- Dec 19, 2011
Through out the time that would eventually become known as the Crusades many heroes and villains arose on both sides. Many brave Christians and Muslims gave their lives in search of the Kingdom of Heaven. Many a noble lord went destitute funding these wars or subsiding those less fortunate until even their alms ran dry and those once great lords and ladies were forced out onto the streets. Yet they still had Faith. They would remove all ornament and don the simple robes of pilgrims and make the long and perilous journey to Jerusalem, to Mecca, to Antioch. There they could gain some measure of absolution for the Sins their forefathers had bestowed upon them. In those holy places they could feel the touch of God. No man, no woman could come through such a journey unchanged. They changed the world. For the better according to some, or the worse if some are to be believed... but they changed it because they could. Because they had Faith that they could. That they must.
And then there was Raynald of Châtillon. A wolf in the shape of a man with the spirit of a dog. Easy to anger, quick to strike as a viper if in a strong position... but also weak of will and likely to tuck tail and run should the odds tilt against him. It is rare for there ever to be such a man that would make all, including his kinsmen loath him and wash their hands upon shaking his, but Raynald had such an effect.
This is his story, and the story of how a man born so low could rise so high and then come crashing down once more.
...Oh wait, you don't know who I am right? Well that's simple, I am Olligarchy and a few months ago I was taken by the idea of writing an AAR to join the many fantastic pieces of writing on these forums. What followed as a story called the Bourbons and for some reason it was moderately successful. Some people enjoyed it and I enjoyed writing it so all was good. However with a later patch the save broke, stopping my progress cold and killing any inspiration I may have once held. Add to that the change in jobs and life generally taking priority and you've the story of how I disappeared for such a long time.
If you care that is. :unsure:
But what is important is I am back baby! And I've got a whole new story to tell.
As previously I will be using a diary style format, Ironmanning the game and doing my best to role-play each character as their traits dictate. I should also warn you that if you are disturbed by things like the horrors of war, rape and murder you should probably steer clear of this one. I won't be glorifying or giving out any details on any of these things, but they will be mentioned and used to strengthen the image I wish to convey of the crusades in this tale.
Glad to have you on for the ride.