The Philistines
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The Philistines led by Abimelech is a custom civilization by Leugi, with contributions from Tomatekh, Regalman and Viregel.

This mod requires Brave New World.


The Philistines

The Philistines were people of Greek origin who settled on the southern coast of Palestine in the 12th century bc, about the time of the arrival of the Israelites. According to biblical tradition, the Philistines came from Caphtor (possibly Crete). They are mentioned in Egyptian records as prst, one of the Sea Peoples that invaded Egypt in about 1190 bc after ravaging Anatolia, Cyprus, and Syria. After being repulsed by the Egyptians, they occupied the coastal plain of Palestine from Joppa (modern Tel Aviv–Yafo) southward to the Gaza Strip. The area contained the five cities (the Pentapolis) of the Philistine confederacy (Gaza, Ashkelon [Ascalon], Ashdod, Gath, and Ekron) and was known as Philistia, or the Land of the Philistines. It was from this designation that the whole of the country was later called Palestine by the Greeks.


Abimelech, also known as Achish, son of Maoch, was the king of Gath; one of the five cities in the Philistine Pentapolis. A contemporary of Kings Saul and David of Israel, biblical accounts place Abimelech as the king who ultimately defeated Saul's army at the battle of Gilboa, allowing the Philistines to gain control of several key cities in southern Canaan. Etymologically, Achish may also be related to Suwardata, a powerful regional king mentioned in the Amarna letters.

Dawn of Man

May Dagon watch over thee and give thee welfare, noble Achish, King of Gath! Though their origins have been lost to time, connected to the mystery of the enigmatic Sea Peoples, the Philistines built a mighty Pentapolis in the southern Levant; developing a vibrant culture equally renowned for its indomitable warriors and joyous feasts. Yet, its location also placed the Philistines as bitter rivals to the emerging Kingdom of Israel. Amidst this constant warfare, it was you, Son of Maoch, who offered peace and hospitality to David as he fled the suspicions of Saul. Your guidance would lead the Philistine army to victory over Saul's forces, paving the way for David's ascension to the throne of Judah, and helping to secure Philistine control of southern Canaan. Yet, in just a few short centuries, even the mighty Pentapolis would fall as Assyria began its march across the ancient Middle East.


Leaderscene by Leugi

Abimelech, much of the legacy and culture of your people has been lost. What is known has been maligned and tarnished through the stories of your enemies. It is time to return, to settle a new homeland and raise your drinks in praise to the gods once more. Can you forge a new empire whose history shall never be forgotten? Can you build a civilization that will stand the test of time?

Introduction: "Salutations, weak and fragile friend. Come, join us in our festivities to our gods!"

Introduction: "I'm Achish, my people call me Abimelech, but some foreigners know me as Suwardata. Welcome to Philistia, have you brought something for the holy feast?"

Introduction: "We have guests it seems... Hopefully you'll not be here too long, for we are about to hold a week-long feast. Call me Abimelech, leader of the Philistines.

Defeat: "Your treachery shall not be forgotten. May our lands and gods be in war forever!"

Defeat: "At least my people enjoyed their faith, yours are cursed with your faith!"

Defeat: "Dagon will surely favour you should you grant him this offering!"

Unique Attributes

The Philistines (Abimelech)

Art by Leugi

Mishkeh Feasts

Whenever a city is conquered or a new luxury resource is connected to the empire, the first 5 cities receive an instant amount of FaithIcon Faith and Gold Gold.


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Peleset (Spearman)
  • May embark
  • +1 Moves Movement while embarked
  • Starts with the Amphibious promotion
  • Earns Gold Gold upon attacking a city

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Brewery (Colosseum)
  • Costs no maintenance
  • +1 FaithIcon Faith and +1 Gold Gold from Wine and Wheat
City List
  1. Ashdod
  2. Ashkelon
  3. Gaza
  4. Ekron
  5. Gath
  6. Yurza
  7. Gerar
  8. Ziklag
  9. Sharuhen
  10. Azeketh
  11. Tel Qasila
  12. Aphek
  13. Azor
  14. Gibbethon
  15. Timnah
  16. Joppa
  17. Eltekeh
  18. Lachish
  19. Libnah
  20. Ashdod-Yam
  21. Dor
  22. Gederoth
  23. Gizmo
  24. Goliath
  25. Jabneh
  26. Ramat Matred
  27. Eglon
  28. Rapha
  29. Bet Shemesh
Spy List
  • Goliath
  • Delilah
  • Achisch
  • Elhanan
  • Bedan
  • Saph
  • Seranim
  • Ishbi-Benob
  • Timmah
  • Lahmi



An expansive Civ with plenty of motivation for early settling or conquest. Establish a core of Cities for an influx of Gold and Faith from connecting Luxuries. Then, with Composite Bows and Pelesets, conquer your neighbour(s) for more prosperity. The Brewery's lack of maintenance gives you more money to invest in military or infrastructure, and its bonuses for Wine and Wheat might provide you with some priority targets. Channel your vast Faith and Gold into any Victory.


Peace Theme War Theme
The Philistines - Abimelech Peace

The Philistines - Abimelech Peace

The Philistines - Abimelech War

The Philistines - Abimelech War

"Eastern Dreams", from the soundtrack of 0 A.D. "Against the Rock" from the soundtrack of Medieval II.

Mod Support

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

Events and Decisions

Start the Sea People Invasion

The Peleset can allow us to conquer and expand through the sea, and our enemies are not prepared for such a threat. No land will stand before our arms!


  • Player must be the Philistines
  • Player must have discovered Bronze Working
  • Must be enacted before reaching Medieval Era
  • May only be enacted once


  • 1 Magistrates Magistrate
  • 750 Gold Gold


  • Receive a Maintenance Free Peleset unit for every city you own (up to 4 Peleset)
  • Already trained Peleset and those gifted receive a bonus against cities

Establish the Philistine Pentapolis

After immigration from different tribes it is time for us to establish our empire. To do this, we can set up a Pentapolis in our five most important cities, allowing us to create a land called Philistia.


  • Player must be the Philistines
  • Player must have at least 5 cities
  • Must be enacted after reaching the Classical Era
  • May only be enacted once


  • 2 Magistrates Magistrates
  • 1000 Gold Gold


  • Each of your first five cities receive a Seranim Palace (+2 Gold Gold, +2 FaithIcon Faith, +1 CultureIcon Culture, +1 Production Production, +10 XP for units trained in this city)
  • Start a Goldenage Golden Age
  • Your civilization will be known as Philistia

Goliath of Gath

Our troops have been battling with our enemies on the Valley of Elah. As our customs demand, we need a Champion to decide the outcome of battles in single combat and so terrify our opponents. A Champion of Dagon, our great god, must arise against our weak and feeble enemies. A man of Tell es-Safi, called Goliath, has proven to be strong and terrifying, as well as unusually tall, he could get rid of every enemy with a single hit of his sword.

Option 1: Let's get him the blessing of Dagon our God

  • Lose Gold Gold and FaithIcon Faith
  • Gain a free stronger Peleset Unit, that earns faith from kills and terrifies nearby opponents.

Option 2: Let's hope no stones are thrown at him

  • Gain a free stronger Peleset Unit that terrifies nearby opponents but may not be upgraded

Option 3: Our troops shall suffice against this enemy

  • Nothing.

Full Credits List

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Latest Version: v 6
Last Updated: 17 September 2014

  • Leugi: Author
  • Tomatekh: Pedias
  • Regalman: Pedias
  • Viregel: Pedias
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