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Iunu of the Fertile Flood Plains

by Jayhawk

The scenario starts out by hinting at a large number of vagrants. I soon learn their number is a third of the number of available villagers. The map itself looks horrendous, scattered buildings, too many farms and too few nobles to support them. I decide to move the whole city to the North West corner of the map.

I place the palace, a handful of nobles, some bricklayers and find use for the extra graduates as priests in the new town center. As the city slowly grows I expand and remove some of the older, original, structures. After a few years I start a mastaba and initiate trade.

Iunu: Overview of the newly established city proper.

Iunu: Overview of the newly established city proper.

A less than perfect placement of the bricklayers leads to their building up the structures in a far different priority than I hoped for. With the added removal of the original structures, my nobles soon start to grumble about lack of ameneties, such as a mortuary. As a result the number of peasants drops and the number of vagrants rises.

Opening trade with Meghara reveals a city of bedouin raiders. The required force to vanquish them is rather large, so I decide to concentrate on getting my economy stabilised first. I do add a few City Guards, just in case the bedu go raiding.

Iunu: The farming district and one of the Large Noble Estates.

Iunu: The farming district and one of the Large Noble Estates.

As the city grows and stabilises, more trade routes are opened. The Ra Cult Temple is dedicated and I expand the clay brick production to meet the requirements for opening up the grand obelisk quarry, which I hope to use to gain the required prestige.

More bricks are needed, as large mastabas use a lot of them. While waiting I decide to build a medium sized pyramid. Shortly after I start Pharaoh dies and my prestige takes a serious hit. I briefly wonder if I should get the scenario over and done with, but decide to do a little more.

Iunu: The temple district and the glorious obelisks.

Iunu: The temple district and the glorious obelisks.

Gathering resources and populace I decide to attack the bedu city. To do so I need to raise an army and a serious amount of food. I appoint some different troop types and gather food. Once I have enough of that I take a peek at the expeditionary force required, and find out I need loads and loads of charioteers and more than one commander. This means more time to pass, and as my pyramid takes shape I add a few smaller ones to the side.

Iunu: The pyramid complex and the necropolis.

Iunu: The pyramid complex and the necropolis.

Once the pyramid complex is completed the army is sent off to attack the bedu. Shortly afterwards they return victorious. Time to build the last obelisk to commemorate my victory and to start working on the final mastaba.

  • Challenge Level: Normal
  • Elapsed Time: 31 years
  • Prestige: 330 (Divine)
  • Total Population: 1083
  • City Satisfaction: Perfect

Download the nearly finished city here