Where the One-Eyed Man is King is the fifth and final scenario of the Ivaylo campaign in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition. It is based on Ivaylo's exile to the Mongols under Nogai Khan, where he eventually met a tragic end.

Intro[edit | edit source]

Betrayed by Georgi Terter, Ivaylo returned to Tarnovo, but the gates were barred to him. His men finally gave up hope. They returned to their fields, their uprising and Ivaylo's brief reign just a memory, to be lost and forgotten.

But Ivaylo could not forget. As he stood powerless before the city's walls, the weight of his fate as a mere pig herder finally weighed upon him.

He had defied all odds. He had not just challenged a tsar, a khan, and an emperor, but had upset the very order of the world. He, a swineherd, had dared to overthrow kings and make men free.

With these thoughts, Ivaylo took the greatest risk of his life. Perhaps blinded by his ambition, or blinded by his hope, Ivaylo turned to his enemy for help. He sought redemption in the land of the blind, where the one-eyed man is king.

Scenario instructions[edit | edit source]

Starting conditions[edit | edit source]

Objectives[edit | edit source]

  • Escape the church courtyard.
  • Find Radu Negru.
    • Kill the Hungarian Roland Bursa to clear the way to Nogai Khan.
    • Convert a Hungarian Villager to organize a revolt.
  • Go to Nogai Khan.
  • Reclaim the sacked village.
  • Destroy the Polish Wonder.
  • Destroy the Genoese Feitorias in Gazaria.

Hints[edit | edit source]

  1. You are restricted to a population limit of 200.
  2. Ivaylo's horse waits beneath a tower. On harder difficulties, Ivaylo will need to figure out a way to reach it.
  3. Collect resources near the Hungarian town, but be cautious when constructing buildings. The Hungarians will become suspicious if you build too close to their Town Center.
  4. In the mountain, only build enough to defeat the Hungarians. Once they are defeated, any resources or units you have accumulated will not follow Ivaylo to Nogai Khan.
  5. The Poles will attempt to gather Relics. Not only do Relics provide Gold, but they inspire the Polish cavalry to fight better.
  6. Consider who to defeat first: the Poles are an immediate threat, but the wealth obtained from defeating the Genoese would help to defeat the Poles.

Scouts[edit | edit source]

Your scouts report:

  • Ivaylo has disguised himself as a monk, but Georgi Terter's men have found him. He must escape into Romania to reach Nogai's court at Saqchi.
  • Ivaylo will need to cross the Carpathian Mountains, held by the Hungarian oligarch Roland Borsa (6, Red). A Vlach prince named Radu Negru desires to kill the oligarch and free Wallachia from Hungarian domination. He could be a useful ally.
  • Nogai Khan's Golden Horde (3, Yellow) has enemies on its borders, but Nogai is preoccupied with finding a successor to Mongke Temur, the recently deceased Khan of the Golden Horde.
  • The Poles (4, Purple) hold the city of Kiev in the north while the Genoese (5, Green) defend their Black Sea trading post in Crimea with a strong navy. The Genoese Feitorias are the source of the Italian's income.

Players[edit | edit source]

Allies[edit | edit source]

Neutral[edit | edit source]

Enemies[edit | edit source]

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Ivalyo must escape from the church yard. The player must convert a nearby Villager and repair the damaged tower if on harder difficulties. 

Once Ivalyo is on his horse, the player must take him north to meet Radu Negru, who will lead the way to his base. At the base, the player will find a Monastery and a Monk; recruit more Monks and convert every Hungarian unit that comes along. Once the player has a couple of Villagers, build a Town Center in the woods southeast of the camp. Build another Town Center in the northwest near a large gold deposit and some forage bushes. Boom to at least 30 villagers; build all military buildings, and a University and Blacksmith; research all techs; build an army. The player can save a little wood by converting some of the Hungarian military buildings. Build a Castle just north of Radu Negru’s base; recruit a couple of Trebuchets and destroy the Hungarian Town Center, and the gate to Roland Bursa’s town. Then knock down his Castle and kill him when he runs out.

(Hint - Transferring resources: before sieging the base and killing Roland, be aware that completion of the objective will result in all of the player's resources emptied out to 0 and will result in their army being relinquished for the next phase. There is, however, an exploit that allows players to transfer some resources to the next phase. All one must do is build any number of buildings but do not have them completed or even let the completion progress of the buildings go beyond 1%. Once the next phase starts and Ivalyo does not have anything again before meeting Nogai, the buildings that were under construction in the former base will still belong to the player and canceling construction of these buildings will refund the resources used. This can be very useful, especially when preparing to siege the Poles and the Genoese, as it will give a headstart in resource management, but be aware that this will only work with either the stone or wood resources and not the food or gold resources.)

Now Ivalyo is alone again. Take him to the Mongol base where he will be given 4 Cavalry Archers and told to reclaim a nearby Mongol village which has been sacked. He meets a few Bulgarian horsemen en route to the village, and notes that there is a Relic sitting loose in the courtyard of the little Bulgarian base.

When the player gets to the sacked village, there is a small army and a few Villagers; the player's resources now include exactly 650 stone. Immediately have the Villagers build a Castle on the north edge of the village, while recruiting many more villagers and building up the army. Build 2-3 more Town Centers and boom to at least 60 villagers. Take a Trebuchet and a Monk with a small army and capture the Relic in the Bulgarian base.

The Genoese pretty much leave the player alone while the Poles attack constantly and relentlessly, so they must be crushed. There are three bridges across the river to the Poles’ territory; wall the player's side of the river in such a way there are 3 sections – one leading to each bridge – so that the player's army can’t be easily out-flanked. Drop a castle near the central bridge and wear the enemy down while crushing his trebuchets before they can do major damage to the player's castle. Take out the towers guarding the central gate; take out as many Barracks, Archery Ranges and Stables as possible. Move the Trebuchets, infantry and cavalry to the northern bridge and repeat the damage done at the central bridge. This time, continue into the base and take out his northern castle, and finally his Wonder. Once the Wonder falls, then the Poles become allies and then resign, and won’t object when the player captures the Relic that has been left lying loose in one of the court yards.

The northern Genoese Feitoria can be taken out from Polish territory by Trebuchets; the two northern Genoese Docks can also be destroyed by Trebuchets. Build at least 8 Docks and crank out 30 or more Fire Ships (the land army won’t be used much any more, so send enough of them back to their farms to build lots of ships). Once the Fire Ships are numerous enough to be able to defend them, then build 8-10 Cannon Galleons. Go after the two central Genoese Docks next, and then the central Feitoria. Keep cranking out Fire Ships and Cannon Galleons to replace the losses, and consider recruiting 20 or so Demolition Ships as well. The Genoese now have only their two southern Docks left, but their navy is still a considerable force – they don’t have Fire Ships, but have numerous Galleons (without Chemistry upgrades) and some Demolition Ships. Take the player's huge navy to destroy the two southern Genoese Docks, and then the Cannon Galleons can destroy the last Feitoria at leisure while the rest of the player's navy protects against the remaining Genoese navy. Once three Feitorias are destroyed, Genoese will change the diplomatic status to ally and then resign. 

(Note: the Feitorias cannot be converted: a successful conversion just results in them being instantly destroyed.)

Outro[edit | edit source]

The one-eyed khan ordered a feast for Ivaylo and Ivan Asen, where he listened to their arguments on why he should support one over the other. Then, having heard enough, Nogai rose and pointed to Ivaylo.

In that moment, it is said that Nogai's guards seized Ivaylo and murdered him. The body was taken away as Nogai returned to his seat and finished his meal.

But I am not so sure that was the end of our hero. In the years since, Ivaylo have appeared again in many places and many times. Wherever the downtrodden have the courage to fight for freedom and justice, Ivaylo seems to appear. He lives in all of us and especially in you, my child.

I can see you are confused. I know you are thinking, 'What does this pig herding tsar have to do with me?' Don't you see, my dear? I lived in Bulgaria then. So did you, in fact.

You were very young, then. A mere baby when I wrapped you in your swaddling clothes and carried you here. It was on the day when the emperor, my uncle, took us from Tarnovo and from your father, Tsar Ivaylo.

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