- "It is easy to conquer the world on horseback. But to dismount and govern? That is the hardest task."
The wide-open steppe is a huge expanse, one that is almost large enough to hold Genghis' mighty cavalry army.
Genghis Khan, your cunning built Mongolia an empire from the back of your horse. Always charge to meet enemy cavalry, for a victory can draw them to your ranks. Send your swift and powerful Keshig archers to hasten your citizens across the land. Soon, the steady drumbeat of Mongolian cavalry is a sound you will teach the world.
Genghis Khan's unique agenda is called Horse Lord. He tries to build the world's strongest cavalry force, and dislikes other civilizations with strong cavalry forces.
Genghis wants to start two endeavors early: trading with their neighboring and settling on Horse resources. Your trading posts will quickly reveal secrets about those neighbors, finding out which ones you should befriend and who should be targeted for elimination. Build your army of mounted units from Encampments with your Ordu stables to maximize the speed at which you can strike. Then work to gather cavalry units from all possible opponents, turning your horde into an unstoppable force that can sweep across the continents.
Agenda-based Approval: The cavalry you field is an embarrassment, but thankfully a small one.
Agenda-based Disapproval: You wouldn't wear a sheep's bladder and call it a helmet. So why claim you have amassed "cavalry?"
Attacked: No more words. Today, Mongolia charges toward your defeat.
Declares War: You stand in the way of my armies. Soon, you shall fall before them.
Defeated: You have hobbled the Mongolian clans. My respect for you nearly matches the loathing.
Greeting: I am Genghis Khan. Before me lie future Mongolian lands. Behind me is the only cavalry that matters.
Delegation: I am sending you gifts—surplus horses, a youth's bow, and airag to fortify you. Drink up!
Denounced by Player: Foolish and feeble! How have you not been conquered yet?
Denounces Player: Your weakness and folly anger me. One day, perhaps soon, you will learn the danger in that.
Accepts Player's Declaration of Friendship: Eagles soar above doves and rabbits. Let us stand in friendship, and the rest can cower in our shadow.
Requests Declaration of Friendship: Accept Mongolia's friendship! I want to see the world tremble when they learn we are united.
Player Accepts Declaration of Friendship: Mongolia will appreciate this.
Invitation to Capital: We should exchange information on our capitals. Someday I may want to visit you.
Invitation to City: Do you know whose lands you approach? See the Keshik gather, and know that this is Mongolia.
Genghis Khan once demanded two banners: one white horse hide for times of peace, and of black horse hide for all the other times. Upon his death, his soul was alleged to live on in the black Spirit Banner. Some would call this a fitting legacy for the man whose armies terrorized the steppe and whose name has become synonymous with the word 'barbarian.'
At his birth in 1162 CE near the Burkhan Khaldun of Central Asia, he was given the name 'Temujin' by his father Yesugei, a Mongol chieftain, an act of revenge against a captured Tartar foe. His mother, Hoelun, was stolen by Yesugei and would raise Temujin and his siblings in exile after their father was poisoned by the Tartars.
Of course, Temujin would have his revenge.
By 10, the boy would be ostracized by his father's tribe, and by 16 he would kill his half-brother and marry Borte of the Konkirat tribe. All the while, Hoelun would coach her son in statecraft, in influencing allies and controlling enemies.
This would come in handy in his 20s after he was enslaved by former allies, the Taichi'uts. He'd quickly escape and, with his brothers, form a fighting unit, beginning raids of his own, gradually amassing an army of his own. He'd break with Mongol tradition and group fighters according to skill and not blood ties—and Temujin knew how to find skilled fighters.
With a 20,000-strong army, he'd defeat the Tartars and exhibit the brutality he would become known for in avenging his father, ordering the death of every Tartar male above three feet tall. Then he would defeat the Taichi'ut who enslaved him, having them all boiled alive. He would enlist his sons in war as well, sending the eldest, Jochi to conquer Siberia in 1207.
By 1206, his utter ability to destroy his enemies would allow him to unite the tribes of the steppes. That year, he would be given the title 'Genghis (or Chinggis) Khan' or 'universal leader' and issue the Yassa, a collection of divine laws governing everything from property to marriage to civil service designating its execution to his second son, Chagatai.
The Yassa would do away with the common causes of tribal warfare, banning the kidnapping of wives and doing away with inherited titles. He had an empire to control and was loathe to allow internal rivalries.
He would also grant religious tolerance to his followers (as long as they recognized Genghis Khan as the final authority). In this way he would affirm his power, claiming to have been granted it directly from God, and crossing Genghis would be as bad as crossing God. Ask the people of Persian city of Bukhara.
In 1220, the Mongols would begin a 15-day siege to the city after the Shah Ala ad-Din Muhammed killed a delegation of Genghis' ambassadors and traders. Those he did not slaughter Genghis would enslave, telling them he was the flail of God, sent to punish them before their execution.
His warlike ways would get the best of him…well into his 60s. He fell from a horse during the successful campaign against the Xi Xia, and never fully recovering from his injuries. Before he died, he would pass on leadership to his third son, Ogedei, and the Khans would rule an empire extending from East Asia to the Balkans.
- As of the release of Rise and Fall, Genghis Khan is one of six returning leaders from Civilization V and its expansions (along with Gandhi, Montezuma, Pedro II, Alexander, and Shaka).
- Genghis Khan's diplomacy screen shows some gers on a Mongolian steppe.
- Genghis Khan's leader ability is named after the sociopolitical and military organization of the Mongols, while his leader agenda references the great importance of cavalry in Mongolian warfare.
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