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This article is about the hero ability called "Sage". For a wizard retort of a similar name, see Sage Master.
Ability Sage
Sage is one of the 14 Hero Abilities available in Master of Magic.

The Sage ability has two levels: "Basic" and "Super". A Hero possessing Basic Sage provides Icon Research.png +3 Research Points to his/her employer each turn, per each of the Hero's Icon Experience Level.png Experience Levels (including the first level). A Hero possessing Super Sage provides Icon Research.png +4.5 per level instead, rounded down.

These Icon Research.png Research Points are applied directly to the spell currently being Researched, at the start of each turn. They are not modified by any other effect.

Only a single Hero possesses Sage by default: Zaldron the Sage. He has the "Basic" version of Sage, and cannot upgrade to the "Super" version in any way.

13 other Heroes may select Sage or even Super Sage as one of their Random Abilities.

Description Edit

Students of the magical arts are often intrigued by the mechanism that powers magical spells. Instead of being content with their control over these powers, they endeavour to discover not only how spellcasting works, but also how to improve one's repertoire and discover different magical applications. Such people can contribute to any research on spellcasting.

Effect Edit

The purpose of the Sage ability is to speed up the Research of new spells. The Sage Hero advances his/her employer's current Research project by a certain number of Icon Research.png Research Points. This is done at the start of each turn, similar to Icon Research.png Research Points from any other source.

The Icon Research.png Research bonus depends on the Hero's level, as well as on which version of this ability the Hero possesses. "Super" Sage provides a 50% greater benefit than the "Basic" version.

The bonus points are applied as long as the Hero is alive and on the payroll. The Hero's location or condition is irrelevant, and no modifiers will ever apply to the total Icon Research.png Research Points provided by a Sage.

Basic Sage Edit

A Hero with "Basic" Sage provides exactly Icon Research.png +3 Research Points for each Icon Experience Level.png Experience Level he or she has. This includes the first Experience level, so the Hero will always provide at least Icon Research.png +3 by default.

By the time the Hero reaches Icon Experience Level.png Experience Level 9 ("Demi-God"), he/she provides a total of Icon Research.png +27 from this ability.

Super Sage Edit

A Hero with "Super" Sage provides Icon Research.png +4.5 Research Points for each Icon Experience Level.png Experience Level he or she has. This includes the first Experience level, so the Hero will always provide at least Icon Research.png +4.5 by default.

Note that after calculating the total bonus, any remaining 0.5 fraction is rounded down and ignored.

By the time the Hero reaches Icon Experience Level.png Experience Level 9 ("Demi-God"), he/she receives a total of Icon Research.png +40.5 from this ability, which is rounded down to Icon Research.png +40.

Improvement Table Edit

The table below shows exactly how much benefit the Sage ability gives at each Experience Level. Note that bonuses from Super Sage have been rounded down as they would be in-game:

Level Icon Level name EP Basic Super
Experience 0 Hero Icon Experience.png 0 - Icon Experience.png 19 Icon Research.png +3 Icon Research.png +4
Experience 1 Myrmidon Icon Experience.png 20 - Icon Experience.png 59 Icon Research.png +6 Icon Research.png +9
Experience 2 Captain Icon Experience.png 60 - Icon Experience.png 119 Icon Research.png +9 Icon Research.png +13
Experience 3 Commander Icon Experience.png 120 - Icon Experience.png 199 Icon Research.png +12 Icon Research.png +18
Experience 4 Champion Icon Experience.png 200 - Icon Experience.png 299 Icon Research.png +15 Icon Research.png +22
Experience 5 Lord Icon Experience.png 300 - Icon Experience.png 449 Icon Research.png +18 Icon Research.png +27
Experience 6 Grand Lord Icon Experience.png 450 - Icon Experience.png 599 Icon Research.png +21 Icon Research.png +31
Experience 7 Super Hero Icon Experience.png 600 - Icon Experience.png 999 Icon Research.png +24 Icon Research.png +36
Experience 8 Demi-God Icon Experience.png 1,000 Icon Research.png +27 Icon Research.png +40

Heroes with Default Sage Edit

There is exactly one Hero in the game who possesses Sage in each and every game you play:

Hero Zaldron Zaldron the Sage

Unfortunately, Zaldron is rather weak in any other respect, and so is usually employed only for his ability to speed up research. Also unfortunately, Zaldron may never upgrade his Sage ability into Super Sage.

Sage as a Random Ability Edit

Some Heroes may occasionally acquire Sage as one of their Random Abilities. Some may even acquire Super Sage this way.

The Sage ability belongs to both the "Any" and "Mage" categories. Any Hero with at least one pick from either category may occasionally choose Sage. There are 13 Heroes in the game with access to these categories, and can gain either Sage or Super Sage as a result:

Can acquire Sage Can acquire Super Sage
Hero Aerie Aerie the Illusionist Hero Aerie Aerie the Illusionist
Hero Alorra Alorra the Elven Archer Hero Alorra Alorra the Elven Archer
Hero Aureus Aureus the Golden One Hero Aureus Aureus the Golden One
Hero Jaer Jaer the Wind Mage Hero Morgana Morgana the Witch
Hero Malleus Malleus the Magician Hero MysticX Mystic X the Unknown
Hero Morgana Morgana the Witch Hero Ravashack Ravashack the Necromancer
Hero MysticX Mystic X the Unknown Hero Torin Torin the Chosen
Hero Ravashack Ravashack the Necromancer Hero Warrax Warrax the Chaos Warrior
Hero Reywind Reywind the Warrior Mage
Hero Serena Serena the Healer
Hero Torin Torin the Chosen
Hero Warrax Warrax the Chaos Warrior
Hero Yramrag Yramrag the Warlock

Remember that Random Abilities are determined at the start of the campaign, and will not change during the game. However, a Hero may select different Random Abilities for the next campaign.

For any Hero to gain Super Sage, he/she must spend 2 Random Ability picks. That is why some Heroes do not have access to the "Super" version - they only get 1 pick!

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