[NRPU] The Dark Ages Roleplay
Created by Snarkblac / Tom The Turtle
It is 865, Rome is a distant memory and Charlemagne is dead with his grandsons grappling for his kingdom. What remains is a wild and lawless Europe with pillaging Vikings and invading Muslims yet with this is opportunity and power to be had. In Asia the Tang have reformed China but enemies surround them as a chaotic Asia is ravaged by war. With Rome gone who will survive? The Dark Ages...
Following the collapse of the Western Roman Empire in 395 Europe was plunged into what many have called “The Dark Ages” which was a time of lawlessness and constant war across Europe and the Middle East as the Saxons, Huns, Visigoths, Vandals, Germans and Franks ravage the old order. The Saxons in particular migrated to the British Isles and invaded creating the “Anglo-Saxon”. Meanwhile on the mainland the Franks created a large empire in 481 under King Clovis which quickly became the largest post Roman state. Elsewhere the Byzantines under Justinian reconquered much of the old Roman Empire cementing themselves as the Great Power of the world before plague and famine robbed them of what could have been Rome’s resurrection. In China, warlords and armies battled for supremacy with none claiming the title of “Emperor”.
Meanwhile in the East, the rising tide of Islam began with Mohammed and his followers subsequently annihilated the Sassanid and Byzantine Empires. Their caliphates stretched from Baghdad to Madrid with the Umayyad Caliphate making it all the way to Tours before being stopped by the armies of Francia led by Charles Martel, grandfather of the Great Charlemagne who would push Francia into its Golden Age.
Europe in 800 on the eve of Charlemagne’s coronation
Following Charlemagne’s death in 814, his son, Louis the Pious took over the massive Frank Empire which was racked by civil war as his sons fought amongst themselves for land and title. In 843, the Treaty of Verdun led to the division of Francia splitting it into East, West and Middle which brought a tense peace among the three brothers.
Now it is 865… with Rome a distant memory and Charlemagne dead, chaos and unease has once again crept back into Europe. The Vikings have begun to raid deep into Europe with the British Isles being attacked by the Great Heathen Army led by Ubba, Guthrum and Ivar the Boneless. The dream of an United England within Wessex now faces the darkest days of the Dark Ages. The Abbasid Dynasty is seemingly invincible as the Byzantines and Asturias hold back the unstoppable tide. In India a fractured region is a battleground between countless states. While the Tang hold firm they also are surrounded by war and slaughter. With this who will survive the Dark Ages?
Highlighted are who currently is ruling in 865
Charlemagne - died in 814
⬇️ His son, Louis the Pious succeeds him
Louis the Pious - died in 840 all three sons succeed him and split his kingdom
Louis II the German
Charles the Bald
Lothair I - died in 855 Middle Francia
Lothair II - King of Middle Francia
Louis II the Younger - King of Italy subservient to his older brother after war
Charles of Provence - died in 863
Louis II the German East Francia
Carloman of Bavaria
Charles the Bald West Francia
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