I've been reading people saying that he is gonna lose his visibility once war breaks out...That makes 0 sense from a design stand point. Why bother telling us that he gets bonus power with civs he has visibility with if we are never going to use hat power? If what some are saying is the case, they should have just said that you get power from trade posts and that's about it (since trade posts don't disappear with war). On a more serious note, some historical background/evaluation for the uniques: UA: Örtöö: Ortoo were checkpoint used across the empire for faster communication. In a similar fashion to what the Romans did, one horsemen would ride from one checkpoint to another, and from there another one will go to a third one and so on. Fast and efficient way to communicate across long distances. This is obviously represented in game by the trading post aspect of the ability (built faster). This ties to the power gained from visibility, both a nod to Mongols obtaining knowledge about enemies miles away (thanks to the ortoo) and also to a common strategy used by them. They would almost always send a messenger asking a city to surrender, spreading terror without even being remotely close to said city. UB: Ordu: That's where the word horde comes from and, unlike the way we us it now (cof cof the leader ability) it only referred to the socio-political structure typical of many central Asian societies. That said, the in game building has nothing to do with it but is nonetheless extremely historically accurate. Faster horses, thus faster army, was the true key to the Mongols' military success. UU: Keshig: The keshig were the bodyguards of the Khans and generally would not ride in battle with the rest of the army. Let's be real, they need a name for a special unit and there's close to none out there, especially for a horse archer unit (mangudais in AoEII are a misrepresentation), so they keep using the keshig and that's fine, but not accurate. Although the escort part might be a reference to their role as bodyguards and that indeed is pretty cool. LUA: Mongol Horde: Horses are stronger and the capturing and subsequent increase in their number is an obvious reference to Genghis unifying the various Mongol tribes to make his army larger and larger and larger. And yes...not a single Mongol did not own a horse or knew how to ride and shoot. +3 to all cavalry is the bare minimum.