Civilization VI – Saladin and Arabia

Posted on 29 Sep 2016 by
Sawyer Scherbenske

Saladin, a Muslim scholar of the 12th century, first sultan of Egypt, and expert military tactician, has come to Civilization VI to lead Arabia.

Arabia is a land that wove together its science and culture into its Muslim faith, and nobody matches them when it comes to faith. Their unique ability, “The Last Prophet,” spawns a prophet for Arabia when all but one of the religions available have been founded, guaranteeing them the ability to found a religion if they didn’t have one beforehand. Lastly, Saladin’s other ability, “Righteousness of the faith,” makes Arabia’s worship buildings cheap and make more science, faith, and culture.

Arabian horses are world renown, and Arabia’s cavalry unit, the Mameluke, makes good use of them. Their stats are identical to the knight’s, but they heal every turn regardless of what actions they performed during their turn. The madrassa is Arabia’s unique building, and acts as a better university; creating extra science and faith on the side.

Arabia’s unique blend of faith, culture, and science can lead them to victory against heathens or foes of any kind. There’s no faith victory type, but once your great prophets start coming and your worship buildings are being built, unmatched culture and science will come along with it, God willing.

Saladin and Arabia bring the total confirmed civ count up to 17. Civilization VI will release for PC on October 21st.

Official Press Release

2K and Firaxis Games today revealed that Saladin will lead Arabia in Sid Meier’s Civilization VI, launching on Oct 21st for Windows PC.

Born in 1174, Saladin was the first sultan of Egypt and Syria, and led the Muslims during the Crusades.

Saladin initially began as a multilingual and knowledgeable scholar before beginning a military career under his uncle Asad al-Din Shirkuh. In Egypt, Saladin was but an obscure figure under ruler Nur al-Din, later ascending as a military expert and becoming Vizier of Cairo.

In 1171 Saladin became ruler of Egypt and conquered Damascus after the death of Nur al-Din. With newfound wealth, he went on to conquer Aleppo and Mosul in 1183 and 1186, and in 1187 he conquered the city of Jerusalem. This prompted the third crusade led by King Richard the Lionheart. After years of conflict, the Treaty of Ramla was signed in 1192, allowing Christian pilgrimages to the holy city, despite staying in control of the Muslims.

Saladin died of a fever in 1193 in Damascus, giving away his wealth to the people, and left behind a legacy as a powerful and honorable ruler respected by both his own people and adversaries alike.

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