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Dark Elf Settlers
Tactical Settlers
Race Dark Elves
Req. Town Buildings None
Construction Cost Icon Production.png 150
Upkeep Cost Icon Gold.png 3
Icon Food.png 1
Unit Properties
# of figures Icon SingleFigureUnit.png 1
Moves Icon Movement Ground1
Defense per figure Icon Defense.png 1
Resistance Icon Resist.png 7
Hit Points per figure Icon Hits.png 10
Unit Abilities
Ability CreateOutpost Create Outpost

Dark Elf Settlers are a type of Normal Unit. This unit may be created from a Dark Elf town, for the Construction Cost of Icon Production.png 150. Creation of a Settlers unit reduces the town's population by 1. Lacking virtually any combat capabilities, this unit's only real purpose is to create a new Dark Elf Settlement, by traveling to the desired location and giving it the "Build" command.

Dark Elf Settlers require an Upkeep Cost of Icon Gold.png 3 and Icon Food.png 1 to maintain. Failure to pay these costs will result in the unit being disbanded automatically.

Unit Properties Edit

Physical Description Edit

The Settlers unit appears in-game as a single horse-drawn cart. However it represents several hundred people - regular civilians - traveling by cart with their possessions and an ample supply of building materials destined to start a new Settlement in an uninhabited region.

Dark Elf Settlers are a Icon SingleFigureUnit.png Single-Figure unit.

Attack Properties Edit

The Dark Elf Settlers have no method of attack whatsoever. The unit may still instigate a Melee Attack against enemy units during combat, but will not inflict any damage upon them - and is thus made vulnerable to the enemy's Counter Attack.

Defense Properties Edit

The Dark Elf Settlers' Defense score is a paltry Icon Defense.png 1, meaning that on average they will block only Icon Damage.png 0.3 points of Damage from any incoming attack - virtually nil.

Fortunately, the Dark Elf Settlers can still suffer some damage without being destroyed, thanks to having Icon Hits.png 10 Hit Points. This will rapidly be depleted if they do not escape immediately.

Dark Elves are inherently resistant to magic, and so Dark Elf Settlers possess an impressive Resistance score of Icon Resist.png 7. While this provides only mediocre protection from Curses and other ill effects, this is still considered high among Normal Units. With additional Experience, the Dark Elf Settlers can become significantly more resistant to such effects, and may even become immune to some of them as the unit crosses Icon Resist.png 10.

Other Properties Edit

The Dark Elf Settlers unit moves at a slow Icon Movement Ground1, and can only traverse land tiles. It has no special movement properties.

Building Settlements Edit

Main article: Settlement

The primary purpose of Dark Elf Settlers is to establish a new Dark Elf Settlement.

To do so, move the Dark Elf Settlers to a land tile that does not contain a Node and is at least 4 tiles away from any other Town, friendly or otherwise. In other words, there should be at least 3 tiles in any direction between the Dark Elf Settlers and any other town.

Once the Dark Elf Settlers are in the correct location, click the "Build" button in the unit's command menu. A new Settlement populated by the Dark Elf race will be created on this tile. The Dark Elf Settlers are always destroyed when the new Settlement is constructed.

The new Settlement has a population of 300, and cannot do anything productive until it grows, naturally or otherwise, to a size of at least 1,000 people. The rate at which it grows is determined by many factors - primarily the natural Population Growth rate of the Dark Elf race.

Once the Settlement has reached a population of 1,000, it will turn into a fully-operational Town, and can begin contributing to its empire and constructing new units and Buildings.

Basic Strategy Edit

As explained above, Dark Elf Settlers are not built for combat. They will likely be destroyed if ever attacked by an enemy force. They have some staying power, and might be able to survive a battle if other friendly units are there to fight in its stead, and as long as the Settlers are kept away from the enemy and safe from harm.

Settlers are all used to expand your empire. Remember that Dark Elf Settlers can only be used to create new Dark Elf Towns, so carefully consider which Race you want a new town to belong to before building any new Settler units.

Construction of new Settlers in a town reduces its population (as explained below). This can be used to remove a town from the map, by creating enough Settlers to reduce its population below 1,000. The excess settlers can found new towns, or be disbanded. This is preferable to Razing a town, as it does not reduce your Icon Fame.png Fame.

Ability Overview Edit

Ability CreateOutpost Create Outpost Edit

  • This unit can create a new Settlement by moving to a valid location and giving it the "Build" command.
  • A valid location is any land tile that does not contain a Node and is at least 4 tiles away from any other Town (friendly or otherwise).
  • Upon construction of the new Settlement, the unit is destroyed. The Settlement initially has 300 people in it, and must grow to 1,000 people in order to turn into a productive Town.

Experience Table Edit

Note: Although the Dark Elf Settlers are not designed for combat, they still benefit from Experience bonuses for purposes of defending themselves. While Settlers rarely exist long enough to gain experience, the table below is presented for the sake of completionism.

Level Icon Level Name EP Defense Resist Hits
Experience 0 Recruit Icon Experience.png 0 - Icon Experience.png 19 Icon Defense.png 1 Icon Resist.png 7 Icon Hits.png 10
Experience 1 Regular Icon Experience.png 20 - Icon Experience.png 59 Icon Defense.png 1 Icon Resist.png 8 Icon Hits.png 10
Experience 2 Veteran Icon Experience.png 60 - Icon Experience.png 119 Icon Defense.png 2 Icon Resist.png 9 Icon Hits.png 10
Experience 3 Elite Icon Experience.png 120 Icon Defense.png 2 Icon Resist.png 10 Icon Hits.png 11
Experience 4 Ultra-Elite Icon Experience.png 120 * Icon Defense.png 3 Icon Resist.png 11 Icon Hits.png 11
Experience 5 Champion Icon Experience.png 120 ** Icon Defense.png 3 Icon Resist.png 12 Icon Hits.png 12

* To achieve this level, either the Warlord Retort or the Crusade spell must be in play.
** To achieve this level, both the Warlord Retort and the Crusade spell must be in play simultaneously.

None of this unit's other properties and abilities are affected by Experience.

Acquisition Edit

Dark Elf Settlers may be produced in any Dark Elf Town. The town does not require any special Town Buildings to be constructed in order to create Dark Elf Settlers.

The Construction Cost of this unit is Icon Production.png 150. Upon its construction, the town's population is reduced by exactly 1,000 people. If this results in the town's population dropping below 1,000 people, the town is removed from the map entirely - it does not revert to a Settlement.

Like any other Settlers, the Dark Elf Settlers will never appear for hire as Mercenaries. They can only be constructed in a Dark Elf town, as explained above.

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