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Hassan ben Sahid
Hassan ben Sahid
Character details
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"Well well. Look what strange fish we've reeled in here."

Hassan ben Sahid is the leader of the Corsairs. He plays a minor role in the Campaign. In Continuous games he will be hard to avoid, however, assuming Corsairs are active. He will send out Corsair ships to roam the region, attacking ships of those who do not pay for treaties with him. Ultimately, the player will be able to fraternise with the Corsairs and create a permanent Alliance with Hassan ben Sahid. The Alliance will be signed after the player shows their worth to the Corsairs by completing one of two quests. These quests are unlocked by either paying for many treaties, leading to The Feast, or by destroying enough Corsair ships, leading to The Last Contingent.

While dealing with Corsairs can feel difficult or annoying, having Corsairs in a game offers some great benefits that can outweigh the threat they pose. The difficulty setting of the Corsairs is preset for Scenarios, but can be adjusted when creating a new Continuous game.

Hassan's Lair[]

Corsair ships are sent out from Hassan's Lair, at which point they start roaming the map and occasionally return. When the Corsairs are set to Weak or Medium, Corsair ships only start appearing after a player discovers the lair. This includes Computer players as well. When Corsairs are set to Strong, Corsair ships start appearing immediately. Once Corsair ships start appearing, there is no benefit to avoiding Hassan's lair anymore. In fact, seeking out his lair at this point is generally the correct choice, as it unlocks a few options. Firstly, discovering Hassan ben Sahid immediately grants access to the Corsair Attainments, regardless of treaty status. Additionally, it enables the player to pay for Trade treaties. Having the option to pay tribute when needed can be useful when a ship is at risk of being sank by Corsairs, as it will immediately stop his aggression towards the player.

Paying tribute[]

Having a Trade treaty with the Corsairs has some worthwhile benefits. Not only is it beneficial for keeping your ships safe, but it also grants you a formidable trading partner. The Corsair trading fleet will buy many different Goods from your warehouses, making them great for increasing Passive Trade. Hassan also sells Goods, Items, and Ships at his lair.

Hassan ben Sahid will periodically demand tribute to sign or maintain the Trade treaty with him. The tribute amount is 10% of your balance, up to a certain maximum. Refusing to pay tribute results in the same behaviour as if the player had never discovered his lair. Corsairs do not become more aggressive to the player after refusing to pay tribute. A Trade treaty can be requested at any time through the Diplomacy menu, or by opening Hassan ben Sahid's Trade menu, which brings up his dialogue for paying tribute.

Fraternising[]

The Diplomacy menu also shows the requirements for gaining a permanent Alliance with the Corsairs when hovering over the "Ask for Alliance" button. Here it will show the number of Treaties you've signed with the Corsairs, and the number of Corsair ships you've sank. The requirements for unlocking the quests depends on the difficulty setting of the Corsairs. Note that the quests do not have a time limit. Hassan will continue to demand tribute while the quest is active, however.

Details[]

Difficulty Maximum Demand Demands every (minutes) The Feast The Last Contingent
Number of Demands Goods required Ships to Sink Quest Fleet Size
Easy 5,000 (Peasant)

10,000 (Citizen) 15,000 (Patrician)

20,000 (Noblemen)

50 8 80 Meat, 120 Beer, 80 Weapons 30 13
Medium 6,250 (Peasant)

12,500 (Citizen) 18,750 (Patrician) 25,000 (Noblemen)

45 14 120 Meat, 160 Beer, 120 Weapons 50 17
Hard 7,500 (Peasant)

15,000 (Citizen) 22,500 (Patrician) 30,000 (Noblemen)

40 20 240 Beer, 80 Pearl Necklaces, 40 Gold 70 21

Strategy[]

In a sense, he uses passive-aggressive settings. Each individual pirate ship only attacks for a limited amount of time and then breaks off, and even the lowliest trade ship can usually limp away from a single corsair (hopefully, directly to a Repair crane). But the ante is increased at Hard difficulty, when some of his ships start patrolling in packs of three, five, or more, as the game progresses. These packs will destroy small ships and can put a real dent in large ships before his ships might break off individually. They work by line of sight, and only go after you if they see you during their patrol pattern. All in all, depending on whether you sailed right into the wolf pack; your trade ship stopped at a warehouse; they had to work to keep up with your ship; etc., you may be able to dance around him until you have a force to stop him - assuming you haven't acquiesced to his extortion demands.

If you Fraternise with him and you have a metropolis (3500 noblemen/5240 envoys in a city), he will ultimately give you a quest requiring you to defeat all other NPCs. Also note that occasionally you may be asked by the Emperor or Sultan (after finishing their monument) to sink corsairs (usually a handful, but occasionally, dozens). You can't attack Hassan once you have fraternized - unless, that is, you have bought Letters of Marque from him! Because these quests may have time limits, you would be wise to stock up on a number of Letters, once you reach the metropolis-quest stage.

He offers a wide variety of Expedition maps and martial items. Once you've completed an Imperial cathedral or Sultan's mosque these expedition maps can cheaply procure veteran crew that are as good as the ones that cost far more Honor. He also offers particular booty or war Productivity and Tax items, such as for making or taxing cannons, pearl necklaces, and beer. Hassan offers so many maps and types of war gear that his productivity and tax items are relatively rare, compared to Northburgh and Al Zahir.

As soon as you bought a trade agreement, he will send out ships to trade with you. He has the smallest initial trade budget, but generates more revenue the more you expand (more than Lord Northburgh) and is willing to take pearl necklaces from your harbor. He offers some oriental items for sale. His corsair battle ships come out after you reached the Patrician Civilization.

Also, due to a bug, it is no longer possible in the addon to fraternise with him if you play with normal corsairs or higher IF your difficulty is at least medium.

The following table shows the kind of ships he offers to sell, once you purchased a trade treaty from him (Binding Handshake reduces ship prices depending on level of Attainment):

Civilization Level Ships offered for Sale Frequency
Peasant Small Trading Ship (5500) Always
Citizen Small Trading Ship (5500)

Small Warship (????)

Small Tradesman's Cog (????)

Corsair Ship (????)

Common

Common

Rare

Rare

Patrician Small Trading Ship (5500)

Small Warship (????)

Small Tradesman's Cog (????)

Large Trading Ship (????)

Large Warship (????)

Large Tradesman's Cog (????)

Large Oriental Trading Ship (????)

Large Oriental Warship (????)

Corsair Ship (????)

Coffin Ship (????)

Uncommon

Uncommon

Uncommon

Uncommon

Uncommon

Very Rare

Uncommon

Common

Common

Very Rare

Nobleman Small Trading Ship (5500)

Small Warship (????)

Small Tradesman's Cog (????)

Large Trading Ship (????)

Large Warship (????)

Large Tradesman's Cog (????)

Large Oriental Trading Ship (????)

Large Oriental Warship (????)

Corsair Ship (????)

Coffin Ship (????)

Rare

Rare

Uncommon

Uncommon

Uncommon

Common

Common

Common

Common

Very Rare

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