At the start of the game, (unless one immediately starts to seek out other Civilizations), the Barbarians are really the only enemy. It is possible to go several turns without having any encounter with any other Civilization but it is nearly impossible not to come across these foes. They always have a few villages scattered across the land. Usually the Barbarian villages are near the main, player controlled, civilization so finding them shouldn't take much more a few turns, (by which time one may be able to combine three warrior units to create an Army). When playing on Deity level, Barbarians are much more numerous and will attack cities.
Barbarian Defense and RewardsEditThe Barbarian villages vary in strength, depending in part on the difficulty level of the game, being stronger at King and above. Barbarians will attack units next to them, and may capture Caravans.
Gold is the most common reward for destroying these villages, (30 to 50 pieces usually), but, on some occasions, the village can yield a horseback Unit or give technologies. Some coastal villages can give the player a galley unit.
Villages captured by the Mongol Civilization don't give the player Gold or other reward; they become new Mongol Cities, (population: one).
Barbarian Village LeadersEdit
The Barbarian leader of the village, (the man who pops up on the screen as the village is approached), can vary in appearance but the strength of the village is usually the same... bad.
- Grey Wolf (large, covered in grey tattoos, pictured top right)
- Brennos the Mighty (mid size, torn shirt, big club in hands)
- Norte Chico (small, round belly, white tattoos, blow gun in his right hand).