When Marco was about 16 years old when his father and brother had a lust for the rare spices like pepper and paprika. There were going to go find a better source of pepper, but on the way they had to go through many cities, countries, rivers and many many towns. If they wanted to get there they had to wait for a new pope because if the pope hadn't been chosen they would have to stay.
Before they left, they got pepper, ginger and cinnamon from Nulilo and Ceylon. As they traveled through Acre, Thrargen, Erizurum, Saba, Kermai, Tun, Quain, Balha, Kasgar, Quoten, Shacow, Kanchou, Chagar nor, Shangtu, Peking, Yangchou and finally Kongchou. Before they could go to Asia, they first had to get permission from the emperor of most of Asia, Kublai Khan.