- +15% Cavalry combat ability
- +1 Diplomatic reputation
- +0.5 Yearly army tradition
- −1 National unrest
- −10% Core-creation cost
- +10% Production efficiency
- +5 Number of states
- +10% Domestic trade power
- +1 Yearly legitimacy
- +1 Max promoted culture
Founded by the Turkic Mamluk dynasty in 1206, the Delhi Sultanate began as a regional power in the Indo-Gangetic Plain. Under the Tughlaq dynasty it grew into the largest Indian empire the world had seen since the Guptas. The empire spanned from Sindh to Bengal, from Kashmir to the Coromandel Coast.
The Tughlaq empire collapsed as quickly as it rose to power. Though it is a Muslim state ruling over many millions of Hindus, its downfall was orchestrated by ambitious Muslim generals rather than popular Hindu resistance. In 1347 the entirety of southern India was lost in the revolt of general Ala-ud-Din Hasan Bahman Shah, who declared himself ruler of the new Sultanate of Bahmanis.
More recently, the Sultanate suffered a catastrophic blow when the Sharqi governors of Jaunpur broke away in 1394, taking with them a vast stretch of the Indo-Gangetic Plain and reducing the Sultanate's influence to an area barely beyond the city walls. Mahmud Shah, Sultan of Jaunpur, eyes his neighbors hungrily; he has designs not only on the throne of Delhi, but also on the nearby Bengal Sultanate and the Gajapati Kingdom of Orissa. The Sultan's ambitions threaten to engulf all of northern India.
The final nail in the Tughlaq's coffin came with the brutal Timurid invasion in 1398. The fearsome warlord had no intention of beginning a conquest of India, instead setting his armies to loot and burn and massacre all that they laid eyes upon. In the midst of the chaos, the Tughlaq dynasty was finally overthrown by the Sayyid governors of Delhi. The upstart Sayyids have thus far entirely failed to put an end to the catastrophe facing the Sultanate. Only the Rajputs of Jangladesh remain truly loyal to the Sultan in this period of ruin.
Just as the Sayyids rose from governors to Sultans, another powerful governor has risen in Sirhind. Bahlul Lodi, an Afghan noble, is an extremely adept governor and military leader. His control of the Punjab gives him a dangerous degree of power, which he is likely to leverage in a bid to seize control of Delhi itself. The Sayyid Sultan hides in his palace as Lodi gathers his strength in preparation for a rebellion. The Delhi Sultanate is in the midst of collapse. Many covet the throne, but will a new conqueror rise to restore the Sultanate, or shall it be consigned to history as a symbol of doomed ambition?
- Main article: Delhian missions
Delhi's missions are focused around reclaiming the sultanate's historical territory under the Tughlaqs.
- Main article: Delhian events
Delhi's events generally pertain to interactions with the Lodi dynasty.
Delhi was once the capital of the entire Indian subcontinent and our own state is in many ways a continuation of their traditions.
Sultan of Delhi
Let us reclaim the heritage of the sultans of Delhi, and rule the subcontinent from their ancient capital in the Doab.
Delhi does not exist.
If Delhi (522) is part of the HRE, but the country is not a member then:
If you start as Sayyid Delhi, you will be attacked by Sirhind per event. Because it is a defensive war your allies will join. Because Sirhind will get some troops and a excellent general, you will need as many allies as possible to outnumber Sirhind and counter their general (usually you will get four minor states as allies). When you have defeated Sirhind, you can annex them almost completely (you have cores on them), however they are too big for a one-war annexation.
Another option is to avoid this event chain completely, by enforcing your dynasty of Sirhind on the first day of the game through subject interactions. This will replace their ruler and prevent them from declaring war immediately.
Then your major task will be to defeat Jaunpur. Try to ally their rivals, especially Bengal (however, sometimes Bengal will be beaten by Orissa, that makes it much harder). To beat Jaunpur and take back all your cores, you will probably need several wars.
After you're done with Jaunpur, you are in a comfortable situation to annex some minor Indian nations. Later on, you will probably fight Bahmanis and Vijayanagar. Once you have united the Indian subcontinent, you can form Hindustan and get the achievement "Emperor of Hindustan".
As Sirhind you will attack Delhi by event. However, you will be the attacker and have to deal with Dehli's allies (needs some restarts if Delhi allies too many nations). After your annexation of Delhi, you can instantly reform them and get their cores on Jaunpur's land. Follow then the Delhi strategy above, however you are not eligible for the "Emperor of Hindustan" achievement.
As Jaunpur you are in a strong starting position to attack Delhi and reform them. It is easier, if they win their war against Sirhind, otherwise Sirhind will reform Delhi instantly. If you annex the not-Sirhind Delhi, you can reform Delhi yourself and get the Delhian cores on Sirhind.