As long as the Legendary Hero is alive and under a wizard's employ, that wizard's Fame score receives a bonus. The bonus is lost if the Hero is dismissed or killed.
The Legendary ability has two levels: "Basic" and "Super". A Hero possessing Basic Legendary increases his/her employer's Fame score by +3 per each of the Hero's Experience Levels (including the first level). A Hero possessing Super Legendary provides +4.5 per level instead, which is then rounded down if necessary.
5 Heroes (of which 4 are Champions) possess Legendary by default. Two of these actually possess Super Legendary, but the other three may also occasionally acquire Super Legendary thanks to Random Abilities.
A Hero's exploits and great deeds are sometimes so impressive that stories about them have reached even the furthest corners of the world. Whether known for their compassion, otherworldly combat skills, or even their unbounded ruthlessness, tales of these Heroes are told by bards and minstrels traveling the land, and written down in tomes celebrating their achievements.
Anyone who manages to acquire the services of such a Hero becomes famous simply by association. As Lorenzo de' Medici's reputation was made grander thanks to hiring Leonardo da Vinci and Michaelangelo to create magnificent artwork for his city, so can a wizard in Master of Magic improve his own fame by hiring well-known Heroes. As the Hero continues to perform great deeds under a wizard's service, the legends only become more enthralling and grandiose.
As long as the Legendary Hero is alive and under the employment of a wizard, that wizard's Fame score is increased by a certain number of points, depending on both the Hero's current Experience Level and the type of Legendary ability he/she has.
The bonus is a flat number added on top of the wizard's "real" Fame score (which is tracked separately). For example, if the wizard's current Fame score is 20, and a Legendary Hero gives +6, the wizard has a Fame score of exactly 26 while the Hero is alive and under his employ.
If the Legendary Hero is dismissed or killed off, the bonus disappears, and the wizard's Fame score returns to normal. Note that if the Hero is re-hired or Resurrected, the bonus is restored as before.
Legendary bonuses are cumulative with each other, so having many Legendary Heroes serving under you simultaneously can result in a very large bonus. Legendary also stacks with other Fame bonuses, such as the ones from the Famous Retort.
Increased Fame has many effects, primary of which is a reduction in the total Gold Upkeep Costs which must be paid each turn for the upkeep of Normal Units and Heroes. Furthermore it also increases the chance of Heroes, Mercenaries and Item Merchants appearing at the wizard's Fortress to do business each turn, and may enable more powerful Heroes to appear in this way. It also improves the player's Score at the end of the game.
Basic Legendary Edit
A Hero with "Basic" Legendary increases his/her employer's Fame score by exactly +3 for each Experience Level that Hero has. This includes the first Experience level, so the Hero will always provide at least +3 by default.
Super Legendary Edit
A Hero with "Super" Legendary increases his/her employer's Fame score by +4.5 for each Experience Level that Hero has. This includes the first Experience level, so the Hero will always provide at least +4.5 by default.
Note that after calculating the total bonus, any remaining 0.5 fraction is rounded down and ignored.
Improvement Table Edit
|Level Icon||Level name||EP||Basic||Super|
|Hero||0 - 19||+3||+4|
|Myrmidon||20 - 59||+6||+9|
|Captain||60 - 119||+9||+13|
|Commander||120 - 199||+12||+18|
|Champion||200 - 299||+15||+22|
|Lord||300 - 449||+18||+27|
|Grand Lord||450 - 599||+21||+31|
|Super Hero||600 - 999||+24||+36|
Heroes with Default Legendary Edit
Spyder and Sir Harold are the only two of the above who have Super Legendary by default. However, Deth Stryke, Mortu and Roland may also occasionally acquire Super Legendary by picking it as a Random Ability (see below).
Legendary as a Random Ability Edit
The Legendary ability belongs to both the "Any" and "Fighter" categories. Any Hero with at least one pick from either category may occasionally choose Legendary. There are 16 Heroes in the game with access to these categories, and can gain either Legendary or Super Legendary as a result:
For a Hero to gain Super Legendary, he/she must spend 2 picks if he/she does not already possess Legendary by default, but only 1 pick if he/she does already possess the "Basic" ability by default. That is why some Heroes do not have access to the "Super" version - they only get 1 pick!