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/Joggibeararmy sheet: http://pastebin.com/VzbLdkUrholdings: http://pastebin.com/m33m5nZ5The city of Ascalon has fallen, all that remains is the citadel, the fortress at the heart of the city. With the capture of the Ascalon gates, Christian knights and men-at-arms fall into the city. They come from the road and the sea both, swarming from the docks, iron in hand and murder in their hearts. A siege is an ugly business, and once the city has fallen it grows uglier still. Soldiers force their way into homes, searching for plunder and Saracens. Those common people who had been too foolish to flee to the safety of the citadel, or too blinded by faith to believe the walls could possibly fall, scream as their homes are invaded. Axes splinter doors, allowing soldiers no better than brigands to kick their way in. Saracen men, desperate to defend their women and children, throw themselves at armoured men, armed with little more than knives and fists. They offer little resistance.Others beg for mercy before the brutal fists of invaders, mercy for themselves and their families. Few listen.Women and girls are stripped of their modest garments and sullied, taken in doorways and bedrooms, dragged into the street to be taken in the sight of god. Commoners that fight are restrained with brutal maille'd fists, shattering bone beneath their blows. Others that try to flee in one last desperate flight at this impossible hour, are run down, trampled or skewered by lance or sword. Christian men drunk on blood lust hunt through the broken animal called Ascalon, avenging their own dead upon the bodies of the common Saracen.
Some lucky few men and women find sanctuary in the barred mosque. Likewise the Jewish quarter resists, the long street with its humble temple barricaded with whatever wood and furniture can be scavenged, terrified men, young and old, manning the barricades with hatchets and mauls, giving the advancing Christians pause.All this rape and slaughter, flagrant looting, goes on with neither approval nor disapproval from the high lords of Jerusalem. Their business remains at the citadel, where the Saracen gentry cower, where he richest treasures wait to be plundered, and the last of the true fighting men hold out.You are Wilhelm of Ramla, with the fall of the citadel you are promised to be Lord of Christian Ascalon. You stand before the citadel with the other high lords, all ahorsed, surrounding your queen. Melisende sits in her saddle tall and proud, eyes only on her last objective, shaded by the crown upon her brow. Soldiers rank behind you under the banners of Christian power, under the True Cross.A fat man stands upon the terrace of the citadel, armoured and armed, shaking his fist and shouting defiance. He is clearly terrified. Behind him, silent and stern, was grey bearded Malik ibn Mujir, an old friend.Count Raymond of Tripoli is beside you, teeth barred and red eyed. His father had been slain upon the walls."Give the order and we will storm the castle," he said, hand upon his sword, eager for slaughter.You look up at Malik and see he is watching you. Behind the two men you catch a suggestion of people huddled behind them n the archway of the terrace. Other lords are eager to storm the castle, if for nothing else than the treasury within, which was rumoured to be fat from the pillage of Christian pilgrims. Many are vocal in this, including Gerard of Sidon, who supports Raymond's suggestion with an earnest whisper to Melisende.The Queen seems uncertain on what to do.> support storming the castle> ask to negotiate a surrender> write-in
>>49172190> support storming the castle
>>49172190> support storming the castleBY FIRE AND BLOODSHED WILL THE SARACEN BE BANISHED FROM THE LANDS OF CHRISTDEUS VULT
>>49172190> ask to negotiate a surrenderAny man who would die storming the castle could be better spent fighting Zengi.Offer that in return for a surrender they will not be killed. However they will be used as ransom to the Caliph.
>>49172190> ask to negotiate a surrender
>>49172190>ask to negotiate a surrenderWant to make sure to do as little damage to our new home
>ask to negotiate a surrenderNo point losing even more men fighting an already beaten foe.
> ask to negotiate a surrender> support storming the castlewe give them until miday/late afternoon to surrender the citadel, if they surrender they shall be treated hospitably and ransomed to their relations otherwise we cannot be responsible for what occursto much blood has been spilt on both sides for this to be bloodless but we can try to avoid needless bloodshed
Would like to point out that i would prefer if we got Malik alive. First of all he is a friend, the father of Sabeen and he would be of great use against Zengi.Zengi is a goddamn beast in everything HF has described, rather make sure we got the something to even the odds.
>>49172349>Would like to point out that i would prefer if we got Malik alive>Implying he wont try to kill Sabeen for accepting christ>Implying he wont deny her his kinship>Implying Malik is not Wahabbi as fuck
we should also quietly point out to the lords that with the new threat to the east, we can ill afford to lose more men and materiale so easily to a sustained attack on a fortified position. Men that can be sent east to fight zengi.
> support storming the castlelet them have this
>>49172466No point in having men die in a battle that is already won when they can be better spent elsewhere.
> ask to negotiate a surrendermore of a demand, those who surrender now will be given to ransom and treated hospitably till then, those who don't will suffer the consequencesHelp is not coming their is only submission or death
>>49172190Oi Malik! Our Nubian beat your Nubians!
"My queen, enough blood has been shed on these walls," you said, "If you would allow it, I could negotiate a surrender. The man above is known to me and others in our company as an honourable soldier. I'm sure we can reach terms.""Terms be damned," Raymond snarled, "My father is dead, and someone must answer for it. We should purge this city of its infidel taint as our forefathers did when they captured Jerusalem. Let us cast their women and children into the sea." This seemed to get a low roar of agreement from many of the other lords, many of them your friends and allies, but by no means all of them. Prince Manuel only pursed his lips while Elias looked faintly disturbed by the suggestion, Hugh sat unhappy on his horse staring straight ahead to the citadel's stonework.Few supported the idea of a surrender, and were keen to end this affair fast and violently.You lean in close to Melisende. "Let me try," you mutter low, for her to hear alone, "Please. I know I can do this."Melisende drew up in her saddle with a nod. "I shall let you try, Lord Wilhelm, but if a surrender is not forthcoming, I shall not restrain my men. Let whatever happens next be on the heads of the Saracens, be it an honourable surrender, or death and slavery."You return her nod and trot your horse forward, alone. The assembled might of Christian nobility waited behind you with spears raised and banners fluttering in the early winter wind. You looked up to the terrac, to the two armoured old men, Malik and the fat master of the citadel.
"I am Wilhelm, son of Wilhelm, Lord of Ramla," you called, voice carrying easily across the yard, "I have come to negotiate a surrender. Throw down your arms and open your gates, and all those within will be taken honourably, left unmolested and provided comfort until their ransom can be paid. This I promise." The two confer in their infidel tongue. You point to them and speak more sternly. "This I also promise, if surrender is not given, we will take this citadel by storm. There will be no mercy or quarter given. There will be no negotiation. Do you understand?"Malik leaned across the balcony, a tired look in his eyes. "I understand," he called back, "We know Wilhelm, son of Wilhelm, to be a man of his word. We ask only for an hour to talk among ourselves, for our answer to be delivered at the end of that hour. Do you accept?"You look to Melisende and see her give a slight nod."We do," you said. The two old men retreated away from the balcony.> roll 1d100, best of three
Rolled 91 (1d100)>>49172688Butchery awaits
Rolled 25 (1d100)>>49172688
Rolled 70 (1d100)>>49172688
Rolled 75 (1d100)>>49172688
>>49172693So close to also having the lord letting Wil impregnanting his daughters.
>>49172693Pretty good I guess.
>tfw Malik will blame Will for his daughter turning to a false god>tfw our differences will be inconsolable thanks to Hugo giving Sabeen the D
>>49172693So. Now is a good time to think about names for children?By the way, we should probably talk to the Queen about Barisan and Hugh's sister. Get them both as far away from Hugh as possible.
>>49172688The queen know how good Wilhelm's tongue is first hand!
>>49172800to be honest I'd let Hugh die if his wife is pregnant we lose absolutley nothing from it and basically gain a vassal we can groom to our needs.but speaking of Huughs sister she may be a good substitute for Mathilde in regards to Elinard, and if she's married off Barisan's ambitions as far we know die with her
>>49172873Still need to get the sister away from the wife and child.
>>49172897which is why if another match comes up for Mathilde we suggest Hugh's sister for an Immediate marriage as part of the compensation for breaking the Bethrothal
>>49172873Yeah, lose nothing except a friend and ally. Who even needs them?
>>49172947>Friend>Allyfor now, who knows how jealousy and ambition turn things out though
>>49172968More like "Why would he turn against us now he entrusted us with keeping his wife and daughter safe if he died."
They do not confer long. When they do return its with other men of the citadel, mostly older men with greying beards and eyes filled with sorrow. They all sported some form of injury, hastily bandaged. All of them carry weapons bundled in their arms. Swords, spears, maces, axes. They take them to the edge of the balcony and let them fall, slipping from their arms and crashing to the courtyard below in a clatter. The spears and swords roll out to make a carpet of weapons before the entrance to the citadel. The soldiers retreat from the balcony back within as the Christian lords begin to mutter.The citadel doors grind open. Frightened servants fall to their knees on either side of the gate's frame.Malik and the Citadel's master stand in the entryway. They both fall to their knees, heads bowed down. Behind them stand in rank and file the surviving soldiers of the city, and behind them were the noble women and children of the keep.Melisende rides forth, with you at one side and William Bures at the other. The other lords follow you. The two men keep their heads down."We put our lives in your hands, entrusted to your honour," Malik said, "I ask only that you extend that sheltering hand to the remaining common folk of this city, to its Muslims and Jews alike. Let this slaughter come to an end." Behind them the women and children stirred, the women wore frightened eyes through the masks of their veils. The children stirred in frightened confusion. "It is no bad thing to show mercy," Hugh said.Raymond snarled. "The rules of war are clear, the men have earned their right to punish the defenders." He was correct, but such laws were unwritten.> support Hugh> support Raymond> do nothing> write-in
>>49173048> do nothingwe negotiated the surrender let Melisande rule the rest of this
>>49173048>> support HughThe soldiers have had their fun already. It's not like they've been restraining themselves once the city fell.Time to reign them in.
>>49173048> support Hugh
>>49173048> support HughWe made a promise. If we were to go back on it, no one will ever surrender to us ever again, nor trust us. Be it christian or heathen. They will be kept as befitting of their station intill the ransom is paid.
>>49173098Technically, our promise is only for the gentlefolk and not the smallfolk.
>>49173120True. Misread that, still i do think it is a good idea. Would make it easier to rule the city if we are known as the guy who reined in the looting and slaughter/rape-
>>49173048>support HughWe kinda have to live here. Might make it more beneficial in the long run
>>49173134Agreed. Just wanted to point out your slight misunderstanding. Also we'll be living here so its for the best.
>Estranging the count of TripoliYeah GREAT Idea guy's especially since the north is SO loyal to Jerusalem at the moment what with Antioch and everything
>>49173186Fuck this nigga and his murderboner
>>49173378>murderbonernigga we can't just spare everyone because muh humanitarian POV we need to keep those we need happy to maintain the kingdom
>>49173411>humanitarian POVWhat ? All the reasons stated was due to self interest. Pretty much a "Dont shit where you eat" kind of deal.
>>49173411>>49173453ideally we want to chase a good number of them away so good christian folk can settle in the city.
>>49173538Offer a bit of extra pay for any european who wish to stay from our army ?
"Mercy is the gift of Christ," you said, and saw Hugh's nod of approval, "We must show ourselves not just to be superior in arms, but in character as well. My lady, it's a fair suggestion.""Very well," Melisende turned in her horse to call forth Raymond du Puy. "Master Du Puy, send your men to bring peace to the city. Give all looters the grace of an hour, beyond that they shall be punished as common criminals. This is a Christian city now, and Christian law shall be observed.""Aye my lady," the master of the Hospitallers said with a gentleman's salute. He turned his steed and rode out with his men around him, surcoats flapping as he roared Melisende's orders to his knights and serjeants. Many of the nobles seemed unhappy with this decision, but for the moment they kept their mouths shut.Melisende dismounted, with you beside her. Others soon followed your example, and you crowded the archway of Ascalon's citadel. The queen gave Malik and his unhappy friend permission to rise."You fought valiantly," she said, with a slight bow to the Muslim warriors. They gave slow response, bows of their own. She looked past them to the surviving soldiers, unarmed but still armoured, and past them to the frightened huddle of women and children. To them she said, "You all will remain in Ascalon, under guard and in apartments, and under the care of Ascalon's new lord, until word can be sent to your master in Fastut to pay your ransom. You will be given all good care."Malik translated her words for the Egyptian nobility, and they stirred uncomfortably at it. One, a golden skinned young woman with dark hair that escaped the hem of her scarf, asked Malik a question in their humming language. He looked back to Melisende."Who is to be the new lord of Ascalon?" he asked.
Melisende smiled, and turned to you. "Let it be known, that Ascalon shall be under the command of Wilhelm, Lord of Ramla." Some eyes widened among the Christians but others just nodded. Applause was given, but no great hearty cheer. Many did come up to congratulate you personally. Hugh grinned, squeezing your shoulder. Lord Gerard gave a simple nod. The Count of Foix gave you you a slap on the back. Prince Manuel gave you a generous smile and a half-bow.None directly grumbled, but you saw some jealous glances shared around.> Attained: AscalonYour men and those in the queen's livery began to file through the archway. Sir Etienne and his one-time squire, Sir Jacques, directed the arrest of the remaining soldiers, men-at-arms escorting them to quarters that could be secured. Beside you soon stood your brother, Sir Hugo. For all his knightly title, he wore the same arms and armour of this morning's combat, his axe and maille still bloody. His eyes flicked nervously to Malik.Behind him, waiting with your other men, was Sabeen. She seemed a nervous girl looking into the deep corridor of Ascalon.Before Malik was taken away, he came up to you."Well done my boy," he said, a grin despite the sorrow in his eyes, "You've come far since I first met you.""You were never my enemy," you said, "We just warred for a time.""A nice thought," he said, and he looked past you to his daughter, and his face went pale. "Come and visit me when you can," he said, before marching away with Templar escorts.Melisende touched your arm, turning your attention back to her. "What is your first order, Lord Ascalon?" she asked. Though she did not smile she seemed well pleased, a softening of her face you recognised from late nights spent together.> secure the treasury> secure the Jewish quarter> secure the mosques> write-in
>>49173586> secure the treasuryThere is still some left of that hour we gave them. Then we can secure the mosques.Or should we secure them first ? They are bound to have some riches in them AND we will look good for the common people?
>>49173586>> secure the treasury
>>49173586>> write-inStop malik quickly.Ask him about the assassin of zengi. and where the fuck he ended up. That one must be quartered.
>>49173586> secure the treasury> secure the mosquesif its anything like a proper christian city these should be the richest placesI'd recommend awarding some additional treasure to the Jerusalem nobles for their patience and cooperation in taking the city with only as much bloodshed as necessaryFUCK YEAH WE"RE MARRYING OUR WAIFU!
>>49173661>>49173586>>49173657Fuck yeah. Nabil needs to fucking die.
>>49173586> secure the treasury
>>49173669> secure the mosques> secure the treasury
>>49173669>>49173661Pretty much this.
>>49173657>>49173658>>49173683>>49173700>>49173738we need to secure both so we can doll out rewards as we please, please change your votes to >>49173669
>>49173586>>49173657Changing to >>49173669
Hey HF can we pay Maliks ransom to keep him hostage?I'd hate to fight him again
>>49173669They are going to get a portion of it.Remember the sections about the dividing of the treasury. Each noble will be getting a share.
>>49173822If we secure the Mosques it will allow us to give a more generous portion to those who grumbled about a lack of blood or suffered the worst of the losses during the siege
>>49173586>> secure the treasury>> secure the mosquesFaith and Coin, that's the only thing worth a damn right now.
>>49173661Why not send Malik to secure the Mosques as a gesture of good faith with Sirs Hugo and Jacques?
The treasury of Ascalon was a subterranean vault, dug into the earth in the time of Alexander. Wide and deep, it's walls were marked with ancient, even pagan, friezes of galloping centaurs and capering satyrs, both chasing after half-dressed women-folk across fields and waters. Others showed soldiers in arms marching in step, perhaps the armies of Alexander himself, or one of his many successors. The roof above was domed, a stone shelter.Beneath it, and before the eyes of all, were the treasures of Ascalon. Jewels and gemstones set into figures of gold and silver. Chalices, plates, small idols. Precious furs from exotic beasts, heaps of amber, jade, bolts of silk. Coinage taken as tribute or as plunder, showing the markings of dozens of nations. And set upon a bookcase, leather bound tomes and ancient scrolls.Your men gaped at the treasures before them, and yourself, you felt a hot prickling across your skin. Even with the divided take you were a rich man. Franz went and held up a golden bowl, holding it close to his eyes, fingers measuring the length of it. He looked back to you with an impressed nod.Rather than dive into your new treasure like a duck into a pond, you posted men upon the entryway and with a nervous flutter, left to see to other business. The corridors of Ascalon were wide, the roof high. You felt you had been transported back to the days of pagan gods and ancient armies, of the hundred thousand strong legions of Rome and Persia. Every where you looked you could see this place had not been made by Christian hands, you do not think such a thing could be made in this day and age. You were grateful for Malik's surrender, he could have punished you hard if you had tried to storm it.The entry chamber of the citadel was a waiting ground for the nobility. Chairs had been produced, and Melisende sat with her vassals."Portions of the spoils shall be divided as such..." she said as you passed.
You gave out orders for your men to go into the city and take charge of the mosques, to make sure the common folk were left unmolested and their treasures secured for your own good. In time these mosques would be reconsecrated into churches, it would not be practical to have them burned. With that last order given, you asked after the chamber of Malik. A soldier in the colours of Tripoli gave you directions.It was above a stairwell, and Sabeen guarded it, looking unhappy as she leaned against the door. She stood up for you. "Wil," she said."Is your father well?" you asked. She shrugged."He won't speak with me," she said, "Because I am..." Christian, you thought. None of your followers had sacrificed as much as Sabeen had, you realized. She had broken ways with her father and her faith in service to you.> offer her a reward of her choosing> never mind her, you had business with her father(sorry, lost my trip)
>>49174132>> offer her a reward of her choosingShe deserves it. She's also probably going to choose to marry Hugo and then Wilhelm is going to get really mad.
>>49174132> offer her a reward of her choosing
>>49174132gods.Hug her. Comfort her. He is her father, he will come around. We will talk to him.> offer her a reward of her choosing
>>49174132>> offer her a reward of her choosing
>>49174112>Precious furs from exotic beastsDIBS ON A NICE WOLF PELT FOR HUGO
>>49174132> offer her a reward of her choosinggood service is due a reward so long as it's not to do with releasing her father from our custody we will forfill it to our best ability
>>49174112>new treasure like a duck into a pondUNCLE SCROOOOOOOOOGE
>>49174154I think by now both Hugo and Sabeen have more than proven themselves.Honestly I can see Wil getting mad before giving a sigh of defeat and saying "Fuck it, I can't stay mad forever."
>>49174252same.I just beg hugo doesn't mouth off again.
>>49174252Guess we could make it up to Joyce by allowing him to build a chapter house in the city instead.Oh and we should probably write back home to Ramla and a certain someone in Jerusalem.
>>49174290Definitely yes and his choice of house in the city, free.
>>49174252yes but they can't get married still because dammit all Hugo has value beyond being our bastard brother>>49174290Yes and YES!
You place a hand to her armoured shoulder and squeeze."Tell me what you want, and if its within my power I'll give it to you," you said.She smiled. "What's there to give? The open road, a horse beneath me, a spear in hand..." but her expression went tender, "But I suppose there is one thing." She took your hand and placed it to her belly. "I think...I think a child is growing inside me," she said that with a nervous hitch in her voice, which put a fearful squirm in your chest. "I would like that child to have its father wed to its mother. If you would allow it." Her eyes were soft with gentle pleading.> yes> no
>>49174389> yesFine. Christ HF how much and for how long did they do it ?
>>49174389>> yesGoddammit, I hate it when I sense this shit."Hugo's a bastard-born. I won't let his children be bastard-borns."
>>49174404Bruh.They fucked like rabbits ever since the siege started.
>>49174389OH GODDAMIT> yeson the day the child is born though
>>49174389> yesI apologize for my selfishness
>>49174389Goddammit HF, now I'm visualizing Casca begging Griffith to let her marry Guts.You bastard, and if we find a stupid egg-shaped amulet in the vault, I'm-a quit you.
>>49174389>> yesGive her a hug. But ask her not to tell hugo yet. At least let us be the one to tell him. So that we might mend that gulf between us.
>>49174389>yesI'll not make a bastard of him
>>49174509>Implying you can quit HF's wild ride
>>49174625I've tried.It took HF's 3 month absence for me to feel free for once.Then he came back like the goddamn Pied Piper of Hamelin and ensnared me with his enthralling words.He's a fucking Apostle, I fucking swear.
>these votesHugo will have to do with being a family man without renown for marrying into brown
>>49174709Dude. Do you think he is just going to sit in a castle all day ?
>>49174709Dude. Hugo led the Forlorn Hope in the breach in the wall.Fucker also cleaved a line of spearmen while channeling Thorkell the Tall.
You smiled and brushed back her hair. "I would be happy to have you as a sister," you said, and kissed her cheek. She smiled and took you into a quick hug."Thank you, my lord," she said, kissing you on your scarred cheek. Once she released you, she stepped away from the door.You found Malik inside a small apartment. It was not uncomfortable, it had a small cot, a fire place and a small table set with fruit. An arrow slit let in air, and it was at this slight Malik sat, hand against his chin, turban half unwound, deep in thought. A shatranj set was laid upon the fruit adorned table, pieces in movement, some kind of play.He looked to you."You visit me early, I've yet to make this my home," he said with a wave to his environs."You seem comfortable enough," you said, taking a seat."And what brings the Lord of Ascalon to my door?" he asked. If he was bitter in defeat, it did not show in his tone."There was an Assassin in your number, a man named Nabil," you said, "He did personal injury to me. I would see him caught, and swiftly executed."Malik frowned, his hand coming out. "This man is not known to me," he said, "As far as I know, none of those fanatics were in this city.""He lead your night raid on Jerusalem's camp," you said, and touched your cheek to demonstrate, "I saw him there."Malik looked back out the window. "That is not good," he said, "I think the Old Man in the Mountain has his own game, one tied up with the Turk Zengi.""A conspiracy," you thumbed a shatranj piece. The set was as well kept as you remembered, polished but still impressed with the dimples of constant use. Malik shrugged."It is not my concern," he said, "I feel I have fought my last war, and lost it.""You kept your people safe," you said, setting the piece down.
>>49174724He can trudge along with Solomon. The lords and knightly orders won't give him much repute after this.
>>49174709>Implying this is the end of his adventureshe's going to be a fucking kingsguard>>49174686>Hf is an Apostle this was known
"Only due to your mercy, and that of Jerusalem's queen," he replied. He looked defeated, not just physically, but in his soul. "Leave me be, so that I may rest," he said, moving to his cot. He looked old, almost frail. It nearly broke your heart to see him struck so suddenly feeble. Like a son realizing the age of his father.How could you help this man?> let him rest> enlist him against Zengi
>>49174831> enlist him against ZengiWork for me.
>>49174831>> enlist him against Zengi"You've been a father to me-- nay, a better father than the one that sired me. If you could lend me your strength once again, it would gladden my heart greatly."Also drop that fucking bombshell."Also, Sabeen and Hugo are having a kid."
>>49174831>> let him rest>> enlist him against Zengi"I would ask that you come into my service once more but i'd not demand an answer now. Rest up old man. I'll come see you again."
>>49174831> let him rest> enlist him against Zengicould we offer him an Advisory role, Egypt is one thing but Zengi makes Rome tremble and that is something else entirelyhe doesn't have to fight for us just listen and give advice
>>49174831> enlist him against Zengi
>>49174831>> enlist him against Zengi
>>49174831You sure about this vote? It's literally "gain nothing" vs "gain something"
>>49174894>"Also, Sabeen and Hugo are having a kid."Sorta conflicted on dropping that bombshell. That really should be Sabeen's to deploy.
>>49175015have an old friend live out the rest of his days in relative peace or have him die fighting against Zengi?not really a lose v win scenario if HF ends the quest now
>>49174831> let him rest
>>49175018The way I see it, Malik won't talk to Sabeen so we may as well be the one to tell him. That way he can stop being a prideful old fart and make up with his daughter instead of dying alone and brokenhearted.
>>49175074Yeah, but I'm talking about anonsense. They're diplomancers and munchkins to the core.
>>49175112Sabeen would not abandon her father like this. It'll take some time for him to overcome his shock. He'll come around.
"Zengi has attacked Edessa, camp talk has it Edessa will fall," you said.Malik shrugged. "Zengi is a talented war maker, I can believe he saw n opportunity. None there can match him.""Jerusalem could use a capable man who knows the Turkic ways," you said, offering him your hand.Malik smiled but closed your hand into a fist. "I think I am done with war," he said, "But I thank you for the offer. I shall retire to Egypt, to Fastut. I have an estate there kept by a friend."You did not like his answer, but you saw he was determined."I understand," you said. You drummed the elephant light upon the head and gave Malik a smile. "You know you are to be a grandfather?" His eyes widened an inch, lips parting, but then they closed, his eyes became hooded and expression withdrawn.He closed his eyes, bowed his head. "God be with you, Wilhelm," he said."And with you, Malik," you replied.You left him to his bed, to his quarters. Once outside you were summoned to the courtyard. A squabble had arisen over the Jewish question. Their barricades had not come down, and the Jews had gone mostly unmolested. They had sent out a dignitary, a short, brown little man with long, curly sidelocks and a nervous eye for the armed Christians that surrounded us.He stood under Sir Hector's eye, unaware the young man was a Jew himself."I am Tirosh," he said with a nod, "My people wish to know what is to be done with us.""Cast them out," a call was made from a man-at-arms. "Who needs Jews?" another cried. You saw a flinch in Hector's eyes.> offer the Jews your protection> cast them out of Ascalon
>>49175171> cast them out of AscalonPut them in Ramla QUIETLY
>>49175171>> offer the Jews your protection"Are we all not children of God? For shame!"
>>49175171> offer the Jews your protectionFor a price of course.
>>49175204>tfw modern Hollywood sensibilities in a historical setting
>>49175171>> offer the Jews your protectionThere will a place for our abrahamic brethren.That they bring the jewgold helps.
>>49175200this it's the best answer and we can tax them
>>49175200Ramla is going to lke it even less. Just have them in Ascalon. They are good source of tax income.
>>49175200So you want an entire city quarter of Jews to relocate to a bumfuck tiny-ass village?This is as bad a the gulags and pogroms.
>>49175171>> cast them out of AscalonCAST OUT JUDA->>49175200this works better
>>49175250yes and? they can deal with it>>49175254YES AND? I CAN"T HEAR YOU OVER HOW PIOUS I'M LOOKING?
>>49175267>>49175200You want to put hundreds of jews into a small town of a half a thousand christians ?
>>49175171>> offer the Jews your protectionJerusalem has a jewish quarter. No reason why we cant have one here.
>>49175324no actually it doesn't non-christains are banned from the Holy city>>49175301yes
>>49175294Goddamn, why don't we just rename Ramla to the City of Jews while we're at it? That'll go real well with the entire realm and all.
>>49175301considering Ramla is basically going to be a small town with that influx I would have no problem with this.
>>49175171> offer the Jews your protection
>>49175381>quiet resettlment as opposed to openly keeping a jewish quarteryeah whatever we're basically Judas's kin at this point anyway
>>49175171>> offer the Jews your protection"who needs jews? we all do. who will do the work that you won't like to do, guard? Hmm? would you rather do the things that they could do for you instead?"
>>49173143>Letting enemy Saracen Muslims live in our city is beneficialNigga. I can't think of a worse penalty to governing a city, than letting a bunch of people that just got bludgeoned and their wives, daughters, and sister raped in front of them stay free in the city. They are now your enemies for life if they weren't before. You can't undo what's already been done. They should all be killed or enslaved now.
>>49175440>Nigga. I can't think of a worse penalty to governing a city, than letting a bunch of people that just got bludgeoned and their wives, daughters, and sister raped in front of them stay free in the city. welcome to Half of fucking europe at this point >They should all be killed or enslaved now.most of them damn well will be enslaved
>keeping Jews I wonder who was behind this
>>49175440It's gonna be 10 years of resentment before they stop being salty and pay their taxes properly.Now if we go the route of BENEVOLENCE...
>>49175519>going Full benovolanceOh so NOW we're going full Benevolancefuck off Lu bei
>>49175519>Now if we go the route of DIPLOMANCINGLOL...
>>49175171>> cast them out of AscalonIf I'm not too late.
now watch our piety drop to>some consider you a Hereticbecause we don't tow the fucking line and do what is necessary to appear pious
>>49175581now its sunjianfag pls
>>49175641what a way to close the quest
>>49175641We will appear pious when we allow the Templars to build a chapter house in our city
>>49175713not really due to the amount of ''FUCKING HEATHENS REEEEE'' we associate with and tolerate under our rule
>>49175736Who we will begin to convert and we will turn the mosques into churches.
>>49175763that really wont do shit I mean it's fucking standard practiceif we want to up our relations to piety we shold stand out
>>49175788Give a heavy tribute to the patriach of jerusalem ?
>>49175788There's piety.Then there's "are you fucking retarded you just eliminated 30% of the city's tax base because of a stupid religious whim".
>>49175788Didn't the drop in piety came about when we were scheming abit about how to off hugh and inherit jaffa.
>>49175763That's not what was voted, anonThat isn't even remarkable given the city is Christian now
>>49175811we're already pretty fucking rich I'd say suffer the loss and rebuild it another way>>49175827now it dropped because we associate with Goyim and Moslems you can damn well stick your dick and still be pious just see Hugo
"The Jews shall stay a subject people of Ascalon, protected by mine own hand," you said, with the understanding they would be well taxed in return. Where there was Jews, there was trade, and you felt confident keep a Jewish quarter in your city was for the long term good. It made Hector breath easier, but the Christians grumbled. No doubt they had dreams of dividing the wealth of synagogues and rabbis among themselves.That was the major issue. From there many of the common-folk were divided up as spoils alongside the pillaged wealth, destined for the slave markets of the Levant and further Europe. Lords were given their share of the reward, which many further shared with their loyal followers. The nobility were kept in relative comfort as word was sent to the Caliph and their relations in the turmoil known as Egypt. In that time you set about solidifying your rule in Ascalon.Mosques were topped with crosses as priests lay down benedictions, homes emptied of their Muslim inhabitants to make way for Christian colonists. Most of the Muslims not enslaved left willingly, unable to tolerate a Christian overlord or forgive the sack of their city and the despoilment of their people. Some Muslims stayed in small quarters, able to argue their value, frightened of the dangers of the road or with no relations to flee to in the countryside. The sight of armoured Hospitallers kept the peace, between Christian, Muslim, and Jew. The holy men, for all their zealous reputation, kept an even hand on transgressions, and few could argue the fairness of their measures. Many of the Lords of Jerusalem had remained in your hospitality, as had the Queen herself, a magnificent townhouse gifted to her and kept by her own people.
It was a week in such a state when the Gaza force returned. They marched up the high road, banners flaring around them, three men riding at the head of the troops. Solomon rode his war horse with helm upon his head, giving the Nubian an iron nose and shaded glare, though his smile was a crescent moon upon his dusky face. Blaise rode on one side of him, and Barisan on the other.A cheer went up at the victorious return of the Gaza forces. News had reached you of their crushing victory over the Nubian Guard, of the heroic exploits of the Christian defenders in repulsing wave after wave of attacking Egyptians. Solomon dismounted in the courtyard of your new citadel and embraced you warmly."Bother," he said, "You've done well.""As have you," you said, clapping his arm as you climbed out of his embrace. He wore a scar upon his chin, a small little diagonal cut. It was his only blemish. The troops dispersed amongst your own.With the return of triumphant Christians a celebratory mood had taken over the conquerors of Ascalon. Wine was soon flowing, and Solomon regaled you with tales of his exploits."I hear you have another reward coming," Solomon said with a knowing wink.You grinned. Ioveta would be here soon.A runner came from the queen, calling you to her residence, where she was entertaining Sir Barisan on his return. You fetched a fine coat for the cold weather that had set in, and crossed your city.It was still a land of armed soldiers, few colonists had yet to arrive, but some had started to show. Italians, Sicilians and Genoans both, had entered the city with the fleet. They haggled with Jews as badly as Jews, you struggled to separate one from the other except if the Jewish man had grown out his sidelocks, and even then the difference was minimal. Some soldiers had settled in the city as well. You know Bayard had sent for his wife, and Tancred's sons, not least his near twin Odo, had come to visit their wounded father.
The queen's residence was guarded by both templars and hospitallers. You found her in the garden, wearing her fur coat, drinking mulled wine with the dull faced knight, Sir Barisan. The trees had shed their leaves, turned into tall grey skeletons, long boney limbs arching out above the conversing party. Barisan acknowledged you with a bow."Lord Ascalon," he said. It sounded alien to you still to have that title."Wilhelm, sit," Melisende motioned to a chair, "We were just discussing what should be done with Gaza. Sir Barisan has suggested it should belong to my cousin Hugh. What do you think?"> by right it should be mine> give it to Hugh> it should be a royal domain> give it to the knightly orders> write in
>>49175959> by right it should be mineIf we cant then.>> give it to the knightly orders
>>49175959>give it to the knightly orderssir Blaise in his VALIENT defense of the city should establish a chapterRIP Orlando you could of had Gaza
>>49175959>> by right it should be mineBut if push comes to shove>> give it to the knightly ordersLogic: If we (or the knightly orders) are to be the Southern Shield of Jerusalem, then we'll need the land, wealth, and manpower to muster against the Egyptians.
>>49175959>> write inI would actually suggest that it be given to Barisan.Come clean. Tell her of the plot we've uncovered. By giving Gaza to Barisan, we'd seperate the plotters and keep the semblance of order, that we'd not have infighting about plots between christian lords.
>>49175959> give it to the knightly orders
>>49175959Talk with the Queen about Barisans plots first before making a choice.
>>49175959>>49176013a fair option that appears on the surface to be rewarding valor.still if anything, i support telling the queen of the plot whatever we do.
>>49175959Talk with the queen first about barisan
>>49175959I can't remember whose men were sent to defend it, honestly
>>49176013and make him more powerful for it? I think notif Gaza is given to someone else not a vassal under Hugh they will have to lean on us a LOT and with that we can basically make them our vassal>>49176070Templars
Barisan plan seems to be>give Gaza to Hugh, when hugh dies it goes to his sister which he marries.He gets Jaffa and Gaza. While still looking virtious. And he will have some serious fire power against us as Duke of Southern Palestine.>>49176070Barisan and Templars
>>49175959WAIT FUCK.BARISAN IS STILL THERE. HE DIDN'T LEAVE.ABORT.
>>49176070We sent Solomon.He counts as 1000 men.Fucker killed 4% of the total enemy force solo.
>>49176094Barisan has an afair with Hugh's sister who is currently his heir. He has tried to kill Hugh for when he dies everything he has will go to his sister who he will then marry.
>>49176086Owning a small town isn't powerful.Also, he'll owe his protection to us.
>>49176094Barisan conspired with Hugh's sister to kill Hugh.Also Barisan is the Marshal of Hugh's forces.Also Barisan has been fucking Hugh's sister.Hugh was Wil's liege lord.Fealty and loyalty demands that Barisan not touch Hugh's sister.Guess whose dick needs to be chopped off?
>>49175959>>49176095>BARISAN IS STILL THERE. HE DIDN'T LEAVE.ah shit. >>49176051 hereCan we speak with the queen privately.
>>49176115He plans to get Gaza AND Jaffa. Dont give it to him on a silver platter. We would be better of claiming it ourselves and give it to Etienne or one of the holy orders.
>>49176094>Kill Hugh inherit Jaffa, Gaza Etc>Kill Hugh's Heir inherit Jaffa,Gaza Etcits why I say we kill him if his wife is pregnant so we can secure the Heir and rule Jaffa as regent and Marry his sister off somewhere FAR FAR AWAY>>49176115Gaza is still a city, just one that is largely in ruins
"May I have a word in private?" you asked Melisende.She nodded. "Do wait outside, sir," she said, inviting Barisan to leave. Once he had done so you leaned across the table."You cannot trust that man," you said, "He conspires with Hugh's sister to steal Jaffa, and they will kill him to get it. He masks his treachery with loyal words, but the man is a snake.""I see," she said, sipping her drink, "Then what do you propose, that I give Gaza to you? I have enriched you once already, people will talk."> claim Gaza> see it given to the knightly orders> write-in
>>49175959> give it to the knightly ordersOrders love castles
>>49176163> see it given to the knightly ordersIt will also repair our piety and make sure our border to the south is well protected.
>>49176163> see it given to the knightly orders
>>49176163>> see it given to the knightly ordersI mean they will basically be indebted to us because they'll need support while they rebuild the cityGive it to Blaise of the Templars and we have a dog we can let off the leash on Egypt
>>49176163We will of couse keep a De Jure control over it, right even by giving it to the orders.
>>49176163>> see it given to the knightly ordersThe Templars and Hospitallers made up the entirety of the Center wave during the Wall Assault.Give it to them for their valor and courage.
>>49176163> give it to the holy orders
>>49176163>> see it given to the knightly orders"Better Gaza in the hands of the Templars and Hospitallers so that they may be the Shield in the South rather than that rat Barisan, who conspired to kill Hugh while bedding Hugh's sister."
I wonder if we can get someone to slip poison into that man's wine. He must have some he keeps in his tents.
I do believe it is time to shower our close friends and retinue in gifts.Also fuck Chiri while she wears that fancy dress of hers.
>>49176241>not getting Chiri a BETTER dress>not gettting Solomon Bronze decal armour with an Eagle motif>not getting Etienne something >not getting Hugo a wolf pelt>not getting Iovetta everything she ever wanted>not getting Hector knighted in secret>not getting everyone BLING>not giving Franz an estate>not starting a library of Muslim and christian texts translated to latin
Somebody post a good map of the crusader states at this time.
>>49176316Theres got to be something good in the vaults with all the exotic animal pelts in there.About hector though, how does one reknight him without exposing him as a fraud.
>>49176316I am actually in favour of building a library. Recording all the texts from east and west.
"Grant it to the knightly orders, the Templars," you said."A fair idea, they would make a good bulwark against Egyptian reprisals," she said, "I shall see it done."When Barisan returned Melisende informed him of this and the knight's expression went sourer still. "I must return to Jaffa," he said, saluting you both before leaving. You were happy to see the back of him, but knew there was no doubt some other scheme boiling away in his head.Your business concluded, you returned to your citadel in Solomon's company.The castle was so large compared to Ramla it seemed almost empty. You had sent word for your people to join you here, but they were slow on the road. Jacques, as a knight, had claimed a little corner for himself, and Etienne's apartments were right below your own. Etienne was busier than anyone else, with troops and queries from townsfolk, establishing homes for colonists and other such nonsense. He was an able administrator, and his diligence had spared you a lot of late nights peering over a desk.Chihirizahd had established your quarters and taken command of your servants, the kitchens, ruling the workers of the citadel as a general did his army, deploying and redploying workers where they were needed, dismissing and punishing those that proved to be too lazy or self-interested to be effective. She carried herself almost like a free woman, or a lord's wife, that some suggested she was good as th Lady of Ascalon while in their cups or in the market.Hugo spent most of his time in the practice yard with Hector, and when not drilling with him, in private with Sabeen. She had set aside her armour for now, going about dressed in silken garments. Though she was apostate, she served as a bridge to those Saracen women still held in ransom, taking their grievances to you or offering advice to them.All in, it was a suitable arrangement.It was then you heard from the road.Princess Ioveta's caravan had been spotted.
>>49176316>not getting Welf and Orlando the fanciest tomb in all of The Holy Land.
I'm going to take a break for a bit.There's a lot to get through in the next couple of updates.
>>49176372>Hugo spent most of his time in the practice yard with Hector, and when not drilling with him, in private with Sabeen. She had set aside her armour for now, going about dressed in silken garments. Though she was apostate, she served as a bridge to those Saracen women still held in ransom, taking their grievances to you or offering advice to them.... my fucking Berserk senses are tingling.Casca's gonna happen to Sabeen, I can sense it.
>>49176394Is it too late to ask Solomon to snipe Barisan's head from afar.Is Hugh still our guest?
>>49176372>Chihirizahd had established your quarters and taken command of your servants, the kitchens, ruling the workers of the citadel as a general did his army, deploying and redploying workers where they were needed, dismissing and punishing those that proved to be too lazy or self-interested to be effective. She carried herself almost like a free woman, or a lord's wife, that some suggested she was good as th Lady of Ascalon while in their cups or in the market.Oh yeah. Should probably get her a few servants. Considering she is the lords courtesan
>>49176372>Princess Ioveta's caravan had been spotted.Oh god. Oh god. Been a long time since they last saw. I wonder if our family is with it as well
>>49176372>Princess Ioveta's caravan had been spotted.at last, we're spending like the next week in bed with her we can Introduce her to Chiri the day before church so we can make extra confessions
>>49176394we love you HF
Break is being extended by a couple hours. See you guys soon.
>>49176474Bruh.Chiri and Iovetta are already acquainted. See the suptg archives.Chiri isn't our spymaster for nothing.
>>49176372>Etienne's apartments were right below your own. Etienne was busier than anyone elseGod dammit Orlando.We should bring his remains into the city and rebury him with a good headstone and cross.
>>49176574Thanks for letting us know.
>>49176442>getting your slave servantswow hey reign in that eagerness please, she can act like she's the top hen but we're getting marriedlets not get stupid with our sorta not really infidelity just because we've for-filled our halfway ambitions>>49176574hope everything is okay>>49176578I meant INTIMATELY
>>49176574Cheers HF, we'll be waiting warmly, nursing small ber.
>>49176616A menage a trois?Oh boy...
>>49176616Nah its pretty normal to have servants for high ranking mens concubines.
anon requested a map
>>49176635yes but I thought we'd kinda tone it down so as not to disrespect Iovetta and thus the royal family by openly flaunting the fact we have a concubine
Guys, any suggestions on how to deal with Barisan.
>>49176665Position Hugh sister away from Jaffa. Barisan will caught a tragic fever on the road.
>>49176672Ask the queen to take her as a handmaiden?
>>49176665Simple.You out him.You tell the realm that he's been fucking Hugh's sister and that as such he's betrayed the trust and loyalty of his liege, Count Hugh.Disgraced and dishonored, Barisan won't be able to do anything besides becoming a petty bandit.Then we send Hugo out on the roads with a Templar/Hospitaller patrol and conveniently kill Barisan.
>>49176636next move should be to obviously take Darum and establish castles along the river south of Gaza to shore up Jerusalem's south and gain good faith with the orders and minor nobility
>>49176703Not at this point though. We need to concentrate on killing zengi's army off.
>>49176703>>49176723Can still build the forts and castles to the south though
>>49176700we have no proof beyond Hugo's word and by slandering Aines we insult Hughwe need ''proof'' by feudal standards to prove it>>49176692further than that maybe france, germany or Italy, maybe marry her off to a ''suitable'' Husband like say Elinard?>>49176723both? I mean castles can be built while we're away>>49176731yes but the river makes a good choke point for marauders/armies
>>49176700>word against wordnamefag pls
>>49176766In the end, Barisan just needs to die.And Hugh should remain a guest with us till our wedding and the war with zengi.
>>49176808yes agreed if we really are going to keep Hugh alive and not kill him if his wife is pregnantmaybe bashed by some errant knight in the streets?
>>49176829We're not killing Hugh, fuck off.
We also need Hugo to tell Wilhelm about the Silk Road trade route which they want to open with him.
why don't we build a big fuckoff church to celebrate our marriage?also get Foix something much better than that emerald ring he gave usalso slaves lots of slaves pretty ones too
We should probably invite Sir Froggy and Co. to Ascalon to re-negotiate our trade deal. Heck maybe we could make him stay and relocate his business to Ascalon.
>>49177081Business ventures with him? sure besides it would be nice to see little Alain every now and then but maybe not so close to home least people think he looks like us
>>49177081Pretty sure Froggy's horse trading business has him dealing with the Bedouin. He'd be over the moon to have a branch office in Ascalon, or relocate as this anon put it.
Iovetta smut when?I'VE BEEN WAITING TWO FUCKING YEARS FOR THIS SHIT DAMMIT
>>49177304>quests ends at the wedding kiss and before smut
>>49177416This would be the ultimate blue ball.
>>49177304Just how impressed and flattered must she be ?He took over a city and crushed armies so he could marry her. Well that and the rank, prestige and fame.
>>49177416Hi satan>>49177455pretty fucking flattered I'd say
>>49177455I think she'd just go straight to being a humanitarian and break out the bread and soup for the common people.God's work and all.
Fuck.Nabil might still be in the area.
>>49177537not before we fuck her for like a week straightall day everyday allover our chambers and then introducing her to chiri for even more lewds.Then we go and confess the entire thing on sunday at church
Waifu is in Zengi's court now!
You guys know HF just bailed right?
>>49177655Uh, no. Did he give an update on twitter or something?
>>49177655I call bullshit>>49177706twitter is silent
Back, give me a sec
Hey HF, can the new arc be titled "Plus Ultra"?
>>49177971>plus ultraoh god I knew Hugo and Solomon reminded me of someone Hugo even broke his arm
They came down the Jaffa Road in company. It was a palanquin transported by burly slaves, the cabin hidden by heavy, rich curtains covered in a patterned weaves, beads clicking from the end. Before it rode a company of holy knights, tabards of the Temple of Solomon fluttering in the chill wind, necks covered in maille and heads hooded with nasal-barred, high domed helms. Beside the chieftain of the holy knights rode Hodierna, her golden hair bound up beneath an ornate, white silk head scarf that draped down around her shoulders. Her form clad in a tight dress of gold with white lace upon the bodice. She rode side-saddle, heavy skirts spilling down the side of her horse like a curtain.Behind her upon a horse rode young Prince Baldwin, whose cousin Constance shared his saddle. He wore a golden circlet around his brow, hair swept back to show a proud young face.In the train of the palanquin their came the Ramlan folks. Lady Unna, mother to Sir Hugo, dressed as finely as a high born woman, carrying across her chest a dark skinned babe. Etain, wife of Solomon, who had another dark child in her arms. Both the children belonged to Etain and Solomon, a twin boy and girl called 'Abraham' and 'Margaret'. Ancient Ibrahim rode behind them with the white-haired yet young falconer, Portia, assisting him. Ibrahim's wizened face was hidden deep into a fur lined hood. All dressed for warmth save Portia herself, who rode in tunic and breeches, white hair uncovered and rolling in the wind.Common soldiers marched escort around the train.
You stood in the gate waiting. Friends above on the wall cheered, Maggie's hand flying up to catch the eye of her old friend. Mohmed calling to his aged senior. Solomon stood beside you, eyes misting with tears for the sight of his wife and children, while Hugo squirmed opposite, flustered at the sight of his mother's grinning face. Behind you under the murder hole of the gate, Melisende waited for her sisters with Mathilde at her side. Your sister had become Melisende's constant companion and, you thought, her sole confidant since she had been separated from her sisters.The royals were first to arrive, and a page boy helped Hodierna dismount. She looked to you with a fond smile."Lord Ascalon," the beautiful woman knelt before you, her skirts pooling outward."None of that, Hod," you said, urging her up to her feet. She rose with grace, and stepped aside. Prince Baldwin rushed by to be reunited with his mother, but stomped himself, and turned to you with a look of dignity."Lord Ascalon," he dipped a bow, then did the same for Hugo, "Sir Hugo," he said. Hugo stepped aside and the boy rushed over into his mother's arms."My darling prince," she said, kissing him around the cheeks, making the boy blush and squirm for her public display motherly affection. Constance gave Hugo a shy little curtsy before joining her aunt.The palanquin was settled down, the slaves stepping away as the curtains were drawn back with a click of amber beads. With one long leg at a time Ioveta slipped out.She stood almost to your chin, her honey-blonde hair tied back in a single thick braid. She wore a fur stole of white, a dress of blue, her brow adorned with golden circlet. Across her nose she had the faintest dusting of freckles. Her hands were clad in white moleskin gloves. She tucked back a stray curl, dimples rising on her cheeks as she fought a blushing smile. The sight of her made your heart skip a beat.> bow to the princess> kiss her> write-in
>suddenly, HF Cunégondes the shit out of us
>>49178352>> write-inBow, sweep her off her feet and kiss her so as to make every other woman before us envyious
>>49178352>>49178387Yes why not.We've earned this outburst.
>>49178352> bow to the princessPeople are not suppose to know yet.
>>49178352>> bow to the princess
>>49178424>>49178387we are at the finishing line. Would be a dumb thing to trip just before it.
>>49178352>With one long leg at a time Ioveta slipped out.>She stood almost to your chin, her honey-blonde hair tied back in a single thick braid. She wore a fur stole of white, a dress of blue, her brow adorned with golden circlet. Across her nose she had the faintest dusting of freckles. Her hands were clad in white moleskin gloves. She tucked back a stray curl, dimples rising on her cheeks as she fought a blushing smile. The sight of her made your heart skip a beat.Holy shit did Iovetta just go from Hot to fucking Bombshell in the last year?> write-in>Stare dumbly
>>49178352>> bow to the princessNot public yet, hold yer horses
>All this self-restraint Wilhelm better literally spend a week in his quarters with Iovetta anon!
>>49178517Ofcourse he will.Hey, Since the sisters are here. Is the last princess here as well ?
>>49178517>shitters to the last
Iovetta digs showy displays of affection, in fact she confessed to us because we decided to talk to her in private first before seeing her off to her family.
>>49178533Alice? no way she's a glorified trophywife in Antioch and basically a hostage
>>49178547I meant Morphia.
>>49178352> stutter like a fool and blink several times at her beauty
>>49178576maybe?>>49178594this I like the Idea that we could play this as being the one woman who can make will lose his composure
>>49178352> write-inBow, smile dumbly and make it known to her that she looks fucking gorgeous
>>49178352>>49178486>>49178594>>49178639>>49178679> "Oh my... oh my... GOODNESS!"
>>49178707>taking different writeins as the same vote
>>49178817>not letting the waifu get to you for a moment before regaining your composure and following etiquetteFucking Theodore get out REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
Does Tancred still endure?
You bow low to her, and then when you are bent, look up to her with one eye, a grin slipping out. Your arms shoot up around her waist and a laugh explodes from her lips as you hoist her up into the air, so that now it was reversed, and your head came only to her chin. And you lowered her down so that your mouths could meet, and your lips formed into a breathless kiss as her arms wrapped around your head, sliding down around your neck as she slid down to your chest, until she was back on her feet but still slow to pull away."My Judith," you say into her hair, breathing in the very smell of her, your whole body warm and golden."Wil," she murmured into the crook of your neck, her lips brushing your stubble.You break apart to the applause of those watching. Hugo, Franz, Solomon, they grinned like fools as others looked on in dumb surprise. And when you saw Solomon's hand upon Hugo's shoulder and Franz give you a sly wink, your heart gave a sudden, sorrowful pang. You imagined two others standing with them, smiling just as broadly, Welf blushing while Orlando would be whistling. What would Welf have stuttered at you in this moment? What congratulations would Orlando have made?You turned back to your blushing bride. Ioveta looked up at you, biting happily her bottom lip. How you'd like nothing more than to kiss her again.Instead you pulled away, sweeping your arm toward the Ascalon gate. "Welcome to my city," you said.The others dismounted. At once Unna was upon her son and pulled him to her breast. "A knight, my boy is a knight!" she cried. Etain handed off her wiggling brats to Old Ibrahim, and then a moment later launched herself into her husband's arms for a soul sucking kiss that was most certainly unChristian. The guests came in and through the gate as applause went up from the walls, and your road toward the citadel garlanded even in this winter month.
Ioveta walked her arm in yours, the two of you leading this sudden procession. She leaned against your arm with a look of content bliss upon her face."We shall be married quickly," she said."I hope so," you said."I have much I want to share with you," she said, that smile she gave up to you hiding a playful thought."I as well," you said, your heart going thump-thump-thump.-The talk of a wedding was taking hold all through the city and the garrisoned forces, but not just a wedding for the new Lord of Ascalon. Talk had it his brother was to be wed too, bound in marriage with the beautiful dark swordswoman he had led to the light of Christ. What joyous news after the days of battle and grief.The question was, which would be first?> Hugo> Wilhelm
>>49178944> WilhelmI can imagine Hugo wanting something quiet and more private after all the grandeur is done.
>>49178920>>49178944>Will X Iove the worst best kept secret in Jerusalem> WilhelmBecause goddamit WIll's was the greater endeavour we litreally went to war for herHugo just bitched and moaned at us to let him marry her
>>49178920>You imagined two others standing with them, smiling just as broadly, Welf blushing while Orlando would be whistling. What would Welf have stuttered at you in this moment? What congratulations would Orlando have made?
>>49178944Goddamnit Welf and Orlando.
remember our wedding vows, everyone!Wil: "Fullmetal Alchemist.Io: "FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST"
Guys, we should make Iovetta a judge
>>49179124>notsay Wil?yes Iove?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjnllliXQT4
We should write to Adhelheid and inform her that she no longer has to fear about wardship for Iovetta as we will take over. Neither shall she fear her spirituality as Wilhelm will make sure she calls out to god every night.
It had been a mosque once. Now it was called the church of St Walpurga. It had the simplicity of most mosques, a high domed roof, a large open chamber upon which benches had been set. It was no great cathedral, but such things would be built in time.Within that humble church were the ranks of nobility and friends.You stood waiting at the newly placed altar, Hugo beside you, Father Desmond overlooking you both. In the ranks before you were your friends and companions, your family. Sabeen stood, with Hugo's mother Unna, both of them nervous from excitement. Solomon had Etain in hand, while Maggie hefted Etain's children on either shoulder. Mathilde looked up at you as if she was going to weep, but her tears were held at bay even if her lips wobbled and nose twitched. The nobles were all the remaining rich and powerful in the city. Hugh of Jaffa, Gerard of Sidon, William Bures, Elias of Maine. Some friends, others not. The chief missing suspect was Raymond of Tripoli, who had left, he said, to defend his people but had made no secret his growing dislike of you and your ways.Hodierna led the brigade of nobles, and she shared with you a secret little smile.From outside they entered arm-in-arm, Ioveta and Melisende. Attention turned to the sisters. They were near to equal height, and though Melisende was near twice Ioveta's age they were both of clear and clean long legged beauty. They came up together, and Melisende gave Ioveta's hand to yours. The queen stepped away, to the opposite side of the altar.Father Desmond raised his hand and began in Latin, "Do you, Wilhelm of Ascalon, take Ioveta of House Rethel, daughter of Baldwin and sister of Melisende, as your wife, to keep in sickness and in health, in fortune and poverty, until death do you part?"
>>49179268that is without a doubt the trolliest shit everI approve
"I do," you said."And do you, Ioveta of-""I do!" she said, and flustered under Desmond's frown and the chuckle of the crowd. He finished his call, asking off her obedience and loyalty, and all the rest, to which she replied in humbler voice, "I do.""Then I say, under the eyes of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, you are husband and wife."To which you took her chin in your hand, and kissed her softly to the applause of the crowd. Your wife, your love, Ioveta.-You were lead back to the citadel, to your home, to the shouts and well wishes of the soldiery and the crowd. A feast had been made ready, and some had begun to celebrate without you, but all your anxious energy was on your bride, your wife on your arm. She seemed too bubble with nervous delight as you walked up the steps into the citadel. Servants bowed deep before the entryway of the citadel, men-at-arms gave rough salutes.You looked down at Ioveta, and she looked up at you with lips parted, eyes wide.Now the question was, should you join the feast first, or take make your marriage official first?> go to the feast> fuck the feast, well, not the feast...
>>49179301> fuck the feast, well, not the feast...They can start the eating without us.
>>49179301Chiri prepare the chamber!
>>49179283>>49179301no Papa Wil? goddamit HF> go to the feastfor all of ten minutes, speaking of only eat what others eat and only drink what chiri serves us
>>49179301> Firstly send an assassin after Raymond of Tripoli, We need to nip this in the bud> Then go to the feast
>>49179301> play Johnny B. Goode
>>49179347No, Raymond's a friend of ours.>>49179301> go to the feastLet's introduce our waifu to our famalam.
>>49179347Not raymond. He stills owes a debt to hugo.
>>49179332There's a reason he isn't present.
>>49179347murderhobo please, Raymond can kill all he wants up in Tripoli we just have to allow him to kill more Muslims the next time he's in town>>49179301> go to the feastbe very select in what we eat and drink though only from Chirileave after about five minutes, barely make it to our chambers before fucking Iovetta for the next week straight
>>49179369motherfuckerI wanted shove this in his salty fucking face
>>49179301> go to the feast
>We're about to get that 'taster of royal cunts' bonus for doing all the sisters.
HF I swear if you ruin this I will burn this thread to the ground
>Theme for the Wedding nighthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ikf8hnlFXAI
>>49179470>inb4 Hashashins kill Ioveta while we fuck her for the first time
>>49179514I will murder you anon
Tables had been set in the broad hall, and you took your place at the head with your bride beside you. The guests came in as servants brought out jugs of wine and beer, plates of food. A roasted pig was the centre piece of the table, but fish stuffed with fruit, chicken and goat, beef and other delicacies were on display. Men cut slices of meat for women companions, dishing them out as jugglers and acrobats performed for amusement. One contortionist morphed her form into different letters of the alphabet, spelling out a dirty joke for the ribald laughter of the literate.Hugh clapped your shoulder. "Well done, Wil, well done," he said with a wink for his young cousin beside you.Other men congratulated you. Elias gave you grudging respect, and William Bures did as well.Your wine was poured by Chihirizahd, dressed in servant garb. "Your chamber is ready when you want it," she murmured into your ear.A toast was raised to you and your bride, who blushed deeply behind the rim of her goblet. A troubadour struck up a dancing tune, that a noble couple soon took up, other dancers took to the floor while others remained seated, to talk and feast. It was a happy affair, all animosity set aside at least for now.Sabeen and Una were in deep conversation, while Hugo had been taken aside by Franz, the two sharing a skin of ale. They saw you watching and raised to you a toast. To think it had been little more than two years since the three of you had arrived in this land, and how the world had changed around you.You looked back to your bride. She was sitting in silence, her cup in her lap. The candle light seemed to give her hair an ethereal glow, her cheeks a warm, golden halo. When she saw you watching her she brought up her lightly dimpled chin."Shall we stay, or go?" she asked, her vice taken with a thick suggestion, her hand exploring the cloth of your leggings. > stay> go
>>49179514We're gonna get Purple Wedding'd
>>49179470>everyones celebrating>guard is down>good food good wine>how about some drugsSay. Hashish
>>49179537> goBased chiri
>>49179537> shall we stay or shall we go... that gives me an idea for a song
>>49179575>Centuries later in a dusty bookstore Freddy mercury purchases a small book>it's titled Bohemian rhapsody: a collection of thrilling bedtales its full of lewd
Welp, we're tripping all the death flags, so it's been fun playing as Wilhelm with y'all, everybody!
>>49179557>As soon as Ioveta arrived, Chiri changed mastersshe Hashashin now faggot
>>49179633You think the assassin will impale the two of us on a spear so that we die in each other's naked, bloody embrace?
>>49179633Remember guys, the easiest way to stop HF from raping our souls is to just go along with it.
>>49179633>>49179644>>49179644>>49179655b-but Fairytale endings
>>49179655Or he impales our buttocks so he fucks us both at the same time.
>Wilhelm says "you are the best of your sisters" as he sticks it in.
>>49179693Why u do dis
Y'know, even if Wilhelm and Iovetta do get ultraviolenced on their wedding night, I think that's the right choice to make with us roleplaying as Wilhelm, so even if he dies, we played that character the way they were meant to be played to the end. In a way, that lessens some of the burden I feel whenever this quest has a another shoe waiting to drop on us.
You take her by the hand and bid your guests goodnight. They give you a hearty cheer, with knowing grins and winks shared all around.Your path was led by Chihirizahd in her servant's garb. She lead the two of you up a staircase, and back to a large chamber. She bowed by the doorway as she opened it."I will be out here should you need me," she said.Ioveta turned to you, stepping backwards over the threshold, pulling you bu the hand after her. Her cheeks were flushed and her smile broad but nervous. A curtained bed awaited you, the curtains near translucent. She led you over to the bed, sat you down, and then sat herself upon your lap.Your mouths were soon together, her tongue in yours, yours in hers. Her hands ran up yuor chest, then down, down to the lace of your codpiece. Your own trailed her back, discovering the knots of her dress and carefully unravelling them."I've dreamed of this," she said as your mouth found her neck, "Dreamed, and wanted." The dress parted across her back, and you pulled it forward, your mouth finding the flesh of her shoulder, falling down to kiss the flesh of her breast, Your hand slid down to pull the dress away entirely, and you slipped it from her belly, from her hips, until it fell down her legs to pool upon the floor. You held her nude form upon your lap, drinking in her long legs and well shaped hips, the tightness of her belly, and the fullness of her breasts.Your hand stirred the golden down above as your mouth found a hardening pink nipple, your teeth teasing out of her a cry, her hands pressing your head down closer to her chest. You turned and lay her back on the bed, your hand moving from that soft, golden down to the wet parting beneath it, finding the small mound.
She leaned forth and drew you fully from your leggings, her hands smoothing over its length, her eyes widening, her breath growing heavier. You turned her face to your as your hands explored one another, and your kiss drew that last breath from her that her grip tightened and she gave a gentle whimper."I want my husband to take me," she said into your ear, her mouth closing over it in an electric thrill. You drew yourself above her. She raised up her knees. You probed gentle and she flinched a little as you parted her womanhood. You pushed yourself with care into her and felt her back arch in your hand, her chest pressed against yours, her lips separating into a moan. You felt something break inside her, a gentle resistance soon gone. Her brows raised, her eyes closed, her lips twitched."Is it alright?" you asked into her cheek. She nodded. Her grip tightened on her shoulders. "I can go slow," you said.Her eyes fluttered open. "Don't," she said, and she locked her calves around your thighs, pulling you in deeper.-There had been little blood and no pain. You were glad. You sat back in the bed with Ioveta lying across your chest. Your manhood glistened as it hung limp across your leg, brushing her thigh. She slept with a soft, almost cat-like smile. Her hair was plastered across her forehead in sweaty dark knots. Your hand traced a circle between her shoulder blades.You could lie here forever, you though, watching her sleep.It was all worth it. All the struggle, the pain, the heart break and grief, just to have her.And, of course, Ascalon.-> switch to Mathilde> switch to Hugo
>>49179891> switch to Hugo
>>49179891> switch to HugoSmall wedding ceremony on the DL
>>49179891> switch to Mathilde
>>49179891>> switch to Mathilde
>>49179891>switch to Mathilde
>>49179912>>49179916>>49179922>>49179934we're not fucking Elias you know that right?
>>49179942When have fat fucks ever stopped us from fucking who we want?
>>49179959Eliasfags get out reeee
>>49179891>switch to Hugo
>>49179959When they usually have something we want, like I don't know, potentially the ear of the king of france and can potentially mend said relations with said king
>>49179967IC we still have to confront Elias as Mathilde over what he told Hugo.>>49179980Something Wil wants, or what Mathilde wants? Please try to imagine that these characters are not the same entity.
>>49179934changing vote to Hugo, you can (you) me to test.
You are Mathilde of Koblenz.And you watch your brother kiss his dark skinned bride. The two smiled at each other with an obvious joy that left you feeling hollow. The priest consecrated the wedding, under the eyes of the Lord and Lady of Ascalon, Wilhelm and Ioveta. A cheer went up from the small gang of attendants, and you yourself applauded. Jacques shook his friend by the shoulder, kissed his bride on the cheek. Sabeen blushed through her black skin. You were happy for them both, you loved them both.It was a humble affair, held in an open courtyard beneath the sky, with only their closest companions in attendance. There would be no feast, but you knew your mistress had a wedding gift planned for Hugo.The happy couple walked from the church hand in hand and you struggled to keep from crying the way you had at Wil's wedding.You walked alone a ways.It was up by the docks you saw him preparing to set sail. Elias was leaving the Holy Land, perhaps for the last the time. His inheritance of Maine was in dispute, or that's what the local gossip said. He stood upon the docks directing men for and aft, an irritated look on his face. He saw you and that irritation disappeared.There was a lot you wanted to tell him.> bid him farewell> watch him leave from a distance> write-in
>>49179998just delete your post and put a different vote
Aaaand I see the vote has switched right as I click 'post'.
>>49180008> bid him farewell> will you come back to me?
Rolled 1 (1d2)>>49180020well, in that case, we'll roll with it.1 = Mathilde2 = Mathilde
>>49179997yes I do, depending on the result of what Melisande did with the letters she wrote, Jerusalem may or may not need to do something to win Elias over.> write-inslap him tell him he's a horrible man, and that we wish to see him again aliveMelisande needs an emissary to Jerusalem Matty should jump at the opportunity
>>49180008> bid him farewell
>>49180047Goddammit I meant France FUCK
>>49180008>bid farewell peace out holmes
>>49180008>> watch him leave from a distance
>>49180008>> bid him farewell
>>49180008> bid him farewellcome back alive sometimelet's at least be courteous to him
You cross the ock to where he waited, the strong smell of the sea perfuming the air. Waves lashed distant rocks, throwing up a white spray. He stood tall, bear armed, his expression thoughtful and grim."Matty," he said, a red lock drifting in front of his stupid handsome face.You put out your hand. "I came to bid farewell," you said, "I hope things go well for you, sir, I really do."He took your slender hand in his broad one, squeezed it. "You're a remarkable woman, Matty," he said.Your brow crinkled. "Is there something you wish to ask me?" you said. He looked away, uncertain. Then he looked back up with a resolve in his eyes. His hand came to your cheek."Come with me," he said, "Let me show you France, Anjou and Maine. You deserve more than the rocks and sand of Jerusalem." You trembled against his hand.> no> yes> write-in
Hmm, we could always just go to France with Viyan. After all, the betrothal to that other guy is only for the benefit of our father, so that his daughter has an actual reason to stay in the Holy Land. If we don't stay in the Holy Land, we don't have to marry.
>>49180134> yes> "That betrothal was only made so I could stay in the Holy Land. If I'm not staying, then that would make it null and void, no?"
>>49180134> write-inI can't [/spoiler]Matty murders her husband when?[/spoiler]
>>49180170We don't have to marry him if we don't wish to stay in the Holy Land. If we leave, we free ourselves to go with Elias.
>>49180134>> yesFairly difficult choice but ended with this since Mattie has seen both her brothers happy with who they want to be. Why not her.
>>49180134> noJesus fucking christ we have a duty here, we have the ear of the queen and a duty to marry a fat fuckyes Elias is Matty's husbando but going off to marry him and become a trophy wife in france is not in character for her, not at least while she's bethrothed
>>49180203So while we get our things, we ask Melisende if we can be released from her service, and also ask Viyan if she wants to come along.
>>49180134> nomore specifically to all legal understanding she can't, not without Will's consent anyway
>>49180203It can go both ways.Mathilde is like a storm in a teacup. Raging, willful but sticks to her duties and position as much as possible until shes cracks under alot of stress like we saw with that incident with Hugo.This is one of those moments where shes cracking, watching both her sibilings marry their loves while she sees her future as a mere chess piece.
>>49180134> noFrance probably doesn't look all that different to Germany anyway. Also Melisende likes us.
>>49180225We already left a Wil without their consent, how do you think we got here?
>>49180248If Melisende likes us, she'll let us go. Plus, you sound like you've never been to Germany nor France.
>>49180214yeah no Matty is has always been duty bound to her family like it or not, so unless a strategic marriage happens and the bethrothal broken I dont see it>>49180243I still don't see it maybe if she as a chess piece gets an opportunity to move I can see her try to be happy but otherwise.>>49180249Duty to Family>Family>>Duty to safety
>>49180262only with good cause, we are a powerful asset to her family in a more official capacity now that we're are an extension to hers
>>49180134> yesWhat Mathilde wants is to be acknowledge as a person. The only ones who has ever been close to that is Hugo and Elias.
I think an arc in which Mathilde helps Elias with his thieving brothers could be fun to play.
>>49180134> no>kiss himdon't you dare die on me
>>49180282She helps wrestle back his inheritance, Elias continues his forays in the holy kingdom, bringing men and materiale.
"I can't," you said.He smiled. "I know," and then he kissed you soft upon the lips, slow to pull away. He manned the gang plank. "Come on you dogs!" he roared at his men, "We've a hard sea to battle. Every man to his station."The sailors scrambled at his words as he strode up the gang plank. At his last he looked back to you and waved. "We will meet again, Mathilde," he said, "In this life, or the next."You raised a hand in turn, your chest tightening as the ship pulled away, as Elias disappeared from your life in a spray of salt water and the harsh cry of a seagull.It was in a mental fog you returned to the Queen's quarters. She was with her sisters, sharing in some bedroom gossip. Ioveta saw you and rose. "Join us, sister," she said with a grin.Sister, you supposed that was true. You were a dark crow among golden swans. You took a seat at their table. Melisende's hand stroked your arm, a look of concern on her face. "Are you well?" she asked. You nodded, but truthfully you felt sick to your stomach.You rose from your chair to excuse yourself, dashing back into the street.> roll 1d100, best of three
>>49180134> "Before you leave, can you kill my betrothed? He tried to rape me earlier, and I don't like his face or attitude."
>>49180282>Arcthat's a fucking spinoff quest in and off itself it's one of the reasons for how the Hundred years war happens
Rolled 65 (1d100)>>49180303
Rolled 19 (1d100)>>49180303>>49180310Welp, too late now, players thought with their wilhelms as Mathilde.
Rolled 84 (1d100)>>49180303
Rolled 73 (1d100)>>49180303Fuck this is heart breaking
>>49180321as much as I adore HF and anything he will ever run, I just couldn't see Mathilde running off and abandoning her family without being actually allowed too.Being Mathilde is suffering though and duty doesn't change that yet
Now y'all relax, this isn't the end of this relationship, we can leave for France later when we get permission and our things.
>>49180349>Get to France>Find Elias in a pile of whores that look slightly like us
>>49180363>Mathilde equal measures flattered and intimidated of what she'll have to live up to
>>49180346She does waver. like asking hugo to fuck her. A moment of weakness is sort of ic.
>>49180363goddammit Anon now I have pic related in my head>>49180392without a doubt, but when rationality rules duty trumps everything except maybe family
You fought the urge to sob as you bounced against someone's shoulder."Forgive me," you said, backing away."Never," Viyan said with a grin, straightening you up.You popped back in surprise. Last you had seen her was at Hugo's small wedding."What's got you upset?" she asked, brushing back your hair from your face. "Please don't tell me it's a man."Your face wrinkled up as you nodded and Chihirizahd's mouth formed a sympathetic line, her hands cupping your chin."They will do that," she said, kissing your brow. You fell into her arms with heavy sobs, cursing yourself as a stupid girl while she held you making soothing, mothering sounds. Which made you all the more miserable. Viyan was a woman who would help rear children, but never have children of her own, a slave who must watch the man she loves raise a family with another. How doubly selfish of you, which made you cry all the harder.She took you to the shade of a date tree, sat you down upon a stone bench, drying your eyes with a linen cloth. Helped you blow out your nose."I'm sorry for being so silly," you said."You've no reason to ever say that to me," she said, kissing your cheek. How you wished you could be like her or Princess Hodierna, and find comfort in the arms of women, but the desire wasn't there. Viyan deserved someone who would hold her first in her heart, something you weren't sure you deserved. "If there's one thing I've learned my love, it's that time changes all fortunes," she smiled for you with a happy warmth."Thank you," you said, and kissed her back on the cheek. Her smile grew. "I love you, Viyan, whatever else, " you said.She kissed your hair. "I love you too, Mathilde," she said and rose from the bench, "And there are others who love you too, waiting for you in the castle." She held out her hand and you took it, and together, arm in arm, you walked back to the castle of your brother.
>>49180432man, its raining in ascalon.
>>49180432and this is why Chiri/Viyan remains best girl
>>49180453I wonder if it snows this time of year in this part of the world?
>>49180464it does, up in the mountains anyway
>>49180464Only at the start of the year. Jan - Feb period.
You are Hugo of RamlaAnd you are a married man, a child expected.You leave your love upon your marriage bed. She was nude save for the blanket and her sweat, which soaked the blanket so close to her skin she might as well be nude. You drew a cup of clear fresh water and knocked it back, savouring the sight of her lost in sleep. The way her brow twitched when she dreamed set your heart a-glow.A knock came upon your door and you drew on tunic and leggings. A man in the livery of Queen Melisende was waiting."The Queen wishes to speak with you," he said."I'll call on her at once," you said.The man shook his head. "Nay sir, the queen awaits you now. In your waiting room," he gestured to the opposite door. You stand up straighter at that, combing back your wild blond locks with fingers, hoping you made a presentable figure, painfully aware of the brush of soft whiskers on your upper lip that could stand a razor's touch. You followed the herald out to indeed where the queen was waiting.You had been given a servant by your brother, a platinum haired girl by name of Portia, and she and the queen spoke as the queen waited upon a seat, her legs crossed, her expression lively for the conversation they shared. Her eyes switched to you and she leaned forward."My fair paladin," she said. Paladins, the knights of Charlemagne, you blushed for the complement. "Does your lady slumber within?""She does," you said as you took a seat. Portia poured you both some wine. "I am honoured by your visit," you said, taking the cup, "But am curious why you call upon me, a lowly knight.""Lowly?" she arched a brow, "Your humility does you credit. I recall a conversation we had once, and thought to renew it. I am also looking for a tutor for my son, a knight for him to squire with, and a man for him to learn from.""He has a father," you said with a lump in your throat."He does," Melisende said. She did not ask the question aloud, if you would join her household.> yes> no
So is Viyan gonna teach us the secret techniques so we can compete with Elias's french girls?
>>49180545>FIRST PART OF THE REGIMEN - Going to brothels and standing outside closed doors while keeping our composure and holding heavy objects for long periods of time.
>>49180545>> yesDamn, Solomon and Wil will be sad to see him leave for a time. Still there will be time for travel between the cities.
>>49180595>Teaches the trainee patience, keeping a cool head, and endurance.
HF, did we invite Count Foix to our party? If not, I would feel as though it was a lackluster affair.
We had best hurry up fashioning the Wulfen Helm for Hugo
"I would be honoured," you said with a bow.It was then that Sabeen entered, brushing out her hair, wearing a contented smile, a long tunic and nothing else. When she saw the queen her smile turned into a shocked gasp, and she hurried to hide her dark-bronze thighs. "Your majesty," she said, and you moved between them to give your wife (you smiled just thinking the word 'wife') some modesty.Melisende just laughed as she rose from her chair. She went and flicked your chin."We leave tomorrow," she said, and then she nodded to Sabeen, "I shall see you on the road, my lady."The Queen and her herald departed, and when it was just the two of you alone Sabeen at once was kissing you with a laugh."You are the best of men, Hugo," she said, "You will do well." Her love was a fire in your heart, and a stir in your loins, and the next thing you knew you had her against the wall, loving her for the second time that day.Your brother would be sad to see you go, and though the rift between you was healed, it was time you became your own man.
>>49180639Nah, I'm thinking a bull or a wolf.
>>49180662Its really great that Hugo is going with the Queen.Matty sorely needs familial comfort since chiri wont be at the Jerusalem. Hugo will be there to stand beside her.
>>49180664>wulfen>WolfWolf Helm, man. Also bull doesnt work since Hugo was howling during the battle.
>>49180664Wolf the bull is for if we ever recruit a Greek monster and we hear about the man o taur
>>49180700A bull roars as it gores and stampedes its way to victory.
You are Wilhelm.And you have killed, you have loved, you have warred and made peace. You have seen ancient cities in ruin and the splendour of Christendom. You have been a rogue, a knight, a bard, and a lord. You have been an outlaw and a hero. You have known love and hate, suffering and joy, victory and defeat.You have triumphed where other men have failed.This was your story, though the tale runs beyond the story told.You are the Lord of Ascalon, long may you reign.The End.
>>49180664>>49180700>>49180712>>49180719You're all dumb, Eagle helm for Germany.
Aw fuck. Oh well, gg errybuddy
>>49180726Goddamn HF. Did you ever think it would had come to this ?It was a great, wild and crazy run and i am happy to have seen it to the end,
>>49180726Thanks for running HF.Like, quite a lot of thanks.
>>49180726If it was going to end here, maybe mattie should have crossed the sea.Still, I am content with this.Thanks for running HF. Thanks for the quest. It's been a long ride way back when we first found Solomon till this point.Thanks for the ride.
>>49180762Well, Mathilde did get a sweet scene with Viyan, so even if she didn't get what she wanted then, she has the support she needs to get there.
>>49180726Damn we actually saw some kind of end. Quite the journey. Wish i had any questions or anything more to say but i have stayed up for too long and is almost falling asleep in my chair.
Giselle druid quest when?
Is it epilogue time or is that it?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=An5WJC8eJjISolomon of Makuria went on to have five more children with his wife Etain. He remained in Wilhelm's service, gaining a reputation as the 'Bear of Jerusalem', a warrior undefeated on the battlefield, but defeated time and again by the will of his tiny Irish wife.
HF, can you write us a scene of Hugo and Matty drunk making out in that stable with two giggling girls watching?
Tancred of Jaffa recovered from his wounds, but retired to the countryside with his wife and children. His son Odo replaced him in Wilhelm's service. Tancred now raises goats and keeps bees in comfort and quiet.
HF, I want Byzantine blood. We have not had it yet.
>>49180726a MASSIVE thanks for these past two years HF it has been amazing reading these last two years and hope you continue in the futureGod be with you and I hope you return
Franz Judd returned to Ramla for a season, spending his time in the company of his young widow. However such company soon grew on his nerves, and he set out alone into the wilderness, living the life of a huntsman. A chair is kept for him by the fire of Ascalon's great hall.
>>49180788>>49180801Oh boy here we go.>a warrior undefeated on the battlefield, but defeated time and again by the will of his tiny Irish wife.
>>49180788>the 'Bear of Jerusalem', a warrior undefeated on the battlefield, but defeated time and again by the will of his tiny Irish wife.my sides
Sir Etienne remained in Wilhelm's service, becoming his trusted left hand in affairs of state. The Gascon knight never married, and never fathered children. No one discovered his secret.
>>49180820>No one discovered his secret.whatWHAT
>>49180805Ascalon was a stepping stone to us getting around to killing that Pirate, we need Theodore Doukas Komnenos' head.
>>49180828He is gay
Maggie Ui Harra grew bored with castle living, and eventually took up a hatchet and bullied her friends Mohmed and Sir Jacques into accompanying her into adventures in the holy land. Rumour has it she had reached as far as the forests of Hindustan.
Sir Jacques was dragged into an adventure by the strong will of the Irish adventurer Margaret Ui Harra. He moans about his fate every day as he sees sights unseen by Christian eyes and battles perilous enemies no European has faced before. He hates to admit it, but he is madly in love with her.
HF, can Hugo and Wilhelm challenge Theodore to a duel on the deck of his flaming ship in the center of a fierce naval clash?
>>49180843>Best potato>goes to Hindustan>Bullies Muslims and Christiansmy sides
Mohmed is quick to accompany Maggie Ui Harra on her adventur, keen to get out from under the controlling thumb of his ancient uncle, Ibrahim. He seeks to write a catalog of all he has seen in her company. He is also madly in love with her, but is too shy to confess.
Ibrahim lives out the last of his days in Ascalon, in service to Lord Wilhelm. He misses his nephew, but soon finds a new source of joy in the children he delivers for Wilhelm and Ioveta.
>>49180843>>49180859>>49180872Jeez Maggie, slow down there.
They died in Viet Nam.
Them irish lasses bullying their husbandos.>>49180859>>49180872Ahahahaha. Abrahamic sandwich.
>>49180887That's quite a way away.Also sad.
>Solomon and Etain has seven children.One of them got to be named William/Wilhelm
Bayard remained in Ascalon with his young wife, Gwendolyn. They had two children that survived to maturity. Though he misses Mathilde, Bayard concerns himself with his duty to Lord Wilhelm, and becomes a figure of security in the city.
He died in Viet Nam.
Achilles Angelus disappeared one day leaving behind only a single, blood stained note written in a language none could decipher. No one knows what became of him and his disappearance remains a mystery.
>>49180908>Though he misses Mathilde, Bayard concerns himself with his duty to Lord Wilhelmwat? WAT?!
>>49180908Aw. Thought he would have followed Mattie. Wil would have happily provided that small household protection detail.
He was later found dead, in Viet Nam.
>>49180916DAMMIT FUCKING GREEKS
Hector of Saxony/Daniel Schmidt continued to live the lie of his stolen identity. He went on to join the Knights Hospitaller and rose to become prominent in their ranks. He still harbours feelings toward Mathilde.
>>49180916IA IA CTHULHU FHTAGN
Sir Hermann was kidnapped two weeks after Wil's wedding. Last reports have him as a galley slave on an Egyptian ship.
He was eaten by a family of crocodiles.
>>49180939I get the feeling this is mostly just to pull our legs. But i am having fun.
Chihirizahd/Viyan of the Valley, remained in Lord Wilhelm's service. She become a second mother to his children, and a second wife to her lord. She remained happy, safe, and loved, for the rest of her days.
Malik ibn Mujir remained true to his word, and retired to a town house in Egypt. There he remained an againg man, until an ambitious young Kurd came to seek his service...
>>49180954Chiri got best end confirmed.
>>49180954B E S T G I R L
>>49180954best girl got best end
>>49180965>kurdNo.NO NON NEIN.DAMMIT NOT SALADIN.AAA FAGGOT COCKSUCKER WHAT DID HE HAVE THAT WE DIDNT.
>>49180965>Malik ibn Mujir remained true to his word, and retired to a town house in Egypt. There he remained an againg man, until an ambitious young Kurd came to seek his service...what? WHAT?! OH FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU-
Jehanne remained in marriage to Sir Matthias. She raised a healthy young son and two daughters. Her son, Alain, would go on to gain a knighthood of his own. She has been known to frequent a certain house from time to time, to visit an old friend.
>>49180980Piety and Islam>>49180983WE DAMN WELL HAVE BETTER SQUIRED ALAIN HF!
>>49180983Wilhelm the queen's gonna cut your dick off
Neomi remained a lover of Gerard of Sidon for a few years until she grew bored with him. She found future patronage in the form of Sigfrod of the Danes.
>>49181006Goddamn Neomi. Fucking kek. Gkad to see her and Jehanne did alright with Alain as well.
>>49181006its always the size of the dick isnt it.
Sigfrod the Dane remained in Gerard's service, becoming a mentor to Gerard's son Eustace. He has been doing his best to instill a fierce, Nordic spirit in the boy, to mixed results.
Adelheid was last seen in the court of an infamous Turkish warlord. She has said to have entranced him with her cold beauty but warm love making, become first woman of his harem. Rumours reach Christendom of her rise in his court..
>>49181024>IRON PRICE, BAYBEE! WITNESS ME!!!!!!>Sigfrod: Good, now hold the axe by its handle and not the metal part that's drawing blood currently
>>49181006I am STILL annoyed we didn't get to bring Viking bro along for the ride.
>>49181045Top tier spy senpai.
Zoe Doukas outlived her first husband. She remarried a common soldier, a handsome and gentle-mannered infantryman named Miles.
>>49181059But how did he die?
>>49181059thank christ Zoe deserved better than that shitstain
>>49181045pffft>>49181059Well at least she found some happiness.
gottasleep, will read laterthanks
Sabeen ibn Malik never lost her taste for fighting, even after carrying three children. She continued to fight, some say she was the second best fighter in the Holy City. She opened a martial school for young woman, and became a mentor to Princess Morphia.
>>49181086>She opened a martial school for young woman, and became a mentor to Princess Morphia.Oh she must have noticed.
>>49181086>She continued to fight, some say she was the second best fighter in the Holy City. She opened a martial school for young woman, and became a mentor to Princess Morphia.Woo!
>>49181086Hugl and Sabeen got three children!Wooo!
Hugo of Ramla became famous as the most talented knight in Jerusalem, a beacon of chivalry and justice. He served as a mentor to Baldwin, the future king of Jerusalem. Lords, kings and emperors from around Christendom begged him to train their own sons, but he refused. He did not wish to be parted from his wife or their three children.
>>49181109>Hugo training Baldwinpic fucking related
Ioveta reigned as the Lady of Ascalon, famous for her beauty, grace and intelligence. She held court on matters of law, love and spirituality, and in time wrote a well received book on these subjects. She difficult pregnancies, she lost her first child, but went on to give her husband a boy and a girl.
>>49181125Im kidding anon>>49181121>She difficult pregnancies, she lost her first child, but went on to give her husband a boy and a girl.;.;
Wilhelm, Lord of Ascalon, lived a long and ultimately happy life.
>>49181121>She held court on matters of law, love and spirituality, and in time wrote a well received book on these subjects.J U D G EUDITH
>>49181134Well that was really the biggest suprise.
>she lost her first childWILHELM THE THIRD, NOOOOOOOOO
>>49181134>>49181142Must have constantly fought off the followers of the old man in the mountain.
>>49181134Good job Wil.
>>49181134fuck yeah old man Wilhelm>>49181152I like to think everytime he did it was an accident
Oh god its 5pm here. HF has ran this last session through my entire workday since morning.
>>49181170From around 2am to 11am here.
>>49181134oh god I don't want this quest to end
>>49181134Thanks, HF. It has been an amazing ride. I hope life treats you well and that you grace us with more of your great writing.
Mathilde of Koblenz was last sent to France by Melisende to negotiate the release of her step-son, Elias of Maine, from the dungeons of his brother Geoffrey of Anjou. Due to the beginning of the Anarchy in England following the death of Henry the First and massive unrest opening in the Holy Roman Empire following the sudden death of Empire Lothair, she has yet to return.
>>49181195Ah mattie. Thanks queenie. I hope shes happy whereever she is.
>>49181195Well shit, I wanna play that now.
>>49181195>Mathilde of Koblenz was last sent to France by Melisende to negotiate the release of her step-son, Elias of Maine, from the dungeons of his brother Geoffrey of Anjou. Due to the beginning of the Anarchy in England following the death of Henry the First and massive unrest opening in the Holy Roman Empire following the sudden death of Empire Lothair, she has yet to return.OH GOD FORESHADOWING!
>>49181195My trip disappeared. Sorry.That's it. I'll stick around for a QnA. Thanks for sticking with me these two years.
>>49181206>EmpireEmperor.So many spelling mistakes. God damn.
>>49181208Did you ever think it would had went on and ended like this when you first started ?What are your thoughts back to then ?
>>49181208So did Giselle ever return to help her friend Chief Oskar deal with the imbalance of nature?
>>49181208You successfully finished a quest! Which is far more than what most quest runners can claim. How do you feel now that its over? Any thoughts on running this quest through its course?
>>49181208If you ever think about running again how canon will all of these epilouge be ?I take it Elirand died early like in history ?
>>49181208What if we'd attacked the citadel?What if Hugo and Sabeen weren't allowed get married?Does Hugo still come back to Ascalon for christmas?
>>49181208Thanks for not dropping this like a ton of bricks anytime in the two years you fabulous motherfucker>Favorite bit>Worst bit>Potential follow up quest with Matty with a bit of SOL from Wil and Hugo?>What could have happened this thread?>Favorite character?
>>49181217They reconciled briefly and had a second son, Amalric. However they soon fell out again and Fulk suffered a 'hunting accident' this time. Melisende didn't remarry.
>>49181208How many children are named Welf and Orlando?
>>49181247>However they soon fell out againBut why? back to his old ways?
>>49181235Elinard still died young. I haven't made up my mind if he married Mathilde or not.>>49181254If you guys want to name Wil's kids to Ioveta, go ahead.One is a boy, the other a girl.
>>49181262Orlando and Melisende.
>>49181262Welfhelm and Orlanda
>>49181262Did mattie at least get Elias out of the dungeon?Assuming the Zengi force was repulsed? Did Damascus ride out in support?
>>49181261He was a thoughtless bore who desired control, and Melisende wasn't willing to give it up.In this timeline Melisende is remembered as one of the most capable of crusader monarchs. I don't want to go into huge detail about her reign from this point on, or the broader changes to Jerusalem's history, because I haven't really made up my mind about what has happened yet.
Elias is shit.
>>49181208pic related, your thoughts?
The reason you didn't let Wilhelm and chiri have a child was because it would be too op. Right?
>>49181278>In this timeline Melisende is remembered as one of the most capable of crusader monarchs.Probably helped by the Wilhelms. All are intertwined with helping shape and execute her policies. How much did she lean on the siblings?
>>49181244>Favorite bitBecause I'm a sap, Wil's confession to Ioveta and the subsequent jump to Hugo's POV. I think that thread really defined the quest as a whole and I'm proud of it.>Worst bitI'll admit, the rape was poorly executed and the shitstorm that followed was hard to put up with. I some times resented running the quest when players wuold start flinging shit at each other too.>Potential follow up quest with Matty with a bit of SOL from Wil and Hugo?Can't comment on follow ups at this point.>What could have happened this thread?A bunch of stuff.>Favorite character?It's not easy to pick, but probably Hugo.I actually regret calling him Hugo since it's so close to Hugh.
>>49181300de Ascalon's became the Ibelins of this timeline right ?
>>49181300>What could have happened this thread?>A bunch of stuff.ELABORATE MAN!
>>49181300>Because I'm a sap, Wil's confession to Ioveta and the subsequent jump to Hugo's POV. I think that thread really defined the quest as a whole and I'm proud of it.Which thread was that?
>>49181294Not just Wilhelm, having Hugh survive unlike in the OTL helped shore up her support among the nobility.But she did rely on Wil and Hugo. Hugo helped turn Baldwin into a more obedient son, so combined with her better reputation among the nobility in this time line, he never dethroned Melisende like in OTL.
>>49181305I deliberately threw Barisan in as an enemy as tribute to that, yep. You stole his destiny.>>49181313http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/35192254/11
>>49181300>Can't comment on follow ups at this point.I expected as much, do you even want to do a follow up?>he never dethroned Melisende like in OTL.awww I wanted Wil to go full Tywin and just put a stop to the civil war as soon as starts>BUT I'm THE KING!!!!!!!>Do you feel like the king?>........no>Exactly sit your bitch ass down
>>49181308Mathilde could have run off with Elias and had a potential smut scene, for one. The rest would have just changed the epilogue.
>>49181262Lando and Vivi
>>49181322How did Morphia turn out ?Did she and Alain ever find out the truth ?Also. You never explained why Iovetta looked so worried when Matty was in Jerusalem, can you tell us why now ?Did Iovetta ever find out on Wilhelms little side jumps and the ones with her sisters ?
>>49181325>do you even want to do a follow up?It's tempting, but I have other priorities, and if I did run another quest I'd want it to be something very different first.
>>49181328...can we have it anyway?
>>49181328wait so we WERE just being paranoid about Hashin during the feast?
>>49181328Does Elirand think his waifu is a slut ?
>>49181337so something more like Mathilde travelling from court to court of Famous rulers of the time and generally being much more lighthearted or something completely different in setting and style to CQ?
>>49181276>Assuming the Zengi force was repulsed? Did Damascus ride out in support?I haven't decided what happened there or with the Romans and the potential Second Crusade yet.>>49181341Yeah.>>49181335I don't recall Ioveta being worried about Matty being in Jerusalem, outside just being worried about Hugo being executed.I haven't made up my mind if Ioveta knows about Wil's trysts yet.>>49181353More like something that has nothing to do with history or the crusades/middle ages.
>>49181360>I haven't made up my mind if Ioveta knows about Wil's trysts yet.https://youtu.be/h92VmePl6IU
>>49181360>I don't recall Ioveta being worried about Matty being in JerusalemIt was regarding Will not matty>More like something that has nothing to do with history or the crusades/middle ages.sounds fun Senpai
Did Mathilde take the SHIELD with her?
>>49181360>I haven't made up my mind if Ioveta knows about Wil's trysts yet.would it be mitigated at all if he said he did it all for her?
>>49181360What did you make of players doing plots at cross purpose to player plots done from the perspective of other characters?I thought this bit was great and standout compared to other quests despite the salt it sometimes produced.
>>49181383We did it for us. We were good at it. We felt alive.
>>49181390you may have but I did for Iovetta
>>49181386I liked that most players tried to make decisions in character rather than just stream lining it for optimal results. It was fun.>>49181390https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R95f7VwXqIw
Like, not once have we experienced sex from a female POV, even though Mathilde had so much womanly yearning in her soul>>49181397dicks out
>>49181399why the hell did Hugo earn so much Lead towards the end?what the hell does it even do?
>>49181406after you matedon't you remember are worth the dust on your boot without their Virtue? Matty knew this
Things that didn't happen that I thought about doing: a bigger Assassin plot line. A Solomon POV at Gaza (or Hugo, if he'd gone with Solomon). A Templar vs Hospitaller plot line. Hugo in Damascus with Constance and Raymond. I'll list more as I remember them/go through my notes.>>49181406I was keen to do a Mathilde POV sex scene. Would have been a test of my ability.>>49181409Hugo lead the forelorn hope.It's for rolls involving the marshalling and manouvring of troops.the truth is, I never really worked out a particularly strong system and should have just stuck with the better thought out RoTK system I was trying to steal.
>>49181399Did there ever happen a wild, secret romance between Alain and Morphia ?Did Wilhelm ever meet his secret daughter and what did he think of her ? What did the queen think of it all ?
>>49181360were you ever tempted to actively kill off established characters?
>>49181422How did wil piss off the old man of the mountain so much?
>>49181428Yes. I almost killed off Wilhelm a couple times.>>49181426I'd rather not say because if I ever do run a follow up quest, they might feature prominently.
>>49181422>It's for rolls involving the marshalling and manouvring of troops.well shit Im glad Wil has a load of it thenwas Iovetta going to get raped if we failed her plotline early on?
>>49181422>I was keen to do a Mathilde POV sex scene. Would have been a test of my ability.Can we peg Elinard and make him cry for mommy?
>>49181439How did IOvetta deal with the whole having chiri around fucking her man while also helping her raise her children ?Was chiri sad she never got any herself? I could imagine she might have tried helping out Iovetta after they lost the first one as she has experienced the same.
>>49181439What colour are Hugo and Sabeen's kids?
>>49181436By complete accident. Fulk had some silent partners that he wasn't aware of. The Assassins were working to destabilize the realm.>>49181451She'd have been abducted or killed. If successfully abducted, she would have wound up in Zengi's harem.
>>49181439>I'd rather not say because if I ever do run a follow up quest, they might feature prominently.Wilhelm better damn well Squire Alexis if you follow up on this HF!>Yfw we get multiple crusading quests featuring characters from diffrent POV
>>49181458Ioveta was jealous at first, but after losing her first child she grew to accept it. She likes Chihirizahd a great deal, and grew to rely on her emotionally after they lost their first child.>>49181459Kind of this.
>>49181469I forgot to give Alexius an epilogue, but that's kind of fitting.
>>49181488I like to imagine he is just doing his own thing. Becoming a page at Wilhelm's court. Kinda like a personal butler to Wilhelm.
>>49181461>She'd have been abducted or killed. If successfully abducted, she would have wound up in Zengi's harem.so yes? follow up question any notes about the slave that kills Zengi in the OTL?
>>49181461>By complete accident. Fulk had some silent partners that he wasn't aware of. The Assassins were working to destabilize the realm.My lord! King fulk has been deposed by unanimous acclaim by a speech from a landless knight on trial!Ahahahahaha. He must have taken that report fucking well.
>>49181493Pretty much.Oh yeah, if Welf had lived he and Etienne would have had a clandestine relationship.
>>49181488>Alexis is so forgotten he's forgotten in the epilogueoh god my sides I mean I meant Alain but oh god
>>49181501What happened to the assassin nar-something?
>>49181493>Alexis basically becomes Wilhelms shadow>Wil forgets about him sometimes and gets spooked by himtop kek>>49181501goddamit that would have been a top tier pair of knights we'd have had
>>49172151Fucking infidel shits get off our lands else salahdin will fuck your shit up.
>>49181520Nabil?He did what Assassins do and disappeared into the crowd, returning to his master and his next assignment.
>>49181527He first has to get his ass kicked by a fourteen year old kid with leprosy.
>>49181501Doesn Baldwin and Morphia herself question a bit why she looks so different from him and Almaric ?
>>49181536Little baldwin and constance seem to be getting very comfortable with each other. Was there anything there when they rode in?
>>49181543Genetics and hereditary traits are poorly understood. Some people might comment, but they are reminded that Baldwin was a darker man than his daughters. Of course, he was just sandy-brown haired, but he's been gone a while now so the story helps.>>49181556They're as close as brother and sister.
>>49180795May I bump this request? (<- redundant)
>>49181536Did sabeen and malik reconcile? Did he ever look upon the face of his grandchildren?What led saladin to seek him out?
>>49181563Elias and Geoffrey happen as recorded right?
So did Sabeen ever invite Mathilde into the bed she shares with her husband?
>>49181604Jesus christ anon you just can't ask people that!
>>49181563How bad would the fallout have been if we didn't let sabeen and hugo marry and instead stuck with the betrothal. What could have possibly resulted?
>>49181638Hugo would have gone knightly order and chaste, but otherwise still bcome a mentor to Baldwin.>>49181579Kind of.>>49181578They never fully reconciled. Malik is no fanatic, but Sabeen is a full blown apostate. The only thing she could have done worse was become an atheist.
>>49181578>What led saladin to seek him out?Malik has a respected military reputation, and understands Frankish sensibilities better than the majority of Saracens.
Do Wil's kids know german? Hugo's?
>>49181684Yeah, why not?
>>49181688Did Wilhelm never get around to learning how to speak French? What's the state of his beard?
>>49181672care to fill us in on Malik? we actually don't know an awful lot about himwas Wil ever able to Iovetta to partake in menage a trios with Chiri?
>>49181688Wil's children who does they look like the most the mother or the father ?
>>49181688Who's Wil put in charge of Ramla?
>>49181707>tfw it was suppose to be Orlando
>>49181707Mathilde. As Lady of Ramla, she had the authority to make or break agreements with other Lords.
>>49181688>>49180757Gonna ask this again>>49180757
>>49181688How annoying will the italians be?
>>49181688Hugo never brought up the Silk Road thing. Guess if you ever continue you can just have him done it before he left.
>>49181692He picked up French from Ioveta.>>49181701The boy takes after Ioveta, the girl Wilhelm.>>49181752As annoying as Italians usually are.
>>49181688Ummm is there any indication of why Baldwin betrothed Melisande to Fulk?Also any other historical periods you'd like to explore besides ancient China/crusades?
>>49181768>The boy takes after Ioveta, the girl Wilhelm.The combo i had hoped-
>>49181750There were some twists and turns, but mostly you guys stayed a pretty consistent course. I'd originally planned to run longer and maybe go for that Alexandria gambit some people had, but I don't have the endurance for something that long running.>>49181707Ramla is still under Wilhelm's possession. He can give it to one of his kids though.>>49181782He didn't do so directly. A couple of senior Jerusalem nobles went to France to find Melisende a suitable candidate, and they settled on Fulk since, as the Count of Anjou, he had power and prestige out the arse. He also ended up being a really shit king.
>>49181802>He didn't do so directly. A couple of senior Jerusalem nobles went to France to find Melisende a suitable candidate, and they settled on Fulk since, as the Count of Anjou, he had power and prestige out the arse. He also ended up being a really shit king.>Won the civil war against his wife>Still ended up having to ask her premission in all manners of state
>>49181802>I'd originally planned to run longer and maybe go for that Alexandria gambit some people had, but I don't have the endurance for something that long running.damn shame about that still I'd love to return to this one day and I hope you do too you've made such a vibrant cast of characters and made the years of following this quest worth it
>>49181802How salty is Barisan and Hughs sister ?
>>49181868Aines hasn't given up just yet.
What did we decide was our clan name?
>>49181880de Ascalon is what I'm going with.
>>49181879Tenacious girl. I guess the awesomeness of the Queen inspires her to try emulate her ?By the way, what name does the MCs use now, Ramla, Ascalon, Koblenz ?What ever happened to father and mother. What was mothers reaction to the fact that it was Iovetta he married ?
>>49181882Booooo, that city's name is pagan garbage.
>>49181802are you annoyed we didn't finish Mathilde's storyline?what would you have done if Mathilde had gone to France?also what happened to papa and momma Koblenz?why was Hermann in Italy?>>49181879persistent bitch isn't she is Barrisan just as persistent?
>>49181882Damnit HF. Now i have this weird empty feeling i always get when i finish a book. Damn you!
>>49181882How about Löwengrube instead?
>>49181890Your dad got caught up with the death of Lothair. Your mum eventually went home after enjoying her time in the Holy Land.>>49181895I'm fine with Mathilde's story not getting a full conclusion. Life goes on, and a certain amount of suffering is her lot. I'm glad they didn't all get a happy ending.Hermann was busy being a lazy conman acting as a 'mercenary'. He was taking coin to protect pilgrims then ditching them in the wilderness.Barisan is a nasty cuss.
>>49181900I both love and hate that feeling.
>>49181938well congratulations you've awarded so 30 odd people that feeling[spoilers] more star wars references when?[/spoiler]
>>49181929>>49181929Being Mathilde is suffering
>>49181941Did I ever slip in 'I've got a bad feeling about this?' Because I meant to.
I don't get why we can't rename Ascalon when it's ours and we're rebuilding and lording over it?
>>49181950I don't think so>>49181958what the hell would we even call it?
>>49181958Why the hell would we want to rename it ?That is rather pointless and there is no way in hell we are repalce all these maps we got just because we didnt like the name of the city we took.
dammit I had too many named files for this quest
>>49181967Well, the Philistines named it after their heathen goddess for one, and we're a crusader. If we're turning the mosques into churches, we can take the time to change the name of the city from "Falsegoddesstown" to something less apostate.
>>49181958Its already known to the world as Ascalon. There wasn't a lot of renaming done by the Crusaders so much as Latinization or Frankifization of existing names to fit their linguistic sensibilities.
>>49181969what the hell does that even translate as? and it would sit at odds with the french and levant names of other places
>>49181985Lion's Den, and we're the lord of it. It's ours to rename.
>>49181977And ? No one actually gave a shit about that. To the Crusaders it was just "Ascalon". Also all the other lords would hate us for having to replace all their maps.>>49181988That is not how it works.
>>49181980There wasn't before, but that logic doesn't prevent us from doing it.
>>49181988oh goddamit that would be gloriously egotistical of Wilhelm I love itstill saying no but I fucking love it
>>49181991Guess what they're going to have to do by next season? Make new maps because the city's in another Kingdom's territory.
>>49181988oh goddamit that would be gloriously egotistical of Wilhelm I love itstill saying no but I fucking love it>>49182012>implying Ascalon and Gaza wouldn't remain Jerusalem's territory while the border lies at Darum
>>49182016>implying Ascalon and Gaza wouldn't remain Jerusalem's territory while the border lies at Darum? I don't follow.
>>49182029strategic sensibilities would the Sinai desert as the border between Jerusalem and another crusader kingdom
>>49182035What? You were implying the Ascalon and Gaza were in the borders of Jerusalem when they were not, and it confused me.
Hey HF you watching Versailles on SBS?it's pretty neat desu
>>49181991>Also all the other lords would hate us for having to replace all their maps.grumble grumble I fucking hate that that guy liberated a city that the moslems were using as a rallying point for raiding parties that went on to terrorize the Holy Land and had the NOIVE to rename it something he liked
>>49182050Haven't checked it out yet.
>>49182042I'm enjoying these by the way
More Iovetta smut when?Threesome smut when?BESERK references when?
HF, close this thing out with "Should I Stay or Should I Go" by The Clash
named this back in the Trial days if I recall directly
Can we have some MatElias smut with candles?
oddly suitable with how mathildes story went
Why did Achilles die? We need him to make our city better! We didn't give him leave yet anyhow.
>>49181929>Lothairwhos that again?
>>49182095Why not? Thanks for playing, folks.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN1WwnEDWAM
>>49182118Emperor of the HRE.By the way, How pleased was Trier with how we put his troops to use ?
>>49182118HREmperor with an afro cuz he couldn't manage all of it
I think I renamed this around the time Matty's betrothals got messy
would have been hopefully relevant post capture of Ascalon if chiri and Will had a menage a trois with Iovetta or Mathilde heard a bit about Will's sex life
Last one was saved for dealing with Theodore hopefully as Hugo, but Willhelm would have worked to
Have a song to finish on:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHcunREYzNY
Thanks for running HF its been a pleasure reading and playing these past years>tfw you will have to find a job now that CQ is finished and you cant while away the days reading HF's glorious fiction
>>49182182I have a video of how I'd like to see it play out: https://youtu.be/oWPMfmZXvf8?t=1379
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Jtpf8N5IDEsome things are to good to last forever I suppose
>>49182228we already closed out on two other songs, don't be like the lowengrube guy
What to name the children?Boy Welf or Orlando. Girl Melisende after the Queen ?
>>49182276Welandorf and Judith so that we all get a feeling so complicated everytime we hear our daughter's name
>>49182290I actually think Judith would be a good name.
>>49182290Wellendorf is an actual German name.
>>49181262Alexander and JudithOne for the conquer the other for the nun we fell in love with or is it to simple
>>49182342Im fine with that,.
>>49182342Way to put pressure on our heir with that name.
>>49182358But having chiri fill his head with all those stories she probably has about him. Gonna be worth it.
>>49182366You realize the Zoroastrians fuckin' hated Alexander, right?
>>49182374Good thing Chiri is not that.
>>49182374she's yizidi not Zoroatrianbtw HF Chiri does have an eidetic and photographic memory right?
>>49182428No, which thread was this mentioned in?
>>49182436>Chihirizahd, Kurdish Yazdani concubine. 18 years old.And in thread 8 Wilhelm realises Chiri is a "devil worshiper"
>>49182436Thread 8>She gaped a little at your sudden separation. "I am Yazdani, master. I thought you must have known."
>we will never get Smut of Will fucking Iovetta and Chiri in many different places around the citadel
>>49182490Goddamit wanted thisFuck you anon
we should call our son Karl in honour of Germany's greatest Emperor
Best of luck for the future HF