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This article is about the scenario in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition. For the scenario in Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten, see Arrival at Bari.

Arrival at Bari is the first scenario of the reworked Bari campaign in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition.

Intro[edit | edit source]

I left the walls drenched in the sweat and blood of the tenacious Norman besiegers. My comrades and I usually would rush straight to the inn after a fight—but not today. My father, the heroic Michael Nautikos, savior of Bari, awaited me.

I found the wizened old man staring out the window towards the enemy camp. "Foul, treacherous mercenary scum! Son, the inhabitants of this peninsula have courted mercenaries for centuries. Not one bit of good it did them!"

Weary of discussing Normans, whose nature I knew all too well, I inquired about our rich family heritage. I asked my father instead to tell me of our ancestor Panos.

My father spun around, his eyes gleaming."You wish to hear the story of the family? Our Greek blood runs back generations! Nautikos, our surname—it is so because we came as sailors.

In the year 869, the knight Panos Nautikos answered the summons of his Byzantine liege, Emperor Basil II. He was to lead a force by sea to aid our ally Louis II, the Frankish king, against the Emirate of Bari."

Scenario instructions[edit | edit source]

Starting conditions[edit | edit source]

Objectives[edit | edit source]

  • Wait for instructions from Emperor Louis II.
  • (subsequently) Ensure that the siege of Bari is not broken.
  • Destroy the Docks in Bari to prevent supplies from reaching the city.
  • Clear the countryside of Saracen military camps.
  • (secondary) Capture the town of Matera by destroying its Castle.
  • (secondary) Liberate the town of Oria by killing the Saracens defending it.

Hints[edit | edit source]

  1. The Byzantine forces are restricted to the Castle Age and a population limit of 125.
  2. Leave the siege of Bari to the Franks. Concentrate instead on your objectives, but keep an eye on Emperor Louis' forces. You will lose if the Saracens succeed in wiping out your ally's siege camp.
  3. Do not hesitate to construct Fishing Ships. The ocean offers plenty of food.
  4. As with any battle, tactics are important. Use proper counter units when possible. Pikemen are more effective against cavalry than Crossbowmen or swordsmen, and Cataphracts are versatile troops that are especially deadly to infantry.

Scouts[edit | edit source]

  • Panos Nautikos and his army (Purple) have arrived at the coast in the south to come to the aid of Emperor Louis II.
  • Emperor Louis II (Blue) is currently besieging Bari (Red), which lies to the east and is occupied by the Saracen Emirate (Green). Louis will train Pikemen, Crossbowmen, heavy cavalry, and swordsmen to defend his siege camp. Although he commands a disciplined army, he may occasionally rely on Byzantine help to fend off Saracen attacks.
  • The Saracen Army (Yellow) has erected four camps near Bari, threatening Louis' forces. The Saracens will launch attacks against both you and the Franks. Their army consists of Pikemen, Genitours, camelry, mounted archers, Light Cavalry and Knights. It is quite likely that they will also construct siege weapons such as Battering Rams.
  • Matera (Orange) lies to the west. The city is allied with the Saracens and will train Genoese Crossbowmen, Archers and Spearmen.
  • Oria (Cyan) is situated to the north. Just like Bari, it is currently controlled by a Saracen garrison but its inhabitants will surely join your side once the Saracen occupiers have been eliminated."

Players[edit | edit source]

Player[edit | edit source]

Allies[edit | edit source]

  • Emperor Louis II (Franks): Louis II is besieging Bari. He has mustered some Trebuchets, cavalry and infantry, but might soon be pressured by the Saracens. If he gets defeated, the player loses the scenario.
  • Bari (Italians): The part of the city besieged by Emperor Louis II. It plays no role in the scenario and is allied to the player so that they don't accidentally raze its buildings. Coincidentally, Louis' Trebuchets do no visible damage to its buildings.

Enemies -> Allies[edit | edit source]

  • Oria (Italians): It is situated at the northern tip of the map, and guarded by the Emirate of Bari's Guard Towers, Castle and troops, which makes trading impossible at first. If the player defeats all enemy units in Oria, the towers that are left standing shift to the Oria's control, the Castle (if standing) is given to the player and trade is made possible. Oria will also tribute resources regularly.
  • Matera (Italians): It is located to the northwest of the player's position. It is walled and fortified by the Saracens, but if the player manages to destroy the Castle in the middle of the settlement, Matera will allow trade and will start paying tributes to the player.

Enemies[edit | edit source]

Strategy[edit | edit source]

The player starts with five Villagers and a small army of Pikemen and Skirmishers. The player will want to eliminate the four Saracen camps as quickly as possible once they reach the Castle Age. Use Fishing Ships to collect food faster.

Use a combination of Pikemen and Skirmishers to eliminate their Cavalry Archers, Knights and Camel Riders, and build enough Battering Rams to destroy their buildings quickly. None of the Saracen camps have Castles protecting them. Cataphracts are not particularly useful for this scenario, because the enemy has Camels and Pikemen.

The player can guard the Frank ally by building a Castle west of their base; once the player completes building one, a trigger will cause the Saracens to attack the siege camp.

The player also needs to destroy Green's Docks to the east. Build a fleet of War Galleys to do so; they will outrange Green's Towers.

Completing the secondary objectives will give the player a small stream of Tributes from the villages. But freeing them is more trouble than it's worth. Concentrate on destroying the Saracen camps.

Outro[edit | edit source]

"Panos was offered lordship of Bari after his victory, but he declined, wishing to live out his days in peace. Having brought glory to his house, he settled down and started a family."

The old man mused for a while, his memory slowed by wine. "Louis, on the other hand, ran into trouble with the Lombards. They were not fond of yet another Frankish conqueror treading on their soil."

Suddenly, a bell rang, signaling an attack and calling the city to arms. I donned my armor and rushed out the door, leaving my father to his thoughts.

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