Murshid is the current Sultan. However, he was born to Shaybad’s third wife. Muammar is Shaybad’s third son (and the eldest still living), but came from the first wife, so he feels he should be Sultan instead.
Hey! That was rude!
I have no idea, and I’m not about to go into it. Let’s get in this fracas! Choose a side, Kor!
Your son, Yahya, has decided differently, and his lands in Makuria are in rebellion to you.
Yahya has sided with Muammar in this succession crisis. Most of the fighting is happening around the Nile river, with huge armies scrambling to assemble despite the mess of borders and factions.
Further west, Yahya and Muammar combine their forces at Leptis Magna and march on Tripolitania.
It’s a hard time, Koriaur.
That may be inadvisable, Koriaur. He is still your son.
Unfortunately, Yahya is actually south, in the lands of former Nubia – lands you gifted to him when you rode together to defeat the southern nation. The province of Makuria, from which his fledgling Emirate takes its name, remains his primary holding.
Right away, Koriaur!
While your retinue and southern levies are enough to take the fort, they are in grave danger. Just to the north sits an army loyal to Muammar, two-thousand strong. They are still for the moment, but who knows where they may march?
While they wait, we secure Quattara, while Leptis Magna falls. Maummar and Sultan Murshid meet in battle just outside Cairo, but the battle is inconclusive. Our armies march to meet Muammar in Fustat.
Our vast superiority in numbers can put an end to this crisis. However, the war has taken a huge toll on our people. Disease has broken out across Egypt.
I’m sure that’s how it works.
Meanwhile, your armies have combined in Makuria and taken the province. Yahya was no where to be found. It seems he escaped, perhaps to the court Muammar holds in Leptis Magna. After early victories in the west, Sultan Murshid, after making quick strides in the west, has been forced back. Muammar pushes eastward into Kalmen territory in Tobruk. Sultan Murshid marches out of the NIle Delta with a second army to meet Muammar at Tobruk and defeat him.
Muammar cannot win now. With your armies controlling the south and Murshid marching west, back into Leptis Magna, Muammar has nothing left. He surrenders.
Muammar has been imprisoned, and all other backers of Muammar’s rebellion have been pardoned.
Including Yahya. What are you going to do with him now?
Calm down, Kor
Another son of Shaybad, and grandson of Ahmad. He is, in fact, the only surviving Tulunid alive and not imprisoned. Of Murshid’s fourteen siblings and six children, fifteen are dead and four are in Murshid’s dungeons. Sounds like they are having worse family issues than you are!
Speaking of messes, let’s see how the Christians are doing!
East Francia absorbed Lotharingia and West Francia fairly early on, and has been blobbing ever since. Italy has been unstable, finally re-unified, and has fallen into immediate civil war. The Umayyads in Iberia had a brief moment of total collapse, but within a few years were back on their feet, having lost a bit of ground to Asturias.
The British Isles are a total mess. Skotland controls a bit of everything, while England has formed its own kingdom. Skotland, Jorvik and England have been at war for nearly fifteen years. A unified Kingdom of Ireland briefly joined in, but was immediately steamrolled by Skotland.
And here we have Scandinavia. Nothing exceptionally out of the wait what is Skotland doing? Seriously Skotland, go home! That is not how Scotland works!
Yeah, at one point Skotland owned all of Ostlandet (Norway). I’d also like to take a closer look at “Denmark”, because it’s really weird.
You can see Denmark down there above Poland. Denmark is in Pomerania, and controls the islands of Fyn and Sjælland.
The Petty King of Sjælland, however, is way east in Lithuania and part of Finland. It does not control the island for which it is named. Jylland too remains independent of the Kingdom of Denmark, as does the Petty Kingdom of Skane.
Basically, Denmark is actually Pommerania, and the real Danes are not Denmark. And Sjælland is off doing its own thing in Lithuania.
WHAT IS GOING ON
NEXT TIME: What is going on?
Koriaur, at the age of 80, has impregnated his youngest wife, Fatima. Who is 21)