GENGHIS KHAN; my own words #40   Convincing Vang Khan That He Needed Me

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Yemuka, Sankum and others did their best to undermine my standing in the court of Vang Khan. However, Vang Kahn new that I was doing his bidding and that he could depend upon me. On the other hand Vang Kahn knew very well about the success of my military exploits. This made him nervous – – – he also knew quite well that it was not good to have an underling who had the military power to unseat him; even though I had no such intentions.

 

I later learned that Vang Khan had become so concerned about my military prowess that he had considered cutting off my supply lines coming from Karakorom. He was quickly advised that I did not need any supply lines because I was feeding my troops with the plunder I gathered during my forays in the mountains and plains.

 

Yemuka, once more, attempted another ploy. He told Vang Khan that I was planning an attack against Vang Khan’s troops in a certain location. Vang Khan rushed off to that location only to be attacked by  some of Yemuka’s friends. One of Vang Khan’s emissaries broke away and a message was sent to me that Vang Khan needed protection.

 

YEMUKA

I wasted no time in reaching Vang Khan’s side and winning the battle. This made Vang Khan realize that I was on his side and our good relationship was firmly settled.

 

Poor Yemuka, he was so stupid!

As a show of strong relationship one of my sons was pledged to marry a daughter of Vang Khan and one of Vang Khan’s sons was pledged to marry one of my daughters.

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GENGHIS KHAN; my own words #39   Yemuka arnd Sankum’s Stupid Stories

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I was a favorite among my men, but others feared me. I could be merciless if an enemy was merciless with any clan who had pledged honor to Vang Khan. Many rumors and lies were voiced about me. That was fine with me; the more fear I could instill in others the less battles I had to fight.

 

One such rumor was that I once had captured an entire clan. It had been said that after I had sold all the children and women into slavery and had slaughtered all the animals in order to feed my troops, it was time to deal with the leaders. Now remember – – – this is what has been said. I neither admit it nor do I deny it. The story worked in my favor.

 

As the story goes, I filled several cauldrons with water and then built a fire under each one. Once the water was boiling I threw each of the leaders into the cauldrons – – – head first. True story or not, I sort of liked the reputation that I earned with it. Like I said, fear is a great motivator.

 

I have heard that Yemuka and Sankum often repeated this story in order to spread lies about me. How stupid they were. The stories only made other clans more fearful of me than they were of Yemuka and Sankum.

 

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GENGHIS KHAN; my own words #38   Leadership and Glory

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My troops were proud to serve under me.

I was a dashing, handsome and fearless leader. These qualities served me well.

The men also loved my brilliant war schemes and plans. Those that died while fighting with me – – – well – – – they said nothing of course.

And those who survived became even more loyal because they knew our battles were well fought and daring. Some of the battles were fought on the edge of defeat; therefor, those who survived lived to brag about how brave they were.

Glory was always at their fingertips – – – and the edge of their tongues.

 

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GENGHIS KHAN; my own words #37   Patrolling the mountains and valleys

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I made sure that Vang Khan knew I was on his side. What he thought of Yemuka and Sankum’s tales was up to them to weave.

 

The best way to keep on Vang Khan’s good side was to support him in his efforts and to keep the enemy away from his door. I did this by patrolling the outer edges of his territory. I controlled a large contingent of troops. Some of these were from my own territory and I also had a small contingent of special guards who protected me. In addition, Vang Khan allotted some of his troops to me. Also, there were several hundred more who were volunteers. They had heard of my military leadership and decided to voluntarily join me.

 

I had four generals – – – also khans – – – who were loyal to me. I named these four “My Intrepids.”

 

With this large contingent I roamed the perimeter of Vang Khan’s territory. Our battles were sometimes to protect out pastures, at other times we battled for vengeance, for plunder or retaliation.

These forays took us into the mountains and at other times into the valleys or distant plains.

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GENGHIS KHAN; my own words #36   Yemuka and Sankum

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Yemuka! Remember him? He was the fellow from who I stole the princess, Vang Khan’s daughter. He had escaped from Karakorom during the battle when Vang Khan regained his throne. Yemuka had never forgotten the loss of the princess and his anger with me had turned to vengeance. He had hidden himself among various tribes as he planned a war against me.

 

YEMUKA

Yemuka had formed a friendship one of Vang Khan’s sons who had an axe to grind with his own father. This son’s name was Sankum. Some called him Sunghim or other various pronunciations; depending on the dialect of the speaker.

 

Yemuka and Sankum entered into secret negotiations after Yemuka had contrived to get Sankum on his side. Sankum had been convinced that I had taken his place in Vang Khan’s court. Therefore, they both had reason to dispose of me and retake their mistakenly rightful position.

 

It was reported that Yemuka had told Sankum “This newcomer, Temujin, is not only interfering with and curtailing your proper influence and consideration at the moment, but his design is – – eventually – – to circumvent and supplant you altogether. He has plans for making himself the sole heir of your father’s riches and influence, thereby robbing you of your rightful inheritance.”

 

I personally think that they also had designs on disposing of Vang Khan and simply taking over his throne.

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GENGHIS KHAN; my own words #35   Nomads with and without loyalty

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Vang Khan and I remained good friends. He protected my lands and I; while I gave him my protection as an excellent general with a contingency of well-trained troops.

 

Word had finally come back to us that Erkekara had been killed in the battle of Karakorom – – along with several important chieftains. Other lesser chieftains had combined forces and wandered wherever the best pastureland could be found; this in order to raise their sheep, build Yurts and have water nearby.

 

There were often minor skirmishes between various clans. There were no rules to follow and no idea of states because the nomadic life was never associated with one piece of land. The clans drifted this way and that from the plains to the mountains; always seeking new pasture lands, avoiding or inciting wars, sometimes sharing common boundaries, and in general having a very feeble concept of loyalty.

 

Most chieftains appeared – – at times – – to have held sway with Vang Khan and this was to his advantage.

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GENGHIS KHAN; my own words #34 I remain in voluntary exile

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My reputation in the court of Vang Khan was at its zenith. Vang Khan relied on me to protect Karakorom. I was also known as a very brave soldier and the armies that gathered around the territory of Karakorom often invited me to feasts and also to encourage their troops.

 

I had three wives at the time and had grown to the ripe old age of twenty-three. Some of my wives stayed in Karakorom at one time or another.

 

There was no need for me to return to my homeland. It had remained stable under the control of the Regent and my mother. Also, it was a great military advantage to have Vang Khan’s troops and my troops gathered in one spot as a show of force.

 

As long as the word circulated, that Vang Khan was giving me and my territory protection, and that we had the troops to back it up, all remained in equilibrium. Vang Khan retained his throne.

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GENGHIS KHAN; my own words #33 The Siege of Karakorom

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I began to formulate plans for the disposal of Erkekara. The first step was to concentrate my forces into a single group. After that was accomplished I took a large contingent of my troops with me to visit a number of surrounding clans. My strategy was to convince these various clans to join me in the retaking of the capital city of Karakorom and the disposal of Erkekara. News of my recent glorious victory in the very bloody battle preceded me. Of course, the large contingent of troops that accompanied me on these visits appeared to have an effect on the negotiations; as I had assumed they would.

 

The rebels continued to be instigated by Erkekara. They, once again, gathered themselves together while Erkekara gathered large stores of weapons and food in Karakorom.

 

Several months had passed while all this was occurring.

 

Vang Khan and I were finally able to lead our newly gathered forces into battle against Erkekara. We were victorious.

 

Erkekara was spirited away by his troops. Whether dead or alive, we never knew.

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GENGHIS KHAN; my own words #32 Plannning the Disposition of Erkekara

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My reputation as a warrior was now at the highest point. Vang Khan took me aside and told me that he would rest with peace now that I was at his side.

 

We had driven the enemy to distant lands and it was now time to return to the capital city of Karakorom. Vang Khan had sent a party to the capital city to determine its state of affairs. When they returned the news was far from good. Vang Khans brother had installed himself in Vang Khan’s place. The brothers name was Erkekara. In fact, it turned out that Erkekara had been in instigator behind the battle we had just fought. He had been fomenting revenge against both Vang Khan and I. He had been jealous of me ever since Vang Khan had allowed me protection within his court.

 

It was also learned that Erkekara had become the titular head of the party that was in power after Vang Khan had departed. The question before us now was how to dispose of Erkekara.

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GENGHIS KHAN; my own words #31 Vang Khan’s brother Erkekara overtakes Karakorom

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After listening to Vang Khan and the full details of the invasion of Karakorom I told him that I would take revenge for this deed by conquering all of his enemies. “But first” I said, “We must engage the enemy here so as not to give them a moral victory and risk the chance that they would attack us from the rear.” Vang Khan agreed and I yielded his troops back to him.

 

Vang Kahn commanded half of his troops and gave control of the other half to a second chieftain. I commanded my own troops.

 

The battle swung back and forth which caused us to become concerned with the outcome. I led my troops into a side maneuver which caused the enemy to be separated from each other. We slashed and cut our way through hundreds of the enemy and this not only gave morale to my troops but also encouraged Vang Khans troops to attack with a fury. We drove the enemy – – the few of them that remained alive – – back into their own territory.

 

It was now time to consider the retaking of Karakorom.

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