The hallmark of Patchwork, an “alternate Earth” setting, is diversity. On Patchwork, the demise of Alexander the Macedonian was considered predictable, after the event. He had gained too much, too quickly, and gods punish hubris. Indeed, he died an undignified death, falling from his horse in the opening stages of the Battle of Gaugamela (331 B.C., according to Homeline’s calendar). His demoralized army wasn’t entirely wiped out, but it was soundly beaten.