|“||Task Villagers on the Community Plaza to perform powerful ceremonies.||”|
The Community Plaza (Fire Pit before the Definitive Edition) is a special building in Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs that is unique to the Native American civilizations (Aztecs, Haudenosaunee, Incas, and Lakota). It grants a choice of "ceremonies" which provides special bonuses when Villagers are tasked to the Community Plaza, which can hold up to 25 units; the more units tasked to the Community Plaza, the more powerful the ceremony becomes. The percentage-based ceremonies use the final amount as base, instead of the unimproved amount, which means that the ceremonies are much more powerful than they would otherwise be in later Ages.
The Aztec Warrior Priest and Inca Priestess can be tasked to the Community Plaza, where it is counted as 2 and 1.5 units respectively. This makes the Aztec and Inca ceremonies have superior bonuses than others.
|Fertility Ceremony||Increases unit train rate||All|
|Gift Ceremony||Trickles XP|
|War Chief Ceremony||Increases War Chief hit points and returns him to the Community Plaza when collapsed|
|Alarm Ceremony||Spawns Warriors|
|Water Ceremony||Increases all ships' hit points and attack; requires Water Ceremony Home City Card||All except Lakota|
|Founder Ceremony||Spawns Travois||Haudenosaunee|
|Holy Ceremony||Spawns Healers (Warrior Priests for the Aztecs; Priestesses for the Incas)||All|
|War Ceremony||Increases all units' melee and ranged attack|
|Town Ceremony||Increases all buildings' hit points and attack; requires Town Ceremony Home City Card||All except Incas|
|Healing Ceremony||Units regenerate hit points while idle||Aztecs|
|Earth Mother Ceremony||Increases population||Haudenosaunee|
|Moon Ceremony||Trickles wood||Incas|
|Fire Ceremony||Increases all units' siege attack||Lakota|
|Garland War Ceremony||Spawns Skull Knights||Aztecs|
|Supay Ceremony||Spawns Macemen||Incas|
|Tokala Ceremony||Spawns Tokala Soldiers||Lakota|
|The Aztec War Chief's aura triples XP bounty from nearby units' kills||Aztecs|
|Secret Society||200 wood,
|The Haudenosaunee War Chief can use Heal||Haudenosaunee|
|Royal Festival||300 food,
|Ships 2 Macemen immediately, and ships 1 Maceman for every 4 minutes of the game time, up to 30 minutes||Incas|
|Battle Anger||300 wood,
|The Lakota War Chief gets +9.0x multiplier against artillery||Lakota|
|Building strengths and weaknesses|
|Hit points||Flying Buttress (+20%)|
|Construction cost|| Cree Textile Craftsmanship (-25% wood)|
Tupi Forest Burning (-20% wood)
Home City Cards
|Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Fire Pit|
Green: TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
- The building is called Fire Pit.
- The Fire Pit's in-game description is "Task Villagers on the Fire Pit to perform powerful dances."
- The building is called Community Plaza.
- The Community Plaza's in-game description is "Task Villagers on the Community Plaza to perform powerful ceremony." With update 9476, the Community Plaza's in-game description is "Task Villagers on the Community Plaza to perform powerful ceremonies."
|“||For the aboriginal peoples of North and Central America, spirituality encompassed all the routines of daily life. Worship was not something that happened according to some arbitrary schedule. Hunting, cooking, meeting - all of life's activities had spiritual and ceremonial significance.|
Long before recorded history, Native peoples have celebrated the mysteries of life, death, and the universe through the medium of dance. Many complex dance ceremonies emerged over the centuries, each with their own meaning and purpose. The ceremonial dance served as a way to unite people to face the day's challenges, while at the same time linking with the honored traditions of generations past.
|“||Since time immemorial, Indigenous Peoples have inhabited North America, Mesoamerica, and South America.|
When European settlers first arrived in the Americas, there were an estimated ten million Native inhabitants in North America alone, speaking more than 300 different languages. Some were nomadic like the Lakota who followed the bison across the Great Plains. Others were sedentary like the Haudenosaunee of the Northeast Woodlands who, along with the Aztec (Mexico) and Inca (Peru), built permanent settlements and grew staple crops.
One thing that the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas shared was a strong sense of community—working together and sharing natural resources. The Community Plaza is a symbolic representation of these interdependent communities of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas.