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Map Size: 400x400 (Large)
Difficulty: Hard
As promised, here is the updated version of the map!Changes include some landscape modelling, to make sure that attackers won't have access to the back of the castle (Earl, I also tried with extra garrison at the back, but the option to attack from there was always very tempting!), some extra ballancing(this should be a little tougher than the original version) and a revised history file(corrected the inaccuracy regarding Reynald, thanks again Gowestover!). I hope you will enjoy it.Best regards, Velerefontis.
Kerak has been Castle of the week 53 and also appears in one mission of the Historical Campaigns in the game. Also called Le Crac de Moab, it is the most impressive castle of the region that Crusaders came to know as "Oultrejourdain", the isolated territories of the east, beyond the Dead Sea and river Jordan. In 1177 this Lordship was granted to Reynald de Chatillon who became famous for his bold exploits, such as launching ships in the Red Sea to raid Mecca and the looting of Arab caravans crossing his territory. These acts soon made his exposed lands a prime target for Muslim armies and Kerak was besieged at least three times in the next 10 years. Twice it was saved by a relieving Crusader army from Jerusalem, but eventually fell to the Muslims in 1188, after a ten month epic siege. The garrison, isolated and with no hope of help from the Christian territories, held out "and defended the castle for so long that they ate dogs and cats and even sold their wives and children to the Saracens to get bread...". At the end hunger forced these couragious men to surrender. It is said that when the castle capitulated the Muslims, impressed by the courage of the defenders, let all the survivors go free... Kerak remained in Muslim hands and was never again retaken by the Crusaders.
Live the dramatic moments of the final fall of Kerak in this siege scenario. The zip file includes the map(took me weeks to bring to life this impressive frontier fortress!), a full history of the castle and an extensive strategy guide. Best regards, Velerefontis
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