Vortex Campaign: Safely ignoring the rituals?
I'm finally playing a vortex campaign (with lizardmen) and generally like it. However, in a game review I read that the ritual mechanic is broken, and it seems to me that this is still true.
It is supposed to be a race against the other factions: Be the first to complete the rituals, or send armies to stop the competition before they pull off a victory.
But first, there is no penalty for delaying all the rituals until the end and then just doing them all in a row, thus avoiding the diplomatic penalties and having to guard your ritual cities when maybe you are just busy fighting a war and dealing with the chaos spawns would be inconvenient. Currently I'm two rituals behind, but my bar is far ahead of everyone, so I know I can overtake them any time I want. It would be better if I couldn't progress further until I have completed the current ritual.
Worse, I read that if someone else starts the final ritual, you still get the option to just teleport there with your main army and make an intervention, which is super easy to win. So basically you can just ignore everything and still stop your 'winning' enemy in one easy battle.
Please redesign this so the race actually becomes meaningful and impossible to ignore. Rituals should have to be completed as soon as possible, and the option to teleport in to stop a winning AI should be removed completely.
This video will introduce the central mechanic of the Eye of the Vortex campaign for Total War: WARHAMMER II - Rituals.
Rituals are how factions can influence the Great Vortex within the Eye of the Vortex campaign. To begin a ritual, a faction must first accumulate sufficient ritual currency, represented by the icon next to the Rituals Bar at the top of the campaign UI.
To initiate a ritual, click on the corresponding button on the Rituals Bar: once begun, a ritual takes several turns to complete. They are conducted at several ritual sites across the campaign map, the locations of which are indicated on the Rituals Bar while casting. While a ritual is underway, energy is channeled from these sites to the Great Vortex and the forces of Chaos will seep into the world, potentially attacking the ritual sites.
Rival powers can attempt to interrupt the ritual by attacking the ritual sites, and may hire intervention armies to support their assault. To call an intervention force during an enemy’s ritual attempt, click the interventions button to the right of the Rituals Bar. These armies cost money to hire and the more money spent, the greater the military power of the army that appears.
A ritual can be successfully interrupted by capturing one of the ritual sites. Failed rituals may be attempted again after a short time.
Rituals are a game mechanic in the Eye of the Vortex campaign, introduced in Total War: Warhammer II. Rituals involve a set of objectives that a faction must follow to win the campaign.
Some playable factions have other objectives instead, and ignore the rituals/vortex. For instance all Tomb Kings and Vampire Counts factions. See Eye of the Vortex#Playable factions for more information.
How they work
In the campaign, each of the 4 main races (divided into playable factions) has a set of rituals they can perform to influence the Great Vortex. High Elves' rituals use blue magic trails; Dark Elves' rituals use purple trails; Skaven rituals' magic use green trails; and Lizardmen rituals' magic use orange trails. The Vortex Victory is one method of winning the campaign.
Rituals progress in a linear fashion, one after the other. During a ritual, three of your settlements funnel magic across the map to the Great Vortex. A successful attack on any of these settlements will cause the ritual to fail if the settlement is not retaken before it ends. Rituals take up to 10-20 turns to finish, so the settlements must be protected from Warriors of Chaos, Unknown Skaven Clan, and Norscan Tribes factions who will spawn nearby, and from enemy faction armies.
Each completed ritual will cause an animated cutscene to play, and provide some story mission/content.
Diplomatic relations will permanently be increased between the ritual faction and the other factions of their race, while it will permanently be decreased between all factions of the rival races. After completing the fourth ritual, the ritual faction will be locked into war with their rival ritual factions. Diplomacy will no longer be available between these factions.
Eventually, players will have to complete The Final Battle. The first faction to complete their final ritual must defend The Vortex from the rival factions.
Each ritual has an increasing cost of ritual currency, and has different effects. Ritual currency is generated through settlements, treasure hunts and other dilemmas, winning battles and also through ritual resource sites. The ritual currency is different for each race:
Intervention armies can be summoned while another faction is in the middle of performing a ritual. These armies are AI controlled and generally attack the enemy settlements involved in their ritual. Interventions come in 3 levels, which cost different amounts. If you were not already at war with the targeted faction, the game will ask if you want to declare war when summoning an intervention army.
See below for faction pages:
List of rituals
|Number (Turns)||Ritual currency cost||Lizardmen|
Cult of Sotek, Hexoatl,*Itza,
Last Defenders, Tlaqua
Knights of Caledor, Nagarythe,
Order of Loremasters
The Blessed Dread, Cult of Pleasure,
Har Ganeth, Naggarond,*The Thousand Maws
Clan Mors,*Clan Pestilens,
Clan Rictus, Clan Skryre
|#1 (10)||350||Ritual of Prognostication||Ritual of Prophecy||Ritual of the Tortured Oracle||Ritual of Dark Scrying|
|#2 (10)||1060||Ritual of Rumination||Ritual of the Seafarer||Ritual of the Hated Foe||Ritual of Gnawing|
|#3 (10)||2040||Ritual of Contemplation||Ritual of the Scholar||Ritual of the Senescent Mentor||Ritual of Decay|
|#4 (10)||3325||Ritual of Deliberation||Ritual of the Explorer||Ritual of the Unrequited Lover||Ritual of Gestation|
|#5 (20)||5000||Ritual of Alignment||Ritual of the Defender||Ritual of the Trusted Sibling||Ritual of Noisome Binding|
* = AI default ritual faction
Enemy faction spawns
These factions will spawn when a faction begins a ritual, and attack that faction:
Warriors of Chaos:
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