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EA Xibalba, Vigil of the Sun

Lore

"Xibalba is a nation inspired by Mayan mythological concepts as expressed in the Mayan texts Popol Vuh and Chilam Balam. The Popol Vuh describes the creation of the world and other mythological concepts. It also tells of the hero twins Hunahpú and Xbalanqué and their travels to Xibalba, the Mayan underworld, through which the sun travels during the night. Ever since high school, when I first came across the pen-and-paper RPG Chill, and found a creature named Camazotz, I've been intrigued by batgods and Mesoamerican myth. The bat-god was actually the first god made for Mictlan, when that nation appeared in Dominions 2. When I started to work on Xibalba it was clear from the beginning that it would be a Mayan nation of bat-people.

Xibalba was also one of the first nations to get a national global spell based on its national backstory. The concept had been used when we remade the themes and carrion woods into a national spell, but we were never fond of how that worked out. The Xibalban Theft of the Sun along with the Agarthan Unleash Imprisoned Ones reintroduced the national global enchantments."

- Illwinter

Xibalba is a vast realm of dark caverns beneath the forests of Mictlan. According to legend, the sun and the moon passed through the labyrinthine caverns on their daily journey to the eastern horizon. On this journey they were guarded by the bat people, Zotz, that dwelled in the dark reaches of the Xibalban underworld. Being almost blind, they would not see and not covet the splendor of the sun. No one has seen the sun or the moon pass through Xibalba for ages, but the Zotz keep their vigil and their traditions alive. But lately the bat people has lost purpose and the priestly rulers of Xibalba looks to the surface world to once more bask in the splendor of the sun and the moon. The Zotz are led by priest-kings from various cities, and only the priesthood represent centralized power. They still train the sacred Sun Guides once tasked with guarding the celestial entities through the dark world of Xibalba. The Zotz have contact with surface dwellers, primarily those of Mictlan, and have adopted some of their technology and practices.

The Zotz have an affinity for blood hunting and black magic. Despite being guides of the sun, their skill in solar magic is limited. The Zotz are numerous and live in great swarming cave colonies. Numbers rather than strength allows them to win their battles.

General Overview

Forget Mictlan & Abysia: Early Age Xibalba is the Blood Nation, if only due to the Blood Searcher trait most of your cheap-as-dirt Blood Mages have, and the sheer impotence of all of Xibalba's other options. Abysia and Xibalba are almost complete opposites in terms of ease of expansion & early-game survival, solely due to how godawful Xibalba's troops are. While relatively cheap to amass, The Zotz have to "swarm" even Independent foes to defeat them, which is less than ideal in the early game, and tend to die in one hit. You do get a national Super Combatant chassis, but it's also incredibly expensive. In short, Xibalba is not a nation for beginners.

National Features

Race Military Magic Access Priests Buildings
Prefers +1 Heat
Zotz:
Cheap
Good MR & MM
Bad combat stats
Stealthy
Flying
Blind Fighters
Cold-Blooded
-1 Patrol Strength
Mostly Unarmored
Scorpions
Demon Thugs
Sacred "Heavy" Infantry
Forest & Cave Recruits
death 44 (rare 5)
blood 44 (rare 5)
nature 22 (rare 3)
fire 22
earth 22
air 11 (uncommon)
National Summons:
air 22nature 44, water 22nature 44 (requires nature 44)
air 44water 33 (requires air 44)
Average (holy 22)
Blood Sacrifice
National Summons:
(holy 33)
Standard Forts
  • Xibalba receives extra Resources & Income from caves

Capital Special Sites

Cavern of the Sun House of Knives
Enables recruitment of:
* Ah K'in Kan Ek'
* Sun Guide
* Produces 3firegem per turn
* Produces 1earthgem per turn
* Enable recruitment of Onaqui
* Produces 2deathgem per turn

Notable Units

Xibalba is dominated by the Zotz, which Size 1, Cold-blooded, Stealthy Bats. Zotz are easy to kill, meaning they need to use surprise attacks, dropping on the enemy commander as divebombing cannon fodder. Typical Xibalban armies are massive, comprising of weak but easily replaceable troops.

Your commanders, in addition to the normal Zotz trait, also all receive a bonus to blood hunting. This is an especially great trait on a blood nation. However, their units have a below-average Patrol value despite being a flying nation. This is countered by their ability to easily amass cheap troops to patrol out unrest.

Commanders

Sprite Unit Name Special Attributes Comments
Batab
40
3
1
Cave Rec+
Forest Rec+
Stealthy(40)
Patrol Bonus(-1)
Blood Searcher(1)
Blind
Flying
Cold-blooded
Forest Survival
A General use scout and commander. Very useful for doing grunt work.
Xibalban Scorpion Trainer
60
1
1
Stealthy(40)
Patrol Bonus(-1)
Blood Searcher(1)
Beastmaster(3)
Blind
Flying
Cold-blooded
Forest Survival
Like most Beastmasters, they are often the best commanders for beast troops, such as your various Scorpions, as they give beast troops the best morale bonuses for their price.
Since they can fly, they have the easiest time reinforcing Scorpions if you take loses. However, Scorpions are not Stealthy Flyers, and so cannot benefit from the extra map movement of this commander.
Ajaw
105
2
1
holy 11
Sacred
Stealthy(40)
Patrol Bonus(-1)
Blood Searcher(1)
Blind
Flying
Cold-blooded
Forest Survival
Your big commander, able to lead 80 bats and scorpions plus 10 magic creaters.
He is the best person for temple building as you would prefer the magecs work in labs or hunt for vergins.
Ajaw Kan Ek'
170
1
2
holy 22
Sacred
Stealthy(40)
Patrol Bonus(-1)
Blood Searcher(1)
Blind
Flying
Cold-blooded
Forest Survival
old age(107/100)
Your Great lead, taking 120 bats into battle with adding +3 to thier moral.
they are also your best toop blesser outside of summons.
Ah Nakom
70
1
2
blood 11holy 11 7
Sacred
Inspirational(-1)
Stealthy(40)
Patrol Bonus(-1)
Blood Searcher(1)
Cause Unrest(+2 per month)
Blind
flying
Cold-blooded
Forest Survival
Cheap researchers and blood hunters, as they are effectually lv2 for blood hunting.
Chilan
100
1
2
Cave Rec+
earth 11death 11holy 11 9
Sacred
Stealthy(40)
Patrol Bonus(-1)
Blood Searcher(1)
Fortune Teller(10%)
Blind
Flying
Cold-blooded
Forest Survival
The Sacred Scorpion summoners.
Fotune teller is good but focusing on your blood and death magics is often the stronger choice.
Ah K'in
110
1
2
fire 11holy 11random1100% 9
Sacred
Sun Awe(1)
Stealthy(40)
Patrol Bonus(-1)
Blood Searcher(1)
Blind
Flying
Cold-blooded
Forest Survival
Fire is overshadowed by blood and Death in recruitment pirotrity but it has its uses. one third are efficient Ozolotol summers, another third shoot mamga bolts, and the final third can decay enemies.
Ah Itz
120
1
2
death 11blood 11random1100% 11
Stealthy(40)
Patrol Bonus(-1)
blood Searcher(1)
Blind
Flying
Cold-blooded
Forest Survival
Discount death mage, only get if you can't wait a two turns for Camazotzs.
Camazotz
160
1
4
death 22blood 11random1100% 13
Stealthy(40)
Patrol Bonus(-1)
Blood Searcher(1)
Blind
Flying
Cold-blooded
Forest Survival
After getting your initial epenation done, these old bat make for the next best expanders.
Efficetn with thier four paths, they expand with thier skeli-spams.
also strong saboth masters as they bring empowered Death, Earth, Air to a communion.
Ah K'in Kan Ek'
275
1
2
Capital Only
fire 22earth 11death 11holy 22random1100% 15
Sacred
Sun Awe(1)
Resist Fire(5)
Stealthy(40)
Patrol Bonus(-1)
blood Searcher(1)
Blind
Flying
Cold-blooded
Forest Survival
old age(103/90)
One-third of these guys can summon Ozeotls, so you should certainly hire some. The rest are still capable of casting decent Combat spells, and anything that can raise your Morale is pretty alright if your Prophet is busy somewhere else.
Onaqui
565
1
4
Capital Only
death 33nature 11blood 33holy 22random1100%+10% 21
Sacred
Stealthy(40)
Supply Bonus(10)
Cause Unrest(+3 per month)
Blood Searcher(2)
flying
Blind
Forest Survival
Demon
Need not Eat
Dominion attracts units(Beast Bat)
Summon Allies (Beast Batx2)
A quarter of your heinously-expensive Blood Kings can summon their peers, along with the other rockstars of the Blood path without much fuss, not to mention the rockstars of the Death path.
While you wait for these heinously-expensive Bat Daddies to get useful in that sense, they generate tons of Beast Bats that your Camazotz or K'in can cart onto the battlefield.
Did I mention that these guys are heinously expensive?

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
Large Scorpion
1
1
2
Stealthy(40)
Undisciplined
Animal
Blind
Magic-being
Mindless
Need-not-eat
Wasteland Survival
Descib
Giant Scorpion
5
1
2
Stealthy(40)
Resist Poison(15)
Undisciplined
Animal
Blind
Magic-being
mindless
Need-not-eat
Wasteland Survival
Descib
Xibalban Scorpion
15
1
15
Limeted Rec(10 Per months)
Resist Poison(15)
Undisciplined
Animal
Darkvision(100%)
Eyes(8)
Wasteland Survival
One of your better national chaff lines with decent prot and attacking power.
They are limited to recruit but you can pump out 10 from each fort.
Xibalban Warrior
8
1
6
Cave Rec+
Forest Rec+
Stealthy(40)
patrol bonus(-1)
blood Searcher(1)
Blind
flying
Cold-blooded
Forest Survival
Your dirt cheap shock troops.
The average life span of a Zot is at the start of the battle they will fly to the back make their attack then die.
Often they will Kill most non-supercombatent commanders by wheigth of numbers of attacks.
You have Stone lances for dealing significant damage on the initial drop-down (often because of the numbers, not all zotz want to get the charge, they don't survive a round of combat, so all the lance will be used).
The other is the club sword in case you need to deal mass of slashing or bludgeoning damage, or the enemy may shut down your flight with a Storm
Xibalban Warrior
8
2
6
Cave Rec+
Forest Rec+
Stealthy(40)
Patrol Bonus(-1)
Blood Searcher(1)
Blind
Flying
Cold-blooded
forest survival
Xibalban Dart Thrower
8
2
6
Stealthy(40)
Patrol Bonus(-1)
blood Searcher(1)
Blind
flying
Cold-blooded
Forest Survival
Not good, too low damage and inaccurate.
Diptie most indies can't keep up with zotzs, archers are still betters shooters.
Xibalban Guard
10
4
12
Stealthy(40)
Patrol Bonus(-1)
Blood Searcher(1)
Bodyguard(2)
Blind
Flying
Cold-blooded
Forest Survival
Improved Warriors with club-swords. Dispite the armor, They are not very good as they still die too ealsy and get encombured to quickly to be worth the pay raise.
stuational ok if you need bodyguards, Sun Guide can to this too but you would rather them Die on the front lines then waiting at a fort for the off chance a assacine comes around.
They do fill guard well as the asssin game often consit of a hooded man with a pokemon item or a necromancer, so is weak to club attacks on the first battle round.
Sun Guide
18
15
24
Capital Only
Sacred
Sun Awe(1)
Resist Fire(5)
Stealthy(40)
Patrol Bonus(-1)
Blood Searcher(1)
Bodyguard(3)
Blind
Flying
Cold-blooded
Forest Survival
One of your best national troops.
As sacreds with a strong magic weapon some ok prot, they make for good shock troops.
With a minor melee bless, they are your early game anti-giants troops.

Heroes

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

Sprite Unit Name Special Attributes Comments
Chek Ahau - Halach Uinic fire 22blood 11holy 33 11
Sacred
Sun Awe(1)
adept blood sacrificer(1)
Stealthy(40)
Patrol Bonus(-1)
blood Searcher(1)
Blind
Flying
Cold-blooded
Forest Survival
Descib
Chamiabac - Demon of the Bone Staff
Hero turn arrivle Limit(20
earth 22death 44blood 33holy 33 23
Sacred
Stealthy(40)
Cause Unrest(+3 per month)
Blood Searcher(2)
flying
Blind
Forest Survival
Demon
Need not Eat
Summon in battle (Beast Batx2)
Descib
Chamiaholom - Demon of the Skull Staff
Hero turn arrivle Limit(20)
earth 22death 44blood 33holy 33 23
Sacred
Stealthy(40)
Cause Unrest(+3 per month)
Blood Searcher(2)
flying
Blind
Forest Survival
Demon
Need not Eat
Summon in battle (Beast Batx2)
Descib
Ahalpuh - Demon of Pus
Hero turn arrivle Limit(20)
fire 11death 33nature 11blood 33holy 33 21
Sacred
Stealthy(40)
Supply Bonus(10)
Cause Unrest(+3 per month)
Blood Searcher(2)
flying
Blind
Forest Survival
Demon
Need not Eat
Summon in battle (Beast Batx2)
reaper(5%)
Descib
Ahalgana - Jaundice Demon
Hero turn arrivle Limit(20)
fire 11death 33nature 11blood 33holy 33 21
Sacred
Stealthy(40)
Supply Bonus(10)
Cause Unrest(+3 per month)
Blood Searcher(2)
flying
Blind
Forest Survival
Demon
Need not Eat
Summon in battle (Beast Batx2)
reaper(5%)
Descib
Ahalmez - Sweeping Demon
Hero turn arrivle Limit(20)
blood 33 11
Sacred
Stealthy(40)
Cause Unrest(+3 per month)
Blood Searcher(2)
flying
Blind
Forest Survival
Assassin(1)
Demon
Need not Eat
Summon in battle (Beast Batx2)
Descib
Ahaltocob - Stabbing Demon
(Multi)
Hero turn arrivle Limit(20)
blood 33 11
Sacred
Stealthy(40)
Cause Unrest(+3 per month)
Blood Searcher(2)
flying
Blind
Forest Survival
Assassin(1)
Demon
Need not Eat
Summon in battle (Beast Batx2)
Descib

Magic

National Spells

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

Summons

  • Summon Sacred Scorpion: 2earthgem Conj 3.earth 11death 11 ( Sacred Scorpionx1). improvement on even the Xibalban Scorpion, depending on your bless, you can turn them into real tanks, like giving them more regen or more prot.
  • Summon Jaguars: 25naturegem Conj 3.nature 22holy 11 ( Jaguarx17) like weaker Ozelotls come in greater numbers using nature gems. in EA it's easy to mass recruit shamans until you find a N2. Onaqui could do it but it's not efficient.
  • Summon Balam: 60naturegem Conj 7.nature 44 ( one: Balam of the North, Balam of the South, Balam of the East, or Balam of the West). Jaquar shape shifters with a Onaqui and Zotz form(so 3 HP pools). All are nature 44blood 22 mages + a 2 in another path. Handy for late game rituals and battle magic. Also throne claimers
  • Summon Chaac: 75airgem Conj 8.air 44 ( one: Chaac of the North, Chaac of the South, Chaac of the East, or Chaac of the West) Like the Balam. The ability for a Pretender with air path to create more high-level air magics can be an important rescores. Chaac are in the category of air 44water 22 mages that increase a nation's air power. their passive Natural Storm spell is actually antithetical to the Xibalbian strategy as they turn off your flyers, so better to run alone, or running a grounded army with non-flying summoned troops.
  • Theft of the Sun: 70deathgem Ench 8.death 66fire 33. a incentive late game spell monstly only gives you benifts, More gems, Your troops don't care about if every battle is fought in the dark, and the hit to gold and resource don't matter to a blood economy. Though all this will matter to other nations so don't cast this unless your ready to pick off the other nations before they can send their revenging warbands.
  • 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 Onaqui: 101bloodslave Blood 7.blood 44 ( Onaquix1, Beast Batx3). Summon a very good blood mage, with having the path to summon Vampire Lords, and good Communion leader as he adds nature magic which will greatly offset the the fatugie in a sabboth. in EA They are actually magically weaker Versions of the recruitable capital version. 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.

Combat

Unique Xibalba combat spells. Very good single entity buff for thugs or to cripple an important single enemy model.

  • Break the Second Soul: Thaum 2. earth 11 Give one target a limb. Not as good as First Soul, but can impede an army's map move in a harassing attack (it's calculated by the slowest guy), and may result in lowering an expensive unit's melee stats and may eventually die if forced to move around a lot.
  • Break the Third Soul: Thaum 2. air 11 Deal fatigue damage. it's a weaker version of Steal Breath but the target can't use MR to resist.
  • Break the Fourth Soul: Thaum 2.death 11 Give the Target a curse.
  • Break the First Soul: Blood 2. blood 11 getting Bleeding and a Disease on a commander is fatal in this game and your "that" nation that can spam it.
  • Gift of the Second Soul: Thaum 3. earth 11 give one square blunt residence, a situational buff to someone without earth magic.
  • Gift of the Third Soul: Thaum 3. air 11 gives Revigeration, a bonus in a blood communion or active thug.
  • Gift of the Fourth Soul: Thaum 3.death 11 gives luck, a strong protection buff.
  • Gift of the First Soul: Blood 3. blood 11 Regen for blood mages. Zotz doesn't have enough HP to properly use it, but Onaqui and any blood Super-combatant will abuse it (it's not even restricted to national units, you get it if you play Xibalba).

Magic Access

FIXME What magic path/mages define your nation, what can you level, e.g., thunderstriking, astral, elementals, earth buffs, blood, what is recruitable anywhere and good, what are some summons you are likely able to get and are useable

Combat Magic

FIXME What is the best spell you can use in combat. What spells the best support your national lineup, Is their weakness that you need to fix? Any tricks you should be aware you have?

As majority of your nation are flyers, you can safely spam Earthquake without hurting your own troops(as you need a Blood communion to cast, you may want to cast Gift of Flight or Mass Flight on your Blood Slaves if your not finished with casting blood spells).

Ritual Magic

FIXME What is the best ritual you could cast. Are there any globals you want up, any units you should be summoning? Are there any Generic rituals few nations can cast?

Magic Items

FIXME Do you have any National items(Construction Level, Price, and required Paths). Any unique generic items few other nations can forge? What item would be useful on your unit lineup (non-standard recommend thug gear)?

Strategy

FIXME do you have a game plan? Anything you should always be working toward? Any National weaknesses?

Teteo Inan
Snake Skirt Long Jacket is a classic for EA Xibalba, and her Skull Necklace means she doesn’t even need starting armor! Fear and lots of attacks are just gravy. This one can even cast Hellpower for some silly high stats too!

Chassis: Awake Teteo Inan
Paths: earth 44nature 55blood 55
Bless: 2x Reinvigoration,
Berserker, Blood Bond
Scales: Dominion strength5Turmoil1Sloth3Heat3Growth3Misfortune2Magic3
See The Virtues of Expansion Titans

Pretender

FIXME What kinds of scales dose your nation like? Do they require any to function? Any blesses your sacreds would like? Do you desperately need an awake expander? Examples of Pretenders?

Early Game

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

Mid Game

FIXME 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

FIXME 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

xibalba-ea.txt · Last modified: 2021/03/23 16:43 by joste