In 328 BC, following intense debate in regards to the tactics and hotheadedness of Alexander the Great, Cleitus the Black, a Macedonian general responsible for saving Alexander's life several years prior, was murdered by Alexander in a drunken brawl in full sight of his generals. This led to dissent amongst the officers and troops in Alexander's campaigns against the Persian Empire. This dissent, coupled with the low morale of a long war, led to mutinies and requests to return to Macedon. As punishment, Alexander marched his forces through a desert, suffering from attrition and leading to the death of Hephaestion. This series of events arguably resulted in the death of Alexander the Great at the Palace of Nebuchadnezzar II in 323 BC, likely from assassination by disgruntled generals. What if Alexander hadn't killed Cleitus? What if he had lived to return to Macedon and continue his plans?

Mind the Spear, Cleitus is an alternative history by Crim that focuses on the results of Cleitus the Black not being murdered by Alexander the Great. The point of divergence takes place mere minutes before Cleitus' murder in the ravaged city of Maracanda. In our universe, Cleitus the Black argues with Alexander in regards to Alexander's boasting. Alexander, highly intoxicated at the time, threw apples at Cleitus the Black before the general was ushered out by guards. When Cleitus returned to continue arguing with Alexander, the young king threw a javelin at Cleitus, killing his friend and general. This created much dissent amongst his remaining generals, becoming one of their many grievances about Alexander.

In this universe, however, Cleitus does not return to his argument with Alexander. He decides to take a walk through the streets of Maracanda to clear his mind. Alexander passes out later that night, too drunk to remember the argument with Cleitus the Black. Without a massive black spot on his record in the eyes of his generals, Alexander's transgressions are able to be overlooked for just a little while longer. This Point of Divergence does not particularly affect Alexander or his empire for about five years. Cleitus is sent to a post in Persia and disappears from the pages of history. The effect on Alexander, though, is game-changing. The generals are less disgruntled with Alexander and, while returning home, marches with Craterus and does not suffer from attrition and the death of Hephaestion. Alexander's death, be it through assassination from disgruntled generals or overdrinking because of Hephaestion's death, is averted. He returns to Pella to plan the invasion of the Arabian peninsula and, eventually, the invasion of the remaining Phoenician lands..

Mind the Spear, Cleitus, observes world history following Alexander's survival in the Palace of Nebuchadnezzar II, his invasion of the Arabian Peninsula, his invasions of the Italian Peninsula, and the successor kingdoms that were formed after Alexander's new death date of 311 BC. It observes how these successor kingdoms influenced world history, culture, religion, language, and science. This author is proud to present Mind the Spear, Cleitus, and he sincerely hopes you enjoy reading it. Please write any suggestions on relevant article talk pages or on the author's talk page.

This timeline employs an ATL calendar called the Alexandrian calendar, which separates time from before and after the death of Alexander the Great - ΕΤΣ (Etos to Spora) and ΕΤΔ (Etos to Drepani), meaning 'Year of Sowing' and 'Year of Reaping' respectively. The current year is 2328 (͵β'τκη ).

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