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Black Sails! A landing party!
—Atlantean soldier

Omens is the first scenario of the Fall of the Trident campaign in Age of Mythology. The main objective to defend Atlantis from successive waves of attacks by the Black Sail pirates, while awaiting the arrival of the Atlantean army.

Summary[]

Pirates are attacking Atlantis and Poseidon seems displeased. Just when Arkantos thought his adventures were over, a new one may just be beginning.
—Scenario description

Arkantos returns to the island of Atlantis, reunites with his son Kastor and talks with the current Theocrat, Krios. Krios tells him that Poseidon is displeased with Atlantis and that the only way to appease him is to go help the Greeks break the siege of Troy.

Arkantos refuses, claiming that even if Atlantean troops make it to Troy before the fight is over, their only task would be to show the banner of Atlantis, which is no job for an Admiral. Krios explains that Agamemnon believes that Atlantis does not pay enough attention to the Greek Colonies and that it would shame him if he sent one of Arkantos's junior officers.

Before Arkantos can argue further, a roar is heard coming from the harbor. The three rush to an overlook above the harbor where they witness a Kraken sinking a ship. Arkantos tells Kastor to stay as he goes to face the monster.

Scenario instructions[]

Starting conditions[]

Differences between difficulty levels[]

  • On Easy, the player begins with more Toxotes guarding Atlantis and additional resources.
  • On Hard and above, the player does not begin with any towers guarding Atlantis. The Pirates have Iron Shields, Iron Mail, Heavy Spearmen, and Feet of the Jackal researched.
  • On Titan, the player begins with fewer resources.

Objectives[]

  1. Protect Atlantis by killing the Kraken.
    (Use Toxotes (archers) and the Petroboli (catapults) to attack from the shore.)
  2. Train reinforcements to defend the harbor until the Atlantean Army arrives.
    (Train additional Toxotes (archers) from your Archery Range and Hoplites from your Academy to help defend Atlantis.)

Players[]

  • Arkantos (Poseidon): The player starts in the Classical Age with Arkantos, many Villagers, many economic and some military buildings, eleven Toxotes and three Petroboli. The player also owns several decorations in the city. They cannot advance to the next Age, nor train any naval units or research technologies at their Docks.

Enemies[]

Neutral/Allies[]

  • Atlantis (Poseidon): The city of Atlantis, with Krios and Kastor, two Hoplite guards, two Siege Towers, some Guard Towers and buildings. Also owns a Lighthouse, south of the gold mines.
  • Atlantis (Hades): Owns a lone Hades Wonder in the western corner of the city.
  • Atlantis (Poseidon): This player seems to have no purpose as they do not have any units or buildings and do not cast any god powers.
  • Pirates (Isis): This player consists solely of two Pirate Ships that try to detach the Trident from the Statue of Poseidon.

Strategy[]

This guide is applied to Hard / Titan difficulty. It is, of course, also applicable for the other grades of difficulty.

Immediately as the scenario begins, draw back the Toxotes on the shore that is close to the Kraken, before it can use its special attack to grab him and throw him towards another group of Toxotes, causing area damage as well as killing him. Send Arkantos to attack it, while also whittling it down with nearby ranged units. In the meantime, immediately research Medium Archers, and the three Armory upgrades; they will make a substantial difference. Also, train as many Villagers as possible, and focus them on wood and gold production, with less emphasis on food (which should be collected from Berry Bushes if possible as they gather faster than farms). Researching the Hand Axe and Pickaxe upgrades at the Storehouse will significantly improve much-needed wood and gold income.

Another important task to make sure the player has built walls on the coast, which will allow the player to buy time to move the Toxotes to the spot when the enemy is landing (or even sink their ships before they land). The player can also build towers if they want some extra firepower (these cost even more wood and gold, so be sure to continue training Villagers and tasking them to gather these resources).

As soon as the Kraken is killed, immediately train as many Toxotes as possible and ignore Hoplite production - the Pirates will send counters to both units with their attacks; however, the Toxotes' range allow them to fire from behind Arkantos, and makes it significantly faster to sink Pirate Ships and kill Krakens, unlike Hoplites. The waves will usually consist of 1-2 Krakens and 1-2 Pirate Ships, that will disembark variable forces, including Barracks units, Anubites and Scorpion Men. When the next waves arrive, face them with Arkantos, as he is tough enough to resist anything the enemy throws at him, including myth units, while the Toxotes provide support. Be careful of Slingers, as they can quickly kill Toxotes from range. When the Atlantean Army is 4 leagues away, Athena will remind Arkantos to always remember to call upon his god powers, and she will then grant him the Rain power. Cast it whenever the player has a number of Villagers tasked to farms, as it will significantly increase their gather rate for a time.

When the Army is 3 leagues away, Athena will provide the player with Restoration, in order to heal their battered forces. When the Army is finally one league away, the Pirates will attack in considerable numbers, their forces including three Krakens and six Pirate Ships, two sent to steal the Trident, and four ships which will deploy landing parties, consisting of Heavy Spearmen and Guardian Anubites.

Thankfully, the Atlantean Army will arrive immediately after the final attack begins, and their forces come under the player's control. They consist of 23 Hypaspists, 20 Toxotes, three Centaurs, Atalanta and Hippolyta, and will easily stomp the enemy's forces.

Outro cinematic[]

After the battle, Krios tells Arkantos that the Kraken helping the pirates is another sign that they are losing Poseidon's favor. Kastor points out that the Trident has been stolen from the Statue of Poseidon in the center of the harbor. Arkantos finally agrees to go to Troy, but he first intends to retrieve the stolen Trident from the pirates, leading into the second mission, Consequences.

Trivia[]

  • Originally, the player was going to own a Temple. This was changed, but it is still possible to build one, in which the player can train and upgrade Centaurs to aid them in battle.
  • Despite being Atlanteans, the player and city are represented by the Greek civilization, as the Atlanteans were not introduced until The Titans, after the development of Fall of the Trident, and represent the Atlanteans who fled and returned to worshipping the Titans, and not Poseidon.
  • Despite not having a major role, Zethos is introduced in the outro as a Hoplite. He gives Arkantos a number of warnings throughout the scenario under then name of "Atlantis". He appears one final time in Consequences.
  • As a recurring gag, the player can potentially find a Monkey hiding on a small island, south of the Lighthouse.
  • If viewed in the Scenario Editor, Kastor is represented by Theseus, most likely as a placeholder from earlier development.
  • On Titan, Kastor and the Theocrat will often be killed as they are within the radius of a Lightning god power that the pirates will cast. However, this will not affect the player's ability to win the scenario.
  • The Krakens that attack Atlantis are a special version, known as "Kraken (SPC)" in the Scenario Editor, which have more hit points and attack than their counterparts (normally only available to Norse players), and possess the peculiar ability to garrison inside Transport Ships, suggesting they may have originally been intended to initially be inside the pirate ships as part of their attacks.

Gallery[]

Campaigns in Age of Mythology
Learn to PlayHunt for a Killer · Pleasing the Gods · Uninvited Guests
Fall of the TridentOmens · Consequences · Scratching the Surface · A Fine Plan · Just Enough Rope · I Hope This Works · More Bandits · Bad News · Revelation · Strangers · The Lost Relic · Light Sleeper · Tug of War · Isis, Hear My Plea · Let's Go · Good Advice · The Jackal's Stronghold · A Long Way From Home · Watch That First Step · Where They Belong · Old Friends · North · The Dwarven Forge · Not From Around Here · Welcoming Committee · Union · The Well of Urd · Beneath the Surface · Unlikely Heroes · All Is Not Lost · Welcome Back · A Place in My Dreams
The Golden GiftBrokk's Journey · Eitri's Journey · Fight at the Forge · Loki's Temples
The New AtlantisA Lost People · Atlantis Reborn · Greetings from Greece · Odin's Tower · The Ancient Relics · Mount Olympus · Betrayal at Sikyos · Cerberus · Rampage · Making Amends · Atlantis Betrayed · War of the Titans
Tale of the DragonRising Waters · To the West · From Below · Trapped · Confrontation · The Realm of the Dead · The Water Palace · A Way Out · Yin and Yang
StandaloneClose to Home · E3 2001 Story Showcase (cut) · PAX East scenario
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