Although it really exists and the map based on it, the map is not a model of Falkenstein. The construction is in parts complete fictional.
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The castle Falkenstein is a castle from the 12th century near the municipality of Philippsbourg, Canton Bitche, Département Moselle. Since it was destroyed in the 17th century, it is a ruin. It is a mountain fortress on a 120-metre-long, about 22 metre high and from three to eight metre wide sandstone rock at 386-metre height.
The castle was established in 1127 by count Peter von Lützelburg as a protection against penetrating the Staufer to the west. The Lützelburger became extinct in the course of the century, and a hereditary quarrel resulted between the count Montbéliard and the count of Saarwerden. Emperor Friedrich Barbarossa intervened in 1143 in the quarrel and gave the castle to count Volmar von Saarwerden. The ministerial of the castle wore in 1205 his office to fief of the counts of Saarwerden. That year the first known Falkensteiner, Jacob von Falkenstein, was also mentioned .In 1377 the castle was besieged by the Counts of Lichtenstein. Count Fénétrange-Brakenkopf got in 1414 the saarwerdischen interest . 60 years later, so in 1474, Wilhelm von Falkenstein inherited the castle and inhabited.
The castle went over in 1515 in the sole possession of the Falkensteiner. They sold in February, 1564 their last rights for count Philipp IV von Hanau-Lichtenberg who attached the castle after that of the jurisdiction of the castle Lvov. As a result of a 5-day fire, causes by a bolt of lightning on the 19th of April, 1564, the castle was damaged. Only scantily repaired it served since then only as a forestry office of the Lichtenberger.
In the course of the Thirty Years' War it was looted in 1623 by Mansfeldische troops, was damaged and finally destroyed from 1676 to 1680 by French troops.
You have forgotten your name long ago, one calls you only wolf. You are one of the most loyal followers of Mansfeld, a mass murderer and torturer of evil kind. You believe in nothing more, think only from day to day, and at the fact that in the castle before you supplies and gold camp down what you and your fighters since weeks have not received. But you know, you will get it. Here and now.
Honesty and cowardice were unknown to him .
The military call Mansfeld's was based on the fright which he spread, as well as on his organizational talent.
For the affected persons, and this was as a rule the peasants, towns and castles, meant the crude and person-despising way of the leading of the war as a rule the end of their existence. The officers fighting under his command and soldiers, even for past the scum of the mankind , seldom got pay. They paid themselves by pitiless and uncontrolled looting of the vanquished areas or occupied regions. A winged phrase was the saying "Where Mansfield occurs, nothing but remains broken stones and glowing iron back".
About the Map
It is quite easy to conquer this castle, because even the main castle has weaknesses. ;-) Otherwise it wouldn't be noa a ruin in my campaign. But the peole in the countryside know, you will kill them if you win. Therefore little groups will attack you at some points. Be prepared.