+ Reply to Thread
Page 3 of 5 FirstFirst 1 2 3 4 5 LastLast
Results 41 to 60 of 90

Thread: The Three Certainties of Life - Death, Taxes & Byzantium

  1. #41
    First Lieutenant MarkusH's Avatar
    Rome Gold

    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Sweden
    Posts
    226
    very nice aar, i will subscribe to this.

  2. #42
    Dremora Courtier Arakhor's Avatar
    Crusader Kings IIDeus VultEuropa Universalis 3Europa Universalis: ChroniclesEU3 Complete
    Divine WindHeir to the ThroneEuropa Universalis III: In NomineEU3 Napoleon's AmbitionRome Gold
    SengokuVictoria 2Victoria II: A House DividedVictoria II: Heart of DarknessMount & Blade: Warband
    Mount & Blade: With Fire and SwordCK2: Holy Knight500k clubEuropa Universalis IV: Pre-orderEUIV: Conquest of Paradise
    EUIV: Res PublicaCrusader Kings II: Legacy of RomeCrusader Kings II: Sword of IslamCrusader Kings II: Sunset InvasionCrusader Kings II: The Republic
    Crusader Kings II: The Old GodsCrusader Kings II: Sons of AbrahamCrusader Kings II: Rajas of India

    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    United Kingdom
    Posts
    2,091
    I've put in lots of playing over the last century and I have some 400-odd screenshots to savage before commenting on them. Expect another update in a couple of weeks!
    Ius Hibernicum, in nomine juris. Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum sonatur.

    Ancestor Moth scribe for CK 2: Elder Kings - can you rival Tiber Septim's power?
    Burgundy: A Dream of Lotharingia (a Death & Taxes AAR - in torpor)
    The Three Certainties of Life (a Byzantine D&T AAR - updated 19.02.14)

  3. #43
    MEIOU and Taxes lukew's Avatar
    Cities in Motion 2Crusader Kings IIEuropa Universalis 3Europa Universalis: ChroniclesEU3 Complete
    Divine WindHearts of Iron IIIHeir to the ThroneMarch of the EaglesSengoku
    The Showdown EffectVictoria 2Victoria II: A House DividedVictoria II: Heart of DarknessMount & Blade: With Fire and Sword
    Pride of Nations500k clubEuropa Universalis IV: Pre-order

    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Nottingham, UK
    Posts
    5,118
    Quote Originally Posted by Arakhor View Post
    I've put in lots of playing over the last century and I have some 400-odd screenshots to savage before commenting on them. Expect another update in a couple of weeks!
    Sounds good.
    MEIOU and Taxes for EUIV - Download Now!
    Development Diary | Wiki | Release announcement | Facebook
    'In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except Death MEIOU and Taxes' -Benjamin Franklin
    Death and Taxes - an EUIII DW mod
    'Is this version save game compatible?' -Everyone

  4. #44
    Dremora Courtier Arakhor's Avatar
    Crusader Kings IIDeus VultEuropa Universalis 3Europa Universalis: ChroniclesEU3 Complete
    Divine WindHeir to the ThroneEuropa Universalis III: In NomineEU3 Napoleon's AmbitionRome Gold
    SengokuVictoria 2Victoria II: A House DividedVictoria II: Heart of DarknessMount & Blade: Warband
    Mount & Blade: With Fire and SwordCK2: Holy Knight500k clubEuropa Universalis IV: Pre-orderEUIV: Conquest of Paradise
    EUIV: Res PublicaCrusader Kings II: Legacy of RomeCrusader Kings II: Sword of IslamCrusader Kings II: Sunset InvasionCrusader Kings II: The Republic
    Crusader Kings II: The Old GodsCrusader Kings II: Sons of AbrahamCrusader Kings II: Rajas of India

    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    United Kingdom
    Posts
    2,091
    I haven't exactly had the best four weeks on record, with lots of time off-line, but I'm now preparing the next five episodes, coming to a Byzantine AAR near here soon!
    Ius Hibernicum, in nomine juris. Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum sonatur.

    Ancestor Moth scribe for CK 2: Elder Kings - can you rival Tiber Septim's power?
    Burgundy: A Dream of Lotharingia (a Death & Taxes AAR - in torpor)
    The Three Certainties of Life (a Byzantine D&T AAR - updated 19.02.14)

  5. #45

  6. #46
    Dremora Courtier Arakhor's Avatar
    Crusader Kings IIDeus VultEuropa Universalis 3Europa Universalis: ChroniclesEU3 Complete
    Divine WindHeir to the ThroneEuropa Universalis III: In NomineEU3 Napoleon's AmbitionRome Gold
    SengokuVictoria 2Victoria II: A House DividedVictoria II: Heart of DarknessMount & Blade: Warband
    Mount & Blade: With Fire and SwordCK2: Holy Knight500k clubEuropa Universalis IV: Pre-orderEUIV: Conquest of Paradise
    EUIV: Res PublicaCrusader Kings II: Legacy of RomeCrusader Kings II: Sword of IslamCrusader Kings II: Sunset InvasionCrusader Kings II: The Republic
    Crusader Kings II: The Old GodsCrusader Kings II: Sons of AbrahamCrusader Kings II: Rajas of India

    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    United Kingdom
    Posts
    2,091
    Just so people know where I am, I'm still working on the next few chapters of the AAR. Unfortunately, the way I set up my Photobucket directories (and thus the JPG names) requires me to know how many chapters each ruler will need to document their reign. This is the same with my Burgundy AAR too and is one of the reasons I take so long to get started with a new ruler.

    On the plus side, I've nearly finished Frankensteining all the pictures for the entirety of Thomas's reign and I can guarantee an update soon!
    Ius Hibernicum, in nomine juris. Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum sonatur.

    Ancestor Moth scribe for CK 2: Elder Kings - can you rival Tiber Septim's power?
    Burgundy: A Dream of Lotharingia (a Death & Taxes AAR - in torpor)
    The Three Certainties of Life (a Byzantine D&T AAR - updated 19.02.14)

  7. #47
    Awesome! Moar Byzantines!
    I am the Emeror of the Intergalactic Roman Empire! Bow before my might!
    Current Game: Basiliea Rhomaion

    http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/...amp-Taxes-AAR. A new AAR: HAIL BASILIEA RHOMAION!! ALL HAIL THE HELIX FOSSIL!!! A PPA MEIOU&Taxes AAR. Will it fail? Probably.

  8. #48
    MEIOU and Taxes lukew's Avatar
    Cities in Motion 2Crusader Kings IIEuropa Universalis 3Europa Universalis: ChroniclesEU3 Complete
    Divine WindHearts of Iron IIIHeir to the ThroneMarch of the EaglesSengoku
    The Showdown EffectVictoria 2Victoria II: A House DividedVictoria II: Heart of DarknessMount & Blade: With Fire and Sword
    Pride of Nations500k clubEuropa Universalis IV: Pre-order

    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Nottingham, UK
    Posts
    5,118
    Quote Originally Posted by Arakhor View Post
    Just so people know where I am, I'm still working on the next few chapters of the AAR. Unfortunately, the way I set up my Photobucket directories (and thus the JPG names) requires me to know how many chapters each ruler will need to document their reign. This is the same with my Burgundy AAR too and is one of the reasons I take so long to get started with a new ruler.

    On the plus side, I've nearly finished Frankensteining all the pictures for the entirety of Thomas's reign and I can guarantee an update soon!
    If you still have the screenshots it would be great to see how the game turned out
    MEIOU and Taxes for EUIV - Download Now!
    Development Diary | Wiki | Release announcement | Facebook
    'In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except Death MEIOU and Taxes' -Benjamin Franklin
    Death and Taxes - an EUIII DW mod
    'Is this version save game compatible?' -Everyone

  9. #49
    Dremora Courtier Arakhor's Avatar
    Crusader Kings IIDeus VultEuropa Universalis 3Europa Universalis: ChroniclesEU3 Complete
    Divine WindHeir to the ThroneEuropa Universalis III: In NomineEU3 Napoleon's AmbitionRome Gold
    SengokuVictoria 2Victoria II: A House DividedVictoria II: Heart of DarknessMount & Blade: Warband
    Mount & Blade: With Fire and SwordCK2: Holy Knight500k clubEuropa Universalis IV: Pre-orderEUIV: Conquest of Paradise
    EUIV: Res PublicaCrusader Kings II: Legacy of RomeCrusader Kings II: Sword of IslamCrusader Kings II: Sunset InvasionCrusader Kings II: The Republic
    Crusader Kings II: The Old GodsCrusader Kings II: Sons of AbrahamCrusader Kings II: Rajas of India

    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    United Kingdom
    Posts
    2,091
    Has it really been a month since EU3Noob posted? I must apologise for nothing happening in all that time (and next time, don't state any dates for me to utterly ignore)!

    I have 200 years of screenshots, 50 of which have even been completed. I will post them, never fear!
    Ius Hibernicum, in nomine juris. Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum sonatur.

    Ancestor Moth scribe for CK 2: Elder Kings - can you rival Tiber Septim's power?
    Burgundy: A Dream of Lotharingia (a Death & Taxes AAR - in torpor)
    The Three Certainties of Life (a Byzantine D&T AAR - updated 19.02.14)

  10. #50
    MEIOU and Taxes lukew's Avatar
    Cities in Motion 2Crusader Kings IIEuropa Universalis 3Europa Universalis: ChroniclesEU3 Complete
    Divine WindHearts of Iron IIIHeir to the ThroneMarch of the EaglesSengoku
    The Showdown EffectVictoria 2Victoria II: A House DividedVictoria II: Heart of DarknessMount & Blade: With Fire and Sword
    Pride of Nations500k clubEuropa Universalis IV: Pre-order

    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Nottingham, UK
    Posts
    5,118
    Quote Originally Posted by Arakhor View Post
    Has it really been a month since EU3Noob posted? I must apologise for nothing happening in all that time (and next time, don't state any dates for me to utterly ignore)!

    I have 200 years of screenshots, 50 of which have even been completed. I will post them, never fear!
    Brilliant, thanks.
    MEIOU and Taxes for EUIV - Download Now!
    Development Diary | Wiki | Release announcement | Facebook
    'In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except Death MEIOU and Taxes' -Benjamin Franklin
    Death and Taxes - an EUIII DW mod
    'Is this version save game compatible?' -Everyone

  11. #51
    Captain Beelz's Avatar
    Achtung PanzerA Game of DwarvesArsenal of DemocracyCities in MotionCities in Motion 2
    Crusader Kings IIDarkest HourEast India Company CollectionEuropa Universalis: ChroniclesDivine Wind
    Hearts of Iron IIIHearts of Iron III CollectionHOI3: Their Finest HourHeir to the ThroneIron Cross
    King Arthur IIMarch of the EaglesVictoria: RevolutionsRome GoldSengoku
    Supreme Ruler 2020Victoria 2Victoria II: A House DividedVictoria II: Heart of DarknessMount & Blade: Warband
    Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword500k clubEuropa Universalis IV: Pre-order

    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Stoke-on-Trent, UK
    Posts
    375
    Update?
    Beelzmod - A complete overhaul for CKII

    War is people fighting over ideas.
    Peace is ideas fighting over people.

  12. #52
    Dremora Courtier Arakhor's Avatar
    Crusader Kings IIDeus VultEuropa Universalis 3Europa Universalis: ChroniclesEU3 Complete
    Divine WindHeir to the ThroneEuropa Universalis III: In NomineEU3 Napoleon's AmbitionRome Gold
    SengokuVictoria 2Victoria II: A House DividedVictoria II: Heart of DarknessMount & Blade: Warband
    Mount & Blade: With Fire and SwordCK2: Holy Knight500k clubEuropa Universalis IV: Pre-orderEUIV: Conquest of Paradise
    EUIV: Res PublicaCrusader Kings II: Legacy of RomeCrusader Kings II: Sword of IslamCrusader Kings II: Sunset InvasionCrusader Kings II: The Republic
    Crusader Kings II: The Old GodsCrusader Kings II: Sons of AbrahamCrusader Kings II: Rajas of India

    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    United Kingdom
    Posts
    2,091
    This weekend, I promise!
    Ius Hibernicum, in nomine juris. Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum sonatur.

    Ancestor Moth scribe for CK 2: Elder Kings - can you rival Tiber Septim's power?
    Burgundy: A Dream of Lotharingia (a Death & Taxes AAR - in torpor)
    The Three Certainties of Life (a Byzantine D&T AAR - updated 19.02.14)

  13. #53
    Comte de Purchase Merrick Chance''s Avatar
    Crusader Kings IIDarkest HourEuropa Universalis 3Europa Universalis III: In NomineEU3 Napoleon's Ambition
    Rome GoldVictoria 2Victoria II: A House DividedVictoria II: Heart of DarknessRome: Vae Victis
    Rise of Prussia500k clubEuropa Universalis IV

    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    New York & DC depending on the day
    Posts
    1,679
    I'm liking this!

    Subscribed!
    Enough! You talk of the people's rights. The people only have those rights that I choose to give them, and that is for their own good, believe me--Dr.Doom


    "Don't get me wrong, I am a strong fan of historical AARs and I believe that yours is the best I have ever read" --Ar7
    "This is /amazing/"--Scrollreader
    The Lords of Prussia: from feudalism to modernity: a Magna Mundi historybook AAR

    "I was a fan of Lords of Prussia and your French sequel is just as good if not even better." --Jape
    Lords of France: Roads to the Enlightenment: A Magna Mundi historybook AAR

  14. #54
    Major Blackfish's Avatar
    Crusader Kings IIDarkest HourEU3 CompleteDivine WindFor the Motherland
    Hearts of Iron IIIHearts of Iron III CollectionHOI3: Their Finest HourHeir to the ThroneLead and Gold
    The Kings CrusadeMajesty II CollectionRome GoldSemper FiSengoku
    Ship Simulator ExtremesSword of the StarsSword of the Stars IIVictoria 2Victoria II: A House Divided
    Victoria II: Heart of DarknessRome: Vae VictisMount & Blade: WarbandWarlock: Master of the ArcaneMount & Blade: With Fire and Sword
    War of the Roses500k clubEuropa Universalis IV: Pre-orderEUIV: Conquest of ParadiseEUIV: Res Publica
    Crusader Kings II: Legacy of RomeCrusader Kings II: Sword of IslamCrusader Kings II: Sunset InvasionCrusader Kings II: The RepublicCrusader Kings II: The Old Gods
    Crusader Kings II: Sons of AbrahamCrusader Kings II: Charlemagne

    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    still looking for a tree to piss on
    Posts
    708
    Quote Originally Posted by Arakhor View Post
    This weekend, I promise!
    I'm holding you to that promise.

  15. #55
    Subscribing to this Eastern Roman epic!

  16. #56
    Crazy Cat Person. Meow! Moderator Qorten's Avatar
    61 games registered

    61

    200k clubArsenal of DemocracyCities in MotionCities in Motion 2Crusader Kings II
    DungeonlandElven Legacy CollectionEuropa Universalis 3Europa Universalis: ChroniclesDivine Wind
    For The GloryGettysburgHearts of Iron IIIHearts of Iron III CollectionHeir to the Throne
    Europa Universalis III: In NomineKing Arthur IILeviathan: WarshipsThe Kings CrusadeLost Empire - Immortals
    MagickaMajesty 2March of the EaglesEU3 Napoleon's AmbitionNaval War: Arctic Circle
    SengokuShip Simulator ExtremesSword of the StarsSword of the Stars IISupreme Ruler 2020
    Victoria 2Victoria II: A House DividedVictoria II: Heart of DarknessRome: Vae VictisMount & Blade: Warband
    Warlock: Master of the ArcaneMount & Blade: With Fire and SwordWar of the RosesPride of NationsRise of Prussia
    CK2: Holy KnightEU Rome Collectors EditionKnights of Pen and Paper +1 Edition500k clubEuropa Universalis IV: Pre-order
    Teleglitch: Die More EditionWarlock 2: The ExiledEUIV: Wealth of NationsEUIV: Conquest of ParadiseEUIV: Res Publica

    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Lost in time and space
    Posts
    4,018
    Nice AAR, Arakhor! Will do my best to keep following.


    When I use this color I am speaking as a Moderator.

  17. #57
    Dremora Courtier Arakhor's Avatar
    Crusader Kings IIDeus VultEuropa Universalis 3Europa Universalis: ChroniclesEU3 Complete
    Divine WindHeir to the ThroneEuropa Universalis III: In NomineEU3 Napoleon's AmbitionRome Gold
    SengokuVictoria 2Victoria II: A House DividedVictoria II: Heart of DarknessMount & Blade: Warband
    Mount & Blade: With Fire and SwordCK2: Holy Knight500k clubEuropa Universalis IV: Pre-orderEUIV: Conquest of Paradise
    EUIV: Res PublicaCrusader Kings II: Legacy of RomeCrusader Kings II: Sword of IslamCrusader Kings II: Sunset InvasionCrusader Kings II: The Republic
    Crusader Kings II: The Old GodsCrusader Kings II: Sons of AbrahamCrusader Kings II: Rajas of India

    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    United Kingdom
    Posts
    2,091
    Thanks for all your kind words providing the impetus to actually get this thing going again. I'll be polite and not mention that I last updated this four months ago if you don't! I'm now preparing a special double-issue to make up for my shameful lack of updates.
    Ius Hibernicum, in nomine juris. Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum sonatur.

    Ancestor Moth scribe for CK 2: Elder Kings - can you rival Tiber Septim's power?
    Burgundy: A Dream of Lotharingia (a Death & Taxes AAR - in torpor)
    The Three Certainties of Life (a Byzantine D&T AAR - updated 19.02.14)

  18. #58
    Dremora Courtier Arakhor's Avatar
    Crusader Kings IIDeus VultEuropa Universalis 3Europa Universalis: ChroniclesEU3 Complete
    Divine WindHeir to the ThroneEuropa Universalis III: In NomineEU3 Napoleon's AmbitionRome Gold
    SengokuVictoria 2Victoria II: A House DividedVictoria II: Heart of DarknessMount & Blade: Warband
    Mount & Blade: With Fire and SwordCK2: Holy Knight500k clubEuropa Universalis IV: Pre-orderEUIV: Conquest of Paradise
    EUIV: Res PublicaCrusader Kings II: Legacy of RomeCrusader Kings II: Sword of IslamCrusader Kings II: Sunset InvasionCrusader Kings II: The Republic
    Crusader Kings II: The Old GodsCrusader Kings II: Sons of AbrahamCrusader Kings II: Rajas of India

    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    United Kingdom
    Posts
    2,091
    Chapter V - Does Your Regent Know?



    So we now have an eleven-and-a-half year-old boy called Thomas on the Byzantine throne and he has a bunch of advisers with (much longer) more typically Greek names. This is not a dangerous place to be in the slightest, right chaps? Chaps? Chaps!!


    Morocco makes peace with Wallachia and annexes Montenegro. I know nothing about its history, but I suspect it's one of the places that we really should own. Damn Mahomedans!


    We get peace with the Jalayrids and England beats Burgundy into sundering its relations with the eastern Mediterrean states. This is good news for us, as then perhaps we will be able to act unimpeded in this theatre. (Castle, air, get going.)


    Ioannes V has been dead for less than six months and he wasn't even a particularly good king, but they're already composing a national epic about him. Either the Roman Empire is filled with forelock-tugging nationalists with a rosy view of history or... No, wait, it's that, definitely.


    Thomas's nobles see a good time to get a bloc together and demand a bunch of old rights. The regents tell them where to go - they don't want to be answerable to the Emperor in a few years' time!


    This is not looking good. Alliances are there to reassure us, not be actually be used!


    The Chobanids, the Timurids, Oman and Baluchistan against the might (?) of Byzantium, Georgia and the Eretnids. The Georgians are doomed.


    England seems to be doing better for itself now, whilst five months after we are called into the war, Georgia is promptly annexed. Yay!


    Pontus converts to the Orthodox faith, so the southern coast of the Black Sea is looking promisingly orangy-brown again.


    After Georgia was annexed, the wars were very quiet, a lot of silence interspersed with the occasional half-hearted invasion. Eventually, the fighting is called off and uneasy peace reigns once more.


    Meanwhile, the adviser with the most unpronounceable name dies off and we replace him with someone whose name is suspiciously pronounceable instead. I think I've been staring at Greek names for too long!


    Eastern Europe is becoming impressively Balkanised. That should be my back yard, damn it, not merely reduced to some bit-part in Greece and Anatolia!



    The Regents execute a bailiff for being egregiously tyrannical. Other nations don't look well upon us anyway, so we need to keep our own people happy.



    Our young king reaches the grand age of fifteen and undergoes a second coronation as Thomas, in God faithful, Basileus kai Autokratōr ton Rhomaion. Asia Minor won't know what's hit them!


    I think that we can ignore the scurrilous court rumours that a teenager is already renowned for his drunkenness, don't you?





    Regency for Thomas Palaiologos
    (22.03.1370 - 18.07.1373)

    Autocrat and Emperor of the Romans
    Strategos-Autokrator of Konstantinoupolis
    Ius Hibernicum, in nomine juris. Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum sonatur.

    Ancestor Moth scribe for CK 2: Elder Kings - can you rival Tiber Septim's power?
    Burgundy: A Dream of Lotharingia (a Death & Taxes AAR - in torpor)
    The Three Certainties of Life (a Byzantine D&T AAR - updated 19.02.14)

  19. #59
    Captain Beelz's Avatar
    Achtung PanzerA Game of DwarvesArsenal of DemocracyCities in MotionCities in Motion 2
    Crusader Kings IIDarkest HourEast India Company CollectionEuropa Universalis: ChroniclesDivine Wind
    Hearts of Iron IIIHearts of Iron III CollectionHOI3: Their Finest HourHeir to the ThroneIron Cross
    King Arthur IIMarch of the EaglesVictoria: RevolutionsRome GoldSengoku
    Supreme Ruler 2020Victoria 2Victoria II: A House DividedVictoria II: Heart of DarknessMount & Blade: Warband
    Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword500k clubEuropa Universalis IV: Pre-order

    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Stoke-on-Trent, UK
    Posts
    375
    Quote Originally Posted by Arakhor View Post
    I'll be polite and not mention that I last updated this four months ago if you don't!
    Our lips are sealed.
    Beelzmod - A complete overhaul for CKII

    War is people fighting over ideas.
    Peace is ideas fighting over people.

  20. #60
    Dremora Courtier Arakhor's Avatar
    Crusader Kings IIDeus VultEuropa Universalis 3Europa Universalis: ChroniclesEU3 Complete
    Divine WindHeir to the ThroneEuropa Universalis III: In NomineEU3 Napoleon's AmbitionRome Gold
    SengokuVictoria 2Victoria II: A House DividedVictoria II: Heart of DarknessMount & Blade: Warband
    Mount & Blade: With Fire and SwordCK2: Holy Knight500k clubEuropa Universalis IV: Pre-orderEUIV: Conquest of Paradise
    EUIV: Res PublicaCrusader Kings II: Legacy of RomeCrusader Kings II: Sword of IslamCrusader Kings II: Sunset InvasionCrusader Kings II: The Republic
    Crusader Kings II: The Old GodsCrusader Kings II: Sons of AbrahamCrusader Kings II: Rajas of India

    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    United Kingdom
    Posts
    2,091
    Chapter VI - I Have A Dream



    Thomas Andronikos Palaiologos, painted around 1400 to commemorate Emperor Thomas's long reign.


    Thomas has not even spent one year ruling on his own before his father's allies in Milan require the Empire's help with their trade war with Venice. Thomas reluctantly accepts and hopes for another quiet 'war'.


    Demetrios Kydones, Mesazon (prime minster) under Ioannes V, manages to fabricate a claim on the Serbian province of Vlore. Thomas has great plans for Byzantine restoration and he rewards him by raising him to the position of Kanikleios (keeper of the imperial inkstand) as well.


    Our land technology improves slightly (always a plus) and our teenage monarch is painted as a ruthless power-monger. Between drunkenness and ruthlessness, some of the Byzantine court really don't seem to like their new Emperor!


    The Eretnid people finally accept the worship of Kristos Pantokrator ("Christ, Ruler of All") and convert to the Orthodox faith. We are then somewhat inexplicably told that spies have succeeded in infiltrating our administration. If they're even halfway decent, how do we know that they're there?


    In other news, Aragon wails on the Papal State and the Chobanids beat up the Kartids. If they're not focusing on Byzantium, all the better!


    The same day, the newly Christianised Eretnids reaffirm their alliance with us, but this does have the unfortunate side-effect that they can now have Holy War called against them by their neighbours as well.


    Our old enemy Venice is forced to cede a province to Aquileia, which interestingly doesn't affect our on-going war alongside Milan against them.


    A major revolt occurs throughout Greek Candar in autumn 1375 which needs to be put down as swiftly as possible.


    Unfortunately, whilst this is going on, Armenia is having its arse handed to it by the rampaging Mamluks. They are the terrifying monster that is used to scare Byzantine children to sleep - "if you're naughty, the Mamluks will get you!"


    Under the command of Megas Doux ("Grand General") Konstantinos Phouskamaki, the Byzantine navy hands the remaining Venetian ships another defeat. The final insult, however, is when Milan's armies triumph over La Serenissima and take the city of Venexia for their own.


    He might be rumoured to be a drunken power-monger, but Thomas is certainly no slouch in the bedroom department, fathering his first child, Manuel, at the tender age of seventeen and a half. To distract from these wild rumours, Thomas takes for himself the common moniker Porphyrogennētos ("born in the purple"), indicating a royal child of a reigning Byzantine Emperor.


    Yeah, another of the Byzantine bugbears has decided that they want Eretnid land for themselves, though Milan, Trebizond and Wallachia come to our aid. Our alliance policy is finally working in our favour!


    Despite the Ottomans rudely interrupting the Christmas festivities, the planned royal marriage with the Eretnids takes place on schedule the day after Epiphany. If previous experience is anything to go, these wars tend to drag on for a long time.


    It's only a small victory, but now we've proven that we can hold our own in naval matters against the feared Ottomans.


    Despite a year of fighting in and around Anatolia, the talented advisers that Thomas inherited from his father and the council of regents has led to an increase in the middle classes and greater financial stability. Success!


    Another year passes and Byzantine technological improvement continues apace, despite the long months of blood and tears outside Konstantinoupolis's high walls.


    An almost-year-long siege of the Izmirian fortifications by our Wallachian allies concludes successfully.


    A view of the battle theatre two years into the war, just prior to the fall of Izmir. The Ottomans have seized much of our eastern holdings, but our allies are keeping them busy in the west. Byzantium proper remains untrammelled by war as yet.





    Thomas Porphyrogennētos
    Anno Mundus 6886

    Θωμάς πορφυρογέννητος

    Autocrat and Emperor of the Romans
    Strategos-Autokrator of Konstantinoupolis
    Last edited by Arakhor; 03-06-2012 at 16:03.
    Ius Hibernicum, in nomine juris. Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum sonatur.

    Ancestor Moth scribe for CK 2: Elder Kings - can you rival Tiber Septim's power?
    Burgundy: A Dream of Lotharingia (a Death & Taxes AAR - in torpor)
    The Three Certainties of Life (a Byzantine D&T AAR - updated 19.02.14)

+ Reply to Thread
Page 3 of 5 FirstFirst 1 2 3 4 5 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts