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The Promise is the fifth scenario of the Genghis Khan campaign in Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings. It is based on the Battle of Legnica (April 9, 1241), during the First Mongol Invasion of Poland (1240-1241).

Scenario Instructions Edit

Starting Conditions Edit

Objectives Edit

  • Capture the Bohemian flag.
  • Capture the Polish flag.
  • Capture the German flag.
    • Construct 3 Castles within the flagged area, and withstand the assault of the Bohemian army.

Hints Edit

  • Don't spend all of your stone at the Market. You're going to need it

Players Edit

Player Edit

Enemies Edit

Strategy Edit

For this scenario the player must capture the flags of their opponents by razing the nearby buildings and stationing units beside them. The enemies are the Polish (Blue, Goths), Germans (Red, Teutons) and Bohemians (Green, Teutons). There are also Monks and Huskarls on a mountain southwest of the player's village that will join the player when found.

The Bohemians are the most powerful by far, with a massive army that will not attack unless provoked. As an alternative to attacking the Bohemians, the player may build three Castles inside a flagged area in the center of the map, which will cause the Bohemian army to attack.

It is best to defeat the other two enemies first, and then wall off passes between cliffs where the Bohemian army will attempt to flank the player. The player should build multiple walls and towers before completing the last castle. Mangudais are quite useful for sorties, as they have an anti-siege weapon bonus and can avoid the slower Bohemian Paladins and swordsmen.

Trivia Edit

  • When this scenario and the following are opened in the Editor, the player's name is no longer Genghis Khan but Ogedei Khan.
  • The Bohemians start with an army of 76 units, one over the unit cap for the scenario.

Historical comparison Edit

  • The intro shows Genghis Khan dying of old age at 80 years old, shortly after ordering the invasion of Poland. In reality, he died at 65, in 1227, while he was campaigning in China.
  • Although the scenario depicts a very mountainous and forested landscape, the real battle took place in a plain. The rivers and lakes appear to be based on the real location, however.
  • The arrival of the large Bohemian army from the north and its ambush by three Mongol castles is based on the Mongols luring the Poles and Germans to a grassy area coated in fuel, then setting it alight to blind the European knights with smoke and ambushing them.
  • King Wencelaus I was indeed heading to the area with a large Bohemian force, but he missed the battle because the Mongols departed immediately to invade Hungary. Wenceslaus did meet a small Mongol scout party near Klodzko, however, and defeated it.
    • The main force at Legnica was actually commanded by King Henry II of Poland, who died in the battle. There was a small Czech force led by Boleslav Depolt of Moravia, who also died.
  • Despite their defeat, the Europeans considered it a victory because the Mongols did not advance further into Poland. Unbeknownst to them, the Mongols had no interest in conquering Poland and their invasion was solely to distract the Europeans from their simultaneous invasion of Hungary, in which they succeeded.
  • Poland would be invaded again by the Mongols in 1259-1260 and 1287-1288. However these invasions were more for the purpose of pillaging and weakening the Polish nobles to prevent their interference in Hungary, rather than outright conquest.
  • Bohemia and Poland are both Slavic nations. However, since the Slav civilization was not introduced until the Forgotten was released, Poland is represented by Goths (like in Henry the Lion) and Bohemia by Teutons (like in Holy Roman Emperor), likely due to Bohemia being one of the Imperial States in the Holy Roman Empire.

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