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The Hidden Ones

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Jp Setlak
File Details
Map Size: 160x160 (Tiny)
Difficulty: Normal
Minimap:
This is an economic/invasion scenario. The economic side is the more crucial of the two. There are some hidden factors at play. So beware! MAKE SURE YOU PLAY ON THE NORMAL SETTING. I have provided several walkthroughs, in case the scenario becomes frustrating to you. Listen to the advice of the King’s minister, Lord Tarlach.

The Story

Lord Tarlach, venerable minister to the King, speaks:
“As you well know, my Lord, the King and his armies were cruelly defeated at the battle of Endless Tears. He and a few of His faithful subjects are now living unseen in the great forest near the Northern Mountains.
You must join them there, and quickly develop an army of knights to fight the fell warriors who seek to ravage the kingdom. I know not the size of our foes. Therefore work you fast, ere the end come to undo us. Yet be careful, noble born! If our village should become too big, the enemy will find us; thieves will rob us; and the wolves of the plains will kill our people. We are not safe, Prince, and we must remain unseen! Keep the village very small; hunt to feed our people. Do not waste time: mine iron, raise stallions and muster our brave knights. You may perhaps ignore my advice and develop a large and powerful village. But I worry for you my Lord if you should do so.”

Setting

This scenario is meant to be played on the normal setting. If you play on easy it might actually become more difficult. On the hard and very hard settings you can increase your population cap, but get ready for some nasty fighting.

Hints
- Everything hinges on the size of your population. You must determine what it should be, my liege. If it be too small, hostile forces will destroy you; too large and endless catastrophes will rain upon you. In the end, they too will destroy you.
- Use any means at hand to defend yourself, though they may scarcely be enough.
- Train your knights quickly: as many as you can!
- Carefully read the advice of the King’s minister.
- Or do as you will, but do not say you were not warned!
- Once you have survived the invasions, the economic goals set by the council are trivial.

(If you have too much trouble playing this scenario, read the walkthrough section in the accompanying notes, which will reveal the population cap.)

EMERGENCY WALKTHROUGH
If you can't survive the initial invasions, read this! Muhaha!
1. Keep population at 24 no matter what.
2. Build war dog cages near the gate and on the side. 6-8
3. When the enemy enters the map, call all your men into the fort; or the dogs will be distracted from their duty to kill the spearmen.
4. Release the dogs right on top of the spearmen.
5. 4 to 6 cages will usually do it. I build the cages mostly right by the gate, a few reserves on the sides. You can't afford to have the gate breached.
6. When the spearmen are dead I let my reemerging woodcutters and hunters (and pups) kill the war dogs (or wolves if any come onto the map). The hunters and their doggies will take some losses but will eventually kill all the dogs/wolves.
7. You have to do this two or three times, with some early invasions! hahaha! The minister told you! Your resources will scarcely be enough. There is no other way to survive.
8. Meanwhile you are mining iron and making knights which easily take care of the following enemy invasions. (dogs are your reserve) . You will need 30-35 knights to survive the last attack.
8. If population is above 24 you will be crippled by various blights. Initially, I just hunt and cut wood. One hops field and 4 or5 iron mines a bit later. Finally, a growing number of armorers and smiths. A wheat field and ONE bakery when the hunting game runs out. (easy does it) More notes accompanying maps.


This scenario is meant to be downloaded from the Stronghold.Heavengames site only. If it appears anywhere else, please contact me at Elfraj@cox.net.
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Rating
5.0
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Playability5.0
Balance5.0
Creativity5.0
Map Design5.0
Story/Instructions5.0
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Size:404.39 KB
Added:08/30/02