Reaching South  is the fourth scenario of the Le Loi campaign in Age of Empires II HD: Rise of the Rajas. Le Loi has set his sights on the Ming capital of Nghệ An, but he has to first pass through Cam Banh, a Vietnamese general who cooperated with the Ming Chinese, and the stronghold of the veteran Chinese general Wang Tong, who has been specially appointed by the Ming Chinese to stop the advance of Le Loi.

Intro Edit

Once Hanoi had fallen, Lê Lợi looked south, towards the Ming capital of Nghệ An. To get there, however, his army would have to pass by a fortress which was in the hands of Cam Banh, a Vietnamese magnate in service to the Ming. The Ming were not going to let the Vietnamese take the fortress so easily and so they sent their most capable general, Wang Tong, to lift the siege.

Wang Tong was an experienced tactician, a veteran of several Ming wars. If anyone was able to challenge Lê Lợi, it would be him.

Players Edit

Allies Edit

Enemies Edit

  • Cam Banh (Chinese)
  • Ming Fleet (Chinese) 
  • Ming Army (Chinese)

Strategy Edit

You start with a small base with a few Villagers. Get to work on your economy right away producing as many Villagers as possible. You will receive numerous raids from Ming Army starting with several Skirmishers and Crossbowmen, to Two-Handed Swordsmen later on. Cam Banh will attack you periodically as well, but Ming is the immediate threat. After you've got a decent economy, a few military buildings, and a Castle, you should try to get to the Imperial Age. Once there, build Trebuchets to take down Ming's towers and gates. The base directly to the north has an Archery Range and the Cam Banh Market that needs to be destroyed for the side quest, though the player can choose to ignore it and keep the blue market for trade instead. From the causeway leading to the North camp you can destroy the Ming Castle and open the second gate with Trebuchets. Once the gates are down the Ming fall quickly.

The locals to the southwest will show you a passageway to cut off the Ming Fleet if you find their settlement and build a mill for them. This path will take you a group of soldiers guarding a hill with the help of a Dragon Ship. Constructing a castle on this hill will complete the objective.

Cam Banh is in a well fortified city with a castle guarding the gate. Trebuchets can deal with this while infantry protect from the archers and siege they send against you. They have no villagers so once their production buildings are destroyed they cannot be rebuilt. The initial raids sent against you consist mostly of Chu No Ku, Long Swordsmen, Light Cavalry and Knights. Outside the walls of the city is a monastery with a Relic guarded by some infantry and 3 Monks. It is recommended that  you take a few villagers with you after the initial assault on the base to build production buildings so your units will not have to traverse the map to reinforce your losses. 

Since the armies you fight rely heavily on archers its best to upgrade to Imperial Skirmishers to help keep that at bay, guarded by infantry and Rattan Archers to protect against their minimum range. There is abundant wood at your starting location to fill this need. You will lose a lot of men repelling the raids in the early to mid game. Gold is more scarce and should be used to build trebuchets to deal with your opponent's buildings and Militia line troops to defend your archers and skirmishers who will make quick work of enemies when grouped up.

Additional Tips Edit

There is a relic hidden in the forest directly north of your lumber camp but the trees must be cleared before it can be reached.Once you destroy the enemy wonder you must construct another, since you don't have to defend it, once the city has been cleared of hostiles you can commit all you villagers to its construction to win the scenario. Since there are just 3 relics on the map, an easier way to win is constructing a monastery and send monks collecting them all and win after relic countdown.

Outro Edit

The Ming made several attempts to reach the fortress but the Vietnamese managed to repulse the large army of Wang Tong. The fortress fell and Cam Banh was captured, signifying another important turning point in the war. Wang Tong and his army weren't completely defeated but he had gotten himself in a bad position with low supplies. No longer able to attack the Vietnamese or prevent the Vietnamese rebels to go south, he retreated to a save[sic] location. Now the way south laid open for Lê Lợi's army... With Wang Tong following it closely.

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