- Jun 8, 2014
Your Highnesses, Your Majesties, Your Graces, enemies and friends of all the above, greetings.
A long time has it been since I last did an AAR for CKII. A long time has it been since I’ve even played the game, having been seduced by EUIV. But now I’m back with a new game and a new story. Having acquired the India DLC since I last played CKII, I thought I would give it a go.
Welcome to Snowstorms and Ice : Legends of the Kayani Empire — SILKE.
A word about my choice of starting character. As is my wont, I looked for a challenge. After shopping around, I chose Azur Jamshid of Gilgit because :
— single county holder,
— Sogdian culture in a Punjabi county,
— Zoroastrian religion, Buddhist county, Buddhist wife, Vaishya caste — i.e. not the cast of warriors and kings but of merchants and craftsmen ; the ”wrong” caste as I discovered once into the game ; rulers of the ”right” caste won’t marry me, thus won’t ally me.
(N.B. Veteran players know that it is impossible in this game to marry outside one’s religion, so a Zoroastrian married to a Buddhist, I just had to have him.)
Also, when I googled Gilgit and saw what breathtaking landscapes and vistas it actually has, I fell in love with it at first sight.
As I unpause the game, I note the following goals : apart from the standard trio of survival + expansion-but-not-world-conquest + kingship, the long-term goal would be to form the Empire of Tibet. Before that can happen, I need to form the Kingdom of Kashmir. Gilgit is a mountain county, and I imagine a mountain kingdom at first, expanding down into the plains later. Also, I will need to get my dynasty into the Kshatriya caste — the one of warriors and kings. In order to build the most magnificent dynasty in India.
Starting date : 01.01.867
No mods. Default difficulty. Third-person narratives.
I wish you an enjoyable read.