Populous: The Beginning FAQ and Walkthrough By Chris Morton a.k.a. Steric Hindrance (firstname.lastname@example.org) Table of Contents 1. Introduction 1.1 Copyright Info 1.2 Revision History 2. Gameplay 2.1 Controls 2.2 Tribes 2.3 Buildings 2.3.1 Trees 2.3.2 Hut 2.3.3 Guard Tower 2.3.4 Warrior Training Hut 2.3.5 Temple 2.3.6 Firewarrior Training Hut 2.3.7 Spy Training Hut 2.3.8 Boat House 2.3.9 Balloon Hut 2.3.10 Guard Post 2.3.11 Reincarnation Site 2.4 Followers 2.4.1 Shaman 2.4.2 Brave 2.4.3 Warrior 2.4.4 Preacher 2.4.5 Firewarrior 2.4.6 Spy 2.4.7 Wildmen 2.5 Spells 2.5.1 Blast 2.5.2 Convert 2.5.3 Magical Shield 2.5.4 Ghost Army 2.5.5 Swarm 2.5.6 Invisibility 2.5.7 Land Bridge 2.5.8 Lightning 2.5.9 Hypnotize 2.5.10 Bloodlust 2.5.11 Teleport 2.5.12 Tornado 2.5.13 Swamp 2.5.14 Flatten 2.5.15 Earthquake 2.5.16 Erode 2.5.17 Firestorm 2.5.18 Angel of Death 2.5.19 Volcano 2.5.20 Armageddon 2.5.21 Forge World 2.6 Worship Objects 2.6.1 Vault of Knowledge 2.6.2 Obelisk 2.6.3 Stone Head 2.6.4 Totem Pole 2.7 Combat 2.7.1 With Warriors 2.7.2 With Preachers 2.7.3 With Firewarriors 2.7.4 With Spies 2.7.5 With Boats 2.7.6 With Balloons 2.7.7 With the Shaman 3. Walkthrough 3.1 The Journey Begins 3.2 Night Falls 3.3 Crisis of Faith 3.4 Combined Forces 3.5 Death From Above 3.6 Building Bridges 3.7 Unseen Enemy 3.8 Continental Divide 3.9 Fire in the Mist 3.10 From the Depths 3.11 Treacherous Souls 3.12 An Easy Target 3.13 Aerial Bombardment 3.14 Attacked From All Sides 3.15 Incarcerated 3.16 Bloodlust 3.17 Middle Ground 3.18 Head Hunter 3.19 Unlikely Allies 3.20 Archipelago 3.21 Fractured Earth 3.22 Solo 3.23 Inferno 3.24 Journey's End 3.25 The Beginning 4. FAQ 5. Other Stuff 5.1 Contact Info 5.2 Acknowledgments 1. Introduction Populous: The Beginning is a fantasy war game by Bullfrog Production Ltd. Like in earlier versions of Populous, you play a demigod who uses mana and magic to strengthen your own tribe and destroy others. Your avatar is the Shaman of one of the tribes who aspires to godhood (and I throught just saving the world in other games was enough of a power trip). wrote this guide because I discovered that there really wasn't a very comprehensive Populous: The Beginning (P:TB) guide on GameFAQs, and I hope that someone finds whatever help I can offer on this game useful. 1.1 Copyright Info This document is copyrighted by Chris Morton. This guide may be printed out for personal reference, but it may not be copied, in part or in any form, for any profitable purpose without my express consent. This guide may not be posted to any website without my permission (just ask first, and I'll let you if you want to put it on your site), and it must be posted in an unaltered form. The sites that have my permission to post this guide are: http://www.gamefaqs.com http://dlh.net 1.2 Revision History 3-16-03: Began writing this Guide 6-13-03: Finished writing this Guide 2. Gameplay Populous: The Beginning consists of 25 levels, where each level is one world in the solar system. Once you conquer a world, you can move on to the next, or replay any previous level. The goal of each world (with one exception, level 19) is to destroy the other tribes on that world. Enemy tribes are considered destroyed when all of their followers (including the enemy Shaman) are dead or converted to your side (see 2.4.4 Preachers). See the section on Combat for more details. This section gives a general overview on how to play P:TB, though it may be helpful to refer to the in game help or the manual. 2.1 Controls P:TB is a very mouse oriented game. Virtually the entire interface is point and click. The solar system map is very self-explanitory, just click on the world from the bottom of the screen, and then on the hand button at the bottom right to start the level. In a level itself, the screen is divided into two sections. On the right is the map window where the action takes place. You can see only part of the world at a time, but if you move your mouse to the sides of the screen, you can scroll over to other parts of the map. The left and right arrow keys will rotate the map window so you're looking in another direction. The up arrow key moves the view towards the direction you are facing, and the down arrow moves away. If you left click on any of your followers on the right side of the screen you will select them and be able to issue orders to them. Left click and drag the mouse to create an illuminated patch of ground, and when you release the left mouse button any followers within that patch will be selected. Orders are given by moving the mouse somewhere else and left clicking. If the spot is open ground or a building that the selected followers can do something with, the followers will move to the spot you selected. If you click on an enemy follower or building, your followers will move to attack. If you click somewhere your followers cannot get to, a message will tell you so and your selected followers will stand still with thier hands in the air. Usually this happens when there's a hill too steep to navigate or water in between the follower's location and where you told them to go. Note that you cannot cross water without a boat or balloon, and if a follower falls into water he instantly dies. To have a follower do multiple things (i.e., move to certain points in order or do multiple tasks) hold down the control key, a number will appear by your cursor, and click on the things you want done. For example, if you select a brave and click on a tree and then a building that is being constructed (with control held down) the brave will chop some wood from the tree and then take it to the construction. If you right click an object (follower, tree, building, etc.) on the map screen you will query it. Queried followers will display their health (a white bar) and an icon for thier current task. Buildings will display how many followers are in them, or how many are working on them plus the number of bales of wood needed for their completion if that building is under construction. Query a tree to find out how many bales of wood it contains and query a worship object (i.e. Stone Head) to find out how many followers you need to worship at that object (discussed later). The left side of the screen is the Control Panel. At the top is a mini-map which displays a portion of the globe. Your follower's locations are given by blue dots. If there are any enemy followers in sight of your people or Guard Towers, other collored dots will be shown. Below the mini-map are three page controls for (from left to right) the Buildings Panel, the Spells Panel, and the Followers Panel. The Buildings Panel contains buttons for all of the buildings you currently are able to build. Clicking on one of those buttons will transform your cursor on the map screen to a white buidling plan cursor. The size of the cursor depends on the size of the building to be built. There will be a white arrow on one side of the plan, indicating the entrance of the finished building. Pressing the space bar will rotate the plan so that the entrance appears on another side (See the Buildings section for more info). Left clicking on the map where the plan is all white will set that plan down on the ground, while right clicking cancels. The Spell Panel contains buttons for all of the spells your Shaman can currently cast. Spell buttons with red or blue dots are spells that can be used immediately. See the Spells section for more information. Lastly, the Followers Panel displays a table of what all of your followers are doing. The columns of the table match up to the follower type icons directly above the panel (these icons stay on the control panel regardless of whether you have the Building, Spell, or Followers panel on). The first line in the Follower's Panel is the number of followers of a certain type that you have selected. The second line is the number of idle followers. The third is followers in a building. The fourth line is followers working, either construction or guard duty. The fifth and sixth lines are followers in boats or balloons, respectively. If you click on any entry in the table, you will select a random follower from that category and be able to issue orders to him. For example, if you click on the braves column in the idle row, you will select one idle brave. If you click on the boat or balloon row, you will select the boat or balloon that that follower is in. If there are more followers in that vehicle, regardless of type, you will select them too. Also note, if you hold the control button and click on an entry in the Followers Panel, you will select 5 followers in that category (i.e. 5 idle braves). If you hold shift you will select all of the followers in that category. Right clicking on one of the entries in the table will center the camera on the follower that would have been selected. In between the page tabs for the three panels and the panels themselves, are several other features of the control panel. On the first line below the page tabs, there is the Commandee Toggle Button, Shaman Icon, Query Button, and Enemy Tribes Icon. The Commandee Toggle Button relates to the Total Followers, and will be discussed below. The Shaman icon shows the status of your Shaman at a glance, what direction she's facing, whether she's moving, casting a spell, being attacked (the icon will flash red), or dead (in which case the Shaman isn't displayed). You can immediately center the map on the Shaman by right clicking on the Shaman icon on the control panel, and select her by left clicking. Selecting the Shaman from the control panel automatically brings up the spells panel. To the right of the icon is a white bar which shows the Shaman's current health. If left alone she, and all of your other Followers will eventually heal. Above the Shaman's health bar is the query button. Click on this and a little question mark cursor comes up. Left click on anything to bring up the in game help for that topic. (Side Note here, I of course used the in game help as my primary source and had it open while writing this. If this guide sounds in part a little like the help text, it is because I'm trying to keep the names and notation consistent and not confuse people. My appologies to Bullfrog if it looks like copy and paste, I'll have some real original thoughts later in the guide.) Lastly, the enemy tribes icons are (up to) three red/yellow/green bars on the right side on the control panel. They flash when followers from that tribe are dying (hehe) and when a Shaman dies there's a little magical flourish that involves those icons to show who killed whom. Below all of that stuff are the total follower icons. These icons are the ones that show you which type of follower you're selecting in the Followers Panel. The icons are (from left to right) overall followers, Braves, Warriors, Firewarriors, Preachers, and Spies. The overall followers icon is a red/green bar, which is full and red if you have more followers than allowed by your housing, full and flashing red and green if you have the max followers for your housing, and low and green if you have fewer followers than what your housing allows (in which case your huts will start churning out Braves, more on that later). The numbers beneath each of the total followers icons is the number of followers of that type. The overall followers icon will, of course, show you how many people you have, and the other icons will display how many followers of that type you have. The changeup to this is the aforemention Commandee Toggle button, which looks like a little globe to the left of the Shaman icon. If you click on the Commandee Toggle button then the numbers beneath the Total Followers icons changes to represent the numbers and types of followers that are currently on the screen, not just those in existence. This may be useful when selecting people, since like with the Followers panel, left clicking on one of the Total Followers icons selects that type of follower, and right clicking centers the camera on them. (I prefer the Followers panel for selecting people though, since it lets you select the idle ones and not yank people away who were doing other stuff that you wanted done, like building buildings.) Finally, below the Total Followers icons is the Spell Charge Rate bar. This bar measures how much mana you currently have to charge spells and train followers. If the bar is full with green on the right, that means your mana is at the maximum, spell charge and training will proceed at the maximum rate. If the bar is mostly black, the things that require mana will go slower. If you want to increase your mana, you have to put followers in huts, send braves to do work, stop charging some spells, or stop training followers. If the bar is full and flashing red, that means that you are wasting mana, and should start charging some more of your spells. A flashing bar only happens when you have maximum mana and aren't using it. Whew. That is the control panel and map screen. However, there are a few more things to know, starting with the world view. The world view is an extremely wide zoom map of the current world where you can see all people, yours or the enemy's, as well as buidings. Get to the world view by pressing enter, or using the zoom out key (-) a few times. Moving around the world view can be done with either the mouse (just like the world map) or with the arrow keys. The left and right arrow keys do not rotate the world view like they do the map screen. On the world view, buildings and followers are color coded by tribe, and buildings are shown by their icons from the Buildings Panel. Trees are green triangles, wildmen are grey dots, Braves are small circles, the Shaman is a large circle, Preachers are diamonds, Warriors are crosses, Firewarriors are squares, Spies are large triangles, boats and balloons have their own like shaped icons. When you move your cursor over an avalible spell on the Spell Panel while in the world view, the range of that spell will show as flashing blue circle around the Shaman. Also, when you put a follower in a Guard Tower, the type of follower is visible from the World View, along with the range of its attack (blue circle, Preachers and Firewarriors only). To return from the world view, press enter again, or zoom in with the + key. Note that while on the map screen the + and - keys can be used to use the three zoom types that are not the world view. Now for a few other keyboard shortcuts. P pauses the game. H takes the camera to your Shaman's Reincarnation Site. S displays the status screen for the current level. B makes the Call to Arms message appear on the screen (I have no idea what this does, so if any of you do, please email me). G orders all selected followers to guard the Shaman, they circle around her and attack any enemy followers that get near. The '.' key centers the map on your Shaman. Esc pauses the game and brings up the save/load/options/quit menu. The last important control to mention is the assigning of battle groups. When you have a follower or group of followers selected, hold shift and press the number key 1-5 to assign that group to the key 1 through 5. Pressing the number key again will instantly select that group. Selecting another group of followers and doing the same thing will reassign that group to the that number key. Be warned though, certain combat conditions can prevent you from selecting your followers, and if that occurs you will not be able to select them either manually or with the battle group number. Not strictly connected with controls, but messages should be mentioned here because they fall on the map screen. Message icons appear on the left side of the map screen right next to the control panel. Text messages are given by an 'i' icon, and will display a popup box when you click on them. Most other messages are recenter camera commands, and will take you to where the even is taking place. For example, when your followers engage enemy followers off screen, a crossed swords message icon will appear. If you click on the message, the camera will center on the fighting. There is a color code on the message icon, indicating which tribe is involved. 2.2 Tribes In the levels of P:TB your tribe (unnammed, so I'll just refer to them as 'your tribe') will face one to three enemy tribes: the Dakini (red), the Matak (green), and the Chumara (yellow). These tribes do not have any systematic difference from yours, they can build the same types of buildings and use the same types of followers. In short, this is not Starcraft with real unit differences between the tribes (good thing, because you can't play as the other tribes in single player). However, on many occasions there will be tactical differences between your tribe and the others, such as new buildings/followers/spells (that you will have to aquire probably in the same level), a better starting position, or a prebuilt settlement. There are a few levels with the Fog of War enabled, which restricts your vision over most of the map until you send a follower to explore that part of the world. In these levels, the enemy tribes operate in secrecy, since typically you can pause the game and move the map screen or the world view over any part of the level and see what buildings they have (enemy braves resting in huts are invisible to you), generally what their army is like, where their patrols are, and if you're lucky to catch it early, where an attack is coming from. With the Fog of War, you can still see the general outline of the landmasses, but followers and buildings are hidden from you. A few hints on dealing with that, first the world view is much better for looking at the lay of the land in a Fog of War map. Second, you'll see rectangular dark spots on the world view which indicate that enemy buildings are there, so you can get a rough idea of what thier settlement looks like. Lastly, if you're looking for secret Stone Heads, move around the map screen and their sound effect should play when you get close. Send some of your followers to find it. 2.3 Buildings Even though victory over an enemy tribe (or defeat of yours) involves elimination of followers, Buildings are important to victory too. Without huts, your population will be small, without training centers you'll just have braves, and without Guard Towers the Dakini, Matak, and Chumara will sneak up, slaughter the six braves you do have, and do a little dance on the ruins of your Reincarnation Site. The first thing you'll want to do in a level is start building stuff so you can amass your army and do a little dance on THEIR Reincarnation Sites. As mentioned above, you can select which type of building you want (of the ones you know how to build) from the Buildings Panel on the Control Panel. Your cursor will change to a building plan, which you can place on the map wherever the plan is all white. In general you need a fairly flat surface in the right shape (not all buildings are 4x4 squares). When you left click on an acceptable plot, the plan is laid down. If you change your mind, hold shift and left click on the plan to remove it. A few things about building buildings. First, only Braves can build buildings. Once a plan is put down, idle braves in the area of the plan will automatically head over and start construction. You can select Braves manually and left click on a plan to send them over immediately. A single Brave can build anything in the game, it'll just take him awhile. Conversely, every building has a maximum number of braves that can work on it, assign any more and they'll just become idle again. Second, buildings have to be near other buildings. Your settlement can't be too far flung, so you have to start by building near your Reincarnation Site, and then spreading out from there. The exception to this rule is with Guard Towers, which can be placed just about anywhere (water or mountain slopes excepted). After the tower is built, other buildings can be placed next to it. In this way you can build settlements away from your Reincarnation Site, in case there's not enough good land near there or something. Third, if you find that one of your buildings is really in your way, you can dismantle it. Right click to query the building and click on the button to the right of the occupant listing. Assign some braves to the building and they'll tear it down and stack the wood used in its construction on the ground outside. To stop dismantling (and restart construction) reclick on the same button in the query window before the building is destroyed completly. Lastly, buildings need wood, so place them near trees. Without enough trees in the area you won't be able to build anything, and your Braves will only go so far across the continent to chop wood. If there isn't enough nearby wood, when you query the building the bottom line which shows needed wood will have some greyed out wood icons flashing. When that happens, you need to manually select some Braves, hold control and tell them to first chop some wood (at a tree further out than they would normally go) and then take it back to the building under construction (left click on the building plan while still holding control). When an enemy attacks one of your buildings (or when you attack one of theirs) they can either damage or destroy a building. Damaging a building essentially reverts it back to the construction phase when its partly completed, continued attacks will do enough damage that you will need more bales of wood to repair it. Nearby idle Braves will automatically start rebuilding damaged buildings, or you can assign them manually. When an enemy destroys a building, not only is that building unusable, but the ground it is on becomes damaged. Damaged ground cannot be built on, but goes away eventually in about 9-10 minutes. 2.3.1 Trees Since when do you build trees? Well, you don't. But they're as close in P:TB as you come to harvesting resources. As said earlier, trees are needed to build stuff, and they need to be nearby. Each tree carries four bales of wood to be harvested. If your Braves chop the tree down entirely, don't worry, it'll grow back in about 5-6 minutes, and then restore a bale of wood to itself every 1-2 minutes, up to the original four. The exception to this is if you put a building plan down on top of the tree. When the building is constructed, the braves will even out the land and tear down any trees in the way. Once the building is up, the tree 'underneath' will not grow back. If you arrange your buildings so that trees fall in between structures, you'll have a steady resource supply later in the level, which might be useful when the Matak come through and rip down a few walls. 2.3.2 Huts Huts are the buildings that you will build the most of. They house your people and allow your population to grow. When you build a hut, it will start in the small stage, which can house three people. Once the small hut has been lived in for a while (about 5 minutes when I timed it) the braves inside will upgrade it to a medium hut, which can house 4 people and increases the max population by 5. A medium hut will eventually (after about 2 minutes) be upgraded to a large hut if it's lived in. A large hut is as good as it gets, houses five people and increases the maximum population by 7. When you query a hut, you'll see the people in it and two bars, green on the left and red on the right. The green bar is how close the hut is to producing another brave, and the red bar is how close the hut is to an upgrade. According to the in game help, followers resting in huts produce mana for charging spells and training other follower types. Braves resting in huts produce the most mana, so typically you'll have braves in your huts. Besides, you'll want your warriors out and about. If your population is below the allowed maximum, the huts will 'breed' more Braves (<rant> How a bunch of seemingly male Braves manage to breed more of themselves when cooped up in a grass shack is beyond me, but what the hell, the game's about a magic wielding barely post-stone age tribe trekking across a whole solar system of inhabitable planets, I'm up for suspension of disbelief if you are. </rant>). More Braves in the hut also means more mana (this is why medium and large huts are better, in addition to higher max population) and the green bar moves faster (without any Braves in a hut, it will still breed another follower, albeit very slowly). The way I use huts it like this, I build a few and make sure they stay at max occupancy until they're upgraded to large. Then I usually empty them out to make other followers. After I have an army of the size I want, I keep the rest of the braves in the huts (5 braves each) so my mana flow is good for my spells. I build new huts as needed, space allowing, so I have enough mana, and enough extra braves to quickly replace battle losses. Small Hut: Max Builders 6, Wood Needed-3 Medium Hut: Max Builders 8, Wood Needed-3 Large Hut: Max Builders 10, Wood Needed-3 2.3.3 Guard Towers As mentioned earlier Guard Towers can be placed anywhere there is level ground, and can be used to expand your settlement into new areas. The other main use of Guard Towers is as a first line of defense. In P:TB there really isn't any great defensive structure, and most of your defense will involve sending your troops to intercept and slug it out with the enemy. Guard Towers have their advantages though, in that when you put a follower in them they will sound a warning alarm when enemies approach. Pressing spacebar zooms to the tower that is sounding the alarm. According to the in game help, each type of follower does a different action in a guard tower. The Shaman has her spell casting range increase (especially if the Guard Tower is on high ground), Braves increase the lookout distance, Warriors call for reinforcements to the Guard Tower when enemies approach, Preachers and Firewarriors have the range of thier attacks increase, and Spies are able unmask enemy Spies from further away (see Followers section). I typically use three to four guard towers (once I get Firewarriors) as a first line of defense. Putting two Firewarriors in two towers, and a Preacher in the third, the Firewarriors will shoot at incoming enemies from the (relative) safety of the tower. Any non-Preachers that manage to close distance will get Converted to my side by the Preacher (sorry if I'm skipping ahead, but you may want to look at the Followers section if you're confused as to what the different types of followers do). If I'm staging an attack, or if there's only one side the enemy approaches from, I typically have the rest of my troops near the guard towers to handle anything real nasty. Max Builders 12, Wood Needed 5 2.3.4 Warrior Training Hut This building takes any follower type (except Warrior) and makes them a Warrior. This process uses mana, and proceeds fastest whent the spell charge bar is full. The hut can only train one follower at a time, but if you assign multiple followers to enter the hut, they will line up around the building and enter as soon as one is done training. If you really need to step up production, you can build more Training Huts. I never did this, and the AI opponents only seem to do this very rarely either. It doesn't usually take long to train a follower, so you shouldn't need more than one hut. Just get Braves to repair it if enemies damage it, and try not to let the hut get destroyed (same with all of your other buildings too) so you have to rebuild it from scratch. (See Followers and Combat section for more detailed info of the types of followers these building produce.) Max Buildiers 16, Wood Needed 8 2.3.5 Temple The Temple works exactly like the other Training Huts, only it trains other followers to be Preachers. Like the other training buildings, I usually don't build more than one of them. Max Builders 20, Wood Needed 8 2.3.6 Firewarrior Training Hut Same thing as before, just for firewarriors. Max Builders 16, Wood Needed 8 2.3.7 Spy Training Hut Trains spies. 'Nuff said. I typically don't build one since I don't find spies that useful. Max Builders 16, Wood Needed 8 2.3.8 Boat House The Boat House, unlike producing followers, lets you build boats. To build a boat, you need to assign up to four Braves to the Boat House. They will start collecting wood, and when they have four bales one of the Braves will sail out of the Boat House in the new boat. Perhaps needless to say, the boat construction goes faster when you have more Braves in the Boat House since there are more people to gather wood. Like building construction, Braves assigned to Boat Houses need a supply of wood nearby or they will stop construction until some trees grow back. Building Construction: Max Builders 15, Wood Needed 5 Boat Construction: Max Builders 4, Wood Needed 4 2.3.9 Balloon Hut This building works much the same as the Boat House, only for producing balloons. Balloons are my favorite thing in P:TB, together with Firewarriors or a Shaman with full spells, you can cross any terrain to meet your enemies and rain destruction down on them. Firewarriors and a few spells of the enemy Shaman are the only things that can knock your followers out of a balloon. In short, when you get this building, use it. Be careful that you have enough space to build it and plenty of wood, the Balloon Hut is your largest building. Also, be prepared with resources, Braves, and other followers to replace balloons if your attack goes badly. Building Construction: Max Builders 16, Wood Needed 11 Balloon Construction: Max Builders 6, Wood Needed 3 2.3.10 Guard Post The Guard Post is avalible from the start of the game and is basically a little campfire that you can put down pretty much anywhere on the map, without any cost. Left clicking on a Guard Post when you have followers selected causes those followers to start circling the Guard Post. They will defend that area, so Guard Posts are usefull to mark a staging area or a spot where you want your other defenders to take up station. You can hold control and click on multiple Guard Posts to create a patrol between them, something the enemy AI does often. You cannot see enemy Guard Posts, nor destroy them. One of your Guard Posts can be removed by holding shift and right clicking on it. 2.3.11 Reincarnation Site The Reincarnation Site is built automatically on most levels when you begin the world. It is a stone circle that serves two purposes. First, if your Shaman dies and you still have followers left alive, she will reappear at the Reincarnation Site a short time later, ready for more action. Please note that the same is true for enemy Shamans and their own Reincarnation Sites. The second purpose is that it acts as the center of your settlement, and you can only start building other buildings nearby your Reincarnation Site, until you build new structures or a Guard Tower. 2.4 Followers There are 5 types of followers in your tribe, along with the Shaman and Wildmen; Brave, Warrior, Preacher, Firewarrior, and Spy. To get follower types other than Brave you will have to build the appropriate Training Hut and send followers to be trained for that type. The capabilities and uses of the followers are discussed below. 2.4.1 Shaman The Shaman is your avatar in P:TB. She is the leader of your tribe and the only one who can cast magic. As mentioned before with the Reincarnation Site, she will return to life a short time after she is killed. Typically, the Shaman cannot defeat most enemy followers in single combat (unless they are very weak to begin with). However, the best way to deal with enemies harassing your Shaman is through her spells. A short range Blast spell (which you start the game with) will send nearby enemies flying, and give you time to set up another spell. The Swarm spell is also useful for getting enemy followers off your Shaman's back, as whenever they touch the Swarm they run away screaming. The Shaman's power is directly proportional to the spells she has at her disposal. At the start of the game, you probably shouldn't have her on the front lines since she's physically weak and can't cast much. As you advance through the worlds and get more powerful spells at your disposal, your Shaman will literally be able to decimate entire tribes by herself. Just keep her away from enemy followers and let the magic fly. To cast spells, you must have the spell panel open. Left click on the icon for the spell you wish to cast, and left click somewhere on the map to cast it at that location. If the location you choose is currently out of the spellís range, the Shaman will walk until she is in range, so long as she is able to get to the place you selected. 2.4.2 Brave The Brave is the civilian of all of your followers. They are the workers, resource gatherers, and builders. They are the only followers that can be assigned to build buildings/boats/balloons, gather wood, and they are the followers that produce the most mana for your spells when they are housed in Huts. When your population is below the maximum any Hut you have built will eventually produce a Brave, though the process goes faster when you have some followers in the Hut. As the base follower class you shouldn't worry too much about running out of Braves (unless you train them all into some other class). Your Braves will fight when attacked, exiting their Huts when enemy followers get near, but they are not the most adept fighters. One warrior will tear through multiple braves easily, so you probably don't want to make your invasion force out of Braves, and keep their civil defense of your settlement to a minimum. 2.4.3 Warrior The Warrior is the first follower class you get other than Braves. You train them at the Warrior Training Hut for one mean close combat machine. They should suffice as far into the game as you want, as long as ground combat is your thing. In the earlier stages they are invaluable for stomping down enemy followers and buildings. 2.4.4 Preacher The Preacher is one of the weakest of your combat followers, and at the same time one of the strongest. A Preacher is weak because in pretty much any hand to hand fight, he will lose. The Preacher is strongest not because of his fighting abilities, but because he can convert enemy followers to your side. When a Preacher normally encounters enemy followers (either he runs to them or they run to him), he will open up his holy text and start preaching the Gospel of Your Shaman. Enemy followers will sit down, listen, and (if they haven't been disturbed) eventually convert to your side. When an enemy follower gets converted, they act as if they had always been a member of your tribe, and vice versa for your followers that get converted to an enemy tribe. You can stop followers from being converted by disturbing the Preacher who is doing the preaching. This can be done by attacking the Preacher with the Shaman, a spell, or another Preacher. The Shaman and Preachers are immune to enemy Preachers. If you order your Preachers to move or attack while they are preaching, this will distract them and any enemy followers who were listening will stand back up and attack. Usually when you move a Preacher like this, he'll stop a moment later and start Preaching again, so you'll have to wait until he converts all the nearby enemy followers before you can move him forward. 2.4.5 Firewarrior The Firewarrior is the long range attacker of your tribe. A Firewarrior can fire a small blast of fire that can knock enemy followers around (very useful when you can knock them into water). When Firewarriors are massed together, their attacks are even more powerful, and one barrage from a group of Firewarriors will kill or severly damage most followers. The advantage to the Firewarrior's ranged attack is that they can fire from further away than a Preacher can preach, thus avoiding conversion if you order them carefully. Firewarriors can (and will) get converted by enemy preachers if they get too close, so be careful. Also, Firewarriors are the only units that can directly attack to or from a boat or balloon. If a firewarrior shoots into a boat or balloon, there is a chance that he will knock the passengers of that vehicle out. A fall from a balloon is fatal, as well as falling into water. Typically, you wont want to put your Firewarriors in boats themselves to guard against enemy boats (I've never done such a naval engagement and I think it would be more of a hassle to try), but Guard Towers with Firewarriors are very effective. As mentioned before, combining a few Firewarrior Guard Towers with a Preacher Guard Tower is a good first line of defense when you have an obvious entrance to your settlement. The Firewarriors have a longer range in a Guard Tower than Preachers do, and will be able to fire at incoming troops before they get to the towers. 2.4.6 Spy Spies are the last class of followers that you can train. You can disguise these followers to appear like Braves of any of the enemy tribes, and then send them in to light the enemy buildings on fire. Left click on the enemy tribes icons in the control panel when you have your Spies selected to disguise them. Their outfits will flash briefly, and then stay the color you selected for them. You can run them in undetected, but usually they're uncovered (signalled by when their outfits become blue again) shortly after they light their fire. Disguised Spies can run past enemy Preachers and the enemy Shaman without a problem (though undisguised spies will be attacked on sight). I think they are automatically discovered (and turn back to being undisguised) when they stay in the enemy's sight for too long, but this should give you enough time for the spy to get to the target building. Enemy Spies can also unmask your Spies (and vice versa) from the ground or in Guard Towers. Since you can't tell an enemy Spy from an enemy Brave, there is no good way to run your Spies around the enemy's. I find Spies to be of limited usefulness, since they rarely burn a building to the ground, even if you send multiple spies after the same building. They're basically only good for harassing the enemy settlement with suicide burn missions, because typically the Braves in the nearby huts jump out and kill the Spy quickly. Spies are not very strong in close combat. If you want to experiment with them, go right ahead, but I'm not a big Spy fan. One last thing to say about Spies is that to uncover enemy Spies you need to right click on the follower you think is a Spy (he will look like one of your Braves) and he will switch color. Usually your first warning that an enemy Spy is in your settlement is when one of your buildings catches on fire. 2.4.7 Wildmen Wildmen are not actually followers, they are the random cave-man-like people that wander around most of the worlds. They do not belong to any tribe, but if a Shaman casts the Convert spell on them they will turn in to Braves for that Shaman's tribe. On most worlds you start out with only a few Braves, so Converting as many Wildmen as you can is crucial to getting a large follower base early on so you can build up your settlement. If you Convert so many Wildmen that you exceed the maximum population for your tribe, then your Huts simply won't produce any more Braves. Note that in the walkthrough I will refer to Wildmen as if they were Braves, and when I do this I assume that you've converted them. Please don't think when you read the walkthrough that you can order Wildmen around without Converting them. II.5 Spells Magic is what makes your Shaman special in this game, and so here's the run down on the magic system and what spells are at your disposal. You get spells either by worshipping at Vaults of Knowledge, after which your spells are added permanently to your spellbook, or by worshipping Stone Heads, which give you single shot spells. Once you have the ability to cast a spell, its icon will appear in one of the blocks on the spell panel. If there is a question mark on one of the blocks, then that means that that particular spell is to be found somewhere on that world. Above the spellís icon is a set of dots, red or blue. Red dots denote a single shot spell, a spell that you can cast as many times as you have red dots. Blue dots denote that a permanent spell has charged up enough mana for one use. Once you get a spell permanently, you have to use mana in order to use it. Right clicking on the spellís icon will toggle whether the spell is charging or not. Charging spells will use some of the mana generated by your followers, and the spell charge rate bar may change. When a spell is charging, a progress bar will appear beneath the spellís icon and, when the bar fills up, a blue dot will appear above the spell. Each spell has a maximum number of uses, for example Blast can be used four times, meaning that it will continue to charge until you have four blue dots, while Volcano only has one use. The rate at which spells charge depends on the spell and the spell charge rate bar, and if you want a particular spell to charge quickly you should stop charging other spells, put more Braves in huts, or stop training your followers into other classes. Also be careful of wasting mana, when the spell charge rate bar flashes red, which happens when all your spells that you have charging finish and you can still charge some other spells. Immediately start charging those spells, since you never know when they might come in handy. Once you cast a spell, one of the use dots will disappear. If it is for a chargeable spell, then once you have charged up enough mana for it, the use dot will reappear. Another thing about maximum uses, this means the number of times you can cast the spell when its fully charged, it is not any limit on how many times you can cast it on a given level (there is no limit, except for single shot spells, and with enough time you can cast a chargeable spell to your heart's content). Note that sometimes you can get single shot spells for spells that you already have. While this saves you the time of charging up that spell, if you have already charged up that spell to the maximum number of blue dots, the single shot will just replace one of the spell uses you already have, and not give you an extra one. How far away your Shaman has to be from a target in order to cast the spell depends on the spell. When you put your mouse over the spell icon or left click the icon, a ring appears on the map centered around your Shaman. Anywhere in the ring the spell can be cast. Most spells are either short, medium, or long ranges. Since thereís no good way to describe the distance, Iíll talk about the ranges in terms of the spells that have them, and you can take a look for yourself what I mean in the game. Short range spells can be cast as far as Blast can, Long range spells can be cast as far as Lightning can, and Medium range spells go as far as Magical Shield. 2.5.1 Blast This is the one spell you start the game with. Blast is a short range fireball that will kill a Brave with a direct hit. More often, the spell throws enemy (and friendly) followers into the air. A decent way to use Blast is to fire to the side of an oncoming enemy to knock them into water, or at least away from your Shaman. Against buildings, Blast is essentially useless. Use it to get enemies off your Shamanís back, or to toss around a large group of enemies. Blast has a maximum of four uses. 2.5.2 Convert This is one of the few non-offensive spells in P:TB. Cast it on a patch of ground and a circle of light will appear where you cast it. Any Wildmen within that circle will be converted into Braves of your tribe. This is essential to building up your population early in a level. Since early on you wonít have a lot of Braves producing mana for you, youíll want each Convert spell to count, so try to cast it on groups of Wildmen. When you have more mana, you can go after individual Wildmen if you want to. Also, be aware that when left to their own devices, Wildmen tend to die off. Recruit them as fast as you can, since they wonít be as plentiful later in the level. This spell has the longest range in the game, and a maximum of four uses. 2.5.3 Magical Shield This spell allows you to shield your some of your followers from magical attacks such as Blast spells, Firewarriors, and (I think) Lightning spells. Cast it on a group of followers, and a certain number (Iím not sure how many) will be surrounded by a blue halo. As long as that halo is up, the shield is active. Magical Shield has a medium range and a maximum of four uses. 2.5.4 Ghost Army I have not actually found this spell in any of the single player P:TB levels, so I donít know anything about it. If you have any information on this spell, please email me at email@example.com. 2.5.5 Swarm If you ever need to get an enemy warrior away from your Shaman, or just want to create chaos in a tightly packed invading army, this is the spell for you. When cast, Swarm creates a dark cloud of stinging insects that will cause enemy followers to run away in a panic. The Swarm will damage them, but unless the enemy followers have already been badly hurt, it will not kill them. If you cast Swarm beneath enemy boats or balloons the followers inside the vehicles will jump out and run away, even if they are over water with no nearby land. Swarm has a long range and a maximum of four uses. 2.5.6 Invisibility This spell acts in a manner similar to Magical Shield, you cast it on a group of followers and some of them turn invisible. Invisible followers show up as slightly transparent. Iím not sure if thereís a way to spot enemies that are invisible, or if you just have to wait until the spell wears off. Use this to sneak a force undetected through enemy patrols. Note that even an invisible follower will sit down and listen to an enemy Preacher if he gets too close. Invisibility has a medium range and a maximum of four uses. 2.5.7 Land Bridge This is one of the land altering spells at your disposal, and the first spell other than Blast that you run across. Casting land bridge will create a strip of land from where your Shaman is standing to the point where the spell is cast. If the altitude of the start and end points are different, the land will change to create a ramp between them. This spell is useful in a number of different ways. First, the obvious use is to create a bridge across water to a nearby island. Second, if there is a mountain, cliff, or steep valley in your way, you can use Land Bridge to make a navigable ramp for your followers. If you are at the bottom of a high land formation, stand your Shaman as far away from the mountain as you can and cast the spell at the highest point you can reach, so as to create a gently sloping ramp up. Reverse the process for when youíre on top of a plateau and want to get down. Third, Land Bridge will flatten out the land between where it is cast and where your Shaman is standing if the two points are of about the same height. This holds true even if thereís a hill or narrow mountain in the way. Stand as close to the mountain as you can and cast the spell on flat land on the other side to carve a path straight through it. Lastly, Land Bridge can be use to create more land out of water for your settlement. The easiest way is to cast it between two nearby points of land to cover up existing water. A more advanced way is to stand along the shore and cast the spell at its maximum range further down the shoreline. Land Bridge only considers the heights of the start and end points for how high the resulting land will be, but always makes a rectangular strip of land. Thus, casting it on shoreline from shoreline will create more land of about the same height, but the new chunk of land will rise up from the side of your Shaman that was facing the water. What you can now do is move your Shaman onto the new land and repeat the process, creating a small strip of land each time. It may be time consuming, but it works. Remember when creating land with this spell that you may move your settlement too far from available trees and wonít be able to have your followers complete new buildings. Land Bridge works at a range between medium and long and has a maximum of four uses. 2.5.8 Lightning Your first powerful spell. Lightning sends a bolt of lightning (duh) down that will cause more damage than Blast, as well as light buildings on fire. Lighting will kill most enemy followers, including the Shaman, with a direct hit (getting a direct hit may be tricky when the enemies are moving, since there is a delay between when you click on the target and when the spell hits). Lightning will not destroy a building, unless you cast it repeatedly on a damaged building to burn it to the ground. However, it is useful to cast on enemy Guard Towers to kill the follower inside and break up their defenses for a short while. Since Lighting has a long range, you can easily take out Guard Towers and other buildings with it before your enemies can strike back. Lightning has a maximum of four uses. 2.5.9 Hypnotize If you canít beat them, make them join you. Hypnotize will create a flash of light on the ground where you cast it, and any enemy followers too near that light will instantly convert to your side. The conversion is temporary, though, and little spirals above their heads denote hypnotized followers. While hypnotized, you can order the former enemy followers to do anything that your normal followers can do. Once the spell wears off, those followers will go back to their original tribe. The exception to this is if while hypnotized you order the enemy follower to go to one of your Training Huts. If you train them into a new class, then when they are done the follower will be yours permanently. Also, if you hypnotize an enemy Preacher, he will convert enemy followers permanently to your side just like a regular Preacher, stopping only when the spell wears off (when he tries to convert back all the people he just converted...oops). Hypnotize has a medium range and a maximum of three uses. 2.5.10 Bloodlust This spell is found as a single shot spell only in one level, the same world bearing the name of the spell. It works much like Magical Shield and Invisibility, and when cast allows your affected followers to take and deal a significantly greater amount of damage than they normally could. A red haze that appears around their head indicates a Bloodlusted follower. Cast this spell before your troops go into battle so the effects do not wear off before you get there. Bloodlust has a medium range and a maximum of four uses. 2.5.11 Teleport This is another single shot only spell that is found only on the level Unlikely Allies. With this spell, you can instantly teleport your Shaman to any point on the map, even water (which will kill her just as instantly, be careful). Teleport has infinite range and a maximum of four uses. 2.5.12 Tornado This spell creates a tornado that hovers over the target spot of land briefly, and then wanders off in some random direction. Because the effect of Tornado is limited to the space right under it, this spell is not very good against enemy followers. The exception is when you cast it on a follower in a stationary balloon (helpful when you donít have Firewarriors nearby). Even though Tornado isnít great against followers, it is an excellent building killer. Casting Tornado in the center of a Hut, Temple, or Firewarrior Training Hut will quickly reduce the building to rubble. With Warrior Training Huts and Balloon Huts you have to aim a bit more carefully. Aim for the tallest tower part of the Warrior Training Hut, and the section where the balloons are built for the Balloon Hut. Tornado has a medium range and a maximum of three uses. 2.5.13 Swamp The only spell in the game guaranteed to stop people in their tracks. Swamp creates a small patch of land that becomes a swamp, which will swallow up ten people as soon as they step onto the swamp and kill them. After it kills ten people the Swamp then disappears. These people can be enemy followers, your followers, or Wildmen that wander in. Right clicking on a swamp will show you how many people it has killed (grave icon) and how many more it can take (grayed out grave icon). Swamps can be cast anywhere there is land, and even slightly into the water. If all of the swamp is in the water, it will disappear. Swamps do not effect followers in boats or balloons, only those on land. Swamps are best used to set of a defense against enemies when you know they will have to go through a certain area. Also, if youíre flying your Shaman around in a balloon, you can cast Swamp beneath the enemy Shaman or in front of Training Huts for quick kills. If your own Swamps are getting in your way, press shift and right click on them to make them go away. Swamp has a medium range and a maximum of three uses. 2.5.14 Flatten This is another land altering spell. Cast it on a patch of ground and a square section of nearby land (about the same size as your reincarnation site) will be raised/lowered to the height of the ground you cast the spell on. You can use this to create more land out of water, even out a path through a mountain, or destroy enemy buildings by raising half of the building up to the nearby plateau (note that some small buildings like Guard Towers may be able to survive radical land changes from Flatten). If the spell does not cause a significant change in height, then it may not destroy the building. Flatten has a medium range and a maximum of three uses. 2.5.15 Earthquake This spell is not the greatest attack spell, but it has its uses. Earthquake will start by shaking the ground and causing the roofs to fly off nearby buildings (one bale of wood worth of damage), then a fault will open up in the ground and spread a small amount of lava which will create damaged ground (where buildings canít be placed for a while) and hurt followers. If you position it carefully, Earthquake can take the foundation out from under a building so that it falls into the ocean or is swallowed up by the earth itself. Earthquake has a medium range and a maximum of two uses. 2.5.16 Erode The last non-violent land altering spell. This spell causes the land around the area it was cast to sink in altitude. Hills will be brought down closer to the lower ground, perhaps even creating a way through them, and low ground can even be sunk into the ocean (though you must cast the spell near water to do this). Erode can be used as an attack spell on coastal buildings (especially enemy Boat Houses) to sink them, or buildings on higher ground by casting the spell at the side of the hill the building is on. As the land sinks, the ground underneath the building will become uneven to the point that the building gets destroyed. Erode has a medium range and a maximum of two uses. 2.5.17 Firestorm This spell sends a bunch of fire and brimstone falling down on and around the target area where you cast the spell. The rocks will both damage buildings and light them on fire. Any followers hit with the burning rocks will catch on fire and run away in terror, and may be killed if they get hit over and over again. The area of effect is pretty large for this spell, and it can significantly damage buildings when you cast it even once. Casting it twice on nearby areas can easily burn a few buildings to the ground, and cause chaos among enemy Braves trying to repair those buildings. Firestorm has a medium range and a maximum of two uses. 2.5.18 Angel of Death This spell is a good way to spread destruction and chaos through your enemyís settlement. Casting it anywhere on the map will summon one Angel of Death, a serpentine dragon that flies around of its own accord, seeking out enemy followers and occasionally breathing fire. After a while, it will swoop down on one enemy follower (even one in a building), causing him and those around him to try and run away. When the Angel grabs the follower itís after, it takes him up into the air and then spits him back to earth, always killing the follower. The Angel will stay around for about four minutes, a little longer if itís in a, shall we say, target rich environment. This is a real fire and forget spell, once cast the Angel of Death is under computer control and will hunt out the nearest enemy followers. What, you ask, should I do if someone casts it on me? The answer is Firewarriors. Firewarriors are the only followers that can damage an Angel of Death, their attack also knocks it back a little bit so it takes longer before setting up its next attack. Your best bet to defend against an Angel of Death is to put as many Firewarriors as you can in balloons and order them to a location close to the enemy Angel. They wonít fire while moving, but once they get to the location theyíll fire whenever the Angel comes into range. The advantage with balloons is that the followers in them wonít run away when the Angel targets them. Note that I say when, not if. You will take casualties, as Firewarriors tend to draw the Angel to themselves when they attack it (funny that). The only other way to attack an Angel of Death is to summon your own nearby the enemyís. Angels of Death treat other Angels like enemy followers; they may or may not attack them. If the enemy Angel is distracted by your people followers on the ground, your Angel should have enough time to get the drop on the other one, swoop in and cause massive damage. Angel of Death is a short range spell and has a one use maximum. 2.5.19 Volcano This spell is an even better way to spread destruction and chaos through your enemyís settlement. It is arguably the most powerful spell in the game. When cast, the cone of a volcano starts erupting from the ground you selected, spewing fiery rocks and lava across a large area. Buildings under the volcano will be destroyed as the ground shifts under them, buildings touched by lava will start on fire, and followers caught by the lava will run around in terror but probably wonít find a way out before they die. Lava will create new land if it touches water, but any land it does touch will be damaged for some time. Your Shaman is immune to the lava of your own Volcanoes, but your followers are not. The downside to this spell is the fact that it is short range, so I recommend sending your Shaman in a balloon to cast it near a group of enemy Huts or Training Huts. Volcano has a maximum of one use. 2.5.20 Armageddon This is the last spell in the game, and it is a one use single shot only spell found on a few levels. When cast, it changes the land where it is cast into a giant arena. All the followers of all the tribes left in the world are teleported to this arena, line up by type (Brave, Warrior, etc) and then fight to the death. The last tribe standing wins the level. The enemy can use this spell against you, so be careful when theyíre worshipping at the Stone Head that provides this spell. If youíre going to use it, be prepared to face a lot of enemy followers all at once. You should probably send all of your Braves to be trained into Warriors or Firewarriors (something the enemy wonít do), but not Preachers as I have never seen an Armageddon battle slow down to the point that Preachers can convert anyone. Note that even on the levels that you can get Armageddon, you donít have to use it to win the level. Defeat every enemy follower on that world and you will still win without this spell. Armageddon has an extra long range (same as Convert). 2.5.21 Forge World The Forge World spells are a set of single shot spells that you get at the start of a multiplayer game and can use to customize your planet. They are Erode, Flatten, Land Bridge, Hill, Valley, Raise, Lower, Wildmen, and Trees. Since I am concentrating this guide on the single player aspect of P:TB, I will refer you to the in game help on this topic. 2.6 Worship Objects In order to obtain new spells and building plans, you have to have your Shaman or your followers worship at one of the four Worship Objects: Vaults of Knowledge, Obelisks, Stone Heads, and Totem Poles. These objects are preexisting on the worlds, no tribe can build them, and their exact effects vary depending on the world. To worship an object, select some followers and left click on the object. Each object has a specific number or followers that can worship it; find out how many can worship the object by right clicking. If you assign the maximum number of followers to worship the object, you will get an effect from the object the fastest. You can have only one follower worship at an object and eventually get a result, though it will just take longer. The exception to this is that only the Shaman can worship at Vaults of Knowledge and Obelisks. 2.6.1 Vault of Knowledge The enemy tribes always seem to get all the new spells and buildings before you do. Fortunately, they keep the how-to manuals for all this nifty stuff in nearby Vaults of Knowledge. Only your Shaman can worship at these, and once she does whatever spell or building is stored in the Vault will be yours permanently. An icon for the spell or building that you will get from a Vault appears at the top of the structure on the map screen. Note that once you worship at a Vault, the knowledge will no go back with you when you replay a previous world. Also note that you do not strictly speaking have to worship these objects at all. When you complete a level with a Vault of Knowledge in it without worshiping at it, then whatever spell or building you would have gotten will be yours at the start of the next level. I strongly recommend that unless it really is easier to wipe out the enemy tribe than sneak your Shaman over to the Vault that you worship these objects during the level itself. More often than not, the things in the Vaults will help you complete the level youíre on, and thereís no sense in denying yourself these advantages until the next world. 2.6.2 Obelisk These objects appear in a few levels and the tutorial. In the tutorial they are there to select which lesson you want. In game, they grant either single shot spells (level Incarcerated), a full charge on all your spells, or a giant influx of mana (both for level Solo). Only the Shaman can worship an Obelisk. 2.6.3 Stone Head These objects always give you single shot spells, typically ones you donít have access to yet, so it very beneficial to worship these. On a few levels, enemy tribes will start worshipping these objects, and you may have to fight through them to get the spell for your tribe. Stone Heads usually require from one to six followers to worship effectively. 2.6.4 Totem Pole Unlike the other worship objects, Totem Poles do not give you spells when you worship at them, instead they typically change the land in some way that is beneficial for you. As such, they should be a high priority when they are presented to you. Totem Poles require from one to six followers to worship effectively. 2.5 Combat You canít win a level without combat, destroying the enemy tribes will necessarily involve building an army, and sending it to the enemy. There are two ways to attack, with followers selected, left click on an enemy follower or building or left click on some patch of ground near the enemy. If your followers are on the ground, then in either case they will move to the location you selected and attack when they get there. If you give them a target, they will break off and engage enemies only if enemy followers attack them. If you just give them a move order, they will attack any enemies that are nearby while they are en route to their destination. Once they reach where they are going, they will attack nearby enemy followers or buildings, but not go very far to do so. Note that Firewarriors will engage nearby enemies only if you havenít given them a target, and that followers that can be converted by Preachers will do so if they get to close to an idle enemy Preacher, regardless of their orders. Though the way to defeat a tribe is by killing/converting all of its followers and killing the Shaman, you may want to direct your troops to take out enemy buildings as well. Destroying buildings such as Training Huts will require the enemy to spend the time and resources building a new one somewhere else, while yours is still operational. Conversely, you may just want to damage buildings to get enemy followers out of them (damaging a hut will cause all the people inside to exit) so you can pick them off more easily, or to create a lure for enemy Braves trying to repair the building. Experiment in the early stages, and see what tactics work well for you and for the situation. In general, you may not want to raze every building you run across, since the game doesn't care if the enemy tribes have any buildings left, only how many followers they have. 2.5.1 With Warriors You get Warriors on the very first world of the game, and they will be very useful to you through much of the game. Alone, a Warrior can take out a superior number of Braves, though not without taking damage, and in large groups Warriors can make short work of other followers and enemy buildings. In early levels, 10 Warriors should suffice, while in later levels I prefer to have 20-25 Warriors in my attack force, along with other follower classes. With these guys, just point and click and let them slug it out. Be careful about enemy Preachers, though, since you can't interrupt a Preacher with one of your Warriors without getting that Warrior too close to the Preacher. 2.5.2 With Preachers You get Preachers on the third world, Crisis of Faith, and combat will not be the same for the rest of the game. Preachers can be a VERY dangerous enemy. In a test I did, one Preacher was able to sit down and convert a mass attack of 75 Warriors. The only way to counter this is to have Preachers of your own. Once the enemy has Preachers, DO NOT send any attack with out at least a few Preachers to engage enemy Preachers before they convert your people. If your Preachers are getting killed, immediately order any of your followers that you can to get out of the enemyís settlement before they get converted. Note that Preachers are not always very good about attacking nearby enemy Preachers, so you may have to micromanage them when your other followers start getting converted. I prefer to have 10-15 Preachers along with my group of 20-25 Warriors. Initially you can order your army to move near the enemy settlement and use your Warriors to keep enemies off your Preachersí backs while they convert people. This will take the enemyís border guard and any reinforcements and add them to your army, though it may slow your advance if the Preachers take a long time to convert. Once you have taken care of the forces they send against you, head in as quickly as the resistance allows. Make sure you use your Preachers against enemy Preachers. When there arenít that many enemy Warriors, Preachers, or Firewarriors, you can either have your Preachers convert the remaining enemy Braves or have your army kill them. 2.5.3 With Firewarriors Firewarriors are a nice addition to your army. By the time you get them, enemy tribes will be large enough that you will want to add 20-25 Firewarriors along with your 20-25 Warriors and 10-15 Preachers. The Firewarriors allow you to send a volley or two as you charge an enemy position, perhaps killing a few enemies along the way. Try to keep them away from enemy followers, because their effectiveness goes down when they get into hand-to-hand combat. Firewarriors can even shoot at enemy Preachers from a safe distance, but since theyíre never guaranteed to stay at a safe distance its best to have Preachers of your own. Firewarriors really shine by themselves with balloons, but Iíll discuss that later. 2.5.4 With Spies Combat with Spies is almost an oxymoron. You donít ever want to take Spies into actual combat, even a Brave can kill them easily. If you feel the need, disguise them, sneak them in, and light an enemy building on fire. This is almost always a kamikaze mission, and usually futile in the long run since the enemy will repair the building right away. I usually donít bother with Spies. 2.5.5 With Boats Firewarriors are the only followers that can fire into or out of a boat, but you should not think that this could give you a battleship. I find boats rather unwieldy to control, and enemy boats are small in a big ocean, so itís difficult to intercept them on the water. Boats are good for one thing, though: transport. One boat can carry five followers across water that is otherwise impassable. If you need to use them, boats are the way to get your people to where they need to be. Be careful about disembarking, as when you click a move order onto land the boat may just pull up to shore and stop. Click on the land again and the followers should jump out of the boat. I prefer to take, or make, a land route for my army whenever possible, but I guess Iím just not a navy man. 2.5.6 With Balloons Since Balloons can only carry two followers they are not the greatest for transport, even though they fly and as such can cross all terrain. Balloons are very effective when used with a large group of Firewarriors. Like with boats, only Firewarriors can fire into or out of a balloon, so Firewarriors in balloons become your own little air force. At this point in the game, I prefer to abandon the Warrior/Preacher/Firewarrior combined army in favor of 10 Warriors/10 Preachers at home for defense and 30+ Firewarriors in balloons. Just move your balloons above the enemy and when they get there the Firewarriors will shoot at anything in range. Target specific followers/buildings to get concentrated firepower that will kill just about anything. Be very careful though of enemy Firewarriors, as they are the only follower class that can harm people in your balloons (even enemy Preachers cannot get them). Against superior numbers of enemy Firewarriors, try not to engage them all at once or your balloons will become sitting ducks for the enemy to pick off. Also be careful of the enemy Shaman. If she casts Swarm beneath your balloons, your Firewarriors will jump out and run away, ruining your air advantage. The Firewarriors will also run away if they are within the Shamanís Reincarnation Site when she reincarnates. 2.5.7 With the Shaman The Shaman is useless in hand-to-hand combat, but with enough spells at her disposal she can go about and cause something I call magical mystical mayhem. Simply put her in a balloon and fly around the enemy settlement casting spells where theyíll do the most damage. Erode on Boat Houses and coastal buildings, Swamp on enemy patrol paths or beneath the enemy Shamanís favorite Guard Tower (when she reincarnates, sheíll usually go right back to the same place, and your Swamp can get her again), Angel of Death when youíre close enough to the enemy settlement, and the destructive spell of your choice on clusters of huts or their Training Huts. Since Firewarriors are the only people that can take out your Shaman (with only two hits), be careful to stay out of their way. Cast Lightning on any Guard Towers with Firewarriors, and Swarm as needed to keep ground troops away. You may lose your Shaman while doing this, but hopefully not until youíve caused massive casualties and destruction, and she reincarnates anyway. Once youíre done the enemy will probably be softened up enough to send in balloon riding Firewarriors to finish the job. 3. Walkthrough Here is my take on how to get through all of the 25 levels of P:TB. I have included information on what sort of spells you can get in each stage and what obstacles you will face. My tactics are probably not perfect, so if you find a better way and want it include, send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and Iíll include it in a future version of the guide. Note on directions, even though you can rotate the camera on the map screen any way you want, when you enter to world view the orientation is always the same. I am using the world view orientation to define north-south and east-west. Also, the landmarks I describe may not make sense if youíre not looking at the map itself, so you might want to read the walkthroughs while you have the game on pause and flip back and forth as you need to. Before each walkthrough is the quote you get at the start of the world. 3.1 The Journey Begins "I have created my Reincarnation Site and the settlement is nearly complete. Now we must destroy the Dakini tribe!" Enemy Tribes: Dakini Worship Objects: Stone Head--Infinite Land Bridge, 1 follower to worship Stone Head--4 Lightning, 1 follower to worship Vault of Knowledge--Warrior Training Hut This stage is essentially a tutorial stage to let you get a handle on the controls. This world has three small islands, with your settlement located on the southernmost one. You start with two small huts and 6 Braves. I recommend building two more huts next to the existing ones and sending your Shaman to worship at the Stone Head on your island to get Land Bridge. This Stone Head is unique in the game in that it will keep giving you spells until you create a Land Bridge to the Dakini island, farthest north. With one Land Bridge spell you can create a path to the middle island directly north of yours. Here is the other Stone Head with Lightning and the Vault of Knowledge guarded by one Dakini Brave. A direct hit with Blast will take out the Brave and allow you access to the Vault. Here, you can either build a Warrior Training Hut, train some Warriors, and then go storm across the Dakini settlement (only one hut and a Warrior Training Hut), or you can go grab the Lightning Spells. With four carefully placed lightning spells you can kill or knock into the water all of the enemy followers and their Shaman, ending the level without breaking a sweat. If that fails, you can charge in with your other followers at your leisure. 3.2 Night Falls "Now we face the Matak tribe. I sense many Warriors ready to stand against us. In my vision we are aided by magic from a Stone Head. There must be a way to reach it!" Enemy Tribes: Matak Worship Objects: Stone Head--3 Tornado, 2 followers to worship Totem Pole--Land Bridge, 1 follower to worship Vault of Knowledge--Swarm You begin this world with an empty large hut and 8 Braves. You are on the same island as the Matak, with their settlement on the west end through a valley. To the east across the water is a Stone Head that will give you Tornado, but to reach it you have to worship at the Totem Pole in the valley between your tribe and the Matak. There is a Guard Tower with a Matak Warrior at the entrance to their settlement, so donít get too close or theyíll call for reinforcements. You donít have much space on your end of the island, but enough for four more huts to build up your population and a Warrior Training Hut. While your Braves are busy on construction, send your Shaman over to the Totem Pole to open the Land Bridge to the Stone Head. Once thatís done, pull one Brave off construction detail and send him to worship the Stone Head with your Shaman. As your huts get completed, make sure that the small huts stay filled to produce new braves quickly and send any idle Braves left over to be trained into Warriors. You can put the Shaman and whatever Warriors you have in the large hut to get it to produce more Braves (which you can then train into Warriors). Once you have 10 Warriors, youíll have enough to take out the Matak. Attack the Guard Tower and your Warriors should easily defeat both the sentry and the Braves he calls to help. Once thatís done, cast Tornado on two huts along the way to the Vault of Knowledge. Once you get past the Vault youíll get near the Guard Tower at the west end of the island where the Matak Shaman is. Beware only of the fact that she likes to cast Swarm on your Warriors and spread them all over the place as they run in panic. Cast Tornado on her Guard Tower (being careful of Matak Warriors patrolling around the Tower) to finish her off. For future reference, Tornado really is overkill for a Guard Tower, so if you want to kill occupants of a Guard Tower quickly just use Lightning (though that isnít an option in this level). After the Shaman is taken care of, have your Warriors hut down the rest of the Matak and claim this world as your own. 3.3 Crisis of Faith "I had a disturbing vision. The Chumara tribe turned my own followers against me when I attacked! I must find a way to reach their Vault of Knowledge and learn how to use this power against them." Enemy Tribes: Chumara Worship Objects: Totem Pole--Erode, one follower to worship Vault of Knowledge--Temple Here it is, the level where you get the all-powerful Preacher. If you donít believe theyíre all powerful, send the best attack force you can make (without the Shaman) against the _one_ Preacher on this world and youíll see what I mean. On the upside, since thereís only one Preacher, he wonít be difficult to handle. You are again on the same island as your enemy, with your settlement located across an inlet of water and a small land bridge to the northeast of the Chumara settlement. At the end of the land bridge there is a strip of land with a tall hill and one side and the ocean on the other, marking the start of Chumara territory. It is here where the Chumara Preacher takes up position as soon as they get a Temple built, with their Shaman standing nearby. This is basically their only defense, so it shouldnít be difficult. You start with a small hut and 12 Braves. Start them on building new huts while your Shaman goes across the inlet and further north along the hill to the Totem Pole (she wonít get near the Chumara so donít worry). On the other side of the hill from the Totem Pole is the Vault of Knowledge, and worshipping the Totem erodes the hill to make a path for your Shaman. The Vault is far enough away from the rest of the Chumara settlement that you shouldnít be harassed by anyone, but you have Swarm handy just in case. Once you get the Temple, send your Shaman back to your settlement, build one, and crank out some Preachers and Warriors. Because the Matak tribe is small, 10 Warriors and 5 Preachers should do the trick. You technically only need one Preacher to get past the enemyís (or have your Shaman Blast him into the ocean) and then send in your Warriors. Extra Preachers will allow you to convert enemy Braves and have them tear down their own buildings. But, if you want to slaughter all of the enemy followers for their crimes against your people, go right ahead and send the Warriors in. Note that on this world the enemy Shaman has a Reincarnation Site, and will reappear if you take too long. The enemy will attack you on this level as well, but only with sporadic waves of three Braves, not a real threat. You will also see Wildmen roaming around, but without a Convert spell you canít add them to your tribe. 3.4 Combined Forces "We face a great threat. The Matak are massing against us. I need the power of Lightning to defeat them, but Preachers are guarding their Vault of Knowledge." Enemy Tribes: Matak Worship Objects: Stone Head--4 Convert, 1 follower to worship Vault of Knowledge--Guard Tower Vault of Knowledge--Lightning You start on the east end of a medium sized island running east-west. There are two lakes in the center of the island, breaking the passage west to the Matak settlement into three forks. The north and south roads arenít open to you because they are hills that are too steep to climb from where you start. Following the middle path will take you to the Lighting Vault of Knowledge, and from there you can go north or south around the westernmost lake to get to the Matak settlement. Along the way youíll see the Guard Tower Vault of Knowledge to the east and the Convert Stone Head to the northwest of your Reincarnation site. You start the world with two small huts and 9 Braves. Thereís only enough space where you begin to build one other hut, and the land doesnít go far enough in any direction to build next to your original buildings. There is plenty of land further towards the first Vault, so you should start your Braves on building one hut while your Shaman goes and figures out how to build Guard Towers. Once you have those, you can build one on the other side of the inlets near your Reincarnation Site and expand your settlement. Be sure to send your Shaman or a Brave to the Stone Head and start Converting Wildmen to your cause. You only have a limited number of spells, so choose large groups of Wildmen wherever possible. Once you have the Guard Tower up you can build a Warrior Training Hut, Temple, and more Huts as you need them. I recommend 15 Warriors and 10 Preachers to ensure swift and crushing victory. Once you have your army together, take them and your Shaman to the Lightning Vault. With Lightning youíll be able to reach across the lake and set fire to a few Matak buildings, notably their Warrior Training Hut. When youíre ready, send your followers across to take out the enemy tribe, you should know how to by now. Be aware of counterattacks where Preachers are involved, so that you can send your own Preachers in to counter. Also be aware of when the Matak Shaman heads out to attack, as she has both Blast and Lightning. With all the water around in this level you donít want your followers knocked around or they most likely will fall in. 3.5 Death From Above "In my vision I beheld the ultimate horror: the Angel of Death. It is an unstoppable force that will destroy everything in its path! If my enemies, the Dakini, reach it before me, our fate is sealed." Enemy tribes: Dakini Worship Objects: Stone Head--3 Convert, 1 follower to worship Stone Head--2 Land Bridge, 1 follower to worship Totem Pole--Land Bridge, 6 followers to worship Totem Pole--Boat, 1 follower to worship Totem Pole--Land Bridge, 1 follower to worship Angel of Death Statue (Obelisk) This is the first of three worlds where you will have to complete an objective within a certain time in order to win. You have 15 minutes from the start of the level to get your Shaman to the Angel of Death statue and worship it, if you canít it in that amount of time then the Dakini Shaman will worship the statue and send the Angel of Death after you. This world is a chain of three large islands and one small one off to the side. You start on the island to the northeast with 4 Warriors. Thatís right, Warriors. Very few Braves on this planet, and little time to build stuff, so donít worry about making a settlement. To the west is a Totem Pole that will open a Land Bridge to the next island, north of that is one of your tribeís Guard Towers overlooking the small island to the north which has 10 Wildmen and a Totem Pole. South of the Totem Pole on the starting island is the Convert Stone Head. At the start of the level stop charging Swarm and start charging Lightning, you will need at least one use of that spell. Send your Shaman to the Guard Tower, one Warrior to the Convert Stone Head, and the other three to the Totem Pole. They will need another three followers to worship effectively, but that comes later. With your Shaman in the Guard Tower, youíll have enough range on Convert to reach the island to the north. Convert as many Wildmen as you can, keeping in mind that you only have three uses of Convert. Have one of them worship the Totem Pole on their island to receive a Boat, which you can use to ferry your new Braves back to the mainland. Have them join the Warriors worshipping at the first Totem Pole to open the Land Bridge west to the second island. On this island you will find the Land Bridge Stone Head, a Warrior Training Hut, a Temple (both for your tribe), and a third Totem Pole which opens a Land Bridge south to the Dakiniís island. The Angel of Death statue is at the far south end of that island, and there are several strategies Iíve come up with on how to get there. First, the easy way. Grab the two Land Bridge spells from the Stone Head on the second island and train 5 Preachers and 4-5 new Warriors (depending on how many Wildmen you converted). Once theyíre all trained, order them to guard the Shaman and head across the Land Bridge. When you engage the Dakini forces (a Preacher and a Warrior), most of the other Dakini followers will stop patrolling their routes and move to intercept. The advantage you have is that youíre at the top of a hill overlooking their settlement, and theyíll lose some time catching up to you as they try to go around to the steep part where they can climb. From the top of the hill youíll see another hill to the south with a Dakini hut between it and where youíre standing. Cast Land Bridge on that hill to make a plateau across. Walk on further south until you get within Lightning range of the Dakini Shamanís Guard Tower. Cast Lightning to kill her as soon as youíre in range, you _donít_ want her to Blast your Shaman off the plateau. Continue south until you reach the end of the hills. Youíll be right in front of the U-shaped hill that surrounds the Angel of Death statue. Most of the enemy followers will have abandoned their posts in a futile attempt to climb up and get to you, and any that have made it will have to contend with your guarding followers. Cast the second Land Bridge spell on the part of the U-shaped hill thatís to your left (if youíre facing South) to create an easily navigable path to the statue and raise a ridge that will block enemy counterattacks. Order your Shaman to worship the statue and use Swarm if there are any enemy followers harassing it. Once sheís done, sheíll be teleported safely away and not one, not two, but five permanent Angels of Death will emerge from the statue and start killing the Dakini. Congratulations. Second, the more straightforward way. Train 2 more Warriors, and then make the rest of your Braves Preachers. Engage the Dakini on the hill to the south, and when the rest of their forces show up along the path on the east face of the hill have your Preachers ready to Convert their Warriors and your Warriors ready to kill their Preachers. When most of their defenders are taken care of, use your followers as bait to keep the enemy off your Shaman as she makes her way across their settlement to the statue. Donít worry about killing everything; the Angels of Death will take care of that. Use Lighting on the enemy Shaman as before, and Swarm and Blast as needed if your Shaman gets too far ahead of her defenders. A more advanced method to this approach is to use the Land Bridge spells you have to build more land and use the Braves you get to build Huts. Churn out as many followers as you can and send them in to attack with a few minutes left. Kill everything in your path and make your way to the statue. You can either worship it, or continue killing the Dakini followers. Unlike in the other levels with a time limit, you don't lose this one automatically when time runs out. When the timer hits zero, the enemy Shaman will start trying to worship the statue. However, if your forces are in the area and can kill her before she finishes worshipping (and every time she reincarnates after that), then you can take as long as you want to finish off the last Dakini followers, with or without ever worshipping the Angel of Death statue. Note that this requires some good time and resource management, so I would recommend it on your first time through the level. It might be fun to try later when you've got a good handle on the game controls though. Lastly, the way of subterfuge. Remember that boat? Stick a few Warriors and Preachers in it with your Shaman and sail as close as you can get to the statue (north or south side doesnít really matter, though you have a shorter way to walk on the north). Jump out of the boat and make a beeline for the statue, using your followers and/or Swarm as cover. Another way to do this is to just have the Shaman in the boat and use the rest of your followers launch an attack from the north over the normal land route, which will draw most of the Dakini away from the statue. Use Swarm on those that stay behind and maybe cast Land Bridge to cut a straight path through the hill surrounding the statue so you donít have to walk as far around. As long as your Shaman doesnít get killed along the way to the statue you should do ok. It doesnít take long for her to worship it, and once she does the level is over. Iíve encountered a glitch that keeps Death From Above listed as unconquered on the solar system screen if you donít wait for the Angels of Death to kill all of the Dakini. If you see this, just replay it and donít press space bar until the enemy tribe is destroyed. 3.6 Building Bridges "For the first time we must face two tribes: the Chumara and the Matak. Perhaps I can use them against each other. I sense a Totem Pole that may be useful in bringing them into conflict." Enemy Tribes: Matak, Chumara Worship Objects: Stone Head--3 Swamp, 4 followers to worship Stone Head--3 Hypnotize, 1 follower to worship Stone Head--1 Firestorm, 1 follower to worship Totem Pole--Land Bridge, 1 follower to worship Vault of Knowledge--Convert Vault of Knowledge--Land Bridge Here is where the gloves come off. No more easy cakewalks over unprepared enemy tribes. On this world not only do you face two tribes, but the enemies also deploy Preachers as defense (more than one), make raids on your settlement with Braves and Warriors, and even the enemy Shaman will come along to cast Swarm as your followers go about their business. After the last five levels this is a change, but youíre certainly up to the challenge. You begin on a very large landmass at the south end. The Chumara settlement is at the other end of the continent to the north. The Matakís island is separated at the start of the level by water, and lies to the northeast. Immediately north of your Reincarnation Site is the Convert Vault of Knowledge, grab it immediately. With Convert, start casting on as many Wildmen as you see. There are large groups of Wildmen at a lake north of your settlement past a gap in the hills surrounding your territory, near the Totem Pole northeast along the coast, and a few near the Swamp Stone Head to the east of your settlement. Once you Convert four Braves, send them to the Stone Head in the crater to the east to get some Swamp spells. These can be used as stopgap defenses when you see the enemies coming at you. Swamp takes a long time to worship, so be patient and watch out for the Chumara Shaman, who likes to cast Swarm on your worshipping Braves and interrupt them. Send the rest of your Braves to build 12 huts, a Warrior Training Hut, and a Temple. I find that 12 huts give you enough people for 20+ Warriors and 15 Preachers, with more than enough Braves left over to replace losses. You start out with only 6 Braves and no buildings, just like you will start in most of the levels throughout the rest of the game. In this level you will also want to set up Guard Towers and an actual defense. This level is nice in that it has a steep hill encircling your side of the island. As mentioned before, there is a gap directly to the north, which you should fill with 3 Guard Towers spaced evenly apart and staffed with Preachers. The enemies will attack with Preachers, but only one at a time along with 3 or so Warriors. The Towers will help amplify your Preachersí range, so while one of them comes out of his Tower to fight the enemy Preacher, another of your followers in a nearby Tower should be able to convert the other part of the raiding party. Watch out for the enemy Shaman casting Swarm or Lighting on the Towers though. There are also gaps in the hills to the west and east near the coast. Either cast Swamp (temporary solution) or build Guard Towers here as you see fit. Especially important is the gap on the east, as the Matak have Land Bridge and will cast it to make a path dangerously near your settlement. Luckily, though, when you see the spell message on screen youíll have time to move your Shaman over and lay a Swamp down in front of the Matak raiding party including their Shaman). Meanwhile, the Matakís Land Bridge allows you access to the Hypnotize Stone Head. They will try to set up a Guard Tower nearby, but I was able to worship the Stone Head with my Shaman alone, after casting Lightning on the Guard Tower and careful use of Swarm against lingering enemies. Once you have Hypnotize, head over towards the Totem Pole. Without Land Bridge you canít reach it, but there is (somehow) a Chumara Warrior on the island. Hypnotize him and have him worship the Totem to open a Land Bridge between the Chumara and Matak settlements. While theyíre dealing with each other, you can finish your preparations. Once your defenses are sound, your huts upgraded, and your army complete, go claim this world for your tribe. It doesnít matter which tribe you attack first, though I prefer the Matak because you can get Land Bridge and worship at the Firestorm Stone Head. The Chumara also have Guard Towers spread out over a large area, so it might take longer to hunt them all down. 3.7 Unseen Enemy "The Chumara will use the spell of Invisibility to attack us. Once again, I sense a Stone Head that contains a prize: the spell of Erode! Then, I will seize the power of Invisibility from their Vault of Knowledge." Enemy Tribes: Chumara Worship Objects: Stone Head--2 Erode, 5 followers to worship Vault of Knowledge--Invisibility This world is a bit easier than the last, in that you donít have to deal with as much raiding from the enemy and only one other tribe to deal with. The Chumara do seem to like Warriors and Preachers on this planet, and youíll run up against plenty. The fact that they can turn invisible doesnít help either. This world is very symmetric, with two kidney (for lack of a better word) shaped islands running east-west. Your island is on the north side. There are three places where the two islands get close enough to cast a Land Bridge, on the far east, far west, and the center of the water dividing them where there is a small island with the Erode Stone Head (youíll have to cast another Land Bridge from the island to reach the Chumara from there). There arenít many nice clumps of Wildmen, but you donít have single shot Converts any more, so just grab them as you see them. One last little thing about this world is that your Reincarnation Site is on a little peninsula to the northeast. On this peninsula you can only build one hut, so build a Guard Tower and move the bulk of your settlement further inland. Like in the last level, youíll want your Shaman to go around and Convert Wildmen and then use the Braves you get to build up your settlement. Youíll want to put one Guard Tower at the west and east ends of your island towards the Chumara, as they will open a Land Bridge on both points eventually. Youíll also want to start charging your own Land Bridge from the start. Once you get a use of it, open a way to the Stone Head at the center of the map. Grab four Braves to worship it along with your Shaman. Be aware that this Stone Head is in range of the Chumara Shamanís Lightning spell, and she _will_ use it on you, repeatedly. Pay attention to your worshippers and zap her before she zaps you. The reason you want to get Erode is that when the Chumara opens a path to your island, youíll have a way of shutting it down, at least temporarily. This will buy you more time to build up your forces and allow you to cross over to their island when youíre ready to fight on your terms. Your defending Guard Towers may not actually be used in this level, but theyíre good to have if you need them. Also, Iíve found that even when invisible, followers can get converted by a Preacher. Whether you attack from the east or the west is up to you, the only argument for the west is that it puts you closer to the Vault of Knowledge and you donít have to go through the Chumara settlement to get to it. Also, the west path is in between the Chumara settlement and Reincarnation Site, so you can intercept the enemy Shaman after she reincarnates. Ahh, Chumara mana good. However, if youíre not planning on using Invisibility (I never did, even after this level), then you might not need to go out of your way to get the Vault at all and go straight to taking out the Chumara. If you donít worship at the Vault youíll pick up Invisibility by default on the next world. 3.8 Continental Divide "I sense a Dakini settlement nearby and they have a powerful defense against us; mighty followers known as Firewarrior! I will need the spells of Tornado and Magical Shield contained in the Stone Heads to defeat them. Then I too will have the knowledge to train my own Firewarriors." Enemy Tribes: Dakini Worship Objects: Stone Head--4 Tornado, 4 followers to worship Stone Head--3 Magic Shield, 4 followers to worship Vault of Knowledge--Firewarrior Training Hut The geography of this world is difficult to describe, so try to bear with me. This planet is mostly land, with many scattered lakes all around. The Dakini settlement lies to the north of you through a gap in the hills surrounding your territory and on the other side of a large hill. There is another gap in the surrounding hills to the east of your settlement, which leads to paths across the rest of the world. Donít expect an attack from that direction because it is a long trek to make, and the Dakini seem to prefer the more direct route. You will want to send 4 of your followers through that east path because southeast of your settlement it the Magical Shield Stone Head, and southeast of that is the Tornado Stone Head. When you start, begin as usual by constructing Huts and Converting Wildmen. Send your Shaman and four of the Converted Wildmen over to the Magical Shield Stone Head while your other followers build up your settlement. For defense youíll want to build three Guard Towers in the gap between the hills north of your settlement. Youíll eventually want to put a Preacher in the center tower, and two Firewarriors on either side. Once youíve obtained the Magical Shield uses, head over to the Tornado Stone Head. Youíll want to go from the Magical Shield Stone Head, because the shortest path to the Tornado Stone Head from your settlement is through the Dakini settlement, not a good idea. Send 4 Braves to worship Tornado, while you position your Shaman near, but not to close to, the nearby Dakini settlement. You should be able to cast Tornado on their Firewarrior Training Hut, though you may need to cast Land Bridge to get in range. Be sure you cast Tornado at least once before your people finish worshipping because you can only have three uses of that spell at a time, and this Stone Head will give you four. No sense in wasting good Tornado spells, after all. Even though the Tornado Stone Head is very close to the Dakini settlement, they shouldnít give you any trouble if youíre quick about things, but keep an eye out and a Lighting spell ready just in case. Once you have your single shot spells, order your Shaman and Braves to get back to your settlement via the way they came. Then send your Shaman north towards the Dakini. The Firewarrior Vault of Knowledge is just across the big hill to the west, and there is a spot of water that is narrow enough for you to cast Land Bridge to bypass Dakini defenses and get to the Vault. Have Swarm and Blast charged to deal with anyone attacking your Shaman, and then start cranking out the Firewarriors. Once you assemble your army, head north and attack. Be careful with spreading your forces out too far, as enemy Firewarriors can shoot at your Preachers from beyond their preaching range. This wonít stop them from Converting people; itíll just kill them. Keep in mind that you can use the same tactic against enemy Preachers. 3.9 Fire in the Mist "I am troubled--my visions are strangely clouded. I sense a powerful spell nearby that will aid me in our battle with the Chumara, yet is lies across the water. I sense our enemy have boats and will use them to attack us. I must seize their boats, find this spell and destroy them." Enemy tribes: Chumara Worship Objects: Stone Head--2 Tornado, 4 followers to worship Stone Head--1 Earthquake, 4 followers to worship Stone Head--1 Volcano, 5 followers to worship Totem Pole--Land Bridge, 1 follower to worship Welcome to the first world with the Fog of War. Do you hate it as much as I do? I thought so. The Fog will cover most of the entire planet until you send one of your followers to explore that area. After that, the Fog is lifted and you will be able to see whatever is going in the areas that you have explored. This means if you scout out enough of the land away from your settlement youíll be able to see raiding parties before they get to you, just like in other maps. The downside is that you canít see whatís going on in areas you havenít explored, like the enemy settlement. The composition of the Chumara settlement and how their followers are moving will be unknown to you until you attack. You will be able to see the shape of the land on the map screen wherever the Fog is in place, just not the people and objects on that land. You will also be able to see black squares on the world view where there are buildings underneath the Fog, so you can get a general idea of how the enemyís buildings are laid out. Fortunately, the Fog of War is only active on a few levels in P:TB. The land on this planet takes the form of a long strip running south- southwest and north-northeast. Your tribe starts at one end of the strip, and the Chumara at the other end. Because the strip of land wraps itself around the entire planet, the Chumara settlement is actually to the southwest of your settlement, but unless you take a shortcut by boat or Land Bridge youíll have to trek all the way across the planet to get to them. Begin as usual with building huts and Converting Wildmen. Grab three Braves and have them follow your Shaman while she scouts out through the Fog of War looking for more Wildmen. Youíll find the Tornado Stone Head southwest of your settlement near the coast in the Fog. Even if you canít see it, youíll be able to hear it when you get close on the map screen. After getting that spell, continue southwest and youíll find the Earthquake Stone Head at the top of a high hill leading towards the Chumara settlement. Here you might want to set up three Guard Towers because the land is narrow and it makes a perfect choke point to stop overland raiders. The Totem Pole across the water will open a Land Bridge between the Chumara section and yours, and the Chumara worship it almost immediately after the level begins. Thereís really nothing you can do to stop them, so just build up your settlement and place your defenses where they seem appropriate. Because the enemy now has boats, and they _will_ use them, you have to change your defensive strategy. They will raid your settlement with a few boatloads of followers, but well placed Preachers near your Reincarnation Site should keep them from doing too much damage. The real threat in this level is the Chumara Shaman, who can use both Tornado and Volcano. Thatís right, I said Volcano. One of those in the heart of your settlement after the Shaman lands will definitely ruin your day. To counter this, I recommend that you establish a perimeter of Guard Towers around your settlement and staff them with Firewarriors. Place the Towers so the firing ranges of the Firewarriors overlap. When a boat come by, your sentries will attack, and as they move out of range of one Tower, theyíll come into range of another. In this way you can knock out the enemy from their boats and kill them before they even step foot on your settlement. Be sure to have Preachers and Warriors nearby in case a few do make a landing. Once you kill a raiding party from a boat, you can now steal the Chumaraís boats. Boats and balloons are the only things (other than followers) that can be taken from one tribe and claimed by another. Just order one or more of your followers to enter the boat and itíll be yours, at least until the enemy finds it empty and takes it back. Be warned, unattended boats will sink after a while, though boats with at least one follower in them do not sink. Once you have a boat, put your Shaman in it and head for the small island with the Volcano Stone Head. At the start of the level there will be plenty of Wildmen here to Convert, but if you get here later they may have all died off, so take some Braves with you to worship the Stone Head. The Chumara will send a party to attack your worshippers, but hopefully theyíll get there after you get Volcano. Once you have Volcano and a boat, you can head over to the Chumara settlement and do what theyíve been trying to do to you, throw a whole bunch of lava all over their nice buildings. While youíre here, you can also grab the Boat House Vault of Knowledge at the southern tip of their settlement. A well placed Volcano, along with Tornado and Earthquake, can severely damage the Chumara, and then you can take your army and wipe them out. Because of the Fog of War and the fact that they like to stick Braves in boats, you may have a little difficulty hunting down the last follower to end the level, but keep looking and heíll be found. Note that you do NOT want to cast Volcano during your attack, because even though the effects do not harm your Shaman, it will harm your followers. 3.10 From the Depths "I have had a terrible vision with scenes of death and destruction as our settlement sank into the sea! I must move swiftly if I am to save my tribe and wreak revenge upon our enemies." Enemy Tribes: Matak Worship Objects: Totem Pole--Continent, 2 followers to worship Totem Pole--Erode, 2 followers to worship This is second timed objective level. It seems that you put your settlement on some prime beachfront property just below the Matak, and their Shaman has pulled out the Erode spells. Can we say 'not good'? The name of the game from the start is evacuation, you donít have the means to reach or cast any effective spells on the enemy Shaman to prevent her from sinking your settlement. You have one boat, 5 Braves, 4 Warriors, 4 Preachers, and your Shaman. Send the Preachers and the Shaman to the boat immediately, and have them move to the small island to the north with a Matak Guard Tower and a Totem Pole. If you want to save the rest of your followers youíll have to move quickly. This is not necessary to the level, but every person helps. Send all of your Braves to the Boat Hut, and all of your Warriors to the land near your boat, but not actually the boat itself. Save that ride for the Shaman and Preachers. When the Braves finish one boat, have the Warriors hop in, and maybe send the Brave who took the boat out of the harbor back to the Boat House. You should have enough time for them to finish a second boat, which you then use to evacuate the other Braves. Whether you try to save all of your followers or not, send your Preacher/Shaman boat to the Totem island and disembark. The Preachers will take care of the Matak Warriors there, and you should send your Shaman and one other Preacher to worship the Totem Pole. This will raise a mid-sized island out of the sea to the northwest with some damaged buildings. Wildmen will appear on the island after it finishes rising, so Convert them and start repairing the Training Huts. Make all of your followers into fighting classes and build enough boats to transport them. You have 8 minutes after worshiping the Totem Pole to get over to the new Totem Pole on the Matak island and sink their settlement, or else your island will sink back into the sea and all of your followers (even those off the island) will perish. Because you have limited time, be careful about how long you have your Braves build boats before you train them into something else so you donít have extra boats when youíre done. Donít worry about repairing the Huts, as you will probably Convert more Wildmen than your population limit will allow anyway. Lastly, while you train your followers donít charge any spells so you have the maximum mana going to train them faster. Once you have your followers trained and your navy to transport them, head to the north part of the Matak island. You find a U shaped beach which leads to a hill. Land your followers here and attack anything that moves. You might want to cast Lightning on the patrol of Firewarriors so they donít knock you into the water. While your fighters are keeping the enemy busy, sneak your Shaman and one other follower up to the Totem Pole. It shouldnít take long to worship it, and once you do the south part of the Matak settlement will sink into the sea. There may be a few survivors, but you can use your Firewarriors or Blast to send them to Davy Jonesí locker. Yar. 3.11 Treacherous Souls "Once again we must face two tribes. I shall crush the Matak, then I must deal with the greater threat of the Chumara." Enemy Tribes: Matak, Chumara Worship Objects: Stone Head--3 Swamp, 6 followers to worship Stone Head--3 Flatten, 6 followers to worship Vault of Knowledge--Swamp Vault of Knowledge--Hypnotize On this world you start at the southwest end of the largest island, with the Matak at the north end. There is a smaller island directly southwest of your settlement with the Flatten Stone Head, and the Chumara island is south of that. Your island is very hilly, so be sure to charge Land Bridge to lower some of the hills that jut up if you need more space. Begin as usual, though send your six starting Braves to worship the Swamp Stone Head, which you can use as a stopgap defense if you need to. Have the Wildmen that you Convert start building up your settlement. If you havenít noticed, the enemy tribes are edging up their population and numbers of fighting follower classes, so youíll want to increase your own population so you have more fighters as well. Land Bridge will be helpful here in clearing new land, and if you need it you can get Flatten on the southwest island. As far as defense goes, there are four possible routes into your settlement through the hills north and northeast of your Reincarnation Site, which the Matak will use. The hills that define these entrances are just south of the chain of three lakes. What you can do is set up Guard Towers at each entrance, or climb up the hill on the southeast side and start casting Land Bridge across to the tops of the other hills. This will create a wall that the Matak raiders cannot climb, and one that will have only one entrance near the ocean on the northwest side of the chain of hills. Both enemy tribes have boats, but I havenít seen their Shamans cast anything more dangerous than Hypnotize or Swamp, so a perimeter Guard Tower defense isnít as necessary on this world since you donít have to worry about them putting a Volcano down on you. The Chumara will land a few Preachers and other followers at the southern tip of the island with the Flatten Stone Head and will launch raids from that direction, so you may want to build Guard Towers or station troops there to deal with them. The Matak also seem to like to land patrols on the Land Bridge you make from your island to the Flatten island. From the start, you should try to build up your defenses as much as possible. Matak raids will come from the north over land and by boats from the southwest (provided you opened a path to the Flatten Stone Head, which you can grab whenever you feel like). The Chumara will attack from the southwest as well, though you can put some Swamps down on their patrol paths to discourage them temporarily. As youíre building both your defenses and your army, try to get your Shaman to grab any empty boat you see. If youíre careful youíll be able to grab both Vaults of Knowledge, even though the Vaults are right next to the enemy settlements. Try especially to get Swamp, as youíll go through the three uses from the Stone Head fairly quickly. Contrary to what the game suggests, I prefer to wipe out the Chumara first. They are the greater threat, and that means theyíre more aggressive and a greater annoyance with their almost constant raids. The Matak never seemed to do much, so it would be foolish to move your main forces out to meet them while the Chumara keep pounding on your defenses while theyíre away. Eventually the Chumara will open a Land Bridge from their island to the island southwest of yours, so if you went after the Flatten spell they will have access to your settlement by land. This would be as good a time as any to attack, but if youíre not ready put some Swamps on the Land Bridge(s) to buy time. If your northern defenses are secure against the Matak, head south and march into the Chumara settlement. I took 25 Warriors, 20-25 Firewarriors, and 15+ Preachers. Be careful of the enemy Shaman as she has Hypnotize, and the last thing you want is to have your followers turn on each other. Take her out ASAP. The Chumara have the smallest island, so it should take long to destroy them. Once thatís done, replace your losses and head north. The Matak Shaman is also dangerous because she has the Swamp spell, be careful when issuing move orders so your army doesnít walk right through a Swamp. If you have enough fighters to get through their defenses and counterattack, youíll be well on your way to winning this level. 3.12 An Easy Target "For the first time we must face all three enemy tribes. I must prepare for a mighty struggle." Enemy Tribes: Dakini, Matak, Chumara Worship Objects: Vault of Knowledge--Spy Training Hut Vault of Knowledge--Tornado Vault of Knowledge--Erode Whoís the easy target on this world? You are, my friend, you are. The Chumara and the Matak both start with prebuilt Training Huts and a few other buildings, while the Dakini have most of their entire settlement up and running from the start. What do you get? 6 Braves and a Reincarnation Site. Luckily for you, though, youíre isolated at first on a (small) island to the north of the Chumara. South of the Chumara settlement on the same island is the Matak, and their settlement is actually not a far way north of yours (the continent wraps around the planet, remember this when going after the Erode spell). To the southwest on their own island are the Dakini, though they will cast Land Bridge pretty quick to get over and start picking a fight with the Chumara. Your main saving grace in this level is that the other two tribes have to get through the Chumara to get to you (boats notwithstanding). Start this level by putting down as many huts as you can fit on the land you have. Be sure to leave space for your three Training Huts, and set up Guard Towers across the water from the Chumara Guard Towers already set up. Thatís the spot most theyíre most likely to cast Land Bridge to you before youíre ready. Boats will also land in that area, so keep some defenders around. Once again, the Shamans arenít that dangerous (though the Dakini do have Tornado and the Matak have Erode), so I wouldnít recommend a perimeter defense. Watch how the enemy boat raids come and decide for yourself if you need them. One thing about the Guard Towers right across from the Chumara, the enemy will be in enough range for the warning bell to sound, but not enough range for your Firewarriors to shoot them from the Tower. That sound effect will get annoying after a while if you keep your people in the Towers. While youíre building your settlement, the Dakini will be aggressive and attack the Chumara over and over again. No big problems there, but before they get significantly damaged, expect the Chumara to send a few spies over by boat. If you catch them early they shouldnít torch too many buildings. The good part of this is that theyíll usually leave a empty boat behind, which you can grab for yourself (if youíre like me and donít even bother to build a Boat House). Take your Shaman and a few Swarm spells and go out looking for Vaults of Knowledge. As youíre doing so, just look out for Firewarriors in Guard Towers. Cast Lightning on them before they can fire. Once you get Tornado, you can also send your Shaman in to wreck some magical mystical mayhem on enemy Training Huts and followers. Cast Swamp on their patrol paths, and cast Erode on the sides of tall hills to yank the foundations of buildings right out from under them. I love to see a Dakini Temple shatter. Once your forces are ready, cast Land Bridge and go take out the Chumara, provided the Dakini haven't done that for you already. Make sure your army is large in case you have to fight off the Chumara and any Dakini/Matak raiding parties. After the Chumara are defeated and you have replaced your losses, the choice is yours as to which tribe you attack next. Late in the level both the Dakini and Matak settlements are about the same size. The Dakini have to cast Land Bridge to get to the Chumara/Matak island, so theyíll have one entrance to their settlement by land. If you want to guard your back while you take on the Matak, cast three Swamps around the entrance to the Dakini settlement and go hunt some little green guys. When it gets down to one tribe left, youíve essentially won. Just donít make any drastic mistakes, soften the enemy up with your Shaman if you need to, and watch out for the enemy Shaman. At this point in the game they have as many spells as you do, and even a well-placed Lighting spell in a tight group of attackers can do bad things. 3.13 Aerial Bombardment "I sense a new threat--an attack from the skies. I must make ready for the battle to come." Enemy Tribes: Matak, Chumara Worship Objects: Stone Head--1 Volcano, 5 followers to worship Stone Head--3 Magic Shield, 6 followers to worship Stone Head--1 Firestorm, 5 followers to worship Vault of Knowledge--Earthquake Vault of Knowledge--Balloon Hut On this level you get your last building, the Balloon Hut. I am a big fan of using balloons and Firewarriors as an outright replacement for ground forces. Warriors and Preachers are still needed for defense of your settlement, but during and after this level I typically amass an armada of 30+ Firewarriors in balloons, soften up an enemy tribe with my Shaman, and then send in the Firewarriors to finish the job. The main advantage of the air approach is that only Firewarriors can take out followers riding balloons, and you can use greater numbers to overwhelm Firewarrior defenses. The Shaman is also a threat to your balloons, but if youíre careful she can be taken out easily before she creates problems. With that said, Iíll begin the walkthrough of this level. You start in the southern region of the large continent that you share with the Matak. Your Reincarnation Site sits atop a high plain with a shallow canyon running around it to the south. This makes the land around your Reincarnation Site sloped in many places and you may end up having your buildings strewn about wherever there is enough flat ground to place them. Use Land Bridge as needed to flatten out what ground you can, but be careful that you donít accidentally cast it on the wrong spot and raise a ramp or something. The downside of this level is that you do not have access to your Swamp spell. I donít know why, maybe itís just a glitch with my game, but that particular spell vanishes during this level and comes back in the next. Maybe the Dakini jacked your spell book and scurried off to the next planet. Those bastardsíll get whatís coming to them! As far as defense goes youíll want to get Firewarriors at bit faster than you may have in previous levels. This is because all of the Chumara raids that I have seen came by balloon, either from the south or the north. The Chumara balloonists typically like to use a little spot of land at the very southern end of your continent as their staging area, so you might want to put a patrol of Firewarriors or a Guard Tower along that rise. When you do take out the enemy balloonists, donít forget to send your own followers to take their balloons. Like boats, unattended balloons are destroyed after a while. I would not recommend a perimeter defense is this level (its an awfully big perimeter), but one or two Guard Towers in the center of your settlement might help against Firewarrior raiders flying deep into your territory. Your own Firewarriors on the ground will also be a good defense against Chumara raiders if you have enough of them. As for the Matak, employ a standard ground defense at choke points to the north. The ramp that leads up to your plateau area is north of your Reincarnation Site, near the Volcano Stone Head to the northwest, though you might not want to only defend this route if you intend to expand your settlement into the lowlands. The obvious choice, then, is the bridge of land connecting the north and south sides of the continent. This is a large area to cover, and I needed 6 Preacher/Firewarrior Guard Towers to get overlapping protection. Luckily, the Matak donít have a tendency to raid very much, but you should have defenses just in case they do, including 5-10 Preachers and Warriors at home to fight off ground attacks. Be aware of Chumara spies coming in with balloons. Nearby Firewarriors wonít be fooled while the spies are in the air, and they will be fired upon. If they hit the ground, right click on the spy to uncover him and have other followers kill him before he can damage your buildings. As youíre building your settlement you should send 5 followers to worship the Volcano Stone Head. It takes a while to worship this, but its well worth it. Be on guard for the Matak Shaman, who will cast Lightning on your worshippers every now and then. If you move you Shaman north before the Matak set up their Guard Towers you can get to the Earthquake Vault of Knowledge without any interference. You can then use the one use of that spell that you get from the Vault and use it on nearby Matak Huts just for the hell of it. As soon as the Chumara send a balloon over and you kill its occupants, charge up Swarm and Lighting and head over to the Chumaraís island to the southeast. The Balloon Hut Vault of Knowledge is on the north side of the island and relatively unguarded. You donít have swamp to put down along the Firewarrior patrol paths, so be careful on your approach. Two hits will knock anyone out of a balloon and kill them, your Shaman included. Use Swarm or Hypnotize as needed while worshipping at the Vault. Once you have the Balloon Hut plans, and if you have Volcano as well, you can then cast it somewhere on the Chumara settlement if you like. Targeting their Balloon Hut should put the Volcano right next to their Warrior and Firewarrior Training Huts as well. Once you have the ability to make your own balloons, start a Balloon Hut and assemble your airforce. Steal Chumara balloons as the opportunity presents itself. Now that you have Earthquake as well, your Shaman is going to be very effective with her magical attacks. Be sure that you have enough Huts and enough Braves in those huts to both keep your population high enough and your spell charge rate at its maximum. While youíre building up you might send 5 followers to the Firestorm Stone Head to the west of your settlement, itís a powerful spell and it wonít hurt to have it in your arsenal. When youíre ready to attack, try creating some magical mystical mayhem with your Shaman. Tornado will rip through enemy Huts and Training Huts, a well-placed Earthquake can swallow some buildings into the sea or the earth itself, and Erode on coastal areas will have pleasant results as well. After youíve softened up an enemy tribe, send in your balloon riding Firewarriors to finish the job. When you engage the outer defenders the other attack class followers will move towards you. As long as you donít face a whole lot of enemy Firewarriors at once your Firewarriors will be able to pick off the enemies from perfect safety. Once you get through the counter attack, go after any Braves in Huts, Guard Tower sentries, and random other followers. I went after the Matak first, and then the Chumara. Neither tribe is a significant threat once you get your defenses together. I also bypassed completely the Magical Shield Stone Head because I just found I didnít need it. A word on alternate strategies. If you find that you donít like balloons or the balloon tactics I talk about, thereís no reason for you to use them. All of the ground attack tactics that youíve used on the previous levels still apply; youíll just have to be aware that enemy tribes will have balloons from now on, and they will use them in most of the future levels (unless I note otherwise). If you want to attack the Chumara by ground you can build up a navy and transport them there by sea (more efficient than via balloon). I recommend the north side of the Chumara island where their Vault of Knowledge is because their main defenses are in the south with the rest of their settlement. Also, there is a small patch of land to the west of the Matak Reincarnation Site that you can cast Land Bridge to. From here you can cast Land Bridge to the Chumara island and attack from there. I have not seen the computer do this, the Chumara seem content to use their air power. 3.14 Attacked From All Sides "In my vision I have again seen the Angel of Death. I shall find it and use it against my enemies." Enemy Tribes: Dakini, Matak, Chumara Worship Objects: Stone Head--1 Angel of Death, 5 followers to worship Stone Head--1 Earthquake, 6 followers to worship Vault of Knowledge--Flatten Vault of Knowledge--Firestorm Vault of Knowledge--Magical Shield As the name of this level suggests, you will be attacked from all sides on this world. You start out on the largest continent, which runs east west around most of the planet, with a small stretch of water between the west most end and the east most end. The Dakini settlement is far to the west, and the Matak settlement is on a high plateau to the east. Your settlement is located on a narrow strip running north and south directly west of the Matak settlement. If you remember From The Depths, you can guess this isnít a good thing. Even worse, the land west of your settlement is extremely hilly to the point where you wonít be able to build anything on it without the Flatten spell (which the Matak have). Moreover, there are no good choke points, so setting up defenses against Dakini ground incursions will be time consuming if you intend to stay on the lowlands with your Reincarnation Site. Because the Matak are way too close for comfort on this world, I suggest some radical tactics. Instead of building up your settlement and army and attack when you have overwhelming forces, send the 9 Braves you start with to build a Temple immediately. Only charge Convert and Land Bridge and get as many Wildmen over to your side as you can. Once you have the Temple done, start training 10 Preachers. When you have enough mana for one use of Land Bridge, create a ramp from your settlement up to the Matak plateau, preferably on the north side where most of their buildings will be. Send your Preachers up to the Matak as they finish training and start charging other spells. Keep the Braves youíve Converted working on something (even if its only patrolling a Guard Post) so youíll have mana for your spells and training. If youíve been quick then the Matak wonít have their own Temple and your Preachers will be able to walk up and Convert every Matak Brave they see. Watch out for the Shaman, because even though she may only have Blast that can still do damage and disrupt your Preachers. Also be aware of a Dakini spy trying to set your Temple on fire about when the 10th Preacher has been trained. Once the Matak have been dispatched, take your Shaman up to the Plateau and cast Convert on the Wildmen up there. There are usually a few very large groups of them and you should be able to get 40-50+ Braves from Converting Wildmen and the Matak. Also head to the south end of the plateau and cast Convert on the Wildmen near the Stone Head. This is the Angel of Death Stone Head, and that spell will come in handy. When theyíre done worshipping it, the Stone Head will cast a flatten spell to bring the worshippers up to the level of the plateau. Now youíre faced with a choice. You should have a significant number of Braves and a few Preachers left. You can continue to build your settlement in the area below the plateau or you can set up a few Guard Towers and move your entire settlement to where the Matak were (damaged ground from their old buildings not withstanding). If you choose to do this then you need to close off the Land Bridge ramp you made to get up to the plateau in the first place so the Chumara and Dakini cannot harass your mostly defenseless Braves while theyíre setting up your buildings. You can close off the ramp by getting the Flatten spell from the nearby Vault of Knowledge and casting it on the top of the ramp. Make sure all of your followers are evacuated to the top of the plateau before you do this. If youíre finding that with the raids of the other tribes youíre losing too much time to set up your settlement by trying to relocate to the plateau they donít try it. You can still build near your Reincarnation Site, though youíll probably want to move some buildings up to the plateau when you run out of room. Though at that point youíll have most of your settlement in place. Just keep a contingent of Warriors and Preachers on hand to deal with Dakini raiders from the west. Regardless of where you decide to put your settlement youíll need Firewarriors quickly as the Dakini also attack with balloons from the east across the water. Lastly, the Chumara attack you from boats that seem to always land north of your Reincarnation Site. Build 2 Firewarrior Guard Towers and 2 Preacher Guard Towers along the north coast and you should be able to blunt any attack from the sea. The interesting thing about this level is that the times Iíve played through it Iíve noticed that none of the three enemy tribes seem to build Firewarrior Training Huts. The Dakini seem to use their balloons as transport for other follower types. Iíve seen the Chumara build one once, but they didnít train many Firewarriors when they did. What this means is that you can roll over them with very small numbers of balloon riding Firewarriors simply because without Firewarriors of their own the enemy tribes cannot fight back. If they do have Firewarriors, be careful, and always take out the enemy Shaman when you see her. Lastly, because youíre the one with the air advantage now, you can try an alternate strategy of blitzkrieg. Once youíve taken out the Matak like Iíve described and converted all of the nearby Wildmen (there are a _lot_ of those buggers on this planet) you should have around 50 Braves. Build only a Guard Tower, Firewarrior Training Hut, and Balloon Hut on the Matak plateau, in addition to whatever defenses you need. Next train the Firewarriors you need and build balloons for them to ride and wipe out the remaining tribes. Iíve be able to do this without building a single Hut. 3.15 Incarcerated "The Dakini have trapped me in this magical prison and I cannot escape. I must command my followers to free me or we are all doomed." Enemy Tribes: Chumara Worship Objects: Obelisk--1 Volcano This is the last timed objective level. On this world you have to save your Shaman from the enemy tribe that has finally realized that if they just kill her, sheíll reincarnate later. I know the quote says the Dakini trapped you, but the enemy tribe in this level is flying the yellow colors of the Chumara, so I guess it was a typo. Your followers start on an island to the east of the Chumara island with four Huts, all of the Training Huts, and a Boat House. Thereís a big hill in the middle of the island with lots of trees, but unfortunately you donít have enough space for a Balloon Hut. The Chumara island is ringed with tall impassable mountains, and the only beach you can land your boats on is directly west of your island. You only have 7 and a half minutes to save your Shaman, so immediately send 4 Braves to the Boat House and start training the rest into Warriors, Preachers, and Firewarriors. Also send the Braves that are generated by the empty huts to be trained as well. I ended up with 7 Warriors, 14 Preachers, and 10 Firewarriors when my population hit around 30. Build up your army as you see fit, but Preachers will be your main weapons. Once you have enough boats to transport them, send your followers west. In front of the beach are three Guard Towers with Chumara Firewarriors in them. Try to bypass them as well as you can, or send your Firewarriors (all in the same boat or boats) to attack them, this will draw the fire of the enemy Firewarriors and allow your other boats to slip by. Make landfall as quickly as you can. Your Preachers should start Converting the Warrior patrols and your idle Preachers and Warriors can take out the stationary enemy Preachers. As you add enemy Warriors to your army, be careful of the Firewarrior Guard Towers further west towards the prison building. Once you take them out, send all of your Warriors to attack the prison building and free your Shaman. Once sheís free the timer stops, though the level isnít over yet. Worship at the Obelisk to get a Volcano spell. Youíll see a hill behind the Obelisk that nicely overlooks the Chumara settlement, and this is a great place to cast Volcano from. Casting it will also sink the Guard Towers that gave you trouble on the way in, and the spell itself should kill most of the Chumara. Use your remaining followers or whatever spells the Shaman has charged to kill them and end the level. After Incarcerated you have the option of doing any of the next four levels: Bloodlust, Middle Ground, Head Hunter, and Unlikely Allies. You can do these in any order, but I will run through them as theyíre numbered in the game. Once you complete the first two you will be able to do Archipelago, and once you complete the second pair of levels you can move on to Fractured Earth. 3.16 Bloodlust "I sense a spell hidden somewhere in this desert land that will increase the strength of my followers. I must find it." Enemy Tribes: Dakini, Matak, Chumara Worship Objects: Stone Head--1 Bloodlust, 6 followers to worship Stone Head--20+ Bloodlust, 6 followers to worship Stone Head--1 Angel of Death, 6 followers to worship Remember when I said the gloves come off for Building Bridges? I lied. The gloves come off in this level. No longer do the enemy tribes simply raid your settlement, they actually attack with 10-20 ground troops and their Shaman. Expect a few Preachers and Spies to drop in from balloons, and donít expect them to simply wait while you get ready for their attacks. I found this to be a _very_ challenging level, and I hope whatever advice I can give you will help you through it. This world is mostly covered with land. The Matak are to the east of your settlement, right on the other side of a ridge. The Dakini are to the northwest and the Chumara are to the southwest. Further west past the Dakini and Chumara settlements is a large plain which leads to the Matak settlement. The only large body of water is to the north of your settlement, but none of the tribes uses boats in this level anyway. West of your settlement is a small hill that breaks up the land into a north and south path to your territory, and just west of that hill is the one use Bloodlust Stone Head. To the northeast on the other side of the ridge is the many use Bloodlust Stone Head, but you wonít be able to reach it easily at the start of the level. All of the other tribes start with most or part of their settlements complete. The Dakini have the most buildings, next to the Chumara, and the Matak have only a few Training Huts at the start. You have 6 Braves, whoopee. Start by immediately building Huts and Converting the few Wildmen that are nearby. Both space and wood are at a premium in your area of the map, so build carefully. Youíll want to get a Temple and some Preachers as soon as you can. If you get there before they die, there are some Wildmen on a peninsula to the southwest of your Reincarnation Site. To get them back to your settlement would run them through the Chumara settlement, and theyíd never make it. Instead, build a Guard Tower and some Huts on that peninsula, and start charging Land Bridge so you can connect your settlement to those buildings. If you want to, you can also send some Braves to worship the Bloodlust Stone Head that you can get to. You may get a message that other tribes are worshipping the other Stone Head, but thereís not much you can do about it. For defense youíll want to do several things. When you get the mana, cast Flatten on the south end of the hill west of your settlement to extend it further south. Next, take your Shaman to the top of that hill and cast Land Bridge southwest to the large plateau next to the Chumara settlement and the southern peninsula. This will raise a sheer wall that will cut off the southern ground pass into your settlement. If you do it right, the Chumara will always follow the edge of that wall when attacking, so you can lay down some Swamps right in their path. To cover the northern route into your settlement, build four Guard Towers (2 Firewarrior, 2 Preacher) starting at the north end of the west hill. The Towers should be slanted to the northeast, back toward your settlement. If you slant them northwest (as you might obviously do to block off the pass), youíll get them too close to the Dakini settlement and theyíll send out raiders. Youíll be able to set up the Towers before you can alter the land much, so if the Dakini start raiding while youíre setting up your defenses you might not be ready for them. Once youíre well established and have a large standing force, you can build some new Towers so the followers inside have a better view of oncoming forces. Space in the area where you build Guard Towers isnít limited, but the available wood is, so be careful not to chop down all the trees in the area. Lastly, the Chumara will eventually start attacking the southern peninsula; so cast Flatten on the overlooking hill until you expand it into the sea. This will block off ground attacks, but the Chumara will often send balloons so be ready. The greatest threat to your settlement is the enemy Shaman. She will almost always accompany the large attacking forces, and this time she has no qualms about casting Lightning on your Guard Towers or Swarm on you grouped forces. Keep Swamp charged as often as possible, and try to get a balloon for your Shaman to ride around in ASAP. You might also try to build Guard Towers above the avenues of enemy approach if you choose to wall off your settlement with the existing ridges. You may have to weather a few major attacks from the enemy before you can get the upper hand on them, but fortunately they tend to withdraw after a little while in combat. Just be careful of enemy Preachers taking your forces right out from under you, and try not to let them destroy your buildings. Space is tight on this level, and damaged ground will not help you. Once you get a handle on defending your settlement and increasing your population, start building your balloon armada. This will help you devastate incoming attackers, so long as the enemy Shaman doesnít cast Swarm on them. Once you get balloons you can also send some followers north to worship the Angel of Death Stone Head. Use the Angel when youíve taken out most of the enemyís Firewarriors, or theyíll just kill it. Also, when you have balloons and full charges on your spells you should send your Shaman to soften up a tribe before you send in your Firewarriors. Be careful of enemy Firewarriors, especially Guard Towers, and lay waste to as much of their settlement as you can. I would start with the Matak, as they are literally right on the other side of the ridge from your settlement. They will cast Erode on parts of that ridge a few times, but you can just set your Shaman on the top of the ridge and Flatten/Land Bridge it back to impassability (no reason to fight a war on more than one front). After the Matak are destroyed you have your choice of the Dakini or Chumara. I went after the Dakini because they were larger and launched attacks more often, though the Chumara do tend towards balloon raids (as did the Matak). Just keep your forces far enough away from the enemy Shaman until your own Shaman softens them up, and then repeat the air raid with your balloons. Once you take out one of the tribes this level gets a lot easier. Other random notes about this level. I mentioned that you may not be able to stop enemy tribes from worshipping the other Bloodlust Stone Head, at least not without opening a Land Bridge over to the Matak side of the ridge. When you have balloons you can send your Shaman over to cast Swamp on the Stone Head, and thatíll slow down their worship efforts for a while. If you want to use Bloodlust, youíll probably want to take out the Matak before you try. Just be on the lookout for enemy raiders/Shamans. 3.17 Middle Ground "I sense a great struggle ahead. The Chumara, Dakini, and Matak are massing their forces against us." Enemy Tribes: Dakini, Matak, Chumara Worship Objects: Stone Head--1 Armageddon, 6 followers to worship This level is a much welcome change after Bloodlust. You start with a few Huts and all of your Training Huts pre-built, even though you only get 6 Braves at first. Wildmen are much more plentiful on this world, as are trees. The buildings you start with are not placed as well as they could be, but you shouldnít run out of room for more Huts. All this, along with land that actually works in favor of your defense, adds up to a nice change of pace. Donít think, however, that _everything_ is all well and good on this planet. The enemy tribes still attack en masse, and there will be significant fighting over the Armageddon Stone Head. All four tribes start on these rectangular sections of raised land at the four corners of a diamond. There are strips of land connecting the settlements, running along the outer edge of the diamond. There are also strips going to the center of the diamond, where the Armageddon Stone Head is located. This means that your settlement in the northwest has three entrances to it, the two land strips leading to the settlements of the Dakini and Matak (east and south, respectively), and the strip running southeast towards the Stone Head. The Chumara are located further southeast on the other side of the Stone Head. Curiously enough, I didnít get any attacks from the Dakini or Matak along the direct route from their settlement to mine, but I recommend not giving them the option and casting Erode a few times of the paths to their settlements. As you start on this world Converting Wildmen, you want to do three things. First, fit as many Hut plans as you can on your settlement and start building them, youíll need the population. Second, send some of your Converted Wildmen to be trained as Preachers and Warriors as a mobile defense force. Third, start constructing Guard Towers at the entrance to your settlement from the southeast land strip, the one heading towards the Stone Head. Since on this level there are no hills or other obstructions, Firewarriors do very well in Guard Towers. Also, wood is in abundance, both in your settlement and the surrounding land, so you can build a lot of Towers. I found that a formation of eight Towers in the formation below was very helpful. F F P F F P F P (F=Firewarrior Tower, P=Preacher Tower) This allowed for both fairly good (although not complete) coverage for my Preachers in case enemy followers were able to close distance, as well as the main advantage of allowing multiple Firewarriors to be firing at oncoming enemies. This could kill any individual follower, or significantly hurt a large group. With all the water in the area, the Firewarriors could also knock enemy attackers in and kill them right off. Arrange your defenses as you see fit, but I strongly recommend that you use groups of Firewarrior Guard Towers for their high damage, and the fact that enemy Shamans do not come around as often to cast Lighting in this level. The other means of defense you have is cutting the links between your settlement and the enemy settlements. As soon as you can charge Erode you should cast it on the paths to the Dakini and Matak settlements. I recommend casting it as close as you can safely get to the enemy settlements, that way you still have most of the land and the trees on the land strip to use. Beware that if you cut off ground access too much this way, the enemy may resort to boats (in addition to the balloons that they will use). Once youíve established your defenses, built up your Huts and population, and started building your standing army, you should turn your attention to the Armageddon Stone Head. The other three tribes will spend most of their time fighting each other as they try futilely to worship this. This gives you the chance to build up your forces and grab the spell when youíre ready. If any one tribe does manage to hold the Stone Head for a particularly long time you should head over and cast Swamp on the worshippers. You do not want this spell to fall into enemy hands, as they could pull it on you when youíre not ready (i.e. when you recently lost a lot of followers in an attack). To grab the Stone Head I recommend you build up the standard 30 Firewarrior balloon forces and position them right over the Stone Head. Have your Warriors worship it and deploy your Preachers around them to guard against anyone who slips by your Firewarriors. In most cases, the Firewarriors will rain enough death on anybody who gets near so that your worshippers wonít be bothered. Keep an eye out for the enemy Shamans, though, and intercept them immediately if they start heading for the Stone Head. Casting Erode on the paths from the enemy settlements to the Stone Head can also help as well, along with a few Swamps in front of a big attacking force. Once you have Armageddon, withdraw your forces to your own settlement. The choice on whether to use it or not is up to you. You can use your Shamanís spells and your Firewarriors' might to devastate the enemy tribes one by one, or you can retrain your entire population into fighting classes and unleash Armageddon for a knock down drag out battle royale. I thought you might like the later approach. If you really want to do this then I encourage sending ALL of your Braves to be trained as Warriors/Firewarriors (you may want to build more Training Huts to speed up the process). When I did it I have a population of 150 and had 50 Firewarriors, 80 some Warriors, and whatever Preachers I had left over. With this many fighters the enemy Braves wonít stand a chance, even when all the other tribes outnumber you. Remember that each tribe will be fighting all of the others, and they wonít be banding against you. This way lots of fighting classes works to your advantage. 3.18 Head Hunter "The Dakini are the mightiest of the three tribes we must face. I fear that if they are not stopped they will unleash a terrible magic upon us." Enemy Tribes: Dakini, Matak, Chumara Worship Objects: Stone Head--1 Armageddon, 6 followers to worship Stone Head--1 Volcano, 6 followers to worship Stone Head--1 Volcano, 6 followers to worship The terrible magic that your Shaman speaks of is none other than your old friend Armageddon. But donít expect another relative cake walk like Middle Ground. This time the Dakini have the Stone Head behind their fortifications, and the other tribes will be fighting you to get to it, not each other. On top of all that, the Fog of War is back (for the last time), so you canít see them coming. This is a fairly challenging level, but doable. You start on the northwestern edge of the largest continent on the world. The Dakini settlement lies southeast over land or northeast across the water. The Matak are on a small island a short distance southwest of your Reincarnation Site, while the Chumara are on a medium sized island north of you. When you begin you can fit two Huts on the west side of your Reincarnation Site before you run out of room. I would also recommend setting up two Guard Towers near the north/northwest coast and staff them with Firewarriors when you get them. All three tribes like boats in this level, and youíll need some defense against raiding parties from the west. Unless you create more land, youíll need to expand your settlement to the east. Thereís a narrow bridge of land that leads to a larger section east of your Reincarnation Site, and it is in this section that I recommend that you build your Training Huts and Balloon Hut, and then fit in as many Huts as you can. Youíll notice to the south that thereís a small lake that divides two paths running towards the Dakini settlement. One path is on top of a large hill or on the land below. The Dakini (and other tribes) will use both paths for their raiding parties, either to get to your settlement or to get back to theirs. This could mean a lot of Guard Towers for you to build if you want to cover both routes, and although there are a lot of trees on this world, it is easy to build so quickly that you use them up and have to wait for them to regenerate. Instead, I recommend setting up your Guard Tower defense on the lowland route, and send your Shaman to edge of the lake, as close as you can get to the side of the hilly path. Here you should be able to cast Land Bridge across to the other side of the hill (target the land nearest the water) and lower an entire section of the hill down to your level. If you do this far enough down the hill, the path will end in a sheer cliff, and I never saw any enemy raiders try to use it. From there you only have one path to guard, and you can reuse Land Bridge to flatten out the rest of the hill so you can build on it. Another defensive issue arises if you decide you want the numerous trees on the land northeast across the inlet. You can easily cast Land Bridge and reach this area, but the land turns south and goes straight to the Dakini settlement. They will come through this area, and your Land Bridge, to attack the backside of your settlement. Set up a few Guard Towers here and keep your mobile defenders handy. Not only the Dakini ground forces, but also Matak and Chumara boats tend to land to the north/northwest sections of your settlement. The attackers then head for the Dakini settlement, which doesnít help you if youíve expanded in the direction theyíre going. Try to guard against these incursions when you can, and be ready to stop them. One final thing to be aware of, in addition to attacks from boats, the Matak and Chumara will both open Land Bridges to your continent near your settlement and attack you from there directly. The Matak will come directly west of your Reincarnation Site (might be a good thing you had those Guard Towers there), and the Chumara will come southeast of your Reincarnation Site, near the spot where the high hill path meets the lowland path (and if youíre guarding the lowland path you should have Guard Towers in that area anyway). Once you get your settlement and defenses up and running, youíll probably run out of the grace period before the Dakini start sending worshippers to the Armageddon Stone Head. When this happens you _need_ to stop them. Make it your top priority, as they will use Armageddon almost immediately after they get it, whether youíre ready or not. I recommend making the Balloon Hut one of the first buildings you construct when you get enough space, and then building one balloon for your Shaman. In the air, she can easily zip over to the Stone Head and lay down a few Swamps. You might also want to cast Lightning on the Guard Towers they have in the area and Swamp along patrol routes. If you kill the few defenders the Dakini have patrolling the area between your settlement and the Stone Head, they shouldnít come back to patrol. The Dakini will attack with large numbers of Warriors and Firewarriors when you provoke them. Fortunately they donít include any Preachers, so if you can keep the Firewarriors from killing your Preachers you can grab a large number of enemy Warriors (I got 30+ when they tried to rush my Guard Towers). When youíre able to easily head over and cast Swamp on the Dakini worshippers whenever they get through your old Swamps, you should start building your air force. Like in Middle Ground, a large Firewarrior balloon force will keep enemy attackers off your worshippers until theyíre done. This force will also give you the mobility you need to respond to another tribe attacking the other side of your settlement. As youíre worshipping, you might want to target the enemy followers manually so they Firewarriors actually shoot them before they close distance, I found that without rough terrain the Dakini followers could get to my worshippers a second before they were automatically fired on. Once you have Armageddon safely in your possession you can choose how to finish this level just as you did for Middle Ground, build up your forces and Armageddon or wipe them out one by one. The choice is yours, and if you choose the later there are Volcano Stone Heads on both the Chumara and Matak islands. I have not seen either of these tribes try to worship these Stone Heads before you do, so if you can sneak in there and take them before they really counter attack then you have one more powerful spell in your arsenal. Since Volcano has a maximum of one use, do not worship the other Stone Head before using the spell you got from the first, or it will go to waste. 3.19 Unlikely Allies "The Dakini have grown too powerful on this world. I am suspicious of allying my tribe with the Chumara, but I must protect their settlement and prevent the Dakini from destroying us all." Enemy Tribes: Dakini Allied Tribes: Chumara Worship Objects: Stone Head--3 Teleport, 6 followers to worship Stone Head--1 Volcano, 6 followers to worship (triggers natural Volcano) Stone Head--1 Firestorm, 5 followers to worship (surrounded by enemy Swamp) This is a fairly straightforward level, only you have to make sure that the Dakini do not destroy the Chumara. Fortunately, this means that thereís only one enemy tribe to contend with. Unfortunately, the Chumara donít do a whole lot other than build a small settlement and get attacked by the Dakini. Youíll be bearing most of the weight in this unlikely alliance. You start with the standard 6 Braves on the island west of the Dakini settlement and the Volcano Stone Head. The Chumara settlement is to the northeast across the ocean, and there is a ridge to the east which separates their settlement from the Dakiniís. The Dakini, of course, will cast Erode on this ridge shortly into the start of the level so they can attack the Chumara. You should make it a priority to get over there and help your allies. Begin with Converting Wildmen and building Huts on the plateau near your Reincarnation Site. Be as quick as you can about it, as the Wildmen seem to die off quickly on this world. Also send 6 Braves to the lowlands to the west and the Teleport Stone Head at the far west end of your island. This Stone Head will give you three uses of the Teleport spell, which you can use to get your Shaman over to the Chumara settlement (or anywhere else) before you have boats or balloons. If you want to blunt the Dakini attack, you should charge up Swamp or Lightning at the very least. Luckily the Dakini arenít intent on wiping out the Chumara with their first attack, and they will withdraw after a little while. When you place as many Huts as you can on the plateau, you should expand your settlement into the lowlands. The path down from the plateau is too steep to build on, so youíll need to build a Guard Tower before you can expand. You can then tear down the Tower for its wood once you get a few buildings up. The area right below the plateau to the north (by the coast) has four trees nearby, and I recommend building your Balloon Hut there. Youíll need balloons quickly so you can get your Shaman over to help the Chumara when you run out of Teleport spells. This location allows a lot of nearby wood to build your balloons. There are a moderate number of trees on this world, so if you place your buildings carefully you shouldnít run out of wood. Build your other Training Huts in that area with your Balloon Hut and expand with more Huts if you think you need the population. The lowlands have a lot of narrow hills around the coastal areas, but you can take care of these with Land Bridge or Flatten (Land Bridge is less mana intensive, so you can get it more easily with a smaller population). Now for defense. You should start building Guard Towers at the far west of your island (south side of the inlet) as soon as you have your Training Huts done. You donít have a lot of area to build on (unless you make some more), but I was able to fit 4 Towers in that space (3 Firewarrior 1 Preacher). After the Dakini raid the Chumara a few times they will open a Land Bridge to your island and attack from there. They tend to have enough followers (with Magical Shield on them), in addition to their Shaman, so Guard Towers alone wonít be able to stop them. The Towers will distract them long enough for you to bring another force of Warriors and Preachers to bear, and you should always have this backup force ready to deal with Dakini raiders. With that in mind, the best defense on this world is actually Swamps. Neither the Dakini nor the Chumara have balloons (the Dakini have boats, but I never saw them use them), so you can fly your Shaman around in her own balloon and lay down Swamps on the Land Bridge the Dakini create to your settlement, and in between the Dakini and Chumara settlements. If you have enough followers so that your Swamp charges fairly quickly you can lay down three (or more) Swamps on a single patch of ground. This will cost the Dakini at least several attack forces before they can get through, in which case you can just replace your Swamps. Finishing off the Dakini is not as difficult in this level as it has been in others. Once you have a few balloons you should make a small (10 or so) Firewarrior air force and start charging your Shamanís other spells. Send 6 of your Firewarriors to the Volcano Stone Head and worship it (the Dakini can reach the Stone Head from where theyíre at, so keep the Shaman handy to cast Lighting or Swamp before anyone disturbs your worshippers). The best part of this Stone Head is that once you worship it, a Volcano is triggered in the crater southeast of the Stone Head. This is a bit too far away to do much damage, but it will light the Dakiniís Firewarrior Training Hut on fire at least. You can then fly your Shaman around, casting Lighting on Guard Towers and Tornado on Huts. Fly to the northeast, where most of the Dakiniís Huts are, and use your second Volcano there. This will cause massive damage and kill many of their Braves. You can then cause as much magical mystical mayhem as you can before you send in your Firewarriors to hunt down the stragglers. You can send a force over to the Firestorm Stone Head, located on an island far to the southeast of your Reincarnation Site, but it is surrounded by a Swamp and will require you to sacrifice 10 of your followers to worship it. If you have the mana, and need the spell, you can just charge Firestorm normally at this point in the game, so I donít see much of a point in using this Stone Head. Once you complete the last four levels you have a choice of Archipelago or Fractured Earth. You must complete both to move onto the final series of levels in the game. Note that you get Angel of Death in Archipelago and Volcano in Fractured Earth. If you play Archipelago first you will have Angel of Death to use in Fractured Earth, and vice versa. 3.20 Archipelago "I sense the Dakini are preparing for war. I must create more land to build on if I am to increase my forces and meet them in battle." Enemy Tribes: Dakini Worship Objects: Stone Head--1 Land Bridge, 5 followers to worship Stone Head--1 Flatten, 6 followers to worship Stone Head--1 Firestorm, 7 followers to worship Stone Head--1 Volcano, 8 followers to worship Vault of Knowledge--Angel of Death This is a somewhat difficult level, in that you really get screwed in the land department. Not only do you start out with only 6 Braves, while the Dakini have their entire settlement complete, you are stuck among a series of very small islands. Luckily, there are a lot of trees and Wildmen nearby, and if you can use Land Bridge and/or Flatten effectively you should be able to build a sizable settlement quickly. To start out with, Convert all of the Wildmen that are on your island and start building. You should have space for at least 2 Huts, a Temple, and a Warrior Training Hut. You should start on your Training Huts as soon as possible, as the Dakini give you very little time before they send boats over with raiding parties. Start charging Land Bridge when you have your Huts up and train some Warriors and Preachers to meet any attackers. Since the Dakini have to land on the coast, Blast is actually very effective against them since it will often knock enemy followers into the ocean. Be sure to target the enemy Shaman first before she can cast Tornado on any of your buildings. With space as tight as it is you wonít want any damaged ground. When you have the ability, youíll want to cast Land Bridge to the small islands to the northeast and east. These islands have groups of trees that will add to your nearby resources. Also use Land Bridge to flatten out the land near your Reincarnation Site so you can build there. Remember if you stand your Shaman near the coast and cast straight along the ocean youíll raise a rectangular strip of land out of the sea. Do this a few times to expand the area you have to build on so you can crank out a Firewarrior Training Hut and as many Huts as you can fit. I expanded towards the east, since I already had Land Bridges in that direction, and the Dakini island is to the west. Once you have Firewarriors and enough trees nearby you should set up a perimeter defense. A bad thing about this level is that you donít have access to Balloon Huts, but neither do the Dakini. They will always attack from boats, and usually from the south side of your starting island. Youíll want to concentrate your Guard Towers there, and since thereís usually an abundance of wood in your settlement building Towers around the rest of your perimeter wonít hurt. At the same time youíre building up your defenses, be sure to start training more Warriors and Preachers to be your standing army. When you get your defenses and your settlement built, you should start going after the Stone Heads in this level. Only one Stone Head appears at a time, and worshipping it causes the next to appear. The final prize is Volcano, which is very useful in the center of the Dakini settlement. The first Stone Head is the Land Bridge one, located on a very small island south southeast of your settlement. Either cast Land Bridge across the other islands to get there or use a boat. Be warned that the Dakini will attack your worshippers, and then worship the Stone Heads themselves. This isnít so much of a problem for the first two Stone Heads, though. The Land Bridge Stone Head triggers the Flatten Stone Head, located on the second island northeast of your Reincarnation Site. This, in turn, triggers the Firestorm Stone Head, located on the island northwest of your settlement. Be careful with this one, as worshipping it will trigger a Firestorm at the location of the Stone Head, probably killing your worshippers. It is worth it, though, because it also triggers a Volcano in the circular bay by the medium sized island to the north. On top of this Volcano will be the Volcano Stone Head, though you might want to wait for the lava to die down before sending your worshippers. For this one, be sure to have some guards on hand to fight off Dakini raiders. While youíre worshipping these objects and finishing off your settlement, you should also be building up a ground attack force of Warriors, Preachers, and Firewarriors. Without balloons you will be forced to take the fight to the Dakini on the ground, and I recommend whatever force you used before getting balloons to do so. Adjust the numbers of your force for the larger Dakini population, or just be careful about how you manage your attack. You may want to build boats to transport your people, but the Dakini settlement is not very far from your own. Casting Land Bridge along the west coast should raise some land that puts you in range to cast another Land Bridge directly to the Dakini settlement. Before you do that, though, you should send your Shaman over, probably in a commandeered boat, and worship the Angel of Death Vault of Knowledge. There are only a few defenders near the Vault, and Swarm or Hypnotize should help you get past them. Once you finish worshipping the Vault you will have one use of the Angel of Death, which you should cast immediately. Even though your Shaman is limited to the ground, you should be able to maneuver through the Dakini settlement and use Volcano, Firestorm, Tornado, and basically cause whatever other damage you like. I managed to cause substantial damage with my Shaman alone, and could send in my army to do whatever mopping up remained. One final note about this level, the Dakini have and will use Angel of Death on you, so be prepared for it. You should have 10 or so Firewarriors as early on as possible to guard against enemy boats, and when the Dakini use the Angel of Death you should order all of your Firewarriors to move as close to the Angel as possible. They will fire at the Angel for a little while, and then all run off when it swoops in on one of them. As soon as they stop running, reorder them to move near the Angel and repeat. This will provide enough firepower to eventually kill the Angel, getting rid of it a lot faster than it normally would take. This tactic also draws the Angel away from the people in your other buildings, so you donít have to repair them. You will take casualties, though, so send some more Braves to be trained as Firewarriors when fending off an Angel of Death. 3.21 Fractured Earth "This is a mysterious, hostile land. I sense that there are many dangers that I must face before we meet the Dakini in battle." Enemy Tribes: Dakini Worship Objects: Stone Head--2 Erode, 5 followers to worship Totem Pole--Flatten, 3 followers to worship Vault of Knowledge--Volcano Once again your tribe slugs it out with the Dakini. This time, however, you also have to contend with random lightning strikes, occasional earthquakes, and volcanoes erupting under your settlement. I think you have your work cut out for you. You begin on the east end of the worldís only continent. The Dakini are located on the other side of the continent, west across the land or east across the blood red water. There is a Totem Pole directly to the south of your Reincarnation site that requires three people to worship it. Worship this immediately to cause a Flatten spell to seal up the Volcano there. If it erupts it wonít cause damage to your settlement, which you havenít built yet, but it will create a lot of damaged ground. Like in Aerial Bombardment, this world is very hilly, so youíll have to build wherever thereís space, or make more space with Land Bridge and/or Flatten. Once you have the Volcano taken care of, you should start Converting Wildmen and building Huts. Build Training Huts quickly, as the Dakini wonít give you much time before attacking. Also start charging Land Bridge to seal up the next natural Volcano that erupts, located at a small pit to the northeast. Wherever there will be a Volcano there will also be smoke plumes rising from the ground. Cast Land Bridge or Flatten over these to seal the fault and prevent the eruption. Land Bridge is a good choice for this one because it doesnít require as much mana as Flatten. For defense you should at first have a group of Warriors and Preachers. The enemy will prefer to attack you from the southeast, where there is a gap in the hills running east west and leading to a ramp up to the high ground where your Reincarnation Site. Theyíll run through here and attack your settlement from behind, since most of the flat ground is to the north of your Reincarnation Site. Instead of building Guard Towers here, I found it was effective to take my Shaman to the top of the south hill overlooking the gap and cast Land Bridge north to create a wall across this gap. You may have to cast Land Bridge a few more times across to other hills to get rid of any steep, but navigable passes up. This will force the enemy attackers to go around and start climbing up towards your settlement through an area east of your Reincarnation Site, not far from the Erode Stone Head. I put two Preacher Guard Towers in front of four Firewarrior Guard Towers in this area and that held off most attacks. You may need some extra help when the enemies have Magical Shield on, or if they are attacking your Towers with Firewarriors. Be very careful of the enemy Shaman, as she will cast Volcano on your settlement. Later on, once you get the above-mentioned defenses ready, you should put a few Firewarrior Guard Towers on the east edge of your settlement, as Dakini Firewarriors will cross the water in balloons to attack that end of your settlement. The Erode Stone Head isnít strictly necessary, but you should probably send 5 Converted Wildmen to worship it early on in the level. Getting the two Erode uses will keep you from having to charge Erode when you get the mana for other advanced spells, like Angel of Death. The other object of interest in this level is the Volcano Vault of Knowledge. Finally, you wonít have to rely on miserable Stone Heads for this awesome spell. The Vault is lightly guarded and has a few Dakini buildings nearby. With a few Swarm, Lighting, or Swamp spells you should be able to sneak your Shaman up there and worship at the Vault without a problem. Once you have Volcano, you should take a balloon, fly your Shaman over to the Dakini settlement and use it. The rest of the level follows the familiar pattern. Building up your air force will let you attack the Dakini before or after your Shaman softens them up (when theyíre not attacking they didnít seem to keep many Firewarriors on hand, so thatís a plus). Also, since the terrain tends to constrict your settlement, the Firewarrior air force will also help you respond quickly to enemy attacks with more force that your Guard Towers alone can provide. When youíre ready, take the Dakini out. A final word on this level should be said about the natural Volcanoes. The first to erupt is south of your Reincarnation Site, and can be sealed by the Totem Pole. The second eruption comes from the small pit northeast of your Reincarnation Site. This, like the others, you will have to seal yourself. Make a point to cast Land Bridge over this as soon as possible because its in the middle of a nice flat area and its lava will cost you a lot of good land. The third Volcano goes off far to the southeast, nowhere near your settlement, so donít worry about it. The last Volcano (that Iíve seen) happens south of the fume that comes from the northeast coast. Thereís an eroded Volcano looking crater there, and you should look for the smoke plumes before it goes off. The Vault of Knowledge also triggers a Volcano nearby when you worship it, but thatís not near your settlement so you again donít have to worry. 3.22 Solo "None of my followers could accompany me to this world. I am alone and I shall need all my strength and cunning to survive." Enemy Tribes: Dakini, Matak, Chumara Worship Objects: Obelisk--Max Mana Obelisk--Mana Boost Obelisk--Mana Boost This is my favorite level, simply because you get to run around with your Shaman and blow stuff up. If you havenít used her talents thus far, you will have to learn how to do so in this level. The Obelisks scattered around the world will replenish some of your mana when you worship them, but if youíve used a lot of spells be careful as to how many you have charging. Aside from the first Obelisk, the others do not restore your mana to full, and if you want to get some more spell uses youíll have to charge only a few spells. Since Iím sure everyoneís playing style is a bit different, I really canít recommend the "best" way to complete this level, and Iím certainly not going to try and dictate how many of which spells you should use where. Instead, Iíll aim for describing the general flow of the level, and you can experiment with what spells work best. You face all three tribes in this level, but they all have relatively small settlements. You begin on the Dakini island, with the Matak located to the north, and the Chumara located to the northwest. The Dakini have a very small population, and it shouldnít take much to take them out. Once theyíre destroyed you can hop in the boat they have made and take it to either of the two other islands. I recommend that you head for the Chumara first, as there is a balloon located at the southern tip of their island. Land on the small patch of ground east of the balloon and cast Land Bridge to make a ramp up to it. Once youíre in the balloon be _very_ careful of Firewarriors. You may have been reckless with your Shaman in a balloon in the past, but in this level she does not reincarnate. Two Firewarrior hits will end the level for you in a hurry. This just means you need to be sure to Lighting enemy Firewarriors from a safe distance. Because the Chumara have a wide-open settlement with most of their buildings packed together, they seem an ideal target for Volcano. Iíve noted that when you kill a lot of enemy followers (this happens on other levels too), i.e. most of the tribe, the survivors will make a suicide run at your Shaman. They will do this even if they cannot reach the balloon sheís in, and even run toward her if sheís hovering over a Swamp. Heh heh heh. Nuff said. After the Chumara are done, youíll probably want to recharge your spells. Either the Obelisk next to the Dakini island or the one on the Matak island will work. If you worship the one on the Matak island expect some Warriors to come heading your way. Also be sure that you fly _around_ the Matak settlement, and not right through it, or youíll get shot down real fast. The Matak have a lot more Firewarriors, so be extra careful when youíre around their area. I find that the Angel of Death works well against the Matak, as it will draw the Firewarriors attention away from your Shaman. Since their settlement is on high ground, Erode also does wonders to shatter the enemyís buildings and fling thier followers around. Once again, its your choice as to how you take them out. One interesting fact I learned in this level, if you have enemy followers Hynotized and kill all of the other enemies from that tribe, the Hypnotized followers will become permanent followers of your tribe automatically. In this way, you can actually gain followers from the defeated enemy tribes. Unfortunately, the game wonít let you build anything other than Guard Posts in this level. 3.23 Inferno "Once again all three enemy tribes stand against us. I must search the land for any spell that will aid me." Enemy Tribes: Dakini, Matak, Chumara Worship Objects: Stone Head--3 Firestorm, 6 followers to worship With this level you begin the final stretch to the end of the game. On the next three worlds you will face all three enemy tribes. Fortunately on this one, even with the blood red water and the eerie sound effects, you donít have to put up with the environmental hazards you saw on Fractured Earth. You start out at the south end of the largest continent. The Dakini and Matak are also on this continent, to the north and northeast, respectively. The Chumara are located on an island to the east. There is a Stone Head around the center of the continent, around the place where the three settlements meet. Tall impassible hills block the other land routes to the Dakini and Matak, so youíll have to go by the Stone Head if you pass them over land. (A side note here: One of these hills separates a very direct path between the Matak and Dakini settlements. I didnít try this when I played through the level, but maybe casting Erode on this hill and opening up a new path would bring those two tribes into more direct conflict, ala Building Bridges.) The good thing about this level is that you have lots of space to build and no one starts with any of their settlement built. This will give you time to build up your forces before you get attacked. There are a lot of trees lying around, so this will allow you to build up quickly. I found that I built a lot of Huts (17 or so) in order to have a lot of mana for my big spells, so you might want to be careful where you place your buildings. If you donít cover up the nearby trees, youíll have them to build stuff later on when you need it. Also, since the other tribes will be busy building their own settlements to begin with, you should grab 6 Wildmen and send them over to worship the Stone Head. The Dakini will send 6 Braves of their own to worship, but you might be able to get a use of Firestorm before they get there. Since you (and everyone else) has Firestorm already, donít think that the Stone Head is a big priority. Defense is a bit tricky in this level, much like Bloodlust. You donít want to put your Guard Towers directly south of the Stone Head, where the obvious choke point is, because both the Dakini and the Matak build Guard Towers for their own Shamans on top of the nearby hills. This extends the range of their Lighting spell significantly, and if your Towers are too close, they will burn them to the ground. You have two options to counter this. First, build your Guard Towers just north of the two hills overlooking your settlement, in between the pass between hills. There are two avenues of attack in this area, so you might need to build two sets of Guard Towers. The problem is that the enemy Shaman (typically when its the Dakini from what I saw) accompanies the attacking parties. Sheíll make short work of your Guard Towers unless you see them coming and have some Swamps or Lighting of your own. The way around the Shaman problem is the other method, close off the land routes. Get to the top of the east hill north of your settlement and cast Land Bridge across to the other hills to raise cliffs. I built my cliffs heading north/northwest towards the Dakini settlement. This will take care of Matak attacks well enough, but be sure to follow the chain of hills all the way up and make sure there are no climbable ramps or youíve just given the enemy a high road to your settlement. If you choose to seal yourself off like this youíll buy time to build and not have to deal with ground attacks. What you will have to deal with is boat attacks. None of the tribes in this level seem to favor balloons, but they all have boats. The Chumara especially like to send a spy over via boat and burn down a few of your buildings. You can build a perimeter defense against this if you want, but itís an awfully big perimeter. (Also, I found that it seemed to take a real long time to build anything on this world, even when you assign a lot of Braves to the construction. Theyíll gather all the needed wood, and then stack it outside while they hammer away at the building in progress. I donít know if itís some glitch with this level, or just my perception, but donít be surprised if it takes a while for things to get built.) So you have plenty of room to build (assuming you donít build over the large groves of trees) youíll want to be able to expand as far north as possible. Creating a cliff wall might also cut your easy access to the Firestorm Stone Head, but itís only a spell that you already have. However you build your defenses, you should build as many huts as you can and fill them with Braves. Keep your standard 10 Warrior 10 Preacher defense force on hand for spies and boat incursions, and I still recommend an air force for this level. As Solo proved, your Shaman is _very_ deadly at this point in the game. With lots of Huts to fuel your mana, you should be able to charge you spells very quickly and run balloon raids with your Shaman to soften up the enemy tribes before you hunt down the rest with your Firewarriors. If you choose to slug it out without your Shaman, hereís a tip Iíve noticed regarding balloons and Firewarriors. Iíll try to be as clear as possible, so bear with me. In general, when you attack the enemy settlement with your followers, a lot of the non-Brave follower classes will rush to meet your attackers. When youíre attacking with balloons, this typically hasnít mattered in previous levels because there arenít that many enemy Firewarriors to hurt you. In these later levels this is not the case. The enemy tribes have a lot of Firewarriors, and if you attack an enemy settlement while theyíre still alive, they will abandon their old defensive positions and come at you, along with all the other Warriors and Preachers. Your Firewarriors, if left to their own devices, will fire on whoever is nearby and convenient. This does not necessarily mean theyíll attack the enemy Firewarriors who are an actual threat. The strengths of the Firewarrior air force are mobility, ability to avoid most other followers, and strength in numbers. If the enemy Firewarriors on the ground show up and start picking off your balloons while theyíre all shooting at some helpless Preacher, youíll loose Firewarriors and balloons very quickly. However, if you manually target the enemy Firewarriors youíll almost invariably order your balloons deeper into the enemy settlement, where there are probably more Firewarriors headed your way. The trick then, on these later levels, is to make hit and run attacks. Find some poorly defended spot and start picking off the enemies there. Donít go too much past their perimeter, but fire at people until you provoke a response. Pick off the enemy Firewarriors as they come, but if they start showing up in larger groups, pull back to where they canít follow (across a hill or over water). When you see the enemy defenders turn back to what they were doing, send your balloons back to do another hit and run. The goal is to kill enemy Firewarriors, enough to the point that they can only send a few of them at you at a time, numbers that wonít hurt your balloon force. You win in this situation because even though they will start training new Firewarriors right away, if you can keep your balloon force intact you can kill those new Firewarriors as they come out of the Training Hut, and then raze the Hut. Once all, or most, of the enemy Firewarriors are taken care of, proceed to pick off the Warriors and Preachers wandering impotently beneath your balloons, and then the rest of the enemy settlement. The last thing to note when attacking with balloons, Iíve said it before and Iíll say it again, fear the enemy Shaman. If she casts Swarm underneath your balloons, a whole lot of your Firewarriors will find themselves on the ground, where those Warriors and Preachers arenít quite so impotent. Just try to time your attacks to happen when the Shaman is dead, either kill her with your own Shaman or some other way, and then have your Firewarriors in the settlement kill her again when she reincarnates. As long as she stays dead and out of the way, you only have to worry about enemy Firewarriors. 3.24 Journey's End "I sense that our struggle is nearly at an end. The Final Battle awaits!" Enemy Tribes: Dakini, Matak, Chumara Worship Objects: None This is the last level you have to complete before your Shaman completes her (mad?) quest to become a god. The other tribes on this planet, however, have a few things to say about that before you can move on to the final level in P:TB. The Dakini, Matak, and Chumara all start on this world in force and with a developed settlement. You get a little bit more than the standard six Braves, but not much. You want your godhood? Earn it. Aside from the mismatch in starting forces between yourself and the other tribes, you really get screwed in the land department. You are stuck in the middle of a large ocean on the smallest island on the planet. There are two narrow strips of land running to the east and to the west. The Chumara are located on the other side of the planet from your settlement, and both of those land strips lead right to them. Furthermore, the Dakini are on the same continent as the Chumara, to the south. There's a land route from the Dakini settlement to the western land strip, so expect thier attacks to come from there. Lastly, the Matak are situated on the medium-sized continent due north of you. They are only on Land Bridge spell away, and they will open a path before you would want them to. This time around you begin the world with three large Huts and nine Braves. Complicating the scarcity of land is the fact that there aren't that many trees on the land that you do have, so you'll want to build carefully. In this level you might have to do things before you normally would (if you've followed my strategies), such as charge up land altering spells before you have a large population. You need to build around the trees and building up more land helps you do that and expand your settlement all at once. Be sure to Convert the Wildmen on this world quickly, they seem to die off very fast. Your most immediate concern comes from the enemy tribes. Expect an attack from the Matak early, and as soon as they cast Land Bridge. You should build a Temple immediately and train some Preachers to meet this attack. I placed my Training Huts south of my Reincarnation Site, using Land Bridge to smooth out the land, and my Huts in two columns east of the Reincarnation Site. When fighting the first few raids, remember that your Shaman can Blast an attacking force into the nearby water very easily. If they get too far into your settlement you may have a problem. After the raid start charging Erode so you can seal off some of the entries into your settlement. I prefer to close all three routes, and then attack from the air, but the choice is ultimately up to you. Be warned when casting Erode on the land strips to the Chumara, the land is just barely above water and you should order your Shaman to move away as soon as she casts the spell or she might find her ground taken out from under her. Even with Blast, your Shaman may be your most useful fighter in the early stages when you don't have Warriors and Preachers, so you don't want ot let her drown. I suggest that you build up as large of a standing force as you quickly can. Once you sever the land routes, its only a matter of time before the other tribes attack via boat, balloon, or Angel of Death. Even if your settlement is small, you should shift a lot of your followers into fighting classes and build a good balloon force. Time really is of the essence on this level, and I found myself struggling on many occasions trying to get everything I needed built while at the same time managing my forces to fight off the enemy attacks and keep my settlement intact. You have a relatively small perimeter, but with the scarcity of trees you don't want to build Guard Towers all around your island. Balloons will also help you guard against enemy Shaman raids. With all of thier spells at thier disposal and a disturbing tendancy to use them, the enemy Shamans can quickly damage a great swath of land that you really can't part with. This is a pretty hard level, in that the enemy tribes will attack with much greater force then they have in the past, most of that force coming from thier Shaman. Once you get your settlement built and your standing army ready, you should deploy them so they can respond quickly to balloon or boat raids. If you can catch an attack before the enemy Shaman can cast anything, you should weather it very easily since the enemies don't seem to send that many other followers. Though you many have to retry this level a few times, eventually you should find a way to get the upper hand. Once that happens you should move out with Shaman and air force against one of the enemy tribes. Soften them up with magic, and have your Firewarriors finish the job. Once you get one of the tribes out of the way, you'll have a much easier time with the remaining ones. I started with the Chumara, since they usually attacked with balloons later in the level. The Dakini were next, and after them the Matak. The Dakini prefer boat raids after I had sealed off the land routes to my settlement, and be careful of the Dakini Shaman who likes to cast Volcano and Earthquake and other nasty stuff. When attacking another tribe, try not to spend too long on an attack, or the Dakini might just come along and wreck havoc on your settlement while your attention is elsewhere. I chose to attack the Matak last because they were the quietest of all the tribes and didn't attack very often after thier initial Land Bridge attempt. If the Matak capture a balloon (they don't usually build a Balloon Hut themselves), I've noticed that the Matak Shaman flies over very soon afterwards to cast Angel of Death on you. This isn't nearly as devastating as the average Dakini Volcano, but you can guard against it by planning your balloon raids carefully. 3.25 The Beginning "Finally, I am a God. I shall wreak my revenge upon the unbelievers!" Enemy Tribes: Dakini, Matak, Chumara Worship Objects: None Well, you've made it to the final world. Your Shaman has completed her quest, and as you saw in the cutscene after Journey's End, ascended to godhood. As a god, your Shaman does not appear as a follower you can command on this level. This means that all of your spells now have infinite range, you don't have a Reincarnation Site, and your Shaman obviously can't be killed. Unfortunately, these effects only last on this level. If you go back and replay one of the previous worlds you will have your Shaman like before. The other downside of godhood is that you don't get infinite mana, you still have to charge your spells like before, and you can still lose the game if your tribe is annihilated. You've come to far to let that happen, so here's the run down on the final level. The shape of the land on this world is a bit tricky to describe, so you may want to have a look at it for yourself if I'm not making any sense. This world is like Middle Ground with circular plots for the four tribal settlements and long land strips connecting them. Unlike Middle Ground, though, the entire land mass of the world isn't stuck out in the middle of the ocean. The largest bodies of water are to the east and west of your settlement, but none of the enemy tribes seems to prefer boats over the land routes. There are six of those land routes radiating away from your settlement. The Dakini settlement is located on the other side of the planet from you, so you can get there from either the north or south strip of land. The Chumara and Matak are located to the southwest and southeast, respectively. The northeast and northwest land routes will take you to a crossroads on the other side of the planet which you can use to get to the Chumara or Matak settlements. Fortunately, they don't seem to like to use this route to attack you. Now about your settlement. The good thing (and it's a really good thing) about this world is that you don't have to build from the ground up with only six Braves. You start with 50 Braves, 10 Large Huts, 8 Medium Huts, and all of your Training Huts. You also begin with Blast, Swarm, Lightning, Hypnotize, Tornado, Swamp, and Firestorm completely charged. Convert also starts with three uses, though there are no Wildmen to Convert at the beginning of the level. The main trick to this level is surviving the first part of it. All of the other tribes have an actual army, instead of just a bunch of Braves, and will decide to stomp on each other at the very start of the level. Unfortunately, they'll choose your settlement for the place where they stomp on each other. Immediately stop charging Convert and start charging Erode, and send at least 15 Braves each to your Temple, Warrior, and Firewarrior Training Hut. Next, scroll over and cast Swamp on all three enemy Shamans. Hopefully you can get some of the fighting classes of followers that are standing nearby them, but more importantly it will give you three extra mana boost to charge Erode. You won't stop the attacks, but you can cast some of your other spells to soften up at least one tribe. Casting Firestorm or Tornado on their Training Huts will slow them down a little bit after the first attack. While the other three tribes are fighting in your settlement, try to keep your Braves going to the Training Huts and send your fighters to stop enemies wherever they can. You're not really pressed for land, but you'll probably want to keep your buildings from being completely destroyed just so you don't have to rebuild them. If you can't deploy your own Preachers to counter the enemy's, keep Blast charging and cast it on any enemy Preacher you can't get to otherwise. With all the casualties you're going to take, you don't need your own Braves turned against you. The attacks aren't likely to be completely defeated by your efforts, but the attackers will withdraw or head off into another settlement eventually. Your main task, and the hard part of this level, is to survive the first round of attacks with as much of your settlement intact as you can manage. As soon as the enemy followers move themselves out of your settlement you should start rebuilding your damaged buildings. Put some Braves in your Huts so they can quickly get some new Braves out for you. Chances are, you will be very much under your maximum population at this point. You should also have at least one use of Erode, if you've only been charging it. As my earlier strategies probably indicate, I recommend that you use Erode to cut off the land access to your settlement. This makes extra sense on this level because the land strips are so wide that building a Guard Tower defense will be very expensive. Moreover, since the enemies attack en masse maintaining that defense will also be very difficult. I recommend sinking the path to the Chumara first, since they are typically more agressive than the Matak, and have only one route to your settlement. The Dakini have two routes to get to you, so you should probably sink one of those routes as soon as possible, and build a large ground force to defend against incursions until you get the mana. You can, of course, try to build as many Guard Tower defenses as you want, but I just think that using Erode is easier. Note that when you're using Erode you'll want to cast it as close to the enemy settlement as possible. The only trees on this world are located on the land in between the settlements, so you'll want as many of those trees as possible accessible to you after you sink the routes. Once you have sealed off the direct routes to the other three tribes, you don't need to worry about the other two routes to your settlement. I have never seen the other tribes attack from those routes. Once your defenses, of whatever form, are done and your settlement has recovered from the initial attack and whatever damage other raids have done, you can turn your attention to wiping out the other tribes once and for all. Ground or air attacks follow the usual pattern and using them is up to your discretion. This world does offer a great deal of land and trees for you to build a bunch of Huts and turn your settlement into a mana factory (28 Huts will get you the maximum population). With your spells charging at a rapid rate you can leave all your followers at home and smite down the infidels like, I dunno, an angry god. (I submit all due appologies at this point.) After you mop up the last enemy follower you've completed the game. Congratulations. 4. FAQ Well, there really isn't a FAQ in this guide, since this is the first version and no one has emailed me any questions. If you have questions, feel free to send them to me and I'll do my best to answer them. 5. Other Stuff 5.1 Contact Info If you see something missing from this guide, an error I've missed, or have some info that I haven't included here, you can tell me at email@example.com. Please include something about P:TB in the subject heading so I know its not spam. 5.2 Acknowledgements As mentioned before, a lot of the terminology and gameplay information came from the in game help feature. All due credit goes to Bullfrog for that info.
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