Okay, I will! Here, the Caliphs forces lay siege to Biktorid lands, vastly outnumbering the Sultan’s army in Fustat.
There is a peasants revolt in Sicily
The Caliph has troops in our southern lands.
And the Caliphs allies have troops marching on your Emirate capital of Makuria.
That would be an accurate summation, yes.
Well you go right ahead, but I doubt even you could pull this one out of the fire.
Yeah, just kill him. I’m sure it’s that easy. He’ll just let you walk right up and-
Huh. That was.. easy? What would you have done had that failed? Or worse yet, what if you’d been discovered?
Well.. good work. But the war doesn’t end there.
While it might feel good, it didn’t help at all. All of our gains in the south have been undone.
Still, you’ve gained a lot of ground within Egypt, even if your gains without were short lived. Seriously though, look at this map of the dynasties in Egypt!
Look how much of that you control! And Alexandria belongs to your son! The Kalmen Dynasty controls the vast majority of land within the Kingdom of Egypt. You are almost as powerful as the Sultan himself, while owning far more land and gold.
They sound dangerous.
Not quite as dangerous as the Abassids, though. Because the new Caliph wants Nubia now!
I thought you wanted to be King of Nubia
Did you just break the fourth wall?
Right. Well, uh… Not all is lost!
Nope! See, the Hashimid have broken off from the Abbasid Empire, giving the Caliph a humongous headache. He’s fighting a two-front war against some very powerful foes.
Good plan, Yahya! With a little luck, we’ll have our lands back, and we’ll give one giant middle finger to the Caliph while we’re at it!
Hey, don’t talk like that! You’ve got plenty of time. We’re turning this war around! We were on the verge of surrender just months ago! Now look at us!
We’ve got the edge! A small one, but we’re winning!
Your father left you one the most powerful dynasty in Egypt. What are you going to do with it?
Looking forward to it, buddy! But we still have a war to fight first. The Caliph has concluded his war against the Hashimids, ending in a White Peace. The Hashimids are independent for now. This means the Caliph can turn the might of his empire against us once again.
It is indeed, Nuraddin. However, Sultan Latif has been pushing them hard in the Sinai, while your fathers campaign in Abyssinia has crushed their will to fight. The Caliph, were he to pursue this war, would likely win. But he is unwilling to do so, and accepts Latif’s peace offering.
This should give us some breathing space. And what should we do with this breathing space?
Yes! Wait, what?
Uh, yes? And? Latif is going to lose that war.
Well, you’re making good progress. But, and this is a huge but, if he manages to bring his troops in from Italy, he will crush you. Decimate you! Steamroll everything you’ve got!
Latif Tulunid might just keep Sicily after all! And you might gain Krete for the Kalmen Emirate! I feel better about this plan already!