“XP” and “levels” in Minecraft work nothing like XP and Levels in any other game (video, tabletop, or otherwise). Instead, “xp” and “levels” in Minecraft work like a resource that you can collect and use, and it’s a resource that you use to make magic items.
Therefore, what Minecraft calls “xp”, I call magical energy (a.k.a. mana), and what Minecraft calls “levels”, I see as levels-of-mana (like stacks of mana I guess, which, oddly, take more to fill the more you have).
So, with that in mind, I introduce… the Mana Well:
A mana well slowly gathers mana (“xp”) over time. When a player touches it, all the mana within is released for them to collect.
It is only found deep within the earth, in amongst the bedrock, where it draws magical energy from the nothingness of the void.
After being emptied of its contents, a mana well becomes dormant for one Minecraft day. During this time it becomes a ‘mana sink’ and can drain mana from the surface world. Standing too close to a dormant mana well puts you at risk of having some of your mana (“xp”) sucked away. Never stand directly on a dormant mana well!
After this dormant period, it begins generating mana again. It takes an average of one Minecraft lunar cycle for a mana well to fill up to its optimal absorption rate limit (indicated by a red spot in the centre of the well). It still generates mana after reaching this point, but at a reduced rate, and the fuller it gets the slower it generates mana.
At the optimal absorption rate limit, a mana well contains 560 “xp” or more.
This mod is intended to provide players with an extra “xp” source to help alleviate the constant need to grind for “levels”. However, mana wells are rare and can be rather hard to find, and digging around bedrock level has its perils (lava). You have to work for it!
Mana wells are also indestructible, so you can’t take them home with you. Additionally, mana wells tend to attract witches, who also want the mana for themselves. Don’t let them steal it!
~Inspired by Dungeon Keeper’s mana vault.
Mana Well at each visible stage of fullness (empty to optimal absorption rate limit):
**Starting a new world is recommended as mana wells will only appear in newly generated terrain.**
This is a client/server mod. It will work on a client (SP) and a server (MP). Any client connecting to a server using this mod must have the mod installed in order to connect.
This mod adds one block to the world, so it is likely compatible with other Forge mods. However, it has not been tested with any mods made by other people.
Always back up your world before loading it with new mods installed.
If you find any bugs related to the mana well, please let me know.
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