[Endless Legend] The Cultists
This past weekend, I realized that I was in a bit of a rut in Endless Legend and playing the Broken Lords faction repeatedly since they’ve become my favorite so I decided to try something a bit different and play with the Cultist faction instead. I’ve read a little about them and I’ve played them once before, but it’s been quite a while so I didn’t really remember much about them at 1st. This time I paid attention and… they’ll always have the glaring weakness that they only are able to have 1 city so they’re very vulnerable to being attacked, and they seem to start a little slower than the other factions, but by the end of the game, well…. let me show you the screenshot of my city:
Assuming you don’t already know, you can open it full-size by right-clicking it, selecting “Open in New Tab” and then editing the “?w=(somenumber)” off the end of the URL for it. The really relevant stuff is in the top on the right — 53 population +103 workers from converted cities, 6353 food production, 1891 manufacturing, 5170 science, 2752 gold, and 7607 influence per turn, with all my workers being under the influence section. That’s insane! That’s a complete empire’s worth of output from my single-city. You can also see down in the lower right that I’ve got 9 armies out in the field. I should have a garrison in the city also, but I’d just emptied it and was about to build a new army again. Yeah, maxed out Era 6 army in Palladium Gear + accessories and it would take 5 turns to build 8 units. Any other Empire would need 4 to 7 turns per unit with all their population devoted to manufacturing. Insane!
So how is this possible? Well…. the way the Cultists work is this:
- They can only have the 1 city, but they can upgrade its districts to level 3 which gives them a very large bonus to production.
- After a minor faction village is pacified then they can spend influence to “convert” it to the cult. Doing so gives you a worker in the capital and also allows you to extract the resources of the region in which the village it located.
- You can convert villages in any unclaimed region, and at a greater cost you can also convert villages inside the borders of other factions, though it ticks them off if you do, and they tend to attack them and then use them for themselves again
- You need to keep a lot of armies in the field to prevent other factions from attacking your converted villages — they can do so without declaring war on you, so you must be constantly vigilant.
- The villages themselves spawn units, but they’re the “bog standard” unit of the village, not like an upgraded one that you can build if you assimilate a minor faction, so they’re weak in your armies, and not really that big a roadblock for opposing factions to attack.
Something that also really helps is that early on in their faction quest they get an item that gives them +35% to attack, defense, and initiative (at least I think those are the 3 stats) and it also gives you the skill Regeneration 2 which means your units self-heal each turn in combat and much faster out of combat. Your 1st unit is “support” so it’s also a healer, so if you have that trinket equipped your armies are *very* hard to kill. I find I like to get to the size 6 army asap and then use 1 Preacher (support/ranged/healer), 3 Fanatics (cavalry/tanks), and 2 Nameless Guards (ranged) along with a Cultist hero (tank) for a nice balance.
If the market doesn’t have any Cultist heroes available, the Broken Lords heroes work pretty well too, they just don’t get the awesome bonus from the faction trinket.
Also very helpful is to unlock the marketplace as soon as you can and buy one of the Necrophage heroes that has the Slavery skill. What this does is give you a large bonus to Food and Manufacturing for every worker you have in your city due to conversion of the minor faction villages, and that’s why the numbers for my city in the screenshot up top there are so insane.
So anyway…… there you have it. Convert lots of villages, field lots of armies, get a city hero with Slavery hero to take even more advantage of the converted villages, and then just kill everyone else becuz you know… they’ve got it coming 😉
Happy gaming out there!