Did the Hospitallers plan to commit any ground forces, even if a token one?Roman-Arletian-Egyptian-Sicilian-Hospitalier
Nothing for Henri? Or does Demetrios know something we don't? *wink wink*The White Palace, Constantinople, May 12, 1632:
Demetrios Sideros stared into the fireplace and swallowed the last contents of the bottle, then tossing it into the basket with its fellows. He picked up a new one, popped the cork, and took a drink, swirling the wine through his mouth, around his teeth, over his tongue. Then he spat it into the fire, the liquid hissing and sizzling as it struck the flames. He set the glass down and picked up the three small pieces of paper.
They all had pencil sketches of a male face, each one different. He was no artist like his son, but they were passable likenesses. He held up the first. “Casimir of Poland, noble warrior of God,” he sneered. “May a woman slay you.”
He held up the second. “Theodor of Bavaria, you who would gain the whole world. May you forfeit your mind instead.”
He held up the third. “Ibrahim of Persia, also so-called noble warrior of god. May a wo…no, should be different…hmm…eh…may a pair of women slay you.”
And he tossed the images into the flames.
I'm wondering if the other allies would be willing to accept modifying the Arletian campaign into a 2 pronged Sicilian Defence/Lombard Invasion with Romans and Egyptians sweeping northwards and the Spanish and Arletians sweeping into the plains.So it's the worse case scenario for the Romans. Enemies on all sides. Persians and Georgians to the East. Germans, Poles, Lombards and Triunes to the West. No allies save for Scythia. Those are some steep odds, in there was a civil war it would be way worse than the ToT.
India is currently being unified under the hindu Vijayanagaran Empire, which in recent memory won a smashing victory against the preoccupied Ottomans. It's a hard going process, since India is too ethnically diverse to hold together without an external threat to unite against (ie. Muslims).Sorry, but what's the situation in China and India? I've been trying to follow this timeline, but it's hard keeping everything straight.
I vaguely remember something about Timur conquering China, but that's all I got.
They don't need to be allied, sure both are orthodox but you could drive them apart due to other reasons or have them grow into rivals.Duke of Nova Scotia: I’m not sure exactly when Russia will get the band back together, but the sundering happened specifically so that a united Russia wouldn’t be a factor at this time. Because a Russia-Rhomania alliance is unstoppable to anybody that isn’t China or Vijayanagar.
Interesting, what are the chances that the German army implodes at the gates of Constantinople? Unable to crack the walls, with their supply line overrun by a Roman counterattack, everything closing in on them.Babyrage: A lot of the princes got battered down during the Brothers’ War. And their best forces are all down in Serbia fighting. But that also means they’re conveniently camped next to each other, which will be an important point later on.
Interesting to note that the tagmata are no longer capped at 10,000 men.Thrakesian tagma, his strongest at 25 tourmai
Basileus is on of the few with the uncanny skill to pull off addressing both the macro and micro aspects of a war. The interactions of the normal citizens from different walks of life really help to bring a personal element into this TL, and is more than a potent combination when unleashed with vivid descriptions of battles and the scenes of the imperial palace. Off I am to join the citizens' guerilla resistance!St Andreas, Kephale of Korab, May 2, 1632:
Anna set down the quill to nibble on the piece of bread next to her, part of her breakfast. The dawn light was streaming in from the window now so she doused the candle she’d been using. She was in the main living area in the home Gabriel and she had inherited from their parents, a two-story stone structure, the most substantial building in the village save for the church itself. She took it back up and looked at the piece of paper, frowning.