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Ariel
Wizard Ariel
Default Spellbooks

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Default Retorts Charismatic

Ariel is one of the 14 Wizards featured in Master of Magic. By default, she has Icon Life.png10 Spellbooks at her disposal, as well as the Charismatic Retort.

Ariel is a priestess in the academic arm of the High Men's Holy See charged with high-stakes leadership tasks on behalf of Icon Life.pngLife. Even races that cannot appreciate human beauty are transfixed by her genuine, selfless love. Ariel really cares.

Ariel dreams of victory for her faith and the Icon Life.pngLife Realm. One might speculate that this would improve the situation on Arcanus and Myrror. But as mortals only rise to their full potential in adversity, not peace, the new terms of existence emerging from such a victory are actually a complete and total mystery.


Playing as Ariel Edit

Ariel's portrait may be selected for a custom Wizard when starting a new game at any Difficulty setting above "Intro" in the official game, or respectively "Easy" in the unoficial patches. Selecting either her default profile or her portrait prevents her from being encountered as an opposing Wizard.

Played on her default spec, Ariel faces early challenges to exploration, conquest, and enlarging her Icon Power.png Power Base. Icon Life.pngLife lends itself well to enchanting the low-tier units of a militaristic race early on, though Ariel has the option of sitting tight, throwing Icon Life.pngJust Cause, and stockpiling Icon Gold.png Gold to capitalize on her Charisma instead. With Icon Life.png10 ranks, Ariel has eventual access to all spells in the domain. If she works patiently through the initial challenges, her problems are over. Her end-stage Town Enchantments, Unit Enchantments, and Champions are unstoppable in human hands.


Ariel as an Opponent Edit

If not chosen, Ariel may appear randomly among the computer-controlled opponent Wizards. Their finalized Spellbook and Retort picks strongly influence these Wizards' die rolls for AI Personality and Objective. Ariel's typical traits are predicted below.

Wizard Ariel
Ariel
Personality Objective
Peaceful 50% Perfectionist 40%
Lawful 20% Theurgist 30%
Aggressive 20% Militarist 20%
Ruthless 10% Expansionist 10%
Chaotic 0%
Maniacal 0%

Higher difficulties subject a Wizard's default profile to increasingly arbitrary adjustments, including exposure to random Realms and skills. Ariel's Icon Life.pngLife ranks nearly always remain a dominant influence on her AI Personality even after these adjustments, though any randomly-picked Retorts at high Difficulty settings can sway her to roll something unexpected. At the "Impossible" setting, be prepared for anything.

Starting Spells Edit

At the start of the game, a non-customized Ariel knows all Common Icon Life.pngLife spells except for Icon Life.pngBless (respectively Icon Life.pngTrue Light from the unofficial 1.40 Insecticide patch onwards). A randomly generated opposing Ariel may end up with Icon Life.png11 Spellbooks. In this case, she will know all 10 Common Spells, the Uncommon Spells Icon Life.pngResurrection and Icon Life.pngUnicorns, as well as the Rare Spell Icon Life.pngAngel (respectively Icon Life.pngDispel Evil, Icon Life.pngPrayer and Icon Life.pngIncarnation in case of the unofficial 1.40 Insecticide patch). For other book combinations see the Wizard article.

Starting Spells depending on Master of Magic Version
official patch 1.31 unofficial patch 1.40
Icon Life.pngHeroism
Icon Life.pngGuardian Spirit
Icon Life.pngHoly Armor
Icon Life.pngJust Cause
Icon Life.pngHealing
Icon Life.pngHoly Weapon
Icon Life.pngStar Fires
Icon Life.pngEndurane
Icon Life.pngTrue Light
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Icon Life.pngHeroism
Icon Life.pngHoly Weapon
Icon Life.pngHealing
Icon Life.pngHoly Armor
Icon Life.pngStar Fires
Icon Life.pngGuardian Spirit
Icon Life.pngEndurance
Icon Life.pngBless