This Retort provides many bonuses to a Wizard specializing in Chaos magic: It reduces the Research Cost and Casting Cost of Chaos spells by 15%, and makes the Wizard's Chaos Enchantments and Curses twice as hard to dispel. Additionally, the wizard obtains twice as much Power from each Chaos Node he controls.
This retort costs 1 pick, and requires the Wizard to have at least 4 Spellbooks.
Studying the spells associated with Chaos Magic is one thing, and having a true affinity to the Chaos Realm is quite another. It is not always enough to have knowledge of this type of magic, some wizards actually tap directly into the Chaos Realm to draw their power, and become masters of its secret arts.
The Chaos Master has made such a connection, and therefore finds it easier to manipulate Chaos Magic in all its forms. Spellcasting becomes easier, and the study of new spells from this realm comes naturally and effortlessly. Furthermore, as the Chaos Master's spells have a stronger bond to the Chaos Realm, those spells become much harder to break.
Whenever a Chaos Master locates and liberates a Chaos Node, this literal aperture into the Chaos Realm can be exploited much more readily, expanded and utilized to release a truly vast amount of magical energy - which the Chaos Master has no problem absorbing. These focal points become an important strategic asset in the wizard's quest for domination.
Chaos Mastery is one of the color-specific Retorts available in Master of Magic. Any Wizard possessing this Retort receives four special benefits that will positively affect her for the duration of the game.
Improved Research Edit
Whenever the wizard is Researching any Chaos Spell, the amount of Research Points he accumulates each turn is increased by 15%.
This bonus is cumulative with a similar bonus rewarded for having 8 or more Spellbooks in the Chaos Realm. For example, a wizard with 10 and Chaos Mastery gets a +45% bonus (15% from Chaos Mastery, 30% from the Spellbooks).
Casting Cost Reduction Edit
Furthermore, the Chaos Master has a reduction of 15% on the Casting Cost of all spells belonging to the Chaos Realm.
This allows the wizard to cast more Chaos spells in combat, and allows faster casting on the overland map. Also, if the wizard uses mostly or only Chaos spells, the Mana saved due to these lower costs could be quite significant.
Enchantments Harder to Dispel Edit
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Any and all Chaos-related Enchantments cast by the Chaos Master are 50% harder to dispel, regardless of which spell the enemy is using to make that dispelling attempt (Dispel Magic, Disjunction, etcetera).
For example, if an enemy dispelling attempt of a certain strength would normally have a 50% chance to dispel a certain Chaos spell, it would only have a 25% of success if the targeted spell belongs to a Chaos Master.
Chaos Node Power Outputs Edit
Finally, any Chaos Node that is under the control of the Chaos Master will generate twice as much Power as it would for other wizards. This applies only to Chaos Nodes; other nodes generate the normal amount of Power.
Chaos Mastery together with the Node Mastery Retort provide double the bonus. In such a case, a Chaos Node would provide 4x its base power output - potentially up to 100 Power per node on the Myrran plane!
Costs and Prerequisites Edit
When creating a new Wizard, it is only possible to pick the Chaos Mastery Retort if the wizard already possesses at least 4 Chaos Spellbooks. Otherwise, this retort is not available. The wizard may have any combination of other spellbooks or retorts beyond this required minimum.
The Chaos Mastery Retort consumes 1 pick. This means that a Chaos Master cannot have 11 Spellbooks at the start of the game, and thus is trading the benefits of having that many spellbooks for the benefits listed above. Of course, you may still acquire extra spellbooks during the game, but that is not guaranteed.
Chaos Master may be acquired during the game, as Treasure. If the Strategy Guide is to be believed, the Chaos Mastery Retort may be awarded even if the player does not meet the requirements that apply during wizard creation.
The Chaos Master has a strong affinity with Chaos spells, and can cast them quickly and often - thus potentially being able to wreak a lot of destruction and summon plenty of Fantastic Creatures to his aid.
Chaos Enchantments cast by this Wizard are very difficult to dispel, meaning that he has more incentive to try to cast as many of them as he can afford. The extra Power from Chaos Nodes will help pay for the Upkeep Cost of these units and Enchantments. The same applies to the destructive Town Curse Chaos Rift, allowing the wizard to simultaneously ruin a great chunk of a rival empire's economy, and keep it shut down throughout an entire war against that empire.
As mentioned above, starting with Chaos Mastery means that you cannot have 11 Spellbooks. This means trading away the bonuses bestowed by starting with 11 spellbooks in one color - i.e. picking guaranteed Uncommon and Rare Spells, and a discount on the Research cost for Spell of Mastery - but you get the bonuses listed above instead.