Scenario instructions Edit
Starting conditions Edit
- Starting Age: Imperial Age
- Starting resources: 1,500 wood, 1,500 food, 1,000 gold, 1,500 stone
- Population limit: 75
- Starting units:
- Don't destroy the Dome of the Rock.
- Deliver the body of Barbarossa (in the pickle barrel) to the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.
- Use your available time to orchestrate an efficient attack. Position your pikes around elephants and your knights near siege weapons.
- You can pass through Saracen and Persian gates so long as you are allied.
- Invest heavily in siege weapons, particularly Capped Rams.
- Convert Persian elephants to gain valuable assault units.
- Player (Teutons): The player starts in the north with a decent army. The only building they start with is a Town Center; the player also owns an enclosure with lots of Sheep.
- Richard the Lionhearted (Britons): Richard the Lionhearted has a camp in the west with a Market but no military buildings. He personally commands an army of Elite Longbowmen, Cavaliers, and two Trebuchets. They will attack the Saracen towns after being approached by any of the player's units.
Ally to EnemyEdit
- Damascus (Persians): Damascus is located in the center of the map. Their fortified town is adjacent to Saladin's bases and walls. Once the countdown reaches zero, Damascus changes the diplomatic stance to enemy. Damascus trains Elite War Elephants, Paladins, Trebuchets, and Onagers, and pose the most frequent and dangerous threat to the player.
- Saladin (Saracens): Saladin has two colonies, east and south. Together with Damascus, they have a wall segment in the west and another in the east that separates the map entirely. Once the countdown reaches zero, Saladin changes the diplomatic stance to enemy. Saladin trains Elite Mamelukes, Siege Onagers, Arbalests, and Monks. He also has some Archers of the Eyes.
- Jerusalem (Byzantines): Jerusalem lies in the south. It is well fortified, but not protected by an army; only a few Monks wander around behind the walls.
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You must break the walls and get through Saladin's camp to get to Jerusalem that create no units other than Monks, and most towers should be destroyed to help the Trade Cart make it. You lose if the Dome of the Rock gets destroyed (Similar to Saladin), or if the Trade Cart dies (Similar to Joan of Arc). Since Damascus is Persian and usually sends Trebuchets, Paladins and War Elephants at you, it might be a good idea to convert these to protect and replenish your soldiers.
There are actually 2 Saracen towns, one in the east and one in the south just north of Jerusalem, the latter of which is completely walled in as stated above. It would be a good idea to destroy the eastern Saracen town before breaching the walls to the central Saracen town. If the walls are breached before the eastern town is attacked all the surviving villagers will flee to the southern town.
There are 2 Relics on the map, one just south of your starting point, which should be grabbed immediately by your Monks before the Saracens do so, and another one in the east deep inside the Saracen base. Picking up the 2nd Relic is a lot more difficult but can be done if you surround the Relic with your units or build a Palisade Wall around it to prevent any Saracen Monks from picking it up until you can send one of your own Monks to collect it (which on Standard difficulty is trivially easy if you get a Monk out within 2 minutes into the 10-minute countdown). Researching Fervor to increase your Monk's movement speed would be very useful in this regard (already researched in Standard difficulty). Either way, having an unlimited supply of gold will make the scenario easier as the majority of the gold seams are located in enemy territory.
Pausing the game the instant the scenario starts to issue orders is highly recommended. You need to build a large number of houses immediately, but leave room for farms around your Town Center and Mill. Do not build too close to the cliffs in the southeast, or Saracen Trebuchets will attack you. Ensure lumber harvesting begins as soon as possible, as you will need a lot of wood and food.
Stone is only found on your side of the wall southwest of Richard's camp. Send two or three villagers there from the beginning to mine it (make sure they do not get onagered to death as collateral damage when they trigger Richard to suicide into the Saracens, and also build a market near your initial TC, and trade with Richard's market). Place your first (and likely only on Standard difficulty) castle east of the tower directly south of your base, which illuminates the nearest relic AFTER you build your monastery southeast of the Relic. Use your Paladins to ride ahead and kill the wolf. Send your first Monk to the relic in the eastern Saracen base (see map above) and use your second Monk to pick up the closer relic. Build that castle on the small rise in the ground, with its lower left side directly adjacent to the trees, or perhaps a grid or two north or northwest (not too close to the cliffs, though the forest will funnel enemies coming between the cliff and Damascus's wall into castle range anyhow). build two Barracks north or northwest of it and a Stable. One Trebuchet to help raze that tower quickly, so it doesn't distract your Castle for too long, is a good idea. Repair the castle with villagers as needed.
Wall off the eastern Saracen base by building two blocks of Palisade walls slightly to the right of their gate, for some reason this prevents the Saracens from attacking. Walling off the yellow base initially (beware the gap in the wall just east of their eastern gate) to prevent them from sending too many elephants to wander around your turf in the first 10 minutes can also be wise.
Research halberdiers, and spam them. Research blast furnace and then the other Blacksmith techs. 20 halberdiers with 2 (later 3-4 when you can afford it) Monks will stab Persian Paladins and Elite War Elephants to death in seconds. This is so fast they can't even surround the elephants with more than 6 or so men before the elephant dies, and will not lose any to even the elephants (usually) if Monks are on hand. Don't be afraid to use Pause Game (set the hotkey to P or whatever you find convenient) to micromanage. 5-8 Paladins to deal with Trebuchets and Crenellations to kill Onagers (if the Paladins are busy with the Trebuchets) will eventually bleed the Persians dry of gold. Then you can push forward with your 2-3 Trebuchets, squad of Paladins (against siege weapons), and Halberdiers into the yellow base. Eliminate everything but the walls. Then proceed eastward and sack the eastern Saracen town (memorize layout from the first ten minutes, or just send a Scout Cavalry to run around the towns). 5+ Hand Cannons to quickly eliminate Monks and Arbalests can be a good idea as Teutonic Paladins are slow.
Once you are ready, bring your army to the yellow walls, set up the Trebuchets, place a castle close to the walls, as possible, and breach the walls with the Trebuchets within 10 seconds of the castle finishing. You will have a serious fight on your hands, but if you do it right, within 5 minutes the Saracens should be at least mostly out of siege equipment, and you will be able to push forward and set up a castle and military base where the tents used to be. Replace your losses with Hand Cannons (or massed Elite Skirmishers if you haven't been trading and milking those two relics for gold, and using Monks to conserve troops), as the Saracens have a lot of horse archers and Arbalests. Skirmishers are better against the enemy units, but you should take into account how Hand Cannons can silence Monks much faster when choosing units. Protect the town with a few Paladins with a Monk in the back, while your main army proceeds south, then east. Kill everything you can see except the Damascus houses. Then head west, mop up everything else outside Jerusalem's walls.
You need only knock down 2 wall blocks and 3 of Jerusalem's towers (including the 2 guarding the Dome of the Rock) if you infiltrate the city by its eastern edge. Hand Cannons will save you from the Monks that rush toward the breach in the wall. Make sure to save before sending the Trade Cart out from your base. Spies is essential to ensure its safety (even if Damascus and Saladin both resigned, Monks and towers are dangerous), and by fighting the first half of the match like a Trash War, you should have plenty of gold once you've finished killing as much of the Saracens as you can find, which should bring the price down to almost nothing. The relics and trade with Richard's market (1 Trade Cart is enough, you don't have that much pop cap to play with) should have brought you plenty of gold anyhow.
Alternative strategy Edit
By following this strategy, the level can be beaten in less than 10 minutes.
- There is a hole in Damascus's wall.
- In real life the attempt to conserve Barbarossa's body in a vinegar barrel was unsuccessful and instead his flesh was interred in the Church of St Peter in Antioch, his bones in the cathedral of Tyre, and his heart and inner organs in Tarsus.
- Frederick Barbarossa and Richard the Lionheart were political enemies in real life as Henry the Lion was Richard's brother in law (married to his sister Mathilda). Richard's father King Henry II also gave asylum to Henry the Lion at his court in England when he was banished from Germany by Barbarossa.
- If Jerusalem is the last enemy left alive and the Dome of the Rock is the last building left standing, the player can destroy it and still not be defeated, and can deliver Barbarossa to where the Dome used to be and win the scenario.
- Although Richard can possibly (and more likely to) be killed in this scenario, in fact, he did not die during the Crusades at the hand of the Saracens.
- Saladin's southern town (north of Jerusalem) is the same location where the player's starting army is located in the fourth scenario in the Saladin campaign.
- Damascus is represented by the Persians in-game. This is incorrect, as Damascus was then controlled by the Ayyubid dynasty (that Saladin founded) and thus, should be represented by the Saracens instead.
- The fact Damascus is represented by the Persians, however, might also be a reference to the Ayyubids' descendance; Saladin himself was a Kurd.
- The developers show consistency in their work with the location of Saladin's town to the south. In the fourth scenario of Saladin's campaign, this is same location where the player begins the scenario, which is northeast of Jerusalem.