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    OOC: More About my Legendary Byzantine Campaign

    Chapter 3: The first Crusade

    Fast foward a few years into the future, The Empire was prospering, trade routes; which were in a state of ruin due to the Turkish invasion were reestablished with the Kievan Rus and the Egyptians. Imperial armies captured the last of the former Turkish lands, which had rebelled after their sultan was killed. And lastly, the Empire was getting no grief from the Catholic dogs to the West...

    Or so they thought, apparently, the newly elected Pope; Pius IV, wanting to restore the Papacy's influence called for all the warriors of Christendom to "crush the heretical Orthodox dogs and bring them to heel under the rule of the true church", on a sunny spring morning in 1095 the Pope gave a fiery sermon to a gathering of nobles in the french village of Avingnon about the evils of Orthodoxy, many nobles gave vows on the spot to crush the Orthodox heretics and bring Constantinople under Catholic rule.

    The Empress, upon hearing this good news, withdrew her armies from Naples and moved them to Serbia to intercept the Crusaders which were pouring in from France, Spain and the Holy Roman Empire. Anna ordered the troops to be reinforced with English, Egyptian and Russian mercenaries, Byzantine armies on the Eastern fringe of the Empire were keeping the Egyptians at a close distance in the case that the Fatimids would attempt an incursion into Byzantine lands.

    The Crusaders, knowing of the location of the Byzantine army instead went around North to Poland and then marched to Moldavia before building a ramshackle fleet of boats that would take them to Western Trebizond; 2 days march from Constantinople. As the army in Serbia waited, the Crusader army of 45,000 men marched straight to Constantinople and demanded that the Byzantines turn over the city immediately, if not, they would kill all 1.5 million residents of the city and mount all their heads on spears.

    The Empress left her throne room; walked up onto the walls, the began to laugh at the Crusaders below, and was promptly shot in the leg with a crossbow bolt. After being carried away to recieve primitive medical attention, she ordered the city to be sealed off and a chain pontoon to be placed across the harbor. The huge gates to the city closed and the Crusaders began to build barricades from the rubble of the peasant homes they destroyed and began assembling siege weapons. Meanwhile, the Crusders ramshackle fleet moved to blockade Constantinople's harbor, the siege was on...

    Strangely enough, the first night of the siege, a comet streaked across the sky. Since people in the old days believed that natural phenomena had an effect on the future, both the Crusaders and the Byzantines took the comet as a sign that God did not favor them to be the victor. The next day, a day of prayer was declared, with religious processions going on on both sides of Constantinople's walls. The day after that, the Crusaders finished assembling their siege
    weapons. The unfortunate part was that the boulders fired out of the siege weapons simply bounced off Constantinople's massive walls and also that siege weapons firing from Constantinople launched pots of greek fire into the Crusader's positions regularly, causing heavy casualties and damaging enemy morale. Many Crusaders wanted to turn back around and many Crusaders left on their own accord, sick and tired of the combat and sick and tired being guaranteed victory by the Pope then being denied.

    3 weeks later, the Crusader army was depleted down to half strength, the leaders of the crusader army, becoming desperate, thought of a solution that almost brought Constantinople and its Empire to its knees....

    The plan was relatively simple, send a battering ram to divert enemy arrows, while sappers tried to tunnel under the walls. Meanwhile, inside Constantinople, supplies were running short, many people were reduced to eating roasted leather and boiled down rags. The city was growing desperate. But then, the army from Serbia, marching back to Constantinople for their pay found that Crusaders were laying siege to their city. During the night; the Byzantine Army attacked the Crusader camp. Many of the Crusaders surrendered on the spot, but the more fanatical Crusaders charged blindly at the Byzantine armies intending to fight them to the death, but of course death comes in a heartbeat to those that anger the Romanoi....
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    always a good laugh

    cant wait till ch4.
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    ch.4 is coming up soon, after I get my english homework done.
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