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Presidios

The Presidios are fortresses left by the Spanish across the Caribbean during their conquest of the New World. Your ability to capture, hold, and develop the Presidios will determine your Brotherhood's standing and dominion over the Spanish Main. No Captain can do it alone - to join the fight you must ally with an existing Brotherhood, or start your own.

The Dominion Map is a new scale displaying Brotherhood Dominions according to the amount of territorial waters they control from their Presidios. To view the Dominion Map, go to the Map and select one of the scale buttons in the upper right corner of the screen (just below the "Haven" button).

Presidios can be found scattered across the Spanish Main. They may be heavily defended by Spanish garrisons or rival Brotherhoods - so plan your attack wisely. Upgrading your Presidio increases the area it controls; raises its Defensive Bonus against attacks; increases the efficiency at which it earns King's Pardons and the number it can issue; and broadens the range of Unit types it can Pardon. King Carlos-Ferdinand IV of Spain, Emperor of New Spain, Haiti, Hispaniola, etc. has sworn upon his crown to reclaim the Presidios, exterminate every buccaneer he finds, and end the Age of Piracy once and for all... Fortunately for you, the British Crown has made a secret offer to any Gentleman of Fortune willing to fight the Spaniard - Letters of Marque offering the King's Pardon as a reward for every Spanish sailor defeated in the battle over the Presidios. Units who receive the King's Pardon are forgiven all past crimes, boast higher defensive and offensive statistics, and cost far less to maintain than regular forces. Go to the Brethren Court and open the 'Presidios' tab to manage your Brotherhood's captured Presidios. You can get updates about your Brotherhood's Presidios from your Master at Arms' reports. The Merchant will inform you about Resource deliveries to your Presidios. You can find more info on Presidios in the Help Window.

Overview

The Presidios are fortresses left by the Spanish across the Caribbean during their conquest of the New World. They represent powerful strongholds from which your Brotherhood can project your dominion over the sea lanes, fight off the Spanish Armada, and rise above rival Brotherhoods. Your ability to capture, hold, and develop the Presidios will determine your Brotherhood's standing and dominion over the Spanish Main. As your Brotherhood captures and develops Presidios, your control over the Caribbean will be shown on the Dominion Map. It won't be easy. The Spaniards won't give up the Presidios without a fight, and developing them will take teamwork and discipline. No one Captain can do it alone - to join the fight you must ally with an existing Brotherhood, or start your own. Presidios can be found scattered across the Spanish Main. They may be heavily defended by Spanish garrisons or rival Brotherhoods - so plan your attack wisely. Any Brotherhood that captures a Presidio will have to defend it from increasingly powerful attacks by the Spanish Armada. While this may sound like a poor proposition for any self-respecting pirate, there's a silver lining: The British Crown has made a secret offer to any Gentleman of Fortune willing to fight the Spaniard - Letters of Marque offering the King's Pardon as a reward for every Spanish sailor defeated in the battle over the Presidios. Units who receive the King's Pardon are forgiven all past crimes, boast higher defensive and offensive statistics, and cost far less to maintain than normal forces. Upgrading your Presidio increases the area it controls; raises it's Defensive Bonus against attacks; increases the efficiency at which it earns King's Pardons and the number it can issue; and broadens the range of Unit types it can Pardon.  

Dominion Range

A Presidio's Dominion Range (the amount of surrounding territory it controls) is determined by its level of development and its proximity to adjacent Presidios controlled by the same Brotherhood. This means that two Presidios of identical development levels can have different Dominion Ranges. If a Presidio is positioned adjacent to one or more Presidios owned by the same Brotherhood, it receives a boost to its Dominion Range - so try and capture as many adjoining Presidios as possible. The total territory of all Presidios controlled by your Brotherhood will be the sole factor determining your Brotherhood's position in the Brotherhood Fame Rankings and influence on the Dominion Map.

Upgrading Presidios

Once a Brotherhood has captured a Presidio, its Members must pool their Resources towards developing it. Every Brotherhood Member can contribute Resources towards the Presidio's next upgrade level. The progress bar will display the Brotherhood's collected contribution in demarcations from 20,000 to 50,000 Resources of any type. Once the progress bar is full, the Presidio will upgrade to the next level and its Dominion Range and Defensive Bonus will increase. If a Brotherhood's Presidio is captured, it automatically loses 1 Level after the first 60 minutes. This means you can capture it back without further damage if your Brotherhood moves quickly. Go to the Brethren Court and open the "Presidios" tab to manage captured Presidios. You can get updates about your Brotherhood's Presidios from your Master at Arms' reports. The Merchant will inform you about Resource deliveries to your Presidios.

Dominion Map

The Dominion Map is a new scale displaying Brotherhood Dominions according to the amount territorial waters they control from their Presidios. To view the Dominion Map, go to the Map and select one of the scale buttons in the upper right corner of the screen (just the below the "Haven" button). Brotherhood Leaders or Advisors can designate the combatant status of other Brotherhoods from the "Brotherhoods" tab at the Brethren Court. Find the Brotherhood you wish to designate from the Brotherhood list, then mark them as either Neutral, Enemy, or Allied. Once you've changed a Brotherhood's status, it will be reflected on the Dominion Map with the appropriate icon for all of your Brotherhood's Members. Captured Presidios will appear on the Map with the occupying Brotherhood's Flag.

Presidio Interaction (Map)

Place your cursor over a Presidio on the Dominion Map to choose from a set of possible actions: "Info" - Opens the Presidio Stats Window and offers you the following tree tabs (if this Presidio is controlled by your Brotherhood): "Presidio" where you can: - Send additional Resources and check the Presidio's upgrade progress - Monitor the number of King's Pardons your Brotherhood obtains defeated Spanish forces - Redistribute King's Pardons to different Presidios (only for Brotherhood Leaders, Advisers and Commodores) - View the Presidio's layout and development progress "Garrisons" where you can: - Send reinforcements to a Presidio - View Crew currently guarding a Presidio - Open the "Presidios" tab at your Brethren Court

"Pardons" where you can: - Select the number and type of Units to be Pardoned. Click "Pardon" to grant it to them. - Review the Presidio's King's Pardon History "Send Reinforcements" - Select this option to send reinforcements to a Presidio. This option is only available for Presidios currently occupied by your Brotherhood. "Capture" - Send a force to capture a Presidio. "Scout" - Attempt to Scout a Presidio. "Go to the Brethren Court" - Opens the Brethren Court window and allows you to view the stats of any Presidios your Brotherhood currently controls by clicking the "Presidios" tab. You may also to send reinforcements to a desired Presidio from this window.

Use the Navigation Panel or Mouse Scroll from the Dominion or Regular Map to view a Presidio's pop-up action menu.

If a Presidio is captured by a rival Brotherhood, all surviving Crew guarding the Presidio will be returned to their Home Havens.

Presidio Interaction (Within Haven)

To control a Presidio from the Brethren Court, your Brotherhood must have captured at least one Presidio on the map. Once you have control of one or more Presidios, go to the Brethren Court and open the «Presidio» tab. From here you can view information on the number and type of Units currently Garrisoned at any Presidio occupied by your Brotherhood. Advisers and Commodores can also use this interface to transfer Royal Pardons between their Presidios. Click on the Brethren Court's icon to view the Presidio on the Dominion Map. Click the button in the right-hand part on the screen to open the Presidio's Stats Window. From here you can contribute Resources. The Presidio control window is available at the Brethren Court only if you have already joined an existing Brotherhood, or created your own.

You will receive battle reports on your Brotherhood's Presidios from your Master at Arms' reports. Your Merchant will keep you informed on Resource deliveries between your Haven and your Brotherhood's Presidios. 

To control Reinforcements garrisoned at your Brotherhood's Presidios, open the «Garrisons» tab. From here you can view, reinforce, or recall any Reinforcements you have stationed at Presidios captured by your Brotherhood.

More info

Controlling and developing the Presidios is a task of such enormous scale that it can only be attempted by a highly-organized Brotherhood of Captains. You must join an existing Brotherhood or create your own if you want to join in the fight. Presidios can be found scattered across the Dominion Map. Take and hold the Presidios - the sum of their controlled territory will be the sole factor determining your Brotherhood's position in the Brotherhood Fame Rankings and influence over the Dominion Map. Presidios may be heavily defended by Spanish forces or rival Brotherhoods, so attempting a successful attack will require careful planning and execution. Developing a Presidio increases its Defensive Bonus and its Dominion Range (the amount of surrounding sea it controls). Once a Brotherhood has captured a Presidio, its Members must pool their resources towards its development. Every Brotherhood Member can contribute resources towards the Presidio's next upgrade level. Go to the Brethren Court and open the 'Presidios' tab to manage your Brotherhood's captured Presidios. You can get updates about your Brotherhood's Presidios from your Master at Arms' reports. The Merchant will inform you about Resource deliveries to your Presidios.  

Spanish Units

Desperado

These master swordsmen are the disinherited sons of once-noble Spanish families currently out of favor with the Crown. Penniless and desperate - they truly have nothing left to lose. The King has offered to restore their family lands and titles in exchange for the service of their blades.

Conquistador

Conquistador.jpg Ruthless, merciless, and brutal - the infamous Conquistadors have been recalled from their bloody work grinding the native populations of the New World under their heel to aid the King's Fleet in eradicating the Pirate threat once and for all.

El Infierno

Los Infiernos are specially modified naval galleons of the Spanish fleet. Commissioned by Pedro de Alvarado himself, these ships were specifically designed for Caribbean conquest. With their ample deck-space for skirmishing and skilled crews, a wise Captain would do well not to underestimate them.

El Diablo

Carrying enough heavy firepower to lay waste to even the most well defended fortifications, this monster was built to pound the walls of the British forts on Bermuda into dust. When all her mortars and guns brought to bear, the devil his own self would be hard-pressed to best her fury…

Poseídos

Truly, ‘tis a sign of the depth of King Carlos' rage and madness that he has struck a bargain with the old powers of the deep (with offerings of cold silver or tender Pirate flesh), and summoned the dreaded Poseídos to exact his bloody vengeance upon the Pirate Brotherhoods. Keep your eyes upon the water.

King Carlos

Be it made known that His most illustrious Majesty, King Carlos-Ferdinand IV of Spain, Emperor of New Spain, Haiti, Hispaniola, etc. has sworn upon his crown to restore his rightful claim to these Presidios, islands, and mainland of the ocean and contents hereof. He furthermore pledges to extinguish the blemish of Piracy, banditry, and all vile practitioners thereof from the face of this Earth and offers no quarter, amnesty, or refuge to those who oppose the invincible vengeance of His Fleets. Kneel down before the Dominion and greater glory of Spain!

After years of losses to his Treasure Fleets, the brutal Spanish King Carlos-Ferdinand IV has vowed to end the Age of Piracy by recapturing every Presidio in the Caribbean. These mighty sea fortresses were scattered across the seas by the Spanish during their conquest of the New World. They allow their captors to either project their dominion over the surrounding sea lanes, or defend the Pirate realm from extermination!

The good news - it seems the British hate the Spanish even more than they despise us! The British Crown has issued Letters of Marquee offering full Royal Pardons for every Spaniard your men cut down. Use them to Pardon your Regular or Veteran Units, and in addition to becoming more fearsome fighters, they'll consume much less Rum than your normal crew. (Not living in daily fear of the hangman's noose does wonders for their morale).