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    June 2018: Alexandros Total War





    That will probably surprise some of you but when the Alexander extension was out, i started working on skins and other visuals in 2010, adding about 30 new units in the process, changed names and rebalanced some stats. Called "alex skinpack" this file was just dropped over the vanilla Alexander folder, so not modfoldered. Since then i made some progress in modding and since catw 0.5 was a solid base i decided to make a modfoldered version of alex skinpack based on this mod in April 2018, ending with this "Alexandros Total War".


    So what's special about it ?
    I played the Alexander extension back in the days but never finished the campaign, that i found boring. Scripted Tournaments were fun however. Was the extension worth it in the end ? Yes with some modifications. I also played other Alexander mods, but each time there was something missing. So what about an Alexander campaign based on Mundus Magnus map, RS2 vegetation, catw's units fest already with any units fit for a 334 BC campaign ? This was tempting. Veeeeery tempting. But rather than starting the campaign when Alexander was king, i decided to start it when his father, Philip II, was just ascending to the throne asserting his power and building his army. I choose to start the campaign in 359 BC. Contrary to the Alexander extension you can play all factions, and more factions than the original extension, with a much bigger, richer, more accurate and more interesting map. However you will not see the tournaments system or heavily scripted campaign since it's based on the vanilla Alexander map. So nobody hold you hands there. You start with whatever faction you want here, which all had different objectives.


    Alexandros Factions
    In short, the "new factions" are the Paurava Indians (pitted against other Indian factions which their own rosters, so about 30 indian units in the mod !), Persia (with the Alexander roster+ catw roster), the Scythians, Odrysians, Sabaeans and Boii confederation which were not included in catw 0.5. However the Senones, Massilia and the Samnites are still in. The Greek Cities represents an ensemble of City states, not a single one or a league, that did not existed at that time. Also Egypt was recently freed from the Persian Empire at that time, and had a pre-Hellenistic army, so basically, a vanilla RTW classic army with some modifications.

    romans_julii: SPQR
    romans_brutii: Illyrians
    romans_scipii: Epirus
    romans_senate: Samnite
    carthage: Carthage
    parthia: Persia
    gauls: Senones
    germans: Suebi
    greek_cities: Greek Cities
    macedon: Macedon
    dacia: Getai
    scythia: Scythians
    spain: Celtiberians
    thrace: Odrysians
    numidia: Saba
    britons: Belgians
    egypt: Egypt
    seleucid: Paurava
    pontus: Massalia
    armenia: Boii

    Makedon
    The Macedonian kindgom in 359 BC. Philip II of Macedon (Φίλιππος Β ὁ Μακεδών). In 359 BC he raised to power as a regent. This is a very important date as he was the first to expand his kingdom like no baseileus before, forging a modern army without rival in the antiquity and carving his way through the Greek world until his assassination in 336 BC when his son took over, Alexandros. He was the son of Amyntas III which at some point was chased from the throne by the Illyrians helped by the Thessalians, and from the on the small kingdom own nightmare would be these Illyrians, Philippos would strive to subjugate with the utmost energy. He also fought the Thracians. All these warring years helped him forge a first class professional army, with a very well-trained phalanx compensating their lack of equipment by unusually long spears, the sarissas, and on the other hand a uniquely Macedonian cavalry which comprised the aristocracy and lighter scouts. With time and tributes payed by the Greek City-states they were able to rise mercenaries, especially Thracians.

    Pars

    Artaxerxes III (358–338 BC). The Persians were the greatest empire of the era, by a far margin. In 390 BC the Empire already reached the greatest extent gained under the rule of Darius I (522 BC to 486 BC), when it spread from India to the Balkans, and Egypt, plus the black sea. Nothing came close by a fair margin, but the future Empire of Alexander the Great. Regional capital were Babylon, Pasargadae, Ecbatana, Susa, and Persepolis. The Imperial vassal states were all compounded to submit by given a symbolic offer of water and dirt. They paid a moderate tribute and had to muser their armies when the king of kings decided to go on war. But peace was ensured and trade flourished, while all the vassal states enjoyed a fair share of autonomy. Tolerance was the rule. Under the benevolent figure of the King of Persia how many new boundaries could be reached ? There were expedition however, against raiding neighbours, to the North the turbulent Scythians, and to the south of Egypt, against independent tribes of the desert beyond Siwa. Both armies disapparead completely.

    As described by Herodotus in detail, the Persian army was composite and counted, after the Media-Persian core (see later) many specialized units from all corners of the Empire. Expert Saka horsemen and cataphracts from the east, Indian bowmen and war elephants, Egyptian and phoenician marines, sogdiane assault infantry, cappadocian and carian infantry, and many others. The core was made by archers, protected by Sparabara or spara-bearers, a kind of large wicker shield, and assault troops called the Takabara. Chariots were also used, carrying mounted archers from some part of the Empire. Cavalry was considerable, with some elite ones like the Phrygian cavalry.

    Artaxerxes III in 351 BC embarked on a campaign to recover Egypt, which had revolted under his father. At the same time a rebellion had broken out in Asia Minor, supported by Thebes. He marched into Egypt, engaged Nectanebo II but the latter Pharaoh inflicted a crushing defeat on the Persians with the support of mercenaries led by the Greek generals Diophantus and Lamius. The Rebellion of Cyprus and Sidon led Phoenicia, Asia Minor and Cyprus to declare their independence from Persian rule. In 343 BC, Artaxerxes committed responsibility for the suppression of the Cyprian rebels to Idrieus, prince of Caria, who employed 8,000 Greek mercenaries and forty triremes, commanded by Phocion the Athenian, and Evagoras, son of the elder Evagoras, the Cypriot monarch. He later led personally a 330,000 men strong expedition against Sidonwith 300,000 foot soldiers, 30,000 cavalry, 300 triremes, and 500 transports or provision ships, helped by the Theban navy. With the help of six thousand Æolians, Ionians, and Dorians and the mercenaries from Egypt, the Greeks took were the most trusted and played an important part in squashing the rebellion and restore order. In 343 BC, Artaxerxes launched against his 330,000 Persians in Egypt, this time with the support of 14,000 Greeks from the Greek cities of Asia Minor. Nectanebo was defeated and fled to Memphis and Egypt was subjugated agains until Alexander came out, seen as a liberator. The name of Persian Empire was applied by later dynasties for prestige. They were Achaemenid Empire (550–330 BC), Sasanian Empire (224–651 AD), Safavid dynasty (1501–1736 AD), Afsharid dynasty (1736–1796 AD) and went on up to the Qajar dynasty (1785–1925 AD).

    The Boian Confederation
    That's the great return of the Boians since catw 1.0 and 2.0.
    Although few descriptions we have remained a people, we conjecture least their original, Celtic and ancient (Bronze Age). They seem to have lived in southern Germany (Bavaria today, which was named after them - and known by their neighbors as the Germanic "Baiowarioz", academics interpreted as "Those who live where Boii lived". This name is linked to their migration to the Alps around 400 BC.

    This warlike people came to live in the Po valley, conquering the Etruscans, crushing the resistance of the Umbrians, settling in Emilia-Romagna and current basis Bononia, their capital resulting from the taking of Felsina. They spent alliances with Transalpine Gallic neighbors, then it seems that when installed in the rich lands of northern Italy, and eventually made peace with the Etruscans. Some Boians went further east, joining Cisalpine Thrace, subjugating the country and making Tylis as their capital, to be finally driven out by Macedonia 100 yeras after. Some, at the invitation of the King of Bithynia, Nicomede, crossed the Hellespont into Asia Minor and became the famous Tolisbogi tribe of the Galatians... Cisalpine Boians became constant and resolute enemies of the Romans. In 283 BC, probably at the request of the Etruscans, they invaded the Latium, but were driven back to Lake Vadimo. Later, Hannibal could count on their support to cross the Pyrenees, offering Boii prince Magalos some rewards to guide his army through the Alps. The Cisalpine Boians became faithful allies of the Carthaginians and made a large part of his mercenaries. They killed in battle the Roman general Postumius, which was decisive. But the campaign of Hannibal ended without tangible results and the Boii retreated north. They attempted yet another invasion of the Latium in 224 BC but were decisively defeated at Telamon, then Mutina, followed by a series of operations of conquest that allowed the Romans to "pacify" the region. The Boii who were not enslaved, fled to the Alps, joining their ancient homeland while others fled in Pannonia where they strengthened the communities already settled for centuries. The latter subsequently repelled an invasion of Cimbri and Teutons.

    We hear again of the Boii in the Gallic Wars. Allying with Helvetians, they launched an invasion of eastern Gaul, which was repulsed by the assistance of the legions of Caesar (32 000 Boians, a figure probably exaggerated). Caesar identified them primarily as swordsmen, well equipped and protected. Some Boians were given land, including the oppidum Gorgobina in Burgundy, between the Loire and Allier. Although they fought as allies of Aedui, the Boii eventually rallied Vercingetorix in the final phase of the war, and were present also at Alesia. Subsequently when the Teutonic invasion began, a Boii Chieftain lent its support and troops, settling afterwards in Aquitaine, taking the name of Boïates (Buch area, Arcachon bay, south of Burdigala). Other eastern Boian refugees on the banks of Danube were submitted and even partly enslaved by Dacian King Burebista. This region (Boiohaemum, modern Bohemia) saw the founding of the capital, Bratislava, soon conquered and assimilated into the "Dacian Empire". The Boii returned after the fall of their Cisalpine kingdom circa 191 BC but in their former areas they were driven back by Marcomanni, firmly established in 8 BC and disappeared from History.


    The Belgae
    The Belgae in 359 BC. The Belgae occupied -as stated by Caesar- a much larger area than today's Belgium. They were at some point located in southeastern Britannia, with a solid foothold and nations name which are common on both sides of the channel. Little is known however about the time they settled overseas. They relied on foot infantry with the exception of chariots (Rigesseda) used by nobles and the renown Remi cavalry. Frequently at war with neighbouring Germanic tribes from beyond the Rhenus they were feared by the Gauls for their bravery in battle.

    With mixed influences, Batavian Germanic and celtic, and using gallic armours, helmets, weapons, the Belgians were naturally gifted for conquest. They relied heavily on a shock infantry, tactics as skirmishing, raids and ambushes as seen in Caesar's chronicles of his belgian and britain campaign in "de bello gallico". The Belgian Menapians (West coast), Nervians (center), Atrebates (south), Eburones (North east) and the Ardennes region Tungri and Treverii used various weapons, swords, including very long two-handed swords manned by champions, but also axes, spears both for throwing and thrusting, akin the gallic gaesum. In britain, the local belgian aristocracy probably recruited local Celtic mercenaries using bows and slings with a deadly efficiency. Theses nobles, unlike the gauls, rather fought on foot or used fast war chariots to good effect, well known and described by Caesar.


    Carthage (Kart'Hadast)

    Carthage in 359 BC. The city that dominated trade and war in the Western Mediterranean originally was funded by 814 av. J.-C.. after the legend by Phoenician Queen Dido or Elyssa, sister of the King of Tyre (now in Lebanon), Pygmalion. The city was only originally a strategically placed outpost, controlling the trade going between its coast and Sicily, which soon became the target of Carthaginian attention. The city became a major power in western Mediterranean in the IVth century BC. The Carthaginians still practiced the middle-eastern polytheistic cult of their ancestors, venerated Baal et Tanit in particular and had an oligarchic government with an assembly that mirrored the Roman senate and a single elected magistrate called the Tophet. They practiced slavery. Their military power followed the strength of a fleet capable of protecting her trade ships. They introduced a short iron gladius in battle and soon were rich enough to purchase mercenaries which will take a considerable place in Carthaginian warfare, especially under the Barca family in the future. But in 359 BC, Carthage was at war with the Greeks, their main competitors in the Mediterranean. To balance in particular the Syracusan influence, they searched an alliance with the Etruscan Empire. The fighting in Sicily eventually swung in favor of Carthage in 387 BC. Over the next fifty years, Carthaginian and Greek forces engaged in a constant series of skirmishes and by 340 BC, Carthage had been pushed entirely into the southwest corner of the island, and an uneasy peace reigned over the island. On the other hand, they will turn their attention to Corsica and Sardinia. All options are open to this point.


    Getai
    The Getic tribe, an ancient northern Thracian tribe beyond the river Danube/Istros. Before setting out on his Persian expedition, Alexander the Great defeated the Getae and razed one of their settlements. But they will rise again after his death. In 313 BC, the Getae formed an alliance with Callatis, Odessos, and other western Pontic Greek colonies against Lysimachus, who held a fortress at Tirizis (modern Kaliakra). The Getae flourished especially in the first half of the 3rd century BC. By about 200 BC, the authority of the Getic prince, Zalmodegicus, stretched as far as Histria, as a contemporary inscription shows. Other strong princes included Zoltes and Rhemaxos (about 180 BC). Also, several Getic rulers minted their own coins. The ancient authors Strabo and Cassius Dio say that Getae practiced ruler cult, and this is confirmed by archaeological remains. The Getae has been described as the "Northern Thracians"; Probably under nearby Scythian influence, they adopted the trousers, and relied heavily on archery, both on foot and mounted. They also had an excellent foot infantry influenced both by Celtic and Thracian warfare.


    Egypt
    Nectanebo II (Nectanebo II) ruled dover Egypt in 359 BC as the last Egyptian pharaoh. At that time, Egypt was free since since 401 BC, because of internal struggles for the Persian imperial succession, since its subjugation in 525 BC. The thirty-first Dynasty of Egypt was also the last. When he came to power, Nectanebo, which came to power aged 20, was a splendid ruler, and during his reign, Egypt prospered. Egyptian artists delivered a specific style that left a distinctive mark on the reliefs of the Ptolemaic Kingdom. He showed enthusiasm for many of the cults of the gods within ancient Egyptian religion, and more than a hundred Egyptian sites bear evidence of his attentions. He also undertook more constructions and restorations than Nectanebo I, commencing in particular the enormous Egyptian temple of Isis (the Iseum). Unfortunately he was betrayed by his former servant, Mentor of Rhodes, and defeated by the combined Persian and Greek forces in the Battle of Pelusium (343 BC). The Persians occupied Memphis and from then conquered again the rest of Egypt. Nectanebo fled south, managing to preserve his power for some time but then vanished from history. Egypt would stay under the Yoke for years, until Alexander came out, and a new era will began. Egyptian armies back then are seldom known. They counted the aristocratic cavalry and still some chariots, and a large peasantry army armed with whatever they could find, including axes and utilitarian tools, slingers, skirmishers. They were summarily trained however by a class of state-paid warriors using the feared Khopesh, famous sword/axe. They were also professional archers, and the Pharao's guards, solid spearmen fighting probably in a phalanx-like formation.


    Senones
    The Senones ("first" or "old"), are a powerful confederation of tribes in central Gaul, in a very fertile land and irrigation, particularly by the Seine and the Loire and its tributaries, and as the capital city Sens (Agedincum) and Mecloculum cited as the main ally, the more distant vicinity of large fortified cities as Alesia, Cenabum and Lutetia, capital of the Parisii, their allies and major customers.\n\n They were also neighbors Lingones in the east, south Eduens, Carnutes (sworn enemies) and Parisii to the west of Belgium and of course to the north, especially Remes clients and their tribes as the Suessiones, Melde, and Catalauni. The Senon were soon at war with the Belgians, especially Bellovaci, which included huge armies of allies Remes, Ambiani, Veliocasses, whose appetites were without limit. Being so "protective" of their customers, we gave them the means. The army in 300 av.jc. Senoner was by far the most impressive of Gaul, she could draw some 100 000 warriors.

    At this time of high fertility and semi-nomads, Senon migrated south from there, led by their leader Brennus, passed in Italy to 400 av.jc. They push the Umbrians, settled and founded their capital, Sena gallica, and then went in Etruria in 391, and finally put the seat in front Clusium. Them, allies of Rome, called to their aid. The oath of peace was broken by the Romans in Etruria, the Senon feeling seriously offended by the murder of one of their ambassadors, and the confrontation took place on the banks of the Allia, 18km from Rome, 390. This was the worst defeat of the Romans before Cannes for the first and last time before the fall of the Roman Empire almost 800 years later, Gauls took Rome, burned and pillaged. It could not capture the notable refugees on the Capitol and went to have received an enormous toll Brennus in which, according to the historiography, the Romans contesting the weight scales, and would have thrown away his sword and shouted "vae Victis" woe to the vanquished ... \n\nThe Senones were attacked in the streets by the army assembled by Camille, and trucidés the following day at dawn, according to Livy, in rural surroundings, picking their heavily Agape and among the loot. The Senon transalpine were finally defeated and driven in 283 by Cornelius Dolabella, some fleeing to the east, from Greece. Some of these Senon crossed and all Greece, in Thrace were repulsed by the Macedonians, then spent the Hellespont at the invitation of King Bythinia settled in Galatia. As mercenaries, some found themselves in Egypt, serving the Ptolemies, others within the confines of India, serving the Seleucid...


    Suebian Confederacy
    The Suevi (Sweboz) also called Suebi, Suavi or Suevians were probably the dominant German tribe, which inhabited modern Denmark. They had been first mentioned by Julius Caesar in connection with his battles against Ariovistus in Gaul, around 58 BC. While Caesar treated them as one Germanic tribe within an alliance, though the largest and most warlike, later authors, such as Tacitus, Pliny the Elder and Strabo, specified that the Suevi do not, like the Chatti or Tencteri, constitute a single nation. They actually occupy more than half of Germania, and are divided into a number of distinct tribes under distinct names, though all generally are called Suebi". At one time, classical ethnography had applied the name Suevi to so many Germanic tribes that it appeared as though in the first centuries A.D. this native name would replace the foreign name Germans.\n\n
    Classical authors noted that the Suevic tribes, compared to other Germanic tribes, were very mobile and not reliant on agriculture. but let's put it straight: We barely know a thing on Germanic tribes before 200 BC, because of the total lack of evidence and author's works. The Suebi confederacy was known by the time of Casear as occupying the region of modern Hesse, in the position where later writers mention the Chatti, and he distinguished them from their allies the Marcomanni. Their etymology could signify "united" given sanskrit roots, but there is no indication they called themselves this way. Anyway, y'oure in charge of a growing confederation with plenty of room to expand in all directions, land to conquer way before meeting the Belgae and the Gauls, not to mention the Boii.


    Koine
    The Greek City-States in 359 BC. The Aetolian and the Achaean League managed to avoid stagnation, which was the fate of many other greek cities. The Aetolian confederation was founded in the mid-4th century BC, with a loose political association, the Aetolian Koinon (public), resulted in a completed form after the repulse of the Gauls (278 BC), and the undertaking of the protection of the Oracle of Delphi. The regime was democratic and all citizens were entitled to participate in the meetings and decisions. In the 3rd century BC acquired even more power and authority, including all the cities of the central Greece from Maliakos to the Corinthian Gulf and the estuary of Achelous River. The Achaean League in the early 3rd century BC included the association of certain cities of Achaia, but until the 2nd cent. BC, included almost the whole Peloponnesus. The way that the Achaean League was organized was different from that of the Aetolian, because it incorporates elements of the monarchy system. The cities retained their governments, and the confederation was governed by a council which was attended by all the citizens who had reached the age of 30, and by the rulers who had increased their powers. The League retained a parliament (or senate) with 120 members, which mainly concentrated on the external relations. As the greeks you will be able to play with Athens, Corinth, Thermon (Aetolia), Rhodes, Syracuse, Chalcis (Euboea), Larissa (Thessaly), Cyrene, Cydonia (Crete), Mythilene, and the Bosporan Kingdom and Chersonese.


    Saba
    The Sabaean Kingdom was of course made famous by the Bible, through the fabled relation wbetween the wealthy queen of this southern Arabian empire (called Sheba) and David, King of Israel. At the origin the kingdom comprised only two cities, Sana'a and Ma'rib, and the capital was later placed in Sirwah. The ancient Semitic civilization of Saba in Southern Arabia remains controversial. It is generally accepted now that it was located in southern Arabia, areas comprising new the Yemen and Arabian peninsula and was described as "the oldest and most important of the South Arabian kingdoms". In 275 BCE (from around 900 to 1200 BCE), long civil wars between Yemenite dynasties claiming kingship made it fall, replaced by the Kingdom of Himyar, the latter rising to fame between 110 BCE and 525 CE.

    The Sabean kingdom legendary wealth came from the control of trade between the Indian ocean and the red sea, therefore, access to the Mediterranean, notably trade of frankincense and myrrh, incenses which were burned at altars. The Sabaean language and similar languages used in those rival kingdoms were, like Arabic, Semitic languages. The gold the caravans carried home with them made these also very wealthy. Rival kingdoms rose up in the area to challenge Saba, but the trade continued profitably for South until well into the Christian era, and the Sabaean civilization was the most reputed (among four kingdoms), demonstrated by an achievement such as the ma'rib dam, and the most durable as it had the largest standing army. It was able to develop a vigorous expansionist policy and conquered Qataban. It even send troops to conquer the east african coast (now Yemen). Little is known in detail of this army, but by 24BC, the Roman governor of Egypt and his legions, Marcus Aelius Gallus, was soundly defeated. The Sabaean army and its commander's confidence was also praised by the Qur'an.

    Qataban was an ancient Yemeni kingdom, which heartland was located in the Baihan valley. The capital of Qataban was named Timna and was located on the trade route which passed through the other kingdoms of Hadramaut, Sheba and Ma'in. Chief deity was Amm, or "Uncle" while the Qatabans called themselves the "children of Amm". It became the most prominent Yemeni kingdom around 500 BCE, when its ruler held the title of the South Arabian hegemon, the Mukarrib, "priest-kings" or "federators" of Southern Arabia. About (800-400 bc) local political authority resided with the mlk, king of his own ethnic tribe but appointed to lead a council of southern tribes. It was later conquered and inegrated in the Sabaean kingdom.


    Massalia
    Massalia (now Marseille, Southern France) was founded by the Phoceans in circa 600 BC, and became like Carthage one of the most important city-state and port in the Western Mediterranean. The colonia started in a region inhabited by a Gallic tribe called the Ligurians, and the site was itself part of the Segobrigae tribe. The city traded with the phoenicians (and later Cathaginians), Etruscans, Iberians, and from 300 BC, with the Romans with which it was allied soon, and stayed faithful until the first Empire. Religious habits included the veneration of cults from Asia Minor, as the Phoceans were settled near Smyrna. According to Latin author Justinius, the Massilians has been compelled because of the poverty of the surrounding soils to concentrate on the sea through trade, fishing and also piracy. Like Carthage, Massalia is the basis for a commercial empire in the Souther coast of Gaul, with fundation of Agathe Tychè (Agde), Olbia (Hyères), Antipolis (Antibes) Nikaïa (Nice) and later Alalia (Aléria) in Corisca, Elea (Salerno), or Emporion (Empúries) in Iberia.

    On a military standpoint, Massalia was rich and can afford to raise local mercenaries among the Ligurians and surrounding gallic tribes, sardinian archers, corsican mountaineers, balearic slingers, Iberian free swords and of course Greek mercenaries from all over the Mediterranean. The core was the Greek hoplitic phalanx, with peltasts and little cavalry as the surrounding area was mountainous. The Massalian navy was quite powerful, relying on trieres and penteres as much as the Hellenistic city-states of the time.


    Illyrioi
    Bardylis the Dardanian (448-358 BC) - The Illyrian tribes in 359 BC. Just like the Greeks, the Illyrians could have dominated the west of the balkans if they allied themselves under a single banner instead of fighting and raiding each others and only uniting for raids to the south. This was a dynamic bunch, which lived from piracy also, and at some point in the 9th century BC colonized the south-eastern Italian coast. The Illyrians appears in Greco-Roman historiography from the 4th century BC. They formed several kingdoms in the central Balkans, the first known ruler of which was the Illyrian king Bardyllis. Illyrian kingdoms were often at war with ancient Macedonia which in turn gained military experience and protected the rest if Greece, which gave it some pride and right to revendications. At the Neretva Delta, Illyrian tribe of Daors was probably the most Hellenized. Their capital Daorson (now Stolac in Herzegovina) became the main center of classical Illyrian culture and also made unique bronze coins and sculptures. The Illyrians conquered Greek colonies on the Dalmatian islands. After Philip II of Macedon defeated Bardylis (358 BC), the Grabaei under Grabos became the strongest state in Illyria. Philip II killed 7,000 Illyrians in a great victory and annexed the territory up to Lake Ohrid, then reduced the Grabaei, and went for the Ardiaei, defeated the Triballi (339 BC), and fought with Pleurias (337 BC). This was quite a feat for a Kingdom to score so many victories. This helped considerably Macedon to built its muscle, shaped Alexander youth as well, but who knows if the Illyrians will unite again and march on Macedon ?


    S.P.Q.R
    Rome in 359 BC. It is the year of the Consulship of Laenas and Imperiosus (year 395 Ab urbe condita). It is not even sure if Rome will ever raise over Italy at that stage. Indeed, thirty years before, the army was wiped out by Senones from the North, the city was taken and ransacked, the aristocracy humiliated and eventually after the siege of the Palatin, officials were forced to pay an humongus tribute during which Brennos famously facing protests over the weights being tampered with, thrown his sword into the plate for more, adding "woe to the vanquishers" according to the authors. Marius apparently gather his remaining troops and fell over the resting gauls, slaughtering and putting them in retreat. Now Rome faces its immediate neighbours, Rome is at war with War with the Etruscans of Tarquinii, Falerii and Caere from 359 to 351 BC. They will have little time to rest, because afterwards, in 343 BC thay face the Samnite confederation, and only three years after, her latin allies also entered the fray according to Livy (for some it was an uhistorical fiction). Rome expansion into Campania was an increasing threat to the independence of the smaller Latin communities who risked becoming entirely surrounded by Roman territory. So Macedon is a small backwater, Rome is on the Rise. Who will win in the long run ?


    Epiros
    Epiros in 359 BC. Epiros has a long standing Greek culture, although considered as "semi-barbarian" due to its links and close relationships with Macedon and Illyria nearby. In the Middle Bronze Age, Epirus was inhabited by the same nomadic Hellenic tribes that settled in other areas of the peninsula, and by the early 1st millennium BC, the fourteen Epirote tribes were dominated by larger ones called the Chaonians in northwestern Epirus, the Molossians in the centre and the Thesprotians in the south. Its mountainous isolation, constant squabbles and Illyrian raids will prevent unification and development for centuries. One of the reasons given for their backwardness was they lived in small villages, with perhaps some oppida-like fortified strongpoint, rather than in solid large poleis like those of southern Greece. Both Thucydides the Athenian and Strabo later considered them as plain "barbarians", while for others they were greeks. However, whatever the case, the Illyrians will play an important role in the events preceding the raise of Alexander the Great. Indeed, in 370 BC, the Molossian Aeacidae dynasty built a centralized state in Epirus and began expanding their power at the expense of rival tribes. To consolidate their power in the region, the Aeacids allied themselves with the rising kingdom of Macedon, to share defense against the common threat of the Illyrian raids. In 359 BC indeed, the very year your campaign starts, the Molossian princess Olympias, niece of Arybbas of Epirus, married King Philip II of Macedon. She was to become the mother of Alexander the Great...


    Samniti
    The Samnites, Umbrians, Etruscans has been severely weakened by the Gallic invasion 30 years before. But they eventually shared lands, payed tributes and earned peace and future allies against the rise of Rome. For who knows the peoples of the Latium will bear the agressive expansionist policy of Rome ? For the moment, the Hirpini, Caudini, Caraceni, and Pentri, Samnite tribes, allied with Rome against the Gauls in 354 BC. But for how long ?


    Skythoi
    The Golden Age of the Scythians began in 7th century BC when they became dominating nation in the nothern Black Sea region and conquered large territories in the Middle East. In the end of 6th century BC they defeated the invasion of Persian king Darius I in their land. The Scythians were very aggressive, they frequently raided their neighbours. Among ancient nations the Scythians were considered as perfect horsemen and archers. Many of them were mercenaries. In 3th century BC began the decline of Scythian hegemony, gradually subjugated opr assimilated to the Sarmatian tribes.


    Paurava
    The Paurava Indians in 359 BC - This small kingdom was the 9th century BC dynasty that will rose to fame because of King Porus, adversary of Alexander at Hydapses River. His father was then ruler, warring against nearby tribes called the Audumbaras, the Kunindas, the Vemakas, the Vrishnis, the Yaudheyas and the Arjunayanas. The Pauravas were a sub-clan of the Indian Kambojas, descendants of Puru, which claimed to be one of the many sons of legendary ruler Yayati, a Chandravanshi king, "of the lunar dynasty", one of the Hindu kings who descended from the Hindu God Chandra ("moon"). But the region would fell soon under Chandragupta Maurya in 322 BC which ended this "warring states" era and unified all India under one single banner.


    Keltiberi
    The original people of the Iberian Peninsula, consisted of a number of separate tribes, but are given the generic name "Iberians". The most important culture of this period is that of the city of Tartessos. Beginning in the 9th century BC, Celtic tribes entered the Iberian peninsula through the Pyrenees and settled throughout the Peninsula, becoming the Celt-Iberians. The seafaring Phoenicians, Greeks and Carthaginians successively settled along the Mediterranean coast and founded trading colonies there over a period of several centuries. Around 1,100 BC Phoenician merchants founded the trading colony of Gadir near Tartessos. In the 8th century BC the first Greek colonies, such as Emporion, were founded along the Mediterranean coast on the East, leaving the south coast to the Phoenicians. The Greeks are responsible for the name Iberia, after the river Iber. In the 6th century BC the Carthaginians arrived in Iberia while struggling with the Greeks for control of the Western Mediterranean. Their most important colony was Carthago Nova (Latin name of modern day Cartagena).

    The Romans arrived in the Iberian peninsula during the Second Punic war in the 3nd century BC, and annexed it under Augustus after two centuries of war with the Celtic and Iberian tribes and the Phoenician, Greek, and Carthaginian colonies becoming the province of Hispania. Some of Spain's present languages, religion, and laws originate from this Roman period.
    Your role as the Celtiberian Leader is one of great difficulty. You have the Pyrhenees to shield you from possible new incursions of Gallic Tribes,but your Celtic stock makes you hatred by nearby Iberian peoles, and the mighty Carthaginians are always a threat from the South. Only through cunning diplomacy, proficient trade and a good military can provide you the roots of expansion.


    Odrysioi
    Cersobleptes (358 - 342 BC). At the dawn of history the ancient Thracians — a group of tribes speaking Indo-European language, once extended as far west as the Adriatic Sea, but were pushed eastward (c.1300 BC) by the Illyrians. In the 5th century BC they lost their land west of the Struma River to Macedon. In the North, however, Thrace at that period still extended to the Danube. Unlike the Macedonians, the Thracians did not absorb Greek culture, and they steadfastly clung to their language and culture. The Thracian Bronze Age was similar to that of Mycenaean Greece, and the Thracians developed high forms of music and poetry. However their savage form of warfare led the Greeks to consider them barbarians. As the Greeks expanded into Thrace, they exploited Thracian gold and silver mines, and then recruited Thracians for their own infantry. Thrace was reduced to vassalage by Persia from c.512 BC to 479 BC, and Persian customs were then introduced.

    Both Cersobleptes and Amadocus appear to have been subjected by Philip early in 347 BC, not long after Cetriporis, the son and successor of Berisades, suffered the same fate. The two rulers, having appealed to the Macedonian ruler to arbitrate a dispute between them, were then been forced to acknowledge his suzerainty when the "judge" showed up with an army. At the time of the peace between Athens and Philip in 346 BC, Cersobleptes was again involved in hostilities with the Macedonian king, who was in Thrace when the second Athenian embassy arrived at his capital Pella, and did not return to give them audience until he had completely conquered Cersobleptes' lands.
    In the course of the next three years, Cersobleptes seems to have recovered strength sufficient to throw off the Macedonian yoke, and, according to Diodorus, persisted in his attacks on the Greek cities located on the Hellespont. Accordingly, in 343 BC, Philip again marched against him, defeated him in several battles, and reduced him to the condition of a tributary. By 342 BC all Thrace was held by Philip II of Macedon, and after 323 BC most of the country was in the hands of Lysimachus. It fell apart once more after Lysimachus' death in 281 BC, and it was conquered by the Romans late in the 1st century BC. Your role as the Thracian Leader will be challenging. Battered by the Greeks for centuries, you've just come into your own and must use your small terriotry and Black Sea access to build an empire.


    Eleutheroi
    All the free peoples of the known world. Powerful mini-factions in their own right. We can cite among other the numerous Gallic tribes outside the Senones in Gaul, Iberian peoples like the Gallecians, Tartessians, Ilergetes or Lusitanians, the Moesians, Pannonians, Venedae and proto-baltic peoples, the eastern nomads like the Massagetae, Sarmata, Saka, Kushan or Yuezhe among others, Independent Indian, African kingdoms like Kush, Meroe, the Garamantians, Gherrae or the Numidians, and many others.


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    Can you give more details about instalation?

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    I installed it as modfoldered and I run it with ALX.exe and every time I try to play campaign it crashes saying missing resources and when I try to play custom battle it throws me back to faction selection screen.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Leon Katakalon View Post
    I installed it as modfoldered and I run it with ALX.exe and every time I try to play campaign it crashes saying missing resources and when I try to play custom battle it throws me back to faction selection screen.
    I can confirm this, I also get these errors.

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    Hi Leon & Sigma, it seems related to data corruption during the upload. It works perfectly on my side but it's perhaps linked to the use of "-noalexander" in the shortcut. i'm currently downloading the file to see if i can reproduce these errors.

    EDIT:
    Ok, i see what's wrong there, the shortcuts inside the folder are all pointing to "catw05". They need to point to "Alex" instead
    So right-clik on the shortcut your are using, and change for example
    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Rome Total War Alexander\RomeTW-ALX.exe" -nm -show_err -mod:catw05
    to "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Rome Total War Alexander\RomeTW-ALX.exe" -nm -show_err -mod:Alex
    For the custom battle KTM it's because of the shortcut absence of "-noalexander" You need to use the custom_battles shortcut inside the folder
    You can play a campaign AND play custom battles with -noalexander, but without Alex 1.9 features.
    There is also a BI shortcut
    By the way, the mod is still in beta stage, lots of work is going on for several factions (units, texts, balance, recruitement, etc). So there will be updates.

    @Gaspare:
    It's pretty simple. You just have to move the unzipped folder (with 7z) inside your RTW folder, running with the Alexander extension, then using preferrably the Alex shortcut inside the "Alex" folder, to place on your desktop or whatever you want. If it does not shows the Alexander loading screen, the parth is probably wrong. It can be adjusted by right-clicking on the shortcut, then checking "properties".
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    Quote Originally Posted by cocobongoclub-DJ View Post
    Hi Leon & Sigma, it seems related to data corruption during the upload. It works perfectly on my side but it's perhaps linked to the use of "-noalexander" in the shortcut. i'm currently downloading the file to see if i can reproduce these errors.
    By the way, the mod is still in beta stage, lots of work is going on for several factions (units, texts, balance, recruitement, etc). So there will be updates.

    @Gaspare:
    It's pretty simple. You just have to move the unzipped folder (with 7z) inside your RTW folder, running with the Alexander extension, then using preferrably the Alex shortcut inside the "Alex" folder, to place on your desktop or whatever you want. If it does not shows the Alexander loading screen, the parth is probably wrong. It can be adjusted by right-clicking on the shortcut, then checking "properties".
    I tried the mod with an without the "-noalexander" in the shortcut and have the same issues both ways. When I try to load a campaign I start getting errors about missing vegetation models, so I am guessing there are some files missing. Possibly due to the data corruption you mentioned?

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    I think the problem with this mod is that some text files are referencing "Alex" as the root folder and some files are referencing "catw03" as the root.

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    cocobongoclub-DJ, i use BI. I did as you said. Unzip the folder, copy/paste in my RTW directory and is not working

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    @to all: Just edited the thread: Look at your shortcut, it should be pointing to "Alex" and not "catw05"
    If not, using -noalexander or not is not relevant
    @BHL 20 not catw03 but catw05 due to the shortcuts, again. dunno what happened, perhaps an overwrite with catw05 shortcuts.
    @Gaspare, the BI was also pointing to catw05, so it should be changed to Alex too
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    Quote Originally Posted by BHL 20 View Post
    I think the problem with this mod is that some text files are referencing "Alex" as the root folder and some files are referencing "catw03" as the root.
    You're right, I went into the data folder, found all instances of "catw05" in the files and replaced them with "Alex" and I got the campaign to load.

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    One more question: do i need catw installed in order for this one to work?

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    Hi Gaspare, no it's a standalone.
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    All, right it's confirmed, apologies, there were still files from catw05; but since Alex was tested with catw05 nearby it worked; Now this early beta is fixed
    My fault, it should have been only an announcement, without downloadable file.

    It was uploaded again, along with other modifications. It was downloaded afterwards for testing and it's working as long as i can see.
    Important: No BI or RTW should work as the descr_model_battle is over cotas, but still compatible with RTW 1.9

    There are still shovels of work anyway before the final Alex 0.1...
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    It works now! One thing I would suggest from my initial impression is changing the Hellenistic era settlements to Persian ones. For example, Seleucia to Babylon and Antioch to Issus.

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    Thanks; yes that's part of the planned mods for the official Alex0.2
    Some of the settlements had been already changed.
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    I have installed it but when just at the begining of the loading screen of the mod appears this message:

    Generic Error: Could not read the file 'data/descr_strategy_lighting.text'

    Any idea of how to fix it?
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