The King looked at you: "Stand up young knight. Your cousin died recently from the black plague that exterminated the all population of his province. As he had no direct heir, you are the one I choose to run that province. Your cousin was an original person, and I have been told his castle has been built of an original manner... I want you to make enough weapons to prepare an attack against the two nasty lords running the near by provinces, known as Lord Snake and Lord Pig. Be careful, they may try to take the castle, knowing the population has been killed. These men will go with you, they will protect you. You shall now walk to the castle."
Be wise in the use of space as the castle is designed to slow you down. You have plenty of space to develop your economy but you might happen to find the castle a bit small. You might also find it a bit big to defend. You must make the good choices to succeed.
You can not build granary, stockpile nor armoury. Market place is limited to stone - which you can only buy -, to pikes and pitch.
If the enemy gets into the castle, be prepared to loose half, or two third of your population.
The plagues that occure will rarely kill your workers, due to the way the castle is built, but il will affect your popularity.
I choosed the smallest stone keep available to limit the amount of military units on it. You can only put 48 of them. If the game slows down, its due to the fact of a too high amount of units on it. If so, take some off the roof.
This map is made to be played on very hard, althought it can be played at a lower level if you do not succeed...