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Shortly after his escape, Temujin ventured to the Konkirat to claim Borte for his bride.  He was presented with a black sable coat to symbolize the foundation of his fortune.  He then decided to give the coat to Toghril, later to become Ong-Khan, the powerful ruler of the Kereit tribe in central Mongolia.  Toghril had been a strong ally of Yesugei and took the young Temujin under his wing and provided him with protection as well as promising him his support. 

Temujin wasn't aware that he would need both of those so soon after he had been promised them.

The Merkit, A tribe in the north of his own, raided his encampment and captured his wife.  Temujin asked for help from Toghril and Jamuka, a young Mongol cheiftain, and together they were able to conquer the Merkit and rescue Borte.  This battle sparked Temujin and Jamuka to become to remain firm friends for some time; herding animals together as well as setting up camp side by side.  Like all other relationships of the time, sooner than later, the two went on separate paths.  This was following suit with the political structure at the time where loyalties and alliances were constantly on the move.  At this time, the Mongol leaders decisively declared themselves loyal to Temujin in an effort to unite all of the Mongol tribes.  They acclaimed Temujin with the name we all know him by today.  The title was Chingiz-Khan (Genghis Khan) which roughly translates to english as "universal monarch." 

 

From then on, Genghis Khan began to play a crucial role in the wars, but still as the apprentice of Toghril rather than his equal.  In 1198, the two rulers, as allies of the Jin, took part in a successful campaign against their enemies the Tatar.  Toghril was rewarded for his part in the victory by  being given the Chinese title of "wang" (prince).  From then on, the teacher of Genghis Khan was known as Ong-Khan. (Ong is a corruption of "wang).  They remained allies on many occasions between 1200 and 1202 and defeated a band of united tribes headed by Genghis Khan's former friend, Jamuka.  In 1202, Genghis Khan lead a final campaign agains the Tatar.  His success in the battles lead to the entire decimation of those people and the loss of a previously strong enemy.  His relations with Ong-Khan had been steadily declining and in 1203 they fought each other.  After and inconclusive battle, Genghis Khan retreated into the extreme northeast of Mongolia, then, after recovering strength and forces, returned to attack and caused an overwhelming defeat over Ong-Khan later that same year.  Genghis Khan was now the undisputed master of eastern and central Mongolia.  In 1206, with the death of Jamuka, he finally had the unquestionable control of all of Mongolia.  That spring, he was named Great Khan at an assembly of the Mongol princes.  The powerful ruler proceeded to organize the military of his empire in the beginning of his reign.