The Immortal Game
The Kitchen Sinker
A bow that fires everything!
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Any object a scion picks up becomes an arrow so long as the bow is carried in the other hand. Once an object leaves the hand of the Scion it returns to shape. The scion must be able to lift the object before it will turn into an arrow.
A scion can place an object into the quiver and store it for later. The quiver has room for 20 arrows.
As the Mongols battered their way into Urgench, Genghis dispatched his youngest son Tolui, at the head of an army, into the western Khwarezmid province of Khorasan. Khorasan had already felt the strength of Mongol arms. Earlier in the war, the generals Jebe and Subutai had travelled through the province while hunting down the fleeing Shah. However, the region was far from subjugated, many major cities remained free of Mongol rule, and the region was rife with rebellion against the few Mongol forces present in the region, following rumors that the Shah’s son Jalal al-Din was gathering an army to fight the Mongols. Tolui’s army consisted of somewhere around 50,000 men, which was composed of a core of Mongol soldiers (some estimates place it at 7,00017), supplemented by a large body of foreign soldiers, such as Turks and previously conquered peoples in China and Mongolia. The army also included “3,000 machines flinging heavy incendiary arrows, 300 catapults, 700 mongonels to discharge pots filled with naphtha, 4,000 storming-ladders, and 2,500 sacks of earth for filling up moats.”7 Among the first cities to fall was Termez then Balkh. The major city to fall to Tolui’s army was the city of Merv. Juvayni wrote of Merv: “In extent of territory it excelled among the lands of Khorasan, and the bird of peace and security flew over its confines. The number of its chief men rivaled the drops of April rain, and its earth contended with the heavens.”
The garrison at Merv was only about 12,000 men, and the city was inundated with refugees from eastern Khwarezmia. For six days, Tolui besieged the city, and on the seventh day, he assaulted the city. However, the garrison beat back the assault and launched their own counter-attack against the Mongols. The garrison force was similarly forced back into the city. The next day, the city’s governor surrendered the city on Tolui’s promise that the lives of the citizens would be spared. As soon as the city was handed over, however, Tolui slaughtered almost every person who surrendered, in a massacre possibly on a greater scale than that at Urgench. After finishing off Merv, Tolui headed westwards, attacking the cities of Nishapur and Herat.18 Nishapur fell after only three days; here, Tokuchar, a son-in-law of Genghis was killed in battle, and Tolui put to the sword every living thing in city, including the cats and dogs, with Tokuchar’s widow presiding over the slaughter.17 After Nishapur’s fall, Herat surrendered without a fight and was spared. Bamian in the Hindukush was another scene of carnage during the 1221 siege of Bamiyan, here stiff resistance resulted in the death of a grandson of Ghengis. Next were the cities of Toos and Mashad. By spring 1221, the province of Khurasan was under complete Mongol rule. Leaving garrison forces behind him, Tolui headed back east to rejoin his father.
After the Mongol campaign in Khurasan, the Shah’s army was broken. Jalal al-Din, who took power after his father’s death, began assembling the remnants of the Khwarezmid army in the south, in the area of Afghanistan. Genghis had dispatched forces to hunt down the gathering army under Jalal al-Din, and the two sides met in the spring of 1221 at the town of Parwan. The engagement was a humiliating defeat for the Mongol forces. Enraged, Genghis headed south himself, and defeated Jalal al-Din on the Indus River. Jalal al-Din, defeated, fled to India. Genghis spent some time on the southern shore of the Indus searching for the new Shah, but failed to find him. The Khan returned northwards, content to leave the Shah in India.
During the battle at Parwan, Jalal al-din took a strange bow from one of the mounted Mongolian archers. A priest of Zoroastrianism said the bow was cursed but would be a powerful weapon if he had time to conduct a ritual. The priest having cleansed the bow in a ritual that took days sought out the Shah only to learn the Khan has pushed the Shah south after the Khan defeated him in battle, distraught the priest hurdled the bow off a cliff face where the winds brought it to rest at Mithra’s feet.
Mithra gave it to a Scion who perished in a freak accident. The bow then found its way into another’s hands.