one thing before: this is just Part One, as I have to fight with a CTD issue, but I'm fixing it at the moment, i just want to prepare you for what you'll read the next time^^
And I'm also sorry for any uncorrectness, especially in the religious aspect, as I don't know that much on the Islam
edit: I still got the CTD issue after installing all hotfixes, at the moment I'm reinstalling med2 and kingdoms. do you think the unpacker influences the run of BC on Vista?
Chapter 2 (Part One): The New Sultan
Khadir finally arrived after a long journey in Luxor. He had dropped the heavy chest of his horse into the Nile, or the animal wouldn't have been able to reach Luxor alive.
Khadir was out of breath and tired from the long ride. He was sweating and as he arrived at the Palace of the Vesir of Luxor, he jumped off his horse and carried Salahuddin's steaking body through the gate of the Palace directly into the main room where the Vesir had his office. The guardians didn't even think on attacking him, as his chest was the one of the Sultan's bodyguard. Most people said, actually it was a huge myth, that those men, the bodyguards of the Sultan, were the sons of Christians, which was true in Khadir's case, even when he had to convert to Islam, and the hate in them and their brave was huge enough to kill hundreds before they died.
And that was the myth. The faces of the guardians were showing, surrounded by their open helmets, pure fear of this tall men, carrying the dead body of Salahuddin.
The eyes of the vesir were glowing, as he saw the dead body.
It was a glowing that said "Luxor will be mine as soon as you're out of here, so do fast" to Khadir.
He had expected to do something like that, but he had to move to Qahira and to look for Senna, that she didn't get killed after Salahuddin's dead.
For this, short breathless moment, during the Vesir stood up, he only thought for her.
Her long, brown hair (she was the doughter of a dead crusader, but that didn't matter as she never left the palace of Salahuddin, where the Bodyguards and their families lived).
Her blue eyes...
And... And her belly.
This was the first time after the battle, that he was asking himself if he got now, during his absence, the father of a beautiful daughter or a strong son.
The greeting of the fat, small Vesir carried him out of his thoughts and he greeted back and said then:
"Vesir, this is Sultan Salahuddin, or at least what's left of him. His body must be carried to Qahira and rest there in peace! And I need a new, fast horse to tell Salahuddin's wifes and his heir of that."
"Of course, of course! Give me the body and you'll get your new horse!"
And with those words, Khadir gave the body directly to the Vesir, who lied on the floor after getting the body.
Khadir couldn't cover his grinning.
It was night. The darkness covered a fast horse and his sweating rider, running down the Nile and leaving Luxor behind.
Khadir had only less to eat and no water, as he would always ride along the river. The only thing he had to beware of were the crocodiles.
How many good men did they eat during their run from Aswan to Luxor?
Noone would ever know it and the historians of the Ayyubids would decrease the number ond those of the Nubians would increase them.
Khadir's thoughts moved back to Luxor, where at the moment, if everything runned fine, the Vesir was being killed by an assassin Khadir payed before the beginning of the journey. He didn't trust the Vesir further than his sword was long, but now, this problem would be out of the world.
Khadir arrived In Qahira after another month of riding and he just wanted to go and see Senna.
The new Sultan had been named, as the ships brought the message from Salahuddin's dead much faster to Qahira than Khadir could.
But so he could go directly to Senna and wouldn't have to continue his journey to Alexandria, where the new Sultan was once the Vesir.
He ran through the Palace to the room where he and his wife lifed. He wanted to see her, he wanted to see his child.
He opened the door with a loud sound and she turned around to him, looking like she didn't believe what she was seeing.
"They said you had lost a battle and everyone would be dead.", were her only words, and then she beagn to cry and he was embracing and kissing her, and then his eyes fell on the small child, that lay on an own, small bed. It was nearly 2 years old and was born shortly after Khadir had to leave.
She followed his eyes and said.
"It's a boy, but he has still no name. But he WILL be Christian, like i am and you once were."
"Ok, then Leon would be a good name, like your father's."
"Yes, Leon would be great.", she said and kissed him.
A few days later.
"I have great plans!", said the new Sultan and showed a map to the tribunal of war, to which the leader of the bodyguard, which menas Khadir, also belonged.
"Those are our expansion plans for the next few years.
We need to conquer Makuria in the South, to have a free back and the complete control of the Nile. An army is ready to do so and I'll lead it on my owna and take revenge.
The army that was sent to Arabia under Salahuddin will continue conquering the Paeninsula, as, with Mekka under our control, we'll be ina much better postion against all other Islamic people.
We also need the desert for trading, which means money and we'll need money.
Then the last step of my plan. The Circle around Jerusalem.
We need to take all important cities around Jerusalem, to keep them small and then we need to destroy Armenia, so that Jerusalem has no allies that could help them for the last step, the great Jihad, the regainign of Jeruslaem, which is still being planned."
Th generals, and also Khadir, were applauding on that and they were sure it would work, as it was all worked out so precisely.
Well, with Allah's or God's will it would or wouldn't happen......
Chapter 2, Part One End