The Fur Trade or the End of the World As We Know It?
How does any major disaster begin? It usually starts off small. With longer winters and colder temperatures, the fur trade is doing well throughout Outer Mongolia. The easiest and cheapest source of fur is the marmot, a large ground squirrel or wood chuck. But marmots carry a deadly disease... the bubonic plague. Occasionally an entire family of fur traders is wiped out but it is the risk they take. Currently the problem is contained and the local hunters have learned never to kill a slow-moving marmot, but soon, a series of natural disasters will push the marmots out of the wilderness and into close proximity with human settlements bringing the plague with them. At first it will cause havoc similar to the Justinian Plague of the 6th century, the first real pandemic. The second pandemic will make the first look like a walk in the park. For now, just relax. Business is great in the fur trade. It's the normal chaos.    
6,000 Instant Christians
King John of Bohemia along with the Teutonic Knights are on a holy Crusade against the pagans of Lithuanian so, after 20 attempts to take the fort at Medvegalis, the Knights finally succeed by first pulling a raid against the livestock. Prince Margiris of Lithuania, thinking they are rustlers, sends his troops out to stop them. Then the main Teutonic force overwhelms them. It's going to be a slaughter but Prince Margiris calls out to King John for a man-to-man battle. King John agrees, but when some of Margiris's men attempt to interfere, Margiris recognizes the breech of honor, pays a ransom and surrenders. As a condition of the pagan's surrender, King John insists that the 6,000 men, women and children at the fort be baptized as Christians. A week later, the Teutonic forces are drawn away to battle Polish forces and the new Lithuanian Christians will revert back to their pagan ways.   
This Year on Wikipedia
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