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Balanced Empire Skills (for Dragon Dawn DLC / free Wyvern update)

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Here we go again.. Balancing many Empire skills :) Dragon Dawn DLC edition! (and free Wyvern update)

I tried to respect developers wish for empire skills to be more expensive, but I think they went too far now, as imerium is VERY scarce resource in game.. I reduced cost for tier 1 and 2 skills, and other less usefull ones, so you will have more incentive to take them. Still, this mod has higher costs overall then my previous mod, to respect new balance developers had in mind.

Changes:
ALL tier 1 skills cost 75 imperium (vanilla was 50, DLC is 100 by default)
ALL tier 2 skills cost 100 imperium (vanilla was 75, DLC is 125 by default)
tier 3 and above are by DLC default if not listed below.

General skills shouldnt be expensive so I reduced cost.. now we have more imperium for actualy fun skills.

GENERAL
Basic Seafaring cost reduced to 75 imperium
Excavation cost reduced to 75 imperium
Road Building cost reduced to 75 imperium and unlocks very early
Rite of the last stand cost reduced to 100 imperium
Advanced Sensing, cost reduced to 100 imperium, and unlocks earlier (or 2.2. Optional file: "empire skills VISION" description below)
Forced March cost reduced to 100 imperium
Siege Spec. cost reduced to 100 imperium

NATURE
Natural Recovery now heals +20HP in your domain
Expert Sailors now gives +4 food on sea and rivers
Rite of the Guardian Spirit cost reduced to 100 imperium
Expansive Reach cost reduced to 175 imperium
Natural Order now gives +5 happiness per forested province

NOTE: Rangers 9th lvl skill is NOT changed in this mod, but if you want to use my Domain Movement speed increase mod you can reduce this skill to 1st level skill costing only 75 imperium in DLC. (in that case just load BOTH mods) obviously, not balanced but good for map movement and defending your domain, so its in seperate mod (100% compatible with this one)

CHAOS (overall weaker skill branch I have no idea why they nerfed it in DLC, so we need to improve it at least to vanilla state)
Impressment: reverted to vanilla default of -30% upkeep
Lure of the Horde cost reduced to 100 imperium, 33% chance (vanilla was 50%, DLC is 25% by default)
Rite of War cost reduced to 100 imperium
Skilled Raiders reverted to vanilla default of 50% more pillage reward.
Rite of the Chosen Warriors cost reduced to 200 imperium
Spoils of destruction: Raizing city gives +25 permanent gold.
Reign of Destruction: now u can unlock this 1 tier earlier. (9th instead of 10th, but same high cost)
Rite of Posession cost reduced to 400 imperium, Balor Power from Slaughter has double damage increase per kill (2% now).

ASTRAL
Astral Inspiration: nerfed to -20% discount. (it was too strong for 1 skill)
Philosopher Soldiers cost reduced to 200 imperium
Rite of astral summons cost reduced to 200 imperium
Astral Binding: now u can unlock this 1 tier earlier. (9th instead of 10th, but same high cost)

MATERIUM
Rite of the Armorer cost reduced to 100 imperium
Specialist Districts now gives +8 gold per special district
Consolidated Industry gives +2 city stability (doubled effect)
Siege Masters: projects cost reduced to -50%
Provincial architects cost reduced to 300 imperium
Rite of the Dreadnought cost reduced to 300 imperium

ORDER
Tributaries: Vassals grant +15 gold
Career soldiers: cost reduced to 150 imperium
Rite of Allegiance:  cost reduced to 100 imperium
Benevolent Conquerors: now converts into vassals 2 turns faster.
Justified Wars cost reduced to 200 imperium
Master of Houses: Vassals give +15% resources

SHADOW
Rite of the Cryptblade cost reduced to 150 imperium
Shadow Domain cost reduced to 250 imperium
Spying Shadows cost reduced to 350 imperium

well thats it, if u like it, have fun!

should be compatible with all other mods that dont change exactly the same Empire skills. Due to more extensive changes to Empire skills I recommend starting new game.

NOTE! This mod is ONLY for Dragon Dawn DLC edition! (and free Wyvern update). If you are running vanilla aow4, use my previous mod Balanced Empire Skill Tree (vanilla ONLY) . But this new one has better tooltips integration (compatible with all other mods). So I suggest you update your game to new version and use this one.

----------------------------- INSTALLATION

first, if you installed my previuos mod for vanilla, DELETE folder:
Documents\Paradox Interactive\Age of Wonders 4\Mods\empire skills

then as usual unzip files to your "\Documents\Paradox Interactive\Age of Wonders 4\Mods" folder (create one if u dont have)

enable mods in your AOW4 launcher (dowser.exe in game folder)
> playset
> add new playset (needs to be done only once - first time)
> add mod to playset, check if "empire skills" mod is green (enabled) and play.
if you have more mods, just add "empire skills" to your existing playset.

2.2. Optional file: "empire skills VISION.zip"
Advances Sensing (General skill) give:  (not shown in skill tooltips)
+10 full vision range on worldmap for all your cities and watchtowers
+1 vision range for all your units
INFINITE sensing range (you will see locations, owner and numbers of all armies on map, but not exact units in them)
Cost reduced to 75 imperium.
Use if you really dont want that stupid Fog of War ;) and if, like me, you forget what you explored already and where are armies located. This will give you army locations info on whole map, so u dont have to remember. But it wont explore map like Spying Shadows, just reveal locations.