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Semien led by Gudit is a custom civilization mod by DMS, with contributions from Scapegrace and Tranquil Silence. It is part of the Ethiopian Civilization Pack.

This mod requires Brave New World.



The Kingdom of Semien, sometimes referred to as the Kingdom of Beta Israel, was an ancient kingdom of the Beta Israeli population centered in the northwestern part of the Ethiopian Empire that came to an end in 1627 during the reign of Ethiopian Emperor Susenyos I. There is a disagreement regarding the exact time of the establishment of the kingdom; it was preceded by a number of regions which were in Jewish rule in the northwestern part of Ethiopia. The Jewish-Ethiopian tradition dates the establishment of the Kingdom of Semien to the fourth century, right after the kingdom of Axum turned to Christianity during the reign of Ezana of Axum.

The Golden Age of the Beta Israel kingdom took place, according to the Ethiopian tradition, between the years 858–1270, in which the Jewish kingdom flourished. During that period the world Jewry heard for the first time the stories of Eldad ha-Dani who apparently visited the kingdom. Marco Polo and Benjamin of Tudela also mention an independent Ethiopian Jewish kingdom in the writings from that period. This period ends with the rise of the Christian Solomonic dynasty.


Gudit (or Judith, Yodit, or Esato, or Ga'wa), is a semi-legendary non-christian queen (flourished c. 960) who laid waste to Aksum and its countryside, destroyed churches and monuments, and attempted to exterminate the members of the ruling Axumite dynasty. Her deeds are recorded in the oral tradition and mentioned incidentally in various historical accounts.

Information about Gudit is contradictory and incomplete. However, most agree that she killed the emperor, ascended the throne herself, and reigned for 40 years. There is a tradition that Gudit sacked and burned Debre Damo, which at the time was a treasury and a prison for the male relatives of the king of Ethiopia; this may be an echo of the later capture and sack of Amba Geshen by Ahmed Gragn. Gudit is known as ´Esato in Amharic, which means "fire". Gudit is so related to the destruction of the Axumite Empire, that the name in Amharic is commonly translated as "destruction".

Dawn of Man[]

"Fierce and brave princess of the Beta Israel, ruler of the Semien Kingdom and conquer of Aksum, we welcome you, Gudit of Ethiopia. While your origin is clouded in mystery and speculation, you are credited by most as the main force behind the invasion of Aksum in the 10th century AD, laying waste to numerous churches and monuments, devastating the countryside and ultimately seizing the throne for yourself, ending a millennium-old dynasty in the process. Hero to some and villain to others, your alliance with the Agaw people was the beginning of the Zagwe Dynasty that was to last for 300 years.

Gudit Diplo

Art by DMS

Hear our call once more beautiful Queen of destruction, the oppressed seek a liberator. Will you raise your sword against Emperors and light the torch to burn his cities? Will you build a civilisation that stands the test of time?"

Introduction: "My name brings with it fire and destruction, Gudit of the Beta Israeli Kingdom of Semien. You may not have heard of me before as none of my enemies have lived to tell the tale. And you - are you an enemy of mine?"

Introduction: "You may call me Gudit, Esato or Ga'wa, but in the end it does not matter - I am fire and destruction made flesh. And you, little one, until you turn to ashes, what may I call you?"

Defeat: "The oppressor victors once again in this unjust world. If you had at least played fair, I would have congratulated you. Instead I spit on you success!"

Unique Attributes[]

Semien (Gudit)

Art by DMS

Fields of Judith

Pillaged Improvements provide FaithIcon Faith (in the Capital) per Unit you have nearby and pillaged Great Tile Improvements continuously damage the Capital of the enemy. Capturing Cities provide FaithIcon Faith per Greatwork Great Work the City has.


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Agaw Archer (Composite Bowman)
  • -27% Ranged Strength (8 vs 11)
  • +1 Range (3 vs 2)
  • Upon attacking an enemy unit, automatically pillages that unit's tile and heals 15 HP

Art by DMS

Masgid (Temple)
  • +3 Strength City Defense
  • Provides Production Production equal to half the total FaithIcon Faith output of the Capital.
City List
  1. Gondar
  2. Wolleka
  3. Balankab
  4. Ambober
  5. Kechene
  6. Degoma
  7. Azazo
  8. Emfraz
  9. Maksenit
  10. Teda
  11. Balnagab
  12. Liben
  13. Sokota
  14. Hamusit
  15. Aymiba
  16. Chuahit
  17. Gorgora
  18. Koladiba
  19. Arbaya
  20. Dembola
  21. Yesmala
  22. Shawra
  23. Dengel Ber
  24. Esey Dibir
  25. Mekane Berhan
  26. Gomenge
  27. Dabat
  28. Wekin
  29. Sankira
  30. Abderafi
  31. Kirakir
  32. Kunzila
  33. Injibara
  34. Chagni
  35. Aksum
  36. Mek'ele
  37. Debre Damo
  38. Bahir Dar
  39. Shire
  40. Mojo
Spy List
  • Avraham Neguise
  • Taamrat Emmanuel
  • Jeremy Cool Habash
  • Uri Ben Baruch
  • Takla Haymanot
  • Tatadim
  • Jan Seyum
  • Germa Seyum
  • Na'akueto La'ab
  • Kedus Harbe
Icon DMS Semien



Peace Theme War Theme

Mod Support[]

Events and Decisions[]

Chronicle of Eldad ha-Dani
The merchant and traveller Eldad ha-Dani has proposed that he leaves our kingdom to venture out on a great journey. His plans are to visit faraway places like Babylon, Kairouan and Iberia, spreading the word of our religion.
  • Player must be Semien
  • Must have researched Theology
  • May only be enacted once per game
  • 1_Faith FaithIcon Faith
  • 1 Magistrates Magistrates
  • Missionaries may spread religion an extra time
Found the Zagwe Dynasty
With the conquest of the Aksumites we have expanded our borders considerably. The alliance with the Agaw people has brought with it a great shift in power amoung the ruling classes. This new dynasty, 'Ze-Agaw' - Dynasty of the Agaw - will lead us to prosperity and glory for centuries.
  • Player must be Semien
  • Must have captured a foreign Capital
  • May only be enacted once per game
  • 1_Culture CultureIcon Culture
  • 2_Faith FaithIcon Faith
  • 2 Magistrates Magistrates
  • Civilization will be renamed 'Ethiopia'
  • Captured Cities will generate +10% CultureIcon Culture
  • Capturing a foreign Capital will start a 10 turn Goldenage Golden Age

Full Credits List[]

Steam Workshop
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Latest Version: v 2
Last Updated: 29 August 2017


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