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The Rebuilding of Apgwyn

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Sir Hugh
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Map Size: 300x300 (Medium)
Difficulty: Hard

The Rebuilding of Apgwyn: A Prince’s Account.

The invaders came from beyond the Mountains in the West. We had always heard stories of their barbarism and unorthodox, yet effective, methods of waging war.

We were once a peaceful and prosperous kingdom; our trade flourished, our cities grew, our borders expanded into habitable areas of the desert to the west and south. My father’s kingdom was in a golden age, but an unwelcome guest had made its home; greed. Even though there was never so much abundance, the lords who swore fealty to my father started coveting the wealthier estates and even the thrown.

After the invasion, there were several defeats among the garrisons in the border castles and fortresses. Soon, garrisons began surrendering without a fight to the enemy. No longer do they, for word has reached us that no one is ever spared. Now many garrisons and townspeople flee to the inner cities as the enemy’s pincher movement advanced closer to the capitol.

The corrupt lords soon began withdrawing their troops from the King’s armies and started waging war against one another or hid in their own fortresses. Few stayed loyal to the king; he was no longer able to ensure and enforce peace nor able to defeat the marauding invaders. Soon, an evacuation was ordered of the capitol. My uncle decided to stay with his troops and defend the citadel to the last man to ensure a safe retreat. My father, his brother, decided to join him. He left us with the stock troops and took the remainder of his force to defend the citadel. A legend would be made of their valiant stand, but many would be disappointed at how they really met their ends.

My elder brother and I led the fleeing population as the enemy closed in on the city. We headed towards Baron Standford’s lands only to find that he had been murdered and much of his land confiscated by hostile neighboring lords. Some of our demoralized mass began to desert. We were alone and surrounded by enemies. Three lords were still loyal to us in the north, but we were far south with many enemies between us and them. We decided to flee into the canyons to an abandoned estate on the other side. Luckily, the invading barbarians seemed to slow down around the occupied capitol; no doubt they were enjoying the spoils. The canyons would strip them of some of their advantages and allow a more secure retreat.

Two days into our desperate endeavor, we were attacked by a scouting force of an enemy baron’s men. My brother led our body guards--a force of 100 stock troops—-to defend the ever shrinking amount of vassals. Though successful in our defense, it was the last deed he did. We held a quick funeral and kept moving. My father’s signet ring held loosely around my finger.

We soon made it to the canyons. This is where rich land ends and desert begins. Not many settlements were ever made in or beyond the canyons. They had never been profitable; outlaws and droughts had always harassed the settlers and ruined crops. We spent about a month navigating the maze of canyons and killing any enemy scouts we caught.

God willing, our enemies had lost our trail. We made it to the abandoned estate which I named Apgwyn. I surveyed the area: the small fortress was still intact, many of the buildings were in need of only small repairs before being made useful again, but unfortunately the aqueduct had suffered damage and there would be no running water or private baths. Scouts and sentries have reported locals. They could be hostile or friendly.

At last I could formulate a plan. There is no hope of me taking back the kingdom by myself. Since there are still three loyal lords in northern moutains holding out against everyone by working together, I will try to join them, but I will require a sizable armed escort as well as my own fall back position should we be defeated. I should establish a stable economy here, raise a dependable garrison, and collect enough supplies to raise an escorting force to deliver me to the Northern Lords.

After some time, here is my progress:

This map was originally made for the The Stronghold and Crusader Fantasy Scenario Competition here at Stronghold Heaven. It has been about a year since my last released map and I enjoyed making this one.

My past few maps have been mostly sieges. I felt that not only since the map competition required a full scenario, but that it was also time to try my hand at an eco-invasion map.

As always, constructive criticism is welcome.

Sir Hugh
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Lord Boz your image code should be [img]address [/img]

try that instead
The Dragonheart Wow, this looks impressive. The screenshots and the minimap look great. Good work Sir Hugh:)
Lord Boz Great looking map! I found it really hard and have not completed it yet :[
SUBINDXSUBIN Nice looking map. I have downloaded it. I will review it in a while. I like small castles like this. Are those walls on both sides of the water flwoing to the castle made of wood?
Sir Hugh
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Thanks for the comments everyone. I promise it's winnable.
Sir Hugh
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Thank you kindly for the reviews, Subin and Sir Mik. That was a funny suggestion of cannibalism, and I'll be a little more cautious when writing a story.

Glad you enjoyed it. :)
Sir Hugh
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Thank you kindly for the review, Hypernova90.

I'm happy that most people think I did the scripting well. It is usually my weakest point.

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