[Suggestion] Portuguese Explorer

It is my intention with this suggestion to make some gameplay changes to the Portuguese Explorer, to make playing as Portugal a bit more unique, while maintaining an historical aspect that the Portuguese civ lacks on AoE 3 DE.

But who were the Portuguese Explorers?

First and foremost they were men of war.
Looking at the most famous names, like
Vasco da Gama
Duarte Pacheco Pereira
Antonio Abreu
Lourenco de Almeida
Rafael Perestrello
Afonso de Albuquerque
Francisco de Almeida

They were all experienced soldiers and leaders, which commanded fleets, fortresses, and armies.

Yet the Portuguese explorer depiction on AoE3 does not make them justice.

So how should they be depicted, and what skills should they have?

Looking at cronichles from the 16 and 17th century,
"Fidalgos who were nobles, clad head to toe in an expensive full set of armour, always at the top commanding positions, and also formed the veritable “spearhead” of assaults. Most notably, they wielded some scary two-handed swords the Portuguese called montante which in the right hands was capable of cutting an un-armoured person (arguably the most common kind of foe the Portuguese faced in the east) in half, if the chronicles are to be trusted. But because they were nobles, they weren’t bound to any kind of uniformity when it came to arms or armour, so it varied; they also used shields, broad swords and halberds.

Source: Conquista de Malaca 1511 by Vitor Luos Gaspar Rodrigues and Joao Paulo Oliveira e Costa.



Transferring this to game having the Portuguese Explorer armed with a Montante, and a breastplate as shown in the images would be fitting with their modus operandi, since for a Portuguese Explorer, a nobleman, as the historian João de Barros summarized about captains and commanders: ‘that in decisions about whether to fight … so that honorable deeds may be done, even if dangerous, they must not raise objections based on the personal safety of their lives.’ Henceforward prudence was impossible. No one felt able to refuse an engagement, however rash, without accusations of cowardice. Only bravery of the most explicit kind would suffice. The honor code of the fidalgos was accentuated to the extent of an emphasis on hand-to-hand combat over the distant destruction of cannon fire."

(Disclaimer: the numbers shown are just for example purpose)

Skill wise to clear treasure Guardian a skill similar to Heavy Strike could be used.

Explorer lands a powerful blow with the sword that does 30 (600 against Treasure Guardians) melee damage to the target enemy. 30 seconds cooldown.

A sweep attack with bonus vs Infantry and Cavalry could be added.
x3.0 vs. Cavalry
x2.0 vs. Shock infantry

An aura buff of 5% attack and 5% siege (due to early lack of proper artillery unit vs buildings)

And finally instead of being able to build a town center, he should be able to build a small fortified extension to a trade post like a small feitoria of some sort.
Feitoria

Between the 15th and 16th centuries, a chain of about 50 Portuguese forts either housed or protected feitorias along the coasts of West and East Africa, the Indian Ocean, China, Japan, and South America. The main factories of the Portuguese East Indies, were in Goa, Malacca, Ormuz, Ternate, Macao, and the richest possession of Bassein that went on become the financial centre of India as Bombay (Mumbai).

This would be a small step to make Portugal more interesting and historically accurate, as it stands it’s a very plain civ with bonus, cards and depiction that has nothing to do with Portugal.

2 Likes

Why not just use the real kind of Portuguese explorers, known as Bandeirantes?

1 Like

These guys seem to also fit the timeframe better. The biggest issue with Portugal is the Organ Guns, not the Explorer.

Private enterprises, not Crown, and its manly Brasil.
Lets not ignore the fact that the Portuguese were the first europeans to reach Tibet for example. While Brasil is all the rage, Portuguese Exploration continued across the globe.

Antonio Abreu was the first to reach Timor, Rafael Perestrello China, are they any less “real kind” of explorers?

Check answer above, and Organ Guns is just one of many things wrong really, which the 2 links provided cover hopefully.

Timeframe starts on discovery age, so they fit the timeline well enough. Nobility was the leading force on Portuguese Expansion across the globe.

But on that aspect Bandeirante Card could very well sent a Bandeirante explorer with the equipment on the pics for example.

Of course they are, but my sentence referred to the idea of using the image of “Soldado con Montante” as the archetype of the Portuguese explorer (what seems to be only your loose idea at the moment), while there are terms like Bandeirantes that cover it well (as simply one of examples) and that do not need any image to be assigned to them.

But the point is assigning an image to them. Portugal is a bland civ.

The Bandeirante card does not need an image associated with them true.

But the Port explorer design is inspired on a 16th century Navigator, so it should have the weapons of office of the time.

Other factions have cool hero units, why not make the same for the Europeans.

They weren’t all gun toting explorers. :slight_smile: :slight_smile: