Research

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At certain points you are able to direct the research efforts of your party's mages, producing various effects - some minor, some greater.

Balia's work is technically magical research as well, but is covered on the orc breeding page instead.

Trin's contract[edit | edit source]

After Trin joins the party in Chapter 1, and Megail has given you your returns on the corrupted stone from Stineford, you can ask Robin to research improvements to her contract. Talk to Robin in the Yhilin Palace's library and select "Research" from the menu. After the start of Chapter 2, talk to Trin to update the contract. This increases both Trin's and Robin's relationship points.

There is no downside or opportunity cost to doing this, so it is highly recommended.

Aka's route[edit | edit source]

During the Aka section of Chapter 2, Robin must do research in 3 different libraries to create a partial solution for Aka's corruption.

The party mages also must obtain membership in the Order of Yhilini Thaumaturgy during this time. Research in the library of House Rose may lead to better results from some of the initiation trials. Again, there is no downside or opportunity cost, so it is recommended to do your best.

First slate[edit | edit source]

Starting near the end of Chapter 2, you will have to choose which research to prioritize, out of a set of options that will gradually grow until the end of Chapter 3, when you are given a completely new slate of research.

During the reunion[edit | edit source]

If Simon has acquired a transformation spell for Aka during his stay in the Orgasmic Empire, Robin can start researching one of three research options (see below); otherwise, Robin is too occupied with researching Aka's transformation to do anything else.

You are able to choose each of the ignored topics later in Chapter 3. If you got help with Aka's cure while in the Orgasmic Empire, you'll be able to do all Chapter 3 research projects.[1] Otherwise you'll have to sacrifice one. (And if you were wondering, no, you can't just let Aka die.)

Orc Development
Robin joins Balia in her efforts to improve your orcs.
  • Improvements to army size and quality, which come into play during the Doom(ed) King's invasion of Yhilin.
  • Unlocks the option to "evolve" orcs after the invasion, when Balia designs a new orc prototype.
Essence Shielding
Robin is able to finish this in time for the Ardford summit. It prevents the detection of Simon's unusual soul by many, if not most methods.
  • An extra lead on unpeople investigation (the Inquisitor in the Holy Knights of Ardford)
  • Simon can participate in an optional battle in the Unforge. (Otherwise other party members must handle it and Simon won't get EXP.)
  • Simon can assault the mage tower during the invasion of Yhilin.
  • Choosing this at any time prior to visiting Zirantia gets you +5 affection with Wynn.
Yhilini Magic
Studying Yhilini magic allows Robin to get closer to the Order of Yhilini Thaumaturgy.

After the invasion of Yhilin[edit | edit source]

After picking a research topic during the Reunion, Robin can pick one of the remaining topics to research after the invasion of Yhilin, or the new option of examining Dari.

Orc Development
See above. Main downside of not choosing it earlier is missing the army bonuses during the invasion.
Essence Shielding
Doesn't seem to be immediately relevant.
Yhilini Magic
See above. Picking it now has no effects on chaos and acceptance.

New topic:

Dari's Condition[2]
Robin attempts to discover more about Dari's nature as a twisted Unwoman.
  • The earlier you pick this, the more affection Dari gains, starting at +15 if researched now. Thus this may be the best time.
  • Robin develops a possible plan to transform Dari, but not one we have the resources to act on in the immediate future.
  • It's hinted that this may allow us better understanding of Unpeople in general.

After visiting the elven kingdoms[edit | edit source]

In addition to whichever of the previous topics you haven't completed, Robin now presents the option of studying to become a full member of the Order of Yhilini Thaumaturgy.

Orc Development
If you haven't done this by now, you should; there are affection and mechanical benefits to having Balia begin "evolution" by a certain point, and after the next section will be the last chance to meet that deadline.
Essence Shielding
Choosing this at any time prior to visiting Zirantia gets you +5 affection with Wynn.
Yhilini Magic
See above.

New topic:

Order Exam
Allows Robin to pass one of the trials needed to increase her rank in the Order of Yhilini Thaumaturgy.
  • The full rewards of this are unknown, but it is a requirement for creating Robin's Arcane Crystal.

After visiting Zirantia[edit | edit source]

In addition to the previous topics, Qum offers a new project. Qum's "research" is a one-time opportunity[1] and will consume Robin's next research period rather than this one. If you've kept up with research so far, there's little reason not to let her, but you should decide before speaking to her.

Orc Development
Not immediately relevant, as far as we know.
Essence Shielding
Not immediately relevant, as far as we know.
Yhilini Magic
See above.
Order Exam
See above.
Dari's Condition
See above.

New topic:

Qum's Project
Helps in the Third Arclent War. Prevents collateral damage on several sides, army size loss, and instability.
  • If nothing else, it gives +10 to her affection.

After receiving succubus refugees[edit | edit source]

If you approved Qum's project, Robin will be occupied with that during this time, and thus you cannot assign her another project.

Orc Development
Not immediately relevant, as far as we know.
Essence Shielding
Not immediately relevant, as far as we know.
Yhilini Magic
See above.
Order Exam
See above.
Dari's Condition
See above.

After visiting Aram[edit | edit source]

Robin can manage one last project, and unlike previous visits to Yhilin, you will see the effects immediately in the walk-around part.

Orc Development
See above.
Essence Shielding
This is the last chance to to do it before the war, where it is relevant as it allows you to bring the Doom King (alongside Simon) to Ardoheim.
Yhilini Magic
See above.
Order Exam
See above.
Dari's Condition
See above.

Robin's mystery project[edit | edit source]

If by the end of the Third Arclent War you have completed the first slate of research (except for Qum's, which is optional) and the total collateral damage is 99 or lower (thus Sarai doesn't ask for help to cleanse the corruption made widespread by the war) then Robin has a scene where she briefly reflects and decides that since she has no other research to do, she can start a personal project of her own...

When the party tries to contact Alonon in the Tower to talk about the succession, we learn that with the help of Riala, Robin has discovered how to use Simon's essence and shield the group. That allows the reduced party to briefly explore the area, get into a fight with a dangerous demon and its group, and win a Shining Sword.

She wants to keep her new abilities a secret from the other succubi (Yarra, Nalili, and Qum). She doesn't want the extra attention that it would bring.

Second slate[edit | edit source]

The second set of research choices starts in early Chapter 4, after you've gathered your party and visited the Tower for the first time. Instead of Robin, Riala is now your lead researcher, and you will speak with her to access the slate of research.

After visiting the Tower[edit | edit source]

This is your last chance to start research that will be completed before Xestris' inspection, the Erosian crisis, or the first visit to Stenai.

Orc Diversification
To progress further with the evolution of orckind, you finish earlier work and shift focus to sapience, charisma, and magical ability.
Unpeople Transformation
The completion of this research brings practical techniques to revert the transformation process.
  • Lets you transform Dari next iteration - unless you never did the Dari's Condition research from Chapter 3, in which case this research takes two iterations!
  • Number of harem members and how many of them are maxed is checked during the Erosian crisis, and if Dari has joined the harem it can also give +2 Ginasta.
  • Unlocks the possibility of -2 to the Unpeople vote[3] during the Council of Gawnfall, with a further -3 and -5 if Dari is healed / joins harem.
  • Potential for +2 Ghenalon Assist and an additional +1 Ghenalon Assist later during the Erosian War.[4]
  • Unlocks a cutscene at the Helvanna Cathedral, wherein the succubus priestess use this knowledge to better minister to humans. (No gameplay effect.)
Purity Magic
Fundamental research on the relationship between sexuality and purity magic.
  • Unlocks +5 Ginasta affection during the Erosian crisis if researched at this point.[5]
  • Allows a Crystal of Stability to be used in custom armor for Vhala. (Other uses exist. First crystal available after revisiting Stenai.)
  • Unlocks the potential for +5 Succubi Join motion score during the Council of Gawnfall. This bonus decreases to +3 if this research is started but not completed by the start of the Council of Gawnfall.
  • Unlocks the ability to persuade Kerannii if the succubi are rejected during the Council of Gawnfall.
  • Unlocks a cutscene at the Helvanna Lustlord Temple, wherein the succubus priestess use this knowledge to better minister to humans. (No gameplay effect.)
  • +2 Ghenalon Assist during the Erosian War.[4]
Base Defense
The most straightforward one, its effects are similar to other Headquarters upgrades.
  • +5 to Military, +10 to Magic.
  • Doing it now is necessary (but not sufficient) to get the best possible result (30) of Xestris's reward (but not the best evaluation) of the headquarters.[6]
  • Xestris's evaluation of your base's Magic score comes into play during the Erosian crisis. A Magic score of at least 20 gives the best result.
  • +2 Tower Front score at the beginning of the Erosian War. 30 Magic and 25 Military are required for the best results during a section of the Erosian War.

After the Ardan succession crisis[edit | edit source]

This is your last chance to start research that will be completed before the Council of Gawnfall or your return to Stenai.

Orc Diversification
Unpeople Transformation
Purity Magic
  • See above. Last chance for the full bonus to the vote about the restrictions on Ivalan succubi at the Council of Gawnfall. (researching this on the next cycle will only give a partial bonus)
Base Defense
  • See above. No benefits for researching this iteration.

After visiting Stenai[edit | edit source]

This is your last chance to start research that will be completed before the Erosian War.

Orc Diversification
  • See above. Last chance for +5 Army Size and +3 Army Quality for your core forces in the war.
Unpeople Transformation
  • See above. Last chance for having Dari in the harem (which requires this research) during the Erosian War.
Purity Magic
  • See above. Last chance for a partial bonus to the vote about the restrictions on Ivalan succubi at the Council of Gawnfall.
  • Last chance for a slight bonus during the Erosian War.
Base Defense
  • See above. Last chance for the +2 initial Tower Front score in the war.

After revisiting Stenai[edit | edit source]

Orc Diversification
  • See above. Last chance to set Orc Strength to 12. This is checked during the Second Gathering. This being at least 12 is beneficial.
Unpeople Transformation
  • See above. There are currently no benefits for researching this for the next four iterations.
Purity Magic
  • See above. Unlocks the ability to create Vhala's custom armor if you still have the Crystal of Stability.
  • There are currently no benefits for researching this for the next four iterations.
Base Defense
  • See above. There are currently no benefits for researching this for the next four iterations. Base defenses are not checked for the next three iterations.

New topics:

Demonic Research
General increased understanding of demons, better defense against them for Headquarters, and may enable further demonic research.
  • +2 Headquarters Magic on completion
  • Researching now changes dialogue during the first demonic attack in the war. (No gameplay effect.)
  • Researching now gives +2 Ghenalon Assist during the Erosian War (despite the research being incomplete).[4]
  • Researching unlocks the ability to upgrade/create a weapon for Aka in Chapter 5. If you want to create/upgrade the weapon at the earliest possible point, you can wait one iteration.
  • Completing this research before the Incubus War aftermath improves the results of Sabitha's help, wherever you decide to use it in that section.
Tower Delving
To be less harmed by the environments of the Tower, and delve deeper and more efficiently.
  • +2 Headquarters Magic on completion
  • Researching now gives +1 initial Tower Front score in the Erosian War (despite the research being incomplete).
  • Gives +2 Anak's Gauntlet during the Second Gathering. It is required to research this between now and the next two iterations to get the best possible result in that event.
Magical Constructs
Deeper research on artificial magical bodies. Removes all theoretical barriers to granting Wendis a new form, and she claims it should have other applications as well.
  • Ordering this research immediately grants a new on-demand scene with Robin (despite the research being incomplete).
  • Researching now gives +2 Sabitha RP during her conversation in the Fucklord Palace in the Erosian War aftermath.
  • Researching this unlocks the ability to create a body for the Entity. If you want to create this body at the earliest possible point, you can wait one iteration.

After the Erosian War[edit | edit source]

Orc Diversification
  • See above. There are currently no other benefits for researching this for the next three iterations.
Unpeople Transformation
  • See above. Lets you transform Dari next iteration - unless you never did the Dari's Condition research from Chapter 3, in which case this research takes two iterations!
  • There are currently no other benefits for researching this for the next three iterations.
Purity Magic
  • See above. Unlocks the ability to create Vhala's custom armor if you still have the Crystal of Stability.
  • There are currently no other benefits for researching this for the next three iterations.
Base Defense
  • See above. There are currently no other benefits for researching this for the next three iterations. Base defenses are not checked for the next three iterations.
Demonic Research
  • See above. Unlocks the ability to upgrade/create a weapon for Aka. If you want to do so as early as possible, you must research this now if you did not do so during the previous iteration.
  • There are currently no other benefits for researching this for the next three iterations, other than Sabitha's help in the Incubus War aftermath.
Tower Delving
  • See above. Gives +2 Anak's Gauntlet during the Second Gathering. It is required to research this between now and the next iteration to get the best possible result in that event. If you wait until the next iteration, getting the best result in this event will require you to make a specific choice as well.
Magical Constructs
  • See above. Ordering this research immediately grants a new on-demand scene with Robin (despite the research being incomplete).
  • Researching this unlocks the ability to create a body for the Entity. If you want to do so as early as possible, you must research this now if you did not do so during the previous iteration.

After returning from Eustrin[edit | edit source]

Orc Diversification
  • See above. There are currently no other benefits for researching this for the next three iterations.
Unpeople Transformation
  • See above. Lets you transform Dari next iteration - unless you never did the Dari's Condition research from Chapter 3, in which case this research takes two iterations!
  • There are currently no benefits for researching this for the next three iterations.
Purity Magic
  • See above. Unlocks the ability to create Vhala's custom armor if you still have the Crystal of Stability.
  • There are currently no benefits for researching this for the next three iterations.
Base Defense
  • See above. There are currently no benefits for researching this for the next three iterations. Base defenses are not checked for the next three iterations.
Demonic Research
Tower Delving
  • See above. Starting now so it is in progress during the Second Gathering will give +1 Anak's Gauntlet and will allow getting the best result in this event (provided you to make a specific choice as well).
  • Starting now is your last chance for it to be completed in time to help during the Incubus War.
Magical Constructs
  • See above. Ordering this research immediately grants a new on-demand scene with Robin (despite the research being incomplete).
  • Researching this unlocks the ability to create a body for the Entity.

After the Second Gathering[edit | edit source]

Orc Diversification
  • See above. There are currently no benefits for researching this for the next two iterations.
Unpeople Transformation
  • See above. Lets you transform Dari next iteration - unless you never did the Dari's Condition research from Chapter 3, in which case this research takes two iterations!
  • There are currently no benefits for researching this for the next two iterations.
Purity Magic
  • See above. Unlocks the ability to create Vhala's custom armor if you still have the Crystal of Stability.
  • There are currently no benefits for researching this for the next two iterations.
Base Defense
  • See above. There are currently no benefits for researching this for the next two iterations.
Demonic Research
  • See above. Unlocks the ability to upgrade/create a weapon for Aka.
  • Currently it's unknown what the next cycle will bring.
Tower Delving
  • See above. There are currently no benefits for researching this for the next two iterations.
Magical Constructs
  • See above. Ordering this research immediately grants a new on-demand scene with Robin (despite the research being incomplete).
  • Researching this unlocks the ability to create a body for the Entity.

New topics:

Incubus Shards
  • Researching now will give an additional +1 Darghelon Stand and +1 Gheldaron Stand when entering the ruins during the Elven section of the Incubus War aftermath.
  • Researching now will give +2 Power Check to Qum's counteracting of Tanurak's spell during the Tak'kan section of the Incubus War aftermath
Divine Shards
  • Researching now will give +5 Ardan Influence and +5 Probability after talking to Robin during the Ardford section of the Incubus War aftermath.

After the Incubus War[edit | edit source]

Orc Diversification
  • See above. Currently it's unknown what the next cycle will bring.
Unpeople Transformation
  • See above. Lets you transform Dari next iteration - unless you never did the Dari's Condition research from Chapter 3, in which case this research takes two iterations!
  • Currently it's unknown what the next cycle will bring.
Purity Magic
  • See above. Unlocks the ability to create Vhala's custom armor if you still have the Crystal of Stability.
  • Currently it's unknown what the next cycle will bring.
Base Defense
  • See above. Currently it's unknown what the next cycle will bring.
Demonic Research
Tower Delving
  • See above. Currently it's unknown what the next cycle will bring.
Magical Constructs
  • See above. Ordering this research immediately grants a new on-demand scene with Robin (despite the research being incomplete).
  • Currently it's unknown what the next cycle will bring.
Incubus Shards
  • See above. Currently it's unknown what the next cycle will bring.
Divine Shards
  • See above. Currently it's unknown what the next cycle will bring.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Sierra Lee, v0.25.0 Patreon comments
  2. Prior to version 0.27.1, this research was not available until after the elven kingdoms.
  3. You want this number to go down so this is of benefit.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 This bonus stacks with the bonus granted from other research.
  5. This is the least useful research for the Erosian crisis specifically.
  6. This is probably overkill considering what else you can do with your resources. 20 Magic is a better goal.