It has been over a millennia since the birth of Rome.
As the city grew from a collective to a republic and finally into an empire, its reach is vast and territory expansive. However, it all threatens to come undone by chaos inside and outside its borders. Civil war is not a strange occurrence to Rome, but the Empire has grown too large for one man to fully govern it, so it is ruled by two brothers: the nervous Valens in the Eastern provinces and the volatile Valentinian the Great in the West. Barbarians continue to threaten Rome's stability and future. Saxon raiders have reached Britannia's shores in search of plunder and glory whilst the Picts cross Hadrian's Wall and the Scots depart Hibernia to pillage Roman lands. The Alemanni cross into Gaul and the Goths have reached Thrace in search of safety. Leading his Berber supporters, Firmus the Usurper revolts in the rich province of Mauretania against Imperial authority, eager to control it's resources and populace. Discord and mistrust with Quadian tribes culminates in the death of their King, leading enraged hordes to cross the Danube to devastate Pannonia. As more and more Goths pour into Thrace, they bring with them tales of an unknown horde coming from Asia...
Will Rome weather these crises, or will she crumble?


Burning Empires is a historical total conversion mod for Mount&Blade Bannerlord, set in the year 375 CE, a hundred years before the fall of the Western Roman Empire.

Planned features are:
-A large campaign map that will extend from Britannia to the Caspian Sea, encompassing much of the known world.
-24 major starting factions and 20 minor factions
-New Soundtrack
-Historical lords for every faction
-New historically accurate equipment
-New quests
-Religion system
-50+ Companions, most of them historical characters, with unique backstories.
-150+ Historical Notables across the world
-Sea travel
-Reconstructions of ancient cities and wonders of the world
-365 day years
-Historical world events
-Unique perks for every faction
-Voice acting for the new quests
-New gamemode: Historical Campaign, following the journey of famous historical characters with unique quests and story. (Flavius Stilicho, Alaric, Hermeric, Mundzuk, Yazdegerd and others...)
-New weapon type: Slings
-New mount and unit type: War Elephants



The Team:
Levente (Project Leader, Scener)
Jannis (Project Manager, 3d Artist)
Stealth4Health (3d Artist)
Gothic Knight (3d Artist)
anoldretiredelephant (3d Artist, 2d Artist)
Bullero (Scripter)
Magister Militum Flavius Aetius (Scripter, Historical consultant)
Sayduth (Scripter)
IULIANUS (Composer)
*(o-lee-nd3r)* (Writer)
Dalamastia (2d Artist)
OREAK (2d Artist)
OneUserMore (2d Artist)
Efe Karacar (2d Artist)
oliver (Scener)
Comes liberitanei (Historical consultant)
midgeu19 (Historical consultant)



We are always looking for talented Artists, Modellers and Scripters to help us realize this vision. If you are interested, send a message, or just join the public discord channel for more information!

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Welcome to the first developer blog for Burning Empires!


The World
: Burning Empires is going to feature an expansive map of europe, africa and the middle east, with 24 major starting factions. We try to keep the mod focused, but later we'll try to expand the map with additional factions, populating the northern forests, the hills of bactria and the deserts of arabia.
This map concept shows the location of cities for every faction in the first release.
Smaller barbarian factions may have only one city, with 2-3 fortified settlements (castles, not shown on this map), but that doesn't mean that they are not a threat, quite the opposite. The large empires have more settlements, making it difficult to protect all of their borders against barbarian incursions.

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The Factions:

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Western Roman Empire

Containing the ancient capital of Rome, the western half of the Empire was partitioned after Constantine I's death, but has been reunified less than two decades later. However, Constantius's efforts lasted for only a decade. Now, after Julian the Apostate and Jovian's deaths, the Empire has split once more, with the West being ruled by Valentinian I while the East is ruled by his brother Valens.


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Eastern Roman Empire

When Constantine I moved the Empire's seat to his new city Constantinople, he established it as the second Rome on the remnants of the ancient city of Byzantium. Decades later, after reestablishing Christianity's legal status and the subsequent division, the Eastern half of the Empire borders their old nemesis; the Sassanid Empire.


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Picts

North of the Antonine Wall lies the home of the Caledonii: Pictland. Also known as "The Painted People" due to their blue woad tattoos, the Picts would enter Britannia after a Roman garrison rebelled on Hadrian's Wall.


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Scots

Given the Latin name for the Gaels as early as the late 3rd century, the term was used torefer to all Gaels, whether they reside in Ireland or Britain. Scoti raids in the early 360s would result in the "barbarian conspiracy" of 367, eventually leading to the end of Roman rule by 410.


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Saxons

Prior to his tenure as emperor, Julian mentioned a people who were allied with Magnentius -a rival emperor- in 356AD. These allies were called "Saxons" and were a people who took to raiding by sea. A military district named the "Saxon Coast" was created on both sides of the Channel to halt raids. Thirty years before Odoacer's rule, the Saxons were referred to as the inhabitants and rulers of Britain.


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Franks

An alliance of tribes that lived west of the Rhine River, the Franks have been described in Roman texts as allies and enemies. As time passed, Frankish raids into Roman territories became more and more frequent. In an effort to quell these raids, the Romans began a process of Frankish resettlement within their borders.


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Alamans

Situated east of the Rhine river, the Alemanni (or "All Men") were embroiled in conflicts against the Roman Empire throughout the 3rd and 4th centuries. Their most memorable conflicts include their battles against Emperor Julian at Argentoratum and Emperor Valentinian I at Solicinium.


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Langobards

The first mention of Langobard in history occured within Claudius Ptolemy's writings from the mid 2nd century. Subjects of the Saxon tribal union, the Langobards resisted Saxon supremacy under their king, Agelmund. When poor harvests became more commonplace, the Langobards began to migrate southwards, into Roman territory.


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Burgundians

According to a report by Jordanes, in the 3rd century the Burgundians faced annihilation by the Gepids and their king, Fastida. Later on, the Burgundians confronted Roman Gaul, although they were defeated by Emperor Probus and his allies, the Silingian Vandals. By this time, the emperor Valentinian I has enlisted them in his war against the Alemanni.


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Quadians

An early Germanic people that lived in the area of modern-day Moravia, the Quadi have done much, thanks to the assistance of other tribes. Along with the Marcomanni, the two peoples crossed the Danube, defeated a Roman army, passed the plain at the head of the Adriatic Sea, and besieged Aquileia, but they were soon defeated by Marcus Aurelius. Several generations later, the Quadi began fighting against the Romans again, alongside the Sarmatians and Goths.


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Vandals

Mentioned by Tacitus, the Germanic Vandals have come to the attention of Roman authors by the 2nd century. Their reputation among Roman historians is mired by their participation in the Marcomannic Wars, the first invasion of Italy during the Roman Empire, as well as conflicts with the Goths.


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Thervingians

A Gothic people from the northern plains of the Lower Danube and west of the Dniester River. Emperor Valens waged war on them for supporting the usurper Procopius. After chasing them through Gothic territory, they came to an agreement, swearing to never enter Roman territory again. With the introduction of Christianity thanks to Roman prisoners, the Thervingians took to persecution of their Christian brethren.


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Greuthungians

Living on the Pontic steppe between the Dniester and Don rivers in what is now Ukraine, the gothic Greuthungi under Ermanaric embarked on a large scale expansion. Jordanes records that Ermanaric conquered numerous warlike tribes. When the Huns overran the Alans, both the Alans and Huns invaded Gothic territory.


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Anteans

The Anteans were an ancient slavic tribe that resided between the Danaster and Danaper.
According to Jordanes the Antes were the bravest of the Venedian tribes.
The first slavic ruler mentioned by ancient historians was the Antean Bozh, who waged war against the Greuthungians.

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Venedians

Consisting of a confederation of Eastern Slavic tribes (including the Anteans), the Venedians lived on the eastern fringe of Germania. Being a populous nation, the Venedians occupy a great expanse of land east of the Vistula.


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Sarmatians

The Sarmatians are an Iranian confederation whose history stretches back to classical antiquity, the strongest Sarmatian tribe was the Iazyges from Pannonia, who waged almost constant war against Rome. Beginning in the 4th century, most Roman authors cease to distinguish between the different Sarmatian tribes, and instead refer to all as Sarmatians.


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Alans

Hailing from central Asia, the Iranian nomads migrated westward and achieved a dominant position amongst the Sarmatians living between the Don River and Caspian Sea. When the Goths entered the steppe, many Alans retreated eastward, where some have established contact with the Huns. By 370, relations between the Alans and Huns were broken, but some Alans stayed with the Huns, assisting them with their expansion.


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Huns

Living in Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Eastern Europe, the nomadic Huns first invaded Alan lands and forced them to either fight for them or flee. Over time, the Huns would conquer other Germanic tribes, triggering massive migrations into Roman territory.


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Armenia

Surrounding the mountains of Ararat, the highland-dwelling Armenians are ruled by the Arshakuni dynasty, a branch of the Parthian Arsacids. Armenia lays claim to being the first nation to adopt Christianity in the 4th century. As they reside between the Eastern Romans and Sassanids, the Armenians are resisting incursions both physically and spiritually.


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Sassanid Empire

Founded by Ardashir I after the Parthian Empire's demise, the empire enjoyed a golden era under Shapur II, who defeated the Arabs, secured southern territory, and fought against the Romans. Although they lost Bactria to the Xionite huns, the Sassanids continued to pursue a harsh religious policy towards Christians and heretics.


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Lakhmids

Situated in southern Iraq, the Arab Kingdom of the Lakhmids was founded by the Banu Lakhm from Yemen. By 325AD, the Sassanid Empire under Shapur II defeated the Lakhmids and vassalized them.


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Tanukhids

The Tanukhids were a confederations of Syrian Arab tribes, who played a key role in Zenobia's defeat at the hands of Emperor Aurelian. Serving as Roman foederati, the Tanukhids would embrace Christianity and under the rule of Queen Mavia, they would revolt against Emperor Valens in 378AD.


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Maurians

Mauri was the Latin designation for the Berbers of Mauretania. During the 370s, Mauri raids were carried out on Roman towns in northwest Africa, prompting Theodosius the Elder to campaign against them. By 372, a Moorish chieftain named Firmus would raise a revolt against the Romans, taking several Roman regiments with him.


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Rebellion of Firmus

Between 372 and 375, the Moorish chieftain Firmus revolted against the Comes Africae Romanus. Based on Romanus' neglect towards African tribes and Roman cities, Firmus gained support from Berber tribes and instigated a protracted guerrilla war.


That's it for this developer blog, we'll try to present a new article every now and then.
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Vandiv
Vandiv

Exellent mod
but The Sassanid flag is wrong

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Taleran44
Taleran44

They could add the historical banners and insignia used by infantry and cavalry.

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Viking-AllFather
Viking-AllFather

Some Viking forefathers maybe ?

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-Levente- Creator
-Levente-

That's possible, but as the nordic people are not essential to the setting, they won't be part of the first release.
There are going to be Angles and Jutes though, as minor factions.

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Nocturina
Nocturina

Would be nice

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IMPERATOR•IVLIANVS
IMPERATOR•IVLIANVS

SALVETE AMICI !

Just wanted to thank you guys for the work and efforts, this may seem a bit extreme but this is the ONLY mod that I'd die for I mean I'm a big ancient Rome nerd and was surprised to see that you mentioned Firmus' rebellion so I guess you love Roman history just as much as I do!

I hope you won't give up as I'm aware total conversions are about the most hardcore modding initiatives... When I first discovered the mod I was ready to ask if you'd need someone for the map layout, historical facts or such but I'm glad to see that you got this pretty much covered!

Anyways, I'm willing to donate a few denarii or sestertii (even euros if you're ready for it) cause this is no easy nor small task and I just think it can sometimes help thinking that we get rewarded for such great endeavour. So if you guys have a patreon or something you know what to do! Before I spend all of Byzantium's gold trying to reinstate the old gods... (Seriously... what was Constantine thinking...).

All the love,

IMPERATOR•CAESAR•FLAVIVS•CLAVDIVS•IVLIANVS•PIVS•FELIX•AVGVSTVS

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JannisK Creator
JannisK

Glad to hear you are looking forward to our mod! Yeah, it will be quite a task to bring this project to a close but we are confident that it will eventually see the light of day!

Levente and the historians in our team are already doing a great job laying out the quests, companions, geographical boundries and such, but if you have any suggestions let us know :)

As for money donations or a patreon account, we decided against that - we have multiple members in the team and we feel it would cause more friction than benefit us having to distribute money fairly between all of them. So to show your support just stay with us and maybe even join our discord server here: Discord.gg !

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IMPERATOR•IVLIANVS
IMPERATOR•IVLIANVS

Alright then I'll pass by on Discord and I'll sacrifice some goats at the Tarpeian Rock to ensure that the gods approve of your initiative. May your team be succesful. *watches the augurs take off anxiously*

IMPERATOR•CAESAR•FLAVIVS•CLAVDIVS•IVLIANVS•PIVS•FELIX•AVGVSTVS

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JhudielTheOne
JhudielTheOne

A Late Roman Mod For Bannerlord? I Will Play That If This Mod Is Released And I Have Bannerlord!

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