The Anarchy - Trials and Tribulation
Posted on 04/25/08 @ 06:14 AM (updated 04/27/08
Upon a tomb in linkunshere,
there is a writ of olde,
"A time of famine and despair,
a winter with worse than cold.
"With bow, and sworde and iron fist,
a war was waged in winter's mist.
"It carried on for 19 years,
a war of death, full of fears.
"Here lies a lass, who died of tears,
for the man she will now always be near.
"If only the lords had their word kept,
then Christ and His Saints
would ne'er have slept."
The Anarchy - The Tale of the Nineteen Year Winter
"To till the ground was to plough the sea: the earth bare no corn for the land was all laid waste by such deeds; and they said openly that Christ and his saints slept. Such things, and more than we can say, suffered we nineteen winters for our sins." -The Anglo Saxon Chronicle
"Anarchy: Noun - political and social disorder due to the absence of governmental control"
The Anarchy - By Knightly_Maps
00 - Trial And Tribulation
England, beset by Civil war, is in total Anarchy. A period of turbulence, lasting for almost 2 decades, ending the reign of the Norman Kings.
"Following the death of William Adelin, the only legitimate son to the King of England through the sinking of the White Ship, the King, Henry 'The Lion of Justice', stipulated that his daughter, Empress Matilda, Widow of Emperor Heinrich V of the Holy Roman Empire, was to succeed him as monarch of England and it's continental holdings of the Duchy Normandy. This decision was not taken lightly by many barons, but the king forced them to swear allegiance to her, and announce her Queen of England upon his death.
Due to her gender and the fact that she was the wife of Geoffrey, Count of Anjou, there was a certain misgiving to her as heir. The Angevins, rumoured as the Devil's spawn themselves, were at constant ends with the Normans, and the nobility of England felt this tension. When King Henry died on December 1st, 1135, Stephen of Blois, Count Mortain and nephew of the late monarch, rushed to be crowned before Matilda was able to reach England from inland France. Proclaiming that the late Henry had declared that he was to be future king, and entering London with great haste, he was elected as king by the townspeople, preferring a male Norman, rather than a woman, the wife of the devil's advocate on Earth.
With the crowning of Stephen on December 22nd, 1135, David, King of Scotland decided to make war. On the pretext of assisting his niece, Matilda in her attempt for the throne. In a single month, he claimed much land in Northern England; in Cumbria and Northumberland, such as the castles of Carlisle and Newcastle. On February 5th, the Treaty of Durham was signed between the two lords, David keeping Carlisle, with his son Henry gaining land.
With the winter of '36 / '37 over, David again invaded, silenced quickly with another treaty until November. Tension is strife throughout this land..."
23rd April 1137 - off the coast of Northern England
The oars break the shimmering water, shattering the sunlight splayed upon it in all directions. The exhalation of air, in unison, broke the silence, second only to the creaking of the wooden bow.
At the helm Edward awaited impatiently. Wind in favour, he was making good progress, and his cog, propelled by nature's gift and by the strength and endurance of man, was making it's way steadily north. 'twould not be enough; he knew not what was happening.
Edward had little idea of what was awaiting him.
Sir William, faithful servant of Empress Matilda, had been tasked with raising support from the northern English people, but with limited success. The peasantry, lives disturbed by the Scottish invasions to the north, and the English armies marching from the south, were keen to accept the leadership of the benevolent Stephen.
Unfortunately, just as William was preparing to return to Robert in Gloucestershire, Sir Everard, keen for the favour of the king, marched and nigh on captured William and his small band. Fleeing to the shoreline, William, trapped like a fox, quickly erected a palisade. Through cover of night, runners were sent to the north, to any Scottish patrols; and to the south, to the nearest land in favour of Matilda.
Sir Edward, a knight banneret in the service of Earl Robert, had been in York with his band of soldiers, and had heard about William by chance; a fleeting recognition of the runner from the court of Robert.
Now, sailing on a hired cog, you were aiming to rescue William and any survivors, and take to the boat.
As mid-morning came to an end, and the sun was nigh on it's zenith, you made dock at a small beach, close to the location of William's outpost.
The place you landed was very treacherous, the rocky slope could kill any man. An ancient goat path, weathered by use for hundreds of years was hardly discernable, was the suggested method of travel. Edward swore; in sight was another beach, closer to William. He mounted his horse.
Across the stream, Edward could just espy Williams fort: Already under siege...
The Boring, Albeit Slightly Important Bits.
This is the first submission by Knightly_Maps, and is an adaption of GrumpyGills' Civil War Series, which I have abandoned. Pioneering this series, in collaboration with Nathan, I will be creating a better series out of a similar concept.
Although there is a historical background, that of the Nineteen Year Winter, or Anarchy period, a turbulent episode of grief, famine and war in England's history, the actual events in the game are not completely of historical accuracy, if at all.
Beginning, you are with three groups of men: A Scottish patrol to the north, headed by Lachlan McCleod; There is Sir Edward -the protagonist of the series- to the south, on a boat and at the beach; and Sir William, holed up in his little fox den.
It will be hard to discern your men from the enemy's, they are all of English blood, or under the English flag; as such, they are all kinsmen, and are indiscernible from each other. This will add partially to the difficulty, but hopefully not much.
Liking prologues, this map, Trial And Tribulation serves as a short prologue. You must simply reach and defend the outpost.
We wish for you to enjoy this scenario: It was fun to make, and I hope you get that same enjoyment.
Reviews and comments are absolutely welcome!
Watch your step my liege, the mountains are very treacherous these days.
The Anarchist and The Knight.
"Over a throne, and shiny crown,
after a prince in his ship drowned.
"Stealing, killing, trouble and strife,
many a man was brought to new life."
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Looks to be a well-made, enjoyable map! I look forward to seeing more maps from you in the future!
This map was very playable. The whole thing played smoothely with no problems whatsoever, so great great job on this section of the rating.
The whole map was almost perfectly balanced. The enemy invasions supported eachother completely so that as soon as the first one was defeated the second one attacked. The only small issue I had was the weakness of the enemy first attack, which I drove of easily and got extra time to prepare a bit for the rest of the invasions. Still, great job again
Excellant job here. The map had an amazing amount of creativity thrown into it. The whole opening battle scene, the reinforcements, and the whole yellow VS yellow idea was incredibly cool. Nice Job.
Map Design: 4.5
The map design was also very good. I really liked the pitch burned terrain, it had a realistic look. The whole map, the river, coast, and mountains all had a realistic look. I believe you used the himilaya trick for the mountain hill thing, but I am not totaly sure. Overall a great job except for the ship. The ship itself was very good but what I didn't like was the dock thing that it was atached to. It just did not blend or look realistic in the terrain. Still you definately did a great job here too.
Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant!
Additional Comments: A great map and definatley worth downloading. A very promising start to the series. Keep it up!
Hi, I have posted a review for this map so I hope everyone approves of it, since again, I am new to the reviewing thing.
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The map is really great, tho. I lost 1 sleephour on it :D
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[Edited on 05/14/08 @ 02:13 PM]
We lost many hours of sleep making it!
Thank you for the review, Romanrook. I would have preffered to place a lowered wooden walkway to the boat, which would have fitted in much better, but the landscape was already done when my hopeless counterpart came beggine for me to make a half-decent boat, and I couldn't use the wooden platform trick.
The weakness of the first attack was to make it look more like a scouting party, so it was easy to defeat.
[Edited on 04/26/08 @ 04:50 AM]
Awesome use of Himalaya. :D
Nice map! :D
I really like the map size... it gives the map a true sense of mountains.
Nobody has mentioned that friendly and opposing forces are the same color in the map. I don't think I like this.