- Nov 25, 2011
An Eretnid Turk Grand AAR - CK2 Section
1337 - 1444
1337 - 1444
So what’s all this then?
In this grand campaign I am taking up the mantle of Sultan Eretna, an Anatolian beylik in the CK2 1337 start. The Eretnids were a short-lived dynasty in central Anatolia (with Mongol origins) who were overshadowed and eventually absorbed into the growing Ottoman state. They became a footnote as the Ottomans went on to become one of the most influential empires in history.
In the spirit of Paradox games’ “what if?” premise, this AAR will tell the story of an alternative history in which the House of Eretna, not Osman, becomes the dominant Turkish dynasty.
I’m not going to simply replicate the Ottoman Empire under a different name, instead I aim to roleplay my characters/governments to be as believable as possible. Depending on what geopolitical circumstances arise for example the Empire might take a different path for expansion… we’ll see what happens!
This is my first attempt at a grand campaign for some time (since 2013-14!). The intervening years have been eventful and I’ve continued to play Paradox games throughout, but never really had the time/energy/willpower to play through and write up my games.
I’m in a place where I want to do that now, so here I am - hopefully there are still people out there who read these things and find them interesting!
I’ve always been slightly apprehensive about writing an AAR from the perspective of a different culture/religion to my own. As an atheist Brit there are many intricacies of Islamic/Turkish culture that I am unaware of and I’d like to use this AAR as an interactive way of learning more about the history of this part of the world. Please let me know if I get anything wrong in terms of place names, religious beliefs or motivations of my characters etc.
So without any further ado… let’s get started with some background!
Prologue - Anatolia, 1337
Anatolia in the early-mid 14th Century is a patchwork of petty warlords at each other's throats. Following the invasions of the Ilkhanate the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum has disintegrated into an array of independent “beyliks” - local Turkish landholders that squabble with each other.
The Turks of Rum have fallen far since the glory days of Alp Arsan, now existing as fractured remnants at the mercy of the Mamluk and Mongol empires and with the perennial crusader threat only temporarily distracted.
It is into this time of uncertainty and opportunity that Sultan Eretna finds himself in control of one of the larger beyliks. The Eretnid realm has dominion over much of the old heartland of the Rum Sultans and is surrounded by many weaker warlords. Opportunities for expansion abound, but Eretna must be wary of upsetting the balance of power too much - for the Turks are surrounded by enemies.
Having only recently come to power, Eretna will need to act swiftly if he is to consolidate his position and make a name for his dynasty, for another ambitious dynasty to the west is also trying to do the same…
Chapter One coming soon!