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''The Settlers: Rise Of An Empire'' is the sixth in a [[TheSettlers series]] of RealTimeStrategy games made by BlueByte and published by UbiSoft. Released in 2007, the game tells the story of the [[ContinuityNod Darion Empire]] rising to glory in a war against the [[BigBad Red Prince]] and his evil kingdom. The expansion pack, ''The Eastern Realm'', released in 2008, introduces a new campaign and new BigBad, Khana.

Gameplay generally consists of giving orders to build a city and watching them be carried out by the namesake Settlers, or peasants of your kingdom. It is possible to build extremely elaborate towns. In the later levels, millitary action becomes increasingly important as you travel into the heart of the Red Prince's territory.

Unusually for a {{RTS}}, the game has a core cast of Knights: Marcus, Alandra, Elias, Kestral, Hakim and Thordal. These characters function as special units within the game and introduce missions in the briefing room. However, they have surprisingly well-developed personalities as well as unique abilities, and are one of the more entertaining aspects of the game.

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!! This game provides examples of:
* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: The Red Prince and Crimson Sabatt.
* ActionGirl: Alandra, Kestral and Crimson Sabatt.
* AnimeHair: Khana's hair is bright green.
* AnnoyingArrows: Averted. Bowmen are deadly.
* BigBad: The Red Prince in the orignal; Khana in the expansion.
* BilingualBonus: Quite a few. Most notably, Hakim Abd-Al Sar translates roughly to "Wise One of the [[RobinHood Hood]]".
* BlackCloak: Hakim is a rare non-villianous example.
* BlueBlood: [[CaptainObvious It focuses on a group of knights.]]
* BoisterousBruiser: Thordal.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Bad guys are [[RedshirtArmy red]], good guys are blue.
* CombatMedic: Alandra.
* ComicBookTime: And how. One level can take you fifty in-game years to complete, but your knights are still as young as ever at the end of it.
* CommandAndConquerEconomy: Partly averted. You, as monarch, give orders and your Settlers carry them out by themselves. You can't directly control any units except the millitary. You can quite safely walk away from your city and let it look after itself for hours on end if you wish.
* CoolHorse: The Knights all have them; except Elias, who has a [[TheAllegedSteed donkey]].
* DanceOfRomance: Some of your Settlers will have these when you hold a festival.
* TheDragon: Crimson Sabatt.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Once of the probable reasons for [[MarySue Saraya's]] introduction in the expansion.
* [[SequelGoesForeign Expansion Pack Goes Foreign]]
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero -- Marcus
** TheLancer -- Kestral
** TheSmartGuy -- Hakim
** TheBigGuy -- Thordal
** TheChick -- Alandra
** SixthRanger -- Elias
* GameplayAllyImmortality: If one of the Knights reaches zero HP, they will retreat to the castle and respawn in a couple of minutes. [[VideogameCrueltyPotential This can be be used for both good and evil.]]
* HairFlip: Crimson Sabatt loves doing this.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Crimson Sabatt can fight and ride in a ''dress''.
* InTheHood: See BlackCloak above.
* KidAppealCharacter: Saraya.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Marcus.
* LargeHam: Thordal. Sabatt also has moments of this, usually when announcing her intention to crush your settlement.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:The Knight you play as least will turn against you towards the end of the game. In fanon, it's assumed to be Elias.]]
* NoIndoorVoice: Thordal. When combined with MostAnnoyingSound above, it's not pretty.
* NoNameGiven: The Red Prince. He doesn't get one in fanon either.
* NorseByNorsewest: Narlind.
* ObviouslyEvil: The Red Prince and Crimson Sabatt. [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The names]] and the outfits kind of give it away.
* OffscreenTeleportation: Crimson Sabatt can travel quite comfortably between Tios in level 11, to Sahir in level 12, back to Vestholm for the cutscene after level 12, and then to Montecito in level 13. And that's just one example.
* OnlyOneName: Elias, Marcus, Alandra, Kestral and Thordal. Alandra gets a full name in fanon.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Thordal.
* RagsToRiches: Marcus and Kestral were both commoners before receiving their titles.
* ShiftingSandLand: Janub.
* SimSimSalabim: The expansion pack's setting has elements of this.
* StopHelpingMe: See MostAnnoyingSound.
* WelcomeBackTraitor: In the expansion, TheMole from the original game may be playable depending upon who it was.
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: Some of the Knights' special abilities, especially Thordal's song.
* YouRequireMoreVespeneGas: And how. The ResourceGathering, and what you do with the resources afterwards, is essentially the point of the game.
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