Krieg Eterna

Fortress


Type: Jester Power

Effect Text: Attach to any unit on the field. Its strength is halved this round. This unit remains on the field to fight in the next round at full strength. This unit cannot be moved or sent to the graveyard.

Flavor Text: Crash against our walls and recede like waves.

Artwork: The Fortress of Königstein by Bernardo Bellotto (1758)

Strategy:

Fortress works exactly like it sounds like – your unit digs in at an impenetrable stronghold and cannot be destroyed or stolen by your opponent. Try to combine this with other attachments like Feast, Ruin, or your King to make the most use of Fortress’s protection.

About the card:

It is no great coincidence that the first civilization arose from walled cities. From the times of Sargon and Gilgamesh, we have used walls to keep the terrors of war and robbery on the outside and learning and wealth on the inside. A ruler that could accomplish this could project power much farther than the confines of the city in which they held principal domain, and therefore could establish empire, safe in the knowledge that the cities they left behind while warring could be easily secured.

Denbigh Castle by Thomas Girtin (1793)

By the time of the Viking age castles were routinely built in order to fend off raiders and secure towns. When the French Normans invaded England and took the crown in 1066, the started to build castles in the French tradition in order to quell rebellion and display the magnitude of their power. It was often important who built them, as a castle owned by a nobel in a decentralized state with a weak king, could be used as a base for rebellion.

Knight's castle by Karl Friedrich Lessing (1828)

With the advent of gunpowder cannons, fortifications also evolved becoming large earthworks with thick angled stone walls to deflect cannonballs. In the arms race between ballistics and thick walls, ballistics won, and today armies are much more likely to rely on anti-aircraft guns and pre-positioned troops rather than the protection of stone and dirt. Bunkers need to be miles deep or very well hidden to protect against the most effective missiles.