. Hordes respond to a show of strength and may leave you alone if confronted with enough force.
  2. Bribe them. They are looking for gold and lands to settle or pillage so if you offer them it on a plate they may well go away. They may also just take it and attack anyway.
  3. Use diplomacy. It does work and I suggest chucking in a royal princess or two.

 

You can also use a combination of the above. If the horde becomes a FA or A, you can direct its attacks or its path of migration.

New for T57

Non-player rules update: Iíve updated the NPN rules to fit better with the Lordís system. Please check them out.

New for T53

Restrictions on Royal Marriages: Due to the complications arising from these rules only K, H or P leaders can benefit from a Royal Marriage. Members of the Royal Family that have not come into play are not considered eligible. Also, Primate, Order and Secret Empire positions are not eligible for marriage bonuses. These are meant to be diplomatic arrangements between sovereign states.

New for T52

East Ė West Split: Iím going to try to split the East and the West parts of the game so that I can process the orders quicker Ė donít know if or how it will work yet but lets see if itíll happen

New for T51

No Orders: If I donít get any orders in for a position and the player doesnít answer my emails then Iíll put the position back to a NPN and put aside the players cash (if any) until they pick it or another nation up again.

New for T50

Request Royal Marriage: Used to ask a NPN nation for a bride for one of your Princes or a suitor for one of your little Princesses. Cost is 6AP, Charisma based. The leader doesnít have to be in the NPNs capital but if he isnít then he needs to be in your homeland/capital.

New for T49

Naval Reaction and Blockade: Naval Reactions can only occur when there is action in a Sea Zone that the fleet is based at. The fleet has to be based from a port and not the Sea Zone. Also, the Reaction can only occur when your own lands or those of an ally benefiting from a Defensive Pact marriage bonus are attacked. It also applies to any merchant fleets you operate through the Sea Zone in the case of piracy.Naval Blockadeís only work if your fleet is based in the same Sea Zone as the target port and you spend all (every single one) of your APs in the blockade. The fleet must be based from a port and not a Sea Zone.

New for T48

The use of fleets for Reaction and mitigating the effects of Pirates: My understanding has now changed since we GMs have had some discussion on the list. The use of Reaction has been explained on the Wiki and Patrol is no longer used in the Base Rules.

Reaction

 

Trade Route Escorts

 

 

Updated NPN and Primacy rules: Yep, been tinkering again but I feel a almost serene sense of satisfaction with my latest offering. See what you think.

 

Added the ability to hire mercenary captain when there is no mercenary company available: See the mercenary tables

New for T47

Improved cultivation at TL5: If a nation has reached the dizzy heights of TL5 than it can benefit from improved cultivation. You can Improve a cultivated homeland region from 2GPv to 3GPv, or any other controlled cultivated region from 1GPv to 2GPv. This is a level one megalithic construction.

New for T46

NPNS: Iíve tweaked the NPN and Primacy/Order rules a little to make them fit better with the 24 game. Iíve also reduced their overall RRV to make diplomacy easier.

New for T45

New Rivers: Iíve added in some new possible rivers onto the map. These are rivers that were once passable by light traffic (remember Cogs cannot travel on rivers) and have now become silted up. You can dredge a stretch of the river (along one region border edge) as a 0.5 level project.

Gripes:

Agro as conversion Ė this has restrictions (see 2.11.5.3) which I will be enforcing from now on.

Rivers can only support light ships Ė as far as I know Cogs cannot travel on rivers. This also includes Cogs built for trade.

New Primates: We have two new Primate positions this turn. Jumal Skyfather, which is an Estonian god and the Coptic Church based out of Axum.

New for T44

Minor islands and City States: Iíll be allowing minor islands (Corfu, Jerba, Wight etc) and city states to be used as locations from T44. Just let me know the rationale behind why you want it separate and if reasonable Iíll add it in. Once they are created as locations, they obey all the rules of islands etc. However, their Gpv cannot go above 0.

Flooding: The last few turns have seen a massive increase in the amount of flooding that has occurred. It appears that the years are getting warmer and wetter. As a result of this some of the minor rivers on the map are once again becoming passable to river traffic.

Denmark: Following on from the Minor Islands stuff, you can see that Denmark is now separated out to Jutland and Syaland (Zeeland).

Announcements and items of note

General Stuff: Please use my Paypal account (stephenbrunt@yahoo.co.uk) for all Lordsí 24 payments. If you cannot use this facility then please let me know and I will see what I can do about filtering US funds to my account. I may also stop using the throneworld email address due to the mass of spam Iím getting!

 

Order Form: Please use the standard excel order form

from now on. Iíll update the site with a link to it next week when I get some time. This is important as it helps me process the turn more quickly. THIS IS NOW MANDATORY.

Non-Payment: some of you still owe me some cash. Although it may come as surprise that this is not my main source of income, I see it only polite that you pay for the occasionally night out. So, if youíre under zero next turn Iíll not process you orders.

Version 6: Lords 24 uses version 6 of the basic rules

The Map: The map now includes India as well as Europe, Central Asia and Africa. Iíve greyed out repeated areas on the maps to make my life easier. However, this means some player nations are split across more than one map. I may increase the size of the main map but Iíll have to think on this.

Tithes and Tribute: I think these are automatically updated by the stats program, so no need to declare them in your orders.

Control of the Papacy and Religious Orders: In Lords 24 we will not always have a player Pope (or Caliph etc for that matter) and the following rules are used to determine which player faction controls the Popeís actions, Papacy Rules. Iíve also added some stuff about gaining support from their armies

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Africa and Moslem Spain


The Akramid Caliphate

(Sunni Islam Civilized Open Empire)
Tiroman IV, Caliph of the Akramids

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Seville was to outgrow its walls once more as the great city continued to grow in size. The city of Santiago in Galacia also grew during these years. In Andalusia, the royal army was augmented by a further five thousand horse and a similar number of elite skirmishers. Tiroman remained in control of the newly enlarged army and ruled from his court in Adalusia. Sadly, his wife Lilian was to die giving birth to a son in 1403. Despite the efforts of Tiromanís diplomats, no progress was made in the status of Salamanca, Zirid or Badajoz. Efforts by Spanish missionaries in Tuscany were very successful, despite efforts by the Pope to thwart their preaching. The missionaries where to suffer setbacks in Liguria as the Pope focussed his efforts on restoring the Christian faith in those lands.

 

The Egyptian Empire

(Sunni Islam Civilized Open Empire)
Ahmad Al-Amaan, Emperor of the Egypts

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The lands throughout the empire continued to prosper and gold and resources were poured into Adulis, Nubia and Thebes. The Emperor, Ahmad Al-Amaan, ruled from Egypt but was sadden by the loss of his wife Maarifa in childbirth during 1402. Uwaiz continued his work in Kurman and was rewarded with an alliance with the city.

 

Usama-Yoruba Onium of Ibo††††

(African Pagan Civilized Open Empire)
Bamadi, Oni of Ibo

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The Ogboni issue had troubled Bamadi for many years but no matter what efforts his agents tried they could not locate the organisationís source. Tired of the endless references to their power and reach, Bamadi ordered that the temples and their shaman be purged of any of their supporters. Most willingly had their homes and searched but a few were found guilty of conspiracy and publically executed in Iboís main square.These were prosperous times despite the Ogboniís presence and the cities and provinces of the Onium were to grow in wealth. Bamadi married a young bride from Zerma, sealing the alliance brokered by Bunta and KiníWala. The king then remained at court with the assistance of Kwame and Kunza. The defence of the realm was left in the capable hands of General KíTunta in Sudan.

 

 

 


 

Arabia and the Middle East


The Buwayid Sultanate

(Sunni Islam Civilized Open Empire)
Naj Muhammad, Sultan of the Buwayids

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Naj Muhammad looked to the East and North and with growing concern at the size of the hordes roaming the Steppe and decided that his lands would need to protected. New fortifications were built throughout the Sultanate to ease the Sultanís worries. His agents continued to bleed the Western Infidels of their technology as he sought to learn their secrets. Whilst ruling from his palaces in Mesopotamia, the Sultan actively sought out his nationís merchants and met with them to improve his revenues from trade. His general in Syria, Saied AlíJafar, was to die from a fever in 1404 and fortuitously, no attacks came from the East after his demise. Sa Iban was able to gain an alliance with the Cilicians but a faux pas Kafar Jassan in Raqqa concerning local traditions meant that the long standing alliance was compromised.

 

The Glorious Khwarzim

(Sunni Islam Civilized Open Empire)
Quteb, Khan of Khwarzim

Quteb was also concerned by the threat from the Steppe and was to heavily fortify his lands in case of invasion. Taking a wife from the House of Khwarzim, Quteb ruled his Khanate from those lands to ensure his prosperity. His new bride was unable to provide him with the son he desired though and given his age the court began to worry about the succession. Abdul continued to investigate the affairs of the min Thalatha in Khwarzim but could find little of interest amongst the many leads he followed. Sadu was dispatched to Arbiliq where the province grudgingly acknowledged the suzerainty of the Khanate. Sadu was remained in the province in the attempt to gain further support from their leaders but found them surly and unhelpful; rumours that the dreaded Al-Hasheshin controlled the underworld abounded in the province. It was left to General Sararo to protect the newly acquired province of Saksiny in case of attack but no threat was to materialise during these years.

 


Western Europe

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Norman Kingdom of France

(Roman Catholic Civilized Open Empire)
Louis, Regent of France

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Years after the plague, the cities of France finally began to recover and grow in size. Louis had dispatched missionaries to Liguria but their preaching failed to achieve any converts back to the Christian faith. Prince Louis continued to rule from Paris, fathering a daughter Catherine during these years. The young king, Philippe had achieved his majority and arrived at court in preparation for his coronation.

The Principality of Salerno

(Roman Catholic Civilised Open Empire)
Duke Carlo II Martello of House Durazzo, Prince of Salerno

Duke Carlo concentrated on the defence of the Principality by raising a further two thousand men in Vincencia and augmenting the royal guard in Naples with roughly the same.The Duke returned from Rome in early 1402 to concentrate on affairs of state. Sadly, his Sicilian wife Caterina was to pass away from a fever in 1403 leaving the widower Carlo to rule alone. The Conte di Urbino travelled to Venice where he entered into a contract with a mercenary company before travelling on to Cavalleri in Savoy. Shorlty before his death in the winter of 1402, the Marchese di Varona had signed an alliance with the Tuscans. The Count was to provide Duke Carlo with men in the case of military action against the Infidels. The Duc di Benevento had begun to stir up unrest in Liguria amongst the disillusioned Christian minority when he was accosted and murdered. The attackers were not found but the suspicion fell firmly on the Ligurians.

 

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The Kingdom of Germany

(Roman Catholic Civilized Open Empire)
Sigismund, King of the Germans

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In Hanover, King Sigismund raised fourteen thousand infantry for the German army; nearly half of which were elite guardsmen. General Heinrich was to command the new forces and once mobilised he departed for Lyonnais in the south. The King commanded an army of twenty thousand cavalry and moved out from Lyonnais in the opposite direction. Sigismund demanded fealty from the Swiss and the Tyrolese and given the disparity of strength between their forces and the Germans, both were quick to swear allegiance. Sigismund then returned to Saxony and the German court where he spent time with affairs of state and his wife, Queen Marquerite, with whom he fathered a son. Once in Lyonnais, Heinrich attempted to improve relations with the province but to no avail.

 

 


 

Scandia and the Out Isles


Kingdom of Orkeneyjar

(Roman Catholic Seafaring Open Empire)
Linnea I, Queen of Orkney and the Isles

The Orkneys outpost of Thingvellir grew in size during these years and its walls replaced. Quuen Linnea had continued the policy of conversion amongst the Ests but the Jumali priests finally started to counter their preaching in Musa. In Strathclyde, a Preceptory was built on the site of the old Le Marteau Order House. Queen Linnea settled down to rule her Northern kingdom after sorting out the affairs of Kirkvalís merchants. She proclaimed that the two bastard children of the Le Marteau Grandmaster be recognized as hers and adopted them into the royal family. Although their acceptance by the nationís elite may be in question, young Latrell and Rhiannon would now enjoy the privileges of Royal patronage. Linnea had a troubled childbirth with her first daughter by Prince Ewan and the crown was almost lost once again. However, she finally recovered enough to return to the Orkney Court.Calder had travelled to Thorshavn in the Faeroes where with Wotan he laid claim to the islands. The Naskapi chief, Innu Spirit Speak, accompanied Brother Tirancourt to the lands of the Caranook where they spent these years converting the natives to Christianity.

 

 

La Marteau de Dieu

(Roman Catholic Civilised Religious Order)
Geoffroi, Hammer of God

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Missionaries from the Order were met with local resistance when they tried to convert the Jumaliís of Kymia and Viipuri.Grandmaster Geoffroi had allowed his bastard children to be adopted by the King and Queen of the Orkneys, hopefully to provide them with a better life to assuage his sins. Houses for the Order were raised in Diva and Holland. In Holland, the province was to be ceded to the Orkneymen. Count Braam was to become a vassal of Queen Linea and the Order to gain greater status within the kingdom.During his time in Holland, Brother Benedict succumbed to over indulgence of cheese and Amstel, slipped from his clogs and drowned in the open sewers of Rotterdam.

 

 


 

Eastern Europe


The Varangian Rus of Kiev

(Orthodox Civilized Open Empire)
Fedor, King of the Rus

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The Velikaya Stena was extended to include the Atelzuko border with Levedia. King Fedor was to rule from Kiev and was blessed with three young children by the Princes Aelia. Peter and Osberic were active in Perograd where an alliance was procured from the city. Count Stephen continued to protect the nationís borders but moved to Kiev from Atelzuko now the south was peaceful.

 

 

The Oriental Roman Empire

(Roman Catholic Civilised Open Empire)
Romanos, Emperor of East Rome

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The walls of Constantinople were greatly improved, some small comfort for Emperor Romanos as envoys from the AlíBahri arrived late in 1402. The powerful Islamic Order demanded that the Emperor submit to Allah and convert to Islam or face the wrath of their fanatics. The Emperor himself was away during these years persuading the Knights of Malta to ally themselves to his cause and as a sign of good faith had raised an Order House in Corfu. Prince Michael was present during his fatherís mission in Valetta and ruled the Empire in his stead. Without clear directives from the Emperor, the Prince spend many awkward days dealing with the belligerent AlíBahri Sealords. It was in 1403 that his wife, the Princess Zoe, gave birth to a daughter. The Merchant House of Byzantium was now completely under the influence of the Empire due to the efforts of Duke Demetrious.

 

 

The Order of St Vladimir

(Roman Catholic Civilised Religious Order)
Eric, Grandmaster of the Order of St Vladimir

Although the Orderís Grandmaster Eric was to die of a fever in 1402, Anatoli was able to raise the Preceptory in Pechnograd to an Oratory the assistance of Harald. The Order promoted Dmitry to the now vacant Grandmaster position in his absence in Vidin. The new Grandmaster was in the city attempting to raise a House for the Order. In 1405, Anatoli was also to contract a fever and die in the winter of that year.