The Grand Dukes of the West is a campaign in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition - Lords of the West. It follows the exploits of various Dukes of Burgundy, notably John the Fearless and his conflict with the Armagnacs, and Philip the Good and his role in the capture and death of Joan of Arc during the Hundred Years' War.

Campaign[edit | edit source]

For decades, the dukes of Burgundy have been embroiled in a bloody struggle over control of the mad French king using their cunning, military prowess, and immense wealth. However, as the blood that they spill is paid for with blood of their own, their focus turns increasingly northwards as they aim to create a kingdom of their own.
—In-game campaign description

The Grand Dukes of the West campaign map

The Grand Dukes of the West campaign consists of 6 scenarios. The player plays as the Burgundians, and the player color is purple.

  1. A Kingdom Divided
  2. The Wolf and the Lion
  3. The Cleansing of Paris
  4. Unholy Marriage
  5. The Hook and Cod Wars
  6. The Maid Falls

The campaign is narrated by an unnamed Burgundian who told the story to his son in the lead-up to Joan of Arc's burning at stake.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Alongside Edward Longshanks, the The Grand Dukes of the West campaign is the first campaign in the game to feature the main hero from another campaign as the main antagonist (in this case, Joan of Arc).
  • In any scenario of this campaign, the player will get 38 gold if they lose the hero unit (John the Fearless in the first three scenarios; Philip the Good in the last three). This is probably related to an originally intended civilization bonus for the Burgundians (which was removed before the Lords of the West release): fallen Knights would return half of their gold cost (a similar idea to the Saracen unique technology Madrasah, but free), more precisely 38 gold (assuming rounding up).
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