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Lo Pan
Wizard LoPan
Default Spellbooks

Icon Book SorceryIcon Book SorceryIcon Book SorceryIcon Book SorceryIcon Book Sorcery

Icon Book ChaosIcon Book ChaosIcon Book ChaosIcon Book ChaosIcon Book Chaos
Default Retorts Channeler

Lo Pan is one of the 14 Wizards featured in Master of Magic. By default, he has Icon Sorcery.png5 and Icon Chaos.png5 Spellbooks at his disposal, as well as the Channeler Retort.

This Eastern Wizard bears the mark of chi flow/suspension discipline seen in renowned warriors like Shin Bo and Taki. Lo Pan's choice of name is steeped in the lore of Feng-Shui geomancy, an obscure branch of planetary magic that enables the Wizard to anchor himself while manifesting his chi at extremely remote locations. Very useful for Icon Sorcery.pngSorcery and Icon Chaos.pngChaos combat spellcasting.

And truly, distance is no object to Lo Pan. From a Fortress anywhere on the planes, he can shield his minions and hurl death at his foes as if they stood mere feet away.


Playing as Lo Pan Edit

Lo Pan's portrait may be selected for a Custom Wizard when starting a New Game at any difficulty setting above Intro. Selecting either the default Wizard or his portrait prevents him from being encountered as an opposing Wizard.

Played on his default spec, Lo Pan enjoys the unique status of being a 12-pick Wizard, owing to some oversight in patching the Channeler ability from the original version of Master of Magic. Fortunately, a split Icon Chaos.pngIcon Sorcery.png Bookshelf plus Channeler is not an earth-shattering build, but is still an economical portfolio for combat casting that allows the Wizard to shift his Icon Power.png Power Base from raw Icon Mana.png Mana Crystal production to Spell Skill. Lo Pan's strength does not come out in any singular battle, but rather in his ability to wage endless battles far, far away from the Fortress. Before that stage, Lo Pan should be hauling his game to that stage by every means.


Lo Pan as an Opponent Edit

If not chosen, Lo Pan may appear randomly among the computer-controlled opponent Wizards. Their finalized Spellbook and Retort picks strongly influence these Wizards' die rolls for AI Personality and Objective. At the Normal difficulty setting and above, there is a 20% chance of either his Icon Sorcery.pngSorcery or Icon Chaos.pngChaos aspects rolling up into a single color. Taking this into account, Lo Pan's typical traits are predicted below.

Wizard LoPan
Lo Pan
Personality Objective
Aggressive 29% Theurgist 38%
Ruthless 20% Expansionist 30%
Lawful 18% Perfectionist 20%
Chaotic 14% Militarist 12%
Maniacal 10%
Peaceful 9%

Higher difficulties subject a Wizard's default spec to increasingly arbitrary adjustments, including exposure to random realms and skills. At the Impossible setting, be prepared for anything.

Starting Spells Edit

At the start of the game, a non-customized Lo Pan knows all spells specified in the table below. The known spells of a randomly generated opposing Lo Pan depend entirely on the type and quantity of Spellbooks. For more information see the Wizard article. How many spells are researchable throughout the game depends on this as well.

Starting Spells depending on Master of Magic Version
official patch 1.31 unofficial patch 1.40
Icon Sorcery.pngNagas
Icon Sorcery.pngPsionic Blast
Icon Sorcery.pngPhantom Warriors
Icon Sorcery.pngFloating Island
Icon Chaos.pngFire Bolt
Icon Chaos.pngFire Elemental
Icon Chaos.pngEldritch Weapon
Icon Chaos.pngHell Hounds
    Icon Sorcery.pngDispel Magic True
Icon Sorcery.pngPsionic Blast
Icon Sorcery.pngPhantom Warriors
Icon Sorcery.pngConfusion
Icon Chaos.pngFire Bolt
Icon Chaos.pngEldritch Weapon
Icon Chaos.pngHell Hounds
Icon Chaos.pngWarp Wood

Trivia Edit

David Lo Pan is a sorcerer first introduced in the 1986 movie Big Trouble in Little China where he serves as the main villain. Lo Pan's name is unmistakably a tribute to this character.

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