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.
Thank you. Anges is very important to the future of the House of Briene. Jean himself has no sons and his daughter will be married in the future. If nothing else she represents an escape avenue. IRL he married Rita of Armenia and tried to press her claim to the throne of Cilicia. I tried to do something like that in-game, nit was turned down. Jean is trying a similar ploy with the Latin Empire. He has no land of his own, and his position depends on ruling on behalf of his wife or his daughter.Excellent chapters, it'll be interesting to see how Jean's new wife fits into his family and realm and of course, how the crusade will unfold.
Thank you so much, that means a lot coming from you. I will try my best to write chapters worthy of your praise.Finally had a chance to sit down and give this a good read-through, and I have to say I've been enjoying it immensely Definitely putting this one on my watchlist.
We'll see.Khalida finally gets her way. Between the two of them, she and Ibelin could certainly make a dangerous couple -- de Brienne had better watch his back.
That's really cool. I had not noticed that. In-game they weren't actually in love, the chancellor just decided to mary a random courtier. I decided that nothing would justify such stupidity except love, and so I made them lovers using a console command. We will see if it stays that way.There's a picture of Frida Kahlo in a red veil which eerily resembles our young Khalida, minus the mole. May it be a blessed union!
The Count already failed in his scheme. Without the Pope, he has no hope of becoming regent, for the reasons his mother and you both pointed out. He could try to get Jean of Brienne replaced, but that would likely be with the head of one of the Holy Orders, who are stronger than Jean, and lack any agreements with the Ibelin family.Let us hope that the count is not successful in his scheme... Jerusalem must be led by a warrior during such troubling times. Hopefully the union between Isabelle and Pierre proves to be a happy one and failing that it will at least provide as useful alliance. Great chapter, it was very interesting!
It is not a simple thing to kill the son of the King of France, even if he is only a bastard.Hopefully Queen Isabelle's marriage will be a happy one! But if Perrie does not know that his place is to serve his wife he will have to be put down...
Alphonse is stubborn but this quarrel was especially vicious. Jean is a proud and envious man and doesn't like to see a lowborn like Alphonse do better than him. What holds him back from being as bad as some other AAR protagonists is that Jean wants to be the hero, and he knows heroes don't do things like throw away loyal knights out of envy. As for Alphonse, well they have been friends for years and the reality is that even if they weren't Alphonse needs his patron, now more than ever.Good help is so hard to find sometimes... At least Humbert should be loyal and competent, if perhaps somewhat of a non-entity in the grand scheme of things.
I imagine that quarrels like this must not have been uncommon between Jean and Alphonse in the past. It is good that Jean recognizes the value of loyalty, and that Alphonse himself isn't one to nurse a grudge.
Thanks. I worry sometimes I may have got the tone of the story wrong. I am really doing a lot of dark comedy for this part of the story, what I'm calling the regency arc. I worry some people might not get the joke or worse find it off-putting, or even worse think I agree with some of the stuff these people say. Jean's a prick. He isn't a monster, but at the same time he is a proud and envious man who loves to complain.Jean's a bit of an ass. I like him.
See above. Jean is an envious asshole but not an utter sociopath, at least not yet.The thing I took away from this is that Jean knows he is prideful and feels guilty when his pride hurts someone dear to him or his friends. That shows that Jean can actually put others above himself when it is not for his benefit.
Antioch and Tripoli are not vassals of the Kingdom of Jerulseum at the present moment, though it has claimed hegemony over them in the past. That will come up. As for the brothers, well we will get into them in another chapter. I wish I had clarified that both in-game and in story the split was due to inheritance rules, not some sort of civil war. That said, Raymond is pissed at Bohemond for making a separate peace. The Kingdom of Jerulum's main advantage is that it is soo weak and pathetic that everyone is focused elsewhere. That said, it's ports provide valuable staging grounds for invasions into the Muslim world.The split of Antioch and Tripoli between two feuding brothers has the potential to compromise the stability of the kingdom. Hopefully they won't come to blows while the kingdom itself is still surrounded by dangerous enemies. Still, with everyone's attention mostly focused on the Latins, Jerusalem might have enough of a respite to build up its strength in preparation for the coming reclamation of the Holy City itself.