It looks like this should have been posted at the very beginning of the CotF sequence, but here it is, somewhat delayed!
In addition to full AAR posts like the above, I intend to do out-of-character summaries of session happenings and ruler lives. Here’s the first one.
Mikael of Antioch, 1050-1075. Conquered Aleppo. Gained Naples as a vassal. Although personally at odds with the Emperor Dukas, he nonetheless remained loyal, to the point of mustering his regiments and fighting to put down the rebellions in northern Anatolia. Died of wounds sustained in the campaign against Nikea. Upon his death his brother Iohannes ruled as regent for his son Arkadios. During this time there was great unrest in the theme of Antioch, ended only when Iohannes accepted the hereditary principle for his military vassals. In other words, the vassals were (every one of them) losing loyalty due to having a 0-dip child on the throne, and when one of them demanded I end Royal Supremacy in favour of Feudal Contract I accepted with alacrity – it was that or lose the duchy. My one and only regiment being still mobilised by the Emperor, there could be no question of fighting! This is the ‘consent as well as counsel’ that Philippos refers to in the play.
Byzantium in its usual state of quasi-meltdown.
Iohannes Komnenus, brother of Mikael.
Philippos Tzamplakon, count of Tortosa.
The Aleppo campaign.