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Pope and Antipope
Pope & antipope
Scenario Info
Game KingsIcon The Age of Kings
Campaign Barbarossa
Civilization Teutons
Color Red
Course of Campaign
Scenario No. 3
Previous Henry the Lion
Next The Lombard League
Pope and Antipope is the third scenario of the Barbarossa campaign in Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings. It is based on the Siege of Crema and the Siege of Milan, both being parts of the Wars of the Guelphs and Ghibellines.

Scenario Instructions Edit

Starting Conditions Edit

Objectives Edit

  • Convert the Cathedral in Milan.

Hints Edit

  • You are going to need villagers to provide a suitable offense.
  • The town of Crema is providing Milan with supplies. Perhaps you should take care of them early.

Players Edit

Player Edit

Allies Edit

  • Carcano (Teutons): Carcano starts up with a small fort in the north. They field some Teutonic Knights and Scorpions. They will be attacked several times by the River Guard, but will not ever cross the river themselves or lead an assault, although they will send War Galleys to scout and occasionally attack the River Guard's coastal buildings, usually the small encampment in the north of the map. They generally do not do much and will not send tribute to the player unless they are close to being defeated by the River Guard, in which case they tribute a substantial amount of resources.

Enemies Edit

  • Crema (Britons): Crema has a small village in the east. They start out with a small army consisting of few Pikemen and Archers. They tribute resources to Milan over the course of the game and provide them material support. On normal difficulty, they usually resign after a large number of their Villagers is killed.

Strategy Edit

Since you start with no villagers, you will need to convert some Cremian villagers to the east. Send your forces down there quickly to take out their soldiers and then use your monks to convert their villagers. Alternatively, you can change the diplomatic stance of your allies to convert Carcanian villagers instead. Use the villagers to build up a base. It is highly recommended to build a castle as early as possible since you will need many Teutonic Knights to defeat the River Guards and Milan in order to make your way to the Milanese Cathedral.

There are three potential sites to build your town. The first is at your starting position, near Carcano, which will provide you with a small amount of protection as Carcano might sent units to attack any enemies provided your town is close enough. There are some stone and gold resources nearby, however the terrain has many hills and might not be suitable to place buildings. It also leaves you rather open and exposed as there are few natural barriers to funnel attacks from the River Guard, so you will need to build a lot of walls.

The 2nd is close to Crema. This is a good site for several reasons, firstly, it will enable you to to immediately build a town after converting some villagers and not risk them being killed traveling to another site. Secondly, the area is rich in resources like Gold, Stone, berry Bushes and Crema's Farms. Thirdly, you can take over Crema's farms and buildings, saving you resources of building your own barracks, farms or even houses (Remember to research Redemption at the monastery for this). Finally the River Guard land the majority (although not all) their troops at the coastline south of Crema, and building your Town Centre and Castle here will effectively enable you to neutralize a large portion of their attacks before they can do any damage (if you build your Castle close enough to the Coast and research Crenellations you can effectively neutralize all their Naval attacks on your town, as their galleys will attack your Castle en masse and get destroyed in the process). The downside is abandoning your Town near Crema which will in all likelihood result in same being razed by the River Guard. You will also face some more attacks from Crema but if you use your starting units skillfully and raze or convert all their unit production buildings same can neutralized quickly.

The final place to cite your town is in the peninsula north of Milan, Although there are starting resources and the area is somewhat easy to defend by walling off the shallows, this is the least suitable place given that you will have to expend time to ferry your troops across the river (which you will only be able to do after converting some villagers) giving Milan and the River Guard a head start in building and upgrades. Milan will also start attacking you (if you stay across the river they will leave you alone until you cross and you will only be attacked by the River Guard). This will also entail abandoning your town near Carcano.

There are two relics on the map, one north of Milan and the other lying southwest of Carcano. The latter can be picked up at any point in time for extra gold (Crema has no monastery and will ignore it). The other one will eventually be picked up by Milan unless you transport a monk and do so yourself. Doing so is somewhat risky as there is a possibility of the transport being attacked by the River Guard on the way to or coming back from accross the river, but doing so gives you an extra gold source and deprives Milan of same.

When you established your town, construct several docks so that you may build a navy and start attacking the River Guard (purple). Use Transport Ships to send units and attack them by land too. If you manage to attack them early, you might halt their attacks on Carcano (yellow). Once you have defeated the River Guard (purple), only the city of Milan (blue) remains. Use Siege weapons and Teutonic Knights to destroy their walls and enter the city. To easier defeat them, build up a small base on their side of the river from where you can send units faster (Among the buildings you should have a castle and a monastery). In normal difficulty Milan will not rebuild their Castle when same is destroyed so it should be a priority target, as destroying it will prevent Milan from building Teutonic Knights and Trebuchets. Once you have defeated the Milanese army, send in a monk to convert the Cathedral and you will win the scenario.

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