Tuck – when Frederick von Wolfenbuettel grows up, all he wants to be is a Templar knight. Despite achieving this goal, he soon finds that politics dominates life as a Templar, much as it rules back home in the Holy Roman Empire. His failure to navigate the politics of the Christian knightly order lead to his exile to England and an attempt to live simply under a new name that will transcend legend – Friar Tuck.
Corsair’s Beginning – when a galley slave escaped his bonds and struck dead his cruel captain, Hasim al-Tunas decided to free the Christian, recognizing within him something more than the usual background of a convicted Sicilian criminal. A skilled warrior and leader of men, the Masihi (the Christian) quickly decided to join his new friend al-Tunas in a path that several Christians had taken before – to become a Corsair of the Ottoman Empire and scourge the Mediterranean. The Masihi’s hidden history proves to be a source of great anger and pain, and with al-Tunas he participates in raids against Christendom, discovering the extent and true civility of the Ottomans, and eventually sailing in the greatest battle of his age – Lepanto.
Pedestal – Malta withers while a few handfuls of Commonwealth pilots desperately try to keep their fuel-starved fighters in the air against constant waves of Luftwaffe and Regio Aeronautica attacks – and the British Admiralty knows that if they lose Malta, they could lose control of the Mediterranean. Desperation leads to the idea for Operation Pedestal, a plan which will force supplies through to the island fortress at all cost. Unfortunately, this means that the convoy will have to travel six days through the Mediterranean bordered on both sides by the Axis – and withstand the full gauntlet of attacks that can be thrown at them by both Germany and their Italian allies.