GENGHIS KHAN; my own words #25 The Wife of Mergus and her lover, Nawr

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The wife of Mergus was enraged over the manner in which her husband had died. She formed a plan against her former lover who happened to be the man who had taken Mergus prisoner and then sent him to the Khan of Kurga. She openly blamed the Khan of Kurga for the manner in which Mergus had been murdered. Her real hatred was for this former lover who was named Nawr. She laid an open trap for him.

 

She sent word that she still had feelings for him and asked if they could meet in some predestined location. He agreed and showed up with a small support group. In order to not raise suspicions she also was accompanied by a small support group and a dowry of sorts. The dowry was apparently held in a series of casks for presentation to her lover.  A feast was held and a popular Tartar/Mongul alcoholic drink was served. Nawr’s men drank in excess while Mergus’ widow and her men took care to keep themselves sober. An armed soldier had been secreted in each one the supposed dowry casks. On a predetermined signal the soldiers burst out of their hiding places and killed Nawr’s soldiers.

 

 

Mergus’ widow took care of Nawr herself by plunging a dagger into his chest.

She then triumphantly returned home with her soldiers and dowry; her revenge had been completed.

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Next post on Sunday;  #26     Vang Khan aka “Prester John”

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GENGHIS KHAN; my own words #24 The Tale of Mergus

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Vang Khan’s ancestors had ruled over his land for generation after generation. They fought each other over pasture land and herds. When it came to survival all was fair. These battles were fought between relatives and the battles were fierce and deadly.

 

Vang Khan’s grandfather, Mergus, was taken prisoner in one of these battles. The victor was a khan who was a relative of Mergus. This relative sent Mergus to the Khan of Kurga to be disposed of. The Khan of Kurga had Mergus sewn up in a sack and thrown over the back of a statue of a mule. Mergus was left there to die of hunger and thirst; slowly suffocating before final death.

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Tomorrow’s Post;  #25     The Wife of Mergus and her lover, Nawr

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GENGHIS KHAN; my own words #23 The Regent, the Minister and Vang Khan’s protection

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My mother devised a plan

 

All this was worked out according to the plan. The Regent would be the ruling face over my generals, the Minister would be the administrator of all movement of goods and public decisions, and my mother held the real power due to her relationship to the Emir; who was assigned as Prince.

 

Vang Khan agreed to protect me while the plan was put in place and executed over several years. I, accompanied by 6,000 warriors, my mentor Karasher, several servants, a number of yurts, and various possessions made the trip to Vang Khan’s territory without incident.

 

Vang Khan’s territory was called Karakatay. It was inhabited by Tartars. The territory reached as far as northern China. Vang Khan’s given name was Togrul. However, for the sake of clarity I will from here on in refer to him by his title; Vang Khan.

 

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Tomorrow’s Post;  #24     The Tale of Mergus

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GENGHIS KHAN; my own words #21 More enemies appear

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Not too long after the return of Puta and my son,  some of the sub-Khans who had pledged their clans to me appeared to be getting a little too ambitious. They started making trouble. I visited several of these leaders and spoke to their people. It was obvious that I needed to meet some of their demands. I collected a list of their needs and gave it serious consideration. I then returned to the various Khans promising to fulfill their needs. However, that was not enough. They now wanted more. Possibly they thought I had become weak and effete. It became obvious that they wished to depose me and split my territory between them.

 

I became discouraged. After all, I had been ruling quite honestly over these clans. It eventually came to me that perhaps I was too young to be ruling over such a spread of territory and people. The answer, for me, was to abdicate the Khan-ship and then retake my rightful place when I was more mature.

 

My mother devised a plan.

 

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Tomorrow’s Post;  #22     The Regent, the Minister and Vang Khan’s protection

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GENGHIS KHAN; my own words #20 Jughi and my wonderful dream

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Purta had wrapped the baby in swaddling during the long trip from Vang Khan’s territory back home to me. 

 

 

 

I was absolutely thrilled once the baby was removed from the swaddling. There was no damage to him. I named him Jughi which means ‘Safely arrived” in your language.

 

Everything appeared to be going quite well. I even had some great dreams.

 

One night I dreamt that I was a giant and that I had a sword in each hand. My arms were outstretched to the west and to the east. My swords extended my reach to twice the length of my arms. I had no idea what it meant so I asked my mother. She told me that I was to conquer all the land eastward and westward.

 

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Tomorrow’s Post;  #21     More enemies appear

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GENGHIS KHAN; my own words #19 Introducing Vang Khan

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There was an old friend of my fathers who had not pledged allegiance to me. He was called Vang Khan and he was very old. The marauders offered Purta to him in order to ensure peace between him and they. The old man was pleased with this offer for two reasons. Purta was very pretty and it allowed him bragging rights to have my wife in his bed.

 

But even with this Vang Khan refused to take Purta Kugin as his wife. Vang Khan thought of me as his son. This was because he thought of me as his own when my father and he fought battles together. So Vang Khan gave Purta Kugin a place of honor and lodging within his clan. When I returned from battle I sent a message to Vang Khan requesting Purta to be returned to me. He complied. Purta, during this absence from me, gave birth to my son.

Purta’s  trip back to my yurt was not only rough but her accompanying protectors were likely to encounter marauding troops. Therefore, the trip would be fast and bumpy.

Purta wrapped the baby in a swaddling of dough so that his arms and legs would not be damaged during the journey. She carried him on her lap for the entire trip by horse.

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Tomorrow’s Post;  #20      Jughi and my wonderful dream

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GENGHIS KHAN; my own words #18 My new wife, Purta Kugin, and our daughter

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Re-gifting was not the shame that you, of the current age, take it to be today. It was the honorable thing to do. It was a concept similar to honoring your noble enemy by naming a newborn after him.

 

Other tribes of the Tartar who had not joined either side of the battle came to my tent, yurt, or Гэрт, – – – whichever term is your preference – – –  to offer their allegiance. One even offered his sister in order to claim alliance with me.

I was now fourteen and therefore was allowed to take a second wife. Her name was Purta Kugin. She bore me a daughter within the year.

 

It was required that I go into battle the following year. Purta Kugin was once again expecting a child. I ensured that a full complement of protective troops stayed behind to protect Purta. However, a marauding orda from an enemy clan overcame my troops and carried Purta off as hostage.

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Tomorrow’s Post;  #19      Introducing Vang Khan

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GENGHIS KHAN; my own words #17 When I was recognized as leader of all ordas

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My mother was also in the battle. However, she directed various squadrons here and there as they were needed.

Eventually we won the battle when the rebel Taychot was slain. The remaining rebel, Chamuka, fled the battlefield with the remnants of his horsemen while some retreated on foot. My scouts followed them and killed as many as possible. When there were no more to kill the scouts continued to harass the enemy for two more days to ensure that they had no intention of returning to the battle.

 

 

The battlefield was ours and we celebrated until the scouts returned. It was then when I was no longer recognized as a prince but rather as leader of all ordas and king of all within the Tartar domain. Brilliant robes were brought to me by various generals. Splended horses, sabers, bows, arrows, and personal ornaments were given to me.

As the new leader who was required to honor his men I distributed some of this treasure to those who were recognized as being exceptionally brave and loyal in battle.

 

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Tomorrow’s Post;  #18      My new wife, Purta Kugin, and our daughter.

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GENGHIS KHAN; my own words #16 The bloody battle against Taychot and Chamuka

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On the day of the battle our orda and the enemy orda, under control of Taychot and Chamuka, we charged each other.

 

 

Horses were galloping full speed toward each other. When it was the proper time we let our arrows fly. The enemy also chose the same time to send their arrows our way. A cloud seemed to appear between us; however, it was the shadow of thousands of arrows which seemed to hang in the air.

The outer flanks of both ordas had time to send another cloud of arrows while the inner ranks had no room to draw and aim their bows.

The sabers were drawn and we hacked at each other. Those who had fallen to the earth continued wielding their sabers at the enemy and the enemy’s horses. The horses spun and kicked with a fury. More men were thrown to the earth where they were either cut with a sabre or trampled by the terrified horses.

The screams of pain and shouts of triumph were mixed. The dust rose from the battlefield and was hard to tell friend from foe. The blood of men and horses filled the air with a sickening odor. It mixed with the smell of urine and feces; some of which escaped the intestines which had spilled on the earth from a carved open stomach.

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Tomorrow’s Post;  #17      I was then recognized as leader of all ordas

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GENGHIS KHAN; my own words #15 Establishing My Position of Leadership

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My mother had the confidence of the chief officers of the army who had served under my father. These officers were specialists and had trained others in the art of war. They made plans for the delivery of needed supplies, the training of new horsemen and regulated the movements of the various clans.

 

I was to appear as the leader; the person who had the courage and morale to drive the others into battle. I did my job well. During the preparations for battle I rode my horse back and forth among the other chieftains. I was well prepared by Karasher. I galloped at full speed while shooting my arrows forward, backward, to the right and to the left; all arrows hitting the targets.

 

 

 

The chieftains of the other tribes were impressed with my skills as a warrior and decided that I should lead the raids against the tribes led by Taychot and Chamuka.

 

Thankfully I had a friend, about the same age as I. His name was Porgie and he was also the prince of a clan. Porgie was ready for the battle with Taychot and Chamuka. He was as earnest to join the fight as I; Tamujin.

 

Other clans joined us which made our orda thirty thousand strong.

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Tomorrow’s Post;  #16      The bloody battle against Taychot and Chamuka

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