Once more, Darkness had returned! Despite the disappearing players, the constant destruction from the Shadow and the one player who seemed to enjoy pointing out all my math errors (you know who you are!), the second attempt at the first Darkness reached its end thanks to a dedicated group who stuck with it right from the start! And now, Darkness Reborn has been created in the image of its predecessor, but with several notable differences. Don’t hesitate to create a nation, whether you’re new to Darkness or a returning player, a nation that will fight and die in your name, and one day even rule the world!
The land of Ravari has not known war from generations. Of course there have been the occasional conflicts over borders, ranging in scale from two patrols colliding to whole armies, but there has been no war. Instead, a strange peace has settled over Ravari. But it is only a peace that was brought about by centuries of never-ending and bloody war. Although none alive can remember it, the books and records tell of a time where the very land itself bled as the nations clashed in a chaotic cauldron of war. But those days are past, and now this uneasy peace has settled.
And yet there are those among the current nations who believe that these tales of war are simply rumours, stories to tell the children as the darkness closes in for the night, and that perhaps it is time that the armies of Ravari march to war once more…..
*Where does this tie in with the previous Darkness?:
Simple answer, it doesn’t! For anyone who followed the first Darkness or who has read the final Action post, you will know that all the remaining armies of Kolnur were sucked up into giant portals along with all the creatures of the Great Shadow!
*Is the bigger army always going to win?:
No. I will be the final determination for any battle, but basically remember this; it will come down to what KIND of battle you engage in. If you line up all your troops and face off on a traditional field of battle with traditional tools of war, then yes the bigger army has higher odds of victory. But if you use magic or technology to alter the scales of battle, a smaller army has a chance of emerging victorious. I will be the one who determines the outcome of the battle although I welcome the viewpoint of each player and the wider players.
*Can I be destroyed in this game?:
Only with your permission. Even if another player manages to conquer your nation you can live on as refugees, rebels, or a number of other options. You won't ever be destroyed (Again, unless you want to be), you will just change form and wander until you can find another place to call home.
*How Many Traits do I Get?:
21 trait points, plus the possible two racial bonuses and Racial Traits, as well as any other extra from Racial Traits
Races: (Each Race can select 1 racial trait for free.)
+1 Trait for either Lesser Earth Magic or Military Traits
+1 Trait for either Military, Divine, or Necromancy Traits
+1 Trait for either Military or Necromancy Traits
+1 Trait for either Military or Elemental Traits
+1 Trait for either Illusion or Technology Traits
+1 Trait for either Elemental or Military Traits
+1 Trait for either Military or Lesser Fire Magic Traits
You may have up to 2 races in your country, gaining the bonus traits for each. However the following list shows which races do not coexist well.
Dwarves and Ogres
Elves and Orcs
Gnomes and Goblins
National Traits (CHOOSE ONE)
Army Type (CHOOSE ONE)
Homeland Security: Your nation is protected by an elaborate spy network that ensures no enemy can enter your lands without you knowing about it. (When an enemy invades a province that you control, you will know their numbers and basic movements)
I believe you have underestimated the sneakiness sir: Your nation trains trackers and hunters as expert scouts to scout the areas ahead of your army and report back (When your army moves into a new province, you will know the numbers and basic movements of any forces there)
Cunning Linguists: Your Nation has long been in the forefront of diplomacy, thus not only are your diplomats smooth in their speech, but they are also masters of customs and dialects of foreign nations, making foreign courts more apt to accept their proposals as coming from a kindred spirit. (Any diplomacy with the NPC nations will almost certainly succeed)
Builders: Your nations working population is extremely industrious, they don’t take coffee breaks in their work day, and they get stuff done. (All buildings take 1 less turn to construct to a minimum of 1)
Farmhands: Your nation breeds men strong and powerful; hours spent working in the fields hardening their muscles. (Your nations Heavy Infantry, Light Infantry and Conscript Infantry all have an advantage in combat)
Hunters: Your nation’s population all know how to hunt, and there is only a small jump from killing a deer to killing a man. (Your nations Artillery, Archers, Crossbowmen and Conscript Bowmen all have an advantage in combat)
Ranchers: Your nation is highly skilled in raising and riding powerful horses, and they are a fearsome opponent to face. (Your nations Light Cavalry, Heavy Cavalry and Conscript Horsemen all have an advantage in combat)
Magic: Your nation’s people all carry some spark inside of them, whether it is from the air or the land they call home, this spark makes them very powerful Mages. (Your nations Magi and War-Magi all have an advantage in combat)
Black Powder: Your nation embraced gunpowder when it found its way to their lands and has mastered its use. (Your nations Arquebussers and Cannons all have an advantage in combat)
Sailors: Your nation has always lived upon the sea as much as it has lived upon land, conquering the waves with their mighty navy. (Your nations Ships, Transports and Ironclads all have an advantage in combat)
Airmen: Your nation is just as home high in the clouds as they are with their feet on the ground, your people love to fly and have mastered the art (Your nations Fast, Fighters, Bombers and Interceptors all have an advantage in combat)
Metal Men: Your nation, ever since the technology became available, have created towering machines of steel and iron, ready to march forward and fight for you (Your nations Mechanical Walkers and Mechanical Warriors all have an advantage in combat)
Conscript Military Units
Professional Military Units
For King and Country!: Your nation has proud citizenry who yearn for the chance to serve in the military. As such you have a small, well trained, and superiorly equipped army to call upon; however conscripts don’t mesh well with them. (Start army size: 200 professional units, no conscripts.)
Grab Yer Pitchforks and Get Marching!: Your nation believes in overwhelming numbers and doesn't feel training is really needed. In times of war you shove basic weaponry in your soldier’s hands and point them in the direction of the enemy. Morale will be low, but so long as you outnumber your enemies you have a chance… (Start Army Size: 600 Conscript Units)
The Knighthood: Your nation has a small, professionally trained core of troops leading conscripts. While the core of your army is well trained and well equipped, they are far outnumbered by the conscript soldiers. (Start Army Size: 400 Units (50 Professional, the rest Conscripts.))
Golden Horde: Your nation is militaristic and has a large standing army, with an equal split of well trained and conscript soldiers. Your soldiers know how to handle themselves, but aren’t all the best of the best. (Start Army Size: 150 Professional Units, 150 Conscript Units)
Navy Type (Requires Ship Building (CHOOSE ONE))
Flight Type (Requires Dirigibles Trait (CHOOSE ONE))
Light Infantry: This is skirmishers, men in light armour who meet the enemy often from ambush, or attempting to slow the enemy down. Could also be common conscript spearmen with just a leather jerkin and a spear. These units are fast moving but cannot stand toe to toe with heavy infantry for long, and heavy cavalry plows right through them. However, these men are perfect for use in ambush, or to harry supply lines of the enemy, since they can’t hit what they can’t see, right? (1 Unit of Light Infantry = 100 men)
Heavy Infantry: These are the men marching in lockstep formations. Tall shields, heavy armour, and big swords, these are the infantry that will eat through light infantry or be able to hold their line against a cavalry charge (1 Unit of Heavy Infantry = 25 men)
Archers: Men with bows and normally given only light armour, such as padded jerkins or boiled leather and ring mail to allow the most movement. These men are highly effective at stopping light infantry and cavalry charges, though their weapons normally don’t puncture heavy cavalry or infantries armour. (1 Unit of Archers = 100 men)
Crossbowmen: These soldiers have a slow reload time, but their bolts can puncture the armour of even heavy infantry and cavalry. (1 Unit of Crossbowmen = 50 men)
Light Cavalry: Normally armed with a sword, a lance, and a horse bow, these soldiers are armoured in light armour and meant to scout and harry the enemy. They are good for using in flanking manoeuvres or to slip around the enemy lines and attack from the rear, but against any heavily armoured unit it will not hold up long. (1 Unit of Light Cavalry = 50 men)
Heavy Cavalry: Knights in shining armour, heavy cavalry is bedecked with heavy armour and so are their horses. These men can crush through infantry formations, unless they have pole-arms to keep them at bay. They are very hard to kill. (1 Unit of Heavy Cavalry = 10 men)
Arquebussers (Requires the This is my Boomstick trait): Armed with the deadly Arquebus these men let loose a hail of metal shot to devastate enemy formations. Effective against light armour at long range, and even able to penetrate heavy armour at close range, these are deadly weapons. (1 Unit of Arquebussers = 25 men)
Artillery: Whether it’s the Ballista, the Catapult, or the Cannon (If you have the trait) these units all have one thing in common. They are meant to take down walls or devastate large areas of troop formations. (1 Unit of Artillery = 1 Artillery Weapon)
Magi: In addition to your Nations leadership, you have Magi trained for combat in the magical arts. These magi stand with your troops raining devastation in their chosen school of magic across the battlefield. (1 Unit of Magi = 20 men)
War-Magi: These are to the Magi as the Magi are to a normal man. They are the physical embodiment of their chosen school and can unleash the most devastating skills singlehandedly (1 Unit of War-Magi = 1 man)
Mechanical Walkers: (Requires Mechanical Walkers Trait) Large metal frameworks within which warriors can mount weaponry, these machines are deadly powerful and hard to destroy. (1 Unit of Mechanical Walkers = 1 machine)
Mechanical Warriors: (Requires Mechanical Warriors Trait) Slightly larger than man size, these robotic automatons are a marvel of technology. They are able to be programmed with basic instructions, and follow them through. By no means the most gifted warriors, they are nonetheless hard to kill and unswervingly loyal. (1 Unit of Mechanical Warriors = 5 machines)
Necromancy (Cannot be taken with Divine)
Fearless: Your soldiers don’t know the meaning of fear and will charge into overwhelming odds without flinching. (Fear has no effect on your armies and they will not run till one army is wiped out unless ordered to)
Superior Forging: Your weapons are forged in an extraordinary manner, whether it’s attributed to dwarven craftsmanship, magical imbuements, or technological advances in blast furnaces, your weaponry is a step above the average. (Your soldiers have an advantage in combat)
Mithril Armour: Stronger then steel, but light as a cloth shirt, Mithril armour is the best armour an army can have, but it’s rare to come by. (Your soldiers are much harder to kill)
Soldiers of the Line: Your infantry is the core of your army, and you know how to work them! Your formations are flawless and their shieldwalls are effective at warding off enemy archers. (Your Infantry all have an advantage in combat)
Masterful Cavalry: Your cavalry units work as a cohesive unit, your soldiers ride their horses better than most can even dream of. You are skilled at using the mobility of your cavalry to catch your foes off guard. (Your Cavalry all have an advantage in combat)
Kill Them From a Distance: Your missile units are excellent shots, and have been heavily drilled to know how to fire in unison, set up barriers to protect them from other units, and at aiming for the weaknesses in the armour of their foes. (Your Archers/Crossbowmen/Artillery all have an advantage in combat)
Wizardry: Centuries of delving into the schools of magic have granted your nation a deep understanding of how the winds of sorcery blow across the lands, and have adapted to channeling it. (Your Magi/War-Magi all have an advantage in combat)
The Smell of Sulfur: After decades of experimenting, and countless explosions and failed tests, your nation has perfected the use of black powder and has adapted your armies around the use of it. (Your Arquebussers/Cannons all have an advantage in combat)
Whirring Cogs: The meta machines play a large part of your army, forming an elite inhuman core that shows no emotion and will not stop till it completes the objective or is destroyed utterly (Your Mechanical Walkers/Mechanical Warriors all have an advantage in combat)
Divine Magic (Cannot be taken with Necromancy)
Animate Dead: Cause the dead laying in the ground to rise up once more, whether as zombies or as skeletons these forces are mindless and can follow only simple instructions. They command none of their former skills from their life, and are armed only with what they died with, or what you provide them. (Just before a battle you can summon 5 Conscript Infantry/Horsemen/Bowmen Units for every Unit of Magi/War-Magi present)
The Spirits hear my Call (Requires Animate Dead trait): Ghosts, wraiths, and other fell spirits obey your command, permitting you to summon them to your will. (Just before a battle you can summon 1 Professional Units of your choice for every Unit of Magi/War-Magi present)
Negative Energy: You know how to manipulate the powers of darkness and bend them to your will. You can drain life from foes; leach away their strength, and other methods of negative energy. (Your Magi/War-Magi all have an advantage in combat)
Nightmares: Your Magi can reach into the deepest, darkest recesses of the enemies minds and pull forth their greatest fears, rendering them petrified with terror and useless (Just before a battle you can induce fear into the enemy when your Magi/War-Magi are present)
Plaguewalker: (Requires 2 other Necromancy Traits) Disease is a useful tool when your soldiers are already dead. You have learned how to create diseases through magic, and spread them through various means. (Just before a battle you can unleash a plague on the enemy that will kill a random number of enemies when your Magi/War-Magi are present)
The Deepest Black: (Requires 3 other Necromancy Traits) Even the brightest light can’t penetrate the darkness in your Magi’s souls. (Your Magi/War-Magi can effectively repel and negate any Divine Traits)
Lesser Air Magic: Your people can control the winds in minor ways, creating small barriers of air to block arrows, creating fists of solidified air, creating or diverting small breezes. (Your Magi/War-Magi all have an advantage in combat)
Greater Air Magic: (Requires Lesser Air Magic) You can hurl bolts of lightning or create/redirect gale force winds. All the fury of the storm is at your beck and call. (Your Dirigibles all have an advantage in combat when your Magi/War-Magi are present and your Magi/War-Magi all have an advantage in combat)
Lesser Water Magic: You can create water from nothing, freeze it to create a shield of ice or create spears of ice to cast at your foes. (Your Magi/War-Magi all have an advantage in combat)
Greater Water Magic: (Requires Lesser Water Magic) The tides obey your call; you can raise and lower the levels of water in any area with ease. Ice storms can be conjured from thin air to pelt your foes and walls of ice can be raised upon even a desert floor, though it’s not likely to last long unless you sustain it. (Your Navy has an advantage in combat when your Magi/War-Magi are present and your Magi/War-Magi all have an advantage in combat)
Lesser Earth Magic: The ground beneath your feet lends strength to you, you can reshape rock faces to a form more pleasing to you, raise small juts of earth in front of you to form small defensive emplacements or pick up and hurl a small rock and have it grow to a boulder in the course of its flight. (Your Magi/War-Magi all have an advantage in combat)
Greater Earth Magic: (Requires Lesser Earth Magic) The forest speaks to you, the ground beneath your feet informs you when someone treads upon it. You can rip asunder stone walls like it was made of paper, and can create earthquakes that sunder the homes of your foes. (Your soldiers all have an advantage in combat when your Magi/War-Magi are present and your Magi/War-Magi all have an advantage in combat)
Lesser Fire Magic: You can start even wet wood on fire and can propel jets of flame from your hands. (Your Magi/War-Magi all have an advantage in combat)
Greater Fire Magic: (Requires Lesser Fire Magic) Great balls of fire, that’s right, you sunder the earth and fill the air with the smell of burnt flesh. You make walls of flame to cordon off your foes and make people spontaneously combust. (Your Magi/War-Magi all have a large advantage in combat)
Air-Bending: (Requires Lesser Air Magic) The ability to lift themselves other people and even entire vessels is an art that has only been mastered by a select few nations, but those that have are able to field devastating Air Forces. (Allows you to take the Dirigibles trait)
This…is….my…BOOMSTICK!: You are able to create an Arquebus, a firearm capable of piercing plate armour at close range, but at long ranges it will only penetrate lesser armours. (You are able to field Arquebussers)
Flamethrowers: That’s right, who said you need to know magic to throw magic around! With a tank of highly explosive materials strapped to your back, and a wand held in front of you, you can let loose a burst of flame! Course if someone should hit that tank… (Your Mechanical Warriors/Mechanical Walkers all have an advantage in combat))
Alchemical Alloys: (Requires 1 other Technology Traits) You know the secret of combining metals to create a stronger end product. But you go further; through alchemy you can transmute them into something stronger than others would even dream! (Your Mechanical Walkers/Mechanical Warriors are harder to kill.)
Cannons: (Requires This is my Boomstick Trait) You have decided that if you can make a small metal ball be fired at someone, why not go with a large one? You have cannons with which to pulverize your foes! (Your Mechanical Walkers/Ironclads/Ships/Fighters/Interceptors/Artillery all have an advantage in combat)
Steam Engine: You can create energy by boiling water! Amazing! (Your Mechanical Walkers/Mechanical Warriors/Ironclads all have an advantage in combat)
Trains: (Requires Steam Engine) You have learned to create large mechanical forms of transportation (You are able to construct Railways when they become available)
Mechanical Walkers: (Requires 4 other Technology Traits, one of which must be Steam Engine) Born from the crazed designs of some of the more insane scientists and engineers, huge advances in science has finally brought a war machine to life! (You are able to field Mechanical Walkers.)
Mechanical Warriors: (Requires Mechanical Walkers Trait) Men are weak. They can feel fear, and their flesh is weak. But remove that emotion, and replace that flesh with cold steel and your armies cannot be stopped! Or at least not easily (You are able to field Mechanical Warriors)
Controlled Flight: (Requires Steam Engine) Through a vast understanding of science, your people have finally managed to discover the secret of flight, and have adapted their military using this new knowledge. (Allows you to field Dirigibles)
MAIN RULE CHANGES FROM DARKNESS 1: There is two important changes from the original Darkness. With the first being the tiered system of Provinces and what it means. To put it simply, Provinces are now Village Provinces, Town Provinces or City Provinces. I will explain this in further detail below. And the second change is the players being more involved in the outcomes of fights.
HOW IT WORKS
Awesome strength: No other race can compare with you for sheer brute strength. A single hit from you is enough to send a lesser race flying across the room. (All your soldiers have an advantage in combat)
Increased Fortitude: You can take a hit and keep on coming, even if that hit just ripped one of you arms off. After all, it’s just a flesh wound right? (Your soldiers are harder to kill)
Impaling Throw: You wield thrown weapons in a capacity feared by your foes, you are able to pierce common metals with your thrown javelins, imagine what you can do to people hit by them? (All your soldiers have an advantage in combat)
Berserkers: Your warriors go berserk in battle, blind with bloodlust they ignore wounds they take and fight with a ferocity such as to set fear into your foes. Of course they rarely survive such a bout of bloodlust, since while in it they ignore threats and wounds they have taken in the name of killing as many people as they can. (You can take the Fearless Trait for free and all your soldiers have an advantage in combat)
War Chiefs: Your nation has a single war chief who leads the armies, and he has proven himself in battle time and again. This war chief is considered one of the Great Generals of the age. (You will have more extended options just before a battle)
Shamanistic Ties: Your people are close to their ancestors. The Shaman of your nation hold great authority in your nation for good reason, their elemental magic is potent enough to drive your people away from the more common arts of necromancy.(You get 1 Lesser Elemental trait free)
Horde Tactics: Always fight with overwhelming numbers, that is the rule of thumb for your military. (You can take 100 more Conscript Units.)
Sneaky Lil Buggers: Masters of the ambush, your people are experts at using hidden structures to watch for incoming foes, and setting up ambushes in the terrain you know. (You will have more extended options just before a battle)
We’re Not Running Away, We’re Advancing To The Rear!: Your people may not be the bravest out there, but by god they know how to survive a fight! You always have a back way out of any city, or fight, prepared in advance. (You can order a retreat at any time)
Explorers by Nature: Your people have been filled with wanderlust for as long as you can remember, you have extensive maps of the world and know where most other nations lay. (You will have a greater knowledge of your immediate neighbours)
Born on a Horse: Your people have always viewed the horse as a form of wealth, and even now children seem to learn to ride a horse before they can even properly walk. Your cavalry is second to none. (All your Cavalry gain an advantage in combat)
Farming is in the Blood: Your people have tilled their fields for so long, that they ARE the land. Agriculture is an integral part of your nation, and you work hard at it. (Your nation will avoid any Disasters to do with starvation)
Elven High Mages: Your Magi are exceedingly powerful, having studied for hundreds of years the arcane lore they have accumulated. They can weave powerful defensive enchantments over your lands, creating defences that will dazzle foes with their intricacies. (Your Magi/War-Magi all gain an advantage in combat)
One with the Forest: Your people are adept at living among the woods, you know when something is wrong and you know how to travel it without being noticed. (All your soldiers gain an advantage in combat when fighting in a Forest Province)
Master Archers: Your people have practiced archery since your people have existed. They are unequalled in their accuracy with a bow. (Your Archers/Conscript Bowmen all gain an advantage in combat)
Stone Fortitude: Your people are stalwart warriors, and have long lived in harsh environments. They can take hits that would kill lesser men and keep on trucking. Poison has very little effect on your people. (Your soldiers are harder to kill)
Gems in the Rough: Your people are obsessed with the wealth hidden in the mountains and below the ground. You have delved long and hard, and have been rewarded with rich deposits of precious metals, gems, and other valuable commodities. (You can take ‘Mithril Armour’ or ‘Superior Forging’ for free)
Dwarven Defences: Dwarves know how to build structures that last the ages. And when they build for defence, no one can best them. Your defences are the best out there. (All your Provinces have a higher base DB and your Defensive Buildings have a higher DB)
Need More Boom: Your guns and cannons pack a bigger punch then others can manage. This is due in part at least to your aptitude for experimenting with things and blowing up your workshop in the course of your studies. (Your Arquebussers/Cannons all have an advantage in combat)
No One Lives Here, Honest!: Your people are masters of concealing entire communities with a shroud of illusion, making it difficult for others to find you. (You can control the reports of your enemies Scouts against you)
Hiding is a Skill: Your people are adept at concealing themselves (You gain the ‘Cloak of Invisibility’ Trait for free)
You will start off the game with, unless you request otherwise, three Provinces; one Town Province and two Village Provinces.
Your nation will populate the map along with the other players and the NPC nations. To put it simply, there’s no handy land to spread into.
Now each NPC nation, of which numbers are not confirmed, has a ‘personality’, be it peace-seeking or lovers of war, this ‘personality’ will affect how they respond to your actions towards them. Some will happily form an alliance with you in return for protection or they will murder your diplomats and send you their headless corpses. These NPC nations will remain independent no matter if you are in an alliance with them or not although you can ask for their help or help them like you would another players nation.
The only way to expand your territory is to conquer the provinces of either other player’s nations or NPC nations through war.
In battle your tactics will determine how you square up against your foe, be it concealing an army in ambush or commanding a storming cavalry charge, and will affect the final result of the battle. I will use a system I’ve already created to decide how the conflict ends and its consequences and will let you know.
To conquer a Province you must remove any enemy soldiers from the Province, be it through eradicating any opposition or driving them from the Province. The tier of the Province and the buildings built there will play a large part into how well the defenders can hold the Province.
The tiers of Provinces are a new concept for this game. The lowest tier for a Province is the Village Province, and then the Town Province and finally the City Province. The tier of the Province decides how many soldiers can be recruited there, how well it can be defended and how many men can be garrisoned there.
A Village Province can recruit a base 1 Conscript Unit per turn. As it is just a collection of huts, a Village Province has a base Defence Bonus of 1. A base max garrison of 150 Professional/Conscript Units can be stationed in a Village Province. A Village Province can be upgraded to a Town Province by building a Town Hall, which is available when there are at least 3 other buildings in the Village Province.
A Town Province can recruit a base 5 Conscript Units or 1 Professional Unit per turn. If a Town Province borders water then it may recruit a base 1 Unit of Ships, Transports or Ironclads per turn. More fortified and easy to defend then a Village Province, a Town Province has a base Defence Bonus of 6. A base max garrison of 300 Professional/Conscript Units can be stationed in a Town Province. A Town Province can be upgraded to a City Province by building a City Hall, which is available when there are at least 6 other buildings in the Town Province.
A City Province can recruit a base 10 Conscript Units or 5 Professional Units per turn. If a City Province borders water then it may recruit a base 5 Units of Ships, Transports or Ironclads per turn. If your nation has an Airforce then a City Province can recruit a base 1 Unit of Fast, Fighters, Bombers or Interceptors per turn. Nothing short of a fortress, a City Province has a base Defence Bonus of 20. A base max garrison of 600 Professional/Conscript Units can be stationed in a City Province.
To put all this into some kind of context, or at least try to, if I had a Town and a Village Province I could train 1 Conscript Unit in the Village Province while I train 1 Unit of Ironclads in the Town Province per turn. But if I built a Town Hall in my Village Province I would be able to now train 5 Conscript Units in the new Town Province and train another 1 Unit of Ironclads in the old Town Province per turn. I hope that makes sense…… Basically in a Province you can train soldiers OR ships OR dirigibles. This is to reflect that it takes the best men of the Province to train these Units.
There are a large number of available buildings that your Nation can choose to build in your Village/Town/City Provinces. There is a variety of perks and bonuses the different buildings offer and it is entirely up to you which buildings you build. You can find a list of the buildings as well as their building time and effects below. You can build buildings at the same time as training Units.
Another use you can put your provinces towards is the learning of new traits. At the moment this system is limited to climbing the 'tech tree', that is you can only learn traits in categories that you already have a trait in, but over time there will be plenty of new Traits that will be able to research. All traits take a base 3 turns to research, and you can only research 1 trait in your Nation at any time. You can research traits at the same time as training Units and building buildings.
After battles there is a chance you will be rewarded with Military Traits (such as Fearless or Masterful Cavalry) in recognition of the great success of a particular contingent of your army.
You can NEVER have more than one 'army/navy size' trait. This means you cannot have 'Golden Horde' and 'For King and Country'. You made that choice when you made your nation, there's no way back.
The traits you choose will shape your nation completely and affect your military strength, ambition and way with words. Therefore choose wisely, once your nation is forged there is no turning back….
1: Be civil to everyone, participating or not.
Wooden Palisade: A simple construct of sharpened wooden spikes, this offers some defence against the enemy but a skilled assailant can easily overcome it. (Gives a +1 Defensive Bonus in the Province it is built (Takes 2 turns to build in a Village, 1 in a Town and 1 in a City))
Stone Barricades: More robust than a simple palisade, these not only provide cover for missile units but also create chokepoints and strategic points that allow your forces to more easily hold the Province. (Gives a +3 Defensive Bonus in the Province it is built (Takes 3 turns to build in a Village, 2 in a Town and 1 in a City))
Moat: A large trench encircling your settlement, filled with water or sharpened stakes, can seriously hamper any attacking forces as they tumble down into their grave. (Gives a 6+ Defensive Bonus in the Province it is built (Takes 4 turns to build in a Village, 3 in a Town and 2 in a City))
City Walls: Towering constructions of stone several metres thick and strong enough to weather all but the most vicious attacks. They present a near impenetrable barrier to any enemy. (Gives a +10 Defensive Bonus in the Province it is built (Takes 5 turns to build in a Village, 4 in a Town and 3 in a City))
Training Buildings (Note; These are not required to train their corresponding Units (In a Province that’s Base number is 0, then count the doubled Base number as 1))
Muster Grounds: Little more than a large field, this offers a place for men to be given the basic training that allows them to serve in their nations armies as Conscripts (Allows you to train double the Base number of Conscript Infantry/Bowmen/Horsemen Units per turn in the Province it is built (Takes 1 turn to build in a Village, 1 in a Town and 1 in a City))
Barracks: A place of combat prowess, it is here that men are tested to their limits and emerge as highly skilled Heavy Infantry or quick and flexible Light Infantry, ready to fight and die for your Nations (Allows you to train double the Base number of Heavy Infantry/Light Infantry Units per turn in the Province it is built (Takes 3 turns to build in a Village, 2 in a Town and 2 in a City))
Practice Range: The faint sounds of bowstrings being drawn, arrows flying through the air and even the crack of gunpowder igniting are a constant background noise to the training of soldiers that can hit an enemy before they even get close (Allows you to train double the Base number of Archers/Crossbowmen/Arquebussers/Artillery Units per turn in the Province it is built (Takes 3 turns to build in a Village, 2 in a Town and 2 in a City))
Stables: Thundering hooves echoes around this impressive building as men form bonds with their steeds that will last till death separates them. (Allows you to train double the Base number of Light Cavalry/Heavy Cavalry Units per turn in the Province it is built (Takes 3 turns to build in a Village, 2 in a Town and 2 in a City))
Wizards Tower: A hub of magical energy. Be it the sound of fire and air, the slight shimmer in the air of illusion, the chill of death or the prayers of the religious, anyone can tell that the men who reside within the walls have some great power within them (Allows you to train double the Base number of Magi/War-Magi Units per turn in the Province it is built (Takes 3 turns to build in a Village, 2 in a Town and 2 in a City))
Forges: Roars of angry fire and the clang of metal on metal signal this building as one of technology, of the pursuit of knowledge, and from whence the monstrous metal creations are spewed forth. (Allows you to train double the Base number of Mechanical Walkers/Mechanical Warriors Units per turn in the Province it is built (Takes 3 turns to build in a Village, 2 in a Town and 2 in a City))
Docks: A place for ships to drop anchor in a relative safety, it is often filled with the sound of sawing wood and hammers as sea-worthy vessels are built and prepared, ready to sail to war. (Allows you to train double the Base number of Ship/Transport Units per turn in the Province it is built (Takes 3 Turns to build in a Village, 2 in a Town and 2 in a City))
Shipwright: Home to the most skilled shipbuilders, it is from here that the fearsome Ironclads steam forth to unleash hell against your nations enemies (Allows you to train double the Base number of Ironclad Units per turn in the Province it is built (Takes 3 Turns to build in a Village, 2 in a Town and 2 in a City))
Airstrip: A basic docking area, and a space for skilled artisans to create the sleek forms of the Dirigibles and prepare them for the inevitable fury of conflict. (Allows you to train double the Base number of Fast/Fighter/Bomber/Interceptor Units (Takes 3 turns to build in a Village, 2 in a Town and 2 in a City))
Academy of War: This is the centre for all your generals to meet and share combat tactics. Future officers are trained in these halls, and benefit from the knowledge of their superiors. (Any Military Traits you attempt to learn take -1 turns (Takes 4 turns to build in a Village, 3 in a Town and 3 in a City))
Nautical Academy: Where the seasoned sailors can pass their knowledge onto the young boys who aspire to follow in their footsteps, and captains prepared to sail for war. (Any Naval Traits you attempt to learn take -1 turns (Takes 4 turns to build in a Village, 3 in a Town and 3 in a City))
Flying School: As a relatively new concept, the experience of those pilots who have already flown is invaluable in preparing the next generation of Dirigible flyers. (Any Flight Traits you attempt to learn take -1 turns (Takes 4 turns to build in a Village, 3 in a Town and 3 in a City))
Cursed Ground: No-one truly knows how Necromancers learn to master their art, and to be honest not many people want to think too much about it! But what is known is that they learn fastest on cursed ground. (Any Necromancy Traits you attempt to learn take -1 turns (Takes 4 turns to build in a Village, 3 in a Town and 3 in a City))
Grand Cathedral: The epicentre of any religious nation, it’s also the center of learning for any student of the divine forces in the universe. (Any Divine Traits you attempt to learn take -1 turns (Takes 4 turns to build in a Village, 3 in a Town and 3 in a City))
School of Wizardry: Most wizards learn from an aged master that accepts them as an apprentice, but the downside to this is if that wizard dies prematurely, all his secrets are lost. You won’t let that happen, so you made a school for the collection and collaboration of magic. (Any Elemental/Illusion Traits you attempt to learn take -1 turns (Takes 4 turns to build in a Village, 3 in a Town and 3 in a City))
Science Academy: This school of learning is filled with whirring gears and billowing steam, and many unusual inventions. But the main plus side to having this in your nation, is that the people who experiment with technology HERE, are less likely to blow themselves up in the process, or at least to leave notes behind of how they did it. (Any Technology Traits you attempt to learn take -1 turns (Takes 4 turns to build in a Village, 3 in a Town and 3 in a City))
2: Absolutely NO godmodding.
3: Don't carry grudges from this RP out into the rest of the forum.
4: Don't get all grumpy if someone attacks you. Just attack them back.
5: I have the final say in all matters.
6: If you are going to join this, please do so confident you will not disappear for weeks on end with no notice. This is ABSOLUTLY ESSENTIAL.
7: Only one post per turn as it represents your nation’s actions. The only exception is diplomatic action as otherwise the alliance system is redundant.
8: One post per update is compulsory or else your nation does nothing and is easy prey.
9: I will aim for updates weekly as I’m sure everyone will by dying for the chance to hammer their RP rivals to oblivion.
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