As long as Barbarossa's knights were present, peace endured. But the emperor could not be everywhere at once. Whenever he went to Italy, Germany would flare up, and when Barbarossa returned to Germany, the Italians began plotting again.
Milan had fallen, but the remainder of the Italian cities joined together in a confederation known as the Lombard League for the purpose of defeating Barbarossa.
If Barbarossa intended to make Italy part of the Holy Roman Empire, he would have to conquer the Lombard League city by city.
But Barbarossa still had a secret weapon: Henry the Lion and his seasoned troops.
Scenario Instructions Edit
Starting Conditions Edit
- Starting Age: Imperial Age
- Starting resources: 2000 wood, 1000 food, 400 gold, 800 stone
- Population limit: 75
- Starting units:
- Gaia units:
- Construct a Wonder within the city walls of Venice, Padua, or Verona.
- The Lombards have a head start on you, so build defensive structures until you can train an army.
- Player (Teutons): The player starts in the southwest with a Town Center which is under heavy attack and is doomed to fall in a matter of minutes. The player's starting units are assembled around the Town Center.
Allies > Enemy Edit
- Henry the Lion (Teutons): Henry the Lion has a camp in the far west. As soon as the player completes a Castle, he changes his diplomatic stance to enemy. He attacks with Champions, Teutonic Knights, and Capped Rams.
- Padua (Teutons, Italians in the Definitive Edition): Padua has the largest army. They launch an attack at the beginning of the scenario using Trebuchets, Paladins, and Teutonic Knights, among other powerful units. Their fortified city is in the northern corner of the map. They also have a minor encampment consisting of stables and towers in the south, just west of the player's starting position.
- Venice (Byzantines): Venice is situated in the center of the map, with a large fortress on the mainland, with a Castle and large army on an island offshore. They have the largest navy on the map. They produce naval units, Halberdiers, and Bombard Cannons.
- Verona (Franks): Verona inhabits a small fortified city in the northwest. They train Knights (which they will eventually upgrade to Cavaliers and Paladins if the game progresses long enough), Hand Cannoneers, Monks, and Heavy Scorpions. They are the only faction in the scenario that does not have a Castle.
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Henry the Lion was immediately banished to England. Separated from his wealth and army, there was little more he could do to plague Barbarossa.
After six campaigns down to Italy, Barbarossa was weary of crossing the Alps.
The fighting ended with the signing of the Treaty of Constance, which said effectively that the emperor and the pope were equals.
It was a tenuous peace, and one that seemed unlikely to endure when, suddenly, the pope died.
The new pope was less interested in squabbling with the emperor than he was with events down south. You see, the Europeans were being driven out of the Holy Land. It was time for another Crusade.
- Some players manage to win this scenario without building a Castle and thus without being betrayed by Henry the Lion and so the outro mentioning Henry the Lion's exile may sound confusing to them. One possible reason was that Henry simply did not provide help in the battle that would have satisfied Frederick Barbarossa (as was the case in real life).
- Since the Italians were not introduced until the Definitive Edition, the Italian cities in this scenario were represented by Franks, Teutons, and Byzantines. It was announced that in the Definitive Edition, all would be changed to Italians, but in the end, only Padua was changed to Italian.
Historical comparison Edit
- In addition to the northern Italian cities and the Papacy, the Lombard League was joined by the Kingdom of Sicily and the Byzantine Empire.
- The battle that begins the scenario is likely a reference to the Battle of Alessandria (1175), a defeat for Barbarossa considered shocking at the time, although it happened in Piedmont rather than Veneto.
- The Italian campaign was a defeat for Barbarossa, who was crushed again at Legnano on May 29, 1176, and had to recognize Alexander III as Pope.
- Instead of allying with the Lombard League and trying to usurp Barbarossa's throne, Henry the Lion just refused to provide troops unless given the city of Goslar, which was in turn denied by Barbarossa, and was a convenient scapegoat for Barbarossa's failure and the actual reason for Henry the Lion's exile.