Morroco, Templar Kingdom of

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Foundation: ????-1665Dead.gif
Capital: St. George the Defender, Morroco
Religion: Roman Catholic

By Martin Helsdon

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A Templar kingdom in North Afriqa supplanted by the Sultanate of Marôc - which was founded by a rebelling Swedish Admiral.

The History:

Unlikely to ever be written.

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1613-1614 T143
Republic of Egypt: In Lybia it became quickly apparent to the Lybian-Swedish-Papal defenders that the entire might of the Egyptian military machine was not descending upon them. Indeed, only 60,000 crazed religious fanatics had swarmed across the desert to crash into the heavily fortified LSP line, which was defended by 124,000 troops. The ensuing butchery resulted in only 7,000 scared Egyptian lancers escaping the massive envelopment maneuver launched by the defenders once the religious troops had engaged the Lybian fortifications. The Lybian losses were negligible, save for the elderly and beloved Countess Sofia, who suffered heart failure while leading a charge of the Duke of Malta's Own Dragoons in the the right flank of the Egyptian army at the battle of Knightsbridge.

But this was not the whole extent of the Egyptian effort; no, a small and daring band of Egyptian ships that had been harrying the Georgian coast slipped across the Mediterranean and attacked Morroco itself! Sadly the Michaeline and Templar forces that had been fighting on Rhodes had returned to Saint-George-The-Defender and General Arada's daring band was chewed to bits and spit out.

1625-1626 T149
Templar Kingdom of Morroco: The Templars joined the Great Afriqan War and sent a contingent of cavalry south to adi the Aztec Alliance in its war with the Pan-Afriqan Union.

1627-1628 T150
Templar Kingdom Of Morroco: The Templars charged about and did some stuff. An expedition was sent into the desert to look for the Ark of the Covenant.

1633-1634 T153
Templar Kingdom of Morroco: 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.

1635-1636 T154
Templar Kingdom of Morroco: 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.

1637-1638 T155
Templar Kingdom of Morroco: The Morrocans continued to mind their own business. The Grand-Master noted some unusual muttering and carping amongst the populace, particularly about the poor harvests.

1639-1640 T156
Templar Kingdom of Morroco: 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.

1641-1642 T157
Templar Kingdom of Morroco: Just to show off the Templars doubled the size of their university! They were also really proud of having another province and kept strutting about with a big ol' smile on their face. Even the infrequent riots and unrest in the countryside did not unduly faze them, they just kept thinking of Senegal and it was ok.

1643-1644 T158
Templar Kingdom of Morroco: The Morrocan garrison in Senegal was increased just to keep the natives to heel. Some flying things were sold to the New Masai. Grand-Master Galen died and was succeded by his son, Josiah, as the Eastern Master of the Templars. This event passed peacably and without undue incident.

1645-1646 T159
Templar Kingdom of Morroco: The Templars continued to mind their own business and were very glad that no one had decided to attack them yet (unlike everyone else in Africa, who were all at war with each other).

1647-1648 T160
Templar Kingdom of Morroco: Just to make things more interesting than they already were, an English fleet raided Senegal (the lone Templar colony) and the coastal tribes of Arguin and Awlil (where they found very little of interest) for slaves. The attack on Senegal was driven off by the Templar fleet based there. Those hapless innocents that they scooped up were carted back north to England in previously Aztec merchant ships captured by extensive piracy in the Pillars of Hercules and the southern and northern approaches to it. A small force of Templars marched off to aid the New Masai against the perfidious Mixtecs...

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...

Axamaloatl Kingdom of Mixteca: 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.

1649-1650 T161
Templar Kingdom of Morroco: The Templars hung out at the beach, watching ships go to and fro through the straits of Gibraltar. Some Wallachian merchants showed up and had a party time in St.George.

Axamaloatl Kingdom of Mixteca: Well pleased with these events, Tapac marched north again into the Senegal, where he had learned that the Templars had a strong presence. Indeed, the Templars had strongly garrisoned the province. Unfortunately the Firestorm Banner could not be denied and the Templars died bravely. In the aftermath, Tapac installed a local Moslem chief as ruler in his stead and retired with his battle-weary but victorious army to Galam and the fleshpots of Eichstatt.

1651-1652 T162
Templar Kingdom of Morroco: The Templars, seeing that the Lybians and the Islanders had at last fallen to blows, attacked Zirid and overran the frontier defences. Tangiers, though strongly held, could not hold up against a determined effort by the Templars and fell by the end of 1651. Josiah exulted! At last, he had won a battle!

1653-1654 T163
Templar Kingdom of Morroco: The Templars gloried in the victories that had come to them and, basically, sat around and bragged a lot. A Templar embassy to Idjil in the south discovered that the province was Lybian.

Christian Emirate of Lybia: The Lybians, having negotiated a cessation to hostilities with the Three Isles, now turned their might against the Templars, sending Lord Feyahd and Tahmar against the treacherous monks. Sayyida had sworn revenge for the murder of her husband and now the monks would pay...

23,000 Lybian troops swarmed into Zirid to find the province strongly held by 11,000 Templars. After a fierce battle the Lybians scattered the Templars from the field and advanced across the lesser Riff into Morroco itself. The Lybian fleet blockaded Tangiers and waited for the city to surrender. The Lybian attack into Morrocco was resisted by another Templar army of 6,000 black mercenaries. When the Templar scouts determined that 19,000 Lybians were advancing they fell back into St.George The Defender and prepared to watch the Lybians break like the tide against the massive walls. The Lybians, however, soon retired and spent 1654 reducing Zirid, which fell by the end of Spring.

1655-1656 T164
Crusader State of Achaea: The Achean crusaders, hearts ablaze with righteous fury, crossed the Dardanelles and marched south along the Lydian coast into Isauria (where the prince swore great oaths of allegiance to Girolamo) and thence across the Pamphilian Gates into Cilicia, a Syrian province. Undefended by the Syrians the province received the full weight of the Hussite fervor and was converted to Hussite amid great slaughter and inquisition. Late in 1656 they were joined there by a force of Templars come from Morroco to fight the good fight against the infidels.

Templar Kingdom of Morroco: The Templars went off to fight in the Holy Land, little realising that soon the holy war would come home to roost quite near to home.

1657-1658 T165
Crusader State of Achaea: The night before the Achean Host of God marched east into history and glory, Marco Girolamo, the Sword himself, was walking in the camp, going from campfire to campfire, speaking with his men, urging them to bend their prayers to God and to victory, to disavow fear, to let only righteousness guide them. Thus he came upon a group of men, sitting about a merry blaze near to the strings of horses maintained by the Host, and sat with them awhile and spoke of the Word of the Lord. And he found these men to be well versed in the scriptures, and well spoken too, and not afraid to contemplate the questions that have often vexed the mighty. Girolamo was most pleased to find such learned men amongst his troops and, at length, inquired of them their names and from which city or province they hailed.

"Why," spoke their leader, rising from his seat, "from the distant Tower of Eagles, lord, from Alamut the Mighty, from the Throne of the Finger of God." And then the encamped men fell upon Girolamo and bore him down, neatly clubbing him unconcious. And so was the Sword borne away in darkness and fell into nighted seas of mystery and deceit and was not seen again.

Upon the rising of the sun, the Sword's guards found that he no longer lay within his tent and there was a great hue and cry. The whole army roused itself, shaking off the murmurs of night and casting aside the cloak of sloth. In that great commotion no sign or scent of the great lord was found and his generals, Father Grolingen first among them, came to the cruel conclusion that the Sword had fallen into the hands of the Moslem dogs. At the same time news came from a courier from those Hussites still alive in Aleppo that the Syrian armies had come into Antioch and had brought with them a great store of food and arms. Even now the walls were being repaired and strengthened. Grolingen felt the hot breath of the chase upon him and ordered the army march hence.

Within weeks the Host of God marched up the coastal road from the town of Payas and looked for the first time upon the whitewashed walls of Antioch and saw them strongly held by many thousands of Syrians. Grolingen muttered darkly to see the myriad banners of the hosts and companies of Syria upon the walls. His men he deployed to surround the city and prepared to visit fire and storm upon the defence. Within the city the defenders looked in awe upon the vast size of the Achaean host, counting heads they guessed that there were over 60,000 crusaders. So too did they espy the banners of the Knights Templar amidst the Hussite host and knew with cold certainty that all Christenden had come against them as one!

Within days the Achean army stormed the walls in full scale assault, ladders and all. The Syrians meted out a storm of fire but it did not daunt the religious zeal of the Crusaders and the walls were carried in a single bloody afternoon. The Syrian defenders were hunted down and slain to a man and the city came once more under the purview of Christian lords. Following this swift victory the Acheaeans overran an undefended Syria and captured the almost empty city of Damascus. Both Aleppo and Syria were converted back to Hussitism, leaving the populations in the usual state of moral confusion.

Templar Kingdom of Morroco: The Templars fighting in the Mid-East found great glory there and drove the infidels before them like rabbits, slaughtering many for the glory of God.

1659-1660 T166
Crusader State of Achaea: The Crusaders turned over the administration of Aleppo and Antioch to the Knights Templar. At the same time the Crusader army rolled west from Syria and crushed the rather feeble defences of Lebanon and then south into Jordan. Both provinces were converted to Hussite as well. Meantime, just across the border in Levant, the Danish garrison of Jerusalem was utterly shocked one morning when the guards at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher dragged in none other a luminary than the arch-devil himself, Alexander! Apparently the Pontiff had made his way into the Holy Land in sack-cloth and ashes and had entered the Church in the garb of an itinerant pilgrim. Unfortunately for Alexander, the Holy Sepulcher is under the custodianship of the Eastern Patriarch and the Bishop presiding over the morning services recognized Alexander and instantly summoned the Danish guards to apprehend him.

The Danish governor was more than a little startled, but pleased nonetheless, and contacted the Office of the Barbarians to turn the enchained Pontiff over. Those worthies were very quick to bundle the hapless prisoner onto a fast frigate for Venice. The delivery of the Azorean ringleader to the prisons under the Palace of the Pearl was met with grim delight by the Empress and a very heavy guard was installed upon the priest.

Knights of the Temple of Jerusalem: The Templars took over administration of the newly won province of Aleppo from the Achaeans and were quickly put to the test as a force of Syrian cavalry attempted to raid into the region. The Templars were well able to drive off this incursion and did so with gusto!

1661-1662 T167
Crusader State of Achaea: Prince Tzetsas made a few extra guilders by selling the recently acquired province of Cilicia to the Knights Templars.

Knights of the Temple of Jerusalem: The Templars continued to expand their eastern domain by the expenditure of gold, purchasing Cilicia from the Achaeans.

1663-1664 T168
Knights of the Temple of Jerusalem: The Templars wept to see the loss of the provinces in Turkey, but various events in Morroco itself sort of made up for the loss. All St. George-The-Defender was abuzz with word that a massive gold strike had been made in the high Atlas on the Lybian frontier. The movement of government troops into the area further strengthened the rumors. Some friction arose along the border as the Lybian border watch was strengthened as well. Various heavily guarded wagons were observed returning from the area of the rumored 'strike'. Hundreds of prospectors, ruffians and various kinds of sleazebags swarmed into the region and found - nothing.

General Kuat, meanwhile, joined in the general 'jump on Occitania' festivities, landing a force of 24,00 men in Granada on the Spanish coast. "On to Madrid!" he proclaimed, shushing his aides who reminded him that Madrid was long destroyed. There were no French around to contest his claims either, but he spent the rest of the turn wandering around the Granadan countryside, bothering the peasants and wondering why his horses kept getting sick.

Swedish draken deployed against the Templars 1665

1665-1666 T169
Danish Empire: He then observed the swift maneuvers of the 'Marocain' fleet as it captured Granada from the dying Templars.

Sultanate of Marôc: The Knights of the Temple, returning from Spain - victorious at last - were horrified to be roused from their drunken slumber by the thunder of naval guns in the harbor of St. George the Defender. A Swedish fleet was without the breakwater and Swedish marines were soon swarming ashore. A vast fleet of airships filled the sky and soon Swedish commando teams were landing within the city. The Templars fought fiercely against the Swedish assault but were bloodily crushed in the end. Following this swift victory, Heyerdahl's troops occupied Granada and Awlil as well, securing the immediate domain of the Templars.

The Grand-Masters of the Knights of the Temple of Jerusalem

  • David Al-Ashai ????-1639
  • Galen A--Ashai 1639-1643
  • Josiah al-Ashai 1643-1666

The Players

  • Jeff Chandler T???-T169
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