This article is about the Item Power called "Righteousness". For the spell that this Power emulates, see Righteousness.
Item Power
ItemPower Plate 4 White
Cost Icon Mana.png 500
Icon Book LifeIcon Book LifeIcon Book LifeIcon Book Life
Bestows Icon Defense.png 50 and Icon Resist.png 30 versus spells and select special attacks derived from Icon Death.pngDeath and Icon Chaos.pngChaos.
  ItemPower Righteousness  

"Righteousness" is an Item Power of the Icon Life.pngLife Realm, and offers a Hero almost total protection from Icon Chaos.pngChaos and Icon Death.pngDeath magic, as per the Righteousness spell. It may be added to Armor and Accessories via Create Artifact. Some of the 250 premade Items possess this power, and can be found during the campaign.

Effect Edit

A Icon Life.pngLife aligned Wizard can attempt to bind a holy relic or guardian spirit to a piece of equipment. It shields the wearer with powerful divine energy.

Main article: Righteousness

The Item Power "Righteousness" functions in part like the Unit Enchantment Spell of this name. You do not need to research or be able to cast Righteousness in order have access to the power.

"Righteousness" protects against Chaos and Death spells except for Call Chaos and Terror. It also extends to Touch Attacks (Life Steal and Immolation included) and Death Gaze (except for the very small Defense based component). Unlike the spell, the power fails to trigger against the following attacks:

  • Icon Breath.png Fire Breath
  • Icon Breath Lightning.png Lightning Breath
  • Icon Ranged Magic.png Ranged Magical Attacks

"Righteousness" grants the Hero Icon Defense.png 50 and Icon Resist.png 30 in the cases where its protection applies, rendering the hero effectively immune to these attacks.

The Item Power is transient: it will dissipate immediately if the Hero ever removes or loses the item. While worn, however, it cannot be dispelled. This gives the Item Power a distinct advantage over the Enchantment Spell and may justify its additional Icon Mana.png Cost.

Strategy Edit

Research into this power's limitations indicates that it is not a substitute for the spell on all occasions. A definitive feature of the Righteousness spell is the protection it grants against ranged magical attacks associated with the Chaos realm, which are not covered by the Item Power. A list of units with these attacks is located here.

The Item Power may nevertheless be more suitable than the Enchantment Spell for prolonged warfare against AI Wizards. Red and black Wizards will hammer this inconvenient ability with Disenchant Area every chance they get in order to render the hero vulnerable to their combat spells and curses, and having to recast Righteousness is no picnic.

"Righteousness" is part of a cluster of Item Powers, all derived from Unit Enchantment Spells, that are entirely defensive and trigger against specific threats. The more exposure you expect your Heroes to get to Icon Chaos.pngRed and Icon Death.pngBlack threats, the more efficient "Righteousness" becomes as an Item Power on Magical Items.

Icon Item Power Color Cost Triggers against:
ItemPower ResistElements Resist Elements Icon Nature.png2 Icon Mana.png 100 Icon Nature.pngIcon Chaos.png Spell / Icon Ranged Magic.png / Special
ItemPower ElementalArmor Elemental Armor Icon Nature.png4 Icon Mana.png 500 Icon Nature.pngIcon Chaos.png Spell / Icon Ranged Magic.png / Special
ItemPower GuardianWind Guardian Wind Icon Sorcery.png3 Icon Mana.png 400 Icon Ranged Bow.png Missiles
ItemPower ResistMagic Resist Magic Icon Sorcery.png2 Icon Mana.png 200 Any Icon Resist.png Resist roll
ItemPower MagicImmunity Magic Immunity Icon Sorcery.png5 Icon Mana.png 700 Spell / Icon Ranged Magic.png / Special
ItemPower Bless Bless Icon Life.png2 Icon Mana.png 200 Icon Death.pngIcon Chaos.png Spell or Attack
ItemPower Righteousness Righteousness Icon Life.png4 Icon Mana.png 500 Icon Death.pngIcon Chaos.png Spell / Special
ItemPower Invulnerability Invulnerability Icon Life.png5 Icon Mana.png 1,200 Icon Damage.png Damage

Acquisition Edit

Create Artifact Edit

With Icon Life.png4, "Righteousness" may be added to Armor and miscellaneous Accessories of your own design through Icon Arcane.png Create Artifact. Crafting is an extremely expensive and time-consuming process, though the investment is more reasonable with the Artificer and Runemaster Retorts.

Casting Cost Structure for "Righteousness"
Base Runemaster Artificer Both
Icon Mana.png 500 Icon Mana.png 375 Icon Mana.png 250 Icon Mana.png 125

Overland Edit

Main article: Magical Items in Treasure

The game data files contain 250 pre-defined Items. Of these, six possess "Righteousness". This power causes a premade Item to demand that the Wizard have particular Spellbooks in order to appear in Treasure, and the requirements are irregular.

There are three different ways by which you can acquire one of these pre-defined Items:

It is often better to acquire items in this way, as it means you do not need to spend any time or Icon Mana.png Mana to create them. Still, Items found through these means are in no way guaranteed to exactly suit your needs.

The table below lists the pre-defined Items with this power.

Premade Items with "Righteousness"
Icon Mana.png Item Attributes Realm Powers Required Ranks
1100 Item Plate 6 Armor of the Warrior Icon Defense.png 2 Icon Movement Ground1 Icon Resist.png 2 Righteousness

Icon Life.png4
1500 Item Plate 7 Righteous Plate of Evasion Icon Defense.png 3 Icon Movement Ground3 Icon Resist.png 2 Righteousness

Icon Life.png4
3000 Item Shield 9 Holy Shield Icon Defense.png 6 Icon Movement Ground4 Icon Resist.png 6 Righteousness

Icon Life.png4
1800 Item Plate 4 Ziggmunds Armor Icon Resist.png 6 Bless
Icon Sorcery.png2 Icon Chaos.png4
1950 Item Misc 35 Orb of Righteous Sight Icon Melee Magic.png 2 Icon ToHit.png 2 True Sight
Icon Chaos.png6 Icon Life.png4
Merchant Only
Icon Mana.png Item Attributes Realm Powers Required Ranks
2750 Item Misc 5 Bird of Paradise Magic Immunity
Giant Strength
Icon Nature.png3 Icon Sorcery.png5 Icon Chaos.png4 Icon Life.png5

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