Its been very inspirational reading everyone else's stories, so I decided to make one myself. To make things interesting I decided to beef up my game little.... World is "large", world type is "Ice age", Raging barbarians is on, along with no tech trading and Aggressive AI. All victory conditions are on except time. I also decided to add a few first... like this is my first time playing on Monarch, my first time using Romans, and my first time playing under the Epic speed. So without Further adieu: Iced Earth: The Roman Saga! dedicated to all the great civ storytellers who came before me. Chapter 1: In The Beginning! The cold wind blows while armies march! On this Earth there is no paradise. This is a world thrown into an Ice age, A time where the land is unforgiving and only those able to adapt survive! In this world Barbarians Rage uncontrollably, forcing their enemies to be as ruthless and as militaristic as themselves! In this world 18 mighty nations will vie for control of the earth, All aggressive due to their planets harsh environment! In this world, time will not define victory, one must emerge as true master of the Earth! In this world... There is no mercy! The year is 4000 BC and near the northern shores of an unmapped continent a group of settlers have emerged only know by local barbarian tribes as the Romans. The Romans have gathered enough knowledge, skills, and people to take part in a movement that will become known to men a thousand generations from now as the neolithic revolution. Among their ranks a young Tribesman turned Warrior chief has arisen to lead his people and start a legacy that will last until the end of time, his name is Julius Caesar! With fishing, a skill used to harvest food from the waters, and mining, a skill used to harvest rich's from the earth, he set's out to lead his people to prosperity and forge an empire that will propel his dynasty! And so the mighty City of Rome is formed near a lake that has nurtured its founders for hundreds of years prior. To the north lay a stock of animals that will help feed Rome & aid in her expansion, while to the south-east lay the natural resources to an advanced craft that will come to be known as incense. But even more significant perhaps, is a resource in her north-eastern plot that is not yet known to her inhabitants... But its eventual discovery will change the face of the Earth forever. Caesar immediately begins military operations under his newly controlled territory and sends the mighty warrior band to "invite" other surrounding tribes to join in the glory of Rome. Of the 2 tribes in his immediate vicinity 1 provides him with the skill of agriculture while the other provides him with skill of sailing. With addition's to their already extensive knowledge of land & sea things look good for the fledgling civilization of Rome. Yet unbeknown to her are the rise of other empires, similar to her own in infrastructure and progress. They have begun to spread out all across her continent and even across her own sea line. Cities are growing, commerce is expanding, and combat is evolving... And on the face of this cold and lawless planet, Rome's legacy has begun!