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The Onondaga, led by The Onondaga, is a custom civilization mod by Leugi, with contributions from JFD, Neirai, Zharques, Alga, DarthKyofu.

This mod requires Brave New World.


The Onondaga[]

Onondaga, self-name Onoñda’gega’ (“People of the Hills”), tribe of Iroquoian-speaking North American Indians who lived in what is now the U.S. state of New York. The Onondaga traditionally inhabited villages of wood and bark longhouses occupied by related families. They moved these houses periodically to plant new fields, to seek fresh supplies of firewood, and to be nearer fish and game. They grew corn (maize), beans, squash, sunflowers, and tobacco. A council of adult males in each community guided the village chiefs.

The Onondaga tribe, one of the five original nations of the Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) Confederacy, was the political and geographical centre of the league. With 14 seats in the council, the Onondaga furnished the chairman and the archivist, who kept the records of transactions in wampum belts.

In the 18th century a sizable faction of Onondaga favouring the French interest migrated to Jesuit mission settlements along the St. Lawrence River. Another faction remained loyal to the British, and, upon the breakup of the Iroquois Confederacy after the American Revolution, a small party followed other members to Grand River in what is now Ontario. The majority, however, remained in their ancestral valley.


Tadodaho was said to be a warrior and primary chief of the Onondaga people. Depending on the speaker's dialect and the writer's orthography, other versions of the name include Adodarhoh, Atartaho, Atotarho, Tatotarho, Thatotarho, and Watatohtahro. In the 1883 work The Iroquois Book of Rites, edited by Horatio Hale, the term Atartaho is said to signify "entangled". In 1889, J. N. B. Hewitt recounted an Iroquois tale which refers to Tadodaho as a "misshapen monster". Jean Houston and Margaret Rubin write in Manual for the Peacemaker that Tadodaho had "matted and spiky hair", and that this visage lent itself to legends that he had snakes in his hair. He is said to have had a "twisted body" and could kill his enemies from a distance without seeing them. Tadodaho ruled with fear, and his people believed him to be a sorcerer. He scared his own people and threatened other peoples, including the Seneca and Cayuga nations. Tadodaho successfully led his Onondaga in raids against the nearby Cayuga people and traveled west, and attacked the Seneca people.

Dawn of Man[]

The People of the Longhouse greet you with undying respect, great Tadodaho. It is said that first you ruled your lands with fear, as those around the hills believed you as powerful as a sorceror. Yet you only saught to keep your people strong against all opponents, and you showed your neighbors the Onondaga are not to be trifled with. Raiding the nearby Cayuga and Seneca encampments, your actions caught the attention of Deganawidah and Hiawatha, as both ventured to seek peace. It is said that only when Jigonhsasee, other of Nations, combed the snakes of your head would you agree to this new alliance. But you know well that peace must be fought for, and as the Onondaga accepted the new law of Peace, they were given a central spot thanks to your power and tenacity. Indeed your legacy is remembered through the ages, as new Tadodahos rise in the hills remembering the Tree of Peace that was placed in your lands.


Art by Leugi

Great Keeper of the Central Fire, your people call for a leader with the strength to face down enemies and the wisdom to rise in new alliances. It is time for new wampum belts to be created for the new legends you are bound to create. Can you earn the respect of the surrounding nations? Can you keep the fires of alliance burning brighter than ever? Can you build a civilisation that will stand the test of time?

Introduction: "You come unarmed? Do you fear not the sight of Tadodaho? Well... you will fear soon enough, as even the hills tremble in my presence."

Introduction: "What business brings you foreigner? Have you not heard these hills are protected by the power of Tadodaho? You must be quite brave."

Defeat: "You disrespect the Great Law of Peace... but the fire I kept is unquenchable, and the people of the Longhouse will rise again!"

Unique Attributes[]

The Onondaga (Tadodaho)

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Combing of the Snakes

Melee units receive +25% XP and +15% Strength Combat Strength when fighting in Hills tiles, and +10% XP otherwise. Upon declaring Peace receive a burst of FaithIcon Faith and Goldenage Golden Age Points for every promotion of owned military units.


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Fire Keeper (Great General)
  • Can be expended at City-States for a burst of CultureIcon Culture and Influence Influence.
  • If expended during a Goldenage Golden Age, earn twice as much CultureIcon Culture.

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Wampum House (Temple)
  • +1 CultureIcon Culture and +1 FaithIcon Faith for every Allied Citystate City-State, doubled during Goldenage Golden Ages.
  • Having a Wampum House in all cities increases Goldenage Golden Age duration by 25%.
City List
  1. Onondaga
  2. Ahaouete
  3. Deseroken
  4. Gadoquat
  5. Gannentaha
  6. Gistswiahna
  7. Onontatacet
  8. Otiahanague
  9. Teionnontatases
  10. Tgasunto
  11. Touenho
  12. Tueadasso
  13. Sganawadih
  14. Sehawi
  15. Sagogehe
  16. Sodegwase
  17. Hoyonynih
  18. Hanihoh
  19. Gawenesedoh
  20. Honowiyehdi
  21. Dehayatgwae
  22. Awe'gehyat
  23. Honya'dajiwak
  24. Dehatgahdos
  25. Gane'sehe
  26. Tadodahoh
  27. Oneida
  28. Otisco
  29. Skaneateles
  30. Onondaghara
  31. Onondahgegahgeh
Spy List
  • Hageha
  • Jihah
  • Hononwirehdonh
  • Shenandoah
  • Black Kettle
  • Longboat
  • Canassatego
  • Sid
  • Oren
  • Cogwagee
IconPNG Onondaga



Peace Theme War Theme

Iroquois Celebration Drums


Empire Total War - Warpath Campaign Eagle Totem Song

"Iroquois Celebration Drums" by Native American Drums. "Warpath Campaign Eagle Totem Song" from the soundtrack of Empire: Total War.

Mod Support[]

Mod Support
Community Balance Patch
Ethnic Units
Map Labels
Unique Cultural Influence

Unique Cultural Influence[]

"Our people are crafting wampum belts and admiring your lacrosse champions. I worry the rest of the world will also succumb to the influence of your culture."

Full Credits List[]

Steam Workshop
Latest Version: v 2
Last Updated: 9 January 2021

  • Leugi: Design, Art (Map, Leaderscene, Leader Icon, UU Icon, UB Icon), Texts, Research, Code
  • JFD: Code, Unit reskin
  • Neirai: Feedback, Research, Cheering
  • Zharques: Feedback, Research, Cheering
  • Alga: Feedback, Research, Cheering
  • DarthKyofu: Feedback, Research, Cheering
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