Great African War

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1625-1626 T149

The Aztec Alliance: Aztec, New Mexico, Templars, Gran Bretan

Pan-African Union: Mixtec, Maasai, RSA

Preliminary Knife Work: Various attempts by Mixtec agents were made upon the various New Mexican generals, but these efforts met no no success (not due to the vigilance of New Mexico, but rather from the bumbling of the Mixtecs). On the other hand, the commander of the Tsunami Legion at Hades in Gambia was hit by no less than three attempts (from at least two different groups), two of which combined managed to kill him.

The War At Sea: The Aztec Alliance, still in the process of gathering its strength, was prempted by the Sud Afriqans, who, having learned from various sources of the muster of Aztec forces at hades in Gambia, determined to smash the Aztec foothold while they may. Thus a massive fleet was constructed at Iesuwayo in Mbundu and it sailed north at great speed, reaching Hades in September of 1525.

Along the way, however, a small fleet of Templar ships was encountered off of the coast of Togo and sunk by the suspicious Afriqans.

As previously reported, the Aztec commander at Hades had been killed by assassins some time previously, so the Sud Afriqan fleet cruised the coast, observing that the Aztec fleets previously seen were not in evidence. A blockade was established by the Afriqans and a beachhead some miles from the trade station. This state of affairs maintained itself until October when the Grand Bretani fleet and the Aztec Ark of the Covenant Legion arrived in October. Then the Afriqans, who had been planning just such an effort, pounced upon the Alliance fleets with their full strength - some thousand Afriqan galleons, frigates and cutters enveloped the 500-odd Alliance ships in a great crecent, their movements guided by the great draken lofted by the Afriqan fleet.

A fierce sea fray ensued in which the Aztec and Bretani marines proved worth their weight as battles raged from ship to ship in close hand-to-hand melee. Despite this the numbers (and superior ships) of the Afriqans soon told a gruesome tale of disaster at sea for the Alliance and the Alliance fleet was destroyed, captured or fled in disarray.

With this the PAU seized control of the sea approaches to the theatre of operations. An additional Aztec convoy reached the Cape Verdes in November of 1625, but advanced no further, some survivors of the disaster at Hades had regrouped there. NewMexican and Azteca trade was closed off by a stringent blockade.

The Siege of Hades: In January of 1626 a huge fleet of Maasai ships landed at Takrur and disgorged 50,000 Maasai troops who immediately laid siege to Chihuahua City. The fleet then continued up the coast to Gambia and offloaded another 200,000 men to besiege both Hades (occupied by the Tsunami Legion) and the city of Brehmen.

Chihuahua City, defended only by the native milita and the townsfolk, gave the attacking Maasai a stiff fight nonetheless for it was well fortified, ere it fell in the Spring of 1526. Hades and Brehmen proved a tougher nut to crack ,however, for many leaders from the smashed fleet had managed to make it ashore and the Maasai were hard pressed to contain the Tsunami Legion once it was commanded by the Ark of the Covenant praetor. Indeed, the Maasai landing was contested on the strand by the Aztecs. Again the valor of the Aztec troops told heavily against the less-trained and equipped Maasai; yet neither could the Aztecs withstand the ceaseless waves of Maasai troops that crashed against their redoubts and then came again, finally sweeping the Aztec troopers from the field to scramble back to Hades and the protection of its walls.

Hades and Brehmen too fell at heavy cost, in the early summer of 1626, and the Afriqans stood triumphant on the western verge of New Mexico.

The Niger Campaign: The New Mexicans had been planning to launch a campaign against the Mixtecs in the near future (perhaps in a year) and had sent many armies east, yet these plans too were preempted by the PAU, who launched a combined Mixtec-Maasai attack across the Niger with the onset of the Spring of 1525.

The assault across the Niger was led off by the Mixtec river flotilla sezieing control of the crossings, and driving off any New Mexican river-craft that might be in evidence. The Mixtec Firestorm and BloodLizard legions then marched into Nupe, where they "liberated" the province and stormed Axa. After securing the province, they turned south to the corssing of the Niger, which they effected across the great bridge at Jebba. Zugero fell within a month, for the province was well-nigh undefended.

The Firestorm Legion then marched south with heads held high, seeking to bring down the great New Mexican city of Brass in ruin. This plan, however, was contested by the combined New Mexican force under the command of Lord Howler, who held the baton of command in the east. As the Mixtecs marched south towards Brass, he attacked them at the plains of Owo with 30,000 New Mexican veterans. The 51,000 Mixtecs were taken some unawares and a hard fight ensued badly bloodied the Mixtecs fell back to Zugero in Oyo to regroup. Howler returned to the defence of Brass.

In the fall of 1626, however, the Mixtec forces at Zugero were attacked by Prince Xolotl and 30,000 troops who marched, unlooked for, out of the jungles of Gurma. The Mixtecs managed to hold the defence, however, and drove Xolotl back into Gurma.

1627-1628 T150

The Aztec Alliance: Aztec, New Mexico, Templars, Gran Bretan, True Inca

Pan-African Union: Mixtec, Maasai, RSA, Denmark, Occitania

Knife Work: True details cannot be revealed at this time, but the Sud Afriqan networks in North Afriqa recieved a severe pummelling from unknown forces. Each side attempted a slew of assassinations against all the other sides, with varied success. The Maasai general Monkeyface was cut down in a side-street of Brehmen. Attempts were also made to disrupt the daily operations of NewMexico, but they came to little.

The War At Sea: While perhaps the most crucial portion of the war in its third and fourth years, the battle to control the sea approaches to the West African coast was simply handled by both sides - each poured every boat, scow, frigate and galleon into the sky-blue waters of the Ifriqan Coast with dire intent to make the waters thick with shark-fins and corpses. This time the Aztec Alliance attacked in concert (though without the British, who were getting their butts kicked in the north) after grouping at Abyssal on the South American coast. Over 14,000 Aztec Alliance ships (of many nationalities) poured into the Ifriqan Coast to find just over a thousand Sud Afriqan ships bravely arrayed against them! Though the Afriqans fought bravely, there was no way that they were going to stop the overwhelming numbers of the Aztecs, so they broke off the battle after losing over half of their fleet and fell back to Chihuahua City. The Aztecs cruised the waters for a while and then retired to the Cape Verdes to plot and scheme.

The Campaign in West Africa: As might have been expected, the massive Maasai army in Gambia/Takrur picked up its kit bags and slammed east at high speed. King Pocheteca of the New Mexicans had, in the interim, schelpped up to Galam and dug in around Eichstatt. There the 130,000 Maasai found them and pounced as a cat might upon a tasty tidbit. Pocheteca was NOT the most able battlefield commander (Imad al-Hadi was working for the Mixtecs), his forces comprised of a brave band of conscripts. He did have enough wits to retire inside Eichstatt and thumb his nose at the Maasai. Prince-General Leo (the Maasai commander) surveyed the situation and decided to go for the gusto. "Its Miller Time!" he growled and his army left for the east at a quick step.

Well, Pocheteca was busty congratulating himself on getting out that particular problem when, lo, another 50,000 Maasai showed up with a bucket of siege engines to deal with his little ol'city. The first naptha bombs were hurled over the city wall by the morning of the next day. Pocheteca grumbled and set about commanding the defence. Eichstatt was flattened in two months of unremitting shelling. Pocheteca was captured, dragged by Maasai askaris out of a basement, and the siege army advanced into Ghana. Pocheteca was stuffed into a jail cart and sent back to Chihuahua City to await some dire fate, doubtless.

Meantime Leo and his vast host had swarmed down the highway and found nothing to resist him. The Maasai scooped up the regions of Ghana, Segu, Songhai, Garou, Mossi and Bani before returning to Segu to winter in 1628. The siege army, followed along behind, reducing - in turn- the cities of Minden, Jena, New Tenocha, Karax and Anefis. New Mexico was thus divided into four parts. Yes, four, read the next section.

The Niger Campaign: The Mixtec Firestorm and Bloodlizard Legions dug in in Oyo and prepared to weather an expected NewMexican attack. It did not come. Thus, in September of 1627 the Mixtecs packed up their kit bags and withdrew across the great bridge over the Niger. Within the month the New Mexican armies in Ife and Gurma converged upon Oyo and the Mixtecs humped their gear back across the river and the expected fray was on!

The Mixtecs fielded 30,000 men against the 34,000 New Mexicans. Xolotl and Howler, the New Mexican commanders, were unpleasantly surprised to encounter extensive Mixtec fortificatons, however, not to mention the Mixtec advantage in artillery. The New Mexicans tried their best, but could not dislodge the Mixtecs and, after getting seriously battered, fell back to Gurma. Prince Xolotl, killed in the fray, was buried in the winter camp established in Gurma and Howler assumed command of the NewMexican army. The Mixtecs, after much discussion, decided to remain in Oyo to prevent Howler and his still viable army from going anywhere.

And while the New Mexicans were engaged in thrashing it up with the Mixtecs, two Sud Afriqan armies landed in Akan and split up (intending to roll up some undefended provinces). The Prince of Chokwe turned right and chopped his way through Togo and into Yoruba. The other army managed to take Gagnoa, but lacked the troops to attempt Niete and the fortress of Delaroche.

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1633-1634 T153
Templar Kingdom of Morocco: As seems to be the trend, Prince Joshua died (horse-riding accident) and David grumbled while inducting his other son, Saul, as heir. The southern force continued to loaf around the western Sahara, looking for the Aztec army. Eventually, they found them in Awlil and helped them storm Nouadhibou.

Lybia: Despite everyone's expectations, the Lybians sat on their butts and didn't do a damn thing. Medallions commemorating the victories of Egyptian and Lybian arms against the Maasai were distributed and the youth was well pleased to collect them and wear them proudly.

Later in 1633 this did not seem to be such a swell plan as the news of the defilement of Mecca sprinted from one end of the Sahara to the other and the western tribes. The Berbers and Tauregs of the westrn periphery exploded into violence. Combining under the guidance of the war-chief and raider Pharusii they descended upon the Masai trade station at Awlil with intent to destroy and ravage. Sadly for their plan they found the city far too well defended for them to take, though they drove all Masai out of the province. Gathering local levies they pressed north up the coast, storming through Arguin like the wind. Again they gathered local forces and destroyed Emphyro (which was undefended) before sweeping into Idjil to find themselves facing... The Aztec army!

Federal Imperial Republic of Ethiopia: Liberal bonuses were paid to the Syrian and Lybian troops encamped with the Egyptian host in Mogadishu. Very nice commemorative medallions were passed out to the Egyptian and Lybian troops (some of real gold) for their bravery in defeating Zool's revolt. Apparently the medallions for the Syrian contingent went missing (perhaps due to the intermittent banditry plaguing the roads back north. Large bags of gold, however, took the sting out of this oversight. Otherwise the southern armies remained encamped outside of Rotai and awaited the arrival of Egyptian reinforcements from the north.

Gneral Tusan, commanding the reinforcements, marched south and exercised his troops with assaults on Mahala and Nur'Ahan, both of which fell to the Egyptians, before joining Ram'sos and the Alliance army at Rotai.

General Siashi, given command of the campaign in the interior, gathered a new army at Gamo-Gofa and launched a campaign into the Trans-Victorian region, intending to subdue the Maasai highlands. His attack into Buganda was unopposed, and his troops marched across Ankolye threatened only by yellow fever and dysentry. Once in Luba (driving for the remaining linchpin of Masai control at Mbeya) the remaining Masai army intercepted them, resulting in a pitched fight on the plains of Tanganyika. The Masai then proceeded to grab the Egyptians by the nose and kick them in the ass. The lost provinces were recovered by the end of 1634.

Emperor Hailie first learned of the Jihad with the arrival of refugee ships from Burhine in Aseb. Alarmed, he dispatched riders south to recall his army with all due speed! The excitements in the south, however, delayed their arrival and Hailie spent a lot of time tearing his hair out. Near the end of 1634 he looked up in horror from his desk to see (through a high window in the fortress of Debaraj) a great black fleet sweeping into the Gulf of Tadjoura. The Emperor made a swift choice and abandoned the province for the safety of the highlands. Issas and Debaraj fell in fire and slaughter to the enraged Musselmen from India.

New Maasai Empire: The New Masai mopped up the remainder of the New Mexican possessions that they could get at, overrunning Khalem, Senegal, Boure, Marampa, Susu and Burkina. Leo hoped that this, in conjunction with certain Sud Afriqan efforts, would at last destroy the feeble NewMexican state.

Viceroyalty of New Mexico: The New Mexicans sat on the Cape Verdes and watched the remains of their continental empire be swallowed under the wave of Masai. Eventually some SudAfriqans arrived and arrested them all. Pocheteca cried and wept as he was dragged of in chains. Later, he went swimming and all his friends went with him, bringing a dynasty to an end that had been concieved in treachery and had - for a time - ruled the most powerful kingdom in West Africa.

The Axamaloatl Kingdom of Mixteca: The Mixtecs, upon hearing that the Jihad had roused the tribes of the Sahara to blood and slaughter, declared that none would pass their lands to invade Egypt! The Mixtec DeathJackal Legion also undertook campaigns against the tribes of Kanuri and Zerma, and exacted tribute from both and undying oaths of loyalty to the Axamaloa.

Beyond the Mixtec frontier, the jihad stirred and swelled in the tribes of the Borkou and Faya, erupting into a sweeping attack by those tribes that rolled across the Egyptian frontier and reclaimed the provinces of Batha, N'Jimi, Kreda, Salamat, Wadai and Darounga from the Copts. Understand that the JIhadii did not take these provinces but turned them back to the native peoples (who resumed Islam as well). Koumogo, cut off from the rest of Egypt, revolted.

The Maasai Kingdom: The Maasai government and university packed their bags in New Mtwara and travelled inland to Mbeya in Kimbu, there to establish a new capital. A large fleet was mustered at New Mtwara as well, and put to see hoping to forestall the inevitable for a little longer. Immediately the Lybian fleet based on the Comoros was engaged by M'gumbu as Yusuf of Lybia was sailing north to rejoin the main Lybian army. Superior Lybian warships nearly carried the day, but Maasai numbers told, smashing and scattering the Catholics. This left Yusuf with little indeed under his command when he joined Kilij and the other Lybian army at Brava.

The Egypto-Lybian-Syrian army, meantime, that had been waiting at Mogadishu at last recieved the word of the Jihad and, needless to say, there was a great deal of consternation. The Syrians were outraged that Coptics would so cruelly treat them; the Copts and Catholics were equally outraged that someone would defile their honor so! Generals Saladin, Ram'sos and Kilij all appealed for calm and were faced with thousands of angry troops. Despite virulent rumor (including one regarding the death of Emperor Hailie at Arab hands) calm was maintained and the troops remanded to barracks. Sultan Dirgham arrived with the Syrian fleet and was soon joined by the Egyptian General Tusan. Emir Yusuf and the survivors of the fleet action off of the Comoros were next.

At this point council was taken and the Lybians declared that they must needs return home to succor their countrymen who would now face fierce nomadic attack from the west. Thus Yusuf and his men began the long trek north. Dirgham and Ram'sos also conferred and the Egyptians came to the unpalatable conclusion that their own nation would soon be under attack. And so they marched away north as well, leaving General Tusan and a strong force to maintain a watch on the Masai frontier.

The Lybians and Egyptians reached Djibuti itself by the end of 1634, but were unable to come to grips with the Jihadists who had just finished destroying Issas and deBaraj.

Back at Mogadishu, Rotai was finally assaulted and taken by the remaining Egyptians under the command of Tusan. The Syrians, intent on thrashing the remaining Masai, were ordered south by Dirgham. "Devil Copts lie before us and behind! Let us bring low the capital of the Masai for there will be rich loot for all!" Cheering, his men swung south with high hearts. Sweeping into Brava, they assaulted and took Malindi, which was destroyed with much the same vigor and ferocity shown by the Jihadist armies in the north. Dirgham granted generous portions of the loot to his troops and they again marched south.

New Mtwara was again defended, this time by a relatively small army of 23,000 Masai. Seeing that there were no less than 80,000 Syrians were pounding south to kick their bootie, they fell back over the mountains into Kimbu to protect the new capital.

Dirgham was displeased to find that his true target had slipped through his fingers, and gave his men free reign to butcher the hapless inhabitants of NewMtwara in an orgy of destruction and slaughter that caused even veteran officers to blanch in horror. Then laden with gold, slaves and loot of a thousand kinds, the Syrians marched back north, reaching Rotai in Mogadishu by the end of 1634.

Republic of Sud Afriqa: An attempted hit on the President was foiled by the Internal Security bureau. Ikezue was very glad, for the assassins were armed with poisoned daggers that caused a long, lingering and incredibly painful death. The Sud Afriqan fleet off of West Africa pounced upon the Cape Verdes and stormed Saint Brendans-port. Though the English citizens were unharmed, the New Mexicans cowering in the city were dragged out in chains and packed off to the fleet, which then sailed off to the south.

Aztec Empire of Mexico: The Aztec forces in Morocco (the Angels Host, Nahuatl, Tornado and Totonac Legions) resupplied with the aid of the Lybians and the Templars and marched south with some haste (their small fleet hugging the coast with them) through Merrakesh and into Idjil. There they found swarms of refugees clogging the roads from the south and learned for the first time that Mecca had been defiled and all the Moslems on the planet had a bee in their collective bonnet. Shrugging they continued south to the border with Arguin and were suddenly beset by 125,000 very angry nomads.

The Aztecs and New French scrambled to form a square with their 116,000 men. Within moments the first swarming wave of nomads crashed screaming prayers to Allah into the ranks of Aztec pike and musketmen. The berbers went down in waves before the hammering roar of the Aztec guns, but they were fearless and came on again and again. Paradise awaited all who fell in such battle and the Gates were standing wide that spring day under the molten sun of the Sahara. The waves of the tribesmen wore away at the Aztec legions, swirling ever closer, charging again and again. Regardless the Aztecs and French stood firm, throwing back attack after attack, reaping a harvest of blood in the glittering sand. In the end the Jihadist host was shattered and thrown back in disarray, scattering back into the sands.

The Aztecs marched to the ruins of Emphyro and were disgusted to see that there would be no succor there. They continued on to Awlil where they found Nouadihibou held by the Masai. There they were joined by the Templar cavalry force that had been scouting the NewMasai frontier. Short on water and without much hope of getting any short of taking Nouadhibou the Aztecs and French assaulted the city and took it after a fierce five day battle.

New French Empire: The New French army in Morroco marched south with their Aztec allies and also clashed with the rampaging jihadists in Idjil. The numbers of the New French, in fact, saved the day, allowing the Aztecs to withstand the swarming numbers of the enemy!

1635-1636 T154
Templar Kingdom of Morocco: The Templar army marched back north from Nouadihibou and were recieved at Fez by cheering crowds and weeping girlfriends and mothers. The Grand-Master declared a day of celebration that a Templar army had returned intact from foreign wars.

Federal Imperial Republic of Ethiopia: Uweru responded to a polite note from the Sud Afriqans stating that the name of the FIRE should be the "Federal Imperial Republic of Egypt" with an equally polite note stating that the Afriqans could damn well stick their thesarus up their collective ass.

Egyptian armies were hastily mobilized throughout the realm, generals dashing north and south to try and stave off the Jihadist attacks. In the north a motley collection of mercenaries had been thrown together at Meroë and deployed behind the wall.

In the west, the Jihadists in Darounga first crossed into Ennedi to the north (where they found nothing worth their while) and then descended south with frenzied warcries to ravage the lush fields and rich orchards of Darfur... Not! The Emperor himself, with a strong army, was awaiting their invasion and was swift to march to do battle with them. After a sharp engagement the nomads were shown the value of artillery and fled back into the wastes beyond the Wall of Jah.

New Maasai Empire: The New Masai abandoned direct control of Bani and the city of Al-Fasheer and began negotiations for a more cordial relationship between the province and the Empire. Otherwise Leo knocked around the giant echoing halls of Eichstatt and wondered how long it would take him to conquer the entire world.

The Axamaloatl Kingdom of Mixteca: By egregious efforts, Tapac managed to get one of his concubines pregnant and the poor girl even managed to survive the birthing ceremony to bear him a son. Tapac was very happy and actually pardoned some prisoners as a result. Later, he though the better of it and had them hanged. A Mixtec emissary to the Canaries found himself with nothing to do but hang out at the various feasts and revels staged by the Afriqan and Aztec embassies. The border guards in Ife noticed that Yoruba had became a principality of its own once again.

The Maasai Kingdom: The Maasai crawled out of the wreckage and were very glad that the battle had passed away north of them.

Shinto Madagascar: The Aotearoans, driven forth from their ancient home, cast forth upon the trackless seas, searching for a new domain to call their own... Dolak and the captured city of Kokenau were abandoned as the Tongan chiefs abandoned it to strike out and rejoin the rest of the exile fleet. Hearing that his son Kaikanohi had accepted the crown of Naipon-Aotearoa and thus was a traitor, Gutaro anointed his second son, Matakana, his heir.

Following this the Aotearoans slipped from their secret resting place on the south Australian shore and, following ancient rutters passed down father to son from the Starwatchers of lost Whangarei of old, plowed the sea fields to, yes, Madagascar! There the Aotearoans fell like lightning from summer skies upon the ill-tended and well-nigh forgotten colonies of the Maasai and the Sud Afriqans. The venerable port of Ashone (which once had served much Sud Afriqan trade but had now fallen to fishing and tourist trade) fell to a sudden assault and the hapless inhabitants found themselves under the calloused foot of a Maori overlord. 1636 was spent by the Aotearoans in swift and brutal conquest of the whole island. The seafarers swarmed ashort from the great fleet and carved up all of the provinces (even those in the remote interior) into their own domains, settling their wives and families in the villas of the Masai and the Afriqans. All of the island was converted to Oceanic Pagan by main force or assimilation.

The Afriqan governor of Ashone was dispatched home in a swift courier catamaran with a note indicating that trade would be welcome with the RSA and sorry about the province and the city. At the very end of 1636 a small fleet of Aotearoans arrived from the west to meet their surprised comrades in Sakalava.

Republic of Sud Afriqa: Vast quantities of humanitarian aid was shipped out of Afriqa to all lands requiring food, textiles and leather goods. The Papacy picked up a lot of it on the open market, filling the pockets of middlemen. After a certain failure of negotiations with the Syrian government by special courier, the Council and the Senate issued orders sending their fleets and armies once more into the broil of war, this time against the Lybian and Syrian forces in the East Afriqan Seas.

Off the west African coast, representatives of the RSA and the Aztec Empire wrangled mightily over gaining the allegiance of the Cape Verdes and the Canary Islands. Neither made any headway.

In the Indian Ocean, an RSA squadron seized the Comoros and Zanzibar from the local inhabitants (the Lybians having abandoned both islands some time ago). This force was joined, by the end of 1635 by the rest of the Sud Afriqan fleet as well as a force of marines. The main fleet then sailed north into the Somali Sea where, lo, in ran smack into Sultan Dirgham (and the omnipresent Admiral Awad) and the entire Syrian fleet! The Afriqans seriously mauled the Syrians and they fled (in the end) back to the safety of Basra in Abadan.

Ashore, General Saladin shook his head and marched his army back north (again) chopping his way through Brava and Mogadishu into Scebeli, where he wintered in 1636. The Sud Afriqan fleets dodged around on the coast, liberating Râs Hafun and Berbera from the Ethiopians. Mogadishu, conquered and re-conquered, was indipendent by the end of the turn.

1637-1638 T155
New Maasai Empire: The New Masai, continuing to regroup and solidify their position in the western African heartland, minded their own business and tended to internal matters.

The Axamaloatl Kingdom of Mixteca: The Mixtec ambassador to the Canary Islands, who had spent the last two years tending bar in a little cantina by the waterfront (while the Sud Afriqans and the Aztecs threw money at each other) was surprised to learn from one of his 'informants' (actually, it was old Ebeneezer, who worked in the gardens at the Villa San Marco and dropped into the Salted Slug for a quick nip in the afternoon) that the Aztec ambassador had fallen into a canal filled with barracuda and that the Sud Afriqan ambassador had gotten wall-eyed drunk and tried to fly around the highest tower on the Church of the Holy Nativity Of Magdalen, chirping like a little birdy, but had failed and plummetted to a messy end on the red-brick cobblestones of the main square. Suddenly cognizant that he might actually be able to get an audience with the Supreme Potentate of the Canaries, the ambassador doffed his grime-spattered white smock and dashed off to the Palazzo.

Back home, the province of Ikego (long the private hunting domain of the Mixtecan kings) was freed from direct Mixtecan rule. Tapac then visited with the various and sundry chiefs of the Ikego, but was turned away from all their campfires.

Republic of Sud Afriqa: The Sud Afriqans, who had been reputedly going to do lots of stuff, decided at the last moment to do... nothing! Their fleets lazed about, hanging in harbor. Their diplomats wandered idily in the anterooms and parlors of the great (except those that met with unfortunate ends). The only break in his lackadasical routine concerned the deaths of President Ikezue and the VicePresident Kwayl in a hunting accident in the mountains of Rozwi in 1637. Everyone went back to their naps after this, however, since it was much to hot to have a civil war.

1639-1640 T156
Templar Kingdom of Morocco: The Grand-Master, after long negotiations with the New Masai, finally managed to aquire some more territory with a ninety-nine year lease to Senegal. The terms of this treaty were not revealed. David left soon after this for a hunting trip in the high Atlas. Whle he was absent, Prince Saul took the reins of government and ordered the conduct of a census throughout the land. The fleet and a large portion of the army were sent south to secure the new territory, which proved almost more than they could handle! The Sunni natives were quite restless and the Templars had their work cut out for them.

Meanwhile, back in Morroco itself, the Grand-Master failed to return from his hunting trip and Saul dispatched many search parties into the mountains. Eventually they found the crushed body of the Grand-Master, tied with ropes, under a spill of rubble on a high mountain trail leading over the Atlas into the deep Sahara. Examination of the scene revealed that the Grand-Master had been in captivity and had fallen from a horse to plunge down the mountainside.

Saul, only eighteen, took the news of his father's death very hard and languished around the palace for some weeks before perishing himself of a drug overdose (opium). David's younger brother, Galen, became the new Grand-Master amid subdued celebration. Intermittent rioting and rumors of Galen ordering his brother's death, and particularly the death of Saul, were rampant. Galen responded by ordering his troops into the streets and messily restoring order.

New Maasai Empire: Leo was pleased to expand his capital at New Tenocha with extensive projects; aqueducts, hanging gardens, great parks, blocks of new flats, arcaded souks and bazaars. His son Utar, however, displeased him greatly by getting caught in a flash flood in Bani and drowning. A small arrangement was made with the Templars to see that they aquired the otherwise troublesome province of Senegal.

The Axamaloatl Kingdom of Mixteca: The Mixtecs ignored the wars raging in various parts and devoted themselves instead to expanding their small (but growing) trade empire. A fleet was sent south to the Cape province where a small city, Mat Tikal, was built on a deep harbor surmounted by a great cliff and mountain.

New French Empire: The veterans of the great expedition of Africa were startled and pleased to recieve well-wrought and dashing medals celebrating their valor from the Aztec government. Wearing these beauties got them all the girls and made them the biggest dogs so they ere pleased.

1641-1642 T157
The Axamaloatl Kingdom of Mixteca: Tapac, testing the limits of his strength, ordered that the provinces of Kafin and Gorouol be renamed entire (street signs, paper-work, everything) to Mixe and Kebbe respectively. The common Mixtecan in the street just shook his head and went about his business in the hot sun, hoping for a cool lime drink at some point. Otherwise Tapac rested on his laurels and idily considered pushing around some forest tribes. General Bloodlizard visited Gao in Sudan and reviewed the local troops. Later he commented on the heat and spent a lot of time inside, with a slave to fan him. Boy, it sure was hot.

1643-1644 T158
New Maasai Empire: The Emperor Leo returned to New Tenochtitlan in great pomp with his mighty army after spending some years touring the western provinces. General Midnight, who had been watching the sleepy Mixtecan frontier, marched west to take up station at Takrur and watch for invaders. Admiral Rashad was sent north to aquire flying demons from the Templars. Otherwise, all was very quiet and nap-like in this western Afriqan nation.

The Axamaloatl Kingdom of Mixteca: Tapac spent a great deal of effort reshuffling his armies and garrisons (perhaps feeling that the Game Master was getting a little soft and spending too much time playing basketball and not enough on Lords). Lord Howler and the Death Jackal fleet were dispatched south to secure the trade station at Mat Tikal and to protect the Sud Afriqan coast from Ethiopian marauders.

1645-1646 T159
New Maasai Empire: Lord Rashad, leading the small fleet, sailed back south from Morroco with many gifts for the Emperor and the Court. Landing at Chihuahua City, he learned to his dismay that the Emperor had fallen ill of a coughing sickness. Luckily, Prince Kazan had been journeying back to the capital from Burkina and arrived soon after his father had become bedridden. This was meet for the eastern horizon, long marked with peaceful trade with the Mixtecans, now lit with the fires of war. Great armies now marched against New Tenocha as Tapac launched his long prepared offensive...

The Axamaloatl Kingdom of Mixteca: Tapac, who had long suspected that the New Masai had entered into collusion with the distant Aztec devils, now prepared a death-blow for the rival sub-Saharan state. Even as his armies plunged across the frontier in five armies, his Chalticule agents struck against the sickening Emperor Leo. While the dying old man coughed his life away slowly in the Palace of Blue in New Tenocha agents stole into his tiled room and suffocated him as he feebly struggled.

While the eastern frontier was set ablaze in war and the New Masai army mobilized from its great camps outside New Tenocha, the Mixtec fleet sortied down the west African coast and appeared before Brehmen, raiding shipping and attempting to blockade the port. Lord Rashad, newly come to Chihuahua City, was helpless before the numbers of the Mixtec fleet and could only pace the seaward walls and curse the fates that had led him to this pass.

Under the streaming crimson banners of the Firestorm Legion, Tapac led 200,000 men into Songhai against the 100,000 New Masai that Kazan and his son, Prince Shahad, could muster. Seeing the numberless host of the Mixtec, Shahad begged his father to fall back, leaving a strong force in New Tenocha to hold the city while he raised a stronger army. Kazan refused, saying "Here, my son, we must stop them or they will drive us back into the Western Sea". Shahad, his face graven like stone, bowed and took his leave to command the Imperial Guard, as was his right and place. The battle of Ghourma-Rharous (16th July, 1645 AD) pitted Tapac and his 175,000 against Kazan and his 102,000 men. The Masai drew up along a long low ridge running from the town down towards the Niger, with their battery spaced along the ridgetop. The Tenochan milita held the town and the left wing. The Imperial Guards under Shadad formed an angled wedge leaning back long the axis of the river. The Adawarans were deployed as skermishers in front of the main line.

Tapac deployed his horse on the right wing to screen the town and advanced along the line as a whole, the Firestorm Banner attacking the juncture between the town and the main Masai line. The morning was a bloody welter as the superior Masai artillery chewed up the Mixtec attack. The Firestorm and Gaotian Banners suffered heavy losses. By afternoon, however, the strain of numbers began to show, particularly as the Mixtec artillery concentrated on counter-battery. By dusk, it was all over, the Masai line suddenly ruptured and the Firestorm Banner plunged through, rolling up the Masai force in either direction. Prince Shadad was knocked unconcious and captured, while Kazan fell back to New Tenocha to stand a siege. The Mixtecs regrouped and advanced on the city. Shadad was sent back to Gao under heavy guard to languish in a cell.

Tapac found New Tenocha heavily defended by 31,000 Masai troops. After observing the very strong defences, he decided not to asssault the city. The Sudanese and Gaotian Banners were left to starve the city into submission, while Tapac led the Firestorm Banner south into Garou and Abner led the BloodLizard Banner west into Segu. Tapac's campaign in Garou met with great success as he easily subdued the province and captured the city of Karax. The same was repeated in Mossi, where Anefis surrendered as Tapac's men approached its gates.

The BloodLizard, however, found Segu held against them by the Mixtec General Midnight and 50,000 men as well as a strong array of castles and forts. Sensing that a failure to carry the campaign forward here might fatally stall the Mixtec drive to the west, the Blood-Lizard Banner attacked. This proved favorable as the Masai were unable to withstand the Blood-Lizard veterans. The castles and fortresses were reduced, one by one, and Jena fell by the end of 1646. Midnight and his remaining force fell back onto the defences of Ghana, which were equally fierce.

New Tenocha, firmly under the command of Kazan, remained staunch in its defence against the Mixtec besiegers. The city encompassed the Niger for water and its granaries had long been stocked full. Kazan would wait for his enemies to wear down on the walls of his capital...

1647-1648 T160
New Maasai Empire: Emperor Kazan, doubtless driven mad by the heat and the constant battering of Mixtec guns on the walls of New Tenocha, ordered his men to attack from the city, himself at their head, banners bravely flying. At near the same time, General Midnight, reinforced by the Templars, attacked into Segu in an attempt to break through to the capital...

The Axamaloatl Kingdom of Mixteca: Tapac marched back north with his men to reach New Tenocha just in time to observe Kazan and his entire army boil out of the city like a newly disturbed anthill. The Sudanese and Gaotians that had been besieging the city were staring in amazement at this sight. Tapac and the Firestorm Banner rode through their army, his men blowing horns and raising banners. Shaking itself free of this torpor, the Mixtecs raised a great shout and charged into battle. The 13,000 Masai who so bravely had come forth were slaughtered by the 29,000 Mixtecs. The few remaining defenders of New Tenocha, utterly demoralised by the defeat of the Emperor and his death, surrendered the city within days.

Meanwhile, to the west, the Bloodlizard Banner was encamped at Jena waiting for the Firestorm Banner to reinforce them. Before those worthies (who were busy smashing Kazan at New Tenocha) could join them, however, the Masai general Midnight and the Templars marched up the road in fine array. The Bloodlizard took to the field and were quickly emeshed in a sharp affray with the 10,000 Masai/Templars. The Masai troops fought with frenzied abandon and were chopped to bits by the Mixtecs. The Templars abandoned the field after it became apparent that Midnight had no hope of victory, retreating back to Senegal.

The Yorubans, meanwhile, had advanced out of the southern jungles and had overrun Burkina and Bani. The citizens of the free city of Al-Fasheer watched with interest as new neighbors took up residence. The Mixtec prince, Shahad, was killed while attempting to escape from his guards in Gao. His bullet-ridden body was dragged from the fetid, muddy, waters of the Niger within hours.

After his surprising victory at New Tenocha (renamed Timbuktu following the victory party) Tapac marched west and joined the BloodLizards at Jena. He toured the battlefield where Midnight's army had been put paid and shook his head. Following this photo-op, he raised his gauntleted hand and his armies sprang, like greyhounds at the chase, to the west, for Takrur and victory!

The Mixtecan Duke M'Koil, however, had meantime marched up out of the south with 4,000 Masai veterans and taken up residence in Eichstatt in Galam. The Mixtecans swept through an undefended Ghana and smashed right into his defenses. M'Koil had thought that the defences of Eichstatt were pretty strong, but the Mixtecs smashed through them like a big-block Chevy through a plate-glass window. M'Koil and Midnight were both slain in the debacle and Eichstatt fell to Mixtecan storm-troopers. Undaunted, the Mixtec army burled down the highway into Takrur to besiege Chihuahua City.

In the city, Lord Rashad had mustered what men he could and now prepared to sell his (and their) lives dearly to bring ruin to the Mixtec cause.13,000 Masai were holed up in Chihuahua City (a motley collection of sailors, peasant militia, army veterans dna new levies) against the 35,000 Mixtecs, Gaotians, Sudanese and Ifi outside. Tapac, after some consultation over wether to just starve the defenders out, decided to end it and ordered his men to begin siegeworks. The city fell two months later, its gates in ruin, Rashad dead of a fever. Hundreds of the defenders marched forth in chains to die, doubtless in the mines or slave-pits of Mixteca.

1649-1650 T161
New Maasai Empire: The New Masai whimpered, rolled over, and died. Well, actually they were stabbed multiple times and finally bled to death but the end is the same.

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