With Prague now part of the glorious empire the throne in Krakow now controls six territories within the first two dozen turns. Not too shabby, eh?
Unfortunately our military isn't anything to be terribly proud of. Less than 1200 soldiers in the entirety of the kingdom - if you subtract about 150-200 troops to garrison each city that doesn't leave me much spare for campaigning purposes.
It seems the Knights Templar have decided they like our style - maybe they just think we look cool in our white and red uniforms - maybe they thought Coleslaw was such a cool dude they'd check it out. In any event Krakow is now host to a chapter house of the Knights Templar, a religious order of knighthood. We can now recruit some of the finest heavy cavalry of the game at our capital - woohoo!
Seriously these dudes are awesome:
Alright our next target is a place called Magdeburg, a castle on the border with the Holy Roman Empire (our allies). If you look back at the campaign map you'll notice that all our castles are facing toward the East with no fortresses to defend us to the West. The HRE may be our ally but Denmark isn't and the Danes are nothing if not an ambitious people. For our empire to be secure we must take Magdeburg!
Unfortunately as you can see in the above screenshot Magdeburg has a fairly hefty garrison force, and they are defending from a castle. In order to take the castle I'm going to need a sizable force of powerful infantry and some catapults or trebuchets. But as you can see our logistics situation has much improved over the past few turns:
Oh hey a mission from the Council of Nobles? What do these landed gentry want of a humble regent like myself? Oh they want me to take a rebel castle, and they're gonna pay me to do it! How great!
Except they chose the wrong fucking castle.
See the castle with the green outline? Thats Magdeburg. Thats the one I want
to take because it is bigger, landlocked, and closer to Denmark. But no, the council wants me to take Stettin (outlined in white) because they're a bunch of inbred retards.
Finally two factions have declared war with each other! I was worried this campaign was going nowhere. Luckily we're not affiliated with any of these factions, but if you know your geography you know that the fighting isn't that far away from us:
I took Stettin with minimal effort and then marched the majority of that army southwest to take Magdeburg. Unfortunately I didn't have a family member in charge of the army, so the captain-in-charge decided to pile sand in my cunt and defect to the rebel cause. Fuck, there goes my entire Northern army.
Magdeburg is archaic German for "full of traitorous bastards."
Well I better draw this campaign section to a close with a shot of our current empire. We're on the up-and-up!