The year is 1095. Word from far-off Rome has reached us here in the Levant: after receiving a plea for aid from the Byzantine Emperor Alexious I Komnenos, Pope Urban II has called a Crusade. Its target, the Holy City of Jerusalem. God, he says, will grant remission of all sins to those who set out on this expedition, and those who die will be assured a place in the imperishable glory of the Kingdom of Heaven. Already, stories have reached us of a great host of Christian faithful marching east.
It falls to this council, filled with some of the most powerful men from the Fatimid Caliphate and the Seljuq Empire, to turn back these Christian invaders. Old enemies will have to put aside their differences to unite against this common foe, but they must also take care that, once this conflict is over, those same enemies have not gained the upper hand.