Portrait of Marco Polo, legendary explorer.
|Born|| circa. 1254 |
Venetian Republic, Italy
|Died|| January 8, 1324 |
|Appearances||Uncharted 2: Among Thieves|
Marco Polo (circa. 1254 - January 8, 1324) was a legendary Italian explorer, perhaps best-known for documenting his travels and helping introduce Europe to Asian culture.
Within the Uncharted series, Polo proves to be an important part of the story of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Treasure-hunter Nathan "Nate" Drake and ruthless Serbian war criminal Zoran Lazarević both hunt for Polo's legendary Lost Fleet; a convoy of 13 ships and 300 sailors lost at sea that may hold clues to the location of the mythical lost city of Shambhala, said to contain the wish-fulfiling Cintamani Stone.
Marco Polo was born sometime in or around the year 1254 in the former Venetian Republic of Italy. Polo's dad and uncle were explorers, and the two spent the early years of Marco's life sailing the world. While the two men explored the Middle East, Polo's mother passed away, which meant that when his dad and uncle returned from their latest voyage and set off on a new course, they took Marco with them.
This journey took the Marco and his two companions across Asia, in a voyage that took 24 years and measured almost 15,000 miles. The mystery of Marco Polo begins here; on the return voyage from Asia, 13 ships and almost 300 sailors were lost at sea. Despite recording all of his travels during this time, Polo never revealed what happened to his Lost Fleet.
After this prolonged voyage, Marco spent some time in prison, but would then go on to introduce Europe to the customs and traditions of Asia. Polo never voyaged again, and lived in Venice until he died on January 8, 1324. Even on his deathbed, Polo refused to speak of his returning voyage from Asia.
 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Marco Polo is actually never seen in the Uncharted series, but he is referenced many times throughout the second game in the series, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. The main character in the Uncharted series, treasure-hunter Nathan "Nate" Drake is introduced to the story of Polo and his Lost Fleet by his associates Harry Flynn and Chloe Frazer. The trio infiltrate a Turkish museum and steal an ancient lamp previously belonging to Polo, and information inside the lamp seems to suggest that the Lost Fleet was washed ashore in Borneo. As they go to leave the museum, Flynn turns on Nate and instead heads to Borneo with his client, the ruthless Serbian war criminal Zoran Lazarević.
Nate is incarcerated in a Turkish museum for some time, and when he is released he teams up with his companions Chloe and Victor "Sully" Sullivan in an effort to beat Flynn and Lazarević to the Fleet. Arriving in Borneo, Nate and his companions make their way to the remains of Polo's Lost Fleet, where they find information suggesting that Marco Polo had knowledge on the location of the mythical lost city of Shambhala, said to hold the wish-fulfilling Cintamani Stone. This discovery proves to be the catalyst for the remaining events of the game, as Nate and Lazarević race across the world in an effort to find Shambhala and the stone.
 Behind the scenes
Marco Polo and his legendary Lost Fleet was chosen as the subject mater for Uncharted 2: Among Thieves due to how it seemed to fit in with the series motif. The fact that Polo kept detailed journals on all of his journeys except his return voyage from China interested the writing staff at Naughty Dog.
Despite only being mentioned in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves single-player story, Marco Polo makes a physical appearance in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves multiplayer. Taking on the appearance of an anthropomorphic skeleton wearing a red beret and orange scarf, the Marco Polo multiplayer skin becomes available for free from the multiplayer store when the player has earned the Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Platinum Trophy. Once purchased, Polo appears on the side of the heroes.
 See also
- Francis Drake, the legendary British explorer who is referenced throughout the Uncharted series.
- Genghis Khan: the Mongolian emperor in briefly mentioned in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves.