True to Ourselves M21 | Stronghold
Heroes VII Guide
Key points of Might & Magic: Heroes VII - M21 True to Ourselves
Red number - cities
Yellow number - important places
Units you can add to your army
Treasures and chests with gold
Whirlpools / Passages between levels
1 – Kibwe
Place where Kibwe starts mission.
2 – Imani
Place where Imani starts mission.
3 – Reem
Place where Reem starts mission.
4 – Al-Jabr
Hostile Academy city.
5 – House of Invention
Hostile Academy Fort.
6 – Burtuqaali
Hostile Academy city.
7 – Mbewha
Neutral Stronghold city. It is guarded weakly.
8 – Seal of Ylath
You can open it using key from Altar of Ylath (09).
9 – Altar of Ylath
It allows you to open the Seal of Ylath (08).
10 – Seal of Malassa
You can open it using key from Altar of Malassa (11).
11 – Altar of Malassa
It allows you to open the Seal of Malassa (10).
12 – Ivory Bridge
13 – Ancient Shantiri Monolith
14 – Shelter
The map above shows the fourth, and final, mission in the Stronghold campaign. It is one of the most interesting, but at the same time, most difficult missions in the whole game. You will have several main and side quests to complete, which will require good cooperation from your heroes. To avoid any complications, read the detailed quest descriptions below. Remember not to leave any cities, holds, or garrisons unattended, as the map is crawling with enemy heroes just waiting for a chance to claim them.
Teamwork - main quest
The quest begins automatically after the intro to the mission and will span throughout all of its course. You begin with three heroes - Kibwe (M21,1), Imani (M21,2) and Reem (M21,3), separated, and each of them located in a different part of the map. You will have to lead them so they can assist each other in need.
Have Kibwe head for the passage number 1. Go through the underground and up with the stairs number 2. On the surface collect the groups of 20 Crushers and 15 Brutes and proceed to capture an elite dwelling belonging to the Academy. That's as far as you will go unfortunately, because on the East you will find a garrison so strong that your current forces won't even put a dent in its numbers, and a Seal of Ylath (M21,8) will block your way on the other side. You will need some help to proceed.
Avoid fighting the garrisons. Usually, there's an underground path allowing you to slip past them.
With Imani, head East and later South to capture the city of Mbewha (M21,7). It is very poorly guarded. Head further East to collect a group of 45 Brutes and cross the bride. If you have the resources, you can rebuild the Fort. Now, go North - this will allow you not only to avoid an enemy hero, but also find the Altar of Ylath (M21,9). The key you found will open the blocked passage for Kibwe.
With the last of your heroes - Reem - you will have to go South. Soon after you've crossed the bridge, you will see a strong enemy garrison. To avoid a battle, you will have to go underground down the stairs number 3. Pick up a group of 9 Crushers and go back up using the stairs number 4. On the surface, gather the armies of 15 Brutes, 15 Centaurs, and 15 Crushers in the south-western part of the map and head to portal number 5. You will be teleported to the underground. Take your army South and later West. That's where you will find a Seal of Malassa (M21,10), and, for now, that's the end of the road for Reem.
Back to Kibwe. Go past the now-inactive Seal of Ylath (M21,8). The road was opened thanks to Imani. Go through the portal number 6. You will be teleported underground. Collect the group of 9 Brutes in the South and head for the Altar of Malassa (M21,11). Collect the key and go past the Seal of Malassa (M21,10) in the North. On our map, it's got the same number. Head further North and use the stairs number 7. You will appear near the House of Invention (M21,5). Before you attack, switch once more to Imani.
The ship will be available only after you've activated the Ancient Shantiri Monolith.
Have Imani head to the south-eastern part of the central island you are currently on and click the Ancient Shantiri Monolith (M21,13). It will cause the water level in the underground cave to rise. Now, switch to Reem and cross the now-inactive seal, then head North. There, you will find a ship - board it and sail into the teleport number 8. After the travel, sail East until you reach the vicinity of the city Burtuqaali (M21,6).
The quest will be completed the moment you click the Ancient Shantiri Monolith. As a reward, you will be given 3000 experience points, +2 to Morale and Crag Hack's Helmet, which provides a bonus of +6 to Power and +5 to Initiative for all allied creatures.
Coordinated Assault - main quest
The quest begins, after you move one of your heroes and see an enemy hero. You will have two tasks. Imani must reach the Ivory Bridge (M21,12), which should be relatively easy. If you encounter any problems, check the description for the quest Teamwork. The second part of the quest can be a bit more difficult. You need to cross the bridge without catching the attention of guards. To do so, enter the Shelter (M21,14). Finish your turn and the guards should leave the vicinity of the bridge. Now you can cross it.
Use the shelter, to avoid enemy heroes.
Your second, simultaneous objective is to capture the House of Invention (M21,5) and the city of Burtuqaali (M21,6). The fort needs to be captured by Kibwe, while the city on the south by Reem. Additional objective requires you to do it within two days, which means that after capturing one of those locations you have two days to capture the remaining one. Your heroes need to attack simultaneously. Make your heroes approach good attack positions and wait until they are ready. If you don't know how to reach the city or the fort, check the description for the quest Teamwork.
For completing the quest you will receive 5000 experience points, +3 to Morale, +2 to Attack and the Amulet of the Jaguar, which adds +4 to Power.
The Legend of Imani - main quest
The quest begins, after you move one of your heroes and see an enemy hero. Your main objective is to capture the city of Al-Jabr (M21,4) in less than four weeks. To learn how to reach the city, see the descriptions for Teamwork and Coordinated Assault. Defeat Asad and Yasir, then proceed to the city.
As a reward, you will receive 1000 experience points.