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As the name implies, the independents comprise stationary factions with no affiliation to a god or nation. At the beginning of a game, all provinces except for the players' starting provinces are populated by independent forces, though these are not visible on the first turn. This makes "blind" first turn expanding (into an unknown independent force) a potentially risky move. Independent provinces never have any province defense, nor do they regain troops that have been killed. The independent types that spawn at the beginning of the game are representative of the units that will be present in a player's province defense in that province, as well as what they are able to recruit, unless they're Undead or Phantasmal.

Throne provinces are guarded by stronger independents, with higher throne levels having stronger guardians and possibly neutral Pretender chassis. While not limited to thrones, stronger independents may spawn with random magic items and gems, meaning that taking such provinces is often more complicated than the larger quantitity of chaff they have. Note that mages in Throne provinces do regain their gems after each battle.

Barring upkeep, independent forces are subject to the same checks that any player army is: underlying disease or horror marking magic sites will afflict them, as will disease caused by starvation. Additionally, they experience the full effects of any magic items they might have, including items such as a Soul Contract spawning devils every turn. Independents do not patrol for any reason, therefore there is no risk to stealthy commanders in their provinces.

Independent forces can also be created through random events in which they will attack the controlling player's forces stationed there, and perhaps take back control of the province. Should they beat patrolling forces in a fort, independents will never storm a castle, no matter how long they siege it. Independent owned provinces do not experience random events. Should an independent priest bless independent sacred troops, nothing will happen (this is probably a bug).

The spells known by independent mages may be set one of two ways: many chassis have predefined research levels, and will be able to cast spells of all research schools, including modded spells, up to this level. Others have a hardcoded list which they are able to draw from. For a full list of these, see this subpage.

Independent types


Rare Independent types

A number of significantly rarer independent types exist. Unlike the above, local recruitment province defense for these provinces will not include their natural defenders, rather another type of defender will be chosen instead. These provinces have commanders with forced names, additional magic paths, and pre-assigned items, some of which cannot be obtained through other means. There is however a chance that they will generate with additional items.

The significance of these provinces is typically in the sites they guard or the items that their defenders carry. In any case, these types of defenders are mostly more dangerous than other provinces. Notably, some rarity 5 magic sites which generate naturally have these special defenders. These are highly unusual, and it is rather likely that a map may generate without any of these sites. It has been observed that these population types can also be throne defenders if their site spawns in a throne province.

Despite some of these involving named commanders, this does not stop duplicates appearing on the same map. They may however have slightly different magic paths due to random rolls on their chassis.

Site Commanders Example Units Observed terrains Notes
Bolivar's Tower of Reflections
(Search air 33)
Bolivar Wise, Illusionist: air 66, Weightless Scale Mail, Amulet of Missile Protection, Dancing Trident
Grisman, Illusionist: air 22, Amulet of Missile Protection
3 Swordsman
5 Phantasmal Warriors
3 Maceman
Plains, Highland, Mountain The two illusionist commanders have the obfuscate ability, making this province often appear empty or with very few swordsmen or macemen.
Holy Crypt of Anre
Anre, Eternal Knight: Flambeau, Crown of Command, Girdle of Might 5 Eternal Knights
39 Heavy Infantry
11 Knights
Plains, Mountains
The Queen's Galley
(search death 33)
Queen Andromea, Wailing Lady: Astral Serpent 10 Ghosts Sea (not deep)
Mine of the Cyclops
Arges, Elder Cyclops: Hammer of the Mountains, Copper Plate
Brontes, Elder Cyclops: +earth 33, Hammer of the Cyclops, Girdle of Might
Steropes, Elder Cyclops: Midget Masher, Dancing Shield
4 Gigante Hoplites
3 Lochos
Highland The Hammer of the Cyclops is an unforgeable two handed weapon which grants +1 master smith.
Starke's Ice Cave
(search water 11)
Starke, Ice Druid, water 33death 22nature 11holy 11: Vial of Frozen Tears, Ice Sword, Raw Hide Shield
Jotun Herse
1 Ghost
15 Jotun Spearman
3 Winter Wolf
Highland The Vial of Frozen Tears is an unforgeable miscellaneous booster for Water and Death.
Surakid's Tower
(search astral 11)
Surakid, Spectral Mage, death 22astral 44nature 33: Ring of Sorcery
Arundel, Longdead Legionnaire, Enchanted Sword, Hydra Skin Armor, Horror Helmet
Elias, Longdead Legionnaire, Bone Armor, Amulet of Antimagic
15 Longdead Highland
None Antatus, Golem, astral 44: Marble Armor, Herald Lance, Scutata Volturnus, Crown of Command 2 Stone Monstra
28 Living Statues
Plains These units appear unrelated to any magic sites.
None Satina, Sorceress, fire 22earth 44astral 33nature 33: Robe of the Sorceress, Pendant of Luck
22 Burgmeister Guard
1 Crusher \ 15 Earth Gnomes
1 Fall Bear
Forest The Robe of the Sorceress is an unforgeable robe which grants +1 to all paths of sorcery. Some unusual units can be recruited from this province: Hoburg Militia, Hoburg Crossbow (even in EA), Hoburg Champion, and Burgmeister Guard.
Troll Pit
(search earth 22)
Skallhögg, Troll King: Elf Bane, Lead Shield, Green Dragon Scale Mail, Girdle of Might
Villvacke, Vaetti: Knife of the Damned, Berserker Pelt, Slave Collar
5 Trolls
42 Vaetti
3 Wyverns
Highland This province has some highly unusual local recruits available: Chief, Vaetti, Wolf Rider, Troll. Trolls can be recruited here even without searching the province for the Troll Pit.
Jungle Temple
(search nature 22)
Ninhadi, Lamia: Fenris' Pelt, Enchanted Sword
Unu'ishimma, Lamia Queen astral 22death 33nature 22: Astral Serpent
10 Horned Serpents
20 Lamias
Forest As well as having a hidden site, one of the commanders carries Fenris' Pelt, an artifact.
None Solaris, Paladin: Sun Armor, Sun Sword, Sun Helm, Sun Shield
Ignatius, High Priest holy 22
17 Flagellants
8 Knight of the Chalice
Farmland All the Sun items carried by Solaris are unforgeable. Unusually, if this appears in EA it is still possible to recruit the Longbowman (as well as Knights) from this province, which is otherwise very difficult in the era.
The Primal Forest
Dumuzi, Annunaki of Growth and Rebirth earth 44death 33nature 55: Summer Sword, Vine Shield, Ivy Crown
Annunaki of Love and War air 55earth 33nature 44
2 Kithaironic Lions
50 Vine Man
5 Vine Ogres
13 Woodland Spirits
Desert of Ptah
Ptah, Divine Mummy fire 33astral 33death 55: Sceptre of Authority, Rat Tail, Crown of Ptah, Red Dragon Scale Mail
Nuptamon, Giant Mummy: Wraith Sword, Copper Plate
3 Mummy
2 Behemoths
50 Longdead
1 Scorpion Beast
Waste The Crown of Ptah is an unforgeable item. If obtained it cannot be removed, but it allows its wearer to cast Control the Dead.
Halls of the Dead
(search death 11)
Katafagus, Master Lich fire 22air 33death 77: Crown of Katafagus
Shattermouth, Bane
100 Longdead
3 Mummy
Waste, Cave These defenders have a chance to spawn where the Halls of the Dead do. The site can spawn independently of them, too. The Crown of Katafagus is an unforgeable item that cannot be removed but allows its wearer to summon mummies.
(search death 11)
Mobar, Lich death 55: Skull Staff, Robe of Invulnerability
Reaver, Bane: Horror Helmet, Champion's Skull
50 Soulless
100 Longdead
5 Wights
Waste These defenders have a chance to spawn where Catacombs do. The site can spawn without these defenders, too. Reaver's Champion's Skull will typically mean that he enters the hall of fame on about turn 3 if this site is present on the map.
Cave of Ghouls
(search death 22)
Gore Jaw, Ghoul: Blacksteel Tower Shield, Blacksteel Sword, Blacksteel Helmet, Blacksteel Full Plate 57 Ghouls Cave, Waste These defenders have a chance to spawn where Caves of Ghouls do. The site can spawn without these defenders, too. The most important feature here is the named commander: randomly named commanders will never be named Gore Jaw.
Cave of Dark Rites
(search death 22)
Kekon, Harvester of Sorrows death 55 10 Fiend of Darkness
33 Shades
30 Shade Beasts
Cave These defenders have a chance to spawn where the Cave of Dark Rites does. The site can spawn without these defenders, too. These defenders look very like a more common cave independent type: the harvester of souls is the distinguishing feature. The province population will likely be very depleted due to the harvester having the reaper trait.
The Iron Caverns
(search astral 22)
Ar, Unfrozen Mage water 22earth 33death 44: Skull Staff, Boots of Stone, Astral Serpent
Eo, Unfrozen Lord: Bone Armor, Amulet of Antimagic
6 Unfrozen
26 Unfrozen Warriors
Cave These defenders have a chance to spawn where The Iron Caverns are. The site can spawn without these defenders, often in other terrain types.
The Doom Cloud
(search air 22)
Pazuzu - Lord of the Plague Wind: Bane Blade, Weightless Tower Shield 32 Longdead
8 Storm Demons
Waste These defenders have a chance to spawn if The Doom Cloud spawns in a waste.
None Yiaia, Starspawn water 11astral 55death 22nature 22: Robe of Shadows, Ring of Sorcery, Astral Serpent
Ichtyid Lord
5 Ether Warriors
22 Ichtyid
14 Ichtyid Warriors
Coast The treasure here is the Ring of Sorcery.
None Get-Ola, Chimera: Carcator the Pocket Lich 25 Draconians Highland The pocket lich is an artifact. This province has some highly unusual local recruits available: Chief, Vaetti, Wolf Rider, Troll.
Earthroot Tower (search earth 11) Troll King 8 Trolls
1 Troll Moose Knight
2 War Trolls
Highland This province has some highly unusual local recruits available: Trolls, War Trolls, Troll Moose Knights, and most importantly the Troll King for a mere 200 gold.
None Tott'ush, Shaman astral 11nature 33: Vine Whip, Totem Shield, Horned Helmet, Hydra Skin Armor, Boots of Long Strides, Cat Charm, Barkskin Amulet 1 non-commander Shaman
25 Slave Warriors
Swamp The slave warriors have a 50% chance to not always present, making this a very easy province to take with only two shamans in it. Additionally, Tott'ush carries a large amount of gear to loot.
None Tulsa Doom, Shaman astral 22nature 33: Thorn Staff, Robe of Shadows, Snake Ring, Pendant of Luck
1 Shaman
36 Slave Warriors Swamp
None Oberführer, Hoburg Hero: Shortsword, Blacksteel Helmet, Blacksteel Full Plate
Hoburg Priest
14 Burgmeister Guard
3 Hoburg Crossbows
16 Hog Knights
Farmland Oberführer carries the unforgeable Shortsword, a two handed weapon which inflicts double damage to larger beings. This province allows the recruitment of Hoburg Militia, Burgmeister Guard, Hoburg Champions, and (even in EA) Hoburg Crossbows.
None Shark Bane, Sea King: Wave Breaker 5 Kraken
14 Sea Trolls
Sea Unique, but unremarkable.
None Ogul Voidmaster, Hydromancer: Robe of the Sea, Spell Focus
2 Initiate of the Deep
1 Sea Father
5 Amber Clan Guards
1 Amber Clan Triton
3 Shark Knights
1 Triton Trooper
Sea Unique, but unremarkable.
None Shul Uzuz, Mind Lord 2 Shamblers
10 Slave Trolls
Gorge, Deep Sea Unique, but unremarkable.
None Tiamat, Wyrm water 11earth 11 10 Sea Serpents Gorge, Deep Sea Unique, but unremarkable.
None Lucidor, Adept of Pyriphlegeton: Fire Brand
Commander: Ring of Fire
5 Abysian Infantry
20 Light Infantry
1 Salamander
Plains, Mountain, Waste Easily mistaken for a common light infantry province.
independents.txt · Last modified: 2021/06/04 15:28 by loggy