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MA Mictlan, Reign of the Lawgiver

Lore

"Quetzalcouatl, the Lawgiver, figures in most of the Mesoamerican cultures as a returning savior figure. One could not paraphrase a Mesoamerican nation without having at least a fleeting reference to him." -Illwinter

Suitably named after Aztec Hell, Mictlan has always been isolated; any of its neighbors and visitors have long-since learned that keeping contact with them would end in them being either enslaved by the Kings or exsanguinated by the Blood Cult. However, a new era has dawned under the rule of the Lawgiver who abhors blood sacrifice. Which isn't to say that the kingdom is any less brutal or isolated, you just have a better chance of keeping your blood where it belongs. The mage-priests of the Lawgiver worship his two Faces (the Sun & the Moon) and its two Domains (the Rain & the Forest), with an added appreciation for the Sky.

General Overview

Mictlan is no longer the hungry Blood nation it was in EA, replacing all of it's Blood in two specific ways. First, there are now three Air mages available to recruit, all of them holy, two of them cross-paths, and one of them being strong in Astral as well. Second, the priests of Mictlan are even stronger than they were in EA, adding three new priests of increasing power. Another side effect of dropping blood is that most of your mages are cheaper, but money shouldn't be any concern for your nation considering how poorly-equipped your units still are. This is a nation that gives you all the flexibility in magic you could ever want, but takes a lot of planning to see it's true potential.

(This page borrows from the EA Mictlan page, and so has some references to blood magic that aren't relevant in MA. Feel free to fix any such errors or add them to the TO DO list in the discussion page - TitledEel)

National Features

Race Military Magic Access Priests Buildings
Average Humans
Prefers 1 Heat
Forest Survival
Primitive Gear
Cheap Infantry
Slave Levies
Sacred Shapeshifters
astral 33 (rare 4)
nature 33 (rare 4)
air 22 (rare 3)
fire 22
water 22
death 11 (rare)
blood 11 (rare)
Summons:
astral 33nature 33 (requires astral 11nature 11)
death 33, blood 44 (requires blood 44)
air 22water 44, water 44death 22 (requires water 44)
Powerful (holy 33)
Only holy 11 outside capital
+2 Air Bless points
+1 Nature Bless point
Primitive Fortified Cities

Capital Special Sites

Temple of the Moon Temple of the Sun High Temple of the Sky and Rain High Temple of the Land
Enables recruitment of:
- Moon Priest
Produces 1 astralpearl per turn
Enables recruitment of:
- Sun Warrior
- Sun Priest
Produces 1 per turn
Enables recruitment of:
- Rain Priest
- High Priest of the Sky
Produces 1 per turn
Produces 1 per turn
Enables recruitment of:
- Jaguar Warrior
- Priest King
- Couatl
Produces 1 naturegem per turn

Notable Units

Jaguar Warriors are pretty cool guys, able to heal afflictions that they will no-doubt acquire due to their Wounded Shape. They're not as good as in EA since you can't recruit them off-capital, but they are still worth it if you need a few bruisers for your army.

Eagle Warrior, now these guys really get a glow up in MA. While they aren't quite as powerful as the Jaguar Warriors, they hit twice as much, and more importantly, can fly once they get blessed. Add on the fact that they can be recruited off of any province with a temple and the fact that they are damn cheap for a Sacred unit, and you have an opportunity for some interesting Bless shenanigans.

Nahualli are your best off-capital Mages. They can Contact Couatls in case you need your capital recruitment for something else. Do not be fooled by their goofy looking Turkey form. Having a force of relatively cheap, flying Astral mages is no joke when you can drop a communion on your enemies at any time.

Commanders

FIXME description of the workhorse options, for the sake of sanity better skip the clearly subpar and generic stuff (no h1 unless special qualities, no 40, 60 leadership dudes that are average, no scouts

Pretty much all stolen from the EA Mictlan page, please let me keep my blood.

Sprite Unit Name Special Attributes Comments
Scout
25
1
1
stealthy(50)
mountain survival
forest survival
SCOUT 2: Return of SCOUT
Tribal King
90
15
1
Sacred
taskmaster(1)
slaver(Slave)
forest survival
Chaff-collector and competent leader.
Mictlan Priest
65
1
2
holy 11random1100% 7
Sacred
forest survival
Basic research monkey with an added magic path lottery!
Sky Priest
70
1
2
air 11holy 11random010% 7
Sacred
forest survival
patrol bonus(10)
fortune teller(5)
More expensive than the normal Priest, but you get reliable Air with a small chance for another path. Fortune teller might be worth it if you have misfortune scales.
Nahualli
125
1
2
astral 11nature 22random010% 11
supply bonus(20)
Shapechanger(Turkey)
spirit sight
forest survival
Couatl-summoner & off-cap Mage.
Can run Communions for your Coatls or Moon Priests, or even each other.
The Turkey shape is divine, don't let anyone tell you differently. The Turkey form turns your mages into competent raiders as well when given N gems. Set them to cast swarm and profit! After procuring a Thistle Mace you might want to empower into water to open up Foul Vapors as it is a hard counter against nations like Ulm; who in turn counters you.
Rain Priest
125
1
2
Capital Only
water 22holy 22 9
Sacred
forest survival
Not great for evocations, but useful as a utility mage. Use for national summons (ie. Summon Tlaloque & Jade Serpent), forging, site searching, anti-thugging and occasional ritual/combat casting. They seem useless now, until you are facing up against an army of toads backed up by Quagmire and Heat from Hell casted from your Sun Priest.
Moon Priest
125
1
2
Capital Only
astral 22holy 22 13
Sacred
Darkvision(50%)
forest survival
Communion Master. If your game isn't cheesy enough, give em a pair of Turkeys each and watch them spam Soul Slay.
Sun Priest
135
1
2
Capital Only
fire 22holy 22 9
Sacred
forest survival
A decent fire mage for niche situations, kit with fire boosters and Fire in a Jars to boost effectiveness. Use this mage defensively and take advantage of your heat dominion. A Sun Priest with a fire booster can cast Heat from Hell and Flaming Arrows, add in an army of Sun Warriors and javelin/sling variant Warriors, and they can be pretty effective when keeping raiders or smaller armies at bay. You can also spam Fires from Afar, but it is quite costly and the gems could be put to much better use. You can also empower in astral to cast Solar Eclipse, but breaking into blood kind of defeats the purpose of this, as your demon summons can cast Darkness.
Priest King
210
5
2
Capital Only
nature 22holy 33random010% 13
Sacred
taskmaster(1)
slaver(Slave)
supply bonus(20)
forest survival
4-squad leader and slaver supreme. Potentially outmatched as a Nature mage by the Couatl, but that Leadership is no joke. Just give him a bit of armor, since he's got practically none, also give them a Rabbit Foot Charm to counter spells like Seeking Arrow if fighting any nation with air magic, as Seeking Arrow causes AN (armor-negating) damage. As mentioned with the Nahualli, it might be worth empowering this guy in water, so he can cast Foul Vapors with a Thistle Mace.
Who needs elephants when you got Monster Toads?
High Priest of the Sky
225
1
2
Capital Only
air 22holy 33random1100%
10%
11
Sacred
flying
forest survival
patrol bonus(20)
old age (55/50)
fortune teller(10)
Old A2H3 mage with 1 extra random path, can offset the old status by getting the Unaging bless. Casts air spells and Divine Blessing. Also a good raider that synergizes well with Turkeys since they too can fly; just give them air gems and watch them fill the field with Air Elementals.
Couatl
300
1
4
Capital Only
astral 33nature 11holy 22random2100%
100%
10%
17
Sacred
poison resistant(15)
magic being
cold blooded
flying
swimming
forest survival
swamp survival
supply bonus(10)
inspirational
A very flexible mage. Maybe good for a thug chassis. Slightly different than summoned Couatls in that they might get some Nature replaced with Air.

Troops

FIXME description of the workhorse options, for the sake of sanity better skip the clearly subpar and generic stuff (common indie like units with no gimmicks), merge units into a single description entry if functionally similar battle roles with only minor differences in gear.

Sprite Unit Name Special Attributes Comments
Warrior
9
1
7
forest survival Slinger with Shield.
Archers prefer shooting at low prot targets so they can keep the heat of Jaguar Warriors while still being more protected and can trade because of their shields.
Warrior
9
8
7
forest survival Slinger with Shield and armor.
best suited as lance catchers, being cheap but will still last longer than the barechested warriors.
Warrior
9
10
7
forest survival A good expanding alternative to your sacreds. Javelins give them an advantage over low prot indies that would normally shred Jaguar Warrior like barbarians.
Warrior
9
13
7
forest survival The above warrior but "better" melee weapons and armor at the cost of map movement. Stick to Moon Warriors and the above variant. Maybe recruit if you need that extra javelin to pop glamourous ponies.
Moon Warrior
12
14
14
darkvision(50%)
forest survival
Warrior with Greatweapon and darkvision. These are your mainline infantry next to your sacreds, always recruit these.
Moon warriors start getting useful when you start amassing your demon army and learn how to cast the Darkness or Solar Eclipse spells. Make great fort recruits when going a Darkness army strategy.
Feathered Warrior
18
13
21
standard(1)
forest survival
Boost the morale of the Warriors he is with. Sacreds have good moral but boosting higher it can be important especially when there are so many abilities that force you to roll it many times.
Jaguar Warrior
26
4
31
Capital Only
Sacred
wounded shape(Were Jaguar)
forest survival
A decent sacred in-game being a greatweapon guy with a second werebeast shape with 3 attacks, only held back by thier capital-only recruitment.
Beware of mass firepower, they don't have high prot or shields.
Eagle Warrior
15
3
14
Sacred
ambidextrous(3)
flies-when Blessed
forest survival
Possibly your best sacred in MA, if only beacuse it can be recruited anywhere for fairly cheap. Gains the ability to fly when blessed, so can assassinate commanders in the rear like other flying nations.
Also suffers the same weakness as Jaguar Warriors, but worse as they do not have another form to rely on.
Sun Warrior
18
15
18
Capital Only
Sacred
resist fire(5)
forest survival
Another sacred, being an armored warrior with javelin and resistance to fire.
Less appealing than the other sacreds in terms of offense and competes with the recruitment of Jaguar Warrior.
Ok during early game expansion depending on blessing when keeping expansion party casualties low is important. Best used in heat dominion on the defensive to synergize with your Sun Priests.

Heroes

FIXME any breakout hits that might sway someone towards luck or away from it ?

Sprite Unit Name Special Attributes Comments
Mictlipoctli - King of Legends
Hero turn arrival limit:(5)
death 33blood 33holy 33 17
Sacred
undead
inanimate
need-not-eat
spirit sight
pierce resistant
fire vulnerability(10)
resist cold(15)
resist poison(25)
reanimator-priest
reanimation bonus(2)
A Mound Fiend with blood magic, breaking you into both blood and death before getting Summon Tlaloque. Always nice to diversify your assets.
Topiltzin - Priest King
Hero turn arrival limit:(5)
fire 22air 22astral 33nature 22holy 44 23
Sacred
swamp survival
forest survival
swimming
resist poison (15)
supply bonus (20)
Shapechanger(Feathered Serpent)
Just as the Nahualli transforms into a form delicious to humans, Mixcoatl transforms into a form delicious to Couatls!
Has full magic item slots, but be careful as shape changers can destroy items if they shift to a form that can't hold them.
Mixcoatl - Priest King
Hero turn arrival limit:(5)
air 33astral 33nature 22holy 33 21
Sacred
swamp survival
forest survival
swimming
resist poison (15)
resist shock (10)
supply bonus (20)
Shapechanger(Feathered Serpent)
Just as the Nahualli transforms into a form delicious to humans, Mixcoatl transforms into a form delicious to Couatls!
Has full magic item slots, but be careful as shape changers can destroy items if they shift to a form that can't hold them.

Magic

Magic Access

This section is the longer version of the 'Magic Access' column in National Features. List which paths the nation has access to, what level in each path and the maximum level attainable with common boosters. Avoid discussing in too much depth as much of the information is already covered in MelficeBelmont's Boosting and Access Guide. The length of this section will vary greatly depending on the nation, and does not have to be formatted in the same way as the example below. Some explanation may be required for more complicated boosting methods (e.g. commanderifying a unit with hidden paths). What exactly these paths can be used for can largely be explained in later sections, but pointing out good crosspaths works well in this section too. Mention communion access if applicable.

National Spells

FIXMEnational spell or summon cost and usecase, judgment if it's good.

  • Summon Jaguar Toads: 2naturegem Conj 1.nature 11holy 11 ( Jaguar Toadx2) they are small tramplers (only running over common infantry) and spit armor ignoring mortal poison, while also poisoning anyone that don't use spears. They are easy to summon them but They are easy to kill and Undisciplined makes them hard to buff.
  • Summon Jaguars: 25naturegem Conj 3.nature 22holy 11 ( Jaguarx17) like weaker Ozelotls that come in greater numbers using nature gems. Greate and a effectent use of nature gems spending if you have a good bless for them and desperate need lots of troops.
  • Summon Jade Serpent: 3watergem Conj 4.water 22 ( Jade Serpentx1) a big bag of hit points that's a sacred standard and a high strength poison bit. Mix some into troops to improve their morale and way to kill high armored enemies.
  • Summon Tlaloque: 60watergem Conj 7.water 44 ( Tlaloque of the East, Tlaloque of the South, Tlaloque of the West, Tlaloque of the North). Great dump for your Water gems in the late game. Often don't see one unless in a longer game as Mictlan often have other pressing research priorities then reaching Conj 7,
  • Summon Monster Toads: nature 22 Conj 5 8naturegem (summon 3 Monster Toad). Sacred Tramplers that spread poison with their Poisonous Skin and Poisonous Cloud. Likely to Die, but will kill formation as the toads will suicidally trample to the middle of it to spread the poison cloud.
  • Contact Couatl: 40naturegem Conj 4.nature 11astral 11 ( Couatlx1). You can recrute them from cap but getting a upkeepless vertion with gareneed nature 33 while freeing up space the other cap only mages is still too good.
  • Bind Beast Bats: 8bloodslave Blood 2.blood 11 ( Beast Batx3). Come online early in-game. not as good fighters as Ozelotl but deal a significant amount of fatigue if they can wound with their poisonous bit. Mixing in some can quickly put monsters to sleep if you can overcome their prot and defenses.
  • Bind Jaguar Fiends: 16bloodslave Blood 4.blood 11fire 11 ( Ozelotlx3). Your Greatest Damage dealer troops. Want to spam a lot of them for your armies when the blood economy is set up.
  • Contact Civateteo: 36bloodslave Blood 5.blood 22death 22 ( Civateteox1). You need your other nation blood mage summons to make her but she is a great stealth Deamon army raider. Also, a Reanimator Priest to free spawn some extra Longdead during downtime.
  • Bind Tzitzimitl: 10bloodslave Blood 5.blood 22astral 22 ( Tzitzimitlx1). Moon Priest can summon these demons which are mini evocations mages in a Demon's body. Lot protection but great at being artily, Hurling their steller bolts.
  • Contact Tlahuelpuchi: 42bloodslave Blood 6.blood 33 ( Tlahuelpuchix1). a Demon Assasin. Ok if you need a Death mage now and don't have the time to Reaserch Blood 7.
  • Contact Onaqui: 101bloodslave Blood 7.blood 44 ( Onaquix1, Beast Batx3). Summon a stronger blood Death mage than the Tlahuelpuchi, being a few boosts from summoning Vampire Lords. They compete with Vampires and other demons for your blood slaves, and those are at the hardest to harvest in the early age.
  • Rain of Jaguars: 40bloodslave Blood 8.blood 66fire 22 ( Ozelotlx14+[lv]). A late-game but more efficient way to mass Ozelotls. something you should aim for as the end approaches because of how good Ozelotls.

Notable Generic Magic

Discuss the top few generic spells that most increase a nation's combat power or synergize with national strategies. These will generally be early-to-mid game spells since individual spells matter much more during those periods of the game. Some examples are Foul Vapors for MA C'tis, Horde of Skeletons + Sabbath Master/Sabbath Slave for the Niefelheim line of nations, Mother Oak for the Pangaeas, Wailing Winds access, etc. For broader advice on magic use, link to Not-Lola's Basic Magic Use Guide.

This is also a good place to point out notable magic weaknesses, such as a lack of nature access making a nation vulnerable to Foul Vapors.

Magic Items

List and describe any unique national items or discounts in this section, discuss and compare with similar generic items. Also discuss generic items that are useful and accessible for the nation. These may include:

  • Thug gear (if the nation has good thugs)
  • Research boosters (particularly if the nation needs help researching or is already very good at researching)
  • Other items that synergize with the nation (e.g. Dwarven Hammers for MA Ulm)

National Items

  • Jade Knife Const 2, 5naturegem5bloodslave, nature 11blood 11: grants useer Adept Sacrificer, granting you +2 priest levels when using blood slaves to expand your domions.

Generic Items

Strategy

Power Curve

This is probably the most difficult section to get consensus for. Describe how strong the nation is during expansion, the early, mid and late game, and what makes it strong/weak at each of those points. This should give readers an idea of where the weaknesses of a nation lie (if they have not been shown already) and when to take advantage of a nation's strengths.

Expansion Strategies

List some example expansion strategies here. If a strong bless or pretender is required then leave the specifics for the pretender section.

Example Pretender Builds

List some example pretender builds. Try to use the following format to keep authorship and pretender design rationale clear.

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mictlan-ma.txt · Last modified: 2022/05/21 07:32 by astigiano