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    Guide author: Useless
    E-mail: utuselessut@hotmail.com
    Guide version: 1.3
    Game version: 1.0
    System: PC
    
    Copyright: Useless 2006
    
    This entire document is (c) 2006 Useless. All trademarks are property of
    their respective owners. No section of this guide can be used without my
    permission. This includes, but is not limited to, posting on your website,
    making links to my guide, including parts of my guide in your own, or making
    reference to any material contained within.
    
    Please do not email me to ask for permission to host this guide, as I will be 
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                                   TABLE OF CONTENTS
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     1. INTRODUCTION
    
    
    	1.1 INTRODUCTION
    		1.1.1 WELCOME
    		1.1.2 KINGS TO CONQUERORS
    		1.1.3 HINTS AND INFO
    	1.2 USING THIS GUIDE
    	1.3 CONTACT ME
    
     2. WALKTHROUGH
    
    
    	2.1 ATTILA THE HUN
    		2.1.1 THE SCOURGE OF GOD
    		2.1.2 THE GREAT RIDE
    		2.1.3 THE WALLS OF CONSTANTINOPLE
    		2.1.4 A BARBARIAN BETROTHAL
    		2.1.5 THE CATALAUNIAN FIELDS
    		2.1.6 THE FALL OF ROME
    	2.2 EL CID
    		2.2.1 BROTHER AGAINST BROTHER
    		2.2.2 THE ENEMY OF MY ENEMY
    		2.2.3 THE EXILE OF THE CID
    		2.2.4 BLACK GUARDS
    		2.2.5 KING OF VALENCIA
    		2.2.6 RECONQUISTA
    	2.3 MONTEZUMA
    		2.3.1 REIGN OF BLOOD
    		2.3.2 THE TRIPLE ALLIANCE
    		2.3.3 QUETZALCOATL
    		2.3.4 LA NOCHE TRISTE
    		2.3.5 THE BOILING LAKE
    		2.3.6 BROKEN SPEARS
    	2.4 BATTLES OF THE CONQUERORS
    		2.4.1 AGINCOURT
    		2.4.2 HASTINGS
    		2.4.3 KYOTO
    		2.4.4 LEPANTO
    		2.4.5 MANZIKERT
    		2.4.6 NORYANG POINT
    		2.4.7 TOURS
    		2.4.8 VINDLANDSAGA
    
     3. CONTRIBUTORS / CONTRIBUTIONS
    
    
     4. VERSION HISTORY / UPDATES
    
    
    
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                                     1.1 INTRODUCTION
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     1.1.1 WELCOME
    
    
    This is my walkthrough for Age Of Empires 2: Age Of Conquerors, in case you 
    hadn't already figured that out. It's the follow-up to the guide I wrote for 
    Age of Kings, which is the game for which Conquerors is the expansion. You 
    can't install or play Conquerors without having previously installed Kings, so 
    the chances are you've already played and possibly even completed Kings, with 
    or without my guide. This in turn means that you don't need to be spoon-fed 
    every little fundamental detail about how to play the game, which suits me 
    because I can't be arsed writing them.
    
    My guide to Kings was very simple, and so is this guide to Conquerors. Each 
    guide just walks you through each level without much fuss, pointing out things 
    you might need to know or notice, and advising you on the best way(s) to 
    bypass each section of each level, all the way up to overall completion of the 
    game.
    
    Like Kings, Conquerors is an old game by now. Most of the games I write guides 
    for are old, since I can't afford to shell out 30 on the newer ones :( As far 
    as I know (I haven't checked) this guide is the only one of its type for 
    Conquerors, which is the reason I write guides - to help people with games 
    which I love but which may not have many or any walkthroughs already around. 
    This is all my own work, and any similarities between mine and someone else's 
    are coincidental.
    
    Anyway, enough about that. Most of these level guides take you through only 
    one specific way to complete the level, because obviously it's impossible to 
    list every method. If you have a better way to win a particular level than the 
    ones in here, by all means use it; email me it if you want, and if it's 
    significantly better or as good as mine I'll list it in the next update and 
    credit you for its inclusion. Please try to be specific in your contributions 
    - suggestions like 'THAT BIT'S EASY IF YOU GET YOUR DUDES TO HIT THE STUFF 
    WITH THE BIG THING RIGHT IN THE BALLS LMAO 1337 PWNZOR!!!1!' are about as much 
    use as an origami hamster.
    
    Objectives sometimes change when you achieve certain triggers. My listed 
    objectives are the ones which you are given at the start of the level - any 
    other subsequent objectives are dealt with in the guide, and mentioned as they 
    occur.
    
    Finally, this isn't a statty sort of guide. I can't be shat putting in tons 
    of numbers that you can find for yourself just by moving your mouse. If you 
    need help getting through certain levels, please read on; but if you're 
    looking for building property tables or whatever, forget it. Oh, and there are 
    no cheats here either - if you use cheats you don't need a walkthrough, innit.
    
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     1.1.2 KINGS TO CONQUERORS
    
    
    This is just a quick section highlighting a few of the improvements and 
    advantages that AOC has over AOK.
    
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    Your Objectives window now has a Scouts tab added on. This gives you salient 
    information and useful tips about the area, but nothing that couldn't really 
    have been included in Hints.
    
    Researching Caravan from the marketplace will allow trade carts to shift twice 
    as fast, which means twice the gold in half the time. Buy it.
    
    And researching Heresy from the monastery will cause enemy monks to kill any 
    units in place of converting them, which is worth 1000 gold if you're going to 
    be meeting a lot of monks. Your computer enemies will often have this 
    researched.
    
    In addition to the AOK priests getting upgraded to monks, you can now build 
    missionaries in certain levels. They're faster but they can't pick up relics.
    
    You can now garrison units inside battering rams, to be ejected at will or 
    when the ram takes too much damage. To my intense disappointment you can't 
    garrison petards inside. Or monks. Or peasants. Or quite a lot of other units. 
    The good news is that you can get far more units onto transport ships by 
    garrisoning them inside rams first. So you could either get fifteen swordsmen 
    onto an upgraded transport, or fifteen rams and sixty swordsmen all at once.
    
    The best feature of AOC over AOK is the fact that you're no longer stuck on a 
    pathetic population limit of 75. You can now go up to 150 in some levels, 
    which makes a big difference to everything. This unfortunately includes the 
    strength and size of enemy armies and towns.
    
    And - glory be! - you can now stack up farms in the mill. No longer do you 
    have to listen to those scittery sounds every time a farm dies. No longer do 
    you have to constantly flit back and forward between your town and your armies 
    to build more one by one. Give that designer a pay rise.
    
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     1.1.3 HINTS AND INFO
    
    
    In this guide I have mostly denoted enemies by unit / building colour, instead 
    of by nationality. This just makes it easier to know which ones I'm talking 
    about while you're actually playing the game, since some levels have four or 
    five nationalities of enemies, and frankly I sometimes have difficulty 
    remembering what frigging nation my own guys are from.
    
    If you have stone to spare, build a castle. Then build another one. They are 
    by far the best things in the game, and they solve most problems. Try to have 
    units garrisoned inside to deal with trebuchets, rams and bombard cannons.
    
    The computer often tends to attack the last building you built. This means 
    that you can defend your entire main base just by building a castle somewhere 
    else and making sure it stands. Weird but true, mostly.
    
    Trading carts count towards your population limit - be careful how many you 
    build, though AOC is much more accommodating than the 75 pop. limit AOK. Try 
    to put your market at the back of your base to maximise the amount of gold 
    available from the markets of your allies.
    
    Trading carts are brilliant, so don't overlook them. They basically give you 
    free gold forever in any level where any of your allies or opponents has a 
    marketplace (accessible over land). If you defeat an enemy but leave their 
    marketplace standing you can switch to Ally with them in the Diplomacy window. 
    This will allow you to trade with their marketplace, which comes in handy in 
    levels where you have no real allies and couldn't otherwise trade as normal. 
    Sometimes you'll have to switch back to Enemy to allow the mission to end.
    
    Try to find a balance between workers and combatants. This will change in each 
    level, as will your population limit; but I tend never to have more than ten 
    farmers, for example. You won't use much stone either, certainly not enough to 
    justify more than six stone miners.
    
    Outposts are not as useless as they appear. Since the enemy often attacks the 
    first building they encounter en route to your base, you can sacrifice the 
    outpost in order to give you warning of the size of the enemy attack and the 
    direction they're approaching from. This is much better than being caught by 
    surprise when they arrive right outside your walls.
    
    Castles and towers are excellent, since they are technically combat units 
    (well, buildings), but they don't count towards the pop. limit. You can have, 
    in theory, fifty towers, five castles and one peasant, and your population 
    will be 1/75. So with one actual unit you can hold off vast armies. This isn't 
    really tenable though, since god only knows where you'll get the stone from, 
    but you get the point. Use your stone - that's what it's for.
    
    Use the bottlenecks of the terrain to direct your enemies into one focused 
    area. Bridges are obvious examples, as well as mountain pathways, river 
    crossings, etc. You should also use walls to send your enemies along certain 
    routes, especially towards castles. Computer opponents look for connected 
    pathnodes, so if you redirect their routes without actually blocking them you 
    can make sure they go to where you want them to go. And you don't even need to 
    use stone - just build palisade walls.
    
    My own favourite trick to use against the enemy (if they have walled and gated 
    bases) is to build my own gates right next to theirs, or wall their gates off, 
    or use petards to knock down their gates and then build my own in the space. 
    They can't get out of their own base until they destroy my gates, and they 
    often don't even try. Even if they do they will always attack the one which 
    they would normally go through to head for my base, which means I can build a 
    couple of towers just outside and watch them die.
    
    Don't ignore the town bell - it's immensely useful in many levels.
    
    Group units according to abilities and movement speed. Every group will move 
    at the speed of its slowest unit, at least until the group enters combat.
    
    Don't buy upgrades you don't need just for the sake of having them. There are 
    quite a few you'll never need from the university, as they apply mainly to 
    towers. While playing this game I found myself relying almost entirely on 
    castles and directional walls - I didn't need tons of towers on which to waste 
    my stone.
    
    Quick in and out attacks can be very useful in this game. For instance, send a 
    scout cavalry running around the perimeter walls of an enemy base, then send 
    him running back home, drawing the gullible enemy guards into the firing range 
    of towers and castles. Sometimes it's amazing how many enemies you can take 
    down just by having a quick unit run past to get their attention.
    
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                                  1.2 USING THIS GUIDE
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    Please view this guide in a text viewer / editor with a set fixed-width 
    font, or else it might look a mess. I use Courier New, Size 10.
    
    Use the Find command (CTRL + F) with the numbered contents menu at the start 
    of the guide, in order to quickly jump to the section you want.
    
    I have put the main walkthrough section of the guide towards the end, after 
    all the other game information. This is not a design flaw - it's deliberate.
    
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                                     1.3 CONTACT ME
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    I always appreciate feedback for any of my guides, so if you want to send 
    strategies, thanks, blame, criticism or applause feel free to mail me your 
    comments. I consider all suggestions (and playtest them if possible) and I 
    often revise and rewrite based purely on reader contributions. All feedback is 
    welcome, unless it's to tell me I suck.
    
    Please consider the following before mailing me:
    
    - Check whether your suggestions or questions are already covered in the 
    guide.
    
    - Check whether there is a more recent version of the guide available - I 
    revise and update a lot after a first release.
    
    - To email me, please send your message to 'utuselessut@hotmail.com' and put 
    'AOE:AOC guide' and the guide version number in the subject line.
    
    - I don't edit contributor emails (unless they're obscene), so please make 
    sure you won't mind seeing what you've written appearing in a future version 
    of the guide, spelling mistakes and all.
    
    - Let me know in your mail whether or not you want your name and email address 
    to be included with your contribution - if you don't specify then I'll assume 
    you want it included.
    
    Thanks for taking the time to read this.
    
    
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    This is the section of the guide which will instruct you on how to 
    successfully beat each of the levels in each of the campaigns. My strategies 
    are my own, and they worked for me; but if you have better ones then just 
    stick to using them, obviously. And maybe think about contributing them to 
    this guide.
    
    I played the game on Moderate difficulty, since it's probably the difficulty 
    level most people will choose.
    
    I've given each level a difficulty rating from 1 to 3, 1 being easiest and 3 
    hardest. You might disagree with these ratings, but I will remain incapable of 
    giving a munkle's chunkle.
    
    I've tried to split each mission guide up into sections, though some don't 
    lend themselves to this at all. I've also included a QUICK HELP section at the 
    end of each mission guide, to allow you to skip past all my ostentatious 
    piffle and get right to the brief but useful hints.
    
    Anyway, good luck and I hope my tactics help you out.
    
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                                    2.1 ATTILA THE HUN
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    Barbarian hordes feast on the dying Roman Empire. The most dangerous of these 
    invaders are the Huns and their ferocious king, Attila. After pouring out of 
    the Caspian steppes, looting and burning all the while, the Huns become so 
    powerful that the Roman Empire is forced to pay a tribute to Attila. But the 
    king of the Huns is still not satisfied, and he mobilizes his horsemen to 
    invade Gaul and eventually Rome itself! Can nothing stop the brutal Attila?
    
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     2.1.1 THE SCOURGE OF GOD
    
    
    Success in this first mission depends on how quickly you move. If you hang 
    about and take your time doing everything you might find this mission almost 
    impossible to win; whereas dealing with the objectives as soon as you are 
    given them can make it almost impossible to lose. If you do it my way you'll 
    see why I've given it the lowest difficulty rating.
    
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    Difficulty - 1/3
    
    Objectives:
    
    Attila must survive.
    Attila must make sure Bleda is killed and return to the Huns' camp. Only then 
    can the Huns ride against their enemies.
    
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    Bleda challenges Attila to a contest involving a poor boar. Take Attila north 
    west, aware that you're quite clearly being led into an ambush. Fight the boar 
    with Bleda, and he betrays you once it's dead. Don't wait for him to finish 
    talking - get Attila running south east towards Bleda's purple buildings. 
    
    All those horsemen will see Attila running past and will realise that Bleda 
    betrayed him, at which point they'll switch allegiances and help you kill off 
    Bleda and his archers. Once this is done Attila gains control of the camp and 
    the game begins.
    
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    OPTIONAL: RESCUE HUN CAPTIVES FROM ROMAN FORT TO THE SOUTH
    
    DEFEAT 2 OF YOUR REMAINING 3 ENEMIES (THE SCYTHIANS, ROMANS AND PERSIANS)
    ~.><.~
    
    You should have three idle villagers, so get them chopping wood or harvesting 
    berries while you take all your horsemen south. Follow the road south over the 
    bridge, heading down towards the Roman base.
    
    Don't bother building any more villagers yet. Just send your horsemen all the 
    way to the southern corner of the Roman town (ignore the towers and guards for 
    now), where you will discover your trapped peasants and a Scythian scout.
    
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    OPTIONAL: FREE THE SCYTHIAN SCOUT FROM THE ROMAN FORT. HE PROMISES A REWARD
    ~.><.~
    
    Now get your horsemen to attack the Roman guards, then get them to knock down 
    the weak towers. I know you take a lot of damage and will probably even lose a 
    few units, but the town's defences are really easy to wipe out. Once your guys 
    are safe punch holes in the palisade walls of both enclosures.
    
    The Scythian scout will scarper north (don't attack him) and you can take your 
    peasants all the way back to your base. Keep your horsemen back and destroy 
    the Roman buildings until the Romans are defeated.
    
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    OPTIONAL: BRING ATTILA TO THE SCYTHIAN VILLAGE IN THE WEST TO DISCUSS AN 
    ALLIANCE
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    I strongly suggest you do this right away, since if you take too long the 
    Scythians will become your enemies instead of neutrals, and you really don't 
    want the Scythians as an enemy. Send Attila west now, while your peasants head 
    for home and your horsemen get started on taking down the Roman base. You 
    should also be able to advance to the Feudal Age, so do that while you wait 
    for Attila to arrive at the Scythian encampment.
    
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    OPTIONAL: SEND 10 HORSES TO THE FLAGGED SCYTHIAN PALISADE SO THE SCYTHIANS CAN 
    SUPPLY ATTILA WITH SOLDIERS
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    Now you just have to find ten horses (just approach them with one of your 
    units) scattered around and send them over there. Here are the locations of 
    the horses:
    
    South of your camp (1)
    Trapped behind palisade walls at the north west corner of your camp (3)
    Due east of your starting lumber camp (2)
    Due north west of your starting mill, across the river (4)
    Due west of the bridge to the west of your camp, on the coast (3)
    Outside the north west wall of the Roman camp (3)
    
    Once you get ten to the Scythian flags you get another objective.
    
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    OPTIONAL: KEEP 10 HORSES IN THE FLAGGED SCYTHIAN PALISADE SO THE SCYTHIANS CAN 
    SUPPLY ATTILA WITH SOLDIERS
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    Build up your base and units while you hunt for the horses. You can get those 
    three out of the palisade by getting a mangonel to fire at the ground where 
    the walls are placed.
    
    The Scythians donate loads of free mangudai to the cause when you give them 
    ten horses, which is frankly something you want sooner rather than later; and 
    they also brilliantly begin attacking the Persians in large numbers, making 
    your life infinitely easier. Research Cartography from the market place so you 
    can see how the Scythians are getting on.
    
    If the Persians do manage to attack you it will be across the southern bridge, 
    so concentrate on defending there instead of anywhere else. Stick some towers 
    and a gate at the bridge; and destroy that red Persian gate to the west with 
    rams as soon as you can, in order to get rid of that irritating tower behind 
    it, and to get to the plentiful gold.
    
    Build a dock just beyond this wall so that you can get across to the Persian 
    base easily. Either that or just send your units slowly south and then east. 
    The Scythians should keep the Persians more than occupied, and it's not hard 
    to send in your rams, knights and mangudai to delete the Persian base bit by 
    bit.
    
    Kill off the town centre and the last of the Persian peasants and it's victory 
    for the Hun.
    
    QUICK HELP
    
    
    Pull Attila away from the boar as soon as it's dead, and gain the help of the 
    horsemen.
    Take care of the Roman base at the very start - don't hang around and let them 
    get stronger.
    Meet with the Scythians as soon as you get the objective, and find the horses 
    for them to quickly get their help and lots of mangudai.
    The Persians become a luxury once the Scythians start attacking them - by the 
    time your own troops are ready the Persians will be practically destroyed 
    anyway.
    
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     2.1.2 THE GREAT RIDE
    
    
    This is like a bad custom-made mission, and the area is far too big for its 
    objectives. You'll wish you could just skip the tedious trek at the beginning, 
    but at least the enemy base is easy to take down.
    
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    Difficulty - 1/3
    
    Objectives:
    
    Raid the Roman villages. Once you have enough resources to build a forward 
    base, then you can field an army against the Romans.
    
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    Make two groups - one of tarkans and another of cavalry archers - and take 
    everyone south west to the Sofian village. Destroying their very poorly 
    defended town centre will get your mob some food towards their stockpile and 
    defeat the Sofians.
    
    Move west to the trees and stick to them while you head farther south west, to 
    the enclave with the archers and mangonel inside it. Send your cavalry archers 
    close to the wall to bait the mangonel into attacking them, then move them 
    away when it shoots, allowing your tarkans to batter a hole in the wall. Send 
    everyone in and destroy the mangonel, then the archers.
    
    Now head south west again until you see the castle. Don't get too close and 
    don't attack the gate next to it. Head south east along the wall until you 
    find the other gate.
    
    Start attacking the gate and some guards will appear from both inside and 
    outside the walls, opening the gate in the process. This will allow your 
    horses through, at which point you can remove the guards and start on the town 
    centre. Clear away any peasants hanging around.
    
    If you approach the castle it will spit out some more tarkans and hussars for 
    you, but they will be trapped and under attack from the castle. It's up to you 
    if you want to try to get these extra units, but I tend to just deal with the 
    castle later.
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    Les <trojan@atoka.net>
    
    "If you defeat Dyrrhachium outright, the military units in that pallisade
    all die on their own and they can be avoided untill that time anyway..
    there's no need to face them at all.  As for the castle, it HAS NO
    MURDER HOLES!  This is key.  Just send in your tarkans against it and
    keep your archers well away and you can take it without casualties.  I
    just used my tarkans to break-down all the gates around the Dyrrhachium
    inner-town and then destroyed all the buildings within and set-up my own
    town-center mating my own gates to the still-intact walls for defense..
    then sent my vilagers out to 'appropriate' the Dyrrhachium and later the
    Sophia farms.. You can also, if you wish, build a dock and some fishing
    ships to take food from the Thessalonican fish-traps.
    
    Also, don't forget to raid the mines south of the Roman fort and east of
    Thessalonica.. Adrianople I think it's called.  Big boost of gold and
    stone."
    
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    I got a bit of a doing when I approached the castle, which is why I advised 
    avoiding it until you're stronger; but if your way works then it works. I 
    remember trying to use the fish traps but I ditched them when I realised the 
    boats were, as usual, taking ages - better with farmers. As for the mines, I 
    knew they were there but I also knew I didn't need them to win the level - 
    only worth going for if you're really struggling for resources, which you 
    shouldn't really be in this level. Thanks for the suggestions.
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    Go east to the Thessalonican base and get rid of the guards. Knock out the 
    houses to gain control of some much needed peasants, then destroy the mill, 
    the docks and any remaining peasants, defeating Thessalonica.
    
    Send your new peasants northwards to the bunch of gold east of the red Sofian 
    base, while your horses move on across the river to the east to find 
    Adrianople. Destroying their mines will net you some gold; but get rid of the 
    monks, towers and miners first.
    
    Head north, but stick to the western trees so you can avoid the Roman base. 
    You will also pass a pathway with torches and bones, but you can come back 
    here later.
    
    Now you have to destroy Naissus's lumber mills for some wood. Do this and then 
    kill the peasants to defeat Naissus.
    
    Now send your combat units west to meet up with your peasants. Build a town 
    centre between the gold and the Sofians' farms, and start building your base 
    around here. You will get a new objective once your town centre is up.
    
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    TRAIN AN ARMY AND DEFEAT THE ROMANS BY LEVELLING THEIR TOWN CENTER
    ~.><.~
    
    The Sofian farms can be used by your peasants - just get a peasant to 
    'attack' one. Build a siege workshop and a couple of rams to help take down 
    that Dyrrhachian castle you missed earlier, since you'll be needing the stone 
    this will bring you; and a monastery to get your existing combat units back up 
    to health.
    
    Once the castle is gone Dyrrhachium will be defeated. Get mining the stone to 
    the north of it if you haven't already.
    
    You now just have to watch out for the Roman attacks which will be coming at 
    you from over that river crossing to the east. They will send various units 
    but nothing a few towers and the Town Patrol upgrade can't handle, in 
    conjunction with your knights and monks (the Romans have Heresy researched, so 
    your monks will kill them rather than convert them).
    
    Upgrade everything and build a decent sized force, bearing in mind you have a 
    pop. limit of 75 in this mission. I recommend four or five rams, two or three 
    monks, a bunch of knights and another bunch of crossbowmen and / or elite 
    skirmishers.
    
    While you are building your forces, send a fast unit around to that path into 
    the forest you passed earlier. When you get inside you will meet some Scythian 
    witches (with American accents) who tell you to send over 6 of your villagers 
    if you want a nice gift.
    
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    OPTIONAL: GIVE 6 VILLAGERS TO THE SCYTHIAN WILD WOMEN IN RETURN FOR THEIR 
    ASSISTANCE
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    You do want a nice gift so send 6 villagers over, at which point the women 
    will tell you to go north of their hut to a clearing. Send a unit up there and 
    you'll get a big bunch of hunting wolves and petards (make sure you max your 
    pop. limit out before picking these units up).
    
    ATTACKING THE ROMANS
    
    
    Now is the time to empty your base and launch an attack. Position everyone 
    north west of the Roman base and start building a castle north of the small 
    bridge. Use the wolves to scout out the perimeter of the Roman walls while you 
    build the castle, then start hitting the gate with rams. The Roman units will 
    be baited into attacking the rams, so pull them back to within range of your 
    castle.
    
    Once you've dealt with whatever meagre guard force the Romans had, hit the 
    gate and the towers, then pour everyone inside to get working on the 
    buildings. You could try building some unit production buildings of your own 
    just behind your castle to speed up the replenishment of your armies.
    
    Knock out the castle first with petards and rams, then launch a full-scale 
    attack on the town centre. Once it falls the Romans are defeated.
    
    QUICK HELP
    
    
    The Dyrrhachian castle will give you some units if you attack it early, but 
    you may lose as many or more if you try to take the castle down without siege 
    units.
    The Romans will only attack over one river crossing if you build your base 
    next to Sofia.
    Build a castle just outside the Roman walls to make attacking their base much 
    easier.
    You only need to destroy their town centre to defeat the Romans.
    
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     2.1.3 THE WALLS OF CONSTANTINOPLE
    
    
    The beginning of this mission makes it seem a lot harder than it is, but if 
    you fend off the pretty pathetic green attacks you're laughing. This mission 
    is all about getting gold by threatening your enemies, but you'll have to 
    spend some in order to destroy them, so don't be surprised if you feel a sense 
    of inevitability as you approach the blue walls.
    
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    Difficulty - 1/3
    
    Objectives:
    
    Stockpile 10,000 gold in tribute from the Romans.
    
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    Ring the town bell as soon as the level starts, then bait the attacking greens 
    down towards it. You should be able to convert one of the men-at-arms while 
    killing off the other two units. The greens are going to keep attacking until 
    you stop them, though they never send anything more powerful than scout 
    cavalry.
    
    Start producing peasants and work towards building a monastery, fending off 
    the greens' attacks all the while. Stick most of your units on patrol around 
    the eastern edge of your base, and send your monk through the mountains to the 
    west when your monastery is up. Pick up the relic among the trees and bring it 
    back to your base - it will bring you much needed gold.
    
    Your base should advance steadily, and you should focus on building knights 
    and crossbowmen to protect it from attack. Send the crossbowmen south with 
    some miners to get started on the precious stone; and patrol the eastern edge 
    with your knights.
    
    ATTACKING MARCIANAPOLIS (GREEN)
    
    
    The green base of Marcianapolis is extremely easy to destroy, and you can get 
    a lot of gold out of it too. Just send about ten knights and three rams to the 
    gate, knock it down and head up to the town centre. It should give you no 
    trouble, and you can rake in the gold by taking out all of their big buildings 
    after the town centre is gone.
    
    Once Marcianapolis has been defeated you'll want to get rid of the red base in 
    the south west corner of the map. I took fifteen knights, twenty crossbowmen 
    and elite skirmishers, four rams and three monks south of my base until I 
    found the river.
    
    ATTACKING PHILIPPOPOLIS (RED)
    
    
    Using a similar force, work your way along the river, past the mill, until you 
    find the first guard tower. Send your rams in while your ranged units hit 
    their ranged units, and your knights mop up stray peasants and melee units. 
    Once the tower is done push your rams south and destroy the town centre, and 
    get everyone else started on clearing out the remaining Philippopolis 
    buildings.
    
    There is another relic just beside their western barracks, but don't try to 
    send a monk in for it until you've smashed down the guard tower to the north 
    east. Your knights should be able to find and kill every last peasant, and 
    your rams should clear away any red buildings across the east bridge, leaving 
    the reds all but defeated (apart from a couple of fishing boats). Make sure 
    you knock down that blue monastery farther to the east as well.
    
    You now have access to lots more stone, so get mining while you tidy up any 
    holes in your army and explore the coastlines to see what your remaining 
    enemies have in store for you.
    
    ATTACKING CONSTANTINOPLE (BLUE)
    
    
    There are one or two things to note here before you try assaulting 
    Constantinople:
    
    Firstly, you can complete the mission without going near the blue city, if 
    only you manage to extort 10,000 gold from the rest of your enemies. You can 
    also build a castle for another 500. The chances are that you won't have 
    enough gold, so I'll include an attack on Constantinople for the sake of it.
    
    Secondly, there is a large batch of gold south of the city, on a sandy 
    peninsula. This is guarded by ships and ground units, however, and you'll have 
    so much gold by now that you probably shouldn't bother going for it.
    
    Thirdly, you can also attack the city by sea, as there are a few gates set in 
    walls on the water to the north and south of it. This is again more trouble 
    than it's worth, and a ground attack is simple enough to allow you to ignore 
    the sea routes.
    
    Anyway, build a castle to the north west of the blue city, and run along the 
    outer walls to bait the first bunch of units into following you. Delete these 
    mangonels and other ground units, then send about eight rams up the hill to 
    the first gate. Knock out the gate and any nearby towers, then prepare to 
    enter the city's walls.
    
    You will soon be attacked by lots of different blue units, the most dangerous 
    of which are the mangonels. You can draw all of the Roman units outside the 
    walls and to within range of your castle's garrison, which makes it a lot 
    easier to bring them down. Get them all to the castle and then remove them, 
    fighting in your own territory rather than theirs.
    
    Once the Roman base has emptied itself of its guards you can just send in rams 
    to get rid of the towers, castle and wonder.
    
    The good thing about Constantinople is that, big though it is, it's not 
    producing any more units, so the blues get weaker with every unit they lose. 
    No matter how many units you lose from your own army you will emerge 
    victorious, and you just have to rebuild enough to assault the castle and the 
    wonder to the east.
    
    Destroying the castle will get you 2000 gold, but this may still not be enough 
    to take you above 10,000. The wonder's destruction gets you a massive 5000 
    gold, which should be enough, and if so the level is over and you've won.
    
    QUICK HELP
    
    
    Ring the town bell until your army is strong enough to cope with the green 
    attacks on its own.
    Don't waste stone on lots of fortifications - you'll wish you hadn't when you 
    see the minuscule bases of your neighbouring enemies.
    There are two relics near the red base.
    Constantinople is heavily fortified and well defended, but once you get rid of 
    the initial defenses they'll have nothing left to keep you at bay.
    The wonder gives you the most gold when you destroy it.
    
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     2.1.4 A BARBARIAN BETROTHAL
    
    
    This mission is often reminiscent of hell in stripey pants. There's nothing 
    else I can say about it, except that you should prepare yourself for a very 
    big headache scheduled to arrive in about three hours from now...
    
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    Difficulty - 2/3
    
    Objectives:
    
    Defeat Orleans.
    Defeat Metz.
    Defeat Burgundy.
    
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    I once approached the start of this mission by slowly and painfully destroying 
    Burgundy with my gaggle of starting units before they could get going. Then I 
    built my town on their land and took it from there.
    
    This is possible but it turns out it wasn't a good idea.
    
    Gather your few starting units together and build your town centre in the 
    eastern corner of the map. There are various batches of gold and stone around, 
    and it will be a long time before any of your enemies decide to attack you.
    
    The cliffs and trees north and west of your position provide a nice set of 
    barriers to your enemies, so build walls and towers in between these natural 
    blockades. Concentrate on producing knights first and foremost, then get your 
    upgrades and siege units up later.
    
    The first few attacks should be easy to fend off, and you should use any monks 
    you've built to capture as many of the better units as you can. After one or 
    two attacks you will get a welcome objective.
    
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    OPTIONAL: BURGUNDY IS WILLING TO JOIN YOU, IF YOU CAN CONVINCE THEM YOU ARE 
    TRUSTWORTHY. FIRST THEY WANT A TRIBUTE OF 500 GOLD
    ~.><.~
    
    You should by now have plenty of stone, and nearly enough gold. Change your 
    stance with Burgundy to Ally in the Diplomacy window, tribute them 500 gold 
    from the marketplace as soon as you are able, then get the castle built inside 
    their territory (which should now be revealed) within ten minutes. Site it at 
    the north of their base, east of their mill.
    
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    OPTIONAL: BURGUNDY WILL JOIN YOU IF YOU BUILD A CASTLE WITHIN THE FLAGGED AREA 
    OF THEIR TOWN WITHIN 10 MINUTES
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    Start building trade carts and send them to trade with the Burgundian 
    marketplace. The Burgundians will join you when the castle is built, and life 
    gets easier from now on. This is why my idea to attack Burgundy early was a 
    very bad one - I did myself out of an ally and had to do the rest myself, 
    which was horrible.
    
    You'll still have a lot of work to do, since Burgundy have all the military 
    might of a slice of toast that's been cut into ten pieces and dipped in a 
    runny egg. Start mining all the gold you can find, including the batches 
    within the Burgundian territory; and start building siege units, knights, 
    ranged units and monks to launch your first assault, which is going to be on 
    the red base to the north.
    
    Before you leave the confines of your (hopefully walled) base you should make 
    sure you have some towers and a castle at the western point, since Orleans is 
    building quite a large force of cavaliers, scorpions, rams and other things to 
    send your way. Bait these guys into range of your castle and fight them just 
    outside your walls.
    
    ATTACKING METZ (RED)
    
    
    You have space for 150 units, so build a nice mixture including trebuchets, 
    petards, rams and paladins. You should also have at least twenty ranged units 
    and a few monks for support.
    
    Send them up the east edge of the map until you come to the red marketplace. 
    Attacking it will attract attention, and your frontal units should engage the 
    guards while you send in your rams and trebuchets to hit their castle.
    
    Mop up using your ranged units, convert any red paladins who are approaching 
    from the rear, and quickly hit the town centre north of the fallen castle. You 
    should have more than enough of a force to get rid of the last of the red 
    peasants and buildings: just don't go too far west or you'll run into Orleans, 
    which you don't want to do quite yet.
    
    Once Metz has been easily defeated you can pull everyone back to the safety of 
    your base while you rebuild and repair. Orleans will soon mount another attack 
    and you should get ready for it.
    
    You should also be able to advance to the Imperial Age by now, so do this and 
    buy some more decent upgrades for your units and buildings.
    
    There is a batch of stone in the southern corner of the map, and there should 
    still be enough gold lying about to prevent you from having to foray into 
    dangerous territory.
    
    ATTACKING ORLEANS (TURQUOISE): I
    
    
    This is one serious base that Orleans have, and it's going to take a lot to 
    bring it down. They have a castle at the south east edge of their base, so 
    ignore it and go around the back, past the defunct red mills on the north west 
    edge of the map.
    
    Build a castle around about here - it will come in handy later. Don't bother 
    with any unit production buildings, but position all your forces beside the 
    castle before you attack.
    
    Push a trebuchet south from the north west edge of the map, and you should see 
    the Orleans north wall, with a guard tower behind it. Target the tower with 
    the trebuchet and the turquoise guards will begin to react and pour through 
    the gates. Now push the rest of your forces forward: get rams working on the 
    gate and walls; paladins and ranged units soaking up the main Orleans attack; 
    monks supporting and your trebuchets hitting any buildings they can see over 
    the wall.
    
    The idea here is to take out the town centre above all, which is somewhere in 
    the middle of the base, to the south west. If you destroy it then Orleans 
    won't build another one, but if you destroy everything except it they will 
    just rebuild everything you destroy once they (invariably) wipe out your 
    forces.
    
    There's a second castle in the south east of their base which you might also 
    want to destroy too. Basically remove the town centre and then as many unit 
    production buildings as you can before you lose all of your own units inside 
    Orleans' walls.
    
    If you do get rid of the town centre you are presented with a new and 
    extremely large problem: the Romans will appear from the west and attack you 
    in enormous numbers, protecting Orleans, their ally.
    
    It's around about now that you'll lose all of your units and the dark blue 
    Romans will fill the Orleans walls. Once your guys are dead some of the Romans 
    will immediately attack your north castle or your main base - my north castle 
    easily withstood their individual attacks; and my main base had a castle and 
    five towers behind thick walls waiting for any attackers.
    
    You should now be able to sit back and soak up attack after attack from the 
    unorganised Romans, and they will not replace lost units. Don't bother 
    attacking Orleans while the Romans are about. Eventually the dark blue attacks 
    will stop altogether and the Romans will have almost no units left on the map.
    
    While you're waiting for this you should be scraping up whatever gold remains 
    around the area and protecting your mining operations with at least one tower 
    per mining camp. Get rebuilding your forces with this gold and the gold being 
    brought in from your trade carts running between your base and Burgundy.
    
    ATTACKING ORLEANS (TURQUOISE): II
    
    
    Build up pretty much the same force as you had before, only this time you're 
    aiming to wipe out Orleans totally. There should now be a big hole in their 
    northern walls, and you can send your masses through there again and finish 
    off the remaining buildings much more easily. 
    
    Rome can't intervene a second time, and if you can remove the Orleans paladins 
    and scorpions the rest should topple quite easily, with not too many 
    casualties on your side. This will be especially true if you send decoys to 
    run in and out again, drawing a few enemies up to your northern castle each 
    time.
    
    There's still that castle in the middle of the map to deal with, so hit it 
    with trebuchets while your cavalry archers or whatever take out the guards. 
    The Orleans trebuchets can be dropped easily by your paladins, and all that 
    remains is to hunt down every last enemy unit. Research Spies from the castle 
    to help with this.
    
    QUICK HELP
    
    
    Build a square base surrounded by walls, with a castle and some towers in the 
    north west corner - you will rely on this barrier many times.
    Try to enlist Burgundy's help - it's not very much but it's better than 
    deliberately giving yourself four enemies.
    Attacking Orleans is easier if you sneak around to the north.
    Make sure you destroy the town centre the first time you attack Orleans.
    Let the Romans come to you - don't try to engage them while they're waiting 
    inside the Orleans walls.
    
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     2.1.5 THE CATALAUNIAN FIELDS
    
    
    This one's a killer, both with base defense and getting rid of your enemies. 
    Two of your opponents are doable, but the dark blue Roman base is one of the 
    toughest in the entire game.
    
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    Difficulty - 3/3
    
    Objectives:
    
    Defeat the Romans, Alans and Visigoths.
    
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    This is a big level with three strong enemies, each of whom will send large 
    numbers of heavy units against you. And they'll start pretty soon after the 
    mission begins, so your first priority is to build and defend your base.
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    ______________________________V1.2 CONTRIBUTION_______________________________
    
    William Qi <sixawill@hotmail.com>
    
    "I feel it can actually be alot easier if you act fast enough, like the Hints 
    suggested to treat it like a death match. Build a castle and two stables right 
    when the game starts, and start pump out knights and Tarkans, once you have 
    around 30-35 of each(about 5-10 minutes if you are on fast speed), sent them 
    straight to Teal, at this stage, the Tarkans tears down their castle like it 
    is made out of paper while you sent your knights to their combat units, which 
    are mostly archers at this stage, you should not take more than 5 minutes to 
    take down their base. Then sent them straight towards Green's base from the 
    North. Whilst at home, your economy should start running smoothly, upgrade 
    whatever you can, and should be teching up to Imperial age by the time teal's 
    base is down, prioritize elite tarkan upgrade once you reach imperial. 
    Ideally, you will have elite tarkans or cavaliers by the time your army reach 
    green's base but don't fret if you didn't, as before, tarkans tears down the 
    two castles fast and painlessly. 
    
    Blue is a bit tricky, since if you invade while their troops are in there, you 
    will be killed quite fast. This time, bring all your units back home and heal 
    them up. Reinforce up and upgrade to Paladins, and get 4-5 trebuchets, you 
    should be up to your population max. Now, sent all your army(leave a paladin 
    at home) to west of blue's base, but don't attack. Wait until you see blue 
    moving out to attack you. Once the blues reach your base, get your lone 
    Paladin to draw them to your castle and run circle around it, and kill any 
    trebuchets they have. Whilst blue are busy with your castle, sent your main 
    army straight to their castles, with tarkans targeting one, trebuchets attack 
    another and your paladin deal with any combat units they have left. You should 
    be able to kill all three castles this way no problem. Sent reinforcements of 
    paladins to blue's base once you done deal with their invaders in your base. 
    
    With this way, I was able to beat this mission in 35 minutes on fast. The main 
    trick is attack fast and don't give them any time to build up, especially teal 
    and green. And with blue, they should have only 3 castles up by the time you 
    and there and taking down the three castles is easy with Tarkans insane 
    building attack(they killed one of blue's castle before my 4 trebuchets 
    brought another one down to 20%), and paladin support to soak up fire."
    
    
    
    Unfortunately I've lost my friggin' savegames for AOC, so I can't check this 
    out for myself (at least not until I go through the game again). It sounds 
    like a very good tactic, and definitely not one which occurred to me - 
    probably because I'm more of a cautious, build-up-the-base sort of player, and 
    so rushing in at the start only suits me on one or two missions. But any 
    suggestions which help make this tough mission easier are appreciated, so 
    thanks for this.
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    Pull everyone just east of where you start and build your town centre in the 
    little corner tucked into the trees. Expand west from there, and get knights 
    and cavalry archers up in numbers as soon as you can. The area is a little too 
    open for lots of walls, plus you don't have a lot of stone, so build a castle 
    facing south to the bridge, and another castle facing north west. 
    
    Build the castles close enough together so that enemies running in between 
    them will always come within range of either one or the other. Build walls 
    which lead enemies towards your castles, since sometimes they can sneak in 
    around the back or through gaps. Forget about towers.
    
    Your red allies to the north are not strong and you can't rely on them for 
    anything. You'll need to spot any encroaching enemies quickly, and take them 
    out before they reach either your base or your ally's. Just stick with lots of 
    horses and always fight around the castles for support. Keep your paladins 
    roaming around outside the castles, and your ranged units and monks garrisoned 
    inside. Use the paladins to draw enemies into the castles' range and watch out 
    for trebuchets and rams.
    
    ATTACKING VISIGOTHS (GREEN)
    
    
    The Visigoths are to the south, and their base is the weakest of the three 
    enemies'. I took about twenty paladins, twenty cavalry, five trebs and a few 
    monks. Make sure you've soaked up the latest attack from either of the other 
    two enemies, then attack the Visigoths once your base is safe.
    
    The Visigoth base has two castles south of the town centre, but other than 
    that they are pretty delicate and can be knocked over easily. Clear out the 
    remaining peasants and then pull everyone back to base to continue defending 
    from the other two enemies. You should no longer be attacked from across that 
    southern bridge, so explore to the west and place a tower or outpost at each 
    river crossing - one to the west and another to the north west. They won't 
    stop any attacks but they will give you a very useful advance warning.
    
    You can also switch to Ally with the Franks in the far west and start sending 
    trade carts to their marketplace for more gold.
    
    ATTACKING ALANS (TURQUOISE)
    
    
    You might have noticed that your two castles are having trouble catching every 
    enemy incursion, especially with those enemy trebuchets sitting in the 
    background. Build another one if you can afford it, and place it beside the 
    bank of trees just north west of your base, south of the Ostrogoths' 
    marketplace.
    
    The Alans' base is pretty easy to take down too - about as easy as the 
    Visigoths', except that they're farther away. Push all your units to the east 
    end of the river crossing leading west to their base, then attack the nearby 
    castle with the trebuchets. The base will empty of cataphracts and other 
    units, but nothing your paladins and cavalry can't easily break up and defeat.  
    The castle will be gone by the time your ground units have dealt with theirs, 
    so start on the town centre, stable, etc. Hunt down the last of the peasants 
    and you have only one enemy left.
    
    ATTACKING ROMANS (BLUE)
    
    
    I've tried many times to attack the Romans the conventional way: sending in 
    the usual bunches of paladins, trebuchets, archers, etc. This just doesn't 
    work. The Romans can have three or four castles at a time, plenty of towers, 
    tons of units, including defense trebuchets, and lots of peasants bringing in 
    more and more and more resources. If you hit Rome and manage to wipe out half 
    of their base and most of their units, they will all be back by the time 
    you've replenished your own armies.
    
    The best thing to do is to build one or two castles in close proximity of each 
    other, just outside the Romans' territory (if they don't attack your building 
    sites you're OK). Build one or two of each unit production building behind 
    your castle(s) and keep your entire army here until you're ready.
    
    By the time you reach the Roman base their peasants will almost certainly be 
    working outwith the confines of the main base, which makes it easy for you to 
    run around the outskirts, pick them off with cavalry archers and then retreat 
    to your nearby castle. This has the dual effect of getting rid of some of the 
    pesky peasants and also forcing the Romans to send their own army out to 
    investigate.
    
    The Romans will send virtually every combat unit they have at your nearest 
    castle when you pick a fight with the outlying peasants, so soak up their 
    attack around your castle(s) and then quickly move in for the kill. I had to 
    use two groups of four trebuchets, as the Romans have so many castles and unit 
    production buildings. With their guards gone you shouldn't find it hard to 
    raze their town, and then it's just a case of hunting down every last peasant 
    with Spies.
    
    QUICK HELP
    
    
    Two or even three castles on the western edge of your first base is not 
    overkill. Guard them with paladins to take out any and all siege weapons.
    Destroy the Visigoths early.
    Trade with the Franks in the west.
    Instead of charging into the Roman base and getting cut down by their units, 
    castles and towers, build your own secondary base just beyond the limits of 
    their territory, then draw their units into the deathtrap of your own 
    fortifications.
    Don't reinforce your army from your main base while attacking the Romans - 
    it's far too far away. Build more unit production buildings in the north of 
    the map, otherwise you'll never defeat the Romans.
    
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     2.1.6 THE FALL OF ROME
    
    
    This is one seriously difficult mission, maybe the hardest in the game 
    overall. It will take you a long time and you may not manage it at all if you 
    suck.
    
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    Difficulty - 3/3
    
    Objectives:
    
    Defeat Milan, Padua, Verona and Aquileia, so that you may parlay with Rome.
    Attila must survive.
    
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    You are not in a good position here. Those mountains are actually a hindrance, 
    not a help, and you have little space in which to build your town. 
    Unfortunately the level is designed so that this is the only place you can 
    really build a base and expect to keep it for very long. 
    
    I managed to defeat Milan as soon as the level started, using just my own 
    starting units, but Verona just sent a ton of units in and wiped me out before 
    I could start building a base inside Milan's walls. I've also tried destroying 
    Milan's eastern castle and then sending all my starting units down south to 
    build a base right next to the Roman walls, but the area was just far too open 
    and the stone is at the opposite end of the map.
    
    By the way, Milan are very vulnerable at the start of the level, and if you 
    want to try you can actually pretty much defeat them before they can get 
    going. You will have to be building your own base up at the same time, 
    however, so if you do go for Milan early make sure your other enemies don't 
    get the drop on your town while you're away. Even if you don't go for Milan 
    right away, send your four trebuchets south from the very start and get rid of 
    that unprotected castle next to the water - this will help you clear away any 
    green trebuchets firing on your castles later.
    
    I usually do this mission in the following order: Aquileia, Milan, Padua, 
    Verona. This is possible and it's the way I prefer to go. However, since 
    you're reading a walkthrough I'm assuming this level is giving you trouble, 
    and so you may not be able to do them in this order, since you won't have 
    enough time to kill off Padua's wonder. So I've rearranged the order into 
    this: Milan, Padua, Verona, Aquileia, since Milan and Padua are the ones most 
    likely to beat you to it by building a wonder.
    
    Anyway, assuming you're leaving Milan alone until you're stronger, the first 
    thing you should do is start building a castle immediately, preferably south 
    of your town centre, at the place where the land opens out past the mountains. 
    Don't bother with walls or gates or anything - they will hinder you more than 
    your enemies. Pull your trebuchets right up to the north edge of the map, 
    behind your town centre, as your enemies will target them before any of your 
    other units.
    
    Produce lots of peasants and get building farms, chopping lumber and building 
    the resource buildings. Get more peasants started on the gold to the west and 
    the stone far to the east - don't bother protecting your mines, as they should 
    never come under attack.
    
    Padua and Milan have both probably started building their wonders by now, but 
    don't panic. Don't research Atheism either, not until you know you might not 
    make it without it.
    
    Build walls, gates and a couple of towers at the back west and east passages 
    into your base, and keep small, numbered groups of knights just behind each. 
    Your enemies will be trying to sneak siege weapons and crossbowmen through the 
    back routes occasionally, and you need fast and mobile units hanging around to 
    quickly respond to these threats. Three or four knights at each passage can 
    handle everything that might come along, but wall and gate the passages off 
    too, just in case. Let the siege weapons attack your towers, then send your 
    knights rushing out to kill the enemy units off.
    
    You should be able to fit your buildings in at the back, once your lumberjacks 
    have cleared the area. Concentrate on building lots of knights, as the only 
    units capable of catching and killing everything else quickly. Build another 
    castle facing the purple base, and keep them repaired while you build your 
    army. The only units your two castles can't remove by themselves are the 
    trebuchets, so keep your eyes open, because there are lots of trebuchets 
    around here.
    
    ATTACKING MILAN (GREEN)
    
    
    You could also go for the weakest enemy, Aquileia, first, but for the sake of 
    this guide I'll start with Milan. Milan will start building a wonder long 
    before Aquileia, plus their siege weapons cause you many more problems than 
    anything Aquileia can come out with. They're the most dangerous enemy you 
    have, so kill them earlier rather than later.
    
    You might be thinking you should keep Attila back at base, away from battle; 
    but I've sent him in every time and he didn't die. Your enemies won't 
    prioritise him, stupidly, and paladins are so tough that Attila should never 
    come to harm while escorted by a big group of twenty or more. Send him into 
    battle - he's a good unit.
    
    If you do go for Aquileia first (I always do) you can still be back in time to 
    destroy Milan and then Padua before either can complete their wonders. I 
    believe Aquileia are the last of your enemies to attempt a wonder, so you'll 
    probably want to leave them alone for now while you deal with the faster two. 
    Since I'm starting with Milan here, I'll mention Aquileia later.
    
    Milan, in case you hadn't noticed, like their siege weapons. In fact they will 
    hardly ever send out anything other than mangonels, trebuchets and 
    crossbowmen. Their attacks are irritating to fend off, but their base is a bit 
    of a pushover (though they may have three castles). It's also good to take 
    Milan out first because, when you try to attack Padua, Milan send siege units 
    over in support of their purple allies, which is a serious problem for you.
    
    Anyway, send a big army of paladins, cavalry archers and trebuchets south 
    until you find and destroy Milan's outer mill. They should empty their base of 
    crossbowmen and mangonels, etc. but your horses can fend them all off. Pick 
    off the mangonels quickly, then move your trebuchets down and hit the gate (go 
    for the gate before anything else - you don't need mangonels firing at you 
    from behind the green walls.
    
    Once the gate is down use your trebs to find and destroy the nearby towers, 
    then move your army inside their walls to get rid of their town centre. West 
    of here is another castle (sometimes) and a few unit production buildings, but 
    Milan should be crippled with the loss of their only town centre, and you can 
    clear everything in here easily, including the wonder they'll have started 
    building. There's another castle to the west, across the bridge, but you might 
    have defeated Milan by now by killing all their peasants. If not just clear 
    away everything else until they're finished.
    
    Pull everyone back to base and fill out your army again. Padua are on their 
    way to completing their wonder, and you're going to have to move fast to 
    destroy it in time.
    
    The good news is that you only have to watch for attacks from the east from 
    now on - Milan were the only ones attacking from south or west. Plus Verona 
    are the only ones left who will regularly send trebuchets your way, which is 
    even more of a relief.
    
    ATTACKING PADUA (PURPLE)
    
    
    This is a big base, and the wonder is right in the middle. There's really only 
    one place you can attack from because of the time limit, so range your army 
    just out of reach of their walls. Get one or two trebuchets to hit the gate, 
    another two on the two towers inside it, and another one or two on the tower 
    down the western wall.
    
    Padua will of course respond with most of their army, so do your best to fend 
    them off with your cavalry archers. Hit mangonels with your paladins as soon 
    as you see them, and let the paladins soak up the counter-attacks from Padua 
    by sticking them in front while your cavalry support. Keep monks in the 
    background for healing.
    
    Once the gate and towers are gone you can head inside. It's very congested in 
    here, and it's easy to break your army up because of all the buildings. Try to 
    keep everyone together, and target every trebuchet you have on that wonder, 
    while everyone else supports (kill off the peasants and town centre with 
    paladins while your ranged units take out the crossbowmen, etc.
    
    You will probably keep most or all of your knights, but your cavalry archers 
    might be pretty much wiped out, and you won't have all your trebuchets either. 
    This doesn't matter - if the wonder is gone then Padua have serious problems. 
    Pull everyone back to the safety of your castles as soon as you see it fall, 
    and let the castles get your back.
    
    Now just build up another army and head back inside Padua's walls with it. 
    Advance slowly and carefully, keep everyone together and watch out for towers 
    and the castles to the south east. Destroy any gates you find too, as they 
    will make it easier for you to chase down the annoying crossbowmen.
    
    If you have eradicated pretty much every purple building you see and yet Padua 
    are still alive and well, they've probably built another town centre inside 
    Verona's walls, far to the south east. Deal with this later, but Padua will 
    probably never be a real threat again. Leave them long enough and they will 
    start building another wonder, however.
    
    By now your gold and stone mines have probably run out, so send all your 
    miners south of the now ruined Milan, follow the road across the bridge, then 
    look south of the end of the bridge to find lots more gold. There's no more 
    stone in the level though, so buy what you need from the market. Hopefully you 
    left Milan's market standing too.
    
    Speaking of wonders, while you were attacking Padua, Verona will have started 
    on theirs. Research Atheism this time, and push whatever forces you have still 
    standing through Padua's south gates, then go down the road until you find a 
    couple of Verona's houses. Stop here and bring some peasants down to build a 
    castle and some unit production buildings north west of Verona's orange base.
    
    ATTACKING VERONA (ORANGE)
    
    
    This is a bog-standard base, slightly easier than Padua's to destroy. You 
    should know how to deal with this sort of thing by now: just hit towers and 
    gates with trebuchets, let their armies break onto yours, suck them back to 
    your castle, keep healing, advance once each section is clear of towers. 
    Verona have a couple of castles and they will keep producing trebuchets and 
    axemen. Bring them down when you see them, and watch out for all the paladins 
    and monks.
    
    Once you destroy Verona's wonder they will resign, whether you get all their 
    peasants or not, so you might want to just barge in with trebuchets or petards 
    and go for the wonder while you keep the rest of the orange units busy.
    
    Now all that is left (if you didn't kill them off earlier) is to defeat 
    Aquileia. Well, Padua might have started another wonder inside their old base, 
    so research Spies (you should have enough gold) and kill off Padua's peasants 
    and the wonder to finish the purples off once and for all.
    
    The last batch of gold is south east of Verona's walls.
    
    ATTACKING AQUILEIA (RED)
    
    
    The reds are the easiest bunch to defeat, and you probably won't need a 
    walkthrough at all for their tiny base. They'll have a few buildings outside 
    their walls, to the south, but you can delete them easily and soak up the 
    counter-attack coming from the main base. Get rid of the towers and gates, 
    then head inside to delete everything you see. As far as I know you don't have 
    to finish off the ships to defeat Aquileia, but you will have to kill their 
    peasants and a wonder, if they've even managed to get the finger out and begin 
    building one.
    
    Anyway, once you've vanquished all four of your enemies you get a new 
    objective.
    
    ~.><.~
    ATTILA MUST MEET WITH POPE LEO I OUTSIDE THE GATES OF ROME
    ~.><.~
    
    Send Attila down to the revealed area, where the pope is waiting.
    
    Congratulations on winning the Attila The Hun campaign.
    
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                                        2.2 EL CID
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    Spain is divided between Christian kingdoms to the north and Moorish kingdoms 
    to the south. In the barren borderlands of Castille, Rodrigo Diaz, called El 
    Cid, gains notoriety as a brilliant general and heroic crusader. El Cid is so 
    popular among soldiers and peasants alike that the distrustful King of 
    Castille sends him into exile. The Cid must join forces with his former 
    enemies, the Moors, and fight against his beloved Castille. But an even 
    greater threat waits across the sea in Africa, where fanatical Berber horsemen 
    are eager to seize what the Moors could not.
    
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     2.2.1 BROTHER AGAINST BROTHER
    
    
    This is a nice, peaceful little level, where your enemies can be controlled 
    and dominated easily. There is only one batch of stone, and if you control it 
    you control the map. You also get quite a lot of free stuff, which is always 
    nice.
    
    ---
    
    Difficulty - 1/3
    
    Objectives:
    
    Become King Sancho's champion in a trial by combat.
    
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    Take El Cid into the arena and he will defeat the two-handed swordsman. Send 
    him to the stable to get the horse, then return him to the arena to kill off 
    the knight. Now send him down the hill to the west and stand him in front of 
    the bunch of yellow units until the King gives them to Cid as his army.
    
    ~.><.~
    EL CID MUST SURVIVE
    
    TAKE COMMAND OF THE CASTILLIAN ARMY IN ORDER TO CAPTURE KING SANCHO'S 
    CONNIVING, AMBITIOUS BROTHER, KING ALFONSO. ALFONSO'S CASTLE LIES TO THE 
    NORTHWEST, ACROSS THE RIVER
    ~.><.~
    
    Use your new units to explore the eastern half of the map, and make sure you 
    pick up the free houses in the village to the north. There are two bridges 
    across to the centre of the map - go across the northern one and get more 
    houses, a mill, a lumber camp and four more peasants.
    
    Build your town centre just south of that bridge and send all your combat 
    units north until they find the walls of King Alfonso's base. Pick a fight 
    with the nearby stone miners and the base will empty of its guards, though 
    your own units should be able to finish them off if they are out of range of 
    the blue towers.
    
    Now send them all up the eastern coast, beside the east wall of the blue base. 
    They should run into some gold miners - the only ones Alfonso has - and the 
    miners should fall quickly to your soldiers. Kill off the mining camp and wait 
    for the reprisal from the now pretty weak blues. They will send up units to 
    investigate for a couple of minutes, but they will soon run out of gold, and 
    by that time your own base should be capable of replacing any soldiers you 
    lose. You now have the upper hand, and you should establish your own gold mine 
    up there quickly, leaving all your soldiers in the vicinity, out of reach of 
    the blue towers inside the walls.
    
    You can do the same with that stone mine you found - wipe it out and post some 
    guards just beside it. Continue to build up your base, knowing that your 
    enemies can't get at any stone or gold. 
    
    By the way, don't chop trees around the lumber camp you got given - instead 
    build ten lumberjacks and send them far west, over the bridge and west to the 
    trees and the edge of the map. Build a lumber camp here and start cutting down 
    these trees, as there is a monastery with four relics hiding beyond them, 
    guarded by a few monks, who will ally with you when you approach them.
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    Lambert Forkink <helloitsme22@gmail.com>
    
    "There is a path trough the forest, fust west of the most western blue 
    tower.You can reach it without bieng hit if you move next to the trees. Send a 
    knight to them is much quicker and easier. if you do this in the castle age 
    and with redemption reseached, you can convert a tower, which can function 
    like an outpost."
    
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    Nice one, I never spotted the path.
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    There are a few other things you might want to do while you build up your 
    forces for an attack:
    
    Send someone up that hill to the south to find six more free units. Build a 
    marketplace to the west of your main base and start trading with your allies 
    across the river. Build a castle just south of the blue gate, in order to 
    catch any and all units coming through.
    
    Now that Alfonso's army has access to neither gold nor stone, they've pretty 
    much lost already. I used three petards to knock down their gate, another four 
    each for the two towers behind it, then I moved my ground units in and camped 
    them at the unit production buildings right next to the hole I had just 
    created in their walls. I then sent four rams over the bridge to start work on 
    the castle, then moved more petards in just behind them to hit the castle 
    while Alfonso's siege units reacted from the west. The rams and petards should 
    be more than a match for the castle, at which point you'll get your final 
    objective.
    
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    EL CID HIMSELF MUST BRING THE CAPTURED KING ALFONSO TO KING SANCHO'S 
    TOURNAMENT GROUNDS
    ~.><.~
    
    Alfonso changes stance to Neutral and then to Ally, and all that's left for 
    you to do is to send Cid and the King (standing alone north of his castle) 
    back to the arena you fought in earlier.
    
    QUICK HELP
    
    
    Stop Alfonso's army from mining stone and gold as soon as you can - they will 
    offer almost no resistance from then on.
    There is no need for a vast army in this level - you can hold Alfonso's 
    soldiers at bay with one castle outside their walls, and assault their base 
    with four rams and about fifteen petards.
    
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     2.2.2 THE ENEMY OF MY ENEMY
    
    
    This is a big mission with a very complex bunch of fortifications and 
    buildings to negotiate. But by being sneaky and devious you can render your 
    enemies impotent while you stroll in and grab the four relics from under their 
    noses.
    
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    Difficulty - 2/3
    
    Objectives:
    
    El Cid must survive.
    Find a way to stop the rebellion in Toledo.
    
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    Move everyone downwards and you get another objective.
    
    ~.><.~
    EL CID MUST MEET WITH THE IMAM, AS HE WILL KNOW HOW TO QUELL THE UNREST IN 
    TOLEDO
    ~.><.~
    
    Soon afterwards Toledo is defeated, but ignore that for now. Send Cid alone to 
    the east, past the Motamid guys who will ally with you and whose marketplace 
    you can trade with later, and farther east until he finds the water. There is 
    a ship to the south which will come under your control, so send Cid across the 
    lake to meet the Imam.
    
    ~.><.~
    RECOVER THE 4 RELICS FROM THE REBEL LEADERS AND RETURN THEM TO THE IMAM
    ~.><.~
    
    So he wants the relics, but can't be bothered getting off his arse and 
    recovering them by himself. Anyway, put Cid back on the ship and drop him off 
    to the south, back on the mainland.
    
    Now bring all the rest of your units down to meet him and head east as far as 
    you can, until you hit the edge of the map, on the southern coast of the lake. 
    Set up your base among the mountains south of here: there is plenty of gold 
    and this area is very inaccessible from your enemies' point of view. The place 
    you entered the map in is not a good place for a base.
    
    Build your town centre, farms, mill and lumber camp next to the gold among the 
    mountains, then start building houses against the pond to the east (you will 
    soon lose the houses you started with). Build your larger buildings on the 
    beach south of the big lake, and block both entrances to the mountain pass 
    with stone gates. Build a marketplace so that you can trade and buy more 
    stone, and start producing knights and cavalry archers to protect the big 
    crossing south of the lake, which is where almost all your enemies will be 
    coming from (make sure to block that little pass by the west cliffs with a few 
    squares of wall).
    
    All your enemies will now be coming at you over that crossing, so build a 
    couple of towers, stick five archers in each, then just patrol the area with 
    your heavy units, with monks sitting behind them for healing. You are 
    basically safe, since the enemies won't be building siege weapons, and you can 
    begin the next phase of the attack.
    
    NULLIFYING THE THREAT FROM THE SARACENS (GREEN)
    
    
    Getting this right is tricky, but once it's in place the greens are pretty 
    much useless. Send five or six villagers and ten archers through the southern 
    pass, then directly east to the little clump of trees. Head due south from 
    here until you find the small outcrop of stone in the desert. Ignore this for 
    now and continue directly south until you find much more stone beside a green 
    mining camp. The Motamids tell you about this stone at some point, but 
    I'm not sure what triggers their message.
    
    Make sure you have enough stone from the marketplace and then build an 
    enclosure surrounding the stone and mining camp. Build a gate somewhere in the 
    wall and make sure you leave enough room for yourself to build a mining 
    camp and a couple of guard towers (upgrade these as soon as you can from the 
    university). Stick the guard towers at the north wall of this enclosure, with 
    the mining camp against the map's edge.
    
    Protect this construction site with your archers until everything is in place, 
    then put five archers in each tower, while your peasants begin mining the 
    valuable stone in peace. From now until the end of the level the Saracens will 
    do little except send more and more units fruitlessly against the walls and 
    two towers of your little encampment, trying endlessly to get to the stone. 
    Your walls and towers and archers can hold them off forever, and you can 
    pretty much ignore the greens from now on.
    
    COLLECTING THE FIRST RELIC
    
    
    This is easy but long-winded. Your base should be safe and your stone mining 
    operation should also be safe. The only threat will be coming from the 
    intermittent skirmishes into your territory by the orange Spanish Rebels, none 
    of which should be a problem if you've posted towers and gates on the 
    outskirts of your base.
    
    You can empty your base of combat units and head far to the west until you 
    cross a yellow bridge and arrive at the orange gates. Build a castle in the 
    clearing north of the gate, as well as a monastery and a siege workshop. Bung 
    a stable there too if you like, and place a gate at the beginning of the pass.
    
    You should have plenty of gold and stone coming in now (there is more gold 
    just south of your mountain base, and lots in the north west corner of the 
    map), as well as plenty of food and lumber. You should also have built a lot 
    of knights and cavalry archers by now, but now that you have the castle you 
    can replace any fallen cavalry with the much better conquistadors. Start 
    building petards from the castle, since they will be mainly what you'll be 
    using versus the Spanish Rebels. Have one or two rams handy as well, to bear 
    the brunt of any attacks coming from towers and castles.
    
    Take out the orange gate and then send in some quick horsed units to scout out 
    the area just south of the wall. You should find a few towers, one or two 
    behind gates, a town centre, a mill and a castle farther south. Have about 
    eight petards built, then wheel a ram into the middle to draw fire from the 
    towers and town centre. Blow up each tower with the petards and then start 
    again on the next one. The castle can be downed by knocking down the wall with 
    your ram (switch to Enemy with Toledo to target the wall), then sending 
    petards through the hole while the castle fires at the ram. Keep your 
    conquistadors, knights and monks just behind, out of range of any of the 
    fortifications, but close enough to quickly erase any Spanish soldiers who 
    might attack the ram(s).
    
    And just basically keep doing this: scout farther and farther south until you 
    meet an obstacle, send in a ram to draw fire, send in petards to remove the 
    obstacle. This should work all the way down south, over the bridges, past the 
    towers, through the last gate and east to the castle in the little corner 
    island. Just keep building more and more petards.
    
    Once that last castle is gone you should get rid of the unit production 
    buildings surrounding it, then pick up the relic from the castle's wreckage, 
    Bring it up to your monastery with a monk, then send all your units to the 
    north of the two bridges, where there is a coastline leading east.
    
    By the way, don't take the relic to the Imam yet - in fact don't take any of 
    them to him until you have all four.
    
    COLLECTING THE SECOND AND THIRD RELICS
    
    
    This is much easier, now that the oranges have lost a ton of buildings, and 
    the greens are occupied by trying to take down walls and towers they can't 
    possibly breach. Push everyone east, with your heavy units leading the way, 
    You will meet some resistance but nothing that can't be steamrolled by your 
    legions of horses. The monks guarding the three monasteries by the statue 
    might manage to convert or kill one or two of your units before you kill them, 
    but so what? At this point you have by far the upper hand.
    
    Delete the monks and monasteries, then send your own monks into the wreckage 
    for the two relics. Send them back to your own monastery while your combat 
    units sit in this enclosure with the statue in the middle. Bring your monks 
    back to your main force to provide the usual support, then push everyone east 
    yet again.
    
    COLLECTING THE FOURTH RELIC
    
    
    This one's the easiest yet. Follow the roads until you come to the conspicuous 
    palisade wall. There will be a lone green monk trembling behind it, clutching 
    the last relic. Knock down the wall, introduce the monk to your conkers' guns, 
    then bring the fourth relic to the monastery. Pull your units out to safety - 
    you're done here.
    
    All that remains is to take the four relics all the way back to the boat on 
    the north east lake, and across to place them in the Imam's house. Do NOT let 
    the ship be attacked and sunk while your monks are transporting the relics 
    across - I assumed they would be fine and left my computer while I waited, 
    then I came back to find the ship gone, along with the relics, meaning I was 
    stuck and had to reload. Not funny.
    
    As soon as you dump the first relic in the Imam's monastery your enemies will 
    react with whatever they have, and will hurry to try to retrieve the relics. 
    They're wasting their time if you drop them all off at once, after which you 
    can just wait for the victory message.
    
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     2.2.3 THE EXILE OF THE CID
    
    
    This is a weird, half-RPG / half RTS level with a surprisingly weak opponent. 
    If you explore your surroundings you can exploit your enemy's vulnerabilities 
    quickly and easily.
    
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    Difficulty - 1/3
    
    Objectives:
    
    El Cid must survive.
    El Cid must find a new city in which to live and a new lord to serve.
    
    ---
    
    Head north and grab your horse, then south and make your way out of the city. 
    Alfonso's men will attack just as you're leaving, so head south through the 
    town and pick up some more units. Stop and kill the two soldiers chasing you, 
    then head south towards the two mountains.
    
    ~.><.~
    JOIN MOTAMID OF THE MOORS AT HIS CASTLE IN ZARAGOZA
    ~.><.~
    
    Run your three horses through the pass and get them to attack and kill the 
    scorpions, then follow up with your pikemen. More free units await just beyond 
    the mountains, and then you can head south east towards Alfonso's next castle. 
    Stick to the west edge of the map to avoid its range and the guards behind the 
    walls, and continue farther south to get handed a mini-base.
    
    ~.><.~
    DESTROY ALFONSO'S CASTLE, SO THAT YOU MAY CONTINUE ON TO ZARAGOZA
    ~.><.~
    
    Build up a nice complement of units with the resources you're given - make 
    sure you include three or four rams, whatever you decide to build. Use the 
    rams to bait the castle and guards into attacking them, then wipe out the 
    units with your own while your rams start on the castle (the castle's guards 
    should open the gate when they come through, allowing you to barge past).
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    Lambert Forkink <helloitsme22@gmail.com>
    
    "I've another thing found, in the3rd mission of el cid: you suggest making 
    rams, but why dont use the tebuchet you got given? only build a few men at 
    arms to defend it from the 4 Pikeman that guard the castle. and without rams 
    you are much faster in Zaragoza."
    
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    Having lost all my saves I can't remember whether or not I got a trebuchet 
    before reaching Alfonso's castle. If you do get one then it's obviously useful 
    against the castle, but the rams are still the best bait units around, 
    especially if you don't want to lose your only fragile trebuchet.
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    Once the units are gone, pull everyone out while your rams keep battering at 
    the castle. When it's down you can continue north with whatever units you've 
    still got left, taking them through Motamid's gates and north east to the 
    flagged castle.
    
    ~.><.~
    DEFEND ZARAGOZA BY DESTROYING COUNT BERENGUER'S SIEGE WORKSHOP NEARBY
    ~.><.~
    
    Motamid wants the siege workshop hassling his eastern gates to be removed, so 
    take everyone through his northern gates and go around to meet Berenguer's 
    siege weapons and a few guards. Nothing tough here - just target the mangonels 
    with your knights and the guards with anyone else. Then finish off the 
    workshop and houses to be given a bunch of resources and a handful of free 
    units by Motamid.
    
    Now send most of your units north west to look for the big batch of gold south 
    of the curve of trees. There is stone round to the west, but don't go too far 
    north on either side of the trees or you will meet Berenguer's base. Don't 
    chop those trees either, as they're protecting you - send your lumberjacks to 
    the forest in the east corner of the map and leave them there in safety.
    
    While you set up your base next to Motamid's northern walls, send any unhorsed 
    combat units south east from here until they come to the far side of the 
    river, where the gold is. You can pick up this gold later, when your initial 
    supplies run out, but for now keep heading west along the bottom of the map 
    until the road curves north, through some trees at a small gap past Motamid's 
    south west walls. You can twist around and down south again to arrive at the 
    small base you were given earlier.
    
    Station these troops next to the relic lying beside the buildings, if it 
    hasn't been taken already, If it's still there there will be an enemy monk 
    coming for it soon, so defend it while you hurry towards building a monastery 
    and a monk of your own. If it's already gone just forget it and send your 
    troops back to your main base.
    
    As far as defending your base goes, there are various bottlenecks you should 
    block to channel Berenguer's troops to where you want them. Scout out the area 
    to the south, east and west, but don't go too near Berenguer's walls or his 
    castle by the river to the west. Your enemy has gold and stone within his 
    walls, but it will run out eventually and his peasants will then go for one of 
    the other three gold deposits in the map, starting with the one north of their 
    west castle. By that time you'll want to have taken the castle and nearby 
    towers and gate down, and to have placed towers and defenses of your own 
    around that batch of gold. But if you hurry you can easily take Berenguer down 
    long before he leaves his own walls.
    
    You can stop the enemy units from attacking you from the east by building a 
    gate right beside their easternmost one, and by placing some walls at the tiny 
    gap between their walls and your trees. They will almost always go the long 
    way round to begin with anyway, across the river and down to your old base. 
    Only when those buildings are gone will they start trying to attack past the 
    trees, but a castle around that area can deal with them easily, especially if 
    you stock it with heavy units.
    
    By this point you know well how to defend a base and steer your enemies to 
    specific points, so I won't go on about it.
    
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    DEFEAT COUNT BERENGUER
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    When you are ready to attack start hitting the gate with your rams (don't 
    bother waiting around to hit the Imperial Age - it's too expensive and totally 
    unnecessary here), and back them up with your cavalry. You should batter the 
    gate down with little difficulty, then you can head north west to find the 
    barracks and then the castle.
    
    Twat the castle with your rams and let them draw its fire, while everyone else 
    backs them up. Don't worry about losing units - your base is just to the south 
    and you can quickly replenish what little force you need here. The town centre 
    is to the north and then there are more unit production buildings. I never met 
    any enemy siege weapons except one single ram, and Berenguer's guards were 
    pretty pathetic.
    
    Kill off the last peasant and you're done.
    
    QUICK HELP
    
    
    There is only one batch of stone you can possibly mine, so build your town 
    nearby, behind the protection of the trees.
    Your lumberjacks will be safe in the east, and you shouldn't have them cutting 
    down trees which are shielding you.
    Try to grab that relic before Berenguer does - he already has four, and you 
    could do with the gold.
    Keep your attack quick and simple - you'll have to with such a low pop. limit.
    
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     2.2.4 BLACK GUARDS
    
    
    This is a great mission, but it's pretty tough in places. It's a great example 
    of how the most gigantic fortress in the universe is little use against a 
    sneaky bastard.
    
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    Difficulty - 2/3
    
    Objectives:
    
    Follow the Knight in order to rescue King Alfonso.
    El Cid must survive.
    King Alfonso must survive.
    
    ---
    
    Follow the knight to the south west until you meet King Alfonso in the middle 
    of a battle. You have to escort him farther west to his base, which will be 
    visible on the mini-map. Note the stone you will pass on the way, as well as 
    the forests.
    
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    ESCORT KING ALFONSO TO HIS CAMP TO THE WEST
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    Keep Alfonso well out of the way of every battle in this game, and make sure 
    you keep an eye on El Cid too, though by all means use him in combat. Save 
    often anyway.
    
    Bring everyone inside the walls and stick Alfonso up by the pond, out of the 
    way. Your new base is going to be coming under heavy attack from camels and 
    mangonels, among other things. You also don't have much space or resources, so 
    you'll have to explore the area to find more gold and stone.
    
    Make sure you build a section of wall and preferably a guard tower at that 
    tiny hill on the west edge of your base, where the little house is sitting. If 
    your enemies smash down that house they can enter your base up that hill, so 
    block it.
    
    Alfonso's told you of your main objective.
    
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    DESTROY THE 6 BLACK GUARD DOCKS.
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    Get chopping the lumber and mining the gold and stone quickly, but don't 
    bother building farms once the berries and fish are gone. There's not enough 
    space in here, and there are more berries to the west of your base, and far to 
    the east, south of the road you entered on. Build a mill at the western 
    berries once the first lot is gone.
    
    Work quickly towards getting enough stone to build a castle, and once you have 
    enough build the castle just south of your gate, tucked into the corner of the 
    cliffs. You may not survive the first two attacks by using just your starting 
    units and walls, but you definitely will survive if your castle is in place. 
    The gate is where all your enemies will be coming to, so make sure they all 
    come within range of the castle. Stick Alfonso inside it and keep an eye on 
    its health throughout the level - this one castle can last you forever if you 
    keep it repaired after each attack.
    
    Exploring around your base and beyond is very important in this level, because 
    there are valuable resources scattered around. There is stone south of your 
    gates, though it's guarded by an enemy tower. I suggest picking up all that 
    stone quickly, as well as the gold south west of your base. There is much more 
    stone away to the east - look for the berries south of the road, then go 
    farther east.
    
    There is also a mosque south west of your base, at the edge of the map. When 
    you find it you will get a new objective.
    
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    OPTIONAL: BRING EL CID TO THE BLACK GUARD MOSQUE
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    Send him down along with a monk and get another objective.
    
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    OPTIONAL: CONVERT THE BLACK GUARD MOSQUE IN RETURN FOR AID IN DEFEATING YUSUF 
    AND THE BLACK GUARDS
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    You'll have to have Redemption researched from your own monastery, but if you 
    do then you can convert the mosque and get an interesting snippet of 
    information.
    
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    OPTIONAL: DESTROY THE BLACK GUARD'S NAVY TRANSPORTS TO STOP THE ARRIVAL OF 
    REINFORCEMENTS
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    You can also keep your monk next to the mosque and start getting free monk 
    upgrades for as long as it stands.
    
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    OPTIONAL: SEND A MONK TO OVERSEE AND LEARN AT THE FORMER BLACK GUARD MOSQUE
    ~.><.~
    
    Your enemies will quickly target it, however, so bear this in mind and build a 
    wall in the gap to protect it for a while, if you care enough.
    
    Anyway, your base should be adequately protected by your castle and a few 
    knights to take care of any sneaky trebuchets. Once those two initial batches 
    of berries are gone, along with most of the trees inside your walls, send your 
    food and wood peasants far to the east and find the big lot of berry bushes in 
    the north forest. Stick a lumber camp and a mill among the trees and produce 
    all your food and wood from this area. Your peasants up here should never be 
    attacked.
    
    Gold and stone is another story, and every mining operation except the one at 
    the tiny outcrop of gold south west of your base will be attacked at some 
    point. If you do site a mining camp at any stone or gold crops make sure you 
    protect them with units (preferably mamelukes from your castle). If you build 
    towers your enemies will be drawn to them, but not if you just keep units 
    nearby. Also, try to have at least ten peasants per mining operation, and 
    concentrate on one batch at a time - all miners at the same camp. The quicker 
    you scoop up these valuable resources the better, and the less chance the 
    enemy will have to wipe out your peasants.
    
    By the way, there is a deposit of gold on the south west edge of the map, 
    south of that mosque. It's right on a cliff, and if any of your outer mines 
    get attacked it will be this one. The problem is that it will also be 
    targetted by yellow ships, which will be pretty difficult to take out unless 
    you build a tower. Building a tower is fine, except that the ground units 
    attack the sodding thing too, and it may not stand for long. If you do go for 
    this gold (and you definitely should), you'll have to protect it with both 
    units and a tower. You could even try building a wall and gate around it to 
    shield it from the worst of the ground attacks.
    
    It's a lot to have to deal with, as well as those intermittent attacks on your 
    main base, and also the exploration of the map to find where the enemy bases 
    are. Speaking of which, it's a good plan to take down the green base in the 
    south east as soon as you feel your forces are strong enough. Your own base 
    will be fine while you're away, so get together some trebs, twenty or so 
    knights, twenty mamelukes and a few monks; upgrade everything as far as you 
    can, and sell off some excess lumber or food at the market to make up the 
    gold.
    
    ATTACKING YUSUF (GREEN)
    
    
    They have a pretty impressive base for such a small area, but what they don't 
    have is much interior protection. Send your army east to the cliffs, then 
    south until you find the first green units guarding the mining camp. Get rid 
    of the units and attack the camp to draw out a few of the green guards. 
    Mameluke them to the deck and then get trebuchets to drop the first two 
    towers.
    
    Now go south and hit the other two towers, guarding your trebuchets closely 
    all the while. Now, before you head into the base, send your knights west and 
    kill off every peasant you see hanging around the monastery and trees. Once 
    this is done you can hit the base.
    
    Take down the unit production buildings you'll find just inside the first 
    area, then go south to the town centre. The more buildings you destroy the 
    fewer enemy units you'll have to deal with, and you'll finally arrive at the 
    castle which is their last line of resistance. Destroy the first yellow dock 
    on the coast too, and there's another one to the south west beside the 
    transport ships. You can reach it with your trebuchets, which makes two down, 
    four to go.
    
    Try not to let your trebuchets destroy Yusuf's marketplace, as leaving it 
    standing will allow you to rake in the gold. Switch to Ally with them once 
    you've killed off the last of their peasants and defeated them, then build 
    some trade carts from your marketplace and send them all the way across to 
    their market for endless injections of over 75 gold a time. Make sure you 
    knock out the enemy guard towers your trade carts will be running past en 
    route.
    
    ATTACKING THE BLACK GUARD NAVY DOCKS (YELLOW)
    
    
    The game encourages you to build a dock and assault your remaining enemies by 
    sea to reach the other four docks, but this isn't necessary. Start mining the 
    batches of stone and gold around the wreckage of the green base while you 
    position your army just outside it, to the west, in between the green walls 
    and the yellow walls.
    
    Use your trebuchets to destroy the south end of the yellow walls, as well as 
    the tower and town centre beyond. Some yellow units might react, so drop them 
    with your mamelukes, then move your entire army inside the yellow base. You 
    shouldn't meet much protest from the yellows, so move your units west, 
    knocking out the towers and looking for the docks. There are four more, all of 
    which can be found by scouring the coast with your trebuchets, using their 
    wide field of vision. Just protect them well, as they're the only ones who can 
    reach the docks and smash them up quickly.
    
    If you do manage to do it this sneaky way you can complete the map by only 
    having to take out one of the three bases. You might be pretty grateful for 
    this strategy if you ever have an opportunity to see the size of the yellow 
    base. Don't waste your time trying to wipe out every building and unit they 
    have - just sneak around the back and make them look a little silly.
    
    Wiping out the last dock wins the map - ignore the transport ships.
    
    QUICK HELP
    
    
    One castle makes the difference between getting wiped out early and... not.
    Pick up the gold and stone fast, and make life difficult for any enemy mining 
    operation you meet.
    Leave the green marketplace standing if you like infinite gold.
    With all available upgrades, elite mamelukes and trebuchets can blast through 
    the yellow base and remove the docks with little difficulty.
    
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     2.2.5 KING OF VALENCIA
    
    
    This is the obligatory siege level, similar to a couple of the Saladin 
    missions from Age Of Kings. Your enemy has a base which would normally be easy 
    to knock over - it's just a pity you never get enough time to try.
    
    ---
    
    Difficulty - 3/3
    
    Objectives:
    
    El Cid must survive.
    El Cid must once again find a new city in which to live.
    
    ---
    
    Head east over the river, past the two goons and into Denia, whose occupants 
    will now hand you some buildings and units.
    
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    DEFEND DENIA FROM COUNT BERENGUER
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    Explore the area and collect all the buildings. In a couple of minutes the 
    town will be attacked by an army far too large to fend off, so grab all the 
    units you can find, then send everyone down to the south cliffs, east of the 
    gate.
    
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    EL CID MUST ONCE AGAIN FIND A NEW CITY IN WHICH TO LIVE
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    Head south over the bridge before the second bunch of Berenguer's forces can 
    reach it from the east (they're on their way, and you don't want to meet them 
    on the bridge). There are more units available at the end of the bridge and in 
    the town of Lerida to the south east. There are more peasants in Lerida, at 
    the beach to the east. Collect them and head north to find a white monastery 
    and two missionaries who will join your service. You should hang onto these 
    useful units, and build a couple more from the free monastery before you head 
    east to Valencia's walls and a new objective.
    
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    DEFEND VALENCIA FROM BERENGUER UNTIL THE WONDER IS COMPLETED
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    This is the difficult part of this level. With very limited resources 
    (especially lumber) you have to keep Berenguer's forces at bay until those two 
    peasants have finished building the wonder. They take ages, and your base will 
    be under heavy attack from tons of purple units - mostly siege weapons.
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    Richard Hochroth <rjhny1@aol.com>
    
    "Lumber is NOT a problem!  When you start the level, take the 4 peasants that 
    come with Denia and store them in the upper left corner of the map, where the 
    trees are (not too far from where El Cid starts out).  Put them there, tuck 
    them in that corner, and get to Valencia.  Once you get the 650 lumber, have 
    those 4 peasants build a lumber camp and start knocking down trees.  The 4 
    peasants were there the entire level, were never harmed, and provided me with 
    a lot of lumber!  There was no lumber shortages to worry about.  I think that 
    once you get to the point where you get 650 lumber, the peasants are safe.  
    It's vital to make sure they're tucked away far enough that Berenger's troops 
    won't see them when destroying Denia."
    
    
    
    Nice one, this never occurred to me at all. I can definitely see how this 
    would make this mission's lumber issues easier, so thanks a lot.
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    Leonardo Alonso <brain_dead6@hotmail.com>
    
    "In El Cid's campaign, on the "King of Valencia" level, I found the first 
    siege wave was my main problem. I'd try to eradicate the siege weaponry as 
    quick as I could, but either one or two mangonels, bombard towers, and bombard 
    cannons would finish my units off too quickly. Yet, I discovered if you keep 
    Denia while it is being destroyed by the mangonels and trebs, by the time they 
    reach the last houses, you can send El Cid over there and wait by the bridge. 
    Eventually, the mangonels will come trying to cross the bridge, heading 
    towards your base, but unphased by El Cid's presence. From there you can 
    destroy the mangonels, and heading back towards town find the one of the 
    trebuchets. I always miss the other one, but by that time I am able to head 
    back to base with El Cid, attack the last trebuchet with him and my knights, 
    chase the bombard cannons down, and head back to base, with my castle wiping 
    up the field. I realized that after I destroyed the first wave, I was 
    extremely easier off, and I noticed that the rest of the attacks were 
    unorganized, sending a bombard cannon or mangonel at once, followed by a 
    paladin."
    
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    Good idea sending Cid back to take out the first batch of enemies when they're 
    not expecting it - this never occurred to me. A bunch of peasants could take 
    out the other trebuchet if they found it in time. Thanks for this 
    contribution.
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    The first problem is the lumber - you can chop those trees north of the town 
    centre, but other than that you'll have to depend on the 650 lumber Valencia 
    will give you when you start, and whatever wood you can afford to buy from the 
    market. There is a nice thick forest south west of that monastery you found, 
    but your camp may come under attack.
    
    You therefore need gold, so get at least six miners on the gold and another 
    six plus on the stone. You'll want to build another castle in between the two 
    northern gates, since it will be a great help in taking down all the horses 
    and foot soldiers running around outside your walls. You'll have to keep it 
    repaired though, as it is the first target for all those siege weapons.
    
    As for food, you'll manage to get a lot from the sheep, and you should be able 
    to get enough wood to build nine or ten farms. The farms will run out before 
    the level is done, but you should still have enough food to keep producing 
    more and more knights.
    
    Berenguer will manage to send four or five waves at you before the wonder is 
    done, and his platoons will include every type of siege weapon except 
    scorpions. Most dangerous are the trebuchets and bombard cannons, especially 
    since they fire from beside the protection of the horrible bombard towers to 
    the north. You can build some petards to knock out the towers one by one while 
    things are quiet, but you might not want to spend that much money. On the 
    other hand, getting rid of the towers will allow you to kill off attacks long 
    before they reach your base.
    
    Build nothing but knights from your two stables, and keep your monks and 
    missionaries beside or in one of your castles to provide much needed healing 
    during and after every battle. Forget the blacksmith upgrades - you don't have 
    much money and the university upgrades are much more worthwhile in a siege 
    level like this. Build a university as soon as you can and work towards buying 
    everything it offers. Forget the Imperial Age as well, by the way - there's no 
    way you're getting there in this level.
    
    A tower at your western gate is a good idea, and the two upgrades from the 
    town centre will help your peasants move faster and your castles and tower see 
    farther, which is very helpful if you want to get the drop on all those 
    mangonels and rams.
    
    Your pre-emptive attacks on Berenguer should all be pretty much the same: spot 
    his legions moving towards you, send your knights racing out to hit the siege 
    weapons hard and fast (mangonels are lowest priority, as your castle can reach 
    them later), send your knights back to base to get healing from your 
    missionaries once all the siege weapons are gone, let your castles delete all 
    the other units, replace any lost knights and repair any walls or gates in 
    readiness for the next assault.
    
    It's a real headache this level, but keep an eye on the wonder's progress and 
    save before and after each wave of Berenguer's forces. Try to grab some melee 
    units attacking your walls by targeting them with your missionaries.
    
    Once the wonder is done you've won.
    
    QUICK HELP
    
    
    Find the monastery north of the bridge - its missionaries will come in very 
    handy.
    Build nothing but knights.
    Buy all upgrades from the university and town centre - the rest can be 
    ignored.
    Buy what you need from the marketplace if you can afford it.
    Watch your walls and gates and keep them repaired.
    One castle isn't enough - build another one at the north walls.
    Don't get into scraps with Berenguer's non-siege units - kill off the weapons 
    and retreat to the castles.
    
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     2.2.6 RECONQUISTA
    
    
    This one follows on from the previous level, giving you the same base you just 
    saved from Berenguer. Two of your enemies are nothing special, but the third 
    and last, Yusuf, has a base which will be very difficult to assault from 
    anywhere.
    
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    Difficulty - 3/3
    
    Objectives:
    
    Defeat the three armies of Yusuf so that Valencia will remain free.
    The body of The Cid (near the Castle) must come to no harm, lest the people of 
    Valencia realise they've lost their leader.
    
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    You can pretty much forget about defending Cid's horse - if you get your base 
    protected properly it will never be reached by your enemies.
    
    As soon as the level starts, build peasants and get them started working on 
    each of the four resources within your walls. Mine or buy 50 stone quickly, 
    which will give you enough to build a castle as close to your southern walls 
    as you can get it (touching the stables and archeries). This is critical for 
    the remainder of the level.
    
    ATTACKING BLACK GUARD ARMY (TURQUOISE)
    
    
    While you're building peasants and beginning to grab resources fast, take all 
    your starting combat units west together until you find the Black Guard Army 
    buildings. Get your rams to hit the castle while your other units support 
    them. You should be able to win this battle, knock down the castle and take 
    care of all the units your turquoise enemy will be sending towards your base. 
    You might lose most of your own units, but this extremely early attack will do 
    you a big favour in the long run.
    
    Once their castle is down pull everyone back to inside your walls while you 
    wait for any stray enemies to come and get hit by your castles and towers. The 
    yellows might be attacking from the south, so use your knights to bait them 
    along your walls to within range of one of your castles, then clear away any 
    rams.
    
    The last remnants of the Black Guard Army are up in the north, but there's not 
    much there - just some archeries, houses and a siege workshop. Send your own 
    rams and horses up there (you should have added a few more knights by now) and 
    clear out the rest of their buildings, and you should be able to defeat them 
    with no problems.
    
    Get everyone back to base, and make sure your peasants are organised and 
    bringing in the resources. Send a horse west of your base to find the 
    monastery and build some missionaries if you can afford it.
    
    Your aim here is to have three castles, one north, one in the middle, and a 
    third at the south of your base. The northern one won't see much action, but 
    it will definitely help get rid of the yellow camels and horses who will be 
    hassling your walls and gates. The middle one will help hit some green ships 
    soon, but it's that southern one you should have built that will really earn 
    back its cost.
    
    You will be under constant attack from the Yusuf ships - fire ships, galleons 
    and elite bombard ships. Use your own meagre navy to bait any you see into 
    range of your southern castle, then get rid of the out of range bombardiers 
    with your ships before they can do much damage. Stick to this bait tactic on 
    the seas and the green ships should be pretty easy to take care of.
    
    ATTACKING THE BLACK GUARD NAVY (YELLOW)
    
    
    Don't try this until you have a few trebuchets, accompanied by lots of 
    paladins and conquistadors. You should have relocated your lumber operations 
    to the north by now, but the stone and gold in or near your base should still 
    be going strong. Upgrade everything in sight, then send your army south along 
    the coast, with the missionaries bringing up the rear.
    
    You will pretty soon find the castle near the beach, with the town centre and 
    several other unit production buildings behind it. Use your horses to deal 
    with the yellow horses and camels, as usual, while your trebs get started on 
    the buildings. Keep everyone together, as the mamelukes have a way of 
    splitting your forces up.
    
    Even if your first attack fails you should still have done the yellows enough 
    damage to cripple them badly, and your next army can wipe them out with ease. 
    Kill off the last of the peasants, but leave the marketplace standing if you 
    can, then trade with it once the Navy has been defeated.
    
    Hunt around this western island for all the gold and stone, then begin 
    replenishing your forces, especially your navy. You can also research bombard 
    towers from the university, so get some of those up in support of your 
    southern castle.
    
    Use your ships to explore the sea. You should find an island in the north with 
    a lot of gold on it, but don't go too far east yet, as there are three towers 
    (Despair, Desolation, Agony) which can cause your navy serious problems.
    
    ATTACKING YUSUF (BLUE)
    
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    Richard Hochroth <rjhny1@aol.com>
    
    "My suggestion here begins after Black Guard Navy has been destroyed.  We have 
    to deal with Yusuf (who is green, not blue in my game for some reason).  It is 
    very simple to defeat Yusuf's 3 towers and castles before even setting foot on 
    the Yusuf's  big piece of land where his base lies.
     
    1. Establish base on that big island between Yusuf and El Cid where all the 
    gold is.  I had my villagers there mining gold.  I built a dock here.  I 
    didn't build any bombard towers, but that's definitely an option.  When that 
    was done, I transported a trebuchet and took it as far east on that island, 
    where the green marsh is.  From there, I was able to knock down the guard 
    tower.
     
    2. Knocking down this guard tower opens up a new opportunity.  At this point, 
    I was building a massive fleet to control the waters.  I took a transport ship 
    and a few trebuchets.  I dropped off the trebuchets on the green marsh south 
    of where the guard tower used to be.  From there, I knocked down the dock and 
    first of the 3 castles.  My navy was protecting the trebuchets and killing off 
    any horses/trebuchets that may be attacking my trebuchets from land.
     
    3. After knocking down that first castle, look to the southwest of that marsh.  
    There's a huge marsh area.  I dropped my trebuchets off there and pulled the 
    navy back a little out of the reach of the second castle.  From there, my 
    trebuchets took out the second castle.
     
    4. After that, you can see the second guard tower, the island and that piece 
    of land/marsh that sticks out northeast.  I dropped my trebuchets off at the 
    tip of that where the marsh is and took out the second guard tower.
     
    5. Repeat the same process to knock out the third guard tower and the third 
    castle by finding the pieces of marsh or land adjacent to those structures to 
    knock them out.
     
    Now after knocking out the towers and castles, your navy can roam free.  Your 
    navy will control the waters of this entire level w/o restrictions.  You now 
    can assault Yusuf without guard towers or castles.  I had a HUGE navy at this 
    point.  I packed up 4 transport ships filled with villagers, horsemen, and 
    trebuchets.  I went to the north part of Yusuf's land and built a castle with 
    my massive navy protecting the villagers (this isn't always easy, I had to 
    reload once).  I brought 8 villagers and only 1 survived despite enormous 
    support from my ships.  My ships were trying to knock out the battering rams 
    trying to destroy the castle structure (before it was built), so that allowed 
    some horsemen to kill my villagers.  Once I got my castle up and my 
    men/trebuchets on Yusuf's land, it was very easy to take out the docks, Town 
    Center, and kill all the villagers.
    
    One other thing, while I was preparing my transport ships, I kept my navy on 
    Yusuf's coastline and allowed them to do whatever they want.  They were so 
    strong that they killed very solider, monk, or horsemen that Yusuf threw at 
    them.  There was no guard towers, trebuchets, or castles to harm my ships.  
    The only thing at that point to kill my ships were monks, who were easily 
    killed.  So while I was gearing up my offensive, my ships were weakening the 
    stables and seige workshops that were near the coastline."
    
    
    
    Well, all of this would clearly be helpful for the mariners of this game, 
    people who have the patience to build and maintain massive navies like you 
    obviously did here. Personally I can never be bothered with too many ships and 
    prefer to do most or all of my attacking on land, which is why I didn't think 
    of doing things your way.
    
    If it works it works, but I still prefer to use the sneaky petard tactic 
    below. Your way also has the disadvantage of leaving Yusuf's unit production 
    buildings until pretty much last, which isn't doing your ships any favours; 
    but it also has the advantage of taking out the guard towers and castles early 
    without having to sacrifice ground units. It's a different tactic anyway, so 
    thanks a lot for this.
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    As well as the three very dangerous towers, Yusuf has a base with two docks 
    and three castles arranged along its coast. The base itself is almost totally 
    contained in the eastern corner of the map, and there are several unit 
    production buildings in close proximity to each other, not including those 
    castles. This is one base that you have to hit hard on your first attempt, or 
    else it will all be back again when you return.
    
    After a lot of reloads and different tactics, I've only come up with one way 
    of getting rid of these annoying bastards. A castle near their town centre is 
    essential, and it's also very important to get rid of their three castles 
    first. The castles are the only buildings the peasants won't rebuild, and if 
    you can get rid of them and their annoying trebuchets your own castle will 
    stand a much greater chance of surviving.
    
    The blues are masters at immediately replacing just about every building you 
    can take down, and there will be a constant stream of units coming from their 
    multiple unit production buildings. They don't need fortifications with a 
    production line this efficient. No matter what armies you take over there, 
    Yusuf will always be faster and you'll always be at a disadvantage.
    
    So first things first. Sneak a transport ship along either edge of the map 
    (behind the horrible towers on the islands) and get scout cavalry to leave the 
    ships and run around inside the base. You can research Spies too, but it tends 
    to be pretty expensive here. 
    
    Once you have the layout of the base, including the locations of the castles 
    and town centre, the next step is to get rid of the castles. Sneak transports 
    in again, but this time put petards and four or five paladins on them. Run the 
    paladins around in circles near the castle to draw fire, then send the petards 
    in while Yusuf's forces are going for your decoys. Fourteen or fifteen petards 
    can take down a castle in one shot, after which you can put your paladins back 
    on the transport quickly and beat a retreat. Build another fifteen petards and 
    go for the next castle, until all three are gone.
    
    Trying to eradicate the siege workshops, archeries, etc. with petards is a 
    waste of time - they just get rebuilt right away. Even the town centre gets 
    resurrected as soon as you knock it down.
    
    The only way to keep the pressure on Yusuf's base while you work on taking it 
    down is to build your own castle near their town centre. It's dodgy and it 
    will attract attention, but if you can get multiple peasants to erect it 
    quickly and fend off any assaults with your own combat units, the castle will 
    do you a big favour. Yusuf has no more castles from which to build trebuchets, 
    and the only other units he has which can harm your castle seriously are the 
    rams.
    
    Sneak your peasants, paladins and conquistadors in from the west on 
    transports, and run all the way up to just south of the blue town centre, with 
    everyone on No Attack Stance. Yusuf shouldn't react to your presence until you 
    start building your castle, at which point he will steam most of his land 
    units towards the building site.
    
    I used eight peasants to get my castle up fast, while letting Yusuf attack my 
    paladins and conkies. I lost a lot, but that was OK because I had a lot. The 
    castle was built and I dumped everyone left inside immediately. Then I just 
    let the castle erase all of Yusuf's units, including the peasants in and 
    around the town centre. This makes things a lot easier, because now when you 
    start wiping out the unit production buildings with trebuchets or petards from 
    your new castle, they will not be rebuilt nearly as fast - or at all if you 
    manage to get all the peasants.
    
    The area gets easier with each building destroyed, and soon I had the upper 
    hand. To win I just had to kill all the peasants and destroy the docks, having 
    killed off just about everything else on the island.
    
    And that's the end of the El Cid campaign.
    
    QUICK HELP
    
    
    The Black Guard Army can be wiped out as soon as the level starts.
    The most important defense building you can have is a castle in between your 
    archeries and stables. Bait enemy ships to within its range.
    The Black Guard Navy is just another standard base - nothing special.
    Beware of the three towers guarding Yusuf's coastline - they are very tough to 
    destroy unless you hit them with trebuchets from nearby land, which is 
    difficult to do since the land is Yusuf's.
    Use sneaky tactics to weaken Yusuf's base - a full frontal assault will hurt 
    you more than him.
    Get a castle built in an area of Yusuf's island where it will attract a great 
    deal of attention, but make sure there are no blue castles or trebuchets left 
    before you start building it.
    
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                                      2.3 MONTEZUMA
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    Centuries of conquest have allowed the Aztecs to become the mightiest empire 
    in Central America, But when strangers appear on the shores of the Caribbean 
    Sea, Montezuma, emperor of the Aztecs, is unsure whether they are conquerors 
    ...or gods. Can a vast empire of warriors using obsidian spears and cotton 
    armor hold off mounted invaders armed with metal armour and gunpowder? Will 
    the Aztec island-city of Tenochtitlan continue to conquer the Americas, or 
    will it crumble beneath these foreign conquerors?
    
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     2.3.1 REIGN OF BLOOD
    
    
    This level is very simple and you have little choice in what units to fill 
    your army with.
    
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    Difficulty - 1/3
    
    Objectives:
    
    Capture the 4 shrines (Monasteries) sacred to Quetzalcoatl.
    Place a sacred relic in each of the 4 shrines (Monasteries).
    
    ---
    
    Begin the slow process of building up your base. Concentrate on getting all 
    the houses you need to take you up to 75, and make sure you explore the area 
    to find its boundaries. You should end up with three gates and walls at the 
    three entrances to your base, through the trees; and make sure you back each 
    entrance up with at least two towers.
    
    The middle entrance will be the most popular, so try parking a mangonel behind 
    your gates, on Stand Ground stance. If any enemies do reach your buildings 
    near the beginning of the level, just ring the town bell until they're cleared 
    out.
    
    Upgrade and so on, but don't bother building anything from your barracks. 
    Produce a lot of archers and crossbowmen, as well as three or four rams.
    
    Your base will eventually be fine and your enemies won't be getting past your 
    gates and walls without getting mown down by your towers. Wait until you've 
    bought all the upgrades, etc., then head through your western gate towards the 
    first monastery.
    
    Before you go for the monastery, build a castle just outside your gate and 
    start building jaguar warriors. This castle will bear the brunt of the 
    enemies' pathetic attacks (no siege weapons) and will pretty much stand 
    forever while you get your army built. You should have four groups: jaguars, 
    ranged, rams and monks (capture the first monastery and start researching - 
    also place the first relic inside it).
    
    ATTACKING TLATILUCO (RED)
    
    
    You've probably found their first tower just west of your castle - hit it with 
    rams and back the rams up with your ranged units. Keep heading west to find 
    another tower and do the same again. Head south at the next turn and destroy 
    the archery and barracks down in the corner.
    
    Now head north to find the main base: ram the castle and town centre, then 
    delete the remaining buildings, keeping your forces close together. Leave the 
    marketplace standing, and hunt down and kill the last of the peasants and 
    towers to defeat Tlatiluco (check in the middle of the map, as they sometimes 
    place a blacksmith or university around there).
    
    Start trading with their marketplace (switch to Ally) while you move on to the 
    next enemy.
    
    ATTACKING XOCHIMILCO (PURPLE)
    
    
    Relocate everyone to the middle of the map, on the brick road, and start 
    hitting whichever purple buildings you find there. Their base lies north west, 
    so cut down any of their units who react to your attack, then proceed to the 
    west. You will soon find their castle, which is easy enough to ram down. They 
    send out annoying scorpions, but they're not hard to charge down with your 
    scouts once the castle is out of the way.
    
    This base is just a repeat of the red one - search and destroy. Their unit 
    production buildings are mostly in the northern edge of their base, and you 
    might have some searching to do to find the last of their peasants.
    
    Before you leave this north west area you should get the second relic into the 
    second monastery. You'll have to build a dock on the river, then a transport 
    ship to take a monk and some escorts across. There are a few jaguars hanging 
    around who might give an unguarded monk some problems, but you'll manage it, 
    I'm sure. That's two relics captured.
    
    Now shift everyone back into the middle of the map, on the road leading east 
    to the gold and the water. This is the way to your final enemy, so plant 
    another castle here and build walls and a gate to the east of it, between the 
    trees.
    
    Send someone around to the third monastery, south and then east, and stick the 
    relic inside.
    
    ATTACKING TEPANACA (ORANGE)
    
    
    Leave your second castle where it is while you pull your entire army back to 
    your original town centre. The easiest way to attack Tepanaca is through your 
    eastern gate, past the pool, through the palisade wall enclosure with the big 
    cats in it, and on to the north.
    
    I had five rams, five petards, three monks; and the rest of my army was 
    jaguars and ranged units. Park everyone at that pool and smash down the wooden 
    walls, then send everyone north along the edge of the map. The orange castle 
    is right there, so hit it with rams while your other units explore to the 
    west. You should find the town centre, and your five petards can drop it 
    immediately, leaving everyone else to wipe out any remaining units and 
    peasants. This shouldn't be hard - if you built your second castle right next 
    to the batch of gold on the road, the oranges should have been sending all 
    their units to attack it and die.
    
    Tepanaca should fall easily, and once they do you should collect your units 
    together at the site of their ruined castle. You can get to the last monastery 
    by heading north and west, but this one is guarded by a few orange eagle 
    warriors. They will destroy the monastery if you don't kill them first, so 
    remove them and put the fourth and last relic into the building.
    
    If you've got each relic in each monastery but no victory message is coming 
    up, it might be because you switched to Ally with one of your enemies for the 
    sake of market trading. Switch back and the level should end.
    
    QUICK HELP
    
    
    Build houses quickly, and gates and walls at the three bottlenecks to prevent 
    the big bunches of enemies getting at your town centre.
    Your enemies cannot possibly stand up to even one castle.
    Only capture the relics when you know the monasteries will be safe.
    You can build big, cheap armies in this level, so don't waste too many pop. 
    slots on peasants.
    Sneaking through the back route of an enemy base will always be to your 
    advantage.
    
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     2.3.2 THE TRIPLE ALLIANCE
    
    
    This is one of the levels least likely to give you headaches on defense. If 
    you know what's going to happen you can nullify all the threats before they 
    come, and if you do that then this level will give you no trouble.
    
    ---
    
    Difficulty - 1/3
    
    Objectives:
    
    Deliver the summons of war to the Texcoco town centre.
    Deliver the summons of war to the Tlacopan town centre.
    
    ---
    
    Nothing difficult here - just take your guys to the yellow town centre and 
    then to the purple one. Neither of your allies seems to like their new orders, 
    so bear this in mind for the rest of the level. Note the relic sitting in the 
    south of the purple base. There are two more farther north, but they'll be 
    revealed later.
    
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    DEFEAT THE TLAXCALANS BY DESTROYING THEIR 4 TOWN CENTERS
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    A transport ship will appear and start sailing up river, so stop it when you 
    see it and offload your peasants onto the east bank. Search the south east 
    forest for a big bunch of berries, with gold south of it, among the trees. 
    Site your town centre in the clearing with the berry bushes and start 
    building.
    
    Your first aim is to get to the Castle Age as soon as possible, so that you 
    can build a monastery to grab those relics before anyone else does. You can 
    easily reach the Castle Age before your allies, but the quicker you get the 
    relics the more gold you'll have. Start trading with their marketplaces too, 
    though your carts may be attacked en route to the yellow base.
    
    Build walls and gates at any gaps in the trees which lead to the purple base, 
    and build two or three towers beside the river to the west, close enough to 
    hit any red ships which may (will) be coming down there later.
    
    Don't build a castle in your base - you won't need it there. Instead build one 
    castle right next to the purple town centre, and another right next to the 
    yellow town centre (garrison some jaguar warriors in the yellow one). You 
    might also want to put some unit production buildings next to each, for 
    safety. Build up your armies with whatever you please (include some rams), and 
    shift them all to one of the islands north east of the red base, in a good 
    position to launch an attack on the red town centre which your allies will 
    surely now have discovered for you.
    
    Before you attack the red base, you might want to explore the area north east 
    of the yellow base. There is a bridge leading to a gated enclosure, and if you 
    break the gate down and go up the hill, past the towers, you get an objective.
    
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    OPTIONAL BRING 10 ELITE JAGUAR WARRIORS TO THE TEMPLE OF TLALOC AND BE 
    REWARDED
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    The warriors you send in get an apparent attack bonus, though this hardly 
    seems like much of a reward to me, given all the trouble you went to.
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    James Hogan <whatisthemeaning@gmail.com>
    
    "I noticed that you made a mistake in your Montezuma, Triple Alliance guide. 
    Where you bring the 10 Jaguar Warriors to the temple for them to be upgraded, 
    they don't simply get an attack bonus, but they get another 400hp, bringing 
    them up to 450hp."
    
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    Thanks, I didn't spot this.
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    ATTACKING TLAXCALA (RED)
    
    
    Move west from here and ram their next town centre, deleting any guards in the 
    process. Destroy the nearby buildings and then move south to find lots of 
    archeries and barracks and a monastery on another island. This place will give 
    you the most trouble, so keep your ranged units mobile and your rams protected 
    - watch out for ships on the river. And make sure you find and take that relic 
    from the middle of this island.
    
    Once this island is cleared out the reds are crippled, so move everyone north 
    west to find the back of their base, where they have a poorly defended castle, 
    a third town centre and a handful of houses. There's a dock and a mill to the 
    north east.
    
    Wipe these out and you're told that there's only one town centre remaining. 
    It's south west of the second one, beside another dock. Once it's gone you can 
    kill off the red peasants and defeat Tlaxcala.
    
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    DEFEAT YOUR FORMER ALLIES, THE TLACOPAN AND TEXCOCO
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    Yup, your allies stab you in the back. This is where those two castles come in 
    pretty useful, since they should now be firing on both town centres. Eject the 
    jaguar warriors from your yellow castle to deal with those rams, and hurry 
    your main army down to the yellow base and start picking fights around your 
    castle. Build petards from it to delete the yellow buildings quickly, and 
    build backup units from your other buildings to quickly erase the yellow 
    units.
    
    Now do the same again with Texcoco. Your castle in the purple base might be 
    pretty damaged by now, but the best the purples can do is mangonels, so your 
    castle should be able to defeat the purples on its own. If not, get some units 
    over there to help out.
    
    Once both your former allies are finished a new threat appears in the far 
    north, allowing a nice segue into the next level.
    
    QUICK HELP
    
    
    Picking up the relics fast from the purple base will allow you to forget about 
    building gold miners, leaving more space for a bigger army.
    Build castles and unit production buildings next to the town centres of each 
    of your allies.
    
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     2.3.3 QUETZALCOATL
    
    
    This level can be hell if you don't do it right. 99% of the difficulty comes 
    from the protection afforded to the Spanish by the ships on the river - get 
    rid of them and it's just another base you have to attack.
    
    ---
    
    Difficulty - 2/3
    
    Objectives:
    
    Defeat the Tlaxcalans.
    
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    Forget about saving your allies - I've built a castle next to their town 
    centre to help them out, yet they still managed to be defeated. You have 
    enough trouble getting your own base in order, so ignore Tabasco altogether.
    
    The best way to defend your base is to get your stone up quickly, build gates, 
    walls and towers at all the routes into your base except for the western one, 
    then build a castle just beside that western entrance, so that all your 
    enemies will be fed through there and have to pass your castle.
    
    For defense units rely on eagle and jaguar warriors, and just build and 
    develop your base while you let your castle do the majority of your defending.  
    Your warriors should be able to chase down and kill off any rams or bombard 
    cannons who try to sneak in.
    
    ATTACKING TLAXCALA (RED)
    
    
    You will soon run out of gold and stone, so search to the north for more. You 
    should be able to buy or scrape together enough stone for a second castle, so 
    build it just next to the palisade walls with the gap in it, east of the 
    bridge leading into the Tlaxcalans' base. This castle will catch pretty much 
    all their combat units, and they have no dangerous siege weapons to hit you 
    with. Build some more unit production buildings south of your castle, and 
    start mining the gold and stone nearby once you've taken care of the red 
    towers on the bridge.
    
    If you've reached the Imperial Age you can use trebs to attack the red base; 
    but if not just use your upgraded rams. Head north of the bridge first, to 
    find the monastery and university in a walled enclosure. Once this area is 
    clear advance slowly across the bridge, protecting your rams with ranged 
    units, and protecting your ranged units with monks and warriors. You will find 
    the castle to the west, so ram it to the ground and hit the town centre to the 
    north east. There's another town centre west of the castle, and once that's 
    gone it's just about over for Tlaxcala, and you can start mining all the gold 
    they were hoarding.
    
    Their defeat will trigger another objective.
    
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    CAPTURE 20 SPANISH HORSES AND RETURN THEM TO THE FLAGGED PEN IN THE AZTEC CAMP
    
    OR DEFEAT THE SPANISH
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    Since capturing the horses necessitates going into the Spanish base and 
    erasing a lot of their buildings, I'll approach this second half of the level 
    as though you're intending to eradicate your blue enemies altogether.
    
    Another thing about the horses: they're trapped in palisade walled pens, and 
    your allies have an annoying tendency to attack and destroy these walls and 
    gain control of the horses. The Spanish react to the horses as though they 
    were enemy units, and they head through the broken walls and kill them off. 
    You may not even be able to get 20 if this happens to you.
    
    ATTACKING CORTEZ (BLUE)
    
    
    What makes Cortez so irritating is his elite bombard galleons, who are ranged 
    up and down the central river. The Spanish don't have a dock and they won't 
    build one, so at least no more ships will appear once you've taken down the 
    first lot. But you won't believe how many units you can lose if you just 
    blunder into his base without taking measures against those ships.
    
    First of all, don't bother building a dock. Without going into detail, it's a 
    waste of time, no matter where you put it.
    
    Secondly, don't even go near the river until Tlaxcala has been defeated. Stick 
    a castle at the river crossing just beside where your ally's town centre used 
    to be, then build some more unit production buildings west of it. This will be 
    your new base from which to attack Cortez.
    
    Get your army together and make sure you include five or six trebuchets (kill 
    off most of your stone miners, farmers and lumberjacks to make room - you 
    should have tons of resources by now). From the site of your ally's old town 
    centre, head due north to the trees and farther north until you find the river 
    mouth.
    
    Use your trebuchets' line of sight to find the two galleons and target and 
    destroy them if you can, protecting your trebs from Cortez's ground units with 
    your own archers and crossbowmen. Only advance east along the little 
    archipelago once those two ships are gone.
    
    Send your rams east before any other units and get them to hit the stable and 
    whatever other buildings are at the north end of the Spanish base. Your rams 
    will be getting hit by bombard cannons, so rush your faster units in and get 
    rid of the bombardiers fast, as they can give you big problems. With their 
    siege weapons gone the Spanish find themselves in trouble, and they should 
    have few guards inside their base, since most of them will have been sent to 
    die against your castle walls.
    
    Destroy the town centre and the other nearby buildings with your trebuchets - 
    hit those two monasteries to the south west as well. There are two more 
    galleons in the water on the east edge of the map, so use your trebuchets 
    again and don't head south until the ships are gone.
    
    From here it's a stroll. The Spanish are all but defeated at this point, and 
    your ranged units will be picking off peasants and stray combat units. Take 
    out the two towers to the south; a guard tower on the near side of the river 
    and a bombard tower on the other side. Head south over the river with 
    everything you have, hugging the trees to the east to avoid the castle to the 
    west. Start using your trebuchets again, and be aware that, as well as the 
    castle to the west, there is a siege workshop a little to the south, guarded 
    by bombard cannons (probably). There are also two more towers farther south, 
    one of which is a bombardier.
    
    None of this should give you too much trouble, and once it's all gone you can 
    research Spies from the castle and start clearing out the remaining blue 
    units. You might have missed a bombard tower in the south east, or the odd 
    peasant or even a ship. Erasing them all wins you the map.
    
    QUICK HELP
    
    
    Ignore your allies.
    Build a castle in your base and use walls and gates to feed your enemies 
    towards it - guard the castle with a few melee units to defend against rams 
    and bombard cannons.
    The batches of stone and gold south of the red base are the ones you should go 
    to when your initial stocks run out.
    Your ally's old territory makes a good place for a secondary base.
    Clear out the river of as many ships as you can before assaulting the blue 
    base.
    
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     2.3.4 LA NOCHE TRISTE
    
    
    A horrible mission if you do what the computer expects you to do. So don't.
    
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    Difficulty - 1/3
    
    Objectives:
    
    Destroy the Spanish wonder to end their influence in Tenochtitlan.
    
    ---
    
    Head south along the edge of the map until you meet a bunch of other units who 
    will join you, and get a new objective.
    
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    RESCUE THE AZTEC WARRIORS HELD PRISONER BY THE TLAXCALA
    ~.><.~
    
    Go back north to your starting point, then farther north to find another lone 
    eagle warrior, then farther to find two bunches of red goons guarding two 
    transport ships. Pick a fight with the bunch on the left and get the 
    transports, then take out the other bunch if they approach.
    
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    TRAVEL ACROSS LAKE TEXCOCO, WHERE YOU MAY SAFELY GATHER RESOURCES
    ~.><.~
    
    Take all your units north on the transports, then unload them on the north 
    beach. Destroy the two conquistadors and head north to the corner of the map.
    
    You will find an enclosure with some jaguars inside, and you can destroy the 
    walls with your ranged units to set the jaguars free. They should attack the 
    monk but they might also attack you too when you pass. I prefer to just rush 
    the monk and kill him.
    
    From here head east to find a mangonel, and use it along with your other units 
    to take out the six guards. Farther east are some buildings and a tower - 
    destroy the tower with the mangonel, but ignore the other buildings (kill the 
    peasants).
    
    You can get more units from the next enclosure to the east, and you'll get 
    into a fight with more red guards on the bridges. Don't go any farther east - 
    there's a castle over there.
    
    Kill off that ship with your ranged units and mangonel, then take everyone 
    down the bridge until you hit the island. Make sure all your units are on No 
    Attack Stance here, and stop them at the end of the bridge.
    
    At this point the game wants you to rush everyone onto those transports and 
    head far south to start a base, but this is pointless bollocks. If you want to 
    do this, fine, but this walkthrough doesn't cover such a strategy. Building a 
    base (with some free buildings) down there results in constant - and I do mean 
    constant - hassle from enemy ships, and you end up being extremely frustrated 
    spending all your time getting rid of more and more galleons.
    
    Instead I prefer to destroy the gate on the west wall with my mangonel, and 
    use my other units to fend off any enemies who come to investigate (there 
    should be hardly any). Removing the gate takes time, but you'll have enough if 
    you stick with it.
    
    Once it's gone, move all your units through the gap and down across the little 
    bridge to the south east. Head due east from here to find one peasant working 
    on the wonder. Kill him with your ranged units then send some melee units to 
    attack the building site, while your mangonel attacks the middle of it. Try to 
    have your units attack the wonder while remaining out of range of the two 
    castles behind it.
    
    This will of course draw unwanted attention, so keep your eyes open for 
    mangonels, missionaries and conquistadors. If you hit them before they can hit 
    you, and keep your mangonel battering away at the wonder, you can have it down 
    and the level won without ever having to build a thing.
    
    QUICK HELP
    
    
    When you find the first yellow gate you can have your mangonel attack it while 
    the rest of your units remain on No Attack Stance.
    Keep your mangonel attacking the wonder, while the rest of your units protect 
    it from the nearby guards.
    
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     2.3.5 THE BOILING LAKE
    
    
    This is another one that stops being tricky when you get what the trick is. 
    The game makes a big deal about telling you to defend your given bases, but 
    you can almost forget about them entirely.
    
    Once you get the defense of your real base sorted, the level becomes another 
    build-and-direct fest.
    
    ---
    
    Difficulty - 2/3
    
    Objectives:
    
    Defeat the Tlaxcalans and Spanish.
    
    ---
    
    You start off in a precarious position with no room to build, so take all the 
    units you have (apart from your ships) and send them to the north west corner 
    of the map. Build a lot more peasants, and explore the seas while your units 
    move to the site of their new base. If you do this level right you won't lose 
    any of these buildings.
    
    Build a town centre in the clearing north of the westernmost beach, just 
    beside the stone. Don't go too far east though, as there is a dangerous 
    bombard tower lurking. You will also have been told of a new objective.
    
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    OPTIONAL: BRINGING CAPTURED SPANISH UNITS TO THE PLAZA (INSIDE THE TORCHES) 
    WILL ALLOW YOU TO CREATE NEW UNITS
    
    BRINGING HORSES WILL CREATE CAVALRY
    
    BRINGING TRADE CARTS FULL OF GUNPOWDER WILL CREATE BOMBARDS
    ~.><.~
    
    You can deal with this later. Right now your aim is to get your town up and 
    running and properly defended. You should get surprisingly little hassle from 
    enemy ships, despite what the Hints window tells you. It's not hard to have an 
    armada of fifteen or more ships scouring the seas, and they can easily mop up 
    any fleets the blues send at your docks.
    
    The quickest way to get rid of the pesky tower is to take a fast unit along 
    the beach and around to the north, to the back of the tower (stay out of its 
    reach). You should find a ruined building and some trade carts. Send the trade 
    carts down to the south east corner of the map, where your flagged castle is. 
    Make sure you send the carts into the flags one at a time so you get all five 
    bombards.
    
    If you get the bombards captured and back up to your north west base as fast 
    as you can, you can destroy the tower before the blues' first attack, which 
    will consist of mostly siege weapons. If the tower is gone your units can get 
    in at the blue bombards much more easily.
    
    Tlaxcala will also be sending units your way, but nothing that a ring of the 
    town bell can't solve. Keep an eye on the perimeter of your base until you 
    have enough stone to build walls in between the clumps of trees. You can then 
    build a castle just next to that ruined building you found, and use your walls 
    to feed your enemies towards that very spot. This makes defending your base 
    much easier.
    
    As for how to plan your town: build your unit production buildings in the very 
    north west corner, west of the enclosure full of horses, whose gate you can 
    knock down to send the horses all the way back to the flags for some cavalry. 
    Don't build a castle near your town centre, because there's not a lot of stone 
    about. Just surround it with walls and the odd tower to keep a watch.
    
    Build a mill down at the berry bushes while you're trying to get your first 
    stocks of food up, but build the farms around your town centre for safety.
    
    You can mine the stone north of the ruined building once the initial batch is 
    gone, and there is an island with tons of gold on it due east of your north 
    west base.
    
    Once your infrastructure is in place start filling up your much bigger than 
    usual pop. limit with mostly basic units. Upgrade everything to hell from the 
    university, etc. Make sure you include some trebuchets to complement your 
    bombards, and stick in some monks and petards too. Your ships can do nicely 
    with between ten and fifteen units.
    
    By the way, if you feel like exploring for some bounty, try dropping some 
    units off in a transport ship in the very south east corner of the map. From 
    here you can head north along the map's edge to find more gold, horses, trade 
    carts and a relic.
    
    Build some more unit production buildings around the castle you built south of 
    the big crop of stone, and prepare to attack Tlaxcala.
    
    ATTACKING TLAXCALA (RED)
    
    
    This is pretty easy, but a bit messy too. Push everyone east and use your 
    trebuchets' line of sight to see what's ahead. Hit the north part of their 
    base first, and try to kill off the two blue towers east of the red buildings.
    There's a castle to the south, among most of the rest of their buildings, and 
    the only real trouble comes from trying to delete the scorpions while avoiding 
    the castle. Drop everything with trebuchets and guard them with every other 
    unit. Leave your bombards out of this by the way - they're too weak both 
    defensively and offensively.
    
    As long as you keep everyone together, don't let your archers or warriors 
    range too far ahead, and take out the buildings one by one, Tlaxcala will have 
    no chance. Once they're gone you have the slightly more dangerous Spanish to 
    take care of.
    
    ATTACKING CORTEZ (BLUE)
    
    
    Pull everyone back from the destruction of the red base and regroup. Fill out 
    your army to the max again (though you'll hardly need it), and send your ships 
    along the coast to get rid of any blue ships hovering around, ready to hit at 
    your passing ground units.
    
    Hit the north castle with your trebuchets first, and use your bombards to wipe 
    out any blue trebuchets that might be guarding the castle. The blues will 
    throw a few other ground units at you, but by this point they should have not 
    much left in their arsenal, and any blue units coming down that hill can just 
    stroll into a barrage of arrows and crossbow bolts.
    
    With the castle gone you can advance east up the hill to find their town 
    centre. They may have one or two towers, and be trying pathetically to build 
    some rams from the siege workshop, but your army can just roll over this place 
    in seconds, leading to victory.
    
    QUICK HELP
    
    
    Build lots of peasants from your first town centre but send them all north 
    west to start a new base.
    Try to find the trade carts very quickly, then send them back to the flags 
    (one by one) and send the bombards up to hit that bombard tower in the north - 
    this will let you fend off the first blue ground attack much more easily.
    Bottleneck your enemies into approaching your outer castle, otherwise they can 
    sneak into your base from lots of different places.
    Don't go overboard with the number of ships you build - you really won't need 
    more than fifteen.
    Explore the eastern peninsula for some bonuses, including a relic.
    
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     2.3.6 BROKEN SPEARS
    
    
    This level looks and sounds a lot tougher than it is, so I can't really give 
    it the highest difficulty rating. If you're quick at responding to warnings of 
    attack you can direct your forces easily, especially since two of your three 
    enemies keep mindlessly throwing units against your fortifications, while the 
    third produces armies made of piffle.
    
    ---
    
    Difficulty - 2/3
    
    Objectives:
    
    Defeat the Tlaxcala, the Spanish Army and the Spanish Navy.
    
    ---
    
    Erm, yes. Well, it should be pretty obvious that you need some fast 
    fortifications fast, with all speed. You've got three town centres, each with 
    some peasants scattered around them. Get resourcing and building more peasants 
    - you especially want stone.
    
    The aim is to get enough stone to build a castle on the northern tip of your 
    base, between the dock and the gate leading north west; and another castle 
    away down to the south west on the island where the three long bridges meet.
    
    That's a lot of stone, so get cracking on those peasants. You're back to a 
    pathetic 75 pop. limit again, so start building an army while you put your 
    first castle on the south west island. Destroy the two barracks first, and 
    kill the red peasants going for the gold. Once the castle is up, build another 
    archery, a barracks, a monastery and gates at the bridge to stop the purple 
    invaders.
    
    That castle can defend your troops while you build them up from here. Bung in 
    at least four trebuchets before you hit your limit. While you're building this 
    first army you should also be building a second castle on the north tip of 
    your base, since this area will see action from both the purples and the 
    blues. Make sure you build ten or more ships from the nearby dock, and get 
    them to sit right next to your castle - you will need these ships to kill any 
    bombards, mangonels or trebuchets who will come along that north west bridge. 
    They can also bait blue ships into range of your castle.
    
    ATTACKING TLAXCALA (RED)
    
    
    Once your southern army is ready send them along the south east bridge. Your 
    trebuchets will spot the tower and castle at the end, so knock them down while 
    your other units protect the trebuchets. Clear out as many of the red 
    buildings as you can - there are more farther south east. You might not make 
    it all the way to a red defeat on this first try, but you should have done the 
    reds a lot of damage and destroyed a lot of buildings before your last unit 
    falls.
    
    Replenish your army if you need to from the mini-base you've just built, and 
    keep an eye on that second castle and the health of your ships. Once your 
    second bash at the reds is up and running, send them south and finish off the 
    remainder of the red buildings and units. They offer little in the way of 
    defense - they may have another castle way down to the south, but nothing your 
    trebuchets can't smash. You should manage to defeat the reds on this second 
    go, which means you now have a lot of breathing room, not to mention tons of 
    undefended gold.
    
    While your army was away you should not have run into too much trouble from 
    the other two enemies. The blue ships may succeed in knocking out a couple of 
    towers, but send your own ships over there as soon as you get any warning. If 
    you can also manage to kill off the purple siege weapons before they get along 
    that north west bridge, the lesser purple units can all be caught by your 
    northern castle. You're basically defending your whole main base with ten or 
    so ships.
    
    Before you attack Cortez's Army, make sure all your peasants are still finding 
    resources, that your gold miners have been relocated to the old red territory, 
    that everything is upgraded and repaired (including ships), and that all gates 
    and walls are intact. You won't be needing them for much longer anyway, but my 
    main base got jumped by a transport full of purple knights while I was away 
    attacking their base. Ring the town bells if you do get invaded unexpectedly, 
    and keep one or two spare eagle warriors handy around your main base - they 
    are fast enough to bait invaders towards a castle.
    
    ATTACKING CORTEZ'S ARMY (PURPLE)
    
    
    After attacking and defeating the reds, your main army should be back at your 
    south west castle, fully replenished and healed. Send them up the long north 
    west bridge to the grass, then go west and north again, around the trees, 
    along the edge of the map to find a castle guarded by some conquistadors and 
    maybe a trebuchet. Destroy the castle with the trebs while your ranged units 
    take care of everything else. 
    
    Work your way up and along from here - there is very little else to say. Your 
    army should be more than capable of deleting whatever else the purples have in 
    store, and their second castle and town centre is east of your position, at 
    the top of that short bridge. Kill the peasants and say bye-bye to Cortez's 
    Army.
    
    Before you pull your armies back home to reorganise then, send someone along 
    the north edge of the map until you find the powerful elite turtle ships. 
    There are three of them, and I strongly suggest adding them to your fleet of 
    lesser ships with no further delay.
    
    ATTACKING CORTEZ'S NAVY (BLUE)
    
    
    This couldn't be simpler. Send a peasant all the way down to the south of the 
    map, where you finished off the reds earlier, and send your entire army (minus 
    the ships) down after him. Build a dock and a couple of transport ships in the 
    bottom corner and then load your army and that peasant onto the ships.
    
    Go east, sticking to the bottom edge of the map, until you reach the far 
    coast. Don't go north around it, as the rest of this coast is defended by 
    bombard towers all the way along.
    
    Disembark at the bottom of the coast, then send everyone east and up the hill 
    to the clearing. Build a castle here, as well as any other unit production 
    buildings, and you're laughing. Start exploring to the east with trebuchets, 
    backing them up with everyone else. I only met some lumberjacks on my way to 
    the town centre, and once I destroyed it Cortez's Navy resigned, leaving me 
    victorious.
    
    If for some reason you're required to eradicate the whole base, just keep 
    revealing the fog of war with your trebuchets and take it slow and easy, 
    replenishing any forces you lose from your castle, etc. The blues are - 
    predictably for a navy - very reliant on ships, which leaves almost no room 
    for ground units in their army. Bad news for them if you decide to attack on 
    land.
    
    Once Cortez's Navy is defeated you have completed the Montezuma campaign.
    
    QUICK HELP
    
    
    As usual, castles save the day. Build one on the island where the three 
    bridges meet, and another one east of your north west gate.
    Putting gates at the long bridge will prevent the purples and reds from 
    constantly invading your base - this is critical.
    If you keep an eye on your ten to fifteen ships they can fend off both the 
    purple and blue attacks constantly.
    Watch your towers and castles - they will often need repaired.
    You won't need many monks in this level - stick with one or two and flesh out 
    the majority of your army with warriors and crossbowmen.
    Pick up the elite turtle ships in the north.
    Don't waste time, money and energy by attacking the Navy with your own ships - 
    sneak around the back and destroy their town centre over land.
    
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                              2.4 BATTLES OF THE CONQUERORS
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    Certain names ring down through history as men and women who shaped the world. 
    Some were forces of chaos, destructive and rapacious. Some were men of honor 
    who fought for the right. Some defended their homelands from invaders, while 
    others used their military might to violently acquire the lands of others. 
    Battles such as Agincourt, Manzikert and Hastings are remembered as turning 
    points in world history, and names such as Henry V, Yi Sun-shin and Erik the 
    Red are etched forever as great conquerors. Now relive their tragedies and 
    triumphs.
    
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     2.4.1 AGINCOURT
    
    
    This is a great little stop-start mission, in which you have to watch the 
    health of every unit you have. Keep your minimal forces organised and in 
    support of each other and you can stroll this one.
    
    ---
    
    Difficulty - 1/3
    
    Objectives:
    
    King Henry V must survive.
    
    ---
    
    Straight away you're under attack, and it's tough to organise your forces. 
    Collect your archers into the one group quickly and start hitting the greens, 
    move your three monks to just behind them, and collect all your melee units 
    into the one group, pulling your two rams to safety in the rear. Keep everyone 
    away from the towers while you mop up this first assault, then head north. If 
    you manage to keep all your monks and both your rams you did well.
    
    By the way, you should use your monks to capture as many units as you can 
    rather than kill your enemies off. You'll have to kill most enemy units, but 
    grab some where you can.
    
    ~.><.~
    ACQUIRE A TRANSPORT SHIP IN ORDER TO SEND HENRY V HOME TO ENGLAND
    ~.><.~
    
    Easier said than done. Stop your forces just south of the Voyeni gate, and 
    keep your rams and melee units back on the road, out of the way. Send your 
    monks and archers a little east until you see the peasants at the mill, but 
    don't attack the peasants with the archers (put them on No Attack Stance). Get 
    your archers to manually attack and kill every Voyeni combat unit who will 
    come at them along this eastern pass.
    
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    OPTIONAL: DESTROY THE UNIVERSITY IN VOYENI (GREEN) TO RECOVER AND LEARN FROM 
    THE GREAT TEXTS STORED THERE
    ~.><.~
    
    You need all the help you can get in this mission, and Voyeni is not a 
    dangerous place. Once your archers have killed the units heading their way, 
    use your monks to convert the two peasants and quickly pull them west to 
    beside your melee units - they can repair your rams with your limited lumber. 
    Try to convert a knight too, if you can, then send everyone north to the gate.
    
    Park your archers just outside the gate and change stance to Defensive. They 
    will fire through the gate at the archery, but they'll target any green units 
    who appear too. Get your rams to knock down the gate while your archers 
    protect the rams, and keep healing with your monks. The rams will destroy the 
    gate and let you through, but only take your archers and monks again.
    
    Switch stance back to No Attack on your archers, and get your monks to capture 
    all the peasants here, while you target any combat units with the archers. 
    After a minute or so the Voyeni will only send out units very slowly, so send 
    in your two rams to hit the university (attack it from the north corner, or 
    the castle to the south will be able to reach them).
    
    Defend your rams while they work, and once the university is gone your 
    archers' ammo gets upgraded to fire arrows. Now get your two rams and all your 
    archers to attack that castle (send rams in first). Target any units you see 
    as soon as they appear, and your archers and rams should be able to take the 
    castle down with no casualties. Shift everyone to the bottom of the bridge and 
    attack the south gate with your rams.
    
    By this point you will probably be running out of lumber to repair the rams 
    with, if you haven't already. Once the lumber is gone the peasants are almost 
    useless, but keep them for now - you can use them as decoys later.
    
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    OPTIONAL: DESTROY THE BLACKSMITH IN AMIENS (CYAN) TO RECOVER ARMOR AND WEAPONS
    ~.><.~
    
    You get this objective when you go far enough south to find the Amiens gate 
    and towers on the hill. Attack the towers with your archers, healing them with  
    your monks if they get hit, then attack the gate with archers and rams once 
    the towers are gone. Move inside the walls, through the second gate, then 
    attack and destroy the blacksmith for the upgrades. Avoid the castle to the 
    south.
    
    Take everyone back outside, past Frevent, and go across the river and north 
    until you're told about the French castle, and Henry does his line. I thought 
    this was from Richard III, but maybe I'm wrong...
    
    Anyway, position your 'army' just south of the bunch of blue knights. Send 
    your now useless rams and any peasants you have in first to draw their 
    attention, then hit them with everything else, keeping your monks in the rear. 
    It doesn't really matter if you lose most of your units, just so long as Henry 
    survives.
    
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    OPTIONAL: BREAK THROUGH THE ENCLOSURE AROUND THE FRENCH KNIGHTS' TREBUCHET AND 
    CAPTURE IT FOR THE ENGLISH
    ~.><.~
    
    Smash the wall down and approach the trebuchet to capture it. Pull it out of 
    the reach of the towers then start hitting the two nearest towers with it.
    
    From here you can just send Henry running around to the west and then south on 
    his own. He will pass the castle without getting hit by it, then pass some 
    more towers, as well as some French knights around the dock, but if you keep 
    him running he can make it to the ship with plenty of health to spare. 
    
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    KING HENRY V MUST RETURN HOME TO ENGLAND
    ~.><.~
    
    Stick him aboard the transport and leave the docks, heading over to the red 
    flagged area. When he disembarks you've won.
    
    QUICK HELP
    
    
    The first battle is the most important, as it determines the units you will 
    have to approach the rest of the level with. At least save all three monks, 
    both rams, and Henry, and you should be OK.
    Don't bother heading north past Voyeni's west gate.
    You have to pass through Voyeni, so you might as well go for the university.
    You can skip Amiens, but the upgrade is worth it.
    Frevent is only useful if you want to capture more units.
    Once the French knights at the castle are gone you can send Henry running the 
    gauntlet to the end.
    
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     2.4.2 HASTINGS
    
    
    This mission never really gets difficult, in spite of all its potential. Two 
    of the three enemy bases are pathetically easy to eliminate, and the third can 
    be taken down without you ever having to see it.
    
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    Difficulty - 1/3
    
    Objectives:
    
    William the Conqueror must survive.
    Conquer England by destroying the castle of Harold the Saxon (orange).
    
    ---
    
    You start off with a few buildings, but not much room to build more. Start 
    harvesting and become more and more aware of the fact that you have no 
    frigging stone nearby. There's more gold to the east of your castle. Don't 
    waste what stone you have, just build up the usual low level army. Bung in a 
    couple of rams, but you won't be needing siege weapons for this first stage.
    
    Soon you get a message about allying with Harald Hardraade. This is a good 
    idea, but only do it once you've built houses to 100 and maxed out your pop. 
    limit.
    
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    OPTIONAL: SEND TRANSPORTS TO THE NORTH TO PICK UP HARALD HARDRAADE'S VIKING 
    BERSERKS
    ~.><.~
    
    As for base defense, there's nothing very tough coming your way. It's all 
    pikemen and champions - no siege or ranged weapons, no monks... They'll be 
    attacking through the gap in the north wall, so ring the town bell and bait 
    any invaders to within range of your castle (don't even bother with Murder 
    Holes from the university yet - it's not worth it for a few piddling units). 
    Explore outside your base and do what you can to get rid of any towers and 
    lurking yellows.
    
    Once the area is clear you can explore to the south of your island, over the 
    bridge and find the minuscule base of Harold's Raiders. They have quite a few 
    melee soldiers and a couple of scorpions, but your army of upgraded knights, 
    cavalry archers and monks can erase them easily. The precious stone you need 
    is east of here, up on a cliff, and there is more gold east of that, guarded 
    by a tower.
    
    You've probably allied with Harald Hardraade by now, so build a castle on the 
    west coast of the area north of that little bridge, and build a dock just 
    south of it. Build a few galleons for protection, and a trebuchet to knock out 
    the dock and the tower on the far shore. Now build a transport and go and pick 
    up Harald's berserks (have Careening researched).
    
    By the way, you also get the excellent longboats when you sign up with 
    Hardraade, so add them to your navy and keep them repaired.
    
    The stone and gold you found will soon run out, but you can send your peasants 
    over to that revealed island to get more. Don't go there yet though - instead 
    go to the south corner of the map to find another island with lots of stone 
    and a yellow mining camp. Once that stone is gone it's time to move off your 
    first island and do something about your remaining enemies. Upgrade everything 
    in sight and let's move on.
    
    ATTACKING SAXON NAVY (RED)
    
    
    This is really easy - ships are obviously this enemy's strength, so their 
    threat is pretty much nullified if you take out their town on the land. Use 
    transports to send all your units (and all your miners) over to the southern 
    shore of the Saxon Navy's long island (leave behind a couple of paladins at 
    your town centre - the Navy will keep sending units over occasionally). Head 
    north and clear out their pathetic town, then build a castle or two south of 
    the bridge. Wall and gate the bridge off, build a couple of towers behind the 
    gate, and block the gap past the cliffs to the west. Harold will be sending 
    lots of little unorganised melee units at you, but two castles and two towers 
    at the gate cut them down fast.
    
    Now build a few unit production buildings behind your castles and fill out 
    your army. By this time I had loads of paladins and cavalry archers, all of 
    Hardraade's berserks (and Harald himself), a few monks, some trebuchets and 
    four rams. This was more than enough - remember you only have to destroy 
    Harold's castle to the north, and it's not the most well protected thing ever.
    
    By the way, the Navy won't be defeated yet, but their town centre is gone, so 
    they might send any remaining ships they have against your eastern island. Use 
    your own small navy to bait them towards the castle and then the Navy is done 
    and dusted. The Navy also has a small base in the north west corner of the map 
    from which they produce all their ground units, but you can ignore this 
    safely.
    
    ATTACKING HAROLD THE SAXON (ORANGE)
    
    
    Back west, once you think you're ready just send everyone over the bridge and 
    attack the two towers and gate just up the road with your trebuchets. Harold 
    will empty his base at you, but the berserks, archers and paladins combined 
    will soak this up, no problem. Now just head farther north until your trebs 
    spot the castle - smash it floorwards and win the level.
    
    QUICK HELP
    
    
    Take Hardraade's help, but only after your population is full.
    Don't underestimate the yellows - they have units who can quickly cut down 
    your knights.
    A castle on the western tip of your island can sink all of the Navy's ships - 
    but back it up with a few galleons of your own to bait them in.
    
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     2.4.3 KYOTO
    
    
    This level is really off-putting, what with Kyoto's strength, your weakness 
    and the constant timers. But do it sneakily and cleverly and it stops being 
    tough and becomes fun.
    
    ---
    
    Difficulty - 2/3
    
    Objectives:
    
    Your lord, Nobunaga, is trapped in Kyoto. You must rescue him to restore his 
    honor.
    
    ---
    
    As soon as you begin you get a kicking and a new objective.
    
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    DESTROY ALL 3 OF KYOTO'S CASTLES TO PUNISH THEM FOR THE MURDER OF LORD 
    NOBUNAGA
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    Move your fire ships north east, let your ally's transports drop your units on 
    land, and get another objective.
    
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    ESTABLISH A BASE FROM WHICH TO ATTACK KYOTO
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    Watch as the saboteurs punch a hole in the red wall, and move in to kill off 
    whomever you find. Head north west and pick up some bombards with which you 
    can destroy the gate and head into the next section. Kill off the ram and the 
    castle up to the north east, then go back into the first section and knock out 
    the gate in the east wall. Head through to the town centre to capture it. The 
    gate will magically rebuild itself and the peasants will die.
    
    You need to start building fast, because this level keeps getting timers put 
    on it. The Kyoto monks will keep grabbing the relics and transporting them 
    from monastery to monastery, and you have to kill off each monastery to reset 
    the timer.
    
    Anyway, get building and mining - there is stone south east and gold through 
    the gate to the west. Once that stone runs out there is more to the west, 
    beyond the red walls. Build a university with Murder Holes when you can, then 
    build a castle just north of the red mill, and then destroy the two sets of 
    gates north west of your castle - this will allow you to ignore the blues from 
    here on, since they will all come through this tunnel and run into your 
    castle, though you should keep a couple of samurai garrisoned inside in case 
    they send rams.
    
    ATTACKING KYOTO (GREEN)
    
    
    I used to think this was tricky, but it's actually quite easy with my 
    splendiferous strategies. You have to destroy those three castles in the 
    minimap, but more immediately you have to destroy the monasteries which should 
    also be revealed (one by one, depending on where the relics are currently 
    held). The first monastery is in the north, across the water, and you're only 
    getting over there by building a dock and some transports.
    
    Build your first dock on the south east coast of the island you're on, just 
    east of your base. Build one transport and send it north east along the coast, 
    through the broken bridge and round to the northernmost point of the island. 
    Send a peasant and your four bombards up to it from your base (there's another 
    castle somewhere west of the east coast - bombard it when you see it) and 
    stick them on board.
    
    Send your ship north east and alight your units at the closest part of land 
    opposite the island you just left, the area which has grass and flecks of snow 
    on it. Build a castle right on the coast, as close to your old island as you 
    can, then build a dock west of it, tucked into the corner of the beach. Build 
    a stable north of your castle, out of the way. This will be your base of 
    operations from now on.
    
    From now on you should concentrate on building three units: galleons from your 
    north dock; trebuchets from your north castle; and a handful of knights from 
    your north stable (four or five). Be sure to research Kataparuto from the 
    castle - it comes in immensely handy here; and Siege Engineers from your 
    university. Make sure you have about ten peasants on food and lumber, and 
    seven or eight each on gold and stone.
    
    The monks will soon start their first countdown, if they haven't already, so 
    build four or five trebuchets from your north castle and send them and your 
    bombards over to the Kyoto wall and knock down the towers. The trebuchets can 
    reach over the wall to hit the monastery, and the timer will be reset. Quickly 
    pull back your siege units to the castle, because Kyoto might send some monks 
    and / or trebs of their own to counter-attack - nothing major though.
    
    By the way, you can build a monastery next to your north castle, then build 
    five monks and send them in straight after your siege units have finished off 
    the monastery (they'll have to knock a hole in the wall to let the monks 
    through). Kill off the enemy monks with your knights, then grab the relics and 
    capture them for yourself, and you won't have to worry about any more 
    countdowns. I'll continue as though you haven't bothered to do this - it's not 
    necessary anyway.
    
    Hopefully you now have about ten galleons in your armada, so keep them 
    patrolling between your two docks, as Kyoto will be sending galleons and 
    bombard ships around every so often.
    
    ATTACKING THE FIRST CASTLE
    
    
    The monks will now have moved their relics to the next monastery, and the 
    counter will soon begin again. You're in a good position now though, and you 
    can send more trebuchets down along the wall (kill off the towers as you pass) 
    to hit the first castle and the gate. You might lose one or two of your siege 
    units here (keep your bombards at the back, since you can't replace them), but 
    pull them back to the castle as soon as Kyoto's first castle is downed.
    
    ATTACKING THE SECOND CASTLE
    
    
    Once the first castle is gone you can repair your trebuchets and bombards. 
    Send them north this time until you find the gate up the hill, knock it down 
    (bring along some knights just in case), and head in. There should be little 
    resistance on the way to the next castle, but once you get within range - 
    north west of the castle, behind the trees - Kyoto will respond as soon as 
    your trebuchets go for the castle.
    
    Ignore their attack and send your trebs around to the south as soon as the 
    castle goes down. You should have saved just before launching your 
    bombardments, so make sure the monastery goes down on this attack too. If not, 
    reload and try again until you get both buildings and the counter resets. 
    Don't worry about losing all of your siege units in here - this is normal and 
    not an issue.
    
    Anyway, you now want to take any and all siege units you have (you only need 
    three trebuchets) all the way south to where you built that first dock earlier 
    (it may have been destroyed by now - this is not a problem). Build another 
    dock in the same place as the first one if it's gone; then build a new 
    transport down here. Kyoto might try to attack this new dock as well, so bring 
    your own ships down if this is the case. Pile your siege units aboard and head 
    east to the cliffs.
    
    Do all this quickly, because the monks are at it again.
    
    ATTACKING THE THIRD CASTLE
    
    
    Sail north west along the cliffs until you find the first bit of snowy beach, 
    just south east of the third and last castle. Drop off your siege units on 
    this little smidgen of land and get them to hit the castle from over the wall. 
    Kyoto will respond with ships and maybe a couple of scorpions, but if you have 
    even three fully upgraded siege units it won't matter.
    
    Once the third castle is gone you win, and sod those bloody monks.
    
    Incidentally, there is another way to approach this level, and it cuts out 
    having to bother with ships (mostly). If you build one transport ship from a 
    dock next to your first town centre, then send everyone you have over to the 
    very south shores of the Kyoto island, you can head north east to find a ton 
    of gold and a load of bamboo sticks. This is a good place for a base, and you 
    can attack the castles over land. Try this if you want, but I tend to go with 
    the above tactics, since there are timers in effect.
    
    QUICK HELP
    
    
    One castle and a cleverly opened gauntlet route can nullify any threat from 
    the blues in the north west.
    Don't waste your time and money building loads of knights, samurai, cavalry, 
    etc. You can do this entire level with a handful of siege weapons and one 
    transport ship.
    Upgrade your siege weapons - it makes a big difference.
    Losing all the units you send at the second castle and monastery is expected, 
    and well worth it if you get both buildings at once.
    
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     2.4.4 LEPANTO
    
    
    This is the worst of the Conquerors missions, at least in terms of likelihood 
    of getting a headache. The first time I saw it I couldn't believe it was 
    possible, but it is, otherwise this guide would suck balls.
    
    I've given it 3/3 even though it can sometimes be easy. If you do it even half 
    right you can get away with it and be wondering what all the fuss was about; 
    but if you do it wrong it will go very wrong, and you will lose.
    
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    Difficulty - 3/3
    
    Objectives:
    
    Complete and then defend your Wonder from the Turkish navy for 200 years.
    
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    It's difficult to know what to do first, but the obvious thing is, in spite of 
    the game's advice, to get all the peasants around the wonder's building site 
    working on it. Build some more peasants from your town centre in the 
    east and target them to mine the gold away down to the west. At the same time 
    you will have to fend off the first Turkish assault on the seas, using your 
    own bunch of starting ships. Target the cannon galleons - your towers can take 
    care of their galleons if you lose your fleet.
    
    The biggest problem here is the transport ships. You can get your wonder built 
    long before the first transport ships approach, but this level is won or lost 
    depending on whether you can catch and kill the transports before they land on 
    your shores. If your ships can chase them down before they arrive then you 
    will have little trouble defending your wonder, but if you miss even one or 
    two they can give you big headaches, especially since the Turks are cheating 
    by getting far more units than normal on each transport.
    
    One bright spot comes soon after your wonder is completed, when the Greeks 
    present you with a proposal.
    
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    OPTIONAL: TRIBUTE THE GREEKS (GREEN) 800 GOLD SO THEY WILL ALLY WITH YOU
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    Hopefully you have the gold to give them. They reveal a great deal of the map, 
    allowing you to predict more easily where the transports will be coming from, 
    and they will also periodically tribute you with valuable resources. This 
    level is like Space Invaders.
    
    There's not really much else to say here. Your own peasants combined with the 
    Greek tributes can help you build more and more ships, and you can even stick 
    most of your peasants on stone mining to enable you to build and replace 
    towers, or even a castle. Your only maritime aim is to try to catch as many of 
    the transports as you can on the way in. The attacks by combat ships die down 
    quickly, and the landing units are the main danger. On my second go at this 
    level I caught and killed the first two or three transports, but none of the 
    rest. This turned out to be enough, mainly because I got my wonder built as 
    soon as possible.
    
    There is one very important transport ship you will definitely want to catch. 
    It lands right next to your western dock and it unloads petards and bombards, 
    among other things. This is far too close to your wonder for comfort - cut 
    this one down as a priority before it offloads its cargo.
    
    The best tactic I can suggest is to play the level through a couple of times, 
    getting as far as you can. Then on your first serious try have four or five 
    galleons aggressively patrolling each of the landing sites you've learned 
    about in previous attempts. You won't get all of the transports but you'll get 
    a great deal, and this should be enough since the ground units are too dumb to 
    go straight to your wonder and attack it. 
    
    Your walls and gates do you a favour here too - most of the units I 
    encountered just stood there hacking at the walls randomly. Take all your 
    starting mangonels and dump them in the wonder's enclosure - they can attack 
    any encroaching enemies from over the walls, and they help a lot. Your ships 
    can also get close enough to the beach to hit any bombards, which are the most 
    dangerous of the ground units.
    
    By the way, you can build a castle right next to your wonder as soon as it's 
    done - just buy enough extra stone from the marketplace and let the castle 
    provide that little bit of added security. It's very, very worth it, since you 
    won't be using the stone for anything else.
    
    200 years sounds like a lot, but it's not really. You might do better than you 
    expected.
    
    QUICK HELP
    
    
    Get all your peasants working on building the wonder.
    Don't bother building any land units - if your ships are clever enough you 
    won't need them.
    Try learning of the specific landing sites and then plan your ships' patrols 
    accordingly.
    Take the Greeks' help when they offer it - I know it's expensive but it's 
    worth it.
    Your galleons can hit the dangerous bombard cannons from the water.
    Another castle or two will help, if you can afford them.
    
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     2.4.5 MANZIKERT
    
    
    This level isn't hard, just long-winded. There's a fair bit of waiting around 
    for resources, and it's hard to know what exactly to build when you're just 
    starting.
    
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    Difficulty - 1/3
    
    Objectives:
    
    Receive tributes from the Theme of Galatia by capturing their Town Center.
    Receive tributes from the Theme of Pisidia by capturing their Town Center.
    Receive tributes from the Theme of Cappadocia by capturing their Town Center.
    Defeat the Byzantine army.
    
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    Build two or three rams, then do what you want with the rest of the money - 
    just get as many units as you can out of it, and you might want one or two 
    blacksmith upgrades as well.
    
    ALLYING WITH PISIDIA (RED)
    
    
    Head out of the base and west to kill off the first of the Byzantines. Then go 
    north and attack the gate with your rams (ignore the towers for now). The rams 
    will be attacked from within the walls when they get the gate to about half 
    health, so pull them back quickly and kill off the enemy units. Destroy the 
    gate and take your rams alone up around the hill path until you reach another 
    gate. Knock it down, and the one beyond that, then rush your horses up to the 
    flags to take partial control of Pisidia.
    
    Throughout all of that your rams will be getting attacked by the towers, but 
    don't try to destroy any of them - you get control of them later. Also keep an 
    eye on your rams - if any enemies attack them on their way up the hill make 
    sure your other units can quickly get rid of the threat. Don't worry about 
    losing or damaging units from the towers - you can build plenty more later.
    
    So you are now being tributed by Pisidia, and you can slowly add to and 
    upgrade your forces. Take all your units except the rams back down to where 
    you killed off that first gate, and wait for the squadron of Byzantines who 
    will be coming round the mountain, singing aye-aye-ippy. Smash the rams then 
    all the rest, and the blues should stop attacking - if they do get to your 
    first base they can wipe it out, leaving you down a lot of houses and unit 
    production buildings.
    
    ALLYING WITH CAPPADOCIA (GREEN)
    
    
    Once you've got two or three more rams and lots more miscellaneous units, send 
    everyone to the south west wall and find the green gate leading up into the 
    mountains. Knock the gate down again, and this time use scorpions to kill the 
    greens attacking your rams from behind the gate. Head north and smash the next 
    gate open, then rush in again to collect the Cappadocian town. You will now 
    get tributed lots more gold and food, plus some small amounts of wood.
    
    Rebuild again while you send your rams and scorpions west to the bridge.
    
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    OPTIONAL: DESTROY THE 4 SARACEN TOWERS SO THAT YOUR ALLIES CAN MINE THEIR GOLD
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    Send the rams over first and destroy the three towers that they can get to. 
    Once the first three are gone, position your rams so that the fourth tower is 
    baited into firing at them, then hit the tower with your scorpions. Once all 
    four towers are gone you get lots more gold from the Saracens.
    
    There doesn't seem to be a time limit on this level - you can take as long as 
    you want about moving between towns and building your armies. After that 
    initial attack I never met the Byzantines again until I attacked them later.
    
    ALLYING WITH GALATIA (YELLOW)
    
    
    This is the hardest of the three towns to get into, guarded as it is by two 
    castles, two towers, a gate, lots of scorpions, monks, etc. The best way I 
    found to get in with minimal fuss is to collect six or seven rams together, 
    group about fifteen to twenty horsed units together, and send both groups out 
    the north west gate of the Cappadocian territory. Sneak the horses along the 
    bottom cliff to the south east, so the castles don't hit them.
    
    When they reach the area due south of the yellow gate (send in a light cavalry 
    first to scout out the area, just so you know exactly what you're dealing 
    with), you can run the horses north to decoy the yellow guards into following 
    them as they retreat. Bring them south out of range of the castles and finish 
    them off, leaving the way clear for your rams.
    
    Now sneak the rams along the same south east cliff, only this time turn north 
    when you're due south west of the western castle. Move them up past the 
    castle, right in against the cliff so that the other castle can't reach them 
    as they pass, then get the rams to all attack the gate. They will come under 
    heavy fire, but you should manage to drop the gate on this one attack.
    
    Now you can just run your horses north to the flags. Yes, they take a lot of 
    damage, but it's worth running the gauntlet. When you do get to the flags you 
    gain the help of Galatia, and all your units will be healed.
    
    You can now build trebuchets and monks, among other things, and there will be 
    a lot more resources at your disposal.
    
    ATTACKING BYZANTINE (BLUE)
    
    
    They have a castle and a siege workshop in the middle of the desert, south 
    east of the yellow gate. Hit it with trebuchets while your filled out army 
    takes care of every blue unit sent to investigate, and wipe out the workshop 
    too.
    
    Head east to find the gate and the hill leading into the blue base. There's a 
    castle at the top of this first hill, so try not to get sucked into a fight 
    around the second gate. Destroy the castle with trebs again, and your other 
    units can soak up all the eejits that the Byzantines throw at you on the hill.
    
    Break down the gate and head in to begin destroying the nearby unit production 
    buildings. They have peasants everywhere, and a few monks will probably try 
    capturing some of your units. Kill the monks when you see them, and get your 
    trebs working on all the buildings. The pesky monastery is on the eastern edge 
    of the map, beyond the town centre.
    
    You win once you kill all their peasants and destroy the town centre. Lemon 
    squeezy.
    
    QUICK HELP
    
    
    Defend the rams above all else while you're attacking Pisidia and Cappadocia.
    Don't let the Byzantines destroy your initial base after you've captured 
    Pisidia.
    Use scorpions to hit the fourth Saracen tower.
    Pull the Galatian guards away from the castles, then ram the gate down.
    
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     2.4.6 NORYANG POINT
    
    
    This level is easy enough if you just keep your navy full and healthy. Lots of 
    bonuses about too.
    
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    Difficulty - 1/3
    
    Objectives:
    
    Optional: Prevent the Japanese from destroying Korea's wonder.
    Defend Korea from the Japanese.
    
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    I'm not exactly sure what purpose the wonder serves, but save it if you want. 
    I let mine get wrecked to see what would happen - nothing. 
    
    Just pull your starting navy north and pick off the Japanese ships one by one. 
    Send your ships south again and get them to aggressively patrol between your 
    two docks - you'll be building more ships later.
    
    Now get your peasants working. Wood is more important than food in this 
    mission, so have about ten farmers and ten lumberjacks. Gold is vital too, but 
    you'll hardly be using stone at all - just as well since there is hardly any 
    around. Have about eight or nine gold miners and three stone miners, and don't 
    bother upgrading the stone miners at the camp.
    
    As far as base defense goes, you'll be doing it almost entirely with your 
    ships. The only land battles occur when the Japanese manage to drop off some 
    samurai south of your town centre, and they can be easily mopped up by ringing 
    the town bell and researching Murder Holes. This level is won or lost around 
    your docks, so always make sure you have plenty ships - twenty plus is not 
    overkill, and you'll be adding more later. Find and buy every ship upgrade you 
    can too.
    
    GAINING THE HELP OF ADMIRAL YI (GREEN)
    
    
    The best site for a lumber mill is far north west of your town centre. You 
    will get a message about allying with Admiral Yi soon after the level starts, 
    and his castles and house will be revealed in the minimap. 
    
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    FIND ADMIRAL YI AND LEARN OF HIS SECRET WEAPON
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    Take all your choppers up there until you find a corner of green wall trapped 
    behind some trees. Clear the trees out of the way and build a ram to smash the 
    wall down (switch to Enemy with Admiral Yi). 
    
    Once your peasants have cleared the trees from the other side of the wall you 
    can send a unit through to the flag and gain Admiral Yi's assistance (switch 
    baack to Ally). He gives you three castles (you can't build your own), and 
    three elite turtle ships west of his house. Despite what the game tells you at 
    this point you can't build more turtle ships, which sucks. You can build the 
    war wagons though, and I suggest you do, if only to provide some mobile land 
    defense in case the Japanese drop their units off at your town centre.
    
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    USE TURTLE SHIPS TO DEFEAT THE JAPANESE NAVY
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    Send the turtles (including the excellent Admiral's ship) down the coast and 
    join them up with the rest of your fleet - protect them and repair them 
    whenever you can, as you don't want to lose these great ships.
    
    GAINING THE HELP OF THE CHINESE (ORANGE)
    
    
    This happens soon after you gain the turtle ships. The Chinese donate a bunch 
    of bombards and elite ranged units to the cause, probably taking your 
    population above its limit. Send an upgraded transport over there to pick them 
    up and take them to the mainland.
    
    Soon after meeting the Chinese you'll get another objective.
    
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    DESTROY ALL OF THE JAPANESE DOCKS TO END THEIR THREAT TO KOREA
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    You probably have a lot of gold by now, so research Spies from one of the 
    castles (it should be pretty cheap). This will let you see the entire map, and 
    give you advance warning of any yellow ships coming your way.
    
    By now you should have over twenty ships, including the turtles, and you 
    should have upgraded pretty much everything from the blacksmith, docks, 
    university and castles (docks being especially important). Your ships will be 
    patrolling the south east coast and catching every yellow ship which 
    approaches. You could also have bombard towers ranged along the inlets to take 
    out any yellows who slip through.
    
    ATTACKING THE JAPANESE RAIDERS (PURPLE)
    
    
    You'll never see these guys unless you go to them in the north of your island, 
    and their only purpose is to block an alternative route to Admiral Yi's 
    castles (there's lots of gold there too, but you already have tons). You can 
    destroy their tiny base and climb on the free transport ship, then drop a unit 
    on the west beach and smash down the gate. This is unnecessary if you can just 
    break down the walls as I mentioned, but if you want to do it the hard way, 
    fine.
    
    The Raiders have some crossbowmen and samurai, a handful of rams and 
    scorpions, some towers, and a castle. They're not tough to take down, it's 
    just that you won't have many ground units of your own. One idea might be to 
    build a bombard tower or two at the south end of the little bridge, then run a 
    unit in to bait them all across. The towers can kill them all and then you can 
    wipe out the castle and towers with the Chinese bombards you were given.
    
    Frankly, attacking the Raiders is a pointless pain in the arse, especially 
    since the area is so covered in trees and bamboo sticks. Just forget them.
    
    ATTACKING THE JAPANESE NAVY'S DOCKS (YELLOW)
    
    
    Easy. Just build up your navy and repair any damaged ships, then send them all 
    (I had over twenty) east to start picking off the docks. Leave behind about 
    ten galleons to continue patrolling your own docks.
    
    Start in the eastern corner of the map and work your way along the Japanese 
    coast. Spies will let you see where the castles and towers are (as well as the 
    docks themselves, obviously), and the first three docks can be easily taken 
    out with little or no damage to your ships. Attack the bombard tower west of 
    the eastern dock first - bait it into firing at one of your galleons then just 
    keep moving the galleon out of the way every time the tower fires.
    
    Now pull your ships back home and repair them, then take out the fourth dock 
    by getting your ships to hug the beach to the west as they go into the river 
    mouth. The fifth dock is easy enough, and the sixth dock in the west is easy 
    too, if you take out the towers first.
    
    Which just leaves the seventh dock. I ignored my ships for this one and just 
    sent six trebuchets sneaking around into the south west corner, dropped them 
    off on the east beach and took out the dock with one unified blast.
    
    And then you win.
    
    QUICK HELP
    
    
    Build ships, ships and more ships; and then build some more ships to go with 
    your other ships. And then upgrade all your ships until you've got more and 
    more upgraded ships.
    Ships.
    Break into Yi's enclosure with a ram and some lumberjacks - ignore the Raiders 
    altogether.
    Keep your turtle ships and starting bombard ships healthy - they're better 
    than the galleons.
    Kill off the free Chinese units if you like - they're all but useless if 
    you're going to be attacking the Japanese docks with your ships.
    
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     2.4.7 TOURS
    
    
    This was the first of the Conquerors missions I ever tried, and it was giving 
    me nightmares until I finally got it. It's surprisingly easy if you move fast 
    at the start.
    
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    Difficulty - 2/3
    
    Objectives:
    
    Prevent the Moslems from destroying any of your 3 Town Centers.
    Capture the 6 Trade Carts in the Moors' baggage train and bring them to the 
    Cathedral in Tours.
    
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    This level comes in two stages: the first one is to get your own base to a 
    point where you no longer have to worry about it being destroyed; and the 
    second is to assault the Moors' base to recover the carts.
    
    You'll soon realise that all your two enemies are really doing is throwing 
    bunches of melee units against your walls, over and over. Once you notice this 
    then base defense gets pretty pish simple, and the only thing you have to do 
    is get castles up post haste.
    
    DEFENDING YOUR BASE
    
    
    As soon as the level starts send all the units in the south up to your base 
    and inside the walls, including Charles Martel. While they're travelling get 
    one of your peasants mining the stone in the north corner, and the other three 
    building farms. You want to have about eleven farmers and ten lumberjacks, so 
    work as quickly as you can towards this goal.
    
    Meanwhile your base will come under attack soon after you've returned your 
    combat units to your walls. Forget your knights for now - just send your 
    axemen to stand behind the walls on Stand Ground stance, and manually target 
    each of the enemy units until they've fallen. Whatever you do, don't send any 
    of your units through the gates, as you really don't want your enemies getting 
    inside at this point.
    
    Your walls and gates will take damage, but no holes should appear. You can 
    conduct repairs later, but right now you want to build a castle and stick your 
    knights in it until you can research Murder Holes. To do this you'll have to 
    advance to the Castle Age (hence having more farmers than usual) and have 
    mined 50 stone to go with your starting amount.
    
    By the way, don't use that lumber camp to the west of your base. Your 
    woodcutters are absolutely brilliant at stupidly using your gates and chopping 
    down that one lone tree inside your walls. This just lets the enemy units in, 
    which you don't need. Instead send your cutters east to the forest and chop 
    wood there, out of the way. They won't be attacked.
    
    Once you're in the Castle Age get some of your farmers to quickly build a 
    castle just south of your southernmost wall (almost touching it). This castle 
    is going to see a lot of action, so keep your knights and axemen in or around 
    it so they can fend off enemies until you can research Murder Holes, and 
    preferably Ballistics. This all costs money, so hopefully by now you have 
    built all your peasants before anything else, and the resources are coming in 
    steadily. Send your farmers back to work when they're done.
    
    Right now you do not need units - you need castles. Build your first castle 
    and then hurry towards getting the resources to build the second. As I said, 
    keep your starting combat units around your first castle, and duck them inside 
    when they're losing health. Take out the enemy camels and knights with the 
    axemen, and use your knights to chase down the scorpions and bait any enemies 
    attacking your western gates towards the castle. 
    
    It wouldn't hurt to keep a monk handy, who can be let out of the castle to 
    conduct healing when things quieten down. The many farms, mills and houses in 
    the outskirts give you great warning of the approach of enemies. Researching 
    Herbal Medicine from the monastery wouldn't hurt either.
    
    You should be able to keep your first castle standing easily, as well as chase 
    down the dangerous rams attacking from the west. Bait all your enemies towards 
    the castle, and Murder Holes can take care of the rest. You can research 
    Hoardings later, when you reach the Imperial Age, but right now you should be 
    working towards getting another 650 stone for your second castle (buy some 
    from the market if you want - this isn't a level where you'll ever be 
    desperately short of resources).
    
    When you have the next 650 stone build your second castle west of your western 
    gate, but still close to the walls. The idea is to force any and all enemies 
    to come within range of either or both castles. Most will attack that western 
    wall, so you want either one or both castles to be able to reach them. Keep 
    knights inside each castle in case of rams, but once your second castle is up 
    you can almost ignore your base defense, especially if you've bought all the 
    building upgrades from the university.
    
    Repair any damaged bits of wall or gates around your base, build the odd tower 
    at places where the ones remaining can't reach, and build walls and gates 
    around your castles if you want the extra security. The worst the enemy can 
    throw against your castles and towers is rams, so watch out for these 
    occasional units and let your castles laugh the rest out of the park.
    
    CAPTURING THE TRADE CARTS
    
    
    Your gold will last a while but the stone, as usual, won't. Soon you'll need 
    more, so build a scout cavalry and start exploring this big map. To be honest 
    most of it is empty, and there is nothing of interest to the south east. Go 
    across the bridge south of your eastern gate and look for the gold to the west 
    of the bottom of it. There is more precious stone way down in the south of the 
    map, quite close to the Moors' green base. I built a mining camp here and it 
    was never attacked, so it should be OK. There's also more gold west of the 
    stone.
    
    Anyway, before you think about attacking the Moors (attacking the Turks isn't 
    necessary - try it if you want, but I'm not going to here), you'll want to 
    advance to the Imperial Age to get all the cool units. Do this and build an 
    army of paladins (upgrade everything you can afford), ranged units (I went 
    with the elite axemen, in spite of the fact that I'm not usually a sucker for 
    unique units), trebuchets and a few monks. Meh, build what you like, but scout 
    out the perimeter of the Moors' base with a scout cavalry first, so you know 
    what you're up against.
    
    They have a castle in the north west corner of their small base, and walls all 
    around it. It's not that the base is difficult to attack, it's just that it's 
    so sodding far away from your own. So you might want to build a well guarded 
    castle and some unit production buildings somewhere around that crop of stone 
    (I put my castle and some walls on the very end of the brick road to the south 
    west, against the edge of the map - the Moors don't react to the building 
    site). Leave a few knights back in your first two castles for the sake of 
    those yellow rams (later ones will have units garrisoned inside, but so 
    what?), then shift your army south to your third castle, ready for an assault 
    on the green base.
    
    At this point it's up to you what you do - I actually ended up forgetting most 
    of my army and just sent in petards to knock out first the gate and then 
    the green unit production buildings one by one. I also built another scout 
    cavalry and revealed the layout of most of the base before the scout died.
    
    The Moors' base turns out to be really crap. I met a grand total of zero 
    combat units and my army stood around scratching its arse for most of the 
    time. Once the castle and town centre was gone it was a stroll. The only 
    problem you might encounter is that they'll ring the town bell, and the arrows 
    from the town centre may target the carts you need. Make sure none of your 
    carts is destroyed or you'll have a problem.
    
    All that's left now is to escort those six carts back home and place them 
    between the flags in front of the beautiful cathedral. I had managed to lose 
    one of my castles to rams at this point, but I no longer cared.
    
    QUICK HELP
    
    
    Your axemen can fend off the first assaults - just don't let the enemies 
    inside your walls.
    Chop wood away to the east - don't use the given camp.
    Get a castle up fast and keep it repaired.
    Keep fast melee units garrisoned in your castle(s), or you could lose them to 
    the yellow rams.
    All building upgrades help in this level.
    The Moorish base is absurdly rubbish - you may not need anything beyond a few 
    petards in the end.
    
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     2.4.8 VINDLANDSAGA
    
    
    This is what happens when you design a level with no gold in it. Horribleness. 
    The Sea of Worms looks like something out of Lemmings, if you ever get to 
    reveal the entire minimap.
    
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    Difficulty - 1/3
    
    Objectives:
    
    Erik the Red must survive.
    Transport Erik the Red west across the ocean to the New World and start a 
    colony there.
    
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    For once you start off with the most basic of bases, and you've got to get all 
    the way up to the Castle Age slowly and steadily. You'll also be attacked by 
    three wolves - two of them ordinary doggies; and the third Ornlu himself, whom 
    you may remember killing in Age Of Kings. He will appear when you build a 
    blacksmith, and he can cut down your berserks with one swipe. Ring the town 
    bell when you see him and make sure you target the town centre on him.
    
    Anyway, the idea is to mine all that stone to the east and do some creative 
    buying and selling at the marketplace. You need to build two, possibly three 
    castles in this level (by my strategy anyway), and this is kind of hard given 
    that you have no gold and only one batch of stone. Actually there is a lot 
    more stone in the middle of Greenland, to the north, but it's hardly worth 
    going for.
    
    When building your town make sure you put all your buildings to the east of 
    the town centre, in the corner of the map. Viking longboats will be along 
    later, and you don't want them to be able to reach your buildings with their 
    shots. Once you have your first 650 stone you can build your first castle on 
    the southern tip of your island, west of the little inlet. Build a dock in the 
    inlet so that any passing enemy ships will have to meet the castle before they 
    reach your dock. The castle will also catch any transports passing by, which 
    should keep your first base totally safe for the rest of the level.
    
    Try not to spend much on unit upgrades or anything - this strategy depends on 
    using just a few combat units and relying instead on castles. I bought only 
    the blacksmith upgrades which used food alone; Horse Collar and Town Watch 
    from the mill and town centre; and didn't even bother with a lumber camp on 
    the first island.
    
    RELOCATING TO BRITAIN (BLUE)
    
    
    Build a transport from your dock and load Erik and his escorts on it, as well 
    as a few peasants. Bung on some barracks units if you want. Send the boat 
    south west until you find the next island, which is where Britain have a puny 
    base. Take your ship around the northern tip and down the other side, then let 
    them off when the shore levels out. There should be trees and a lumber camp to 
    the east and a market to the south.
    
    Get your peasants to start building a castle next to the lumber camp, between 
    it and the water. Britain will attack the building site with some archers, but 
    Erik and his two berserks should be able to kill them all. The castle will 
    soon be built, at which point you can garrison Erik inside and start building 
    five petards.
    
    There is a tower south east and another to the south west of this island - use 
    your berserks and Erik to destroy them (they have an attack bonus vs. 
    buildings). Then hit the town centre to the south with your five petards. Once 
    it was gone I let Erik out of the castle and got him to kill off Britain's 
    peasants with the help of some more berserks from the castle.
    
    Britain's marketplaces can be smashed down for a lot more gold. Use some of 
    that gold to research Murder Holes and Ballistics from the university. 
    Fletching and Bodkin Arrow from the blacksmith are good investments for your 
    castles, and Double-Bit Axe and Bow Saw are good researches to undertake from 
    the lumber camp you'll want to build next to your second castle.
    
    Now you can bring over all the rest of your lumberjacks, who will be 
    struggling for wood on your first island. Leave your farmers where they are, 
    but relocate your wood-cutters to Britain and start on the big bunch of trees. 
    Don't bother building another dock over here - it will only be destroyed. 
    Build up about ten or fifteen galleons from your first dock and research 
    Careening.
    
    PASSING GREENLAND (GREEN)
    
    
    Greenland is in the north and it's heavily populated and half-arsedly 
    fortified. Weak though Greenland is, you're weaker. Thankfully your objectives 
    don't state that you have to wipe these guys out, since it might be pretty 
    hard with no gold mines and no long-range siege weapons.
    
    Anyway, stick Erik on a transport again, accompanied by two or three berserks, 
    four petards and three or four peasants. Be sure you have another 650 stone 
    before you do this. Send the ship due north west of your second castle until 
    you find the coast of Greenland, then follow the ice south west and then west 
    until you can't go any farther without having your ship sunk by the Sea of 
    Worms. You might want to have cleared any enemy ships away from this area 
    before you send your transport in.
    
    Drop your passengers on the last narrow bit of accessible ice on the very 
    southern tip of Greenland, then send them west. They will meet a tower, so 
    knock it out with the four petards and send your peasants and Eric past the 
    wreckage. You want to build another dock on the south west tip of the ice, 
    from which you can build another transport to take your units west across the 
    sea.
    
    Dump everyone on the transport and head due south west until you find land. 
    Follow the coast south west until you find the edge of the map, then drop 
    everyone off here.
    
    ESTABLISHING A COLONY IN THE NEW WORLD
    
    
    This island has some purple Celts on it, a small army made up of woad raiders 
    and militia. They have two barracks, a town centre and a scattering of houses. 
    The Skraelings are yet another enemy who seem to be able to keep producing 
    units without having any peasants.
    
    The idea here is to quickly build a castle inland, south of the Celts' base. 
    Fight off the nearby Celts with Erik and the berserks while your peasants 
    build the castle, then garrison the peasants and the berserks inside.
    
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    Now you want to run around this island and bait the Celts into following Erik 
    to the castle, while you build petards and send them to destroy the two 
    barracks and the town centre. The barracks need three petards each, and the 
    town centre will need five. Erik is very unlikely to die, so just keep the 
    Celts away from their buildings until you can send the petards in.
    
    Once the three main buildings are gone you can bait the remaining Celts into 
    approaching your castle, and the island is pretty much clear. Build the 
    required buildings with your peasants (stay away from the coast - there are 
    longboats about) and the level is won.
    
    By the way, there is a lonely hermit on a tiny island on the west edge of the 
    map. I killed him with Erik but nothing happened. I guess this guy might have 
    a bearing on the level if you do it a different way to the above strategy, so 
    let me know if you have a clue what he's there for.
    
    QUICK HELP
    
    
    Be as economical as you can on the starting island. Food is the only resource 
    you'll get a lot of, so sell it at the market for gold.
    You don't need every available upgrade - be sensible and remember that there 
    is little or no combat in this level.
    It's not essential to land on Britain, but it definitely makes the level 
    easier.
    You can skip Greenland almost entirely.
    Clear out the Skraelings by baiting them towards your castle, and use petards 
    to sneakily destroy their three unit production buildings.
    
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    in alphabetical order for the sake of this guide).
    
    Thanks for reading :)
    
    
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