The Kommenoi Triumphant, A 1000 Year Dynasty Timeline This is my timeline on this website and indeed ever, so i hope you enjoy it and if you have any suggestions on how to improve it, just put the suggestions in the thread, also i would like to thank Basileus 444 for helping me with certain aspects of this timeline. The timeline takes place from 1175 onwards and involves a certain Empire in the Balkans and Anatolia... Here is the timeline below: 1175 – In 1175, Manuel I Kommenos, the Basileus (Emperor) of the Rhomaios (Roman) Basileia (Empire) gathers an army to invade the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum (led by the Turkish Sultan Kilij Arslan) when they refuse to hand over territory they captured recently from the Danishmends, which was agreed upon by treaty few years before. 1176 – An army is gathered at Lopadion by Manuel, an army of 40,000 men and siege equipment for the siege of the cities, the army is then split up into two armies; one led by Andronikos Vatatzes by consists of 5,000 men and is ordered to march to Amassia (Amasya in Turkish) to distract the Seljuk’s, while the main army under Manuel Kommenos, which contains 35,000 men, is to march to Ikonion (Konya in Turkish) to take the Seljuk capital. Before Manuel’s army is about to go through a mountain pass near the fortress of Myriokephalon (forced to go through that route because of Seljuk forces scorching the earth, destroying crops and poisoning water) Manuel hears of the destruction of the army of Adronikos Vatatzes because of an ambush by the Seljuk army when he lead his army through a forested area on his way to Amassia. Manuel is unsure of whether to go straight through the mountain pass: on the one hand, his troops has dysentery, he desperately needs the forage and water for his troops and horses, on the other hand, the loss of Adronikos’s army (which spooks Manuel badly) and the real danger of an ambush through the confines of the pass. His generals convinces him (and from Manuels shock at the ambush of the other Rhomaion army) to send scouts through the pass, as an ambush which destroys the siege equipment could derail the Rhomaion’s plans and end the campaign. When the scouts (light cavalry) are sent through the mountain pass, Manuel sets up his army on the plain of Philomelion in front of the mountain pass, in case the scouts come back and the Turks follow them or if Manuel decides to send a detachment of troops near the pass to lure the Turks onto the plain, where they can’t ambush the Rhomaion’s army. About 30 minutes later the scouts come running out of the mountain pass and the scouts approaches Manuel and tells him about the Turkish army following them out of the pass, which the scouts say is around 10,000 men and only a minority of the army (which it seems like Kilij is unable to control), Manuel orders his army to move forward to meet the army that will be coming out of the pass anytime soon. The Turks that rush out of the mountain pass run right into the Rhomaios army, or more specifically the heavy infantry of the army which crushes the Turkish foot soldiers that run straight into them out of the pass. The Turks that stop in time to realise that they can’t win the battle and have ran into a trap start to try to run back through the mountain pass, but the Turks that are trying to get to the battlefield through the mountain pass are preventing the frontline Turks from retreating back through the pass. As the Turks are frantically trying to run back through the blocked pass, the Rhomaios heavy infantry are rushing straight into the rear and flank of the army and slashing at the Turkish infantry, while the Turkish Sultan Kilij Arslan watches from atop the pass in horror as his infantry are slaughtered, while the Turkish archers are having success on the Rhomaios troops as they are firing from the two sides of the top of the mountain pass and are inflicting casualties against the Rhomaios, but the Turkish archers are also having trouble trying to avoid to hit their own troops, but the Rhomaios are inflicting heavier casualties on the Turks. By the time the Turks are able to retreat through the mountain pass and get out of the Rhomaios armies reach (after the Rhomaios troops rush through after them and rush up hills where the Turkish archers are, causing the Turkish archers and Kilij Arslan and his bodyguards to retreat), around 7,000 Turks are killed and 4,000 are wounded out of an estimated 20,000 men that took part in the battle, with Kilij Arslan escaping with his troops in the direction of the Seljuk capital, Konya. Rhomaios total casualties are around 1,000 killed, but 3,000 wounded (the reason for the difference in casualties is because the Turks were mostly fighting heavily armoured Rhomaios troops and the fact that the Turks tried to retreat back into the pass, the Rhomaioi were actively attacking them in the rear). Once the battle was over, a Greek regiment took the prisoners, wounded and the soldiers suffering from dysentery back to Constantinople while the main Rhomaios army began to get through the pass quickly, just in case another ambush can be set up and to eventually march on Konya and the fact that the army needs supplies and water on the other side of the pass. When the entirety of the Rhomaios army gets through the pass along with the siege equipment, they find some Turkish troops attempting to poison the water and destroying anything that may be off use, they are quickly chased off and once the army stocks up on supplies from the area, gets some water from nearby wells and rests for the night, then they begin there march on Konya. If there is any way i can improve it just say. I think i may finish the next update by tomorrow, hopefully.