Abandoned at an orphanage, adopted by her aunt and raised as a boy, Nora's life did not exactly begin happily. Her father was a noble warrior who fought against the Ottoman Empire and desired a son to help him fight against the oppressors and was disappointed when Nora was born. His sister secretly adopted Nora and when her brother desired to train the young 'boy' as a fighter, she gave her approval. Nora was trained by her father and turned out to be the most beautiful girl in the country. Her beauty has been compared to that of a mountain fairy, a Zana. Her father regretted abandoning her at the orphanage and they reconciled. When Nora was visiting a city where a pasha resided, the pasha saw her and fell madly in love. He sent a trusted man to Nora's house and asked for her hand, by the laws of the Albanian Kanun, but Nora's family refused, stating that the Albanian Kanun did not allow for marriages with non-Albanians. The pasha did not take this well, unaccustomed with such refusal and raged, 'Either Nora will become my wife or I will burn all of Malsia to ashes.'. In order to break the siege the pasha had led to her town, Nora devised a plan to kill the pasha. She went to the pasha pretending to want to marry him. After the pasha, joyous with her presence, had sent his troops away she stabbed him with a dagger, kicked him and chocked him so that he could not scream. The pasha did not die, for he fell on the ground and as it is dishonorable for an Albanian to strike a man that is not standing or not fighting back, Nora fled before she could kill him. The Albanian army attacked, and Nora returned with an army of 300 women, killing the pasha in a duel.
She has already proven herself as a leader, now make her a general.
Gain a new female general named Nora of Kelmendi with:
The below is one of many player suggested strategies for Albania. Bear in mind, due to the dynamic nature of the game, it may unfold differently for other players.
Albanian starting position is known for its encirclement by Ottomans and Venice, but godlike ruler and general Skanderbeg.
Cores of Ottomans and Venice make Albania desirable to conquer. You must secure alliances with Hungary and Aragon to make Byzantium more desirable. After this you can change your religion to Orthodox if you want. You will benefit from it internally but diplomacy will suffer.
In scenario where Ottomans attack Byzantium who is allied to Serbia , your first move is conquering Zeta. This should provoke Venice to attack Serbia. It is easy to white peace Serbian ally Bosnia. When you occupy Smederevo, take Zeta, Kosovo and Raska and vassalize Serbia to get into defensive war against Venice. After you and your allies occupy as many provinces as you can or you see ottoman forces near your borders, sue for peace with Istria as must have.
If they don't attack, great. But if they do, you must rapidly make spy network, take icon of St. Michael and Military commander advisor. You must fight many battles on defensive terrain, occupy Selanik and hold your capital. Sue for peace if you see that your your allies can not endure more warfare or if Skanderbeg dies.
After this war, you shall seek alliance with Austria, Muscovy or some of western great powers, but main exit to safety is joining into HRE. Consider moving capital to Istria.
Expansion should lead you to Gulf of Venice, Bosnia or you could stack galley to obtain naval dominance and defeat Ottomans by good old blockade of sea of Marmara.
After you take out the Ottomans, you should be concerned of Muslim Nations that would create collinations against you and you should rapidly expand into the caucuses before Russia does or else it would be difficult to obtain the Albania or Iberia achievement and need help at least 3 nations