Priam of Troy has abducted Helen, the wife of Menelaus, king of Sparta. Rallying other Greek kings behind Agamemnon of Mycenae, the Greek prepare for an epic war that will take 10 years.
Historic Background Edit
This mission lets you play the epic war between the Greek and Troy, as described in Homer's epic Illiad. While following key events of the Trojan war, the scenario contains some historical inaccuracies, such as the fact that the Trojan horse was an idea of Odysseus, not Athena and that the Dorians were never mentioned in the Illiad. Their first literary mention of them is in the Odyssey, which happens after the end of the Trojan war.
|Time to Complete||2-3 hours|
|Dorians||(copper age, green)|
|Troy||(bronze age, orange)|
Attention: Do not read this if you want to solve it on your own
Gather the Greek kings Edit
As in the Illiad you first have to rally the Greek kings behind you. But before you set off, set your few villagers to work. Build a granary inside the walls. You can actually build it over the sacrificial pit.
Now let Agamemnon ride out of town west towards Sparta, where Menelaus will join you along with some chariot archers. Continue northeast to find Achilles' base and collect him and his soldiers. as a last step sail Menelaus over to Ithaka where Odysseus will join you. All three kings will ask a specific favour and will give you battleships. Achilles and Odysseus also provide transport ships. Return the ships to your dock south of Agamemnon's village and march your small army back to base. You now have a couple of elite soldiers and 4 heroes, two strategists and two warriors. 5 civilization points are awarded for recruiting all kings.
Build up the economy Edit
War is expensive business, so before you you can assult Troy, you need to build up an economy to support the war effort. You will need Iron and Gold and Stone, which are only available from a resource patch north of your village. Unfortunately that resource patch is regularily raided by Dorian marauder groups consisting of horsemen and Bowmen. Use the iron you have to build up a group spearmen. You don't need to build macemen yet as you have several elite sword fighters for that. Send your army to the resource patch. Make sure you split it up evenly to guard both the nothern and western flank. Use the strategist heroes to keep your army healthy. Now send 8 citizen each to gather gold, stone, iron and wood. As resources come in, build 5 Samsons and a balanced army of macemen, spearmen and bowmen. upgrade all available units to their maximum. Do not forget the battleships.
Attack the Dorian village Edit
After a while the constant attack from the Dorians become a nuisance and it is time to teach them a lesson. Take part of your army (mainly spearmen and macemen and the samson) north. Make sure that you take one of the strategist heroes, the other stays behind at the resource patch with a small guarding force. Walk carefully north. Halfway between the resource patch and the Dorian village are two towers. Take them down with the samsons.
Once you reach the Doran village, do not attack the gate. Send the samsons to attack the wall far left of the gate. This avoids that parts of your army run through the gate, which sometimes open shortly for Dorian horsemen. Once the wall is breached, send you army in and raize all the building to defeat the Dorians and gather a bonus of 5 civilization points. Do not remove the little guard at the resource patch yet, as there may still be Dorian marauders about, which were away from the village at the time of the attack. Those would still attack the resource area.
Preparing the attack Edit
While the citizens continue to fill the resource inventory, take the fleet of war ships and start exploring the sea thoroughly. Troy has 4 groups of battleships at sea and you need to sink them all to avoid nasty surprises later on. When you have sunk all 14 hostile battle ships the seas are clear, let your ships run about in explore mode for a while to make sure you didn't miss any. Meanwhile train a group of horsemen and give them two speed and two hitpoint upgrades. The speed upgrades are vital for the attack on Troy. When you are ready to attack, sink your battleships and garrison all but 5 citizens to free up population space. Fill up the space with Archers and spearmen. Make sure you rebuild any samsons you've lost during the attack on the Dorian village.
Attacking Troy Edit
Load the 5 citizen and a first expedition force that contains at least one strategist hero onto the transports and sail to a broad beach just north of the Troas ruins and let the citizens cordon off a small area by surronding it with towers. Make sure you update their range. Send the transports back to Greece to get the rest of the army and position it within the towered bridgehead. Make sure you set them all to guard behaviour. Now you have to deal with a huge army in front of Troy's gates. For that we'll use the 'taunt-and-chase' tactic. Take a single horseman and ride out towards Troy. Once it has been seen by Trojan units, do an about face and ride back into the towered area. The strategist heroes will heal any hits it has taken. Let your army deal with the units that gave chase to your horseman. Repeat the process until you have lured the whole army group by group into the trap. Make sure that you check on both sides of the gate. There is a fortress on either side and the army is not defeated until Troy has ungarrisoned all units. Overall, you'll have to repeat the 'lure-and-chase' spiel about 7 to 10 times. Once the air is clear, take Odysseus and the samson and bang away at the left tower next to the gate.
Troy falls Edit
You will soon realize that the walls of Troy are too sturdy to be breached by burly men with oversized tooth-picks. After a spontaneous pow-wow Odysseus suggests to build a temple for Athena in a nearby sacred grotto to win her support. ship the citizens to build the temple and return them. Make sure they don't kill any deer or you'll fail the mission. Athena gives the Trojan horse to them. Fill it up with all four kings, the elite warriors and the samsons. Bring the horse in front of the gate. The Trojans will bring it in and once the night falls, unload it. Now you must be very careful to herd your troops let all warriors attack King Priamos, ignoring the other troops. Let the Samsons attack Priams palace. Make sure that no warrior or samson attacks any temples. If they do, you break your promise to Odysseus and fail the mission. Once Priamos has been slain and his palace razed, you have won the Trojan War.