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Reynald de Chatillon is a cavalry hero in Age of Empires II. He appears briefly in the second scenario of the Saladin campaign, in which he is the main antagonist. His unit reappears in The Horns of Hattin, the third scenario, in which he can be fought and killed. He is also available in the Scenario Editor. He has the appearance of a Knight with a lance, and is affected by cavalry technologies but not civilization bonuses. As a hero, he cannot be converted and can regenerate health (since The Conquerors).

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Reynald de Chatillon (1125 - 1187) was a rogue French knight and notorious pirate that served in the Second Crusade. He remained in the Holy Land after its defeat and later became aligned with the Kingdom of Jerusalem. Notably, he defeated Saladin's army at the Battle of Montgisard in 1177. Although Jerusalem's king negotiated a truce with Saladin in 1180, Reynald violated the agreement in 1182 by attacking Muslim caravans and launching ships on the Red Sea. This included attacks on the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, causing Lord Saladin great distress. Saladin was able to repel the raids and capture the pirates, but Reynald himself escaped. He was eventually captured at the Battle of Hattin. Unlike most of his prisoners, who were well-treated and often released, Saladin personally cut off Reynald's head with his own scimitar on July 4, 1187.

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