Scenario map – Paris map
After a fun week talking about the kidnapping skill (we know; sounds weird…), we are going back to serious matters: a new scenario map of The Guild 3 to show you! We are talking about Paris!
Ah, the city of Paris… It has been famous for thousands of years and for various reasons. But this week, we want to concentrate on the medieval aspects of that area. In the early Middle Ages, Paris was the central point for royalty, merchants, religion, universities and the Knights Templar (yes, it is one of the societies featured in the game). Bursting out from its encompassing wall, Paris was one of Europe’s largest and most cosmopolitan cities. Through the years, it developed into a really important commercial and religious center, as well as the seat of the royal administration. The first two aspects will be well represented in The Guild 3!
Two Paris areas are important to keep in mind: the Left Bank (with the churches and monasteries; the colleges and universities) and the Right Bank (with its ports, central markets, artisans and merchants everywhere). At that time, artisans and craftsmen (like the crude craftsmen that we talked about a few weeks earlier) were really important. They were organized in guilds (or corporations) and had really strict rules of “memberships”, because they had to protect themselves from competition and unemployment.
In The Guild 3, there will be that separation between the two areas of Right and Left Bank, with an island in the middle with multiple bridges. There will be only one city in that map, and Paris will be one of the biggest city maps of the game. It will be filled with multiple houses, businesses and markets, with a densely populated area. There will also be its famous cathedral Notre-Dame-de-Paris, on the island in the middle of the map. Even more: there will be a rich neighbourhood (a wealthier part of the map), a beautiful castle in the North, with a port near it. In the 15th century, separate ports were established along the river for the delivery of wine, grain (for bread), stones, hay, fish and charcoal. There was a large quantity of wood too, unloaded at one port while it arrived at another. That’s a reason why several markets will be in the Paris map, near the bridges, because it was really profitable to be in that area; especially the one surrounding Notre-Dame-de-Paris.
Like we said above, the Knights Templar were located in Paris. Historically speaking, they established their headquarters on the Right Bank next to Seine, and near the churches of Saint-Gervais and Saint-Jean-en-Grève. In the game, you will be able to join this society in multiple maps, but it’s always fun to know a little more about it :-). The societies played an important role in the late Middle Ages, and this one was full of wealthy merchants. Among them were the most skilled fighting units of the Crusades, nothing less. They grew rapidly in power and membership, so don’t look up if they ask you to join them in The Guild 3 ;-)!
All through the Middle Ages, Paris also became the center of the creation of illustrated manuscripts, sculpture and stained glass, and it was the birthplace of gothic architecture. And despite all the violence of its civil wars, the pestilences and the Black Death from the 1390s, the city of Paris remained one of the largest cities in the western world through the Middle Ages.
Today, you can see the coat of arms of the city and a beautiful picture of the Paris map.