Byzantine Empire: Gameplay Information

Byzantine Empire: Faction Symbol

Byzantium is essentially the Greek speaking remnants of the Eastern Roman Empire and the centre of Orthodox Christianity. The Byzantines themselves merely see their Empire as an unbroken continuance of the Roman Empire and its Emperors. The Empire is currently a shadow of its former self, having lost a great deal of territory in Asia Minor to the Seljuk Turks, and in other areas to internal strife and civil war. Current Emperor Manuel I is a dynamic leader and a resourceful general determined to build on the progress made by his immediate predecessors in restoring the Empire to its former glory. The Byzantine Empire will need to regain its losses to the Turks in Asia Minor as well as the regions lost to internal strife, before it can expand into other faction' s territories. Fortunately the Seljuks, as well as the Egyptians, are more focussed on the Crusader States; but should they fall the Byzantines are unlikely to withstand a united Islamic offensive. As such, some cooperation with the Crusader States will be necessary for the Empire's wellbeing. The Byzantine Empire was created on the back of a strong military tradition, although much smaller than in the past, the Empire's forces tend to be well trained and disciplined. The Empire's forces consist of a wide range of unit types, from heavy cavalry to infantry, and many ranged units including the devastating Greek Flame Thrower.


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Campaign Overview

Religion
  • Orthodox
Long Campaign Win Conditions
  • Hold 25 Regions
  • Hold Constantinople (30 Turns)
  • Hold Ankara (10 Turns)
  • Hold Baghdad (10 Turns)
  • Hold Alexandria (10 Turns)
  • Hold Antioch (10 Turns)
  • Eliminate Turks
Short Campaign Win Conditions
  • Hold 15 Regions
  • Eliminate Turks
Finances
  • Initial Money: 15000 Florins
  • King's Purse: 4000 Florins
Initial Settlements
  • Constantinople(Huge City, Capital) - Huge Orthodox Cathedral, Dockyard, Irrigation, Merchants' Quarter, Paved Roads, Mayor's Palace, Militia Barracks, Tavern, Ballista Towers, Docklands, Aqueduct
  • Nicea(Town) - Dirt Roads, Small Orthodox Church, Town Watch, Leather Tanner, Grain Exchange, Land Clearance
  • Abydos(Town) - Town Watch, Port, Grain Exchange, Dirt Roads
  • Smyrna(Castle) - Dirt Roads, Drill Square, Knight's Stables, Practice Range
  • Paleokastron(Town) - Town Watch, Land Clearance, Dirt Roads
  • Rhodes(Castle) - Knight's Stables, Port, Mustering Hall, Bowyer
  • Laodiciea(Town) - Land Clearance, Dirt Roads, Small Orthodox Church, Town Watch, Grain Exchange
  • Iraklion(Town) - Small Orthodox Church, Grain Exchange, Land Clearance, Port
  • Heraclea(Town) - Town Watch, Port, Grain Exchange, Dirt Roads, Small Orthodox Church
  • Sinope(Large Town) - Port, Grain Exchange, Brothel, Town Guard, Small Orthodox Church
  • Trebizond(Castle) - Dirt Roads, Drill Square, Knight's Stables, Practice Range, Small Orthodox Chapel, Land Clearance, Mines
Initial Generals
  • Emperor Manuel(46, Faction Leader) - 8 Command, 0 Chivalry, 7 Authority, 3 Piety
  • Prince Stefanos (30, Faction Heir) - 2 Command, 0 Chivalry/Dread, 5 Loyalty, 4 Piety
  • Mavros (26, General) - 1 Command, 0 Chivalry, 5 Loyalty, 3 Piety
  • Evangelos (24, General) - 1 Command, 0 Dread, 5 Loyalty, 3 Piety
  • Theodoros Comnenus (28, General) - 1 Command, 0 Dread, 5 Loyalty, 3 Piety
Initial Admirals
  • Admiral Panagiotes (37) - 1 Command
  • Admiral Demetrios (37) - 1 Command
Initial Agents
  • Konstantinos (40, Priest) - 4 Piety
  • Anna Comnenus (20, Princess) - 3 Charm
  • Maria Comnenus (22, Princess) - 3 Charm
  • Foteinos (26, Spy) - 2 Subterfuge
  • Ermanes (26, Spy) - 2 Subterfuge
  • Gavriel (30, Merchant) - 3 Finance
Initial Troops
  • General's Bodyguard - 5
  • Skythikon - 11
  • Byzantine Cavalry - 15
  • Greek Firethrowers - 1
  • Byzantine Spearmen - 9
  • Trebizond Archers -20
  • Pronoia Infantry - 10
  • Byzantine Infantry - 9
  • Town Militia - 9
  • Spear Militia - 4


Byzantine Empire: Starting Positions

The Byzantine Empire is spread out over a large area with hostile neighbors, but the economy is quick and easy to establish. A quick strike East towards the rebel and Turkish lands is the obvious option, and be assured that if you do not attack the Turks, the Turks will attack you. An early alliance with the Crusader states could be advantageous, but you must always be on your guard. Additionally, be aware that not all threats come from the East - do not neglect your capital city. Once the Turks have been pushed back and the Byzantine economy is up and running, the Empire can once again reclaim the entirety of the Levant.

Important to note is that many of the best Byzantine units can not be constructed without Constantinople - defend the capital at all costs. An interesting point of note is that three Venetian full stacks land to siege Constantinople but none of their generals have night fighting traits. You can use this against them and fight each army in turn.

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Recruitable Units

Varangian GuardThe following table contains all of the units that the Byzantine Empire can recruit in Multiplayer and Custom Battles. For the Grand Campaign, use the "All" period with the following corrections:

  • Units in (Brackets) are mercenaries and therefore cannot be trained in campaign, although any general can recruit them in the field if he has space in his army and there are some available.
  • Units in [Square Brackets] cannot be recruited in campaign, they are for Multiplayer and Custom Battles only.
  • Units in Italics can only be recruited in certain regions (eg. The New World) or after a certain event (eg. The discovery of gunpowder).

PeriodMilitia UnitsInfantryMissile InfantryCavalryMissile CavalryArtillery
Early
  • Town Militia
  • Cavalry Militia
  • Peasants
  • Byzantine Spearmen
  • Byzantine Infantry
  • Dismounted Byzantine Lancers
  • Pronoia Infantry
  • Dismounted Latinkon
  • Alamanoi
  • Varangian Guard
  • Peasant Archers
  • Trebizond Archers
  • Byzantine Guard Archers
  • Greek Firethrowers
  • Byzantine Gunners
  • General's Bodyguard
  • Byzantine Lancers
  • Kataphractoi
  • Archontopoulai
  • (Alan Light Cavalry)
  • Skythikon
  • Byzantine Cavalry
  • Vardariotai
  • (Cuman Horse Archers)
  • Ballista
  • Catapult
  • Trebuchet
  • Mangonel
High
  • Town Militia
  • Cavalry Militia
  • Peasants
  • Byzantine Spearmen
  • Byzantine Infantry
  • Dismounted Byzantine Lancers
  • Pronoia infantry
  • Dismounted Latinkon
  • Alamanoi
  • Varangian Guard
  • Peasant Archers
  • Trebizond Archers
  • Byzantine Guard Archers
  • Greek Firethrowers
  • Byzantine Gunners
  • General's Bodyguard
  • Byzantine Lancers
  • Kataphractoi
  • Archontopoulai
  • (Alan Light Cavalry)
  • Skythikon
  • Byzantine Cavalry
  • Vardariotai
  • (Cuman Horse Archers)
  • Mangonel
  • Bombard
Late
  • Town Militia
  • Cavalry Militia
  • Peasants
  • Byzantine Spearmen
  • Byzantine Infantry
  • Dismounted Byzantine Lancers
  • Pronoia Infantry
  • Dismounted Latinkon
  • Alamanoi
  • Varangian Guard
  • Peasant Archers
  • Trebizond Archers
  • Byzantine Guard Archers
  • Greek Firethrowers
  • Byzantine Gunners
  • General's Bodyguard
  • Byzantine Lancers
  • Kataphractoi
  • Archontopoulai
  • (Alan Light Cavalry)
  • Skythikon
  • Byzantine Cavalry
  • Vardariotai
  • (Cuman Horse Archers)
  • Mangonel
  • Bombard
All
  • Town Militia
  • Cavalry Militia
  • Archer Militia
  • Spear Militia
  • Peasants
  • Byzantine Spearmen
  • Byzantine Infantry
  • Dismounted Byzantine Lancers
  • Pronoia Infantry
  • Dismounted Latinkon
  • Alamanoi
  • Varangian Guard
  • Peasant Archers
  • Trebizond Archers
  • Byzantine Guard Archers
  • Greek Firethrowers
  • Byzantine Gunners
  • Byzantine Lancers
  • Kataphractoi
  • Archontopoulai
  • Latinkon
  • General's Bodyguard
  • (Alan Light Cavalry)
  • Skythikon
  • Byzantine Cavalry
  • Vardariotai
  • (Cuman Horse Archers)
  • Ballista
  • Catapult
  • Trebuchet
  • Mangonel
  • Bombard

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Constructable Buildings


Cities

Building TypeVillageTownLarge TownMinor CityLarge CityHuge City
WallsWooden Palisade (Upgrade)Wooden Wall (Upgrade)Stone Wall (Upgrade)Large Stone Wall (Upgrade)Huge Stone Wall (Upgrade) 
Improved Towers Ballista TowersCannon Towers
Barracks Town WatchTown GuardCity WatchMilitia Drill SquareMilitia Barracks
Siege Ballista MakerCatapult MakerSiege Works 
Cannons Gunsmith
Smiths Leather TannerBlacksmithArmourerHeavy ArmourerMaster ArmourerArmour Factory
Ports PortShipwrightDockyardNaval Drydock
Sea Trade Merchants' WharfWarehouseDocklands
Trade Grain ExchangeMarketFairgroundGreat MarketMerchants' Quarter
Roads Dirt Roads Paved Roads 
FarmsLand ClearanceCommunal FarmingCrop RotationIrrigation 
Mines MinesMining Network 
Academia Alchemist's LabAlchemy SchoolLycaeum
Churches Small Orthodox ChurchOrthodox ChurchOrthodox AbbeyOrthodox CathedralHuge Orthodox Cathedral
Inns BrothelInnTavernCoaching HousePleasure Palace
Town Hall Town HallCouncil ChambersCity HallMayor's Palace
Sanitation Public BathsAqueduct
Ikoners Ikoner's StudioMaster Ikoner's Studio
Assassins' Guild Assassins' GuildMaster Assassins' GuildAssassins' Guild Headquarters
Masons' Guild Masons' GuildMaster Masons' GuildMasons' Guild Headquarters
Theologians' Guild Theologians' GuildMaster Theologians' GuildTheologians' Guild Headquarters
Merchants' Guild Merchants' GuildMaster Merchants' GuildMerchants' Guild Headquarters
Alchemists' Guild Alchemists' GuildMaster Alchemists' GuildAlchemists' Guild Headquarters
Thieves' Guild Thieves' GuildMaster Thieves' GuildThieves' Guild Headquarters
Explorers' Guild Explorers' GuildMaster Explorers' GuildExplorers' Guild Headquarters
Swordsmiths' Guild Swordsmiths' GuildMaster Swordsmiths' GuildSwordsmiths' Guild Headquarters
Horse Breeders' Guild Horse Breeders' GuildMaster Horse Breeders' GuildHorse Breeders' Guild Headquarters


Castles

Building TypeVillageMotte and BaileyWooden CastleCastleFortressCitadel
CastleMotte and Bailey (Upgrade)Wooden Castle (Upgrade)Castle (Upgrade)Fortress (Upgrade)Citadel (Upgrade) 
Improved Towers Ballista TowersCannon Towers
Stables StablesKnight's StablesBaron's StablesEarl's StablesKing's Stables
Barracks Mustering HallGarrison QuartersDrill SquareBarracksArmoury
Ranges BowyerPractice RangeArchery Range 
Siege Ballista MakerCatapult MakerSiege Works
Smiths Leather TannerBlacksmithArmourerHeavy ArmourerMaster ArmourerArmour Factory
Ports PortShipwright
Roads Dirt Roads Paved Roads 
Farms Land ClearanceCommunal FarmingCrop RotationIrrigation 
Churches ChapelLarge Chapel 
Swordsmiths' Guild Swordsmiths' GuildMaster Swordsmiths' GuildSwordsmiths' Guild Headquarters

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