Born of Fire is the first scenario of the reworked Prithviraj campaign in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition.

Intro[edit | edit source]

Long ago, a great and wise sage climbed the holy peak of Mount Abu. He sought the favor of the gods to protect the people of the earth, but he was descended upon by Rakshasas, man-eating demons with flame-red eyes and fangs like steel.

But though the demons neared, the sage was as immovable as the mountain itself. Though he felt the heat of the demons' breath on his bare shoulder, the sage was resolute - making the offering of fire to the gods and asking for their protection.

From the flames of his offering spawned the Rajput clans, born of fire and smoke. Their heroes fought the Rakshasas, but though much blood was shed, the demon menace continued to darken Mount Abu.

The sage dug a new fire pit, deeper into the mountain earth, and again made the offering. From this pit came Chauhan, weapons in his four arms. He slew the Rakshasas and from his loins came the mightiest of the Rajput clans. From this clan came my king.

I am Chand Bardai, poet of the raja's court. I will tell you the story of a great king, but this story, much like life itself, must start from the beginning. My king, Prithviraj, was not always a great raja. Once, he was a young king of Ajmer challenged by his own cousin for the rule of the Chauhan clan.

Scenario Instructions[edit | edit source]

Starting conditions[edit | edit source]

Objectives[edit | edit source]

  • (initially) Save one of the two Chauhan Town Centers.
  • (subsequently) Kill the rebellious cousin, Nagarjuna.
  • (secondary) Save both Chauhan Town Centers.
  • (secondary) Capture 3 Relics to unite the clan.

Hints[edit | edit source]

  1. Prithviraj lived before the age of gunpowder. You will not be able to train gunpowder units or research the unique techonlogy Shatagni in any scenario of this campaign.
  2. You are restricted to a population limit of 200.
  3. Choose carefully which Town Center you save. They each have different advantages.
  4. The Luni River is teeming with fish, but you will need to weaken the Bhadanakas to control the river.
  5. If you seek Relics, know that one will appear at random in an enemy town. Scouting is key to finding it.
  6. Rajasthan is filled with eager Rajput warriors. If you find them, they will serve Prithviraj.

Scouts[edit | edit source]

  • Prithviraj's tiger hunt has been interrupted by rebellion. His cousin, Nagarjuna (2, Red), seeks to rule the Chauhan clan. He raids from the west with cavalry, camels, and archers.
  • The Rajput clans rival Prithviraj's Chauhan and each other. The Bhadanakas (3, Green) and Chandelas (4, Yellow) war over the floodplain. Prithviraj can take advantage of their rivalry to defeat or bypass them.
  • The Paramaras (6, Purple) command Abu, a Rajput holy site. They will not stray far from their mountain temple, which they defend with Monks and Elephant Archers.
  • Finally, the Ghaznavids (5, Cyan), horsemen of the west, have set their tents in the Thar Desert across the river in the north.

Players[edit | edit source]

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Micromanaging troops allows the player to save both Town Centers, giving the player a little head start. Save the Town Center to the right first, as gold and valuable stone is nearby. Additionally, there is a gaia Monk just outside of the village to the right. With the Monk, the player can heal troops while rescuing the second Town Center.

There are two ways to beat this scenario.

  1. Collect three Relics. The player will take control of the red player (Nagarjuna) and unite the two clans. Looks closely. One Relic lies unclaimed on a island in the river at the very south corner of the map and two are usually in the hands of other players.
  2. Kill Nagarjuna. To get to Nagarjuna, either go south between Bhadanakas (Green) and Chandelas (Yellow), then cross the river and sneek around Paramaras (Purple) and attack him directly.

Alternatively, the player can build Transport Ships in the northern village and push through the Ghaznavids (Cyan) forces. They start with a small army and are easily dealt with, as they won't train units. This allows the player to establish a base across the river, train forces and kill Nagarjuna. Remember to wall of and protect the other bases as enemy troops will harass them occasionally. Trebuchets combined with Cavalry Archers can be used to defeat the enemy towns.

Outro[edit | edit source]

In those days, the Rajput clans raided and warred with one another. They were Kshatriya - warriors from birth. A young Rajput like Prithviraj was headstrong and brave - but to be a wise king would take more than courage.

From his minister Kaimbasa, Prithviraj learned wisdom and how to rule. But the spirit of the Kshatriya would never leave him; my raja longed for new victories and lands to conquer.

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