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Strange Alliances is the second scenario of Act II: Ice in Age of Empires III. It involves a British attack on Brunswick, Stuart Black's colony - and the introduction of Warwick, the Act's villain.


After John Black's forces manage to fend off Cherokee assaults, John Black decides that it is time to take the fight to them by destroying their war camps and then negotiating a peace treaty at the main Cherokee village.


  • John Black (John Black's Mercenaries) - The player starts with two heroes, John Black and Ká:nien, as well as a small band of Jaegers and Skirmishers. The town of Brunswick is initially owned by the player as well, however they won't be able to send Home City Cards at the earlier part of the game. At the start, the player cannot train any additional units since they do not have any stockpile of resources.



  • Uncle Stuart (John Black's Mercenaries) - This player consists solely of Stuart Black. After the British attacks Brunswick, all of the player's buildings in the starting base are converted to this player's ownership.


Primary Objectives[]

  • Destroy the Cherokee War Huts.
  • Bring John and Ká:nien to the main Cherokee village to negotiate a peace.
  • Establish a new colony and defeat the British.

Secondary Objectives[]

  • Rescue all Settlers captured by the British. (500 XP)


To destroy the War Huts, the player should send their forces south, and let the heroes take the brunt of the damage - they'll regenerate, whereas soldiers won't. The War Huts will spawn a few Cherokee soldiers when they've taken enough damage, so pay attention and target the units.

When the War Huts are down, John Black will be asked to meet with the enemy leader, at the Cherokee village. Before doing so, explore the map and take any Treasures (one of which increases the heroes' hitpoints). Also, delete the buildings at the colony, as this will disadvantage the British when they take it over. Go to the southwestern village, where an ambush will occur by a few Musketeers, and this is the signal for a large British army to move in and capture the colony, disembarked by two Frigates who shell the buildings.

Shortly after the British army attacks, a Covered Wagon will start moving south, and a few buildings to the south-west will come under the player's control. Invest in hunting to collect food; also, build a Market and research the Hunting Dogs upgrade. Remember to set up some defences too, as British counterattacks should start eventually. After accumulating enough food and gold, advance to the Fortress Age and choose the Mohawk Statesman, to acquire Iroquois Mantlets.

Build up a large army, preferably with plenty of Skirmishers to face the British Musketeers, and some Artillery to take care of buildings and Longbowmen (including preferably three or more Falconets). It is highly possible that the enemy will have attempted a Fort Drop, placing a Fort between the player's base and the northwest part of the British base. Before acquiring Mortars, avoid it at all costs.

The player can also patrol the perimeter of the British base with Uhlans during the first phases in order to destroy a Fort Wagon (should an enemy send one) and harass enemy Settlers, in order to hamper their economic progress.

The player should move in through the south towards the enemy base, to avoid any counterattacks coming from the northwest and a Fort, if it is has been set. As their forces move in towards the enemy base, they will be informed of the Secondary Objective of freeing Settlers held by neutral Outlaw Musketeers (these are Treasure Guardians). Free any Settlers captive to acquire some extra experience and assault the base.

Clean up any remaining buildings to win; once their base is down, John Black will mention that they have reclaimed the base, and the player will be victorious.


  • Ká:nien mentions the Heavy Cannons the Cherokee used in the previous level, even on Easy difficulty, in which they are not present.
  • At the beginning of the game, all buildings in Brunswick belong to the player. The player may choose to delete the buildings, including the Walls in this state. Therefore, no (or fewer) buildings will be converted under the possession of Uncle Stuart.
    • When this happens, the enemy will have a reduced protection around their base, since they can use the Walls that used to protect Brunswick as their own if not deleted.
  • When the British forces attack Brunswick, the Town Center instantly disappears.
  • At that scenario, once the British arrive on land and take possession of the Brunswick, a Treasure to the southeast will be free of guardians and you can easily catch it. But you have to try to catch it before the British arrive in it, take it for granted that it will be defended.


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Campaigns in Age of Empires III
AOE3Icon.png Age of Empires III
Act I: BloodBreakout · Into the Caves · Pirates! · The Ottoman Fort · Temples of the Aztec · A Pirate's Help · Spanish Treasure Fleet · The Fountain of Youth?
Act II: IceDefend the Colony · Strange Alliances · The Rescue · The Seven Years' War · The Great Lakes · Respect · Warwick's Stronghold · Bring Down the Mountain
Act III: SteelRace for the Rails · Hold the Fort · The Boneguard's Lair · The Lost Spanish Gold · Bolivar's Revolt · Journey Through the Andes · Last City of the Inca · Last Stand of the Boneguard
WarchiefsIcon.png The WarChiefs
Act I: FireWar Dance (War Ceremony) · The Rescue · Breed's Hill · Crossing the Delaware · Saratoga · Valley Forge · The Battle of Morristown · The Battle of Yorktown
Act II: ShadowThe Bozeman Trail · Red Cloud's War (A Reckoning) · Claims · Ambushed! (Urgent News) · Turning Point (To Stop a War) · Trust · Battle of the Little Bighorn (Battle of the Greasy Grass)
Names in brackets are the scenario's name in the Definitive Edition.
DynastiesIcon.png The Asian Dynasties
Act I: JapanThe Siege of Osaka · Uprising! · Clearing the Road · Last Stand at Fushimi · The Battle of Sekigahara
Act II: ChinaTo Finish a Fleet · Storming the Beaches · Lost Ships · A Rescue in the Wilderness · No Empire Lasts Forever
Act III: IndiaInto the Punjab · Fires of Calcutta · Resist! · Raid in Delhi · Company Confrontation
Age3DE Icon.png Definitive Edition
Historical BattlesAlgiers · Christopher Da Gama's Expedition · Chuvash Cape · Raid on the Caribbean · Fort Duquesne · Battle of New Orleans · The Burning of USS Philadelphia · Grito de Dolores · Battle of Queenston Heights
The Art of WarEarly Economy · Treasures · Home City Shipments · Booming · Build Orders · Early Defense · Early Offense · Land Battle · Naval Battle · Artillery
The African Royals
Historical BattlesThe Battle of the Three Kings · Fall of the Hausa · The Era of the Princes