Kilij Arslan I,
Sultan of Rum

: Kilij Arslan (born 1079) was a descendant of Israil Paighu Arslan, who was the
older son of Seldjuk (Alp Arslan and the Great Seldjuks descended from Mikail, the
younger son); Israil's son Kutulmus fought Alp Arslan for the throne but died
accidentally (fell off his horse) during battle. His son, Suleyman (Kilij Arslan's father)
was loyal to Alp Arslan and took over his Anatolian conquests as his
lieutenant, eventually declaring himself Sultan, and marching against his cousin and former
suzerain (now Malik Shah); his army was routed near Aleppo, and Suleyman, surrounded and
unhorsed, took his own life. Kilij Arslan was at the time (1086) a hostage of Sultan Malik Shah,
and was only freed upon the Sultan's death in 1092, when he lost no time in returning to his
beleaguered and chaotic Sultanate. The young and energetic warlord soon put things in order
only by restless activity, warfare, and even murder; he slew his own father-in-law Chaka, Emir
of Smyrna, by his own hand while having dinner with him. Kilij was determined to rule alone in
Asia Minor, and soon was at war with the Danishmend Melik Ghazi, who was to be his longtime
rival. The First Crusade changed that relationship temporarily, as they joined forces to fight
and lose to the Latins at Dorylaeum. Kilij Arslan saw his sultanate dismembered in the wake of
the Crusade and spent the next few years reconquering the towns on the route from Nicaea to
Tarsus and, with Melik Ghazi's help, crushing later Crusades. By 1104 his realm was secure
and he could turn on his former allies, taking Melitine from the Danishmends a few months after
Melik Ghazi's death; this and other successes fed his already voracious ambition, and soon he
was at war with Mosul, which he entered bloodlessly in 1107. He commanded that his name
be read in the Kutba in the place of the Great Seldjuk Mohammed's, and few had doubts that
his intentions lay anywhere but where his ancestors' did. Soon a coalition was formed against
him by Ridwan and the Ortoqids of the Jezireh, who were vassals of the Great Seldjuk.
Their armies met Kilij Arslan's forces near Mosul, and the Sultan of Rum met the same fate
of his father and grandfather; he was routed, and during flight fell into the river Habura and
drowned. Like his own succession to the throne, his son Mesud was a minor and a captive,
only gaining the Sultanate in 1116.

Strategy-The Seldjuks of Rum have many opportunities for expansion and raiding, but
also the corresponding number of close enemies. Military brute force is the best policy for the
Rumi, picking on either the Hethoumians or Roupenians, one at a time. Only then can a serious
war be waged against Byzantium, with the prospect of a port coming under your control. Timing
is essential; taking on too many enemies at once will leave you isolated, and there are no easy
alliances nearby. Consider partitioning the Roupenian lands in alliance with the Danishmenids,
or threaten them into staying away. A war with them could lead to a war of extermination. Make
sure you have grown and prepared sufficiently.

Territory at start, Trade Items, and Special Rules
Towns at Start
Iconium (Capitol)
Trade Items
Livestock: 5/2 - Cybistra
Horses: 6/3 - Tyana
Special Rules
Populace Level=6
Treasury at Start=14 besants
"Poor Spies:"
subtract 1 from all skullduggery rolls against Christians
Roll 1d6 stands of free Lh each winter. Pay maintenance
only if on friendly territory. Remove at the beginning
of winter and roll for new stands. Place in capitol.
"Variable income:"
Roll 1d6 worth of bezant and add to treasury
Forces at start- (from Force Pool)
Cv (2), Lh (6), Ax (2), Ps (2)
Generals and Advisors [Note- No advisors if Non-player Nation]
Generals at Start
Kilij Arslan- Ruler;
Initiative: 4, Loyalty: N/A
(3) other Generals chosen randomly
Advisors at Start
Select all (4) Advisors randomly
Victory Conditions:
Control a total of 35 Town Tax Value Points in the winter turn of any year.
All towns conquered originally controlled by Danishmends worth double.