0AU (After Unity)-Markos the Unifier gathers together his peoples, known collectively as the French, to settle the land. The Flood plain was deemed unsanitary and unsafe for the founding and building of a new city. Thus he leads his people and nation across the river to higher ground where grain was abundant and plentiful. To seem more dignified and cultured, the court talked superfluously and redundantly. And the People Rejoiced
50AU - Markos dies crossing the river, his successor, Ioannes I, names city after the great leader. Volunteers prepare themselves to scout the land. Wise Guys persuade Ioannes to let them research metalurgy. They claim that they can create an edge harder than chipped stone. And the People Rejoiced
100AU - A contingant of the nation is sent to build roads to more wheat north in the flood plains. With a path, the time to bring the wheat in will be shortened, thus providing more time for other arts. And the People Rejoiced
150AU - Nothing exeptional. Ioannes I sees the last of the original settlers die. However he does not age the same, he only seems fifty years old by now. And the People Rejoiced
200AU - Road to northern wheat completed. Sure enough, the easier travel, not to mention the tolls for using the roads, increase the treasury exponentially. The road builders are ordered into the forest where they will be building more roads for easier transportation of logs and other wooden items. And the People Rejoiced.
250AU - Road to Eastern Forest Begun. And the People Rejoiced.
300AU - Markopolis' regemant of warriors trained sufficiently. Ioannes I joins them to discover new lands, leaving his heir, Markos II in charge of affairs. The warrior band goes north and west along river. And the People Rejoiced.
350AU - The warrior scouts discover more wheat and hills. And the People Rejoiced
400AU - Road builders finish logging route, head south to grassland. The scouts head west across river. Gold seen glimmering in chunks in hills and mountains. Ioannes I dies from massive coronary due to too much fried chicken grouse and the sight of all that gold. And the People both Rejoiced and morned. (the gold did seem to take the edge off the mourning however)
450AU - After Ioannes' last words, 'looks like a good city site', he is buried, and left behind as the scouting group continues its journey west.
500AU - Markopolis outfits another scouting group. Markos II, wishing to follow in his father's footsteps, joins the warriors. However, he wishes to take them east. Having no heir, he leaves the French to his most trusted advisor, Eddy. However, Markos II still runs all aspects of government while on the move.
550AU - Culture expands in Markopolis. A celebration is held as more people flock to the city. Markos orders the road builders to build a road to his father's resting place, and future city site.
600AU - Markos rides through the cool forest, and feels at ease. He hunts delicious game and wishes he could live his life in the forest that hugs the eastern part of the valley. Markos names the valley that his ansestors lived and died in, the Valley of the Kings. However, he heads north into the mountains. The Western scouts travel though the desert valley on their journey west.
650AU - More warriors are outfitted in Markopolis. Markos II orders them to remain in Markopolis to mantain the order. He also orders that all debtors who join the forming settlers to found a new city will have their debts wiped out. And the debtors rejoice.
700AU - After a weary day, the scouts set camp and cook their meals. However, some of the more vigilant notice other camp fires in the distant hills. All are made ready. Markos sees some really intrueging game down in the valley. Oh how he wishes he could do some hunting in the forest!
750AU - Markos II greats the Telemarines in their encampments the next day. These people are mountain nomads who know their land. They gladly share information of the terrain and the lore that went with it. Markos is unhappy to learn that to the East there is nothing but mountains and mountains, with reported Mountain Monsters and other nasty things. But to the north hills lower down into a valley and another tribe dwells there. He decides to great them. The Western scouts stumble into Seljuks. They had very peculiar wagons pulled by horses, the same kind they had seen looking on during Ioannes' funeral. These people gladly teach the French warriors how to make and work the wheels. Soon people in Markopolis start using handcarts to transport goods. And the People Rejoiced
800AU - After the visit with the Seljuks, the western scouts continue west only to find another valley of desert and floodplains. They decide to head north.And the People Rejoiced
850AU - Markopolis reaches the population of 100,000. Markos II becomes unhappy to discover that the settlers were not yet prepared to move out. However he presses on northward to meet his northern neighbors. And the People Rejoiced.
900AU - The western scouts find some cattle and discover that they taste good roasted. The captains fight over the prime rib while the regulars fight over the rest. A budding cook discover that tongues can be a delicassy, and is thereafter promoted by Markos II to chief chef and General of the Western armies. And the People Rejoice.
950AU - Markos is greated by the Marcommani tribe. However, at dinner, Markos offers a cow tongue to the chiefton. The chiefton is enfuriated and promptly calls his warriors to arms. No more messages were recieved from Markos, and all his company is presumed dead. The Stewards of Markopolis take control.