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2 to 1 odds isn't that bad honestly given how unwise the AI is about moving soldiers and the like around.
 

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Oh man!

At least you get to see the white camels of paradise. I think that Russians have to be really surprised when they see them for the first time.
 

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2 to 1 odds isn't that bad honestly given how unwise the AI is about moving soldiers and the like around.

It's actually not quite even that bad. It seems I have a retinue and money for mercenaries, but the Fylkir doesn't.

Oh man!

At least you get to see the white camels of paradise. I think that Russians have to be really surprised when they see them for the first time.

It's very strange to see some of the rulers around me, like the Duke of Perm, on a desert background.

Chapter 15


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The war begins with the battle of Ostrov, in Pskov, where the Mordvins win and the Emperor gets 400 piety.

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Things keep getting better for the Muslims.

The caliph lost his civil war not longer after the crusade was called and the war ended inconclusively.

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The Fylkir's 100,000 men never showed up, and after beating off an incursion in the Ukraine from Swedish Poland they offer surrender.

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A second invasion is launched against the Emperor and his nine decadent sons.

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This leader is resisting the plot, as none of his courtiers want to see him dead. Looks like I'll have to kill him on the battlefield.

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This isn't a good start. The lovely Cuman Band and their horse archers got beaten.

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Using some of my titanic fortune to assassinate the leader of the revolt does no good.

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The Imperial forces win a small battle.

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Then all the forces regroup for a huge battle to decide the war, and the Emperor wins.

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My soldiers give chase and the revolters have nowhere to go. After some ping-ponging they are all dead, and the leader is imprisoned and banished so I can have his 2,000 gold. These invasions pay for themselves.

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Muhammad I dies and the empire passes to his seventh son, Pakstyan.

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Well done winning your wars!
 

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Well done winning your wars!

Thanks.

Chapter 16



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The new Emperor. He's childless and looks rather like his father.

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Decadence was 100% by virtue of Muhammad I and Pakstyan hasn't had time for it to fall, and so a third invasion is launched.

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It seems some want to install my brother, Nuyanza.

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Problem solved.

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A bit of plotting never hurt anyone… unfortunately, plotkilling these rebels won't make the war end.

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So it must be on the battlefield, again. The imperial forces are again victorious, but I won't be able to withstand that many more decadence invasions if they keep going like this.

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After peace with the invading forces, the warmongering Pakstyan wants an outpost on the Black Sea.

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It's a simple matter of sitting on the counties and requires no tactical effort. But this isn't enough for Pakstyan…

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He has a claim on the Seljuk Turks through his mother, so he declares war, capturing the king and enforcing demands, all while his wife has a son, possibly the future Pakstyan II.

All this deserves a reward:

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Later on:

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The pope calls a doomed crusade on the Umayyad blob, and

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Pakstyan I dies unexpectedly at 60. Not bad compared to the pagan rulers!
 

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Wow, you are taking it rather quickly ;).