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James Craig
Posted: Sunday, November 05, 2017 9:03:48 PM
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Joined: 2/1/2013
Posts: 171
Location: Scotland
As the sun set on the 15th day of October in the year of our lord 852, The house Cincinnatus forged the iron crown of Bulgaria in the fires of war with the Serbians. For 4 long years had the men of Bulgaria warred with their hated rival, ending in peace and victory over the heathen king Vlastimir. With the border secure and new lands to Christianize the Ecumenical patriarch called for celebration, culminating in the crowning of Gargilius “The Proud” as Autokrator of Bulgaria. Thus began the rise of House Cincinnatus, cadet branch of house Isauros and descendents of Roman Illyrian Nobility. While it would be centuries before Latin would once again be spoken throughout the Imperial domain, the rise of this dynasty is seen by many as its beginning, culminating in the re-romanization of the east.

With the Iron still hot from the forging the new king set to work moving the center of his court to thessaly, where he could be nearer to the nobility of Rhomaion. In his youth he had often tutored under their guidance and learned their language as his first rather than the Bulgarian his father knew. It was in these early years that he married the lady Theognosia, who despite being the mother of his legitimate children was found time and again to be unfaithful. Her disloyalty brought about the downfall of the new King within a decade of his crowning. Many spies were dispatched to track her infidelity, and thereby many children were disinherited. It was rumored that the slow fever took him in the night. Some tell that his wife was even within earshot only a room over with another lover as he died. While she may have enjoyed her relative freedom within the halls of thessaly, she was hated by her daughter, who was soon to become ruler of this small corner of the Empire.

With his passing the Fledgling province fell to Autokratia Kyra Who ruled for nearly 15 years. With her first order of business being to hang her mother for infidelity and treason, she walked into her new rule troubled. During her life many vassals would rise up against her, resulting in countless death over petty squabbles and arguments over rights or rulership. Once those disloyal vultures even tried to place the dull lady anna on the throne in an effort to create a puppet. This was attempted three times over the course of the queen’s rule, finally succeeding in 886. Marrying into the main line of the empire and to Emperor Daniel the Butcher himself, she unified the dynasties and insured that her son would inherit the Queen of Cities. From the seat of power in constantinople she eyed the growing discontent in her home territory with disdain. This proved to be her undoing. When she was finally deposed in favor of her fully grown son, she simply laughed and walked into obscurity. Thus the stage was set for the rise of the Roman houses, the fall of the eastern portion of the Empire, and the end of Konstantinos reign over Constantinople.

The above was done for the session that took place on the 30th, and was finished on the 5th one hour before the end of the session.


Vae Victis!
James Craig
Posted: Sunday, November 12, 2017 9:52:53 PM
 1st Lieutenant


Joined: 2/1/2013
Posts: 171
Location: Scotland
After the turn of the century the Empire of the Romans underwent a transition similar in nature to its split hundreds of years earlier. It was decided by the emperor to cede Imperial territory to The Archon of the East and West, allowing them more power and all the taxes found in their respective territories to be used in the interest of defending her borders. To many this was seen as a revolutionary way of administering the armies of the Autokrator. In practice however it was essentially the spawning of two new massive kingdoms. While early in its life the plan worked to defend against the abbasid threat, the Empire would never again see much of these lands.

Over the following 20 years the capital of the empire was strengthened, with thousands of Imperial Crowns poured into the local infrastructure. Ne defensive works, universities, dockyards and banks. The banks of the hellespont were flowing with gold and trade was booming at venetian ports. The banners of the Empire were held high for over a decade of nationalist pride. It was this hotbed of fervor and a weakening muslim state that lead to the marshalling of forces and the conquest of the Egyptian Province.

One thousand ships and ten times that many soldiers sailed south for the Emperor and for the Holy Patriarch. While many would die on this grand venture, they were to be remembered in the same line as the crusaders who would soon assault the fortress at Jerusalem. Many consider this the first true Crusade, even though no pope declared it. Sailing with the Romans were their Italian brothers. Their fleet split away after leaving constantinople, preferring the shores of mighty africa to the fertile Nile estuaries. It would be five long years of conflict before the war would conclude.

The first step of this ambitious endeavor was to seize the mighty city of damietta and begin shipping supplies to the Roman army. Without these the whole lot of them would be dead by christmas day. To this end the fleet would be unable to aid the crusaders as their fire would burn the important dockyards. Months of siege and blockade would yield fruit however, and by october the fortress would fall. From there the crusaders descended upon the local strongholds, besieging and assaulting them until the region was firmly in christian hands. It was during this time that the Great Eastern Archon and his troops turned up to beat down the egyptian fortress at Cairo, and ousting the local Emir.

When all was said and dont and the province fallen, the sunni caliph relinquished his hold on the region and accepted truce. However, tho local lords continued to fight on for decades before finally being pacified by Emperor Daniel II. After the war the Emperor would be deposed in favor of his uncle,who would later die of cancer and be replaced by Daniel. This would mark to founding of a separate Branch family that was slowly gaining power in egypt, and would go on to become Archons themselves.


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