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Belvoir Castle

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Map Size: 400x400 (Large)
Difficulty: Normal
Belvoir Castle, 1242.

Shortly after the Muslim rulers gave what was left of Belvoir castle back to European hands, the Knights Templar, following a tribute from the King of Jordan, decided to rebuild the fortification in exchange for protection. After just one year of construction, the Star of Jordan was rebuilt to its former glory. Using leftover funds, the Templars brought five holy relics, and distributed them in the surrounding territory. Once the news of this new construction spread back to Europe, a massive influx of pilgrims pass this area to reach Jerusalem.

The locals have had enough outsiders. Local leaders have rallied discontented soldiers from the area. A host of infantry arrived, including groups desert nomads, armed with light bows riding swift black horses. A number of recent converts from the Europeans have arrived too. Together, they must retake this crusader vantage point.

However, the Crusaders have learned of the plans. Detachments march from all over the Middle East from Crusader settlements, all converging to the same spot to relieve the siege. Their numbers are too many to be faced: the castle must be taken and repaired for our own defense against the European advance. Their army will arrive in 15 days (game years). Siege weapons have been constructed to storm the castle, but they must be carefully deployed, for there are little funds to construct more.

The local soldiers have arrived in formation on two sides of the castle, while the converts have been forced into ranks. Heavily armoured Templar Knights leave the gates of the castle. The trumpet sounds, and the knights charge, the clanking of the hooves and the armour clearly audible. Enemy morale is strong. The siege has begun! Only the destruction of the 5 relics could dampen the new Crusader spirit…
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Hmm... Did you get all the "holy relics"? :D

Admittedly, some are quite difficult to find (I did my damn best to blend them in), I hid them so that you can't see them in any way. You will most likely destroy those ones by mere accident. ;)

I definitely need to make the garrison stronger to compensate, I never thought I could make the map quite so easy.

[Edited on 05/21/08 @ 10:21 PM]

barbarius Well, in fact, I din't see them when I played the siege (I don't know if they give a kind of bonus, or something like that...). So, after seeing your map, I found five "holy relics". I don't know if I must destroy them or not.

Then, about the difficulty of the map, I'm not an expert, but I played on a lot of maps. The map is not "easy", it's "normal". Of course, you can add some other troops to raise the difficulty. In fact, I lost all my macemen in this game, but my Arabian swordmen were almost totally safe, so I think you can add some other troops in the middle of the castle, or other patrols around the castle. As you like... For me, the map is already a very good map.
The Dragonheart Minimap looks wonderful. I would have a go but I don't play Crusader any more. Sorry. But you will get good ratings for this map, I'm sure!
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