Saithis - It does not matter who laps the most, it is who emerges victorious in the end. (Did we even set proper victory conditions? What am I being lapped in? )
Kirsch27 - Nope, I was free, and I was out of town this weekend, so no writing was finished sadly. I'm back, however, and hopefully I'll have something ready by the end of this week (and maybe the special thing too...)
Sostratos will be reappearing again. It's a fun character, I'm glad RGB was kind enough to let me use him.
Taqi isn't the same cut as a bin Laden, if only because he's got a much stronger moral code regarding noncombatants. His goal is purification of hearts and minds, first and foremost. Political "purification" will follow, and he knows that slaughtering innocents doesn't purify one's cause, nor does it draw them towards you... indeed, it usually drives them away. Also Taymiyya isn't backing his own dogmatic version of faith--he's trying to look at scripture, and arguably it alone... a huge difference.
wolfcity - It happens sometimes lol. And yeah, there is the question for Alex if he takes The City, what then? Probably attempt to forcibly reunify everything from Spain to Samarkand under one throne... Attempt likely being the key word... it's simply too much for one man, no matter how remarkable...
vadermath - That's more me guessing as to what'll happen in EU3, considering Burgundy's closest colonial places would be North America. My prediction could be wrong, and maybe Mahan is Scottish, or Swedish, or Hamburgian. Who knows?
And yes, Andronikos' collapse was perfect... was it a coincidence? Or was the timing arranged by someone?
Calipah - I kind of imagine that post-fall of Mecca, Muslims would be quick to toss 'New' before Taymiyyah's form of Islam, even if its simply restorative. After such an earth-shaking event, everything before is colored by the recent catastrophe, so someone's reminder in the present of the past, clear and without the taint of defeat, is going to be perceived as something new, even if it's not...
FlyingDutchie - I will readily admit, I did borrow some memes from Luther and Calvin, mostly because I'm far more familiar with them, and it seemed a likely reaction someone could have if their faith has been trodden on, and many of their 'religious leaders' are perceived as complicit in the trodding--don't trust the leaders, trust the scriptures. It fit in my head... I am curious as a writer how it'll work out.
Enewald LJ appears in the thread!
Carlstadt Boy - Which Roma could be a key question shortly...
asd21593 - Now that'd be an interesting turn of events... Nikephoros knows his time is running out and can't wait? Manuel wants chaos to make his claim? That'd be downright evil... but is it what happened? Their planning was well timed...
Zzzzz... - But he has a purple cloak! Bright purple! Lavender even! That's... okay, not that awesome I suppose.
von Sachsen - Possibly, though there was no hint if Alex was the Persian leader that threatened the city... it could be someone else... or am I tossing out red herrings?
Vesimir - If Alex and Gottfried have ganged up, Konstantinopolis is facing a one two punch coming from both directions, and Nikephoros et al's plans are down the tubes. I guess everything depends on Gottfried's loyalty... or should I say, where Gottfried can get the most? Would he think Persia or the loyalists could give him more?
Leviathan07 - But Nikephoros doesn't randomly choke people, nor does the room explode when he yells "Nooooooo!"
Qorten - Well, they've got plans for Gottfried, Demetrios, and the Exarch. Who could they be missing... there's always each other...
Bagricula - Thank you for the compliments and the analysis on my writing! Part of my effort here is to learn to be a better writer... through writing! So any compliments and especially criticisms that come up are more than welcome. I will admit, I had to look up what a chiasmus was. I started writing and a modified version of the final product came out (I think tumbling was a late addition, for example), but it just felt right. Glad to know there was an analytical backing for the instinct.
Nehekara - Well, as Sostratos was described in RGB's story (and to me by RGB as well), he would have NO idea what to do in a court situation... I tried to capture that sense of "uh um" in a group of people who are completely used to the palace and high intrigue... a common man's view. I'm glad people like it! I'm definitely bringing him back.
1) Blank stab at what could happen in the future, though yeah, Burgundy would need a heck of a navy to get his ancestors to North America and hold it... unless he's a European in this universe...
3) A little. Dunno where I found the rascal.
4) Before is rather relative... a few minutes won't make much of a difference when plans are Empire wide...
5) If Gottfried's ambitions are that wide, all of Europe is probably in trouble lol
6) Such is CK... it claimed the troops of Byzantion had plate by 1250, and troops raised in the big cities like Alexandria and Antioch had halfplate...
7) Really? I think he's going to be planting daisies!
AlexanderPrimus - You, sir, are the master of one word summations. XD
Well, like I said, no work on the update yet. I've got a few days off this week, so there'll be something done on it... maybe it'll be up Friday, maybe Saturday. My goal is one of those two!