General Information[edit | edit source]
- Marco Polo periodically visits your town and offers his wares.
- You can trade with him for Troop Tactics, Event Buildings, National Trade Goods, and more.
- It is currently unknown how often Marco Polo visits; or, perhaps he visits each Friday at around 14:00 UTC.
- Marco Polo stays for 3 days.
- Some trades have to be unlocked by making other trades.
- The trades change with each visit.
- Traded National Trade Goods go directly into your saved inventory; so it offers a way to save them for later use for times you run out.
- The "Troop Tactics" chest is the most prized offer from Marco Polo.
- Marco Polo can go through long stretches of offering nothing useful; and this is unfortunate.
Historical Description[edit | edit source]
"The seeds of Marco Polo's legendary journey to Asia were planted when his father Niccolo and uncle Maffeo, who were Venetian jewel merchants, travelled to the court of Kublai Khan in China. The Yuan emperor enjoyed their company and eventually sent them west to bring back holy oil and one hundred learned Christians. They reached home in 1269, where Niccolo met his 15-year old son for the first time. The Polos set out eastward again in 1271 with young Marco as well as the requested holy oil(but only two friars, who soon turned back).
After a four-year journey along the Silk Road, they reached the imperial summer quarters at Xanadu. Kublai took an immediate liking to Marco. During his 17-year stay, the emperor assigned him various posts and missions around the empire and provided him with a golden tablet that ensured safe travel and lodging. While the Polos were fond of China, they also became homesick and began to fear for their safety if the aging Kublai were to die. He reluctantly let them leave on the condition they escort a Mongol princess to Persia.
The Polos made it back to Venice in 1295. Three years later, Marco was captured in a naval battle against Genoa. He dictated an account of his travels to an Arthurian romance writer named Rustichello while in prison. The book became famous and inspired future explorers like Henry the Navigator and Christopher Columbus. Though its veracity was questioned from the start, most scholars now accept that it was largely and honest telling. Marco himself refused to admit to any falsehood, claiming on his deathbed 'I have not told half of what I saw.'"
Trivia[edit | edit source]
Marco Polo was added in the v5.5 two year anniversary update.
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