Sack of Thessalonica
"In 904, Saracen pirates led by Leo of Tripoli launched a surprise attack against the Byzantine city of Thessalonica. Walls in disrepair and miscommunication between the city's commanders, led to a short, victorious siege for the Saracens."
You command a small Saracen army. Your goal is to destroy the Byzantine keep. You'll want to take out the catapult emplacement early and finish off the keep with your Mamluks.
Capture of Aleppo
"In the late tenth century, Byzantine general Nikephoros Phocas led a major offensive against Muslim military power. First driving the Saracens out of Crete in 961, he invaded Syria and besieged Aleppo in 962. The city was razed and left behind after a short siege. Nikephoros later became emperor of the Byzantine Empire."
Your goal as commander of the Byzantines, is to destroy the keep of Aleppo. The battering ram is great at attacking gates!
(video is out of date, I am not sure this historical challenge exists anymore)
Siege of Dorostolon
"After usurping the throne from his uncle, Nikephoros Phocas, Emperor John I campaigned to retake Byzantine lands from the Kievan Rus. The Siege of Dorostolon in 971 lasted 65 days and saw extensive use of Greek fire. Sviatislov I of Kiev surrendered the city, which the conquering Byzantines renamed Theodoropolis."
Use your hero, Rurik, wisely to change the course of history by winning at Dorostolon with the Kievan Rus.
Siege of Constantinople
"After Byzantine Emperor Alexios V usurped the throne in 1204, crusaders from the west turned on the Byzantine capital of Constantinople. The siege lasted six days, after which the victorious crusaders sacked the city, terrorizing the populace and stealing many religious relics and works of art."
You control the crusaders attacking the city of Constantinople. Protect your crossbowmen long enough to destroy the keep.
Siege of Kenilworth
"The Second Barons' War was an English civil war fought between the forces of Simon de Montfort and the Royalists of Prince Edward. The six-month siege of Kenilworth in 1266, the largest ever in England, saw the deployment of all manner of siege weaponry, from trebuchets to siege towers. The Royalists triumphed by starving the castle."
You are the Britons besieging Kenilworth Castle. You must deal with the many defending troops.
Siege of Acre
"Acre, the last major crusader stronghold in the Kingdom of Jerusalem, fell to a Mamluk siege in 1291 led by Al-Ashraf Khalil. The city's fall brought an end to the Jerusalem crusades, as other matters captured the interest of the monarchs of Europe."
You are the commander of the Franks. Without infantry to absorb the blows, you must be careful with your units as they are vulnerable to archer towers and catapult emplacements.
Siege of Calais
"The port of Calais along the English Channel proved a strategic location during the 100 Years' War. Edward III of England besieged the city in 1346, but its multiple moats and walls made it difficult to seize, resulting in a year-long siege. Calais remained under English control until 1558."
You are the commander of the Britons. Take out well-defended threats with laddermen to enable your small catapult contingent to destroy Calais from a distance.
Siege of Marienburg
"Joint Polish-Lithuanian forces invaded Prussia in 1410. After an early decisive victory against the Teutonic Knights at the Battle of Grunwald, the invaders advanced on Marienburg. The Polish-Lithuanian forces were unprepared for a long siege and, after two months, were forced to lift the siege due to low morale and ammunition."
You must recapture Malbork Castle. Use your Teutonic Knights to protect your crossbowmen from catapult emplacements.
Siege of Kaunas Castle
"Teutonic Knights besieged the Lithuanian stronghold of Kaunas Castle in 1362. After three weeks, the knights took the castle, celebrating their victory on Easter Sunday. The castle continued to change hands for decades until the Teutonic Knights suffered defeat at the hands of the Lithuanians in the Battle of Grunwald."
Lead Winrich and his rams through a gauntlet of defenses. Use siege towers to circumvent walls to destroy the ballista towers.
Siege of Orléans
"The site of Joan of Arc's first major military victory, the French defeat of the English at the Siege of Orléans in 1429, turned the tide of the 100 Years' War in France's favor. For months the English appeared to be winning, but less than two weeks after Joan's arrival, the siege was lifted and the English withdrew."
You are the Britons battling against the Franks at Orléans, France. Find a way to break through their anti-siege defenses.
Available Reward Table
|Campaign Level||Age Required||Wood||Food||Stones|
|Sack of Thessalonica||1,000||1,000||-|
|Capture of Aleppo||5,000||5,000||3,000|
|Siege of Dorostolon||3,000||3,000||-|
|Siege of Constantinople||4,000||4,000||2,500|
|Siege of Kenilworth||7,000||7,000||3,500|
|Siege of Acre||10,000||10,000||6,000|
|Siege of Calais||13,000||13,000||8,000|
|Siege of Marienburg||16,000||16,000||10,000|
|Siege of Kaunas Castle||20,000||20,000||14,000|
|Siege of Orléans||40,000||40,000||30,000|