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This article pertains specifically to the Chaos Node, and explains only how it is different from other Nodes. For information about how Nodes work in general, see Node.
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A Chaos Node is a type of Terrain Special, and one of 3 different types of Nodes in the game. It is a superior type of Terrain Special, acting simultaneously as a Icon Power.png Power source, an Encounter Zone, and a special terrain type.

Initially, Chaos Nodes are guarded by a contingent of Icon Chaos.pngChaos Fantastic Units. Once these have been removed, any Wizard may send a Icon Arcane.pngMagic Spirit or Icon Life.pngGuardian Spirit to Ability Meld Meld with the Node, thus acquiring a constant input of Icon Power.png Power based on the Node's coverage area. A Chaos Node on the Plane of Myrror (which can have a 10 - 20 tile zone of influence) produces more Icon Power.png Power than one located on Arcanus (that can cover between 5 - 10 tiles), but is usually also protected by much more powerful Icon Chaos.pngChaos creatures.

Typically, several Chaos Nodes are placed randomly around the map at the start of the game, and cannot be removed or added. The terrain under a Chaos Node is always changed into a special type of Volcano tile, which behaves like a Mountain tile in terms of its benefits to nearby Towns.

The presence of the Chaos Node itself causes oddities in the magical field. It is much harder to successfully cast non-Icon Chaos.pngChaos spells during combat at a Chaos Node. Also, the output of Icon Chaos.pngChaos Magic from the Node boosts the abilities of all Icon Chaos.pngChaos Fantastic Units during any battle within the Node's area of influence.

Chaos Nodes react to several types of "Conjunction" Events. During a Chaos Conjunction, the Node produces twice as much Icon Power.png Power as normal. During other Conjunctions, it may produce half, or no Icon Power.png Power at all.

Description Edit

The Chaos Node is a location where the barrier between the primal planes (Arcanus and Myrror) and the Icon Chaos.pngChaos Realm is weak, allowing Icon Power.png Power to seep through in great quantities.

This seepage of energy causes a Volcano to rise around the Node itself. Also, creatures from the Icon Chaos.pngChaos Realm may cross through from their native Plane into the material Planes, and will aggressively protect the Node against anyone who dares approach it.

On the overland map, Chaos Nodes appear very similar to regular Volcanoes, but have a wide, gaping caldera that glows with red energy. Volcanoes are generally rare to begin with (and are nonexistent when the game starts), so Chaos Nodes should be easy to spot on either Plane.

Distribution and Terrain Edit

The game will randomly generate Chaos Nodes on the map when creating the world for a new campaign. The number of Chaos Nodes appearing on any map and the locations of these Nodes are both random. It is thus possible to get a map with very few Chaos Nodes on either Plane. While it is also theoretically possible to have no Chaos Node on one of the Planes, the probability of this is extremely low in game versions v1.1+ (the general article on Nodes explores Node generation in more detail).

When a Chaos Node is created on the world map, it will always be resting on top of a Volcano tile. It is treated as a Volcano for all purposes of calculating movement speed through this tile. However, as explained below, the tile acts as a Mountain for purposes of providing terrain benefits to nearby towns. It also enables the construction of a Miners' Guild, and any other Town Buildings that depend on this structure.

It is not possible to alter the tile underneath a Chaos Node with terrain-altering spells like Icon Nature.pngChange Terrain or Icon Chaos.pngRaise Volcano. Building Settlements on top of a Chaos Node is also prohibited. It is, however, possible to build a Road or Enchanted Road across the Node. On the other hand, in the last official game version, the Icon Nature.pngNature spell Icon Nature.pngGaia's Blessing can actually alter a Chaos Node's tile, by turning the Volcano into a Hill tile, while leaving the properties of the Chaos Node itself unchanged. Unfortunately, this also causes the tile's appearance to change and no longer reflect the presence of a Chaos Node (although it will still be visible in the Surveryor (F1) and functions just like it did before in every other respect except terrain benefits to nearby Towns). This bug is corrected in the Unofficial Patch 1.50.

Terrain Bonuses Edit

When using the Surveyor (F1) tool, the terrain underneath a Chaos Node will show up as a "Volcano", a typically barren type of tile that does not produce any benefits. Unlike a normal Volcano however, the Chaos Node is actually stable enough to allow access to the resources hidden underneath its rocky ridges.

When a Chaos Node tile is within the catchment area of a Town, that Town's Icon Production.png Production rate is increased by Icon Production.png +5%. In other words, the total Icon Production.png Production of the Town's citizens is boosted by Icon Production.png 5%, rounded down. This is identical to the bonus given by Mountain tiles.Therefore, the Chaos Node should be treated as a Mountain when considering whether or not to Ability CreateOutpost Settle in its vicinity.

For example, if all of the Town's citizens yield Icon Production.png 20 together, each Chaos Node in the Town's vicinity will increase this output by Icon Production.png +1. This speeds up the construction of any Town Building or Normal Unit in the City by a small amount.

Encounter Zone Edit

Encounter ChaosNode Dialog

An example of the Chaos Node scouting dialogue.

Main article: Encounter Zone

When initially created, every Chaos Node designates an Encounter Zone. That is, a randomly generated group of neutral creatures defending some sort of Treasure. The value of this Treasure is inexorably tied to the strength of its guardians, i.e. the stronger the monsters, the better their Treasure (on average at least, considering that it is ultimately random). The following sections explain how the game chooses these creatures and the rewards for defeating them.

Defenders

Each Encounter Zone can contain up to 9 defending units. These are always Fantastic Creatures, and any single Chaos Node can feature up to two different types of them. However, they will always be of the same magical Realm.

Chaos Node Creature Budgets
Magic Setting Budget Formula Budget Range
"Weak" / "0.5" Arcanus (Random(11) + 4) × Tiles2 × 0.5 62 - 750
Myrror 250 - 3,000
"Normal" / "1.0" Arcanus (Random(11) + 4) × Tiles2 125 - 1,500
Myrror 500 - 6,000
"Powerful" / "1.5" Arcanus (Random(11) + 4) × Tiles2 × 1.5 187 - 2,250
Myrror 750 - 9,000
"2.0" (v1.40+ only) Arcanus (Random(11) + 4) × Tiles2 × 2 250 - 3,000
Myrror 1,000 - 12,000
"2.5" (v1.40+ only) Arcanus (Random(11) + 4) × Tiles2 × 2.5 312 - 3,750
Myrror 1,250 - 15,000

First, the game determines the basic encounter budget that it will use to "buy" creatures from. The formulae for each game version, and the ranges produced by them, are illustrated by the above table. This is then adjusted for the campaign's Difficulty Setting (the modifier is different depending on the game version):

Version Intro Easy Average Hard Extreme Impossible
v1.31 -75% -50% -25% +0% - +25%
v1.40 - -75% -50% -25% +0% +25%
v1.50 - -50% -25% +0% +25% +50%

At the same time, the game also needs to choose the magical Realm from which defenders will come. This sets out the monsters available to fill the encounter with. For a Chaos Node, the possibilities are as follows (costs that have been changed for v1.50, if any, are listed under the originals):

Realm Possible Defenders
Icon Nature.png Nature Unit Unit Icon WarBears Transparent Unit Icon Sprites Transparent Unit Icon EarthElemental Transparent Unit Icon GiantSpiders Transparent Unit Icon Cockatrices Transparent Unit Icon Basilisk Transparent Unit Icon StoneGiant Transparent Unit Icon Gorgons Transparent Unit Icon Behemoth Transparent Unit Icon Colossus Transparent Unit Icon GreatWyrm Transparent
Cost 70 100 160 200 275 325 450 599 700 800 1000
300 150 225 600
Icon Chaos.png Chaos Unit Unit Icon HellHounds Transparent Unit Icon FireElemental Transparent Unit Icon FireGiant Transparent Unit Icon Gargoyles Transparent Unit Icon DoomBat Transparent Unit Icon Chimeras Transparent Unit Icon ChaosSpawn Transparent Unit Icon Efreet Transparent Unit Icon Hydra Transparent Unit Icon GreatDrake Transparent
Cost 40 100 150 200 300 350 400 550 650 900
Icon Death.png {{{death}}}% Unit Unit Icon Skeletons Transparent Unit Icon Zombies Transparent Unit Icon Ghouls Transparent Unit Icon Demon Transparent Unit Icon NightStalker Transparent Unit Icon Werewolves Transparent Unit Icon ShadowDemons Transparent Unit Icon Wraiths Transparent Unit Icon DeathKnights Transparent Unit Icon DemonLord Transparent
Cost 25 30 80 80 250 250 325 500 600 900
125 200 250
Icon Life.png {{{life}}}% Unit Unit Icon GuardianSpirit Transparent Unit Icon Unicorns Transparent Unit Icon Angel Transparent Unit Icon Archangel Transparent
Cost 50 250 550 950
75
Icon Sorcery.png Sorcery Unit Unit Icon PhantomWarriors Transparent Unit Icon Nagas Transparent Unit Icon AirElemental Transparent Unit Icon PhantomBeast Transparent Unit Icon StormGiant Transparent Unit Icon Djinn Transparent Unit Icon SkyDrake Transparent
Cost 20 120 170 225 500 650 1000
50 325 200

If the encounter budget is insufficient for any creature in the chosen Realm, the Chaos Node has no defenders and is defeated the first time any unit attempts to enter its square. Otherwise, the game divides the base budget by a random integer in the range of 1-4 (or 1-6 in patches v1.50 and later), and selects the most expensive unit which costs less than this value. This will be the monster seen by any scouts that visit (but do not initiate combat at) the Chaos Node. If no monsters qualify, a new random number will be chosen, repeating the process up to 200 times to ensure that if the budget is high enough to afford any creatures, there will be some.

Once the "primary" creature is chosen, the game divides the budget by the cost of this unit, rounding down, to determine how many of these monsters will actually be in the Chaos Node. However, this will never be more than 8 (or 6 in the v1.50+ patches), and if it is more than 1, there is a 50% chance that it will be reduced by 1. These limitations significantly increase the likelyhood of encounters featuring more than one type of monster.

Finally, the game calculates the remaining budget by subtracting (number of primary monster) × (cost of primary monster) from the initial budget. This may then be used to "purchase" a set of "secondary" creatures, which will always match the Realm of the primary monster. Only if the remaining budget is insufficient for any other unit than the primary creature, will there be no secondary monsters.

Otherwise, the game divides the remaining budget by a random integer between 1 and (10 - amount of primary monsters), and selects the most expensive unit (other than the primary monster), which costs less than this value. The rest of the encounter is then populated with this creature, up to the maximum of 9 total units (including the primary monsters), or until the remaining budget is exhausted. That is, the amount of secondary monsters will be the lower of either (9 - amount of primary monsters), or (remaining budget) / (cost of secondary monster). Insecticide reduces the maximum of this second random divisor number by 1, placing it in the range of 1 to (9 - amount of primary monsters) instead. In all game versions though, if there are no qualifying creatures, the divisor can be rerolled up to 200 times to find one, meaning that as long as the remaining budget is sufficient for any units, there will most likely be some.

Multiple Battles Edit

If, during an assault on a Chaos Node, the invading army manages to kill a defending unit, but then loses the battle or retreats, that unit will not be restored unless it has the Ability Regeneration Regeneration ability. This means that it is possible to "whittle down" the Chaos Node's defenders with several subsequent battles, instead of trying to kill all of them at the same time.

However, any guardians that are not destroyed completely are fully healed at the end of each battle, and will have all Icon Figure.png figures restored to life appropriately. Thus, it is not possible to kill one unit by injuring it repeatedly in each battle - it must be killed completely to ensure that it does not reappear in the next battle.

Treasure Edit

Main article: Treasure

The rewards for conquering a Chaos Node depend largely on its defenders: the stronger the creatures guarding it, the better the Treasure. Supreme rewards, such as new Spellbooks, or Retorts, are only found behind the strongest monsters. The game decides the types of Treasure that will eventually be awarded immediately after setting out the monsters, meaning that conquering the Chaos Node in multiple battles will not reduce the Treasure found inside. On the other hand, because Treasure specifics are only chosen at the time of the victory, saving before the (final) battle can be useful for rerolling them.

Treasure Budget Edit

To determine the base value of the Treasure, the game first tallies up the guardians. The full cost of the primary monsters is converted into Treasure "points", while secondary creatures only contribute half of their cost. Thus, the formula is (cost of primary monster) × (amount of primary monster) + (cost of secondary monster) × (amount of secondary monster) / 2. In v1.50 or later, the cost of the secondaries is no longer halved, and the full creature cost is used as the base Treasure "budget" instead.
In v1.31 and v1.40 (but not in v1.50), this base "budget" is then put through what is essentially a reverse function of the Difficulty adjustment used to scale the creature budget (see above), so that Treasure value is more or less unaffected by the Difficulty Setting (as that is only supposed to scale down monster strength). That is, unless the game is played on the "Impossible" Setting, for which the Treasure is not adjusted downward, meaning that the higher creature budgets here result in more valuable Treasure than on any other Setting.
Finally, the budget receives a percentage adjustment. In Insecticide and the original game, this modifier is random depending on the Plane where the Chaos Node is located: on Arcanus, the final budget will be 50% - 125% of the previously obtained value, while Myrran sites will have between 76% to 175% of that. v1.50 uses flat values instead of the random percentages: Arcanian Chaos Nodes in this patch will have exactly their total monster value to spend on Treasure, while those on Myrror receive 125% of this. However, as this patch also deals with Encounter Zones that have no guardians differently than the original game, the final budget is further increased by 30 in v1.50, and by 75 in v1.51+ (note that the v1.50 value can occasionally result in no Treasure being found).
In the official game (and also in Insecticide), if the Chaos Node contains no creatures, or if their total cost is below 50, the Chaos Node's Treasure budget will be set to exactly 50, which allows for a single Treasure roll (see below). This can yield either Icon Gold.png 10 - Icon Gold.png 50, Icon Mana.png 10 - Icon Mana.png 50, or a single spell with a default Spell Rarity of Common. Unfortunately, spells can no longer be found in empty sites starting with v1.50.

Treasure Types Edit

Once the budget is calculated, the computer starts rolling imaginary 15-sided dice to select the basic types of loot found in the Chaos Node's hoard. For each roll, if the remaining treasure budget is less than the "Qualify" value (or the "Cost" in v1.50+); or the maximum number of that treasure has already been created; the die is rerolled. Otherwise, the "Spend" value (or, again, the "Cost") of the Treasure is subtracted from the budget, and the selected Treasure type is added to the pile. As long as there are at least 50 points left, the die is cast again to try and add more Treasure.
v1.31 / v1.40 Treasure v1.50+
"Qualify" "Spend" Distribution Type Max Distribution "Cost"
10 (1) 200 2 in 15 Icon Gold.png Gold Coins - 3 in 15 50 - 1000
10 (1) 200 2 in 15 Icon Mana.png Mana Crystals - 3 in 15 40 (1) - 800
300 400 (2) - 3,000 5 in 15 Magical Item 3 3 in 15 200 (3) - 5,100
400 1,000 1 in 15 Prisoner Hero 1 1 in 15 400
3 in 15 Spell 1 (4) 4 in 15
50 50 Common Spell 150
200 200 Uncommon Spell 600
450 450 Rare Spell 1,350
800 800 Very Rare Spell 2,400
1,000 all
remaining
2 in 15 Special
(Spellbook / Retort)
1 (4) (5) 1 (6) in 15 800
(1) : The 50-point minimum to generate any kind of Treasure still applies.
(2) : If the remaining budget is lower than 400, the amount spent can be reduced below this.
(3) : Magical Items still require 300 points remaining to be added to a hoard even in v1.50.
(4) : Spell and Specials are mutually exclusive.
(5) : Specials may only be added once, but the amount of picks added (up to 2) depends on the remaining budget.
(6) : There is a further 45% chance that this Treasure type is rerolled regardless of remaining budget.
As noted in the table, Special Treasure can only be added once to a hoard (removing any Spell in the process). When this type comes up on the roll, if the budget is sufficient, the game checks whether it is also enough for 2 "picks". This requires 2,000 points in the original game, and respectively 1,600 in v1.50+. Should this be the case, both "picks" are added, otherwise only one. In the official game and Insecticide, adding a Special also means that all other Treasure is ultimately discarded from the pile.
For Treasure types that have a value range, these are tied to the budget and will be determined at the same time. While this means exact amounts for Icon Gold.png Gold and Icon Mana.png Mana, for Magical Items it is a maximum value instead (which, in v1.50+ will actually be 120% of the Treasure points spent).
In the case of Spell rewards, another random roll is made to determine a default Spell Rarity between 1 and 4 (Common through Very Rare). "Qualify" and "Spend" values are used according to this rarity. However, versions 1.31 and 1.40 will actually add up multiple "Qualifying" rolls of this type, up to the maximum spell rarity of 4 (Very Rare Spell), at which point any further Spell type results of the d15 are immediately rerolled instead. v1.50 removes this behaviour altogether, and can not overwrite an already set rarity with another. Neither version will try to award a lower default rarity if the original roll does not "Qualify".

Treasure Specifics Edit

  • Icon Gold.png Gold and/or Icon Mana.png Mana Crystal piles can appear multiple times in the Chaos Node's Treasure, and their amounts are determined at the start of the game (added together).
  • The quality of a Magical Item reward is supposed to scale with remaining treasure points, but in version 1.31, the program only manages to constrain the item's quality in the case of a "Failed Special". Typically, then, the wizard only needs the Spellbook ranks that an item demands, for it to be eligible to (randomly) appear in a Chaos Node. Full lists of pre-fab items and their arbitrary rank requirements can be found here, in the article on Treasure. The articles on Magical Items and Encounter Zones also examine in detail how the items are actually chosen.
  • A Prisoner, a most uncommon find, might also be held at the Chaos Node. This individual will be one of the 25 non-champion Heroes in the game, drawn at random from those who are not already in the Wizard's service or defeated. The captive V.I.P. will offer to join for no initial cost, out of gratitude for being rescued (however, their upkeep won't be free unless they bear the Ability Noble Noble trait). Before v1.50 however, if the victorious army stack is 9 units deep, or the Wizard already controls 6 Heroes, "Absolutely Nothing" will appear in the Prisoner's place.
  • For Spell rewards, the game will first enumerate the Realms available to the Wizard based on their Spellbooks, and choose one randomly out of these. The Icon Arcane.pngArcane Realm was supposed to always be valid for this for any Wizard, however a bug in the program (before v1.50) only allows these spells to be found if the player possesses either of the (completely unrelated) Alchemy or Warlord Retorts. A random spell is then chosen from the selected Realm matching the default Spell Rarity set out at game creation (see the Spell section of the Encounter Zone article for exceptions). If this spell is already known, the game will sequentially try to award all other spells of the same Realm and rarity. If that also fails, it increases the rarity (wrapping around from Very Rare to Common), and checks each spell in succession until it finds one that is not yet known. Only if all spells of the chosen Realm are known will MoM pick another color to try. There is no replacement reward for Wizards who already know all of the spells available to them based on their books.
  • When a Special is generated, there is a 74% chance that it will be a Spellbook, and a 26% chance that it is a Retort. Retorts that cost 2 picks can only appear at a site with 2 Specials, and will cost both Specials. The Myrran Retort cannot appear in Treasure, and the prerequisites for all other Retorts are ignored. Spellbooks found in a Chaos Node will be Icon Chaos.pngChaos. Because a Wizard cannot possess more than 13 Spellbooks and 6 Retorts in a single campaign, any Special reward above these will instead be replaced by a Magical Item with a maximum value of Icon Mana.png 1,200 (or Icon Mana.png 2,000 per "pick" lost in v1.50+).

Rampaging Monsters Edit

Main article: Rampaging Monster

Any Chaos Node that has not yet been cleared of defenders is a possible source for Rampaging Monsters.

Difficulty Budget Frequency
Intro Turn x 0.4 ~1/50 turns
Easy Turn x 0.4-0.8 ~1/30 turns
Average Turn x 0.4-1.2 ~1/20 turns
Hard Turn x 0.4-1.6 ~1/14 turns
Impossible Turn x 0.4-2.0 ~1/10 turns

Starting from turn 50, there is a chance for Rampaging Monsters to be generated from a random still-populated nonIcon Life.pnglife Encounter Zone; although only Chaos Nodes that are on the same continent as a Town controlled by any player are valid for this procedure. Both the frequency of this event, and the strength of the monster group created, are random, with limits controlled by the game's Difficulty Setting. The frequency is also increased if the only remaining Neutral Cities are not on the same continent as any Wizard's Towns (resulting in the failure of creating Raiders).

The Realm of the Rampaging Monsters will always match that of the source Encounter Zone, and the process uses a creature "budget" similar to that of generating site guardians. This budget is determined by the turn number and Difficulty and, in the original game, is halved if the Rampaging Monsters are spawned on the same continent as an AI wizard's Fortress (provided that the human player's capital is not also on that continent). The Insecticide patch increases the budgets by 25% in general, and provides a new option to further double them ("Monsters Gone Wild").

Unlike site guardians, the process used for generating Rampaging Monsters does not use divisors, and is not limited to 2 types of monsters. The game will simply select random monsters one by one from the matching Realm until it uses up the allocated budget.

Combat in a Chaos Node Edit

Screenshot ChaosNode

A Chaos Node as it appears during combat, and a few defending creatures.

Whenever combat occurs within the same tile as a Chaos Node, or even within its vicinity, special rules come into effect that may alter the outcome significantly. Generally-speaking, Icon Chaos.pngChaos-wielding wizards will have a relatively easier time doing battle in this area, whereas other wizards may encounter considerable difficulties. As a result, the Chaos Node can also be a strategic asset.

  • During battle inside the Chaos Node's own tile, the node is capable of dispelling any non-Icon Chaos.pngChaos spells as they are being cast.
  • During combat on any of the tiles in the Chaos Node's area of influence, all Icon Chaos.pngChaos Fantastic Units receive powerful bonuses to their combat stats.

Both of these effects are visible when clicking the "Info" button during battle. This is a good way of telling whether combat is taking place within a Node's area of influence (and is the only way of doing this if the Node has not yet been Ability Meld Melded with).

CombatEnchantment ChaosNodeDispelAura Chaos Node Dispelling Aura Edit

The massive output of Icon Chaos.pngChaos energy from the Chaos Node interferes with the casting of combat spells. During battles that take place on the same tile where the Chaos Node itself is, any attempt to cast a combat spell of any kind that is not from the Icon Chaos.pngChaos Realm (including Icon Arcane.pngArcane spells) must face being countered by the Node.

This "dispelling attempt" occurs immediately upon selecting the spell for casting - before any target can be chosen. If it succeeds, the spell will fizzle and have no effect. The strength of the dispel is equal to Icon Mana.png 50, which means that the formula for calculating its success is as follows:

Chance = 50 / (50 + TSCC) × 100

Where "TSCC" is the total (modified) Casting Cost of the spell which the Node is targeting.

For example, if attempting to cast a Icon Arcane.pngDispel Magic spell with a total of Icon Mana.png 25 invested (with reductions, if any), the chance of it being countered is as follows:

Chance = 50 / (50 + 25) × 100
= 50 / 75 × 100
= 0.66 × 100
= a 66% chance to counter this spell as it's being cast.

Icon Chaos.pngChaos spells of any kind will bypass this effect entirely. They will never be dispelled by the Chaos Node regardless of their type or Casting Cost. The Node Mastery Retort also allows a Wizard (and any units under their control) to cast spells from any Realm inside any Node, without being subjected to its dispelling effects. Such Wizards possess a clear advantage in Node combat.

CombatEnchantment ChaosNodeBonusAura Chaos Node Unit Bonus Aura Edit

The Node emits another special aura within its area of influence. All Fantastic Units from the Icon Chaos.pngChaos Realm receive a set of very important bonuses while fighting here. These are:

  • Icon Melee Normal.png +2 Melee Attack Strength,
  • Icon Ranged Bow.png +2 Ranged Attack Strength,
  • Icon Defense.png +2 Defense,
  • and Icon Resist.png +2 Resistance.

Although the enhancement to Icon Melee Normal.png Melee- and Icon Ranged Bow.png Ranged Attack Strength only applies if the unit possesses such an attack by default, the Ranged Attack bonus applies to all types of Ranged Attacks, including short-range ones (i.e. Icon Thrown.png Thrown, Icon Breath.png Fire Breath, Ability DoomGaze Doom Gaze).

All Fantastic Units associated with the Icon Chaos.pngChaos Realm are affected (including Icon Chaos.pngChaos Channeled units), regardless of their owner. Other units are not affected in any way.

These bonuses are extremely potent, and have several strategic implications. For starters, this means that the original creatures guarding a Chaos Node (which are all from the Icon Chaos.pngChaos Realm by definition) are much harder to defeat than similar creatures encountered in other locations. Furthermore, the fact that this effect also applies in the vicinity of the Chaos Node means that the entire area is a great place for Icon Chaos.pngChaos creatures to mount a defense or an attack. An army comprised mostly or entirely of Icon Chaos.pngChaos creatures has a considerable advantage inside this aura. Assaulting an enemy army made up of such creatures, while it is in the vicinity of a Chaos Node, is thus typically a bad idea, and should be avoided if at all possible.

Finally, this means that any Icon Chaos.pngChaos-wielding Wizard is encouraged to build Towns within the area of influence of a Chaos Node, and protect those Town with garrisons of Icon Chaos.pngChaos creatures. This will make these Towns much harder to conquer.

Controlling Nodes Edit

The process of controlling and Ability Meld Melding with a Chaos Node is identical to that of any other Node. Successfully accomplishing this reveals the Node's entire area of influence as glowing tiles around it, that sparkle with the color of the controlling Wizard. The Node then generates one point of Icon Power.png Power every turn for each such tile, adjusted by the game's Magic Intensity Setting (half if "Weak", 150% if "Powerful" - Insecticide and later patches replace these option names with simply the Icon Power.png Power multiplier value instead).

Retorts Edit

There are several Retorts available that will boost the amount of Icon Power.png Power acquired from each of a Node's glowing tiles. For Chaos Nodes, the two Retorts that affect this are Chaos Mastery and Node Mastery.

With either of these Retorts, each glowing tile produces twice as much Icon Power.png Power as it would otherwise. For example, when playing in a "Normal" Magic Intensity world, a Wizard with Chaos Mastery will get Icon Power.png 2 Power from each glowing tile belonging to a Chaos Node.

The effect from these Retorts is cumulative. Therefore, a Wizard possessing both Chaos Mastery and Node Mastery will get 4 times as much Icon Power.png Power from each Node tile! This can amount to a massive boost of Icon Power.png Power, and encourages such a Wizard to gain control of as many Chaos Nodes as they can, as early as they can.

Random Effects on Node Output Edit

As with any other Node, the Icon Power.png Power output of the Chaos Node is mostly static, and will remain the same throughout the game. The exceptions occur, as explained in the article on Nodes, through the use of the Icon Death.pngWarp Node spell, through acquisition of new Retorts, and as a result of "Conjunction" Events.

The most common effect on a Chaos Node's Icon Power.png Power output is a "Conjunction" of magic: a random Event which affects the power output of all Nodes simultaneously, for a short period of time.

Conjunctions Edit

Conjunctions are one of the most common random Events in the game, mainly because they are actually a group of multiple similar Events. There is a chance that such an Event will occur on the start of any given turn. A Conjunction will always last for at least 5 turns, after which it will have a cumulative 5% chance of ending naturally every turn.

There are three types of Conjunctions that affect Chaos Node. Of these, Chaos Conjunctions are obviously best. When these are in play, each tile within each Chaos Node's area of influence produces twice as much Icon Power.png Power as normal for its controlling Wizard (cumulative with the Retorts above, although all roundings are separate and downward). Naturally, if no Wizard is currently in control of a Chaos Node, that node produces no Icon Power.png Power for anyone anyway.

Conjunctions of Nature and Conjunctions of Sorcery, on the other hand, will halve all Icon Power.png Power output of every Chaos Node while they are in effect. Wizards with many Chaos Nodes under their control but few other types are therefore in trouble, having a greatly reduced income of Icon Power.png Power. Unfortunately, there is no way to expedite the end of a Conjunction.

During a Conjunction of Chaos, empires with plenty of Chaos Nodes under their control will usually go on the offensive, or use magic to develop their assets to terrifying strength. During other Conjunctions, such empires are weak and make good targets for a sudden invasion. Paying attention to the types of Nodes controlled by enemy Wizards may thus present strategic opportunities to capitalize on a Conjunction.

Although not a "Conjunction" strictly speaking, Mana Short also does fall into this Event category and abides by the same rules as "regular" Conjunctions. During a Mana Short, all sources of Icon Power.png Power are negated, and thus the Chaos Node will cease to provide any, regardless of any other effects. Once the Event ends, Icon Power.png Power output will immediately return to normal.

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