Viva Sforza! is the fifth and final scenario of the reworked Sforza campaign in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition.

Intro[edit | edit source]

Milan was prepared for the siege. Bronze cannons lined the walls and a vast militia was trained. Even the hoarding merchants sold their possessions to arm the mercenaries of the Piccinino brothers. Milan sent emissaries to convince the Duke of Savoy that Sforza would threaten all of Italy. Thousands of Savoyard troops marched against Sforza.

But battles are not only won on the field with men and horses - they can also be won in a dark tent over a barrel of wine. In one such tent, Sforza met with Malatesta, now commander of the Venetian troops.

Malatesta listened as Sforza ranted furiously of Milan's treachery. He knew that Sforza was not angry that the Republic had betrayed him, as much as that it had done so before Sforza could betray the Republic.

But Sforza offered an opportunity for Malatesta and his Venetian employers. While Sforza hurled his men and his riches against Milan's walls, the Venetians would be free to conquer the rest of northern Italy. Malatesta agreed to help Sforza, but, as always, alliance and treachery between condottieri were only opposite sides of the same coin.

Scenario instructions[edit | edit source]

Starting conditions[edit | edit source]

Differences between difficulty levels[edit | edit source]

  • On Standard, Milan will have less towers inside and outside its walls.

Objectives[edit | edit source]

  • Defeat Milan.
  • Defeat the Savoyards.
  • (subsequently) Defeat the Venetians.
  • (secondary) Build five towers in the Venetian base.

Hints[edit | edit source]

  1. You are restricted to a population limit of 200.
  2. You are rich in resources, but so are your enemies. Build your defenses quickly or you will be overrun.
  3. Milan relies on an economy outside its city walls. If this is disrupted, unit production in the city will grind to a halt.
  4. Malatesta is a condottiero like Sforza: he does nothing for free. But if you do as he asks, he will be a powerful ally.
  5. Building your own Castle over the ruins of Milan's will give you control of the surviving buildings of the city. The garrison and any remaining forces outside the city will continue to resist you, however.

Scouts[edit | edit source]

  • Sforza is camped in Roman ruins near Milan, the city of both his desire and his vengeance. He is aided by his old friend Malatesta who commands a Venetian force (Cyan).
  • The Milanese (Red) are led by the Piccinino brothers, responsible for robbing Sforza of Brescia. They have sworn to defeat Sforza in memory of their dead father and will train a diverse army to counter Sforza's tactics. Milan's dense defenses are supported by farms and mines outside the city walls.
  • The Savoyards (Green) wish to dominate Milan, but will need to defeat Sforza first. They have just arrived in the region, but will build quickly. They are known for their powerful Paladins and abundant Castles and towers.

Players[edit | edit source]

Player[edit | edit source]

  • Player (Italians) - The player starts with only a few units but lots of resources.

Ally → Enemy[edit | edit source]

  • Venetians (Portuguese) - The Venetians are ruled by Malatesta, who is initially allied with the player but, anticipating an eventual betrayal from Sforza, will become an enemy as soon as the player either defeats the Savoyards or destroys Milan's Castle.

Enemies[edit | edit source]

  • Milan (Italians) - Milan is ruled by Piccinino's sons who, like their father, like taunting Sforza.
  • Savoyards (Franks) - The strongest enemy and the biggest threat to both the player and the Venetians.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

At the beginning of the scenario, the Venetians (Cyan) will tribute the player 2,000 stone. Immediately build a Monastery and train a Monk that can go fetch the two Relics nearby (one is to the north of the starting point, the other one is to the east).

The player has enough resources to play aggressively. Boom as fast as possible with several Town Centers; spread across the map and claim as many mines as possible. Destroying the Milanese Farms will damage their economy beyond recovery.

Concentrate on destroying the Milanese Castle (Red) as quickly as possible. Spam Castles if necessary, and use mass Arbalests to take out their Condottieri. Once the player builds a Castle where the Milanese one stood, Red is as good as dead and the player will claim whatever Milanese buildings are still present.

As soon as the player destroys the Milanese Castle (or Savoyards (Green) is defeated), the Venetians (Cyan) will turn on the player. Plan accordingly: do not build the requested Towers. If the player does not build the requested Towers, the Venetians will almost be inactive. Instead, build a Castle right outside the Venetian base (building a Castle inside the Venetian base will trigger the betrayal prematurely), and a couple of Trebuchets ready to strike. Guard them with Arbalesters. Once Venetians (Cyan) switch to enemy, destroy their Castle with the Trebuchets and they will resign.

To deal with the remaining Savoyards (Green), and their main army force comprised of Paladins, mass Pikemen will do the job. Then use Trebuchets to level their numerous castles.

Outro[edit | edit source]

Hunger and disease spread in the besieged city. The soldiers left the walls and turned their weapons inward - to the cloistered professors and lawyers who had promised them liberty, but at a great cost.

Is it better to be feared or loved? In that moment, Sforza was both.

Milan opened her gates and Sforza lavished the people with all of the grain - their own grain - that he had taken during the siege. The grateful, if foolish, people crowned Sforza - that treacherous, conniving, selfish bastard - Duke of Milan. It was not his final triumph, but it was his grandest.

That is the story of Sforza from one who fought with him - and against him. Do I wish ill upon him? No more than I would wish ill on the fox who raids the henhouse in the black of night. It does only what a fox does and cannot be blamed for it. I do not blame Sforza any more than I would blame myself.

After all, Sforza's blood is in me, for I am his cousin, Micheletto. Sforza is like me - we are condottieri. We are the contract men of Italy.

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