Now, please don’t make this a thread about your personal new Civ again, it’s just a thought experiment and I am not advocating for implementing it into the game.
So in AoE2 Civilizations are all very similar, all have the same buildings, and mostly the same units available, just missing a couple upgrades here and there.
Meso American Civs are the notable exception, completely missing the stable and having eagle warriors, a fast moving infantery without trash counter as an option.
What if more Civs were made after this example?
I.e. I could imagine a group of civs (maybe the East Asian ones, Koreans, Chinese, Japanese) to lack the monastery (as I’m not aware they went around much converting people to their respective relgions, although I might be completely wrong here.) In the spirit of the meso civs, they could instead have a new unit at the Siege Workshop. Something like a light cannon, having similar stats to the monk and instead of converting, can one shot an enemy unit after some targeting time, and with a cool down time equal to that of a monk. Both the times could potentially be adjusted to being lower than that of a monk.
By default this unit could also one shot siege units, including rams, but cannot target buildings.
Relics could be collected by villagers after the creation of a castle, and be stored in castles and town centers. Villagers, of course are slowed down by carrying the relic, but could still be faster than monks.
So cons for these civs:
No healing, no upgrades for monks, no conversions, need castle for relics, can’t use multiple to kill a target faster.
Pros: Doesn’t need to build monestary, doesn’t need to sacrifice expensive monks to pick up relics,
doesn’t need to research redemption to counter siege, is not affected by conversion resistance (Scouts, Eagles, Teutons, Faith) Potentially: kills faster, and more frequently than a monk converts
Would this be balanced? Would this have been an interesting addition to the game, or diversify civs too much? What other examples could you think of to do this to?