Troy is a major city, and the primary enemy in most of the Greek part of the Fall of the Trident campaign in Age of Mythology. It also appears in the Trojan War scenario of the Glory of Greece campaign in Age of Empires.
The real Troy was an ancient, Bronze Age city in Asia Minor, known for being the setting of the Trojan War described in the Greek Epic Cycle, in particular in the Iliad, one of the two epic poems attributed to Homer.
Troy (Ancient Greek: Τροία, Troia and Ἴλιον, Ilion, or Ἴλιος, Ilios) was a city situated in the far northwest of the region known in late Classical antiquity as Asia Minor, now known as Anatolia in modern Turkey, near (just south of) the southwest mouth of the Dardanelles strait and northwest of Mount Ida.
Metrical evidence from the Iliad and the Odyssey suggests that the name Ἴλιον (Ilion) formerly began with a digamma: Ϝίλιον (Wilion); this is also supported by the Hittite name for what is thought to be the same city, Wilusa.
Age of Empires Edit
- For the Scenario they appear in, see Trojan War.
Whilst not explicitly appearing, the Trojans are the main enemy in the Trojan War campaign scenario. They are represented by Greeks, and by the red color.
In the Definitive Edition, the scenario has been reworked substantially. Troy is represented by two Hittite players, one being the red player and another the yellow one. Also, unlike in the original scenario, even more heroes make their appearance: Ajax, Achilles and Odysseus for the Greeks, as well as Paris for the Trojans.
Age of Mythology Edit
As in the Iliad, Helen has been kidnapped and held behind Troy's walls, with the Mycenean Greeks (the Achaeans) trying to besiege Troy's gates and save her. Of course, as subtly hinted in Agamemnon's mythology section and his behavior, the motives behind defeating Troy are more pragmatical in nature.
Also, Troy in Age of Mythology deviates much from the epic poem's version, with Nestor, Paris, Priam, Hector and other heroes and antagonists missing or not being mentioned, with only Menelaus and Achilles being mentioned indirectly (Achilles also appears as a Random Map-only Hades Hero unit, although he was originally intended to appear, and as such can still be seen leading Greek forces out of Troy in the final cutscene of "I Hope This Works")
Instead, Arkantos has sailed from Atlantis, after the events of the Omens scenario, to break the siege in Troy, with the help of Ajax, Odysseus, and Agamemnon. After certain misadventures, namely a brutal Trojan raid on Agamemnon's camp and constant Trojan counterattacks, the heroes manage to sneak through the Trojan Horse to Troy, and in nightfall, they bring down one of the gates, destroy the defending Trojan Fortresses and conquer the city.
Troy is represented by the Greeks, and worship either Hades or Zeus. Troy's defenders are represented by the color red, as are most main opponents in Fall of the Trident. The only different thing about the Trojans are their turreted "Walls of Troy"; while their gates can be relatively easily destroyed, the Walls are nigh indestructable.
Scenarios of Appearance Edit
- Ironically, the Trojans are represented by the Greeks in both Age of Mythology and Age of Empires. Their true origins are debatable, but it is plausible that they are an Anatolian people, linguistically and genetically related to the Hittites.
- Commonly in media, and representation the Trojans are represented as being a mix of Greco-Hittite, with substantial Greek influence, this is mostly likely done due to the Romans claimed their descent from Aeneas (son of Anchises and Aphrodite) and Troy.
- During the fourth scenario of Fall of the Trident, A Fine Plan, an allied town named Cyzicus made its appearance, to the south of Troy; this is a blatant anachronism, as Cyzicus was founded during the Archaic Age, not during the Bronze Age.
- Also, the place Cyzicus is sited isn't correct, as it was founded further, to the eastern parts of the Hellespont, than Troy.
- A more accurate allied town would be Colonae, or Pedasus, although an even more accurate choice would be Zeleia, a town at the foothold of Mount Ida, and allies of the Trojans according to Homer.
- Despite being based on the Iliad, and the campaign (hypothetically) being set sometime in the 1250s BCE, the city of Troy is anachronistically much larger, and built up, being more akin to Ancient Rome. The real Troy would realistically be half the size of what it is represented in Age of Mythology.
- Troy is the most recurring non-civilization faction to appear in the Age of Empires series, appearing in the Trojan War scenario in the Greeks campaign in the original Age of Empires, in Age of Mythology and in Age of Empires Online.
- The Walls of Troy were originally based on the Middle Eastern architecture walls from Age of Empires II, most likely as a reference to the Byzantines. They also used a unique Lighthouse sharing the same textures, which is still located in the models.bar file, although it lacks a texture (which is obtainable from the Multiplayer Alpha).