The Slavs are an Eastern European civilization featured in Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten. They are an infantry and siege civilization. The Slavs represent their namesake based on the Eastern European peoples that later become the founders of Slavic European nations such as modern Poland, Russia, and Ukraine. By the time frame of Ages of Empires II, the Slavic tribes had already split into the Western, Eastern, and Southern branches.
The Slavic civilization is mostly representative of the Eastern Slavic identity of the Kievan Rus', whose semi-autonomous principalities and city-states covered much of modern-day Ukraine, Belarus, and Western Russia. Politics of the time were dominated by Boyar Aristocracy, which was adapted into the Slavs' unique heavy cavalry unit.
Educated by the Byzantine Greeks, they adopted the Eastern Orthodox branch of Christianity as their religion, and to depict this, their Castle Age unique technology, Orthodoxy, gives Monks extra armor. Slavic armies are mainly composed of infantry, and to depict this, they have access to all infantry upgrades and their Imperial Age unique technology, Druzhina, gives infantry trample damage, making them powerful in groups and against clusters of units, and they also receive the Tracking technology for free.
Slavic lands in modern-day Ukraine were especially fertile and productive, later to be known as the Breadbasket of Europe, thus Slav farmers receive a bonus. The Slavs were highly influenced by the Byzantines and learned many techniques and technologies from them such as siege engines and military logistics, and to depict this, they have cheaper siege weapons and their team bonus makes military buildings provide +5 population.
Despite being a Siege or Infantry civilization on paper, the Slavs are an offensive, economic civilization with powerful infantry and siege weapons. They can mount an offensive strategy using a jack of all trades strategy similar to the Byzantines, despite being slightly less defensive. They have a good economy with slightly faster farming, with the absence of Stone Shaft Mining and Guilds upgrade as the only drawback. Their Monks are tougher than most because of their first unique technology, Orthodoxy, which gives them +3/+3 armour. They have cheaper siege weapons due to their civilization bonus. They have powerful infantry units as they have all infantry upgrades and their second unique technology, Druzhina, gives infantry AOE damage, making them powerful in groups and against clusters of units. Their cavalry is somewhat lacking as they don't have the Paladin upgrade but they make up for this with their unique unit, the Boyar, a cavalry unit with heavy melee armour that can be used as a damage soaker for other units. While they have powerful infantry their archers are weak as they don't have the Arbalest and Bracer and are missing some other archer upgrades such as Thumb Ring. The Slavs also lack both Faith and Heresy, and due to the Slavs' dependence on siege weapons and expensive units like the Boyar, this makes the Slavs incredibly vulnerable to monk-heavy civilizations like the Spanish and the Aztecs, which have strong monks who are capable of converting Boyars which are likely to be converted as easily as Paladins or Persian War Elephants.
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Behind the Scenes Edit
During the development of The Conquerors expansion sequel, the Slavs (along with Huns, Swiss, Magyars, and Habsburgs) had been considered to appear as the new civilization representing Eastern Europe region. However, the Ensemble Studios team eventually picked Huns because they were impressed by Attila story and the Medieval Russians did very little of invading other countries when compared to Huns.
When the Forgotten Empires team were working on the Forgotten Empires mod (which eventually becomes The Forgotten expansion sequel), they initially plan to add the Scythians as one of the new civilizations. But eventually the plan was dropped because the Scythians were considered "too out of place" and they were replaced by Slavs.
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