Howdy, and welcome to my tiny little corner of AARland! For those of you who don't know me, my name is Matt. This is my third AAR, although this will probably be the first one I complete! My other ones (which can be found in my signature) were both EU3 AAR's with the first being ended by hard drive failure and the second by just having to much on my plate. Anywho, on to this adventure. This will be a Dai Nam AAR, and will be a narrative & gameplay hybrid.
The goal of my AAR's is to have memorable character's that you remember, be it Albert or King Renald (old characters). The problem is with these games is that they cover such a long span of time, they have a bit of a stretched life span. So I got about thinking how to deal with this issue, and with this AAR I won't even attempt to dabble in realism. So this AAR will be written from my perspective and the tiny little fella on my shoulder, Emperor Le Loi, perhaps the greatest leader of Vietnam ever. Hopefully he will guide me as I am quite bad at this game. Remember, don't take this to serious! Enjoy.
Dialogue inbound! There won't be so much next chapter.
So this is how I met Le Loi...
Chapter 1 - Why You Never Look Under The Carpet!
December 16th, (Year Omitted)
I was a college student, and a decent one at that. Not to brag, but I was pretty good looking too. Those were the days. Anyway, I was a history major, and as such I was touring Asia with a few friends. We saw the everything from the Great Wall to Edo Castle, hitting all the major spots. Everything was going great, I was having fun and couldn't wait to see Vietnam, as that was our last stop. However, what I got was a whole lot of trouble.
I grimaced and looked at the doorway.
"Do we have to? You know I hate tombs."
My friend Jack smiled and laughed.
"Stop being such a girl. Le Loi was a pretty important guy dude. How can you not go in?"
"By going back to the hotel."
Jack smiled and grabbed my arm. He then shoved me into the tomb.
"Come on it will be fun!"
"Fine! Let's get this over with."
We walked into the tomb. It was cold, dark, and dingy. Just like I expected. We walked for a short bit until we finally arrived at the tomb. Jack looked at it through the ropes.
"Let's touch it!"
I shook my head. Jack always wanted to see what was under the carpet.
"Why? What kind of historian are you?"
"The edgy kind!"
With that he leaned over the ropes and pushed the casket lid. Then he was gone. I blinked and shouted for him. Then suddenly I felt something tapping on my shoulder.
"He is gone boy. His soul is mine. I am live once more!"
There was a small man in ceremonial armor sitting on my shoulder. And he looked alot like engraving on the tomb. I laughed.
"Ha, ok Jack very funny. Come on out now."
I poked at the man on my shoulder.
"You are pretty cool for a projection."
I poked the small man in the stomach again. He screamed. With that he pulled out a tiny blade and stabbed my finger. It bled a little so I sucked on it. I almost soiled myself.
"Ah, you aren't a projection. So I am insane."
"No, it is very simple. I ate your friends soul and reincarnated myself."
"Why are you small?"
"I don't know! This is the first time I have been reincarnated."
"Well, I have to look for Jack."
The small man looked into my eyes.
"SAY MY NAME!"
I couldn't resist.
"Le Loi, my highness. How can I serve you?"
"Leave this place! It is dingy!"
With that we left the tomb. Once we were oustide I regained control of myself.
"How did you do that!"
I glared at him. He stared at me with a blank expression. I shook my head.
"Ok, let's say that you are the real Le Loi for a second. How do you speak english?"
"With the soul comes the vocabulary I guess."
I was a open minded fellow, so I began to accept all of this. I was obviously off my rocker.
"Fine, leave me now. I want to mourn Jack."
"Two problems with that. First is that I can't leave...
"Well, form what I understand is that I need a soul and a tether."
"Something to keep me in this universe. Guess we better get to know each other."
With that he slung his tiny arm around my neck. I shook it off as gently as I could.
"What is the other problem?"
"Your friend isn't dead. He is in this tiny little body with me. Before you hurt me though, you must help me fufill my goal. He will then be free."
"Will he be tiny?"
Le Loi shrugged.
"Fine, I will help you. What is this goal?"
"I never lived long enough to see that my state developed to the superpower status it deserved! We are going to do this!"
Le Loi waved his hands around and started chanting. It was then that I realized I was obviously the only one who could hear him. I didn't have time to consider this though as there was suddenly a flash!
Le Loi looked around and smiled. The tomb was gone and we were now in a dense jungle.
"Son of a...."
Le Loi looked at me and smiled.
"Welcome to 1836! It is from here we will guide my nation to greatness and you will earn back the soul of your friend!"
I could already tell. This was going to suck.
Hope you guy's enjoyed! One more pure narrative update and then we get some gameplay.