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Mana and Magic

Each spell has an Area of Effect (AoE), which can be imagined as a circle with a radius. As illustrated in the picture below, the effect of spells such as The Samurai Sword and Ch'ih-Yu's Shield reaches a radius of 9 tiles. Across all spells, there exist only nine unique radii for AoEs [→ 6; 7; 8; 9; 16; 18; 24; 32; ∞] and priests are able to cast spells across 24 tiles or for some spells across the entire map. Effects always spread from the center of the AoE and apart from some exceptions, if spells are casted multiple times in short order, effects do not stack on top of each other despite mana costs. To develop an idea about the ingame size of AoEs, it is useful to know that a small tower reaches a radius of 32 tiles and an archer on the ground has a range of 15 tiles.

Jupiter's Acts of Divine Intervention cost1 AoE2 effect
Conversion of the Barbarians 3 60 7 converts 10 priests, soldiers, thieves, geos, pios
Vanishing Resources 5 20 8 halves and rounds down the amount of ressources in all tiles inside the AoE
The Midas Touch 15 6 converts up to 40 bars of iron to gold
Heavenly Presents 10 - randomly casts 8 different types of goods with a very high amount of possible sets
Festering Fear4 15 9 halves the damage of 25 soldiers for 25 seconds in allied territory
Gorgeous Growth 8 8 reduces time to maturity of grain, rice and wine to a possible minimum of 3 minutes
Grassland Galore 4 8 converts desert to grass
The Magic Eye 2 32 allows vision for 20 seconds
Horus' Acts of Divine Intervention cost1 AoE2 effect
Bowmen to Bordermen 3 15 7 converts 10 bows into pios
Banning Foes3 20 16 moves 20 enemy priests, soldiers, thieves, geos, pios anywhere
Strengthen Soldiers4 25 9 doubles the damage of 25 soldiers for 25 seconds outside allied territory
Gifts from Heaven 10 - randomly casts 8 different types of goods with a very high amount of possible sets
Forest Fire 20 6 torches all trees inside the AoE and spreads only to directly neighbouring trees
Fish to Meat 10 6 converts up to 40 fish to meat
Siphon Swamp 15 6 converts swamp to grass
Horus' Heat 20 8 converts gras to desert
Ch'ih-Yu's Acts of Divine Intervention cost1 AoE2 effect
Rushed Reinforcements 3 10 9 moves 20 allied priests, soldiers, thieves, geos, pios to the priest
The Samurai Sword 4 15 9 doubles the attacking speed and increases damage by 33% of 25 swords for 25 sec
Ch'ih-Yu's Shield 4 20 9 protects 25 soldiers for 25 seconds by reducing enemy damage by 33%
Stone to Iron 25 6 converts up to 40 stone to iron
Heavenly Gifts 10 - randomly casts 8 different types goods with a very high amount of possible sets
Flood of Fish 5 10 8 randomly casts between 1 and 4 fishes separately in every tile inside the AoE
Stone Curse 12 16 casts stones in the unblocked parts of the AoE
Melting Snow 10 8 melts snow
Q’nqüra’s Acts of Divine Intervention cost1 AoE2 effect
Cursed Arrows4 20 7 protects 25 soldiers for 25 seconds by reducing enemy arrow damage by 100%
Freeze Enemy4 15 8 stops movement and attack of 25 soldiers for 15 seconds
Gold to Stone 10 8 converts up to 40 bars of gold to stone
Heavenly Gifts 10 - randomly casts 8 different types of goods with a very high amount of possible sets
Send Goods 15 6 moves upto 48 goods anywhere
Call Goods 2 6 moves upto 48 goods from own territory to the priest
Forest Favor 10 18 casts trees in the unblocked parts of the AoE
Reveal Map 30 allows vision of the whole map for 20 seconds

1 initial mana cost
2 radius of the Area of Effect
3 cannot be casted on soldiers belonging to a tower
4 can be casted on soldiers on top of the tower, at the door or attemping to enter the tower
5 can be stacked

For all spells, mana costs progress in the same fashion: The next spell costs 1.25 times the present one and the resulting number is always rounded up. For example, the initial Cursed Arrows costs 20 mana, the second 1.25 × 20 = 25 mana, the third 1.25 × 25 = 31.25 ≈ 32 mana etc. Overall, there are only ten unique initial mana costs and the following table lists the progression of the sum of costs. For example, five times Stone to Iron (initially 25 mana) cost 210 mana in total.

Conversion of the Barbarians Reveal Map Strengthen Soldiers, Stone to Iron Vanishing Resources, Banning Foes, Forest Fire, Horus' Heat, Ch'ih-Yu's Shield, Cursed Arrows The Midas Touch, Festering Fear, Bowmen to Bordermen, Siphon Swamp, The Samurai Sword, Freeze Enemy, Send Goods Stone Curse Heavenly Gifts etc., Fish to Meat, Flood of Fish, Melting Snow, Gold to Stone, Forest Favor Gorgeous Growth Grassland Galore The Magic Eye, Call Goods
60 30 25 20 15 12 10 8 4 2
135 68 57 45 34 27 23 18 9 5
229 116 97 77 58 46 40 31 16 9
347 176 147 117 88 70 62 48 25 14
495 251 210 167 126 100 90 70 37 21
680 345 289 230 174 138 125 98 52 30
912 463 388 309 234 186 169 133 71 42

Note that rounding up in the fashion explained above leads to a rapid increase in cost for cheap spells such as Eye (initially two mana), but loses relevance for expensive spells and becomes negligible for larger numbers. That helps to approximate the long run of a hypothetical game under the assumption that players only cast the same spell or the same set of spells. It turns out that the amount of spells or set of spells one player is constantly ahead δ for each mana production ratio Δ approximately converges to δ = log 1.25 × Δ. For example, consider a 1v1 romans and it happened to be that you have five small temples while your opponent has four small temples, so that δ = log 1.25 × (5/4) = 1, which means you are constantly one convert ahead. But if you have four temples and your opponent has three temples resulting in δ = log 1.25 × (4/3) ≈ 1.3, you are constantly one convert and sometimes two converts ahead.

All cultures have the same consumption time in their small temples, but Brewery, Destillery and Meadmaker differ in their production times.

Small Temple Brewery, Destillery, Meadmaker
Romans ~35.7 sec/bottle -
Egyptians ~35.7 sec/barrel ~34.2 sec/barrel
Asians 1 ~35.7 sec/barrel ~36.9 sec/barrel
Amazons ~35.7 sec/bottle ~19.8 sec/bottle

1every barrel equals two mana

Level Sum of Mana
1. lvl2 10
2. lvl2 30
3. lvl2 60
1. lvl3 110
2. lvl3 170
3. lvl3 200

author: Suma with amazing help from Incinerate, Hirtenknogger, sennahoj, TSK, Mike, Sense, blazingstar, Xch4nGe & Feuerkelch.

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