M. Dark Forests Guide

Dark Forest Guide
Level 1-10 bogs randomly become level 1-10 dark forests.
Dark forests can be scouted and they can be attacked.
If a dark forest wins a battle, it still remains where it is.
The troops that were killed will not return. Only those surviving the battle remain in the forest.
Each time a dark forest is defeated, it disappears.
Once in a while (not sure if it's a set time or after a certain amount of dark forests have been defeated), new dark forests reappear in new places all over the domain (or maybe only one province at a time) to replace those that have been defeated.
Be careful if you hit dark forests during this period of regeneration, as they may regenerate as a higher level than before.
An error message saying "Cannot perform this action on target location" is a sign of this regeneration being in progress.
If you do not get a report from attacking a dark forest, the forest most probably isn't there anymore, but has reverted back to a bog.
Since defeated forests disappear, you can defeat any one dark forest only once.
Creatures
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Each dark forest contains a number of creatures.
Generally, these creatures have more life points than our units, but are quite weak on defense.
There are ten different creatures, of increasing population size:
Wanderer of Din
Population = 1
Each level 1 dark forest contains a total population of 1,000, always consisting of 1,000 Wanderers of Din.
This is a melee unit, comparable to militiamen:
• Attack: 20 (100 for militiamen)
• Defense: 10 (13 for militiamen)
• Life: 70 (400 for militiamen)
Blade of Netzekt
Population = 3
Each level 2 dark forest contains a total population of 2,000, being a mixture of Wanderes and Blades.
This is a mounted unit, comparable to cavalry:
• Attack: 95 (500 for cavalry)
• Defense: 16 (45 for cavalry)
• Life: 250 (1000 for cavalry)
Arm of Gevrah
Population = 5
Each level 3 dark forest contains a total population of 4,000, being a mixture of Wanderes, Blades and Arms.
This is a ranged unit, comparable to archers:
• Attack: 80 (240 for archer)
• Defense: 21 (25 for archer)
• Life: 600 (500 for archer)
Priest of Yeshod
Population = 7
Each level 4 dark forest contains a total population of 8,000, being a mixture of Wanderes, Blades, Arms and Priests.
This is a specialist unit, somewhat comparable to supply wagons:
• Attack: 60 (20 for supply wagon)
• Defense: 32 (15 for supply wagon)
• Life: 1200 (1400 for supply wagon)
Sahareen hounds
Population = 11
Each level 5 dark forest contains a total population of 16,000, being a mixture of Wanderes, Blades, Arms, Priests and Hounds.
This is a mounted unit, comparable to cavalry:
• Attack: 400 (500 for cavalry)
• Defense: 27 (45 for cavalry)
• Life: 2000 (1000 for cavalry)
Remez Banshee
Population = 19
Each level 6 dark forest contains a total population of 32,000, being a mixture of Wanderes, Blades, Arms, Priests, Hounds and Banshees.
This is a ranged unit, comparable to ballistas:
• Attack: 750 (900 for ballista)
• Defense: 36 (40 for ballista)
• Life: 4200 (640 for ballista)
Son of Ysbadden
Population = 31
Each level 7 dark forest contains a total population of 64,000, being a mixture of Wanderes, Blades, Arms, Priests, Hounds, Banshees and Sons.
This is a melee unit, comparable to very strong swordsmen:
• Attack: 2000 (200 for swordsman)
• Defense: 40 (63 for swordsman)
• Life: 5000 (700 for swordsman)
Atzmus Rider
Population = 47
Each level 8 dark forest contains a total population of 128,000, being a mixture of Wanderes, Blades, Arms, Priests, Hounds, Banshees, Sons and Riders.
This is a mounted unit, comparable to heavy cavalry:
• Attack: 3500 (700 for heavy cavalry)
• Defense: 36 (87 for heavy cavalry)
• Life: 4200 (2000 for heavy cavalry)
Sidhe Scorpion
Population = 63
Each level 9 dark forest contains a total population of 256,000, being a mixture of Wanderes, Blades, Arms, Priests, Hounds, Banshees, Sons, Riders and Scorpions.
This is a ranged unit, comparable to catapults:
• Attack: 7500 (1200 for catapult)
• Defense: 32 (50 for catapult)
• Life: 7500 (960 for catapult)
Sidhe Templar
Population = 89
Each level 10 dark forest contains a total population of 512,000, being a mixture of Wanderes, Blades, Arms, Priests, Hounds, Banshees, Sons, Riders, Scorpions and Templars.
This is a melee unit, with a lot more attack and life than swordsmen:
• Attack: 9400 (200 for swordsman)
• Defense: 48 (63 for swordsman)
• Life: 8500 (700 for swordsman)
Experience Points (XP)
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When attacking dark forests, the outcome is always better, the higher your knight's experience is.
And each time you defeat a dark forest your knight will gain more experience:
Lv 1 Dark Forest: +3,000 XP
Lv 2 Dark Forest: +6,000 XP
Lv 3 Dark Forest: +12,000 XP
Lv 4 Dark Forest: +24,000 XP
Lv 5 Dark Forest: +48,000 XP
Lv 6 Dark Forest: +96,000 XP
Lv 7 Dark Forest: +192,000 XP
Lv 8 Dark Forest: +384,000 XP
Lv 9 Dark Forest: +768,000 XP
Lv 10 Dark Forest: +1,536,000 XP
(There has been some suggestion that the XP’s have dropped since the DF’s first came into the game. If you experience any different gains in XP to the above, let me know and I will update this)

Refresh after defeating a dark forest in order to be able to assign these new experience points.
Gold
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You will collect a "vaste" amount of gold from defeatng a dark forest:
Lv 1 Dark Forest: 1,150 gold
Lv 2 Dark Forest: 2,300 gold
Lv 3 Dark Forest: 4,600 gold
Lv 4 Dark Forest: 9,200 gold
Lv 5 Dark Forest: 18,400 gold
Lv 6 Dark Forest: 36,800 gold
Lv 7 Dark Forest: 73,600 gold
Lv 8 Dark Forest: 147,200 gold
Lv 9 Dark Forest: 294,400 gold
Lv 10 Dark Forest: 588,800 gold
Items and Drop Rate
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Each time you defeat a dark forest, you have a small chance of getting an item for your inventory,
On levels 1-4 the best of these are Portal of Order, Divine Inspiration and Divine Providence.
On levels 5 and higher you might also be able to get crests, seals or keys needed for city #8.
The drop rate for these items is:
Lv 1 Dark Forest: 5 items drop every 1000 attacks
Lv 2 Dark Forest: 11 items drop every 1000 attacks
Lv 3 Dark Forest: 19 items drop every 1000 attacks
Lv 4 Dark Forest: 29 items drop every 1000 attacks
Lv 5 Dark Forest: 19 items drop every 1000 attacks
Lv 6 Dark Forest: 29 items drop every 1000 attacks
Lv 7 Dark Forest: 41 items drop every 1000 attacks
Lv 8 Dark Forest: 59 items drop every 1000 attacks
Lv 9 Dark Forest: 79 items drop every 1000 attacks
Lv 10 Dark Forest: 101 items drop every 1000 attacks


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