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Ice is one of the campaigns in Age of Empires III. Its main protagonists are John Black and Ká:nien, while the antagonist is Warwick.


The campaign consists of 8 scenarios (and 13 cinematics).

🎬 Summoned
⚔️ Defend the Colony
🎬 The Chase
⚔️ Strange Alliances
🎬 Colony in Ruins
🎬 Iroquois Under Attack
⚔️ The Rescue
🎬 Reunion
🎬 The Next Day
⚔️ The Seven Years' War
🎬 Colonel Washington
🎬 Enemy of the Family
⚔️ The Great Lakes
🎬 Stuart
🎬 Headed West
⚔️ Respect
🎬 Trail to Warwick
⚔️ Warwick's Stronghold
🎬 The Russians are Coming
⚔️ Bring Down the Mountain
🎬 A Father's Sacrifice

The campaign is narrated by Amelia Black, the granddaughter of John Black.


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John Black and Ká:nien, the two main protagonists of the campaign

The campaign starts with John Black and Ká:nien hunting a deer. When they kill it, they bring it with them and return to the colony of John's uncle, Stuart Black . It is explained that a Cherokee army has attacked them. They stop the Cherokee, and John destroys the Cherokee War Huts. He attempts to negotiate with them, but it turns out that the Cherokee have allied with the British. Soon after, a British Frigate under the command of the British general Warwick attacks the colony and captures Stuart. John then attacks and defeats the British army, but finds that Warwick has captured Stuart. However, Ká:nien also tells him that the British are heading towards his tribe, so the two stop the British from killing his sister Nonahkee and his fellow tribesmen. He and Ká:nien save the tribe and Kanyenke's sister, Nonahkee, destroying Warwick's fort in the process.

Soon, John and Ká:nien ally with the French to destroy the British and they stumble into a marching British army, lead by Colonel George Washington. Washington surrenders to John and explains that Warwick is a traitor to England, because although was sent with other British Explorers, Warwick did not ally with them because he was not interested. Washington soon supports Ká:nien and John with British reinforcements, then later on defeat Warwick's navy and colony, though Warwick manages to escape. Then, the two find out that Stuart was killed by Warwick, and John, wanting revenge, crosses the Great Plains with Ká:nien and stumble into a Lakota village. The natives need help to stop the British from killing all their War Chiefs, so John and Ká:nien help them, while learning that Warwick was the current leader of the Circle of Ossus. The two defeat Warwick once again.

In the act's last phases, John and Ká:nien are in the Rocky Mountains where they find a Circle-controlled town. In desperate need of supplies, John and Ká:nien ambush and capture supply convoys heading towards the town, building up an army to destroy the town before Warwick is able to retaliate. Later on, they encounter Warwick again, who reveals to have allied with the Russians who plan to invade the East Coast to capture the Americas for themselves.

John gives Ká:nien several Miners and asks him to have the miners destroy the ice columns, blocking the passageways and delaying the Russian army from getting through the mountain pass. After the Russians have been stalled long enough, a cinematic occurs where John is at the top of the Rockies and prepares to cause an avalanche to stop the Russian army. Warwick and several Boneguard appear; the Boneguard attempt to shoot at John, but Warwick stops them, for they'd have triggered the remote. John detonates the TNT, sacrificing himself, but also kills Warwick, many Circle members and destroys the Russian army heading eastwards.

Soon after the sacrifice of John, his wife, Nonankhee, gave birth to a healthy boy who was then named Nathaniel Black, who was in turn the father of Amelia Black.


  • Act II is depicted to be set around 1757. Base Age of Empires III campaigns have no official dates, identified based on historical context (Seven Years' War).[1]
  • Although the Seven Years' War began in 1756 in Europe, in North America had already been fighting for two years in the Franco-Indian War, which is how it was known there at that time.



Campaigns in Age of Empires III
3Icon48px Age of Empires III
TutorialMaster the Basics · Try a Game
Act I: BloodBreakout · Into the Caves · Pirates! · The Ottoman Fort · Temples of the Aztec · A Pirate's Help · Spanish Treasure Fleet · The Fountain of Youth?
Act II: IceDefend the Colony · Strange Alliances · The Rescue · The Seven Years' War · The Great Lakes · Respect · Warwick's Stronghold · Bring Down the Mountain
Act III: SteelRace for the Rails · Hold the Fort · The Boneguard's Lair · The Lost Spanish Gold · Bolivar's Revolt · Journey Through the Andes · Last City of the Inca · Last Stand of the Boneguard
3WCIcon48px The WarChiefs
Act I: FireWar Dance (War Ceremony· The Rescue · Breed's Hill · Crossing the Delaware · Saratoga · Valley Forge · The Battle of Morristown · The Battle of Yorktown
Act II: ShadowThe Bozeman Trail · Red Cloud's War (A Reckoning· Claims · Ambushed! (Urgent News· Turning Point (To Stop a War· Trust · Battle of the Little Bighorn (Battle of the Greasy Grass)
3ADIcon48px The Asian Dynasties
Act I: JapanThe Siege of Osaka · Uprising! · Clearing the Road · Last Stand at Fushimi · The Battle of Sekigahara
Act II: ChinaTo Finish a Fleet · Storming the Beaches · Lost Ships · A Rescue in the Wilderness · No Empire Lasts Forever
Act III: IndiaInto the Punjab · Fires of Calcutta · Resist! · Raid in Delhi · Company Confrontation
Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition
Historical BattlesAlgiers · Christopher da Gama's Expedition · Chuvash Cape · Raid on the Caribbean · Fort Duquesne · Battle of New Orleans · The Burning of USS Philadelphia · Grito de Dolores · Battle of Queenston Heights
The Art of WarEarly Economy · Treasures · Home City Shipments · Booming · Build Orders · Early Defense · Early Offense · Land Battle · Naval Battle · Artillery
Event scenariosBombard Brawl
Age3DE Icon The African Royals
Historical BattlesThe Battle of the Three Kings · Fall of the Hausa · The Era of the Princes
Names in brackets are the scenario's name in the Definitive Edition.