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An Illustrated History of the Noyyau

Discussion in 'Civ4 - Stories & Tales' started by Noyyau, Dec 15, 2013.

  1. Noyyau

    Noyyau Privateer Captain

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    With the right civics (and a bribe now and then) it's quite manageable to keep the revindex down in AND. I actually raised the revindex multiplier but right now I can't remember if that affected only me or the ai as well.
    Anyways, will the Mali suffer from revolutions? I can't say yet :mischief:


    Oh so very much yes.
    And this is just the beginning of true naval warfare. Poseidon will receive many sacrifices in the times to come.
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  2. Noyyau

    Noyyau Privateer Captain

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    Nobamba had received reinforcements, and the battle for the city went on.
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    The Zulu tried to counterattack only once, with disastrous results (for them). Siege rams turned out to be quite useful as anchoring points for the defensive lines, their thick sides able to withstand the Zulu melee weapons with ease.
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    The naval war with the Mali was picking up speed. The Robertian Arsenal was able to launch a new ship almost every Turn, sometimes even faster. Still, with so many unexperienced crews, losses were inevitable, especially against the superior weaponry of the Mali Xebecs.
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    The RRR did not relent in their attacks on Nobamba, even if more than half of the fighting force was injured and unable to fight. Their commanders knew that the Zulu's situation was even worse, and wanted to maintain the pressure on the enemy, so that they could not recover from the recent defeat in the field.
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    In Turn 810 the advances that allowed the construction of Sloops and Brigantines were further refined, sped up by the study of captured Mali vessels, so that finally Noyyau shipwrights were able to produce even larger and better armed ships, on par with the Malinese.
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    Before the first Noyyau Frigate was ready to take to the seas, however, the Mali used their superior numbers and weaponry to completely blockade the Wark Sound and the Sarakshan Inlet, causing one again food shortages in the affected cities. More Mali troops also landed, but hardly posed a challenge to the experienced NDF units.
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    At last, the numberless Zulu army was finally depleted, and Nobamba fell into Noyyau hands.
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    After having rounded the Aachener peninsula, the first Noyyau Frigate engaged its Mali counterpart, and demonstrated that the times had changed. No more would the Mali be the uncontested rulers of the oceans.
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    In domestic news, enterprising adventurers developed methods to travel through previously impassable mountain ranges and peaks, allowing, in due time, these areas to be exploited for the good of the nation.
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    Victory at sea!
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    The difficulty of supplying a city surrounded by enemy territory, coupled with rapidly worsening sanitary conditions (there were so many corpses to dispose of that there was not enough wood to burn them as tradition and hygiene required, instead opting for quickly dug mass graves) forced the Noyyau to abandon Nobamba and evacuate the population, to be resettled at a later date.
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    The largest naval battle yet, the Northern Passage Engagement saw a Noyyau Brigantine fleet engage a Mali mix of Brigantines and Frigates, numerically superior but in worse conditions, probably after one of the severe Northern Sea storms.
    In what would become a textbook example of maneuvering, the Noyyau Brigantines surrounded the Mali vessels, forced them to leave the safety of the coast, and in the course of two Turns of fighting, sunk all the Mali ships, fully capitalizing on their higher speed and manouverability in the oceanic vastness.
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    New Frigates took to the seas from Robertia, and demonstrated the superiority of Noyyau seamanship.
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    The Zulu could not stop the advance of the RRR, especially now that most of their best troops were dead in some mass grave near the ruins of Nobamba.
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    The shipyards in Roma also built Frigates, immediately sent to disrupt the Mali blockade. After intense fighting both on sea and land, the Mali were finally forced to withdraw.
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    On Everon, the RRR on the move was challenged by a group of Zulu warriors fortified on a hill. Unfortunately for the brave Zulus, courage alone was not enough, and they were scattered by the Noyyau vanguard.
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    The coastal fortresses continued to play a vital role in the defense of the Noyyau continent from Mali aggression, especially the two on the tips of the peninsulas enclosing the Gulfus Romanus.
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    Among the victories, defeat still lurked, moreso in naval engagements, where nature itself could change from helper to betrayer in no time.
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  3. baseballpie

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    Say, did you find those ships on Tatooine by any chance?
     
  4. constantinople

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  5. pole475

    pole475 The Blinding Light

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    Loves the names of the ships though, Star Wars or not.
     
  6. Noyyau

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    I do get carried away with ship names sometimes :mischief:
     
  7. Noyyau

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    In a move eerely reminescent of the Indian blunder of Delhi, the Zulu left their capital lightly defended and sent the bulk of their remaining troops to intercept the RRR in the field. However, they grossly underestimated the marching speed of the Noyyau veteran infantry, and by the time the Zulu realized their mistake, Ulundi had fallen.
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    Despite the great advances in ship building and cannon forging, and the many recent naval victories, the average fisherman was still very likely to be intercepted by a Mali warship and lose yet another fishing boat, if not his life.
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    But on land, the life expectancy of Mali invaders kept declining every Turn.
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    Though most of the naval warfare happened on the southern Noyyau coast, Mali vessels were sighted all the way to the English peninsula, and duly intercepted.
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    On Turn 820 the Noyyau Republic established its first permanent colony on the continent of Everon, thus becoming the world's first true colonial power.
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  8. Noyyau

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    Fast forward the rest of the Conquest of Everon era:

    Mali and Noyyau continued to kill each other.
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    The conquest and colonization of Everon went on without major hindrances.
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    After the Zulu the next target became the Native Americans.
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    The Hittites also expanded into Everon, conquering the Chinese nation.
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    Some technologies were bought, other stolen, many Bothans died.
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    There were even Noyyau attempts to settle the world war diplomatically, but the other nations made outrageous demands and did not wish to reach a reasonable compromise.
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  9. Moai_Spammer

    Moai_Spammer Nihilandros

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    dang, how many ships do the malinese have?
     
  10. Noyyau

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    I kept asking myself that question. The answer is: "Too many!" :cry:

    And in the not too distant future we'll see how many the Hittites have.
     
  11. constantinople

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    Let's see how your army does against the Hittites...
     
  12. Noyyau

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    The Noyyau wave of expansion was suddendly halted by a massive Hittite army, appearing unexpectedly on the move towards Cahokia. Even the local Native American citizens took up arms alongside the meager Noyyau garrison to fight the new invaders, having heard terrifying tales of their brutality and mercilessness.
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    Though the Hittite victory was no surprise, given their overwhelming numerical superiority, nobody could have expected them to raze Cahokia to the ground, exterminating Noyyau prisoners and unarmed civilians without distinction and with excessive brutality. It seemed that all the propaganda about the Hittite bloody ways was actually true. And the fact that Cahokia was the Holy City of the Naghual religion poured even more salt into the wound.
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    The Hittite army then moved south towards Morton, the most recent Noyyau outpost on Everon.
    The RRR, though still weary from the recent fighting against the Native Americans, engaged the Hittite horde in the field, desperate to stop the enemy.
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    Despite the valiant efforts of the RRR, the Hittites did not budge from their course. So many were they, it was said that even if each Noyyau warrior had killed five Hittites before being killed himself, the Horde would hardly have noticed.
    But not all rumours about the Hittite Horde were true. Their numbers had been severely depleted by the continuous attacks of the RRR, still it was not enough...
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    ...and Morton gained the dubious honour of being the first true Noyyau settlement to fall into enemy hands since before the Noyyau even could write.
    The good news of a Hittite Spy being thwarted and one of their Galleons sunk were overshadowed by such a national tragedy.
    A few voices tried to argue that, compared to Morton, which was just a frontier town and had not been burned to the ground, the true tragedy of the time was the utter destruction of Cahokia, a populous city and holy ground to a major religion, and the extermination of its tens of thousands of inhabitants. They were largely ignored.
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    While the battle for Morton was ongoing, a spy had reached the Hittite holdings on eastern Everon and compiled detailed reports on the new agrarian techniques employed there.
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    Driven by the same anger that animated the Spearmen of legend to retake Evron, the RRR vowed not to rest until the last Hittite had been killed. The Hittites themselves were but a shadow of what the Horde had been, having lost most of their troops and morale in the unending fighting.
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    Morton was rapidly retaken, and the remnants of the Hittite Horde exterminated, but of the town itself little remained. Most of the population had ran away or had been killed, and the few civilians that were found by the RRR were evacuated to safer areas. The town was abandoned, to be resettled at a later date.
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    While the public opinion was focused on eastern Everon and the Hittite Horde, the Mali did not stop their attacks on the southern coast of the Noyyau continent.
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    Even the Indian subcontinent was not completely safe, as some nationalist rebels seized some ships and massacred a cadre of workers for “collaboration with the invaders”. The Delhi garrison and a Frigate in the area quickly dealt with this botched uprising.
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  13. GreekAnalyzer

    GreekAnalyzer Back from the Dead

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    Dang, so much war. O_O
     
  14. Noyyau

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    With the RRR enjoying some needed rest, the fight against the Native Americans was picked up by troops requisitioned from the garrisons of the interior cities on Noyyau.
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    Every seaworthy vessel was put to good use, and even captured Malinese ships, crewed by Noyyau volunteers, defended honourably the home continent.
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    The RRR soon returned to its mission of conquest, now that the Hittites no longer threatened the Noyyau colonies on Everon.
    With the destruction of Mound City, the Noyyau added another figurative notch on the shaft of the civilization-killing Spear of History.
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    The eradication of another civilization in the ongoing conquest of Everon, coupled with the recent massacres in Cahokia and Morton, made many, especially in the Hellenist clergy, doubt the righteousness of the path the Noyyau were taking.
    In the military high commands, at the same time, there were discussions about the Hittite superior numbers, the lack of proper intelligence regarding their movements, and the fact that it was simply not feasible to defend the newly conquered territories against another Hittite attack.
    Though its true reasons are still debated, nevertheless a peace treaty was signed with the Hittites on the same Turn Mound City fell.
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    Soon after the First Noyyau-Hittite War ended, a new firearm system gained widespread use, and muskets soon would be adopted as the main Noyyau infantry weapon, replacing the aging arquebuses and virtually all melee weaponry still in use. Thus, the Noyyau became the first truly firearm-based modern army in the world.
    Debates raged about the hasty peace treaty and the possibilities of victory that these new weapons would have opened.
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    Though public opinion was still hostile to the Hittites, trade nevertheless flourished as soon as hostilities ceased. Noyyau merchants smelled profits, and the common Hittite citizen was not much different than their Noyyau counterpart: governments and militaries sowed hatred and reaped destruction, but most of the people simply wanted peace, work, and to raise their families.
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    With the Malinese, however, there was still total war.
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    With no immediate threat, expansion on Everon could now continue. Lost territories were reclaimed, and Morton was resettled.
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    After some time, trade relations with the Hittite Republic were formalized and free travel allowed between the two nations. Many argued that it was too soon, that the memories of Morton and Cahokia were still too fresh, but profit, as always, prevailed.
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    In an unexpected turn of events, a Malinese crew made the effort to save the drowning sailors of a Noyyau Frigate they had just sunk. The surprise became total bewilderment when the Malinese released them on the shore and let them go free.
    As it turned out, these Malinese sailors, as most of the Mali population, had no reason to fight other than “we're ordered to”.
    The conflict had been going on for generations, no one alive now could have had any part in the original attack, nor could remember a time of peace. Noyyau and Mali had been fighting for so long, no one could remember why it had all started in the first place.
    Under sudden pressure from their respective soldiers, both governments sent emissaries and, surprisingly, a ceasefire was agreed upon.
    The First World War was now truly over.
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    As soon as the treaty was signed, a Malinese settling party was spotted on the shores of Everon. It seemed that the Mali also wanted a piece of the shattered continent.
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    Now that the Navy did not have to commit every available ship to defend against the Malinese, veteran captains and crews could spend more time teaching new recruits. There was now time to analize and formalize tactics and maneuvers, which led to the establishment of proper naval academies.
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    The ceasefire with the Malinese held, and was formalized in a proper peace treaty.
    For the first time since decades, permission was given to civilians to once again travel freely.
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    In a feat of diplomatic skill, the recently appointed Noyyau ambassador to the Mali managed to buy the newly founded Malinese city on Everon, to have it moved to a more suitable location.
    At the same time, mass emigration once again occurred from Noyyau domains to Mali, this time by those annexed by the RRR in the conquest of Everon.
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    Piracy in the Northern Sea was quite a nuisance to the Noyyau Republic. Away from the major areas of interest, and with large areas of forest to hide in, outlaws thrived.
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    Expansion proceeded apace, with Tyrone settled to claim the last available areas on Everon.
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    Aw, I was enjoying that war. :D
     
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    Moai_Spammer Nihilandros

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    why end the war, by the looks of it the malinese were in a prime position to be conquered, now they can rebuild and invade you AGAIN
     
  17. Noyyau

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    Gameplay-wise I should have continued both wars, war weariness was still manageable, and I should have pushed into America and then the Hittite cities.
    And in the meantime I could have tried to raze a Mali coastal city or two.

    But for once I tried to sort of roleplay a bit! :rolleyes:
    The people deserved some peace after generations of world war.

    But don't worry, peace does not mean boredom. On the contrary, the Revolutions mod is about to kick in... ;)
     
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    Moai_Spammer Nihilandros

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    Damn good story just read it all SUBBED
     

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