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  1. You could give the monastery a Aksumite style based on the Debre Damo one (Monasticism started during Aksumite era, and i don't think there are other surviving Ethiopian monasteries) : I am not sure on mixing Gondar and Aksum in the same civ, it is a 700 year span (For perspective the vanilla game spans 500 years).
  2. Monasticism was important at the time, maybe a monastery ? Although it might be a bit redundant with the temple.
  3. Another thing to consider is gameplay abstractions, the current vanilla library is also representing the spread of Hellenic culture rather than just the building itself.
  4. In the main game all civs in Hellenistic culture have library, maybe all Africans civs who had writing (So Zimbabwe is excluded) could have library. It is mostly a accuracy vs gameplay question Gameplay wise i think it would be more interesting if it was unique to Mali. Historically Mali having a library but not Morocco would be odd (Since Malian scholarship was derived from Islamic tradition brought from North Africa).
  5. On the archive, do you plan on giving Ethiopians a library building as well or is it going to be a Malian UB ? Also are the parts in maroon going to be player color ?
  6. https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015008158407&view=1up&seq=321 It is a elephant drawn chariot, the article calling it a tower was misinterpreting. Another passage on Porus elephants:
  7. Veddic texts mention war elephants, i am not sure if they say anything about towers tho. It's possilbe that Curtius mentions Howdahs being used before that timeframe you mentioned Source on that statement is a Indian book from the 60s: Majumdar, R. C. (1960). The. Classical. Accounts.of. India. Calcutta: Firma K.L. Mukhopadhvay. p. 105.
  8. I think Veddic text mention war elephants but i am not sure there is anything about towers.
  9. My idea would be vernacular storehouse, farmstead, blacksmith, corral; while the fortress, tower, walls and CC are gondarine. Barracks and market could go both ways. For siege i don't think they used scorpios, i'd suggest a battering ram (Warriors with a log, upgrades to wheeled ram covered in hide) and arabic traction catapult (reusing the one from Millenium A.D).
  10. Maybe it's just the perspective, but it looks a bit too small. It's seems smaller than the Briton house (Smallest in vanilla game).
  11. Since Rome has Sybiline books, perhaps the Ethiopians could research a Ark of the Covenant tech at wonder. Effect could be giving priests a big boost, or a morale bonus that makes buildings stronger or troops fight harder at home territory (The idea is not that you are using the power of the Ark AOM style, but to portray the importance of religion for Ethiopian identity.) Not sure on the church having grey walls, i guess it's just a placeholder.
  12. For temple maybe use the Lalibela Church of Saint George. For wonder you could use the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion (Would require some speculation, to portray how it looked in the middle ages).
  13. According to Wikipedia they were loaned by Ptolemy II Philadelphus. I think at the time the Ptolemies had both Indian and African Elephants, so could have been either or a mix of both.
  14. I'd say Goats are a good choice, maybe unlock cows through a improvement. For the field perhaps Millet ? Maybe even reuse Kushite field (I don't remember what crop the Kushites have). In the future it might be interesting if Zimbabweans could garrison cattle in Corral/CC for some kind of bonus; since cattle in Southern Africa was not used just for food but also as currency and a status symbol.
  15. Indeed Mali was not the only kingdom to use mudbrick architecture, the reason i gave them that tech is because they improved on that style and used it to build great monuments. Morocco, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe used mud dwellings, but for more important buildings they preferred stone.
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