Heroes


Cleopatra
Cleopatra

Civilization: Egyptians

Cost: 200 Gold

Information: (70 BC to 30 BC): Relying on her beauty and stealth, Cleopatra wields a razor-sharp Kopesh Sword to cut down her foes. Extremely fast and agile, Cleopatra moves in, strikes the fatal blow, and then moves on to her next victim. When using her bow, Cleopatra can zoom in x2.

Cleopatra’s secret weapon is Qetesh’s Oration, a gift granted her by the gods that makes all nearby enemies betray their own civilization and submit to Cleopatra. As she gains experience, Cleopatra has an even more powerful effect on enemies.

Weaknesses: Her low Stamina limits Cleopatra’s ability to take on several formations at once.

History: Cleopatra has the distinction in history of being many things at once, among them a ruler, betrayer, seductress and the last of the Ptolemies. The extent to which Cleopatra’s beauty and seductive nature have been portrayed in modern media has grossly exaggerated this figure in history. From most ancient accounts Cleopatra was not beautiful in body, but rather beautiful in mind, being a shrew politician.

In 48 BCE Julius Caesar entered into Alexandria and restored Cleopatra to the throne of Egypt ending the civil war that had plagued the country. Cleopatra’s opponent, her brother, Ptolemy XII continued to fight Caesar and Cleopatra but was killed in 47 BCE. Cleopatra had one child via Caesar.

After Caesar’s death, Mark Antony aligned himself with Cleopatra and together they were married and had 3 children. Mark Antony’s relationship with Cleopatra was mostly based on political and military considerations. Anthony was strongest in the East and needed the wealth of Alexandria to challenge Octavius. At the battle of Actium in 32 BCE, Octavius defeated Cleopatra and Antony. Shortly after Octavius besieged Alexandria in 30 BCE, Antony and Cleopatra committed suicide.

Ramses II
Ramses II

Civilization: Egyptians

Cost: 200 Gold

Information: (1314 BC to 1224 BC): Ramses unleashes the Battle Staff of Ra, a melee weapon of tremendous power that cleaves enemies in half with a single blow. Ramses is capable of hitting for more damage than any other Hero, making him a one-man wrecking ball against infantry formations.

During the heat of battle, Ramses' nearly god-like status lets him summon Imhotep’s Blessing. This supremely powerful blessing restores all nearby soldiers to full health. The more experienced Ramses becomes, the more powerful his blessing, which increases the number of soldiers that he can heal.

Weaknesses: Because of the weight of the Battle Axe of Ra, Ramses is slower than the other Heroes. He can also only zoom in x1 when in Marksman Mode.

History: Rameses (Ramses) II assumed the throne of Egypt at the tender age of twenty. Displaying remarkable administrative and military skills, Rameses II brought Egypt to its territorial height. Rameses II though well known for his military exploits, is perhaps even better known for his building projects. No pharaoh in Egyptian history constructed as many projects as Rameses II did. Rameses II’s building projects even include a new capital city, Per-Rameses. Most famously Rameses II constructed the extensive mourtuary temple known as the Ramesseum.

Rameses military exploits include the Second Battle of Kadesh in 1274 BCE and the war against the Libyan and Nubian raiders in the later years of his reign.

Achilles
Achilles

Civilization: Greeks

Information: (circa 1200 BC): Achilles is a master of all forms of combat, but his weapon of choice is Xyphos, a weapon of ferocious capabilities and gift from his mother. Featuring an amazing constitution, Achilles wades into battle without fear.

Achilles’ Fanaticism of the Gods is a mighty battle cry that makes all nearby allied units temporarily invulnerable to enemy attack. As Achilles becomes a more proficient warrior, his battle cry affects even larger groups of troops.

Weaknesses: Achilles is slightly slower than the other Heroes, and he’s not as proficient with the bow. As a result, he can only zoom in x1.

History: According to Homer's Iliad, Achilles was a Greek hero caught up in the Trojan War between the Greeks and Trojans. According to the story, not only was he known for his supreme fighting ability in battle, but was described as "god-like"--referring to his attitude. He fought many battles during the Greek's ten-year siege of Troy. When the Mycenaean king Agamemnon seized the captive slaved Briseis from him during the war, Achilles withdrew the Myrmidons from battle and sulked in his tent. Emboldened by his absence, the Trojans attacked the Greeks and drove them into total retreat. It was then that Patroclus, Achilles's friend and companion, begged Achilles to lend him his armor and let him lead the Myrmidons into battle. To this Achilles consented, but with much later regret. Patroclus was killed by the Trojan prince Hector, and afterward the grief-stricken Achilles returned to battle and met Hector in battle and slew him. He dragged his body in triumph behind his chariot. Achilles fought his last battle with Memnon, king of the Ethiopians. After slaying the king, Achilles led the Greeks to the walls of Troy. During this fight he was mortally wounded in the heel by Paris, the Trojan prince whose abduction of Helen, queen of Sparta, started the Trojan War. Achilles will always be remembered for his unmatched heroic fighting abilities.

Alexander the Great
Alexander the Great

Civilization: Greeks

Information: (356 BC to 323 BC): Armed with a sword and shield, Alexander the Great can quickly slice through legions of enemy soldiers. If the situation is especially dire, he’ll unleash the Bow of Zeus, which fires arrows that have been doused with naphtha. When one of these arrows strikes its victim, it immediately sets them ablaze, turning the surrounding area into an inferno.

Alexander is an excellent, well-balanced Hero. Every time he kills an enemy soldier, you gain extra Glory.

Weaknesses: None

History: Alexander the Great will always be remembered as one of the world's greatest conquerors. Within a period of 8 years, he subjugated the entire known civilized world--and not once losing a battle. He conquered more territory within this short period of time than what many prior conquerors took a lifetime conquering. Even more fascinating is the fact that Alexander was not the type of commander to just sit back and let his forces do all the dirty work. He always deployed himself at the front and fought in the thick of battle alongside his troops. This, of course, placed him in great jeopardy and he was wounded in battle on several occasions. Alexander was wounded in neck and head at the Granicus River, in the thigh at Issus, and the shoulder at Gaza. He suffered a broken leg in Turkestan, was wounded on three occasions in Afghanistan, and, most seriously, had his lung pierced by an arrow in India. More than once he was the first man over the wall at the storming of a city. Although extremely risky, these outstanding feats of heroic display undoubtedly added to the morale of his troops during battle.

Nebuchadnezzar
Nebuchadnezzar

Civilization: Persians

Cost: 200 Gold

Information: (630 BC to 562 BC): Although he is slow to anger, Nebuchadnezzar will quickly leap into a fray if his people are in danger. For melee combat, he uses a mighty axe, but he’s also extremely proficient with his bow, which fires arrows in lightning-fast succession. He can zoom in x2 with his bow.

As Nebuchadnezzar gains experience, the firing speed of his bow increases. He is extremely agile and fast on the battlefield, able to slash his foes and quickly move on.

Weaknesses: His low stamina limits the amount of time that Nebuchadnezzar can spend in Hero Command.

History: Nebuchadnezzar, first prince and later king of Babylon (c.605-562BC), was especially known for his conquest of Jerusalem and rebuilding of Babylon. While yet prince, his ailing father Nabopollassar sent him out to fight against the Egyptians of whom he totally crushed and destroyed their strong city of Carchemish. From there he continued and conquered the whole of Syria-Palestine and brought the entire city of Jerusalem under his subjection taking a great number of Jewish hostages, among whom according to Biblical text were Daniel and his 3 companions. Shortly thereafter his father died and he hastened home to Babylon to take the throne. The rest of his life was spent organizing conquered territories, subduing rebellions, suffering near-defeats against the Egyptians, laying a 2 year siege against Jerusalem--destroying the city itself and the temple as a result of king Zedekiah's rebellion, and eventually subjugating Tyre after a siege of 13 years. Nebuchadnezzar will also always be remembered as a great builder, not to mention those splendid hanging gardens that helped make Babylon the world's greatest ancient city of the time.

Sargon II
Sargon II

Civilization: Persians

Cost: 200 Gold

Information: (763 to 705 BC): Sargon II wields a massive scimitar, which he uses to hack his enemies to bits. When he needs to attack from a distance, Sargon II switches to the Bow of Atar, a weapon of incalculable power that fires multiple arrows simultaneously. As Sargon II gains experience, he can fire even more arrows, which will utterly decimate enemy formations. A master archer, Sargon II inflicts the maximum damage with each shot. In Marksman Mode, Sargon II can zoom in x2.

Weaknesses: His low constitution and hit points make Sargon II susceptible to melee attackers.

History: Sargon II was one of the greatest kings to reign over Assyria. He conquered Samaria, Media, Urartu, and eventually Babylon c. 712 BC. He was well known for his writings and works of engineering; he built the new capital of Babylon, Dur Sharrukin (now known as Korsabad) from 713 to 705 BC. Sargon II was killed in an ambush.

Germanicus Caesar
Germanicus Caesar

Civilization: Romans

Information: (15 BC to 19 AD) Germanicus is one of Rome’s mightiest warriors. In battle he uses his Two-Handed War Hammer to pummel his enemies into pieces, leaving behind bloodied remains for the carrion buzzards. Germanicus wears incredibly-strong armor can absorb an extreme amount of damage during combat.

Because Germanicus is so feared on the battlefield, his mighty Battle Roar strikes absolute terror into the hearts of enemy soldiers, causing them to flee from the battlefield. With the experience of each battle under his belt, Germanicus’ Battle Roar becomes even more terrifying and powerful.

Weaknesses: Very slow and lumbering on the battlefield, Germanicus relies on his infantry to hold enemy forces in place until he can reach them. Also, Germanicus cannot zoom in at all when using his bow.

History: Iulius Caesar Claudianus Germanicus, or "Germanicus Caesar" was a member of the Julio-Claudian dynasty of the early Roman Empire.

Popular among the citizens of Rome, Germanicus celebrated all his victories enthusiastically. He was also well like by his grandfather-in-law Augustus, who for some time considered him as heir to the empire. He assumed several military commands, leading Rome's army in campaigns in Dalmatia and Pannonia. He is recorded to have been an excellent soldier and an inspired leader.

Julius Caesar
Julius Caesar

Civilization: Romans

Information: (100 BC to 44 BC): With his mighty sword Blade of Mars, Julius Caesar leads his troops directly into battle, cutting a swath of destruction through enemy soldiers. An exceptional and well-balanced Hero, it will take a massive, concerted effort on the part of the enemy to bring him down. Information:

Julius Caesar is also the master of Siege Warfare. He can personally direct catapult fire upon any location that he designates. This barrage will quickly annihilate the enemy, paving the way for the Roman infantry. As Julius Caesar gains experience, this catapult barrage gains in strength and intensity, annihilating anything it hits.

Weaknesses: Can only zoom in x1 when in Marksman Mode.

History: Julius Caesar was born into a very ancient patrician family. In 59 BCE Caesar, Pompey and Crassus formed an informal alliance often referred to as the First Triumvirate. Of the three, Caesar was initially the least powerful of three, however in the alliance he had the advantage that Crassus and Pompey were too busy competing with each other to notice Caesar’s maneuverings. In 59 BCE, Caesar marched into Gaul and defeated the weak confederation of tribes inhabiting the lands. In 58 BCE he defeated the Helvetians and in 57 BCE he defeated a force of Belgians. The Gallic conquest continued until 52 BCE as Caesar had to put down a series of revolts after initially defeating the Gauls. In 53 BCE, Crassus was defeated and killed while trying to invade Parthia. A series of complicated political maneuverings followed in 51 BCE which resulted in Caesar’s need to attack Pompey in order to maintain his political power. On January 10, 49 BCE Caesar crossed the Rubicon supposedly uttering the famous words “Let the Die be Cast!” Caesar’s hasty invasion of Italy in the dead of winter was successful and Pompey was forced to retreat to Greece. At Pharsalus Caesar defeated Pompey in 48 BCE, Pompey then died in 48 BCE in Alexandria on the order of Ptolemy XIII, the ruler of Egypt. Having defeated Pompey, Caesar embarked on a series of campaigns restoring order to the Roman Empire.

On March 15 44 BCE (The Ides of March) Caesar was killed by Brutus and his allies who feared that Caesar wished to seek the powers of a king.