Captain Dionisii of the Bulgarian Band mercenaries, has been captured in battle, dealing a huge blow to the Biktorid military effort against you. Their army retreats into Fuktat, and the war is all but over. The Siege of Aswan ends and you control the province.
Uh… There’s a province in the Nile Delta.
Uh… there is still a peasants revolt going on. They have two thousand men left after facing off against Biktorid troops, and they are laying siege to Fustat. Which is the home of the Tulunid Dynasty.
Of course not. So, war with the Bilbaysid Emirate! Meanwhile, the war in the west has finally ended with Tulunid victory. Latif, now no longer a child but come of age, returns at the head of ten thousand men, heading straight for the peasant army surrounding Fustat.
That’s rather audacious a thing to say!
I like you more and more as time goes by.
Is that sarcasm.
I don’t believe you.
Nope. Still don’t believe you. You’re yanking my chain!
Rude! Funny, but rude.
That’s okay! We can take ’em!
Dude, you’ve been doing so well so far! You’ll find a way!
Right? We have enough cash for about two thousand mercenaries. It’s keeping them paid and upkept that might pose an issue. In the meantime, the Bilbaysid and Biktorid troops have taken care of that pesky peasant revolt. You know, since it’s right there anyway…
We’ll catch them as they remain exhausted and injured from the battle in Fustat. We have nearly as many troops as the Tulunids, though they don’t need mercenaries to reach an army of ten thousand. While I like the aggression in you Yahya, promise me you’ll take it easy after this. We need to relax, recuperate.
I hope you know what you’re doing.
Simple. Yeah. That’s the word.
The Caliph of Arabia has died, and a new Caliph takes the helm of the Abbasid Dynasty; Caliph Ramadan. Ramadan has lost his grip on his decadent family, resulting in a situation very much like the Clusterfuckian War of Succession in Egypt; he has three brothers, all claiming the Caliphate. Meanwhile, in the far east of the Abbasid Empire, Persian lords seek independence and have split off.
In the south, in former Abyssinia, a dozen petty Ethiopian leaders have secured their own independence. This has caused a bit of trouble in your southern provinces, particularly Nubia and Atbara.
Well, with Abyssinia fractured and already at war with the beleaguered Abbasids, we could probably carve more Kalmen land out of our southern neighbours. Though you have some domestic issues to take care of as well.
Converting Miaphysites in Atbara.
Of course. Anyway, it is time to invade Axum and –
Uh… We could keep going south?
Sultan Latif has called a tournament to bring together all the people of Egypt. Nuraddin has earned third place! While there, Latif spotted your daughter, Zara bint Yahya.
Isn’t that nice?
You know what? I’m not even surprised anymore. You’re very good at killing people, aren’t you?
The Abbasids want Abyssinia back.
What are we going to do?
Well, we are definitely losing this one. Sorry dude. Even after Sultan Latif joined in, we are outnumbered ridiculous-to-one.
Hey, you can’t win ’em all, right?