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The House Always Wins.
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Crimson's AAR Inkwell

The Third Odyssey - An Elysian Tale: Ioannes VIII looks upon his empire and despairs. Surrounded by enemies upon all sides, the Emperor looks into classical inspiration in a desperate means to save his people and the Imperial legacy of the Romans. Launching an odyssey and abandoning the Old World, the exiled vestiges of the Eastern Roman Empire were set to alter the course of history forever...

La Serenissima - The City of Fortune : The Serene Republic of Venice had, for the longest time, enjoyed prosperity as a dominant economic power in the Mediterranean. Unbeknownst to the republic, Venice was on the brink of a Golden Age at the dawn of the Renaissance.

Dream of the Eagles - Mildly Interactive Germany AAR : The Duchy of Brandenburg, ruled by the House of Hohenzollern, had been a minor power among the myriad of states within Northern Germany. Sometimes all that's needed for greatness is a little push.

The Lion and the Lilly - History of the Angevin Empire: What if England won the Hundred Years War? Follow the House of Anjou as they begin to establish a dual monarchy that would come to change the history of the world forever... (prematurely came to an end in 1605)
 
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Second Lieutenant
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Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven: A Papacy AAR: Alexander is a controversial pope, but he has done much. His actions have altered the Papacy, which looks set to expand it's influence.
 
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Dunaden’s Inkwell

With two AARs completed and another one going strong, I thought it was past time that I added my growing collection of stories to this list.

Below are my AAR’s in chronological order, those that were abandoned, those that were completed, and those that are ongoing.




1. Surviving Past Sunset (CK2) (Abandoned) – A tale chronicling the Sunset Invasion through the eyes of young Elspeth Dunbar, whose family had been, after 200 years of accumulating power, were on the brink of claiming three Kingdoms when all their plans and ambitions are swept away by the sudden onslaught of savages coming from across the sea.

This, my first attempt at an AAR in November 2014, was abandoned for creative reasons, it was a bit too ambitious and overly complicated for a first attempt. Plus, it turned out the flashbacks to the earlier time line would have had more action than the main story, which was stifled by the Aztec Emperor completely prohibiting internal and external wars, and the absolute fanatical loyalty and devotion of the Aztec people, who resisted any attempt at plotting within the Empire to change that.



2. CK2 AAR - The Lost Crusade (Complete) – The Laird Clan had taken an unusual path in their rise to power, going from the Highlands of Scotland to the Asian Steppe to find service as Khans under the Khagan of Cumania. From there they had returned west to become the greatest power in Europe. In the year 1339, Pope Martinus III called the faithful to join him in a Crusade against the Kingdom of Orissa, far to the east in fabled Hindustan. At first only a few Catholic lords joined the Crusade, but then the Laird Emperor, Edward of the Marcaich-Shine, the Storm Riders, sent his 6th son, Prince Lennon Laird, and 10,000 men, including the Knights Hospitaller, into the east to support the Pope. None of these Crusaders would ever return. This AAR tells the story of what happened to that Lost Crusade.

My second AAR was successfully completed, running from March 2016 through November 2016, and received recognition as the Weekly AAR Showcase (3/4/2016).


A Dragon in Sheep's Clothing
A CK2 AGOT Mod AAR of the Lhazareen


3. A Dragon in Sheep's Clothing - A CK2 AGOT Mod AAR (abandoned) – What if Rhaego, the son of Khal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen, survived that fateful night in the tent, and was instead spirited away by Miri Maz Duur and placed with her people, the Lhazareen? Can a boy raised by the Lamb Men achieve his destiny as “the Stallion Who Mounts the World”?

This AAR started well, but I grew to dislike the format I had adopted, and eventually abandoned it. It was active in February and March 2018.

Rhaego eventually tames a dragon, the spawn of one of his mother’s dragons, and makes himself King of Lhazar, protecting the Lamb Men from further depredations by the Dothraki. After his death, his daughter would tame his dragon and then go beyond just safeguarding the Lhazareen, and become a conqueror.





Travelers in the Forest|Taiga by Ville Assinen

4. The People of the Forest (CK2 AAR - Ongoing) – This ongoing saga depicts life among the Meryan tribes, pagan followers of the Suomenusko Gods who dwell within the northern taiga. The story follows the ever-growing Kardazid clan who unite their people, a collection of small scattered tribes threatened on all sides by powerful enemies, into a growing Kingdom that will soon be feared in turn.

This AAR started in August 2019 and continues to be updated. It has received recognition, being honored with two Best Character of the Week awards (25/8/19 & 3/11/19) and most recently has led to me being named WritAAR of the Week (28/6/20).


5. History 303 – The Third Kingdom (A CK2 Jerusalem AAR - The Complete Course)
As many of you have expressed interest in origins of the de Cognac dynasty as well as that period in the Middle East when it was an unstable region, rife with war and conflict, not the stable region it is today, I have agreed to offer a short course on the founding of what the historians call the Third Kingdom of Jerusalem, which will be available this spring as part of the curriculum at Estrid Junior College here in Damascus. Attached is the course syllabus:

Hist 303 – The Third Kingdom - This short course will provide you background on the founding of our great nation, some 600 years ago and the historic figures that made it possible.

Day 1 - Course Introduction and Historic Sources
Day 2 - On Dating the Three Kingdoms of Jerusalem
Day 3 - The de Cognac family tree
Day 4 - Philip de Cognac
Day 5 - Princess Ingeborg Estrid
Day 6 - Richard 'the Blessed'
Day 7 - Richard 'the Crusader'
Day 8 - Richard ‘the Just’
Day 9 - Amice ‘the Lionheart’
Day 10 - Anselm ‘the Lion’
Day 11 - Godfrey of Lucano
Day 12 - Anselm ‘the Apostle’
Day 13 - Matthew ‘the Monk’
Day 14 - Course Summary and Conclusions

This short course was presented in May & June term of 2020. The completed course is now available for other educators to use with their students.