Mentilaus Breetro was born in the Italian island of Sicily making him a Sicilian in an Empire that is blatantly Italien. His heritage has never caused a problem as he always portrayed himself as a pure blood Italian with no such Sicilian blood in him. When he arrived in Constantinople he discovered the level of Italian Nationalism that was rampant throughout the city, and he wondered whether he would have a place in such a city. He would join the military of Byzantine and would be sent to the island of Lemnos where he was to put down a rebellion against the Empire which was being led by a group of Sicilian Rebels. When he arrived he would work tirelessly diplomatically with them so that their would be no violence and he was able to do this brilliantly and make himself their leader of sorts. His promotion following this brilliant work would put him in line for the command position during the Invasion of Greece. He was the man that led the Emperor's campaigns against the nation of Athens, and was highly successful in these actions. He was able to defeat a force sent by Athens against the Spartan city of Halex, and following this victory he fought and won three more victories against the forces of Athens before he finally reached the city, and forced it to surrender to Byzantine. He would be injured during the initial counter-attack by the Romans and thus would be sidelined for the remainder of the Greek campaign but he would heal up on his island holdings of Lemnos and his reputation was in the skies at this point. His victories and overall loyalty has made him into a highly trusted member of royal court of Byzantine.
Mentilaus Breetro was born in the Italian island of Sicily making him a Sicilian in an Empire that is blantenly Italien. His heritage has never caused a problem as he always portrayed himself as a pureblood Italian with no such Sicilian blood in him. When he arrived in Constantinople he discovered the level of Italian Natanalism that was rampant throughout the city, and he wondered whether he would have a place in such a city. He would join the military of Byzantine and would be sent to the island of Lemnos where he was to put down a rebellion against the Empire which was being led by a group of Sicilian Rebels. When he arrived he would work tirelessly diplomatically with them so that their would be no violence and he was able to do this brilliantly and make himself their leader of sorts. His promotion following this brilliant work would put him in line for the command position during the Invasion of Greece.
Turkish Night of Tears
| The Turkish Night of Tears|
You Children of Constantine are not freedom fighters. Your just monsters. Uneducated Monsters.
One of the moments that the Sons of Constantine had been waiting for in order to move forward on their plans was the departure of several prominent Generals in Constantinople of whom were very loyal to the Emperor, but through manipulation they were sent alongside Mella Constantine when she traveled to Greece on official business. It would be Antonio Constantine IV. who would travel through the Palace Grounds of House Constantine accompanied by his friends Theodosius Leonid,and Phocus Justinian of whom together with several knights of the Sons of Constantine arrive in the Gardens north of the Palace where they meet with David Bagrationi the Georgian King of whom has come to assist in the Turkish Night of Tears. Joining up with the rest of the Sons of Constantine command structure they begin lighting fires at the peaks of prominent buildings including the Hagia Sophia where the Orthodox Priests there side with the Sons of Constantine for the massacre to follow. Personally leading the Georgian troops alongside his friend David they go to the estate of House Saglik a prominent Turkish household he joins his forces in going house to house at the estate anihilating the noble family. As he leads the Sons of Constantine in a city wide attack on the Turks leading to the Night of Turkish Tears the killing continues throughout the night with only the screams and brutality of it alerting the non-Sons of Constantine Guards of whom alert the Emperor of Byzantine in the form of Julian Constantine III. of whom intervenes stopping the massacre from being complete. Tony is brought before his father and the entire Court of Constantinople where he is forced to anwser for his actions, but instead of apologizing or make excuses for what happened he plays to the crowd and gains influence amongst the court by continueing to argue for the killing of the Turks. When several Turks of the court (most noteably Akkin Ilhan of whom would yell out at Tony causing Tony's father to end the meeting.) would react angrily to this the fighting in the court begin eventually leading to the end of the meeting and Tony becoming the most popular member of the Italian Nationalist movement in Constantinople.
Killing of Toygar Ilhan
It was days following the confrontation at the Imperial Senate when Antonio finally returned to the Imperial Palace and upon his arrival he found his father was extremely sick, but refusing to see him she was confronted by his two sisters of whom verbally attacked him for his racism. During this argument his sister Theodora Constantine would reveal to her brother that she was romantic with Toygar Ilhan of which led to him storming out of the Palace Grounds and then accompanied by several Palace Guards, and several of his close friends he went to the Turkish Market where he would find Toygar Ilhan working one of his fathers stores. Confronting Toygar on this there was little conversation as once Toygar admitted to the relationship it would be Antonio of whom would kill Toygar decapitating him in front of his mother and then leaving him dead in the street, and this caused fighting at the market which led to the deaths of nearly a dozen people in the market as they were cut down by the Palace Guard trying to protect the heir. Fighting there way out killed well over a dozen more but they got out of the Turkish market where fighting then broke out between the Turkish people following Antonio and Visigothic citizens who begin fighting in the streets. The fighting would burn down much of the western section of the Turkish Market and killed hundreds by its end, with the army of Constantinople forced to move in and seperate the two rioting factions.
The rioting went on for three days with even the Constantinople army unable to stop it from spreading, and during this time the now increasingly popular Sons of Constantine were responsible for nearly a thousand more deaths just on their own with the rioting killing twice that number of citizens with Turks bearing the supreme brunt of these deaths.
| The Expansion of Byzantine|
It was of vital importance to the long term strength of the Empire that we controlled the coast lines. The Empire of Nehekhara may be unaproachable on the ground, but it would be interesting to see long term how they did if we cut them off at every one of their ports, and starved off their trade routes.
With his father dead he was crowned Emperor of Byzantium. He wasted no time and it was only two days after his father's death that he went to the Saint Sophia and had the Patriarch of Constantinople crown him. When Constantine IV took power there was a general sence that this man was someone who was very expansionist, and almost an extreme nationalist in his leanings. For the powers in Constantinople this was great, as they always wanted more. But when he did come to power and was in place for good, the nobles of Constantinople begin to realize that they were dealing with a very calculating leader, who was extremely charismatic, and intelligent. In his early days he begin several high profile meetings with the powerbases in the Empire in an attempt to galvanize support for the campaigns he was planning to undertake. For thos being met with it became clear that you were either with him, or very much against him. He proved this point when he had the third most powerful house in Constantinople completely destroyed after they were involved in a plot against him. With this action it became clear what he was capable of and the rest of the nobles fell quickly into line. With his powerbase under control, he went about planning for his expansion into the surrounding regions. Constantines desire to expand the Empire led him to many expansionary strategies, of which the first stage of which was the control of the eastern Mederateranian.
Tony Constantines desire to expand the Empire led him to many expansionary strategies, of which the first stage of which was the control of the eastern Mederateranian. In this regard he pushed his internal allies very hard to build up their strength, and he built up a large navy which he knew would allow him to gain the initiative in the area. His other goal during this period was the growth of the Ostrogoths in Anatolia of whom he was preparig for his eventual movement into the lands of the Empire of Nehekhara. In order to do this he sent in a large number of his intellectuals into the region of Anatolia where they proceeded to even further advance the urban growth of the Ostrogoths, and in this way also increased their industrial properties allowing them to make their military forces stronger then what they were at the time. So as the expansion prepared to move forward it was with complete shock that the surrounding kingdoms had no idea that any of this was even going on.
In order to do this he went about campaigns against the Greeks and the Bulgarians. Moving large forces to these borders he used a strategy of infiltrating the goverments of these areas to turn their own forces against themselves, to the point that they were fighting themselves more then they were fighting the encroachment of the Byzantines. In only 2 years he pacified greece and expanded his holdings in Bulgaria to the point that he was heralded in the streets for the largest expansion of the Empire since the Civil War.