"MEN OF HARLECH", my submission to Stronghold Heaven's second historical castle competition, features a scenario best described as a historic siege (The Welsh siege of Harlech castle in 1294) with a several year long eco-invasion aftermath. The present map is balanced and feasible on the hard setting.
You have just replaced James of St. Georges as constable of Harlech castle and recieved a letter from his majesty:
"Edward I, by the grace of Our Lord, King of England, Lord of Irland and Duke of Aquitaine to the constable of Harlech castle and all those that this present letter shall hear or see, greetings.
The crown commends You and are very pleased to hear that Harlech has been transformed into a triving community in a matter of months. However, it has come to Our attention that the infamous ap Baeddan brothers have strenghten their position and now openly defy English autority. - Are We to understand that You seem to have resigned in Your effort to bring the lawless elements of Merionethshire to justice? Our patience is wearing thin. Their scornful presence will no longer be tolerated. We expect news of their incarceration or preferably violent deaths shortly. The outlaws could not possibly pose any real treat to Our superiour troops - not even under the worst of cirqumstances. Hence, Your request for reinforcements is denied.
In fact Our present campain have depleted the crowns resources, so We see no other alternative than to revoke a fair part of the annual supplies and funds for Harlech. You are to make good use of the abundant iron ore in Merionethshire to manufacture the spesified number of swords as well as to recruit some able fletchers to make the requested crossbows. The weapons are to be delivered as soon as possible.
Witness my hand in England, on the fifth day of January in the year of Our Lord twelvehundred and nintyfour".
You had but two conserns as the new constable of Harlech. The availability of food could obviously become a major problem now that his majesty had found better use for the supplies and funds that You and Your men had come to rely on. Not to mention the inevetable confrontation with the ap Baeddans. It had been rumored for some time that the notorious bandit brothers commanded more than 100 men - everything from petty thieves to murderes.
It would be grave to fail Longshank, still far worse to let down the "MEN OF HARLECH".