(December 20th, 1999)
Monuments: supply small Brick-core Pyramid (already present) with burial provisions
This region has a previously built small Brick-core Pyramid that has been robbed by Hyksos invaders. It is your job to reclaim the area and restock the Pyramid with burial provisions, all the while keeping an eye out for more Hyksos invasions.
Resist the temptation to build your city around the Pyramid, which lies to the south. Instead, concentrate on the northeastern portion of the mainland that contains farmland. Start your city along that strip of fertile land, making sure not to build too close to the northern edge where an invading army might suddenly appear. Eventually, you will want to build Docks for trade and Wharves for combat ships; available coastlines are just below the eastern strip of floodplain, so it is best to start there and spread your city north and south from that point.
After you provide for your citizens' basic needs you will want to establish trade routes to start making money - the sooner the better. You can produce beer right away, and a couple of cities are willing to buy it. Use any spare arable land to grow barley and build breweries to begin brewing beer. Both Itjtawy and Men-nefer will buy beer from you. Open the trade route to Men-nefer first; the route is less expensive to open than the route to Itjtawy, and it's a land trade route, so you won't need a Dock yet.
Don't wait until you hear about a possible invasion to start building an army. This is hostile territory and you can expect many invasions as well as requests for troops to be sent to other cities. Don't forget to build transport ships.
You have the rare luxury of having the monument already built for you, so your main task is to build a strong, prosperous city and restock the Pyramid. You will have to import almost all of the raw materials for the items that you require. Resupplying the Pyramid should not prove to be difficult.
You also don't really need to cross the river to the east. You don't need to mine plain stone, and there is plenty of farmland on the mainland.
As long as you maintain an adequate army and continue to make enough money to import resources, you should be able to complete this scenario successfully.
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