- Jun 16, 2009
Glory, to Ruin, to Glory: A Majapahit AAR
Rules, settings and other things of interest.
1) HTTT 4.1b (not a fan of DW horde system).
3) I have a history of not following through, but this time I swear to you I shall persevere with this AAR.
2) Nothing else of interest, except my inability to properly count.
Now for the Prolouge my friends.
Prolouge: Setting the Scene with historical background and some fictional narrative.
The dark is quickly approaching. The soothing sounds of waves washing over the beaches can be heard in the background. A young boy, no more than 13 lie in bed eagerly awaiting the finale to his evening ritual; his evening story to put him to bed. Suddenly there is a knock at the door, and the boy calls for his guest to enter. Through the doorway comes a man. He his a short man. He wears his wisdom and experience on his face. After a short exchange of words while the man lit some candles, he begins to tell the boy a tale in a calm, peaceful voice.
The year is 1399 by western accounts when our story begins. It is here in the coastal city of Surabaya, on the northwestern edge of the island of Java, capital of the Majapahit Empire. Well at least it used to be. At this time, the Empire was but a mere shell of itself. Years of internal strife following the death of Hayam Wuruk the Magnificant had all but destroyed the Empires grip in the region. All its former vassals had broken free. Most notably was the Sultanate of Malacca. Malacca had replaced the empire as the dominate power in the region, controlling most, if not all of the trade in the region.
The Emperor at the time was Wikramawardhana Rajasangara, who had come to the throne by marriage. The immediate successor to Hayam was Princess Kusumawardhana, who was the wife of Wikramawardhana. Before their marriage, a number of pretenders had risen including one of Hayam's sons. It took the empire almost nine years to end these insurrections, and bring peace to Java, Bali and Lombok, which was all the Empire had left under its direct control. During this time the emperor had honed his ability to administer his nation and had created a very small but effective system to govern the provinces and make the most of what was left of it.
During his strife to assert his control over the empire proper, and seeing the losses to the empire abroad, the emperor had devised a plan to bring his people back to glory. It would be a long and hard journey, that he had prophesized would take longer than his years left on earth. The first step to this rebirth was to achieve a goal that none of his predecessors had been able to do. He would subdue the remaining territories of Java.
"I believe this is where we should end the story tonight, young one. Goodnight." With that the old man stood up, gently kissed the boy on his forhead, blew out the candles and walked out of the room, slowly closing the door behind him as to not make a sound. The young boy, now lying alone in the dark continued to attempt to digest the story while slowly drifting into sleep.