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The Siege in Canaan (Siege in Canaan in the original) is the twelfth and last scenario in the Tutorial Campaign: Ascent of Egypt. It's very similar to a random map game: the player starts off in the Stone Age and can build up to the Iron Age.

Scenario instructions[]

Description[]

Egypt is thriving under the rule of her new pharaohs, but it is time to look outward. Pharaoh Thutmose III is expanding the army and intends to use it to invade Canaan. For centuries, that land has been within the Egyptian sphere of influence, but now it must be added to the Empire once and for all. The Canaanites think they can resist Egypt and have formed an alliance, led by the kings of Kadesh and Megiddo. They are gathering a vast army, but the gods favor us. Commander, the pharaoh entrusts you with the first attacking division. Do not disappoint the pharaoh as he is watching your every move.
—In-game section of the Definitive Edition

Starting conditions[]

Objectives[]

  • Destroy the Canaanite Government Center in the City of Megiddo.

Hints[]

  • Take this scenario one step at a time. First, build up a productive base and strong fighting force in the area surrounding your initial start.
  • Next, advance across the ridges to the northwest, clearing out the enemy forces and towers you encounter. Once it's clear, begin gathering the gold and stone found in this area.
  • Clear all the enemies from your side of the river and build up a powerful force of catapults and supporting units. Destroy the enemy towers guarding the river and advance toward the north.
  • You might want to heal wounded troops after each obstacle or ridge is cleared.
  • The enemy Government Center you need to destroy is in the northernmost corner and is defended by walls, towers, and troops.

Description[]

Our glorious new monument to the pharaoh is the envy of everyone and marks Egypt as the greatest civilization in the world. With this major project completed, the pharaoh wishes to turn his attention to the Canniness, who have been a thorn in the side of Egypt for generations. They have foolishly resisted becoming part of greater Egypt for too long. You are to take their largest city under siege and destroy their Government Center. This assault is intended to bring them to heel. The smaller Canaanite cities must surrender to you once their mightiest citadel has fallen.

Starting conditions[]

Objective[]

Hints[]

  • Take this scenario one step at a time. First, build up a productive city and strong fighting force in the area where you begin the game.
  • Next, advance across the ridges to the northwest, clearing out the enemy forces and towers you encounter. Secure and begin gathering the gold and stone found in this area.
  • Clear the enemy from your side of the river and build up a powerful force of catapults and supporting units. Destroy the enemy towers guarding the river and advance toward the north.
  • You might want to heal wounded troops after each obstacle or ridge is cleared.
  • The enemy Government Center you need to destroy is in the north corner and is defended by walls, towers, and troops.

Players[]

Player[]

  • Player (Egyptians): The player starts with a fortified Bronze Age base and a small army in the southern corner of the map. There is no gold or stone available in the territory initially controlled by the player.

Enemy[]

  • Canaanites (Phoenicians): The Canaanites start with a large base and army in the northern and eastern corner of the map. Additionally, they control the plateau to the west of the player. The base is fortified and they control all gold and stone mines, and start to attack with Chariots, Bowmen, and Stone Throwers.

Player[]

  • Player (Egyptians): The player starts with a stone age base in the southern corner of the map. There is no gold or stone available in the territory initially controlled by the player.

Enemy[]

  • Canaan (Phoenicians): The Canaanites start with a large base and army in the northern and eastern corner of the map. Additionally, they control the plateau to the west of the player. The base is fortified and they control all gold and stone mines, but are stuck in the Stone Age throughout the whole scenario. They change diplomatic stance towards the player from neutral to enemy within the first seconds of the game.

Strategy[]

Note: this text applies to the original release.

The enemy has some troops near your base to the west. Avoid running into them, as starting a fight will cause large enemy reinforcements to show up. The enemy won't attack before the player wanders out and encounter them, so it's possible to build up the base extensively before any fighting takes place.

You'll be fairly short on food early on, with only a few berry bushes to harvest. Train a good number of villagers to gather these, but make sure that you save enough to advance to the Tool Age. There's a forest to the northeast on a peninsula which is free of enemies, place a Storage Pit here to harvest wood. If you're short on food, there's a fishing spot here with 250 food, but you'll need a Dock and Fishing Boat to reach it. Once in the Tool Age, build a Granary, Market, and followed by Farms. Once you've got a steady supply of food from your Farms, you're pretty much set. Train about ten or more Bowmen (or more advanced units if you've advanced to Bronze Age) and start clearing the enemy from the vicinity. As noted, this will trigger a large enemy attack, so be prepared to fend this off. Enemies consist of Clubmen and Bowmen, and don't get any more advanced even later in the level. Having some War Galleys can also help with the enemy rush, as well as help destroy some towers. Once you've won the battle, you'll gain access to some gold to the west, and even more gold to the northwest. Build up your army however you like, and destroy the enemy base. Note that converting the Government Center with a Priest will not fulfill the victory condition; the building must be actually destroyed—which you can do easily with the delete key (or confusing the enemy) after conversion.

(Having some 10 Chariot Archers would be more than sufficient to take out all advancing enemy units with minimal injuries suffered. Placing a few Stone Throwers behind the Chariot Archers to destroy the watchtowers and other buildings, as you advance into the enemy base, helps to cut down the playing time required.)

History[]

Historical notes[]

For the first 22 years of his reign, Thutmose III co-ruled Egypt with his aunt, Hatshepsut. During their rule, the two monarchs were equals and divided the ruling tasks between themselves. Thutmose III led the Egyptian armies, an experience which would prove useful later during his own reign. After the death of Hatshepsut, Thutmose III became sole ruler and started to remove all texts referring to his aunt. Under his rule, Egypt reached her greatest territorial extent. In seventeen campaigns, Thutmose III conquered Syria and the Levant in the north and Nubia to the Fourth Cataract in the south.

One of the most important events in Thutmose III's campaigns was the Battle of Megiddo in Canaan. The Canaanite city-states had united under the leadership of the kings of two cities: Megiddo and Kadesh. They mustered an army which threatened Thutmose III's forces. The Egyptians defeated this Canaanite army, which retreated to the City of Megiddo. After a long siege, the City was taken, pillaged, and its inhabitants put to death. The Battle of Megiddo is the earliest battle in history to have been recorded in relatively reliable detail.

Thutmose III's successors were often equally successful and powerful. Amenhotep III brought Egypt to its cultural, political, and economic height. Instead of using force to coerce neighbors into fulfilling Egypt's interests, Amenhotep III relied on diplomacy and the vast wealth of his kingdom. The Egyptian Empire enjoyed stability during his reign and the reigns of his successors, except for a series of clashes between the followers of the cults of Amun and Aten. The priests of Amun had become very powerful and certain pharaohs attempted to weaken the cult's power by strengthening the rival cult of Aten. Amenhotep III's son, Amenhotep IV, was one such pharaoh. Taking the name Akhenaten in honor of the god Aten, he disrupted traditional Egyptian religion by establishing a quasi-monotheistic religion. After his death, however, the cult of Amun was restored to prominence.
—In-game section

Victory[]

It is a glorious day for Pharaoh Thutmose III. All of Canaan has been added to the Empire and Egypt has reached its greatest territorial extent. The scribes will write of this day and your exploits will be read for eternity. The pharaoh will need your services again, however. These conquests have brought Egypt face to face with another empire which contests Egypt's claims to these lands. Prepare your battle chariot as you may soon find yourself at war with the Hittites.
—In-game section

Loss[]

Instead of taking the lead in the initial attack and pushing through to the enemy lines as expected of a great general, you became scared and ran at the first sight of blood. Even the pharaoh himself witnessed your cowardice, and has called for you to be slowly impaled on your own unused sword.
—In-game section

Historical notes[]

Looking back on the history of Egypt, we can discern three long-term foreign policy goals: a stable Nubian frontier to the south, freedom from piracy and invasion from Libya, and control of the Levant to Syria and beyond. While Nubia and Libya were more irritants than sources of potential profit, the eastern Mediterranean coast was an opportunity for real empire building. The cities of Canaan were the nexus of important trade routes between Egypt to the south, Mesopotamia to the east, the Hittites to the north, and the Minoans and Greeks to the west. Despite a relative paucity of natural resources and farmland, the Canaanite cities prospered due to their position in the middle. At one time or another, however, the central hub of Canaan was coveted by the bigger empires on the rim of the trading wheel that revolved around the center.

Around 1450 BC, Egypt had benefited by the rule of several strong pharaohs in succession and held control of the southern Levant (modern Israel and the Sinai). Attempting to extend that control northward, the Egyptians encountered the two other super-powers of the area, the Hittites and Mitanni. The Mitanni controlled what is today eastern Syria and western Iraq, but were short-lived as a power and are little remembered now. The independent cities of the Levant, including Canaan, were caught in the middle. They had to choose an alliance with one power or risk alienating all three.
—In-game section

Historical outcome[]

At the height of its power, Egypt controlled all of Canaan, taking cities by diplomacy or siege as necessary. Egyptian control of Canaan was never absolute for long, however. The Mittani made peace with the Egyptians around 1440 BC, temporarily strengthening Egyptian power in the region, but the Mitanni were in turn destroyed by the Hittites around 1370 BC. Rameses II fought the Hittites to a draw at Kadesh in 1284 BC and both sides backed off in their aggression. The growing power of Assyria to the east gave both reason to pause and a peace treaty between the Egyptians and Hittites was signed in 1270 BC. Copies of this remarkable document were recovered in excavations in both Egypt and Turkey.

The peace of 1270 BC lasted for over 50 years and marked the zenith of Egypt as an ancient power. The peace was sundered by barbarian hordes whose origin and methods remain a mystery. What is clear is that they overran the Hittite empire, destroyed the cities of Canaan, and brought desperate war to the gates of Egypt. Although Egypt survived the onslaught, it declined thereafter and survived mainly as a possession of one empire after another.
—In-game section

Trivia[]

  • In contrast to the claim in the historical notes of the Definitive Edition, Megiddo and its citizens were spared.[1]
  • The battle of Megiddo was the first recorded use of the composite bow as well as the first body count.[1]

References[]

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Campaigns in Age of Empires
EmpiresIcon.png Age of Empires
Ascent of Egypt Learning Campaign
(Tutorial Campaign: Ascent of Egypt)
Hunting · Foraging  · Discoveries · Dawn of a New Age (Advancing to the next Age) · Skirmish  · Farming  · Trade · Crusade (Religion) · River Outpost (The River Outpost) · Naval Battle · A Wonder of the World · Siege in Canaan (The Siege in Canaan)
Glory of GreeceLand Grab (Claiming Territory) · Citadel (Acropolis) · Ionian Expansion (The Conquest of Crete) · Trojan War (The Trojan War) · I'll Be Back (Colonization of Ionia) · Siege of Athens (The Siege of Athens) · Xenophon's March · Wonder (Alexander the Great)
Voices of BabylonHoly Man (The Holy Man) · Tigris Valley (The Tigris Valley) · Lost (Vengeance) · I Shall Return · The Great Hunt (Definitive Edition) · The Caravan · Lord of the Euphrates · Nineveh (The Conquest of Nineveh)
Yamato, Empire of the Rising SunThe Assassins (Definitive Edition) · Island Hopping · Capture (Definitive Edition) · Mountain Temple (The Mountain Temple) · The Canyon of Death · Oppression (Coup) · A Friend in Need (Jinshin War) · Kyushu Revolts (Fujiwara Revolts)
RomeIcon.png The Rise of Rome
The Rise of RomeBirth of Rome (The Birth of Rome) · Pyrrhus of Epirus · Syracuse (The Siege of Syracuse) · Metaurus (The Battle of the Metaurus) · Zama (The Battle of Zama) · Mithridates
Ave CaesarCaesar vs Pirates (Caesar's Revenge) · Britain (The Invasion of Britain) · Alesia (The Siege of Alesia) · Caesar vs Pompey (The Battle of Pharsalus)
Pax Romana (Imperium Romanum)Actium (The Battle of Actium) · Year of the Four Emperors (The Year of the Four Emperors) · Ctesiphon (Ransom at Ctesiphon) · Queen Zenobia (Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra) · Coming of the Huns (The Coming of the Huns)
Enemies of RomeCrossing the Alps · Third Greek War (Third Macedonian War) · Spartacus (The Revolt of Spartacus) · Odenathus vs Persians (Odaenathus, Lord of Palmyra)
Definitive Edition
Reign of the HittitesHomelands (demo only) · Growing Pains (demo only) · Opening Moves · Fall of the Mitanni (Raid on Babylon) · Battle of Kadesh (The Battle of Kadesh)
The First Punic WarStruggle for Sicily (The Battle of Agrigentum) · Battle of Mylae (The Battle of Mylae) · Battle of Tunis (The Battle of Tunis)
Bronze Age Art of War
Demo versions
Dawn of Civilization (beta)Dawn of a New Age  · Skirmish · Crusade · The Wreck of the Hyskos  · Last Stand
Names in brackets represent campaigns and scenarios renamed and/or reworked in the Definitive Edition.
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