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The Battle of Stirling is the fifth scenario in the William Wallace learning campaign in Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings. Designed for players who have never before played an Age of Empires game, it simulates a random map match (the most popular type of multiplayer match).

The scenario is named after the Battle of Stirling Bridge (September 11, 1297), although any similitude is incidental.

Scenario instructions Edit

Starting conditions Edit

Objectives Edit

  • Defeat the English army and destroy their Tower.

Hints Edit

  • This scenario begins in a similar way to Random Map games. After you play this scenario, you should know all you need to play a Random Map game.
  • Keep exploring!

Players Edit

Player Edit

  • Player (Celts): The player starts in the east of the map with a small village.

Enemies Edit

Strategy Edit

The player starts with only a Town Center and cannot advance beyond the Feudal Age. The player will be prompted to begin gathering food and wood and keep creating Villagers until they have ten. Gathering stone won't be necessary, as the player starts with more than enough and won't use very much. Build a Mill, a Mining Camp, and a Lumber Camp next to the respective resources.

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The English base

Exploring the map with the Scout Cavalry and following the dirt path to the west will allow the player to find more resources and locate the English base, which is guarded by a Palisade Wall. The English cannot replenish their troops, but before trying to knock it down and invade, it is recommended that the player advances to the Feudal Age, researches the Man-at-Arms upgrade, and builds an army of about 12 soldiers.

While the player is advancing to the Feudal Age, a group of five English Militia will attack their village. Ringing the Town Bell will be enough to dispatch them. In this scenario, the player face both Archers and Men-at-arms. Therefore, build an Archery Range and create some Skirmishers to deal with the former. Building a Blacksmith and researching the upgrades there is also helpful.

With that done, the player can attack the English base. The easiest way here is to use Skirmishers to kill the Archers before taking down the wall. Afterwards, the Men-at-Arms can destroy the wall and assist the Skirmishers in the fight against the English Men-at-Arms. Once the enemy soldiers are dead, the Watch Tower will be easy to destroy with the Men-at-Arms, as it cannot attack them when they are close enough. Once the Tower is destroyed, the scenario is won.

Trivia Edit

  • Just like in previous scenarios, there is a way to win the game without destroying the Tower. After killing all of the English soldiers, the player must cut their way out of the forest surrounding his village and send out their troops to the north of the English camp. There will be a lone Archer surrounded by trees. After killing him the English will be automatically defeated.
  • Throughout the game, the speed cannot be changed.

Historical comparison Edit

  • The scenario is named after the Battle of Stirling Bridge, but any reference to the eponymous bridge is removed (something that also happens in the movie Braveheart, where the battle at Stirling appears to be rather based on Battle of Bannockburn). Historically, the bridge was of extreme strategic importance because the armies were separated by the river Forth (unlike in the scenario) and it could only be crossed by two horsemen at a time. The Scots captured the bridge while the English were crossing, dividing the English army and slaughtering the forces trapped north of the river. Afterward, the forces south of the river withdrew and the Scots attacked their supply train in their retreat.
  • Nonetheless, the Dead Tree Hill (where the player is recommended to build a Watch Tower) could be a reference to the real Abbey Craig, where Wallace camped in the leadup to the battle. The Wallace Monument, which resembles a Medieval tower, was built on top of the Craig in 1869.
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