Hastings is a campaign scenario in the Battles of the Conquerors. You control William the Conqueror (blue) in his quest to invade Britain. This scenario is based on the Battle of Hastings, while the Battle of Stamford Bridge is also depicted as well.

Intro[edit | edit source]

Mercenaries and Norman knights look dubiously at the ships that wobble in the black, fog-choked sea. What man is this Duke William to put so many horses on leaky transports? William ignores their questioning glances and stares across the channel in the direction of England.

Edward the Confessor is dead, and now three men claim rulership of England. Harold the Saxon sits on the English throne and even now hastens to fortify his shores against two invasions.

Harald Hardrada, King of Denmark and Norway, sends Vikings from the north as William invades from the south. The outcome of this three-way conflict is as murky as the fog that shrouds the English Channel.

Harold the Saxon's huskarls are professional soldiers, not mercenaries. William's only chance is to use heavy cavalry. To do so, he must first get all of these horses onto these unreliable boats. The future of England is about to be decided...

Scenario Instructions[edit | edit source]

Starting Conditions[edit | edit source]

Objectives[edit | edit source]

  • William the Conqueror must survive.
  • Conquer England by destroying the Castle of Harold the Saxon (orange).

Later Objectives[edit | edit source]

  • OPTIONAL: Send Transports to the north to pick up Harald Hardraade's Viking Berserks.

Hints[edit | edit source]

  • 1. While you prepare your army to invade England, be watchful of Saxon attacks into Normandy.
  • 2. The Isle of Wight, along England's southern shore, is a safe staging ground for your invasion.

Scouts[edit | edit source]

  • Your scouts report: The Normans (blue) have a large town established in France. Their lands should be free of enemy marauders, but Harold's Raiders (yellow) could attack at any moment.
  • The Saxon Navy (red) will try to repel any Norman Transports or warships that threaten Harold's Army (orange). You can try to defeat the Saxon Navy's shipyards to the north and south before laying siege to Harold the Saxon's Castle near London.
  • The Vikings under Harald Hardraade (cyan) are a wildcard. They are at war with Harold the Saxon, but can they be trusted?

Players[edit | edit source]

Enemy → Ally[edit | edit source]

  • Harald Hardraade (Vikings) is at the northern tip of the map, which is Norway. He has berserks and Viking longboats. Once the player and him are allied, he will begin invading England, having his ground forces defeated at Stamford Bridge (at the northwest) while having a few longboats at the south of England. After this, he and his berserks and longboats which are still in Norway will become yours, and he will request for a transport. Once your transport ship reaches Norway, he will pay tribute to you.

Enemies[edit | edit source]

  • Harold's Raiders (Goths) are at the southeastern part of the map, with a Watch Tower and a few soldiers at the northeastern part of the map. Despite being the nearest threat, they will remain stationary and will not actively attack the player, unless provoked (e.g. entering their line of sight). Their force consists of Huskarls and Pikemen.
  • Harold the Saxon (Goths) is at the central-western part of the map, where London is located. The player must destroy his Castle there to win. His army is primarily composed of Huskarls, Spearmen and Archers, and he will upgrade these units.
  • Saxon Navy (Goths) is protecting Harold the Saxon, having a ground military base at the western tip of the map (including a Market), two Docks at the northwestern part of the map, and a civilian base at the southern-central part of the map (including a Dock). It is the strongest player in this scenario, and will advance to the Imperial Age soon. The navy will keep invading France until all their docks are destroyed. They field Galleys and Fire Galleys at sea, and employ a mix of Huskarls, Spearmen, and Battering Rams on land, and will upgrade all of these units as soon as they are able.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

At the start of the game, both the Saxons (Harold's Raiders (yellow), Harold the Saxon (orange), and Saxon Navy (red), all Goths) and the Vikings (Harald Hardraade, cyan) are hostile to you, but Hardraade will offer to ally with you in the first few minutes. If you accept, you can watch his soldiers' failed invasion of England, and he and his remaining warriors (still in Norway) will become yours.

Gather resources, and start creating an army, and a navy to defend it while it's being transported. Since the Saxons rely on Huskarls and other Infantry, both cavalry and archers are vulnerable, so it's better to use Throwing Axemen and Hardraade's surviving Berserkers. A few siege weapons to deal with towers and the castle are useful, but not necessary.

While you build up, Saxon Navy are likely to attack several times, so you should have a few soldiers ready to face them.

Outro[edit | edit source]

Harold the Saxon's huskarls looked certain to defend the crown for him as they fought the Vikings to a bloody stalemate at Stamford Bridge. Despite his losses, Harold marched his exhausted troops south to meet William the Conqueror near Hastings.

William's archers and pikemen were no match for Harold the Saxon's veteran huskarls, Harold even broke the charge of William's knights. William himself went down in the fray, and as rumors of his death spread, the Normans turned to flee.

William was not dead, however, and he rallied his troops by throwing aside his helmet so they could see his clean-shaven face and know that he was alive. William and his armored knights rode down the huskarls, breaking the Saxon force, and continued their ride all the way to London. William was crowned king on Christmas Day.

Because his reign eventually ushered England into a position of unprecedented world leadership, the year 1066 became established as the most famous date in English history.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In history, Harald Hardraade and William the Conqueror were separated claimants over the English throne.
  • Contrary to the game, Harald Hardraade was actually killed in the Battle of Stamford Bridge, marking the end of the Viking Age.
  • The Normans are represented in this scenario by the Franks, which is historically accurate as the descendants of the Viking settlers of Normandy under Rollo had by the time of the Norman conquest assimilated into the culture of their adopted country and did indeed consider themselves as Franks (the terms French and France did not come into widespread use until the reign of King Phillip II Augustus), albeit speaking their own distinct dialect of the French language.
  • The intro states that Harald Hardraade was King of Denmark and Norway; only the latter is true. The King of Denmark at the time was Sweyn II.
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