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[[caption-width-right:300:A modern rendition of The Dragon and his Knights by Gottfried Liss, painted in 1499.]]

->''“Blessed are we above all men, for we live in [[TitleDrop an age of miracles]].”''
-->--'''John XII Cosmas, Patriarch of Constantinople, August 29, 1300.'''

''An Age of Miracles: The Revival of Rhomaion'' is an AlternateHistory series being published at AlternateHistoryDotCom. The main point of divergence is the birth of a healthy young [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_II_Laskaris Theodoros II Laskaris]], who does not inherit epilepsy from his father; as a result, he is able to quickly reunite the successor states to the ByzantineEmpire in the aftermath of the chaos caused by the [[TheCrusades Fourth Crusade]]. There is at least one other known point of divergence, in the form of difficulties encountered by Charles of Anjou in the conquest of Italy.

The thread where the series is written and discussed can be found [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showthread.php?t=217912 here]]. Edited and finalized sections of the narrative are published [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showthread.php?t=227279 here]].

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!! This work provides examples of:
* ArcWords: The "Age of Miracles" quote functions as this. A [[FunnyMoments somewhat bastardized version]] that replaces the word "miracles" with "dragons" ends up rising to prominence after the Emperor's Battle as a reference to the achievements of Dragos cel Mare, Vlad Dracul, Dragos Musat, and Vlad Drakos.
* AwesomeButImpractical: The huge bombards constructed by Thomas Laskaris during the War of the Five Emperors. The crowning example is the bombard "George," which throws five hundred pound cannonballs and ''isn't even the largest gun constructed.''
* BadassGrandpa: Most of the named characters are members of the royalty or the nobility and thus have access to top-notch medical care (for the time). Alexios Palaiologos is noted for his longevity, having played a role in the War of the Five Emperors, the [[spoiler: succession crisis following Theodoros IV's death]], and pretty much everything in between (although Andreas comes very close).
* BigBad: The Timurid Empire is the distaff counterpart of the ByzantineEmpire, and has on multiple occasions attempted an invasion. Venice can also lay claim to this position as a result of its actions during the Fourth Crusade, the War of the Five Emperors, and [[spoiler: the Black Day.]]
* BigBadassBattleSequence: Cappadocian Caesarea. Manzikert. The Emperor's Battle. Any time the Romans call out multiple tagma, it's a safe bet that one of these is in the works.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Subverted by Kristina and her spy network/secret police. Suspects are suspended from the ceiling of a room and left alone while horrendous screams echo through the dungeons. They invariably confess. [[spoiler: Obviously, the screams were from actors paid to do so, allowing confessions to be obtained through minimal bloodshed.]]
* TheCrusades: The ByzantineEmpire is ravaged by the Fourth Crusade, but recovers faster than OTL because of the point of divergence.
* CurbStompBattle: The battle of Ain Sijni, to the point where it is upheld as the pinnacle of military science ITTL.
** Dragos cel Mare's Italian campaigns were this as well. And his campaigns in support of Arles. Really, the man was such an increadible BadAss, most of his battles can be classified as these [[spoiler: except for his last]].
* DisproportionateRetribution: Andreas harbored a grudge against the city of Venice as a result of [[spoiler: the Black Day]]. He draws up plans for [[spoiler: the complete extermination of the Venetian population, with the exception of the Jews, Croats, and Mamelukes in the city. He and Zoe are rather disappointed when they realize that killing that many is impractical, and end up allowing some of the children to be spared.]]
** [[spoiler: Averted once Andreas [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone comes to his senses]] in the middle of the battle, and orders a stop to the fighting. Many Venetians are killed nonetheless, and the surviving population is deported, allowing Andreas to just barely avoid crossing the MoralEventHorizon.]]
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: [[spoiler: Andreas]] does not put faith in this trope.
* [[KingIncognito Emperor Incognito]]: Andreas, after Leo's exile, to determine his sons' (and one grandson's) competence.
* EndOfAnAge: The death of [[spoiler: Alexios Palaeologus]], the last of the great generals who fought at Manzikert and during the War of the Five Emperors.
** The Fourth Crusade, which begins the narrative, also serves as a more violent example of this trope, shattering the concept of Byzantine invulnerability.
*** [[spoiler: The Black Day and the sack of Smyrna.]]
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:Andreas does this not only to reveal Rhomania's enemies (i.e., Hungary), but also to begin the Time of Troubles.]]
* FalseFlagOperation: How [[spoiler: Andreas arranges a war with Aragon-Sicily.]]
* FlashbackCut / FlashbackEcho: Half the scenes involving Andreas. He has a certain tendency towards hallucination.
* GoldenAge: Under Demetrios Megas, the ByzantineEmpire is restored to levels of power not seen since Justinian.
* MeleeATrois: The War of the Five Emperors eventually boils down to this: Thomas Laskaris, Demetrios Komnenos, and Manuel Doukas. [[spoiler: Manuel and Demetrios come to an agreement by which the two are appointed co-emperors, Demetrios as the senior emperor, in order to quickly take out Thomas and respond to the threat of a returning Timurid invasion.]]
* MurderTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler: Kristina kills Maria.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Andreas revels in this trope. Combined with PTSD from [[spoiler: The Black Day]], the resulting demons torment him for most of his life.
* NamesTheSame: Several characters in the timeline share names with historical figures but are either not the same person or are significantly changed by far-reaching butterflies.
** Timur, born later and who lived ten years longer than the figure known today by that name (and who gained his lameness much later in life from a war injury).
** Shah Rukh, the grandson rather than the son of Timur.
** According to WordOfGod, Catherine The Great will end up being ''Swedish''.
** Lots of people get named after Emperors, which aids [[spoiler: Andreas when he decides to go KingIncognito for awhile. He doesn't bother to change his name, and [[RefugeInAudacity gets away with it]].]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler: Theodoros Komnenos]] is assumed to be a fool by most, even his own father Andreas.
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: Averted with Andreas/Maria. Threats of violence, attempted murder, and ultimately the best it gets is a shallow sex-based relationship. Although they stop threatening to kill each other.
* RapeAsDrama: What happened to [[spoiler: Princess Zoe]], and the reason why [[spoiler: she and Andreas]] have frequent flashbacks.
** [[spoiler: Leo]] also does this to [[spoiler: his brother's wife.]] He gets exiled to Arles.
* RedBaron: Andreas Niketas, known variously as the "Little Megas," "the Vanquisher of all Rhomania’s Foes”, “the Scourge of the Latins”, “the Undefeated”, or “the Shatterer of Armies.”
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Leo]] dies heroically in battle attempting to redeem himself and his many sins.
* RunningGag: Andreas Komnenos and his amazing virility.
* ScarpiaUltimatum: Vlad making Andreas marry his daughter to gain his support against Anastasia.
* ShockingDefeatLegacy: [[spoiler: Cappadocian Caesarea. Also, the sack of Smyrna.]]
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Andreas manages to become one of these all on his own.
* ThatOldTimePrescription: The medicinal use of willow bark is pioneered by George Doukas, who discovers that it's effective at treating headaches.
* VestigialEmpire: Not anymore.
* WhamLine: "I will be a Timur to the state of [[spoiler: Venice]]."
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Andreas after his ascension to the throne. Having [[spoiler: your mother raped and murdered in front of you can really mess you up.]]
* YoungConqueror: Andreas, the "Little Megas."
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[[caption-width-right:300:A modern rendition of The Dragon and his Knights by Gottfried Liss, painted in 1499.]]

->''“Blessed are we above all men, for we live in [[TitleDrop an age of miracles]].”''
-->--'''John XII Cosmas, Patriarch of Constantinople, August 29, 1300.'''

''An Age of Miracles: The Revival of Rhomaion'' is an AlternateHistory series being published at AlternateHistoryDotCom. The main point of divergence is the birth of a healthy young [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_II_Laskaris Theodoros II Laskaris]], who does not inherit epilepsy from his father; as a result, he is able to quickly reunite the successor states to the ByzantineEmpire in the aftermath of the chaos caused by the [[TheCrusades Fourth Crusade]]. There is at least one other known point of divergence, in the form of difficulties encountered by Charles of Anjou in the conquest of Italy.

The thread where the series is written and discussed can be found [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showthread.php?t=217912 here]]. Edited and finalized sections of the narrative are published [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showthread.php?t=227279 here]].

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!! This work provides examples of:
* ArcWords: The "Age of Miracles" quote functions as this. A [[FunnyMoments somewhat bastardized version]] that replaces the word "miracles" with "dragons" ends up rising to prominence after the Emperor's Battle as a reference to the achievements of Dragos cel Mare, Vlad Dracul, Dragos Musat, and Vlad Drakos.
* AwesomeButImpractical: The huge bombards constructed by Thomas Laskaris during the War of the Five Emperors. The crowning example is the bombard "George," which throws five hundred pound cannonballs and ''isn't even the largest gun constructed.''
* BadassGrandpa: Most of the named characters are members of the royalty or the nobility and thus have access to top-notch medical care (for the time). Alexios Palaiologos is noted for his longevity, having played a role in the War of the Five Emperors, the [[spoiler: succession crisis following Theodoros IV's death]], and pretty much everything in between (although Andreas comes very close).
* BigBad: The Timurid Empire is the distaff counterpart of the ByzantineEmpire, and has on multiple occasions attempted an invasion. Venice can also lay claim to this position as a result of its actions during the Fourth Crusade, the War of the Five Emperors, and [[spoiler: the Black Day.]]
* BigBadassBattleSequence: Cappadocian Caesarea. Manzikert. The Emperor's Battle. Any time the Romans call out multiple tagma, it's a safe bet that one of these is in the works.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Subverted by Kristina and her spy network/secret police. Suspects are suspended from the ceiling of a room and left alone while horrendous screams echo through the dungeons. They invariably confess. [[spoiler: Obviously, the screams were from actors paid to do so, allowing confessions to be obtained through minimal bloodshed.]]
* TheCrusades: The ByzantineEmpire is ravaged by the Fourth Crusade, but recovers faster than OTL because of the point of divergence.
* CurbStompBattle: The battle of Ain Sijni, to the point where it is upheld as the pinnacle of military science ITTL.
** Dragos cel Mare's Italian campaigns were this as well. And his campaigns in support of Arles. Really, the man was such an increadible BadAss, most of his battles can be classified as these [[spoiler: except for his last]].
* DisproportionateRetribution: Andreas harbored a grudge against the city of Venice as a result of [[spoiler: the Black Day]]. He draws up plans for [[spoiler: the complete extermination of the Venetian population, with the exception of the Jews, Croats, and Mamelukes in the city. He and Zoe are rather disappointed when they realize that killing that many is impractical, and end up allowing some of the children to be spared.]]
** [[spoiler: Averted once Andreas [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone comes to his senses]] in the middle of the battle, and orders a stop to the fighting. Many Venetians are killed nonetheless, and the surviving population is deported, allowing Andreas to just barely avoid crossing the MoralEventHorizon.]]
* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: [[spoiler: Andreas]] does not put faith in this trope.
* [[KingIncognito Emperor Incognito]]: Andreas, after Leo's exile, to determine his sons' (and one grandson's) competence.
* EndOfAnAge: The death of [[spoiler: Alexios Palaeologus]], the last of the great generals who fought at Manzikert and during the War of the Five Emperors.
** The Fourth Crusade, which begins the narrative, also serves as a more violent example of this trope, shattering the concept of Byzantine invulnerability.
*** [[spoiler: The Black Day and the sack of Smyrna.]]
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:Andreas does this not only to reveal Rhomania's enemies (i.e., Hungary), but also to begin the Time of Troubles.]]
* FalseFlagOperation: How [[spoiler: Andreas arranges a war with Aragon-Sicily.]]
* FlashbackCut / FlashbackEcho: Half the scenes involving Andreas. He has a certain tendency towards hallucination.
* GoldenAge: Under Demetrios Megas, the ByzantineEmpire is restored to levels of power not seen since Justinian.
* MeleeATrois: The War of the Five Emperors eventually boils down to this: Thomas Laskaris, Demetrios Komnenos, and Manuel Doukas. [[spoiler: Manuel and Demetrios come to an agreement by which the two are appointed co-emperors, Demetrios as the senior emperor, in order to quickly take out Thomas and respond to the threat of a returning Timurid invasion.]]
* MurderTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler: Kristina kills Maria.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Andreas revels in this trope. Combined with PTSD from [[spoiler: The Black Day]], the resulting demons torment him for most of his life.
* NamesTheSame: Several characters in the timeline share names with historical figures but are either not the same person or are significantly changed by far-reaching butterflies.
** Timur, born later and who lived ten years longer than the figure known today by that name (and who gained his lameness much later in life from a war injury).
** Shah Rukh, the grandson rather than the son of Timur.
** According to WordOfGod, Catherine The Great will end up being ''Swedish''.
** Lots of people get named after Emperors, which aids [[spoiler: Andreas when he decides to go KingIncognito for awhile. He doesn't bother to change his name, and [[RefugeInAudacity gets away with it]].]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler: Theodoros Komnenos]] is assumed to be a fool by most, even his own father Andreas.
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: Averted with Andreas/Maria. Threats of violence, attempted murder, and ultimately the best it gets is a shallow sex-based relationship. Although they stop threatening to kill each other.
* RapeAsDrama: What happened to [[spoiler: Princess Zoe]], and the reason why [[spoiler: she and Andreas]] have frequent flashbacks.
** [[spoiler: Leo]] also does this to [[spoiler: his brother's wife.]] He gets exiled to Arles.
* RedBaron: Andreas Niketas, known variously as the "Little Megas," "the Vanquisher of all Rhomania’s Foes”, “the Scourge of the Latins”, “the Undefeated”, or “the Shatterer of Armies.”
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Leo]] dies heroically in battle attempting to redeem himself and his many sins.
* RunningGag: Andreas Komnenos and his amazing virility.
* ScarpiaUltimatum: Vlad making Andreas marry his daughter to gain his support against Anastasia.
* ShockingDefeatLegacy: [[spoiler: Cappadocian Caesarea. Also, the sack of Smyrna.]]
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Andreas manages to become one of these all on his own.
* ThatOldTimePrescription: The medicinal use of willow bark is pioneered by George Doukas, who discovers that it's effective at treating headaches.
* VestigialEmpire: Not anymore.
* WhamLine: "I will be a Timur to the state of [[spoiler: Venice]]."
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Andreas after his ascension to the throne. Having [[spoiler: your mother raped and murdered in front of you can really mess you up.]]
* YoungConqueror: Andreas, the "Little Megas."
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21st Jul '13 10:01:41 PM Romagnadvoratrelundar
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* [[KingIncognito Emperor Incognito]]: Andreas, after Leo's exile, to determine his sons' (and one grandson's) competence.
6th Mar '13 4:58:50 PM doctormoreau1
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** [[spoiler: Leo]] also does this to [[spoiler: his brother's wife.]] He gets exiled to Arles.



** [[spoiler: Leo]] also does this to [[spoiler: his brother's wife.]] He gets exiled to Arles.
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* BadassGrandpa: Most of the named characters are members of the royalty or the nobility and thus have access to top-notch medical care (for the time). Alexios Palaiologos is noted for his longevity, having played a role in the War of the Five Emperors, the [[spoiler: succession crisis following Theodoros IV's death]], and pretty much everything in between (although Andreas comes very close).



* RapeAsDrama: What happened to [[spoiler: Princess Zoe]], and the reason why [[spoiler: she and Andreas]] have frequent flashbacks.



* RapeAsDrama: What happened to [[spoiler: Princess Zoe]], and the reason why [[spoiler: she and Andreas]] have frequent flashbacks.

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* RapeAsDrama: What happened SpotlightStealingSquad: Andreas manages to [[spoiler: Princess Zoe]], and the reason why [[spoiler: she and Andreas]] have frequent flashbacks.become one of these all on his own.
* ThatOldTimePrescription: The medicinal use of willow bark is pioneered by George Doukas, who discovers that it's effective at treating headaches.
1st Feb '13 6:24:29 AM Kinkajou
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* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[spoiler: Theodoros Komnenos]] is assumed to be a fool by most, even his own father Andreas.
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* RedBaron: Andreas Niketas, known variously as the "Little Megas," "the Vanquisher of all Rhomania’s Foes”, “the Scourge of the Latins”, “the Undefeated”, or “the Shatterer of Armies.”


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* YoungConqueror: Andreas, the "Little Megas."
20th Nov '12 7:33:39 AM Kinkajou
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* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler:Andreas does this not only to reveal Rhomania's enemies (i.e., Hungary), but also to begin the Time of Troubles.]]
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* ColdBloodedTorture: Subverted by Kristina and her spy network/secret police. Suspects are suspended from the ceiling of a room and left alone while horrendous screams echo through the dungeons. They invariably confess. [[spoiler: Obviously, the screams were from actors paid to do so, allowing confessions to be obtained through minimal bloodshed.]]



* DisproportionateRetribution: Andreas harbored a grudge against the city of Venice as a result of [[spoiler: the Black Day]]. As a result, once [[spoiler: Roman forces finally took the city, he allowed his soldiers to essentially exterminate the majority of the Venetian population]]. Semi-averted once [[spoiler: Andreas has a flashback to his sister's rape during the Black Day and realizes exactly what he's been doing. Unfortunately, his men already killed a lot of people before he gave the order to stop, and several are executed for continuing to pillage after ordered to cease.]]

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* DisproportionateRetribution: Andreas harbored a grudge against the city of Venice as a result of [[spoiler: the Black Day]]. As a result, once He draws up plans for [[spoiler: Roman forces finally took the city, he allowed his soldiers to essentially exterminate the majority complete extermination of the Venetian population]]. Semi-averted once population, with the exception of the Jews, Croats, and Mamelukes in the city. He and Zoe are rather disappointed when they realize that killing that many is impractical, and end up allowing some of the children to be spared.]]
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[[spoiler: Averted once Andreas has a flashback [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone comes to his sister's rape during senses]] in the Black Day middle of the battle, and realizes exactly what he's been doing. Unfortunately, his men already orders a stop to the fighting. Many Venetians are killed a lot of people before he gave nonetheless, and the order surviving population is deported, allowing Andreas to stop, and several are executed for continuing to pillage after ordered to cease.just barely avoid crossing the MoralEventHorizon.]]



* FlashbackCut / FlashbackEcho: Half the scenes involving Andreas.

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* FlashbackCut / FlashbackEcho: Half the scenes involving Andreas. He has a certain tendency towards hallucination.
* GoldenAge: Under Demetrios Megas, the ByzantineEmpire is restored to levels of power not seen since Justinian.



* GoldenAge: Under Demetrios Megas, the ByzantineEmpire is restored to levels of power not seen since Justinian.

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* GoldenAge: Under Demetrios Megas, MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Andreas revels in this trope. Combined with PTSD from [[spoiler: The Black Day]], the ByzantineEmpire is restored to levels resulting demons torment him for most of power not seen since Justinian.his life.


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** Lots of people get named after Emperors, which aids [[spoiler: Andreas when he decides to go KingIncognito for awhile. He doesn't bother to change his name, and [[RefugeInAudacity gets away with it]].]]


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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Leo]] dies heroically in battle attempting to redeem himself and his many sins.
* RunningGag: Andreas Komnenos and his amazing virility.


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* WhamLine: "I will be a Timur to the state of [[spoiler: Venice]]."
20th Oct '12 7:46:12 PM doctormoreau1
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** Leo also does this to [[spoiler: his brother's wife. He gets exiled to Arles.]]

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** Leo [[spoiler: Leo]] also does this to [[spoiler: his brother's wife. wife.]] He gets exiled to Arles.]]
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* MeleeATrois: The War of the Five Emperors eventually boils down to this: Nicholas Laskaris, Demetrios Komnenos, and Manuel Doukas. [[spoiler: Manuel and Demetrios come to an agreement by which the two are appointed co-emperors, Demetrios as the senior emperor, in order to quickly take out Nicholas and respond to the threat of a returning Timurid invasion.]]

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* MeleeATrois: The War of the Five Emperors eventually boils down to this: Nicholas Thomas Laskaris, Demetrios Komnenos, and Manuel Doukas. [[spoiler: Manuel and Demetrios come to an agreement by which the two are appointed co-emperors, Demetrios as the senior emperor, in order to quickly take out Nicholas Thomas and respond to the threat of a returning Timurid invasion.]]



*** Also refers to another warlord who takes the name in 1504.
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