~I have won at the first onset
The hand of the lovely Córdoba;
That brave Amazon who with sword and spear
Repelled all those who sought her in marriage.
And now we celebrate our nuptials in her palace,
While the other monarchs, my baffled rivals,
Weep tears of rage and tremble with fear.
With good reason do ye tremble, despicable foemen!
For soon will the lion spring upon you~
-King Mohammed al-Ahmer after the conquest of Cordoba-
The vulnrability Ferdinand III's army was twofold - it's total encirclement by the Moorish army, and the elevated terrain the Muslims controlled to their advantage on the battle field. However, it did not lay down the conditions of victory - far from it - the Christian army was by far, three times larger than Ahmer's forces, around fifty thousand men-at-arms and a similar number of horsemen. The Castillians also has the support of four Counts from Leon, one being the most terrible Alfonz Duke of Rodila 'Butcher of the Moors'. However, the Moors proved their worth against the chivalry of Christendom and would incur upon the Christians a defeat similar to the one they had forced the Muslims to fouly taste some two decades ago in Navas de Tolosa.
Raining first a torrent of arrows, followed be a devestating charge led by Al-Ahmer, the Christen army broke and took to heel. Aflonz however organized the remaining troops in a counterassault and attacked the rear of the Muslim army, slaughtering over one third of al-Ahmer's forces. Mohammed abandoned his terrified stead and attacked with his men the Count's forces threatening the core units of the Jayish. Soon enough, Aflonz was killed by the spear of an Amazonian Negro from Ghana , a death reminicent to that of the powerful Prince Qaysur bin Tashfin in Alarcos, who died on the hands of a gypsie mercenary. The battle reached a climax, and what remained of the actual fighting was the systematic slaughtering of the already retreating Christians. The brilliance of the battle was given even greater catalyst with the capture of the infamous King of Castille ; Ferdinand III.
The Gates of Cordoba were opened to the 'Conquerer' , the 'flame of Myths and legends to come'. Emerging from them were the emissaries of the city council, for no Emir had ruled Cordoba after Navas de Tolosa. On their head was the valorous Governor Mu'tamid who, upon seeing the famed and brittle warrior hurried to give him an embrace. He then disengaged and kneeled before him "Greetings, Savior of al-Andalus". Mohammed customarily accepted the offer and helped the elderly man on to his feet. Collecting his troops, he entered the city with pious fanfare .A vast, enthralled crowd thronged the city streets to catch a glimpse of Al-Ahmer. The scorched and ravaged Cordoba emerged from the siege with cheerful galore, the bride of Spain celebrated the victory of her people over the invaders. As it was in those days, Ferdinand was cladded in chains and forced to suffer the humiliations of being paraded in the city like a common mule. After a long procession, Mohammed arrived at the legendary Grand Masjid of Cordoba to be traditionally bestowed control of one of the greatest cities in all of Europe. Coronated by the Imam Yusuf Rafi-Ad Din, Mohammed added the title 'Emir of Cordoba' to his growing collection of namesakes and dignified titles. Attending the Friday prayers, which concided with the time of his victory, he cemented his rule over the city. To further his authority over the rest of Muslim Spain, he adjoined all his functions into one : King of Al-Andalus. Such a dramatic move had profound effects on Europe in the coming centuries, but overall, historians agree the Modern Cordoban state came into being in 1232.
"Why must I endure such treatment?" the Castillian asked bitterly as he struck the gold bars with his goblet. He was pampered and lavishly admonished with many comforts - all inside a small golden cage that was assumingly the aviary of the Almohad Caliphs not so long ago. Mohammed even allowed Elizabeth or Beatrice to come to Cordoba to copulate with him, under the cold eyes of the Amazon guard - the Andalusian didnt want them to get too comfortable.
Upon hearing the question, Mohamemd turned to face the Castillian 'Saint' or El-Santo as his people presumably called him "Many reasons but most importantly, a reminder of things to come" the Castillian resided but his ire was still struck "When the valorous knights of Leon y Castile force you into submission - I will be ever so pleased when you grovel by my feet for mercy" Mohammed laughed mockingly "Since you are in loss of your intellect, it matters not what I tell you, but for the sake of my amusement, I will - Since you foolishly left your lands in aggression and malice against us, the nobles had transpired to rid themselves of you. Your crown is facing civil war, and your son Alfonso X is a ten year old infant who will most likely be killed."
The Castillian growled "Then Christendom shall prevail for my plight" Again, Mohammed chuckled at this man on the brink of sanity "The Cross bearers fight amongst themselves.Their attempt to capture the famed city of Constantinople has failed and the Kings of Firanja and Almenad now lie amongst the dead. The great lands beyond the frontiers of your savage dominions are at war or so I hear - Tis good to see the Infidels gnawing upon each other" the Castillain threw a tantrum of rage to the luxury and entertainment of the Andalusian King.
"How strange these infidels be" he mused as he left the chambers, leaving the crazed Castillian King to the engulfing darkness.
After the Fourth Crusade, when the King of France and the Holy Roman Emperor were both killed at the hands of Byzantine troops and their titles left to fade into history, the Pope elevated the duchies of Brittaney, Savoy and Burgundy to the status of Kingdoms, and coronated the Bavarian Duke as Holy Roman Emperor. This was done to hinder the anticipated infighting between the Christian states.The dissolution of the Kingdom of France brought severe consequences on the Christian Kingdoms of Iberia, weakening the support they recieved for their campaigns, also, the confusion prevailent in the Occitanian south distracted the Christians from the Moorish south, giving the Nasrid Kings time to organize and empower their Kingdom. Soon enough, the cycle of history saw the re-abosrbtion of Valencia (1257), Tullaytillah (1286) , Badajoz (1291), and the destruction of Aragona in the famed battle elar'murcia where the Muslims overran Count Beringer's fortified Castle Relandirea and once again established their rule over Zaragoza. The 14th century under the brilliant King Mohammed II the Right Handed saw a new wave of protracted battles between the Christians and Muslims, resulting in the destruction of the Kingdom of Portugal and the Order of Calaravera. By the begining of the 15th century , the Moors had driven the Christians behind the river Tajo and the Aragonese mountains, with an uneasy peace presiding over both. The halt to aggressions came with a heavy price - one of infighting and fracturing the Muslims had to pay - at least as substinance to their continued victories against the forces of Christ.