Stirling Castle - Scotland
Posted on 11/30/05 @ 06:05 PM
No one really knows when Stirling Castle was built. Archeological finds show there has been a fortified set of buildings on the volcanic raised ground before the Romans. The dig record dates the oldest structures at the time when the Celts fought off the Pics from the elevated position. Countless famous people have lived and died in and around this famous historical castle just above the town of Stirling, Scotland. William Wallace and Robert the Bruce are probably the most famous from the movie, Braveheart. I toured this part of Scotland when I traveled Europe and I always wanted to make a map of this historical spot. The castle still exists and dominates the skyline of Stirling. I made the castle as accurate as I could (circa 1300 buildings and walls). The wooden town of Stirling is also represented on the map. The castle exchanged hands between the scots and the english and the exchange was almost always very bloody with many deaths. In 1299 Robert the Bruce sieged and retook the castle from the English. This finally ended in the 1600's, when both sides just became too broke to continue fighting over it.
One particular brutal death that occurred in the castle, was committed by a actual king. James II was worried about the Scotish nobles conspiring against him and invited William the Earl of Douglas to the castle for dinner. During the dinner the king asked the Earl if he was conspiring to over take the throne of england. William the Earl of Douglas replied yes, and he also mentioned the 'league of douglas', which sole purpose was to overtake the throne. The king became furious and demanded the Earl disband this league immediately. The Earl refused and James II grabbed his dagger and stabbed the Earl. But he didnt die right away, and the king's underlings finished off the Earl and threw him out a upper window of Stirling Castle. Today the spot where the Earl fell is marked with a garden.
Every castle needs a ghost, and Stirling Castle has three. The Green Lady, The Pink Lady, and The Highland Soldier. The Highland Soldier is the one the tourists see the most often. Normally the sightings are of a "Highland Soldier" looking chap, standing around like a tour guide. When approached the ghost appears to not want to chat, and turns and walks away. When followed the "Highland Soldier" walks through a wall or similar disappearing act. Most tourists are very frightened or they are simply upset that the "ghost" didn't want to talk.
Another particularly gruesome historical event was in the Elphinstone Tower located on the grounds. The story is that James V kept Siamese twins locked in a torture chamber in the tower and used them to answer questions about the future. One of the brothers died during one of the torturing sessions, and the other brother was forced to live on for another 10 months still attached to his dead sibling. The tower is just a stump on the castle grounds today.
Enjoy this castle! Please comment and rate as usual!
William Wallace (from Braveheart):
"Aye, fight and you may die, run, and you'll live... at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin' to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take away our lives, but they'll never take... OUR FREEDOM!"
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first download going to start it tonight
Posted on 11/30/05 @ 09:18 PM
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wow I pretty hard
Posted on 11/30/05 @ 09:44 PM
The map has been playtested, and is possible. I have two playtesters. I just went back and beat it wth a good fight on EASY. If you want, try it on EASY and then on NORMAL. Its all about the level of difficulty.
Posted on 11/30/05 @ 10:02 PM
Posted on 12/01/05 @ 08:36 AM
I have played this on easy, and it was hard for me to stop Wolf's men, have lost the first gatehouse and the second wall was nearly breached.
Just accurate, defending the castle can not be left for a computer, but You don't have to move the troops constantly from one side of the walls to the other.
Except for the castle (resembling Stirling mainly at the bird's view) there's not much creativity - one bridge on the river and a few farms and hunter posts playing a town. Nice little bridge placed over the river is the only eyecandy I have spotted.
Map Design: 3
Looks like all the effort was used to build up the castle, and rest of the map was quickly covered with trees.The cathedral can't be built becouse there's not enough stone left, I had to destroy a piece of damaged front wall to gain stone.
Complete information about the castle history is provided, that's enough for a story in case of a historical castle.
I have mixed feelings about this map - the fight is good and the castle has interesting design, but the rest of map is too simple.
Thanks for the rating. All ratings & comments are welcomed. Lets get some more! You start with 100 stone.
Posted on 12/01/05 @ 11:31 AM
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Posted on 12/01/05 @ 12:43 PM
Fun all the way through. There is extremely limited building avaibility, so the map acts more like a siege. I think this map would actually do better as a true invasion, with an economy to run. Also, the enemy solved a lot of my problems, since they killed all the wolves.
Very well balanced, I made it my first attempt at Easy without no real problem, but at Normal the enemy got to the keep (where they were all greeted by boiling oil).
A nice reconstruction of an old castle.
Map Design: 4
A quite generous 4, the castle is great, close to a 5, but the landscape is mostly flat and grassy. I'm not familiar with the landscape around Stirling, but I still think that in some cases, you should take some liberties and make an imaginary landscape.
Very well written, learned a lot out of it, but it lacks of a real story to why the castle is being beseiged.
Another great map from Lollard, worth taking you time to play...over and over again.
Thanks for the rating, Jasper Tudor. Looks like this is getting stuck on 4.4! Lets get some more ratings and comments. Also, the map portrays the siege by Robert the Bruce to take back the castle from the English. Its a real event of history.
Posted on 12/01/05 @ 01:04 PM
Oh, and one thing: That little bridge to the NW, is that supposed to symbolize Stirling Bridge?
Posted on 12/01/05 @ 01:17 PM
"stuck on 4.4!" 4.4 is a very good rating, meaning that it is above excellent.
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The question about the bridge is a good one. There is a new bridge in Stirling now (opened in 1831). The old bridge, the one William Wallace defended and won against the English in 1297 isnt really represented on the map. That bridge was wood, and was replaced and moved many times to different locations. There has always been a bridge crossing over the river Forth at Stirling. The one on the map represents the bridge at the time of the siege and doesnt have a real effect on the outcome of the battle. Reproductions of the area sometimes leave out the bridge importance, including the movie Braveheart which didnt even have a bridge.
Posted on 12/01/05 @ 01:46 PM
[Edited on 12/01/05 @ 01:57 PM]
I beleive that Mel Gibson wanted the battle to be more epic, so he altered a bit, the real battle of Stirling Bridge was far less glorious than the battle in the movie (the English crossed the bridge, when half of them were across, the Scots attacked and killed as many as possible, so there was no real tactic behind).
Posted on 12/01/05 @ 02:17 PM
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