This was really a fun map! i played solo at hardest was kinda a challenge but with necro u kinda just snowball. i won in 10 months . Great work. love to see more maps like this :) it would be much harder to win if u werent playing necro^^ 10/10 more...
While doing the map I noticed many AI blocking with caravans, and if I take cities I get many caravans from enemy AI. It seems AI is not able to manage caravans, to a point it create traffic jams and make the game very slow: probably what creates my savegame unloadable too. more...
Sorry to say that, the map blocked after I beat the 3rd player too (with a relatively small army on my necromancy hero - 4k skeletons-170 vampires-30 dragons-500 spiders- 200 lamasu), I'm not able to reload a savegame.
My Pc is decent, 8Gb Ram + Radeon HD8750 with addition 2Gb DDR5 Ram.
Nice map. I liked the ideas of spell learning and picking secondary skills for 2 main heroes.
I finished in 205 days, using the horn, rushing. Didn't get the Grail, AI found it before, so 442 points this time.
At the very end, I had to cheat a bit, since I could not find black tent needed t more...
I found myself chasing AI until I lost interest... I appreciate the time invested to make and test the map, but it is far from enjoyable (at least for me). I suppose giving town portal,blind and animate dead would make it too easy, but chasing around AI is really not an alternative. more...
Heroes 5 - The Skull of Shadows - chronicles of ashan
The potency of the Skull of Shadows lies both in its origins and its purpose.
Literally speaking it is the skull of a dragon, though not from one of the corporeal dragons that exist on the surface
(or in the depths) of Ashan. It is the skull of one of the dragon gods, and of a very particular dragon-god at that.
A brief explanation of cosmology and history is necessary.
The world of Ashan was created by the mother dragon and goddess called Asha.
Since the dawn of time, however, she has been challenged by the powers of her sibling, the dragon Urgash, scion of Chaos.
He seeks to undo or conquer all that Asha built and holds precious.
To aid her in creating and protecting her world, Asha created six dragons that tend the physical plane of existence.
Each of them is tied to an aspect or element (Air, Earth, Fire, and Water as well as Light and Dark),
and each of them created races in their own image to cultivate Ashan and worship their creators.
There's more to it, but this is meant to be brief.
One particular faction developed apart.
They are the Wizards, who worship no dragon (or all, depending on your point of view)
and strive rather to pierce the fundamental mysteries of the powers and mechanics that govern their world.
They studied and experimented tirelessly (and still do),
seeking mastery of the rules that Asha laid down when she created the world
(or the limits that an even higher authority placed upon her when she did her works,
but that debate shall doubtless go on until the fading of the sun).
The first and mightiest of these Wizards, Sar-Elam, gained such an astounding depth of knowledge,
and such an abiding love for the works of Asha, that he ascended into the sphere of the Dragon-Gods,
becoming himself the "Seventh Dragon." It was he who sacrificed himself voluntarily during the Wars of Fire,
donating the powers of his divine soul and body to help lock the Demon hordes away in a prison dimension.
And the Skull of Shadows is his skull. One may view it as a lock to a door,
though more accurately it is a keystone in the structure of the impossibly complex spell that created
the Demon prison and homeworld of Sheogh.
Once the incantations were complete and the Demons locked away,
the Wars of Fire came to an end.
The Skull was taken away by the faithful of Ashan to be hidden in a heavily guarded and secret temple, far from prying eyes.
But what should happen if the Skull of Shadows was to be discovered by a powerful wielder of magic who is a follower of Urgash?
What if the keystone that seals the Demons' prison was to fall into the hands of the prisoners?
The answer to that question is as obvious as it is terrifying…
By Jeff Spock, Writer, and Erwan Le Breton, World Coordinator Heroes 5.