The Byzantine Empire: Gameplay Information

The Byzantine Empire: Faction Symbol

The Byzantines are the heirs to the remains of the Eastern Roman Empire. Their backward-looking nature as opposed to the progressive mindset of their neighbours is the cause of stagnation, unrest and general dissent in their empire and they have been in steady decline for decades. Catholicism is the greatest threat to Byzantium, typified by the Great Schism, since the nations under the influence of Rome are likely to attempt to seize the world’s trade capital, Constantinople, tearing the heart out of the Byzantine Empire. The Turks are nearly as large a threat to the east, but fortunately they are a single enemy and there is a chance to consolidate holdings in Anatolia before war truly begins. The Byzantines lack virtually all forms of gunpowder in their late units, meaning that they will have to rely on their relatively strong early units to counter this threat.


Table of Contents


Campaign Overview

Religion
  • Orthodox
Long Campaign Win Conditions
  • Take 45 Regions
  • Take Rome
  • Take Jerusalem
Short Campaign Win Conditions
  • Take 15 Regions
  • Outlive the Turks
  • Outlive Venice
Finances
  • Initial Money: 6000 Florins
  • King’s Purse: 2000 Florins
Initial Settlements
  • Constantinople (Large City, Capital) – Small Church, Port, Land Clearance, Market, Roads, Town Hall, Town Guard
  • Corinth (Castle) – Mustering Hall
  • Thessalonica (Large Town) – Town Watch
  • Nicacea (Large Town) – Town Watch
  • Nicosia (Wooden Castle) – Mustering Hall
Initial Generals
  • Emperor Alexius (45, Faction Leader) – 8 Command, 0 Chivalry/Dread, 2 Authority, 3 Piety
  • Prince John (23, Faction Heir) – 5 Command, 0 Chivalry/Dread, 5 Loyalty, 3 Piety
  • Evangelos Exotrochos (34, General) – 2 Command, 0 Chivalry/Dread, 5 Loyalty, 3 Piety
  • Theotokios Olaskos (31, General) – 1 Command, 0 Chivalry/Dread, 5 Loyalty, 3 Piety
  • Andronicus Comnenus (2, Junior Family Member)
  • Isaac Comnenus (1, Junior Family Member)
Initial Admirals
  • Admiral Dragos (36) – 0 Command – 2 Dromons
  • Admiral Foteinos (36) – 0 Command – 2 Dromons
Initial Agents
  • Anna Comnenus (20, Princess) – 3 Charm
  • Gavriel Branas (44, Bishop) – 4 Piety
  • Demetrios Calaphates (30, Merchant) – 3 Finance
  • Kyriakos Loukites (30, Spy) – 3 Subterfuge
Initial Troops
  • General’s Bodyguard – 4
  • Spear Militia – 2
  • Town Militia – 1
  • Trebizond Archers – 6
  • Byzantine Spearmen – 10

The Byzantine Empire begin with a Minor City at Constantinople, a Castle at Corinth, Large Towns at Thessalonica and Nicacea and a Wooden Castle in Cyprus. Threats are all around – Turks to the east, Hungary to the north and Venice to the south and west. Arguably, the greatest threat is the Pope though. The Byzantine Empire cannot stand alone against the forces of Catholicism until they build up a strong powerbase, particularly protecting Constantinople. There is enough rebel territory around to allow an initial land grab as a buffer and to allow domination of Greece and the western coast of modern day Turkey. The Turks are probably the best initial target, although skimp on defences against your fellow Christians at your peril. Your lack of gunpowder units is a disadvantage, but you should have a strong empire by the time gunpowder is discovered in any case.


Recruitable Units

The following table contains all of the units that the Byzantire 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 
  • Peasants
  • Byzantine Spearmen
  • Dismounted Byzantine Lancers
  • Varangian Guard
  • Peasant Archers
  • Trebizond Archers
  • Byzantine Lancers
  • Kataphractoi
  • General’s Bodyguard
  • Skythikon
  • Byzantine Cavalry
  • Ballista
  • Catapult
High 
  • Peasants
  • Byzantine Spearmen
  • Byzantine Infantry
  • Dismounted Byzantine Lancers
  • Varangian Guard
  • Dismounted Latinkon
  • Peasant Archers
  • Trebizond Archers
  • Byzantine Guard Archers
  • Byzantine Lancers
  • Latinkon
  • Kataphractoi
  • General’s Bodyguard
  • Skythikon
  • Byzantine Cavalry
  • Vardariotai
  • Ballista
  • Catapult
  • Trebuchet
  • Bombard
Late
  • Militia Cavalry
  • Peasants
  • Byzantine Spearmen
  • Byzantine Infantry
  • Dismounted Byzantine Lancers
  • Varangian Guard
  • Dismounted Latinkon
  • Peasant Archers
  • Trebizond Archers
  • Byzantine Guard Archers
  • Byzantine Lancers
  • Latinkon
  • Kataphractoi
  • General’s Bodyguard
  • (Alan Light Cavalry)
  • Skythikon
  • Byzantine Cavalry
  • Vardariotai
  • Cuman Horse Archers
  • Ballista
  • Trebuchet
  • Bombard
All
  • Town Militia
  • Spear Militia
  • Archer militia
  • Militia Cavalry
  • Peasants
  • Byzantine Spearmen
  • Byzantine Infantry
  • Dismounted Byzantine Lancers
  • Varangian Guard
  • Dismounted Latinkon
  • Peasant Archers
  • Trebizond Archers
  • Byzantine Guard Archers
  • Byzantine Lancers
  • Latinkon
  • Kataphractoi
  • General’s Bodyguard
  • (Alan Light Cavalry)
  • Skythikon
  • Byzantine Cavalry
  • Vardariotai
  • Cuman Horse Archers
  • Ballista
  • Catapult
  • Trebuchet
  • Bombard

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 Towers 
Barracks Town WatchTown GuardCity WatchMilitia Drill SquareMilitia BarracksArmy Barracks
Siege Ballista MakerCatapult MakerSiege Works 
Smiths Leather TannerBlacksmithArmourerHeavy ArmourerMaster ArmourerArmour Factory
Ports PortShipwright 
Sea Trade Merchants’ WharfWarehouseDocklands
Trade Grain ExchangeMarketFairgroundGreat MarketMerchants’ Quarter
Roads Dirt Roads Paved Roads 
FarmsLand ClearanceCommunal FarmingCrop RotationIrrigation 
Sanitation Public BathsAqueduct
Academia Lycaeum
Churches Small Orthodox ChurchOrthodox ChurchOrthodox AbbeyOrthodox CathedralHuge Orthodox Cathedral
Inns BrothelInnTavernCoaching HousePleasure Palace
Town Hall Town HallCouncil ChambersCity HallMayor’s Palace
Ikoner’s Art 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 HallGarrisson QuartersDrill SquareBarracksArmoury
Ranges BowyerPractice RangeArchery Range 
Siege Ballista MakerCatapult MakerSiege Works
Cannons Gunsmith 
Smiths Leather TannerBlacksmithArmourerHeavy ArmourerMaster ArmourerArmour Factory
Ports PortShipwrightDockyardNaval Drydock
Roads Dirt Roads Paved Roads 
FarmsLand Clearance Communal FarmingCrop RotationIrrigation 
Mines MinesMining Network 
Churches Orthodox ChapelLarge Orthodox Chapel 
Swordsmiths’ Guild Swordsmiths’ GuildMaster Swordsmiths’ GuildSwordsmiths’ Guild Headquarters