• Crusader Kings III Available Now!

    The realm rejoices as Paradox Interactive announces the launch of Crusader Kings III, the latest entry in the publisher’s grand strategy role-playing game franchise. Advisors may now jockey for positions of influence and adversaries should save their schemes for another day, because on this day Crusader Kings III can be purchased on Steam, the Paradox Store, and other major online retailers.


    Real Strategy Requires Cunning

Dovahkiing

Watcher on the Walls
16 Badges
Jan 22, 2012
1.176
2
  • Arsenal of Democracy
  • Crusader Kings II
  • Crusader Kings II: Legacy of Rome
  • Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods
  • Crusader Kings II: The Republic
  • Crusader Kings II: Sons of Abraham
  • Crusader Kings II: Sword of Islam
  • Europa Universalis III: Chronicles
  • For The Glory
  • Victoria: Revolutions
  • Rome Gold
  • Victoria 2: A House Divided
  • Victoria 2
  • 500k Club
  • Hearts of Iron IV Sign-up
Friends, Paradoxians, faithful longtime readers and neophytes alike, lend me your monitors.
I shall tell a tale, a tale unlike all the others, for it lacks true heroes. But what is life but a tale told by an idiot, a tale in which no one is truly a hero but some are true villains?
Some of it, the first part indeed, has been told, in another place, but it is only a miniscule amount of pressure on your rodent when it is hovering over this away.
But here it shall escalate; Where the Liege Lords were confined to the Old World of Europe, Rus' and North Africa, the Expanding Norsemen shall discover new worlds across the ocean and across the Urals and the Hindu Kush.
In this part empires shall rise and fall, governments shall change and old ways of thinking hanged from the lamp-posts.
So, beget yourself some black sugar water, or if you're old fashioned some good beer, for this tale shall engage you from start to finish.

(OOC: Well, guys, I've finally finished an AAR, that's the CKII part of this megacampaign. Don't be too excited over this initial post, it is a placeholder post, but in time there will be a table of contents and actual updates, probably early next week.)
 

Seelmeister

Rampant Lion
Demi Moderator
73 Badges
Jan 26, 2004
2.845
352
  • Victoria 2
  • For the Motherland
  • Hearts of Iron III
  • Hearts of Iron III: Their Finest Hour
  • Heir to the Throne
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • March of the Eagles
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Europa Universalis IV: Res Publica
  • Victoria: Revolutions
  • Europa Universalis: Rome
  • Semper Fi
  • Sengoku
  • For The Glory
  • Victoria 2: A House Divided
  • Victoria 2: Heart of Darkness
  • Rome: Vae Victis
  • 200k Club
  • 500k Club
  • Cities: Skylines
  • Europa Universalis IV: El Dorado
  • Europa Universalis IV: Pre-order
  • Pride of Nations
  • Victoria 2 Beta
  • Europa Universalis IV: Common Sense
  • Imperator: Rome Sign Up
  • Commander: Conquest of the Americas
  • Ancient Space
  • Arsenal of Democracy
  • Hearts of Iron II: Armageddon
  • Cities in Motion
  • Crusader Kings II
  • Crusader Kings II: Charlemagne
  • Crusader Kings II: Legacy of Rome
  • Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods
  • Crusader Kings II: Rajas of India
  • Crusader Kings II: The Republic
  • Crusader Kings II: Sons of Abraham
  • Crusader Kings II: Sword of Islam
  • Darkest Hour
  • Deus Vult
  • East India Company
  • Europa Universalis III
  • Europa Universalis III: Chronicles
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Divine Wind
  • Europa Universalis IV: Art of War
  • Europa Universalis IV: Conquest of Paradise
  • Europa Universalis IV: Wealth of Nations
Sounds very interesting, I haven't read the CKII part so I'll need to try and catch up with that, but I'm looking forward to seeing how your conversion goes!
 

Dovahkiing

Watcher on the Walls
16 Badges
Jan 22, 2012
1.176
2
  • Arsenal of Democracy
  • Crusader Kings II
  • Crusader Kings II: Legacy of Rome
  • Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods
  • Crusader Kings II: The Republic
  • Crusader Kings II: Sons of Abraham
  • Crusader Kings II: Sword of Islam
  • Europa Universalis III: Chronicles
  • For The Glory
  • Victoria: Revolutions
  • Rome Gold
  • Victoria 2: A House Divided
  • Victoria 2
  • 500k Club
  • Hearts of Iron IV Sign-up
Sounds very interesting, I haven't read the CKII part so I'll need to try and catch up with that, but I'm looking forward to seeing how your conversion goes!
Good to hear!
I'll definitely have to edit some things in the converted EU3 save, for instance the names of cities and provinces plus maybe add some tags for the Ilkhanate and some independent High Chiefdoms.
 

Rendap

Second Lieutenant
52 Badges
Jul 14, 2009
131
1
  • Arsenal of Democracy
  • Sengoku
  • Europa Universalis: Rome
  • Europa Universalis IV: Res Publica
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • March of the Eagles
  • Magicka
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Heir to the Throne
  • Hearts of Iron III: Their Finest Hour
  • For the Motherland
  • Europa Universalis IV: Wealth of Nations
  • Hearts of Iron III
  • Europa Universalis IV: Conquest of Paradise
  • Europa Universalis IV: Art of War
  • Divine Wind
  • Europa Universalis III: Chronicles
  • Crusader Kings II
  • Stellaris: Leviathans Story Pack
  • Stellaris - Path to Destruction bundle
  • Europa Universalis IV: Mandate of Heaven
  • BATTLETECH
  • Stellaris: Lithoids
  • Age of Wonders III
  • Europa Universalis IV: Cradle of Civilization
  • Stellaris: Humanoids Species Pack
  • Stellaris: Apocalypse
  • Europa Universalis IV: Rule Britannia
  • Stellaris: Distant Stars
  • Europa Universalis IV: Dharma
  • Stellaris: Megacorp
  • Stellaris: Ancient Relics
  • Europa Universalis IV: Golden Century
  • Europa Universalis IV: Rights of Man
  • Victoria 2
  • 500k Club
  • Europa Universalis IV: El Dorado
  • Pride of Nations
  • Europa Universalis IV: Common Sense
  • Knights of Pen and Paper 2
  • Europa Universalis IV: Cossacks
  • Europa Universalis IV: Mare Nostrum
  • Stellaris
  • Stellaris Sign-up
  • Stellaris: Digital Anniversary Edition
  • Europa Universalis IV: Third Rome
  • Sword of the Stars II
  • Sword of the Stars
  • Victoria: Revolutions
Good to see you finish the first part. Shall be waiting for the second part eagerly. Just don't translate everything... ;)
 

Revan86

Major
9 Badges
May 16, 2006
590
4
  • Crusader Kings II
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Victoria 2
  • Victoria 2: A House Divided
  • 500k Club
  • Mount & Blade: Warband
I'll be keeping a weather eye on this part, too, whilst I'm catching up on the CK section.
 

Dovahkiing

Watcher on the Walls
16 Badges
Jan 22, 2012
1.176
2
  • Arsenal of Democracy
  • Crusader Kings II
  • Crusader Kings II: Legacy of Rome
  • Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods
  • Crusader Kings II: The Republic
  • Crusader Kings II: Sons of Abraham
  • Crusader Kings II: Sword of Islam
  • Europa Universalis III: Chronicles
  • For The Glory
  • Victoria: Revolutions
  • Rome Gold
  • Victoria 2: A House Divided
  • Victoria 2
  • 500k Club
  • Hearts of Iron IV Sign-up
While you're waiting for the first update of Part 2 (probably coming on Friday), here's a complete PDF of all of the CKII portion, available for download here:
http://www.mediafire.com/view/?q566gkkj5ssyx5x
Sorry that some chapters lack screenshots.
 

ShadowGamer42

Captain
89 Badges
May 9, 2012
347
0
  • Cities: Skylines
  • Crusader Kings II: Legacy of Rome
  • Crusader Kings II
  • Crusader Kings II: Sword of Islam
  • Europa Universalis III: Chronicles
  • Victoria: Revolutions
  • Victoria 2: A House Divided
  • Hearts of Iron III
  • Age of Wonders III
  • Crusader Kings II: Conclave
  • Stellaris: Synthetic Dawn
  • Crusader Kings II: Horse Lords
  • Europa Universalis IV: Common Sense
  • Europa Universalis IV: Rule Britannia
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Death or Dishonor
  • Stellaris: Galaxy Edition
  • Stellaris: Galaxy Edition
  • Hearts of Iron IV Sign-up
  • Stellaris Sign-up
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Cadet
  • Crusader Kings II: Reapers Due
  • Europa Universalis IV: Rights of Man
  • Stellaris: Digital Anniversary Edition
  • Stellaris: Leviathans Story Pack
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Together for Victory
  • Crusader Kings II: Monks and Mystics
  • Stellaris - Path to Destruction bundle
  • Cities: Skylines - Mass Transit
  • Europa Universalis IV: Mandate of Heaven
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Stellaris: Apocalypse
  • Shadowrun Returns
  • Europa Universalis IV: Dharma
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Expansion Pass
  • Stellaris: Distant Stars
  • Shadowrun: Dragonfall
  • Cities: Skylines - Parklife
  • Cities: Skylines - Green Cities
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Crusader Kings II: Holy Fury
  • Crusader Kings III
  • Cities: Skylines - Parklife Pre-Order
  • Stellaris: Megacorp
  • Victoria 2
  • 500k Club
  • Europa Universalis IV: El Dorado
  • Stellaris: Humanoids Species Pack
  • Mount & Blade: Warband
  • Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword
Dovahkiing, could you also upload the EU3 save so your lurkers readers can play along with you, kinda?
 

Dovahkiing

Watcher on the Walls
16 Badges
Jan 22, 2012
1.176
2
  • Arsenal of Democracy
  • Crusader Kings II
  • Crusader Kings II: Legacy of Rome
  • Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods
  • Crusader Kings II: The Republic
  • Crusader Kings II: Sons of Abraham
  • Crusader Kings II: Sword of Islam
  • Europa Universalis III: Chronicles
  • For The Glory
  • Victoria: Revolutions
  • Rome Gold
  • Victoria 2: A House Divided
  • Victoria 2
  • 500k Club
  • Hearts of Iron IV Sign-up

DensleyBlair

Outside Agitator
38 Badges
Jul 29, 2012
9.100
630
  • Crusader Kings II
  • Victoria 2: Heart of Darkness
  • Victoria 2: A House Divided
  • Sengoku
  • Semper Fi
  • March of the Eagles
  • Heir to the Throne
  • Hearts of Iron III
  • For the Motherland
  • Europa Universalis IV: Call to arms event
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Divine Wind
  • Darkest Hour
  • Crusader Kings II: Sword of Islam
  • Crusader Kings II: Legacy of Rome
  • Crusader Kings II: The Republic
  • Crusader Kings II: Way of Life
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Expansion Pass
  • Europa Universalis IV: Common Sense
  • Stellaris
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Cadet
  • Crusader Kings II: Reapers Due
  • Europa Universalis IV: Rights of Man
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Together for Victory
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Death or Dishonor
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Expansion Pass
  • Europa Universalis IV: Rule Britannia
  • Europa Universalis IV: Pre-order
  • 500k Club
  • Victoria 2
  • Crusader Kings II: Sons of Abraham
  • Europa Universalis IV: Res Publica
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Europa Universalis III
  • Europa Universalis III: Chronicles
  • Cities: Skylines
I'm safely arrived :)

It'll be nice to follow this one from the beginning - and just as nice to finally venture into the EU AAR forums. I look forward to seeing what awaits the Norse in this chapter of the tale.
 

Dovahkiing

Watcher on the Walls
16 Badges
Jan 22, 2012
1.176
2
  • Arsenal of Democracy
  • Crusader Kings II
  • Crusader Kings II: Legacy of Rome
  • Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods
  • Crusader Kings II: The Republic
  • Crusader Kings II: Sons of Abraham
  • Crusader Kings II: Sword of Islam
  • Europa Universalis III: Chronicles
  • For The Glory
  • Victoria: Revolutions
  • Rome Gold
  • Victoria 2: A House Divided
  • Victoria 2
  • 500k Club
  • Hearts of Iron IV Sign-up
It is here.
Chapter 41:

Anarchy
Excerpted from A Saga Without Heroes, Volume 2: The New Worlds, by Erik Haraldsson, ©2013 Nidaros University Press.
Used with permission.
It was an era of change.
In Norway, the king, Halfdan II, had done something unprecedented since the feudal system had become dominant in Europe: He took over the entire realm into his hands, appointing non-hereditary governors who could be replaced and appointed at will of the king.
The decree doing away with the feudal system, Iustitia Regis, came into effect at midnight on New Year's Day, 1453.
The news soon spread to Scotland, where an embattled King Archibald II, of the usurping Irish dynasty, attacked by the Crovan king of 'England' in a struggle for his crown, adopted the system, and after his victory it was implemented in the entire realm.
But across the sea things were different. On hearing the news, the Norwegian lords of the Kingdom of France demanded protection from any similar act their king, Ossor av Poitiers, might be inspired to implement.
Ossor, fully aware that the elective system of inheritance in his realm would cause the downfall of his dynasty if he refused, assented, and the nobles kept their rights.
In the Mongol empires, though, the vassals had already long since taken their independence by the sword- the once mighty Golden Horde had been especially humbled by those.
But mighty they still were.
On the second day of 1453, still drunk on his triumph, Halfdan received the terrible news from the East:

At first it was thought that mighty Norway would be forced to submit, but Halfdan mobilized the Germans and sent them to invade the Golden Horde's territories in Austria,

and even Poland, and after three years of struggle managed to convince the Khan of Khans to admit defeat.
But in 1459 he was less lucky, having been forced by a rapidly-emptying treasury to disband most of his troops, and surrendered to the Khan.

It was the opening shot of a generation of anarchy in the realms of the Ynglings.

In 1461 Halfdan Halfdansson, heir to the throne, took ill, and despite his father's uncontrolled spending on the best doctors in the world, the acme of fifteenth-century medicine was unable to save him, and he died.
This pushed the king into the arms of a certain courtesan whose name has been lost due to the primness of the royal chroniclers who are our major sources for this period, producing a son, whom Halfdan, motivated by the need of an heir, legitimized as Hakon Yngling.
It may be, as the pious chroniclers claim, that this sparked the great rebellion.
At a conclave of bishops at Rome in 1462, the assembled clergymen were split into two groups:
The Pope and his supporters who held the orthodox view that Jesus was not naturally conceived, but rather was the manifestation of God's Spirit on earth.
On the other hand, there was a group of radical dissidents who held that he was the biological son of Joseph and Mary, and for some reason lost to time this faction was called the Hus.
All the members of the Hus faction were summarily excommunicated for holding such a heretical belief, but the matter did not end their.
The Hus bishops returned to their dioceses, where they now openly preached their beliefs, and those who followed them became forever known as 'Hussites'.
When the king, whose meddling with strange women had been scandalously exposed to the public, announced his support for the orthodox papal view, it was the worst mistake of his life.
In various provinces from Jamtland to Lecce the Hussites took to arms to enforce their belief in the Natural Conception, fighting off the royal troops sent to put them down.
The Hussite rebellions would continue, on and off, especially during times of war, throughout the fifteenth and sixteenth century, destabilizing the realm significantly.

This instability was expressed further when a still grief-stricken and overstressed Halfdan died in 1465, causing a pretender named Niels to rise up in Spain, coinciding with yet another Mongol war.
Though the rebellion was ultimately crushed, it led to a still-greater disaster:
The Tyskeinvasjon, the German Invasion.
It had begun when Jaume III Wigeriche, the Rhienlandish king of Aragon, declared war on a now-adult Hakon for control of Dresden.
Desperate offers to surrender Dresden went rejected, and an expedition into Jaume's lands in Alcantara ultimately faltered, defeated by low supplies and cash.
Then, the banner of Aragon was flown over Tintagel when its troops invaded Cornwall, taking advantage of a scanty Norwegian garrison in the area.
This was the last straw. Unable to fight any more, Hakon signed the humilliating Treaty of Tintagel, surrendering Badajoz and Cornwall to Aragon plus a cash payment.
More rebellions followed, of heretics, peasents, disaffected nobles and particularists, and through it all Hakon retreated to his palace at Nordhamptaborg, which daily became more and more of a fortress, fearful of invasions by sea.
His heir, Christoffer, died, and although another son, Harald was born, it was doubtful he would be any better than Hakon.
As the thirty-year-mark since Iustitia Regis's inception, there was one question on every peasant, merchant and courtier in Norway's lips:
Who would be their savior?
 

Gukpa

Field Marshal
41 Badges
May 25, 2011
6.142
448
  • For The Glory
  • Darkest Hour
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Crusader Kings II: Reapers Due
  • 500k Club
  • Crusader Kings II: Way of Life
  • Crusader Kings II: Horse Lords
  • Victoria 2
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Crusader Kings II: Conclave
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Cadet
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Colonel
  • Europa Universalis IV: Rights of Man
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Together for Victory
  • Crusader Kings II: Monks and Mystics
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Death or Dishonor
  • Crusader Kings II: Jade Dragon
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Expansion Pass
  • Crusader Kings II: Holy Fury
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Expansion Pass
  • Hearts of Iron IV: La Resistance
  • Europa Universalis IV: Res Publica
  • Europa Universalis IV: Third Rome
  • Victoria 2: Heart of Darkness
  • Victoria 2: A House Divided
  • Heir to the Throne
  • Europa Universalis IV: Wealth of Nations
  • Divine Wind
  • Europa Universalis III: Chronicles
  • Europa Universalis III
  • Crusader Kings II: Sword of Islam
  • Crusader Kings II: Sunset Invasion
  • Crusader Kings II: Sons of Abraham
  • Crusader Kings II: The Republic
  • Crusader Kings II: Rajas of India
  • Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods
  • Crusader Kings II: Legacy of Rome
  • Crusader Kings II: Charlemagne
  • Crusader Kings II
Post political maps .
 

DensleyBlair

Outside Agitator
38 Badges
Jul 29, 2012
9.100
630
  • Crusader Kings II
  • Victoria 2: Heart of Darkness
  • Victoria 2: A House Divided
  • Sengoku
  • Semper Fi
  • March of the Eagles
  • Heir to the Throne
  • Hearts of Iron III
  • For the Motherland
  • Europa Universalis IV: Call to arms event
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Divine Wind
  • Darkest Hour
  • Crusader Kings II: Sword of Islam
  • Crusader Kings II: Legacy of Rome
  • Crusader Kings II: The Republic
  • Crusader Kings II: Way of Life
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Expansion Pass
  • Europa Universalis IV: Common Sense
  • Stellaris
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Cadet
  • Crusader Kings II: Reapers Due
  • Europa Universalis IV: Rights of Man
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Together for Victory
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Death or Dishonor
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Expansion Pass
  • Europa Universalis IV: Rule Britannia
  • Europa Universalis IV: Pre-order
  • 500k Club
  • Victoria 2
  • Crusader Kings II: Sons of Abraham
  • Europa Universalis IV: Res Publica
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Europa Universalis III
  • Europa Universalis III: Chronicles
  • Cities: Skylines
Good to see the second chapter off to a start - and a very intriguing start at that. I'm unfamiliar with EU, so I'm afraid I won't be able to comment on much of what you are doing game-wise, but the writing is as good as ever. Interesting about the Hussites. As Gukpa said, I'd be interested in a political map - just to get an idea of what the empire looks like after conversion, and before it becomes to convoluted.
 

Dovahkiing

Watcher on the Walls
16 Badges
Jan 22, 2012
1.176
2
  • Arsenal of Democracy
  • Crusader Kings II
  • Crusader Kings II: Legacy of Rome
  • Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods
  • Crusader Kings II: The Republic
  • Crusader Kings II: Sons of Abraham
  • Crusader Kings II: Sword of Islam
  • Europa Universalis III: Chronicles
  • For The Glory
  • Victoria: Revolutions
  • Rome Gold
  • Victoria 2: A House Divided
  • Victoria 2
  • 500k Club
  • Hearts of Iron IV Sign-up
Good to see the second chapter off to a start - and a very intriguing start at that. I'm unfamiliar with EU, so I'm afraid I won't be able to comment on much of what you are doing game-wise, but the writing is as good as ever. Interesting about the Hussites. As Gukpa said, I'd be interested in a political map - just to get an idea of what the empire looks like after conversion, and before it becomes to convoluted.
OK, the game year is 1483 but I've lost some lands since 1453, so it's not exactly how it looked after the conversion, but when I get back from school today I may post a political map-
Stay tuned!