Little is known of the fifth Pharaoh of the 19th Dynasty, who is recorded as being a son of King Merneptah and once stood as presumptive heir. As a headstrong member of the royal family who gained considerable wealth by controlling many of Egypt’s gold mines, he remains bitter that he was passed up in the line of succession. Instead, he received a distant posting as Viceroy of Kush, while his half-brother Seti was favoured. Amenmesse’s ambition to stake his claim is matched only by his access to Egypt’s vast riches. Wise and worldly and less aloof than many leaders, his willingness to ally with foreigners gives him a further edge over his rivals.
Access to vast wealth; safe starting location; susceptible to rebellions.
Very strong archers; can defeat rivals from a distance; units are expensive.