It is a time of extreme peril. The kingdom is best by invasions from three neighboring kingdoms, all with the intent of seizing control of the homeland. You have been dispatched to Aberwyven, a strategic castle on the River York, to finish constructing its defenses and retrain its garrison. While the King campaigns against invading armies to the north, you must use every trick in the book to keep your castle up and running. Be aware, the armies of Duc La Roche (Snake), Duc Volpe (Wolf), and Duc La Fat (Pig) are converging on Aberwyven. The King's armies won't be able to hold them off for long. Even worse, the advance guard of Duc La Roche's army has been spotted nearby.
You must hold Aberwyven to the last. This castle must not fall to the enemy. If you fail, the entire northern front will collapse, and the kingdom will be over-run. If you succeede, and succeede you shall, a sizeable portion of the enemy's armies will be cut off and surrounded.
Now go, and remember, surrender is strictly forbidden!
Design History: Yes, this is my first map I've ever submitted to Stronghold Heaven (heck, only registered a few days ago), but I have been making maps (for my own enjoyment) ever since Stronghold was released o so long ago. This map in particular has been "in development" for several years. Aberwyven (pronounced ABER-Y-ven) is a castle in an old education video on castles that I saw back in the fifth grade (about 10 years ago) -- it is not a real castle. Of course, the design has been modified to such an extent that it really isn't the same castle, but the insperiation is still present in the walls and towers. This map (the one being submitted) I started three days ago, and, after finding this site and subsuquently reading "Map Making 101," I modified it with some of those excellent ideas presented in there (hat's off to those of you who discovered those tricks!).
Anyway, this is the first in a hopefully long line of maps I will be submitting. Ratings would be greatly appreciated, as I would rather make a map that the entire community would enjoy than one that is, well, bad (and thus a waste of servder space!).