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Although I have been gone for some time now and have been active on this site off and on for
many years, it is with great pleasure that I now share with you all the first of a few maps
I have made for what will hopefully become a decent enough campaign.
This first installment begins your adventure as the somewhat ambitious Sir Manduke the Banished - A fictional land
lord and ruler who lives during the times of the Crusader States. He is originally from the
British Isles but gained his name after a miscommunication with several more powerful lords
who managed to make the case to the King that Sir Manduke had betrayed his majesty. The King,
despite suspicious of the claims of the wealthier lords, decides to banish Sir Manduke rather
than execute or imprison him. He allows Manduke a year in which to make his preparations and
in that time, Sir Manduke spends his fortunes selling all he can and enticing those most loyal
to him, that they should cast aside their plough-shares and investments in England, and,
instead, follow him to the lands of North Africa. His followers, his family, his most loyal men
and most bountiful of women, yearn to remain with their young yet charismatic leader and go
with Sir Manduke to a place in what would be modern Libya where they establish a trading port
centered around the bounty of iron ore that lies within the nearby coast line. Within just ten
years, Sir Manduke establishes himself as an able business man - he lives off the slave trade
between traveling moors and tribesmen and finds himself unable to resist temptations of gold
bullion direct from the distant yet powerful people of Mali.
However, such peace did not last. Although not without men-at-arms for his own defense, the
tribes surrounding the port of South New London retain their own defenses and militias - small
armies not without their uses. The fragile peace that held amongst these surrouding tribes is
shattered by the influx of wealth and resources into the area. With an ever growing population,
South New London begins to suck in the harvests and food stocks of the un-aligned tribes-people.
As tensions rise between the surrounding tribes, Sir Manduke extends his alliances to some of
the villages and soon tensions pour over into downright hostilities with the execution of a
granary thief just outside the city. For some weeks, those who walked the outer perimeters of
the city see large pillars of smoke plume gently above the horizon. Without word from his short-
lived allies outside the city's defenses, Sir Manduke realizes his vulnerability. The foodstuffs
of the outlying villages and tribes were his main avenue to feeding his own people. How long
could he survive with only the merchant trade to feed his people? He must act quickly and he
must act correctly.
Within days, Sir Manduke and his most able minded generals concoct a plan in which to seize
their remaining assets and leave South New London to the tribesmen - The faint, yet ever
persistent pounding of drums drifts over the city at night, drums of WAR!
Sir Manduke and his men must mobilize their economy for one last push: Fill a recently purchased
Moorish Galleon to the brim with weapons, food, and building materials. With these things, Sir
Manduke shall re-establish himself in Palestine, or Egypt, or Cyprus - wherever he may pay or
barter or force his will up a fresh land free of warring tribesmen and the ever-present spectre
Gather your goods! Rally your men to the defense of the city for long enough to rid yourselves
of the land once and for all! Go forth and claim your own future from the dry and humor-less
wasteland that is, at least for now, New South London.
Go forth BOLD ADVENTURER. FOR ONLY FORTUNE AWAITS THE BOLD and ONLY DEATH AWAITS THE FEEBLE.
Hobbithole (..is back. I couldn't remember my password or the email I used back in the day.)
P.S. Zip file contains a Readme. It has the same story as the one you see above!
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Awesome! Map Design is great! Shortly after having checked the entire distribution of all buildings inside the settlement including the constructive highlights of the castle and the ship, I was surprisingly struck by heavy fires in the beginning. So I restarted the scenario by making some preparations against it ... also by getting my troops out of danger. The bandits were particularly interested in destroying my iron industry, so I could concentrate on assembling my soldiers there to protect this area. The bread objective was easy to achieve.
[Edited on 08/16/15 @ 06:49 AM]
I haven't played crusader in a while so this is kind of my re-introduction!