It's 1096 and Gerold has left his fief in Paris, heading to Venice where some of the people in the second wave of the First Crusade have gathered.
After entering Venice, Gerold sees a lot of knights just like him. In this second wave of Crusaders, there were a lot more knights and professionals, so it was more organized. However, there were still a lot of unprepared peasants fighting.
They traveled from Venice to Durazzo, then regrouping with more Crusaders outside of Constantinople. They don't enter Constantinople because they aren't fighting for them, they're fighting for the Pope and God.
Many people die from starvation, plague, and desertions due to the unorganized and ill-equipped leaders, and the many language barrier made it extremely hard to unite as one.
Gerold meets a lot of blood-thirsty knights that know they are going to go to heaven no matter what heinous actions they commit because the Pope allowed for it. There were also many peasants that wanted freedom and money.
After successfully regrouping in Constantinople, the second wave of crusaders head on their way to Jerusalem to take back the city that Pope Urban II said was extremely important for Christians.