The Altar is necessary to perform miracles. As worshippers use the Altar, mana is produced and stored. Additionally, the player may sacrifice people at the Altar by dropping them in the pyre at the top of the Altar, which will instantly produce mana, as well as shift his/her alignment towards evil. Each miracle has a mana cost.
There are six miracles that, once obtained, can be produced from the Altar
The expansion Black and White 2: Battle of the Gods introduces an additional four miracles.
Building an Altar has no effect on alignment.
Your population worships you here. Their devotion increases your power and magnificence.
|Black and White|
|One / Two Scaffolds||Small Abode / Large Abode|
|Three Scaffolds||Creche / Graveyard / Village Store / Workshop|
|Four / Five Scaffolds||Field / Village Center|
|Six / Seven Scaffolds||Miracle Dispenser / Wonder|
|Other||Temple / Worship Site|
|Black And White 2|
|Dwellings||Creature Pen / House / Hovel / Manor / Mansion / Skyscraper / Villa|
|Civic Buildings||Altar / Amphitheater / Baths / Graveyard / Nursery / Prison / Rest Home / Tavern / Temple|
|Industrial Buildings||Field / Granary / Lumber Mill / Plant Market / Pot Market / Smelter / Statue Market / Storehouse / University|
|Walls and Roads||Fortified Wall / Road / Wall / Wall Gatehouse|
|Embellishments||Column / Fertility Statue / Lamp / Meadow / Naming Fountain / Punishment Spike / Torture Pit / Well|
|Military||Armory / Ranged Armory / Siege Workshop|
|Wonders||Earthquake Wonder / Hurricane Wonder / Siren Wonder / Volcano Wonder|