A fine, upstanding kid! Meanwhile, your eldest daughter Andali has come of age. She is an Elusive Shadow; an excellent spy and assassin!
Awesome indeed. Know what’s not awesome?
Oh boy. Well, civil war in Alexandria, here we come! The unstable political situation has brought out the worst in everyone, it seems. Sacmis, your third wife, has murdered Samira, mother of your heir.
What shall I do with her, Emir?
I think you might have been too slow. Sheeva, the young Andalusian Princess you just married like, two days ago, reached Sacmis first.
Well, you need to make a choice.
Amidst all this scheming and plotting, Asenath, your second daughter, has come of age.
She’s also a bit… queer. She pays more attention to the girls of the court than the boys, and many whisper rumours in her presence. She has refused any and all suitors.
The war goes well! Buhairya and Gizeh have both declared support for Prince Shaybad – whom you tried to kill, remember?
Strangely, the Prince himself has not joined in this war. Shaybad remains neutral in this conflict. It is Sheikh Ablarion who wants to see the prince rule in Alexandria.
Welcome to Crusader Kings II! Now, as for the actual war…
We’ve actually got quite a lot of money. And money means mercenaries to bolster our army. With this vast advantage, we are easily crushing Ablarion’s forces and besieging his castles. It won’t take long to crush him and his army. A short campaign, and Ablarion surrenders.
Yes it was, Kor. Yes it was…
Why? I’m not insinuating anything! (You could totally take on the Tulunids and rule in Egypt!)
Nothing! Just go about the work of ruling your Emirate. I’m going to go talk to Yahya, all right?
Oh hey, look over there!
Very neat! You should arrange a marriage for her. I’m sure that will occupy your time.
Excellent. Oh Yahya…
You have a granddaughter!
You are easily distracted, aren’t you?
You are. Just trust me on this.
A message for you, sir:
Do you know what this means?
With the Byzantine Empire!
That undersells it, I think. Sultan Ahmad is insane! There is no way he could win a war against the Byzantines! If ever there was a time to strike, it would be now, while Ahmads armies invade Sicily.
It would also be a good idea.
That means no, doesn’t it?
Well think harder! Ahmad is being crushed by Byzantine armies!
Oh this should be good…
Surrounding the Tulunids! I like it! That’s… dastardly! Nice to see you’ve got your head in the game after all!