1240-1294- Age of the Purple Phoenix 1240 POD- The Babai Rebellion never occurs and the Selijuk army and state is not weakened for what’s to come. 1244- The battle of Kose Dag is a pyrrhic victory for Rum and their army is left as an exhausted force. Sultan Kaykhusraw II groans at the casualty list that he is presented with, half his infantry dead, nearly a third of heavy cavalry, and nothing of his light. Archers are left mostly dead as well. He needs allies and fast. The Ayyubids are not an option, as the Sultan of Rum he is the greatest Moslem since Kilij Arslan I. He will not bow to those Egyptian curs. Trebizond would have been an option had it not also got its army wiped out in the battle. The only other option would be the Nicaea Empire, the strongest successor state of the Roman Empire. The sultan scowls at the thought of allying with the Rumi to the west but to preserve the empire of the Selijuks he would do anything.