Eerie apparitions. Nightly rumbling. Peasants found dead near yonder bleak and gloomy forest they'd dared to draw closer to - what befell them?
Soft whispers among your subjects tell of your mishap and woe. It truly was beyond your powers to hinder the cruel killing of Farfist's archers, your lifelong adversary. 'Twas a fierce battle but, behold, such was Fortune's pleasure to drive your opponents into unconditional surrender. Alas, in a feverish mood from all this slaying, blood, and lifeless limbs, your men betook the hanging of their captives from your castle's battlements, stout and strong. And proud King Farfist? Forsooth, none of your doing, fault or sin was his untimely death. Overwhelmed by the pitiable sight of his warriors so mindlessly bereaved of their young lives, he fell on his sword to still his grief and restore his honour.
But hush, old stories: Thou'rt commanded to a new realm to harvest the crops of your life spent on, oh, so many fields of battle. Facilities well maintained, roads and pathways well laid out for transport and travelling, a populace moneyed, fed and satisfied shall sweeten your latter days. And what is more, there are no wolves in your County :)
And yet, something uncanny has drawn into the old forest. Barely visible shapes, more form than figure, dwell on your territory, wandering shades who kill your subjects. A sinister, grim knight haunts your dreams. Should all your brave efforts fail in the end? Is Farfist, though dead, trying to snatch away your well-earned meed?
Be sure to resolutely fight your enemies - but first of all be wise and diligent regarding your economy. Mills and bakers are in a constant need for work. Your last priest left the country after reluctantly blessing the outrageous number of graves, now dreary home to your late people. Too many peasants have been made meet their maker to sustain the making of pitch or woodwork.
Withstand the unfair curse imposed by hapless King Farfist and stand up for your right to peacefully repose in the quietude of older age...
A tricky map with some cleverly hidden enemy soldiers; track them down as they are all invisible ... and it took me a while until I figured out that there's a secret path through the northern plateau ... the key for victory!