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Earth map, 18 civs, a story of a persian leader

Discussion in 'Civ4 - Stories & Tales' started by Snaaty, Oct 1, 2006.

  1. Snaaty

    Snaaty Deity

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    Since I couldn’t solve the problem with the game-crashes after every screenshot, it will take a little longer from now on to continue the game (but I’m brave). Never the less, I will try to finish the game (and the story) because the forum is already quite full of unfinished tales…

    Because I can’t continue to make several screenshots per round and chose them later for the story, I will try now to take only the screenshots needed for the story. For this, I will try to keep a handwritten game log of everything important (I would prefer one not handwritten, because even I have problems reading my own writing, but game crashes also, when switching to another program…).


    Never the less, an advantage of this is that I know now in advance what the next posts will contain, so I can already say, that the next part of the story will contain the following 5 threads:

    - Tech lead in military!!! (for one tiny round…)
    - Going for Science
    - Taking Paris (the city, I mean)
    - Asia in Flames
    - Death of the General

    So far I can tell you, that the next chapter for the Persian starts very good, but in the end, things get ruff…

    Hope you are still interested


    see you soon,

    Snaaty
     
  2. Snaaty

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    After the few surviving truth-sayeres finally succeeded in their experiment in putting armoured men on big horses (=knights) in 910 a.d., the Persian research was put down to 0 to raise funds to upgrade the remaining (heavily promoted) 3 riders and 4 horse archers asap.

    Our historians much later will disclaim, that the year 910 was another milestone in Persian history, because not only were we dominating now the battlefield with our knights (no one else seemed to have those), we also captured Berlin from the Germans and removed most of the cultural pressure from Sparta.

    pic. 23_910 a.d..gif

    Then there came 920 a.d. which wasn’t such a good year for Persia, because Russian mood towards us went down to cautious; those stupid truth-sayers refused Kathy’s request to declare war to Mansa. Hearing this, I decided to cancel my holiday at once and headed to Europe myself (I’m coming Kathy, I’m coming…).

    It was then, when the message reached me, that the new breed of pigeons was finally released as an early beta version. The pigeon association was very proud of those animals. Not only should they fly faster, additionally they should be able apply other variants of travelling. I wondered a little about that, and then decided spontaneously to give the Top Secret Pigeon Trainings Site (TSPTS) near Persepolis a quick visit.


    I was so impressed with what I saw that I decided to double their funds.

    pic. 24_New pigeons_860 a.d..gif

    This was also the year, when Quin got knights, too (who cares). Hm, ok I think the truth-sayers cared a lot, because the General was faced with another suicide-wave. To make the best of this situation, the General sold Guilds in the same year to Ashoka for 820 Gold. (Ashoka seemed to be incredible rich; rumours said that this is connected somehow to Buddhism spreading all over the land and some mysterious holy city named Delhi, in India…)


    In 960 a.d. Hamburg was finally brought down by the General himself, leading our new battalion of knights, and Germany was driven out of central Europe.

    pic. 25_960 a.d..gif

    The General had achieved the goal, the I (???) had put up, to secure the lands around Sparta (= still Europe), where the Versailles was finally build (with the help of a GE and some chopping). The Germans still had 3 cities left in Scandinavia, but were no longer considered a military thread by the truth-sayers. They now had the stupid idea, that Russia was a thread (that bunch of losers).

    World-Map (known to Persia in 960 a.d.):

    pic. 26_World map_960 a.d..gif


    see you soon,

    Snaaty
     
  3. Dachs

    Dachs Hero of the Soviet Union

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    This looks like a good turnlog. My only comment is that your jokes leave a lot to be desired.

    :p

    Keep it up!
     
  4. Snaaty

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    When I arrived in Sparta, to meet the truth-sayers and the General, I was in a very good mood. After I’ve seen those magnificent Persian achievements at the TSPTS I felt even prepared for a lecture of the truth-sayers.

    After listening to them for something like 2 hours (ok, it was more like 10 minutes or so), I changed my mind and wished I had never left Memphis, but now it was to late…

    They kept going on like:
    After we have now our first GE in Susa, we must try now to attract a Great Scientist (GS) in Susa. This is very important, because we have to maintain a technological lead in military. We even consider trying to attract a GS also Damaskus.

    Susa, 960 a.d.:

    pic. 27_960 a.d..gif

    Damaskus, 960 a.d.:

    pic. 28_960 a.d..gif

    The Plan behind this is to use one of those GS to build an academy in Damaskus and to transfer Damaskus into our main scientific centre. The other GS would then settle in Damaskus as the head of the academy and increase science even more. With the 3 academies we already have conquered in Athen, Hamburg and Berlin, we should then be able to keep up in technology with the other nations except of India. When we specialise in military technology only, we should even be able to stay ahead of our great rivals in military, the Russians and the Chinese (I always thought they were our friends???). With India, we cannot compete, because the huge income they get from the holy city of Delhi, but they tend to direct their research more into economical… (at this point I fell asleep).

    When I woke up again, they still were talking:

    … achieved, and we control now the following Great Wonders:

    Versailles (built in Sparta)
    Chichen Itza (conquered in Berlin)
    Great Lighthouse (conquered in Rome)

    Especially the Versailles and the Great Lighthouse will help us to increase science even more. The Versailles reduces our city upkeep in Europe and the Great Lighthouse increases our costal trade and therefore our income. We are building harbours in all our costal cities, to max out this benefit. With this, we will try to maintain a researches rate of 70 %.

    The cities that aren’t building harbours are going directly for science by building libraries or are producing knights to strengthen our army.

    We have decided, that our army should contain mainly of knights and that we wont upgrade our swordsmen to mace men to safe the money. Even if mace men are slightly better in attacking enemy cities, we go for knights, because of the following reasons:

    - knights have basic strength 10 compared to basic strength 8 of mace men
    - knights move faster (double speed)
    - knights can be upgraded to cavalry (whatever this may be)
    - knights have a chance to withdraw from a fight when loosing

    The result of this is, that knights are better when fighting in the open field, can do quick pillaging missions, can attack and retreat to a safe(er) place and most important, while our slow catapults approach an enemy city (protected by knights not wounded), wounded knights can retreat to friendly territory and heal their wounds while preparing for the next attack. With their speed, they then catch up easily with the catapult stack. This helps reducing losses dramatically.

    Additionally, we are already conducting secret tests with something our scientists call powder that goes booom (and usually kills some scientists while boooming) and we hope, that our knights can somehow profit from this invention in the end.


    see you soon,

    Snaaty
     
  5. gunsnroses

    gunsnroses Warlord

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    Great story, I'm really enjoying it! Keep up the good work!:)
     
  6. Snaaty

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    It was still quite dark when the General stepped out of his tent this rainy morning. Clouds hung low all around the hilltop, they called their base now since almost two month. He had called this early meeting with his leading officers, to discuss strategy for the last time. Several hours later, he expected most of them being dead.

    When he looked in their eyes, he saw that they knew it, too. But there was something else, a certain kind of pride in their eyes that he had picked them for this task. Seeing this, he felt a little bit of hope rise that things wouldn’t be as bad as he expected…


    Far down the hill, already in the outskirts of Paris, six battalions of Persian swordsmen were regrouping. The French had made a last effort to break though the Persian lines. The Persian forces had losses but their lines held. The French goal has been, like all the days before, to bring down the massive batteries of catapults the Persian had installed. This time, two French battalions of horse archers, one of swordsmen and one of axmen had been destroyed. They had been backed by 2 groups of mobile French catapults that both somehow managed to retreat into the city.


    Up the hill, the Persian catapults were still at work. During the last week, the Persian forces even had started to break the stones out of the very hill they were standing upon, to keep them running. When the catapults finally stood still, after 7 weeks of bombardment, a third of Paris was burning and the city wall was broken in several places.

    The remaining French troops had decided to make their stand in the Bastille. This mighty fortress, although heavily damaged, still looked like a hell of a problem to conquer. To make things worse, reports of Persian scouts said, that the French support in the city population was still quite strong and that ambushes on any advancing Persian troops were very likely…


    Closing his papers, the General considered for a last time his decision, and then he nodded to the officers standing next to him. Fifteen minutes later, the whole Persian army marched down the hill and approached Paris. Standing in front of his tent, overlooking the city, the General looked again in the troop reports on his table. In the end, he thought, all comes down to sheer number, and the numbers were clearly in favour of Persia:

    Persian troops:

    6 knight (two lightly wounded)
    5 elephants (one heavily wounded, one injured)
    16 swordsmen (one heavily wounded, two injured, 4 lightly wounded)
    4 catapults (all damaged)

    French defenders:

    11 longbow men
    2 catapults (heavily damaged)
    1 spearman


    In the end, the final battle lasted only 3 hours, then the Bastille was down and the French troops finally surrendered in Paris.

    Paris before the attack:

    pic. 29_Paris.GIF


    When the General finally arrived in Paris himself, the officers in charge returned to him to report. Altogether, 27 officers had been at the meeting this morning, each leading a Persian battalion. Now, 3 hours later, there were only 14 pairs of eyes left to look at him. It was then, the General decided to lead the next big battle himself.

    Paris after the attack:

    pic. 30_Paris.GIF


    The truthsayers were happy. Finally they were in control of Paris. And Paris was more than a city; Paris itself was a wonder, build around other wonders.

    The French had managed to build in Paris:

    - an academy
    - the Pyramids
    - the great Library
    - the hanging Gardens
    - the Colossus
    - the Pantheon
    - lots of other stuff…

    City screen of Paris:

    pic. 31_Paris.GIF


    The same year in which Paris was captured, a great revolution swept all over the Persian Empire. The government changed to something the people called Representation. When I (the emperor) returned much later to Persepolis, I strongly suspected the truthsayers to be behind this all, but who could really say…

    To be honest, I have to admit that also off all the things going on in Europe I new nothing because I still was in Delhi, at Ashokas big millennium party (together with Ludwig who new as much as I did).


    see you soon,

    Snaaty
     
  7. unscratchedfoot

    unscratchedfoot War is a good thing.

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  8. Snaaty

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    There was a great Party in Delhi to celebrate the coming of the new millennium 1000 a.d.. Ashoka had invited most of the famous people that were around, like Kathy, Dschingis, Qin, Ludwing, Liza, Hatschi and of course me. The others he didn’t bother to invite, because he said they were of the wrong religion (not Buddhist) and the investment of inviting them wasn’t worth it (what ever he meant with that).

    Like you can see in the following picture, being not Buddhist wasn`t very popular...

    Delhi & Religion 1000 a.d.:

    pic. 32_Delhi & Religions 1000 a.d..GIF


    The Party was in some huge holy temple in the centre of Delhi. The temple seemed to be painted in some gold-colour. Qin even said to me, that the temple actually is build of gold…

    At a hidden back-door, I could get a glimpse at some people shovelling actually money in. Qin just smiled knowingly and said that Ashoka is running science at 100 % and is still making 50 Gold per round.

    The party seemed to last for ages. I was so glad, that I had signed all the papers the truthsayers wanted me to sign already in advance, before I left for Delhi. So I just could enjoy my time here.


    Then suddenly, the mood went down dramatically. Qin left Delhi with all his staff. Before leaving, he passed over to my suite and said I was right about Ashoka, that he in fact would be a threat in the long run. And with the nice gift of Civil Service and Divine Right he will send now his warriors after Ashoka.

    Only an hour later, Dschingis came to my room, holding a letter in his hands. With a quick look, I saw my signature on the last page. He said that after we shared the secret of knight with him and gave him Civil Service and Divine Right, he will do as I begged…

    Next thing I heard was Kathy shouting at Dschingis (she had her suite next to mine…), that he is mad to do such things, after the long period of peace and harmony between Russia and Mongolia…


    Then Ludwig came to my place, and I already expected the worst. But it turned out that he was quite happy to meet me and he just said he already prepared everything for our departure, like I had written to him. When we left together, direction Persepolis, I asked him a little what I actually had written him. He said that I proposed to continue the party in Persepolis with all the political tensions arising in Delhi. And that he thinks that I am right to get out off the way of all this war stuff.


    When we arrived at my palace in Persepolis, all my palace guards were running out to greet us. I have to say that i was a little surprised when they stared immediately to massacre Ludwig´s staff and dragged Ludwig out of the coach, direction prison...

    In fact, I was so amazed with what was going on, that I decided to do nothing and just watched a little. When all was over, the truthsayers came to greet me. They said that everything worked out exactly as I had planned and that now, with all the wars in Asia, nobody would care for our troops already laying siege to Paris. Additionally, with Ludwig as our prisoner, the French resistance wouldn´t last very long.

    Relations 1000 a.d.:

    pic. 33_Relations 1000 a.d..GIF


    see you soon,

    Snaaty
     
  9. Snaaty

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    When the Spiral Minaret was build in Memphis in 1035 a.d., the truthsayers explained to me, that now we should send out missionaries and spread Buddhism to all our cities. Additionally, we should build temples and the like. Not only would this improve the happiness of our citizens, we would also improve relations with our brothers in believe.

    Ashoka would profit from this also, because of his holy city in Delhi, but the truthsayers already seemed to have a plan concerning this matter…


    When Orleans was finally captured, France was destroyed 1040 a.d.. Our troops immediately headed towards the Spanish territory, because the truthsayers said that now is the time to spread our religion to there. If this has to be done with our military, then it must be. In the beginning, I had the strong feeling that this story about spreading religion and liberating the poor Spanish people was just a cover for a long planned military assault on their territory, but when I found out, that there were actually missionaries going along with our troops, I dispelled such thoughts and turned to more important matters....

    Persian-France 1040 a.d.:

    pic. 34_1040 a.d. Orleans.GIF

    It turned out, that Spain rejected all our peaceful begs and pleas to cooperate in peace, and our troops had to attack them in 1050 a.d..

    It was in the year 1065 a.d., when Barcelona, a Spanish colony in Africa was captured by some Persian troops there. It was great luck that some troops were just waiting nearby this colony when the unexpected war against Spain began.

    In the same year, an Academy was built in Damaskus. The truthsayers were very pleased, because the Persian research was booming; they said that something called military traditions will be researched in altogether 8 rounds.

    Persian-Africa 1065 a.d.:

    pic. 35_1065 a.d. Persian-Africa.GIF

    When the General ordered the attack of the Spanish capital, he rode ahead of his men. With Madrid being bombed since weeks by his catapults and all the fortifications in ruins, he judged the chances of having losses in this battle minimal. Later, when the battle was over and the highest officers were carrying the dead body of the General back to his tent, nobody could really say what actually happened. Some said that his horse stumbled and that he got ridden down by his own men, some said that he was hit by a rock falling down the broken city walls and then simply fell dead of his horse… (Authors note: bad luck I have no exact numbers of the fight chances or a screenshot of this uber-unit (I think it had over 65 xp and about 6 or 7 promotions) but I didn’t think this possible to happen).

    Never the less, the Persian troops broke the Spanish resistance without any more losses and Spain was destroyed.

    Persian-Spain 1070 a.d.:

    pic. 36_1070 a.d. Madrid.GIF


    When the truthsayers came to me with the news of the General dead, I could see the terror in their faces. The question was, what the mighty Persian army would be without a strong leader. When I came up with the solution of this problem, they stared at me wide-eyed. One even fainted…

    I think it was because they were again so proud of their brave emperor.

    The new military leader of the mighty Persian army would be … ME … .


    see you soon,

    Snaaty
     
  10. Snaaty

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    Persia under siege...

    The next part of the game is played… and I can tell you, terrible things are going on.

    Persia is punished heavily for its political and military intrigues. A large coalition of enemies is attacking the Persian Empire from all sides.

    A quick summary of what is to come:

    - West-Europe: English task forces are landing
    - East-Europe: Russia is advancing on Persian cities
    - Africa: Mansa declares war on Persia
    - Asia: Our main army is fighting Ashoka on the Indian Subcontinent
    - Marine warfare: a Persian Marine does not exist, all around the world our see-resources are pillaged…

    Only Qin is still friendly with us, mainly because we accepted his plea for help against India (what may have started all this mess in the end).

    The next part of the story will therefore contain the following 4 threads:

    - Helping Qin out
    - Sneak attack from Kathy
    - England’s treason
    - Mansa joins the Anti-Persian coalition


    see you soon,

    Snaaty
     
  11. Nuka-sama

    Nuka-sama See ya! It has been a fun decade!

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  12. gunsnroses

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  13. Lord_Iggy

    Lord_Iggy Tsesk'ihe

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    Great story you have here! Keep it up!
     
  14. Snaaty

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    The world map in 1070 a.d.:

    pic. 37_1070 a.d. Word Map.GIF

    Since I was now the new head of the Persian Army, I was invited to a military presentation by the truthsayers. I was told that some scientists would show the latest research in military technology. So I was guided to some military training yard. A proud young officer came to greet me and told me something about the great thing he would be allowed to show me. At my side were two scientists, which seemed quite nervous.

    Then the officer mounted on a horse and took some sort of strange looking stick in his hand. He rode towards a small hill, behind which a funny looking thing with red and white circles was installed. As soon as he reached the hilltop, last thing I remember was a great explosion. When I took my hand of my face and dared to glace around, the horse, the officer and the hill were gone. Left was a black smouldering crater with the red and white thing standing directly behind it…

    I just wanted to tell the two scientists that I really was impressed (although I couldn’t see directly the military profit in blowing up this hill…), when they started to shout at each other:

    “I told you to take less of the powder!”
    “No, it is all your fault, the shell wasn’t strong enough”

    Before I could ask them what they were talking about, the head scientist came over to us and told me that the cold buffet is open now. Of course I skipped the questioning and went over immediately, because everybody knows, that it is most important to be the first at any buffet.

    Later I got explained by one of the truthsayers, that the red and white thing is quite commonly used as some Targeting Trainings Device (TTD)…


    When I was asked to see the same presentation two weeks later, I immediately said yes, because last time it was quite impressive. This time, a pale and shaking officer came to greed me, mounted on the horse, took the stick (the scientists called shooting-stick), rode towards the crater (which somebody had filled up with earth) a small banging sound could be heard, the TTD shook a little and that was it.

    I was quite disappointed, but since the two scientists where actually jumping up and down and seemed very pleased with what was going on, I kept I to myself (and decided that scientists must be somehow related to wise men and that it would be best to avoid contact with both groups).


    Some time later, one of the truthsayers told me that Dschingis is waiting in my office. He also informed me, that Dschingis wants me to help him in his war against Russia, which wasn’t going very well. Dschingis so far had already lost 4 or 5 cities to Kathy and his empire was reduced to 4 cities in 1100 a.d.

    1100 a.d. North-East Asia

    pic. 38_1100 a.d. North-East-Asia.GIF

    The truthsayers advised me to refuse this plea for help, because we shouldn’t attack Kathy (besides, I would never attack Kathy) and Dschingis left Persepolis quite annoyed…

    Only two days later, I received a letter from Kathy, that she is very very angry, because I refused to give her some Persian sheep. When I asked the truthsayers about it, they said to me, that it was in one of the papers I signed last week and that I did well and that Persia is no subject for blackmailing…


    I still didn’t know why the truthsayers told me only some weeks later to accept Qin`s plea to help in his war against India, because I always thought that Qin was actually winning this war. He had already taken the first Indian city and was conducting raids all over the Indian subcontinent. But the truthsayers explained to me, that this is all a trick by Ashoka and that the Chinese are in great danger and that we must help them. So I accepted Qins plea in 1085 a.d. and directed most of our troops towards India. Only the remaining swordsmen and elephants were left in East Europe because the truthsayers said they would be to slow to travel to India (additionally they kept babbling about something like securing our border to Russia).

    When Ashoka founded Liberalism in 1100 a.d., the truthsayers told me, that now I have the proof of how dangerous Ashoka really was. Althoug I didn`t know what Liberalism exactly was, I never the less ordered the troops to advance in Indian territory in 1115 a.d., and, thanks to my superior warfare tactics, we encountered absolutely no resistance (even no enemy troops...). Kalkutta, an Indian borderland city towards Persia, with two lonely groups of longbow men as defenders, was taken without any losses. In fact, only troops that were encountered in India were some Chinese troops (in great danger…) pillaging the land. In the year 1130 a.d. we finally equipped some of our knights with the shooting-sticks and I ordered the advance on Delhi.

    This was also the year, when we met Monty. He seemed quite powerful, but hopelessly outdated in technology, so the truthsayers advised me to just ignore him (what was quite difficult to me, because I alwas had the feeling that his impressive skull-hat was staring at me..).

    India, 1130 a.d. :

    pic. 39_1130 a.d. India.GIF


    see you soon,

    Snaaty
     
  15. Nuka-sama

    Nuka-sama See ya! It has been a fun decade!

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  16. Snaaty

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    Thanks Nuclear kid. I will try and do as you told because I really would like to have this famous award...

    P.S.:

    Think I will be able to post the next part of the story tomorrow


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  17. Snaaty

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    It took us 10 years to actually conquer Delhi, but thanks to my superior warfare tactics (still the truthsayers said it was only because of the shooting-sticks), our losses were minimal. There were only 2 long bowmen and one pike man defending the city, and one longbow men and the pike man were already injured from fighting against the Chinese. When our troops marched through Delhi in 1140 a.d., on our way to Bombay, we actually could really see how rich this city was. The holy temple made 74 gold per turn!!!

    When we were advancing further into India, we saw more Chinese troops pillaging the land. I started to wonder, if the truthsayers could have mad a mistake. India had no resources, no army and no infrastructure left, so perhaps they weren’t as dangerous as we had suspected…

    As you can see in the following picture, there are about 5-10 Chinese battalions patrolling Indian territory, while we were advancing on Bombay. The cooperation with the Chinese troops worked quite good so far, we took the cities, they took the losses…

    India in 1140 a.d.:

    pic. 40_1140 a.d. India in.GIF


    In 1140 a.d., while I was doing my first warfare campaign, another revolution swept over Persia. The people were demanding something called “Nationhood”. The truthsayers told me, that this was good, because the people would become even happier with our strong army, as long as they had barracks in their home-cities.


    Then in 1145 a.d., after Kathy has taken another city from Dschingis, Mongolia surrendered to Russia by giving them all their technology and their money. Then they agreed upon a peace treaty. I thought that it was a good thing, because peace is good, but the truthsayers told me, that this wasn’t a real peace treaty and that now Russia not only has about the same land size then Persia, they even got the money and the technology to upgrade their horse archers (of which they seemed to have about one billion) to knights.

    And, as to prove this, Russia started immediately to mass troops near our boarder in East Europe. Thanks to my great knowledge in military strategy I had left some troops in Europe before heading for India. I allowed the truthsayers to take command of these troops while I was still touring around in India and they used this opportunity to show Russia some of their own troops. They said that this strategy they mad up themselves and they called it arms race. And they said that this strategy would surely prevent a war against Russia…

    arms race in 1145 a.d.

    pic. 41_1145 a.d. arms race.GIF


    They even dropped down the research rate to 0, to have enough money to carve horses out of our elephants (I thought this a bloody and quite cruel thing to do, but it actually seemed to work…) and to equip them with shooting sticks.

    All worked good for about 10 years, and then Katharina declared war on us (so much for the arms race tactics…). The truthsayers had managed so far to transform 2 elephants in cavalry, 2 frightened elephants were still waiting to be transformed. The same year, to raise the funds for the remaining transformations, the truthsayers sold maps and everything they could sell (without asking me!!!). So they ended up with having 4 cavalry in 1155 a.d. when the first Russian raiding parties entered Persian-Europe.

    Russian advance in 1155 a.d.

    pic. 42_1155 a.d. Russian advance.GIF


    The truthsayers were very frightened with this development, but when they sent me some statistics about our troops in Europe, it was quite easy for me to calm them:

    Our troops in Europe:

    4 cavalry
    8 swordsmen
    4 catapults

    Advancing Russian troops (visible to us on the map)

    6 knights
    3 pike men
    4 mace men
    4 catapults

    After I had gathered so much experience with my war in India, I knew the right strategy to win a war. Just advance, leave no defenders, and take one city after the other. So I told them, to move all their troops directly to Sankt Petersburg, take the city, move on to the next city and so on…


    see you soon,

    Snaaty
     
  18. TheInsaneKid

    TheInsaneKid Chieftain

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    I like this story--hope you share more of it.
     
  19. Snaaty

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    The truthsayers did as I told them and advanced on Sankt Petersburg. Still they left 2 cavalry, 2 swordsmen and 2 longbow men in Hamburg for defence. I didn’t think this would be necessary, but they were in fact attacked in Hamburg quite fiercely buy the Russians. They managed to bring down so far:

    4 knights
    2 pikemen
    3 catapults and
    2 mace men

    One cavalry was lost on our side…

    The advance on Sankt Petersburg didn’t meet any resistance (as I had told them), but just when they wanted to attack the city, Russian reinforcement arrived (hey, that unfair, India didn’t do that)…

    Two Russian stacks, containing altogether the following units headed for Sankt Petersburg:

    5 knights
    3 elephants
    3 mace men
    5 pike men
    11 catapults (yes 11, and in letters: eleven)

    Our advancing troops contained:

    2 cavalry
    6 swordsmen
    4 catapults
    (the rest was defending Hamburg)

    Russian reinforcement, stack 1 (stack 2 just entered Moscow):

    pic. 43_1165 a.d. Russian reinforcement.GIF



    And then, additional bad news reached me 1165 a.d. in India via one of the new fast pigeons (on a bike). England had teamed up with Russia and declared war on us! There were already 2 English gallons and 3 English caravels pillaging our sea resources near the West-European shores. The truthsayers suspected that Kathy bribed them into this war…


    So research was dropped down again by the truthsayers to 0 and they begged me to send them support from India. Since Indian troops couldn’t be found so far, I agreed to send them the remaining 5 knights that weren’t upgraded to cavalry. I still had 8 cavalry and 3 catapults left in India to take the last Indian city remaining in the Indian subcontinent.

    So I wrote the truthsayers that everything is fine in India and that I did a very good job (as expected). Still they seemed not very pleased with me, because one of the truthsayers that accompanied me in India wrote them, that we were missing 2 cavalry and one catapult (I still don’t know where they have been lost, they just disappeared somehow…). So they went to Ashoka and traded out a peace treaty. I think it was because of the lack of time, that they couldn’t inform me of that. At that time, the Indian subcontinent was already under Persian control but India still held 3 or 4 cities in central Asia and one colony in Madagascar.

    Persian India 1165 a.d.:

    pic. 44_1165 a.d. Persian India.GIF


    It was then the truthsayers announced a complete change in the Persian trading policy. The new concept was more like a non trading policy (don’t trade any technologies to anybody). This was because Russia had made friends with most of the world (and, according to them, the whole world had to be considered now as terrorists and traitors against Persia). The thought behind this was, that Persia had to prevent by all means that the Russian get something called “Military tradition” which so far only Persia had. The truthsayers explained to me, that this is because they heard rumours of Russian scientists researching something they called “Cossacks” and that this must be prevented by all means (this I understood, because I knew, all scientists (and also all wise men) are evil somehow)…


    To make things worse, Persian spies brought reports to Paris, that the English prepared an invasion force. They already had stationed three galleons in the harbour of York and started gathering an invasion army:

    English invasion army:

    pic. 45_1165 a.d. English invasion army.GIF


    Hearing this, the truthsayers had to make a hard decision. Ether they had to give up Hamburg to the Russian and move the troops there to West-Europe for protection, or they had to split the reinforcements coming from India (the 5 knights). But this also seemed a problem to them, because they thought of needing them all (after upgrading them) for maintaining the position near Sankt Petersburg (11 Russian catapults and backup were approaching).
    ...


    see you soon,

    Snaaty
     
  20. Lord_Iggy

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