Hello, everybody! Unfortunately, my computer exploded (not really... but you get the picture), so I must stop Them of the Mediterranean 2. So, I have started a new story! Don't expect me to update daily or anything, and also don't expect historicity, so yeah, here it goes: The Great Seljuk Empire The history of the Great Seljuk Empire as recorded by Ebecen the Wise, a Muslim historian in Constantinople after the empire's fall. This was part of a series of works, and was the last known work of his. He was also known for his works, "The Sassanid Empire", "The Umayyad Caliphate", and "The Abbasid Caliphate". He traveled Persia directly after the empire's fall in order to collect information. Chapter 1: The Foundation The Seljuk Turks originated as nomads in the Central Asian steppes. When Muslim conquerors of the Umayyad and Abbasids invaded, they were forced into the slave trade. However, they also picked up on the Arab's Muslim ways and teachings. Soon, powerful sultans arose in the hills of Greater Iran, leading raids on the Caliphates. When the Shia Buyids revolted from the Abbasid Caliphate, the east and west split. The Samanids under Ismail Samani became independent, and the Samanid Empire ruled for many years. The Ghaznavids had split off from the Samanids after many years of internal strife. The Seljuk Turks, remembering the years of hardship, revolted against the Abbasid Caliphate, and founded the city of Rayy. South of Rayy, the Buyids had captured the city of Qom. The Seljuk Sultan at the time, Tughril, found it an insult that a Shia state would capture a city so close to the capital of a Sunni state, Tughril entered war with the Buyids, and made peace with the Abbasids. The Abbasids had long controlled Kurdistan, which was now receiving a large amount of Seljuk immigrants. Unable to handle constant revolts by the ethnic Turks, the caliphate allowed the land to join the rising Seljuk Empire. However, the benevolent caliph who allowed those lands to fall died that year, and his son, Harun al-Rashid, declared war upon the Seljuks as they had taken Kurdistan. Meanwhile, Qom and its large population of Seljuk slaves began to revolt. Seeing a noble cause to capture the city, Tughril entered Qom on horseback and found little resistance. After the loss of Qom, other Buyid provinces revolted against their weak leaders to support the stronger Turks. The Samanids in the east, weakened by the split of the Ghaznavids, allowed their southwestern lands to secede to the Seljuks. However, the city of Marv refused to succumb. A small Ghaznavid province, the northernmost and westernmost of their provinces, seceded as well, sparking a war between the Ghaznavids and the Seljuk Turks. And the Great Seljuk Empire was formed.