A tall, thick slab with engravings on the sides. Steles have been used since ancient times to memorialize individuals, battles, and other important events.
- 2 × 2
- pass through only
- Cover Effectiveness
- Terrain Affordance
They are the smaller, less beautiful version of the grand stele.
Steles may also be found in ruins throughout the map.
Large steles can also be used as an Artistic meditation focus, with a Meditation Focus Strength of +15% psyfocus/day. It appears that no other modifiers exist for steles as they do for other foci.
You may need to build steles for a Momument quest, in which they act as a time and resource sink.
For the same cost as a single large stele, you can construct 2.5 small sculptures. Small sculptures have 25 beauty at Poor quality, and even a pawn with Artistic Skill 0 will average 0.9 Poor quality or better sculptures with the same resource investment. At even modest Artistic levels, sculptures are more efficient in terms of time, stone blocks, and space.
Compared to grand steles, large steles take half the resource cost and half the work, for half the beauty and HP. Large steles are slightly more efficient for space, as a grand stele requires 9 tiles of space while 2 large steles of equal beauty require only 8.
While the examples that naturally spawn in ruins can be built around to benefit from their beauty, the beauty bonus is small enough for this to rarely be relevant. Instead, they are often better used by deconstructing them for their resources.
As a construction
Steles have some merit in training the construction skill. Have a pawn work on the stele, and right before it finishes, cancel the construction. You will get 75% of the resources back, and your pawn will have spent a lot of time constructing. In order to maximize building speed, slow your pawn as much as possible, such as by putting them in darkness.
|Material||Stuff cost||Beauty||Work to Build||HP||Flammability||Market Value|
|Granite Large stele||125||15||ticks (13.37 mins)48,140||340||0%||285|
|Limestone Large stele||125||15||ticks (13.37 mins)48,140||310||0%||285|
|Marble Large stele||125||21||ticks (12.26 mins)44,140||240||0%||270|
|Sandstone Large stele||125||16||ticks (11.15 mins)40,140||280||0%||255|
|Slate Large stele||125||16||ticks (13.37 mins)48,140||260||0%||285|
|Jade Large stele||125||47||ticks (11.11 mins)40,000||100||0%||770|
Assuming Normal quality, for the effect of other qualities, see Quality.
- 1.1.? - Added.
- 1.2.2719 - Now has terrain affordances appropriate for its size.