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Civilization VI- Gorgo, 13

With the first Holy Site completed in Sparta, it seemed only fitting to build a shrine for my people to worship at. Through this shrine, the people of Sparta with feel closer to our Pantheon. One day, we may even allow people to become missionaries to spread the word, but they must be trained here. They must learn all that our God of the Sea has to offer, so that they can teach Their ways.

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Pedro paid a visit to let me know that he’s happy that my empire poses no threat to him. How silly of him, I am dealing with Amsterdam and wouldn’t dream of harming my dear Pedro, kind and firm leader of Brazil.

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While surrounding Amsterdam, my forces have encountered trained warriors. They claim to not be hostile and from the land of Brussels. Meanwhile, my galley following the coastline, has found people from another land called Geneva. The people from Geneva seem injured and dirty, maybe I should send someone on foot to find out if they are okay?

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Our researchers have come up with a brilliant idea. They believe we can take wood, and use it as a sort of barrier between us and those who would do our cities harm they have deemed the construct, a “wall”. I’ve instructed for the first one to be built around Sparta.

Also, the time for change has come. Our people want more than a set of rules and laws. They yearn for a more structured form of political stability. We have transitioned to a Classical Republic, which I feel will allow for more happiness for all of my people near and far. I’ve been labeled as a Charasmatic Leader since this transition, and instilled a new program to help make Caravanseries more profitable.

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Civilization VI, Gorgo-12

As I was removing my troops from England, I hadn’t noticed Amsterdam sending an attack force! They ambushed my units, in a fury by the likes I hadn’t seen before. I ordered all units to begin heading south to assist immediately but I fear one troop of my slingers lost their their lives before my orders were even given.

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Oh Pericles! He’s so funny with his witty words; he had sent me a delegation, saying that it bears gifts and not to be worried, for there was no large wooden horse involved. As if someone would be crazy enough to make a horse out of wood. How impractical!

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With the repairs completed on our galley, I sent it along to coast, to explore and see if there were more potential allies nearby.

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I went to meet with Pedro, but he seemed a little standoffish. I figured it was because he was distracted by some of his citizens looking disheveled. I told him I would send some gold from our treasury to help him focus on the betterment of his people. He seemed to be in a much better mood once the deal was etched in stone.

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In the same fashion, Knossos is now building a Holy Site as well, their mountain range is also next to a river, which ultimately leads to the Sea. Communion with our God seemed ideal there.

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I have replaced our outdated Agoge policy to enact Conscription. I know some people in our army won’t be paid for their service, but ultimately it’s for the good of Sparta and the people who live there, so the ends justify the means.

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A man stumbled into Knossos, he introduced himself as Mohandas Ghandi, but his people refer to him as Bapu for some reason. He asked that I call him friend. Someone so sweet and small could never be destructive, so I invited him into the city, to sample what hospitality we have to offer.

As he was on his way, I sent a delegation to his people. Maybe this can be the first step towards a deep rooted friendship?

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Less than a year later and he comes to me, telling me that I am bloodthirsty and that it might be better to out an end to our friendship! Is he speaking of my current altercation with Amsterdam? Maybe if I try and communicate my desire for those Diamonds, he would see things my way. Yes, he seems reasonable. He has to understand that Amsterdam needs a leader to help them manage those gems! I am only doing them a favor!

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Civilization VI- Gorgo,11

With three separate units of slingers, it wasn’t long until Liverpool was begging me to walk some warriors within the city’s center, and incorporate it into my plans for Amsterdam.

The galley I had sent to London has been firing non stop, but has been damaged during the assault. Therefore, I am going to call for a retreat to do repairs. Being my only one, I would hate for it to be destroyed.

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Sparta has finally finished training our very first Trading Caravan. I am going to wait for the barbarian menace near Knossos to be dealt with before giving them a destination though. Their safety is important if they are going to positively affect my economy.

I gave then gave the people of Sparta instructions to build a Holy Site under the cover of a nearby mountain range. It feels like a naturally peaceful place where we could be closer to the heavens. A great spot to communicate with our God of the Sea.

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After walking to the Center of Liverpool, my warriors let the citizens know they now live under my rule. Once taken, I immediately called for a meeting with Victoria. She would be given one chance for peace, or we will advance and take her precious London, and then her life.

Of course the terms would be some of her current treasury and all funds they WOULD have been making, to be given to us for a time. Once she considered it payment for sparing her life, it didn’t seem too much to ask for.

Although she smiled and said I had been “most kind and attentive,” the look on her face filled me with joy as I left the room.

When I saw her face as I was leaving, I told her I’d send a delegation, as payment for her being so understanding in these times. What made it even better? All was covered and paid for with the funds she just agreed to give me.

Liverpool’s order? To build a monument of course.

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Civilization VI, Gorgo-10

“War? We are not amused.”

Her words only made me more frustrated. The way she looked at me, the way she looked down at me. I have no remorse for this choice.

Sparta will expand, Liverpool will be mine. I immediately release three slingers attacks in unity upon a group of warriors, and attack Victoria’s slingers with my warriors. I then move another set of slingers behind my warriors, in preparation to defend if they need to retreat.

She strikes back nearly killing off my warriors, but I press on, launching another volley of Rocky hail to decimate her warriors to the east of Liverpool, I send in my now weakened warriors to finish off her slingers, but misjudged how strong her slingers were. They manage to scrape by while my warriors are left to be picked off.
However, she -by the God of the Sea- didn’t finish them off! I call for the immediate retreat of my wounded warriors and continue the assault, advancing with all slingers towards Liverpool!

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With all but her last group of warriors falling in this next assault, she is retreating! With excitement and victory in sight, I give the command to finish the stragglers and move in on Liverpool while my warriors heal.

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Meanwhile, Knossos is taking a beating from the barbarian forces assaulting it. The slingers fortified there are unleashing a never ending hail of rocks upon anything still daring to come near. Many have called while trying to take Knossos, but I am confident that my troops to the north will hold.

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The citizens of Sparta have finished making the first “Galley”, one of many more to claim the seas.

I’ve sent it along the coast to eventually strike London from the ocean. Oh what I would give to see Victoria’s reaction as I strike from the water’s edge!

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Pericles managed to come by and visit during what little downtime I’ve managed to achieve, asking for my hand in friendship yet again.

I would love nothing more to keep our relationship at its strongest.

As he was leaving, he also thanked me for fulfilling my promise to not settle near him again.

As if I’d risk angering yet another land, Pericles, I’m already fighting three fronts: Barbarians, Amsterdam, AND England!

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Civilization VI, Gorgo-9

Although we have discovered the wonders of sailing and can build a new “boat”, I was forced to retreat from Amsterdam!

No matter what I do or who I sent to attack, Amsterdam just trains soldiers faster than I can have my forces strike them down!
To make matters worse, that horrible woman Victoria, self proclaimed “Queen” of England, made a new settlement behind my forces while I was distracted, making my only escape route through a barbarian encampment along the coast because she wanted to start enforcing her borders.

Whether or not my brave forces survive this, I will strike Victoria down.

This will not stand!

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A barbarian scout has found Knossos while I was distracted with Victoria’s transgressions, and has already gone back to their camp. They have sent a barbarian raiding force!

That and Victoria has upped her military force and started marching towards my capital from her newly built city. I know times are going to be tough, and more war is coming downwind. I can almost smell the fresh blood that’s about to be spilled.

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While I’ve been preparing to face the barbarian assault and the impending war with Victoria, I have managed to meet a man called Pedro, of Brazil. He leads his people, and my first impressions is that he’s a sweet kindhearted man.

I was so taken with him that I’ve invited him to Sparta, for a bit of recreation during this tough time.

I also made sure to send a delegation off with him as he left, to further cement my good intentions with him.

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Ha! That fool Victoria seems to think we should declare our friendship publicly. I feel as though telling her no would tip my hand of my intent to destroy her, but I have no time to pretend I’m something I’m not!

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Knossos is holding on with the fortified slingers attacking anything that dare step too close, and I have moved all other troops towards the newly found city, Liverpool, of England. I have turned down her friend request three times now, and as my last slingers gets into position, she thinks to question why my troops are at her border.

SURPRISE VICTORIA!

You have brought down upon you the wrath of Sparta! Feel my boots crush you as I take you down, and then move on to finish what I started with Amsterdam!

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Civilization VI, Gorgo-8

Good God of the Sea!

A lot has happened. Allow me to recap- our researchers have discovered the basics of mining, the builders we recruited from Amsterdam made it to Sparta and have begun construction of our first wheat farms, Knossos has successfully been defended and fortified by the faithful slingers, and at this moment my forces are engaging Amsterdam warriors to the south!

My slingers and warriors do a pincer attack on the first group of Amsterdam’s warriors, and after a close fought battle, I move my slingers back to nurse their wounds and have my warriors press forward to the second wave coming heading towards me.

With two warrior units coming out of Amsterdam’s forest, I am forced to retreat again to heal, but change out our discipline policy to grab Agoge. I will train more units and defeat Amsterdam with sheer numbers!

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Civilization VI, Gorgo-7

Both barbarian warriors and slingers begin the assault as my noble slingers hold the line, just barely buying the settlers enough time to make the my second city.

Immediately Queen Victoria herself came to greet me. Apparently I have settled on the same continent as her, and for some reason this makes her happy. With the new city named Knossos,  my slingers have some breathing room to return fire upon the barbarian warriors. I call for immediate construction of my second monument. Another display of my great nation.

Pericles also came to visit me, but to share his distaste for my people settling so close. A complete contrast to what I originally believed his reaction would be. Can he not see, the Rubies were clearly mine? I had stumbled upon them  first. I had defended them from the hands of barbarian raids.

He will most certainly deal with me settling there, though in the name of our friendship, I told him I won’t do it again.
Alas, Knossos has been defended, but I see barbarians of all sorts heading toward my borders. I was going to have my slingers move south to assist my warriors in Amsterdam, but it seems I will have to nearly deplete my treasury to train another set of slingers in Sparta.

Yes, additional slingers will definitely help with my efforts in Amsterdam.

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Civilization VI, Gorgo-6

In an effort for complete survival, I ordered my units to head west towards England. Perhaps Victoria would be able to offer sanctuary while my warriors tended to their wounds from my poor choice.

Meanwhile, the citizens of Sparta have banded together as a group of settlers prepared to leave. I informed them of my Slinger’s location, and wished them well. I hope they are swift, so that maybe my Slingers would be able to come south and assist my poorly turned war against Amsterdam.

To distract my civilians, I have given them the task of building a granary, to store all of the wheat we were about to farm.

To my surprise, Victoria has sent me a royal envoy on her behalf. Apparently she took my words of unity to heart. It made me hopeful for the fate of my warriors fleeing and seeking refuge.

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My settlers were within eyesight of my slingers, when they heard the roaring of what seemed to be barbarian slingers to the south  charging them from the forest! How could they have been so blind? Why didn’t I think to have my slingers meet them along the way?

Against my gut feeling, I felt fear for losing my people and ordered the slingers to assist, potentially leaving the Rubies up for Pericles to snatch from me.

Meanwhile, the citizens of Sparta have come to believe in a God of the Sea. The people working in the ocean and on the coast seem to be way more efficient and productive since worship began.

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Pericles came to visit Sparta, and upon his visit said that we need to put aside our differences. He said that our friendship is more important than petty politics. I just had to grasp at his hand of friendship, considering how well we have gotten along in the past.

Just after he left, I received a report that my Settlers have met with my Slinger’s and made it to the destination I told them about near my precious stones, but are now surrounded by two separate groups of barbarian warriors, a pack of barbarian slingers, and a man with a dog- apparently called a barbarian Scout.

I pray to the pantheon my people follow, that they can hold out long enough to settle new lands. Hopefully before Pericles does, as I’ve just noticed that he also has settlers nearby!

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Civilization VI, Gorgo-5

With the cover of night blanketing over them, my warriors raced through the forests surrounding western Amsterdam, capturing their civilians, and recruiting them under my rule.

Once they were rounded up, the alarms from the city could be heard as the enemy warriors rushed from Amsterdam, flocking to the forest to deal with our intrusion. Unfortunately for them, we learned a trick or two from our encounters with the barbarians in our past battles.

My forces stuck to the forest, striking the shadows of the terrain.

Victoria immediately came to Sparta, and contrary to my fears that she would denounce us attacking Amsterdam, she  offered her hand at friendship.

Although not afraid of her interfering with my plans to take Amsterdam, I figured it may be easier for us to be on her good side for now. I told her I’d be happy to let the world know we were friends. That we’d “stand united”.

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My warriors, though alive, were barely standing as they struck down the last of Amsterdam’s warriors; However, the moment the last was slain, another horde of them came funneling out of the city’s center, heading directly towards them! I immediately called for a short retreat for them to heal and then re-engage the enemy! A smart fight is a fight won, after all.

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My plan was quickly thwarted however, as my greed for the Rubies may have put my Warriors in peril. You see, afraid that Pericles would settle and claim them as his own, I left my Slingers to guard the mountain with those precious stones. This left my warriors completely undefended as yet another group of warriors from Amsterdam came charging out! I called for an immediate retreat to the north, but as they began to flee with the recently recruited builders, they ran face to face into a menacing group of barbarians!

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Civilization VI, Gorgo-4

What a glorious time to be a citizen of my land!

To start, my people have finally figured out how to best harvest the nearby wheat, so I need to add farms to the list of things I need to have constructed.

Next, we have established laws. In order to cut back crime and establish order, I will be enacting a new order of Discipline under my Military policy tree. All of my forces will need to be better trained, and in better shape if they want to enlist and defend our homeland. Next, to fill our economic needs, I went with Urban Planning, making our people in any city a better way to do basic tasks to be more productive. Finally, to please those interested in Everest, I’ve begun to tax them, in order to pay for more people to try and explain the beautiful sights in the sky above. The people have labeled it a God King tax.

I then had our brightest look into the safest and most efficient ways to extract our future Rubies and Diamonds from the ground. If we are to trade these stones, I want them in perfect condition.

Although Victoria has just left here letting me know that she “is a true friend” to smaller civilizations, I have given the order to my warriors: Begin the assault on Amsterdam.

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