CIVILIZATION VI: Kandake Amanitore Rules Nubia

Amanitore, a Nubian Kandake (queen), was one of the last great builders within the Kushitic Kingdom of Meroë. She ruled an area between the Nile and Atbara rivers.

Many Kandake are described as warrior queens who led forces into battle, but references to Amanitore also point to an unprecedented time of growth through building.  The sheer number of structures completed during her reign – the middle part of the first century – suggest this was a very prosperous time for the kingdom.

Amanitore was involved in restoring the large temple for Amun at Meroë and the Amun temple at Napata after it was destroyed by the Romans. Water retention reservoirs were erected at Meroë during her reign. Amun temples at Naqa and Amara were also built at this time.

 

UNIQUE UNIT: Pítati

Nubian warriors were widely respected as master archers (Pítati). In fact, the ancient Egyptian term for Nubia was “Ta-Seti,” which meant “Land of the Bow.” The Pítati were even used as mercenaries by neighboring kingdoms. The first recorded use of Nubian Pítati was by Weni of the Sixth Dynasty of Egypt during the Old Kingdom of Egypt, about 2300 BC. The Pítati replaces the Ancient Era Archer for Nubia. It is stronger and faster than the ancient Archer and upgrades to Crossbowman.

UNIQUE IMPROVEMENT: Nubian Pyramid

More than 200 Nubian Pyramids were built between 300 B.C. and A.D. 350. The Nubian Pyramid differs greatly from neighboring Egyptian edifices in that they are typically narrower at the base (measuring 26 feet, at most) and rise at a steeper angle (roughly 70 degrees) rising approximately 20-98 feet in height. An Egyptian Pyramid, by comparison, had foundations at least five times larger at 40-50 degree angles.

A Nubian Pyramid can be built on Desert, Desert Hills or in Floodplains regions. They provide Faith, as well as additional yields based on the adjacent District, or Food for the City Center.

SCENARIO: “The Gift of the Nile”

Nubia lies in modern-day Sudan, south of Egypt. So, for the new “Gifts of the Nile” Scenario, you lead either Nubia or Egypt to see who will control the Nile River. The winner is the first civilization to complete seven Temples dedicated to Amun in this 125-turn scenario.

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