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Heroes of Might and Magic V  → Academy Heroes

by Ubisoft

Here is the background story behind eleven heroes of the Academy faction. Click on the pictures to enlarge them.


Cyrus was destined for greatness, as from an early age he showed the combination of natural talent and intense competitive ambition that leaders often possess. Mercilessly fighting his way to the top, Cyrus became a young and dynamic First of the Circle. Though over time his brilliance faded under the weight of a huge ego and a tendency to avarice, Cyrus remained a Mage of impressive power.


Jhora’s quickness of mind gives her the ability to launch magical attacks at a pace unmatched by any of her fellow mages. The first beings to discover this were bandits, who made the mistake of attempting a surprise attack on a caravan in which Jhora, still a child at the time, was riding. The sudden flurry of Eldritch Arrows that fell upon the attackers sent them running for the hills.


Maahir is not unique among Mages for the intensity with which he studies; however he is quite unique in the way does it. A seasoned traveler by anyone's standards, Maahir forces his body through endless hardships in the belief that exceptional mental endurance goes hand in hand with exceptional physical endurance. As a result of his stamina and his mental focus, Maahir is capable of renewing mana at an unusually fast rate.


Havez has an eye for anything that is quirky or odd. His personal effects are an unusual mix of items from all over Ashan – shadow silk cloths from Ygg-Chall, leatherwork from Irollan, jewels from the Dwarven mines, etc. His interest in the quaint and curious extends to his troops as well; he has for many decades studied the Gremlins and specializes in the upbringing and training of these lizard-like humanoids.


Narxes is a firm believer that the roots of success lie in precision, thoroughness, and attention to detail. A stern and pedantic taskmaster, he is the bane of acolytes studying to become Mages. They do not begrudge the hours spent under his unforgiving eye, however, as he shows them that the harder you train in peacetime, the less you suffer in wartime.


Excitable, headstrong, and energetic are the sorts of words the older Mages use to describe Zehir. He chose to master elemental magic, figuring (correctly) that if he could control beings as fickle and powerful as elementals he would be well prepared for any magical struggle. Though the title First of the Circle was granted to the young Mage in the hopes of staving off political infighting during a crisis, the other wizards of the Circle quickly realized that it was only a matter of time before Zehir's skills surpassed theirs – time that is more likely to be measured in months than in years.


Faiz is notorious in the Silver Cities for his gruesome countenance, which he usually covers with a scarf. His scars are the result of an encounter with Desert Orcs, and from that day the once light-hearted Mage turned himself to thoughts of devastation and ruin. Mastering these arts, Faiz has gained the ability to inflict intensive arcane destruction upon his enemies.


Galib is a Djinn, a spiritual being, lord among the many elemental spirits that roam the plane of magic, invisible to the untrained eye. Galib is not a servant, but a friend and ally to the Mages of the Silver Cities, and he sits as one of the Circle in the Wizards’ ruling council to defend the interests of his. Many of his human counterparts have learnt to randomly deflect enemy spells, but Galib’s inherent magical nature permits him a measure of control over where the deflected spell goes. Enemies avoid using magic against him, knowing that Galib could cause their spells to bounce back and strike their own troops.


During the War of the Grey Alliance, Nathir was taken prisoner by the demons. Enslaved in their sulfur mines, he was one of only three survivors of a massive prison uprising and escape. Nathir made his way across the fiery wastes of Sheogh and finally back to the Silver Cities, vowing from that day on that fire would be his servant and never again his master.


Nur is one of those beings that not only wields magic, but is inherently magical. A Djinn master of meditation and mental concentration, Nur's battles with Chaos magic across many worlds has led her to develop her intellectual capacity to a state of incredible resilience. As a result of study, practice, and preparation, Nur is capable of constantly replenishing her own arcane energies.


Wisdom does not always come with age. After decades of study, Razzak attempted an experiment that would have permitted him to tap permanently and effortlessly into Asha's magic. He was lucky to survive, and now is blind, partially paralyzed and must be carried by slaves. The experiment did have positive effects as well, though, as Razzak devoted himself to the crafting of Golems to help him as semi-autonomous hands and legs.

hein231 at 2006-07-04 16:07 wrote:
After much failure i have finally made me a workable mod te get all the heroes i want (maahir,cyrus) in multiplayer(custom) maps don't have to wait for nival now they can shove it if they were even planning to do it
hein231 at 2006-06-30 18:14 wrote:
why must things like this be excluded its just a silly custom map i'll pay the man who makes me a mod to have the heroes like maahir and cyrus available in custom maps and multiplayer maps then if that is what it takes for Fsck sakes
Edited on Fri, Jun 30 2006, 12:16 by hein231

Orfinn at 2006-06-30 13:37 wrote:
What a shame, Maahir is my favorite :disagree: Well I hope he will appear in the expansion.
hein231 at 2006-06-29 17:35 wrote:
can we get a mod to have cyrus and maahir made available in all custom maps they are the only ones who look kewl all the others looks stupid that is why academy is not my fav faction anymorea as it was in homm 2,3,4

dragonn at 2006-06-08 09:36 wrote:
Cyrus and Maahir were thrown out from the final game because Academy had 10 standard Heroes + 1 campaign, and other races have only 8 standard Heroes...

Maybe we'll see them in the expansion...

Orfinn at 2006-04-19 12:06 wrote:
"jewels from the Dwarven mines, etc. "

Now dwarves gotta be included, yeeeah! :D
REvan34 at 2006-04-01 13:44 wrote:
Cyrus... is he the same with that persian king? (out of the theme...)

Campaigner at 2006-03-17 01:27 wrote:
Never mentioned it, but take away the J in Jhora and you get a not-so-good swedish word :p

Panda Tar at 2006-02-22 19:24 wrote:
NO geniuses till now?

LordHoborgXVII at 2006-02-12 01:08 wrote:
A slave? Of COURSE they'll have one that explodes itself. :devil:

ed dunk at 2006-02-11 21:14 wrote:
I Wonder if they have one that explodes itself.

Darkion at 2006-02-10 15:53 wrote:
Well it's nice seeing Astral again...oops, I mean Cyrus... ;)

ThunderTitan at 2006-02-10 00:01 wrote:
"Well we have our Arabian Nights Heroes."

So, did anyone read the non-censored version of Arabian Nights? Anyway they're missing the nubian slaves.. :devil:

Malicen at 2006-02-09 23:34 wrote:
Well we have our Arabian Nights Heroes. Cool. Now I'm expecting to see Humans as inquisitors and crusaders...

Orfinn at 2006-02-09 09:14 wrote:
Whooa! Really nice portraits and heroes! =)
anakha at 2006-02-09 07:17 wrote:
gorgeous portraits
Puzon_351 at 2006-02-08 23:41 wrote:
Looks good but......hmm we`ll see in "real game"

Grumpy Old Wizard at 2006-02-08 22:51 wrote:
Looking good.

Morannon at 2006-02-08 21:48 wrote:
Perfection! *applause*

DaemianLucifer at 2006-02-08 20:52 wrote:
Major Major with major degree in some field :devil:

JoniJM at 2006-02-08 20:49 wrote:
..Or a general by the name of "Sarge"? At least here "Majuri" (=major) is a common surname, so a combination "major Major" is possible;)

theLuckyDragon at 2006-02-08 20:48 wrote:
You know, that could also be read as a hard g.

DaemianLucifer at 2006-02-08 20:46 wrote:
Imagine a sergeant by the name of Sarge :devil:

ThunderTitan at 2006-02-08 20:41 wrote:
"Sovereign and Gamor look the same."

I'm thinking that's a mistake. Also Sovereign doesn't sound like a name either, but then again Sarge is used, so it wouldn't suprise me if "Sov" made it in the final game.

JoniJM at 2006-02-08 20:38 wrote:
Soug = Ergar, the same thing (+ can´t imagine him as a necromancer hero, he sure looks like ancient old, but pretty much alive still). Ok, that´s not the measurement, just kidding. :)

Quote: Is caesar common?

Yes, at least among "rulers"..
Edited on Wed, Feb 08 2006, 13:40 by JoniJM

DaemianLucifer at 2006-02-08 20:20 wrote:
Sovereign and Gamor look the same.Also,what does movement have to do with teleportation spell cost?
Arzang at 2006-02-08 20:06 wrote:
Cyrus is pretty common at least in Iran. just like Darius.

Is caesar common?

umfridus at 2006-02-08 19:46 wrote:
Cyrus? Now they can try naming one of the human heroes Caesar and one of the undead Dracula.

Cooba at 2006-02-08 19:44 wrote:
..also, Bardit from the Haven strangely resembles Bruce Willis ;O.
Ivanmoe at 2006-02-08 18:32 wrote:
I think that Mahir almost looks like Sinbad from the Brad Pitt animated movie.

theLuckyDragon at 2006-02-08 18:32 wrote:
<br>Prince of Persia: Sands of Time.
<br>Perhaps the Evil Vizier?
<br>Or the Evil Vizier on Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones?
<br>Or maybe some other characters from there? :P

Hmm... no, I was only referring to the Heroes game... I'm not familiar with any Prince of Persia except the very first one.

I think Astral is the one Cyrus really resembles.

Oakwarrior at 2006-02-08 18:28 wrote:

Prince of Persia: Sands of Time.
Perhaps the Evil Vizier?
Or the Evil Vizier on Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones?
Or maybe some other characters from there? :P

Cooba at 2006-02-08 18:24 wrote:
They look impressive so far ;).

(and Cyrus does indeed look like Astral a bit...)

ThunderTitan at 2006-02-08 18:11 wrote:
Maybe in my "will use them" list.

Infiltrator at 2006-02-08 18:08 wrote:
Well it makes it pretty suggestive to me if you just replace the first word ;)

JoniJM at 2006-02-08 18:00 wrote:
@Infiltrator: Shouldn´t the last letter be replaced also..? So not that close, err.. :|
@ThunderTitan: Ok:) But they might turn out to be in your favourite list still (in case they posses few supreme starting skills/abilities/specialities/creatures. Anyways, I´ll quit nagging to this point. ;)

ThunderTitan at 2006-02-08 17:51 wrote:

We know! 10x anyway.

dragonn at 2006-02-08 17:49 wrote:
http://www.heroesofmightandmagic.com/heroes5/hero_special_abilities.shtml here are some more hero specializations...(for those who don't know :P)
Edited on Wed, Feb 08 2006, 10:56 by dragonn

Infiltrator at 2006-02-08 17:44 wrote:
Nice portraits. Now try replacing the 'J' in Jhora with another letter (hint: its near the alphabet end) ;)

ThunderTitan at 2006-02-08 17:38 wrote:
Neah, i'll just not remember any of them in the future. Just like all the other heroes whose names I didn't like.

dragonn at 2006-02-08 17:32 wrote:
Maahirs story: he is quite unique in the way HE does it...

Nice Heroes, but still how many of them will be per race?
Edited on Wed, Feb 08 2006, 10:33 by dragonn

JoniJM at 2006-02-08 17:28 wrote:
I think you´ll get used to those (and any other) names in the future.. ;) And yes, they look amazing! :D
EDIT: And Cyrus.. The closest I can think of is Astral, but mayby not..
Edited on Wed, Feb 08 2006, 10:30 by JoniJM

ThunderTitan at 2006-02-08 17:25 wrote:
Hm.. I actualy like how they all look. The names on the other hand... :(
And what's the point of the seethrough veil?

Angelspit at 2006-02-08 17:24 wrote:
I meant three...

theLuckyDragon at 2006-02-08 17:22 wrote:
Four heroes? I'm only seeing three.

Cyrus' face is strangely familiar...

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