Turn 17, y 881-885
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Munster ( f ), Ulster ( f ), Connaught ( f ).
The Celts continued to build up internally, building many public
facilities, for the betterment of the Celtic peoples. The cities of London,
Aberdeen, Land’s End and Stonehenge all grew in size.
They also started to build up substantially their sea trade...as
evidences by 20 heavies added to support existing routes within the Empire.
In y 881, they responded to a request from the Polish Republic,
see Republic of Poland.
High Priestess Rhiannon
Abbeys: Anglia, Cambridge, Cornwall, Land’s End, Dyffed,
Gywnned, Lancashire, Lothian, Mercia, Northumbria.
Churches: Connaught, Galway, Lienster, Dublin, Glasgow,
Ulster, Muenster, Cork, Portsmouth.
Rhiannon “the Great”, although an aging priestess, continued to guide
her empire spiritually; steps were taken to finally separate the primacy from
the empire. Many churches and abbeys were ordered (see above).
But she did respond, one last time, to the call of battle, see
Republic of Poland.
Aquitane ( f ), Auvergne ( t ).
The king continued with several projects. Bilboa grew in size again, and
many improvements were built there; and many improvements were built in Aquitane
and Gascony as well. Farming was also improved in Aquitane. Much extra grain was
grown there...almost enough to support Bilboa by itself.
Preaching by several leaders in Auvergne backfired, causing that
region’s status to degrade.
New Castille ( t ).
Muluhm was blessed by Allah greatly these past few years -- several new
children born to his house.
Barcelona, Palma and Varan all grew in size. Varan and Valenica were both
greatly improved with a number of new marketplaces, granaries and other
important public improvements.
Sea trade was also improved; new routes (including one to Egypt) and many
internal routes were improved.
Much preaching was done in Barcelona, but that city remains christian.
The musings of a French king:
Clovis was a bit nervous. After all, much had gone into the preparations
of the impending marriage of his son and heir, Clothar to...what was her name
again? Boudicca, that was it. Flame haired and a temperment to match. Perhaps
she was the reason, Clothar had begun to support an understanding between France
anf the HRE. No...he had started that almost some seven years before; only
recently, had he become more vocal about it.
And what of Boudicca’s older sister, Nimue? Almost ten years older, but
possessing a sweet smile and a disposition to match. Or did it just seem so,
when compared to her sister?
No matter, with his own wife dead, from childbirth some six or seven
years before (was if really that long ago?), Clovis found himself wanting to do
anything, to see that smile.
So, a planned wedding, became a double wedding. And Clovis became a
father again, three times over in fact, the next three years.
Mercs: 15 I, 9 C,
4 S, 4W, 2 T
Austria ( p ), Bohemia ( c ), Praha ( n ), Slovakia ( t ).
A very large army was raised, to support the Polish Republic in a new
alliance, see Republic of Poland.
A new port was built, Kiel in Holstein, on the Baltic Sea. The cities of
Bonn and Calais both grew in size.
A few regions (Kauyavia, Pomerania & Silesia) were given away via
treaty with the Polish Republic. Ruhr gained rights to Austria (whom they had to
pacify), Bohemia, Praha, & Slovakia.
The HRE turned down an offer of 250 GP for the region of Bavaria; a
subsequent offer of 300 GP has been made.
Apulia ( nt ), Tarentum ( nt ), Calabria ( nt ), Paestum ( nt
), Latium ( ea ), Sicily ( t ),
Sardinia ( n ).
Things were rather quiet in Napoli until late in y 882. Then all h...
King Cassius and the heir Maxillius were both assassinated
within the space of a few days. The Catalonian Assassin’s Guild was blamed for
the acts, although no assassin was caught.
The three remaining lieutenants all made a bid for power. Giovanni had no
troops, and was out of position to do much of anything, but he did try to raise
a peasant army and march on Napoli. Scipico had the bulk of the army, but felt
that he had the best position, so he sat back, and waited for the others to make
a fatal mistake. Laeilus has the fleet and the capital. He too, felt that he was
in a secure position, and waited for one of the others to make a move.
It all became rather academic; early in y 883, the assassins struck
again. Lt. Giovanni was killed, but the others survived attacks. Laeilus managed
to actually kill his attacker -- but unlike previous assassinations (of years
past), this assassin did not have the telltale livery of the CAG. Scipico’s
attacker got away.
Laeilus, felt that at this point, that it was best for the empire for one
of them to concede the empire to the other. They arranged a rendevous, wherein
Scipico betrayed Laeilus and murdered him.
Finally feeling that things were under control, Scipico decided it was
best to legitimize his claim to the throne -- he ordered the last surviving
female of the old house to be made ready for a royal wedding. He had to do it
quickly, as several regions had taken advantage, from all the chaos, to distance
themselves from the Republic.
On the morning of the planned nuptials, Scipico’s guards found the king
to be, in bed, with a 6 inch dirk, driven through his left eye.
Obviously, one of his guards had to have been bought off, but whom? And
what of the wedding? A previously unknown minor lord of the city of Palermo came
forth, and made a bid for the crown. Him, and his retinue of 40 bodyguards.
King Artimus first action was the ordering of the execution of
Scipico’s bodyguards -- every last one of them.
Three more assassinations were attempted on the new king, all in y 884.
Artimus survived the attacks, but now walks with a profound limp. His new wife,
Angeline, has since borne him a daughter and the later a son. With the birth of
the son, the attacks have stopped.
Holy Roman Empire
Austria ( c, oc ), Tuscany ( t ).
The new diplomatic mission to Austria went well at first. Austria had
been part of the old Polish Empire, and now had consented to the HRE a status of
Since that time (about y 883), Ruhr forces have moved and
see Republic of Poland.
Umberto spent some time in Verona trying to ferret out some spies. In y
882, just when he thought he was closing in, his suspects up and left. All of
Venezia grew in size again, nearly back to it’s size, prior to the
infuenza epidemic of some 20 years or so ago. Public services were increased in
Savoy and Slovenia.
Rioting in Tuscany, overflow apparently from the Roman Republic, caused
that region’s status to degrade.
Steps were taken to separate the papacy, from the HRE, this being
accomplished by y 885.
Rumours are flying that Ruhr has offered an obcene amount of gold to the
HRE, for the purchase of all rights to the region of Bavaria. So far, all offers
have been refused.
Latium ( mn ), Tuscany ( ca ), Liguria ( ca ).
The Pope on his on again, for the first time in over 30 years! Literally,
since a lack of Bureaucracy, has left the papacy bereft of any leadership, save
Kingdom of Poland
R. I. P.
Besieged by over 90,000 troops -- and thereby outnumbered better than 10
to 1, King Peter was very surprised to receive an envoy by his enemies. And more
surprising that they had sent someone who very much reminded him of his
He was left with two choices (one really): either abdicate in favor of
his Aunt Alexandra, thereby reuniting the kingdom, or continue to fight with his
paltry 7500 men and in all likelyhood be slaughtered. Worse yet, this would
probably permanently divide the nation, not to mention the dividing of his head
from his body.
Of course the first thing he thought was to scream out “Death before
dishonor” but it came out as “Uhhmm, you mean that you have a way out of
this mess, without further bloodshed?”. After all, he didn’t like the sight
of blood, especially his.
Although he would rather remain in charge, he felt that he was clearly
outmatched, see Republic of Poland.
Republic of Poland
Bochnia ( f ), Krakow ( f ), Little Poland ( ea ), Ronzak (
ea ), Masuria ( ea ), Balti ( ea ), Volhynia ( nt ), Silesia ( nt ), Pomerania (
nt ), Kauyavia ( nt ).
Alexandra was worried. If she didn’t get her hands on more troops,
Peter would be able to hide behind his forts in Litttle Poland, and this civil
war could drag on interminably.
“Why not go ask someone for help?” asked Claudia. Alex heaved a heavy
sigh and replied “It’s not that easy. When someone helps, they only do it
for self interest -- what can we do to entice enough troops over to our side,
without selling our souls, in the process? And there are a lot of nations who
would like to see a divided Poland, the H.R.E. for one”.
“Why? What could they gain, by having Poland so weak?”
“It’s really simple, Claudia. We’re a threat to them. Any woman in
power is a threat to a male-dominated society. But don’t worry; I have asked
someone to help”.
A knock on the door, brought the conversation to a stop.
“Yes” asked Alex.
“A letter from the Celts, milady” replied the servant, after stepping
into the room.
Alex scanned the letter quickly. “Well, what do they say” asked an
Feeling triumphant, Alex explained things to her young niece.
The Celts responded to the Polish request for aid by sending 30,000
troops. Three leaders would be accompanying them -- including Rhiannon.
Taliesin, their most experienced Admiral, and another young leader, Arianrhod II
would round out the party.
The Ruhr Empire matched that and then some by sending some 32,000 men,
with Miklos, the crown prince, Efren, and Hanfried.
Rhiannon would take command of the overall forces, in Poland. Some would
come overland, through Ruhr territories, and some by boat, landing at Gdansk.
Still, both Ruhr and the Celts, did not want a bloody solution to the
problem, so a final attempt at diplomacy was planned. Ruhr leaders had come up
with a political solution to several problems.
“The news is grim, my king” an aide told King Peter. “Alexandra has
amassed a force of 90,000 troops. They are advancing from three sides on Little
Poland as we speak. But there is someone here, to see you”. Puzzled, the young
king told him to send him in.
A beautiful lady, of advancing years, was the person who came to see him.
Her and a single bodyguard. “Greetings young king”.
“Who are you?” said Peter, asking the obvious question.
“An envoy, from your enemies.”
Peter, though shaken, did listen. Between Ruhr and the Celts, he found he
had an offer that would do several important things: keep the empire together,
save lives, and most important (to him at least), keep his head attached to his
“Uhh,hmmm, you mean that you’ve got a safe way out of this mess?”.
The lady replied that of course she did. For Peter, he found it impossible to
say no, to someone that was old enough to be his greatgrandmother.
With much fanfare, Peter signed an abdication proclamation, in favor of
his Aunt Alexandra. With it, the “Civil War” ended, and most of the regions
who had sided with Peter, came back into the empire, in one form or the other.
Taliesin found that he rather liked Poland, so he decided to stay.
Marrying the Queen, may have had something to do with that, however. Epona
married Peter (who was still somewhat surprised to find his head still attached
to his body), while Claudia married Myrrdin. The one surprise that Peter could
not take well, was finding out that the Celtic envoy, was none other than
Rhiannon the Great. After he woke up, he said “It’s just the heat”
although the weddings took place in early March. Rhiannon, of course, officiated
over the marriage ceremonies, “conducted in traditional Celtic Style”
according to Miklos, the crown prince of the Ruhr empire. It was a double shock
for young Peter to realize, it was he, who served as Rhiannon’s
Kingdom of Macedonia
Bulgaria ( f ), Dobruja ( a ).
Macedonia started a major build-up of their defenses, in all areas. Walls
were increased around their cities and forts built in many regions.
Permission was granted for the Byzantines to build a road linking
Herakleia and Thessaloniki.
Some diplomacy was conducted with positive results.Some exploration also,
but not so positive, as a warship was reported missing, in Egyptian waters.
Kingdom of Byzantium King Basil
Alexander got married, and he seems to have found a rather fertile wife,
who had 5 children in 5 years, including one set of twins.
The King’s favorite line, during this time, seemed to be “That’s my
Constantinople grew in size, and had many public services added. Services
were also beefed up in Thrace and Paphlagonia. A new city, Sinope, in the region
of Galatia, was built. A Royal Road was constructed from Herakleia to
Thessaloniki, in Macedonia.
Lt. Karakus spent most of his time conducting a Census.
Steps were taken to separate the primacy from the Kingdom.
Eastern Orthodox Primacy
Abbeys: Bithnia, Isauria, Lydia, Macedon.
With not a bit of fanfare, Constantine got right to work. Several Abbeys,
a Church, and a Monastery, were all constructed.
Southwest Asia (a.k.a. Middle East)
Kingdom of Aleppo
Caliph Monfra decided it was time again, to try to sway the peoples of
Egypt into his empire.
The Heir, Kolaf, and a Prince, Suakam, were to go with him.
But before they left, the Caliph decided to name a new heir. The existing
one didn’t like that very much.
Late at night, before they were to depart, Kolaf tried to kill Monfra.
Al’Bay, a supposedly loyal (to the throne) Lieutenant, tried to help. Monfra
managed to survive the immediate attack, and both the Lt. and former heir were
Although he managed to go on the mission, the wounds eventually caught up
with him, and Monfra died enroute to Egypt, leaving Suakam alone to complete the
Needless to say, Caliph Suakam’s mission didn’t go as planned.
One message seemed to be clear -- the Egyptians have no desire to rejoin
the empire again...at this time.
Kingdom of Egypt
* Influenced by Aleppo *
Egypt continued its military build-up, expecting an attack by Aleppo. Its
leaders were surpised, but wary of reports of an Alepponese delegation, that was
expected to visit.
The visit was by the new Caliph, Suakam; the old one Monfra, apparently
having died enroute, due to wounds sustained by a failed palace coup. Also, with
Suakam, his entourage had brought a sizable amount of gold, an obvious bribe.
There are reports of a Macedonic warship that was missing off the coast
of Mansura. The Egyptians have categorically denied any responsibility for its
disappearance. Further, they have reiterated their sovereignty with this
statement “Any warship, flying a foreign flag, off the coast of Egypt, will be
Kingdom of Tunisia
Caliph Aliman Ibn Far
Tripolitania ( nt ), Lybia ( nt ), Ad’Diffah ( nt ).
Mahidia grew in size again and a new port was built in Merrakesh,
Public Services were increased in many regions.
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