By Josh Knapp
We’ll get to what those do later, but for now, find the spellgem crafting books that you should have already picked up in your inventory (if you haven’t picked them up keep searching your settlement till you find them). They look like a small rectangle with a diamond in the middle (if you don’t see them in the bar on the bottom left of your screen, try opening up your inventory by pressing ‘I’, and see if they are there).
Once you’ve found them and you are standing in front of the Hearth Guardian Stone, right click on the spellbook. This will open up a display on which you can choose what new spell you want to learn the recipe for. Keep in mind you aren’t making the spell at this point — we’ll do that next.
Now go ahead and make as many spells as you can at this point. While you do have a limited number of gems, you will be collecting many more as the game progresses. One other spell that is crucial is called Ride the Lightning: this one allows you to double jump to reach higher locations, get away from enemies, or escape from caves.
You will want to put your spells and scrolls in the slots that you’ll find easy to use. You can do this by dragging them where you want them.
Wait, what’s that? You don’t see all the spells you created? Hmmm, well, if you press ‘I’, you will see your full inventory open up and the rest of the stuff you took time creating will be there. I’d recommend putting a ranged spell like fireball in the first slot, and a melee spell like Ice Cross in the second, but, you can do whatever you want.
Got your bar set? Ok, then let’s ditch this settlement!
Ok, so now what do you do? I’d recommend exploring any buildings you see. Inside the buildings, you will find things like consciousness shards (which allow you to do things in the strategic part of the game later), health and mana potions, and even gem dust. In regions such as abandoned towns, you should search houses for studies and libraries as well. These are the best places to find more books.
After you’ve collected a bunch of health and mana potions, you may want to consider taking on your first boss. On the map above, you can see a number of rare commodity towers (all the triangular memory crystals, in this case).
These towers that have several bosses in them, and at the top of the tower is the rare commodity that you saw on the world map. You will get EXP for killing each boss, and further EXP for bringing the crystal back to the Memory Archive in your settlement. At higher levels, the towers also can contain elusive crafting materials like sunstone or moonstone.
Once a region is scouted, you will be able to see if there are any resource stashes in it that will aid your settlements, or things like evil outposts and overlord lairs, which contain the big bosses for this part of the world.
One final thing: remember those warp scrolls we talked about? Well, any time you are in the side view of the game, simply open your dungeon/chunk maps by pressing either comma or period. Once these are open, you can click on any part of the map you have already been to and you will automatically warp to that area. So, for example, if you are deep into a large building, using these will allow you to leave the building without having to back track through every room.