This map will probably stand to be my biggest contribution to the AoW community. I put more time into it than any other AoW project, and I believe the final product reflects it. Don't even download my other maps, just get this one. Will work with or without my "Inioch's Rebalance" mod with no difference to what's on the map. I encourage you to try it though. :P
-12 races on map
-8 races playable (Neutral races set to AI Emperor)
-AI neutral races start with major resource advantage
-Diplomatic relations left unchanged/default
-Recommend all other AI's be set to AI Emperor
This map is intended to be an alternative storyline following the fall of Inioch. There is no in-game backstory, I leave this to your imagination.
Many elements are inspired from AoW lore, a few examples:
-Terrain-appropriate start locations for all races (Humans start in the Valley of Wonders, Lizards in a swamp, Frostlings in the north, Azracs in a desert, Orcs in steppe, etc etc)
-Prominent characters from the AoW lore are featured, such as:
-King Inioch for the Undead
-Princess Julia for the Elves
-Prince Meandor for the Dark Elves
-Archon Gabriel for the Highmen
-Ham Binger for the Halflings
Many hours have been spent finetuning the balance of the map without creating a symmetrical eyesore. All the tricks I've learned from making maps over the years have gone into creating aesthetically-pleasing terrain.