A Guide to Constantinople
There have been already several quite successful attempts to draw a map of the City, among them a very nice one by Shaitana in ‘The Fall of Constantinople’ scenario. The present one depicts the City at the time of the Crusades (c. between AD 1000-1200). It was intended for a campaign dealing with some events of the First Crusade. The campaign, however, is still ‘under construction’.
The main features of this map is that the most important churches, palaces and gates have their corresponding names and that the City is not empty. Trade-carts, boats and villagers do what they are expected to, guards patrol the City, idle citizens attend chariot-races (since there are no chariots in the AoK, the Hippodrome is only half-full). The City works well with Bonvivant.ai, which is simply a version of Immobile_Units.ai + trade-carts, villagers, some trade and development (good for most scenarios). It will work, hopefully, with any AI.
There are some minor deviations from historical reality:
1. By AD 1000 the wall of Theodosius was actually a double wall. I decided not to show a double line of walls to save space.
2. I am not quite sure, if one or two churches present on the map were there by AD 1000.
3. No plans of Pera and its defenses (if there were any) between AD 1000 and 1200 were available to me, so what is there on the map looks more like 15th century Galata.
Several slight modifications have been made in the updated version (place-names, brief intro scene)
Feel free to use the map for your scenarios and campaigns, attack the city or defend it.
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