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not too bad. :D
:D

Turkish Terrorists?
Hunnic Hunters?

Triumphant Transylvanians
Bloody Bulgarians
Horrific Hungarians
Ruthless Romanians
Bearlike Belorussians
Terrible Turks
Courageous Croatians
Grave Greeks
Portly Polish (hehe)


Yay!

They're probably better than I'm likely to do on any of mine, because I stubbornly refuse to learn any graphics skills. Just ask KaiserMuffin. :p

That aside, I'm glad it looks like the Empire survives into the Napoleonic period.

It was pretty simple, just plop the picture down and make a new layer with a old paper texture and set it to multiply and 150% opacity.

And couldn't let my baby go too soon.
Or maybe I just like the uniforms?:p

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Anywho, should have an update done by tonight.
 

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I. The Kidnapping of Kara, 1492

“You told me she would be found by now,” Samuel was distraught. When the capital fell to the rebel nobility his sister had been in the palace in Koloszvár. She had been treated well enough, but in the chaos of the recapture she had gone missing, “Where is Kara, Rudolph?”

“I sent out as many agents as possible, highness. We will find her.” The squat man in front of King Samuel was Rudoplh Báthory, the kingdom’s intelligence minister. A relic of a man who had held the position since Samuel’s father Mihály had been King.

The door to the palace inched open and a man walked in, dripping wet from the rain and trailing mud onto the marble floors. He mutely handed Rudolph a sealed letter, bowed to the king, and turned and exited the room. Rudolph hastily opened the letter and started reading.

“See, Highness?” he exclaimed, beaming up at the King, “Your sister has been found and-“

“Where?”

Rudolph coughed and eyed the exit, a single bead of sweat dropping down his brow.

“She is in Turkey, highness.”

“Turkey?!” Samuel exploded. Turkey was Transylvania’s most hated enemy, and if the Turks held Kara, then Samuel doubted very much that she was being treated well.

“The Arab mercenaries must have taken her when they left the city, sire.”

But Samuel wasn’t listening. He was already storming out of the palace, and death was stalking closely behind.


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It was May, 1494. The war with France had been over for nearly a year now. It had been a brief thing; after Transylvania had recovered from the nobility’s attempt to curb the King’s power, the Army de Kolozsvár had marched into Northern Italy and routed the French Armée de Alpes. The French had sued for peace with the Austrians, demanding that they release Thuringa and Tirol as independent states. The Austrians had agreed, and with the land connection between France and Transylvania cut, the two sides had agreed to a white peace.

Samuel’s eyes were on the Turks now. He was full of fury. These heathens insulted him, and dared to challenge Transylvania? They would be kneeling in their own blood by the end of it, and this time Transylvania would not be merciful. There was no shortage of manpower as in the first crusade, no incompetent alliance leader as in the second, and no aging monarch like the third. Samuel planned to beat the Turks into a bloody pulp and cripple them for good.

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The Fourth Transylvanian Crusade, May, 1494

The Turkish army was annihilated within the opening months of the war in the province of Anatolia. The combined weight of the Army de Koloszvár and the Army de Stiboricz crashed into the ill-prepared Turkish line in June of 1494 and decimated it to the last man. The Turks could not even escape by running, for the Transylvanians loved their cavalry, and ran down the fleeing Turks leaving a trail of bodies miles long across Anatolia. Turkish villages were burned to the ground and the first of the Turkish cities fell in Nis in August of 1494. The others fell like dominoes until the Turks begged on their hands and knees for peace from the young King Samuel.

Samuel refused. Still the armies of Transylvania looted pillaged and raped the Turkish land. The allies of Turkey fared no better, as the men of Crete landed in Tunisia and put on much the same play. The heathens that had dared threaten Europe were receiving their payback. You have sinned against the Lord; and be sure your sin will find you out; Numbers 32:23.

Finally, as winter crept forth in 1495, Samuel at last agreed to a peace treaty that would see the Turks evicted from the shores of Europe, and Transylvania push ever deeper into the Turkish homeland. The Treaty of Konya was the official name, though at the time it was known as the Treaty of Blood, for Samuel made the Turkish sultan sign it with his own blood; barbaric, yes.

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II. The defeated Turkish Sultan agrees to the Treaty of Blood, October 2, 1495

Even though his Sister had been returned to Transylvania, Samuel was not satisfied. There still remained a Muslim nation in Europe – an affront to all good Christians. The hungry eyes of Transylvania turned to their south, to the nation of Greece which separated the Transylvanian homeland from its holdings in Achaea and Morea. The army was rested for a period while internal issues were sorted out – who gets what land from the dead nobility, allocation of food stores, and the hunting of deserters; trivial things. War was declared finally on August 1st of 1497, and the sons of Transylvania once again swarmed across the borders that separated Christianity from the Muslim world.

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The First Transylvanian Crusade against Muslim Greece, August, 1497

Greece pulled in its allies, which to Samuel’s surprise was also the Ottomans. The Turks had recovered somewhat from the war two years ago, but they were no match for Transylvania. Tunisia’s cities fell to the Cretians and they were forced out of the war in June of 1498, and the cities of Greece quickly fell to Transylvania, forcing the Greeks to sign the Treaty of Macedonia on April 5th 1499.

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The Treaty of Macedonia, April 5th, 1499

The Turks fared no better, and the same story repeated itself as last. Villages that were only half-rebuilt were burned again, cities that still bore the marks of battle were again assaulted, and the Turkish forces fled for their lives from the wild men of Transylvania that descended down upon them like vengeful Gods of war.

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The Second Treaty of Constantinople, April 6th, 1499

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The eagle could finally unfurl her wings and fly.


I. Painting ‘The Abduction of Rebecca’ by Eugène Delacroix, based off a scene from the book Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott. More information can be found here.
II. Painting ‘The Capitulation of Granada’ by Francisco Pradilla Ortiz, depicting the surrender of the Turkish Sultan of Granada to Ferdinand and Isabella of Aragon and Castille (respectively). More information can be found here.
 
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So you've all but destroyed the Turks and asserted your dominance over the Balkans. Great work. :)
 

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So you've all but destroyed the Turks and asserted your dominance over the Balkans. Great work. :)

:)

'Tis the end of Part 2 as well.
 

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Very nice! You've almost completely removed the Muslims from Europe.
 

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Conquer your way up to Jerusalem.
Then make Black Sea a Transylvanian lake, and Balkan be thy base. :D
 

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The 16th century had begun, and it was one that would bring untold wealth and expansion to Transylvania. No longer was it a nation that was forced to hide in the shadows of the more powerful Western kingdoms; Transylvania could stand upon its own two feet and shout defiance to the world. The armies of Transylvania were undoubtedly the most experienced, well trained, and well led in all of Europe, and quite possibly the world. The past century had been extremely hard on the people, but the light was beginning to show; Transylvania had finally clawed its way up the cliff of destruction it had perched so precariously upon.

As if to celebrate the expulsion of the Turks from Europe, just a week after the peace treaty was signed the head missionary in Thrace reported that the majority of the population had finally embraced Christ as their saviour (again). It was a glorious announcement, as it signified the beginning of the end to the East-West schism that had divided Christianity since the Middle Ages.

There was ever better news as well, as the King of Poland, a cousin of King Samuel, had accepted the offer of annexation into the nation of Transylvania. Poland would be absorbed into the Kingdom of Transylvania, and although it was an unpopular decision to the Polish peoples of Transylvania, there were celebrations across the land. Prosperity had finally come to Transylvania, and the people rejoiced.

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I. Poland accepts the offer of annexation, April 4th, 1502

Of course, such prosperity always brings enemies, and as Transylvania worked to established stronger diplomatic ties with the Kingdom of Georgia, the Lithuanian king sent insults to Transylvania, daring King Samuel to march his armies across the border. The Army de Koloszvár and Stiboricz were marched to the border region and waited for the Lithuanians to make good on their hostility, but the Lithuanian king dropped the idea of invading Transylvania when his ally, Bohemia, sent word that they would not support them should they invade.

The next few years passed with little of note. There were wars, of course, but Transylvania had long grown past the time when the entire populace was needed to gain victory is such wars. The Pope, after having congratulated King Samuel for his victory over the Turks, had called for a crusade against the Muslim African nation of Songhai, and so Samuel took it as his Christian duty to pursue war against the backwards primitives of Songhai. The armies of Transylvania didn’t move an inch though; it was merely a symbolic gesture that Samuel would hold the concerns of the Pope highly. The Greeks would not be so fortunate though, as King Samuel declared war upon the last remaining Muslim state in Europe the day after the truce expired. Short, brutal, and brief. The Greek army was smashed aside just a week after the declaration of war, turning to a rout before the Transylvania line even reached them – they knew Athens would fall, and fighting to keep it would be suicide.

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The last Muslim state is pushed out of Europe, August 10th, 1504

Church bells all across Europe rang with the news. The Muslims had been finally been bloodily beaten back from the shores of Christendom. Congratulatory messages flooded into the Transylvanian court; even from nations that had fought bitterly against Transylvania’s rise to power like Bohemia. But the greatest gift was the Pope’s proclamation that István Koloszvár would be recognized as a Saint of the Roman Catholic Church – the Patron Saint of Transylvania.

There were various other wars in Transylvania between 1504 to 1509. Karaman declared war on Mentese and King Samuel decided the alliance was not worthwhile to pursue, and so dropped it; Mentese was annexed soon afterwards. Corfu was declared war upon, and vassalized promptly. Karaman was declared war upon and reduced down to their capital city and surrounding land, and Saruhan was annexed by Transylvania in February of 1509. Minor wars that the majority of the populace was not concerned with. And so the first decade of the new century inched ever nearer to its close. Transylvania stood as the sole dominant power in the Balkans, and drove deeper into the Muslim lands of Anatolia.

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II. Painting ‘Stefan Batory at Pskov’ by Jan Matejko, depicting the peace negotiations for the Polish-Muscovite War of Livonia. More information can be found here.
 
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Solid gains. Nice map. :cool:
 

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Very nice! Islam has now been purged from Europe!
 

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Ty JD :)

And yes, finally dinofs! Never again will they creep up upon the shores of Europe...or will they? DUN DUN DUNNN!
 

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“The French have already begun using them, and to devastating effect!” the man beamed.

“I see.” Count Miklós Csáki looked at the plate of armour that stood across from the man with the strange instrument. He had its doubts that it was as effective as the man said. “A demonstration then?”

“Oh of course my Lord!” The man, a merchant recently come from the lands east of Transylvania looked towards King Samuel, who merely nodded that he may proceed.

The man raised the instrument to his shoulder and pulled the trigger, making the room explode with its noise and fill with the bitter tasting smoke that spewed out. King Samuel sat unmoving through the demonstration, though some aides flinched when the weapon went off.

The smoke cleared to reveal the steel armour – hardened steel armour of fine make – with a hole punched straight through where a man’s heart would be. Samuel smiled, as did Count Csáki.

“I’ll take as many as you’ve got.”

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A premonition?

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István was a saint. It was hardly believable in Transylvania. He had been one of Transylvania’s greatest kings, but it had been only the wildest of his admirers who believed the Holy See would recognize him as a saint, but King Samuel had secretly known that the Pope was likely to have made someone from Transylvania a saint, in more of a recognition of Transylvania’s rising influence in European politics rather than any achievement that the person recognized had done. But it fit, as István had been the king that had begun the push to remove Islam from Europe, and reclaim it as Christendom’s territory.

Even still, the recognition of István as a saint demanded that Transylvania do its part to further the power and influence of the Catholic church, and so Transylvanian soldiers finally began moving to the ships. War was still on-going with Songhai, despite the fact that no soldiers had engaged one another since the declaration of war – that was quickly changing. Military access was granted by Castille, and Transylvanian troops crossed the narrow strip of land through the Sahara controlled by the Castillians and marched their way into Songhai’s lands. The Transylvanian navy had been a pitifully small thing during this time, and so men were ferried over in groups of 2,000, but even with such a small number they managed to decimate the army that Songhai raised to drive them back. The Arquebus-Pikeman formations proved to be highly effective against the undisciplined Songhaian army, and everywhere the small Transylvanian army went they left a path of destruction through the land; the bulk of the Songhaian army retreated to Massina in an attempt to block the Transylvanian army’s passage deeper into their lands.

It was an impressive army – on paper; 18,000 men, holding a defensive position, and fighting for their homes. However in reality it was little more than a disorganized mob armed with outdated weapons and little armour. The Transylvanian army of 4,000 advanced on this army, their forward scouts long since surmising the size and location of the enemy army. 10,000 of the enemy army was hidden in a forest a short way behind the enemy line, and the 12th Hussars advanced ahead of the other 3,000 infantry to engage the enemy’s main line. However, they feigned panic and retreat after ‘realizing’ that there was another larger force hidden nearby, and the Songhaian forces took the bait hook, line, and sinker.

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Songhai’s army takes the bait at the Battle of Massina, February, 1511

As the 12th galloped back to the infantry, which held the narrow valley to the north, the Songhaian army followed, a giant mass of men and horses following the 12th like a game of cat and mouse. As the bulk of Songhai’s army crested the short hill and saw the infantry waiting in the narrow valley ahead their more competent commanders knew exactly what was about to happen, but were powerless to stop it. The enemy army was taken with bloodlust and could not be called back to organization, and the two sides crashed together in an orgy of violence. A crushing volley from the Transylvanian arquebus ripped through the initial charge, robbing it of its momentum, and then the pikes went to work, pinning the enemy front line against their advancing comrades, and pushing them back from the arquebus infantry, while the 12th Hussars, led by Count Csáki, wheeled back around and hit the enemy mob in the flank.

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Count Miklós Csáki, commander of the 12th Hussars (former man-at-arms in Banat's 1st Regiment)

The battle was over before the rear ranks of the Songhaian army even knew what was happening at the front, as the men fled in terror from the army they had thought would break after their initial charge. The Transylvanian infantry advanced in an orderly fashion while the 12th was let loose among the enemy fleeing across open ground – a hussar’s dream.

The enemy scattered all throughout Songhai’s lands, they would not fight anymore, not against the devils that Transylvania had managed to bring down upon them. The forces of Transylvania contined their drive deeper into Africa, and took the capital of Songhai in June of 1511.

There were also developments closer to home, as King Samuel was continuing his drive to westernize the nation and bring the military to the same level of professionalism as the West. And in January of 1512, as the last vestiges of resistance were being stamped down by Transylvania’s army in Songhai, he set forth a policy that would fully adopt a western military order and military equipment. Transylvania would also be the first nation to nationalize its military in February of 1512, just a few short weeks after the Treaty of Timbuktu was signed with Songhai. It would be a hard battle to bring Transylvania to the peak of military technology and thinking, but King Samuel knew it would pay very large dividends in the end.

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Transylvania adopts western ideas for its military force, January, 1512

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The Treaty of Timbuktu, January, 1512

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Transylvania proclaims its military as a national institution controlled by the King, February, 1512
 
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Ah, Africa. . . the piggy bank of Europe. When you shake harder more money comes out, you know.
 
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Ahh, Africa. Gold, wide open spaces, gold, friendly villagers, and, dare I mention it, gold. :D
 

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Yeah Africa those pagan nations always seem to hoard gold like it's going out of style :wacko:

And technically the army skirted the outside of the Sahara, but that isn't quite so dramatic eh? Haha
 

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This Chapter’s Tune

“I want you to marry, Miklós,” Samuel stood in his chambers while his tailor measured new pants for him, “I have adopted you as my brother, and it’s high time you were married.”

“Marry, highness?” Count Miklós Csáki looked at him quizzically.

“There’s this pretty little Georgian girl, Natia?” Samuel looked puzzled for a moment as he tried to remember the girl's name, “Anyways, she’s the daughter of King Erkele…” Samuel trailed off and eyed Miklós.

“I understand completely, sire.” Miklós grinned.

“Splendid. So go, woo the girl, take her hand, and then send me word when it is done.”

“Shall I bring an escort with me to dazzle the Georgians?”

“Bring the 12th, they seem to like you well enough; full parade gear.” Samuel nodded and then turned back to the tailor, signifying that the meeting was over. Miklós bowed and exited the room.

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The new decade passed and the people celebrated the newfound prosperity that Transylvania enjoyed – its enemies had been crushed underfoot, and the borders of the Kingdom stood guarded by the sea to its south, the Austrians in the west, and in April of 1512, guarded by the Lithuanians to the north, while to the east laid the Muslims lands rich for the picking. Even still, King Samuel’s sweeping reforms to the country’s way of thinking, life, and traditions brought grumblings from groups within Transylvania. Rebellions were frequent, but were squashed with alarming speed by the newly nationalized Transylvanian army.

The old ways had finally died out. Armies were no longer mandated to be led by Counts and leading nobility, but by General’s who were promoted to the position. A rich man could buy his way into the officer’s ranks, but could go no further than a Major, after which the promotion would needed to be earned. It was a development that a large number of aristocrats had complained loudly about, as they more often than not found themselves outranked by those they deemed of ‘lesser birth’, but the move made Transylvania’s army even more efficient at its job. Besides, what was the grumblings of some to the prosperity of many?

Count Miklós Csáki returned to Transylvania’s eastern border in November of 1512, unable to resist the urge to assist the Castillians in their assault against the city of Ankara, the last Turkish stronghold. The city fell on November 14th, bringing about the final annexation of Turkey by the Castillians, and despite the fact that Transylvania had not been at war with Turkey, Count Miklós returned to triumphant cheers. He was undoubtedly Transylvania’s most admired soldier, giving inspiration to the entire army, having made his name in the Battle of Koloszvár where he lad led the defense of Banat’s 1st Regiment at the Citadel of Tarten – and now he was a married man. He had regaled the young Georgian girl with tales of war and bravery, and she had become quite enamoured with Miklós, and though he admired the girl’s beauty, he knew his duty was to his King and country, and so even as the bells across Transylvania announced their hero’s marriage, he informed King Samuel of what the King had wanted to hear.

Georgia was stagnant. Rampant inflation had gripped the country since the present king’s father, Alexander the Second, had taken the throne in 1474. The Kingdom’s army was ill led, under armed, and inexperienced. It was prime fruit for the picking, and if Georgia was not sheltered by Transylvania, then the rising power of Persia would likely absorb the state into its own and use the gold mines there to further fuel their conquests. Transylvania had dealt with large heathen powers on its eastern border before, and the last thing King Samuel wanted was another beast he must fight tooth and nail in order to bring to heel, and so the preparations were made and the Army de Koloszvár and Stiboricz moved into the lands of Candar, while the Army de Mihály stayed near the capital in order to guard the western border.

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King Samuel lays claim to the throne of Georgia, August 20, 1514

War was declared on September 3rd of 1514, bringing Austria to Transylvania’s side despite the fact that the Lithuanians did not march, and the Army de Stiboricz and Koloszvár marched across the border between Candar and Georgia that had been unguarded by the ill prepared Georgian army. Trebizon, which the Georgians had just taken the year previously, fell within the opening months of the war, swamped under the weight of 20,000 Transylvanian troops hailing from all across Transylvanian lands. The men were kept on a short leash however, and the looting, pillaging, and raping that usually comes in the wake of a conquering army’s victory was almost non-existent, showing the iron discipline of Transylvania’s armies.

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The Transylvanian-Georgian Throne War, November, 1514

The Cretan army was also doing its part, landing troops in Kaffa along the Black Sea and besieging the Georgian controlled cities in the province, and so the troops from the Army de Koloszvár and Stiboricz ploughed onwards into Georgian, tightening their belts against the hunger as the supply trains were ambushed by Georgian partisans hiding in the hills and mountains of Trebizon. The partisans had been deemed too sparse and ill trained to be of a major concern, but they still wreaked havoc upon the food and supply wagons bringing goods to the advancing army. More men died in the opening months from starvation than Gerogian steel, as the army of Georgia was only now finally awakening from its slumber and gathering the repulse the invaders.

Imerti fell on the 5th of November to an assault of over 15,000 infantry, but still the army of Georgia had not appeared. On the western border though, there was trouble brewing. A Bohemian army just under 17,000 strong had marched across the narrow border between their kingdom and the Kingdom of Transylvania, and were laying siege to Ersekjuvar. The Army de Mihály, at just 12,000 strong, was ordered not to engage, but that only served to embolden the enemy and more dire news came as the Muscovite army arrived in the province of Ruthenia, having marched across Lithuanian lands in the heart of winter.

But the Austrians fared much better, swatting aside the Bohemian army left to guard their southern border, and driving deep into Bohemian lands. The Bohemian king, Vojen I Plater (a distant cousin of King Samuel), was desperate for peace. King Samuel finally agreed to sign the Treaty of Sieradz, and a white peace was declared between the two kingdoms. With the Bohemians withdrawing from Transylvania and the Army de Mihály safe from an attack from the rear, it marched against the Muscovite army in Ruthenia.

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The Treaty of Sieradz, January 1st, 1515

But the Army de Mihály was leaderless, or close enough to it. Its former commander had died of the pox just weeks before, and was now under the command of a Major that hadn’t even seen battle before. He was a young count from Bulgaria named Ivan Terter, and he led his men into a foolheardy charge head on against the troops of Muscowy commanded by their king Yuriy the Third. The Transylvanian troops managed to hack apart a good portion of the Muscovite line, but the battle hardened Russians turned their cavalry into the flank of the Army de Mihály’s ragged battle line and the plains of Ruthenia became a slaughterhouse. The men fled, and would have been run down into oblivion had a young Polish Captain named Mieszko Probus of the 6th Hussars not rallied what was left of his cavalry force and led it against the enemy’s in an attempt to buy the retreating Transylvanian troops time to reach the safety of the forest nearby.

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Captain Mieszko Probus leads the remnants of the 6th Hussars against the pursuing Muscovite horsemen, February 9th, 1515

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The Battle of Ruthenia, February 9th, 1515

King Samuel decided that the Army de Mihály needed leadership if it were to break the Russian army in Ruthenia, and so set out from Koloszvár to the army, in order to command it personally. While en route a messenger from Naples found him and brought forth an offer of peace from the Napoli king. Samuel agreed as he didn’t much care for the affairs of the Italians – his mind was on the Russian army still laying siege to the cities in Ruthenia.

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The Treaty of Partium, April 18th, 1515

King Samuel arrived at the Army de Mihály’s camp on May 1st, and the army was on the march the next day, a snake making its way to the Russians, to swallow them whole. The two armies met again in Ruthenia, just miles from the spot that had battled previously, and it was King vs King as the armies of Transylvania and Muscowy performed the Dance of Death. The Transylvanian infantry advanced in orderly fashion and let loose the first volleys from their arquebus’. The men would not break this time, not when their King led, and not when they felt they needed to prove their courage to him. The Transylvanian cavalry sped around the left flank of the Russian army, smashing aside the Muscovite cavalry force that was protecting their flank, and driving far behind their line to hit the Russian right from behind. The Russian line crumpeled as the men ran from the pikes and blades of the Transylvanian army, and the hussars pursued with glee. The Muscovite king died on that day, lanced in the back as he ran by a Bosnian hussar; his crown was presented to King Samuel, almost as an apology for the army having broken and ran in the battle three months ago.

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The Second Battle of Ruthenia, May 7th, 1515

The fugitives of the Muscovite army would be hunted down and slaughtered in Ersekujvar, and peace signed with the Rus a few short weeks afterwards, leaving just the Georgians standing alone against the might of Transylvania.

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The Treaty of Cherson, May 27th, 1515

The eyes of Transylvania turned back to Georgian soil, where the Army de Stiboricz and Koloszvár, under the command of Count Miklós, had smashed aside the feeble Georgian army just months ago upon the hilly landscape of Alania. Cities fell like dominoes against the unflinching advance of Transylvanian soldiers, and the commanders of both armies grew overly relaxed by the lack of opposition to their conquests. The armies were split into squads and dispersed throughout the land to quicken the fall of Georgia. It was a fair tactic, but only one that could only be accomplished well if the intelligence ministry had been paying attention to the developments within Georgia more closely; for the Georgians had enacted the Liberum Veto, just as Transylvania had done in its war against the Turks decades ago.

An army of 15,000 Qarabagh, under the very nose of Transylvanian troops, and it struck with lightning speed, over-running the small sieging force of 2,000 men. The banners of the 18th and 9th Landsknechts fell into Georgian hands as the regiments were slaughtered. Messengers were sent galloping across Georgia, bringing orders to the scattered Transylvanian forces to rally at Alania to destroy this one last Georgian force.

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The Battle (Slaughter) of Qarabagh, October 3rd, 1515

The two armies met in January of the new year, 1516. The Transylvanian army, led by King Samuel, ambushed the advancing Georgian army in Alania, pinning them between the infantry that blocked the main road through the province, and the mass of Transylvanian hussars. The Georgians, knowing that their advance had been blocked, managed a fighting withdraw, hoping to gain the safety of Dagestan’s hills. The Transylvanian army, furious that the Georgians were withdrawing, attacked the Georgian army, but were repulsed repeatedly by the Georgian infantry. Finally the Georgians managed to withdraw from the field, and though they had bloodied the Transylvanians terribly, it was none the less a defeat for the Georgian army.

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Transylvanian cavalry attacks the rear guard of the Georgian army at Alania, January 9th, 1516

The Transylvanian army had the roads, however. And while the Georgians made their lumbering withdraw towards Dagestan, the army that King Samuel led quick marched to the province and headed of the Georgian retreat. With nowhere else to retreat to, the Georgian army settled in for their last stand. It was a bloody, smoke shrouded, and death filled battle as the two armies met in the hills of Dagestan. The Georgian’s cavalry force had been worn down by the retreat through the rough terrain, and were swept aside by the Transylvanian hussars on fresh horses in the opening hours of the battle. The Georgian infantry proved a trickier beast, and it wasn’t until a pair of cannons were brought up and let loose upon the massed rank of pikes that their morale wavered. A joint infantry and cavalry assault finally broke them in the waning light of the 5th of March, and the broken remnants routed to across Georgia, to be pursued and slaughtered by Transylvanian cavalry patrols.

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The Battle of Dagestan, March 5th, 1516

With the last of the resistance Georgia could muster against the Transylvanians destroyed, the armies split apart once more to besiege what little land remained under the Georgian’s control. King Samuel left command of the Army de Kolsozvár to Count Miklós, who was now Transylvania’s First Marshal. Peace was finally signed on the 17th of May, 1516, in the province of Trebizond. The old royal family of Georgia was exiled from their own land, though Miklós managed to convince the King that his new wife, Natia, should stay.

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The Treaty of Trebizond, May 17th, 1516

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Not the best of Apocalyptica. :D

Level 6 shock?
Now I get why you are so invincible. :rofl:
 

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Not the best of Apocalyptica. :D

Level 6 shock?
Now I get why you are so invincible. :rofl:

Yea sorry 'bout that, was sorta scrambling to find a song that fit.

And yeah, István, Mihály, and Samuel are sort of the trinity of Transylvania's warrior kings. I think the lowest of them was István with 5 shock :rofl:
 

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Aah, some old fashioned throne-claimin'. However, Transylvania has been a kingdom long enough! The time for Empire is right! :D