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Re: [Character] - The Vampyre

Post by Joel » Sun Feb 22, 2004 11:41 am

:roll:
-> necrosophy is a corpse item retrieving skill
-> Predaor shape already has built in life leech
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Re: [Character] - The Feyling

Post by BrotherDog » Sun Feb 22, 2004 1:58 pm

Wow, even 3 minutes is 2 years too long to wait for this mod. I can hardly wait for some screens of this class.
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[Character] - Shadow Priest

Post by Joel » Mon Feb 23, 2004 12:01 am

Shadow Priest :
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Shadow Priest or Dar'den'har are priest of the goddess Skarra. Worshiped by various
underworld races, Skarra is one of the favored deity of the Shadow Elves.
Initiated by a cruel, gruesome ritual, Dar'den'har are trained to summon
the forces of the darkness and to claim the glory of Skarra to the Overworld.
By a subtle magic, all Dar'den'har tends to look like a true Shadow Elf as
time goes. They become pale, sensible to the sunlight and encline to anger
burst. They also start to like daggers and scythes weapons and become quite
efficient when using them. They master various spells and can bind lower spirit
or souls to do their biding.

For a long time, Dar'den'har were confined into the Underworld various temples.
Nowadays, many of them come back to the light of the Overworld, carrying strange
tales and prophecies with them ... speaking of the upcoming revelation of The True
God and His fall, caused by a powerful Underworld priest. Dar'den'har start to be
a true nuisance in some borderline realms and many True God's priest see this
event as one of the sign announcing the Apocalypse. For most Skarra's worshiper,
this is the sign of the return to the Overworld from which they were banned a
thousand years ago.

Ro'th Faer* :
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(*Enslaved by magic)

1. El'lar d'Ssinssrigg : PASSIVE - Increases the hit points of all summoned minions.
2. Summon Faer : Conjure up to 5 undead warrior. Added points increase damage and attack rating.
3. Den'zil Ch'ath : PASSIVE - Faer minions get additional cold damage and chill length.
4. Barb Wire : PASSIVE - Faer minions get a percent based damage reflection.
5. Summon Elg'gar : Conjure up to 3 Incubus. Added points increase damage and attack rating.
6. Icon of Sin : PASSIVE - Elg'gar minions get additional area effect life steal on hit.
7. Bane : PASSIVE - Elg'gar minions make their targets blink ethereal on hit. This grants the enemy physical immunity but also doubles elemental damage inflicted on them. Added points increase the duration, starting at 2 frames and increasing by 2 frames per point.
8. Summon Ul'Saruk : Conjure one Overlord that lets you summon more of other minions, +1 per skill level.
9. Bloodstone Skin : PASSIVE - Passive that gives the Ul'Saruk damage reduction vs physical. This skill is mutually exclusive with Soulstone Skin.
10. Soulstone Skin : PASSIVE - Passive that gives the Ul'Saruk damage reduction vs elemental. This skill is mutually exclusive with Bloodstone Skin.

Skarra Zha'un'il* :
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(*Skarra's Knowledge)

1. Spirit Orb : Single aim magic bolt. Explodes on target point.
2. Plague : As long as you stand still casting Plague, all minions emit multiple poisoned rats on striking.
3. Stigmata : Release a cross of golden magical fire.
4. Rising Sin : As long as you stand still casting Rising Sin, all minion emit a fire wave on striking.
5. Hunting Banshee : Unleash the spirit of a damned elf. This spirit aims at various target and then explodes into a frost nova.
6. Forbiddance : Creates a ring of chilling flame around the caster.
7. Lo'char Sar'uk : As long as you stand still casting Lo'char Sar'uk, all minions emit magic Flash on striking.
8. Lint'hre : Create a mana stealing vortex at target location.
9. Lemures : Unleash a growing pack of vengeful spirit. Damage is constant but number of spirits increase.
10. Skarra S'sus'un : Conjure an Avatar of Skarra, dealing huge amount of cold damage around it.

Olath Raerz'undus* :
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(*Unholy Spells)


1. Cloak of Ste'era : PASSIVE - Gives a % to cause your attacker to flee.
2. Spirit of Sol'en : Conjure the Spirit of ancient drow mage that fires a lot of slow magic stars at the enemy.
3. Olo'thy Embrace : Melee attack that turns its target to stone, which renders it temporarily helpless. Can only be used with a dagger or scythe.
4. Burning Soul : Create a burning cross ward that emits a healing aura.
5. Spirit of V'los : Conjure the Spirit of a Archmagus that casts Blood Flash when approached.
6. Pandemonium : Melee attack that release wandering spirit that move forwards and carry a % of your normal attack damage.
7. Tormented Soul : Create a Skeleton cross ward that emits a thorns aura.
8. Spirit of Khal'ess : Conjure the spirit of a Drow Priestess that casts meteors when approached.
9. Aluk'essu : Melee attack with dagger or scythe that stun enemies aroung the caster.
10. Screaming Soul : Create a ward that emits a physical damage enhancing aura.
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Re: [Character] - Shadow Priest

Post by DeClineD » Mon Feb 23, 2004 1:04 am

Sure sounds good... Iam looking forward to some sample screenshots :)
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Re: [Character] - Shadow Priest

Post by Tyd » Mon Feb 23, 2004 5:38 pm

ok this surely will be my fav class in shadow empires :D. really nice ideas.

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Re: [Character] - The Feyling

Post by mouse » Mon Feb 23, 2004 6:39 pm

your skill ideas sound great as always - this set sounds especially intrigueing to me. i know i'm just beating a dead horse when i say this but, "I can't wait till we get to see them in action!!".

Good luck with the new mod project guys :)

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Re: [Character] - The Vampyre

Post by Fortitude » Wed Feb 25, 2004 7:12 am

-> necrosophy is a corpse item retrieving skill
-> Predaor shape already has built in life leech

:oops: *Cleans Glasses* Ah yes, now I see them!

Just a question, will you be able to cast all spells while shape changed? Or is it gonna be like the (vanilla)druid where almost an entire skill tree is wasted?
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Re: [Character] - The Vampyre

Post by Joel » Wed Feb 25, 2004 9:48 am

Actually it's more complex than that :

1. Some spells are usable in both forms. Nothing really new :D.
For example : Necrosophy, Blood Pact, Blood rage.

2. Some spells are usable in both forms BUT they get stronger if you're in
Predator's Shape. Mostly all Blood related direct damage spells.

3. Some spells are usable ONLY in Predator Shape. Mostly all the Aura of the dark Gift Tree and some high level summon.
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Re: [Character] - Shadow Priest

Post by Retroboy » Wed Feb 25, 2004 1:42 pm

Please accept this as positive criticism, but the longish elvish-of-sorts overly apostrophe-rich name standard makes it difficult to glance at the power's names and determine what it's intentions are, and I think I might spend more time trying to figure out how they're pronounced than actually using them.

I realize this might be a personal preference, but things like "El'lar d'Ssinssrigg" are pretty tongue-twisting to me, and don't really tell anything about the power itself at first glance.

A suggestion might be to use these as a possessive with an appropriate adjective. For example "El'lar's Reinforcement", and "Winter spirits of Den'zil", and for the dagger move, "Detonating Punch of Essuia" - something that describes the power and its owner?

The class concept is very cool, however.

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Re: [Character] - The Vampyre

Post by Retroboy » Wed Feb 25, 2004 1:48 pm

Looks VERY promising. I particularly like your icons for the selected abilities. The Vigor Mortis graphic rocks.

If you're still open for suggestions on skills, perhaps a "souls of feedings past" spell that creates one or more of Mephisto's tomb guardian shapes to one-time attack a specific target might be a clever idea. Not sure if this is feasible, but it might be an interesting power for the vampire to gain?

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Re: [Character] - Shadow Priest

Post by Brother Laz » Wed Feb 25, 2004 6:15 pm

[quote=Retroboy";p="157020"]A suggestion might be to use these as a possessive with an appropriate adjective. For example "El'lar's Reinforcement", and "Winter spirits of Den'zil", and for the dagger move, "Detonating Punch of Essuia" - something that describes the power and its owner?[/quote]

Originally the names were all in English, but Joel decided to show off his knowledge of Drowish :)

These were my original skill names:

El'lar d'Ssinssrigg - Dar-Al-Harb [Arabian, = Heart of Darkness]
Summon Faer - Summon Slave
Den'zil Ch'ath - Black Flame
Summon Elg'gar - Summon Slayer
Summon Ul'Saruk - Summon Overlord

Lo'char Sar'uk - Spirit Bomb
Lint'hre - Maelstrom
Skarra S'sus'un - Skarra Dawn

Cloak of Ste'era - Cloak of Fear
Spirit of Sol'en - Spirit of Tears.
Olo'thy Embrace - Dark Embrace.
Spirit of V'los - Spirit of Blood.
Spirit of Khal'ess - Spirit of Vengeance.
Aluk'essu - hmm, Joel's own invention. Mine was Fallen Dance.
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Re: [Character] - Shadow Priest

Post by Joel » Wed Feb 25, 2004 6:25 pm

Aluk'Essu is Ceremony of the Fallen :p
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Re: [Character] - The Vampyre

Post by DarkSlash » Thu Feb 26, 2004 1:30 am

So far as I've seen, I'm liking this a lot. Sweet graphix. ;)...a tiny thing I noticed: in the sceenshot for the Gargoyle it says 'decreasing his waking speed' I'm assuming this should be walking speed and thought you might want to fix that :)

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Re: [Character] - The Feyling

Post by Voodoo_Sun » Fri Feb 27, 2004 11:17 pm

Will Mark of the Zodiac increase your spells when near hireling spellcasters like the act 3 mage or when near enemy monster spellcasters, or just when near multiplayer spellcasters????
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Re: [Character] - The Feyling

Post by Joel » Fri Feb 27, 2004 11:36 pm

Nearby Monsters spellcasters.
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Re: [Character] - The Feyling

Post by Joel » Wed Mar 03, 2004 10:55 pm

Some *early* shots of some skills :

The Wisp :
http://cw.d2mods.com/temp/wisp.gif

The Grove's Keeper :
http://cw.d2mods.com/temp/ent.gif

Group shot , featuring The Heart of the Wood ward.
http://cw.d2mods.com/temp/group.gif
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Re: [Character] - The Feyling

Post by DeClineD » Thu Mar 04, 2004 12:11 am

Looking goooooood....
But... I want more screenies... MORE MORE MORE :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Re: [Character] - The Feyling

Post by BrotherDog » Fri Mar 05, 2004 1:33 pm

[quote=Joel";p="158345"]Some *early* shots of some skills :

The Wisp :
http://cw.d2mods.com/temp/wisp.gif

The Grove's Keeper :
http://cw.d2mods.com/temp/ent.gif

Group shot , featuring The Heart of the Wood ward.
http://cw.d2mods.com/temp/group.gif[/quote]

:mrgreen: Looks great. ...Buuuut, even though the sorc is a cutie, a fey-oriented individual wouldn't be so overdressed. I've made this statement for the sake of continuity, not lechery. Mostly wondering if the characters will have new animations, or will you be using the originals.
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Re: [Character] - The Feyling

Post by kingpin » Fri Mar 05, 2004 1:51 pm

My guess is that they keep the original character anims. Since its a hell of work to replace original anims if you want they to work as original anims (show weapons/armor/misc as you equip when).
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Re: [Character] - The Feyling

Post by Black Heart » Fri Mar 05, 2004 7:11 pm

kingpin is correct. At this time we do not have plans to relace the char animations. Joel has done abit of testing in this area and decided to stay with the originals.
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Re: [Character] - The Feyling

Post by Tyd » Sat Mar 06, 2004 12:09 pm

i hope ypu stick with the originals. i mean, i can remember the probs joel had with cw when he tried to replace them :/.

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Re: [Character] - The Feyling

Post by Joel » Sat Mar 06, 2004 2:46 pm

Well, Tyd is right. Changing anim is not doable if the aniom we sue are
consistent with D2 system (bringing up weapon and armor shift).

Getting a char firring arrows from his bare chest sound sodd.

So original gfx all the way.
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Re: [Character] - The Vampyre

Post by Fortitude » Sun Mar 07, 2004 1:30 am

Any chance of getting a screenshot of the Predator form?

Please?

If its not too much trouble....

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Re: [Character] - The Vampyre

Post by cafa » Sun Mar 07, 2004 5:21 am

[quote=Fortitude";p="158952"]Any chance of getting a screenshot of the Predator form?

Please?

If its not too much trouble....

:mrgreen:[/quote]

I indorse.
but I think they will prefer make a mistery about the Predator form...

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Re: [Character] - The Feyling

Post by BrotherDog » Sun Mar 07, 2004 11:09 am

Thanks, I was only wondering, not knocking.

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