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I have to say that it is nothing less than a crime that this AAR only has twenty thousand views. I read through the whole thing and if it wasn't the best work this forum has ever produced, I'd be surprised.
I don't know about that--the old works of Prufrock451 and The Yogi (though Yogi's still active at his, hooray) in HoI are superb themselves.

However, canonized, this is by no means a knock on your work--I don't know if you have read Prufrock's To Stand Against the Night or any of Yogi's works, but to be thought of in league with them is very high praise from me. :)
 

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is there a map of the spanish empire at its height?

Hi there and welcome on board ! I'm afraid that Morpheus's picture would be the most accurate although at the end of the EUIII arc you would have to wait till the end , not going to give away the ending map just yet XD .

Morpheus506: i'm afraid your picture is missing one thing though: Antarctica is also ours . Oh and I haven't had too much time to read those AARs yet . I've prioritized those AARs of the kind authors who have come here to say hello ^^
 

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Chapter XLIV: Juggernaut​

December 27, 1582

Lexington White approached the lower deck of the Spanish Galleon San Augustin without any apprehension. Despite the various hooded figures and concealed weapons that seemed to float about him as a reaction to his presence, he was nonetheless escorted unharassed to the depths of the vessel.

Waiting for him in a dimly lit chamber was the shifting presence of General Schenkhuizen, the man currently in charge of the entire Eastern operation for the Spanish. All of this he was already briefed on yesterday, but he found it fruitful to remind himself of such details while preparing for an audience.

The creaky doors of the old ship slammed shut reluctantly and Lex found himself alone with the restless general who brooded over maps with a frightening sense of restrained power. As General Schenkhuizen pulled his head upward to view his guest, the drooping eyes revealed not any sense of shadowed fatigue but, indeed, a kind of twisted alacrity for the morbid profession of which he was engaged in. A general of action trapped in the cage of command, Lex thought.

“Good afternoon,” the General said straightening himself up from the well lit table. “You’re the emissary your Lady Jesca sent, correct?”

“Correct,” Lex replied coolly reserving himself at the far side of the room. Although this particular portion of the vessel was walled off on three sides, the hanging lamps continued to create enough luminescence to plainly see the eight corners which hid no guard or surprise.

“I have the payment you’ve requested if you have the information I want,” the General informed his guest while motioning with his right finger to a metal box to his right. The sheen from the object had been the first thing that caught Lex’s eye when he had entered.

“You can keep it for now, General,” Lex returned.

General Schenkhuizen raised a curious brow but then transformed it into a ruffle of his forehead. These espionage types, he thought to himself, always ruining perfectly good plans.

“My mistress wants to make sure that we minimize the risk you will be investing on this endeavor,” Lex began to explain, “at least until we’ve built up enough good faith with our findings. The Guild wishes to make sure that there is no dispute over our intentions to have a Spanish economic situation here in the Orient.”

“Hmm…” the General sighed before slumping down onto the seat behind him.

“Plus,” Lex said with a bit of a smile, “Lady Jesca told me that it would probably be easier this way for you to trust us considering you lost your head operative here. From what I know of you, sir, you aren’t the kind to trust spies easily.”

General Schenkhuizen couldn’t help but crack a grin at that. They did their homework well, it seems. “Very good,” the General said, “you’ll find our secretary outside he’ll take your documents. If they’re as good as you’ve promised we’ll have Spanish troopers unloading a few miles from Beijing in a week.”

“We have every faith in the capabilities of your forces, General,” Lex replied with a satisfied bow, “The unstoppable armies of the West will surely prevail under your command, sir.”

“Please,” General Schenkhuizen requested with a friendly grin, “call me Grubby.”

---​

Antonio’s vision blurred into focus and his lips parted to taste the salty air. Unlike his many previous returns to consciousness, this one was not met with a searing painful reminder of why he was asleep. No, his body was comfortable even against the briny planks of that small supply ship.

He could hear the gentle sizzle of ocean waves meeting sand. His eyes were greeted with the highly illuminated interior of the hold as mid morning sunlight streamed into the cabin with such clarity that each nook and crevice of the aged ship seemed visible from his viewpoint on the floor. Aside from the salt tickling his nostrils, his body warmed in the tropical climate but was simultaneously cooled by the feeling of a gentle breeze communicating through the inside of the hold.

His dark eyes bit against the inviting air hungrily as he began to raise himself off of the floor. Although the boat was slightly tilted, he managed to found his way to the blindingly lit outer deck. The rope he used to tie the beached vessel to the coast was still holding, but this was not the only sight which possessed his gaze. The bending palm trees shaded a good portion of dirt which then gave way to grounds of pearl-white sand. Kissing this beach was water that was barely visible in its clarity but instead gave the underlying sand a turquoise hue.

With a quick hop down the rope ladder, Antonio found his toes curling against a creamy texture. Even the sand in its dryness was soft enough and cool enough to cover his feet like powder. Traveling not too far to the edge of the water, he realized that he was still in the same minimal clothing by which he made his escape from the House. All the better to taste the water, he thought to himself.

Stepping into waves, it was not like the beaches in Osaka which chilled him the moment he made contact. It was not like the rolling and crashing shores of California either. Indeed, the waves here moved like a gentle massage and the water only subtly separated the heat from his body. Neither were there rocks underfoot; in fact, when he looked underneath the waterline he could see one or two fish scurrying about his ankle. The serenity and luxury of the place nearly made him forget how he got to this shore—this shore that the Ati natives called Boracay.

Submerged in the off-green clarity of the waves, Antonio closed his eyes and blew bubbles in the water. If only it could stay like this for a little while, he thought. No more distractions, no more crazy Chinese spies coming at you with sharp objects.

Rubbing his hands against his tanning skin in this tropical morning bath, he couldn’t help but notice the rough portions of dried blood scraping and dissipating away into the sea. Jiang’s blood, he remembered. Opening his eyes again, it was like he saw her once more… that Christmas night when she approached him with the pale moonlight blinding him from her blade. Her practiced stroke would have hit him if it wasn’t for…

“You’ve talked with the natives already?” was the voice coming from the edge of the water.

Antonio turned around quickly and beheld Nia’s figure shaded by the sun glaring from behind her. Even as a silhouette, she still stood with one hand against her hip and her sultry figure bending to one side awaiting a response. For a second, covering his eyes with his palm against the beam of sunlight, he hesitated to speak to her. It was true she had saved his life that night, but… Antonio squeezed a fist and realized that a metallic object pressed against his palm; he had been holding Isabella’s ring this whole time.

“I told the local missionaries last night when we landed to send word to Manila immediately to have me picked up,” was his only response.

“Just you?” she said quickly.

Antonio took another moment to contemplate his reply and squinted his eyes even more against the mid morning sun. “I’m letting you go… You can take the ship with you after you’ve repaired it.” He pointed to the considerable hole on the side of the beached vessel—a token from the House’s cannons as they made their escape.

“I’m touched by your generosity, Antonio, but they’d behead me if I went back now after letting you live,” was her casual response. Antonio couldn’t see her face properly but he guessed through her tone that she was smiling with some ironic amusement.

“Then you’re free to go wherever you want from here; I don’t care,” he quickly rejoined stepping out of the waves and passing by her. As if on cue, those ebony strands gracing Nia’s crown were lifted up by a gust of cooling air and caressed Antonio’s wet shoulder as he passed.

“The House had been sailing south rather far and your fleet will take a whole month getting here to rescue you,” Nia said as she turned. “Would that be long enough for you to forgive me?” That question halted the wandering Antonio.

“Forgive you?” Antonio asked holding back a growl. “You don’t even know what you did!” he exclaimed curling the last word.

“We were both doing our jobs!” she yelled back as she stared intently at Antonio’s glistening back. “Isabella and I both kill because we have to.”

Antonio failed to respond but merely walked further up the beach towards the boat; he would need some supplies if he was to camp out on the island for a month.

“Aren’t you even going to ask why I saved you?” she asked with a slight curl to her question. It was enough to halt Antonio a second time.

“I could have handled Jiang myself,” Antonio let out a bit weakly. Even as he said it he knew it wasn’t true. Unlike Isabella or Sweet, he was less trained in matters of dexterity as he was a brute soldier and politician.

Nia let a standing few seconds roll by for Antonio to further contemplate the paradox of the situation before she heard him say in a frustrated tone, “maybe so that you can gain my trust and infiltrate us from inside!” His footsteps continued as he took hold of the rope bridge again. Nia walked slowly in pursuit.

“When I was a little girl, I met a prince once,” Nia explained almost as if she was reciting some fairy tale. Antonio paid no heed as he heaved himself a leg up the ladder. “This prince saved me from the river Seine when I was drowning.”

Antonio held onto the ropes but didn’t move another inch upward. Nia stepped closer before she heard Antonio mutter strangely, “Did he now?” He had put as much sarcasm into the statement as he could muster.

“No, not really,” Nia admitted nearly laughing but quickly added, “though he talked about it a lot. Saving girls from rivers seemed like his way of showing his nobility in between classes at Birmingham’s campus in Paris…” Antonio remained still against the hull of the ship but his eyes were wide open staring at the dark brown wood that celebrated that portion of the vessel.

“It was interesting, though,” Nia said as she approached the ladder herself; her face was now close to Antonio’s waist. “This prince of mine had a funny birth mark that showed up every time we went swimming on the beaches of Normandie. It looked like… a flower and was right… here.” Nia’s arm had navigated Antonio’s side and she pressed a finger gingerly on a part of Antonio’s undergarment covered pelvis near his thigh. Antonio did not stir even at the touch but it was enough for him to nearly lose his grip. It took a moment for him to realize that Isabella’s ring was falling from his hand.

“What was it that you told me before I left to return to China?” Nia nearly whispered with a broad grin, “This rose is our destiny?”

---​

January 31, 1583

“This can’t be true!” Jakob yelled out. Even in the cold dampening chambers of the Silent Room in Madrid, his voice echoed in its ferocity. “My uncle would never—”

“I’m afraid it’s the only other explanation, Master Jakob,” one of the men insisted as he pressed the papers further towards the troubled Doctor.

Sitting back down in his seat, Jakob DeWitt pressed trembling hands against his forehead and rubbed them slowly back and forth. The rest of the room either seated or standing seemed to hush reverently at the climactic moment. Sweet edged closer to his master with some concern.

“Perhaps it’s a security leak elsewhere!” Jakob suddenly erupted looking back up towards the people in the dimly lit chamber. The men there turned their heads to the floor and Jakob could only desperately look to Sweet. With widened eyes to his sober friend, Sweet only replied with a rueful shaking of his head.

Jakob nearly gasped as he hid his eyes once more under the veil of kneading fingers. “As Sweet already knows,” the man from across the table continued albeit quietly, “our intelligence department hasn’t detected any other possible way this information could have gotten out. I’ve even seen to it myself under Sweet’s directives. I’ve spent time south of the capital near one of their headquarters myself.”

A sigh emanated from the chair as Jakob once more glanced at the papers in front of him. They would need his signature. “I’ll think about it until tomorrow—” he started.

“I’m afraid there’s no time!” the man from across the table interrupted.

“You try signing the death warrant for your own uncle first and tell me this is not a hard decision!” Jakob shot back with his eyes revealing themselves again. His temperate blues were a harsh dark colour in the shadowy glare of the lamps. The man, properly chastised, lowered his head once more.

“But Master Jakob…” he dared to continue, “if your uncle is giving out important secrets such as the locations of the Timepieces—I mean… already two attempts have been made on the original Timepiece while the one from the Second Impact is still missing. If your uncle really has turned on us, I don’t need to explain the consequen—”

Jakob raised his hand and hushed the man. It was true, he thought. There was no other way that this cult and these Councilmen that he’s been briefed about could know the secret locations if someone were not feeding that information to them. It was impossible for Antonio to have leaked the information since the theft started before it was possible for even the fastest vessel to relay information back to the cult in Spain in time. It had to be the only other person who was captured in that dreadful winter…

“And it’s impossible to rescue him from the locations we know?” Jakob asked looking across the large wooden mesa.

“I’m afraid they’re quite adept at evading our nets especially with a good contingent of our force dedicated to the Far East… Rescue would be impossible if we are to try for the Timepiece at the same time,” the man replied.

“Sweet…” Jakob said lowly as he turned to his companion. “I… I want you to carry out this mission for me, please…”

Sweet nodded understandingly but the man across the table coughed slightly before saying, “With all due respect, sir, this is my juris—”

“You’ve done quite enough, Agent de Guzman. You have been a loyal servant of Emperor and Pope. This is now a personal matter…”

Jakob reluctantly leaned over and scribbled his signature on the execution order and slid it back to the Agent across from him.

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Interlude​

“Captain DeWitt started the operation five minutes ago so we should be seeing results relatively soon,” Rodrigo explained as he sipped some coffee to keep him awake. The seats in the recon van weren’t exactly the limousine leather sofas that he had been accustomed to, but then again the discomfort probably helped him stay alert and awake.

“We estimate resistance to be minimal since they won’t be expecting us,” Hayato added, “and the Lions certainly are efficient at their work; especially that Captain DeWitt.”

“Yeah, I’ve gotten to know him quite well, actually,” Rodrigo replied. “Their family has been serving Spain for a long time now. They’ve made lots of sacrifices along the way even amongst themselves.”

“That could be said of all of our families, don’t you think?” Hayato asked although maintaining a respectful tone.

Rodrigo seemed to shake his head. “It’s true that we Januses and you Matsujuns have made sacrifices for sure, but none had to go through the kind of mistakes the DeWitts made. One might say that their continued dedication despite the tragedies that affected them shows just how much they care about State and Church, but others might also say that its their way of expiating some guilt…”

Rodrigo couldn’t help but yawn as he watched the view screens flicker with muted gunfire and the jostling motions of deploying men.

“I’m looking forward to some rest after this,” Rodrigo let out taking another sip of the caffeinated drink. “What do you plan on doing?” he asked Hayato after gulping down the warm cell he extracted from his mug.

“I think I’ll familiarize myself with Tom’s essays. You brought them over with you, right?”

Rodrigo lost the energy for words and merely nodded.

“I heard it’s pretty detailed. Like some lucid dream. Though I also hear some of his ideas are pretty funny,” Hayato said with a laugh.

“Wait till you read the part about the Cold War. It’s one of my favourites even if it is near the end. He’s got all these nations pointing nukes at each other,” Rodrigo commented with a smile.

“Speaking of nukes,” Hayato interjected with a smile of his own, “They were talking about that bomb scare in Beijing on the news again. They were saying how the Antarctic Treaty’s all but defunct now that China and Japan no longer exist.”

Rodrigo merely shrugged but added, “It’s probably true. The Antarctic Treaty banned nuclear, biological, chemical weapons and the use of space objects but terrorist groups don’t recognize any of those tenets. It’s the sign of our times, Hayato. We defeated the Communists and the Fascists; now it’s secularism and terrorism we have to worry about.”

“Sir,” one of the operators said turning around to the other two, “Captain DeWitt is reporting that the mission was a total success. We’ve managed to capture all enemy combatants and have begun to transport them to the nearest facility. The cleanup crew will leave behind with a guard to finish the download of data and to canvas the area but we’re pretty much done here.”

“Well done, Oscar,” Hayato replied.

Rodrigo nearly spilt his coffee when his cell phone began to jostle in his pants. Picking it up quickly, he pressed the microphone against his ear.

“Hello?” he asked.

“Why didn’t you tell me?” was the voice on the other side.

Rodrigo couldn’t respond correctly suddenly stunned by the question.

“Why didn’t you tell me, Rodrigo!?” the voice asked again.

“Where are you? What have you done?!” Rodrigo desperately asked.

“He’s going to die, Rodrigo because you didn’t tell me!!” was the voice followed by a terrified scream in the background.

Rodrigo dropped his coffee on the floor and the cracking mug shocked the entirety of the van. Blood suddenly surged from his nostrils as he nearly collapsed forward.

“He and I are in the room now. In the ROOM! We’re in the RO—” and then it was silent. Carlos de Guzman’s horrific voice disappeared into silence.

Chapter XLV: Treachery (coming soon)
 

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goodness, so many revelations! my mind's a-whirling and I'm not sure what to think at the moment!
 

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great update! So they've had Karl Marx aswell, intriguing.
 

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RGB: Lots of secrets to go around here !

Myth: I'm looking forward to your patented theories , mr. myth !

Grubnessul: Thanks ! Yep , we'll see even more revelations of the present world as time goes on !
 

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Oh, my. There, it seems, goes Carlos... What a note to leave us on.

Yes , silly Carlos ! Speaking of which , Interview going up NOW
 

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You’ve Been Canonized!: Karasuman​

Good evening everyone and welcome to this week’s entry of You’ve Been Canonized! our weekly interview segment here on Timelines where we take an author who’s stopped by our thread and get to know more about them as a person, a reader of our work here, and a writer ! If you're new to the programme , I'm your host canonized author of Timelines: What if Spain Failed to Control the World? Today we have our good friend Karasuman author of The Marauding Deity - A Hephthalites AAR. Let’s get to the questions !

Part I: Harmony of Dissonance
Karasuman talks about his gaming background and his arrival to AARship

canonized: Could you tell us where you got the name Karasuman from ?

Karasuman: The name Karasuman comes from my favorite videogame franchise, Castlevania. Karasuman is a boss in the Clock Tower stage of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and is considered by many fans of the series to be the most ridiculously easy boss in the game... Maybe even in all of Castlevania.

canonized: So would it be safe to say that you're a big video game nerd ? XD

Karasuman: Yup! If you see a poll that asks how long you play videogames per day, I'd be one of those people in the 10+ hours category. >_>;

canonized: Has this gaming background helped to influence your Forum experience?

Karasuman: Weeeeeell, I try to look for videogame references in all the AARs I read.

canonized: and how about your own writing ?

Karasuman: Somewhat. I'm often listening to VG soundtracks when writing, which lends itself to inspiring certain scenes. For instance, I listen to the Dynasty Warriors track that plays during the mission briefing phase whenever I'm writing a narrator-heavy part that involves the planning of a war.

canonized: Haha , what brought you to add paradox games to your vast repertoire of gaming ?

Karasuman: I wouldn't necessarily say it's vast, though it might be to a lot of people. My first Paradox game was Europa Universalis II. At first, it looked like just another simple wargame, like Cossacks, which turned me off. Then I saw the back of the box that had all that stuff about nation-building and having a hundred countries to play. One thing I want most out of a game is having a huge selection of characters and having a lot to do, so I got excited about all the possibilities. So I begged my brother to get it for me. It's probably been my longest-lived game in terms of replayability, next to Neverwinter Nights. Afterwards, I dabbled a little in Victoria and Crusader Kings, though I'd rather have Europa Universalis III, which looks sooooo good. Wish I had a system that could run it, though...

canonized: Well I certainly think that your writing definitely shows your love for gaming, but I'm curious how such a hard core gamer like you decided to start writing AARs; could you tell us the story behind that ?

Karasuman: I've actually had experience with writing character and plots before, though not AARs... With an RP of a game called Phantasy Star Online. But yeah, I surprised myself because I game so much. I expected I'd be the kind of guy that didn't have a creative bone in my body, preferring stories to be received rather than created. Somehow, though, I was inspired by others' creativity and it just struck that creativity, erm, bone. Didn't happen quite so quickly with Paradox games, though. It's because I saw so many great and fantastic stories being told in the AAR forums that I couldn't possibly believe I could write anything that could be worthy of being posted up alongside them. The first "AAR" attempt I made was a one-post summary of a Mameluks game that I was afterwards embarrassed with. The second attempt, I thought I could've had something-- but my computer broke down on me, I lost my data, and my ideas for it evaporated. On the other hand, I felt I had a duty to contribute something, because these games are so wonderful... Then, after a while, when I stopped playing EUII, I came back, and just started to type. A story just flowed out of me.

canonized: Ahh , good ole PSO . Though I never played haha . But it's good that you kept at it despite the setbacks in your initial AARs ! What kind of advice would you give to new writers who might also be having trouble with their initial AARs ?

Karasuman: It's good you didn't. PSO woulda stolen your life. I know it had maybe hundreds of hours of mine, ehehe. v_v. To new writers having trouble, I say to try and play multiple games, see if one or the other leads to some interesting development around which the beginning of a story might happen. If that doesn't work, perhaps try to take from your own experiences, ideals, or worldview, and see how that might apply to the running of a nation. Don't try to feel restricted by gameplay, either, and if you need to, take liberties with what happens! Plenty of story and comedy AARs do it. Pictures are also always nice.

canonized: It’s clear that especially playing Paradox games that historical settings are key to any AAR; what kind of historical research do you do for your AARs ?

Karasuman: I'm limited in doing research for the Hephthalites, restricted to the internet to look up information. Still, what's there is interesting, even if most of it relates to broad, vague statements about their existence. The lack of concreteness in information within records on their origins (are they of Hunnic origin? mixed, as Kazuo Enoki would have us believe? something else entirely?), their religion based around fire (are they Zoroastrian? Animist? A bastardization of Zoroastrianism? something else entirely?), and their association with other cultures (how much did they integrate from their surroundings? did they treat Buddhists badly?) leaves a lot open for me, while still giving what I write some ground in history.

Part II: Readership
Karasuman and I discuss his thoughts on Timelines !

canonized: So I know that you only came to be reading Timelines recently , how did you come upon the work ?
Karasuman: I'd actually been IN the Timelines topic before reading it, because I'd seen several posts recommending your work and I saw you post in quite a few places. If I remember correctly, I first saw you post in grayghost's Manchukuo AAR. Initially I decided to push reading your work back in a queue of reading other people's works, because there was lots of text! But then I saw that you utilized the NERV logo in all the Interlude portions of your entries, and that piqued my interest.

canonized: I also know that you had somewhere around thirty pages to catch up on , how would you say your experience was reading through the brunt of the story like that ?

Karasuman: It was like reading the Fellowship of the Ring without the other two books in Tolkien's works, except Fellowship had been expanded to great size, the other two books promised to be even larger, and Tolkien decided to add in a future-story aspect to the tale and the Silmarillion was successfully implemented into the tale, making for a vast epic that was still in the works. I believe you yourself said that Timelines would be a very lengthy story! It was exciting to go through what body of work was completed and still exciting to wait and see what body of work is left. ^_^

canonized: What would you say stood out the most for you about Timelines ?

Karasuman: A tie between two things. The characterization, where every character (especially the good guys) has been so compelling you can't wait to see what they're going to do next-- it's been such that you really develop a connection to them (I have one expression for a certain person's death: DX). The other is the dizzying amount of references you make to games, anime, pop culture, and other media in general! It has provided countless chuckles, laughs, and pointing ("I know where that's from!"), hehe.'

canonized: Haha yes , those were some of my favourites moments as well ! I'm also very glad that a hard core gamer such as yourself could also find great enjoyment in this thickly narrative AAR ; what kind of advice would you give to someone who might be interested but intimidated by the length of the text ?

Karasuman: Set aside some time to read the entire prologue and first chapter in its entirety. The apparent silliness of the mock naval battle Tom's watching along with the mention of a "Hispania Universalis" was certainly enough to hook me and prompt me to read through it non-stop for hours. If that doesn't work, though, it would be good to read it in parts. Simply put, there's something in Timelines for everybody, and that "something" will eventually be found.

canonized: Although we don't have too many pictures on Timelines , the advantage of that is that we can explore parts of the game-world that would otherwise be overlooked in such a large endeavor as World Conquest . Which places have you enjoyed the most in the story ?

Karasuman: The visits to the West Coast US and Japan are my favorites, and that's mostly due to what I've been doing recently. I've been playing Samurai Warriors extensively, recently, and so I especially appreciated scenes taking place in a Sengoku-era Nippon. As for the time in and around San Francisco, I keep imagining Westerns, which is what I've been watching for a few days with my dad on occasion.

canonized: Where would you like to see Timelines go from where we are now ? As I've hinted as a special for you reading along is that we'll be arriving in Boracay, anywhere else you'd like to see ?

Karasuman: Can't wait for that visit to the islands. As for where to next, I don't have a real preference. Perhaps it would be interesting to make a stop at South America or the Indian subcontinent, the former for any possibly interesting plots involving the Inca, and the latter because it would be interesting to see how Spain deals with an area as pluralistic as India.

canonized: And lastly what do you think the Timepiece is ?

Karasuman: One of my favorite theories is that the Timepiece is linked to a higher dimension and can determine when time ends. Once it does, the Timepiece continues to exist because of that link, and life repeats from the beginning, perhaps with minor or major changes in the next repetition.

Part III: A Hephty Tale
Karasuman gives us some of his thoughts on his ongoing work .

canonized: As I recall many of your subscriptions also tie into this latest AAR of yours in that many are focused in Central Asia . Any particular reason for the highlight of this region in your thoughts ?

Karasuman: It's probably due to having read Peter Ebbesen's classic "The Timurid Scientists" AAR as one of my very first. It left such an impression on me that the region has a special place for me. I even went on to play a few games as the Uzbek, Nogai, and Sibir Khanates immediately afterward, and unexpectedly enjoyed them. It only seemed right that I'd return and select another country in the region, though I didn't expect it to be a thousand years before the normal EU2 timeline..

canonized: Indeed the setting of time also adds to the exotic nature of your work ! Why did you choose this particular era in history of the 400s?

Karasuman: It was because playing in 476 was a very different experience, and the whole unique... niftyness of it became part of my driving force to start an AAR. However, it was mostly how vague the records of nations so far back in the past were. To me, it felt easier to write a story with more liberties than if I'd taken on a story for Vanilla, Interregnum, or AGC-EEP. Histories seem more easily defined in the more recent times of 1419 and beyond, while there's plenty of freedom in an earlier period to write in a new cast and differing developments.

canonized: You've certainly taken this liberty to its potential not only contriving several kinds of court intrigues but, especially now in the fight against the Persians, many scenarios by which the narrative fits perfectly into the in-game actions without the game mechanics taking over. In fact many things like the negotiations for peace have taken a life of their own instead of the usual casualness of the game. Where does all this wonderful narrative game synthesis comes from or draws its inspiration from ?

Karasuman: Many of these events that happen in The Marauding Deity comes from trying to explain what happens in-game, and they're a result of my belief in trying to make things more interesting than simply giving what I consider to be "ordinary" reasons. For example, the first of the recent assassination attempts against Akhshunwar by the Persians come from a sudden dip in initial morale against the Persian army at Meched. However, there are other times where something happens simply to put forward a certain plot or theme regardless of what happens in-game. In spite of that, though, I try to keep things rooted in the game's occurrences.

canonized: Well the plot has certainly acquired its own personality and voice which is a sign of an excellent narrative independent of its inspiration , but at the same time you do indeed continue to anchor your story in the EU model . As far as Akhshunwar goes , he is an interesting character since we meet him during childhood all the way up to his strong hand today . What kind of insight could you give us about him and his motives ?

Karasuman: He's a talented warrior with a good brain and a progressive mindset, very uncommon. His lord was similar, but rooted in traditional ways. I've built Akhshunwar as sort of a way for the Hephthalites to move away from tradition, though he doesn't realize that yet. Whether he and generations after succeed or not in bringing the White Huns towards a new direction, and what that means for the future, is what much of The Marauding Deity is about.

canonized: And tell us a little bit about the title of your work , for a person who might be glancing through the list of AARs , what should they get from the name ?

Karasuman: The title is an ambiguous reference to-- of course-- a videogame. I hope that new readers get the idea from the title that the AAR's going to be the adventures of the leaders of fearsome riders and what happens to them throughout the ages, linked by their history as, well, a force of marauders. Though the Marauding Deity itself is a separate entity and what it is will be part of a certain progressive theme of the story.

canonized: Any sneak peeks for your readers especially with the onset of recurring hostilities with Persia ?

Karasuman: Expect to see more enemies surface against Hephthal: from further east, from further west, and from within. Even if Persia is their main rival at the moment, there's more fighting to be had. <_< >_>

canonized: And lastly , what other AARs are you planning on submitting to the forums after this one ?

Karasuman: I'm strongly considering returning to Central Asia and bringing a more unsavory, less sympathetic cast in this time, as the Il-Khanate in Interregnum.

canonized: Thank you again very much Karasuman for having this interview with us it was certainly a pleasure ! We would also like to thank our audience once again for tuning in . Next week we’ll be interviewing another author who recently became friends with us here at Timelines: Fiftypence ! Thanks again for all your support everyone and have a good week !
 
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I can hardly believe I was interviewed for the YBC segments! It was a pleasure for me as well, and I'm already looking forward to the next interview with Judas Maccabeus which promises to be insightful.

It was a pleasure to speak with you ! And we're very glad to have you as a friend with us here , Karasuman ! ^^
 

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Happy Corpus Christi everyone ! Hope you all have a good week ! Here's a sneak peek on what's coming up here at Timelines:

1. First priority will be to another update to the Collage of CAARdinals venue . Only two updates left before it's all over over there !

2. Next priority will be given to the first of the usual two updates .

3. Expect next week to be the last of the two update weeks since with the End of my Collage of CAARdinals tenure I'll have an extra day opened up to write another chapter even if it is a shorter one !

4. I will be giving special attention to the fact that I need to go back to previous chapters and make sure I put the "---" separators in some of the earlier chapters so that newer readers can have an easier time .

That's about it if you guys would like to leave me any notes for the week feel free !
 

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1. First priority will be to another update to the Collage of CAARdinals venue . Only two updates left before it's all over over there !

Xiexie nin! :D
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Xiexie nin! :D
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Nin? Is that a particular dialect or am I seeing an extra "n" at the end or alternatively am I out to sea?
 

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As usual Armi, another great interview. Question, have you considered moving this segment to AARlander, maybe one interview a month since it will be a monthly paper, then you could do the other three in your thread. Just a thought. You could look at it this way. Perhaps some folks will read the AARlander that are not reading your AAR (as if there is anyone out there who is not ;) ) they see your sig and your AAR, and poof, more readers, like free advertising. Like I said, just a thought.
 

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Llywelyn: You're welcome :D

RGB: Then again we ARE using latin letters ... x.x

grayghost: Thank you sir ! I'll consider it and I'll ask anon about it ! You also need to catch up , young man !
 

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waiting for the next update btw
 

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Grubnessul said:
nice interview, I really like it that you do some more things in this thread than your AAR. (conspiracy theory: you do it to get more post/views quickly! :eek: /conspiracy theory)

waiting for the next update btw

Shhh ! XD It's also nice that all the bonuses and what not are attracting people to have a little fun here . Hope to keep the viewers entertained !