The Scythians
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Scythia led by Ateas is a custom civilisation by LastSword[1], with contributions from hokath.

This mod requires Gods and Kings & Brave New World.



The Scythians were Iranian equestrian tribes who were mentioned as inhabiting large areas in the central Eurasian steppes starting with the 7th century BC up until the 4th century AD. Their territories during the Iron Age were known to classical Greek sources as "Scythia". Their historical appearance coincided with the rise of equestrian semi-nomadism from the Carpathian Mountains of Europe to Mongolia in the Far East during the 1st millennium BC.


It is not certain if Ateas was connected to the royal dynasty of Scythia; most historians view him as an usurper who ousted other Scythian kings from power and eliminated the traditional tripartite division of the Scythian society about 400 BC. By the 340s, he had united under his power Scythian tribes inhabiting a vast territory between the Danube and the Maeotian marshes. His purported capital was excavated by Soviet archaeologists near the town of Kamianka on the Dnieper.

Dawn of Man

We fall down before you, Great and Wise Ateas, the most powerful king of Scythia - the fatherland of horsemen! The Scythians were an ancient Iranic people of horse-riding, nomadic pastoralists who, throughout classical antiquity, dominated the Pontic-Caspian steppe. Around 676 BCE, the Scythians, in alliance with the Mannaens, attacked Assyria. In 512 BCE, when King Darius the Great of Persia attacked the Scythians, he allegedly penetrated into their land after crossing the Danube. Scythians succeeded in frustrating the designs of the Persian army by letting it march through the entire country without an engagement. With this great legacybehind you, you united the Scythian tribes, creating an entity powerful enough to threaten the Greek-Macedonian overlords of the Balkans.

King Atheas, the world is new once again, and there is so much more glory to be won than the paltry, ambitionless raids your people once carried out! Will you reunite all horsemen under one flag? Will you lead the raids deep into the lands of your many opponents? Can you build a civilization that will stand the test of time?


Leaderscene by LastSword

Introduction: "The open steppe, the running horse, a falcon at your wrist, the wind in your hair. This is the Scythian life."

Introduction: "Ask a Scythian what is best in life and you will get only one answer: to crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women."

Defeat: "Let it be! A warrior's death is the highest honour."

Defeat: "Damn those hotheaded glory seekers I call my men... Perhaps... Perhaps the spirit of my people was not meant to build... only to destroy..."



Unique Attributes

Scythia (Ateas)

Art by LastSword

Fed from Horse-Blood

Gain access to Horses Horse resources without improving them. After researching Horseback Riding units requiring Horses Horse increase Production Production of the nearest city by 1.


Art by LastSword

Royal Skula (Chariot Archer)
  • Unlocked at Animal Husbandry.
  • -28.5% Production Production Cost.
  • If all moves are used without attacking, attacks a valid target automatically.

Art by LastSword

Kurgan Tomb (Temple)
  • +5XP to all Units upon completion.
  • Enemy gains an Ancient Ruins bonus if the City is captured.


Peace Theme War Theme
Civilization V OST - Darius Peace Theme - Morghe Sahar05:17

Civilization V OST - Darius Peace Theme - Morghe Sahar

Civilization V OST - Darius War Theme - Morghe Sahar05:50

Civilization V OST - Darius War Theme - Morghe Sahar

"Darius Peace Theme" from the soundtrack of Civilization V. "Darius War Theme" from the soundtrack of Civilization V.

Mod Support

Mod Support
Community Balance Patch
Ethnic Units
Map Labels
Unique Cultural Influence
Wish for the World
With Patch

Full Credits List

Steam Workshop
Latest Version: BNW v. 14
Last Updated: 23rd July 2015

  • hokath: Text.
  • LastSword: All else.

Notes and References

  1. LS Civilization Set

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