• Crusader Kings III Available Now!

    The realm rejoices as Paradox Interactive announces the launch of Crusader Kings III, the latest entry in the publisher’s grand strategy role-playing game franchise. Advisors may now jockey for positions of influence and adversaries should save their schemes for another day, because on this day Crusader Kings III can be purchased on Steam, the Paradox Store, and other major online retailers.


    Real Strategy Requires Cunning

robou

Hijo de Santiago
10 Badges
May 19, 2007
3.584
0
www.ww2italianreenactment.com
  • Hearts of Iron II: Armageddon
  • Deus Vult
  • Europa Universalis III
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Victoria: Revolutions
  • Europa Universalis: Rome
  • Victoria 2
  • 500k Club
  • Hearts of Iron IV Sign-up
Gentlemen, I am back. Finally. After a hiatus of several months, I have decided to return to these forums that were my love for several years. And, I have decided to start a-fresh, forgetting the AARs I left behind, like CAF and ToE, and turning over a fresh leaf on a fresh new year. Anyway, without further reminicences, I annouce the beginning of this new AAR, The Unwelcomed Warriors. As to what it is on, and in what style it will be... well... you'll just have to wait for the first chapter.

On that note, it should be ready sometime either tonight or early this week. Be ready for an unusual time schedual, as this will probabl come in kicks and starts due to school, but we'll see.

For now!
Rob
 
Last edited:

volksmarschall

NE PLVS VLTRA
31 Badges
Nov 29, 2008
5.830
271
minervawisdom.com
  • Crusader Kings II
  • Europa Universalis IV: Pre-order
  • Victoria 2: Heart of Darkness
  • Victoria 2: A House Divided
  • Europa Universalis IV: Res Publica
  • March of the Eagles
  • Europa Universalis IV: Art of War
  • Europa Universalis IV
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Cadet
  • Stellaris: Galaxy Edition
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Colonel
  • Europa Universalis IV: Rights of Man
  • Victoria 2
  • Stellaris: Digital Anniversary Edition
  • Stellaris: Leviathans Story Pack
  • Europa Universalis IV: El Dorado
  • Mount & Blade: Warband
  • Europa Universalis IV: Common Sense
  • Europa Universalis IV: Cossacks
  • Europa Universalis IV: Mare Nostrum
  • Stellaris
  • Stellaris: Galaxy Edition
  • Stellaris - Path to Destruction bundle
  • Europa Universalis IV: Call to arms event
  • Europa Universalis IV: Wealth of Nations
  • Darkest Hour
  • Crusader Kings II: Sword of Islam
  • Crusader Kings II: Sunset Invasion
  • Crusader Kings II: The Republic
  • Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods
  • Crusader Kings II: Legacy of Rome
Welcome back Rob! I'll be sure to follow your new AAR! ;)
 

unmerged(86922)

Major
3 Badges
Nov 8, 2007
744
0
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Hearts of Iron III
  • Heir to the Throne
I will follow this.
 

Hannibal X

A Man
7 Badges
Dec 28, 2008
619
0
  • Crusader Kings II
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • For The Glory
  • Europa Universalis: Rome
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • 500k Club
Yay! A new robou AAR!

Is it about England, judging by avatar? Are the Normans, Saxons or Vikings (or maybe Welsh) unwelcome?
 

humancalculator

Lt. General
70 Badges
Aug 28, 2007
1.534
4
  • Europa Universalis III: Chronicles
  • Hearts of Iron II: Armageddon
  • Victoria: Revolutions
  • Hearts of Iron III Collection
  • Hearts of Iron III
  • Victoria 2: A House Divided
  • Victoria 2: Heart of Darkness
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Europa Universalis III
  • Deus Vult
  • Darkest Hour
  • Crusader Kings II: Sword of Islam
  • Crusader Kings II: Sons of Abraham
  • Crusader Kings II: The Republic
  • Crusader Kings II: Rajas of India
  • Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods
  • Crusader Kings II: Legacy of Rome
  • Crusader Kings II: Charlemagne
  • Crusader Kings II
  • Stellaris: Leviathans Story Pack
  • Cities: Skylines - Parklife Pre-Order
  • Europa Universalis IV: Rule Britannia
  • Crusader Kings II: Conclave
  • Europa Universalis IV: Mandate of Heaven
  • Cities: Skylines - Mass Transit
  • Crusader Kings II: Horse Lords
  • Stellaris: Galaxy Edition
  • Stellaris: Galaxy Edition
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Cadet
  • Crusader Kings II: Reapers Due
  • Europa Universalis IV: Rights of Man
  • Crusader Kings II: Holy Fury
  • Cities: Skylines - Natural Disasters
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Together for Victory
  • Crusader Kings II: Monks and Mystics
  • Europa Universalis IV: Common Sense
  • Crusader Kings II: Way of Life
  • Europa Universalis IV: El Dorado
  • Surviving Mars
  • 500k Club
  • Victoria 2
  • Stellaris: Synthetic Dawn
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Crusader Kings III
  • Cities: Skylines - Green Cities
  • Cities: Skylines - Parklife
  • Stellaris: Distant Stars
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Death or Dishonor
  • Europa Universalis IV
Glad to see you back.

I will be eagerly waiting for the first update. :)
 

LOka

Procrastinator
60 Badges
Jun 16, 2004
267
29
  • Crusader Kings II: Reapers Due
  • 500k Club
  • Cities: Skylines
  • Crusader Kings II: Holy Knight (pre-order)
  • Mount & Blade: Warband
  • Crusader Kings II: Way of Life
  • Pillars of Eternity
  • Crusader Kings II: Horse Lords
  • Cities: Skylines - After Dark
  • Crusader Kings II: Conclave
  • Stellaris
  • Stellaris Sign-up
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Cadet
  • Victoria 2: Heart of Darkness
  • Tyranny: Archon Edition
  • Stellaris: Leviathans Story Pack
  • Crusader Kings II: Monks and Mystics
  • Stellaris - Path to Destruction bundle
  • Cities: Skylines - Mass Transit
  • Stellaris: Synthetic Dawn
  • Cities: Skylines - Green Cities
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Expansion Pass
  • Stellaris: Humanoids Species Pack
  • Stellaris: Apocalypse
  • Cities: Skylines - Parklife Pre-Order
  • Crusader Kings III: Royal Edition
  • Divine Wind
  • Ancient Space
  • Cities in Motion
  • Cities in Motion 2
  • Crusader Kings II
  • Crusader Kings II: Charlemagne
  • Crusader Kings II: Legacy of Rome
  • Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods
  • Crusader Kings II: The Republic
  • Crusader Kings II: Sons of Abraham
  • Crusader Kings II: Sword of Islam
  • Europa Universalis III
  • Europa Universalis III: Chronicles
  • Europa Universalis IV: Conquest of Paradise
  • Europa Universalis IV: Wealth of Nations
  • Hearts of Iron III: Their Finest Hour
  • Hearts of Iron III Collection
  • Heir to the Throne
  • King Arthur II
  • Magicka
  • Victoria: Revolutions
  • Sword of the Stars II
  • Victoria 2
Good that you are back! Hopefully this one will be just as good as CAF!
 

unmerged(104889)

Captain
16 Badges
Jun 19, 2008
452
0
  • Cities in Motion
  • Crusader Kings II
  • Deus Vult
  • Europa Universalis III
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Divine Wind
  • For the Motherland
  • Hearts of Iron III
  • Heir to the Throne
  • Rome Gold
  • Semper Fi
  • Sword of the Stars
  • Victoria 2: A House Divided
  • Victoria 2 A House Divided Beta
  • Mount & Blade: Warband
  • Pillars of Eternity
Welcome back! Although I did not notice you have been gone since I am usually always few months all over the year gone from the forums, and now I have just come back.

I shall definitely follow your new AAR and infact I'm going to wait until you publish the first chapter! (Edit: After waiting an hour and half I got tired and I have to go to sleep :) I'll be back tomorrow!)
 
Last edited:

germanpeon

Angel of Death
95 Badges
Feb 21, 2007
2.235
0
  • 500k Club
  • Europa Universalis IV: Res Publica
  • Victoria: Revolutions
  • Europa Universalis: Rome
  • Rome Gold
  • Semper Fi
  • Sengoku
  • Starvoid
  • Victoria 2
  • Victoria 2: A House Divided
  • Victoria 2: Heart of Darkness
  • Rome: Vae Victis
  • Warlock: Master of the Arcane
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Cities: Skylines
  • Europa Universalis IV: El Dorado
  • Europa Universalis IV: Pre-order
  • Pride of Nations
  • Mount & Blade: Warband
  • Crusader Kings II: Way of Life
  • Pillars of Eternity
  • Europa Universalis IV: Common Sense
  • Crusader Kings II: Horse Lords
  • Europa Universalis IV: Cossacks
  • Crusader Kings II: Conclave
  • Europa Universalis 4: Emperor
  • Europa Universalis III
  • Arsenal of Democracy
  • Hearts of Iron II: Armageddon
  • Crusader Kings II
  • Crusader Kings II: Charlemagne
  • Crusader Kings II: Legacy of Rome
  • Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods
  • Crusader Kings II: Rajas of India
  • Crusader Kings II: The Republic
  • Crusader Kings II: Sons of Abraham
  • Crusader Kings II: Sword of Islam
  • Darkest Hour
  • Deus Vult
  • A Game of Dwarves
  • Divine Wind
  • Europa Universalis IV
  • Europa Universalis IV: Art of War
  • Europa Universalis IV: Conquest of Paradise
  • Europa Universalis IV: Wealth of Nations
  • For the Motherland
  • Hearts of Iron III
  • Hearts of Iron III: Their Finest Hour
  • Hearts of Iron III Collection
  • Heir to the Throne
Excellent! I can't wait.
 

robou

Hijo de Santiago
10 Badges
May 19, 2007
3.584
0
www.ww2italianreenactment.com
  • Hearts of Iron II: Armageddon
  • Deus Vult
  • Europa Universalis III
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Victoria: Revolutions
  • Europa Universalis: Rome
  • Victoria 2
  • 500k Club
  • Hearts of Iron IV Sign-up
Chapter I: Muscle of the South - Part I


Chapter I
Muscle of the South



guard_330_330x330.jpg


Few have not heard of the Normans. Their footprint on history is both large and important. The death of King Edward the Confessor of England on January 5th, 1066, would lay the foundations for one of the most significant power struggles Europe had ever seen. Three men claimed the crown of England: Harold Godwinson, Earl of Wessex; Harald III Hardraade, King of Norway; William the Bastard, Duke of Normandy. In a swift and brutal war, Hardraade was killed by the Saxons at the Battle of Stamford Bridge, struck in the throat with an arrow. He was followed by Harold Godwinson, who had been officially crowned King of England as Harold II earlier that year, also killed by an arrow, this time to the eye [1], at the hands of William. The Duke was then crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey on Christmas day, 1066. In a war that had taken less than a year, two monarchs lie dead on the fields of battle, Hardraade taking the long Scandinavian Viking age, which had for so long plagued Europe. The consequences of the war, despite its own short length, were profound and altered the face of Europe in a way that would reverberate for centuries. So great were these changes that this year, 1066, has often been regarded as a major turning point in history as a whole, and is often hailed, for few other conceivable reasons [2], as the dawn of the medieval age.

However, amidst the huge events happening in northern Europe, one could easily forget that William had motives coming from much further south. Long before there were any designs made by the Normans for the conquest of England, the Normans had been staging a much more interesting and difficult invasion, though this term is more difficult to use in circumstances that shall become clear, of southern Italy. Their presence in southern Italy for several decades had left a lasting impression on the region, and their success in acquiring land, riches, power and influence whilst building a complex, cosmopolitan and potent power base; and the constant interest that the Pope and Emperors of both East and West placed in them, had not gone unnoticed to the young Duke back in Normandy, or indeed Northern Europe as a whole. Many of the tactics that the Normans employed in southern Italy would both noted and copied by William during and after his successful conquest of England. And, indeed, the simple fact that there were possibly Normans, many of them no more than lowly knights, holding more power than the Duchy they had left may well have been a motive for William’s invasion of England, purely out of pride. Added to this, the staggering success of but a few Norman knights in a large and, most considered, ungovernable region of the world showed William that the Normans had incredible qualities of both conquest and governance, and that they could manage, and deserved, more than the paltry Duchy could offer.

But who are these mysterious warriors, southern conquerors that were the cause, directly or indirectly, of so much important political upheaval during the 11th Century? How had they forged their own realm out of one of the most politically unstable regions in Europe, made themselves rich men and powerful rulers, and spurred on one of the most important conquests of history? And why, for heaven’s sake why, so many of their adversaries asked, were Normans in southern Italy in the first place? Why had these unwelcome warriors, respected but mistrusted and hated by all around them, travelled half way across Europe to forge a Kingdom?


Notes:
1 – This has been a long debated fact. The Bayeux Tapestry, the main source of information about the Battle of Hastings, does not make it clear. Either Harold was killed by an arrow to the eye or was ridden down by a mounted Knight. The former story is more popular.
2 – Europe was, otherwise, in a quiet period during 1066. No other events of note took place. All the Chroniclers, at least, were focussed on the events in England.
 
Last edited:

Tommy4ever

Papa Bear
34 Badges
Sep 13, 2008
4.853
804
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Victoria 2: A House Divided
  • Rome Gold
  • Victoria 2: Heart of Darkness
  • Heir to the Throne
  • Hearts of Iron III
  • Divine Wind
  • Diplomacy
  • Arsenal of Democracy
  • Crusader Kings II
  • Europa Universalis IV: Cossacks
  • Crusader Kings II: Conclave
  • Europa Universalis 4: Emperor
  • Crusader Kings II: Reapers Due
  • Crusader Kings II: Horse Lords
  • Crusader Kings II: Way of Life
  • Europa Universalis IV: Pre-order
  • Europa Universalis IV: Rights of Man
  • Europa Universalis IV: Third Rome
  • 500k Club
  • Crusader Kings II: Holy Fury
  • Victoria 2
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Europa Universalis IV: Wealth of Nations
  • Europa Universalis IV: Art of War
  • Europa Universalis IV
  • Crusader Kings II: Sword of Islam
  • Crusader Kings II: Sons of Abraham
  • Crusader Kings II: The Republic
  • Crusader Kings II: Rajas of India
  • Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods
  • Crusader Kings II: Legacy of Rome
  • Crusader Kings II: Charlemagne
Looks like we've got an Apulia game on our hands :D

Crush the Moslems, Raid the Greeks, Sieze the Holy Land, Undermine the Pope and Conquer the Italians.

This shall be you mission
 

Hannibal X

A Man
7 Badges
Dec 28, 2008
619
0
  • Crusader Kings II
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • For The Glory
  • Europa Universalis: Rome
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • 500k Club
Conquer Carthage and Rome, go Greek Catholic for kicks, and rule Carthage, Tripoli, Algiers, the Balearics, Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, and Italy up to the Alps as a Normano-Greek superstate. Hell, you could even go Italian/Norman Orthodox. Kill the papal thorn in thy side!
 

unmerged(104889)

Captain
16 Badges
Jun 19, 2008
452
0
  • Cities in Motion
  • Crusader Kings II
  • Deus Vult
  • Europa Universalis III
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Divine Wind
  • For the Motherland
  • Hearts of Iron III
  • Heir to the Throne
  • Rome Gold
  • Semper Fi
  • Sword of the Stars
  • Victoria 2: A House Divided
  • Victoria 2 A House Divided Beta
  • Mount & Blade: Warband
  • Pillars of Eternity
Looks interesting! And as always with robou, very, very, very well written! I'll take it this is a historybook AAR unless first update was background history.
 

canonized

Heartbreaker
68 Badges
Oct 10, 2006
5.917
7
forum.paradoxplaza.com
  • Crusader Kings II: Horse Lords
  • Victoria: Revolutions
  • Rome Gold
  • Victoria 2
  • Victoria 2: A House Divided
  • Victoria 2: Heart of Darkness
  • 200k Club
  • 500k Club
  • Cities: Skylines
  • Europa Universalis IV: El Dorado
  • Europa Universalis IV: Pre-order
  • Crusader Kings II: Way of Life
  • Europa Universalis IV: Common Sense
  • Europa Universalis IV: Res Publica
  • Cities: Skylines - After Dark
  • Europa Universalis IV: Cossacks
  • Crusader Kings II: Conclave
  • Europa Universalis IV: Mare Nostrum
  • Stellaris
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Cadet
  • Crusader Kings II: Reapers Due
  • Europa Universalis IV: Rights of Man
  • Tyranny: Archon Edition
  • Stellaris: Leviathans Story Pack
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Together for Victory
  • Crusader Kings III
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Hearts of Iron II: Armageddon
  • Crusader Kings II
  • Crusader Kings II: Charlemagne
  • Crusader Kings II: Legacy of Rome
  • Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods
  • Crusader Kings II: Rajas of India
  • Crusader Kings II: The Republic
  • Crusader Kings II: Sons of Abraham
  • Crusader Kings II: Sunset Invasion
  • Crusader Kings II: Sword of Islam
  • Europa Universalis III
  • Europa Universalis III: Chronicles
  • Divine Wind
  • Europa Universalis IV: Art of War
  • Europa Universalis IV: Conquest of Paradise
  • Europa Universalis IV: Wealth of Nations
  • Hearts of Iron III: Their Finest Hour
  • Hearts of Iron III Collection
  • Heir to the Throne
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Leviathan: Warships
  • March of the Eagles
Man , i loved starting as any apulian state whenever i played CK . Especially since you have your pick of creating cool new kingdoms and all this XD I'm looking forward to this .
 

Capibara

Werewolf Huēyi Tlahtoāni
90 Badges
Mar 28, 2007
3.536
42
  • Cities: Skylines - After Dark
  • Victoria 2
  • Victoria 2: A House Divided
  • Victoria 2: Heart of Darkness
  • 500k Club
  • Cities: Skylines
  • Cities: Skylines Deluxe Edition
  • Europa Universalis IV: El Dorado
  • Europa Universalis IV: Pre-order
  • Magicka: Wizard Wars Founder Wizard
  • Crusader Kings II: Way of Life
  • Europa Universalis IV: Common Sense
  • Crusader Kings II: Horse Lords
  • Europa Universalis: Rome
  • Europa Universalis IV: Cossacks
  • Crusader Kings II: Conclave
  • Cities: Skylines - Snowfall
  • Europa Universalis IV: Mare Nostrum
  • Stellaris
  • Stellaris: Galaxy Edition
  • Stellaris: Galaxy Edition
  • Stellaris: Galaxy Edition
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Cadet
  • Crusader Kings II: Reapers Due
  • Europa Universalis IV: Rights of Man
  • Europa Universalis 4: Emperor
  • Divine Wind
  • Cities in Motion 2
  • Crusader Kings II
  • Crusader Kings II: Charlemagne
  • Crusader Kings II: Legacy of Rome
  • Crusader Kings II: The Old Gods
  • Crusader Kings II: Rajas of India
  • Crusader Kings II: The Republic
  • Crusader Kings II: Sons of Abraham
  • Crusader Kings II: Sunset Invasion
  • Crusader Kings II: Sword of Islam
  • Europa Universalis III
  • Europa Universalis III: Chronicles
  • Cities in Motion
  • Europa Universalis IV
  • Europa Universalis IV: Art of War
  • Europa Universalis IV: Conquest of Paradise
  • Europa Universalis IV: Wealth of Nations
  • Europa Universalis IV: Call to arms event
  • Hearts of Iron III
  • Heir to the Throne
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Europa Universalis IV: Res Publica
Great to have you back rob! I'll surely be following this AAR and I hope it inspires to start writing again.
 

comagoosie

Perennial Dreamer
53 Badges
Apr 14, 2007
8.759
44
  • Cities: Skylines - Green Cities
  • Europa Universalis IV: Common Sense
  • Cities: Skylines - After Dark
  • Europa Universalis IV: Cossacks
  • Europa Universalis IV: Mare Nostrum
  • Stellaris
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Cadet
  • Europa Universalis IV: Rights of Man
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Together for Victory
  • Cities: Skylines - Mass Transit
  • Europa Universalis IV: Mandate of Heaven
  • Europa Universalis IV: Third Rome
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Death or Dishonor
  • Rise of Prussia
  • Europa Universalis IV: Cradle of Civilization
  • Hearts of Iron IV: Expansion Pass
  • Europa Universalis IV: Rule Britannia
  • Cities: Skylines - Parklife Pre-Order
  • Cities: Skylines - Parklife
  • Europa Universalis IV: Dharma
  • Cities: Skylines Industries
  • Europa Universalis IV: Golden Century
  • Imperator: Rome
  • Cities: Skylines - Campus
  • Imperator: Rome - Magna Graecia
  • Europa Universalis 4: Emperor
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Crusader Kings II
  • Europa Universalis III
  • Divine Wind
  • Europa Universalis IV
  • Europa Universalis IV: Art of War
  • Europa Universalis IV: Conquest of Paradise
  • Europa Universalis IV: Wealth of Nations
  • For the Motherland
  • Hearts of Iron III
  • Hearts of Iron III: Their Finest Hour
  • Heir to the Throne
  • Europa Universalis III Complete
  • Hearts of Iron Anthology
  • Europa Universalis IV: Res Publica
  • Europa Universalis: Rome
  • Semper Fi
  • Victoria 2
  • Rome: Vae Victis
  • 200k Club
  • 500k Club
  • Cities: Skylines
  • Europa Universalis IV: El Dorado
  • Europa Universalis IV: Pre-order
My knowledge of the Normans is woefully lacking (for what it should be). Hopefully you are up to the task of educating me. It's a big one, but one I'm sure you will subjugate.

Also welcome back, we have missed you :)