I have been your advisor for decades, my lord. If I have ever misguided you, then behead me. But you know, just as I know, that I have played an important part in the growth of our castle town. You do remember how I sacrificed my best novice when defending you against the raiders when you were a yound child? Enough of this. There are more important matters I need to tell you.
As you know, many parts of Humeria, especially the Northern principalities, have relied on cheese and meat for centuries. However, the principalities on the fertile river valleys, like the ancient Kikun Chinick River valley, which have more space for apple orchards and wheat farms, have continously demanded that fruit and bread along with ale should be the main diet of the kingdom. It is quite obvious that their motives are quite selfish. They have wanted this for so long, that the High King has finally agreed to their requests and has sent the following letter to all the Five Guardian Kings of Humeria:
"By the order of the High King, the Great Unifier of Humeria and the Keeper of Peace, and the Royal Council of Humeria, the Land of the Five Guardian Kings and the Priviliged People of the Great Realm and its Great Golden Gods and the Divine Synod of the Holy Realm have announced the following Great Announcement:
There shalt be no more hunting of deer in Humeria.
There shalt be no more cow breeding and cheese production in Humeria.
Hunting is now officially outlawed and anyone caught hunting deer will be burnt at the stake. The same law applies to dairy farmers.
The Divine Synod of the Holy Realm has announced that the Great Golden Gods have accepted these new laws and anyone who has an opposing opinion will be burnt at the stake.
The Royal Council also demands a small tribute from each town (exluding river valley towns). Providing this tribute will serve as a show of loyalty.
The High King also wishes (read: demands) that every Guardian King would accompany him on a Great Banquet. The menu consists of venison, cheese soup and other luxury foods.
The new laws will be in effect after the High King's Great Banquet.
The High King of Humeria"
My lord, after we had our dairy farmers and hunters unemployed, we have had the following problems:
1. Four riots organized by disgruntled hunters.
2. Two riots organized by angry dairy farmers.
3. A majority of our people has moved to the nearest river valley town.
4. Many hunters have become poachers.
5. Your popularity has fallen.
Now, in order to pay the tribute, we will need to utilize the ancient little valley which we have always called "The Fertile Crescent". It is not as green as used to be, but we should be able to use it to produce the bread, ale and fruit we need. However, there's a problem. Bears and wolves block the valley and we can't send our farmers there as they would surely be eaten by the ferocious beasts. We should first equip some of our men with spears and then kill all the wild animals blocking the Fertile Crescent.
At the moment, it seems that there's a drunkard (a former hunter) slaughtering our peasants around the campfire! Hurry my lord, kill the drunkard before he kills our noble peasants! (you'll understand this sentence when you start playing ;-)
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The maps been rechecked and the winning conditions are OK - perhaps you had a bad download.
Diana125's observation is right, you can suddenly be surprised by winning the map. The win conditions are set to "any of these". Scripting is quite lengthy - with many conditoned events, but only some of them become relevant: when the requests become higher on very hard.
After this technical stuff ... the mission is very special, once again after lord_yoshi's "The Travelling Fair".
"Surviving with nothing" can happen in the deserts of Crusader. It is the challenge here, too. Story and map work together well. You have to convert farming in the land. Wild animals cross the ways of wood cutters and farmers. Probably never spearmen have been so valuable.
Now, your strategy, please, Mylord. There are many ways to use the modest starting goods (and buildings). If you know that only one win target must be met, you may find it possible to try more capricious tactics. Exciting eco exercises.
PS. Wanted to know wether this scenario had made it into the new SH1 release bundle of 300 additional maps from our site. Pity, it hasn't.
It was nominated for the top 300 but, sadly, we did not get a reply in time from lord_yoshi.