Ardent Mages

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The primary power of these sorcerers comes from their anger. Having survived a long history of slaughter and starvation, the powers that the Ardent Mages discovered -- and that permitted them to survive -- were those based on Dust magic, agony, and rage.

Lore[edit | edit source]

The Ardent Mages are a people who were born in struggle and pain, and these conditions dominate their day to day lives.

Though they control great powers, they pay a great price to do so. To manipulate the powers of Dust, an Ardent Mage must dissociate their mind from their body. For this they have developed elaborate pain rituals, for the more they are able to withstand the agony and ignore their physical discomfort, the deeper their relationship with Dust becomes. Pain has become a fundamental element of their society, to the point where children are taught from a young age to withstand it.

Stoicism is therefore as important as intelligence, and indifference to physical discomfort is the way in which an individual's worth is measured - be they an Ardent Mage or a stranger.

After falling out with the rest of the Inner Circle in dark circumstances, Zor Abaz has annexed her clan from the greater Ardent Mage nation and struck out for new territory. The suffering must be great, even magnificent, if she is to prepare the Ardent Mages for the endtimes.

Faction Specialties[edit | edit source]

Name Type Effect Lore
Power through pain Affinity Can choose Arcana Pillars and spells at a lower cost in Trait points Ardent Mages can more easily manipulate the magic properties of Dust, changing them into powerful spell casters.
Dust Mechanics Technology available to unlock Makes available the Faction-specific technology Dust Mechanics. Deeper insights into the storage and transferal of Dust allows increased quantities of the substance to be delivered from all towering pillars, raising the strength of their effects.
Sacrificial Amplifiers Technology available to unlock Makes available the Faction-specific technology Sacrificial Amplifiers. By strapping living, breathing mages to the sides of the massive pillars, human vessels can act as magnifying conduits, increasing the power of pillars across your empire. The screams, and the stench of cooked skin and shit is a small price to pay.
Arcana of Authority Technology available to unlock Makes available the Faction-specific technology Arcana of Authority. This branch of Dust magic is focused on bending the will of others. Through such understanding, allies may champion your causes more readily, and enemies will fight with less passion.
Arcana of Materializing Technology available to unlock Makes available the Faction-specific technology Arcana of Materializing. Most of the Dust that finds its way into the hands - and bodies - of the races of Auriga is but a mere drop in an ocean. Through extreme pain rituals, Ardent mages can begin to unlock more of these vast untapped resources.
Arcana of Renewal Technology available to unlock Makes available the Faction-specific technology Arcana of Renewal. Ardent Mages are rightly feared for their mastery of the destructive aspects of Dust magic, but it is less well known that intense study of the properties of Dust can lead to curative abilities.
Dust Purifier Technology available to unlock Makes available the Faction-specific technology Dust Purifier. By refining the Dust used in spells, the potency of all Dust magic increases.
Painosphere Technology available to unlock Makes available the Faction-specific technology Painosphere. Mages hardened to the everyday pain rituals that would cripple lesser mortals can increase the potency of their spells by visiting the Painosphere and experiencing true agony.
Arcana of Agility Technology Unlocked Unlocks the Arcana of Agility Technology.
Arcana of Matter Technology Unlocked Unlocks the Arcana of Matter Technology.

Military Units[edit | edit source]

Telsem Warlock
Faction: ArdentMagesIcon.png Ardent Mages
Obtained: Starting Unit
Unit Type: Infantry.png Infantry
Costs: 60 IndustrySmall.png Industry
Base Attributes:
LifeIcon.png Life 92 DefenseIcon.png Defense 20
AttackIcon.png Attack 36 DamageIcon.png Damage 40
InitiativeIcon.png Initiative 16 Ranged.png Range 1
SpeedIcon.png Speed 4 SightIcon.png Sight 3
Telsem Warlock.png Devout and disciplined, the Telsem Warlock is the rank-and-file of the Ardent Mages' armies, capable of leaving a trail of scorched destruction in his wake.
Ateshi Zealot
Faction: ArdentMagesIcon.png Ardent Mages
Obtained: ResearchIcon.png Era I
Unit Type: Ranged.png Ranged
Costs: 60 IndustrySmall.png Industry
Base Attributes:
LifeIcon.png Life 60 DefenseIcon.png Defense 18
AttackIcon.png Attack 36 DamageIcon.png Damage 24
InitiativeIcon.png Initiative 20 Ranged.png Range 3
SpeedIcon.png Speed 4 SightIcon.png Sight 3
Ateshi Zealot.png It is said the very air in the vicinity cools as an Ateshi Zealot conjures a rain of fire to hurl onto the enemy's ranks, but this is preferable to being in the burning firing line.''
Eneqa Wing
Faction: ArdentMagesIcon.png Ardent Mages
Obtained: ResearchIcon.png Era II
Unit Type: Flying.png Flying
Costs: 250 IndustrySmall.png Industry
Base Attributes:
LifeIcon.png Life 132 DefenseIcon.png Defense 34
AttackIcon.png Attack 38 DamageIcon.png Damage 34
InitiativeIcon.png Initiative 30 Ranged.png Range 1
SpeedIcon.png Speed 6 SightIcon.png Sight 4
Eneqa Wing.png It is said that the worst way to die is to burn. With wings of blazing flame sending motes of fire into the air, these airborne combatants strike fear into the bravest of foes.


Heroes[edit | edit source]

  • Note: Base Attributes reflect the stats displayed in the Heroes Marketplace. (That is, they account for equipment bonuses to Health and Defense, but they do not account for equipment bonuses to Attack and Initiative, nor do they account for capacity bonuses.)
Argbadh Bose Falhala
Faction: ArdentMagesIcon.png Ardent Mages
Hero Type: Support.png Support
Base Attributes:
LifeIcon.png Life 92 DefenseIcon.png Defense 43
AttackIcon.png Attack 40 DamageIcon.png Damage 34
InitiativeIcon.png Initiative 18 Ranged.png Range 3
SpeedIcon.png Speed 4 SightIcon.png Sight 3
Argbadh Bose Falhala.png AbilityRangedSmall.png AbilityArdentFireSmall.png AbilityIncreasedFire3Small.png Fast1.png AbilityLastStandSmall.png AbilityArmyBoost1Small.png AbilityScienceBoost3Small.png AbilitySlowDownSmall.png
High Inquisitor Asalah Arca
Faction: ArdentMagesIcon.png Ardent Mages
Hero Type: Support.png Support
Base Attributes:
LifeIcon.png Life 110 DefenseIcon.png Defense 43
AttackIcon.png Attack 46 DamageIcon.png Damage 34
InitiativeIcon.png Initiative 14 Ranged.png Range 3
SpeedIcon.png Speed 4 SightIcon.png Sight 3
High Inquisitor Asalah Arca.png AbilityRangedSmall.png AbilityArdentFireSmall.png AbilityIncreasedFire3Small.png Fast1.png AbilityLastStandSmall.png AbilitySlowDownSmall.png AbilityGeneralInitiative2Small.png Template:MOScienceBoost2
Nahla Al-Jazar, Argbadh of the Phoenix
Faction: ArdentMagesIcon.png Ardent Mages
Hero Type: Support.png Support
Base Attributes:
LifeIcon.png Life 128 DefenseIcon.png Defense 55
AttackIcon.png Attack 40 DamageIcon.png Damage 26
InitiativeIcon.png Initiative 22 Ranged.png Range 3
SpeedIcon.png Speed 4 SightIcon.png Sight 3
Nahla Al-Jazar, Argbadh of the Phoenix.png AbilityRangedSmall.png AbilityArdentFireSmall.png AbilityIncreasedFire3Small.png Fast1.png AbilityLastStandSmall.png AbilityArmyBoost2Small.png AbilityScienceBoost1Small.png AbilitySlowDownSmall.png
Sunseeker Zakiya Eli
Faction: ArdentMagesIcon.png Ardent Mages
Hero Type: Support.png Support
Base Attributes:
LifeIcon.png Life 128 DefenseIcon.png Defense 68
AttackIcon.png Attack 40 DamageIcon.png Damage 26
InitiativeIcon.png Initiative 26 Ranged.png Range 3
SpeedIcon.png Speed 4 SightIcon.png Sight 3
Sunseeker Zakiya Eli.png AbilityRangedSmall.png AbilityArdentFireSmall.png AbilityIncreasedFire3Small.png Fast1.png AbilityLastStandSmall.png AbilityGeneralDefense2Small.png AbilityGeneralInitiative1Small.png AbilitySlowDownSmall.png
Wadeha Hakan
Faction: ArdentMagesIcon.png Ardent Mages
Hero Type: Support.png Support
Base Attributes:
LifeIcon.png Life 92 DefenseIcon.png Defense 43
AttackIcon.png Attack 46 DamageIcon.png Damage 26
InitiativeIcon.png Initiative 14 Ranged.png Range 3
SpeedIcon.png Speed 4 SightIcon.png Sight 3
Wadeha Hakan.png AbilityRangedSmall.png AbilityArdentFireSmall.png AbilityIncreasedFire3Small.png Fast1.png AbilityLastStandSmall.png AbilityGeneralAttack2Small.png AbilityScienceBoost1Small.png AbilitySlowDownSmall.png Template:MOSpying2
Zarcha Attinul
Faction: ArdentMagesIcon.png Ardent Mages
Hero Type: Support.png Support
Base Attributes:
LifeIcon.png Life 110 DefenseIcon.png Defense 46
AttackIcon.png Attack 46 DamageIcon.png Damage 34
InitiativeIcon.png Initiative 14 Ranged.png Range 3
SpeedIcon.png Speed 4 SightIcon.png Sight 3
Zarcha Attinul.png AbilityRangedSmall.png AbilityArdentFireSmall.png AbilityIncreasedFire3Small.png Fast1.png AbilityLastStandSmall.png AbilityGeneralCritical2Small.png AbilityScienceBoost1Small.png AbilitySlowDownSmall.png Template:MOSpying2



Gallery[edit | edit source]