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QUATRE

I finally managed to kill the Barbarian brutes and their galley, no thanks to Caesar or Tyre. As I finished off the last of the Barbarian brutes, I confiscated a worker they had stolen from Caesar. Since I had no dire need for the worker myself, I returned him to Caesar, whom was plenty thankful—or so I thought. I noticed some of his units were getting close to my cities and figured perhaps he wanted to ally himself with me. I soon came to find I was wrong.

Caesar had the nerve to declare war on me saying he never liked me!! Quel idiot! How dare he? After I defended his worthless warrior and returned his useless worker! Je ne comprends pas how he expects to win against me. Although he had both Paris and Orléans surrounded by his warriors, I did not fear nor back down. Of course, the fool thought I would be fearful in this position and thus proposed a peace treaty. Not to my surprise, Caesar demanded all of my gold and gems, as well as open borders into my territories in exchange for peace. Le fou! Only a coward would accept such a proposition! He should know that is not I, Napoléon, who is capable of being at war and still successfully completing the great Pyramid! Therefore, naturally, I spat in his face and vowed that the next time we’d see one another would be when he was asking for peace and offering me all of his goods.

I retaliated to the best of my ability, using a tyreme, a few warrior units, and the cities themselves. Foolish Caesar! The first rule of declaring war is to fight in your own territory—if it is strong enough—so that the enemy has a harder time defeating your military units. But of course, I couldn’t have expected this amateur to know any better. Sure enough, after long and strenuous battling, I managed to rid my two cities of Caesar’s units. But this war is not over yet. It will not be over until Caesar himself is erased from the map. One by one, I shall take over his cities until I see him come to me personally and accept his defeat!

CINQ

After having removed Roman presence from my territory, I made my way to pay Caesar a visit on his own lands. I traveled armed with only two archer units and two chariot archers. This alone was cause enough for Caesar to propose a peace treaty. This time, much to my amusement, he offered me part of his goods and resources in exchange for my departure. But, as I promised before, I would never make peace with this laughable excuse of a ruler. I mocked his proposal and continued on my way to his cities. After a short time, he once again proposed peace, leaving me to wonder why he was so anxious when I was not heavily armed. My answer came quickly as I received news that Mongolia had denounced Rome warning others not to trust Caesar. Apparently, Caesar was causing trouble not only with me and thus could not afford to have me as an enemy. But what mercy do I owe him? None.

I noticed also that Genghis Khan was not the only ruler active at this time. Suddenly, Catherine was settling anywhere and everywhere she found possible. I could not let her take over what little was left of this continent while I had but a mere two cities wedged between her territory and that of the Mongolians. I set out to find land where I could establish a third city and found only a small territory between Dublin, Kuala Lampur, and the Roman city of Antium. The location was not by any means large, but nonetheless perfect. I am on good terms with both the city-states near it and it is a perfect location to be near enough Caesar’s Antium that I may attack upon any movement of his units. So, I founded Lyon and ordered a wall to be built immediately as a precaution to any attacks from Caesar’s behalf.

Since building a wall takes time, the Roman leader took advantage and attacked the newly-built Lyon—just as I expected. But I did not fear, I already had units of archers, chariot archers and catapults making their way to Cumae, Caesar’s smallest city. As soon as he saw I was attacking his own territory, he’d send the units attacking Lyon to defend Cumae.

Twice Caesar proposed peace, offering more and more each time. I told him to keep his goods for the time being, as they would soon be mine anyway.

SIX

I finally defeated Caesar’s defense in Cumae and annexed the city to make it my own after two more propositions for peace, which I rejected just as I’d done with all the ones preceding them. This defeat left him with only Antium and Rome, which I shall soon annex as well. But I could not have expected to rest after annexing Cumae. Shortly after, I had a Barbarian Galley attacking Orleans. Also, not to my surprise, Caesar brought units into Cumae in an attempt to regain control of the city. Pauvre fou! He should have known that surrounding the city with archers, pikeman, and warriors would not be enough to take the city out of my grasp. Although it was a worthy attempt, it failed nonetheless. With only the city, a catapult and a tyreme, I was able to defeat every one of his units and send them fleeing.

As Caesar was finally certain that having larger amounts of military would not do him any good, he once again proposed peace. This time I did not pay close attention to the long list of goods he offered. I simply declined and continued on my way to destroy him.

As I had long planned, I finally established an alliance with Kuala Lampur by providing a gift of gold. In turn, the city-state declared to the world our alliance and declared war against Caesar as well. Although it was not a necessary alliance against Caesar, it was created as a warning to Genghis Khan who seemed to be sniffing around our territories and had requested open borders into my land with the pretext of it solidifying our “friendship.” I do not trust this tyrant, especially since I have noticed he has been working too closely with Catherine. The two have announced two research agreements since I’ve known them and it has come to my attention that the two share an agreement of open borders as well. Thus, neither of the two can be trusted.

[box_light]This is the second of a four-part series. Part 3 will be out next Friday.[/box_light]

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Daisy Muniz is a reporter based in Los Angeles.

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