THE CHRONICLES OF THE GOLDEN CROSS REDUX
A Crusader Kings II After-Action Report of the Kingdom of Jerusalem
I’m sure there are still a few people hanging around the forums that remember my original AAR attempt back in 2008, The Chronicles of the Golden Cross. It was a tale of battle and intrigue in the Holy Land as I struggled to guide the perpetually wrong-headed Guy de Lusignan and his long-suffering wife Sibylla along the perilous course of their reign -- all in the vain attempt to prevent a Hattin-style debacle from bringing an abrupt end to the kingdom. The story was filled with political backstabbing and sordid love affairs as Guy and his family continued to make bad decision after bad decision. Yet somehow the kingdom managed to survive despite its incompetent royal family and even began to thrive. Do feel free to check it out if you feel so inclined.
But this is not that story.
Since Crusader Kings I was hard-coded into just 3 starting dates, I was compelled to pick up the story of the Kingdom of Jerusalem in 1187, when Guy stands at the edge of disaster with his enemies looming on the horizon, set to utterly destroy his kingdom. Crusader Kings II, however, allows you to start at any date during the period.
Therefore this story begins on 31 December 1179.
Why, you might ask? Simply put, it is because that is the very last day in CK2 when Sibylla of Jerusalem is an unmarried woman. In real life, Sibylla was compelled to marry Guy de Lusignan around Easter 1180 to prevent a political coup by dissatisfied vassals. Guy would prove to be a unmitigated disaster for the kingdom, losing Jerusalem to the vast Muslim hosts of Salah ad-Din before being forced into a shameful exile.
This time around, I’ll be telling a different tale. I want to tell the story of the Kingdom of Jerusalem without that prat Guy de Lusignan hanging around my neck like a millstone.
This is the story of how Queen Sibylla saved the flagging Kingdom of Jerusalem.
This is The Chronicles of the Golden Cross Redux.
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