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Damascus Walkthrough

by Angel Reckless Rodent

Consul - Damascus

This is a pretty tough level to win - not because of the invasions (the Egyptians aren't really too hard), but because of the prosperity needed to get through.

Objectives
Population 6000, Culture 55, Prosperity 55, Peace 50, Favour 40
Caesar Requests
53AD - 10 Weapons in 36 Months
56AD - 10 Weapons in 24 Months
59AD - 10 Wine in 36 Months
62AD - 10 Wine in 24 Months
65AD - 15 Weapons in 24 Months
68AD - 15 Wine in 24 Months
73AD - 15 Wine in 24 Months
78AD - 15 Weapons in 24 Months
Invasions
54AD - 8 Egyptians and 2 Camels from NE
55AD - 12 Egyptians and 4 Camels from SE
57AD - 32 Natives from NE
59AD - c.45 Egyptians and 10 Camels from SE
61AD - c.50 Natives from SE
64AD - c.60 Egyptians and 14 Camels from SE
67AD - c.50 Natives from ESE
70AD - c.30 Natives from NE
70AD - c.30 Natives from ESE
75AD - c.50 Natives from SE
80AD - Egyptians and Camels from SE
Initial Funds
6000dn
First Loan
3000dn
Price Changes
62AD - Clay up 15dn
62AD - Pottery up 40dn
68AD - Wheat up 8dn
Storms
No
Landslides
No

Another desert level, so take the necessary precautions. Also, make sure that you build plenty of doctors and hospitals, since there are rats in the water supply and the health of your citizens suffers as a result. Also, your iron mines cave in periodically, something which you can't do anything about - you just have to accept it, work around it, and re-build them when they fall down.

The prosperity is tough here - you need to import pottery and clay, something which is really sapping on the resources front. Therefore, be ready to use lots of your personal funds accrued in Lutetia to prop your regime in Damascus up. You simply have to get some of your housing up to villa or palace status if you want to get the prosperity rating needed to move on. Try to spread pottery and furniture production throughout the city or you'll find that some of your housing simply doesn't want to upgrade (that's what happened to me).

The native attacks are difficult to deal with here, because you need your armies over the other side of the city to defeat the Egyptians, and the natives move very quickly and en masse - it's not unusual to see a couple breaking through a very thick defensive line of legionaries, javelins and cavalry. In Damascus, that's something you just have to learn to live with, however annoying it may be to see a couple of locals bashing your city in from time to time.

You shouldn't need to expand beyond the farming area in the NW - that's by far the safest area, and easier to defend than anywhere else. You can always import wheat if your people start starving. As before, grow a range of foodstuffs so that your housing can evolve.

When you've beaten Damascus, you'll find yourself propping Caesar's regime up in the Balkans, in Sarmizegetusa.