- Jan 21, 2014
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Oh boy, I hope you are in good health - long live and prosper, as they say!This is so good to read when your coughing up a lung!
Meanwhile, in Tenochtitlan, it's always a bright and sunny day from the sacrifices, and everyone's happy because there's a nigh endless supply of savage easterners to go up to the altar instead of hardworking Aztec citizens, and all the riches plundered from Europe has created a state of utopia!
Prosperity of the Far West ensured by the blood of the Romaioi? A truly terrible vision - and how this utopia would look like?The great xenoi shall drink the blood of these weak romans! The time of their rule has come to an end!
Now that's what I call agressive negotiations.Diplomacy screen:
"The term "barbarian" refers to a person who is perceived to be uncivilized. The word is often used either in a general reference to member of a nation or ethnos, typically a tribal society as seen by an urban civilization either viewed as inferior, or admired as a noble savage. In idiomatic or figurative usage, a "barbarian" may also be an individual reference to a brutal, cruel, warlike, insensitive person. (...) The Ancient Greek word βάρβαρος (barbaros), "barbarian", was an antonym for πολίτης (politēs), "citizen" (from πόλις - polis, "city-state"). The sound of barbaros onomatopoetically evokes the image of babbling (a person speaking a non-Greek language)"Ma ihyalpatic cozcacuauhtli quimatiz mictiloz auh tepallama auh tlamictizque ihuanyolque!
Thank you very much! Also please report to the nearest doux palace for interrogation for spreading lies about Emperors, umh, "condition".Story-wise - one of the best, if not the best, chapter so far. Fragments like these make you regret there is no "Enable Dialogues" button in the game. The grimdark world of crumbling Europe and paranoid atmosphere of Imperial Court where backstabbing officials and aristoi weave their plots to the accompaniment of the Mad Emperor's howls just come alive when you read it.
But was there any need in disposing of so many seemingly competent people, gameplay-wise?
Thank you, I'm glad you enjoy the storyI can't believe I haven't subbed to this yet. Subbed.
Also, it looks like
glorious children of the sky lordthe Mongols keep on fracturing after fracture. Is it possible that Tengri's chosenthey will become politically irrelevant soon, becoming nothing more than just feuding warlords?
Obviously!Glad I'm not the only one getting that kind of vibration from the last update. It looks like the Byzantine high leadership has started spiraling into a cycle of poisonous intrigue, paranoia, and treachery.
...Not that this is meant to reflect poorly on the Angeloi themselves. Clearly, the fact that evil influences have managed to worm their way so high up into the Imperial chain of command can only reflect well on the Basileos's acuity in uncovering their insidious plots before they could cause any real damage. I'm sure his own august personage is, of course, totally inviolate and free from error.
That said, I'm not placing any money on this being the last of these little "palace coups" by a long shot.
Yeah, I would be more concerned that there have been council meetings in this AAR that don't have a coup.
Palace coups? In Roman Empire? They were practically everyday events.
As KaiserWilhelmI and LACKADAISICAL pointed out, internal strife and instability was (sadly) a common thing in the Imperium in real life. Ambition and treachery were far more dangerous than external enemies and, for instance, they were the real causes of the downfall which followed ill-fated battle of Manzikert. Knowing this and how desperate the situation of the Imperium and the whole Christendom is, it's not hard to imagine that " spiraling into a cycle of poisonous intrigue, paranoia, and treachery" would be a natural,Pointless infighting while outside forces threaten to destroy them is a proud tradition of the Byzantines, though!
Yeah, this is ridiculous every time it happens - especially when you play on Ironmen as Karen (Zoroastrians) surrounded by Muslims and Tengri.Sometimes the AI just makes me laugh. An independence faction when the Aztecs would chew them up in two seconds :laugh:
So, you made your only king vassal hate you?
I actually did this on purpose - giving him k_title was a mistake, it didn't really help much and it lowered my income and levies. I can't revoke it without everyone hating me, so I could only make him rebel and then take the crown of Aragon and destroy it. Obviously it was to good of a plan to work, so now I have to deal with the consequences after it backfired.No problem, realy. He just send his headsman to "improve foreign relations".
Haha, yeah, my thoughts when I noticed that despotes has the "condition" as wellIt looks like the madness is contagious. Literally.
Always welcomeHow about 1bump?
We understand! I am personally tuned to a B-Sharp!
We understand. I was gone for a week and missed alot of stuff
I know, right? My apologies, I want to get back to regular updating and to finish this AAR this month so that I can finally start the second part of it in EU4.Real life ? What is this madness ?!
Thanks! Oh I don't know, if there only was one of the Angeloi who was already venerated and hold as an exemplar to all people he ruled over and saved from heathens, barbarians and xenoi... Hmm, I wonder who could be that person?Best AAR ever. I'm really looking forward to the next one. Which Angelos will become the God-Emperor (who was born in Anatolia)?
Me too, it's good to be backEncouraging news indeed. I'll be looking forward to the return of regular updates.
Thank you very muchThis is an awesome update! The court intrigue is incredible to read!!
Brace yourself - the East is coming.No! Not the Imperium!
No, they don'tFINALLY! ANOTHER UPDATE!
Seems like the troubles for the Imperium never do stop do they?
AI is suicidal as always. And no, they don't - these are all genuine levies and retinues of Timurids.Stupid rebels,without the protection of the Imperium they will be swallowed by the xenoi in seconds.
And that is an insane amount of troops from the Timurids.Do they still have their event troops?
Let's hope or even better, let's pray to the Isapostolos so that he may preserve the Imperium!Aragon lost, what a dark day. Lets hope, the Jihad can be repeled, bevor the western Xenoi grab the iberian Kingdom and it gets lost for a long time.
Who?The Komnenos ( Komnenoi ? my Greek is weak ) hold a substantial influence over the Imperium. Hope they'll stay good servants of the Angeloi and not like the Doukas family
It's easy actually. On the one hand we have an opressive, authoritarian, monocultural, expansionist, hypocritical, intolerant, supersticious, bigoted, paranoid, corrupt, stratified, xenophobic, militaristic political entity willing to go to great lengths to ensure its supremacy. On the other hand,When reading this, I'm always trying to figure out a party to call the good guys... the ones who cut out hearts in ritual sacrifice? The ones that eradicate cities because they can? The ones that wipe out everyone that believes something different?
I'll settle for the Shia caliph. I'm rooting for Sadiq!
(But good luck anyways ;p)
Well, there was almost a 1,5 year between xenoi invasion and jihad (which Menggei would have joined earlier btw if not the truce we had after he tried to conquer Hierusalem), so it could be worse. But yeah, it's not good...oh my, a combo attack on the imperium, it finally happened. Well, nice knowing you.
Thank you! I decided to concentrate a little more on the intrigue since in EU4 the personal element of the power struggle is rather missing.I love it ALL