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Devapala is a campaign in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition - Dynasties of India that focuses on the conquests of Devapala (c. 9th century; possibly 810 - 860), the most notable ruler of the Bengali Pala Empire known for being a fervent patron of Buddhism and expanding the Pala Empire's reach though his conquests of Assam and Orissa, along with others thought to be exaggerated by modern historians. Nevertheless, Devapala's reign is considered to be the zenith of the Pala Empire as one of the last Buddhist kingdoms in the Indian subcontinent.

Campaign[]

Guided by the teachings of Mahayana Buddhism, Devapala rules a rich and vibrant empire. However, as dangerous rivals threaten his realm, the ambitious emperor finds it increasingly difficult to balance his policies with his morals. Will the ends ultimately justify the means, or will Devapala's quest for his own enlightenment and that of his subjects fail? In this campaign, you will play as the Bengalis.
—In-game campaign description

The Devapala campaign map in Dynasties of India

The Devapala campaign consists of 5 scenarios. The player plays as the Bengalis, and the player color is yellow.

  1. Dissatisfaction
  2. Desire
  3. Renunciation
  4. Liberation?
  5. Enlightenment

The campaign is narrated by Veeradeva, a Brahmin who Devapala personally invited to his court, then became his most trusted and closest friend.

Trivia[]

  • Having no clear chronology and being set in the ninth century, the Devapala campaign has certain similarities with the Ethiopian campaign of Yodit.
  • Devapala is the only campaign where each scenario title only uses one word.
  • Devapala is one of the few campaigns where the player does not have a playable hero in any scenario.

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