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The Saxons led by Widukind is a custom civilization mod by TranquilSilence, with contributions from DMS, JFD, DarthKyofu, Urdnot_Scott, Grant, Zharques, TopHatPaladin and Alga.

This mod requires Brave New World.


The Saxons[]

The Saxons were a group of Germanic peoples whose name was given in the early Middle Ages to a large country (Old Saxony, Latin: Saxonia) near the North Sea coast of northern Germania, in what is now Germany. In the late Roman Empire, the name was used to refer to Germanic coastal raiders, and as a name similar to the later "Viking". Their origins are believed to be in or near the German North Sea coast where they appear later, in Carolingian times. In Merovingian times, continental Saxons had been associated with the activity and settlements on the coast of what later became Normandy. Their precise origins are uncertain, and they are sometimes described as fighting inland, coming into conflict with the Franks and Thuringians. There is possibly a single classical reference to a smaller homeland of an early Saxon tribe, but its interpretation is disputed. According to this proposal, the Saxons' earliest area of settlement is believed to have been Northern Albingia. This general area is close to the probable homeland of the Angles.

During the eighth and ninth centuries the Saxons of Old Saxony were in continual conflict with the Franks, whose kingdom at the time was ruled by the Carolingian dynasty. After thirty three years of conquest due to military campaigns led by the lord king and emperor Charlemagne beginning in 772 and ending around 804, the Franks defeated the Saxons, forced them to convert to Christianity and seized the territory of Old Saxony, annexing it into the Carolingian domain, although the Franks had been enemies of the Saxons in the time of Clovis I, during the early Merovingian period of the fifth and sixth centuries.

Charles Martel, Duke and prince of the Franks and Mayor of the Palace of Austrasia, the grandfather of Charlemagne, had fought and led numerous campaigns against the Saxons.

In contrast, the English Saxons, today referred to in English as Anglo-Saxons, became a single nation bringing together migrant Germanic peoples (Frisians, Jutes, Angles [whence "English"]) and assimilated Celtic Britons populations. Their earliest weapons and clothing south of the Thames were based on late Roman military fashions, but later immigrants north of the Thames showed a stronger North German influence. The term "Anglo-Saxon", combining the names of the Angles and the Saxons, came into use by the eighth century (for example Paul the Deacon) to distinguish the Germanic inhabitants of Britain from continental Saxons (referred to in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle as Ealdseaxe, 'old Saxons'), but both the Saxons of Britain and those of Old Saxony (Northern Germany) continued to be referred to as 'Saxons' in an indiscriminate manner, especially in the languages of Britain and Ireland.

Although the English Saxons were no longer raiders, the political history of the continental Saxons is unclear until the time of the conflict between their semi-legendary hero Widukind and the Frankish emperor Charlemagne. The continental Saxons are no longer a distinctive ethnic group or country but their name lives on in the names of several regions and states of Germany, including Lower Saxony (which includes central parts of the original Saxon homeland known as Old Saxony), Saxony in Upper Saxony, as well as Saxony-Anhalt (which includes Old, Lower and Upper Saxon regions).


Widukind, also known as Wittekind, was a leader of the Saxons and the chief opponent of the Frankish king Charlemagne during the Saxon Wars from 777 to 785. Charlemagne ultimately prevailed, organized Saxony as a Frankish province, massacred thousands of Saxon nobles, and ordered conversions of the pagan Saxons to Christianity. In later times, Widukind became a symbol of Saxon independence and a figure of legend.

Numerous legends developed around Widukind's life; he eventually appeared as a saintly figure (becoming "Blessed Widukind") and the builder of many churches. He was later assumed to have died in 807 or 808; his feast day is commemorated on January 6.

According to legend, Widukind experienced a vision that led to his conversion. Disguised as a beggar, he was spying on Charlemagne's troop camp during Easter. He witnessed a priest performing a Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the priest was holding a beautiful child during the consecration. To his astonishment, people would receive communion and the priest would give the same child to each person. Widukind was dumbfounded by this scene and went to beg outside after the mass. One of the emperor's servants recognized Widukind behind his disguise—due to an odd formation of one of his fingers—and Widukind was captured. He was interrogated and confessed to spying on Charlemagne's camp for the purpose of becoming better acquainted with the Christian faith. He later confessed the divine vision he had seen. The emperor concluded that God had given Widukind the grace of witnessing the divine child, Jesus, behind the Sacred Host of the Mass. Widukind then renounced his worship of pagan idols.

Dawn of Man[]

Resist the onslaught, fabled leader of the Saxons Widukind, chief opponent of the Franks and thorn in the side of the Frankish king Charlemagne. While very little is known about your life, you became a hero in the Saxon Wars, leading the Saxons in rebellion against the Franks, who ordered the destruction of the Irminsul. After not appearing at Charlemagne's court staying at Danish king Sigfred's court instead. Returning to guide the Saxons, you witnessed the Massacre of Verden and allied with the Frisians, but your reistsance could not last. Surrendering at Bardengau, you were baptised and disappeared into the annals of history, to become a legend to both Medieval Christians and the burgeoning German nationalist movement alike.


Leaderscreen (Peace) by DMS


Leaderscreen (while at War) by DMS

Resolute Widukind, the time has come to once again be an inspiration to your peoples. You have the opportunity to write another story in the Saxon mythos, leading them to victory in a new and unpredictable world. You must lead your people to revive and seize their practices, taking control of their destiny once again. Can you resist the civilizations who covet your lands? Will you build a civilization that can stand the test of time?

Introduction: "You have wandered foolishly into my domains, traveller. I am Widukind, chief and king of the Saxons. Pay your homage to me with treasures or your head."

Defeat: "I am but one man. My kin will fight you until their blood dulls your blade."

Unique Attributes[]

The Saxons (Widukind)

Art by DarthKyofu

Revenge for Verden

On the outbreak of war with another civilisation, cities hurry Production Production, even moreso if they are adjacent to a forest. When forests are removed within your territory they provide a burst of FaithIcon Faith and Greatperson Great General points.


Art by Grant

Geoguth (Swordsman)
  • Does not require Iron, unlike the unit it replaces. Moves through forests at twice the rate. Whenever an Enemy Religious Unit begins their turn in your territory for the first time, receiveroduction toward a Geoguth in the nearest city.

Art by Grant

Irminsul (Monument)
  • Requires a Forest to be built.
  • Providing no inherent yields, the Irminsul provides +1 CultureIcon Culture and +1 FaithIcon Faith for each Forest being worked by the city.
  • The Irminsul is destroyed if there are no longer any forests within the city radius.
City List
  1. Marklo
  2. Bremon
  3. Hammaburg
  4. Hliuni
  5. Bardowick
  6. Osnabrugga
  7. Oldenstad
  8. Paderbrunn
  9. Mimegernaford
  10. Verden
  11. Hollenstedt
  12. Mindun
  13. Lidbeke
  14. Hedeln
  15. Hildenesheim
  16. Halberstad
  17. Throtmanni
  18. Castorp
  19. Perricbeci
  20. Holthemi
  21. Hamarichi
  22. Mulmhuson
  23. Ismereleke
  24. Anadopa
  25. Geisk
Spy List
  • Viriathus
  • Albion
  • Tribigild
  • Totila
  • Fritigern
  • Athanaric
  • Ardaric
  • Ambiorix
  • Theoderic
  • Egbert



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: 14 September 2022


  • TranquilSilence: Author, Research, Text, Design
  • DMS: Art (LS), inspiration, Lua
  • DarthKyofu: Art (Civ Icon)
  • Uighur_Caesar: Design, Lua
  • Urdnot: Art (Map, UB Icon), Design
  • RawSasquatch: Art (UU Icon)
  • Zharques: DoM Text
  • Chrisy15: Lua bugtesting

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England (Edward I)Italy (Giulio Andreotti)LesothoNew GranadaThe Normans (Robert Guiscard)The Saxons (Widukind)