Posted on 02/20/07 @ 11:54 AM (updated 02/22/07
After ransacing the forces of an unknown, but very angry enemy, with a massive peasant army, Lord Maier begins to seek out and question enemy forces. He discovers, after much 'questioning' that a rogue, moslem Italian man named Giovanni, has been incited attacks on Europeans and shipping in the area. Maier learns that Giovanni has partially rebuilt the ancient mountain top stronghold of Lio. Locals say that the castle itself was layed down by the romans, but after so many decades of unrepair the keep and fortifications simply fell apart. One man, who Maier continues to put trust in, tells Maier that when the peasants say 'rebuilt' they mean that the city is has been remanned, but the walls are still in desperate need of repair. Lord Maier, being a soldier, gives orders for his army to march along the beach until the city is spotted. However, he does not give any immediate plans to attack. Lord Maier still has a lack of skilled engineers and has no siege equipment at hand. He gives command of his army to his third in command, Stennenbruch, a man who would rather charge and die on the battlefield than have food in his stomach. Lord Maier's third in command, along with most of the peasant army but with very few veterans, sets out and arrives at an outpost of Lio within a month. He eradicates the outpost and questions workers in the Lio quarry. The workers say almost nothing and Stennenbruch has them executed, and their bodies dumped in the sea. He sends word to Maier that he will take the city as quickly as possible. Stennenbruch writes up plans to leave the economy of the city intact for use afterward, then leaves the reply from his Lord unopened, and charges the high, but crumbling city walls of Lio.
This mission will consume much of your amry's lives, but to lessen casualties sacrifice your archers to get rid of as many fire throwers as possible. Also, destroying the economy of the city will take too much time, so concentrate your forces as quickly as possible on killing Giovanni and seizing the keep. Their is also a surprise: A massive slave army appears at the top of the map! I recommend staying away from the main gate, and going after the smaller gatehouse on the beach. You will have to fight more troops inside the city, and the walk to the keep is a little longer, but you wont be exposed to as much missle fire as missle fire devastates your spearmen. You have no siege weapons, so taking down the walls will be that much harder. You have three game years to win, good luck!