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The White Huns led by Toramana is a custom civilization mod by Grant. It was released as part of the Civ V 10th Anniversary event.

This mod requires Brave New World.


White Huns[]

While virtually unknown compared the Huns of Europe, the White Huns, under various names - Hepthalites, Alk-khans, Harahunas, Kidarites, Uar - established a civilized empire that spanned from the Oxus to the Ganges, as great as the Sassanids and the Byzantines. Under king Toramana, their empire reached as far as Bengal - triumphing over the Gupta and Sassanid empires alike. Unlike Atilla, they did not worship Tengri - but a consortium of gods, the most important being the Sun God - Zuni, and the Indian deity Vishnu. Buddhist, Hindu, Zoroastrian, Christian, Tao, Manichean and Gnostic alike traded and flourished under the White Huns, for a few brief centuries.

The White Huns established an empire in Bactria around 450 under Khingila. In 442 their tribes were fighting the Persians. Around 451 they pushed southeast to Gandhara. In 456 a Hephthalite embassy arrived in China. By 458 they were strong enough to intervene in Persia. The Hephthalites were originally vassals of the Rouran Khaganate but split from their overlords in the early fifth century. The White Huns may have also helped the Sasanians to eliminate another Hunnic tribe, the Kidarites: by 467, Peroz I, with Hephthalite aid, reportedly managed to capture Balaam and put an end to Kidarite rule in Transoxiana once and for all. The weakened Kidarites had to take refuge in the area of Gandhara. With the Sasanian Empire paying tribute to the White Huns, from 474, the Hephthalites themselves adopted the winged, triple-crescent crown of Peroz I to crown their effigy in their own coinage. They thus expressed symbolically that they had become the legitimate rulers of Iran. Circa 600, the Hephthalites were raiding the Sasanian Empire as far as Spahan in central Iran. The Hephthalites issued numerous coins imitating the coinage of Khosrow II, adding on the obverse a Hephthalite signature in Sogdian and Tamgha symbol. In ca. 606/607, Khosrow recalled Smbat IV Bagratuni from Persian Armenia and sent him to Iran to repel the Hephthalites. Smbat, with the aid of a Persian prince named Datoyean, repelled the Hephthalites from Persia, and plundered their domains in eastern Khorasan, where Smbat is said to have killed their king in single combat.

In India, between 460 and 470 CE, the Alchons (White Huns) took over Gandhara and the Punjab which also had remained under the control of the Kidarites, while the Gupta Empire remained further east. They apparently undertook the mass destruction of Buddhist monasteries and stupas at Taxila, a high center of learning, which never recovered from the destruction. Virtually all of the White Huns coins found in the area of Taxila were found in the ruins of burned down monasteries, where apparently some of the invaders died alongside local defenders during the wave of destructions. It is thought that the Kanishka stupa, one of the most famous and tallest buildings in antiquity, was destroyed by them during their invasion of the area in the 460s CE. In the First Hunnic War (496–515), the White Huns reached their maximum territorial extent, with King Toramana pushing deep into Indian territory, reaching Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh in Central India, and ultimately contributing to the downfall of the Gupta Empire. To the south, the Sanjeli inscriptions indicate that Toramana penetrated at least as far as northern Gujarat, and possibly to the port of Bharukaccha. Toramana was finally vanquished with certainty by an Indian ruler of the Aulikara dynasty of Malwa, after nearly 20 years in India.

The Second Hunnic War started in 520, when the White Hun king Mihirakula, son of Toramana, is recorded in his military encampment on the borders of the Jhelum by Chinese monk Song Yun. At the head of the White Huns, Mihirakula is then recorded in Gwalior, Central India as "Lord of the Earth" in the Gwalior inscription of Mihirakula. According to some accounts, Mihirakula invaded India as far as the Gupta capital Pataliputra, which was sacked and left in ruins. Finally however, Mihirakula was defeated in 528 by an alliance of Indian principalities led by Yasodharman, the Aulikara king of Malwa, in the battle of Sondani in Central India, which resulted in the loss of White Hunnic possessions in the Punjab and north India by 542. The White Huns resettled in the area of Gandhara and Kashmir in northwestern India under the rule of Sri Pravarasena (c.530-590 CE), thought to be the son of Toramana.Around the end of the 6th century CE, the White Huns withdrew to Kashmir and, pulling back from Punjab and Gandhara, moved west across the Khyber pass where they resettled in Kabulistan.The White Huns in India declined rapidly around the same time that the White Hun Hephthalites were defeated by an alliance between the Sassanians and the Western Turkic Kaghanate.


Tôramâna, styled 'Great King of Kings' (Maharajadhiraja), was the king of the Alk-khan branch of the White Huns, also known as the Uar or Huns, in the late 5th to early 6th century A.D. Under his rule, the empire of the Alk-khans (known to Gupta chroniclers as the Harahunas, and Byzatines as Epthalites) extended to conquer Gujarat, Punjab and towns as far as the central Ganjes plain. While a ruthless emperor, Tôramâna is known to have supported a vibrant community of vihāras (buddhist schools) and a flourishing religous scene of Christians, Zoroastrians, sun-worshippers or Zunis, as well as Hindus and Buddhists. He became venerated in contemporary Hindu folklore, particularly in the Hindu region of Malwa, where a testament to his 'governing of the earth' is inscribed on a colossal boar statue of Vishnu, in his avatar Varaha. While his successor and son, Mithrakula, established a reputation for the Huna as a cruel and barbaric race, he established a legacy of just governance.

According to the Rishtal stone-slab inscription, discovered in 1983, the Aulikara king Prakashadharma of Malwa defeated him in 515 CE. Tôramâna may also have been defeated by the Indian Emperor Bhanugupta of the Gupta Empire in 510 A.D. according to the Eran inscription, although the "great battle" to which Bhanagupta participated is not explicited.

Dawn of Man[]

May Allah grant you salvation, Sultan Hasanuddin, mighty sword of Islam, unvanquishable Rooster of the East! You transformed a backwater state in the throes of colonial dominion into an indestructible fortress that no foe could dare to touch! While in the end you succumbed to the relentless power of the Dutch East India Company, you were the only one to strike fear into the west; your allies, one by one, betrayed you and sold themselves to the colonizers. It was your actions that breathed new life into the ailing spirit of the archipelago; a spirit that would eventually rise and end the colonial power, a spirit that would honour you as a national hero. Even in the face of defeat, you did not lie down and accept the inevitable; you rebelled and attempted to turn the tide of history itself. It was you that transformed your soldiers from tribal warriors to a modern army; your navies from crude trading vessels to an industrial armada.

Toramana Diplomacy

Leaderscreen by Grant

Oh Great King of Kings, overlord of the Ganges, blessed by Varaha, neither prince nor prophet can falter your command. You led the Alkhan Huns to glory on the fields of the Indian subcontinet, vanquishing the mighty Gupta empire as far as Kaushambi, the ancient capital of Kuru. Although it was your son Mithrakula that established your civilization's reputation, you left a lasting legacy; of religious tolerance, charity, and common prosperity, sustaining the governance of your people for centuries to come. You entered this world a petty prince, and left it Alexander.

Time has worn your legends thin, Maharaja. You are only known as barbarians, bitter in defeat. Can you restore the Huns to glory? Will you conquer the warring states of the world through fear, or through mercy? Will you build a civilization that stands the test of Time?

Introduction: "The sun shines upon another traveller! I am the king of kings, lord of the universe, protector of the days and nights. Only those who think they can outshine the sun we consider enemies."

Defeat: "You have vanqushed over us, but the sun will set for your empire. After the golden age, comes the endless night."

Unique Attributes[]

White Huns (Toramana)

Art by Grant

Lords of the Sun

Cities captured by Mounted units gain additional territory, destroying all religious buildings in the city for a sum of Gold Gold. During a Goldenage Golden Age, Mountains inside your territory increase the length of Trade Routes.


Art by TarcisioCM

Asbarobido (Great General)
  • May convert into a mounted combat unit (15HP) if an enemy great general is nearby.
  • +1 Moves Movement on Trade Routes.
  • Mounted combat Asbarobido that fall below 50HP will merge into an adjacent Asbarobido where possible, forming a stronger unit.
  • Palaces in capitals captured by a Combatant Asbarobido gain another Greatperson Great Work of Art slot.

Art by Grant

Xingar-Yir (Swordsman)
  • Has less strength (8 vs 14)
  • Produces Gold Gold if promoted next to a mountain, and Goldenage Golden Age points if promoted in territory not originally owned by you.
  • Receive a free Xingar-Yir when conquering a city that has a Guild or National Wonder.
  • Requires Iron
City List
  1. Kapisa
  2. Taxila
  3. Sakala
  4. Purushapura
  5. Warwaliz
  6. Badian
  7. Bakhlo
  8. Termez
  9. Chaganiyan
  10. Jaguda
  11. Naubahar
  12. Indabara
  13. Kura
  14. Multan
  15. Khuttal
  16. Sanghol
  17. Vadrapali
  18. Sivabhagapura
  19. Tayikan
  20. Siminjan
  21. Guzganan
  22. Kafirkala
  23. Airikina
  24. Mihirapura
  25. Kalai-Kafirnigan
  26. Khush Bai
  27. Gugari
  28. Topdarra
  29. Nagarahara
  30. Tepe Maranjan
  31. Mekhasanda
  32. Ishkamish
  33. Dilberjin
  34. Khisht Tepe
Spy List
  • Nezak Tarkan
  • Ghadfar
  • Mehama
  • Lakhana
  • Eftalan
  • Kunkhas
  • Pravarasena
  • Zabocho
  • Ghar-ilchi
  • Salanavira
  • Javukha



Mod Support[]

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

Full Credits List[]

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Latest Version: v 2
Last Updated: 23 Sep 2020


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10th Anniversary Collection [edit]
Day 1
America (James Madison)Egypt (Senusret III)Holy Roman Empire (Frederick II)Aztecs (Itzcoatl)England (Henry V)Umayyads (Al-Walid I)Mycenae (Agamemnon)Jin (Sima Yan)France (Jeanne d'Arc)
Day 2
Sassanids (Shapur II)Japan (Shigeru Yoshida)Lanna (Mangrai)SenecaRussia (Elisabeth)Ottomans (Orhan)Mughals (Aurangzeb)Rome (Trajan)Songhai (Sonni Ali)
Day 3
Golden Horde (Öz Beg Khan) • Kassites (Kurigalzu I) • Māori (Potatau Te Wherowhero) • Goguryeo (Gwanggaeto) • Spain (Isabella II) • Denmark-Norway (Frederick II) • Inca (Tupac Yupanqui)
Day 4
Sweden (Christina) • Carthage (Mago)White Huns (Toramana)Ethiopia (Iyasu I)Mayans (Lady Xoc)Trebizond (Alexios II)Austria (Karl Renner)The Isles (Somerled)Anglo-Dutch (William III)
Day 5
Venice (Domenico Selvo)Zulu (Cetshwayo)Medang (Rakai Pikatan)Poland-Lithuania (Tadeusz Kosciuszko)Brazil (Medici)Portugal (Sebastiao de Carvalho)The Idrisids (Idris I)Assyria (Tiglath-Pileser III)Shoshone (Washakie)
Grant's Civilizations [edit]
America (Dwight Eisenhower)AsturiasAvarsAztecs (Tenoch)BalhaeBougainvilleBugandaBurgundiansChagataiChagosDaliDumnoniiDurotrigesFinnsFunanGaliciaGhuridsGokturksGowaGwyneddHaushHonmaHunsIdrisidsJinKrorainaLeon (Alfonso IX)Nova AngliaOnoguriaPermiansPontusQochoRouranSelk'namSoviet UnionStrathclydeSweden (Birger Jarl)Sweden (Olof Palme)TernateTidoreTiele TurksVolga BulgariaWestern RomeWhite HunsYaghanYamnayaYettisharZambia
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