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Kyushu Revolts 405 AD.
A Kyushu army is marching toward Hyuga once more. You must defeat the Kyushu army or risk the loss of our Hyuga vassals to a new Kyushu confederation. Win the battle to become the greatest Yamato leader and unite all of Japan.
- Destroy the Kyushu homeland.
Negotiations between the Kyushu and Yamato continued for several years while both sides built military strength. The Kyushu broke off negotiations and attacked toward the Hyuga to their south once more. The Yamato were prepared to respond with their own armies, however, and battle was joined to decide the fate of both clans and which would rule Japan.
Tang Invasion, 663 AD
The defeat of the Scilla armies 100 years ago brought relative peace to the Korean peninsula. The Yamato have been able to benefit from trade in this area and your influence has expanded. A new threat has appeared, however. Chinese armies of the Tang Dynasty have penetrated the peninsula from the north. One army is marching on your colony, while another deals with your Paekche friends. You must defeat the Tang army or your foothold in Korea is lost. Win the battle to become the greatest Yamato leader and launch the Yamato as a world power.
- Destroy the Tang.
Although a loose status quo was maintained in southern Korea, other forces were on the move. China, rejuvenated under the Tang dynasty, showed interest in the peninsula and Chinese armies began invading from the north. At the battle of Hakusukinoe in 663, a combined Paekche and Yamato army clashed with a large Tang army to decide the fate of Yamato and Tang influence on the peninsula.
Your Yamato base (Blue) starts in the Bronze Age, with most Stone or Tool Age buildings, and some Short Swordsmen and Bowmen defending your town. The Kyushu (Shang, Red) have a larger base and several units, so start gathering resources to defend yourself.
The map is divided into three parts, separated by shallows: your side to the south, their side to the north, and the central part. Take control of the central part quickly by destroying their towers with Stone Throwers, and killing their units - there's lots of Gold and Stone Mines there, so get those resources before they do. Sentry Towers and Horse Archers can protect your Villagers while they work.
When you have a large, upgraded army, start attacking one side of their town, and destroy everything until you've reached the other side.
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The Kyushu forces were crushed by the Yamato army, ending all threats to Yamato hegemony. For the next 800 years, control of Japan would be contested mainly by families within the Yamato clan, rarely by outsiders.
The Paekche and Yamato forces were crushed by the Tang army at the battle of Hakusukinoe. We know little of the battle but the Chinese reported over 100,000 enemy dead. Loss of this battle forced the withdrawal of the Yamato from the peninsula. The could only influence the area through trade and diplomacy for several centuries. Had the battle been won, the Yamato presence would have continued and perhaps extended further into Korea and Asia.
The original release of Age of Empires featured a different version of the scenario, based on the Battle of Hakusukinoe, that ended with Yamato withdrawing from Korean peninsula. The mission remained unchanged, only the background was changed.