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EA C'tis Lizard Kings

Lore

C'tis draws from a range of historical influences, but is primarily based on Ancient_Egypt. It is inhabited by two species of lizardmen.

C’tis is a swampy river valley surrounded by sandy deserts. In the fertile valley a sacral kingdom of lizard-like humanoidshas formed. The kingdom is ancient by human standards and its wisdom and magical knowledge is great. At the top of the society is the Lizard King and his Royal Heirs. The king is the highest priest of C’tis. Under the king are the High Priests with their sacred serpents and the enigmatic Sauromancers, great mages of death and rebirth. The lizards are herbivores, but have enslaved a race of carnivorous lizardmen who serve as soldiers and workers. The C’tissians are somewhat slow in movement, but have thick hides that protect them from cuts and bruises. Both lizard races are cold-blooded and become exhausted very quickly when fighting in cold provinces. They have partial resistance to poison. The inhabitants of C’tis prefer to live in warm provinces.

General Overview

C'tis is a very fun and interesting nation to play. If you like lizards who raise hordes of undead, then C'tis is for you. They have plenty of death access and high-level priests for smiting beings of death as well. Most of C'tis's units and commanders can swim, so those pesky rivers are no problem (although they lack the ability to enter sea provinces). C'tis's mages are pretty versatile, cost-efficient for their power, and can fill the gaps in your lines with skeleton hordes. They pack some strong basic troops such as the falchioneer and the slave runner, slave warrior, and elite warrior in terms of troops. They all have devastating multi attacks that chew through indies making expansion easier they also have natural protection and poison resist. This paired with your natural access to nature, water, and death access can be a quite brutal combination.

You're one of the most dominant nation in terms of death mage and should have many undead summons in the late game.

Now to the drawbacks: First off, C'tis is a nation that is very dominion reliant. If you attack someone in cold dominion, your troops and mages will fatigue out significantly faster then your warm-blooded opponents. Another big drawback is that EA C'tis does not have a good sacred lineup to justify a blessing, making C'tis prone to sacred rushes. They like to play tall in a game that tends to play wide, and they tend to get attacked due to this.

National Features

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Race Military Magic Access Priests Buildings
Prefers Heat scales+2
Lizards:
MR(11-14)
cold-blooded
swimming
swamp survival
poison resistance(5-10)
Near Poison Immune troops
Chariots
Heavy Infantry(for EA)
Slave Warriors
Sacred Animals
Powerful Death Mages
Undead Hords and Thugs
Death (4, Rare 5)
Nature (2, Rare 3)
Astrial (1, Rare 2)
Water (1, rare 2)

Summable (3), (3)
Powerful(Lv3) Standard Forts( fortress)

Capital Special Sites

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The Temple City
Enables recruitment of Lizard King, Lizard Heir, and Serpent Dancer.
Generates 4deathgem2naturegem per turn.

Units

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All national commanders and units have at least MR 12, cold-blooded, swimming, swamp survival and poison resistance(5-10).

Beware: despite having some poison resistance, they are not immune and may die if they accumulate too much poison damage.

Commanders

Img Unit Name —-SpecialAttributes—- Comments
Taskmaster
Gold 30
2
1
Poison resistance 7
Taskmaster 2
Best leader for your lizard slaves in terms of morale but lacks the ability to set formations, only have 40 leadership, and dies to stray arrows.
Hierodule
Gold 30
1
1
holy 11
Sacred
Poison resistance 7
Female
A flearly cheap priest that is also not affected by your poison.
Commander of C'tis
Gold 40
15
1
Poison resistance 7 Cheap 60Ld Comand that is not affected by your poison. Overshadowed by Lizard lords in many situations.
Lizard Lord
Gold 70
21
1
Poison resistance 7 Your better, more expensive, 80Ld Leader who offers formations and only takes 1 commander point to recruit.
High Priest of C'tis
Gold 80
1
2
holy 22
Sacred
Poison resistance 7
Temple Trainer: Sacred Serpent
A lvl2 Preist that can lead a some troops.
Can spend a turn in a temple to train a sacred serpent for free.
This is probably a good use of their time even without a big bless for the snakes.
Shaman
Gold 90
2
2
astral 11nature 11 9
Sacred
Poison resistance 5.
Prophet Shape: Shaman
C'tis' second battle mage and most efficient Researcher.
Shamans are cheap and can cast astral buffs such as Luck and Body Ethereal and
set up communions for big astral spells or Soul Slays and Charms. If you are fighting astral nations, keeping Shamans in your armies can save your astral Sauromancer from magic duels.
Very efficient researchers in magic dominion too thanks their low cost, sacred status for half upkeep, and utility in combat in an emergency.
Reborn
Gold 105
1
2
death 22 9
Poison resistance 7.
Not as magicly strong as Sauromancer, but they have thier uses.
Alot of good Death magic like Shadow Bolt and Horde of Skeletons are death 22, and you can recruit two Reborn at the same time as one Sauromancer.
They more for filling your army with more mages then power.
Lizard Heir
Gold 145
26
1
Capital Only
holy 11
Sacred
unsurroundable (1)
Trample
Poison resistance 7
mounted
Situational way you recurte them over Lizard Lords or King.
They are good at Having squadrons of charots quicly roving your land to vanquish enemy raiders.
Can't Swim.
Sauromancer
Gold 210
1
4
death 33nature 11random1100%+10% 15
Invulnerability(15)
Poison resistance 7
The definite workhorse mage, for battles and Rituals.
They can put down many important spells, including Foul Vapors(with Bosters), Horde of Skeletons and Shadow Blast, and battle enchantments.
They'​re also prime candidates to Twiceborn.
Lizard King
Gold 230
5
4
Capital Only
holy 33
Sacred
Old Age(60/50)
Poison resistance 7
Prophet Shape: Lizard King
With leadership 120, Lizard Kings are excellent, albeit expensive, army leaders.
They can also claim thrones, and are strong preachers where your dominion falters.
Appointing a Lizard King as your prophet brings it to holy 44, which can be useful for both banishing and Fanaticism.
There is also a special Lizard King prophet shape with a scepter and a fancy blue gown.

Troops

Sprite Unit Name Special Attributes Comments
Militia
Gold 7
2
5
Poison resistance(7) Indie Militia with better MR, resistant to your own poison but with no armor other than their own scales.
Useful as cheap chaff, particularly for cracking forts but will die in drove during battles so keep them out of harm's way if you can.
Light Infantry
Gold 10
5
11
Poison resistance(7) Indie Light Infantry with better MR, resistant to your own poison and miasma. No armor except for a shield means that they die in droves but the javelins are nice at least.
Heavy Infantry
Gold 10
15
11
Poison resistance(7) Heavy Infantry and well armored with 16 prot even before being buffed with bark skin. The trade off for this is that they have some heavy encumbrance but they are still the best blockers around for EA C'tis and still only cost 10g.
City Guard
Gold 10
10
11
Poison resistance(7)
castle defence bonus(1)
Fairly standard medium infantry with better prot, better MR, resistant to your own poison. Easier to mass then Heavy Infantry thanks to their lower resource cost and can hold lines almost as well. They have a castle defence bonus but that is a pretty minor boon because C'tis has plenty of magical ways to make taking forts hell for the attackers. Still nice to have a way to turn Gold into even more Siege Defense.
Slave Warrior
Gold 13
3
8
slave
Poison resistance(5)
Barbarians but in lizard flavor and generally better. Slave warriors are glass cannons with low defences and morale but has two strong attacks. Useful if killing power is needed quickly and cheaply.
Runner
Gold 13
2
8
slave
Poison resistance(5)
Slave Warriors but trade High damage for Speed. Useful as cheaper Lizard Chariot for flanking to hit mages and archers or to rush in and interrupt long buff cycles on enemy thugs.
Falchioneer
Gold 13
17
18
Ambidextrous2
Poison resistance(7)
Armored like city guard but with helmets and with a pair of falchions instead of a shield and spear. Great damage output and attack density. A great blend of killing power and durability without breaking the bank. Be aware that they tire out quickly though.
Elite Warrior
Gold 15
9
9
slave
Poison resistance(5)
Better Slave Warriors with armor and improved stats. Their lack of a helmet is a bummer on a unit costing 15g but their low resource and recruitment point cost makes them easy to spam in an emergency if high quality troops are needed quickly.
Serpent Dancer
Gold 19
2
22
Capital Only
Sacred
Poison resistance(15)
Not a great sacred, but they can be blessed to counter partiular units. Decent defence but Low Prot and have a two handed staff that deals magic and poison damage. They don't trade well agenst ghosts, but with a poper bless and buffs, they can take down partiular elite units like Sacred giants, or the Jinn of Ubar
Lizard Chariot
Gold 45
26
47
Poison resistance(7)
unsurroundable(1)
trample
mounted
Amoung the best national chariots in the EA.
Althouhg it recqures good scale, having 8-12 can wipe most Indes.
They are also feryly good at Flanking if you have standard troops.
Sacred Serpent Sacred
Poison resistance(5)
Standard(1)
Animal
Produced for free in each temple by having a High Priest train them. They boost the morale of the squads they are attached to and can serve as decent troops in their own right with high attack skill and powerful poison if not much prot so their HP gets cut through quickly. They move quickly so they tend to run ahead of their squad mates and get killed so it is best to mix them in with slightly faster troops such as falchioneers or slave warriors.
By late game you should be able to crank out a pretty decent number of these each turn to leverage any bless you have. Casting Mass Regeneration and Stygian Rains on them is a boon.

Heroes

Img Unit Name —-SpecialAttributes—- Comments
Niklatu - Lizard Hero Poison resistance(5)
inspirational(1)
a 120 Leader with a absurdly high defence skill of 20.
Kabti'ili - Ancient Shaman astral 22nature 22holy 11 13
Sacred
Poison resistance (5)
supply bonus (20)
taskmaster (3)
A dedicated Starshine Skullcap and Moonvine Bracelet forger.
Udum'ukinna - Reassembled Prince holy 22
Sacred
inspirational(1)
immortal
unsurroundable (1)
Trample
undead
inanimate
Need-not-eat
spirit-sight
reanimator-priest
Poison resistance(25)
Cold resistance(15)
pierce-resistant
mounted
inspirational(1)
Zilammu - Consort of the Dead astral 22death 44nature 33 23
Poison resistance(10)
supply bonus (30)
Female
Your Strongest Nature mage (the power of hands) bootable to nature 66.
She will be doing a lot of your end game Death and Nature retual caster like Contact Lamia Queen.

Magic

National Magic & Summons

Pride of Lions: nature 22 Conj 3 10naturegem (summon 10+ Great Lion). Summons Fast moving animal chaff.

Sacred Crocodile: nature 22water 22 Conj 4 3naturegem (summon 1 Sacred Crocodile). Big Slow Heavy attack animal. A lot of their attributes make them fantastic Soul slay magnets to take the pressure off your mages.

Summon Monster Toads: nature 22 Conj 5 8naturegem (summon 3 Monster Toad). Sacred Tramplers that spread poison with their poison cloud and Poison Skin. Likely to Die, but will kill formation as the toads will suicidally trample to the middle of it to spread the Miasma.

Contact Couatl: nature 11astral 11 Conj 7 40naturegem (summon 1 Couatl). Cost a lot of gems but any Shaman can summon this strong Flying Astro and Nature mage.

Contact Scorpion Man:earth 11fire 11 Conj 8 12earthgem (summon 1 Scorpion Man). Comes too late to be useful. Scarying way infenty is not so good when late game is purely mage dominated.

Magic Access

Death You are a heavy Death nation. Sauromancers can be death 44 boost to 6 with Skull Staff and Skullface.

Some of your mages may have Astral 1 so they can communion for higher combat levels of Death, Astral, and Nature. Sauromancers can be Nature 2 and can forge boosters to become nature 55 for rituals.

Water (1, rare 2) Unlikey to be too high - Just enough for Foul Vapors. If you spend gems or get lucky, the Sauromancers could get a Water and Astral path.

By the late game, you may have access to a flying Astral/Nature mage.

Combat Magic

Generally, the goal of your magic in combat should be to spam poison and undead, while buffing the resilient living troops.

Sauromancer magic randoms:

  • Nature randoms: Use for high-level Nature with a Thistle Mace and Moonlight Bracelet.
  • Water randoms: Needed to cast Foul Vapors.
  • Death randoms: Don't need communions for high death, with the two death boosters your death 66. It can make the immortal death thugs.
  • Astral randoms: Can join communions to cast higher level Death and Nature magic. Can cast Nether Bolt and Nether Darts.

Troop Buffs: Wooden Warriors, Army of Giants, Mass Protection, Stygian Rains

Chaff Summoning: Horde of Skeletons, Swarm, Creeping Doom

AOE: Poison Cloud, Enfeeble, Vortex of Unlife

Battlefield Globals: Foul Vapors, Howl, Darkness, Rigor Mortis, Relief, Plague, Life after Death, Undead Mastery

Area Fatigue or Immobilization: Shadow Blast, Syllable of Sleep, Storm of Thorns, Wild Growth, Stellar Cascades

Area Morale Reduction: Panic, Terror

Single Target Elimination: Curse of the Frog Prince, Charm, Disintegrate, Nether Bolt, Nether Darts, Astral Geyser

Thug/SC Self Buffs (summoned undead thugs): Soul Vortex, Invulnerability

Ritual Magic

Mother Oak

Twiceborn

Transformation

Well of Misery

Stygian Paths

Black Death

Summons Infantry- Revive Wights/Legion of Wights, Construct Manikin, Construct Mandragora, Reanimation, Pale Riders, Contact Lamias, Awaken Vine Men, Awaken Vine Ogres

Immortal Summons - Call the Worm That Walks, Call Wraith Lord, Lichcraft, Curse of Blood

Summons Other- Tartarian Gate, Summon Spectre, Summon Mount Fiend, Contact Lamia Queen

Magic Items

National Items

  • The Jade Mask: a Unique end game Helmet. Need death 66nature 33 and where must be cold-blooded (No Undead or most pretender chassis). Grants a lot of large array of good mage buffs. Is Notable a better Skullface with Regeneration and Auto cast Rigor Mortis

gear

Amulet of the Dead Makes your reanimation casting more gem efficient.

Mage items: Clam of Pearls, Black Bow of Botulf, Amulet of Resilience, Coral Blade, Ethereal Crossbow, Ring of Regeneration, Skull Mentor

Thug Items: Vine Shield, Astral Serpent, Coral Blade/Duskdagger, Doom Glaive, Boots of Quickness, Robe of Invulnerability

Fear Thug Items: Horror Helmet, Spirit Mask, Skull Standard

Interesting Items: Effigy of War,

Strategy

Early Game

How to expand, potential pitfalls and how to get around them, obvious weakness strength, and how much you have to focus on war/infrastructure.

Mid Game

What is the first big research rush, what is the first big powerspike, where do you shift recruitment to? what are the big magic diversity issues, are there particular globals you should gun for

Late Game

How do you close out the game if you are in it, is the high-level research stuff you can do uniquely well, does your nation fall off, aka do you have to force things to conclude swiftly

Youtube of someone discussing the nation guide page on steam?? forum thread or AAR

c-tis-ea.txt · Last modified: 2021/03/14 23:24 by meat-horse-array