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Interesting to see you balance a spiritual tale spanning trillions of years and with boundless implications with the more standard account of the gameplay. Good job on those conquerings.
 

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very nice work! maybe the Asuras are the europeans? :p
 

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Nice work! Are you planning to convert all of India as well as conquering it? I don't think the job will be properly finished otherwise! ;) Oh, and I see you do seem to have some colonization potential - that's good news. Can you beat the demon whitemen to those other spots?
 

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Duke of Wellington: I think Delhi are probably the strongest ATM. But I'm probably a close second.

Lord J. Roxton: Thanks, I think it has worked pretty well so far.

lifeless: The Europeans probably won't come into this AAR very much assuming I can establish colonies soon enough in the southern provinces. The Asuras are the rivals of the Devas, similar to the Gods and the Titans in Greek mythology.

Farquharson: Yes, I intend to convert the subcontinent, for both game and AAR purposes. I'm fairly confident I'll be able to prevent the Europeans gaining a foothold on the subcontinent, but we'll see.

anonymous4401: Yes. :D

cthulhu: Thanks. I'm pretty sure there aren't any other AARs that span 3 trillion years, so it is somewhat unique in that regard. ;)
 
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An interesting story Fiftypence. Yep grab all the land you can in the south before those dastardly Europeans show up. Besides you need to let your BB cool off before conquering Hyderabad. Or do you? :D

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Two updates :) (don't ask, I had trouble as the company introduced a new net-filter, so I had to find a workaround)

It is nice to see that the empire is growing, even though the Emperor is not exactly aware what is going on around him :D
 

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Are Hyderabad's provinces Hindu? I seem to recall that Hyderabad was one of the predominately Hindu countries that happened to have a Moslem ruler.
 

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Well, this progress nicely. Any plans for colonies in Albion in the future?
 

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Storey: My BB's not too bad, about 10 at the beginning of the update.

Kelvin: As long as Devesh is there, the Emperor can concentrate on his poetry without too much worry. :D

J. Passepartout: Yep, their all Hindu, but they are desperately trying to convert their capital province.

GrimPagan: I think control of the subcontinent and some other bits of Asia will do. ;)
 

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Part 8 - A Tranquil Decade

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"Good news, my emperor!"

The Emperor looked up, and smiled. "Excellent."

Devesh frowned, slightly bemused. "Uh, don't you want to know what the good news is?"

"Not really. So long as it's good."

"Oh. Okay." Devesh wandered away, and instead told the news that Jodhpur and Orissa had entered into an alliance with Vijayanagar to a surprised servant.

1430

A peaceful year, marked only by battles against natives in Bombay and Palakamedi.

1431

The Emperor read the missive with a heavy set frown. "Devesh!"

"Yes, my emperor?"

"There appears to be some kind of mistake. One of my daughters has been married to the Sultan of Oman! A filthy muslim dog!"

Devesh took a deep breath. "Yes, I know. I sanctioned it myself, Emperor."

"You what?! But they're muslims. We don't like muslims very much in the City of Victory, I don't know if you remember?"

"But the Sultan of Oman is a Shi'ite muslim. It's Sunni muslims we don't like. Shias don't like Sunnis either. Remember, the enemy of our enemy could be our friend."

"All right, but they're still muslims, though..." muttered Deva Raya II.

In July of the year Devesh set off to Muscat, to meet with the Sultan Malik of Oman himself. He was recieved graciously, and presented Malik with a gift of a fine, golden statue of an elephant, the finest craft of the City of Victory. The Sultan was so taken with this gift that he declared Vijayanagar to be a friend of Oman, and allowed Devesh to stay and sample life in the court of a muslim ruler. After a month on the Arab peninsula Devesh returned home, bringing back something of great interest to Deva Raya II:

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Maps!

1435

In the next four years Vijayanagar continued to try and subdue the southern provinces with mixed success, and in January of 1435 new tax collectors were appointed in Khandesh province. Later in the year the province of Yanam saw the implementation of irrigation techniques similar to that of the City of Victory itself, leading to a slight increase in available manpower in the province.

1436

A tax collector was promoted in Bastar. The whole Empire now had a comprehensive tax system in place.

1438

The subduing of the natives finally started to pay dividends as a colony was established in Palakamedi.

1439

A colony was successfully established in Bombay.

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The empire after the colonial successes

It had been a decade since the Empire was last formally at war, and during that time she had prospered and grown peacefully through the settlement of outerlying areas. However, on July 28th 1439 that peace was shattered, as an envoy arrived at the court of Deva Raya II from Orissa.

"My lord, by the grace of Vishnu and the power of Shiva I come asking, on behalf of your friend Kapilesvara Gajapati of Orissa, that you honour the call to war. Your armies would aid us greatly in our struggle against the Muslim menace of Bengal, so that we may liberate our Hindu brethren who are so cruelly oppressed and subdued by that tyrant."

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"So Bengal has invaded Orissa?" asked Deva Raya II. The envoy laughed, but quickly stopped himself upon seeing the Emperor's frown.

"Actually no. Kapilesvara Gajapati has taken a grasp of his fate and has taken the fight to the Muslim."

"Hmm. Well, there are certain things I and my most trusted advisor must consider before giving our reply. Good quarters for you will be made up immediately, where you shall stay in comfort."

Devesh signalled to some nearby servants, who hurried away to prepare the envoy's room. Meanwhile, the Emperor retired, and discussed with Devesh the state and preparedness of the army, which was depleted through fighting in the wild south. The next day, the envoy was summoned and made back for Orissa with great gladness, for the Emperor had decided that Vijayanagar would stand by her allies and honour the call to war.
 

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Your empire is starting to look rather big now, nice!

Keep it up!
 

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Duke of Wellington: Wait and see. ;)

Specialist290: Cheers. :)

anonymous4401: Um, well no. Bengal don't have any allies. :D

Kelvin: No problem. :)

Saulta: It's going to get much bigger, with any luck.
 

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Part 9 - The Sacred River

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The river Ganges

The main bulk of the Vijayanagar army was stationed in Mysore, and so it was a long march up towards the Bengali province of Sambalpur. When they arrived they found Kapilesvara Gajapati's army already besieging the city, and so the Emperor decided to march towards the Ganges. The river was crossed in late January 1440, and a siege of Calcutta was begun in the middle of February. Meanwhile another army was raised in the south, to aid the Orissans in Sambalpur. Meanwhile, Sultan Mahmud Shah of Bengal had led his army and was sieging the capital of Orissa. Sambalpur fell in September, and the siege of Odisa was broken a month later.

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On December 17th Calcutta fell, prompting great celebration among the Hindu citizens. Many joyously went and bathed and immersed themselves in the sacred river and openly worshipped the goddess Ganga, personification of the river, something the Sultan had forbidden. Devesh joined them, and got lost amid the crowds. He plunged himself under the water, and when he emerged the throngs of people had disappeared, and the sky was dark and red.

"Devesh, you have struck a great blow to our enemies."

He spun round, and saw that, floating just above the river was a most beautiful lady, holding a water vessel. He recognised her. "Lady Ganga, it has been a long time."

"Indeed. I come merely to congratulate you. The river will yet be liberated from the Muslims, from Calcutta to Delhi. Stay strong, and stay bold, and never forget that wherever you are your father Lord Vishnu walks and rides with you."

"Thank you, Lady Ganga. I shall remember that."

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1441

In February the army moved north to Koch, and in March the news arrived that the Sultan of Bengal was now involved in another war with Malwa and Gujarat. Koch fell in October, and the army moved on to Howrah.

1442

The war was going very well for the Hindu allies. In November Bihar was taken by Orissa and Howrah fell to the army of Deva Raya II, and in December news arrived from the Orissans.

"The traitors! How dare they?" the Emperor fumed. Devesh sighed.

"What's the problem? It was Orissa's war to begin with, and they have made peace. Even without them, Bengal is doomed."

"Hmmph, I suppose. But I would have liked to have taken Sambalpur for Vijayanagara."

"Yes, my emperor."

1443

In January a crucial battle was won in Tirhut. In September the province fell.

1444

Bihar fell to Vijayanagar, and not long after Bengal surrenderred, giving up the provinces of Koch and Tirhut and the great centre of trade of Calcutta in the province of Ganges.

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1445

And so, the Empire was once again at peace, and Devesh was pleased to return to the City of Victory. For all the brilliance of the rest of India, the City would always hold a special place in his heart. The Emperor was no longer the young lad Devesh remembered, and now sported a head of grey hair. His son, Mallikarjuna, begun to take a more prominent role in government after the conclusion of the war.

"I wonder, how old are you Devesh?"

Devesh smiled at Mallikarjuna, for he was aware that he looked little older than the young prince. "I cannot remember. But in my heart I am old."

"I see. So how can I remain young?"

"Um-" Luckily for Devesh the Emperor interrupted.

"Devesh!"

"Sorry, got to go." He left the prince, who sighed.

In May 19th news came that Malwa had declared war on Vijayanagara, thus triggering a network of alliances. In the end Gujarat joined on Malwa's side and Orissa and Jodhpur on the empire's. Malwa's army attacked and lost against Jodhpur, and and Deva Raya II's army headed for Malwa, beginning the siege in late July.

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1446

The siege of Malwa was going well. However, in March it became clear that Deva Raya II was just too old to still be on campaign, and fell ill. A month later he died, and his son became the new Emperor.

Twelve days later Malwa fell, and Sultan Mahmud Khalji was forced to sign a humiliating treaty whereby Malwa would pay a yearly tribute to the City of Victory, as well as the immediate payment of 150 gold to be split between the Empire's allies.

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Upon returning home Mallikarjuna was crowned as Emperor Mallikarjuna Raya.
 
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