Sorry for the delay. Lots going on in my household.
I completed Conjuration 3. At this time, I had Conjuration 2, Alteration 3,Construction 3, and everything else at 1, thanks to starting with 3 Magic.
Conjuration 3 was my goal and I had taken Whiteport (it was a decent fight), and Arco finally took Tenvir. I was had crossed the river and hit the island on my west flank, surprised to see no one else there. I think at this time, Atlantis requested some provinces in the island, and I replied that if he takes it before me, he was welcome to it.
As you can see, the thrones were still untouched.
I did get my castle up in Jome. It was a reasonable place to have a lab/temple/fort. Turn 13 is not a bad time to have my second castle up, even if it was only a Palisade.
I finally found 2 sites! I had been site searching with a Nagaraja, and not finding too much, but 2 sites!
I got into the lake near Arco. I knew it was a risk, but C’tis had already warned me away from his location. I also kept traveling west, hoping to take the bridge, and claim the island for myself. I’m surprised that Atlantis wasn’t there yet.
Both battles involved only Najas, and they did work.
My scouts reported back the battles of Arco in Blue Moss Forest and Tirannea, and I finally got a good look at his bless. I wrote it down in my notes (I try to keep track of these things)
Magic Weapon, Precision, Shock Resistance and Reinvigorate. So 4 Astral/4 Air/4 Earth.
I got three events this turn. +15 PD in my swamps. 5 Gnomes, and some unrest!
The gnomes were going to be great. If I could cast Gift of Reason on them, they would be 2 Earth/2 Nature elves that could summon Manticores for me. Or just be really helpful. In any case, they were great as warriors because they are incredibly expansive to maintain.
Next turn, I strike at the throne near me. I really need magically weapons because the enemy will summon fire elementals, but since I don’t have them, my best bet was to use my fire hero to summon Fire Elementals. Which I hadn’t summoned yet.
It was a costly victory. Not my finest work.
The gnomes I got, the ones that I was going to make into mages… they all died in the next fight.
On the plus side, I had managed to take the western island. It was mine to use as I saw fit. I was also encroaching on C’tis.
And I got Research 3 done and my fort done.
I had gotten enough gold together to start another castle on my throne. I was behind Arco, who had 3 castle up at this time, but I wasn’t too worried. I took an imprisoned God. The longer the game drags out, the more power my scales would have and closer I would get to my god returning.
I claimed the Brass Throne. It wasn’t great, just some gems. No scales, no bless, no cool recruits.
Since thrones have an extra high chance at having gem sites, I searched it as much as possible. I also built a lab, so my researchers could hang out.
Arco kept trying to give me the Lost Lands Desert, but I had already promised I would let Atlantis have it. I was hoping that the province would cause lasting conflicts between the two nations. Again, the game was to survive as long as possible, because my god was imprisoned. My scout network was starting to work its way through the game. I just needed amphibious ones to make it complete. My air mage merc had grabbed my cool Mirror armor when my Nagaraja dead at the throne. I was trying to figure out how to get it back.
The map looked good. My scouts were in key locations to see battles from Arco, and sitting on most of the major thrones. In the mean time, I sent scouts against the vampire throne. It was not something I could take.
But I had a cunning plan… it would just take a while.
Two minor events.
Construction became CHEAPER!
This turn, I found 4 sites!
So, I had to take advantage of it. I forged Clam of Pearls. Cheap, but useful. Owl Quil and a Pendant of Luck. Oh, and a Dwarven Hammer.
No fights, but I saw some with my scouts. I did get about a dozen gems from events, including 10 nature gems.
Jome had a Castle, and would soon have a citadel. Whiteport had a Palisade Completed. I was starting to catch up a bit on castles with Arco.
It looked like no major wars were in the works. I had no idea what would spark the fire, but I was moving troops closer to Vaetiheim. Seemed like he would be the first to fall to me. (I feel like I was at least twice the size of his empire. Maybe 3 times bigger)
** Turn 18**
A terrible turn of events - I lost my air mage. He retired! And he took my Mirror Armor.
My Pretender had Air 4, so I was counting on Air gems to help me with forging.
Although I was getting 6 air gems per turn now.
I was moving south of Vaeti, making my way to the fort. At the same time, I started moving troops south to Queen Forest. After 4 or 5 turns, Atlantis had made no move to that province, no made any comment about taking it. I didn’t want a Wyrm fighting me, but on the other hand, I was starting to get some research.
I found 3 Sites in Panuonia, the province that I traded with Arco. None of them great, but more astral, air and water gems for my bank.
I accidentally attacked C’tis with a scout. Twice…
I got my fort done in Whiteport and the palisades in Spring Spires. I started a fort in Urd. When C’tis took that throne, he would find a castle right next to him!
Arco had better forts, but we both had 4 set up now.
At this point, I didn’t know when War would get started. If it didn’t start soon though, I would take those vampires, but hook or by crook, as they say.
I started my move on the second throne. I tried seducing the Circle Master for some death/blood. Sadly, they failed, but I did kill a barbarian chief. Even though I had Swarm, the ultimate midgame assassin spell, it just wasn’t enough.
I did find a lot of sites this turn though.
I did have some good events, including some gems/gold and a moon blade!
It was time to take my second throne! Oh and I started my castle in Desert of the Cliff Dwellers. Just to hold that pass.
I was in the middle of building 3 forts this turn. In the Desert to my south. In the mountains to my east and on the throne to my North.
I would have the most castles and with it, my research would get somewhere.
I once again failed to seduce anyone, but I was able to kill a conjurer!
The throne battle would start with one fewer conjurer.
I also lost a province to demon knights.
It was a good turn. I will leave it at that. I was still looking at my next target at this stage. But if nothing presented itself, then the next goal would be Vampires. But I had a cunning plan for that.