As the sun rises over the deserts, rivers, and oases of the 10th century Middle East, an uneasy balance has been upset. Ambitious sultans sit in their golden palaces, presiding over great architectural works. Secretive cults work to undermine the central authorities and advance their agenda through an expansive network of agents. Nomadic tribes aim to sow discord in order to secure employment for their experienced mercenary citizenry. Hordes of foreign invaders sweep through the land, chasing after promises of plunder. And in the face of chaos and uncertainty, the caliphate aim to preserve order through military might. As one of many competing factions in the region, you must grab history by the reins and seize power for yourself. Will you successfully navigate this web of rivalries and rise to prominence, or squabble with your lesser adversaries and fade into obscurity?