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    Re: Courting the Red Lion

    Tancred, being known to the Lord of Cilicia, is duly admitted into his halls. A small banquet had been prepared, and Bohemond’s nephew is ushered forward and invited to take a seat beside the...
  2. Thread: Tripoli

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    “Well met, Lord. I am Drogo of Payens, Grandmaster of the Poor Fellows.”

    The Norman deftly inclined his head, the other knights following his lead.

    “We have taken it upon ourselves to protect...
  3. Thread: Ascalon

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    Re: Ascalon

    With Ascalon’s outer defences secured, the bloodied Eustace sends a rider to speak with the remaining Arabs, offering safe passage back to Egypt in exchange for the surrender of the central keep. If...
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    A number of knights arrive, requesting an audience with the Count or a representative. They claim to come on behalf of the Poor Fellows of Jerusalem.
  5. Re: Chapterhouse of the Poor Fellow Soldiers of Christ, Jerusalem

    Cloyes, like the numerous other lost souls that came to the knights of Solomon’s Temple for guidance, was eventually admitted to see the grandmaster himself. Scarred and sour faced, the aged knight’s...
  6. Thread: Ascalon

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    Re: Ascalon

    With the siege weapons complete and the morale of the defenders low, Eustace orders an assault on the walls.
  7. Thread: 1100

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    1100

    A new year dawns.

    Events:
    - A small number of Italian ships arrive in the Levant to assist the Crusaders with taking coastal cities. For now, they dock at Jaffa.
  8. Thread: Ascalon

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    Re: Ascalon

    Eustace orders the construction of siege towers, ladders, and a battering ram.
  9. Thread: Ascalon

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    Re: Ascalon

    Eustace of Boulogne rode to meet them, still clad in the mail he’d worn on the night of the battle, though his head was bared.

    “Hail. I speak for the Lord Godfrey. Our terms: we ask the surrender...
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    Tiberias, Principality of Galilee

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    Re: Ascalon

    Eustace had been first among those in the Fatimid camp, leading the horsemen as they began their mindless massacre. It was over in less than an hour, with the vizier of Egypt put to flight with less...
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    A tour of Christendom

    At Christmas, a few days before the turning of the century, Bohemond of Taranto fulfilled his crusading vows at the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. The road south had been long and perilous, with the...
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    Sticky: Re: Movement Thread

    Bohemond’s men move back to Antioch.
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    Re: Lordship of Ravendel

    Ravendel was not much of a fortification as of yet, with the old Armenian walls surrounding the town having crumbled in several places. Welcomed by the servants and retainers that had heard of their...
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    Sticky: Re: Principality of Antioch

    “They have returned, yes. I made clear my intention to return west to gather men and wealth to assist in our campaigns here. In the meantime, you and they shall look to our defences. I sent Tancred...
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    Re: Antioch Campaign

    Bohemond observed the exchange silently from a distance, watching as the Lord of Nicopolis took a knee the Count of Edessa.

    “I won’t forget this insult. One day, we will return here and pull this...
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    Sticky: Re: Principality of Antioch

    Guy is escorted into the Prince’s solar, where Bohemond waits for him.
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    Re: Antioch Campaign

    “Let us be Christians about this, then, and allow the Lord of Nicopolis to decide who he wishes to swear his fealty to.”

    Bohemond countered.

    “Unless we can come to some other arrangement.”
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    Re: Antioch Campaign

    “Then this could be our border, nay? As fine a place as any other.”

    Replied the Prince, nonchalantly patting the steed.

    “Edessa is far from here, after all, surely soon to be threatened by the...
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    Re: Antioch Campaign

    The first rider, the largest and broadest of them, removes his helmet and passes it on to an accompanying squire. Baldwin would recognise Bohemond of Taranto, the most infamous of the Norman...
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    “For now, we shall court the Cilicians. However they too must eventually kneel to me.”

    The Prince stepped back from the window and folded his arms.

    “I plan to return west. Our fame as the...
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    Sticky: Re: Building and Recruitment Thread

    Eustace builds a castle in Tiberias.
  23. Thread: Ascalon

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    Re: Ascalon

    Eustace, now Prince of Galilee, was an ever present at Godfrey’s war council, stood to the right of the Lord of Jerusalem once again. As the lords began to fill out the tent, he cleared his throat.
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    Re: Antioch Campaign

    A group of riders clad in mail ride towards the encampment of the Count of Edessa in response, the banners of the cross and a golden serpent fluttering at the end of their lances. Around a hundred...
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    Re: Antioch Campaign

    Bohemond’s army arrives outside the castle of Nicopolis, right on the border of the lands of the Count of Edessa. The Norman Prince sends demands to the fortress: if Christian, they are to swear an...
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    Re: Edessa Campaign

    Oaths are given, with the Armenian dropping to one knee and offering his fealty to the Count of Edessa.

    Edessa’s budget increases by 300 and the manpower by 300.
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    “Our greatest enemy is the Caesar Alexios, not the heathens.”

    The Prince shifted towards a window that looked out over the city, with St Simeon and the ocean barely visible in the distance.
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    Re: Edessa Campaign

    “We want to swear you fealty, lord, in exchange for your protection. The city of Aleppo threatens us with attack and has begun harassing our lands.”

    Said one Armenian, translated into Frankish for...
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    Re: Announcement Thread

    (On behalf of Brew)

    The kingdom of Jerusalem is structured in the following way:

    King/Lord of Jerusalem: Godfrey of Bouillon - 2500 Dinars, 1875 Men

    Prince of Galilee: Eustace de Boulogne -...
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    Sticky: Re: Principality of Antioch

    “Kinsmen.”

    Greeted the Prince, after both Tancred and Richard were led into the old Roman citadel of Antioch where Bohemond had established himself in the wake of the siege. Robert Hauteville’s...
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    Sticky: Re: Building and Recruitment Thread

    The Templars purchase a Tier II Chapterhouse in Jerusalem.
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    Sticky: Re: Movement Thread

    With his southern border secured, Bohemond marches northwards towards Nicopolis.

    ETA: 9 hours
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    Re: Edessa Campaign

    This time, the fortress opens its gates, with the lord’s men sent out to welcome the Count of Edessa into the castle. It seems that his offer had been accepted, for the lord was willing to swear...
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    Re: Southern Campaign (Tripoli)

    An emissary arrives from the camp of the Prince of Antioch. Bohemond informs the Count of Tripoli that he has agreed peace and friendship with the Emir of Homs, and any act of aggression against the...
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    Worldwide Events

    Here the yearly events outside the Levant will be updated, using the DFS system (courtesy of Barry).
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    Re: Antioch Campaign

    Bohemond sends word to the Emir that he is willing make an alliance with Homs, but is not willing to give up Laodice or Balatanos.
  37. Thread: Ascalon

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    Ascalon

    WIP


    Under the leadership of Godfrey of Bouillon, the Defender of Jerusalem, the armies of the crusaders move south to secure the city against the imminent Fatimid invasion from Ascalon. It was a...
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    Civilisations of the East

    Big Wip



    Power: Regional

    Faith: Sunni Islam
    Attitude to Jerusalem: Wary
    Attitude to Antioch: Wary
    Attitude to Edessa: Wary
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    Re: Victor's Gathering

    Godfrey steps forth, and the oath is sworn: to defend the city of Christ in the name of God and the Pope in Rome, on whose behalf the Lord Godfrey shields these lands from the infidel. All stood in...
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    Re: Victor's Gathering

    After the clamour of the vote lasted for several hours, the nobles assemble once again as Father Stephen once again rises to the elevated podium.

    "It seems that the Lord Godfrey has been chosen to...
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