The castle of Chastellet was in the process of being built when construction was suddenly halted due to a large army under the command of Saladin. The castle was being built overlooking the river crossing of Jacob's Ford, which in those days was a very important strategic position. From here King Baldwin could easily watch the Saracen's movements. Saladin did not want this.
In the actual battle of 1179, Saladin advanced onto Chastellet and routed the 1500 Christians within days. This was due to the fact that the castle had not been fully built to withstand an attack from such a great force.
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In this particular scenario you will find that the castle of Chastellet is complete as initially intended by the Crusaders. Saladin's attack in 1179 was a fail due to his sappers not being able to mine an entrance to one of the walls. He was forced to retire back to Damascus avoiding the Crusader reinforcements sent from Jerusalem.
It is now two years later and Saladin is prepared for another assault on the great castle of Chastellet. But unfortunate for him he has a greater task ahead of him. The castle is now fully built and ready to put up a fight.
King Baldwin has appointed you to take control of the castle since the year of 1179. You hear of Saladin's advance and quickly send for reinforcements from the neighboring villages. They can only spare so much... It is up to you to hold Chastellet for the fate of the Crusaders in the middle east depends on you.
SCENARIO & COMMENTS
The castle Chastellet is already built, up on a hill overlooking the river Jordan. I tried to make it look like the real thing by searching through images of the actual area and watching a few documentaries. Since there are no surviving plans of the ready built version of the castle I decided to follow the look supplied by the 3D image in the documentary 'The Crusaders' Lost Fort'(BBC). This is a link to it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9VwXDwAtLU The castle is shown at 5.32.
As for the gameplay and balance... this took quite a long time. Constantly playing the scenario over and over again till I got what I was looking for.
I want to thank Korsfarer Mogens and his 'Jacobs Ford' Invasion map (http://stronghold.heavengames.com/downloads/showfile.php?fileid=7248) for inspiring me to create my own version.
Very nice! Looks really good, but ... maybe a tad too "romantic". I'm pretty sure the landscape at the time did not look like the present. Please consider the following:
The builders of this castle knew what they were doing, as they were erecting one of the most (if not the most) sophisticated castle of its time. Wouldn't one of their first priorities be to clear the surrounding land (radius of at least half a mile) for boulders, scrubbery, and trees? Such "items" would obstruct the defenders views of the terrain, provide cover for advancing forces, and completely hide a force sneaking up on you at night.
"What if"-scenarios are always interesting, and I'll look forward to playing this, if I can (I don't do too well with prebuild castle interiors, due to my cognitive difficulties).
P.S. One small "caveat": You have chosen the same filename as I've used. It makes the OS want to overwrite the already "installed" scenario. So I had to rename your scenario before "installing". Could I persuade you to change the filename a tiny bit? Thanks in advance!