Introduced in Gods & Kings
|Titles||Queen of the Iceni|
|Date of birth||?|
|Date of death||62 A.D.|
|Preferred victory||Cultural Victory|
|Voice actor/actress||Siôn Rees Williams|
Boudica (or Boudicca) was leader of the British Iceni tribe who led an uprising against Roman forces in Britain in 60 or 61 AD. She is the leader of the Celts in the expansion for Civilization V, Gods and Kings.
In game Boudica speaks modern Welsh. She appears to be standing outside a hillfort, next to a chariot in an area akin to the Scottish Highlands. (This, however, is historically inaccurate, as Boudica's tribe was located in what roughly corresponds to the East Anglia region in England and not Scotland.) She is dressed in a tartan and wields a sword. As well as this, Boudica never ruled over any of the Celtic cities found in-game. Her loading screen is also contradictory to the cities which the Celtic civilization ruled over, as it shows the location of the British Iceni tribe. The Iceni ruled only a small part of the continent of Europe. They never ruled over Cornwall, Scotland, Ireland or France. Welsh was most likely chosen as the language that Boudica speaks because it was probably the closest surviving related language of the Iceni.
Unique Unit: Pictish Warrior
Unique Building: Ceilidh Hall
Unique Ability: Druidic Lore
Voice Actress: Siân Reese-Williams
AI Traits Edit
|Wonder Competitiveness||4 (6-2)|
|City State Influence Competitiveness||5 (7-3)|
|Hate Warmongers||4 (6-2)|
|Willingness to Denounce||6 (8-4)|
|Willingness to Declare Friendship||4 (6-2)|
|Offensive Unit Production||7 (9-5)|
|Defensive Unit Production||6 (8-4)|
|Defensive Building Production||6 (8-4)|
|Military Training Buildings Production||6 (8-4)|
|Recon Unit Production||5 (7-3)|
|Ranged Unit Production||6 (8-4)|
|Mobile Unit Production||3 (5-1)|
|Naval Unit Production||5 (7-3)|
|Naval Recon Unit Production||5 (7-3)|
|Air Unit Production||5 (7-3)|
|Naval Growth||5 (7-3)|
|Naval Tile Improvements||5 (7-3)|
|Water Connections||5 (7-3)|
|Tile Improvements||5 (7-3)|
|Infrastructure (Roads)||3 (5-1)|
|Production Emphasis||5 (7-3)|
|Science Emphasis||7 (9-5)|
|Gold Emphasis||6 (8-4)|
|Culture Emphasis||7 (9-5)|
|Happiness Emphasis||8 (10-6)|
|Great People Emphasis||5 (7-3)|
|Wonder Emphasis||4 (6-2)|
|Religion Emphasis||8 (10-6)|
|Diplomacy Victory||5 (7-3)|
|Science Victory||4 (6-2)|
|Nuke Production||4 (6-2)|
|Use of Nukes||5 (7-3)|
|Use of Espionage||4 (6-2)|
|Anti-Air Production**||5 (7-3)|
|Air Carrier Production**||5 (7-3)|
|Land Trade Route Emphasis**||5 (7-3)|
|Sea Trade Route Emphasis**||5 (7-3)|
|Archaeology Emphasis**||5 (7-3)|
|Trade Origin Emphasis**||5 (7-3)|
|Trade Destination Emphasis**||5 (7-3)|
|Airlift Emphasis**||5 (7-3)|
|Likeliness to Declare War||6 (8-4)|
|Likeliness to be Hostile||5 (7-3)|
|Likeliness to be Deceptive||6 (8-4)|
|Likeliness to be Guarded||5 (7-3)|
|Likeliness to be Afraid||3 (5-1)|
|Likeliness to be Friendly||4 (6-2)|
|Likeliness to be Neutral||6 (8-4)|
|Ignore City States||6 (8-4)|
|Friendliness to City States||6 (8-4)|
|Protection of City States||4 (6-2)|
|Conquest of City States||6 (8-4)|
|Bullying of City States||7 (9-5)|
Personality and BehaviorEdit
Boudicca will likely seek either a cultural or domination victory.
Boudicca takes a main priority on gaining faith and spreading her religion. She also prefers to maintain her empire's happiness.
Boudicca is quite bold, and can become among the leaders to wage early wars. She is difficult to make friends with, and also one of the leaders least likely to be afraid. She will hardly ever overlook and forgive any past incidents, as well.
Boudicca likes to raise a large offensive army, as well as a decent defensive army. Her cities will be quite well defended.
Boudicca tends to try to demand tribute from city-states instead of offering protection for them.
Boudica (d. 60 or 61 CE) was the queen of the Iceni tribe who led a failed uprising against the forces of the Roman Empire.
The Iceni tribe were a British Celtic tribe that inhabited an area of East Anglia, England which roughly corresponds to the modern county of Norfolk. The Iceni were not conquered during the Roman conquest of Britain in 43 AD and retained the status of an independent ally of Britain up until the death of their king Prasutagus, Boudica's husband.
In his will Prasutagus left his kingdom jointly to his daughters and the Roman Emperor. However his will was ignored and the kingdom was annexed and its wealth plundered as though it had been conquered. Boudica was flogged and her daughters were raped.
In 60 or 61 CE the Roman governor Gaius Suetonius Paulinus was leading a campaign against rebels on the island of Mona (Anglesey). During this time the Iceni along with their neighbours including the Trinovantes plotted a revolt, with Boudica as their leader. An attack was laid against the former Trinovantian capital and now Roman colony Camulodunum (Colchester in the County of Essex). The badly defended city fell to the rebels after a two day siege. The Roman procurator attempted to relieve the city with a task force but they were overcome in what became the Massacre of the Ninth Legion.Upon hearing of the rebellion, Suetonius hurried along the trackway of Watling Street (a later Anglo Saxon name for the trackway) and made his way to the Roman settlement and trading post of Londinium (London). Once there he called for an evacuation of the city. The city was burned and its remaining inhabitants slaughtered by the Britons. The town of Verulamium (Saint Albans) in modern Hertfordshire was next to fall.
During the Britons attack on Verulamium, Suetonius managed to gather a force of 10,000 men. He chose to lead his forces through a gorge with a wood lying behind it. This made it difficult for the Britons to attack from the rear as well as making flanking impractical. The gorge lead out into an open plain which gave the Romans full view of any flanking Britons. Although the Boudica's forces were superior in number, the Roman positioning meant that it was impossible for the Britons to merely overwhelm the better disciplined and equipped Romans. The Romans also had a superior command of open-terrain tactics. The Britons had their family watch over the battle on a series of wagons, possibly as a display of optimism, something which delayed the retreat of many Britons who would ultimately be slaughtered. The Romans cut through the British forces and reportedly massacred even the women and children. The decisive defeat of Boudica's forces is known as the Battle of Watling Street.
According to Tacitus, Boudica had rallied her troops with a speech that emphasised her position as a freedom fighter as opposed to a woman of noble lineage. However this is likely an embellishment. The circumstances of Boudica's death are not certain. Tacitus claims that she poisoned herself in order to avoid capture after Watling Street, where as Cassius Dio claims she fell ill and died.
Though defeated, Boudica's uprising inspired enough of a crisis in Roman Britain that the Emperor Nero considered the removal of Roman forces in Britain altogether. She would later become an important cultural figure during the English Renaissance, ironically being associated with Queen Victoria despite the anti-imperialist symbolism.
Boudica speaks a formal dialect of modern Welsh.
Intro: I am Boudicca, Queen of the Celts and nobody better try rushing me. ("Myfi yw Buddug, Brenhines y Celtiaid. Peidied neb â'm tra brysio i!")
Attacked: You dare! I will be the one owning your head/I will own your head! ("Ti feiddia! Myfi fydd yn perchen ar dy ben di!")
Declares War: I've been watching you, you're most devious!/you devious pigs! To guard/arms patriots! (We) March to war! ("Mae fi'n wylio a ti, yr hen mwyach a ffieidd-dra/mochau ffieidd-dra! I'r gâd, wladgarwyr! Marchogion, i rhyfel!")
Defeated: Evil/Awful King! You realised that you 'won' this war in name only? ("Erchrydus Frenin! Ti yr wyddost mewn enw yn unig yr 'enillaist' y rhyfel hon?")
Hate Hello: Well? ("Wel?")
Hate Lets Hear It 01: Forward! Before I change my mind! ("Ymlaen! Cyn i mi newid fy meddwl!")
Hate Lets Hear It 02: And? ("A?")
Hate Lets Hear It 03: Speak! ("Siarada!")
Hate No 01: That's unacceptable! ("Hynna'n annerbyniol!")
Hate No 02: A thousand times no! ("Milwaith na!")
Hate No 03: Never! ("Byth!")
Hate Yes 01 AND 02: These are exactly the same but voiced twice, they use a well known Welsh phrase "Ych a fi" which is basically "Eugh/Disgusting! Fine/Okay then..." ("Ych a fi! O'r gorau...")
Hate Yes 03: But if I have to... ("Ond os oes rhaid i mi...")
Neutral Hello: God has given good to you. ("Duw a rhoddodd da i chi.")
Neutral Lets Hear It 01 AND 02: We are all ears... ("Rydym yn glustiau i gyd...")
Neutral Lets Hear It 03: Forward. (Not the best word to use here.) ("Ymlaen.")
Neutral No 01: We must refuse/decline. ("Mae'n rhaid i ni wrthod.")
Neutral No 02: No. ("Na.")
Neutral No 03: We refuse/decline. ("Rydym yn gwrthod.")
Neutral Yes 01: Okay. ("Iawn.")
Neutral Yes 02: Unintelligible speech + Sure. ("Bid siwr.")
Neutral Yes 03: Accepted/acceptable. ("Cytynwyd.")
Peaceful: Good play/Well played, fellow warrior. ("Chwarae da, cydrhyfelwr.")
Request: Let us unite our armies, and profit from the challenges. ("Gadewch i ni uno ein byddinoedd, ac elwa o'r herwydd.")
Eternal glory and praise for you, fierce and vengeful Warrior Queen! In a time dominated by men, you not only secured your throne and sovereign rule, but also successfully defied the power of the Roman Empire. After suffering terrible punishment and humiliation at the hand of the Roman invaders, you rallied your people in a bloody and terrifying revolt. Legions fell under your chariot wheels and the city of London burned. While in the end the Romans retained ownership of the isles, you alone made Nero consider withdrawing all troops and leaving Briton forever.
Oh sleeping lioness, your people desire that you rise and lead them again in the calling that is your namesake. Will you meet their challenge on the open field and lead the Celts to everlasting victory? Will you restore your lands and build an empire to stand the test of time?