I originally intended to post this story in Valentine's Day due to its romantic nature. However, I kept getting delayed by unfavorable in-game conditions and lack of time. I realized that I need to reload alot and getting everything done perfectly, because it needs a good deal of luck and lots of skill when playing as "the Perfect Prince" and "el Hombre" of Isabella. Otherwise, I'd end up with a thread that died as soon as it started. As of now, I've played this one all the way to 1650 (and still playing), so expect this story to end much later. So, this story would be about me playing as the Portuguese. The UHV conditions seems to be easy, so I gave myself more challenges before completing the third UHV condition. As soon as I spawn, Isabella... ... and Louis meet me. So here's how to start a long-term relationship: send her tribute. The obligatory follow-up move. I also sent some gold to the French galley that appeared next to my territory, subsequently getting open borders. After opening up my borders, I decided to settle Lisboa on the spot. The best thing about this particular start is that I flipped one of Izzy's knights, so I decided to send it into an exploration to the east... ...meeting the Dutch as a result. Opening borders with them is not a problem. Among the changes I made on JediClemente's modmod is adding a missionary of Iberia's religion because Islam spread to Lisboa on one of my attempts (instant ragequit). Now, all I need to do is to use this missionary and convert. My exploring knights later reached the outskirts of Germany. As usual, I bribed the border guards so that the knights can explore. After recovering from the anarchy I got through converting to Christianity, I decided to adopt Hereditary Rule, Slavery and Organized Religion. I'm ready to adopt Theocracy whenever Izzy wishes or infrastructure in my cities are almost done, whichever comes earlier. After reaching the beaches of Morocco, I decided to found Casablanca right there to get iron and ivory (in the future, getting sheep and wine)... ...instantly getting the attention of the Malinese. Izzy later asked for one of my techs. Since I love her, she gets it. Further to the east were the Russians. I also bribed them to grant me open borders. North of France was an island-kingdom that is looking for trade partners. Wish granted. Seems that Germany is the strongest European country, followed by Spain. I forgot to ask for open borders with Mansa Musa. Now he requested it. Okay. My pikemen discovered a hostile tribal village, guarded by a horse archer. My exploring galleys reached Viking territory. Instant open borders with them. Izzy decided to accept my marriage proposal. It's good to get this done early in the game than later, because I need a good excuse for refusing to declare war on her (and declaring war on and/or cancelling deals with her enemies).