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    Unless I miss my guess, that is Patrick Stewart playing Sejanus in I, Claudius.
    Yeah, good eye. I neglected to mention that myself. By the way, Archduke, wasn't I the one who first introduced you to that series?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexanderPrimus
    Yeah, good eye. I neglected to mention that myself. By the way, Archduke, wasn't I the one who first introduced you to that series?
    I had heard of it, but yes, you were the one to first show it to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Archduke
    Unless I miss my guess, that is Patrick Stewart playing Sejanus in I, Claudius.
    Thanks for pointing that out! In spite of being a Trekie I didn't recognize him. Probably I'm just no used to seeing him with hair.

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    Hmm, Thomas will act against the dream, and if things go wrong I would be very weary of his temper. Sounds fun
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    November 16th, 1189 - Konstantinopolis

    Sophie Komnenos bit her lower lip, as she glanced over at her husband’s bed. Some days it was harder than others, and today was definitely a hard day.

    It’d been four months since Basil’s final change to the succession law. Sophie hadn’t cared less – she’d argued long and hard once before that Heraklios shouldn’t be the senior Emperor – she didn’t try this time. The increasingly bedridden Emperor made more noises of speaking to the saints, and their messages that Heraklios would save Romanion as Emperor. There had been a time where she’d listened to the words of Basil’s dreams, but now she dabbed his head with water, and whispered soothing sounds to put him back to sleep.

    It was a long goodbye.

    As early as August Basil looked more skin than bone, and his formerly commanding voice had shrunken into a desiccated husk of its former power. By September, the Emperor was too weak to hold court in the Octagon throne room, instead meeting dignitaries at his bedside. Whenever they questioned, Sophie merely said that her husband’s illness was minor, and the churigeons said he would be improving. Yet as day turned to night, and days into weeks, his condition worsened. By mid-October, Basil was drifting in and out of consciousness, and bleeding and leeching by the doctors only seemed to make him even drowsier and weaker. Three weeks before, Sophie had banned the doctors from his room.

    Now, she looked back over at the tall canopy bed in the Purple Room of the Blachernae, silk sheets and rich coverlets hiding the Emperor’s emaciated, deathly form. The doctors estimated that the wasting sickness had cost him nearly half his body weight, and he was unconscious far too much to eat often. Sophie tried her best to tend to him daily, but she also had to balance functioning as Regent as well.

    Then there was Thomas and Alienor. The Exarch had returned in mid-September, feathers ruffled that he did not receive the sole Emperorship, and only grudgingly acquiescing to the new succession law. Alienor Capet was even worse – in public she was ecstatic that her baby son was one of the three future Emperors, yet Sophie’s spy networks had already deduced she was privately chafed that the Empire did not run under Salic law, and she was already politicking with some of the more open-minded dynatoi. At a time where Sophie wanted to spend every moment possible with Basil before he left the world, she found her hours taken more and more with assuaging bruised egos and dissuading ambitious nobles.

    And then, only a few weeks before, more trouble had arrived, named Rodrigo Jimenez.

    Even as she looked at him now, Rodrigo was still dashing and handsome, despite being far closer to fifty than he would admit. His blonde locks hid the gray well, and his wrinkles made him look ruggedly handsome, instead of old. While for other women all of this might be titillating, it troubled Sophie to no end.

    Every night, she was haunted by their one tryst – not because it was good, because she wanted it again, but because of the simple fact that she had betrayed her Basil. Betrayed him, with his best friend. That idea stalked her, like some beast in the night – it’d followed her ever since, haunting every time she saw Basil, whispering her indiscretion in her ear every time she was close to her husband. It was torturous, especially as Basil’s sickness grew worse. Every time she saw his face, she felt ashamed, and angry – angry at herself, and angry at Rodrigo for not turning away, not rejecting her inebriated advances. And her anger found outlet – with suspicion.

    That was why today, as she stood in the Purple Room, facing Rodrigo Jimenez, her eyebrows were raised, before the Hyperexarch even opened his mouth.

    “How is he?” Rodrigo crossed his arms, looking at Sophie then over to Basil. It was small-talk, she knew. Anyone with an eye could see how terribly thin that body was under the sheets, and how ragged the Emperor’s breathing had become in his sleep. She didn’t take her eyes off of the Spaniard.

    “What is it?” she asked. It came off as harsher than she intended – she wanted to get this meeting out of the way, so she could return directly to Basil’s bedside.

    Rodrigo looked taken aback. She’d expected that, and part of her relished the image.



    “About the succession…”

    “It has been decided, Rodrigo,” Sophie sighed quietly. Since his arrival in Konstantinopolis, the Hyperexarch had constantly been advancing the cause of placing Alexios as a senior emperor. With the army’s refusal to accept any arrangement without Thomas, now the Spaniard’s tune had changed to demoting the third son of Basil.

    “No, it hasn’t, and so long as Basil breaths, it can be changed,” Rodrigo pressed quietly. “Heraklios should be senior emperor, yes, but so should Alexios…”

    Sophie’s face flushed. Here they were, only feet from her dying husband, the love of her life, and they were squabbling over the results of that night! The thought of that event once again made her angry and ashamed.

    It was obvious why Rodrigo wouldn’t shut up about the succession, she decided. Ridiculously obvious. She glared at Rodrigo – he’d been the cause of that indiscretion, and now he was using it as a power play!


    “You just wanted Heraklios because he’s your son, and Alexios because you can influence him!” Sophie hissed. She’d hurt her Basil, she’d hurt him and he didn’t even know it! Never again would she listen to that Spaniard!

    “No, I wanted them because Basil was afraid of what Thomas would do!” Rodrigo shot back. “He wanted Heraklios because he would be a wise and good ruler, and Alexios because he’d secure the allegiance of the exarchs as being David’s heir! I…”

    “…put those ideas in Basil’s head!” Sophie snarled. Securing allegiances with the exarchs! Of course! It’d secure the undo influence of Rodrigo Jimenez over the entire imperial government!

    “Sophie!” Rodrigo hissed back. “If Thomas becomes an Autokrator, it means that Mehtar becomes an Autokrator in all but name! He murdered David! I know it! I…”

    “…don’t have any proof!” Sophie snapped. When Rodrigo had put forth his theory in correspondence, Sophie had leapt upon it – Mehtar always had an undo influence and attraction to Thomas. He also clearly had the ability – Sophie knew, because she’d seen him in action before on her own orders. He was the obvious suspect – save he had numerous eyewitnesses saying he was in Barcelona at the time – including Thomas himself. And as much as Thomas and David feuded, Sophie couldn’t bring herself to believe that David would kill Thomas’ wife, or that Thomas would then kill David…

    “Sophie! Think on it!” Rodrigo continued his argument, yet every word he said, laying out counterclaims to Mehtar’s locations, even a claim that some of Mehtar’s ‘witnesses’ were harassed or badgered landed on deaf ears. Sophie knew what it was.

    Rodrigo had always been a political animal. How could she not have seen it? Those years of him playing Basil’s friend? Those years of standing by their side – it was all a ruse, confirmed by the words coming from his mouth! She’d shamed herself because of him! He was trying to gain power, gain influence himself in the only way he could – the people would never accept someone not of Romanoi blood as an emperor, so Rodrigo Jimenez was going to be the power behind the throne, the shadow that moves in the dark!

    “Think on it, Sophie!” Rodrigo hissed. “You trained Mehtar! You know his abilities, you know his utter and complete allegiance to Thomas! You know Thomas’ tongue, how much he hated his brother! Even if Thomas had uttered in anger or jest he wished for David…”

    “Stop!” Sophie finally barked. The servants all looked up warily at the pair, and Sophie’s face went another shade of red. She looked over – Basil still peacefully slept. “Do not say another word,” she turned back to Rodrigo and said slowly, dangerously. “Not another word! Not here, not now, not ever again!”

    Rodrigo’s eyes flashed, hurt and anger radiating from those brown orbs she’d listened to once. She could feel his rage at her, saw his hands shaking, before he snapped around and walked to Basil’s bedside. She stalked over behind him. Rodrigo wouldn’t steal any more time from her with Basil. She went to the other side of the bed, and gently took her sleeping husband’s hand. It twitched slightly.

    “It was a mistake.”

    Sophie looked up, glaring. Rodrigo sat their, on the other side of the bed, eyes frank and open – just like they were before.

    “I said it was a mistake, you said it was a mistake,” the Spaniard said quietly. “We both agree it was a mistake. What’s done is done, Sophie. We have to move on from that…”

    “I can’t,” she whispered, her eyes stinging from the tears wanting to escape. “I can’t trust…”

    “If I wanted power, Sophie, why would I have said it was a mistake? Why would I have secluded myself and accepted Basil’s request that I go to Spain?” Rodrigo pressed. “I am not making up information against Thomas, Sophie! I do not know his role – all I know is that Mehtar Lainez is dangerous – to you, to me, to the Empire, to Alexios, and to…” he stopped for a moment, a word almost coming out that Sophie dared not hear uttered in the palace. “Your son,” Rodrigo finished the second a heart-stopping moment later.

    “What should I do? What can I do?” Sophie murmured, one of her hands idly stroking Basil’s hair. The Emperor’s rattles were becoming more insistent. “Thomas is the next Autokrator. He will protect Mehtar.”

    “Convince him that Mehtar is dangerous,” Rodrigo offered. “Convince him I am not?”

    “Alexandros! Bring up the left flank!”

    Sophie spun around. Basil’s whole form was trembling. Her husband’s face was covered with sweat, his eyes were wide, the brown orbs brilliant and commanding as old, staring directly towards the ceiling. His hand was stretched upwards, as if pointing to the sky. She clasped his free hand, tears flowing down her cheeks. She’d been steeling herself for months for this moment, knowing it would come, yet staring death in the face made her tremble, made her feel powerless, lonely and weak.

    “Vataczes! Get those skoutatoi in line!” the Emperor wheezed as he barked orders to the ghosts of the past. “Vataczes! I need the Franks here! We have to pin Murad in the gorge!”

    She nodded towards one of the manservants, who quickly dashed out of the Purple Room.

    “Basil? Basil, can you hear me?” she pleaded, leaning over him, searching those brown eyes that had been filled with hope and love for so long. They stared back at her, vacantly. His body lived, but his mind was gone – the wasting sickness had taken it. He was already with the dead in the past, even if he still breathed in the present.

    “Alexandros, we need to scout up the spine of the island, I think the Emir is hiding there…”

    Slowly the room started to fill. Heraklios was first – he’d been waiting for hours outside of the door, his eyes were bright red from crying the entire night through. Then came Thomas and Manuel, both somber for once, looking down. The Megos Domestikos was next, and the normally unemotional Kosaca looked practically broken.

    “Vataczes, the Sultan’s cavalry is coming from the right, he’s going to envelop Clemente! Hetaratoi!” Basil’s string of nonsensical commands continued, more distant, weaker, as if the ghostly army he saw was further and further away.

    “Is papa…” Heraklios quietly whispered. Sophie looked up at her youngest son, a storm of emotions crashing through her mind. Basil wasn’t his father! His real father was kneeling beside the Emperor, a hand on his forehead, whispering quiet prayers! She looked back at Basil, caught deep in the hallucinations that were dragging his mind from her. She felt another rush of tears threatening to storm out of her, but she held the breach, forced them back. She had to be strong – at least for Heraklios. She took a deep breath, and nodded, before waving him over to her side.

    “Say something to your papa,” she urged. She was fairly sure Basil couldn’t hear them, but maybe, just maybe, the young boy might get through. She had to at least let him believe he could.

    “Papa? It’s Heraklios,” the ten year old leaned close.

    “Drogo…fleet… Marmara…” Basil murmured.

    “Papa, I am not the King of the Franks…” Heraklios started to say, before looking at his mother. “Why does Papa think I am the King of the Franks?”

    “Papa is not himself,” Sophie said gently, steeling herself. Her voice choked up despite her best efforts.

    “Thomas!” Basil suddenly called, loud and clear as a clarion bell, making her, as well as everyone else in the room, jump out of their skins. The Emperor called for his third son again, not as loud this time, and Sophie looked up at the heir-apparent. Thomas stood, rooted, dumbfounded, eyes wide with surprise and fear. She looked back at her husband, and Basil’s arm was reaching up, searching, hunting for what his dying eyes couldn’t see. Sophie looked back at Thomas, and nodded insistently. Slowly, the Exarch leaned over his father.

    As soon as Basil’s fingers found the velvet of his tunic, the grasped, then clenched, dragging him down till he was only inches from Basil’s wheezing face.

    “Thomas… do not make war against the Turk!

    Thomas seemed to wince, to pull away slightly. After a few moments, it seemed the dying man’s grip grew tighter, and with another yank Basil pulled his son close again.

    “Swear to me!”

    Sophie watched, heartbroken and awestruck. Even in death, it seemed, Basil heard the voice of Hagios Demetrios. He’d told her several times about that dream long ago, the dream that said if Romanion destroyed the Turk, another, more dangerous enemy would cover the land in blood. She’d dismissed it as yet another one of his dreams and visions… yet when it gave him the strength to pull Thomas, despite the latter’s squirming, she had to wonder…

    Thomas, for his part, squirmed a little more, before seeing the hopelessness of the situation. His eyes flashed about, and Sophie caught a quick, panicked glance in the direction of Mehtar. She turned to see what the other man would say, but only caught the very end of whatever it was that he mouthed. When she turned around, Thomas was leaning close to his father, whispering in his ear. A moment later, Basil’s grip relaxed, then his hand fell limply to his side.

    The wheezing noise of Basil’s breathing started to ebb, then changed to a shuddering gasp. Sophie shoved Thomas away. This was the end – Basil needed her by his side, as she had been since those awkward days long ago. She cradled his head, feeling his weakening breaths on her arm. She prayed, to God, asking Hagios Demetrios and every other glorified saint she could think of to intercede on his behalf, to ease his passing. As the great shadow of an emperor gave a final shudder, she muttered another prayer under her breath.

    She prayed for Romanion, that it might survive the coming storm.

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    And now it all begins...

    Something tells me that Thomas' impulsiveness will beat out his father's dying wishes, but we shall see.

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    Wow... that almost brought tears to my eyes. Basil is the kind of leader that I would love to have. You brought him to life and that makes his death real to me.

    Thus ends the life of Basil, the greatest emperor Romanion has ever had (and the greatest it is ever likely to get)

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    A terrible tragedy for Romanion...

    ...but skillfully and artfully written nonetheless, as ever.

    And thus does the tyrannical reign of Thomas begin, or so it appears.

    This AAR is pure gold.

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    And so passes Romaion's greatest Komnenid.

    Which means it's time for major bloodshed again.
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    We want war! We want war! We want war!

    With the turkish infidel!

    And how old was Basil when died?

    And why is his nose so big?
    nearly as big as mine...

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    Realisticly Basil's last words should have been those allegedly uttered by Alexander the Great: "I see a great contest after my death."

    I have the feeling "Basil's funeral games" are about to begin.

    But before that a minute of silence in memoriam of noble, honorable Basil III Komnenos, late Basileus ton Romanos.

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    That was a brilliantly tragic scene—especially with the mood music. It’s amazing that, for all of Basil’s victories, and for all of the time when he dominated the story (he’s been with us for the last 50 pages) his legacy really amounts to very little. Everything that he did was matched by what he did not do, and now his sons seem poised to ruin it all…

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    NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

    And the chaos begins....



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    I've dreaded this moment for a long time now... Sad to see the Basil era gone. We all know it's going downhill from here, you've said that numberous times, I just hope it's not a too deep fall and that Romaion will prevail in some form into the modern times. Do we know what disease Basil succumbed to btw?
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    and so begins the rise of alexios

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    Servius Magnus - Someone has to rise up to fill the gap. Alexios is one of many possible candidates, yes!

    Nikolai - Well, all I've said is the seeds of the eventual downfall have been laid here. The downfall itself isn't immediate (though harsh and trying times are definitely ahead), but its roots can stretch back to the army, Church and dynatoi "waking" from their slumber and starting to exert influence (and a string of Emperors too distracted or inept to cow them like Manuel would have).

    As for Basil's disease - he died of leukemia (whose symptoms, such as bleeding gums, lack of appetite, and loss of weight, would have likely been described as a "wasting sickness" in the 12th century).

    asd21593 - What chaos? There's only three Emperors on the throne simultaneously, and two of them are minors... there'll be no chaos at all!

    Fulcrumvale - Thank you, that was exactly the sentiment I was hoping to convey with the scene. Basil accomplished alot, but all of his accomplishments are hollow for what he didn't do - namely, the very things that made his father so hated. This was in some ways an easy scene to write - I'd had the music ready for a while, and I let it dictate the writing to me... it was the first time in story we were by an Emperor's deathbed, as it were, so I wanted it to be memorable!

    Lord Valentine - Indeed.... unfortunately these funeral games are likely going to be far more bloody than anything seen in the Coliseum. Basil was definitely one of a kind, the type of monarch Byzantium likely won't ever see again...

    Enewald -We don't know what Thomas whispered, or whether it was those words that eased Basil's passing, or his body finally giving out. The army wants war, Thomas wants war... War is likely on the way...

    RGB - Greatest Komnenid? I would agree with most noble, chivalrous and just, but its not yet time to call him the greatest till you see what some of his indecision as wrought...

    AlexanderPrimus - Tyrannical Thomas? I like that little rhyme.

    The_Archduke - Tears? That means what I was trying to do worked... the death music was very powerful stuff, tidbits from the middle and near the end of the King Arthur soundtrack. I had almost imagined a bit where, if Basil had died in the field on campaign, everyone would have looked up out of his tent only to see a magnificent white stallion appear on the hill as he passed... an alternate death for another worthy emperor, should one appear, I suppose.

    Avarri -For all Basil's wishes, he's now gone, and the state is no longer his to guide. It all depends on how well Thomas and the army get along... the army wants the Turks, Thomas wants Rome. And Mehtar... well... he wants Thomas.



    In keeping with the new tradition, I've put together a nice end summary for Basil's reign...





    PROS: – Extremely gifted military tactician, conquered Spain and vast swaths of southern Russia. Kept peace at home, and squabbling amongst the dynatoi was kept to a minimum. Frugal policies and limited wars meant he left the state treasury overflowing with gold – a rarity among soldier Emperors.

    CONS: – Very success abroad kept him away from the organs of state. Increased importance of the army meant that it began to demand more of a role in state affairs. Exarchate system left ground open for numerous plots against Emperors in the future. Left a muddled succession, and the groundwork for a fratricidal bloodbath among the Romanoi.

    VERDICT: On military conquests alone, Basil rivals the Megas himself, and his excellent economic policies left a prosperous Empire to his heirs. However, within his heirs laid his greatest failure – both in the heirs themselves, and his inability, or indecision, to make a strong succession law. While deserving the title “Megaloprepis” (The Magnificent) due to his successes, his failures lay the groundwork for the ultimate decline and final collapse of the Fifth Empire two hundred years later.



    And as a little teaser regarding some later emperors to come (as well as an "academic" opinion on Basil), I have the following, from the ficticious Cambridge Abriged Military History of the Roman Empire, volume 3 (1988):



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    Shit!

    We know now the names of two future emperors!

    Oh the suckage!

    How big is the imperial treasury?

    Who is the main heir?

    Who is the pope?

    Why did he die at the age of 42???

    Manuel a military emperor?

    Why is the Spain a 'part' of the empire? Didn't you grant them real independence?

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    Now these are interesting glances into the future. The empire collapses in the late 14th century under a emperor named Andronikos (how fitting ). So the Mongols can't really be the main reason for it (unless they conquer the whole CK world, like they sometimes do).
    Also the reference to Basil's succession settlement opening the gate to fraternicide gives me hope that we are going to see a lot of anarchy, deceit and bloodshed in the near future.

    And where the funeral games are concerned: I didn't mean that in a literal way. The Diadochei Wars after Alexanders death are sometimes called "the funeral Games of Alexander" and they where after all nothing short of a antique equivalent of a World War. If this is the scale of conflict that awaits the empire of Constantine, then God help the Romans!

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    A good death scene, and a fun future peek - the random orders made me wonder exactly how random they are. Maybe the guy's delerious. Maybe he's saying things that will be ironically appropriate later on.

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