previous threads: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=crusader+questThread 5 didn't archive fully: http://archive.4plebs.org/tg/thread/34542810/#q34542810Twitter: https://twitter.com/KoblOfpastebins: http://pastebin.com/u/Joggibearcharacter sheet: http://pastebin.com/rZQ8vVBdarmy sheet: http://pastebin.com/VzbLdkUrholdings: http://pastebin.com/m33m5nZ5It is the Year of our Lord, 1135You are Wilhelm, Lord of Ramla.And you are in Jaffa, awaiting the finally assembly of Jerusalem's war host. Foreigners have made camp beyond the walls, their ships in harbour, their lords quartered in the court of Count Hugh. It's in this court you wait with half your men, entertained by the Lady Aines and Sir Barisan, who hold Jaffa in the name of their lord.With you at the dinner table is Count Roger of Foix, who has with him a group of Iberian knights led by Sir Rodrigo. Next to the Count was Sir Paulus Heinrici, 'Sir Stone', who leads the soldiers of Trier. Sent by your father's master, the Archbishop, to execute the war on his behalf and advocate for him in local affairs. The man, face half paralyzed, speaks with Old Pagan the Butler, a grey haired, pepper beard soul who had found high station in the service of Fulk, but was now lord of the frontier called 'Oultrejordan'. He had brought a mighty warhost to throw against the walls of Ascalon, and you knew him to be an able administrator having overseen the erection of castles and fortresses in the south.Sir Joyce of the Templars kept company with his fellows, including Sir Blaise who commanded their number. A priest sat with them, one you didn't know but said to be attached to the Count of Foix.
Your own Sir Etienne kept you company, running through the provisions you would need for the next stretch of your journey, and how much you had already consumed in only a week's travel. The rest of your company was in camp beyond the walls save the squires, as the keep was crowded with noblemen and no ne else in your number was high stationed enough to jostle those powerful men from their rooms. Hugo and Alexus waited patiently behind you, careful attendants aware of the press of armed strangers at every turn of the head.You wished you could say every man present was a friend, but some were your bitterest of rivals, not least the Templar Blaise. Who knew what plans other smiling faces hid?The seneschal of Jaffa came hurrying in, sweating and panting, tabard disheveled. At first you thought something wrong, but the man smiled wide."The queen's party on the high road!" he called, causing an outbreak of men rising from their chairs. A small cheer broke out. Many had been anxious for her arrival. With her here only a few stragglers were left to arrive before the war could begin in earnest.> remain where you are> rush to greet the queen
>>46298663> rush to greet the queenmight as well, we're in her faction. I'm loving these frequent threads, HF.
>>46298663>> rush to greet the queenAnd Hugh our Lord.
>>46298663> rush to greet the queen
>>46298663> rush to greet the queenQueen Senpai please notice the army i made for you!
>>46298663>rush to greet the queen
>>46298663> rush to greet the queenRemember to ask how the family Is and congratulate her on the little princess. Truly she is a blessing
>>46298663>> rush to greet the queen
Sorry got caught up with something. Writing now.
>>46298925HF is a Broncos!
Reminder that if we want to secure Ascalon we should arrange for Hugh to have an ''accident'' near the end of besieging Ascalon
>>46299201I really still cant get behind this...
>>46299201I cannot and will not support this action. Removing a close ally of the queen will raise hell with her support. Also, theres no way the queen will let her sister's husband be the lowly lord of a town.
>>46299251And how the hell would they know its us exactly? more to the point what is the point of taking Ascalon if it won't be ours?
>>46299325Weakening the Queen's faction is just stupid regardless. Also Hugo should really tell us about Aines and Barisan.
>>46299201I'm not sure why you want Jaffa when Ascalon and its trade routes could be enough to make another county in some time.
>>46299325You don't know that yet. We just have to keep taking the centrestage. Make our contributions essential to the campaign, keep us as the mastermind and architect of it. Trust in the queen to reward her subjects properly.
>>46299367Also build some support among the other lords and we should be good to go.
>>46299354what the hells the point of knowing about Barisan and Aines if we aren't going to use it to our advantage?>>46299360because while it may or may not be under our direct control it will help strengthen our position further down the line when it comes to advancing the ambition of alexandria>>46299367our lack of actual manpower and supplies does not help in that respect specifically since most of our contributions are not by us but for us by third parties
>>46299455>when it comes to advancing the ambition of alexandriaI'm sorry, but I hope you're not serious.
>>46299455We are. We can inform Hugh about it in return he will owe us a great deal.
With the other nobles you are quick to rise, and motioning to Etienne he nods and forces a path for you, shoving aside those minor knights you could risk offending and carefully blocking in the most polite manner those lords whom you could not. Hugo and Alexus helped with the fighting scrum as you concerned yourself with walking as swiftly as possible down the temporary corridor your men made for you, finding yourself first out the door and toward the gates.A passing old man pushing a wheelbarrow laden with goods got a smile from you as you stepped around him, and you stopped to let a pair of sisters cross the road, but for the rest of the road your mind was on greeting your liege.Slipping through the gates you found Solomon waiting with arms crossed, and with him Father Desmond. The priest munched on an apple as he watched the line of the horizon, the glittering bettle forms slowly grow larger until they became the distinct silhouttes of people on foot and a-horse, with banners waving."How many?" you asked Solomon.The man turned his head to the side, thinking. "Maybe two thousand," he said, "More, closer to three."All the remaining soldiery of the Holy Orders, the soldiers of Jerusalem and Galilee, and free adventurers beside that had made for the Holy City. You whistled. With the numbers already here you had a force close to ten thousand.It took an hour before the first outriders arrived, and by then the Count of Foix and Sir Barisan had joined you. The chill autumn wind was slowly turning to cold winter, and the Count (whose possessions were Mediterranean) wore a heavy cloak around his shoulders to fight the mounting chill. It was nought to you but pleasant, and your surcoat and doublet sufficed.The first of the outriders wore the emblem of Galilee, and he dismounted before you with a bow.
>>46299474are you seriously saying that the ambition has driven 2/3rds of this quest isn't serious?>>46299491you can't seriously think informing that his sister is fucking his constable counts for as much as a city
"Lord Wilhelm?" he asked. You nodded. "And the rest all ready and assembled." The man seemed glad, and you offered him a drink from your canteen.It was another half hour when the van arrived. Melisende rode at its head, her maille shirt gilded with gold thread that seemed to give her a majestic glow, her shoulders hidden beneath a long cape that fluttered behind her. The tall horse was near pure white, a stallion. On the horn of her saddle was a helm with a tall plume and at her hip a sword. But you recognised it all as more for show than an intention to fight.Still, she looked a magnificent warrior queen high in the saddle, her golden hair bound back to show her imperious, almost severe expression, just a simple circlet upon her brow. Behind her carried by the old Armenian soldier Theodore was the banner of Jerusalem itself, and beside that held aloft by a Templar was a great gilded crucifix.That caught your breath. As it was said to contain a piece of the true cross inside it.Behind her came the lords of the realm on horse. William Bures, Pons of Tripoli and his son Raymond. Lord Gerard and Lord Walter, twins who could not look any less alike. Raymond du Puy and Ancient Archemboud, both wearing the colours of their orders. Count Hugh, who rode both in armour and hand in hand with his lovely young wife.And behind them still came the Jerusalem host, Templars, Hospitallers and lay soldiers, with them a carnival of followers who would see to their needs. Knights on horseback and doughty serjeants on foot, with drummers and pipes bringing them up in step like the sound of a traveling circus. So much was the sound of the music and stamping of feet that when it stopped it left a high silence like a great vacuum that couldn't possibly be filled, and it stopped on a sudden, final stamp.The walls of Jaffa looked out at the host of Jerusalem. Waited.It broke with the sound of reins, the jingle of maille, hooves on the dirt. The Queen riding ahead alone.
>>46299455We brought a good amount of siege and the flamethrower.Also we might not be contribution most of the men but we helped orchestrate this advance on Ascalon, we brought in Greek support as well.We'd then need to provide the strategic and tactical contributions by leading the siege well.
"Hail Jaffa!" she called, "I see you stand ready. Ready to march. Ready for war."The men on the walls gave a hearty cry, slamming spears against shields in a racket.She silenced it with a raised hand. She sat tall, poised. A Roman statue carved from finest marble."Who will ride with me to the gates of the Saracen? Who is ready to fight with me for the Great Cause?"Again that welcoming roar. You felt your own blood stir, chest swell."I will!" you saw a boy with tears in his eyes call to the Queen. "Me!" an old man looked ready to weep.She graced the crowd with a clear smile, stood in the stirrups. She drew her sword with a masterful flourish."Then make yourselves ready. We march to war, to eternal glory. In the name of Christ!""God wills it!" you don't know who used the rally cry of the army that had claimed this land, but the cry was soon caught up. "God wills it!" you heard Count Foix cry. "God wills it!" bellowed the walls and the camps. You feel it pull at you.> God wills it!> Melisende!> remain silent
>>46299510>that the ambition has driven 2/3rds of this quest isn't serious?Guilty me for responding, I guess.
>>46299551>> God wills it!For the Queen Melisende!
>>46299510No but it will add to it. Consider it one good deed in a pot of many.>>46299551> Melisende!
>>46299551> God wills it!D E U S V U L TEUSVULT
>>46299551>> God wills it!>> Melisende!For Lord and Queen, turn the Dues Vult into a chant of the Queen's name as they cheer.
>>46299551> God wills it!
Correction for last thread: I kept calling Raymond of Poitiers (Alice's new husband) Raymond of Toulouse. Consider this an admission and correction.
>>46299551>God wills it!keep our head clear though>>46299593if you think a few good deeds will allow us to become his equal from under him is fucking foolish and naive
>>46299551> God wills it!> Melisende!
>thinking you can get ahead without spilling blood lel
>>46299675>if you think a few good deeds will allow us to become his equal from under him is fucking foolish and naiveGood thing it doesnt matter. He will have no say in it if the Queen does it. Killing him is completly pointless
>>46299703except he does considering he's the more ''proper'' choice
>>46299751It really isnt if we preform well and have the queens favour. hence why i am more> Melisende!
whoo i caught a live thread!>>46299551Both. For God and his kingdoms!You know guys, we really should pay a visit to our kids someday. I don't think we've met them once. Do people know they're ours?
>>46299831Their mothers does!
"God wills it!" you cannot help but get caught up in the moment, raising the cheer from your own camp. "God wills it!"It put an electricity through you, connecting you to the men around you, charging the air itself. It was a battle cry that made you feel invulnerable, as if the hand of god were shadowing you from harm.Slowly the cheer gave out as more of Melisende's war host trotted forward to the walls, dismounting in Jaffa's shadow.That's when you noticed the girl riding up behind Melisende. Your sister Mathilde, whom you had been told was now Melisende's handmaiden. You should have suspected she would accompany the queen, but it still made your blood run cold.Mathilde helped Melisende dismount. The Queen was beaming, looking to her countrymen, drinking in their adulation. The two women were soon being flocked by her supporters.> force your way to the queen> remain back
>>46299781society at this point is not Meritocratic we're only going to get so far on ability alone before nepotism and the 'proper' thing gets in the wayI mean christ we're a lord not even a baron yet and you think we'll get a city without being the only candidate the can rely on>>46299831Alain only the mother knows, a few others in the royal circle know but wont tell a soul, anyone else who claims to know are rumourmongerers
>>46299675>if you think a few good deeds will allow us to become his equal from under him is fucking foolish and naiveInstead of that, then help him keep his life.The succession means that since barisan is screwing his sister and acting like a lord, if Hugh dies and succession goes to his sister, barisan stands to inherit the land and titles if he marries the sister.
>>46299889>force your way to the queenOut of the way!>>46299890Which is why we need to build alliances
>>46299889>> remain backdon't intrude in her stage?
>>46299889> remain backIn due time, best not to look sychopahntic>>46299917>Instead of that, then help him keep his life.how? their is no concrete plot on Barisans behalf to kill himthats speculation at best>>46299932you honestly think that would do it?
>>46299955Nah it is just people who are crowding her.
>>46299889>> otherApproach the queen but hang back for abit.Don't just bash our way through.Give the queen some time to soak in the adulation, we have time and we can approach the queen when the crowd dies down abit.Wait for her like a proper retainer.
>>46299889>force your way to the queen
>>46299965His actions are suspect and the succession chain means that we should at least inform him of our misgivings.
>>46299965>you honestly think that would do it?If we do everything else, yes. Alone no.
>>46299889>>46299977this.close but out of the picture unless needed immediately.
>>46300004>His actions are suspect and the succession chain means that we should at least inform him of our misgivings.Not enough for that to happen.
>>46299889Force our way to Mathilde.
>>46300004>His actions are suspectwhat actions? acting above his station? thats just being a mouse while the cat is out>>46300010your asking for a LOT to work out for us and for no one to screw us over and both are rather unlikely
>>46299889> force your way to the queenFor our sister too.Man, I bet Wilhelm aches every night missing the royal pussies. Sure Chiri's great and amazing, but getting to shag royal princesses and the Queen...
>>46299977this less sycophantic more loyal vassal
>>46299889>>46299977>> otherApproach the queen but hang back for abit.This
I have to step out for a bit. Be back soon.
>>46300184The Commander goes on Crusade~
Rolled 94 (1d100)considering you're all relying on alliances to go well I'm just going to ahead and see how favourable the dice are
>>46300514You just wasted the one good roll of the thread you asshole!
>>46300514stop throwing away good dice, faggot.
>>46300514>>46300541Ahhhh, now this is Crusader Quest, its like we never went on hiatus.
You approach without hurry, allowing others to flock to the Queen and offer their personal service, fighting one another for the privilege to do so. It was a wild immature mess of noblemen trying to curry favour, some knocked each other down in their headlong rush to meet her. As you step around one man in a flapping tabard, your hand finds Mathilde's shoulder.She looks up at you at first with surprise than delight, and you answer her smile with a kiss on her brow. By then however the Queen was done with the latest of sycophants and turned to you."My lord Ramla," she said, taking your shoulders in hand, "This day owes much to you." She turns her neck to look up, a coil of golden hair falling across her face."I am just a servant of the crown," you reply, unconsciously tucking back that stray hair behind her ear."You serve me well," she said, "If all comes out to our advantage I shall see you especially rewarded.""At your pleasure," you say, bowing aside to allow her to continue on to the keep in the company of her vassals.Hugh thumps your shoulder as he passes with a wink of his eye. "Find me later and we'll talk, drink and make merry," he said, before he pulled up his bride to hoist her over the collapsed form of an overeager knight that had tripped and fallen in his efforts to greet the queen.It was then that came another man you knew, but did not consider half as fondly. Count Elias hand brushed Mathilde's shoulder, drawing her eye from you to him, and you misliked the way her carriage perked and cheeks coloured at the sight of him."Lord Ramla," he sad civilly, head cocked, "I thought we might also speak when you have the time." He inclined his head toward Mathilde with a certain smile before continuing after the queen. She watched him walk away. That you most certainly didn't like.
You hoped Bayard had been doing his job, and kept specially guard over her virtue. If a man like Elias claimed it, you could guess how he might use it to tarnish your reputation."Should we speak?" you asked Mathilde, more gruffly than you intended. Her eyes widened then she shook her head, looking withdrawn."On nothing important at least," she said, "Though you should know there's a man in the company you should speak with. Prince Manuel, a Roman.""A Greek," you said with clear distaste."He can help you," she said, putting a hand to your chest as if touch alone could clear your growing hatred for the Greeks.> follow the Queen> go to Hugh> go to Elias> go to Manuel> find someone else (nominate)
>>46300899> go to ManuelQueen said later. So it seems it can wait.
>>46300899>> follow the Queen>> otherSpeak to Mattie while we wait for the queen, ask her to update us on Elias and of Manuel.
>>46300899>> go to Manuel>>46300919That was Hugh.
>>46300899> go to Manuel
>>46300868>"You serve me well," she said, "If all comes out to our advantage I shall see you especially rewarded."I think we're good. Can we not knife hugh in the back now?
>>46300868>"You serve me well," she said, "If all comes out to our advantage I shall see you especially rewarded."Think we are pretty secured in reward.
>>46300899> follow the Queen
>>46300899> follow the Queen>>46300999if others are content to see us rewarded yes we will be but can we be %100 certain that they will?
So, how many of you good folk are in favour of normalising ties with elias and his father? If they're willing to do so. Work more to the benefit of the kingdom rather than at cross-purposes.I'm not saying trust him immediately but not be so hostile towards him, with an end goal of being able to work together normally.
>>46301029>if others are content to see us rewarded yes we will be but can we be %100 certain that they will?Wont matter. Someone will be pissed off no matter who does it.
>>46301029>if others are contentIt's the Queen, anon, contain your paranoia
>>46301033As long as we keep both at an arms reach that'd be ideal.
>>46301029If the queen wills it, no one can deny it.
>>46301033>>46301101I'm actually wondering how a match between elias and mattie would be for us.The opportunities are fascinating. Trying our family together.
>>46301033Im pretty willing myself however I'd for Elias to admit to an audience of note that he did not in fact have relations with the princess Iovettamore personal satisfaction than anything else>>46301083no Hugh is poking it with a goddamn big stickalso I feel that I should mention that if we control a portion of the Kingdom by Influence or direct control we would be more able to assist a certain favor we owe>>46301083>>46301103so what? nothing will stop them from sabotaging our chances of succeeding on our own momentum while seizing the glory and favor of the queen for themselves
everyone remember there's only one murderous paranoia vote, and if there's more then it's samefagging
>>46300899Where the fuck is Hugo with that Silk Road thing?
>>46301267I'm just going to be voting deny on knifing hugh
>>46301309They will find Wilhelm, not the other way around
It was not worth it to keep royalty waiting, and this Manuel was not just royalty but Imperial. You allow Mathilde to lead you to this Manuel.He had a number of soldiers with him, closer to the rear of the procession. He wore armour of banded mail in gold and brown with a red Roman cape across his shoulders and a plumed helm which he carried under his arm. An armoured skirt hung over his thighs and high armoured boots in gold and brown guarded his shins. The man was perhaps a year your juniour, and had black curly hair and thick black beard with strong olive skin.When he saw you approach with Mathilde he smiled, a brilliant magnetic grin that cut through his finely kept beard, and without greeting of your own had a hand extended."This must be the famous Lord Ramla," he said, taking your hand in his, "I have heard of you. All this is your doing, isn't it? Such willpower to turn the wheel of war. I must say that I am impressed.""You flatter me," you said, but that brought a violent shake of Manuel's head."Please, I do not indulge in empty flattery," he said, "After all, for all that you have achieved you've also split the kingdom. Antioch hates you, and looks upon the favour you hold in the royal court with disapproval. Many more indelicacies and you'll be doing my father's bidding without even realizing it, giving Antioch up whole to his dominion.""You are being awfully candid," you said, a little nettled by his jab on Antioch.The young prince shrugged. "As I told your sister, I am here to make friends, and between friends there can only be the truth."You laughed at that. You do not think there was a friend you had you hadn't lied to on some small measure, but Manuel took no offense.
>>46301267Hugh may or may not need to die, it simply depends on how things develop during the campaign and if Hugh is trying to backstab us or notremember men of power are not allowed to have friends
"You have lost supplies and men," he said, "I would replace them with my personal levies, my personal supplies. Your sister said you would be amenable to this, but I must hear it from you. In return I ask only a favour, that you do the same in return for me. Come when I'm in need of aid, no questions asked, no quibbling on demands. If you agree, I shall help you in taking Ascalon in any measure at my disposal."It was a high offer, but his request was steep as well. He gripped your hand still firmly, the other on your shoulder, eyes intense upon you awaiting an answer. Mathilde stood watching with a caught breath in her throat.> I will> I won't
>>46301400> I willIf it wont endanger Jerusalem fine.
>>46301400>> I willBut not against Jerusalem or Antioch if it remains in Alice's hands.
>>46301400> I will''well I promised my queen I would march with Soliders of rome along with the rabble''I wonder how big Wilhelms rome boner is?
>>46301400> What is your opinion on pirates?> I will
>>46301400If Ascalon is taken, there are many men with ships who will profit. They could be convinced into another venture.
>>46301400>> I willBut I ask that you share with me your designs. That I might have time to prepare for them.
>>46301400>I will>as long as you don't ask me to act against Jerusalem
>>46301400>I willHe offered to show us his first after all
>>46301400> I will
>>46301506That's the problem mate: they know our hand but we don't know theirs
>>46301487Nah, he might want us to help him attack Jerusalem, and if we get Ascalon, the Byzantines will be a far more valuable ally than Jerusalem.
>>46301571Yea, he has our balls in the vice, hence the slightly hardball bargaining. But thats why at least I'm asking for what he wants in >>46301465
>>46301583>attack Jerusalemfor what purpose? they have the Anatolian Interior and their borders to worry about, the most likely scenario is that he may want to make a strike for the throne, which we can dissuade if we strike up a friendship with him, civil strife after all is what marked the end of Rome.holy shit you're shadow running worse than I am with my murder boner for hugh
>>46301673I hope he isn't too keen on having Theodore Komnenos around.
"So long as I am never called against Jerusalem, I will," you said."No fear on that last, unless the worst of the worst unfolds I have no intention of warring with fellow Christians," Manuel said, "But I do not lack for enemies. My family is large, our empire larger, and we are quick to fight amongst ourselves. More so there are the Turks ever at our doorstep. Too much time has been wasted between our people bickering over little things and minor differences. Our eye should be beyond Christ and on the Muslim."You couldn't disagree. In fact, you found yourself nodding along to what Manuel was saying. You felt on this matter at least you were of a like mind."Then let it be so," you said, and he kissed your cheek to mark the compact made, squeezed your shoulder once and released you."Walk with Christ, I say," Manuel said, "Never against him." And he waved you on.His soldiers would certainly come in hand, more so the food and water his ships would transport.You walked with Mathilde back to Jaffa, and came upon Melisende in conference with her lords.A stool had been set for her to sit on, and the lords surrounded her, gesturing, bickering, trying to steer the conversation to their favour. You heard the gist, they were arguing on how best to proceed."I say we march at once," Raymond du Puy said, "Dallying will give the Saracen time to fortify, and the longer we wait the more of our supplies are consumed. Five hundred men is no insignificant number, but we cannot wait on them indefinitely. Allow them to catch us up on the coast, or serve as reinforcements should they be needed, assuming Ascalon does not fall quickly.""Caution, caution should be our watch word," said Pons, "We should ensure we move only at full strength. I would not risk all the might of Jerusalem on a quick marched, under prepared. Wait for the Tripoli muster to join us, for the Genoan ships to be sighted, then march forth."
"Look around you, see for yourself, does this army seem under prepared?" many cheered the Grand Master's words.Melisende's eyes found yours and you could tell she was enjoying herself even as she wore a stoic mask. She leaned forward."What say you Lord Ramla?" Melisende asked, "Should we wait, or advance?"The lords turned eager for your response.> wait> advance
>>46301673Agreed, A Byzantine's natural enemy is other Byzantines. I for one would welcome the opportunity to loot Constantinople.
>>46301718>advance If they aren't here yet and can't catch up, they'll only slow us down, both on the road and the walls.
>>46301718HF, how much of our expected strength is currently at hand? How much is expected to arrive in the month?
>>46301718> waitbut send a vanguard under the guise of raiders to disrupt any who would Inform Ascalon of our arrival
>>46301718>advanceWe have already waited one month the 500 can be our rear guard when they arrive
>>46301744About three quarters/four fifths.
>>46301718>> advancearound 90% of our total forces is here. We are ready. The rest can catch up to us when they come.
>>46301718>advance"Let the Devil take the hindmost"
>>46301718>> waitbut do as >>46301763 says and send a vanguard to disrupt any reports of us mustering
>>46301772>We have already waited one monthNo, it's only been a week since the end of the last thread.
>>46301718> advanceWe'll arrive and fortify early>>46301753There's literally nothing for hundreds of miles, Ascalon was supplied by ships.
>>46301718> advanceHave them serve as reinforcements
>>46301804My point still stand. We have wasted enough time anbd supplies
>>46301779Is Manuel going to be sending his troops with us at this point? Or does he need to send for them?
>>46301815There is lots of land to make new forts.
>>46301828He needs to send for them. They'll arrive by ship.
>>46301815Our goal should be Ascalon>Gaza>Darum.
>>46301815their is Gaza and Daren/Darum
How are we marching.Are we marching along the coast?Because if we are, we might as well have the ships continue sailing down towards us along the coast. It'll be faster for them rather than marching to keep up.
>>46301718> waitits like none of you chucklefucks heard of the 2nd crusade
>>46301879We are marching down the coast yes.
>>46301887You looking to get burned at the stake fortuneteller?
>>46301894Then perhaps we should give instructions that the ships should continue sailing down to catch up with us after some resupply.
>>46301718we need to build up internal alliances and logistics and planevery battle is won before it is fought by patience and planning
>>46301854>>46301866I think at least one of those is in ruins by now
>>46301973Gaza is currently. So it shouldnt be too hard
>>46301973Gaza is still half smashed from an earthquake, but it is occupied and garrisoned.
>>46301979Rebuilding Gaza, some Kingdom shit right here.
>>46301887second crusade is abit more of a different beast.by comparison to the distances involved in that one, this is a short hop.
>>46301947by this I mean > wait
>>46301718> waitadvancing without planning will leave nothing ashes for us we need to plan
>>46302064We dont need a fucking month for that and we are going to eat through our supplies
I'm actually tempted to split the difference.Wait 1 more week, one more week of prep will likely not make much difference but the speed at which the ships and reinforcements catch up to us will be much reduced, if we consider the marching time vs the sailing/resupply/sail to meet us time.
>>46301718>WaitWhile passion is appreciated foresight is needed lest we lose our heads
>>46302080And the one week will also allow us to do more planning of our logistics and troops.
>>46302064You can't just throw Cao Cao's face on any lame-brained logic and expect it to fly.
>>46302080two weeks and you've got a deal especially if they've got ships to transport us quickly done the coast which will mean we can catch them off guard more ready for a fight
>>46302080>>46302103Actually quite reasonable...
Seriously, it is just 500 men and they are on ship. They can easily catch up to us.
>>46302140Two weeks is abit too long. Much supplies can be gathered and wooden structures on walls build in that time.
>>46301987HF, how long is the march down anyways.>>46301718>>46302080Willing to support this.
We have almost 10k troops right now. The 500 are n ot the important enough if we have to trade a whole month for them, or even 2 weeks
>>46301718> advanceWe can use our extra time to catch what forces they have off-guard, and to make a bad-ass camp for our supplies.
Can't we send small scouting parties out first?
>>46302279Or raiding parties. Though, half of this battle will be with ships.
>>46302080this works and could possibly sate both sides>>46302172fair point>>46302279I'd rather raiders to disrupt any warning of their advance
>>46301718>Wait one week, then advanceBe sure to explain our reasoning. More time to plan out logistics, gather up scraps of men and live off the current available food in the area and reduce reinforcement time.
> wait one week then advance"Rushing forward with no plan of action, with no agreed upon chain of command, and no clear line of supply would damn us before we even begin," you said, "But neither would I have us tarry over long. I say split the difference. Wait another week, get our people into order, have a plan, and then move and move quickly."That brought a round of approving nods, though others grit their teeth they said nothing."My lord Ramla speaks wisely," the Queen said, "We shall take the week to prepare. Let those stragglers that remain behind catch up, get our house in order, and then we advance. Let the rest meet us on the shores of Palestine.""Here here!" Count Hugh called, and it was caught up by the queen's men.That issue settled Melisende had her officers disperse to see it all set in order. Then she called for you to attend her in royal quarters, a large tent erected by a near hillside, with armed guards on constant watch. You followed her step behind, listened to the silken shink of the maille coils shifting with her walk, recognizing the adoration many of the men show to her as she passed. This warrior queen look had done much to endear her to the soldiery. And you must admit it had a certain appeal.A tent flap was held open by a servant, some old greybeard, and she slipped in."Don't tarry now Wilhelm," she called, inviting you in.She unbelted her sword and took a seat by her bedside, sighing as she rolled her shoulders. A girl provided her with a bowl of dates and she ate, plucking each delicately from the plate and eating in little nibbles."I would have your advice on military matters," she said, "Chain of command in particular. I will guide from a distance, but have no desire to join the fray unless the hour grows very desperate. As such, I must appoint someone else to command the vanguard. Who would you choose, if you were me?"She wiped her lips as she waited for your reply.> nominate a leader of the vanguard
>>46302596> nominate a leader of the vanguardSir Blaise he may be a brute but he knows his trade and hey if he gets himself killed we dont have to deal with him anymore
>>46302596Du Poy or Hugh actually my Queen both understand what is at stake.
>>46302596Who do we have who has the right skills for leading the vanguard?
>>46302596Are we supposed to nominate a lord?Which type of lord? From those commanding our personal army or one of our officers?What will the vanguard be doing?Thinking of Du Poy or Solomon, actually.
Was the Templar headmaster a noble? Hugo is riding with them, I think
>>46302596> nominate a leader of the vanguardDu Poy or Ourselvesalso I would advise sending out raiders to stop those who would warn Ascalon of our Approach>>46302672Solomon should really stay at our side until we can challenge Ascalons strongest warriors
>>46302596> I don't know what delusion you're under, but this is my campaign.
>>46302716He may not be one but by dint of rank, he is treated as one.Also he wanted to advance as well. This might mollify him.
>>46302716the Templars are a bit hot headed for the Vanguard, the very sight of the Saracen may make them overextend themselves if we have to we can send them out as raiders I suppose but not as the vanguard itself
>>46302596Du Poy.And for the love of god. Ask her how the royal family is going. Wilhelm must be atleast a little curious about Morphia.
>>46302763as we're stepping out the door anon
>>46302757Depends on the forces we send as the vanguard, we should clarify that.
>>46302757You underestimate the Templars. They are very disciplined.
>>46302793okay so >Raiders Intially to take out villiages,watchtowers etc generally take out eyes and ears >Vanguard follows to wipe out any response to the ''raiders''>Main army follows after>>46302797disciplined yes but likely to lose themselves in the glory and butchery
I made another mistake. Du Puy leads the Hospitallers, not the Templars. Blame losing my notes."Du Puy and the Hospitallers," you said, "He leads one of the largest contingents, he's an experienced commander, and he is not chasing higher station or advancement. His concern is only securing victory. He's the least likely to play silly games or make a mistake.""I agree," she replied, stretching out like a cat. She took the buckle at her waist and undid the belt. The servant-girl came to help her out of the shirt of maille, slipping it off her body and letting it bundle in the girl's arms. Melisende stretched her arms out, now in a padded white gambeson done up the front with ivory toggles, the crest of Jerusalem on its breast. She sighed in relief as a cup of wine was brought to her, and she had one poured for you."But of course if I give Du Puy the vanguard, the Templars will be annoyed and want something in return."You took a sip, a fair point. The two knightly orders were constantly jockeying against each other for prestige."There will be glory to share when the fighting starts," you said. Your mind turned to the child, Morphia. As you admired Melisende's long legs stretched out beneath her, you could not help but think of the daughter you shared. "How is your daughter?" you said.That brought her legs back under the chair and her leaning toward you over her knees."My daughter?" she asked, a wicked smile and an emphasis on 'my' in a way that said 'our', "She is a bouncing, healthy handful of hell. She is a terror for the nursemaids and when she screams I think she wakes up half the palace." You smiled a little at that. You'd yet to clap eyes on her. She sipped her wine, then set it aside. "But let's not talk about personal things. I have other matters to discuss. Such as the rearguard. Who do you think should be given the baggage train?"> nominate
>>46302949Hugh. Loyal to a fault and will take the job serious.
>>46302949PonsSomeone overly careful would do well in this regard.
>>46302949Can we really get a post of who's actually IN the army? But I guess Pons as he was urging caution before.
>>46302949> nominateGerard of Sidion he has a head for numbers or Hugh who's loyalty to the queen is guaranteed (However his loyalty and friendship to us is not)I suppose that if he starts screwing around with supplies it convince some of you that he's not as friendly as he seems
>>46303017http://pastebin.com/VzbLdkUrthe army pastebin
>http://pastebin.com/VzbLdkUrThat's a big army.
>>46303031Thank you anon I thought that was just for Willy's army not everyone's.
>>46303071>>46303051>>463030317055 Men right now. With more on their way.
>>46303018Pons or Gerald, both are fine.i guess we could send Orlando as an attache, a knight with a good head for numbers to help as well.
>>46303051>Siegfrod is Gerard's sub-commanderHOLY SHIT!
>>46303153Think Orlando is currently our regent in Ramla right now.
>>46303162Holy shit. I want him at the front.Give Pons the baggage train.
>>46303172Orlando and Hector are with the Queen's army. If you'd like to send him back to Ramla you can.
>>46303207Whos looking after Ramla now?
>>46303233That crazy bandit who surrendered in order to save his men when we went on our first adventure.We tried to get him freed but we did not move Gerard much that time.I guess he must have listened and thought it was a good time to use him as a soldier.
>>46303233ex Varangrian dane bandit we saved from execution at the beginning of the quest
>>46303219The town reeve, Skander.
>>46303256Damn, I think we need all our expertise here on this campaign. I think he'd have to make do for now.'Sir' Hector can rack up some glory and solidify his cover here and Orlando can put his brain to use in the supply train.
"Pons," you said, "The old man is cautious. He'll be careful, and he won't feel disrespected.""Tripoli is an old hand at war, the kind of steady hand the baggage train needs," Melisende agreed, "I was thinking of either Hugh or Lord Gerard myself, though I trust Gerard less than my cousin."You had finished your cup of wine and Melisende clicked her fingers. The girl refilled your cup, then Melisende held hers out as well for more."And then we come to the last," she said, "Who should command the main body of troops?"You sensed there was a test in this, from the way she reclined with cup to lips, undrinking and her brows raised, the lightest smile curving her lips.> nominate
>>46303389"Me. But since i am of low rank i guess it has to be Archamboud"Unless she would be willing to let us.
>>46303389>Queen MelisendeWe shall advise and help plan and if she chooses to do so, she can delegate to us.
>>46303389Why no other than her regal queen with ourselves as her humble Advisor of courseeffective control with the right figurehead
>>46303429>>46303427>>46303389Could also work.
>>46303389Queen Melisende with Archambuad, Hugh, Gerard, and the rest as a council advising.
>>46303389Bures, he0s a man of Jerusalem first
>>46303389I am but your Humble adviser in the art of war my queenMelisande as ''commander'' ourselves as ''advisor
>>46303493Anon this places us as the effective leader but with the queen as the commander that would be accepted by all
>there's a bs test>let's jump in then
>>46303515The queen is literally on the field. She has to be in nominal command officially.
>>46303427>>46303429>>46303450Gee this doesn't sound like everyone's favorite villain at all I fucking love it
>>46303644Shut up Mengde you died a thousand years ago.
>>46303666The ruse never ends foolish Shu traitor
>>46303389Hugh. Always good-natured Hugh.Alternatively, our good Greek friend might like some time in the limelight.
>>46303697Bitch please. Cao Cao is a loyal Prime Minister and my liege. If I thought you we serious in calling me a shu traitor yo'd be having me jump through my damn computer to rip out an eye and skull fuck you.
>>46303718Also we have no designs on the kingdom of Jerusalem.
>>46303754of course we are forging a newer better kingdom upon the bodies of the old
I want to bang the queen again.
>>46303793later anon, once things are settled and we can figure things out with Iovetta
>>46303793Not a good idea.She'd fuck us and then cut off our manhood for going against her edict.
"Why you of course," you said, taking a sip, "With a competent, loyal adviser.""Meaning you," she replied."We do work well together," you said.The Queen giggled at that, set aside her cup."I find your suggestion flattering, and of course I had planned to take the reins, but it is good to know you are with me on this Wil," she stretched out again. The sun had set and night was coming on fast. "I'd suggest you retire now least people think we are more than liege and vassal," she said."I'm always at your service," you said, climbing out of your own chair."Half of the Levant would kill to have what you have Wil," she said, beginning to unbutton her toggles, "To have what you've had. Such private and intimate access to my company." She let her gambeson drop so that she was now in only her thin white shift. It's nothing you hadn't seen before. "Run along now Lord Ramla, lest I forget myself and do something ill-advised." She smiled as she tugged down a corner of her shift to expose her shoulder.You bowed and left with a grin of your own. She had an intoxicating manner about her, but what had passed between you was now over, and your mind was on something else entirely.Waiting for you outside was Mathilde and Hugo. They had talked a little, indeed Mathilde was smiling. You had never seen the two of them so companionable. She gave you a quick hug before slipping past to attend to her queen. And she reminded you that you had others waiting for you, not least Count Hugh and a meeting with Elias.As you walked back to the keep Hugo fell in behind you, checking the sword in his scabbard. The boy was mostly silent as you walked through the camp, path lit by torch and camp fire light. A man in Jaffa livery came up to walk beside you. "Sir Barisan would speak with you," he said, "At your convenience." And then he peeled away as if nothing had happened.Hugo watched him leave with a troubled look.
"Something wrong brother?" you asked.Hugo sucked his teeth, a sign he was troubled. "When I was last here I caught Sir Barisan and Lady Aines...they were...hmm," he turned a shade pink. You nodded. You could guess what he meant. You'd had Aines pegged as something of a Jezebel when she had come to your bedchamber one night, faining a drunken randiness in an effort to seduce you. Perhaps the woman was more than just a bored pretty noble girl, and had her own plans.> visit Hugh> visit Elias> visit Barisan> write-in
>>46303861>> visit Hugh
>>46303861> visit HughWe cannot allow all of this to collapse.
>>46303861>> visit HughOh Queenie, what could have been if we were not meant for Loveta.Perhaps we should send one of our squires to Elias. Invite him for a dinner together the following night.
>>46303861> visit Hughthen Barisan let us see what Machinations are gearing upif we can allow the scheme to happen at a later date it all falls to Wilhelm's advantage
>>46303861>>46303894Can support this if we're not likely to have time to visit Elias.
And now we see the plot to keep Hugh alive.
Hugh will be our fucking downfall even if Wil doesn't get killed mark my words
>>46304004paranoid anon will just say it is better to kill him anyway to have control of the situation>>46304043kek
>>46303847Queen be wet.I wonder if Mattie will notice.
Your own liege lord commands immediate attention. With Hugo at your side you return to the Jaffa keep.The streets of Jaffa were never broad, now with so many people it was a tight packed corridor of humanity. You kept a hand on your coin purse as you pushed through, children darting more nimbly around you. Though night had long since set the town had been transformed into a carnival, with jugglers and performers taking up space to show off their skill, and hawkers taking the opportunity to shill their wares, trying to outshout the crowd and each other. This being a time of war, many were selling protective charms and relics. Splinters of saint bones and clothes said to have been garments worn by long dead holy men and women. Water from blessed springs that seemed dirty enough to have been taken from the very gutter the merchants stood in.You payed none of this any attention. You had long since grown used to the opportunistic holy merchants of Jerusalem. You had seen enough finger bones of St Judas to make him a fifty fingered freak on this street alone.Coming out into the keep you found some space to move. In doing so you called over a servant to escort you to Hugh's private chambers. You were expected, and none tried to forestall you.You pass Sir Rodrigo comparing blades with Solomon, the Spaniard giving you a friendly nod as you pass but not pausing in his conversation with Solomon."Thrust over cuts, a thrust kills more surely-" you heard him say in the peppered tongue of his, Solomon nodding along sagely.Up the stairs and past more guests being entertained by Lady Aines, who had an arm looped around Sabeen's shoulder. The two were talking excitedly, with other women in their company."It's all so exciting. Did you see her on that horse? She looked like-"You continued on until you came to a closed door that the servant opened for you.
A man-at-arms on the inside ushered you in, to find Hugh sitting by a fire with a cup of ale, his Sicilian beauty upon his lap.Hugh's face perked up at the sight of you. You took a seat beside him, while Hugo continued to stand. His wife slept in his arms, head tucked against his chest, arm about his neck, snoring softly with a thin drool staining his gambeson. He stroked her curling hair, like thick black ivy, fondly."She's a treasure," he said, and moved a hand to touch her belly."You wanted to talk?" you asked. Hugh nodded, expression growing sober."I might not survive this campaign," he said, "Already I feel this strangeness, as if I've lived longer than I was intended to." That talk unsettled you a little, caused you to stir in your chair. "I think...I think my darling is finally with child," he said, "And if she is I want you to take care of them should I fall. And even if I don't...Would you be my child's godfather?"It made you sit back a tad.> of course> no
>>46304146> of courseTell him!We would get his wife away from his sister in case he dies so she wont get murdered
>>46304146>> of courseIt would be my honour to be so. But fret not, you'd not die on this campaign. I'll bring you back to your wife.
>>46304146> of courseHell Yeah.
>>46304146> no''Hugh.....I can't I'm not even a father myself..I don't even know the first thing of children''if he persists however> of course
>>46304146> of course
>>46304146You I huh? Why me? If you think it for the best of course.
>>46304146> of courseJaffa will remain, by Ramla and the Queen
>>46304146Get the girl away from Jaffa you fool! Take her to Ramla or Jerusalem!!!!
>>46304146well okay then, regardless of if he dies by our hand or Barisan we will have Influence over Jaffa in the future.murder anon is sated so long as we gain Influence over Jaffa
"I would be honoured," you said, "Though, maybe you are being a tad premature?"He smiled, twined her hair around his finger. "Mayhap," he said. Then sighed. "Still, I am glad to have your consent. I hope my children shall have you as a friend."You shifted forward. "You might have good reason to fear for yourself," you said, "And her.""Oh?" he asked, sitting up enough it made his woman stir, but soon she was returned to her slumber.You thought on if you should tell him what you suspected.> tell him> don't tell him> write-in
>>46304276> tell him
>>46304276> write-inSaracens abound here and at Ascalon it would be unwise to leave her here, send her to Jerusalem or back to sicily for the duration
>>46304239Oddly, the best security would be here.We should have mattie introduce hugh's wife to the handmaiden inner circle.If she can hang around there, she would be safest.Else we can detail some of our men to escort her to ramla. Perhaps hector or orlando.
>>46304276>> tell him
>>46304276>don't tell him
>>46304276>Don't tell him
>>46304276murder anon don't care as long as the future of Jaffa has our Influence> don't tell himI'd just rather get in control of when Hugh dies rather than him dying in the middle of things
>>46304284>>46304296>Litreally a minute apartholy samefag batman
>>46304350What are we telling him again?
>>46304357His sister is a scheming bitch.
>>46304357 Murder plots and suspicions about his sister
> tell him
>>46304357that his sister and constable are having an affair>>46304363now now anon Wil's a scheming barstard too
>>46304370>now now anon Wil's a scheming barstard tooYeah but Wil is a walking doublestandard. It is only okay when we do somthing bad
>>46304276> don't tell himWE CAN TAKE CONTROL OF SOUTH JERUSALEM IF WE DIRECT WHEN HE DIES YOU FUCKING FAGGOTS
>>46304276> don't tell him
"I think your man, Sir Barisan, is plotting against you," you said, "And I think your sister is involved. The two of them are lovers, or so I've been told.""By who?" he asked, sitting up fully and stirring his wife to a sudden half-slumber. The girl muttered and sipped up her drool, eyes fluttering."By me," Hugo said. Hugh looked to your brother, jaw cocked to the side, looking him up and down. Hugo wasn't known as a liar. "I saw them...engaged. Physically, you know." Hugo's eyes darted away."A love affair doesn't prove a conspiracy," Hugh said, settling back, but his gaze was troubled. He shook his head. "Thank you for telling me this. For looking out for me. I know Barisan is ambitions, and Aines chafes at her position, still I did not think they'd go so far as to murder me. No, maybe now you are being premature."He finished what ale he had in his drink. "But I'll keep it in mind, and be careful," he said, "Now if you'll excuse me, I must take my wife to bed." He rose with her in his arms, cradled against him."It's not just you," you said, "If they want Jaffa, your wife is in danger as well. You should send her some place safe, where she can be protected."The Count stopped at the threshhold to his bed chamber. Looked from you to the sleepy eyed woman. Tucking her closer against him, he stepped into his bed chamber.You had done what you could.With your brother you left Hugh's chamber. What was left of the night? Not much, and tiredness pulled at you.> go to bed to rise early> seek some last distraction
>>46304276>> don't tell him
>>46304429>go to bed to rise earlyalso send chiri on a info-gathering run while we sleep
>>46304429>> seek some last distractionwrite a sappy love letter to Iovetta
>>46304429>> seek some last distractionHave a drink with the lads and then a tumble with Chiri to finish the night
>>46304429>> go to bed to rise early
>>46304429>> go to bed to rise earlyWar to prep. Logistics to plan.
>>46304429> go to bed to rise earlywe have a war to win
Go to bed
>>46304429go to bed!it is time to be a leader now
Incoming angry murderanon rant
YOU FOOLS! MAKE MORE ENEMIES WHY DON'T YOU?WE COULD HAVE HAD SOUTH JERUSALEM BUT NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO YOU HAD TO BE LAWFUL STUPID
"Early to bed, early to rise," you said, and just for the hell of it ruffed up Hugo's hair. You stifled a yawn on the back of your hand and walked the way to your bedchamber. "You get some sleep to," you told Hugo as you went inside. The boy just shrugged.Within Chihirizahd had made house, setting up your books on a stand and your maille on a rack. When you unbuckled your sword belt she came to help you with the toggles on your doublet, drew it from your chest and shoulders. She wore only an old tunic of yours, which draped around her shoulders leaving a long, loose plunging neckline and became a dress around her calves."Did you need anything from me tonight?" she asked under her long eyelashes, fussing with the front of your hose.> just you> nothing> send her out to gather information
>>46304546>> send her out to gather informationSee if she gets anything about murder plot of hugh
>>46304546>> nothingRise early pls
>>46304546> send her out to gather informationGive her a kiss though,
>>46304560who's she gonna probe, random guard #2?
>>46304546> send her out to gather informationhave her keep an eye on Aines and Barisan from a distance
>>46304585supporting this from a distance not interference or direct involvment
>>46304498Eat a dick
>>46304546>> send her out to gather information
>>46304546>send her out to gather information
>>46304546>> send her out to gather informationspecifically as >>46304585 says
"I need someone to keep an eye on the crowd tonight," you said, taking her into your arms."Oh?" she asked, running her hands across your belly."Sir Barisan in particular," you said, "He isn't trustworthy. He's plotting something with Hugh's sister. Keep your eyes on them, but be careful. I don't want to to risk tipping them off." You carressed her cheek, cupped her chin. "I don't want to risk you.""Sweet man," she said, and stood on tip-toe to kiss you. You let her go and she danced away. "Well I should get changed," she said, gathering up the over-sized tunic she wore, peeling it up her thighs, her belly, and off."And you should get sleep," she said, dropping that tunic and striding nude to her chest. It took a lot for you not to draw her to the bed with you as you watched her change into a tight dress, undressing yourself and forcing yourself into bed while your hands twitched to touch her.Once she was changed and you were in bed she came beside you, knelt down and ran her fingers through your beard."Sleep well master," she said, kissing your chin."Be careful," you said, eyes closing...> roll 1d100, best of three
Rolled 63 (1d100)>>46304694
Rolled 97 (1d100)>>46304694DEUS VULTTT
Rolled 52 (1d100)>>46304694
>>46304701well she's not dead
>>46304701PRAISE MELEK TAUS!!!
>>46304701Chiri confirmed best Heathen waifuIovetta is of course best Waifu by virtue of being christain
>>46304701Umu. God wills it.You can praise me more.
>Wilhelm will never have genius bastard children with ChiriGod damn you!
>>46304741He'll just have one with Iovetta and raise it with both his Waifus!Jehanne may or may not apply
>>46304731And sabeen a shit.
>tfw chiri didnt die a horrible death
>>46304750No one may know of the last one.We will be spending alot of time playing with the queen's daughter though. And making sure none of our progeny attempt to go after her.
>>46304813Make me wonder how Jehanne and little Alain is doing and is Sir Froggy in the army or just supplying it with horses ?
What a woman can learn with a wink and a smile.Chihirizahd told you the next morning over breakfast, looking rather pleased with herself as she ate."Those two are like dogs in heat," she said, "Behind closed doors they can't keep their hands off each other. My oh my but they said things that made me blush." You doubted that, but enjoyed the way she cupped her own cheeks and went a little red. "And I have to say, Barisan is not the most loyal of men. Not to Hugh at least. He definitely wants Jaffa, and Lady Aines as well. I think there's an accident for his own wife soon after they get rid of Hugh.""How can a sister turn against her brother?" you asked with visible disgust.Chihirizahd shrugged. "Is it so strange? Aines does not want to be a 'mere' woman. She wants to be like the Queen, someone of power and influence. With Hugh gone, with no children, she can have that. Power is a seductive thing."You supposed that was true."Anything else interesting?" you asked.Chihirizahd grinned. "The Arab boy Mohmed is sweet for Maggie, the red Irish girl," she said, "I caught him writing love poetry. Suffering over it. It was sweet really." That made you chuckle. "You know William Bures beds young men? I caught him pawing at a boy whore." She took a bite of toasted bread."You were busy last night," you said, though you were not overly surprised."So with Barisan and Aines, could you prove it?" you said.
"Most likely not," she sighed, "Who would believe me? I'm just a heathen slave. A notorious whore kept on a leash by the Lord of Ramla. Your creature, completely at your bidding.""Still, it confirms what I suspected, and the rest..well, I have something on the Prince of Galilee," you finished the last of your bread, brushing the crumbs out of your beard. You dressed for the day with Chihirizahd's assistance. "Was there anything else you learned?" you asked."I think Father Desmond is falling in-love with Sabeen," she said, "I caught them talking in private, in the moonlight. But I wouldn't fret on that. The man is a priest for true, he'd never give up his chastity. And Orlando no longer drinks, though his cousin tried to foist wine on him he refused at every measure. Something's changed in our old friend." You hoped something good.Interesting, but little of it immediately relevant.You had Chihirizahd check you over, and she combed back your hair a little."You look a king my lord," she said, fingers through your belt. You brushed her cheek with the back of your hand. Then, with your sword belted, you strode out into the military camp of Queen Melisende.-> switch to Hugo> switch to Mathilde> stay as Wilhelm
>>46304896Stay as wil
>>46304896>> switch to HugoTime to PALADIN>>46304886Oh Chiri, you a best. She should get the day off.
>>46304896> stay as WilhelmOr Mathilde. Everytime we play as Hugo something gets fucked up.
>>46304896>> switch to MathildeShieldmaiden time.
>>46304886>>46304896>Mohmed likes maggie>Desmond falling for SabeenTruely ramla is a hive of scum and villainy.
>>46304896> stay as Wilhelmmany revelations were had but still I must persist
>>46304896>> switch to Mathilde
>>46304896So when will Hugo finally have the courage to tell Sabeen what he feels for her ?
>>46304896>> switch to Hugo
>>46304896> Stay as wilhelmThis is going to get good.
>>46304896> switch to Hugo
>>46304960Over the corpse of her ded papa
>>46304896 >> switch to Mathilde
>>46304947fairly certain it's more an exchange on Islam/Christianity more than love>>46304960see >>46304981either that or after shes been raped in the streets of Ascalon >>46304938>>46304956>>46304991Okay I KNOW this samfagged Mathilde is not this popular
>>46304896>> stay as Wilhelm
>>46305009No anon, folks just want to see her flirting with elias again.Preferably infront of brother dearest.
Hey HF when are we getting some of the money from Horsetrading?
>>46304886>stay as Wilhelm
>>46304896Stay as Wil
>>46304896> switch to Chihirizahd
> Wilhelm it isThe week passes with you working close with the other lords to organize the baggage train, the supply lines, and co-ordinate with the ships. As you prepare to leave Sicilian ships are spotted on the horizon. All to the good. You leave such matters in the care of Lord Gerard, who commands the largest contingent of ships in the Jerusalem fleet (indeed, without Antioch he nearly was the Jerusalem fleet) and concern yourself with the task at hand.Your own company is ready in short order. Between Orlando and Etuenne managing the supplies your troops are in no risk of going hungry, whil Tancred and Solomon kept them at an even temper, keeping discipline strong.Around camp you hear some mutterings about 'that Saracen bitch'. Some of the knights have taken a dislike towards Sabeen, who rode in your company, but they made no mention of it to your face. Just as many were refusing to acknowledge Mohmed and Ibrahim. It had not become a problem yet, and you hoped it would not turn violent. The bonds of war might yet iron out their differences.The Hospitaller departed first, sending a wing of cavalry forward as scouts, then composing the rest of their troops into a heavy vanguard. Raymond du Puy, with the True Cross, lead his men from the front. All the war camp assembled to watch them depart with great celebration, the rest eager to follow them.On the next morning the main body was preparing to leave. Melisende wore her gold thread armour, helm upon her head, cape secure on her shoulders. She lead the troops forward with sword raised, with pipers and drummers striking up a tune. Around her rode all the noblest of men, with you in particular kept close. Close enough you rode almost heel to heel, able to hear the jingle of her spurs as she bounced in the saddle.
The great war host groaned forward, horse moving at a shuffle, men at a tight packed march. It took hours for the assembled host to be on the road, turning it into a river of glinting helms and spear tips, banners fluttering in the wind. The rear guard would follow in late afternoon.In all it would take a fortnight to reach Ascalon, the slow march of a large host. You hoped it would be a swift victory, but many were preparing themselves mentally for a long siege. Saracen castles do not fall easily, not without a great deal of fighting and bloodshed.Moving as part of a true army was unlike anything you had ever experienced, and you were glad for the help of seasoned campaigners like Etienne and Solomon to lean on. They kept the men in check, allowing you more time to spend in council with Melisende, most of it a moving council from horseback."Do not risk yourself," William Bures was saying, "If fighting breaks out, remain back. Leave it to us to handle. We don't want another Ida of Austria."Melisende smiled for her constable. "I feel quite secure," she said, "I do not think any of these brave knights would allow me to be harmed." You saw Gerhard of the Hellions grin, and the rest of his brood cheered. The rank of the Hellins had grown to include more eager young knights, mostly foreigners but also local young men keen for adventure. They were becoming pests to the women of the camp."I am no fool Bill," she said, touching the old man's shoulder, "I am my father's girl.""Aye, let's hope so," he said with a grudging smile.The next day riders were spotted ahead. A Hospitaller rode back."Nothing up ahead," the holy knight said, "My lord thinks the road free to Ascalon. They're digging in for a siege.""We should make camp once we see the trees, date palm grooves in front of the city," Bures said."You are certain nothing stands in our way?" you asked the Hospitaller scout.
>>46305163Does mattie have her shield with her?
He nodded. "It's a clear road, we've had many go over it. Whatever is waiting for us, it's waiting for us at the city."You take a breath. Fair enough.The host moves on.You are awaken in the early morning by a hand shaking your shoulder. Solomon's eyes gleam."They've sent men to meet us," he said, "Three thousand troops. Bedouin nomads from out of Sinai." Against your seven thousand. And not the Ascalon garrison.The lords gather around Melisende's armoured form."It's a trap, surely," Hugh said as he pulled on his helm, "No doubt a force waits in ambush.""Where?" Archamboud asked, holding out his arms to the desolate yellow earth."That's not a number to spit at," William Burs said, "I think this is just meant to bleed us, maybe buy time for the Ascalon garrison to reinforce.""Who can call three thousand Bedu to his aide?" a Templar asked, "Surely not the Lord of Ascalon.""Someone dangerous," the Queen said, "It matters not. We ride out to meet them. The vanguard and half the main force. The rest will remain in reserve to counter any possible tricks."> go with the vanguard> remain in the reserve
>>46305174> go with the vanguard[Cao cao Intensifies]
>>46305174>> go with the vanguard
>>46305174> go with the vanguardand so it begins
>>46305174>> go with the vanguardProbably malik
crap has our numbers dropped off?where my crusaders at?
>>46305174> go with the vanguardDeus Vult
>>46305212More wary.Wasnt sure what to choose, especially at the sign of this trap.Also we should call Sabeen and Solomon to us. We need their war counsel.
>>46305229agreed Solomon has faced their kind before more like and Sabeen is a native who has likely fought along side them as a mercenary
>>46305240Sabeen is pretty much the leader of our Kurdish bodyguard
>>46305251yep also I'd advocate staying incognito as the one behind the scenes only offering advice to du poy until we arrive at Ascalonless Glory but keeps the enemy guessing
Du Poys going to be in the thick of it. As Grand Master, hes gonna go charge right in.
>>46305279but he atleast will be open to advice than the Templars would be especially if it comes from someone as Influential as Wilhelm
>>46305290Not much advice in you can give in a fucking melee.We'd have to hang back and take steps to counter any ploys the enemy throws at the vanguard. Of course, we can give any advice we get from Solomon and Sabeen before battle is joined.
>>46305300exactly so anon
>>46305212I'm here, just woke up.Hey OP, are lancers a thing from this era?
"My queen," you ride forward, "We'll drive these desert bandits from the road with no trouble and give you clear roads to the gates of Ascalon.""Huzzah!" Karl of the Hellions drew his sword and brandished it overhead.You nodded to Sir Etieene to ready your men, and soon Tancred and his footsoldiers came marching up. All your horsemen gathered around Franz and his banner, with you falling in ahead of them. you check each of the riders one by one. Your brother Hugo who clutched his spear tight. Sabeen and her iron veil, only her dark eyes visible. Orlando looking a tad green. Sir Hector with a determined grit of his teeth. Etienne with his squire Jacques close at hand. Alexius looking dumbfounded. And Solomon, face mpassive almost as if he were bored.Others joined your banner. Your old friends from Germany, Karl, Gerhard and Ludegard, the Hellions themselves and all those bold young men they had attracted to their company. Footen of the Knights Templar. Elias of Maine with some French knights.All hungry for battle, for the glory it would bring.You pulled the lion helm down upon your head and drew forth the golden cruxifix, kissed it for luck. Then you started your horse forward at a trot.It was an hour before you reached the Bedouin battle line drawn across the road and low hills. The sea could be seen to the west. You could smell it. Along with the sweat of nervous men. The Hospitallers were preparing their own lines, a screen of infantry with riders behind. Archers at front. Your own footmen rushed to fill space.Du Puy nodded to you, blowing a fly away from his lip."The bastards won't move," he said, "So we have to move them. I'm going to advance the skirmish line, get archers into distance to rain some hell on them. If we can provoke them forward we pull the archers back and start forward, try and get the infantry stuck in first, then bring the cavalry to bear.""You don't expect a trick?" you asked.
Du Puy rolled his lips. "No," he said, "Not from these lot. This is a desert militia, not a true army. Whatever uncles and cousins that can hold a sword thrown into a line. Like my scout said, their job is just to hold us here. Frustrate our advance. Bleed us a little. But ultimately they won't stop us.""Who would sacrifice so many men just to stall us?" you asked."Someone who plans to bleed us dry on the walls of the city," he said, "Who knows not to risk his best soldiers in a pitched battle. A cautious man."Du Poy pulled on his helm, masking half his face. "I'll lead the charge, you follow. Agreed?"He was the Grandmaster of the Hospitallers. There was little you could do to gainsay him.You looked to the Bedouin line. Men on foot, men on horseback, men on camels. Waiting for you."Lead on sir," you said.> roll 1d100, best of three
Rolled 79 (1d100)>>46305348take off the Lion helm, the last thing we need is for people to know we're the mastermind of all this
Rolled 30 (1d100)>>46305348
Rolled 56 (1d100)>>46305348IN THE NAME OF CHRIST. DRIVE THESE HEATHENS BACK
>>46305353Nah, screw that.Glory for all.
>>46305353Lets teach those fuckers a lesson
> Bedouin forces: 3000> Christian forces: 3500The battle opens as Raymond had said. The archers came forward from the infantry line once they were in range, and started to loose volleys of arrows into the Bedouin line. The footbows of the Jerusalem forces had a greater range than the Bedouin slingers and javeliners, and once the shafts started striking home, be it in man, beast or armour, the javeliners and footslingers started forward to return fire. But the infantry advanced and brought their heavy shields to bear, giving cover to most of the Christian archers, you fell back still letting arrows loose. A great big camel bellowed in pain, toppled forward with arrows all through its long neck, spilling a pair of javelin men from its back.The lines inched closer with returning fire and you could see clear from the back how much more effective and disciplined the black surcoat wearing Templar men were than your adversary. They did not rush forward, their advance was methodical. Step and step together, shields and spears ready, protecting the archers.Feeling the frustration of losing the game of volley and counter-volley, the Bedu captain swung a sword overhead his head, calling for a frontal charge of all his men, hoping to overwhelm the advance line of infantry.Camels give a long gallop, and the lancers on their back had an incredible reach, but the speedy horses of the Bedu were not outpaced. They threw stones or fired horse bows, threw javelins. Some blew whistles trying to make a whirling, confusing noise, but it had little effect to move the Templar line. Lay-soldiers came up to add their shields and spears to a thickening wall of troops. Most of the charge was stopped, but a dying camel with half a spear in its neck smashed through the line, letting turbaned foot trops in, men with large shiekds and chopping blades.
"That's us," du Puy said, and putting hand to mouth gave a cry of 'Charge!'When a great body of horses starts moving, its as if the horses become a herd again, moving almost as one animal. You could only sit your horse and keep your shield and spear ready as du Puy brought you up the eastern flank. He meant to drive these poor bastards into the sea.The rumble of the charge was deafening to you being amongst it. A rolling drum right beside either ear. You could know what the noise alone might do to the men you faced, but caught a glimpse of terror in the eyes of one footsoldier, who brought up spear and shield in a vain attempt to spare himself a Hospitaller lance.You felt that bone jolting kick up your arm as your lance found a body, pouding through a footman to your left, and then the lance was jerked from your fingers as your horse carried you on. You quickly drew your Damascus sword, the watery blade gleaming against the high sun, and with little thought and the rush of blood through you brought it down hacking at anything either side of your horse. You felt the beat of weapons against your shield and answered it with a cut, your horse screaming out at its enemies beneath you, wheeling about to face some new foe. You had no thought of your companions, your vision grew narrow, blinkered by your helm and the rush of a bearded face on horse back.A spear tip pushed through the face of that man, sending his eye bursting forth in a vomitous display. Elias was on one side of you, Etienne the other. You did not care who it was at that moment, and you were only thankful. You cut back at the sea of enemies, hacking through. Sword arm up and down until it grew numb and your breath grew haggard and someone pulled you back by the shoulder, back a pace so you could breath, hands wanting to pull off your helm to let out the heat that clouded your mind, but other hands - stranger hands - held it firmly in place.
Water was shoved into your hand, a leather pouch you were fast to drink from and Orlando clapped your back. You saw flecks of vomit on his chin."Back to it," he said. You looked to the rampaging, swirling mess of men and horses pushing inevitable up the Bedouin forces, like a rolling pin upon the calm smooth surface of the infantry line. Already they were ahead of you, leaving a trail of the broken and dying in their wake. Orlando raised his spear. "God wills it!" he called in a shrill voice, and fell into a trot."God wills it!" you called. You were soon beside him, sword overhead.Du Poy had his way, he drove these men into the sea.-> Significant Crusader VictoryCrusader loses: NegligableBedouin loses: High Bedouin force routed-end thread
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>>46305485Yes, yes YES!
>>46305485DEUS VULT!Thanks for running HFanything to say to us?
>>46305485A fucking auspicious start.No stat gains?Thank you for running HF, its about time we started this siege.
I'll be back in a couple hours to answer questions.
>>46305497Alright. Thanks for running HF!Was sweet to get this started
>>46305497love you bossman.thanks for running.
>>46305485FUCK YEAH GET REKT SARACENS!Thanks for Running HF it took us a year but we're nearly there>Next thread when>Hows things on mathilde & Hugos end?>The Hugh thing I know you don't like it but anon(s?) seem pretty worked up about it>What could of happened to chiri?>Did we dun goof?
We told the Queen that we would be ever at service.But it was a smart idea to try weaken our forces, he got rid of his weakest troops so they wont spend any supplies and he should still have enough competent men to man the walls.Bet it was Malik
>>46305523we know few men this competentIt is Malik HF's story confirms it
>>46305523OOC, we know its Malik.IC wise, it could be anyone.
>>46305534Bet he wished it was more effective though. He will probably be suprised with how badly the bedu army lost. Though if he hears about the Lion Helmeted man he will probably figure it out quickly
>>46305497did we bring the Caliphs cousin?I fucking hope we did
>>46305543that's why I advised against it, it would keep who the brains of this invasion is a surprise
>>46305543We did nothing.The bedouins nomads threw themselves at one of the two toughest body of troops our army has.That they would splinter in the face of A Holy Ordos was nigh a given, especially considering that their lack of bows.
>>46305555Nah. He would most certainly know we were here regardless.
>>46305567why? at most he could know we're simply a part of things not a main instigator
>>46305591Because he knows us. He wont get fooled by the helmet.
>>46305597you think he'd be out there with Bedouins? hes not a fool he knows they got slaughtered fuck its Implied he's not because du poy himself says that only a fool would face us on an open field
>>46305602No ofcourse not. He was the one who sent them out.
>>46305612so he says he'll know we're the mastermind?
>>46305497Did the queen like that our thoughts mirror hers or that we otherwise give good counsel if it does not exactly match?I'm guessing she still has some feelings for Wil?
>>46305669The very least so must be pleased with this victory. A good morale boost.
>>46305686we had little to do with it, it was mostly Du poys work
>>46305789So? It is still a victory.
>>46305792its not our direct handywork
>>46305817What does that have to do with anything ?
>>46305826there is nothing to appreciate that is a direct result of our handiwork
Bumping for HF's return
Wondering when Genoa is gonna show up
>>46306004knowing Italians later rather than earlier
>>46306034>The city is 90% taken all there is need is one final push>Wilhelm leads his forces and scatter the remaining Saracens>The Italians shows up>"What a great victory! Now give us that trade district"
>>46306048I'm really hoping their enthusiasm is actually somewhat honourable
>>46306138Hopefully.Perhaps at the next time for a meal, we should break bread with Prince Elias. Now we have shed blood side by side, at least for the duration of the campaign, we are comrades. Talking to him at this point should be abit less hostile.
>>46305669>Did the queen like that our thoughts mirror hers or that we otherwise give good counsel if it does not exactly match?Yeah, she was glad you didn't exactly mirror hers though. She doesn't value yes men very highly.>>46305545Yeah, I keep forgetting him, but yes you have him.>>46305518>Next thread whenNot sure. Maybe tomorrow, maybe Friday.>Hows things on mathilde & Hugos end?Complicated. Both are very busy.>The Hugh thing I know you don't like it but anon(s?) seem pretty worked up about itYou'll have to elaborate on what you mean.>What could of happened to chiri?Potentially discovered and hurt/possibly killed.>Did we dun goof?You guys did alright.I was going to give you guys a shot to play tactician for the battle, but realistically du Puy was in command and you aren't going to see or think up something he hasn't realized himself. The man is a very good commander.But you guys will get a shot at formulating the order of battle soon.
>>46306310Or we could call him a cunt and forbid mathilde from meeting with him
>>46306340Can you tell us how the other nobles feel about wil? The queen holds him rather close and almost always take his side
>>46306418A number of them are jealous of his success and close ties to the royal family. He's seen as Melisende's 'favourite' (which I should add to the pastebin).
>>46306310agreed at least Mollify his hatred of Wilhelm to the point of dislike if not actually befriend him, although he may have to concede his taunts about Iovetta.>>46306340>You'll have to elaborate on what you mean.is it a settled issue namely and do you have any Input for us regarding it namely if you want to make it a plot point to pursue>But you guys will get a shot at formulating the order of battle soon.Excellent I look forward to Maximizing the Cao cao>>46306428>He's seen as Melisende's 'favourite'wait so she 'trusts' us or is that just our rep?also please run more often this has been to long coming
>>46306454>is it a settled issue namely and do you have any Input for us regarding it namely if you want to make it a plot point to pursueYou guys can still go which ever way you want on assassinating Hugh. Both plans have individual merit and potential blow back.>wait so she 'trusts' us or is that just our rep?Mostly rep. Melisende will never 100% trust Wil again, but she does like him and have a lot of personal respect for him.
>>46306454The queen would bang Wilhelm if she a moment of weakness
>>46306467>You guys can still go which ever way you want on assassinating Hugh. Both plans have individual merit and potential blow back.shame anon won't back the plot as I don't see much good coming from Hugh's disbelief so far, if he dies in the middle of the siege of Ascalon all hell could break loose regardless of if the plot is crushed or not the situation has to be controlled less it affect the larger things at hand wither Wil is Involved in the plot or in a state benign neglect>Melisende will never 100% trust Wil again, but she does like him and have a lot of personal respect for hima shame but that's what Wil gets for thinking with his Koblenz>>46306475a shame she's a strong woman with Iron clad virtuesa final question HF are you ready to spill on what Iovetta's worried about?
Alice really really hates our family now. Has she received hugos explanation yet?Morphia is going to be even more of a pain in the ass when she gets older. Isn't she?
>>46306512nope yesdear lord I can't tell who I want to channel fate Gil more Morphia or Wil's true born son
>>46306511>a final question HF are you ready to spill on what Iovetta's worried about?Nope.
>>46306552Did mattie bring the shield?Also another minor point but is there still time available to get that falcon present? I suppose King Fulk can present that after the campaign if its late.
>>46306552gODAMIT HFplease run tomorrow senpai!
>>46306560>Did mattie bring the shield?Sure.>Also another minor point but is there still time available to get that falcon present?I wouldn't stress about that. I was going to use it as an in to talk about falconry and some intrigue, but if we don't get around to it don't fret. It can happen off screen.>>46306571No promises.
>>46306575how much of 'a bad feeling' does sabeen have about the coming fight.
>>46306654Talk to her and find out.
>>46306662Will Hugo ever reveal his true feelings for sabeen?How is he taking the fact that he has to marry Elaine 100% now?
>>46306714>Will Hugo ever reveal his true feelings for sabeen?Up to the players.>How is he taking the fact that he has to marry Elaine 100% now?Hugo hasn't said yes to anything yet.
>>46306733>Hugo hasn't said yes to anything yet.It's adorable that he thinks he has a choice
>>46306733>>Will Hugo ever reveal his true feelings for sabeen?Didn't he already do that?
>>46306792Not entirely and he kinda screwed it up. They still havnt talked about that episode in the stable
>>46306766I, for one, am expectantly waiting for the inevitable SabeenxHugo smut. Brown fit lady vanilla /ss/ hits all my spots
>>46306828>/ss/I think it's a bit too late for that.
>>46306828Hugo has grown quite a bit. Almost as big as Wilhelm now. Probably taller than Sabeen even though he is a bit younger.
>>46306878He's still shorter than Sabeen, just not by as much.
>>46306900Ah okay. He is starting to get more masculine atleast.
>>46306900Are there any opportunities to study how to lead in this battle from under their commanders for any of the PCs?