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18 - A Barren Land

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Kester Mission 18 - A Barren Land

In this mission the Human Lord is set against five versions of the Snake: Duc Beauregard, Duc Vipertooth, Earl Doubletongue, Earl Poisonberry, and Lord Python. The Human Lord begins with 4000 gold, and the enemies all begin with 2000 gold. This mission turned out to be surprisingly easy, given that there are five opponents to conquer.

I tried several strategies with this mission. The first was mildly successful; I marched on two of the lords right away and conquered them without any trouble. The problem was that I was also trying to build up and maintain an economy to sustain my lord through what I anticipated would be a long gameplay. I had quarries, farms, weapons manufacturers, etc., all of which were subject to the Snakes' slaves, who will plague you throughout this mission. I spent some unnecessary time building towers with archers against the slaves.

Another strategy was to wall off my corner of the map. That kept the slaves out, but I still spent an inordinate amount of time supplying the walls and towers with archers to defend against the enemy. And given the extra time, the enemies had time to build up their armies, and I found myself continually on the defensive. On my last try, I hit upon a very simple strategy, which worked.

A Barren Land begins in January 1381. When the game starts, place the following: granary, two apple farms, 3 woodcutters, marketplace, 2 quarries with ox tethers, the barracks, and armory. Sell the extra stone and buy 30 macemen.

Immediately march upon Lord Python. He will be almost completely defenseless this early in the game. I killed him in October 1381, losing only 2 macemen. Note - there will be a message about lions attacking, but don't let it distract you. There are only two or three, and if you've left behind the spearmen and archers that you were given at the beginning, your keep should be okay!

Next march upon Earl Poisonberry. He'll die quickly also! He was killed in February of 1382, and I only lost another 3 macemen.

At this point, go back to your keep and add another 10 macemen to help you take out the third, Earl Doubletongue. Don't bother having your macemen dig the moat - just have them take down the gatehouse. When he died in September of 1382, I had only lost about 5 macemen.

Continue counter-clockwise around the map, and take out the fourth enemy, Duke Vipertooth. He won't provide much resistance against your forces.

After Duke Vipertooth dies, pull back your macemen out of reach of the last enemy's archers. Sell your accumulated stone, buy another 20 macemen, and set them marching on the last keep. When they get close, set all your remaining macemen on attacking Duc Beauregard (you should have about 50 left at this point). The Duc's keep and forces will be slightly stronger than the others, since he's had more time to prepare. I lost about 25 macemen taking him down.

The game ended in September 1383, not even three full years into gameplay!
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Lord Stonewall For this mission I did the following: built the granary, built assassins till I ran out of gold, then I assassinated the two snakes closest to me and put the remaining troops in my keep. I then began crossbow production. When I attacked Duc Beauregard [orange] I used 50 crossbowmen, 100 horse archers, and 50 assassins. I then imedietly attacked Earl Doubletounge. I then built my army back up to it's original strength and marched on Duke Vipertooth.

Overall I didn't find this mission to hard as long as you take out 2 or 3 snakes in the beggining.

have fun,
Lord Stonewall
Crusader M_A I found that the assassin rush was the best way to go. The important thing is to keep the attacks going and adding more troops as you get the gold from each kill.
Electro Geek I found this map extremely easy once i found this site. Thanks to all.
johnny0612 I used Arabian swordsman to attack from left to right, not the other way around. I rushed about 50 Arabian swordsman and killed first 4 lords pretty easy then i used victory money to buy more troops to kill last lord.

Good luck passing this mission.
Lord Invincabal I did the same thing and the macmen rush lead me to victory.But too set up I lowered the game speed too 20 until I had 30 maces.Then I rised the game speed and wola. I won.
T.Y. for this Walkthrou
jhimbob Ha ha, I had no problem with finishing this mission with nothing but 40 macemen. Sold all my stone to begin with, got a bit more from 2 quarries and 4 ox tethers, and bought 40 macemen and decimated the Snakes one by one.
Lord Vorgrov This walkthrough didn't work for me. I tried it word for word, but the Snake's slaves kept burning everything down, so I couldn't keep a steady production of stone or food....

And there's also Duc Beauregard left, and with his slaves I can't make enough macemen to kill him.

[Edited on 04/14/09 @ 04:14 PM]

peter2008 Hi Lord Vorgrov,
bear the state of being puzzled.
The quarries you cannot wall in, enough farms you can.
What is the counter to slaves (and archers trying to protect the Snake's own quarries)? There are lots of trees in your backyard. Process them into bows.
Use 1.000 of your starting gold to buy wood and immediately place about about 6 fletchers, 3 quarries, 3 wheat farms. Use the market for what you desire.
KingRobert I finished this mission in 7 min! first I made 30 maceman (I've bought 30 maces and 30 leather 'jackets' ;))) than I finished the closest Snake. After this I went on the next one and so one.... after each victory I've bought each time 5 maceman.Each time I attacked with the united forces of my maceman(sounds kinda epic); the units which have dealt with the dif. types of Snakes+the 5 new units(every single occasion) . Forgot to mention that at the start of this mission I assembled 2 apple orchards, 1granary,1barracks, 2 armories, sold all the stone and some bread to :D
swire Use the Kester's tactics, but when you crush 4 snakes with your macemen, you won't be able to take on the fifth one even with much more macemen?

Well with this you'll be able to crush him too for little gold, build up an engineers guild an recruit four engineers. Make a Siege tower and immediately send it to Duc Beauregard's castle. Get your macemen ready, and they'll be probably attacking the king from the back(his spearmen will be digging moat probably), this worked for me!


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