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Alorra
The Elven Archer
Hero Alorra
Type Champion
Hiring Cost Icon Gold.png 500
Upkeep Cost Icon Gold.png 10
Prereq. Icon Fame.png 40
Moves Icon Movement Ground2
Melee Attack Icon Melee Normal.png 5
Ranged Attack Icon Ranged Bow.png 8
Defense Icon Defense.png 6
Resistance Icon Resist.png 6
Hit Points Icon Hits.png 6
Equipment Slots
ItemSlot BowItemSlot ShieldItemSlot Misc
Hero Abilities

Ability Quiver Ranged Attack x8

Ability Blademaster Blademaster

Ability Forester Forester

Ability Caster Caster (Icon Mana.png 5)
Random Abilities 3 (Any)
Extra Spells
Tactical Hero Alorra
Alorra the Elven Archer is one of the 35 Hero units featured in Master of Magic.

Alorra is a Champion. She may randomly appear for hire if a wizard has at least Icon Fame.png 40 Fame points, in which case her Hiring Cost is Icon Gold.png 500 by default. Alternatively, Alorra can be summoned using the Summon Champion spell.

Alorra has two attack types: a Melee Attack and a Ranged Missile Attack. The Ranged Attack is the more powerful in terms of sheer numerical comparison, but both are very effective - especially thanks to the Blademaster ability, which will cause Alorra's Icon ToHit.png To Hit score to soar quickly as she gains Experience. To support these attacks, Alorra also has adequate defensive properties.

Alorra has the innate ability of Forester, which allows her to move into Forest tiles at a cost of 1 Movement Point per tile. This also applies to any units stacked together with Alorra.

Alorra has a modest (Icon Mana.png 5 Caster) ability and knows the bonus spells Icon Sorcery.pngResist Magic and Icon Sorcery.pngFlight.

On top of these abilities, Alorra receives 3 additional Random Abilities, chosen from any of the available Hero skills in the game. Since they are selected at random, these abilities can make Alorra very powerful - or fail to add any significant advantage. The chosen abilities can greatly influence her role in the game.

Alorra may be equipped with the basic fare of Magical Items, and can additionally be equipped with a Bow instead of a melee weapon, to increase the power of her Icon Ranged Bow.png Ranged Attack.

Alorra's Upkeep Cost is Icon Gold.png 10 per turn, unless she has randomly acquired the Noble trait.

General Description Edit

Despite her title, Alorra the Elven Archer is a well-rounded warrior. She has trained in many forms of combat, and can even cast some spells. The ancient High Elves that passed their knowledge to her made sure that she does not lack the versatility that is often required in the heat of battle.

Alorra seems to have a rather strange appearance, even for an elf. She has the characteristic pointed-ears, but her hair is a light-blue color and her eyes are like two large black holes - terrifying her opponents to no end. Alorra is dressed in a long pink robe, and rides a light-brown horse.

Initial Properties Edit

Note: All data below assumes Alorra is at her lowest Experience Level, and without any Magical Items or Random Abilities - After all, any Hero can become devastatingly powerful after gaining several levels and powerful items. Please refer to the tables and chapters below for more information.

Attack Properties Edit

Alorra the Elven Archer's primary mode of attack is a Icon Ranged Bow.png Ranged Missile Attack of relatively-high strength. She also possesses a Icon Melee Normal.png Melee Attack of somewhat weaker strength - though in practice both attacks have similar effectiveness.

Alorra's Ranged Attack has a default strength of Icon Ranged Bow.png 8. Given a basic To Hit chance of Icon ToHit.png 30%, she can be expected to deliver about Icon Damage.png 2.4 points of Damage with this attack, on average. This is a good damage output, which can easily pierce through most armor - but only when the target is very close. If the distance is at least 3 tiles, Icon ToHit.png To Hit penalties apply, reducing this damage output considerably. Thus, a low-level Alorra may struggle to inflict damage on well-armored units at a distance.

This Ranged Attack may only be used up to 8 times per battle. If these attacks run out, Alorra may be forced to switch to her Melee Attack. Alternatively, she may prefer to use her Melee Attack, which is more reliable in terms of damage output.

Alorra's Melee Attack has a default strength of Icon Melee Normal.png 5. With no Icon ToHit.png To Hit bonuses, she can be expected to deliver about Icon Damage.png 1.5 points of Damage on average. This is an average damage output for a low-tier Hero, is unlikely to hurt anything except lightly-armored units, such as low-tier Normal Units. Since it delivers little damage, Alorra may need to repeatedly strike her foe, putting himself at risk in the process.

Note that both attacks benefit from the Blademaster skill, which gradually increases Alorra's Icon ToHit.png To Hit score as she gains Experience. Eventually both attacks can become extremely deadly.

Defensive Properties Edit

By default, Alorra the Elven Archer has a Defense score of Icon Defense.png 6. This enables her to block, on average, about Icon Damage.png 1.8 points of Damage from any damage source. This allows Alorra to go up against most low-tier Normal Units with relative safety. Remember of course that Alorra is not a heavy-hitter herself, at least until she gains some Experience, and may still need to exchange many blows with her opponents - putting herself at risk.

Alorra possesses Icon Hits.png 6 Hit Points by default. This is a respectable amount for a low-level Hero, and should allow her to survive a few hits from low-tier Normal Units. She is not nearly healthy enough to take on any serious opposition though.

As with most Heroes, Alorra possesses a default Resistance score of Icon Resist.png 6. This makes her somewhat vulnerable to Curses and other combat maledictions. It will take at least 4 Experience Levels before she can become immune to some of these effects, assuming no Magical Items or Random Abilities augment it.

Other Properties Edit

Alorra the Elven Archer has a basic Hero's Movement Allowance of Icon Movement Ground2. This is good for speeding up her movement on the overland map, through plain land tiles like Grassland and Deserts. During battle, Alorra may need to use her speed to avoid her enemies.

Furthermore, thanks to her Forester ability, Alorra spends only 1 Movement Point when entering Forest tiles (essentially treating them like Grassland in terms of movement speed). Any units stacked with Alorra enjoy the same bonus, so the entire stack may move at good speed through such tiles.

Note: The Strategy Guide states that Alorra should have the Forester, Mountaineer, and Pathfinding abilities. Amusingly, Pathfinding would render the two other abilities redundant. In any case, in the actual game she only receives Forester anyway, as described above.

Experience Edit

The following table illustrates how Alorra's various skills and attributes increase as she gains Experience. Attributes not appearing on this list do not improve with Experience. The effects of her innate Blademaster ability have already been taken into account here. Also note that Alorra always receives 4 extra Random Abilities which may also increase with Experience, and may adjust any of the attributes listed below!

Icon Level Name EP Melee Ranged To Hit Defense Resist Hits Mana
Experience 0 Hero Icon Experience.png 0 - Icon Experience.png 19 Icon Melee Normal.png 5 Icon Ranged Bow.png 8 Icon ToHit.png 30% Icon Defense.png 6 Icon Resist.png 6 Icon Hits.png 6 Icon Mana.png 5
Experience 1 Myrmidon Icon Experience.png 20 - Icon Experience.png 59 Icon Melee Normal.png 6 Icon Ranged Bow.png 9 Icon ToHit.png 40% Icon Defense.png 7 Icon Resist.png 7 Icon Hits.png 7 Icon Mana.png 10
Experience 2 Captain Icon Experience.png 60 - Icon Experience.png 119 Icon Melee Normal.png 7 Icon Ranged Bow.png 10 Icon ToHit.png 50% Icon Defense.png 7 Icon Resist.png 8 Icon Hits.png 8 Icon Mana.png 15
Experience 3 Commander Icon Experience.png 120 - Icon Experience.png 199 Icon Melee Normal.png 8 Icon Ranged Bow.png 11 Icon ToHit.png 60% Icon Defense.png 8 Icon Resist.png 9 Icon Hits.png 9 Icon Mana.png 20
Experience 4 Champion Icon Experience.png 200 - Icon Experience.png 299 Icon Melee Normal.png 9 Icon Ranged Bow.png 12 Icon ToHit.png 60% Icon Defense.png 8 Icon Resist.png 10 Icon Hits.png 10 Icon Mana.png 25
Experience 5 Lord Icon Experience.png 300 - Icon Experience.png 449 Icon Melee Normal.png 10 Icon Ranged Bow.png 13 Icon ToHit.png 80% Icon Defense.png 9 Icon Resist.png 11 Icon Hits.png 11 Icon Mana.png 30
Experience 6 Grand Lord Icon Experience.png 450 - Icon Experience.png 599 Icon Melee Normal.png 11 Icon Ranged Bow.png 14 Icon ToHit.png 80% Icon Defense.png 9 Icon Resist.png 12 Icon Hits.png 12 Icon Mana.png 35
Experience 7 Super Hero Icon Experience.png 600 - Icon Experience.png 999 Icon Melee Normal.png 12 Icon Ranged Bow.png 15 Icon ToHit.png 90% Icon Defense.png 10 Icon Resist.png 13 Icon Hits.png 13 Icon Mana.png 40
Experience 8 Demi-God Icon Experience.png 1,000 Icon Melee Normal.png 13 Icon Ranged Bow.png 16 Icon ToHit.png 100% Icon Defense.png 10 Icon Resist.png 14 Icon Hits.png 14 Icon Mana.png 45

Average Damage Output Edit

The following table shows Alorra's average Icon Damage.png Damage output with each of her attacks, based on her current Experience Level. The effects of her innate Blademaster ability have already been taken into account here. Note that this table completely ignores bonuses from Magical Items, if any. You can use the checkboxes to see the effect of some of the Random Abilities that Alorra may pick at the start of each game.

Level Icon Level Name Melee Ranged * Thrown Breath
Experience 0 Hero
Experience 1 Myrmidon
Experience 2 Captain
Experience 3 Commander
Experience 4 Champion
Experience 5 Lord
Experience 6 Grand Lord
Experience 7 Super Hero
Experience 8 Demi-God

* This column assumes a Ranged Attack at a distance of 1-2 tiles from the target. Beyond this distance, To Hit penalties apply that can severely reduce Icon Damage.png Damage output.

Improvement Overview Edit

As with any other Hero, Alorra can eventually become very powerful as she gains Experience. She's not too shabby at low Experience Levels either, especially if making good use of her Ranged Attacks.

Alorra's fastest-growing property is her Icon ToHit.png To Hit, which is quickly boosted by her Blademaster trait with each Experience Level. Both of her attacks will become quite dangerous early on as a result.

Remember that Alorra can gain up to 3 additional Random Abilities, any of which might grow with Experience as well. In general, such gradually-improving abilities are very desirable for her, but not all abilities are useful.

Ability Overview Edit

Ability Quiver Ranged Attack x8 Edit

  • This unit may use a Icon Ranged Bow.png Ranged Missile Attack instead of a Melee Attack up to 8 times in each battle. Once the unit's ammo is expended, it must resort to Melee Attacks.

Ability Blademaster Blademaster Edit

  • This Hero gains Icon ToHit.png +10% To Hit for every 2 Experience Levels, starting at level 2 ("Myrmidon").
  • This To Hit bonus applies to all of the Hero's attacks.

Ability Caster Caster (Icon Mana.png 5) Edit

  • This Hero may cast spells during combat, withdrawing Icon Mana.png Mana from his/her own personal Mana Pool to do so.
  • The Hero may spend only Icon Mana.png 5 per battle. This Mana Pool is reset at the end of each battle - assuming the Hero survives at all.
  • With each Icon Experience Level.png Experience Level gained, this Hero receives a permanent bonus of Icon Mana.png +5.
  • Spellcasting takes up all of the Hero's remaining Movement Points for the turn.
  • While this Hero is inside his/her employer's Fortress town, the owner's Spell Skill is increased by half the value of the Hero's Caster ability.

Ability Forester Forester Edit

  • This unit may move through any Forest tile at a rate of 1 Movement Point per tile.
  • When this unit is stacked with other units, the entire stack may move through Forest tiles at a rate of 1 Movement Point per tile.

Random Abilities Edit

When a new game is started, the program randomly chooses 4 additional abilities for Alorra. These are called Random Abilities. The selection is done completely at random (while observing a limit on the strength of certain abilities) from the list below:

Ability Agility Agility Ability ArcanePower Arcane Power Ability Armsmaster Armsmaster Ability Blademaster Blademaster
Ability Caster Caster Ability Charmed Charmed Ability Constitution Constitution Ability Leadership Leadership
Ability Legendary Legendary Ability Lucky Hero Lucky Ability Might Might Ability Noble Noble
Ability Prayermaster Prayermaster Ability Sage Sage

Whichever Random Abilities were picked, they are permanent. Alorra will never re-randomize her abilities during the course of a single game. She may, however, pick different abilities in the next game.

If Alorra picks the Blademaster ability, it will upgrade her existing Blademaster to "Super Blademaster". This gives her a bonus of Icon ToHit.png +15% To Hit per Experience Level, instead of the normal Icon ToHit.png +10%. Note that 5%'s are rounded down after Alorra's total To Hit has been calculated. Blademaster cannot be picked more than once.

The Charmed, Lucky and Noble abilities may only be picked once each, since they have no "Super" version. All other abilities (except Caster) may be picked either once or twice. If this occurs, Alorra receives the "Super" version of that ability, which is 50% stronger than the standard version.

The most useful Random Abilities for Alorra are probably Might, Agility and Constitution. "Super" versions of these abilities are good - but it's always better to get a wider variety. Note that only two abilities will increase Alorra's Ranged Attack effectiveness: Lucky or Super Blademaster (both by affecting Icon ToHit.png To Hit).

Some of the other abilities in the list above are also useful for Alorra, but to a much lesser degree. In particular, Caster can have great advantages - but is a bit tricky for this combat-oriented hero.

Note also that Alorra can pick the Arcane Power ability - but that would be completely wasted on her - it does not improve her Ranged Attack and does not turn it into a Icon Ranged Magic.png Magical Ranged Attack. It does absolutely nothing. If Alorra gets Super Arcane Power, she may end up being very underpowered for her high cost.

Equipment Edit

Alorra the Elven Archer has the following item slots:

Icon Name Items that fit here
ItemSlot Bow Bow Slot Bow, Sword, Mace or Axe
ItemSlot Shield Shield Slot Shield, Chainmail or Platemail
ItemSlot Misc Jewelry Slot Any Jewelry

This set-up contributes to either Melee combat or Ranged combat. Alorra can pick either role, and can be surprisingly effective in each of them.

Recommended Items Edit

Alorra's choice of items must be inspected carefully, because it can greatly influence her use in combat. Though defensive bonuses are excellent in all circumstances, she can choose weapon and jewelry bonuses to either augment her stronger attacks, improve her weaker attacks, or possibly even concentrate on spellcasting - and it's all up to which Random Abilities she has selected.

Weapon Edit

Alorra's weapon slot can take one of four types of weapons: a Sword, a Mace, an Axe or a Bow. Depending on whether you wish to improve her Melee Attack or Ranged Attack, the choice can be very difficult.
If Alorra has received Might as her Random Ability, then her attack strength with a Melee weapon will quickly improve even without added bonuses. This can make a Sword the most desirable weapon, especially if one is found that also bestows Icon Defense.png Defense bonuses.
Alternatively, a pick of the Constitution and/or Agility traits make Alorra so survivable that she can stick with a Mace or Axe - gaining better offensive bonuses and no defensive ones.
Naturally, granting Alorra a Bow is a good choice for a Ranged Attack Hero, and is mostly recommended if Alorra has picked either Lucky or another level of Blademaster. It may also be the better choice in case Alorra's Random Abilities contribute little or nothing to any of her offensive or defensive properties - in which case she's better off staying further back during combat. On the other hand, remember that Alorra can only use her Icon Ranged Bow.png Ranged Missile Attack up to 8 times per battle, so unless you can find a very powerful Bow, stick with augmenting her Icon Melee Normal.png Melee Attacks.
Unless Alorra has received the Caster skill, you can safely ignore any Icon Mana.png Mana ("Spell Skill") bonuses on the weapon. These only improve Icon Ranged Magic.png Magical Ranged Attacks, which Alorra never possesses.

Armor Edit

Alorra's armor choices are simpler than her weapon choices. An armor piece with heavy Icon Defense.png Defense bonuses is usually the best choice, and especially if mixed with good Icon Resist.png Resistance bonuses.
Note that the importance of good armor decreases if Alorra possesses the Agility or Constitution Random Abilities, as these augment her defensive properties (especially as she gains Experience). It's not an excuse for neglecting Icon Defense.png Defense bonuses, but does mean that stronger armor is less important.
Movement Allowance bonuses of +1 or +2 can be very helpful for this hero, especially if she is going to use a Ranged Attack.

Jewelry Edit

With only a single piece of Jewelry available, Alorra needs to choose one that is absolutely best for her skills.
In case Alorra has either Agility or Constitution, defensive bonuses from the Jewelry are less important, and you can concentrate on adding Attack Strength and Icon ToHit.png To Hit bonuses. Note that such bonuses on Jewelry will augment both of Alorra's attacks - and are thus superior to bonuses given by her weapon. A powerful offensive Jewelry piece can be extremely valuable.
On the other hand, without Agility, Constitution and a good armor piece, Alorra's Jewelry must be used to improve her Icon Defense.png Defense and/or Icon Resist.png Resistance scores, lest she fall in combat. Try to get both stats to at least 12!
If Alorra gets the Caster skill, some players would be inclined to use Jewelry to augment her magical abilities, either through extra Icon Mana.png Mana or Icon SpellSave.png Spell Save penalties. Neither is truly recommended, since Alorra will never be as useful a spellcaster as she is a combat hero, but they can help nonetheless.

Acquisition Edit

Alorra the Elven Archer can be acquired in one of three different methods:

Hiring Alorra Edit

Every once in a while, a Hero will arrive at your Fortress town to ask for employment. The frequency of this event depends on your current Icon Fame.png Fame score, the number of Heroes already under your employ, and whether or not you have particular Retorts that affect this chance.

In order for Alorra to appear for hire in this way, you must meet several requirements:

  1. You must have at least Icon Fame.png 40 Fame points.
  2. You must have sufficient Icon Gold.png Gold in your treasury to hire Alorra (more on this below).
  3. Alorra must not have already been killed in battle.

Since the game randomly chooses which Hero appears during this event, there's no guarantee that Alorra will ever appear. The chance, however, increases if the number of other valid Heroes dwindles (such as when most other Heroes have died in battle).

The default Hiring Cost for Alorra is Icon Gold.png 500. This is reduced to Icon Gold.png 250 if your wizard has the Charismatic Retort. If you do not have this much Icon Gold.png Gold at the start of a turn (after paying all Upkeep Costs), Alorra will not appear for hire. In fact, if she is picked as the Hero who approaches you, and you lack the money to hire her, you are effectively forfeiting your chance to hire any Hero this turn.

After agreeing to hire Alorra (you can always refuse), you may give her any name you choose - she will be known as "<name> the Elven Archer". Her overland unit will appear at your Fortress town or, if that town's garrison is full, next to your Fortress town.

Summoning Alorra Edit

As a Champion, Alorra the Elven Archer can only be summoned using the Summon Champion spell.

Once the spell is completed, the game chooses a random Champion to bring to your Fortress from a list of all available and valid Champions. Therefore, there is no guarantee that Alorra will appear when this spell is cast, unless all other Champions are unavailable.

Again, you get a chance to agree or refuse to hire Alorra. If you agree, she will appear in your Fortress town and/or next to it.

If Alorra is hired through the use of Summon Champion, there is no need to pay any Hiring Cost. However, you may still need to pay an Upkeep Cost (see below).

Resurrecting Alorra Edit

For most wizards, losing Alorra in battle removes her from the game permanently. She will never appear again.

For Icon Life.pngLife-wielding wizards, however, who have access to the Resurrection spell, it is possible to bring Alorra back to life after she has died. In this case, Alorra returns to your Fortress town, with no Magical Items, but keeping all Experience she had prior to her death.

You may repeatedly resurrect Alorra each time she dies.

Upkeep Costs Edit

Once Alorra is in your employ, you must pay her an Upkeep Cost of Icon Gold.png 10 at the start of each and every turn. Failure to pay this price due to lack of Icon Gold.png Gold results in Alorra leaving your employ. This is not permanent however: Alorra may still be acquired in any of the above methods with no penalty.

Note that if Alorra picks the Noble Random Ability, she will demand no Upkeep Costs - and instead contribute Icon Gold.png 10 to your treasury every turn!

Alternate Names Edit

Other wizards can also have a Elven Archer, but they are different characters (what happens to one has no effect on the others), and go by different names, as follows:

Hero Alorra
Elven Archer
Player Alternate Name
  Human (0)   Alorra
  Wizard 1   Gwendolyn
  Wizard 2   Darlona
  Wizard 3   Demeta
  Wizard 4   Lita

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