Once you have played for 10 years and the character you are playing dies, you stop the game, save it, then share the save here for the next player in line to take over as the heir. Rinse and repeat until we get a game over, or if things get ridiculously bad we can pick a different dynasty member. But the job here is the raise a specific House to great fame together!
Its good etiquette to keep other players updated on your play through, so if your turn is taking multiple days post up small tidbits so we know the game is going on. Right now the Player order is
3.. ? anyone else
The save was made using the following DLC's
1. Sword of Islam
2. Legacy of Rome
3. The old Gods (REQUIRED)
4. Sons of Abraham
The savegame folder for CK2 is located at C:\Users\*yourusername*\Documents\Paradox Interactive\Crusader Kings II
copy and paste the save game file into that folder and it should open up when you click load game!
I have sunset invasion disabled due to the fact that an Aztec invasion of Europe is stupid.. Out of all the DLC, the only required DLC is the old gods i believe since the House i rolled is....
The House de Toulouse
TURN 1 - Blitz
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Jan. 1-- Bernat de Toulouse ascends to the rule of the Duchy of Toulouse. He is now known as Duke Bernat II.
Jan.19 -- A Basque woman from Iberia has caught the eye of Duke Bernat. His ministers are distraught when he announces he will marry a commoner. Oria is presented to the council as the Duchess of Toulouse. Chancellor Anfos, an affable mayor, nods silently in approval. The new Duchess is an ambitious and competent administrator. Her ability to satisfy the needs of the Duke are also a big plus. The new Duke and Duchess set out for Rome on Pilgrimage to celebrate the union and give praise to almighty god.
July. 24 -- Duke Bernard of Barcelona has Revolted against our liege The King of Aquitaine. He holds sway over two of my rightful vassals in Narbonne and Melguil. This must be rectified, and I have sworn to defend our Kings claim, and press my own in Narbonne. To War! I've Hired a company of Saxon mercenary's to press my claim.
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Bernard pushed his way into the Hills of Rouerge and encircled the castle of Rodez. My brother Foucher took command directed our forces on a maneuver around their flank from Melguiel. His tactics proved fruitful, and Bernard fled with the remains of his Army. Tragically, Foucher did not enjoy victory... For a Barcelonan Javelin threw him from his horse as he led the initial charge. Good news has reached my ears though.. My wife sends word she has given birth to our first Child. A Daughter named Marie... I am still mourning the loss of my Brother Foucher, Barcelona will burn!
The Asturians under King Alfonso III have declared a holy war for Portucal... Our Stammering king has seen fit to accept a white peace with the traitor Bernard, who will abandon his lost cause for Independence. Too many of our men have died in this campaign, and I will not stop until i have what is mine! Our men have rushed to retake the holdings that were abandoned by our allies when commanded to head south for the Moors..
It has been two years, evidence of countless skirmishes and an untold number of fresh graves litter the barcelonan countryside. We have pushed Bernard to his last holding in Barcelona. Our Saxon mercenaries have drained the treasury but have been instrumental in battle.. I have picked up a new friend, Astrid, she is a falcon and keeps me company in the field.. Who knew a bird could be such good company!
The walls of Barcelona have fallen, and screams can be heard coming from the city in the sector the Saxons took.. I have dismissed them from service and Bernard has sent his emissaries to admit defeat. Narbonne is mine as it should be ! If only our Stammering King was as stalwart as those Saxons I have gotten to know over the past 4 years.. Word has also reached us that the Asturians won their war against the Umayyad and secured Northern Iberia.. It is only a matter of time before the Muslim scourge is pushed from our lands.
It has been a year since since our victory in Barcelona. Resuming my peacetime duties, i have taken to the countryside among my vassals. The treasury is recovering slowly.. My falcon Astrid has continued to be a great companion and a much needed distraction from the bickering of my subjects..
My Spymaster Baron Rainer of Castelnaudary pulled me aside before dinner with quite a worried look on his face.. He advised me that he had just found out through his sources that my wife Oria is plotting to kill him! He told me if it were anyone else, he would have thrown them in the dungeons, but placed the decision in my hands... I need to talk to Oria, Baron Rainer has been a good Spymaster...
Oria laughed when i brought it up at dinner, she confessed she has wanted to be spymaster since she became duchess... Ambitious and Cruel, what is wrong with that woman... I'm glad she is on my side.
Oria has given birth to a second Daughter, her name is Brandy... When will that woman give me a son? I have sent my chancellor to Melgueil... The only lands of Toulouse not under my rightful rule as Duke. He is now a guest in Count Bernard Emeron's court, perhaps he can help to undermine Barcelonan Rule in Toulouse.
I've also paid off all debts and Toulouse is officially in the black. Additionally, I have earned renown as a scholar during this time of peace...I enjoy my books, and my falcon Astrid..
My poor Spymaster Rainer had a heart attack and died of poor health... The stress of knowing my wife has had it out for him these past years must have finally caught up to him... I suppose i ought to give Oria her shot at being spymaster.
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We have received word from the Capital that King Louis II has inherited the kingdom of West Francia from his Father Charles the Bald. He has fancied himself the King of West Francia instead of retaining his title of King of Aquitaine.... Perhaps he has some hidden ambitions to form the Empire of Francia? Regardless, he is abandoning his Latin roots and buying into his French ones... Duke Bouchard of Orleans has put forward a proposal for elective monarchy in Aquatanian lands.
In other news, my sister Regilinde has married an Asturian Prince named Uermundo.. He is of House de Cantabria and apparently holds claim to the kingdom there.. Surprisingly, he has agreed to a matrillineal marriage so any children from their union will carry the standard of House de Toulouse! He is quite an administrator, I have awarded him the title of steward..
The stammering king has refused The Duke of Orleans request for elective monarchy in the Latin south... He has raised his standard in rebellion.. My name was associated with this cause, and I am being dragged into the conflict! This is not good... The King is of the House Karling, he will surely call in his family members from abroad to fight us!
I mustered my troops and led them north. Operating under the assumption that my 2500 men would be joined by the Duke of Orleans 3000 man force, i engaged the enemy vanguard outside of Tours.. That craven bastard Bouchard held is position leaving my men and to fight the Karlings alone. I quickly recognized the situation we were in, and as the standards of Asturias approached from the West, Breizh from the North, and Lombardia from the East, I ordered a withdrawal.. We successfully broke contact with the enemy, and sent my men back to their homes. I took command of a small rear guard and was captured in Poitiers... The people refer to me as "The Wise" and i have gained renown as an organizer... Perhaps i can use these traits to stay alive in the dungeons...
The Revolt has been utterly crushed... Duke Bouchard of Orleans proved himself a completely incompetent commander. He is now locked away in King Louis' dungeon.. He is fortunate to have survived the slaughter he marshaled his troops into. I have paid for my release from Poitiers, 145 gold... money that should have been spent elsewhere, but i am glad to be free of that hellhole. Still, i am known throughout the realm as a traitor... This could prove troublesome.
My Wife has given birth to our 3rd Daughter... I am worried that i will fail my house and fail to produce a living male heir. Fortunately, our ducal laws are such that my daughters will inherit my lands should I pass... I cannot allow my lands to be split apart among them though. So i have passed a law changing the current gavelkind land rights to ultimogeniture.. My youngest child shall inherit all that I have. I only pray god shall see fit to grant me a son!
I Have embarked on a great building spree, most notably the expansion of the port in Narbonne.. Our expanding power along the coast has also prompted me to resume hostilities against Barcelona. I have issued orders to occupy Melguil and incorporate it into its rightful duchy, Toulouse!
The occupation of Melgueil has forced Barcelona into a fight it was not prepared for, it is only a matter of time before they concede defeat. My eldest daughter Marie has come of age and is already asking who I have chosen as her husband. I was pleased to tell her of her she would be the future Queen of Scotland!
The conflict along the coast is over, Toulouse is finally whole under my rightful rule. My wife Oria informs me she is pregnant again and our own Marie has been crowned Queen of Scotland. Everything is going great! I am still very nervous about my poor relationship with our own King though.. I must continue to consolidate my position in case people decide to move against me.
Something odd is happening with my Daughter Tia.... but my court Bishop assures me everything is okay.
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A son! The King will not allow me to baptise him as Bernat insisting that it is too Latin.. So he will be known as Bernard..
With new life.. Comes tragedy... I should have listened to reason... It seems Tia is being possessed by a witch and killing my daughters! My poor Marie is dead, and Brandy is infirm.. I must find the source of thise scourge, lest it hit my only Son as well! I have decided that I will execute the suspected Witch... If anything else happens... I will have to deal with Tia as well...As a precaution.. I have sent her to Paris for schooling.. I pray no more harm comes to my children!
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My Daughter Brandy has died... and by the same hand as Marie... These cannot be the simple acts of assassins. While I have made many enemies in the Realm, i cannot imagine anyone would harm my daughters! The rumors must be true, that the witch i burned named Eve poisoned the soul of my daughter Tia. I must purge the evil from her with fire... Poor soul.. 8 years old. I give the order to my guards and court chaplin, who ride to Paris, for Bernard must come to no harm!
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I recieve a letter from my men, the deed is done... I cannot bear to think of it... I need a drink..
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Duke Bernat de Toulouse The Wise. Jan 1, 885 - Sept.3, 888
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