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Stuart Black is a character in Age of Empires III. He is the fourth son of Morgan Black, and uncle of John Black.


Fourth (and neglected) son of Morgan Black, Stuart has devoted his life to making money, eating well, and staying out of danger. An expert at navigating the murky political waters in England, he was recently sent to govern a new colony in the Americas, but found that he was unprepared for the harsh realities of the frontier. He has had to rely on John's band of mercenaries for protection.

Stuart is a British colonial official assigned to manage the colony of Brunswick. The colony is protected by mercenaries led by Black's nephew John Black, son of Phillip Black. The colony has a friendly relationship with neighboring Cherokee tribes until immediately prior to the Seven Years' War, when the Cherokee launch assaults on Brunswick and on several other colonies in the vicinity. Though they are eventually defeated by John and his mercenaries, the Cherokee are found to possess cannon, leading the Blacks to believe that the Cherokee are aligned with the British government. This assumption is proved correct to a point; they are allied with General Warwick, a British official and the leader of the Circle of Ossus, the Black family's enemy.

Warwick arrives with a British army, ostensibly to protect the colony from Cherokee offensives, but instead occupies Brunswick and destroys several buildings. Warwick and his men interrogate Stuart, attempting to discover where the Fountain of Youth is located. Stuart is taken by Warwick to an unknown location when John Black and his mercenaries retake Brunswick, and is murdered at some point by the general. His decapitated body is found by John Black some time later.

In-game unit[]

John's uncle. Fat men are usually jolly, but he's just cowardly.
—In-game description

In-game, Stuart is only playable in one single scenario. He is depicted as a melee fighter who fights only with his bare fists, and with a pathetic attack value only slightly better than Villagers and scouts. His HP is also dangerously low, considering he is a hero. However, as a hero, he cannot be killed and can collect treasures. This makes him somewhat useful in fetching distant treasures and dispatching low-tier treasure guardians.


  • Stuart Black bears a heavy resemblance to Ian Fischer, one of the designers at Ensemble Studios.
  • Stuart Black and Mnevis both bear heavy similarities, such as the presence of a Goatee, being obese, being based on the likeness of Ian Fischer, and generally being regarded as being incompetent.
  • Stuart Black has the same voice actor as Sahin The Falcon.
  • In the original game, Stuart's head on a spike can be seen next to his decapitated body. In the Definitive Edition, only his body can be seen.


Heroes in Age of Empires III
3Icon48px Age of Empires III
Act I: BloodAlain icon aoe3de Alain Magnan · Young Chilche AoE3DE Chilche · Delgado aoe3de Delgado · Elizabeth ramsey aoe3de Elisabet Ramsey · Morgan black aoe3de Morgan Black · Native boy aoe3de Native Boy · Sahin icon aoe3de Sahin The Falcon
Act II: IceCol washington aoe3de George Washington · John black aoe3de John Black · Kanyenke aoe3de Ká:nien · Nonahkee act2 aoe3de Nonahkee · Stuart icon aoe3de Stuart Black · Warwick icon aoe3de Warwick
Act III: SteelAmelia black igc icon Amelia Black · Bolivar icon aoe3de Bolivar · Old Chilche AoE3DE Chilche · Kanyenke old aoe3de Ká:nien · Cooper icon aoe3de Major Cooper · Old Coot icon AoE3DE Old Coot · Beaumont icon aoe3de Pierre Beaumont
3WCIcon48px The WarChiefs
Act I: FireGen washington aoe3de George Washington · Kanyenke twc aoe3de Ká:nien · Nathaniel Black icon DE Nathaniel Black · Nonahkee act1 aoe3de Nonahkee · Sven icon aoe3de Sven Kuechler
Act II: ShadowChayton Black icon DE Chayton Black · Crazy horse aoe3de Crazy Horse · Custer aoe3de General Custer · Holmes icon aoe3de Sheriff Holme · Sx warchief aoe3de Chief Brave Wolf · Lakota dog soldier aoe3de Chief Bull Bear · Iro warchief aoe3de Chief Two Moon
3ADIcon48px The Asian Dynasties
Act I: JapanMototada aoe3de Daimyo Mototada · Kichiro icon DE General Kichiro · Tokugawa aoe3de Shogun Tokugawa
Act II: ChinaJinhai aoe3de Admiral Jinhai · Huang icon DE Jian Huang · Chen icon aoe3de Lao Chen
Act III: IndiaBadur icon aoe3de Bahadur Shah · Edwardson aoe3de Colonel Edwardson · Nanib icon DE Nanib Sahir · Pravar icon aoe3de Pravar Patel
Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition
Act II: ShadowFrank Icon Uncle Frank (replaces Crazy Horse)
Historical BattlesAhmad al mansur Ahmad al-Mansur · Pecaudy Icon Claude-Pierre Pecaudy · General mx portrait El General · Padre hidalgo aoe3de El Padre · Isaac Brock icon General Isaac Brock · American General Icon General Jackson · Hizir Reis Icon Hizir Reis · Kassa hailu portrait Kassa Hailu · Marine Officer portrait Marine Officer · Militia Officer portrait Militia Officer · Oruc Reis Icon Oruc Reis · Queen Sabla Icon Queen Sabla Wengel · Sir Francis Drake Icon Sir Francis Drake · Sultan malik portrait Sultan Abd al-Malik · Sultan Mohammed II portrait Sultan Mohammed II · Usman dan fodio icon Usman dan Fodio · Yermak Timofeyevich Icon Yermak