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Chainmail
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Slots ItemSlot Shield
Base Value Icon Mana.png 100 / Icon Gold.png 100
Special Properties Icon Defense.png +1
Possible Bonuses (Item)
Defense

Icon Defense.png +1

Icon Defense.png +2

Icon Defense.png +3
Resistance

Icon Resist.png +1

Icon Resist.png +2

Icon Resist.png +3
Movement Allowance

+1

+2

Possible Item Powers:

Item Power Req.
Spellbooks
BlessIcon Life.png2
EnduranceIcon Life.png2
Resist ElementsIcon Nature.png2
Resist MagicIcon Sorcery.png2
Cloak of FearIcon Death.png2
Possible Bonuses (Artifact)
Defense

Icon Defense.png +1

Icon Defense.png +2

Icon Defense.png +3

Icon Defense.png +4

Icon Defense.png +5

Icon Defense.png +6
Resistance

Icon Resist.png +1

Icon Resist.png +2

Icon Resist.png +3

Icon Resist.png +4

Icon Resist.png +5

Icon Resist.png +6
Movement Allowance

+1

+2

+3

+4

Possible Item Powers:

Item Power Req.
Spellbooks
BlessIcon Life.png2
EnduranceIcon Life.png2
RighteousnessIcon Life.png4
InvulnerabilityIcon Life.png5
Resist ElementsIcon Nature.png2
Elemental ArmorIcon Nature.png4
Resist MagicIcon Sorcery.png2
Guardian WindIcon Sorcery.png3
Magic ImmunityIcon Sorcery.png5
Cloak of FearIcon Death.png2
WraithformIcon Death.png4

Chainmail (or "Chain Mail") is a type of Magical Item which can be equipped on any Hero possessing an appropriate slot. The bonuses on the Chainmail piece will enhance that Hero's performance, particularly his/her defensive properties and movement speed.

As with any Magical Item, Chainmail can have a total mix of up to 4 different bonuses and/or Item Powers. Chainmail differs from other armor pieces thanks to a default Icon Defense.png +1 Defense bonus which is automatically given upon wearing the item. It is thus a cheap but useful armor for Melee Attackers.

As with any other items, Chainmail can receive Item Powers that alter the Hero's properties - particularly giving additional immunities and/or better survivability.

Description Edit

Chainmail armor was one of the most common types of armor throughout the middle ages, though it predates them by quite a bit. It is constructed by painstakingly connecting tiny little rings of metal, finally forming a flexible sheet. Initially, Chainmail was expensive and prized, but improved construction techniques allowed it to become the staple armor for front-line infantry, and was often worn underneath other armor or even clothing.

Containing much less metal than Platemail, Chainmail is significantly lighter and allows better mobility - but is still very hard to get through even with piercing weaponry.

The Basic Item Edit

Chainmail is one of many possible Magical Item types in Master of Magic. Magical Items can be Crafted by a wizard (tailored to the specific needs of a Hero under the wizard's employ), or found as rewards for defeating a suitably-dangerous Encounter (in which case the item already has a set of pre-defined bonuses).

Any Chainmail piece can be equipped on a Hero, if said Hero possesses this slot:

ItemSlot Shield Armor Slot

Most Heroes possess this slot - only specialized mages do not have it (they get an additional "Jewelry" slot instead).

As long as a Chainmail piece - any Chainmail - is equipped on a Hero, that Hero receives a Defense bonus of Icon Defense.png +1 by default, regardless of what other bonuses (including extra Defense bonuses) are imbued into it. While it is only a small bonus, it applies against all direct-damage attacks, and may be quite useful against low-tier opponents. It essentially allows the Hero to make an extra Icon Defense.png Defense roll, potentially blocking another Icon Damage.png 1 extra Damage point from the attack.

Crafting Chainmail Edit

It is possible to create a new Chainmail piece (like any other Magical Item) using the Item Crafting process. This is initiated by casting either the Enchant Item spell or the Create Artifact spell, though there are differences in the potential strength of the new Chainmail depending on which spell is chosen.

During Item Crafting it is possible to select a Chainmail as the type of Magical Item being created (the button is labeled "Chain"). This sets the default cost of casting the item-crafting spell to Icon Mana.png 100.

Once Chainmail is selected, the Item Crafting menu will show all bonuses and Item Powers that can be imbued into it. Click the desired options to add them to the weapon, or click a selected option to remove it. Regardless of which item-crafting spell was selected, Chainmail can only take up to 4 different bonuses and/or Item Powers - just like any other item in the game.

Each additional bonus will increases the value of the item by a set amount. The more powerful the bonus or enchantment, the more it raises the item's value (see list below). An item with higher value costs more Icon Mana.png Mana to create, and thus may take more than one turn to complete.

When Crafting, Chainmail has some advantages and some disadvantages over other types of armor - the Shield and Platemail. Chainmail gives a smaller Icon Defense.png Defense bonus than Shields, but it applies against all types of attacks, whereas Shields do nothing against Melee Attacks. Chainmail is also weaker than Platemail, but is also significantly cheaper to create.

Thus, Chainmail is a cheap, early-game armor for Melee Attackers, protecting them to some degree during Melee combat. During the later game, when ample Icon Mana.png Mana is available, it is often considered redundant and may be replaced with the stronger Platemail. Units that do not expect to see much Melee Combat will likely be better off with a Shield during the early portion of the game.

Enchant Item Edit

The Enchant Item spell limits the strength of the bonuses that can be imbued into Chainmail, and also the types of Item Powers that can be added to it.

Available Bonuses Edit

Bonus Type Options Extra Cost Description
Defense Icon Defense.png +1 Icon Mana.png +50 Increases the maximum amount of Icon Damage.png Damage this Hero can block from direct-damage attacks. Average blocked damage increases accordingly, subjected to the Hero's Icon ToBlock.png To Block score.
Icon Defense.png +2 Icon Mana.png +100
Icon Defense.png +3 Icon Mana.png +200
       
Movement Allowance +1 Icon Mana.png +100 Increases the number of Movement Points available to the Hero at the start of each overland and combat turn. Heroes with higher Movement Allowance can cross larger distances and/or maneuver better on the battlefield. This bonus does not change the Hero's Movement Type.
+2 Icon Mana.png +200
       
Resistance Icon Resist.png +1 Icon Mana.png +50 Increases the Hero's chance to avert the ill effects resulting from most Curses, most Special Attacks and several offensive spells. A successful Resistance roll will avert part or all harm to the Hero.
Icon Resist.png +2 Icon Mana.png +100
Icon Resist.png +3 Icon Mana.png +200
       

Available Item Powers Edit

Name Required
Spellbooks
Extra Cost Effects
Bless Icon Life.png2 Icon Mana.png +200 Permanent Bless: Hero receives Icon Defense.png +3 and Icon Resist.png +3, but only against Curses, spells and Fantastic Units belonging to the Icon Chaos.pngChaos and Icon Death.pngDeath realms.
       
Endurance Icon Life.png2 Icon Mana.png +200 Permanent Endurance: Hero receives +1 to his/her Movement Allowance, both during combat and on the overland map.
       
Resist Elements Icon Nature.png2 Icon Mana.png +100 Permanent Resist Elements: Hero receives Icon Resist.png +3 Resistance against Icon Nature.pngNature and Icon Chaos.pngChaos effects, and Icon Defense.png +3 Defense against Icon Ranged Magic.png Magical Ranged Attacks.
       
Resist Magic Icon Sorcery.png2 Icon Mana.png +200 Permanent Resist Magic: Hero receives Icon Resist.png +5 Resistance against all ill-effects.
       
Cloak of Fear Icon Death.png2 Icon Mana.png +200 Permanent Cloak of Fear: When this Hero makes a Melee Attack, each figure in the target unit must Resist or fail to deliver any retaliatory Melee Damage and Touch Attacks. Buggy! Likely to backfire on Hero.
       

Create Artifact Edit

The Create Artifact spell allows Chainmail to be imbued with much more powerful bonuses and/or Item Powers. Certain limitations still apply, based mainly on the type and number of Spellbooks you possess, and the amount of Icon Mana.png Mana you wish to spend on creating the item.

Note: The Create Artifact spell is not inherently more expensive than Enchant Item, it only allows purchasing more expensive bonuses and Item Powers. It is possible to create the same (low-value) Chainmail with both spells at no extra cost. Thus, if Create Artifact is available, there is no reason to use Enchant Item at all.

Available Bonuses Edit

Bonus Type Options Extra Cost Description
Defense Icon Defense.png +1 Icon Mana.png +50 Increases the maximum amount of Icon Damage.png Damage this Hero can block from direct-damage attacks. Average blocked damage increases accordingly, subjected to the Hero's Icon ToBlock.png To Block score.
Icon Defense.png +2 Icon Mana.png +100
Icon Defense.png +3 Icon Mana.png +200
Icon Defense.png +4 Icon Mana.png +350
Icon Defense.png +5 Icon Mana.png +550
Icon Defense.png +6 Icon Mana.png +800
       
Movement Allowance +1 Icon Mana.png +100 Increases the number of Movement Points available to the Hero at the start of each overland and combat turn. Heroes with higher Movement Allowance can cross larger distances and/or maneuver better on the battlefield. This bonus does not change the Hero's Movement Type.
+2 Icon Mana.png +200
+3 Icon Mana.png +400
+4 Icon Mana.png +800
       
Resistance Icon Resist.png +1 Icon Mana.png +50 Increases the Hero's chance to avert the ill effects resulting from most Curses, most Special Attacks and several offensive spells. A successful Resistance roll will avert part or all harm to the Hero.
Icon Resist.png +2 Icon Mana.png +100
Icon Resist.png +3 Icon Mana.png +200
Icon Resist.png +4 Icon Mana.png +350
Icon Resist.png +5 Icon Mana.png +550
Icon Resist.png +6 Icon Mana.png +800
       

Available Item Powers Edit

Name Required
Spellbooks
Extra Cost Effects
Bless Icon Life.png2 Icon Mana.png +200 Permanent Bless: Hero receives Icon Defense.png +3 and Icon Resist.png +3, but only against Curses, spells and Fantastic Units belonging to the Icon Chaos.pngChaos and Icon Death.pngDeath realms.
       
Endurance Icon Life.png2 Icon Mana.png +200 Permanent Endurance: Hero receives +1 to his/her Movement Allowance, both during combat and on the overland map.
       
Righteousness Icon Life.png4 Icon Mana.png +500 Permanent Righteousness: Hero it totally immune to virtually all spells from the Icon Death.pngDeath and Icon Chaos.pngChaos realms, and to all Special Attacks associated with either realm.
       
Invulnerability Icon Life.png5 Icon Mana.png +1,200 Permanent Invulnerability: Whenever Hero is struck by any direct damage, that damage is automatically reduced by Icon Damage.png 2 Damage points. Furthermore, the Hero receives Weapon Immunity.
       
Resist Elements Icon Nature.png2 Icon Mana.png +100 Permanent Resist Elements: Hero receives Icon Resist.png +3 Resistance against Icon Nature.pngNature and Icon Chaos.pngChaos effects, and Icon Defense.png +3 Defense against Icon Ranged Magic.png Magical Ranged Attacks.
       
Elemental Armor Icon Nature.png4 Icon Mana.png +500 Permanent Elemental Armor: Hero receives Icon Resist.png +10 Resistance and Icon Defense.png +10 Defense against various types of Icon Nature.pngNature and Icon Chaos.pngChaos attacks and ill effects.
       
Resist Magic Icon Sorcery.png2 Icon Mana.png +200 Permanent Resist Magic: Hero receives Icon Resist.png +5 Resistance against all ill-effects.
       
Guardian Wind Icon Sorcery.png3 Icon Mana.png +400 Permanent Guardian Wind: Hero receives the Missile Immunity ability, which raises his/her Defense score to Icon Defense.png 50 whenever struck by a Icon Ranged Bow.png Ranged Missile Attack.
       
Magic Immunity Icon Sorcery.png5 Icon Mana.png +700 Permanent Magic Immunity: Hero cannot be harmed by most harmful spells and Special Attacks, and receives Icon Defense.png 50 Defense against all Icon Ranged Magic.png Magical Ranged Attacks.
       
Cloak of Fear Icon Death.png2 Icon Mana.png +200 Permanent Cloak of Fear: When this Hero makes a Melee Attack, each figure in the target unit must Resist or fail to deliver any retaliatory Melee Damage and Touch Attacks. Buggy! Likely to backfire on Hero.
       
Wraithform Icon Death.png4 Icon Mana.png +1,200 Permanent Wraith Form: Hero receives the Non-Corporeal ability, which allows him/her to ignore all Terrain while moving on the overland map, and to move freely through City Walls. It also protects the Hero from several kinds of spells.
       

Acquiring Pre-Defined Chainmail Edit

The game data files contain 250 items that were designed by Simtex - each with its own pre-set name, bonuses and/or Item Powers. 21 of these items are Chainmail pieces.

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

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. However, since the offered item is chosen at random, and since all 250 items have pre-defined bonuses and enchantments, you may or may not receive an item that's really suitable to your needs.

Furthermore, many of the pre-defined items possess Item Powers that cannot legally be added to them via Item Crafting.

Chainmail as Treasure Edit

Whenever an Encounter zone of sufficient difficulty level is cleared of its initial defenders, the winning army may receive a Chainmail piece (or any other Magical Item) as a reward.

The game may select (at random) any item whose total value does not exceed the remaining treasure points given by the Encounter. Thus, the more difficult the Encounter, the more potential there is to receive a high-value item.

If the selected item's value is significantly lower than the remaining treasure points, the game will try to select additional rewards (possibly more items).

Chainmail from Item Merchants Edit

Item Merchants have a certain chance to appear at the start of any overland turn. This chance is primarily influenced by the wizard's current Icon Fame.png Fame score. When the roll dictates that a Merchant should appear, the game selects an item at random from the entire list of all 250 pre-set items.

Item Merchants will only offer the selected item if the wizard has 3 times as much Icon Gold.png Gold as the value of the item itself. Charismatic wizards need only 1.5 times as much Icon Gold.png Gold as the item's value, since they pay half-price for any item. If you lack sufficient Gold at the start of the turn, the Item Merchant will simply not appear this turn.

Chainmail as Gifts Edit

Finally, an Event called "The Gift" may occur at random at the start of any overland turn, bestowing a Chainmail piece (or any other Magical Item) to your wizard, for no cost whatsoever. This event can choose any of the 250 pre-defined items, including any of the 21 available Chainmail pieces.

List of Pre-Defined Chainmail Edit

Below is a list of each Chainmail armor present in the default game-data files.

Note: The ItemMake program which is supplied with the game allows users to alter the list of pre-set items at will: you can change any of these items (within the same constraints as those of a Create Artifact spell), add new ones, or remove existing ones from the list. Therefore the list below may or may not match your game-files.

Image Name Total Value Bonuses and Item Powers
Item Chain 1 Chain Mail of Defense Icon Mana.png 250 Icon Defense.png +1 Defense,
+1 Movement.
       
Item Chain 6 Chain of Magical Health Icon Mana.png 300 Icon Defense.png +1 Defense,
Icon Resist.png +1 Resistance,
+1 Movement.
       
Item Chain 1 Mail of Arcanus Icon Mana.png 300 Icon Defense.png +1 Defense,
Icon Resist.png +1 Resistance,
+1 Movement.
       
Item Chain 8 Elvish Scalemail Icon Mana.png 300 Icon Defense.png +1 Defense,
Icon Resist.png +1 Resistance,
+1 Movement.
       
Item Chain 3 Chain Mail of Resistance Icon Mana.png 400 Icon Defense.png +2 Defense,
Icon Resist.png +3 Resistance.
       
Item Chain 7 Morthog's Chainmail Icon Mana.png 500 Icon Defense.png +2 Defense,
Icon Resist.png +2 Resistance,
+2 Movement.
       
Item Chain 4 Light Mail Shirt Icon Mana.png 500 Icon Defense.png +3 Defense,
Icon Resist.png +3 Resistance.
       
Item Chain 1 Chain Mail of Movement Icon Mana.png 600 Icon Defense.png +2 Defense,
+3 Movement.
       
Item Chain 2 Chain of Tyrolia Icon Mana.png 650 Icon Defense.png +4 Defense,
Icon Resist.png +2 Resistance,
+1 Movement.
       
Item Chain 2 Chain Mail of Balance Icon Mana.png 850 Icon Defense.png +4 Defense,
Icon Resist.png +2 Resistance,
+3 Movement.
       
Item Chain 1 Mithril Chainmail Icon Mana.png 900 Icon Defense.png +3 Defense,
Icon Resist.png +3 Resistance,
+3 Movement.
       
Item Chain 1 Blessed Mail of Resistance Icon Mana.png 1,050 Bless,
Resist Magic,
Icon Defense.png +4 Defense,
+2 Movement.
       
Item Chain 3 Chain Mail of Endurance Icon Mana.png 1,300 Endurance,
Icon Defense.png +3 Defense,
+4 Movement.
       
Item Chain 1 Mail of Pobox Icon Mana.png 1,400 Elemental Armor,
Icon Defense.png +3 Defense,
Icon Resist.png +3 Resistance,
+3 Movement.
       
Item Chain 1 Chain Mail of Immunity Icon Mana.png 1,650 Magic Immunity,
Icon Defense.png +5 Defense,
Icon Resist.png +3 Resistance,
+1 Movement.
       
Item Chain 8 Chainmail of Speed Icon Mana.png 1,800 Endurance,
Icon Defense.png +3 Defense,
Icon Resist.png +3 Resistance,
+3 Movement.
       
Item Chain 1 Wraithe Shirt Icon Mana.png 1,850 Resist Magic,
Wraithform,
Icon Defense.png +4 Defense.
       
Item Chain 1 Chain Mail of Absorption Icon Mana.png 1,950 Invulnerability,
Icon Defense.png +5 Defense,
Icon Resist.png +2 Resistance.
       
Item Chain 1 Chainmail of the Elements Icon Mana.png 1,950 Resist Elements,
Icon Defense.png +5 Defense,
Icon Resist.png +6 Resistance,
+3 Movement.
       
Item Chain 4 Chain of Super Resistance Icon Mana.png 2,000 Resist Elements,
Resist Magic,
Icon Defense.png +6 Defense,
Icon Resist.png +6 Resistance.
       
Item Chain 1 Chain Mail of Talos Icon Mana.png 3,100 Bless,
Invulnerability,
Icon Defense.png +6 Defense,
Icon Resist.png +6 Resistance.
       

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