Caesar's Revenge (Caesar vs Pirates in the original) is the first scenario of the Ave Caesar campaign in Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome. Caesar must lead his Roman forces against the pirates of the Aegean Sea.

Scenario instructions[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Asia Minor, 75 BCE

Oh, the rumours when the rich families in Rome heard that the young Caesar of the Julii Family had been captured by Cilician pirates. Thank the gods that you are free now. I had hoped to dissuade you from raising a fleet and attacking the pirates to exact your vengeance, instead of returning to Rome and your family. But I see you have made up your mind and, knowing your late father, I recognize this stubbornness runs in the family. So, set sail, young Caesar, and redeem your family name once and for all.
—In-game section

Starting conditions[edit | edit source]

  • Gaia units:
    • 4 Villager.gif Villagers
    • Several buildings, including two Sentry Towers.

Objectives[edit | edit source]

  • TBD

Hints[edit | edit source]

  • TBD

Description[edit | edit source]

Pirates in the Mediterranean have been a plague on trade for decades. Now that we control most of the Mediterranean coastline, it is within our power to wipe out the pirate nests and make the Mediterranean trade routes safe from predation. You have been given responsibility for these areas and the mandate to wipe out the pirates.
—In-game section

Starting conditions[edit | edit source]

  • Gaia units:
    • 4 Villager.gif Villagers
    • Several buildings, including two Sentry Towers.

Objectives[edit | edit source]

  • Destroy all enemy Docks.
  • If Caesar dies, the mission will be lost.

Hints[edit | edit source]

  • Opposition will become stronger as you sail farther from Rome.
  • Land strikes are the best way to destroy certain docks.

Players[edit | edit source]

Player[edit | edit source]

  • Player (Romans): The player starts with only one unit, Caesar himself. Along the way, the player may find several Gaia Villagers that will help the player build an economy.

Enemies[edit | edit source]

  • Rhodian Pirates (Greeks): The Rhodian Pirates starts with a base near the starting location in the north, the islands in the center, and one in the south.
  • Cretan Pirates (Greeks): The Cretan Pirates starts with a base in the east and may harass the player with Warships.
  • Cilician Pirates (Romans): The Cilician Pirates starts with a base in the south.

Player[edit | edit source]

  • Player (Romans): The player starts with only one unit, Caesar himself. Along the way, the player may find several Gaia Villagers that will help the player build an economy.

Enemies[edit | edit source]

  • Italian Pirates (Greeks): The Italian Pirates starts with a base near the starting location in the north, the islands in the center, and one in the south.
  • Corsican Pirates (Greeks): The Corsican Pirates starts with a base in the east and may harass the player with Warships.
  • Sardinian Pirates (Romans): The Sardinian Pirates starts with a base in the south.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

The player starts off with only one unit: Caesar himself. But just north of his initial position, there is a gaia Town Center and some Villagers, so send him directly there. Some Axemen and Slingers will attack him, but keep moving; they are too weak to bother slowing down for.

Start gathering resources, and build a navy. All three enemies have navies, and will attack the player mercilessly. There's wood on the island, and if the player controls the sea, they can fish for food.

Upgrade the player's city until they can train Triremes, and start destroying enemy Docks. Some of them are protected by Towers, so landing a few Stone Throwers is not a bad idea - or just using Catapult Triremes.

History[edit | edit source]

Historical notes[edit | edit source]

TBD
—In-game section

Victory[edit | edit source]

The expedition against your kidnappers has boosted your reputation among the Roman elite and has shown you to be a man of your word. People will think twice before taking action against you, and several senators have asked for your friendship. Two mighty men, Pompey and Crassus, have even asked you to join them in a triumvirate and rule over Rome together. Soon, you will be one of the most important men in the whole Republic.
—In-game section

Loss[edit | edit source]

TBD
—In-game section

Historical notes[edit | edit source]

As a young man Caesar was captured by pirates and held at their secret base for ransom. The pirates laughed when he said he would return one day to root them out and destroy their base. True to his word, he outfitted a small fleet at his own expense, returned to the islands, and destroyed the pirate nest.

Pirates operating from bases in Corsica, Sardinia, the Balearic Islands, the Aegean, and the Adriatic had been preying on Roman shipping for many years. This piracy caused great harm to the trade within the growing sphere of Roman influence and control. Operations against pirates between 79 and 68 BC were unsuccessful. Under the efficient and energetic leadership of Caesar and Pompey, the majority of the pirate strongholds were destroyed, bringing relative safety to Mediterranean trade.

Caesar then conducted a series of campaigns in Iberia that brought the remainder of that peninsula under Roman control. Following these successes he was made a member of the Triumvirate, an informal association with Pompey and Crassus. The three leaders vied with each other for control of Rome while dividing responsibility for the rest of the empire. Caesar's colonial responsibilities drew him into a series of campaigns in Gaul (modern France), Germany, and Britain.
—In-game section

Victory[edit | edit source]

The merchants and sailors of Rome are exultant to hear the pirates have been wiped out. The benefits will spread through the empire as trade increases and prices fall. You are in line for promotion and new responsibilities. It has been suggested that you take command in the North against the Gauls, Germans and Britons.
—In-game section

Loss[edit | edit source]

The pirates have made a mockery of your boast to return and eradicate them. Rome is disappointed, but because you paid for the expedition personally there will be no recriminations. The job of eliminating the pirates has been given to a real man, Pompey. You can go along to keep his armor oiled.
—In-game section

Changes[edit | edit source]

In the Definitive Edition, the background was moved from the Mediterranean to the Aegean Sea, where Caesar was truly imprisoned by pirates, returning later in retaliation with a fleet and crucifying the captives. The name of the enemies were changed to Aegean instead of Italian, Corsican, and Sardinian pirates.

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