|“||Even if a snowstorm stands in the way of the appointment, even if rain hinders the meeting, we [should] not be late.||”|
—-The Secret History of the Mongols
Ogedei Khan, On December 11th, 1241, He who rules the World sleeps soundly. He has drunk with Abd-ur-Rahman, and gained his trust. Thousands of miles away, the mighty Juggernaut of his armies advance, and the knights of Europe are too preoccupied with their own squabbles to notice. Night is to soon fall over Western Civilization; It shall not rise again. Welcome to Knightfall, a timeline where Europe is devastated by the Mongols and never fully recovers, similar to the Middle East after the Mongol conquest.
In Knightfall, thanks to the divided and decentralized nature of Europe, the Mongol hordes rampage throughout the continent, sacking cities in Germany, Italy, France, and Eastern Europe. After a few years, the horde pulls back to Eastern Europe, but not after attacking the weakened Latin Empire, successor to the Byzantines. This leaves those nations in tatters, with their populations utterly destroyed- millions of people are killed in the fighting and the subsequent famines.
Meanwhile, the horde brings another menace with it- that of the Black Plague. The invasion and plague combine to kill over three quarters the population of Mainland Europe. Only the British Isles and the Scandinavian nations survive relatively intact. In Iberia centuries of reconquest is reversed as Muslim Spain takes advantage of a broken Europe.
Finding their way into Europe expands the Mongol World not just in size but in their perception of the world around them. Reaching the western seas as the historical Batu Khan dreamed encourages Mongols to explore farther into the unknown. Never before the destruction of the Mongols were so many borders open. For those who survived the Mongol opened a whole new world of open trade and communication. Europeans, Asians and Africans alike had the world presented at their doorstep.
How long will the brutal reign of Pax Mongolia last? Will there be light on the other side for Europe? Who in the world will rise from ashes? Can the nomadic antagonists hold on to their new found hegemony? What of a world transformed forever by the collective decisions of man, and of the world he lives in?
Lets answer these questions together in Knightfall.
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Additional Sources on the Mongols
Here are some links to learn more, or to be entertained on the Mongols.
Warning, movies are graphic, viewer discretion is advised. Bear in mind that these films do not pertain to perfect historical accuracy.
A television series produced in Chinese Inner Mongolia, praised for its historical accuracy. Mostly in Chinese with English Subtitles
Released in 2007 directed by Russian Sergei Bodrov. Nominated for Oscars, about the early life of Temujin. Script is in Mongolian and Chinese languages. Has English Subtitles.
Released in 2012, directed by Russian Andrei Proshkin, about the Golden Horde in 14th century Russia. Script is in Kazakh and Russian languages. Has English Subtitles.
LITERATURE AND PRIMARY SOURCES:
The Secret History of the Mongols - The Life and Times of Chinggis Khan- Primary Source on Genghis Khan's life written after his death. Work is considered as a heroic epic similar to the tradition of Icelandic Sagas. Translated to English by Urgeung Onon, published by Curzon.
William of Ruburck's Account of the Mongols- Primary Source from the monk William of Ruburck who was sent by the King of France to meet with Mangu Khan. This is first European account of the Mongols which observes them scientifically. From Silk Road Seattle Website
Ch'ang Ch'un's Travels - Primary Source written by an unnamed disciple of an elderly Taoist Monk who visited Genghis Khan in 1226. Translated by E. Bretschneider, from the Silk Road Seattle Website.
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