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Tartarian Gate

The caster opens a gate to Tartarus and releases a dead Titan or Monstrum imprisoned in that horrible place. The Titans were gods in ancient times, but were defeated and imprisoned in Tartarus aeons ago. The dead Titan once had tremendous powers, but the imprisonment in the realm of perpetual pain might have destroyed the mind of the ancient god.

Tartarian Gate is a Conjuration 9 death 77 ritual which summons one of a number of non-unique tartarians for 10deathgem. The unspecified tortures these ancient gods and titans undergo in Tartarus are not pretty; although all tartarians have the potential to be powerful mages, many are feebleminded and most are summoned as units instead of commanders, requiring a Gift of Reason/Divine Name and healing to unlock their full capabilities. Their shattered soul trait cannot be removed and causes them to occasionally do random actions on their own, leaving you unable to give them orders.

Due to the difficulties involved in making tartarians useful and the high research and magic path requirement, Tartarian Gate is not usually a threat until the late game. Although tartarians can make good heavy thugs, where they stand out is as an alternative to Elemental Royalty for summoning durable, high-path mages that are difficult to assassinate and can reliably cast critical battlefield spells. When human mages are dying in droves to Flames from the Sky and all the unique summons are gone, tartarians can still be mass produced to bring a supply of diverse, big casters to late game battles.

Afflictions

All tartarians have a 50% chance to be feebleminded and an independent 20% chance to be a commander instead of a unit. They then have a 50% chance of gaining a new affliction (equal odds of major or minor) and continue rolling at 50% odds until an affliction is not gained.1) Remedying these issues makes most tartarians much more expensive than the 10deathgem price tag would suggest.

Commanderifying a tartarian is as simple as casting Gift of Reason for 20naturegem or Divine Name for 25astralpearl, but healing feebleminded is slightly more complicated due to tartarians being undead. The following methods will NOT work:

The following methods WILL work:

  • Having a pretender with a recuperation bless and giving the tartarian a Shroud of the Battle Saint (only works on tartarians with a body slot)
  • An active, friendly Gift of Health

The usable healing methods are difficult to achieve; you have to have either planned for tartarians from the beginning of the game or control a pretty powerful global. Assuming these conditions are fulfilled, a tartarian can be made functional for a total price of around 40 gems. This is (in absolute terms) cheaper than the obvious comparison, Elemental Royalty, and tartarians have the potential to be more powerful mages than even the Royalty.

Tartarians

A table of tartarians is included below. As undead, all tartarians have significant cold resistance, poison resistance, spirit sight and a ridiculous hitpoint pool. They also have fear, being scary gods who have returned from the realm of perpetual pain. The shattered soul trait is similar to insane, but allows more destructive random actions; see the dedicated page for more details. Note that the paths will only be revealed once you have removed feebleminded and made the tartarian a commander.

Image Name Abilities Comments
Tartarian Cyclops air 22earth 33
Cold Resistance (15)
Poison Resistance (25)
Fear (10)
Eyes (1)
Shattered Soul (25%)
Poor Amphibian
Undead
Need-not-eat
Spirit Sight
Magic phase heavy thug that can also support armies with earth buffs and minor air magic.
Both cyclopes are poor amphibians, which broadens their strategic utility.
Tartarian Cyclops earth 44
Cold Resistance (15)
Poison Resistance (25)
Fear (10)
Eyes (1)
Shattered Soul (25%)
Poor Amphibian
Undead
Need-not-eat
Spirit Sight
Easily capable of casting all the big earth buffs and Earthquakeing your enemies. Can thug in a pinch too, though with less panache than its Cloud Trapeze-capable cousin.
Both cyclopes are poor amphibians, which broadens their strategic utility.
Tartarian Spirit earth 33death 22
Regeneration (5%)
Cold Resistance (15)
Poison Resistance (25)
Fear (12)
Ambidextrous (5)
Shattered Soul (25%)
Poor Amphibian
Undead
Need-not-eat
Mountain Survival
Spirit Sight
Comes with ambidextrous so it can dual-wield its sick length 4 chains.
The death magic allows this tartarian to cast Soul Vortex and be much more dangerous on its own. It also adds a bit of fear, which is nice. Like the cyclopes, it is perfectly capable of army support duty with moderate earth too.
Also a poor amphibian and capable of going underwater without gear.
Tartarian Titan random5300%+200%
Cold Resistance (15)
Poison Resistance (25)
Fear (10)
Shattered Soul (25%)
Undead
Need-not-eat
Female
Spirit Sight
That's right, the titans can random every single magic path.
The female titan is arbitrarily weaker than her male counterpart, similar to the twiceborn equivalent. Still, with a guaranteed 3 random in her primary path and a big, beefy body you can be assured that she will be useful in some capacity. Occasionally she will be 5 in a path!
Tartarian Titan random7300%+200%+200%
Cold Resistance (15)
Poison Resistance (25)
Fear (10)
Shattered Soul (25%)
Undead
Need-not-eat
Spirit Sight
Just like the female titan, the male titan can random every single magic path but gains an additional +2 random. This titan is probably the most exciting option out of the bunch; not necessarily a reliable way to get paths you need, but you can get a lot of magic power in a durable chassis with full equipment slots.
Tartarian Monstrum random4200%+200%
Cold Resistance (15)
Poison Resistance (25)
Fear (10)
Shattered Soul (25%)
Undead
Flying
Need-not-eat
Spirit Sight
Has a huge amount of hitpoints, even among the tartarians. Unfortunately it is the only tartarian who can't wear a Shroud of the Battle Saint, and it is definitely not worth summoning tartarians if they can't use magic. It is otherwise quite mobile with flying and has respectable magic paths.
Tartarian Monstra random6200%+200%+100%+100%
Cold Resistance (15)
Poison Resistance (25)
Fear (10)
Shattered Soul (25%)
Undead
Need-not-eat
Swamp Survival
Swimming
Spirit Sight
A compromise between the titan's magic paths and the monstrum's hitpoints. Unfortunately it is only guaranteed 2 in a path, which is not quite enough to cast big battlefield spells but may allow it to be an effective heavy thug or supercombatant with the right randoms.

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Dominions 5 Late-game Strategy: Conjuration by Perun, 29:40 onwards

Notable Spells
Rituals Conjuration Summon AnimalsRaven FeastWind RideWinged MonkeysVermin FeastWild Hunt The Kindly Ones Guardians of the DeepTartarian GateEnchanted ForestsElemental Royalty
Alteration Transformation Sea of IceFata MorganaUtterdarkWish
Evocation Astral ProjectionFires from Afar Fate of OedipusPerpetual StormMind HuntMurdering WinterSecond SunFlames from the Sky Strands of Arcane Power
Enchantment Seeking ArrowKatabasisTwicebornFaery Trod The Eyes of GodFriendly Currents Hidden Underneath/in Snow/in SandRitual of Rebirth Dome of Flaming DeathGhost Ship Armada Theft of the SunHaunted Forest
Thaumaturgy Mind VesselVengeance of the DeadPyre of CatharsisGateway End of CultureDreams of R'lyehImprint SoulsStygian Paths
Blood Magic (Improved) Cross breedingInfernal BreedingBlood FeastSend(Lesser)HorrorInfernal DiseaseSend Dream Horror Dome of CorruptionAstral CorruptionHorror SeedBlood Vortex
Combat Magic Conjuration Entanglement
Alteration False FettersEarth GripMossbodyArmor of AchillesSoul VortexIron BanePhoenix PyreTime Stop
Evocation RainMistMagic DuelStormWrathful SkiesWailing WindsStream of Life Rain of StonesFire StormAcid StormMeteor Shower
Enchantment Foul VaporsRigor Mortis Heat from Hell Grip of WinterLife after DeathFields of the Dead
Thaumaturgy CommunionsReturningRageGrowing FuryGift of Reason/Divine NameSoul SlayPlagueSoul Drain
Blood Magic Hell PowerPain TransferCall (Lesser) Horror
Other ReanimationSummon SpellsDomes Battlefield EnchantmentsDivine Magic
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"Tartarians are 50% to feeblemind, 20% to be a commander. Then, 50% to add extra afflictions (equal odds of major and minor). Continue rolling 50%s until an affliction was not added" - Loggy's Misc reverse engineering notes
tartarian-gate.txt · Last modified: 2021/12/30 22:10 by wigglefig