Spires

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Teleportation between 2 spires on the path to the destination.

The Spires play a prominent role in the game's narrative, and also serve as the location for the player's base. While exploring the the Tiers the player has the opportunity to gain access to several of these Spires.

Claiming a spire unlocks several gameplay benefits, amongst them: reduced travel time, spire upgrades and hiring recruits.

Reduced travel time[edit]

There are a total of 5 spire the player can claim during the game. Each Spire is magically linked with the others. Once activated, it is possible to teleport between any other claimed spires, reducing total travel time through the Tiers. The act of teleportation is done automatically if there are any spires "shortcutting" the player's path to the desired destination.

The 5 different spires and their locations are:

  • Mountain Spire - Vendrien's Well.
  • Aurora Spire - Stone Sea.
  • Dawning Spire - Stone Sea.
  • Ocean Spire - Blade Grave.
  • Sunset Spire - Lethian's Crossing.

Spire upgrades[edit]

Spire upgrade options.

Once a spire has been acquired, it is possible to build an upgrade on top of it. There are four possible upgrades the player can build. Each upgrade provides different benefits to the party and can only be built once (note: upgrades cannot be removed to be replaced with others).

The different upgrades and their purposes are:

  • Mysterious Device - The ancient device, perched atop the Mountain Spire in Vendrien's Well, is the product of a forgotten age. It is unclear what function it once had, or if it can be used again.
  • Forge - The Forge upgrade allows you to improve weapons and armor and forge powerful new items.
  • Infirmary - The Infirmary allows you to brew potions and other consumables.
  • Library - Constructing a Library on a spire allows the player to research magical knowledge, Edicts, and Artifacts.
  • Training Grounds - Constructing training grounds allows you to recruit the finest skill trainers in the Tiers.

Note: The Mysterious Device is already built, but listed here for convenience.

Construction & Maintenance[edit]

Once an upgrade has been constructed, it has a monthly maintenance cost to remain active for the following month. If the player doesn't have the money for the maintenance cost, then the upgrade is suspended along with any benefits the it provides until payment can resume.

  • Construction cost: Bronze Rings 10.
  • Maintenance cost: Bronze Rings 2 Copper Rings 50.

Note: The Mysterious Device is the only one not requiring construction and thus no maintenance cost.

Resting bonus[edit]

Among the different benefits spire upgrades provide are different rest bonuses. The bonuses are applied to the party by resting in a spire (regardless of the spire they rested in). The actual received bonuses depend on which upgrades were built and are presently maintained.

Each upgrade provides +5 to certain skills as described in the table below (Note: as opposed to the other skills, Armor Armor gains only +1 resting bonus).

Upgrade Mysterious Device Forge Infirmary Library Training Grounds
Resting bonus
  • all skills
  • Armor Armor
  • Dodge Dodge
  • Parry Parry
  • Endurance Defense Endurance defense
  • Magic Defense Magic defense
  • Will Defense Will defense
  • all Magic skills
  • Lore
  • Accuracy Accuracy
  • Athletics
  • Subterfuge

Resources and Projects[edit]

The player can choose to start different projects depending on the spire upgrade, be it forging of new weapons, researching new crafting recipes, or even ways to counter edicts. These can't start without having the required resources on hand and a certain number of recruits currently present in the spire.

Any spire required resources can be found in the spire tab in the player's inventory. These range from general items such as metal ingots to artifact recipes/parts. They can be found throughout the game and can only be used in the different spire upgrades. General spire resources can be also gained by specific item generating recruits in each upgrade.

Any project started on the spires - or even item generating recruits - won't progress unless some time has passed and/or experience been gained by the player.

The general spire resources and their uses are:

  • Alchemy Supplies Alchemy supplies - used for brewing potions.
  • Bronze Ingot Bronze ingots - used for upgrading armor and weapons.
  • Hide Hides - used for upgrading armor.
  • Iron Ingot Iron ingots - used for upgrading armor and weapons.
  • Scroll Scrolls - used for Library research.

Recruits[edit]

Once an upgrade has been built on top of a spire, it is possible to begin hiring recruits to work at that upgrade. Recruits provide several functions for the party: they can train party members in skills, they can sell unique weapons and armor, and they can produce new items for the party while they're out adventuring.

Recruits can come from many different factions in the game, including from enemies. With the right price, some members of factions that hate the player are more than willing to work at the player's spires. Some recruits are only available depending on what certain choices were made during Conquest mode.

Mysterious Device[edit]

Recruit Cost Type Services provided Notes
Corpse Eye Bronze Rings 20 Merchant
  • Sells weapons and armor
Isolon Bronze Rings 20 Skill trainer (75)
  • Athletics
  • One-Handed Weapons
  • Parry
Kenrick Bronze Rings 25 Item generation
  • Generates weapons
Lone-Fang Bronze Rings 25 Item generation
  • Generates consumables (food)
Consumables provide temporary boost to skills
Lysandra Bronze Rings 5 Skill trainer (75)
  • Control Atrophy
  • Control Gravelight
  • Control Life
  • Control Vigor
  • Magic Staff
Available thorough Conquest decision
Revos Bronze Rings 10
  • Item generation
  • Merchant
  • Generates Resource Camping Supplies.png camping supplies
  • Sells general items
Camping supplies are required for resting
Saetus Bronze Rings 10 Skill trainer (75)
  • Dodge
  • Parry
  • Subterfuge
  • Unarmed Attacks
Sword-Breaker Bronze Rings 5 Skill trainer (75)
  • Athletics
  • Dodge
  • Thrown Weapons
  • Two-Handed Weapons
Tanara Bronze Rings 7 Copper Rings 50 Skill trainer (75)
  • Dodge
  • One-Handed Weapons
  • Parry
  • Thrown Weapons
  • Two-Handed Weapons
Tychon the Swindler Bronze Rings 20 Item generation
  • Generates "valuable" items
  • Provides information from time to time
  • Available thorough Conquest decision

Forge[edit]

Recruit Cost Type Services provided Notes
Mire Bronze Rings 25 Skill trainer (150)
  • Control Atrophy
  • Control Fire
Available thorough Conquest decision
Nikostas Bronze Rings 10 Skill trainer (75)
  • Control Fire
  • Control Frost
  • Control Lightning
  • Control Vigor
Pelagus Bronze Rings 25 Skill trainer (150)
  • Control Atrophy
  • Control Stone
  • Control Vigor
Praxis, Master of Smelting Bronze Rings 25 Item generation
  • Generates Iron Ingot iron ingots
Ingots are required for upgrading armor and weapons
Ragus Bronze Rings 20 Merchant
  • Sells light armor
Temerin Bronze Rings 20 Merchant
  • Sells armor and weapons
Thantos, Master of Brazing Bronze Rings 20 Item generation
  • Generates Bronze Ingot bronze ingots
Ingots are required for upgrading armor and weapons
Vollus, Master of Smiths Item generation
  • Conducts requested forging
Appears with the spire upgrade
Vora Bronze Rings 10 Merchant
  • Sells heavy armor

Infirmary[edit]

Recruit Cost Type Services provided Notes
Alchemist Ambro Item generation
  • Conducts requested brewing
Appears with the spire upgrade
Arasto Bronze Rings 10 Merchant
  • Sells alchemy items
Arina Bronze Rings 10 Item generation
  • Generates rare potions
Bleak Anthem Bronze Rings 10 Skill trainer (75)
  • Control Emotions
  • Control Life
  • Magic Staff
Damiro Bronze Rings 10 Item generation
  • Generates Alchemy Supplies alchemy supplies
Alchemy supplies are required for brewing potions
Enebrus Bronze Rings 25 Item generation
  • Generates potions
Gela Bronze Rings 10 Merchant
  • Sells potions
Nereus Bronze Rings 20 Merchant
  • Sells poisons
Sage Eupheria Bronze Rings 20 Skill trainer (150)
  • Control Life
  • Lore
  • Magic Staff
Available thorough Conquest decision

Library[edit]

Recruit Cost Type Services provided Notes
Eirena Bronze Rings 10 Merchant
  • Sells magical items
Erastus Bronze Rings 25 Skill trainer (150)
  • Control Force
  • Control Stone
  • Magic Staff
Lithos Bronze Rings 12 Copper Rings 50 Skill trainer (75)
  • Control Atrophy
  • Control Force
  • Control Stone
Noxia Bronze Rings 15 Skill trainer (75)
  • Magic Staff
  • Subterfuge
Phila Bronze Rings 10 Skill trainer (75)
  • Control Fire
  • Control Frost
  • Control Lightning
  • Lore
Puppet Bronze Rings 25 Skill trainer (150)
  • Control Emotions
  • Control Fire
Sage Garus Researcher
  • Conducts requested research
Appears with the spire upgrade
Sage Nerea Bronze Rings 25 Skill trainer (150)
  • Control Gravelight
  • Control Illusions
Available thorough Conquest decision
Velos Bronze Rings 10 Item generation
  • Generates Scroll scrolls
Scrolls are required for Library research

Training Grounds[edit]

Recruit Cost Type Services provided Notes
Death-Leaper Bronze Rings 25 Skill trainer (150)
  • Athletics
  • Dodge
  • Unarmed Attacks
Dream Slayer Bronze Rings 10 Skill trainer (150)
  • Bows
  • Dual Wield
  • Subterfuge
Jagged-Claw Bronze Rings 7 Copper Rings 50 Item generation
  • Generates Hide hides
  • Hides are required for upgrading armor
  • Available thorough Conquest decision
Rhys Skill trainer (50)
  • Athletics
  • Dodge
  • Lore
  • Parry
  • Subterfuge
Appears with the spire upgrade
Sage Lumosa Bronze Rings 20 Skill trainer (150)
  • Control Force
  • Control Frost
  • Control Illusions
  • Control Lightning
Scar Fist Bronze Rings 20 Skill trainer (150)
  • Athletics
  • Bows
  • Control Vigor
  • Unarmed Attacks
Selina Bronze Rings 10 Skill trainer (150)
  • One-Handed Weapons
  • Thrown Weapons
  • Two-Handed Weapons
Thalla Bronze Rings 25 Skill trainer (150)
  • One-Handed Weapons
  • Parry
  • Thrown Weapons
Torvus Bronze Rings 20 Skill trainer (150)
  • Parry
  • Thrown Weapons
  • Two-Handed Weapons
Verus Bronze Rings 20 Item generation
  • Generates Hide hides
Hides are required for upgrading armor

References[edit]

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