Started a Jerusalem game as Jean de Brienne in 1210-ish. During his lifetime recovered the Jerusalemite hinterland in a crusade (and got tons of gold for mercs) and followed up the crusade by grabbing Damascus. Died of cancer and left the realm to an underage kid, Baudouin VI. Baudouin has cycled through three epithets. First he got ''the Lewd'' (during his childhood he was the only living member of House de Brienne, so I went seduction to spam out some kids), then ''the Lionheart'' (defended against a jihad), and then ''the Architect'' (acquired a bloodline by building 10 cities). He's also reached the top rank of the Hermetic Society, and was briefly imprisoned in Russia when he was caught trying to steal/trash some other guy's research. Realm has expanded to include most of Syria, a couple of Egyptian duchies (Sinai+Damietta), and to form a custom Jerusalemite Empire that has a terrible colour. He also sponsored the mass conversion of some random Baltic pagan. A bastard son was also installed in Thrace through a crusade (Thrace is a terrible crusade target). Elsewise... The Empire of Nicaea was eviscerated by a jihad for Anatolia and now exists solely in the Wallachia/Moldava area. The other Byzantine successor state, Trebizond, is doing alright because it inherited Georgia. The Abyssinians took advantage of me beating up the Ayyubids to actually win some Holy Wars. Frederick II wasn't exactly stupor mundi here, he died young and left Sicily to an infant girl. The Welfs held the empire for a while, but now someone else has it. An Empire-level Muslim entity in Spain (Almohads?) has vassalised the Christian kingdom of Castile (which also nabbed the Duchy of Gascogny through inheritance). Italy was liberated by peasant revolt.