A long time ago, when I first started playing EUII, my imagination was caught by Byzantium (whose isn't?), and once I'd learned the ropes, my first serious game was as Byzantium. The game was never finished (most of my games aren't - they get slower and slower as my empire grows and eventually I get bored and go on to other things), but the idea stuck, and when I started to think seriously of doing an AAR, Byzantium was my first choice.
Well, I played quite a long time and took quite a lot of notes, but somehow I never got round to the writing. Instead I played on more and more and the pile of notes got bigger and more intimidating and I began to forget things from early in the game. Then with one thing and another, I got distracted, and eventually I had to admit to myself that the AAR would never get written.
But I still had my notes and my memories and it seemed a pity to waste them, so I came up with the idea of doing a brief little one-shot short story using some of the events from the game as background. Well, it was much harder to write than I'd thought and it took longer than I'd expected and it came out longer than I thought it would, too long really to make a single post.
So I've broken it up into scenes, and now I'm not sure what to call it - it's not really an AAR, not really a story. Scenes inspired by a game, perhaps?
Anyway, here it is. Enjoy.