|“||Great! Under your rule this land would know nought but poverty!||”|
|— Lady Seren to Lord Barclay|
Lady Seren is a typical medieval lady. She wears a cloth of some description over her head which is fastened with a headband. She can be described as quite charming and attractive.
She wears typical metal armor with a griffin, presumably a symbol of her native England, emblazoned on her chest plate. She wears a pink cape and wields a sword.
Lady Seren is quite a calm and gentle soul, but is not afraid to speak her mind and make her thoughts known. She is even known to have some influence over The King, as she persuades him to mend his bond of trust with her future husband Sir William. She clearly shows her affection for Sir William in the 'Siege of the Abbey' mission, where in her dying breath she says: 'If you see William, tell him I love him.'
Despite this however, she could be very defiant when she wants to be. Seren even went so far as to shout at Barclay when he tries to persuade the player to join him. She also shows undying loyalty to her king and to Sir William. She is a very kind and affectionate woman but don't get on the wrong side of her.
Path of WarEdit
Lady Seren gets involved into the conflict of Sir William and Matthew Steele, when the two break Sir Edwin out of her castle in the hope of obtaining a useful ally. She is belated to get there, but manages to keep her mask in front of the two. Before the siege, Sir William confides in Steele that he was to be married to her before she 'betrayed him'. Working with Lord Barclay and The Hawk, she joins them in the siege of Steele after Edwin's defeat. She is late to inform William and Steele of Barclay's coming, but he is able to delay Barclay's attack, telling him that she would be able to make the defenders surrender. She is able to get in the stronghold and switch sides, commanding her army against the attackers into destruction.
In the Blue Path, Seren commands Matthew to defend her abbey from the inevitable attacks of Barclay and the Hawk. After several attacks, the siege fails and Seren reveals that the King was hiding from Barclay. Seren then remains in charge of the abbey and helps leading the church.
If the Green Path is chosen, Steele is going to siege her abbey with Lord Barclay suspecting she is hiding the King there. The siege is successful and Seren is defeated by Steele as she makes her last stand. As an epitaph, she tells him that she loved William.
Castles and StrategyEdit
Lady Seren is a moderately difficult, yet aggressive lady in the Kingmaker mode. She uses a high variety of troops, but her abilities are limited.
Seren runs a small economy. She gathers all raw materials (with pitch if possible) and produces meat and apples for food. She places many weapons workshops and builds a church to gain a huge popularity and honor boost. She erects the Lord's Kitchen but only produces wine and fish. She does use punishments, however they are simple ones, namely the stocks and laughing mask.
The lady's castles are simple: one rectangular wall runs to leave a gap on the western side. A small gatehouse is built in the northern section and a square tower on the southern part. The gap is surrounded by pitch ditches and wooden traps to stop enemies. Archers are placed on the tower, the gatehouse and the two sides next to the gap. Pikemen guard the gatehouse and spearmen are Seren's bodyguards.
Lady Seren is fond of attacking. She recruits small bands of hobilars and provides them with a few catapults to launch a very fast raid on her targets. These horsemen come in dozens and attempt to raze everything in their way, but they are likely to fall from arrows and other troops.
Seren's siege forces are somewhat balanced. She brings many armed peasants, archers and swordsmen, then erects her siege camp, where catapults, mantlets and cats are produced. Laddermen also come in high numbers in attempt to scale the enemy walls. Cats and mantlets will always try to protect catapults and advancing troops, so this attack force may hold out quite a while until the shields are down. However, armed peasants and archers are likely to die very quickly from a few shots. The swordsmen may be decisive in the outcome of the battle.
If Lady Seren does not attack over time, she will eventually replace her peasants with hobilars.
How to deal withEdit
To deal with Seren's attacks, build a wall with towers around you as quickly as possible. Train as many archers as possible and station them in the towers. Station some spearmen and pikemen near your keep as a last ditch defense and put some swordsmen and/or knights near your lord.
You may wish to build a sally port to ambush Lady Seren's siege. Place some knights (around 10-15) as a task force to demolish siege equipment and attack her troops. If there is a breach, send some men to plug the gap and let your archers deal with the rest. Rolling logs and pitch ditches may be used but are not 100% necessary.
To make attacking Seren easy, it is best to attack from the eastern edge so you do not accidentally suffer heavy infantry casualties from the killing pits placed on the western edge, despite the wooden walls. Use catapults to breach a hole in the stone walls and rush your units in. Several knights should make it extremely easy to kill her.
For the Kingmaker quotes of Lady Seren, see: Lady Seren/Quotes.
"Oh William! What have you done! Freeing that traitor is the worst mistake you have ever made" - Seren after Edwin is freed
"Fear not, I will set him straight" - Seren to Sir William on The King
"Keep an eye on Sir William and keep him out of trouble" - Seren to Sir Grey on Sir William
"Surrender!? I am on your side you foolish man!" - Seren reveals her true colors to Sir William
"Tell William, I love him!" - Seren upon death in her abbey
- Despite being a female, if Lady Seren builds a Bedchamber in Kingmaker Mode, the Bedchamber will house a princess. This is most likely developer oversight as it is likely that the model for her was a customized male Lord.
|Stronghold 2||Sir William • Sir Grey • The King • Lady Seren • Edwin • The Hawk • The Bull • Olaf • The Hammer |
The Queen • The Bishop