After defeating the waves of Rat armies they have holed up in a single area where the rats are being protected by a man known only as “The Marshall.”
– Break Down of Mission –
You start off with very little and have to prepare a defense very quickly.
There are three enemies which have to be defeated in order. The first enemy is a weak wood based enemy. The second enemy is a stronger stone based enemy. The final enemy is a very powerful enemy that has a choke point (a bridge) protecting his base.
In order to beat this mission you have to defeat all three enemies while defending the constant attacks of the enemy.
– Preparing the Defense –
You will be attacked from two fronts, the eastern and northern fronts. The eastern front will be the one you will have to defend first as it will be the quicker attacks. These attacks will all be weak filled with archers and pikemen. This can all be defeated by a single tower with a staircase.
The northern front will be much harder and will require immediately a tower and then a mangronel. In the end you will want one mangronel on the eastern side and two on the northern side. These mangronels will have to be targeted effectively to wipe out enemies quickly. Without these mangronels your armies will fall apart fast.
You will want to have massive bread production. This will allow you to gain extra tax revenues from surplus food which will in turn allow you to purchase weapons and armor.
You will continue pumping out archers non-stop to defend your walls. You will want 4-5 fletchers total with non-stop archer production. You do this until you can consistently defend both sides with no damage dealt to you. Once you can sustain yourself you can continue phase 2.
– Attacking the Wood Rat –
The wood rat is the easiest one to deal with and upon killing off his castle you will no longer face attacks from the eastern front. This means you can push your archers all to the north.
Your unit group for this push will be purely swordsman and crossbowmen. You can mix in some archers, some knights and some pikemen. On this push there is not much pitch to worry about and you can just push your army forward and attack into his walls with your swordsman. Any siege equipment you choose to use will speed this up.
You need heavily armored units to soak up those archer shots, swordsman are your guys. As well you can get stables and get your men on horses. Every time a horse dies they can call the horse.
This however is quite buggy and often horses will get stuck.
– Attacking the Stone Rat –
This rat will have a lot of archers and will have small collections of swordsman. On top of this both attacking armies from him and the marshall will run through this path meaning that you will often run into a random attack. This means that you will need a larger than normal attack to deal with this.
The defending units cannot be replenished so you may have to do this in two attacks. Use the exact same unit composition except add in three catapults. You will need these to knock down the walls. You will use crossbowmen to peel units off of the walls and then you sit back and wait for the catapults to break down the walls. Hug the right and knock down the north wall from there.
This middle base awkwardly has a large group of archers you can skip that will deal a tonne of damage if you engage them. By skipping you can eliminate one wave of attack.
After knocking down this northern wall you can rush to the lord and knock out the second lord thus taking out this keep.
Keep in mind with these keeps you cannot capture them meaning that there will always be some small amount of resistance at each keep.
– Attacking the Marshall –
In the final attack get a massive number (30-40) of swordsman and a large cluster of crossbowmen. This last keep is the easiest to take however if you do not have the right numbers you will just get mowed down in the choke.
You will only have to knock down one wall and after doing that you can just right click on the lord.
Once this final lord goes down the mission is over.