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The Kingdom of MakuriaThe Kingdom of Makuria, A.D. 1174 Summer

A land steeped in ancient tradition and presence, Makuria had converted to Christendom but a few decades before the arrival of Islam, yet so brief a moment of connection with Christian Byzantium and Egypt has not led to their faith to waiver. On the contrary, in the face of the Caliphate's armies it was only in Nubia where at the Battle of Dongola in 652 AD, the Arabs suffered their only major defeat in the first century of Islamic Expansion. Truly, facing a reality of being surrounded on all but one side by Muslim powers, the resolve in their faith and sovereignty has been strengthened. The Kingdom of Makuria does not stand alone as a Christian Power of Africa, having merged with the kingdom of Nobatia in the north, and holding a strong kinship with Alwa in the south of the Sudan, and powerful Abyssinia even further south.While the Islamic world experienced upheaval and disruption by the rise and fall of successors to the fracturing Caliphate, the Makurians experienced a prosperous and stable growth, becoming the one who would interfere in the affairs of their neighbors instead of the other way around. Rumours abound of a Nubian army sacking Cairo in the eight century to defend their Coptic Brethren, who had looked to the Nubians for protection. Such a golden age continued for the Makurians even as the waters of the Nile were calmed, and the Fatimids came to rule. Truly, the enemy of an enemy was a friend, and for a Shi'ite Dynasty seen as the heretics by their fellow Muslims, African Christians would have seemed as close to their faith as the Sunni Dynasties which saw Egypt as Infidels to Overthrow.But the warm relations of Makuria and Egypt would come to an end with the fall of it’s Shi’ite Dynasty at the hands of Saladin and his Uncle Shirkuh in 1171. With strong intent to oust the Christian Franks from the Holy Lands, it would come as little surprise that the eyes of Saladin and the newly born Ayyubid Dynasty look with suspicion upon a kingdom friendly to its two greatest foes. As the last vestiges of the Fatimids vanish with the death of their Caliph in 1171, it has come to be a question not of if the Ayyubids shall face the Makurians but when.Once more do the waves of Islam crash upon the shore of East Africa, and once more are the Makurians upon the vanguard of the defenders, assuming their historical destiny as the sentinel of Nubia and Abyssinia. Never has a kingdom of Nubia or lands further south ever extended into Asia, yet never were the Arabs in the first hundred years of Islamic Expansion beaten in a major battle save for when they fought the Makurians.


The Kingdom of Makuria
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Abyssinian Champions infantry heavy 999 449
8 ratings Legendary unit
Excellent Heavy infantry of Makuria's Nobility, exceptionally armored in Frankish mail and Saracen Helmets, wielding the fine-edged two handed swords of Abyssinia and Nubia.
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Dembus Macemen infantry light 748 321
6 ratings Legendary unit
Aggressive shock-infantry armed with the two-handed Dembus mace, a weapon vicious against cavalry as well as infantry.
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Makurian Longbowmen infantry missile 664 285
5 ratings Legendary unit
Exceptional Archers wielding the accurate and deadly longbow of Nubia, well armored compared to their bow and javelin-armed peers, and capable light infantry if forced into melee.
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Makurian Knights cavalry heavy 1355 677
3 ratings Legendary unit
Heavily armoured knights of the frankish inspiration.
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Beja Tribal Warband infantry heavy 709 312
3 ratings Legendary unit
Medium swordsmen best utilized as offensive infantry, or in support of cheaper infantry to absorb the enemy's attack.
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Faction strength Strong tribal attack infantry, javelins and bows.
Faction weakness Lacks armour, no horse archers and poor early cavalry.
Special unit Tribal Infantry
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