The Black Knight
Hero Mortu
Type Champion
Hiring Cost Icon Gold.png 500
Upkeep Cost Icon Gold.png 10
Prereq. Icon Fame.png 40 and at least Icon Death.png1 Spellbook
Moves Icon Movement Ground2
Melee Attack Icon Melee Normal.png 9 *
Defense Icon Defense.png 5
Resistance Icon Resist.png 6
Hit Points Icon Hits.png 10 *
Equipment Slots
ItemSlot SwordItemSlot ShieldItemSlot Misc
Hero Abilities

Ability Legendary Legendary

Ability Blademaster Blademaster

Ability Constitution Constitution

Ability Might Might

Ability MagicImmunity Magic Immunity

Ability ArmorPiercing Armor Piercing

Ability FirstStrike First Strike
Random Abilities 1 (Fighter)
Tactical Hero Mortu
Mortu the Black Knight is one of the 35 Hero units featured in Master of Magic.

Mortu is a Champion. He may randomly appear for hire if a wizard has at least Icon Fame.png 40 Fame points and at least Icon Death.png1 Death Spellbook, in which case his Hiring Cost is Icon Gold.png 500 by default. Alternatively, Mortu can be summoned using the Summon Champion spell.

Mortu is easily one of the most powerful Melee Attack Heroes in the game by default, and possibly the most powerful indeed. With a high default Icon Melee Normal.png Melee Attack strength, very high Icon Hits.png Hit Points, great Icon ToHit.png To Hit bonuses, and additional First Strike and Armor Piercing abilities, he can utterly wipe the floor with his opponents. Each Experience Level makes Mortu more dangerous, to the point where he might be able to eventually take on the strongest opponents all on his own.

Additionally, Mortu has the Legendary ability, which will increase his employer's Icon Fame.png Fame score and thus allow recruiting larger armies (and a better chance to gain more Heroes, Mercenaries and Magical Items through random events). He also gains an extra Random Ability from the "Fighter" category, which could make him even more deadly and/or useful than he already is!

Mortu may be equipped with the basic fare of Magical Items. He will not be able to cast spells, and thus can focus on gaining various bonuses to increase his attack strength even further, or to concentrate on becoming extremely survivable through defensive bonuses.

Mortu's Upkeep Cost is Icon Gold.png 10 per turn, unless he has randomly acquired the Noble trait.

General Description Edit

Mortu the Black Knight is, quite possibly, the toughest and most dangerous Hero ever to walk the lands of Arcanus and Myrror. This battle-hardened knight is a deadly fighter, knowledgeable in all methods of hand-to-hand combat. He is a war machine on two legs (or four, if you count his pitch-black horse), and has no fear of any opponent. Stories of his fearlessness (and of the atrocities he is willing to commit in the name of his masters) have spread far across the land.

Mortu lives up to his title by dressing entirely in a thick black suit of plate armor. His face is hidden behind a menacing helmet, almost entirely solid but for a few slits through which he can see and breathe. Two ram's horns extend out the sides of the helmet, increasing the terror value of this outfit. Mortu carries a large purple shield into combat, along with his own sharp sword.

Initial Properties Edit

Note: All data below assumes Mortu is at his lowest Experience Level, and without any Magical Items or Random Abilities - After all, any Hero can become devastatingly powerful after gaining several levels and powerful items. Please refer to the tables and chapters below for more information.

Attack Properties Edit

Mortu the Black Knight possesses only a Melee Attack - but it's a deadly one. Its default strength is Icon Melee Normal.png 9, which is already very impressive - and this is immediately increased to Icon Melee Normal.png 10 thanks to Mortu's innate Might ability. With a default To Hit chance of Icon ToHit.png 30%, he can be expected to deliver about Icon Damage.png 3.0 points of Damage per attack - a massive amount which will penetrate almost any type of armor!

Mortu's attack also enjoys two very important and quite devastating properties: Armor Piercing and First Strike.

With Armor Piercing, Mortu's attacks will temporarily reduce his target's ability to defend itself. The target's Icon Defense.png Defense score is reduced to 50% of its original value (rounded down!), making it much easier for Mortu to inflict damage, even to well-armored targets. As his attack grows stronger, Mortu may be able to instantly kill entire enemy units!

Furthermore, when Mortu makes a voluntary attack against any target, his Melee Damage is delivered first - thanks to the First Strike ability. This means that any enemy Icon Figure.png figures killed by Mortu's attack do not get the chance to retaliate with their own Melee Damage. Note that First Strike only works when Mortu is attacking voluntarily - not when he is Counter Attacking to an enemy assault.

Finally, as Mortu gains Experience, his Icon ToHit.png To Hit score will rapidly rise thanks to the Blademaster ability. This boosts his damage output by a wide margin - truly making this one of the strongest Heroes in the game.

Defensive Properties Edit

By default, Mortu the Black Knight has a Defense score of Icon Defense.png 5 - about average for a low-level Hero. He can block about Icon Damage.png 1.5 points of Damage from any incoming attack. While this can adequately protect against low-tier Normal Units, it may struggle to fend off damage from more serious attacks.

On the other hand, Mortu possesses one of the highest initial health scores of any Hero, at Icon Hits.png 10 Hit Points by default. Better yet - his innate Constitution immediately raises this to Icon Hits.png 11. As a result, Mortu can take copious amounts of damage during combat without falling, and will become more and more resilient as he gains further Experience Levels. This more than makes up for any deficiencies in Icon Defense.png Defense.

Mortu is one of the few units that possesses an innate Magic Immunity. This means that only a few types of enemy spells can actually be targeted at Mortu (Web, Cracks Call, and dispelling magics) - all other spells will refuse to target Mortu altogether. Thus he is completely safe from Curses and all direct-damage spells! Furthermore, with Magic Immunity Mortu's Icon Defense.png Defense score is considered to be Icon Defense.png 50 whenever he is struck by a Icon Ranged Magic.png Magical Ranged Attack - making him virtually immune to such attacks as well!

For cases where Mortu's Magic Immunity does not apply (such as against Special Attacks and non-targeted spells), Mortu possesses a default Resistance score of Icon Resist.png 6. This makes him somewhat vulnerable to such effects. It will take at least Icon Experience Level.png 4 Experience Levels before he can become immune to some of these effects, assuming no Magical Items or Random Abilities augment his Resistance.

Other Properties Edit

Mortu the Black Knight has a basic Hero's Movement Allowance of Icon Movement Ground2. This is good for speeding up his movement on the overland map, through plain land tiles like Grassland and Deserts. During battle, Mortu may need to use his speed to stay away from stronger enemies, or in order to reach his targets more easily.

Mortu possesses the Legendary ability. While Mortu is under a wizard's employ, that wizard's Fame score is increased by Icon Fame.png +3 for each of Mortu's Icon Experience Level.png Experience Levels, including the first level. This helps maintain larger armies (by reducing the total Upkeep Costs for Normal Units and Heroes). It also helps attract other high-tier Heroes and Mercenaries to the wizard's employ, as well as Item Merchants offering their goods. The bonus to Icon Fame.png Fame is lost if Mortu is removed from the payroll (through either dismissal or death), returning the wizard's Icon Fame.png Fame score to normal.

Experience Edit

The following table illustrates how Mortu's various skills and attributes increase as he gains Experience. His innate Might, Blademaster and Constitution bonuses are already taken into account in the values below. Attributes not appearing on this list do not improve with Experience. Also note that Mortu's chosen Random Ability may also increase with Experience, and may adjust any of the attributes listed below!

Level Icon Level Name EP Melee To Hit Defense Resist Hits Fame
Experience 0 Hero Icon Experience.png 0 - Icon Experience.png 19 Icon Melee Normal.png 10 Icon ToHit.png 30% Icon Defense.png 5 Icon Resist.png 6 Icon Hits.png 11 Icon Fame.png +3
Experience 1 Myrmidon Icon Experience.png 20 - Icon Experience.png 59 Icon Melee Normal.png 12 Icon ToHit.png 40% Icon Defense.png 6 Icon Resist.png 7 Icon Hits.png 13 Icon Fame.png +6
Experience 2 Captain Icon Experience.png 60 - Icon Experience.png 119 Icon Melee Normal.png 14 Icon ToHit.png 50% Icon Defense.png 6 Icon Resist.png 8 Icon Hits.png 15 Icon Fame.png +9
Experience 3 Commander Icon Experience.png 120 - Icon Experience.png 199 Icon Melee Normal.png 16 Icon ToHit.png 60% Icon Defense.png 7 Icon Resist.png 9 Icon Hits.png 17 Icon Fame.png +12
Experience 4 Champion Icon Experience.png 200 - Icon Experience.png 299 Icon Melee Normal.png 18 Icon ToHit.png 60% Icon Defense.png 7 Icon Resist.png 10 Icon Hits.png 19 Icon Fame.png +15
Experience 5 Lord Icon Experience.png 300 - Icon Experience.png 449 Icon Melee Normal.png 20 Icon ToHit.png 80% Icon Defense.png 8 Icon Resist.png 11 Icon Hits.png 21 Icon Fame.png +18
Experience 6 Grand Lord Icon Experience.png 450 - Icon Experience.png 599 Icon Melee Normal.png 22 Icon ToHit.png 80% Icon Defense.png 8 Icon Resist.png 12 Icon Hits.png 23 Icon Fame.png +21
Experience 7 Super Hero Icon Experience.png 600 - Icon Experience.png 999 Icon Melee Normal.png 24 Icon ToHit.png 90% Icon Defense.png 9 Icon Resist.png 13 Icon Hits.png 25 Icon Fame.png +24
Experience 8 Demi-God Icon Experience.png 1,000 Icon Melee Normal.png 26 Icon ToHit.png 100% Icon Defense.png 9 Icon Resist.png 14 Icon Hits.png 27 Icon Fame.png +27

Average Damage Output Edit

The following table shows Mortu's average Icon Damage.png Damage output with each of his attacks, based on his current Experience Level. The effects of the Might and Blademaster abilities have already been taken into account in the values below. You can use the checkboxes to see the effect of some of the Random Abilities that Mortu may occasionally possess. Note that this table completely ignores bonuses from Magical Items, if any.

Level Icon Level Name Melee Ranged * Thrown Breath
Experience 0 Hero
Experience 1 Myrmidon
Experience 2 Captain
Experience 3 Commander
Experience 4 Champion
Experience 5 Lord
Experience 6 Grand Lord
Experience 7 Super Hero
Experience 8 Demi-God

Improvement Overview Edit

Mortu is one of the few Heroes who are already quite dangerous at the start of their careers. He will only become more and more dangerous with each and every Icon Experience Level.png Experience Level he gains.

First and foremost, Mortu's Icon Melee Normal.png Melee Attack strength will soar quite rapidly, as will his Icon ToHit.png To Hit score, thanks to Might and Blademaster respectively. At Icon Experience Level.png Level 1 ("Hero") he can already take on most low-tier and possibly even some mid-tier Normal Units with no fear. By the time he reaches Icon Experience Level.png Level 5 ("Champion"), Mortu can easily wipe out such units with a single attack, and can effectively engage most Fantastic Units in the game! He may be able to clear out entire Encounters all on his own.

Mortu's Icon Hits.png Hit Points also rise at an impressive rate (thanks to his Constitution), which will help very much when engaging Icon SingleFigureUnit.png Single-Figure units. If First Strike is utilized appropriately against Icon MultiFigureUnit.png Multi-Figure units, Mortu can minimize the amount of damage he takes, and can thus engage large enemy forces single-handedly. Improving Mortu's Icon Defense.png Defense score (usu. through good items) will help even more in this respect.

Mortu's Legendary ability also improves with levels. As Mortu's level goes up, his employer becomes more Icon Fame.png Famous, thus attracting more Heroes, Mercenaries and Item Merchants. Also, it reduces Upkeep Costs for Normal Units and Heroes across the empire, allowing you to recruit a larger army or invest in your economy.

Ability Overview Edit

Ability Legendary Legendary Edit

  • While this Hero is under a Wizard's employ, that Wizard's Fame score is increased by Icon Fame.png +3 per every Icon Experience Level.png Experience Level the Hero possesses, including the first level.
  • If the Hero is lost or dismissed, the bonus points are removed.

Ability Blademaster Blademaster Edit

  • This Hero gains Icon ToHit.png +10% To Hit for every Icon Experience Level.png 2 Experience Levels, starting at Icon Experience Level.png Level 2 ("Myrmidon").
  • This To Hit bonus applies to all of the Hero's attacks.

Ability Constitution Constitution Edit

  • This Hero receives Icon Hits.png +1 Hit Points to his maximum health per each Icon Experience Level.png Experience Level, including the first level.

Ability Might Might Edit

  • This Hero gains Icon Melee Normal.png +1 Attack Strength to his Melee Attack with each Icon Experience Level.png Experience Level, including the first level.

Ability MagicImmunity Magic Immunity Edit

Ability ArmorPiercing Armor Piercing Edit

  • Whenever this unit attacks an enemy target (whether with a Melee Attack or Ranged Attack) the target's Icon Defense.png Defense rating is temporarily assumed to be 50% lower than it really is.
  • This ability makes it easier to cause damage to heavily-armored targets.

Ability FirstStrike First Strike Edit

Random Abilities Edit

When a new game is started, the program randomly chooses 1 additional ability for Mortu. This is called a Random Ability. The selection is done completely at random (while observing a limit on the strength of certain abilities) from the list below:

Ability Agility Agility Ability Armsmaster Armsmaster Ability Blademaster Blademaster Ability Charmed Charmed
Ability Constitution Constitution Ability Leadership Leadership Ability Legendary Legendary Ability Lucky Hero Lucky
Ability Might Might Ability Noble Noble

Whichever Random Ability is picked, it is permanent. Mortu will never re-randomize his abilities during the course of a single game. He may, however, pick a different ability in the next game.

Mortu may choose abilities that he already has, such as Might, Blademaster, Constitution or Legendary. This would upgrade the corresponding ability to its "Super" version, increasing the benefits from that ability by +50%. While this is somewhat desirable, note that it is often better to get a completely new ability than upgrading an existing one.

In particular, Mortu will benefit from Agility more than improving his existing abilities. Agility covers his initial deficiencies in Icon Defense.png Defense, making him very difficult to damage. With an already-high Icon Hits.png Hit Points score, this allows Mortu to engage very powerful enemies, or slews of weaker enemies, with little danger.

Even the Noble ability is useful - after all, it negates Mortu's high Upkeep Cost and actually adds Icon Gold.png +10 to your treasury every turn, which (on top of the reduced empire-wide Upkeep Costs given by the Legendary ability) can amount to a massive economic boost to your empire.

Armsmaster and Leadership are probably less desirable for this Hero. Both will affect other units stacked with Mortu, but only Normal Units and other Heroes. Since Mortu can only be acquired by Icon Death.pngDeath-wielding wizards, and such wizards tend to use Undead units and Fantastic Creatures more often than Normal Units, these abilities are somewhat wasted.

Charmed overall will not come in handy too often, since Mortu has Magic Immunity and cannot be targeted by most enemy Curses. He is still somewhat vulnerable to certain types of area-effect spells and Special Attacks, and so may end up benefiting from Charmed - just not very often.

Equipment Edit

Mortu the Black Knight has the following item slots:

Icon Name Items that fit here
ItemSlot Sword Sword Slot Sword, Mace or Axe
ItemSlot Shield Shield Slot Shield, Chainmail or Platemail
ItemSlot Misc Jewelry Slot Any Jewelry

This set-up contributes primarily to Melee combat. This is excellent for Mortu, who is essentially a Melee-oriented unit.

Recommended Items Edit

With Mortu's rapidly-growing Attack Strength and Icon Hits.png Hit Points, he has very few deficiencies that need to be covered by equipment. Furthermore, his Random Ability can end up covering one or more of these deficiencies, making a Hero who will generally benefit from any kind of item-related bonuses. Note of course that bonuses which increase magical prowess can be ignored, since Mortu has no spell-casting abilities.

Weapon Edit

If Mortu has randomly picked Agility as his Random Ability, you may safely equip him with an Axe, preferably one with extremely high Attack Strength and/or Icon ToHit.png To Hit bonuses. A Sword, as usual, is always a good choice to augment Icon Defense.png Defense.
Note that Icon ToHit.png To Hit bonuses will only be useful early on in Mortu's career. By Icon Experience Level.png Level 8 ("Super Hero"), his Icon ToHit.png To Hit score is already maximized and does not benefit from the bonus any further. Such a bonus would then only be useful as a redundancy - to prevent Mortu from losing damage output when affected by enemy Curses.
You may safely ignore any weapon that gives extra Icon Mana.png Mana ("Spell Skill"), as Mortu may not utilize that bonus.

Armor Edit

Mortu has an initial deficiency in Icon Defense.png Defense, and thus will likely want to wear as heavy an armor as you can acquire for him. Though his Icon Hits.png Health is very high, and can absorb plenty of damage, it's always better to prevent that damage from coming through in the first place.
Icon Resist.png Resistance bonuses are less useful for Mortu, since he cannot be targeted by enemy Curses. They still have some potential applications though - protecting Mortu from certain types of Special Attacks and area-effect spells. Note that if Mortu has the Charmed ability, he does not need such bonuses at all.
Finally, Movement Allowance bonuses may be extremely desirable if they can be acquired. Remember that Mortu has First Strike, and must attack voluntarily to utilize this ability. Therefore, high movement speed allows him to move in, make an attack, and then back away from the target - all in the same turn. It also allows him to reach his targets quickly, preventing them from attacking the rest of Mortu's army. Fast movement speed also allows Mortu to clear many Encounter zones rapidly.

Jewelry Edit

Picking the right piece of Jewelry for Mortu can be very tricky, and depends greatly on which Random Ability he has picked.
Without Agility, Mortu's primary deficiency is Icon Defense.png Defense, and even heavy armor is not always enough to offset this. Therefore, Jewelry with Icon Defense.png Defense bonuses is highly recommended. This will allow Mortu to go up against some extremely-powerful opponents by the time he reaches a median Experience Level. Icon Resist.png Resistance bonuses may also come in handy, especially when facing enemy Fantastic Units with strong Special Attacks - but are otherwise unnecessary.
If either of his deficiencies is covered, a Jewelry piece with powerful Attack Strength bonuses is recommended. Icon ToHit.png To Hit bonuses become less and less important as Mortu gains Experience.
Again, Movement Allowance can be very useful for Mortu as explained for armor, above. Some players consider this almost as important as Icon Defense.png Defense bonuses, since Mortu's First Strike makes offense his best method of defense.
Any of the magic-related bonuses given by Jewelry can be completely ignored.

Acquisition Edit

Mortu the Black Knight can be acquired in one of three different methods:

Hiring Mortu Edit

Every once in a while, a Hero will arrive at your Fortress town to ask for employment. The frequency of this event depends on your current Icon Fame.png Fame score, the number of Heroes already under your employ, and whether or not you have particular Retorts that affect this chance.

In order for Mortu to appear for hire in this way, you must meet several requirements:

  1. You must have at least Icon Fame.png 40 Fame points.
  2. You must have at least Icon Death.png1 Death Spellbook.
  3. You must have sufficient Icon Gold.png Gold in your treasury to hire Mortu (more on this below).
  4. Mortu must not have already been killed in battle.

Since the game randomly chooses which Hero appears during this event, there's no guarantee that Mortu will ever appear. The chance, however, increases if the number of other valid Heroes dwindles (such as when most other Heroes have died in battle).

The default Hiring Cost for Mortu is Icon Gold.png 500. This is reduced to Icon Gold.png 250 if your wizard has the Charismatic Retort. If you do not have this much Icon Gold.png Gold at the start of a turn (after paying all Upkeep Costs), Mortu will not appear for hire. In fact, if he is picked as the Hero who approaches you, and you lack the money to hire him, you are effectively forfeiting your chance to hire any Hero this turn.

Also, Mortu will only ever appear for hire if you possess at least 1 Spellbook from the Icon Death.pngDeath Realm. He is one of only 2 Heroes with such a requirement. He will be useful to any wizard though - even those who do not specialize in Icon Death.pngDeath Magic.

After agreeing to hire Mortu (you can always refuse), you may give him any name you choose - he will be known as "<name> the Black Knight". His overland unit will appear at your Fortress town or, if that town's garrison is full, next to your Fortress town.

Summoning Mortu Edit

As a Champion, Mortu the Black Knight can only be summoned using the Summon Champion spell.

Once the spell is completed, the game chooses a random Champion to bring to your Fortress from a list of all available and valid Champions. Therefore, there is no guarantee that Mortu will appear when this spell is cast, unless all other Champions are unavailable.

Mortu is only considered a valid summon if the casting wizard owns at least Icon Death.png1 Death Spellbook. If the wizard does not possess such a spellbook, the Summon Champion spell will never select him - even if all other Heroes have been summoned already. A wizard who collects his/her first Icon Death.pngDeath Spellbook during the game, as a reward for defeating a difficult Encounter, can now summon Mortu as normal.

Again, you get a chance to agree or refuse to hire Mortu. If you agree, he will appear in your Fortress town and/or next to it.

If Mortu is hired through the use of Summon Champion, there is no need to pay any Hiring Cost. However, you may still need to pay an Upkeep Cost (see below).

Resurrecting Mortu Edit

As with other Heroes, it is theoretically possible for a wizard to bring Mortu back to life after he had been killed in battle, using the Resurrection spell.

However, Mortu's hiring requirements include having at least Icon Death.png1 Death Spellbook. Therefore, Mortu's employer by definition has no Icon Life.pngLife Spellbooks (you can never have both Icon Life.pngLife and Icon Death.pngDeath books), and thus would not have access to the Resurrection spell either.

As a result, unless cheats are somehow employed, it should be impossible to Resurrect Mortu. Once he dies in your service, he is gone forever.

Upkeep Costs Edit

Once Mortu is in your employ, you must pay him an Upkeep Cost of Icon Gold.png 10 at the start of each and every turn. Failure to pay this price due to lack of Icon Gold.png Gold results in Mortu leaving your employ. This is not permanent however: Mortu may still be acquired in any of the above methods with no penalty.

Note that if Mortu picks the Noble Random Ability, he will demand no Upkeep Costs - and instead contribute Icon Gold.png 10 to your treasury every turn!

Alternate Names Edit

Other wizards can also have a Black Knight, but they are different characters (what happens to one has no effect on the others), and go by different names, as follows:

Hero Mortu
Black Knight
Player Alternate Name
  Human (0)   Mortu
  Wizard 1   Redblade
  Wizard 2   Marek
  Wizard 3   Kane
  Wizard 4   Garrock

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