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In Dominions, all non-Holy spells are organized into one of seven schools of magic: Conjuration, Alteration, Evocation, Construction, Enchantment, Thaumaturgy, and Blood Magic (not the path). Where a spell's path represents the power source, the school a spell belongs to ostensibly represents the methods used to manipulate that power. In order for their mages to cast more advanced spells and forge more powerful magic items, the player has to invest research into these schools. Each school has nine levels of research.

The order in which these schools are researched is decided through the Research Screen, which can be accessed by pressing F5 in-game. Simply left-click on the name of a school to queue up one level of research into that school. Any research points left over after the queue is finished will be assigned to an unfinished school, starting from the top of the Research Screen.

Research ability

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Only commanders with the research ability are capable of contributing to their nation's research. A unit with the research ability will have a piles of books icon on their ability bar, next to their magic paths, with a number indicating how many points they contribute to the pool. Troops cannot research.

By default, units require some amount of magic paths in order to be able to research. All Mages have a base research ability of 5, and each level a Mage has in one of the eight non-Holy magic paths increases their research ability by 2. Experience stars also increase a Mage's research ability by 1 each. However, there are several other factors that might change how much a unit contributes.

First of all, some units have the "Adept Researcher" or "Inept Researcher" abilities, indicated with a single book on their ability bar (with a red X for inept). These abilities are a straight buff or penalty, respectively, to how many research points the unit generates. The independent, recruitable Wolf Tribe Shamans are an example of an inept researcher; the Great Sage pretender is an example of an adept researcher. Regardless of penalties, the minimum amount that a Mage can contribute to Research is 1.

Secondly, the scales of the province the unit is researching in will have an effect. Each point of Magic scales Magic on the scales will add a research point to each researcher in that province, if the Dominion is friendly. Likewise, each point of Drain scales Drain on the scales will reduce research. Some units, most notably the Smiths of MA Ulm, are immune to this research penalty.

There also exist "Inspiring Researchers" - these commanders will increase the research points of all other mages in the province, making them especially powerful when stationed in research hubs such as your capital. For example, an Inspiring Researcher +1 in a province with 25 other mages will be adding +25 research points to your pool, the equivalent of quite a few extra mages. Often this ability is attached to a pretender - for example, the Great Sage is also an inspiring researcher.

Lastly, you can also forge or find magical items that increase research points. There are several of these scattered throughout the different paths, the non legendary are the 5airgem Owl Quill, the 5bloodslave Imp Familiar, the 10deathgem Skull Mentor, and the 5firegem Lightless Lantern.

Starting research

Each nation begins the game with an amount of RP based on its pretender's magic/drain scale. This free RP is not influenced by the age the game is set in and cannot be disabled.

If the game is using the "random start research" option (the default), the RP is allocated to random schools in 50-RP parcels. The default total is 150 RP; each level of magic adds 50 more RP and each level of drain subtracts 50 RP.

If the game is not using random start research, the RP is divided evenly between each school. Due to rounding, the total amount of RP will be slightly different from a random start research game:

Scale Split Total
Drain 3 0 0
Drain 2 7 49
Drain 1 14 98
Neutral 21 147
Magic 1 29 199
Magic 2 36 248
Magic 3 43 301

Research costs

The amount of research points that must be invested in a school in order to reach each level is dependent on the game's settings. Most multiplayer games use the standard research difficulty setting:

Level Research Points Cumulative RP
1 50 50
2 100 150
3 200 350
4 400 750
5 700 1450
6 1300 2750
7 2400 5150
8 4400 9550
9 8100 17650

Very easy research

Level Research Points Cumulative RP
1 20 20
2 25 45
3 50 95
4 100 195
5 200 395
6 400 795
7 700 1495
8 1300 2795
9 2400 5195

Easy research

Level Research Points Cumulative RP
1 25 25
2 50 75
3 100 175
4 200 375
5 400 775
6 700 1475
7 1300 2775
8 2400 5175
9 4400 9575

Difficult research

Level Research Points Cumulative RP
1 100 100
2 200 300
3 400 700
4 700 1400
5 1300 2700
6 2400 5100
7 4400 9500
8 8100 17600
9 14900 32500

Very difficult research

1 200 200
2 400 600
3 700 1300
4 1300 2600
5 2400 5000
6 4400 9400
7 8100 17500
8 14900 32400
9 14900 47300
research.txt · Last modified: 2020/10/03 21:00 by fenrir