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"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 MongolsFor enhanced user experience please play the soundtrack provided by the OTMT channel, thank you for coming to read Knightfall today. Click here
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.
Finding their way into Europe expands the Mongol World not just in size but in their perception of the world around them. Finding their way to the western seas encourages Mongols to explore farther into the unknown. Never before the destruction of the Mongols were so many borders open. But how long will this brutal reign of Pax Mongolia last?
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 Scandanavian nations survive relatively intact, while a damaged Spain is quickly annexed by various Muslim nations.
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