Let's get Assyria return to CIVILIZATION. Depicted as cruel butchers in the bible and many Mesopotamian records, ancient Assyrian empire was decadent from more ancient Akkadian influence and a military nation. Having the earliest records of using siege towers, they were rightfully feared in the whole Mesopotamia. We had angry and grumpy Ashurbanipal in CIV V. I will suggest, lets have a female leader this time? Civilization Ability: Lion's lair Capturing a city relocates the citizens into Assyrian cities, giving +1 population for all Assyrian cities. No war penalty for razing city, and razing cities causes a 10 turn -5 combat strength to all enemy units within 6 tiles of the city. (Note that, the number of population bonus cannot exceed the population of the captured city. If it is the case, the +1 population will be applied to cities with higher population first. Recapturing a city applies the effect again. Assyrians were famed for their slaving taking and burning down of cities they captured so they absorbed many captives and future rebels into the empire over the course of conquests.) Unique building: Royal library Replaces library, contains one great work slot for anything. If it contains a foreign great work from other civilization, the culture in this slot is doubled. When the civic humanity is researched, the tourism it offers is doubled. Unique Unit: Assyrian Siege tower Replaces siege tower, +10 strength against cities to combat units it supports and another +5 strength when adjacent to another Assyrian siege tower. Leader: Semiramis (or Shammuramat) (The dressing and the background buildings are not historically accurate, I supposed, but the Iraq beauty with curly black hair should be a good depiction to ancient assyrians.) Leader history: Legendary figure in history, being exaggerated by Greek and later era writers in myths. In reality, Shammuramat was a 3 year queen regent to the Neo-Assyria empire. The proof of her historical reign is still a mystery but her role in legends echoed for thousands of years. Thanks to Alexander Hislop's not so accurate accusation in The Two Babylons, she became famous as being entitled as the "goddesses and polytheism creator". Standing between twisting truth and tales, Semiramis remains fascinating as the debates surrounding her go on and on. Leader ability: Queen of legends When Semiramis captures a city with ancient or classical wonders, the tourism generated from these wonders increases by 1.5 times and doubled after modern era. Also, when she is at war, she gain an eureka in researching all technologies that unlock new units. (Note: This is based on the fact that many ancient wonders and buildings in the Mesopotamia were credited to Semiramis's reign, although actually most of them are unrelated to her. The science boost is based on her innovations in battlefields. According to Diodorus's account, she once made false army of elephants to fool her enemies. There were also many different legends telling of her talent in innovation of war tactics.) Agenda: Desire Driven She likes civs with a active direct trade with her and dislike those who don't. Note: this is based on the Iranian tales of Semiramis and Ara the beauty. In the tale, she was attracted by Ara the beauty, a young king with pretty face. After being turned down, her desire to win over this man even drove her into raging wars against his kingdom, and eventually, killing her loved Ara. Favorable victory type: An early domination victory, or a later cultural victory. Scientific path is reasonable but needs well planning and timing. Weakness: Lack of religious bonus, and almost nothing special when she cannot rage wars. The never-in-peace creed gives her high warmonger penalty in AI games. Also, she has no strength in combat out of siege so civs with early strong units can counter her well. Leader lines: (in Aramaic or Akkadian, the f ormal court language of Assyria) Introduction: Behold, before you is Shammuramat, daughter of Ataratheth and vessel of Ashur. Do you come to bend the knee? No? Oh, Things are getting interesting. Notes: In legends, Semiramis was the daughter of the fish goddess Ataratheth/Derketo with a human man. Ahsur was the supreme god of Assyrian religion, giving the monarch divine right to rule. Agenda approval: My desires are endless like great Apzu ... that is what defines me as a ruler. Agenda disapproval: You know, I will get what I desire, even if that takes me slaughter all the way to your throne!! Declare war: You didn't please me. This is the sole reason enough for Ashur to erase your tiny existence from your pathetic lands. War declared: Ahah, war? Do you not know, out of all my pleasures, this is the most enjoyable one? Defeated: I lived a life of conquering and taking...but being... conquered? Seems like you are finally giving me something new. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Also a new wonder to fit the Assyrians: Nineveh Library: Comes with recorded history tech. It provides double culture from each great work or relics in the civilization and the bonus culture will be added to tourism when the humanity civic is researched. It goes well with all culture centered civs with lots of great work and relics like Brazil and Khmer.