NOTICE! The computer housing this story's files is down. It is postponed for now, but another story has been started in the meanwhile, here. It is not as good, but it should serve as something to help you wait until the computer is fixed. Out of the Rubble III is also up here. EDIT: My image host has been known to take down images for no apparent reason. EDIT: If you see any broken images, right-click and select "Show Picture". If that does not work, wait a day or two until my host puts it back up. This will be my first story report for C3C. I always liked writing, and this was inspired by Symphony D., Daftpanzer, and Sandman2003 (Id like to thank them all for their great stories). And, as theirs are, this is graphic-intensive, so if you have a slow connection, wait a bit before jumping in. Note that I am writing this to improve my Gameplay! I would very much appreciate any tips. I am not a refined Civ3 Player, so this story kind of throws my strategies into the open for people to poke at. ( If youre wondering why I picked the name Out of the Rubble is referring to my writing history, not the Byzantines ) ( And yes, I am prepared for the chance that I might be eliminated by the comp ) A couple of things you might notice as you read this 1) Ive gone name-crazy, naming almost every land formation I find 2) To make the name-crazy worse, I use names from books that I have liked, sometimes. 3) The first chapter is a bit slow 4) I think Ive taken too many pictures 5) I mixed up Byzantine and Byzantium one too many times. 6) When things are in Small italics, they usually are not in the context of the story. 7) Every chapter is written from a different perspective. 8) Most names do not sound Byzantinish. They are named after people I've RPed with and admire online. 9) All of my images are deleted after one year of inactivity. If you are ever bored, please be kind and go through every page, in case I forgot, to download every picture. This is not necessary, but I'd appreciate it. 10) 0 BC is the start of my Golden Age, so "BC" stands for "Before Collection (of ideas)". 11) Thanks to ImageShack for Free Image Hosting Recent Maps World Map, 1570 Spinning Globe Out of the Rubble I The Byzantine Empire Civ: Byzantines Difficulty: This will be my first game on the Regent difficulty level Map: This will be a Large map on Continents with 70% water, and with all defaults (AI/Barb Aggression, rival numbers, victory conditions, etc.) Well here goes nothing CHAPTER ONE: The Beginnings Quoted from The Seeds of the Byzantine Empire; Published by Doughton Muffin. Nobody is quite sure why the nomads who eventually called themselves the Great Byzantines threw off their customs of hunter-gatherers and looked towards the great promise of civilization. But historians today do know when around 4000 BC, as did all other Great Civilizations of this world. Little by little, those living around and in the River of Silver gathered at the coast near the fringes of a great field that would be named after the great one who rallied the peoples of Byzantine together: Constantine. ( Ack. Feilds is supposed to be Fields. A little typo on my part ) It is little wonder why the city that they had formed was christened Constantinople after the great leader. His dream had become fulfilled The wandering have been received; the great had been gathered. Through all this, they learned the united knowledge of Bronze Working and the use of the Alphabet. With no more hopes of greatness, Constantine politely declined at the offer of being the Despot of this centralized government and retired, wandering in the north in search of adventure. During the first fifty years of Byzantines history, there was peace without a rigid government. The people were fine with it. A military unit was being conceived of to explore the outside world. The farmers were settling down to irrigate a crop of land. But after fifty years, the people became restless, with criminals taking advantage of the loose law. Finally, something had to be stopped. Empress Theodora claimed the throne of Despot, and the line of Theodora was blessed to continue on for thousands of years into the future. Quickly, she established her council of advisors. Each one specialized in their own role, and Theodora knew that they would do well, for they were all hand-picked from her personal friends. In the branch of the military, her tactical advisor entrusted her to build a Warrior Battalion to defend the city in the event of an invasion from barbarian forces. And yet her well-learned advisor in Science and Research soon asked for direction. A course was set for pottery, which could prevent famines. The science funding quickly increased to the maximum that could be reached before gain in gold became deficit. After years of effort and many generations of Empresses, the first military unit emerged from Constantinoples halls: the Warrior Battalion. Though its needs at defending were great, a peaceful village (or so it seemed) was spotted across the Silver River, and the Warrior Battalion was dispatched to befriend them. As for consolation for our ignored Military Advisor, the Council promised that the next unit a spearman would be used for purely defensive purposes. The gamble paid off nicely. It turned out to be a peaceful village! Even though historians today do not yet know how tribes like these missed the word of the great Constantine, it was presumed that these small barbarian outposts are those who were isolated from the ideas of a unified civilization. But they showed us the secrets of Warrior Code, and how to fit together wood and string to create a deadly projectile that shunned our slingshots, axes, and shields. How would the Byzantines have fared if this village was assimilated during Constantines days? Now, even though the Byzantines have reaped enough benefit from the village from scouting, their Foreign Advisor suggested that Theodora send the warrior battalion down the Silver River. Source: Byzantine Library of History Historical Maps of the Byzantium Empire (Circa 3500 BC) All of the focus from the small empire (at that time) was fixed on the adventures of this warrior scout. Join the Navy! was proclaimed in excitement. It was, after all, the only exciting action that occurred in the empire for many centuries: scouting. Finally, with much anticipation and media, the warrior found the source of the great River of Silver. The Byzantines took no hesitation to dub it Spires Reach, and from that peak the famous First Battalion saw the reaches of River Gelion, and maybe even the edge of the huge, snaking Serpentine Desert. Unfortunately, on exploring the terrain further, our scout revealed that River Gelion was in fact not connected by the path shown (they were actually two completely separate rivers), and that our maps were indeed wrong. Our Foreign Advisor soon corrected this mistake by naming the northern one Greater Gelion, and the eastern Little Gelion. The mistake drew a slight sense of insecurity at the Theodoran reign, but soon after that mishap, the Byzantine Sooth-Sayers have paid off well for their mass funding, giving them the secrets of and bringing them back onto the right track. And, if the citizens werent comforted enough yet, in the immediate future, the Military Force produced their first defensive unit, the Spearman, who utilized bronze spears and shields with great dexterity. As well, their Warrior Scout had found them another lesser tribe, who quickly accepted Byzantine rule and gave them It was the art of burying things ceremoniously, of course. The Byzantium Empire quickly regained the sense of security, but true happiness was still far away, with no luxuries yet in our borders. The next century or two passed by without much event for the Byzantines, but who knew what the other civilizations across the world were doing? If you want to find out, buy the Seeds of Civilization Series, which has been are #1 grosser and will continue to be if you keep on giving us money.