The Wokou Monk is a Chinese mercenary unit available on some Asian maps. They take up 3 population slots but with the atonement or dance hall cards they will only take up 1 population. For Asians, they are called "repentant monks".

Overview Edit

The Wokou Monk has similar stats to the Skirmisher, but a higher population and coin cost, meaning that there is rarely a use for it, therefore it is not a recommended unit to use.

History Edit

"The term "wokou" is a combination of the Chinese word “wo,” referring to Japanese, and "kou,” meaning bandit or invasion.

Beginning in the thirteenth century, no group of sailors was as feared or as mighty as the plundering wokou pirates, a clan of Japanese raiders and smugglers who terrified the Chinese and Korean coasts. The first attacks occurred in 1223, triggering immediate calls for the Kamakura shogunate of Japan to corral these scoundrels and prevent further attacks on the Korean coast. In 1227, as a show of strength, the shogun had ninety suspected pirates decapitated before the visiting Korean envoy.

During the Mongol invasions of the mid-thirteenth century, wokou attacks fell, most likely due to a heightened military preparedness on the part of both the Japanese and Korean governments. But this did not last. In the late fourteenth century, as central authority in Japan weakened, the wokou took full advantage, even branching out to initiate attacks along the coast of China. They profited highly from a severe trade embargo forced on Japan by the Qin and then Ming Dynasties of China, reaping rewards as black markets flourished. The wokou experienced periods of rise and decline, even attacking China with a makeshift fleet in 1419, but ultimately became obsolete, aided by the sword hunt.

At its peak, the wokou culture was enough to threaten even the most powerful Asian ruler, and to appeal to the most ordinary of citizenry. Many men left behind their lives to seek fortunes at sea. Chinese merchants, militiamen, and smugglers, Korean pirates, Portuguese sailors, traders, and even missionaries joined up with the notorious wokou pirates.

Blind Monk Edit

The Blind Monk is a better version of the Wokou Monk, with more hit points, but no multipliers. Like the Wokou Monk, it's not the most useful unit in the game.

He appears a treasure guardian, that appears on many East Asian themed maps, such as Honshu and Yellow River. Most notably, they compose the guardians of the Trading Posts at the Silk Road, where they must be defeated in order to claim it.

History Edit

"This blind monk is a wandering Chinese holy man. He is a master of the bow and arrow despite his inability to see. His faith guides his aim."

Gallery Edit