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Stirling Castle - Scotland

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Map Size: 300x300 (Medium)
Difficulty: Hard
No one really knows when Stirling Castle was built. Archeological finds show there has been a fortified set of buildings on the volcanic raised ground before the Romans. The dig record dates the oldest structures at the time when the Celts fought off the Pics from the elevated position. Countless famous people have lived and died in and around this famous historical castle just above the town of Stirling, Scotland. William Wallace and Robert the Bruce are probably the most famous from the movie, Braveheart. I toured this part of Scotland when I traveled Europe and I always wanted to make a map of this historical spot. The castle still exists and dominates the skyline of Stirling. I made the castle as accurate as I could (circa 1300 buildings and walls). The wooden town of Stirling is also represented on the map. The castle exchanged hands between the scots and the english and the exchange was almost always very bloody with many deaths. In 1299 Robert the Bruce sieged and retook the castle from the English. This finally ended in the 1600's, when both sides just became too broke to continue fighting over it.

One particular brutal death that occurred in the castle, was committed by a actual king. James II was worried about the Scotish nobles conspiring against him and invited William the Earl of Douglas to the castle for dinner. During the dinner the king asked the Earl if he was conspiring to over take the throne of england. William the Earl of Douglas replied yes, and he also mentioned the 'league of douglas', which sole purpose was to overtake the throne. The king became furious and demanded the Earl disband this league immediately. The Earl refused and James II grabbed his dagger and stabbed the Earl. But he didnt die right away, and the king's underlings finished off the Earl and threw him out a upper window of Stirling Castle. Today the spot where the Earl fell is marked with a garden.

Every castle needs a ghost, and Stirling Castle has three. The Green Lady, The Pink Lady, and The Highland Soldier. The Highland Soldier is the one the tourists see the most often. Normally the sightings are of a "Highland Soldier" looking chap, standing around like a tour guide. When approached the ghost appears to not want to chat, and turns and walks away. When followed the "Highland Soldier" walks through a wall or similar disappearing act. Most tourists are very frightened or they are simply upset that the "ghost" didn't want to talk.

Another particularly gruesome historical event was in the Elphinstone Tower located on the grounds. The story is that James V kept Siamese twins locked in a torture chamber in the tower and used them to answer questions about the future. One of the brothers died during one of the torturing sessions, and the other brother was forced to live on for another 10 months still attached to his dead sibling. The tower is just a stump on the castle grounds today.

Enjoy this castle! Please comment and rate as usual!


William Wallace (from Braveheart):

"Aye, fight and you may die, run, and you'll live... at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin' to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take away our lives, but they'll never take... OUR FREEDOM!"
[Crowd cheers]
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STreTcH23 first download going to start it tonight

[Edited on 11/30/05 @ 09:19 PM]

STreTcH23 wow I pretty hard
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The map has been playtested, and is possible. I have two playtesters. I just went back and beat it wth a good fight on EASY. If you want, try it on EASY and then on NORMAL. Its all about the level of difficulty.

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Thanks for the rating. All ratings & comments are welcomed. Lets get some more! You start with 100 stone.


[Edited on 12/01/05 @ 12:05 PM]

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Thanks for the rating, Jasper Tudor. Looks like this is getting stuck on 4.4! Lets get some more ratings and comments. Also, the map portrays the siege by Robert the Bruce to take back the castle from the English. Its a real event of history.

Jasper Tudor Oh, and one thing: That little bridge to the NW, is that supposed to symbolize Stirling Bridge?
"stuck on 4.4!" 4.4 is a very good rating, meaning that it is above excellent.

[Edited on 12/01/05 @ 01:31 PM]

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The question about the bridge is a good one. There is a new bridge in Stirling now (opened in 1831). The old bridge, the one William Wallace defended and won against the English in 1297 isnt really represented on the map. That bridge was wood, and was replaced and moved many times to different locations. There has always been a bridge crossing over the river Forth at Stirling. The one on the map represents the bridge at the time of the siege and doesnt have a real effect on the outcome of the battle. Reproductions of the area sometimes leave out the bridge importance, including the movie Braveheart which didnt even have a bridge.


[Edited on 12/01/05 @ 01:57 PM]

Jasper Tudor I beleive that Mel Gibson wanted the battle to be more epic, so he altered a bit, the real battle of Stirling Bridge was far less glorious than the battle in the movie (the English crossed the bridge, when half of them were across, the Scots attacked and killed as many as possible, so there was no real tactic behind).
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I agree with that analysis.

Captain Diablo Yay the Abbot of Stirling!

I'm gonna play this and rate!
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