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The Aurès led by Dihya is a custom civilization by RawSasquatch, with contributions from JFD, Zharques, and Arilasqueto.

This mod requires Brave New World.


The Aurès[]

The Kingdom of the Aurès was an independent Christian Berber kingdom primarily located in the Aurès Mountains of present-day north-eastern Algeria. Established in the 480s by King Masties following a series of Berber revolts against the Vandalic Kingdom, the Kingdom of the Aurès combined aspects of Roman and Berber culture in order to efficiently rule over a population composed of both Roman provincials and Berber tribespeople. The final Queen of the kingdom, Dihya, was the final leader of the Berber resistance against the Arabs, which ended with her death and the fall of the Kingdom of the Aurès in 703 AD.


Dihya, in Arabic Al-Kahina, was a Berber queen and a religious and military leader who led indigenous resistance to the Muslim conquest of the Maghreb, the region then known as Numidia, notably defeating the Umayyad forces in the Battle of Meskiana after which she became the uncontested ruler of the whole Maghreb.

Dawn of Man[]

"Strength be upon you Dihya, Berber Queen of the Aurès, religious and military leader. You resisted the rapid encroachment of the Muslim Arabs, defeating them in the Battle of the Camels at Meskiana. Hasan, the defeated commander, eventually returned years later and defeated you at the Battle of Tabarka. However, your legends tell of your fearsome powers, your united Berber state, and a scorched earth campaign, conducted in the hopes of defeating the invaders. You may have died in battle, but your legend lived on for many to interpret and try to understand. You became a symbol for nationalists, women, and the progressive movement. Your resistance was not in vain.


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Capable Dihya, it will require every ounce of your strength, courage, and determination upon your inception in this new land. New armies tied to new civilizations will test you, with war inevitable. But you choose your path. You must be cautious, but this new era gives you and your people the capacity to flourish. Can you build a new story for your civilization, one recorded that will reverberate though all ages? Will you build a civilization that can stand the test of time?"

Introduction: "I foresaw your arrival... you find yourself at the feet of Dihya, Queen of the Berbers, though my foes call me Al-Kahina, the diviner. Whatever plans you may conjure, know that I will know them first... and those who oppose me will perish in flames."

Defeat: "You'll never subdue my people! The flames shall take us first!"

Unique Attributes[]

The Aurès (Dihya)

Art by RawSasquatch

The Soothsayer Priestess

Owned pillaged tiles provide FaithIcon Faith per turn. Non-Ranged units starting their turn on pillaged tiles may force enemies to retreat.


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Zenata Rider (Horseman)
  • Pays no Movement cost to Pillage.
  • Starts with extra XP based upon its city's FaithIcon Faith output.
  • If built while an enemy unit is within its city's borders, permanently ignores enemy ZOC.

Art by RawSasquatch

Agadir (Granary)
  • +1 FaithIcon Faith and +1 Food Food from worked Oases.
  • +2 Strength City Strength and +15 City HP, both doubled if the city is on or adjacent to Desert.
City List
  1. Khenchela
  2. Arris
  3. Meskiana
  4. Thysdrus
  5. Vescera
  6. Thamugadi
  7. Cydamus
  8. Turris Tamalleni
  9. Lambaesis
  10. Theveste
  11. Ad Medias
  12. Sufetula
  13. Tabarka
  14. Capsa
  15. Ammaedara
  16. Cirta
  17. Sicca Veneria
  18. Cuicul
  19. Sitifis
  20. Gemellae
  21. Khemissa
  22. Lambiridi
  23. Uzinaza
  24. Icosium
  25. Auzia
  26. Rapidum
Spy List
  • Masties
  • Iabdas
  • Tabat
  • Matiya
  • Bagay
  • Khenchla
  • Sekerdid
  • Garmul
  • Stotzas
  • Mastigas




Peace Theme War Theme
"The River Nile" Richard Beddow, Total War: Rome II OST. "Hold The Line" Richard Beddow, Total War: Rome II OST.

Mod Support[]

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

Full Credits List[]

Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 1
Last Updated: 11 April 2022
  • RawSasquatch: Creator, XML, Art
  • JFD: Lua
  • Zharques: Pedias, DOM, Dialogue
  • Arilasqueto: Civ Icon
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