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The Ocean Rose is the first chapter of Captain Listrata's Campaign.

It was long ago, in the years before the war. My father sent me away to distant Dalmiria to study at the university in Jethes.

My classmates were the children of Vizirs, Imams and Amirs. I was an Ausonian noble by birth, but to them I was just another foreigner.

Fight 1 Edit

Opponent Edit

Regent Ashkar: Each turn: +1 Icongoldcoin

Neophyte Journeyman Grandmaster
12x Ducat 10x Ducat 10x Vicar Doubloon
Collect Taxes Collect Taxes+ Collect Taxes++
Embargo Embargo+ Embargo++
Fief Fief+ Fief++
Lead the Charge Lead the Charge+ Lead the Charge++
Marshal Marshal+ Marshal++
Mercenary Mercenary+ Mercenary++
Militia Militia+ Militia++
Rampart Rampart+ Rampart++
Soldier Soldier+ Soldier++

Dialogues Edit

Start:

Ashkar: Now we learn the ways of war.

Listrata: Can't we read from the Diwan-e Kabir?

A: Listrata! Focus please.

Game:

A: Quickly, who is the Viceroy of Illiberti?

L: Al-Tartushi?

A: Incorrect!

A: A man who seeks the weaknesses and shortcomings of others is a fly.

A: He circles your ears until he can settle on your carcass and glut himself on the vilest parts.

A: A ruler who takes the lives and property of his subjects is a lion.

A: He sleeps in the meadow of his prey until roused to bloodshed by hunger or jealousy.

A: One who is outwardly pious but always scheming to enrich himself is a wolf.

A: He prays on his knees, but when his prey is near he falls upon it speedily and renders it to shreds.

(Sometimes upon Mercenary buy/play)

A: Mercenaries are skilled in war but only loyal to their purse.

(Sometimes upon Militia buy/play)

A: The footman is the core of your army, but a farmer in times of peace.

A: His armour, padded leather or cotton, reinforced with steel.

A: His weapons, modified farm tools. By what name is this weapon known?

L: The bill-guisarme!

A: Correct!

Defeat:

A: Your form is sloppy. Again!

Victory:

A: Excellent form.

Grandmaster Notes Edit

This deck is a Icongoldcoin-based military one, focusing on attacks, intercepts and retaliations, while lacking the obvious combo of Wealthy Patron, Bounty and Synod common in Icongoldcoin-based decks. Still, expect being swarmed with infantry almost instantly, due to his abundance of Icongoldcoin (both from his ability and from Vicar Doubloons). Maintaining board dominance is imperative, as is finishing the fight ASAP. The only instant damage Ashkar can deal is Lead the Charge, because he doesn't produce any Iconfood2 needed for feeding here; that also means that he won't heal his units. The most dangerous unit here is arguably the Marshal, doubling the amounts of his infantry attacks as well as his Icongoldcoin ability production.

Player Deck Suggestions Edit

Since all soldier-line units have both intercept, retaliation and relatively high health, and the enemy is using Ramparts, buying Malediction is not recommended here. Catapult with Marshal combo (note that Catapult now ignores the intercept from Ramparts) with counter-intercept (two heavy or three medium infantry should be enough) to prevent retaliation damaging the attacker is the easiest way to deal with the enemy here. Attack as soon as the enemy Marshal(-s) appears; using Supplicant (2 health, free healing with at least 1 Iconfood2 or Iconmagic) or a Bishop (3 health, can be healed "for free" for 2 health since he produces 1 Iconfood2 and 1 Iconmagic) to tank damage is also a good idea. Using Inquisitor, possibly with Spice Route and Trade Company, is also an option here, since feeding him attacks, gives you Iconskull and heal him from possible retaliation, making it void in this case.

End Battle Text Edit

They taught me their language, their numbers, and the wisdom of the ancients. And above all, I was trained in the arts of war. But without my parents, I felt adrift. Why was I here? Did my father intend for me to become a warlord?

Fight 2 Edit

Opponent Edit

Regent Ashkar: Each turn: +1 Iconfood2

Neophyte Journeyman Grandmaster
12x Ducat 10x Ducat 10x Obol Cornucopia
Bounty Bounty+ Bounty++
Bureaucrat Bureaucrat+ Bureaucrat++
Merchant Guild Merchant Guild+ Merchant Guild++
Serf Serf+ Serf++
Spice Route Spice Route+ Spice Route++
Trade Company Trade Company+ Trade Company++
Vintner Vintner+ Vintner++
Wealthy Patron Wealthy Patron+ Wealthy Patron++
Collect Taxes++
Militia++

Dialogues Edit

Start:

Ashkar: No army goes to war without a city behind it.

Game:

A: No ruler, however great, can accomplish anything alone.

A: Even Carthis who talked directly to God had a wazir.

A: If a depraved man rises in rank he shuns his relatives, and denies his connections.

A: He underestimates nobles and becomes proud over people of credit.

Defeat:

A: You must focus!

Victory:

A: You've excelled at your studies.

Grandmaster Notes Edit

This deck is heavily based on Iconfood2 - not only due to the presence of the obvious combo of +1 Iconfood2 ability, Obol Cornucopia, Vintner, Spice Route, Trade Company and Merchant Guild, but also due to the fact it can instantly convert Iconfood2 to Icongoldcoin with Wealthy Patron to use it for buying out the bank quickly and to use Bounty. Also, Bureaucrat will be used instantly, cleaning your resources with no way to prevent it. Still, it's the easiest-to-defeat deck in Chapter 1 GM; the most obvious weakness is the fact that the only real attack card here is the Bounty, which basically can't punch through solid defense at all without at least 30-40 Icongoldcoin. Also, AI spends its Iconfood2 very quickly and carelessly, breaking the possibly dangerous Merchant Guild / Bounty combo. Killing Vintner and Wealthy Patron is very easy too, since the only defense here are the weakling Serf and Militia.

Player Deck Suggestions Edit

The obvious strategy is to use cheap (<= 4 Icongoldcoin) attack cards (Militia, Ballista, Courtesan, Supplicant), leaving your resources at 0 so that enemy Bureaucrat can't destroy them (or have resource generators to replenish them), killing Vintners and Wealthy Patrons ASAP. Catapult is also nice, since it ignores Serfs/Militias intercept at all. Having a single Knight (preferably) or Soldier counters enemy using his Militia to convert Iconfood2 to attacks because of retaliation and Militias 1 health. In practice, since the enemy deck is so weak here, almost any deck can work here, for better or worse.

End Battle Text Edit

In the coming years, the regents and the other students became a family. And then there was me, the strange foreigner. I was respected for my talents, but i was not one of them. They called me Bahr'abal, after the rose carried out to sea by the wind.

Fight 3 Edit

Opponent Edit

Regent Ashkar: Each turn: +1 Iconskull

Neophyte Journeyman Grandmaster
12x Ducat 10x Ducat 10x Obol Cornucopia
Corruption Corruption+ Corruption++
Courtesan Courtesan+ Courtesan++
Courtly Intrigue Courtly Intrigue+ Courtly Intrigue++
Masquerade Ball Masquerade Ball+ Masquerade Ball++
Serf Serf+ Serf++
Spy Network Spy Network+ Spy Network++
Tribute Tribute+ Tribute++

Dialogues Edit

Start:

Ashkar: The modern war is not won on the field, but in the drawing room.

Game:

A: After one strikes with deliberate intent, expect no code to be followed in response.

A: The desert mouse keeps two doors to it's lair, so that it always cheats the hunter who digs for it.

A: A king must rule over himself, that his rule over others is righteous.

Defeat:

A: You must focus!

Victory:

L: I win again!

A: I... I'm sorry we've just received word from Corma.

L: From Corma?

A: Your parents have been put to the sword.

Grandmaster Notes Edit

This deck is heavily based on Iconskull - it has +1 Iconskull ability, Courtesan, Courtly Intrigue, Masquerade Ball, Spy Network and Corruption. Also, while it produces Iconfood2 from coins, Courtesan will be used by the AI to convert them to Iconskull as needed, instantly. It's arguably the most difficult deck in Chapter 1 GM; while lacking Bounty to combo it with Corruption, the Iconskull production is very high and Iconfood2 production from coins makes it hard to kill at all. The most obvious weakness is the fact that the only defense here is the Serf, coupled with Iconfood2 for healing; apart from that, he's defenseless. Since the only real creature used by AI here is the Courtesan, keeping the table clean is quite easy; defending from the constant flood of Iconskull flying at your hero and units is another thing. Since the speed of Iconskull generation increases with additional cards bought by AI, time is of the essence here.

Player Deck Suggestions Edit

Since healing of AI player is quite low here, the easiest way to win is to make Inquisitor/Iconfood2 combo; alternatively, you could use (preferably upgraded, due to short warmup time here) Soldier and Knight to make him burn his Iconskull while suffering retaliation damage at the same time.

End Chapter Text Edit

My parents were dead, our lands stolen by our old rivals, the Siani. The only way back home would be at the head of an army. I wast a a crossroads; I could live a simple life, perhaps as a merchant or teacher, or walk the long road of revenge. But I am a Vespitole. I never really had a choice.

Bonus Fight Edit

Unlocked by not using any continues on Grandmaster difficulty.

Battle Start Text Edit

Even a ship adrift has a home which it longs to return. What was I now? A derelict royal, a vagrant, hopeless and lost.

Opponent Edit

Regent Ashkar: Each turn: +1 Iconfood2IcongoldcoinIconskull

Grandmaster
10x Random Epic Coins
Bureaucrat++
Embargo++
Holy Wrath++
Liturgy++
Marshal++
Militia++
Serf++
Vintner++
Wealthy Patron++

Dialogues Edit

Start:

Ashkar: Listrata, we don't need to continue.

Listrata: No, we must... now more than ever.

L: If you would make a warlord of me, do it.

Game:

L: I will burn their cities at both exits, lest my quarry escape.

L: I will not let them feel the blade until it is at their throats.

L: I shall follow no code in the pursuit of my enemies.

L: I will sleep in the meadow of my prey...

L: ...seek their weaknesses and shortcomings...

L: ...and render them to shreds!

Defeat:

A: You must rest, please let us not continue.

Victory:

L: I cast my life to this task, my family will be avenged.

Grandmaster Notes Edit

Player Deck Suggestions Edit

The following deck can handle all 4 fights.

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