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I like to play with a computer ally so I can trade for gold, but he takes all the relics. I know it's possible to wall them, but is there a way to get the relic back after the AI has taken it?

It would be nice anyway to have some commands to control your ally a bit.

I use the addon Forgotten Empires.

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What I usually did in those cases was using siege onagers and the attack in an area command to destroy their monastery (note that I had enforced teams so this aggression went unnoticed). If your civilization doesn't have those, I believe other siege weapons can do it.

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I don't own AoE2, but do you think you could attack the ground next to the monastery, so it gets destroyed by the splash damage instead? That way you wouldn't have to worry about your diplomatic relationship, right? – Nolonar Feb 11 '14 at 20:31
@Nolonar Even collateral damage will cause AI allies to break ties. – John the Green Feb 11 '14 at 20:32
I don't remember well the AI "friendliness", but you can always switch to enemy and convert/destroy before switching back to ally ;) – rlecaro2 Feb 11 '14 at 20:36

I don't know of any way to get him to give it to you.

You could take a unit like a Trebuchet or Mangonel and use the "Attack Ground" command though. Tell them to attack the ground on a Monastery and you should be able to damage it enough to take the relics yourself if your Monks are quick enough.

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The Conquerors did add some commands to control your ally, but I don't think any pertained to relics... Clicking the chat button in the upper right, then clicking "Commands" in the lower left of the popup brings up the list of valid commands.

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