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Word of Death
SpellIcon BlackWind
Realm Icon Death.pngDeath
Spell Rarity Very Rare
Spell Type Combat Instant
Casting Cost Icon Mana.png 40
Research Cost Icon Research.png 2,000
Effects
Each Icon Figure.png figure in the targeted unit must make a Resistance roll at a penalty of Icon Resist.png -5. Any figure that fails this roll is instantly destroyed.

Word of Death is a Very Rare Combat Instant belonging to the Icon Death.pngDeath Magic realm. It may only be cast during combat, and must be targeted at an enemy unit. For Icon Mana.png 40 the spell forces each individual Icon Figure.png figure inside the targeted unit to make a Resistance roll, while under a temporary penalty of no less than Icon Resist.png -5. Any Icon Figure.png figure that fails this roll is immediately destroyed.

Effects Edit

Word of Death concentrates a massive amount of Icon Death.pngDeath energy at the targeted enemy unit. Any individual Icon Figure.png figure that fails a Resistance roll at a massive penalty is instantly destroyed by it. This is one of the most potent combat spells in the game.

Instant Death Edit

Word of Death's effect is pretty simple and straight-forward, but is nonetheless quite deadly.

When Word of Death is cast at a target unit, each individual Icon Figure.png figure in that unit must make a separate Resistance roll. Word of Death applies a temporary penalty of Icon Resist.png -5 on the unit for this purpose, making the roll even harder to succeed.

Each and every Icon Figure.png figure that fails the roll is killed instantly - regardless of how much Icon Hits.png Hit Points it had, or any of its other combat properties or abilities.

The penalty of Icon Resist.png -5 means that any unit with a Resistance score of Icon Resist.png 5 or less is completely wiped out by this spell. There is no way that any of the figures in this unit will succeed their rolls.

Conversely, a unit would need Icon Resist.png 15 or higher - a very large score indeed - to become immune to this spell. Even a unit with Icon Resist.png 14, which is very rare, has at least some chance of losing part or all of its Icon Figure.png figures.

Naturally, Icon MultiFigureUnit.png Multi-Figure units are more susceptible to this spell. For one, having more figures means that there is more chance of losing at least one of them - whereas a Icon SingleFigureUnit.png Single-Figure unit only has to make one roll and completely avoids the spell's effect if that roll succeeds. Secondly, most Icon MultiFigureUnit.png Multi-Figure units have lower Resistance scores, making each figure less likely to survive its roll in the first place.

Note that, for some reason, units with Death Immunity are not immune to this spell. They are not treated any differently from other units.

Usage Edit

Word of Death may only be cast during combat, for a basic Casting Cost of Icon Mana.png 40. Word of Death must be targeted at an enemy unit. Note that while you can cast this spell on a unit possessing Icon Resist.png 15 or higher, such units will always succeed their Resistance rolls, and thus will never suffer any ill effects from Word of Death whatsoever. Fortunately such units are also very rare.

Word of Death is shown on screen as an expanding dark cloud, in the vague shape of a skull, enveloping the targeted unit. If any figures are killed by the spell, they will only disappear after the animation has completed. If the unit has lost all of its remaining figures, it is completely destroyed and will disappear from the battlefield.

Acquisition Edit

As a Very Rare Icon Death.pngDeath spell, Word of Death may become available to any Wizard who possesses at least Icon Death.png3 Spellbooks. However, its availability during the game is not guaranteed unless the Wizard acquires at least Icon Death.png10 Spellbooks.

Word of Death may not be acquired at the start of the campaign regardless of how many Spellbooks the wizard possesses. It must either be Researched during the game, or acquired through other means.

Wizards with Icon Death.png3 to Icon Death.png9 Spellbooks have a random chance of being able to Research Word of Death during the game. The chance for this spell to appear for research increases with the number of Icon Death.pngDeath Spellbooks the Wizard possesses or obtains during gameplay. With Icon Death.png10 or Icon Death.png11 Spellbooks, the spell is guaranteed to appear for Research at some point, if it is not already available for casting.

Word of Death has a base Research Cost of Icon Research.png 2,000.

With at least Icon Death.png3 Spellbooks, the Word of Death spell may be acquired as a reward for winning encounters in creature Lairs, Towers, et cetera, or when conquering the Fortress of a rival wizard who has already researched this spell.

Strategy Edit

Word of Death is one of the most potent and effective Combat Instants available in the game. Very few units are completely immune to it, and many units are almost guaranteed to be destroyed when it is cast upon them. This spell is comparable in strength to Disintegrate, though it can potentially kill units that are significantly more powerful.

The main advantage of Word of Death over other killing-spells is the massive Resistance penalty it gives to the target. Only units with Icon Resist.png 15 or higher are immune, which means that the spell can possibly take out some of the most dangerous Fantastic Units out there with ease - and poses a threat even to top-tier units and experienced Heroes. Unlike Disintegrate it can affect units with Icon Resist.png 10 to Icon Resist.png 14, and unlike Cracks Call it can kill Flying creatures just as easily as Walking ones.

The best targets, of course, would be the greatest threats on the battlefield, though you should probably aim for stronger creatures that nonetheless lack Resistance - as this increases the chance of the spell actually working.

As mentioned above, Word of Death is potentially more dangerous to Icon MultiFigureUnit.png Multi-Figure units, since there is a higher chance that at least one Icon Figure.png figure will fail its roll - weakening the unit to some extent. Of course, for Icon Mana.png 40 there may be better spells to take care of such units. Try to judge Word of Death's probability of success before casting it, and weigh that against the threat posed by the target you're considering for this spell.

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