Jalayrid Sultanate

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Foundation: 1410-1455 (T91-T93)Dead.gif
Capital: ???
Religion: Islam

By Rob Pierce


The Jalayrids ruled Mesopotamia at least by 1410 (see map) but afflicted by the armies of Syria and vengeful Assassins, the sultanate finally crumpled in 1455 (T93).

The History:

Still to be written.

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1447-1450 T91
Jalayrids: Diplomacy: None
Trade Partners: (0.5C) Ottomans / (0.5C) India, Ethiopia
An attempt by Khemeni to move the population of Mardin was met by a storm of arrows and a number of dead cats as the populace, under their new Vizier, had no intention of leaving their homes. The inhabitants of Nineveh and Al-Wan responded similarly. The Haji at Mecca didn't even listen to the entreaties of the local Jalayrid commander. Meanwhile, in the highlands of Anatolia, some alert Ottoman border guards found themselves the proud possessors of a great deal of Jalayrid gold that had been sent off to pay the army at Tripoli. Thanking the Syrian ambassador for the handy tip, the gold was trundled off to the Imperial treasury.

The Jalayrid army at Tripoli thus found itself without funds to pay its troops or money to pay for food for its multitudes. the army commander ordered the looting of the region, in an attempt to gain the funds - but it proved too little to pay his 60,000 men. Attempts to convince those unpaid to continue to fight fell on deaf ears as the army began to disintegrate. The Abadani contingent was the first to desert, vanishing in the middle of the night.

The forces under the command of Prince Hussien of Shiraz, however, were well supplied with gold and reinforced with a vast number of mercenaries. This army marched north out of Arabia, picking up the garrisons of Hejaz and Medina, and reached the Petran border with some 75,000 troops.

A gang of Jalayrid artillerists wound up stranded on Cyprus without the price of tickets home after they found Tripoli held against them and their hired ships left them.

Syria: The failure of the Syrians to acquire their mercenary contingents, meantime, had led to the collapse of many of their plans. One of them, carried out by the Assassins, succeeded however and the beleaugered commander of the Jalayrid army in Tripoli found himself faced by a popular revolt even as his army disintegrated under him. While the populace took up arms, a small force of French Foreign Legionnaires under a Syrian commander arrived to provide a core for the rebels. In the ensuing campaign the Jalayrid cause completely collapsed when the Jalayrid general was shot down by the FFL troops in a skermish. With him gone, the motley force of Tripolitanians and French mercenaries mopped up the remainder of the loyal Jalayrid troops. The arrival of the Aleppan army soon after saw order restored and, with liberal disbursement of funds, the wandering bands of Jalayrid troops who had previously deserted were enlisted in the Syrian army. In all, 4,000 French Legionnaires and 9,000 peasants had defeated 53,000 Jalayrid troops.

The Jalaryrid Army of Arabia swept across Petra and into the Levant. There they encountered the Syrian army, fresh from the Tripoli campaign. The two great armies clashed at 'En Gedi on the shores of the Dead Sea (24th of April, 1448 AD). Though the battle was between the Syrian and Jalayrid empires - in fact - none of their native troops participated, save a few Syrian police from 'En Gedi itself. The Syrian army was commanded by the great Sala'Udin and Khan Hekaz of the Aleppans and consisted of 7,000 Aleppan turkic cavalry, 7,500 Aleppan turkic infantry, 5,000 French Foreign Legionnaires (all infantry), 25,000 ex-Jalayrid cavalry, 16,500 ex-Jalayrid infantry, and some 7,500 miscellaneous Levantine militia and police. The Jalayrids, on the other hand, fielded 16,500 Shirazi Persian kataphaktoi, 42,500 Turkic cavalry (all mercenaries from the northern tribes - mostly Avars and Scythians, though there were 1,000 Muscatis and 650 Nubians present), 7,000 Anatolian hillmen (mercenaries fighting on foot with great axes), 60 artillery pieces crewed by Saracen Italians, and 3,500 Khwarzimian seige engineers under Prince Hussien of Shiraz and Bey Muspatpha of Fars. By the end of the morning, the Jalayrid host had shattered itself in a terrific charge against the French Legionnaires (who had dug in on a hilltop) and had suffered 51,000 casualties in dead, wounded and incapacitated as well as the loss of Prince Hussien (shot down as he led his kataphraktoi into the thick of the fight on the right flank with the Aleppan Turks). The Syrians had lost only 7,000 men (all ex-Jalayrid infantry) and - more importantly - Sala'Udin (pierced with many arrows during the fight on the Red Mount), Khan Hekaz (gutted by a Shirazi lancer during the Great Melee on the right flank), and Prince Nidal (leader of the FFL during the Triploli revolt) had been captured by the Jalayrids. The sole remaining Syrian leader, the elderly Vizier ibn-Serad, had suffered a serious wound during the fighting in 'En Gedi itself and was in no shape to lead the army. During the afternoon Bey Muspatpha rallied his remnants and impress the Khwarz seige engineers as infantry and attacked on the shore side of 'En Gedi. The Syrians, taken by surprise, were broken and hundreds were killed while they fled for the ridge and the positions of the Legion. Muspatpha led a charge into the confused mass of the Syrians and managed to drive them from the Red Mount before a Legion sharpshooter shot him from his saddle. The Vizier ibn-Serad had fallen in the initial fighting and both armies were now locked in a mutual melee, leaderless. By nightfall the discipline of the Legion had proven itself superior to the ragged mobs of the Jalayrid mercenaries and the Syrians held the field. Both the Syrian and Jalayrid hosts had been annihilated by the massive battle, with only 4,000 Legion troopers and 2,500 Aleppan cavalry remaining. The Aleppans went home, carrying their dead leader upon a bier of spears. The Legion troopers marched back to Gaza and prepared to take ship for their next assignment.

Berbers: The Greek islands were returned to the Berbers after their Jalayrid garrison deserted.

1451-1454 T92
Luzon: Events in the Mid-East met with similar disaster...

Jalayrids: Diplomacy: None
Trade Partners: (0.5C) Ethiopia
The Japanese fleet landed at Kuwait and evacuated a number of high Jalayrid nobles and relatives of the Sultan, but was unable to rescue more due to the fact that they had no room upon their somewhat cramped fleet. Khemeni, meanwhile, had gathered his few remaining retainers together and had determined to escape to the promised safety of the Japanese fleet. Leading his motley group out in secret he travelled into the forbidding highlands of Tabaristan, a region dripping with legends of more horrible evil and villany. After some months of rugged travel, Khemeni's small army found itself looking down into a valley of dark mist, a valley surmounted by the ominous shape of the vast and malefic fortress of the Assassins. Khemeni then conceived of a plan, a daring plan, a plan wihtout equal. He would lead his force upon an assault on that dank and morbid place and seize the vast treasures therein - thus financing his triumphal return to empire. Unfortunately, we shall never know how he intended to seize one of the most impregnable fortresses raised by man... for no man of that army was ever seen again by mortal man!

When Khemeni did not reach the rendezvous at Kuwait, the remaining nobles chose one of their own, Resa Pahlavi, to be the Sultan.

The Gulf possessions of the Jalayrids were afflicted with the Death.

Syria: Continuing its voyage, the Japanese expedition sailed up Necho's Canal and docked at Cairo - where the brightly caprisoned Samurai made a big hit with the local nobles. Orders were placed for a number of cannon at the Follet factory, but the lack of space aboard the fleet again prevented the Japs from making off with the goods.

Ottomans: Two Ottoman armies crossed the High Taurus and seized the provisional Jalayrid capital of Ninveh, in Kurdistan. They were not opposed, as the Jalayrid army had been consumed by the Valley of the Assassins somewhat earlier.

1455-1458 T93
Jalayrids: Diplomacy: None
Trade Partners: (0C) None
The Jalayrids failed to secure a rescheduling of their loan and, assisted by the Assassins, passed from this earth...

Syria: The Syrians did manage to purchase the old Jalayrid holdings from the Islamic bankers, however. All those areas revolted soon afterwards, however.

The Sultans

  • Khemeni the Second 1447-1453

The Players

  • T91-T92 (1447-1454) (unknown; no ISI list)

Last updated: 16 November 2002

© 2002 Robert Pierce

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