Battlegrounds are locations on the Map that have either been occupied by Balur's Orcish horde, or are under threat of imminent attack. By waging war upon these Battlefields you can claim valuable trophies and Quest items, liberate friendly Units, seize Resources, or gain Experience Points.
Be forewarned – these battles may cost you dearly in men and Resources, and a reward is not always guaranteed to the victor... While many may contain valuable Resource caches or captured friendly Units – some will offer nothing but hordes of Enemies and the opportunity to earn Experience Points. If you are victorious and gain nothing – take heart... Each Battlefield you rid of the Enemy significantly increases your odds of receiving a bonus on your next attempt – so keep trying!
Every Battleground has two strength indicators – its Level and its Current Strength. The Level indicates the approximate size of the force awaiting you on the Battlefield. Current Strength represents the percentage of enemy Units remaining on the Battleground.
You may attack or defend the same Battleground as many times as needed to destroy all its occupying or attacking enemy Units. Battlegrounds are dangerous places with few hiding place, shrouded in the carnage of battle - your Silent Ones cannot venture there.
You must build the Eagle's Nest in order to locate Towns, but it may also be used to more easily detect and manage the Battlegrounds around your Castle.
The Eagle's Nest gives you information about:
- New Battlegrounds appearing around your Castle
- The Level and Current Strength of Battlegrounds.
All detected Battlegrounds can be found in the Eagle's Nest on the "Battlegrounds" tab. Upgrading the Eagle's Nest has no effect on the number of detected Battlegrounds, but will allow you to detect more Towns on the Map.
Place your cursor over a Battleground on the Map to see its strength indicators and available actions. You can view Battleground's Level and Current Strength, dispatch a force to attack or defend it, or return to the "Battlegrounds" tab at your Eagle's Nest interface from this menu.
From within your Castle, go to your Eagle's Nest and open the "Battlegrounds" tab to view all available Battlegrounds. Upgrading the Eagle's Nest has no effect on the number of Battlefields you may detect, but will allow you to locate more Towns on the Map.
There are two types of Battlegrounds – Offensive and Defensive.
Send Offensive Units to destroy Orcish forces foolish enough to take up positions near your Castle (Offensive Battlegrounds – highlighted red in your Eagle's nest and on the Map). Send Defensive Units to evacuate unarmed villagers and subjects from the attacking Orcish Horde, and leave nothing but ashes behind you (Defensive Battlegrounds – highlighted green in your Eagle's Nest and on the Map).