Wage war on the colorful Indian subcontinent, the lands of a thousand kingdoms and sultanates. Put vast armies under your command, spiced up with Camels and Elephants to terrify the invaders of your homeland. Prosperity is hard fought, yet, your culture will stand the test of time.

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Camel and Gunpowder

  • Villagers cost -5% Dark Age, -10% Feudal Age, -15% Castle Age, -20% Imperial Age
  • Fishermen work +15% faster and carry +15
  • Camels +1/+1 armor

Unique Units:

  • Elephant archer (cavalry archer)
  • Imperial Camel (camel upgrade)

Unique Technologies:

  • Shatagni: Hand Cannoneers +1 range
  • Sultans: All gold production +10% faster

Team Bonus:

  • Camels +6 attack vs buildings


The history of the Indians already began in the Bronze age when the first civilization, named the Indus or Harappan civilization, emerged in the fertile valley of the Indus in the fourth millennium BC. In the second millennium the Indus civilization declined while the Indo-Aryans immigrated from the northwest. Although much remains uncertain about the Aryans, it is clear that they laid the early foundations of Indian culture for they developed the caste system further and brought the Vedas with. The Vedas, a collection of the oldest Sanskrit texts, would influence the dozens of Indian political entities and religions throughout its history.

After the fall of the great Maurya Empire (322 – 185 BC) India wouldn’t be under one rule again until the end of the medieval ages. Instead it was an ever shifting patchwork of political entities where some proved more successful than others:

The Gupta empire (320-600 AD) was able to reunite the north of India with conquer and political marriage. Thanks to its strong rule the empire enjoyed peace and prosperity, which in turn led to great cultural development: during this period literature, science and architecture reached new heights and therefore it is often called the golden period. Internal factors, Hun raids and the disruption of Central Asian trade resulted ultimately in the fragmentation of the Gupta empire.

Between the 8th and 10th century three great empires were at conflict in an attempt to gain the economical interesting Gangetic plains. This long struggle, known as the Tripartite struggle, often centered around the control over the city Kannauj. From the northwest the Gurjara-Pratihara empire (550-1036) claimed it, from the northeast the Pala empire (750–1174) and from the south the Rashtrakuta empire (753–982). During the two centuries Kannauj changed hands regularly, but in the end no real victor emerged: the constant fighting made the kings neglect their internal politics and economy. Soon feudatories in all three empires started to declare their independence.

From the 10th to the 13th century one of the most successful dynasties in maintaining power were perhaps the Cholas in southern India. Not only did the Chola empire rule the south at their peak, it was one of the few that broke the maritime boundaries of India by conquering territories oversea and setting up a trade with Arabia and China. This maritime policy made the Cholas influential in whole East-Asia. The Cholas were also renown as patrons of arts: the beauty of Chola sculptures was unseen, while king Rajaraja I constructed the Brihadeeswarar Temple, one of the greatest Hindu temples in the world.

This long-lasting rise and fall of political entities made India a melting pot of different cultures. Regardless of the dominating religion elements of ancient Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism could often be found in one kingdom. However, during medieval times a fourth important religion came into play: Islam appeared in India as soon as the 7th century and would join the dance for power in the 12th century when political struggles in Central Asia forced Turks towards northern India. From these conquests emerged the Delhi sultanate in 1206. At the height of their power the sultans ruled over North and Central India while being one of the few that successfully withhold Mongol invasions. For five dynasties and 300 years the sultanate was seen as an important force, a symbol of prestige and a source of unimaginable wealth. In 1526 it was conquered by a new Turkish power, the Mughals, signaling the end of medieval times and uniting India again under one rule since the ancient Maurya Empire.

130 thoughts on “Indians

      • Their Camels already strong enough with their +30hp and in the expansion Camels gonna be -5 gold.
        But the Indian Imperial Camel sounds op too +2/+1 in a teamgame and -5 gold with whatever stats that Imperial Camel has…. o.O

        • I too think Sara camels ought to be Imp-Camels.
          It’s ….the SARACENS for crying out loud!
          It is historically strange, to say the least, that a ”camel civ” doesn’t get Imp-camels.
          I don’t use cams when playing sara, it’s not worth it.-5g doesn’t cut it 4 me. A persian camel is only -30hp difference -no big deal.
          I am only saying this, because AOFE hasn’t launched yet.
          Pleeeeeeease give ‘em imp-camel!

          • But the Saracens can get a strong camel which can kill even a FU champion with doing a UT which is quite cheap.The Indians have to do an expensive tech similar to paladin research.

          • Sahara desert.Saracens.Camels.
            Besides what seems to me to be the obvious, sara is pretty weak till imp(not to say post-imp).
            Having the imperial camel as a choice might just balance this a bit.
            And Jaydev, it’s not about ”getting a strong camel” imo. You must ”sense” that u r playing a camel civ.
            ..imo, anyway.

            Guys, u r making a hell of an effort. Keep up the good work.
            I know balancing is real hard, so if this idea(imp-camel 4 sara) is not applicable, … we trust u.

  1. Following is a comment by Guthan on AOK Heaven about AOC: Hegemony-
    Well… Is this made by humans? This is really amazing! Not normal :P it’s the best mod pack I ever saw. Yay, finally something in AOK Blacksmith about my country! :D :
    “the battle of Kortrijk – Kortrijk is a city in Belgium, I live there :D
    Indeed this was a problem with me and fellow Indians in AoE, AoE II.
    The Happiness to play as one’s own civilization in an RTS game is BIG. But, it is unfair (rather even an insult) that every1 overlooked our rich cultural and warfare history. I know that ours was a BIG land body ruled by numerous sultanes, but as you tell in the history section the GUPTA or MAURYAN empire perfectly suited as a civ in AOE1 and the Sultanate Rulers or the early Mughals for AOE2. They had historical influence as (i) Alexander invaded India in 326BC and (ii) The Mongols were beaten badly during decades of their invasions of India badly rulers such as ZAFFAR KHAN (refer to wiki on Mongol civ.)
    Every1 knows that European Nations are..small in size…But someone wanted to enhance the detail even creating kingdoms like Saxony and Bavaria. Like the comment above, most of the “Europeans” must be happy with the game, but what will we think about this game when even our nation is “Out&Standing”..We won’t take the least interest to play the game AOC:Hegemony especially when it has such historical inaccuracy..For Example, when you play in the Aztec Campaign, you will find “Horse-Riders” from our (Montezuma’s) side Example 2: While I was playing as the Wales, I found a European unit which was actually a Saracen Mameluke!!
    Anyway, Finally we can look to AOFE as the “Justice Making” game

  2. Here are a few Selfish Questions:
    Do the Indians have:
    1 Halberdiers/2 Hussars/3 Bombard Towers/4 Siege Rams/
    5 Siege Onagers/6 Heavy Scorpions/7 Elite Cannon Galleons/
    8 Fast Fire Ships?
    9 In the preview image (above) it is shown “You are being attacked by Akbar” so I would like to tell you that Gunpowder Warfare existed in India three generations before him so why not put all gunpowder units in their charts – I don’t know if you have done so – Historically it will be good, but if it is to balance the game, then it is up to you all!
    10 The Elephant Archer COULD HAVE BEEN THE UNIQUE UNIT of Indians had it been AGE OF EMPIRES I. Generally, they were only shown as show-offs by rulers and not in warfare in parades.
    I know you have already well worked on the Elephant, but a better option could have been: “A Gunman mounted on a Camel” as shown in AOE3, though historically, it belongs to Age of Kings!
    11 All the research techs you have given for the 5 civs. are kind of nothing in relative terms to those of the original 18 civilizations. What will you do for that?

    • I agree with the research techs completely! I am a Magyar and I have no interest in playing them because the original 18 are all mostly better… the Mongols, Huns, and Magyar were from the some basic area hence why they are a like so it seems repetitive… what about a German civ like from the dark ages when they fought Rome! That could be a fun infantry civ for a patch or something :-D

  3. I would like to extend my Tareef (The word for Appreciation in Hindi) on your work-
    1 The Indian music is really Indian :D
    2 The architecture style is historically logical since once the Persians and the Turks conquered Dehli and established as the supreme rulers of India (not to mention the KOREAN WONDER) :)
    3 Camels were prevalent in warfare in the medieval times
    4 “We have found another stupid camel” comment taken from a AOM:Titans Campaign scenario – I can guess from the pic that just like horses there are stray camels.

  4. First of all thank you for adding for the india civ.
    Great job on the unique units part.

    History point of view:
    Few points worth nothing are indian name was only used during british rule.Hence indian name may not fit for aoe2.Indians used elephants extensively all over the subcontinent but camels were used only in western india.So indian civ is not camel civ.Horses were very much used more than camels.Indians relied heavily on archers and later gunpowdered units hence that part is good.Fishing was prominient in india hence that point is also good.

    Overall it is good except making india civ as a camel civ lmao

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