It's to the Hungarian folk song "Esik az eso" azik a heveder", which Google Translate tells me means "The rain and the soaked girdle." Vakhtang will definitely be ranting about a shitty wall in the near future, though.I have no idea what the reference is, but whenever I hear about large Mongol armies I can’t help but think of Tuong Lu Kim and his sh**ty wall.
I have a feeling that this Mongol horde, isn't a conquering force but rather refugees fleeing from something happening up in the Russian Steppes.
Good guesses, actually, but as Appendix A reveals that is not the case. The Uzbeks are growing in power, though.who's pushing the mongols to europe? It should be something that's happening in Siberia/Central Asia, so its either 1. new steppe empire that Trebizond has to deal with, 2. something in northern china happening, so Manchus/Uighurs?, 3. the Uzbeks somehow becoming ascendent.
Martha was Pontic/Turkic, IIRC. Maria Gattuliuso was Greek-Italian, Keteon was Kartvelian, Martha was Pontic/Turkic, and Katsarina was Greek.We will ever find out the truth via dna testing in the modern age?Wasn’t Martha Georgian btw?
I dunno what to say about this arsehole. He didn't even have the decency to come back when his son died and take up his rule again.
Alexandros II is definitely an interesting character. I agree with the comment below you about his motivations.
The Rumites are indeed very formidable, but are increasingly top-heavy and resented by their own citizens for their worst abuses and overreaches of power. I'm not going to say much beyond that (spoilers!) but any war between Rome and Rum will be hard-fought.That was a lucky break for David.
The Rumites look very formidable. I would not have liked his odds even with Kartvelian support.
Gonna go out on a limb here and say the Mongols here are a result of the Kazakhs having just steamrolled the region and sent the Nogais and Astrakhans into flight.
Interesting that there'll be a komnenian branch ruling in Germany then
That would be quite an interesting twist.
Actually, beyond Alexis I, I think they'll be fairly obscure, more creators of trivia than of history. I was thinking of the Italian Lascaris OTL rather than the Palaiologians, but the outcome will probably be the same.To be fair, Alexandros just seemed to be absolutely done with the Romans when everyone around him made him go completely insane, especially his sons and his wife. If at least one of his sons turned to be "normal" and "competent" for him, then that might've given him a reason to stay.
Of course, his new life in Germany is quite interesting, with them settling in what appears to be in Westphalia / Lower Saxony and his descendants seem to be part of the upcoming Reformation. Who knows how far the Komnenoi will go in Germany, although if they manage to either unify the entire Rhineland or expand west towards the Netherlands as part of their demesne (probably at the expense of the Burgundians, I think), then that's when things start to be really interesting, imo.
Sidenote, I kinda want a Komnenoi wank to come out of Alexandros's lineage, now that I think about it. It'd be the Palaiologoi in Montferrat all over again, but with a greater potential to carve something out of a foreign land.
B444's decision to put the same dynasty in the thrones of both the Ottoman Empire and the Empire of Mexico in his timeline certainly whet the appetite of a large Komnenoi state in Germany for this timeline, hehehehe.....
Wow! Exciting update! What is interesting is that the nomads within the splintered Khanates of the Golden Horde actually did begin transitioning from pastoral semi-nomads to settled farmers (especially since the Idil Valley is very fertile), could this also be happening in this timeline?
That sounds quite interesting, but I can't find anything with a quick search. Could you link a source please?The thing about the Golden Horde (or Ulugh Ulus) was that it was actually a Turko-Mongol state, similar to the Timurids. Something I would love to see in this timeline is that instead of there being a Slavic and Orthodox behemoth called Russia that terrorizes their neighbor across the black sea, there is a Turkic and Hanafi horde that proves to be the greatest challenge to Roman-Trebizonians in the future. OTL the Russian Empire had a plan to revive the Eastern Roman Empire and came close to achieving it many times before some Deus Ex Machina happened and the Ottomans stopped them. Seeing this parallel occur in this timeline would be brilliant!
I've just got to say I'm blown away with how quickly you're putting out these updates btw; genuinely so impressive you can get updates of this consistent quality and quantity (word count) out so fast. Hats off to you
Thank you both. Obviously, AAOM is a big influence on this--it's a big influence on everything Byzaboo, after all, so I'll try and follow B444's lead. One thing that always irked me was how he handled the narrative sections during Andreas I's reign, so I'm going to try and stay away from that sort of thing. I should also not that I'm only able to keep up this manic pace because of the pandemic and virtual school. My plan is to keep going hard until I go back in person in August, then slow down a little bit. God willing, this thread will have reached 100 pages by then.Yes, they do provide some good amount of immersion to us. Maybe the model used in "A Age of Miracles" could be useful, if you sometimes join the book-style updates with a short or medium length narrative that provide context or make us feel immersed in what is happening (or not! Sometimes just teasing about things that are going to come is great enough) would make the quality of this story even better.
Also, Asriellian is completely right, it's truly impressive how you manage to keep this rhythm with a great quality, i have seen such a pace only in fanfiction so far, and it's actually a habit of mine to daily see this thread for a new update.
A. Yeah, that was kind of contrived. Something something Ottoman irregulars and many unpaid mercenaries.Good chapters. Liking our tenacious greek pasha.
I'm not sure I buy it. There isn't a strong pursuit force to take them out, and nothing preventing them from re-cohering later and marching home through the skeletonized countryside.
Did nobody just stay in the power vacuum in Bulgaria rather than hurry back home for the civil war?
B. There actually were, but I kind of glossed over them. I may or may not be borrowing an idea from Byzantium's Resurrection on the fate of NW Bulgaria. Have you by any chance heard of Jan Švehla?
Who says he's going to win?ok that's why the Mongols are invading again. This war will be fun to watch as we know that David and Trebizond will win, but by how much? Will David have the strength to fight the neo-rumites after this war?
ps: Will Trebizond eventually rule Kartvelia through personal union?