Civilization’s latest expansion is coming up really soon and some more juicy information has just been released.
Tamar, the ruler of Georgia at the height of its golden age, has been revealed to be one of the new leaders in the upcoming release.
Born around 1160 to King George III and Queen Burdukhan, Tamar would be in for an early fight to keep her crown. The nobles of the court preferred her cousin, Prince Demna, to be next in line of succession and by the time she was 17, a minor rebellion broke out.
Those nobles were summarily crushed by King George III.
Tamar was proclaimed heir and co-ruler by her father shortly after that rebellion.
When George III died in 1184, Tamar assumed the throne of a fractured Georgia.
Compromises needed to be made and Tamar was pressured into accepting the nobles’ choice for her husband: The Rus prince Yuri.
Tamar was also a strong patron of the arts.
She bolstered trade and commerce, and minted coins bearing her monogram and titles.
Georgian culture developed as a strong and lively blend of Byzantine Christianity and Persian-inspired ideas.
The unique unit of this culture is the Khevsureti.
The warriors from Georgia’s Khevsureti territory maintained their traditions for countless generations.
These fierce Georgians dressed in chainmail and carried swords, axes, and small, black bucklers adorned with crosses for nighttime raids, due to the shield’s colour, the warriors were practically invisible in the moonlight.
It should come as no surprise that this warrior order gets a Combat Strength bonus, but they also suffer no movement penalties on hilly terrain.
Though tradition was their watchword, they did adapt with the times, incorporating firearms as their importance on the battlefield became unmistakable.
You can check out the trailer for the expansion here: