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Ostrogothic Empire
Map by TarcisioCM
Map by TarcisioCM
req. mod

Traits req. mod
Protective, Spiritual

The Ostrogoths led by Theoderic is a custom civilization by TarcisioCM, with contributions from Janboruta and danrell.

This mod requires Brave New World.



The Ostrogothic Kingdom was established by Theoderic the Great after he killed and replaced Odoacer, a Germanic soldier who ruled as king of Italy. It was also under Theoderic that the kingdom reached its zenith, stretching from modern France in the west into modern Serbia in the southeast. Most of the social institutions of the late Western Roman Empire were preserved during his rule, and for a while it had hegemony over most barbarian kingdoms in the west. Starting in 535, the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire invaded Italy under Justinian I. The Ostrogothic ruler at that time, Witiges, could not defend successfully and was finally captured when the capital Ravenna fell. The Ostrogoths rallied around a new leader, Totila, and largely managed to reverse the conquest, but were eventually defeated. The Ostrogoths thus soon vanished from history, leaving a ravaged Italy behind.


TCM Theoderic Diplo

Theoderic the Great was king of the Ostrogoths and the one who led them to Italy. Born in Pannonia after his people had defeated the Huns at the Battle of Nedao, Theoderic grew up as a hostage in Constantinople, receiving a privileged education, and succeeded his father as leader of the Pannonian Ostrogoths in 473. Settling his people in lower Moesia, he came into conflict with Thracian Ostrogoths until uniting both peoples in 484. Theoderic frequently ravaged the provinces of the Eastern Roman Empire, eventually threatening Constantinople itself, so in 488, Emperor Zeno ordered Theoderic to overthrow the German Foederatus Odoacer.

After a victorious three-year war, Theoderic killed Odoacer with his own hands, settled his 100,000 to 200,000 people in Italy, and founded an Ostrogothic Kingdom based in Ravenna. While he promoted separation between the Arian Ostrogoths and the Roman population, Theoderic stressed the importance of racial harmony, though intermarriage was outlawed. Seeking to restore the glory of Ancient Rome, he ruled Italy in its most peaceful and prosperous period since Valentinian, until his death in 526. Memories of his reign made him a hero of German legend.

Dawn of Man[]

Praised be you, oh wise and valiant king Theoderic the Great of the Ostrogoths! Albeit short-lived, after leading your people into the Italian peninsula you achieved hegemony amongst most of the Barbarian Kingdoms on the west, and under your careful guidance Italy and its wondrous monuments were restored after many centuries of disrepair. By placating the Gothic army and the Roman nobility, you provided much needed stability to the war-torn country, and so the kingdom prospered.

Alas, it was not to last. The Italy you so much catered for was ravaged after the Gothic Wars, your people vanishing from history as abruptly as they came. As the Ostrogoths valiantly fought to the bitter end, they yearned the days in which your careful wisdom brought them prosperity hitherto unknown; will you allay them from their pains, leading your people to a new home, a new kingdom, in a faraway land? Will you build a civilization that will stand the test of time?

Introduction: Behold, petty ruler, the new master of Italy, hearthland of the once great Roman Empire. You need not fear me, for now I am at home.

Defeat: Today I must bequeath the crown of Italy to thee, for God judged you worthy. But make no mistake, such a day will come to you as well.

Unique Attributes[]

Ostrogoths (Theoderic)
Restorer of Rome

Military Units gain XP whenever the city they're garrisoned in finishes a building or the Worker they're stacked with improves a plot. Improvements are repaired automatically by Military Units.

Ostrogoth UU
Millenarius (Composite Bowman)
  • Gradually turns the value of its XP into Gold Gold when garrisoned
  • Gains XP upon repairing a pillaged tile.
Ostrogoth UB
Palatium (Courthouse)
  • Can be built in non occupied cities.
  • Carries over 10% Production Production when a wonder is finished.
  • Grants +10% Production Production towards buildings.
City List
  1. Ravenna
  2. Rome
  3. Ticinum
  4. Mediolanum
  5. Verona
  6. Turin
  7. Naples
  8. Tarentum
  9. Aquileia
  10. Florentia
  11. Emona
  12. Savaria
  13. Nice
  14. Massilia
  15. Genoa
  16. Bononia
  17. Salonia
  18. Syracusae
  19. Ancona
  20. Panormus
  21. Rhegium
  22. Ostia
  23. Urbinum
  24. Firmum
  25. Ariminum
  26. Faesulae
  27. Urbs Vetus
  28. Auximum
  29. Messana
  30. Barium
Spy List
  • Theo
  • Vulfila
  • Beremud
  • Adalfuns
  • Hairuwulf
  • Theoden
  • Amalasuntha
  • Liuva
  • Heva
  • Amelina


Peace Theme War Theme

Through Tears to Victory The Wait


Fear the Eagles

Tears of Victory - The Wait - Mateo Pascal Fear The Eagles -  Mateo Pascal

Mod Support[]

Events and Decisions []

Initiate Building and Restoration Programs
Great darkness befell this land, and the once imposing monuments that rose from it now lay in rubble. To gain legitimacy as true successors to Imperial glory, we must restore all that we can and reuse the stones from all that has fallen in great architectural programs. Rest assured, every brick from every building erected in our lands from now onwards will carry your name in it.
  • Player must be Ostrogoths.
  • Must have a foreign Capital
  • Must be in the Medieval Era or later
  • May only be enacted once per game.
  • 1_CultureCost CultureIcon Culture.
  • 2_GoldCost Gold Gold
  • 2 Magistrates Magistrates.
  • Gain Goldenage Golden Age points when buildings are finished in cities with a Palatium
  • Wonders unlocked before the Medieval Era that are built after it yield +4 CultureIcon Culture
Patronize the Gothic Army
To ensure that the Goths remain loyal to their king we must incentive them to compete amongst themselves to receive your royal patronage. Those who carry out your will diligently will receive ample rewards, while those who neglect their duties shall be punished.
  • Player must be the Ostrogoths
  • Player must have at least four military units
  • May be enacted once per era.
  • 1_GoldCost Gold Gold
  • Gain 2_Culture CultureIcon Culture (Value increases the higher in level your units are)
  • Units next to your Capital receive +5 XP

Unique Cultural Influence[]

"Our people are now wearing your Fibulae and protecting Classic Architecture. I worry the rest of the world will also succumb to the influence of your culture."

Full Credits List[]

Steam Workshop
Last Updated: 18 May 2016


  • TarcisioCM: Art, Code
  • Janboruta: Art
  • Danrell: Unit model
  • Mateo Pascal: War and Peace Themes
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