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It is better to live one day seeing the rise and fall of things, than to live a hundred years without ever seeing the rise and fall of things.
—A friendly Buddhist Monk giving courage to the Indians before the desecration of their holy murti carried out by the Ghorid hordes

The Fate of India is the fourth scenario of the reworked Prithviraj campaign in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition. It is based on the First Battle of Tarain (November 13, 1191). In this scenario, which is basically a reverse Defend the Wonder but with Relics, Prithviraj's army must take up a fight against three Ghorid hordes and have to prevent them from fully desecrating their holy symbols and icons.

Intro[]

Without his daughter, Jayachandra became a stampeding elephant - no one was safe from his overflowing rage. But anger alone could not win a war and Jayachandra would not have been a threat to my raja had it not been for the jealousy and cunning of a once loyal subject.

Oh Kaimbasa! How love and jealousy made him betray his master! The minister who had advised my king since he was a boy, and whom Prithviraj honored like a beloved uncle, sought the one woman he could not have - Kaimbasa fell in love with Sanyogita. His jealousy drove him to Jayachandra's court to betray his own king.

Whispering in Jayahandra's ear, Kaimbasa gave direction and purpose to the king's anger.

He urged Jayachandra to send an ambassador to the Afghan hills to find Muhammad Ghori, a brutal warlord said to command a slave army numbering in the thousands. The messenger would regale the Turk with tales of the riches of Prithviraj's kingdom and whisper to him how the young king was too smitten with his bride to defend his lands.

Then, Kaimbasa promised the vengeful king Prithviraj would be defeated and Jayachandra would rule Rajasthan.

Unknown to the two men, their fateful scheme would jeopardize all of India.

Scenario instructions[]

Starting conditions[]

Differences between difficulty levels[]

  • On Standard, the Imperial Age will be researched immediately in the beginning. However, all Castle Age technologies still have to be researched.

Objectives[]

  • Destroy Monasteries to prevent an enemy victory.
  • Each Monastery you destroy resets the relic countdown.

Secondary objectives[]

  • Bring 3 relic carts to the Buddhist Monastery.

Hints[]

  1. You are restricted to a population limit of 200.
  2. Train units and research technologies quickly; your enemies begin with the same amount of resources and they will not waste time.
  3. Although you start with a high amount of resources, do not neglect to train more Villagers. You will need a robust economy to win.
  4. The sooner you help the Buddhist Monks, the greater the impact of their reward.
  5. All of your enemies rely heavily on cavalry, making them vulnerable to Imperial Camels and spear infantry.

Scouts[]

  • Prithviraj's brother, Govind Tai, commands the Rajputs defending the kingdom from the invading Ghorids. He has the treasury of Ajmer at his disposal, but the Ghorids are equally powerful.
  • The Ghorids belong to a multi-ethnic sultanate composed of Turks (2, Red), Persians (3, Green), and Tatars (4, Yellow). Each of these factions rely on cavalry armies supported by siege. The Persians train War Elephants and Knights, while the Turks and Tatars rely on large numbers of Cavalry Archers and Light Cavalry. The Tatars also benefit from their unique unit, the Keshik.

Players[]

  • Player (Indians): The player starts with a base in the east which is separated into two by a river. The western half contains all the military buildings, while the eastern half contains the Town Center and all the resources.

Ally[]

  • Buddhist Monks (Burmese): The Buddhist Monks will ask the player to return three Relic Carts to their Monastery. Once done, they will give the player the Atheism technology for free.

Enemies[]

  • Ghorids (Turks): The western Ghorids base trains Light Cavalry, Cavalry Archers, and Rams.
  • Ghorids (Persians): The southern Ghorids base trains War Elephants, Knights, and Mangonels.
  • Ghorids (Tatars): The northern Ghorids base trains Keshiks, Cavalry Archers, Scorpions, and Trebuchets.
  • Muhammad Ghori (Turks): Muhammad Ghori controls 3 Monasteries located inside each Ghorids army base, which will start a Relic victory countdown (200 years). Once a Monastery have been destroyed, the Relic will be immediately moved to another Monastery, triggering another countdown.

Strategy[]

On Standard, Imperial Age is researched right in the beginning. While this saves the player 1000 food, 800 gold (as well as very precious time), Castle Age technologies and upgrades still have to be researched.

On Moderate and Hard difficulties, research the ​Imperial Age as soon as possible. Immediately start creating Villagers; putting them on gold (north of the Town Center) is a priority. The Buddhist Monks will ask the player to return three Relic Carts to their Monastery. Once done, they will give the player the Atheism technology for free. The first Relic Cart (out of the three the player must bring back to Orange to unlock the secondary achievement) is on the left of the Gold Mine, accompanied by a Monk; a Villager can go scout the area to find them. Use a Transport Ship to ferry the Relic Cart and the Monk across the water. The player should also produce Fishing Ships.

Keep in mind that the main objective is to destroy Red's Monasteries. Build Trebuchets to quickly destroy them. Use appropriate counters, mainly Camels, Halberdiers, Monks and Elite Skirmishers: Green spams Elephants and Knights, Yellow uses Cavalry Archers and Red has Hussars. Do not skimp on spending: the player needs to create a lot of units, and fast, and upgrade them as fast as possible.

While the hints recommend using Imperial Camel Riders and Halberdiers against the enemies, this is actually only a good idea against Green, as Yellow and Red train lots of Cavalry Archers who, with their hit-and-run tactics, easily kill Halberdiers and will force the player to micromanage their Camel Riders, who have low pierce armor, very well. Here is where the player should make a good use of the Indian unique unit, the Elephant Archer. This unit's high HP and high pierce armor will make them very resistant to enemy Cavalry Archers and so they will require little micromanagement.

The player can build Castles around the base for defense, and garrison some archers. North of the starting base are some allies the player can trade with. Use upgraded Monks to convert enemy elephants, and defend the Castles to let the enemy exhaust military units. With a few Trebuchets, destroy the northern Monastery before the timer runs out, and destroy the Town Center and military buildings to cripple future attacks. Capture the second Relic Cart, and place the army near the Castles to defend against attacks from the south and prepare to take the southern Monastery. Before the timer runs out, send an army, destroy the southern Monastery, and take out Castles and Stables to cripple their attacks.

Take the final Relic Cart and the nearby Town Center. Relic Carts can get bugged en route to turn-in if the player's allies take control of them (they are a neutral unit, like sheep). To avoid this, send the Relic Cart along with one unit to avoid losing control of it.

With the Relic Carts captured, two Monasteries destroyed, and their military production greatly reduced, destroy the final Monastery. Just keep spamming units and converting enemy elephants. As soon as the third Monastery is down, the scenario is complete.

Alternative strategy[]

The player can win by building a Wonder and defending it for 200 years. The player should build the Wonder in the eastern base, where the enemy is unable to attack it. Here timing is the answer: when the Wonder is built (this can be done before the first 200-year countdown expires), a countdown will appear for the player's Wonder, while at the same time there is already another countdown for the enemy, which is ahead of the player's countdown. When the first Monastery is destroyed, the enemy countdown will be reset and now the player's countdown will be ahead and, when it ends, the player will be victorious. Note that for this to work the player has to destroy the first Monastery after building the Wonder, otherwise they will be required to destroy a second Monastery.

Outro[]

Thousands of Turkish horsemen - the slave soldiers of a savage warlord - descended from the Afghan hills to the plain at Tarain. Great clouds of dust rose in their wake, obstructing the vision of the Rajput Kshtriya. The Turkish cavalry unleashed a shower of arrows on the Rajputs. The indian warriors, facing an enemy they could not see, could only weather the blows against them.

With the battle hanging in the balance, Govind Tai, brother of my king, rode alone into the dusty fray, challenging the Turkish warlord to single combat. He struck Muhammad Ghori from his horse and wounded him. The warlord's slaves encircled their master and carried him off the field as the Turkish trumpets bleated a retreat.

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