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Welcome chaps to The Crusades, 1105. As you might have guessed, the game is set in 1105 in the Near East, focusing on the conflicts between the crusader and their enemies. It follows the model of XVG's series of historical games, with a focus on characters rather than nations. It's recommended to research the period at least a little, and if you need any help I'm happy to do what I can.

Signing up, a.k.a How to Join
The game is character-based, so to sign up please post a character sheet outlining your character and who they are. Playable characters are crusaders, Armenians in Cilicia, and Muslim lords in northern Iraq, Syria and Egypt. This is to try and focus the game on the Levant and the Crusader States themselves.

For example:
Name:
Age:
Culture/Religion:
Family: (relatives, such as your wife and children)
Biography: (Short background story for your character, and a summary of his life and deeds as the game progresses)
Location: (Where your character currently resides)

Stats
There are two types of stats: realm and personal. These should be mostly self-explanatory. Realm stats cover the revenues, expenditures, and military capacity of each realm, with that realm's lord having (mostly) control over them. Personal stats are the same but for individual characters. Revenues are incoming wealth as tariffs and tolls on trade, general taxation of the population, and incomes from state monopolies on such things as salt and timber. Expenditures are the costings of the realm/character, for maintaining armies, operating courts and law & order.


Concerning warfare, armies are broken down into several types of unit. Unit types are kept relatively simple; each type has its own strengths and weaknesses, and can perform better or worse depending on the terrain in which they fight. The availability of each unit type varies according to which culture a character belongs to and in which region they reside. Each unit type has a different cost, and mercenaries can be expected to charge more for their services than home-grown troops. Unit types are outlined below:
  • Militia (feudal levies, town militia, ahdath etc.)
  • Professional infantry (foot sergeants, ghulams, mamluks, ayyār, ghazi etc.)
  • Light cavalry (turcopoles, horse archers, tribal cavalry etc.)
  • Heavy cavalry (knights, mounted sergeants, mounted ghulams & mamluks etc.)
  • Galleys
A note on ships - the crusaders will find it almost impossible to construct a fleet of any worth, and instead will have to rely on the support of friendly Christian realms to contest the seas.

Orders
As like many forum games, the Crusades 1105 is played via orders each turn. Each player has one normal order per turn, and each turn covers two years in game. These orders can cover anything not related to war and the military. This includes such things as assassination, establishing castles, trade deals, and attempting religious conversion of populations. These are just a few examples; as long as your order is reasonable (both in scope and for the setting), anything goes. Normal orders are limited to a single action, and shouldn't be more than a couple of sentences.

Each player can also send one military plan each turn. This is used to detail military manoeuvres, war plans and recruitment (including mercenaries). Any war plan will preferably include the names of the commanders of each flank and the composition of forces. The army's leader will generally, but not always, command the centre, and outlines the overall battle plan. Flank commanders, if players, may send orders covering the plans for their flank. War plans are not limited in length, but are asked to be succinct.

Orders should be sent to me via PM, and in the subject include the game's name, your character's name, and the current turn for which the orders are for. Many actions, such as marriages, political alliances and negotiations with NPCs can take place via IC, the results of which can also be resolved in updates.

Updates
The results of your orders will be published in updates. The first type of update will be the main biennial update, containing the results of orders and any other events of interest over the turn. The second type of update are events, which will highlight a specific event such as a military campaign or the death of a major character.

IRC
We have an IRC channel for OOC discussions and direct conversations between players. It's use isn't mandatory, but it is recommended as it can make things much easier to organise.

Network: http://www.coldfront.net/
Channel name: #TA
Instructions:

1) Go to ColdFront using the link above.
2) Choose the Flash or Java Client
3) Create a screen name
4) The client will auto-add you to #coldfront. Leave this channel.
5) In the command box type "/join #TA"

You should then be logged in and ready to go.

Thanks and have fun!​
 

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The Near East in 1105AD
Purple - Empire of the Romans
Dark Green - Sultanate of Rum
Grey-blue - Danishmends
Light blue - Mengujekids
Orange - Armenian lordships
Light brown - Artukid Beyliks
Blue - Principality of Antioch
Cream - County of Edessa
Brown - Atabeghlik of Mosul (suzerainty of the Great Seljuk Empire)
Yellow - Great Seljuk Empire
Light Green - Emirate of Aleppo
Red - Lands of Raymond IV of Toulouse
Light Yellow - Emirate of Damascus
Pale Green - Suzerainties of the Fatimids
White - Kingdom of Jerusalem
Green - Fatimid Caliphate


Characters
Kingdom of Jerusalem
Baldwin I, King of Jerusalem (Sneakflaps)
Age: 49
Culture/Religion: Frankish/Christian (Catholic)
Wife: Arda of Armenia (31)
Brother(s): Eustace III, Count of Boulogne (55)
Cousin(s): Baldwin II (49)​

Patriarchate of Jerusalem and the Latins
Ehremar, Patriarch of Jerusalem of the Latins (Korona)
Age: 50
Culture/Religion: Frankish/Christian (Catholic)

Principality of Galilee (vassal of Jerusalem)
Hugh of Saint Omer, Prince of Galilee
Age: 51
Culture/Religion: Frankish/Christian (Catholic)

Lordship of Haifa (vassal of Jerusalem)
Rorgius, Lord of Haifa (Ironhide G1)
Age: 40
Culture/Religion: Frankish/Christian (Catholic)
Wife: Veronica de Bourbon (39)
Son(s): Charles (23), Rorgius (18), Pepin (15), Francis (13), Henry (d), Louis (5)
Daugher(s): Veronica (21, Mary (d), Monica (3)​

Lordship of Caesarea (vassal of Jerusalem)
Eustace Grenier, Lord of Caesarea
Age: 42
Culture/Religion: Frankish/Christian (Catholic)

Dietrich of Welf, 3rd son of Welf I, Duke of Bavaria (CaesarCzech)
Age: 25
Culture/Religion: Bavarian/Christian (Catholic)
Father: Welf I, Duke of Bavaria
Mother: Judith of Flanders
Hughes de Payens (Plank of Wood)
Age: 37
Culture/Religion: Frankish/Christian (Catholic)
Wife: Elizabeth de Chappes​

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Principality of Antioch
Bohemund I, Prince of Antioch (Riccardo93/Revan)
Age: 49
Culture/Religion: Norman/Christian (Catholic)
Cousin(s): Richard of Salerno (45)
Nephew(s): Tancred (41)​

Patriarchate of Antioch
Bernard of Valence, Patriarch of Antioch
Age: 52
Culture/Religion: Frankish/Christian (Catholic)

Tancred, Regent of Antioch and Edessa (Noco19)
Age: 43
Culture/Religion: Norman/Christian (Catholic)
Cousin(s): Richard of Salerno
Uncle(s): Bohemund I​

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County of Edessa
Baldwin II, Count of Edessa (Dadarian)
Age: 49
Culture/Religion: Frankish/Christian (Catholic)
Wife: Morphia of Melitene (32)
Brother(s): Gervais, Archbishop of Rheims (53)
Sister(s): Matilda (47), Hodierna (28), Cecilia (22), Beatrix (20)
Cousin(s): Eustace III of Boulonge (55), Baldwin I of Jerusalem (49), Joscelin of Courtenay (42)​

Lordship of Turbessel (vassal of Edessa)
Joscelin of Courtenay, Lord of Turbessel
Age: 42
Culture/Religion: Frankish/Christian (Catholic)
Wife: Beatrice (37)
Cousin(s): Baldwin II (49)​

Richard of Salerno, Governor of Edessa (parabranko)
Age: 47
Culture/Religion: Norman/Christian (Catholic)
Wife: Altrude (39)
Son(s): Roger (20)
Daughter(s): Maria (13)
Cousin(s): Bohemund I (49), Tancred (43)​

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Raymond's Holdings
William-Jordan, Count of Cerdagne (Aedan)
Age: 39
Culture/Religion: Occitan/Christian (Catholic)
Cousin(s): Bertrand, Alfonso Jordan (4)
Alfonso-Jordan
Age: 4
Culture/Religion: Occitan/Christian (Catholic)
Mother: Elvira of Castile (29)
Half-brother(s): Bertrand
Cousin(s): William-Jordan (39)

Genoese Quarter of Gibelet
Guglielmo Embriaco, Consul of the Genoese Army (Plutonium95)
Age: 67
Culture/Religion: Genoese/Christian (Catholic)
Wife: Gianna (56)
Son(s): Ugo Embriaco (36)
Brother(s): Primo di Castello (61)​

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The Armenian Principalities
Lordship of the Mountains

Thoros I, Lord of the Mountains (Firelordsky)
Age: 34
Culture/Religion: Armenian/Christian (Armenian)
Wife: Rita (26)
Son(s): Constantine (4), Oshin (3)
Brother(s): Leo (31)
Sister(s): Beatrice (37)​

Lordship of Lampron
Oshin of Lampron (alexander23)
Age: 46
Culture/Religion: Armenian/Christian (Armenian)
Wife: Ardzouni (39)
Son(s): Hethum (12)​

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Artukid Dynasty
Beglik of Hasankeyf

Ibrahim, Beg of Hasankeyf (tyriet)
Age: 25
Culture/Religion: Turkish/Islam (Sunni)
Cousin(s): Balak (22)
Uncle(s): Ilghazi (37)​

Beglik of Diyarbakir
Ilghazi, Beg of Diyarbakir (XVG)
Age: 37
Culture/Religion: Turkish/Islam (Sunni)
Wife: Olgun (21)
Son(s): Sulaiman (6)
Daughter(s): Guhar Khatun (3)
Nephew(s): Balak (22), Ibrahim (25)
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Atabeglik of Mosul (disputed)
Zenki, Atabeg of Mosul (oxfordroyale)
Age: 18
Culture/Religion: Turkish/Islam (Sunni)
Mother: Sevda (37)
Brother(s): Zenki (18), Hakan (15)
Sister(s): Derya (17), Dilara (13)
Uncle(s): Kadri (35)
Cousin(s): Arslan (13), Canan (18), Ilkay (9)​

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Emirate of Aleppo
Fakhr al-Mulk Ridwan, Emir of Aleppo (Latinkaiser)
Age: 38
Culture/Religion: Turkish/Islam (Sunni)
Son(s): Alp Arslan al-Akhras (10)
Daughter(s): Terken Khatun (25), Malhun Khatun (13)​

Qadi of Aleppo
Abu'l-Faḍl Ibn al-Khashshāb, Shi'a qadi of Aleppo (Dutchbag/Bonecracker NL)
Age: 58
Culture/Religion: Turkish/Islam (Mustaali Ismaili)

Da'i of the Nizari (Syria)
Abu Tahir al-Saigh (Mikkel Glahder/Robespierre Reborn)
Age: 48
Culture/Religion: Persian/Islam (Nizari Ismaili)

- - -

Emirate of Damascus
Tutush II, Emir of Damascus
Age: 3
Culture/Religion: Turkish/Islam (Sunni)
Brother(s): Baqtash (12)
Uncle(s): Irtash (14)​

Atabeg of Damascus
Zahir ad-Din Toghtekin, Atabeg of Damascus (Corman50)
Age: 39
Culture/Religion: Turkish/Islam (Sunni)
Son(s): Taj al-Muluk Buri (15) Ilghazi (-in law, 37)
Daughter(s): Olgun (21)​

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Fatimid Caliphate
Al-Amir Bi-Ahkamillah, Caliph (DingoWalley)
Age: 11
Culture/Religion: Egyptian/Islam (Mustaali Ismaili)
Cousin(s): Al-Ḥāfīz (31)​

Vizier of the Caliph
Al-Afdal Shahanshah, Vizier of the Caliph (Maxwell500)
Age: 41
Culture/Religion: Egyptian/Islam (Mustaali Ismaili)
Son(s): Sharaf (17)​
 
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By 1105 the Christian fiefdoms along the Levantine coast are still fledgling realms, struggling to establish their rule in the face of enemies of all colours and creeds. Even brothers-in-arms turn on one another in the search for a place to call one's own.

In Cilicia, the Armenians have settled their own semi-independent lordships. Having migrated to the region for generations due to Greek policy and Islamic conquest, the gap in authority between the Greeks and the Muslims has given them the opportunity to exert their own rule. Despite recent set-backs, the continuing chaos may present further opportunities to expand their realms.

To their immediate south, the Principality of Antioch stands defiant against both Muslims and Greeks; while the defeat at Harran the previous spring dented their pride more than their strength, the Greeks still found opportunity to seize much of Cilicia and the port of Laodicea, placing the Principality in a precarious position, so much so that Prince Bohemund has travelled to Europe to gather more reinforcements. In his stead stands Tancred, cousin to the Prince.

In the East, the County of Edessa is still reeling from their defeat at Harran the previous year. The Edessan contingent was not so fortunate as the Antiochian, losing the majority of their soldiers, and their leading nobles taken by the Muslims. With Baldin II and Joscelin both captives, Tancred has sent his cousin Richard of Salerno to the county, to act as his deputy and administer the provinces.

Further down the coast, Raymond IV of Toulouse still battles for control of Tripoli and the coastal region. Supported by both the Turks and the Egyptians, Tripoli has been resisted the Christians for a number of years. Indeed, Raymond's efforts to establish himself have been frustrated by Tancred and the Normans, whose dispute goes back to the early days of the Crusade.

The most southerly of the crusader realms, the Kingdom of Jerusalem stands as the most prestigious of the Christian realms, and nominal leader of their cause. Recent victories have seen the Kingdom expand along the coast, securing Acre, and with it a strong Mediterranean port. However, Ascalon remains in Fatimid hands, and the cities further north are kept supplied by the Egyptian fleet.

The saving grace of the Christians is their enemies divisions. In Syria and northern Iraq, rival Turkish dynasts compete with one another as much as with the Christians, while the their nominal lord, the Great Seljuk, is too distracted with other matters to assert authority in the Levant.

In Egypt, the strong realm is under threat from court intrigue; for some time, true power has lain with the Vizier, but a new Caliph may seek to assert his own authority over his subjects.
 
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Various rulings and snippets of advice for the game:

- Particularly for Catholic lords, do not expect to be able to amass enormous and efficient personal fiefs. There is almost no bureaucracy of any note, and the efficacy of any actions will decrease significantly as personal holdings are expanded. The appointing of even half-competent lesser nobility as vassals can easily strengthen a realm.

- ROTW is (mostly) OTL.

- Maximum birth rate per player is (1 birth / consort each turn). Don't expect them all to make it to adulthood.
 
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Najm ad-Din Ilghazi ibn Artuq, Artuqid Beg of Diyarbakir (Amida)
Age: 35​
Culture: Türkmen
Biography: Son of the first Artuqid beg, the eponymous Artuq. After the death of Artuq, Ilghazi and his brother Sökmen continued to serve the Seljuqs in Syria. Sökmen won over the control of the Artuqids, and briefly imprisoned Ilghazi. Ilghazi escaped and took over Damascus, but the Artuqids were soon ousted by the Fatimids. Returning to Iraq, Ilghazi served as shihna, an official overseeing the Caliph for the Seljuq Sultan, at the Caliphal court in Baghdad until 1104. After his dismissal he returned to the Artuqid domains in Jazira, somewhat contesting the leadership of the Artuqid clan with his nephew Ibrahim, son of Sökmen.
Location: Diyarbakir/Amida

Family:

Wife: Olgun Khatun (21), Daughter of Toghtekin of Damascus
Son(s): Sulaiman (6)
Daughter(s): Guhar Khatun (3)​
Wife: Çiçek Khatun (??), Daughter of Danishmend of Sivas

Nephew(s): Balak (22), Ibrahim [tyriet] (25)
 
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Age: 41
Culture/Religion: Norman/Christian (Catholic)

Family: Bohemund I (uncle), Baldwin II (uncle), Richard of Salerno (cousin)

Biography: Son of Emma of Hauteville and Odo the Good Marquis, Tancred joined his uncle Bohemund, first to Constantinople, where he notably refused to swear an oath to the Emperor, then to the Holy Lands in the First Crusade. During this time, he participated in the takings of Nicaea, Tarsus, and Antioch, and he was also the first crusader to step into Jerusalem on July 15th.

When the Kingdom of Jerusalem was born, Tancred was named Prince of Galilee. While Bohemund was taken by the Danishmends, Tancred served as regent of Antioch, defending the realm and capturing Edessa as well (though this was later lost). Now with his uncle back in Europe rallying for manpower, Tancred again takes up the position of regent.
 

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Name: Count Baldwin II of Bourcq of Edessa

Age: 1060 - Present (45)

Culture: French

Family: Count Hugh of Rethel [father], Count Eustace III of Boulogne [cousin], King Baldwin of Boulogne of Jerusalem [cousin], The Venerable Gervais of Rethel Archdeacon of Rheims [brother], Morfia of Melitene [wife], Prince Tancred of Hauteville of Galilee [nephew]

Biography: Baldwin (French: Baudouin de Bourcq) was the second son of Count Hugh of Rethel. Born and raised in Rethel, France, he left his homeland to serve the Armies of Christ in 1096. Serving admirably in the crusade, Baldwin entered the service of Prince Bohemund of Antioch as ambassador between Antioch and Edessa. Becoming Regent of Antioch when Prince Bohemund was captured by Turks, he served for less than a year. He was appointed as Count of Edessa in late December, 1100 by the former Count of Edessa (now King of Jerusalem), Baldwin of Boulogne.

As Count of Edessa, one of the first things he did was marry Morfia of Melitene, daughter of Armenian Prince Gabriel. After that he ransomed Prince Bohemund back from the turks, preferring his hold boss to his nephew Prince Tancred. Assisting the King in the Battle of Ascalon (1102), he was forced to return to Edessa when it was invaded by the Seljuks in 1104. Meeting them at the Battle of Harran, the battle was a terrific defeat for Baldwin, who was captured following the battle and remains in captivity.


Location: Mosul

Titles: Knight of God: 1096 - Present
Ambassador of Antioch to the Court of Edessa: 1099 - 1100
Regent of the Principality of Antioch: 1100
Count of Edessa: 1100 - Present
 
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Name: Raymond IV of Toulouse
Age: 64
Culture/Religion: Occitan/Christian (Catholic)
Wife: Elvira of Castile (27)
Sons: Bertrand {39}, Alfonso Jordan (2)
Nephew: William II Jordan (37)
Grandson: Pons (7)
Biography: Raymond's father was Pons II of Toulouse, and Raymond's elder brothers died before him, allowing him to dispose his niece Philippa for the county of Toulouse in 1094. The death of William Bertrand of Provence in the same year caused him to inherit the Margravate of Provence. By 1096 he was Count of Nîmes, Toulouse and Rouergue and Margrave of Provence. Raymond was deeply religious, and wished to die in the Holy Land, and so when the call was raised for the First Crusade, he was one of the first to take the cross. The oldest and the richest of the crusaders, Raymond left Toulouse at the end of October 1096, with a large company that included his wife Elvira and Adhemar, bishop of Le Puy, the papal legate. He ignored requests by his niece, Philippa to grant the rule of Toulouse to her in his stead; instead, he left Bertrand, his eldest son, to govern. Raymond refused to swear an oath of fealty to Emperor Alexius, unlike most of the other crusaders, but instead he swore an oath of friendship with Alexius.

Raymond rose to particular prominence among the Crusaders at the city of Antioch. After the city was captured, Raymond occupied the city's palace, and supported the monk Peter Bartholomew, who claimed that he was told by St. Andrew that he should find the Holy Lance and give it to Raymond. The success following the recovery of the Lance led Raymond to press his rival, Bohemond of Taranto, to allow Raymond to hold the city of Antioch. As the struggle between the two increased, the minor knights and footsoldiers convinced Raymond to continue the march on Jerusalem, as had been their original goal. Raymond left a small detachment in Antioch and then marched south. Bohemond stay behind and swiftly expelled Raymond's garrison. With the desertion of Bohemond and death of Adhemar of Le Puy, Raymond took leadership of the crusade. He captured the city of Ma'arrat al-Numan and the fortress of Hisn al-Akrad, before leading the crusade to Jerusalem proper. Jerusalem was captured on July 15 1099 and Raymond was offered the crown of the new Kingdom of Jerusalem, but he refused, citing reluctance to rule in the city that Jesus had suffered in.

He participated in the battle of Ascalon soon after the fall of Jerusalem, then marched north to capture the city of Laodicea from the traitorous Bohemond. Following this he traveled to Constantinople to secure an alliance with Emperor Alexius against the expansionist Bohemond. He then participated in the brief Crusade of 1101 in Anatolia, before returning to Antioch in 1102 where he was imprisoned by Tancred, who forced him to promise under duress to not take any territory between Antioch and Acre. Once free Raymond has not follow such a promise, and captured the city of Tartus and began to build a castle on Mons Peregrinus to aid his ongoing siege of Tripoli. Other veterans of the Crusade of 1101 support him to take the key city of Tripoli to firmly establish the new County of Tripoli. The defends of Tripoli managed to wound Raymond several months ago though, and his life remains in peril. His nephew William Jordan, veteran of many campaign with Raymond, is set to succeed him as leader of the crusaders, but matters could become complicated if Raymond's son Bertrand arrives from Europe.

Location: Besieging Tripoli
 
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Name: Ehremar
Age: 48
Culture: Frankish
Religion: Roman Catholic
Family: N/A
Location: Jerusalem, Kingdom of Jerusalem

Biography: Born to a irrelevant merchant in the city of Thérouanne, Ehremar had great ambitions growing up. He aspired to be the Bishop of Thérouanne, and to serve God as a Bishop, and eventually a Cardinal. He joined the Catholic Church at age 19, and studied theology at his local church. He was ordinated as a Priest at the ripe age of 34, and worked on strengthening his devotion to God. However, Ehremar was much too young to be nominated as Bishop, so at age 37, he traveled to the Holy Land with the soldiers of Count Hugh of Vermandois. Working as a priest in the Crusader armies, Ehremar was present at many major battles, and saw the creation of the Kingdom of Jerusalem. Ehremar spent most of his time handing out alms to the commoners of Jerusalem, so when King Baldwin deposed Dagobert of Pisa as Patriarch of Jerusalem, the Bishops of Palestine suggested Ehremar as the successor to Dagobert. Baldwin was happy to accept the appointment, as Ehremar wouldn't set the claims of the church over the power of the King. However, Pope Paschal has yet to confirm Ehremar's appointment as Patriarch, so his position is not yet as secure as Ehremar would like.

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Patriarch of Jerusalem and the Latins (1105 - Present)
 

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Welcome chaps to The Crusades, 1105. As you might have guessed, the game is set in 1105 in the Near East, focusing on the conflicts between the crusader and their enemies. It follows the model of XVG's series of historical games, with a focus on characters rather than nations. It's recommended to research the period at least a little, and if you need any help I'm happy to do what I can.

Signing up, a.k.a How to Join
The game is character-based, so to sign up please post a character sheet outlining your character and who they are. Playable characters are crusaders, Armenians in Cilicia, and Muslim lords in northern Iraq, Syria and Egypt. This is to try and focus the game on the Levant and the Crusader States themselves.

For example:


Stats
There are two types of stats: realm and personal. These should be mostly self-explanatory. Realm stats cover the revenues, expenditures, and military capacity of each realm, with that realm's lord having (mostly) control over them. Personal stats are the same but for individual characters. Revenues are incoming wealth as tariffs and tolls on trade, general taxation of the population, and incomes from state monopolies on such things as salt and timber. Expenditures are the costings of the realm/character, for maintaining armies, operating courts and law & order.


Concerning warfare, armies are broken down into several types of unit. Unit types are kept relatively simple; each type has its own strengths and weaknesses, and can perform better or worse depending on the terrain in which they fight. The availability of each unit type varies according to which culture a character belongs to and in which region they reside. Each unit type has a different cost, and mercenaries can be expected to charge more for their services than home-grown troops. Unit types are outlined below:
  • Militia (feudal levies, town militia, ahdath etc.)
  • Professional infantry (foot sergeants, ghulams, mamluks, ayyār, ghazi etc.)
  • Light cavalry (turcopoles, horse archers, tribal cavalry etc.)
  • Heavy cavalry (knights, mounted sergeants, mounted ghulams & mamluks etc.)
  • Galleys
A note on ships - the crusaders will find it almost impossible to construct a fleet of any worth, and instead will have to rely on the support of friendly Christian realms to contest the seas.

Orders
As like many forum games, the Crusades 1105 is played via orders each turn. Each player has one normal order per turn, and each turn covers two years in game. These orders can cover anything not related to war and the military. This includes such things as assassination, establishing castles, trade deals, and attempting religious conversion of populations. These are just a few examples; as long as your order is reasonable (both in scope and for the setting), anything goes. Normal orders are limited to a single action, and shouldn't be more than a couple of sentences.

Each player can also send one military plan each turn. This is used to detail military manoeuvres, war plans and recruitment (including mercenaries). Any war plan will preferably include the names of the commanders of each flank and the composition of forces. The army's leader will generally, but not always, command the centre, and outlines the overall battle plan. Flank commanders, if players, may send orders covering the plans for their flank. War plans are not limited in length, but are asked to be succinct.

Orders should be sent to me via PM, and in the subject include the game's name, your character's name, and the current turn for which the orders are for. Many actions, such as marriages, political alliances and negotiations with NPCs can take place via IC, the results of which can also be resolved in updates.

Updates
The results of your orders will be published in updates. The first type of update will be the main biennial update, containing the results of orders and any other events of interest over the turn. The second type of update are events, which will highlight a specific event such as a military campaign or the death of a major character.

IRC
We have an IRC channel for OOC discussions and direct conversations between players. It's use isn't mandatory, but it is recommended as it can make things much easier to organise.

Network: http://www.coldfront.net/
Channel name: #TA
Instructions:

1) Go to ColdFront using the link above.
2) Choose the Flash or Java Client
3) Create a screen name
4) The client will auto-add you to #coldfront. Leave this channel.
5) In the command box type "/join #TA"

You should then be logged in and ready to go.

Thanks and have fun!​

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Name: Baldwin I, King of Jerusalem
Age: 47
Culture/Religion: Frankish/Catholic
Family:
Wife: Arda of Armenia (28)
Brother(s): Eustace III, Count of Boulogne (53)
Cousin(s): Baldwin II (45)

Location: Jerusalem
Biography:
Baldwin was born in 1058 to Eustace II of Boulogne and Ida of Lorraine. Baldwin was the third son and it was intended that he received an ecclesial career. Eventually he lived in Normandy and married Hodehilde de Toeni and eventually returned to Lower Lorraine to take control of the county of Verdun previously held by Godfrey.

When the first crusade was called, Baldwin together with his brothers Godfrey and Eustace III sold much of their property to the church to afford the crusade. Due to the destruction caused by earlier crusaders, Baldwin was held captive by King Coloman of Hungary to ensure the crusaders good behavior.

After the crusaders entered Constantinople, Emperor Alexius was forced to provide a hostage to ensure continued order, and as such his son and heir John, was placed in the care of Baldwin. Later as the crusader army approached the Muslims, here he took the city of Tarsus.

Baldwin was invited by Thoros of Edessa who adopted him as his heir, and when he died Baldwin became the new count of Edessa. When Baldwin was invited to Jerusalem in 1100 upon the death of his brother, he granted Edessa to his cousin, Baldwin of Bourcq. Baldwin after being ambushed on his way there arrived in the beginning of November. When he arrived in Jerusalem he opposed his old enemy Tancred, as well as the new patriarch, Dagobert of Pisa. He eventually took an expedition with him against the Egyptians and returned at the end of December. Here he was crowned king of Jerusalem by the patriarch himself in Bethlehem. In 1102 Dagobert after longer periods of clashes with Baldwin was deposed and the secular state was ensured.

In 1101 Baldwin captured Arsuf and Caesarea, fought two battles at Ramlah and has recently taken Acre.
 
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Richard de Hauteville (Richard of Salerno)


Age: 45


Culture/Religion: Norman/Christian (Catholic)


Family: Wife: Altrude (37)


Son(s): Roger (18)


Daughter(s): Maria (11)


Cousin(s): Bohemund I, Tancred


Biography: Richard was born around 1060, the third son of William of the Principate, a Norman count, and Mary, daughter of Guido, the Lombard duke of Sorrento. He was also one of the many nephews of Robert Guiscard and Roger I of Sicily and in his early life Richard participated with his two famous uncles to the conquest of Sicily.In 1097, Richard joined his cousins, Bohemund of Taranto and Tancred, on the First Crusade. Richard and Tancred were notable for being among the few Crusaders who could speak Arabic, an ability doubtlessly learned during the wars in Sicily, which had a strong Arab presence. Anna Komnene relates that when Richard crossed the Adriatic Sea, his ship was attacked and captured by the Byzantine fleet, who had mistaken him for a pirate. He was soon released and joined the main Crusader army marching through Bulgaria and Hungary. Along with Tancred, Richard refused to swear an oath of fidelity to the Byzantine emperor Alexius I Comnenus, preferring to cross the Bosphorus in secret. Richard was one of the commanders at the Battle of Dorylaeum in summer 1097. 1098, Richard and Tancred joined Bohemund at the siege of Antioch. Richard was among those captured with Bohemund in 1100 when ambushed by the Danishmends at the Battle of Melitene. From there Richard was sent to the emperor Alexius, who imprisoned him in Constantinople before he was finally released in 1103. His cousin Tancred then appointed him governor of Edessa in the winter of 1104.


Location: Edessa
 

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Rorgius, Lord of Haifa
Age: 38
Culture/Religion: Frankish/Christian (Catholic)

Lord Rorgius:
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His Eldest Son Charles:
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Fictional Details
Family: married to Veronica, age 37
Children: Charles, age 21, Veronica, age 19, Rorigus, age 16, Pepin, deceased, Francis, age 11, Mary, age 8, Henry, age 5, Louis, age 3, Monica, age 1.

His wife Veronica and son Rorgius are managing the family land back in France with his siblings Veronica, Louis and Monica. His sons Charles, Francis and Henry are with him.

Biography: Not much is known about this quiet man born into a minor French family, Rorgius left his home with his family to the Crusade. He is quiet and reserved, preferring to think before acting. He tends to be a shy, defensive person, though very pious, loyal and chivalrous.

Location: Castle outside of Hafia
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Name: Zahir ad-Din Toghtekin, Atabeg of Damascus
Age: 37
Culture/Religion: Turkish/Islam (Sunni)
Family:
Son(s): Taj al-Muluk Buri (13)
Daughter(s): Olgun (17)
Biography:
Zahir ad-Din Toghtekin was a junior officer to Tutush I, Seljuq ruler of Damascus and Syria. After the former's death in 1095, civil war erupted, and Toghtekin supported Tutush's son Duqaq as emir of the city against Radwan, the emir of Aleppo. In the chaotic years which ensued Toghtekin was sent to reconquer the town of Jebleh, which had rebelled against the qadi of Tripoli, but he was unable to accomplish his task.

On October 21, 1097, a Crusader army appeared at the gates of Antioch. The local emir appealed to Duqaq to send an armed force to their rescue. Duqaq sent Toghtekin, but on December 31, 1097, he was defeated by Bohemund of Taranto and Robert II of Flanders, and was forced to retreat. Another relief attempt was made by a joint force under Kerbogha, the emir of Mosul, and Toghtekin, which was also crushed by the Crusaders on June 28, 1098. In 1103 Toghtekin was sent by Duqaq to take possession of Homs at the request of its inhabitants, after the emir had been assassinated. The following year Duqaq died and Toghtekin, now acting as regent and de facto ruler, had the former's junior son Tutush II proclaimed emir, while he married Duqaq's widow and reserved for himself the title of atabeg.

Location: Damascus
 

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Name: Fakhr al-Mulk Radwan
Age: 36
Culture/Religion: Turkish/Islam (Sunni)
Family:
Son(s): Alp Arslan al-Akhras (1)
Daughter(s): Terken Khatun (23), Malhun Khatun (11)
Biography: The son of Tutush I of Damascus, Radwan inherited his father's Syrian possessions in 1096, ruling from the city of Aleppo. However, Radwan soon lost his souther territory (including Damascus) to his brother Duraq. Radwan was on the verge of reclaiming his lands when the First Crusade disrupted the politics of the region and Radwan was forced to bide his time. With his brother's death in 1104, Radwan is in a strong position in the Levant, though his border tensions with the Crusaders of Edessa may prove to be a greater threat than familial infighting.
 

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No Rhomanoi? :confused:

Well, if we are allowed to be Rhomanoi, this I think would be my character sheet...
Name:
Title:
Age:
Culture/Religion:
Eastern Christian Orthodox Catholicism (Orthodoxy)
Family:
Son of "Domestikos tōn Scholōn" John Komnenos and "Augusta" Anna Dalassene

Brother of "Basileus" Alexios I Komnenos, "Sebastokrator" Isaac Komnenos, Manuel Komnenos, Maria Komnene, Eudokia Komnene, Theodora Komnene, and Nikephoros Komnenos

Married to "Princess" Zoe Doukaina

Father of Eudokia Komnene, Andronikos Komnenos, "Sebastos" Alexios Komnenos, and Adrianos Komnenos

Grandfather of Anna Komnene (Daughter of Alexios Komnenos, Born 1100)
Biography:
As younger brother of Emperor Alexios Komnenos, Adrianos was appointed Protosebastos immediately following the coup of 1081 and the coronation of his brother as Basileus and give reign over the Kassandra peninsula. In 1086, he was elevated to Megas Domestikos after the death of "Megas Domestikos of all the west," Gregorios Pacurianos who had died in battle after being dismounted by his horse due to colliding with a tree.

In 1094, he presided over the hearings against the would-be-usurper, Nikephoros Diogenes who had plotted to murder and replace the Emperor. Nikephoros had been caught in the act and was found guilty by the court, officially sentenced to be blinded, however the Emperor ordered the court to merely incarcerate Nikephoros, while imperial agents spread rumors that Nikephoros had been blinded. A confusion occurred as the court received these rumors, they believed they were ordered to blind Nikephoros and carried out the blinding. Nikephoros was immediately taken into protection by the Emperor after hearing of the event.

As Megas Domestikos, Adrianos would remain focused on campaigns against the Sicilian-Normans and campaigns against the Pechenegs across the Bulgar.
Location:
Constantinople
 

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Well, if we are allowed to be Rhomanoi, this I think would be my character sheet...
((Stop spamming the thread with a question clearly answered in the OP))
Signing up, a.k.a How to Join
The game is character-based, so to sign up please post a character sheet outlining your character and who they are. Playable characters are crusaders, Armenians in Cilicia, and Muslim lords in northern Iraq, Syria and Egypt. This is to try and focus the game on the Levant and the Crusader States themselves.
 

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I'm interested in joining, but I'm curious. Do I absolutely have to play realistically to the character? Lets say I want to play as the Fatamid Caliph. Let's say, instead of waging war to get the Kingdom of Jerusalem back, can I try to ally with them? Or do I have to absolutely wage war on them sooner or later?