Joan of Arc is a campaign in Age of Empires II. The campaign is based on the exploits of the real Joan of Arc (1412–1431, French Jeanne d'Arc.) She was a French heroine who, at the age of 17, was pivotal in turning the tide of the Hundred Years' War in her nation's favor.
Unit EditJoan of Arc is a cavalry hero. In the campaign, she is always a must-survive unit. In the first scenario (An Unlikely Messiah), she appears in her unmounted form, as Joan the Maid, in scenarios 2-5 she appears as Joan of Arc, and in the final scenario, A Perfect Martyr, she doesn't appear at all, as she was captured and burned at the stake after the previous scenario. She is also available in the Scenario Editor. As a hero, she cannot be converted and can regenerate health (only in The Conquerors onward).
"It is a war that has lasted for one hundred years, and the French have lost nearly every battle. Soon the English and their allies in Burgundy will conquer all of France. The heir to the French monarchy is too cowardly to ascend to the throne. The French army is wounded and tired and has given up all hope. But in the darkest hour, a young peasant girl declares that she intends to save France"—In-game campaign description
The Joan of Arc campaign consists of 6 scenarios. The player plays as the Franks, and the player color is blue.
- An Unlikely Messiah
- The Maid of Orleans
- The Cleansing of the Loire
- The Rising
- The Siege of Paris
- A Perfect Martyr
- Joan is the only hero unit in Age of Empires II who comes in two different character models (the "Arc" and "Maid" models). Most other hero units use the same model as ordinary soldiers or unique units.
- In the Attila the Hun campaign, the Scythian Wild Women use the same model as Joan the Maid. In addition, other cavalry units with a lance have appeared as well.
- In addition, despite Joan of Arc being portrayed as a powerful cavalry unit, Joan herself never participated in actual combat and mostly served as a standard bearer for the French army to boost their morale, and as a military leader to an extent.