I would totally pay for a book about Andreas. He's pretty much my favourite character in this TL!
Definitely will keep that in mind!
If this were to be a show/story, the Andreas plotline would probably be it. Unless you wanted to do a short story about the War for Asia, that'd be more like the length of a movie.
It would definitely be the Andreas plotline, at least for the first one. That was formed to be a coherent stand-alone story; the rest of the TL originated as a setup to tell that story.
There's a local author here named Guy Gavriel Kay who's pretty damn prolific at writing fantasy stories based on real history and/or historical settings. I've read his books on Celtic Mythology and got his one on the collapse of the Song Dynasty for a friend.
I think he did one set in a world inspired by the reign of Justinian.
I’ve read a couple of other fantasy series that are heavily based on real history, at least for the general setting. But I actually can’t remember the last time I read a fiction book (save for working on this TL). Maybe a year ago?
Once you're done with not the end do you think you'll make it into an actual book? If so I would totally buy it, i know it's alot of work though
Maybe. I think there’s a way to self-publish books on Amazon as Kindle books, although I’m sure Amazon takes most of the money. But I have discovered that the PDF files I’ve been using for the ‘finished TL’ parts convert really well into Kindle files.
Are we ever gonna see the Ghost of Theodoros II again? Or was that just a one time joke? I miss him dearly
You mean Theodoros IV. I won’t say no, but I have no plans. The best way to ruin a good joke is to overuse it.
Why do I get the impression that they aren't going to get that anytime soon?
Cause probably they wont have that peace. They're at war with the afghan warlord if i recall correctly and that's right after the truce with romans happened. Its not that easy to defeat the afghans especially in that mountainous area. By the time it ended, im sure that their still on the slumped in both military and economic sense.
They might have some few years at peace but that will end immediately with the truce expiration. And we know that they are going to lose hard and braking the back of their empire.
They'll have peace once they have reorganized themselves after that brutal war, but even then their so diminished.
But they will still be enough of a power to give Rhomania a bloody nose and take back some of the lost land if the foreshadowing is to be believed. They probably get that peace they need by writing off the west as "Here be Dragons, or Phoenixes. Avoid at all costs." until they get their northern and eastern theaters back in order and reorganize their core territory.
They won’t get it soon. But there will be an Ottoman revival down the road and a large factor in that will be that they get that breather.
I'd actually argue that you're thinking about it from the wrong angle. Instead of presenting it as alternate history they'd present it as historical fantasy without actually changing much. Most people would relate to it as a medieval warfare show akin to Game of Thrones (just without the magic) if they don't look into it. Maybe something like The Last Kingdom (itself about history hardly anyone knows about, though not alternate).
That’s a good point. It would be pretty easy to convert the TL into a generic medieval fantasy just by changing all the names.