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This article is about the Item Power called "Bless". For the spell that this Power emulates, see Bless.
Bless
Item Power
ItemPower Shield White
Cost Icon Mana.png 200
Required
Spellbooks
Icon Book LifeIcon Book Life
Valid
Items
       
Effect
Receive Icon Defense.png +3 and Icon Resist.png +3 against Curses, combat effects and Fantastic Units belonging to the Icon Chaos.pngChaos and Icon Death.pngDeath realms.
Availability
  ItemPower Bless  

"Bless" is an Item Power of the Icon Life.pngLife Realm, and protects the wearer from Icon Chaos.pngChaos and Icon Death.pngDeath spells and monster attacks as per the Icon Life.png Bless spell. It may be added to Armor and Accessories created for Heroes, via either Enchant Item or Create Artifact. Some of the 250 premade Items possess this power, and these can be found mainly as Treasure in the campaign.

Effect Edit

A Blessing is a basic defense against the servants of evil, usually granted to living beings. Blessing an article of clothing, or an armor piece, is a more involved process. The protection must be woven into the object to endure there eternally, and be ready on the defense whenever it is worn.

This Item Power functions as per the Unit Enchantment Spell of this name. You do not need to research or be able to cast Bless. In brief, "Bless" gives the Hero Icon Defense.png +3 and Icon Resist.png +3 when the following conditions are met:

  • A hostile attack or spell aligned with the Icon Death.pngDeath or Icon Chaos.pngChaos realms attempts to affect the Hero.
  • The threat triggers Resistance and/or Defense rolls.

The Item Power is transient: it will dissipate immediately if the Hero ever removes or loses the item. While worn, however, it cannot be dispelled. This constitutes a serious advantage over the spell and could justify the additional Icon Mana.png Cost of enchantment.

Strategy Edit

Higher-level abilities like Magic Immunity and Righteousness will eventually limit the role of the Bless effect. Unlike these purely magical protections, however, the Bless effect extends to Melee Combat, bestowing Icon Defense.png +3 against evil creatures' normal attacks.

No hero is innately Blessed, and nor is the power to be confused with Ability HolyBonus Holy Bonus. "Bless" is great in the early game and will always have at least some margin of use on heroes.

"Bless" is part of a cluster of Item Powers, all derived from Unit Enchantment Spells, that are entirely defensive and trigger against specific threats. The table at the end of this section gives a list of these.

The more exposure you expect your Heroes to get to whatever a spell is designed to handle, the more efficient it becomes as an Item Power on Magical Items. The fact is, Item Powers warrant this kind of consideration because they are a much bigger investment than spells.

In the case of "Bless", if you don't expect to have trouble dealing with Icon Death.pngDeath or Icon Chaos.pngChaos spells or monster attacks, then perhaps the Item Power should be foregone, and Bless is better-off cast as a cheap, ad hoc spell in combat, as needed.

The Item Power may be more suitable than the Unit Enchantment for prolonged warfare against AI Wizards, who strip Unit Enchantments at every opportunity. Recasting enchantments gets tedious, but keep in mind that Bless is a very cheap spell, certainly much less of a headache to recast than most enchantments.

Icon Item Power Color Cost Triggers against:
ItemPower ResistElements Resist Elements Icon Nature.png2 Icon Mana.png 100 Icon Nature.pngIcon Chaos.png Spell / Icon Ranged Magic.png / Special
ItemPower ElementalArmor Elemental Armor Icon Nature.png4 Icon Mana.png 500 Icon Nature.pngIcon Chaos.png Spell / Icon Ranged Magic.png / Special
ItemPower GuardianWind Guardian Wind Icon Sorcery.png3 Icon Mana.png 400 Icon Ranged Bow.png Missiles
ItemPower ResistMagic Resist Magic Icon Sorcery.png2 Icon Mana.png 200 Any Icon Resist.png Resist roll
ItemPower MagicImmunity Magic Immunity Icon Sorcery.png5 Icon Mana.png 700 Spell / Icon Ranged Magic.png / Special
ItemPower Bless Bless Icon Life.png2 Icon Mana.png 200 Icon Death.pngIcon Chaos.png Spell or Attack
ItemPower Righteousness Righteousness Icon Life.png4 Icon Mana.png 500 Icon Death.pngIcon Chaos.png Spell / Icon Ranged Magic.png / Special
ItemPower Invulnerability Invulnerability Icon Life.png5 Icon Mana.png 1,200 Icon Damage.png Damage

Acquisition Edit

Enchant Item & Create Artifact Edit

With Icon Life.png2, "Bless" may be added to a Magical Item of your own design through Icon Arcane.png Enchant Item or Create Artifact. Making strong Items through these spells is an incredibly expensive and time-consuming process, though this Power could be considered something of a cost-saving measure— a replacement for unconditional defense and resistance bonuses. The proposition is made more reasonable by the Artificer and Runemaster Retorts.

Casting Cost Structure for "Bless"
Base Runemaster Artificer Both
Icon Mana.png 200 Icon Mana.png 150 Icon Mana.png 100 Icon Mana.png 50

Overland Edit

Main article: Magical Items in Treasure

The game data files contain 250 pre-defined Items. Of these, seven possess "Bless". This power causes a premade Item to demand that the Wizard have particular Spellbooks in order to appear in Treasure, and the requirements are irregular.

There are three different ways by which you can acquire one of these pre-defined Items:

It is often better to acquire items in this way, as it means you do not need to spend any time or Icon Mana.png Mana to create them. Still, Items found through these means are in no way guaranteed to exactly suit your needs.

The table below lists the pre-defined Items with this power.

Premade Items with "Bless"
Icon Mana.png Item Attributes Realm Powers Required Ranks
850 Item Shield 5 Blessed Shield of Defense Icon Defense.png 3 Icon Resist.png 4 Bless

Icon Chaos.png2
1550 Item Plate 3 Blood Plate of Lucifer Icon Defense.png 5 Icon Movement Ground3 Icon Resist.png 2 Bless

Icon Life.png2
1050 Item Chain 1 Blessed Mail of Resistance Icon Defense.png 4 Icon Movement Ground2 Resist Magic
Bless
Icon Chaos.png2 Icon Life.png2
1250 Item Plate 6 Plate Mail of Blessed Fear Icon Defense.png 4 Icon Resist.png 3 Cloak of Fear
Bless
Icon Chaos.png2 Icon Life.png2
1800 Item Plate 4 Ziggmunds Armor Icon Resist.png 6 Bless
Righteousness
Icon Sorcery.png2 Icon Chaos.png4
2600 Item Misc 4 Cross of Blessed Death Icon Melee Magic.png 4 Icon ToHit.png 2 Bless
Invulnerability
Icon Chaos.png2 Icon Life.png5
3100 Item Chain 1 Mithril Mail of Talos Icon Defense.png 6 Icon Resist.png 6 Bless
Invulnerability
Icon Chaos.png2 Icon Life.png5

Holy Avenger Edit

Main article: Holy Avenger (Item Power)

Any item with Holy Avenger grants Bless as a side effect. As the effect is packaged, it does not count towards the maximum number of enchantments that can be added to the item.

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