The Aztec Empire (M2TW:K Faction)
The Aztec empire starts surrounded by enemies, but has the most powerful units for a native American Faction. They have very powerful melee untis but under average ranged ones (they do not need to be that powerful to cause damage anyway) .All are very very fast. They have many new traits and ancillaries, and many new buildings. They have a new form of religion (Sun god worship) which allows them to sacrifice units and convert other religions when capturing cities and to hold ritual sacrifices.
They are in danger of a plague early on if they allow new spain to have a strong position and capture Tenochitlan (mexico), but if they withstand them they shall not fear it.
They do not gain technology from new spain eventually like the Chichimecs and Apacheans, but they are a strong faction early on. All they can build is relatively cheap, but their cities are relatively under-developed next to new spains.
The Aztec empire starts to the southwest of map close to New Spain , very close to the Thlaxcalans and quite close to the Tarascans. Since their cities don't need to become very advanced, they start quite advanced in terms of unit availability
Victory Conditions and Agents
Hold 30 Regions , hold Tenochitlan. Destroy Tlaxcalans. Destroy Tarascans.
Hold 20 Regions.
A trained assasin, but Aztecs don't start with one.
The Following have a Chance to be acquired when the conditions are met. You are not guaranteed to receive them
Crystal Skull(relic) +2 authority +1 command against catholics +2 Command vs followers of the great spirit +2 command vs followers of the sun god +4 Hitpoints
Human Skull +2 dread +1 command
Heroic Victory General kills over 10 men in battle General has Over 2 Dread
Tlapizalli -2 Authority Increases chance of having children +2 Unrest
hasnt spent any movement points -2 Command And theres an Acropolis
Obsidian Dagger +2 Command +2 Hitpoints
General kills over 8 men in battle General lost over 50% of his hitpoints
Copper Axe +1 Command
Fought against tarascans General killed over 8 men in battle Command is 3 or more
Metal Widget -2 Authority
Doesnt have trait Intellegent Has less then 4 Authority Won a battle against Spain/france/england
Hand Gun +2 Dread +1 command versus catholic -1 Squalor
(assasin created in a city with a gunsmith, Is Transferable)
Heroic Victory General has +4 Dread
Unique Aztec traits
High Priest ( For Priest)
When a high temple exists
Effect Piety +3
Will of the gods
LocalPopularity + 4
When sacrificing in a city with a great pyramid is being held
-10% cost to bribe
+2 Local Popularity
Famous noble spectator
+3 local popularity
When a Ball court exists and a general hasnt moved
The aztecs benefit from mediocre archers (you dont really need powerful ones that much anyway) and very good javelins in the form of arrow warriors, one of the fastest units in the game including cavalry!
Virtually all the aztec buildings are unique or only shared by the tarascans or mayans. They are extraordinary in that they all give a major benefit for their cost, and often mixed benefits. Generally speaking the aztecs will be able to keep their cities happy with very little troops in them with even a few of these buildings made
Priest Spam You can use your coyote priests liberally, theyre very good. Theyre cheap , good fighters, and increase the morale of your troops and reduces the infantry morale of your enemies. Using them exclusively can result in enemies running away very quickly, and your never routing at all.
New spain is the biggest threat, Destroying them is impossible if they keep havanna, but dont let them have a stranglehold . Alternatively, Just ally with them and gift them one of your cities (Preferably a eastern one, So they can fight off new england when it arrives) and let them help you. Or at least not bother you as much . Overall you should expand northwards. Try and retaliate quickly against the tlaxcalans and chichimecs. Then you can take your time. You are technically the strongest starting empire, and can swallows them up if they dont all attack you at once.
A unit can be sacrificed in place of disbanding, or prisoners can be executed and sacrificed. Or Sacrifices can be held in cities . You can also convert a little by exterminating Sacrificing(disband) a unit usually offers 1% Conversion
Sacrificing (execute prisoners) a general offers 1% conversion
Sacrificing a faction leader offers 3% conversion
holding sacrifices offers 1% conversion
Sacking a city offers 1% conversion
Exterminating a city offers 3% conversion
At the start of the game a plague will break out. A very dangerous plague. Plagues will continue if spain captures one of the following cities