I have finally moved up to playing on Emperor and at last have met a worthy opponent. I like to play on a specially modified toroidal huge lakes map where I make a lot of the arctic area much more playable. In my current game, Falamar is my closest neighbor, who for most of the game has had the tech and power lead. I was busy warring on other fronts (take that, Calabim) and had just sent my Great Engineer through Lanun land and most of the way through Evil Decius of the Bannor's land (home of the Ashen Veil), the other power whore in the game, so that I could build the Mercurian Gate in my recently captured Calabim city (what delicious irony that they let pass by he who would summon their instant enemy). Basium would also be right on the edge of Hyborem land!! So there I was, one turn away from summoning Basium, one turn away from destroying the Calabim, and the Lanun DoW on my moderately defended border city. And, since the Doviello and Khazad are his vassals on two other borders of my empire, they declare war on me as well. Thankfully, he did not have enough horsemen to take it in one fell swoop, which gave me just enough time to reinforce it and revenge myself on his wounded. But, the handwriting was on the wall. His huge stack of doom was now but two moves from taking my city and my meager forces did not have enough strength left to resist and reinforcements were half a continent away. So this is what I was able to do: wipe out the singleton Doviello and Khazad troops caught out by the DoW; move in my Gr Eng AND build the Mercurian Gate in my ex-Calabim city; kill as many of the Lanun enemy as my meager forces had strength to; summon Basium which triggered war with Decius and his Amurite vassals and Hyborem; and then I realized I had Seven Pines in my Capital City Fat Cross. I cast Peace and instantly noone is at war with me or my Ljosalfar vassals or Basium. Not even Hyborem! It was the funniest thing to see Basium and Hyborem acting like they didn't care that they were right next to each other. This move literally saved my butt. It gave me just enough time to finish researching iron working and sorcery, convert all my swordsmen to champions, some adepts into fireball-wielding, undead-slaying machines, strongly reinforce my Lanun border, prepare for my revenge-war of annihilation, and wait for the right moment. And just as I was, the most magical thing happened. Basium cast his undead destroying/really hurting spell and the Ljosalfar their Treant summoning spell. (very cool). This let my wimpy archer with haste cast upon it walk right into the Lanun city of Undertow unopposed, both its drown defenders now dead. And, because of the "Peace" between us the Lanun had moved their stack to the other edge of their territory and declared war on Decius. In two turns I have been able to take 5 of their 6 border cities, including their capital city on a first turn of war hasted ratha/horseman/camel archer/chariot rush that barely succeeded (sweeet!). We could have ruled the world together, Falamar... Which leads me to my question: How long does the effect of Peace last? Is there a minimum length of time during which others cannot attack you? PS: This might also count as my greatest moment ever (to date).