Scenario instructions Edit
"Greek expansion overseas has brought them in contact with other cultures that pose both opportunities and dangers. The beautiful Helen has been stolen by Paris and taken back to his home city of Troy. Paris is the son of Priam, king of Troy. To restore the honor of the Myceneans, take revenge on the city of Troy by killing Hector, its hero, and capturing the treasure of Priam. Troy is far across the sea and taking the city will require an invasion of the Trojan homeland. The Trojan navy must be neutralized first."—In-game section
Starting conditions Edit
- Starting Age: Bronze Age
- Starting resources: 300 food, 300 wood, 300 gold, 300 stone
- Population limit: 50
- Starting units:
- Gaia units: None
- Establish supremacy at sea to control offshore resources and clear the way for invasion.
- Invade Troy with a large force, not a piecemeal attack.
- Note: This is a Bronze Age scenario. You cannot advance to the Iron Age.
- Player (Greeks): The Player starts with a decent base with many Villagers, some Tool Age units and Hero Alexander in the western corner of the map. There is no gold on the player's island.
- Troy (Greeks): Troy starty with a huge fortified base in the eastern corner of the map. The initial army consists of several ships, Tool Age units, and Stone Throwers. They train ships, Short Swordsmen, Cavalry, and Hoplites.
- Enemy (Greeks): The enemy (whose name is picked randomly from the pool of Greek AI names) starts with nothing more than two Sentry Towers in the northern corner of the map, guarding a piece of forest.
Hero Alexander is a powerful cavalry unit and doesn't need to survive the level, so feel free to use him on the front lines. In fact it's recommended you do so early on since he's much more powerful than your starting units.
Right off the bat, your Dock will come under attack from enemy Scout Ships, which will soon be upgraded to War Galleys. Immediately build Scout Ships of your own, and gather up all your Bowmen and send them down to help repel the enemy naval assault. The Bowmen won't be dealing much additional damage, but importantly they'll draw fire away from your ships and allow them to survive longer. Meanwhile, have your villagers gather additional lumber to continue building more ships, as well as send one or two to repair damaged survivors (you should pull heavily damaged ships out of combat to make sure you have survivors in the first place!). If you lose the naval battle and your Dock is destroyed, you can build a new Dock to the northeast of your island without being molested, and from there you can assemble a fleet large enough to overwhelm the enemy. On harder difficulties, this may in fact be your only option. Another strategy is you can delete the dock and avoid getting close to the shore so the enemy won't harass you early on. Gather lots of wood and stone. When you are ready, build several docks and build scout ships on each to face the enemy war ships. Also builds lots of towers in case the enemy manages to land.
You will also need to defend against land attacks, as enemy transports will drop troops onto your island. On normal difficulty, these are fairly easy to deal with, but things could get hairy on higher difficulty settings. Your defense will consist of using your starting Axemen as cannon fodder while Alexander destroys the Stone Throwers and then helps mop up the remaining enemies. Use what starting gold you have to train a few Cavalry or Hoplites to bolster your defense. In any case you only need to hold out until your fleet can obtain naval supremacy, after which you can easily intercept incoming transports. Controlling the sea also gives you access to two islands with gold deposits, which you will need since there are none on your starting island. Although you may have ideas about using the enemy Dock as a source of gold through Merchant Ships, it's not really worth having to babysit it for enemy warships that occasionally pop out, so just destroy it.
You cannot reach the Iron Age, so your army should consist of Hoplites, Cavalry, and Stone Throwers. You may find it simpler to build on their island, so you won't have to ship units across. Send a few Hoplites and a Villager or two to the southernmost part of the map. If there's any enemy units here, kill them, then start building Stables, an Academy, and a Siege Workshop. Train a large army, and attack. Hector is usually found at the south-eastern part of the base. He's powerful, but throwing Hoplites at him will bring him down. Then you can send a Cavalry unit to the northeastern part of the island - the Artifact is found here. As soon as you capture it, you've won.
Alternatively, a cheaper tactic involves exploiting the enemy AI. There is an enemy Storage Pit near the coast a ways south of the enemy main base. Use a transport to drop off a unit, attack the Storage Pit, and when the enemy army comes charging in to retaliate, send him back into the transport. You will then have the bulk of the enemy army close to shore and within range of your War Galleys—simply pick off as many as you can, then unload your transport and attack the Storage Pit to provoke them again. Once you've depleted most of the enemy's strength, move in with your invasion force which should have little trouble mopping up.
There are also a couple of yellow Sentry Tower to the north (belonging to a Greek player with a randomly generated name), but there's no units, and they are too far away to pose a threat - you can destroy them with a few ships though it is not necessary to do so.
Historical notes Edit
"One of the most famous episodes in ancient Greek history was the sack of Troy by the Mycenean king Agamemnon and his allies. The poet Homer recorded the account of this war in his epic poem The Iliad, the most famous example of ancient Greek literature. The poem was written perhaps four hundred years or more after the events described took place. Homer worked from an oral tradition passed down by bards from memory over the centuries.
The story began with the beautiful Helen, wife of Menaleus, but promised previously to Paris of Troy by the goddess Aphrodite. Helen was made to fall in love with Paris by Aphrodite and the pair escaped to Troy. Agamemnon gathered the Greeks to restore the honor of his brother Menaleus. The face that launched a thousand ships was that of Helen. The ships were full of Mycenean Greeks sailing to bring her back.
According to Homer, the siege of Troy lasted for ten years and featured the struggle between heroes on both sides and the intervention of the gods who had chosen sides as well. The Greek champion was Achilles, felled eventually by a famous arrow shot into the only part of his body not protected by armor and the magic of the gods, his heel. The Trojan champion was Hector. The city finally fell through the deception of a massive wooden horse left by the Greeks as an apparent gift when they withdrew. (The horse was the idea of Odysseus, and the gods on the Trojan side got their revenge on him over the many years he spent wandering trying to return home.) When the horse was brought inside the city, Greek soldiers hidden inside escaped at night and opened the city gates. The Greek ships and army returned in the darkness and entered through the open gates to sack the city."—In-game section
Historical outcome Edit
"The Iliad and its tale of the Trojan War was considered fiction by most until Heinrich Schliemann was able to confirm parts of it through excavations at Mycenea and the site in modern Turkey now thought to be Troy. This site was astride the important trade route through the Bosphorus leading to and from the Black Sea. Fabulous treasures of gold were found at Troy by Schliemann, asserting its wealth at one time. Of the many cities found at Troy on top of each other, one with impressive walls appeared to have been destroyed around 1200 BC. Whether it was destroyed by earthquake, the Myceneans, or by the barbarians that brought the ancient Dark Age has not been determined to general satisfaction. Arrowheads, scorching, and other evidence does suggest human agency in the destruction.
The site of Troy remained inhabited for many centuries after its destruction and was rebuilt several times following disaster or destruction. Troy was visited by Alexander the Great during his Persian campaign. He would have been familiar with The Iliad from his school days. The site was eventually abandoned late in the first millennium AD and was just a mound of rubble and earth on the coast when Schliemann arrived about 100 years ago."—in-game description
- This campaign scenario has historical inaccuracies:
- It was the Achaeans and Myceneans, not Athenians, who laid siege to Troy and rescued Helen. This is corrected in the Definitive Edition, as the player faction is identified as the Myceneans.
- In the Definitive Edition , Troy is changed from the Greek to the Hittite civilisation.
- Troy was visited by Alexander the Great during his Persian campaign (as indicated in the historical notes), not during the siege (as depicted by the campaign scenario).
- This scenario is the first appearance of Troy in the Age of Empires series; it would later reappear in the majority of the initial Greeks' section of Fall of the Trident in Age of Mythology.