Joan of Arc is a campaign in Age of Empires II. The campaign is based on the exploits of the real Joan of Arc (1412–1431, French Jeanne d'Arc.) She was a French heroine who, at the age of 17, was pivotal in turning the tide of the Hundred Years' War in her nation's favor.
|Joan of Arc|
|Introduced In||The Age of Kings|
|Rate of Fire||2.03|
|Armor Classes||Cavalry (+2)|
|Line of Sight||6|
It is a war that has lasted for one hundred years, and the French have lost nearly every battle. Soon the English and their allies in Burgundy will conquer all of France. The heir to the French monarchy is too cowardly to ascend to the throne. The French army is wounded and tired and has given up all hope. But in the darkest hour, a young peasant girl declares that she intends to save France. - In-game campaign description
The Joan of Arc campaign consists of 6 scenarios. The player plays as the Franks, and the player color is blue.
- An Unlikely Messiah
- The Maid of Orleans
- The Cleansing of the Loire
- The Rising
- The Siege of Paris
- A Perfect Martyr
- Joan is the only Hero unit in Age of Empires II who comes in two different character models (the "Arc" and "Maid" models). Most other Hero units use the same model as ordinary soldiers or unique units.
- In the Attila the Hun campaign, the Scythian Wild Women use the same model as Joan the Maid. In addition, other cavalry units with a lance have appeared as well.
- The campaign map has many inaccuracies. It depicts modern country borders: France during the campaign's period was much smaller than what is shown. Also, Burgundy appears to fill Switzerland's modern borders, which is historically inaccurate, as Burgundy during that era controlled areas that now mostly belong to France, and not modern Switzerland. The westernmost area of what is now Switzerland was controlled by Burgundy at some point, but only a small fraction of it, not the entire country as it is seen in the campaign map. In fact, Switzerland already existed back then, although not with its current borders. In the map, the Netherlands and Belgium are depicted, too(although not named), with their modern borders, even though neither of these two countries existed until centuries after the campaign's period.
- In addition, despite Joan of Arc being portrayed as a powerful cavalry unit, Joan herself never participated in actual combat and mostly served as a standard bearer for the French army to boost their morale.