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Throughout this update Aragon had enough money to build improvements, I don't say where I was building them but they were mostly in the 3 castles of the County of Barcelona and the 2 castles of the County of Empuries.
Hispania as we left it.
The big problem facing Aragon is vassals being complete dicks. There is only so much that can be done, but giving out titles and outright bribery should be able to keep the vassals from revolting.
This is the nephew of the count of Lleida. He's just a child but he should be loyal until he's an adult at least.
That alone did quite a bit to reduce the revolt risk.
Aragon has some cash reserves and only 4 disloyal vassals. How about some outright bribery? It's not quite enough but it's a good chunk of the way there. There's still the option of honorary titles though!
It was not quite enough, and in July 1101, Lukeington declares a war for the throne.
2 weeks later, Count Gomez of Lleida also declares a war for the throne, this makes it a 3-way battle to be the king.
Lukeington convinces Driscoll to join his side and the total number of troops for the rebels now outnumber the number of loyalist troops since the loyalist armies were the ones fighting the holy wars for the last decade.
Karlski joins the rebellion on the side of Count Gomez of Lleida. The two rebels are at war with each other too, so they should weaken each other.
Leon also has called us into a holy war for Toledo. This isn't a huge deal as Leon has an army large enough to win by themselves.
4 months later Leon gives up on conquering Toledo.
The pope calls a crusade to retake Alexandretta.
That is over here, if you did not know. This is also the location of that canyon of the crescent that the holy grail is in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
Count Gomez is defeated and Karlski, who was backing him, is brought back into the fold.
God damn it, Karlski! Also, Kabylia has declared a holy war against the rebels and I can not join the defense because I'm at war with them.
In March 1106, Kabylia takes the county of Tarragona from Driscoll
The regency is over!
Dang Sancho II is one awful king. What is the opposite of a golden age? This is the sort of king that brings that on.
Sancho II proposes a marriage to Berenguela de Oviedo, considered the best diplomat and steward in Europe, which will help make up for his deficiencies.
A bit of money will help rebuild when the rebellion is over.
Dang. As long as Sancho II is king, Aragon is going to have some seriously rough times.
With Sancho's excommunication, Lukeington convinces Count Salvador of Calatayud, and the entire kingdoms of Leon and Castille to join his bid for the throne. It's a bit too late though, Lukeington will acknowledge defeat as soon as Albarracin is captured.
Mallorca declares a holy war for Barcelona. Alberracin is captured shortly afterward and Aragon is united again.
I don't have time to pay attention to every little prisoner in my dungeon, very well Count Gomez can go free for now. I have a war to fight!
You rebelled, lost a county to Kabylia, and now you want a duchy? Hell no.
Mauretania declares a holy war for Valencia.
That is a really good trait in a wife.
Illiterati is betrothed to the King of England. That will be an extremely useful alliance in conquering more.
I don't even need to rename this kid to get it named after one of you guys!
The levies are depleted, but with 429 gold on hand, mercenaries can be hired.
Karlski must have died while I wasn't paying attention, that's his son Pelayo.
Mercenaries are expensive, but I have a plan for that!
That is useful, we need good commanders as war seems to be a constant for Aragon.
Yeah, holy shit Drunkpiano is mostly an idiot, but he's a god damn genius commander.
I give him the county of Urgell and get under the demesne limit again. This also puts the most annoying baron vassal under his command for him to deal with.
Another mercenary army is hired to help fight the war, this costs about all of the money Aragon has.
The battle is a victory though, and 2 counts and a mayor are captured, giving 165 in ransom money.
I'd be stressed too, dude. One mercenary army is sent into Mauretania to chase down the remnants of the army and who cares if they die, they are mercenaries. The other hangs out in Valencia to lay a siege and end the occupation.
6 months or so into the siege of Valencia, Mauretania tries to lift the siege but fails. Mercenary troops are pretty great.
The court chaplain converts to Cathar and tries to convince Sancho to as well. If it weren't for how crap a king Sancho is, I'd probably do this just because fuck the pope, but Sancho already has an impossible time keeping you assholes in line.
BondFiction becomes an adult.
This is the highest ranking person eligible for marriage. Not that the Duke of Luxembourg is a particularly great choice but there's not a ton of options.
C'mon dude, I just
put you in there, hang out for a bit.
The local area.
I think it's time to start conquering again. I'll need to put someone as duke of Valencia and duke of any new areas I conquer but I should be able to get Toledo, the remaining bits of Barcelona, or La Mancha. Maybe all of them. I could also REALLY use a less crap king. This was pretty hectic to play with the constant warfare.