Started a game yesterday, 1.5 beta, my custom dead sov, 4 AI, everything insane, huge world, slow tech, no wildlands, lotsa resources/quests/etc.
Met an AI and he hit my nearest city hard and fast. Not sure how he got 11 armies in one stack to hit me, so am posting screenshots here so those smarter than I can help me figure it out. I'm sure it's something simple that I'm missing, so help me please
Screenshot 1: just after I was declared on, and just before his army stack hits me
Note the Air Shard just inside his border, and the lack of any units except for a pioneer.
Screenshot 2: his stack of 11 armies sitting on my city, waiting for my 'OK' to ravage said city
My question is -- how did he get 11 armies to hit my city? It's possible he had them waiting just inside the 'black' unscouted area. To test this I reloaded the game from the first screenshot position, and summoned in an undead army stack (using the spell, forget its name).
Screenshot 3: after my summoned undead army 'scouts' the enemy land a bit. Remember that this third screenshot is taken at the same exact 'time' as the first screenshot.
We see no AI armies nearby, or roads leading to my border that an AI currently off-screen could use to reach my border in the next turn (or am I missing something?). I also looked inside each of the 2 shown AI cities and only 1 unit in one city and 5 in the other.
By foot I think he'd need at least 3 movement to hit my city in the next turn. If his army stack was on the Air Shard (or just south of it) then 2 movements would allow attacking my city next turn, but there's no armies nearby. Could all 11 armies be in position just off the map, and all 11 have 3 movement (tireless march only affects 1 champion)? That's a reach...
The only other way I can think of that his stack of armies could attack my city next turn is cloudwalk. I checked best I could and don't see his sov or any champions in any of the 11 armies. It's a bit hard to see in all of the armies tho so I could be missing one of course. But again, doesn't cloudwalk only affect the army the caster is in? Would stacking all 11 armies cause them all to cloudwalk?
This isn't a complaint/etc., just me wondering 'how did he do it?'