GILBERT THE RED EARL is my second map submission to Stronghold Heaven.
You will be playing the part of Gilbert the Red Earl (fiery colored hair) in an almost three decades long invasion type scenario. In short, the Welsh sacked and burned Your castle before its completion late last year. You have now returned to finish its construction, but are unexpectedly attacked by some enemy troops still residing in the area. The castle and Your garrison will be put to the test later in the scenario, when a massive Welsh army lay siege to it during a general uprising. Please see the attached ReadMe file for hints and comments. I hope someone could take the time reviewing my scenario, any constructive criticism is welcome.
This little tale begins in 1271 AD. The lord of Glamorgan, sir Gilbert de Clare (You), has returned to Caerphilly Castle in the South Wales lowlands. He is at the time one of king Henry III's most ambitious men. The construction of Caerphilly was started in 1268 AD by sir Gilbert to secure the area and as a response to the threat by the Welsh prince Llwedlyn ap Gryffydd the last (The Pig). He had previously made peace with king Henry III, but finaly lost his patience late last year sacked and burned the castle before its completion. His own troops were joined by those of his brother Dafydds and Gruffud ap Gwenwynwyn of Powys. However, they failed to stop Caerphillys construction.
Gilbert`s soldiers have gathered in the inner courtyard when they unexpectedly are attacked by some enemy troops still remaining in the castle's proximity. Afterworths, only an intervention by king Henry III stopped the Welsh from preparing for and starting a fullscale war. Sir de Clare was sure to take advantage of the truce that followed. The construction continued over several years and the result was one of mediveal Englands largest castles, a millitary architectural masterpiece, only rivaled in size by Windsor and Dover Castle. The surronding area is periodically raided by numerous bandits during the construction period (The Snake and his men). Caerphilly Castle is huge, covering some 30 acres with it`s 3 artificial islands and impressive lakes, and an early example of a true concentric castle with features like a parallelogram layout, a nowadays leaning south-east tower (with an angle larger than the famous Pisa campantile (belltower)), D-shaped gatehouse towers and a massive dam and outer hornwork.
King Edward I had desimated the Welsh threat by 1283 AD, so the need for Caerphilly Castle was from then on more or less gone. The castle is nevertheless besieged in 1294 - 95 AD by the local Welsh leader Morgan ap Maredudd (The Wolf) as part a larger Welsh uprising initiated by the infamous Madog ap Llwyelyn. Sir Gilbert dies sometime during 1295 AD, at the age of 52, and his wife managed the estate until her death in 1307 AD. There was another minor Welsh siege in 1316 AD. The last military action took place in 1326-27 AD, when queen Isabella besiged her husband Edward II. The castle has been in ruins from the mid 15th century. The remains of a roman fort dating from 75 AD, can be seen near by.
Wow, after a couple of years of half heartedly trying it on and off, I finally won this map. Incredible design. I found that building far outside the castle and conserving your pitch for when you really needed it was key to winning this extremely difficult, yet very playable, map.