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posted 17 Sep 2005, 04:09 by Nonman, Commoner

I'm fairly certain that less than 30,000 survived the trials of the desert crossing. Mr. Bakker seems to be an avid fan of real-world history as the 100,000 to 20-30,000 troops conversion is about the same as what happened to the Christian armies of the first crusade as they neared the city of Jerusalem.. Generally speaking his 'homage(s)' to real world history aren't quite so in blatant. :roll: In fact the entire story of the Inrith Crusade is taken whole and completely from real world history. [b:30fwipib]The Vulgar Crusade[/b:30fwipib] = The real life [b:30fwipib]People's Crusade[/b:30fwipib] (which shared the same fate) [b:30fwipib]The Great Names Crusade[/b:30fwipib] = [b:30fwipib]The Prince's Crusade[/b:30fwipib] (which also was depedent on a great Emperor of a whiddled away Nation (the Byzantine Empire ruled by Alexius I) He also asked the crusaders to sign a document promising the return of all lands.... I could go on.... for more information read up on the Firt Crusade here: [url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Crusade [/url] That said, it is safe to assume that the military strength of the Vulgar and non-Vulgar Crusades are but a small portion of the total military might of the Three Seas area. One must remember that only a small portion of the noble and royal blooded members of each nation heeded the call to Crusade. Allow me to use an example of the Empire of Nansur, the southern most Ketyai nation of the Three Seas. The prince, nephew to the Emperor, and Exalt-General of the Imperial Armies , Ikurei Conphas appears to be the only 'great name' who departed from the Empire of Nansur to undertake the Inrithi Crusade. Conphas only took three 'columns' of infantry (I'm guessing this is something akin to a Roman legion) which distinguished themselves greatly in several of the early battles of the Crusade. While these columns can be assumed to represent a significant force it is unlikely that the Eastern and Northern borders of the Empire of Nansure would be left unprotected. It would be the height of stupid to send all of your armies south and allow your northern border to be invaded by an erstwhile ally or worse (and more likely) the Scylvendi barbarians of the Eastern lands to take advantage of the situation and come rampaging across your borders. Not to mention the need to keep troops in the interior portions of the Empire (one mustn't forget the danger of bandits, brigands; rogue nobles and the need to oppress the people.) I think it’s safe to say that there are still vast military assets throughout the Three Seas area, just as the lion’s share of the military assets of the Crusades remained in Europe. view post

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