Unit EditAttila is a cavalry hero found only in the The Scourge of God and The Fall of Rome scenarios of his campaign, as well as in the Scenario Editor. He appears as a Cataphract. He is a must-survive unit in both of the scenarios, and in the latter, he must meet Pope Leo I outside Rome to win the scenario. As a hero, he cannot be converted and can regenerate health.
Despite being a cavalry unit, Attila is assigned to the infantry armor class, and thus takes no bonus damage from anti-cavalry units such as Pikemen and Camels. He can also garrison inside rams, while other cavalry units cannot.
"Barbarian hordes feast on the dying Roman empire. The most dangerous of these invaders are the Huns and their ferocious king, Attila. After pouring out of the Caspian steppes, looting and burning all the while, the Huns become so powerful that the Roman Empire is forced to pay a tribute to Attila. But the king of the Huns is still not satisfied, and he mobilizes his horsemen to invade Gaul and eventually Rome itself! Can nothing stop the brutal Attila?"—In-game campaign description
The Attila the Hun campaign consists of 6 scenarios. The player plays as the Huns, and the player color is yellow.
- The Scourge of God
- The Great Ride
- The Walls of Constantinople
- A Barbarian Betrothal
- The Catalaunian Fields
- The Fall of Rome
The narrator for the campaign's story is a Gallic priest whose master claimed to be a witness at the Battle of the Catalaunian Fields.
While the real Attila the Hun did rise to become the leader of the Hunnic Empire following his brother's death, the circumstances of his ascension were pretty much left ambiguous by historical records. Some sources states that Bleda was deliberately murdered by his brother in 445 after the Huns pulled their forces out of Byzantium, while others speculated it was the result of a hunting trip where an assassination attempt was made on Attila's life (and failed).
The hunting trip version of the theory was depicted in the first level of Attila's eponymous campaign.