This mod adds a new fictional civilization loosely inspired by the Celts and the Irish. It's designed to benefit from being played on the coast and has a coastal start bias, with its Lighthouse replacement building that improves coast/ocean tiles and its reduced cost for naval unit maintenance.

It also includes a new soundtrack I pieced together from a variety of composers who allow their music to be used in non-commercial projects like this.

Unique Ability (UA)

Way of the Storm: Pay 25% less for naval unit maintenance. Culture cost of adopting new policies reduced by 30%.

Unique Unit (UU)
Gaoth: Replaces the Scout. Starts with +2 Sight and +1 Movement from promotions, making it a faster explorer. Upgrades to Composite Bowman.

Unique Building (UB)
Oidhreacht: Replaces the Lighthouse. Provides +1 Culture and +1 Happiness. Coast and Ocean tiles in the city provide +1 Production when worked. Additionally, Fish and Whale provide +1 Culture, and Pearls and Crabs provide +2 Culture, when worked. The Oidhreacht counts as a culture building, with regards to the Tradition tree Legalism policy. (Note: These bonuses are in addition to the default features of the Lighthouse.)

The Sioc are designed to be played primarily on the coast. I recommend going for Sailing and Optics early in the game to get access to the Oidhreacht (Lighthouse replacement) and use the reduced maintenance cost on naval units to help keep a ship or two around your strong coast/ocean tiles to prevent them from being blocked or pillaged by barbarians and other civilizations' units.

If you are trying to rush 3-4 cities at the beginning of the game, I recommend scoping out 3-4 solid coastal spots (at least one Fish, Whales, Pearls, or Crabs tile), if it's possible without hurting yourself on unique luxuries. This is to ensure you'll get at least one "super" tile, boosted by the benefits of the Oidhreacht, in each city. You could also go Tradition, but wait to get Legalism until each city has a Monument built to get a free/instant Oidhreacht in each; though this does run the risk of delaying your first Oidhreacht and losing the precious momentum you can get from having one, or a few, high production / high food tiles in early game, when other civs are still trying to get going.

I find that God of the Sea is a solid Pantheon to pair with this civ, so long as you've got good tiles to use with the Oidhreacht, as they complement each other. Normally, you probably wouldn't be using or caring about coast/ocean tiles much, but since you are already using them, this pantheon makes that early boost just a little better and makes you stronger in getting important stuff built.

The Sioc civilization uses music from the following composers:

Adrian Von Ziegler:
  • Adventure Awaits
  • Ancient Storm
  • Call of the Wild
  • Children of Éire
  • Crann Na Beatha
  • Dreampath
  • Elfenreigen
  • Equinox
  • Farûna's Lament
  • Forest Folk
  • For the King
  • Morrígan
  • Of Wolves and Men
  • Primal Bonds
  • Sword of Kings
  • The Endless Woods
  • Walking With The Ancestors
  • Wayfarer
  • Wild Lands
  • Wolf Princess
Alexander Nakarada:
  • Battle Of The Creek
  • Borgar
  • Carol of the Bells (Celtic Version)
  • Cold Journey
  • Góða Nótt
  • God Rest Ye Merry Celtishmen
  • Grundar
  • Horsemen Approach (ft. Kevin MacLeod)
  • Hymn To The Gods
  • Mjói
  • Nomadic Dawn
  • Norður
  • Nowhere Land
  • Skaga
  • Stöðvar
  • Tam Lin
  • Towards The Horizon
  • Voice of an Angel
  • Vopna
  • Wanderer
Antti Martikainen:
  • Awakening the Forest
  • Excalibur
  • White Riding Warrior
  • Celtic Love Song
  • DragonLand (Simple Version)
  • Forevermore
  • Guardians Of The Woods
  • King of the North
  • Mists of Avalon
  • Pirate Love Song Black Heart
  • Riversong
  • Sons of the Storm
  • Spirit of the Wild
  • The Immortal Land
Filip Lackovic:
  • Iron Queen
  • Warriors Dance
Kevin MacLeod (Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0):
  • Achaidh Cheide
  • Celtic Impulse
  • Errigal
  • Fiddles McGinty
  • Galway
  • Heavy Heart
  • Long Road Ahead B
  • Pippin the Hunchback
  • The Last Warriors
Makai Symphony (Licensed under Creative Commons music CC BY-SA 3.0):
  • The Army of Minotaur
Scott Buckley (Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0):
  • This Too Shall Pass
Silverman Sound Studios (Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY):
  • Fiddle de Dee
Tartalo Music:
  • Battle for Camelot
  • Teutates
Trey VanZandt (Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0):
  • Rumblin
  • Like
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