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Quetzalcoatl is the third scenario in Montezuma campaign in Age of Empires II: The Conquerors. This scenario is named after the Native American deity Quetzalcoatl, for Cortéz was being mistaken as Quetzalcoatl upon his arrival.

The first objective in this scenario is to defeat the Tlaxcalans' empire. Next the player either have to capture 20 Spanish Horses blocked by walls and then taking them to a pen near their camp or defeating the Spanish in order to slow their advance. The player ally, Tabasco (orange), will resign, depicting the Battle of Centla.

Scenario instructions Edit

Starting conditions Edit

Objectives Edit

  • Defeat the Tlaxcalans.
    • Prevent the Aztec allies in Tabasco from being defeated.
      • Capture 20 Spanish horses and return them to the flagged pen in the Aztec camp
        OR
      • Defeat the Spanish.

Hints Edit

  • 1. The dense rain forest is home to many jaguars. Be cautious.
  • 2. Tabasco, your ally, lives dangerously close to your enemies. It may be possible to save them, but do not despair if Tabasco is destroyed.
  • 3. Do not slay the Spanish beasts if they can be of some use.

Scouts Edit

  • Your scouts report: The Aztecs of Montezuma (green) have a small fortress to the south. In the center of the area is a large cliff and north of this is your ally, Tabasco (orange). To the west is the sprawling city of your enemies,the Tlaxcala (red). To the east are the Spanish (blue). Their motives are unknown.
  • The Tlaxcala army is composed of Archers, Skirmishers, and Eagle Warriors led by Monks. Their production might be slowed by an early attack.
  • The Spanish are far more powerful. Defeating their cavalry and swordsmen will require siege weapons as their fortress is protected with cannon.

Players Edit

Ally Edit

  • Tabasco (Mayans) is based at the northern part of the map. They are situated dangerously between the two enemies, and will resign at some point by committing suicide, leaving behind economic buildings (houses, lumber camps, mining camps etc). In the Definitive Edition, it is possible to save them, although quite difficult. They train Eagle Scouts and Archers.

Enemies Edit

Strategy Edit

Cortéz has four horse pens (Palisade Walls), one at the northern part of the map, west of Cortéz's base (just across the river from Tabasco's base), two southeast of Cortéz's base, and one at the northeast of Cortéz's base. As your ally, Tabasco, will partially destroy the western horse pen, it will be easiest to take the horses from there. Your enemies might attack the horses if they are seen. Taking the horses from the two southeastern pens would require dealing with Cortéz's Conquistadors and Bombard Cannons. Once you clear the area of Cortéz's defenses, it should be easy to free the horses in the northeastern pen.

Cortéz's Conquistadors can be easily dealt with pikemen, towers and castles. However, his Bombard Cannons are a great threat, as they outrange towers and castles. They are also more efficient than trebuchets, so you must have your infantry ready to kill them. However, you may also try to use your Monks to convert them, as you cannot produce them by yourself. Converting Bombard Cannons requires researching Redemption (Bombard Cannons are siege units). In order to keep your Monks safe, move them near a cannon before converting it so that the cannon cannot attack them. Bombard Cannons cannot be healed by monks but can be repaired by a Villager. Conquistadors can be healed by Monks.

It is possible to save Tabasco in the Definitive Edition, which will also earn you an achievement. They will no longer commit suicide, but instead, early on the Spanish will send some Battering Rams, various infantry, and Cannon Galleons against them. A good way to attempt to save them is to send your lone Eagle Scout and some Villagers to their area, watching for Jaguars on the way. It is almost impossible to fight off the Spanish assault with your starting units, but you can lure the attackers away with your Eagle Scout (beware of the Cannon Galleons). Try to build a Watch Tower near the Town Center and use your Villagers to repair Tabasco's Town Center if the enemy attacks it, while sending more units from your main base to reinforce if needed. Build some production buildings in their area to make reinforcement faster, and a Dock to build fire ships to fight off Spanish Cannon Galleons.

History Edit

  • Cortéz was taken for Quetzalcoatl due to the prophet, Yaxchilan, who was a former Mayan, but was exiled due to his radical views. He imposed his beliefs on a smaller section of prophets and other exiles. These beliefs held a small cult in Aztec lands until trading contacts moved the beliefs inland and greatly expanded the impact of the religion. This belief led to Montezuma, a Yaxchilan scholar's understudy, to pardon and submit to Cortéz.
  • Tabasco will surrender even if it is never attacked.
  • This scenario is loosely inspired by two different battles of the Conquest of Mexico: Centla and Nautla.
    • At Centla, the Spanish defeated the Chontal Mayans led by their Chief Taabscoob (called Tabasco by the Spanish) during an expedition to restock their ships with food and water, and were given several tributes including 20 female non-Mayan slaves. One of these slaves, La Malinche, became Cortéz's mistress and his chief translator and advisor in his dealings with Montezuma.
    • At Nautla, the region's Aztec governor, Cuahupopoca, defeated 2,000 local Totonac warriors after they stopped paying tribute on the advice of the Spanish. The Totonacs were supported by forty Spaniards and the Aztecs killed seven of them, including Juan de Escalante, whom Cortéz had left in charge of Veracruz while he marched to meet Montezuma in Tenochtitlan. Montezuma recalled Cuahupopoca to Tenochtitlan and executed him under pressure of Cortéz, but the incident helped popularize the notion that the Spanish were not gods and could be defeated. Tlaxcala was not involved in this battle.
  • Both the foundation of Veracruz and the sinking of the ships happened between the aforementioned battles rather than preceding them, as it happens in the scenario.
  • There is no record of the Aztecs capturing Spanish horses during the Conquest. See The Boiling Lake.

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