Anil Sangama is the story’s protagonist. He used to be a member of a special operations division in our world. Following a failed operation he lost everything he held dear. Can he find redemption and let go of the burdens of his past to create a brighter future in a world alien to his own?
Theodora Comnena is the main heroine of our story. She is Alexius Comnenus’ younger sister and becomes a Protostrator in the Roman Army. From a young age she had learned the theory behind the art of war from her father John. Can she overcome her royal upbringing and lack of battlefield experience to lead the Roman Army to victory against its foes.
Alexius Comnenus was in our world a celebrated statesman who successfully halted the dissolution of the Eastern Roman Empire. Like his future self, can young Alexius overcome the odds to revive the Phoenix or will the weight of the burden he bears and the challenges he must face overwhelm him.
The Seiljuk army is made up of mainly horse archers, spearmen, and cataphracts. In battle they fought using a combination of Parthian tactics to break enemy formations and shock tactics to route disorganized enemy soldiers. Feared for their use of the bow and the lance, these hardy warriors born and brought up in the harsh steppes of Central Asia are a force to be reckoned with.
The Normans were originally Vikings, who settled down in France. By combining Viking and Frankish military traditions, they created an army based around shock cavalry. Known for there shock tactics, these hardy knights could instill terror in even the most disciplined of enemy soldiers.
The Hungarian army in the 11th century utilized a combination of peasant levies, horse archers and mounted horseman. Though the traditions of there forebears from the steppes have been waning, their bravery on the field of battle has earned them the respect of their peers.
The Byzantine Army of the 11th century was famed for there use of a combined arms approach to warfare. Building upon their Roman traditions, discipline and sophisticated battle tactics, they were some of the finest troops in the early-high middle ages. Flexible and adaptive, these men could counter even the most alien of enemies on the battlefield.
The society in the Byzantine Empire (4th-15th century CE) was dominated by the imperial family and the male aristocracy but there were opportunities for social advancement thanks to wars, population movements, imperial gifts of lands and titles, and intermarriage. The majority of the lower classes would have followed the profession of their parents, but inheritance, the accumulation of wealth, and a lack of any formal prohibition for one class to move to another did at least offer a small possibility for a person to better their social position. In Constantinople and other cities, foreign merchants, mercenaries, refugees, travellers, and pilgrims were constantly passing through or establishing themselves permanently within the empire so that Byzantium became famously cosmopolitan; a fact noted by contemporary visitors who recorded their astonishment at the diversity of the society they visited. (Treadgold, Byzantine State and Society).
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