Tomb of Xinroch

Dec 28, 2016, 3:12 pm
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Ghosts destoying terrain when killed sounds exploitable
Dec 28, 2016, 4:54 pm
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One ghost. Not ghosts in general.
Dec 29, 2016, 8:18 am
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I would like to see ghosts leave an ectoplasm explosion when killed, kind of like mommo slimes but maybe less sticky with some kind of side effect?
Jul 6, 2:54 pm
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I have several suggestions for ToX.

Also a question: Is it intentional that doors in ToX are very hard to destroy by kicking? Doors in GC are made of granite (strength 55), while ToX has iron doos (strength 100), thus making it very hard to get into rooms with locked doors by destroying the door, especially early into ToX /or if you haven!t found pickaxe to dig around the door). Is that a design choice? If not, what about changing the door material to eg. ebony?
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Merged, nice changes!
The too-hard doors was probably an oversight. I chose iron more for color/mood combination without thinking about whether they could be knocked down.
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Actually here is a file containing some of the numbers I used to balance things in XT.
Just rename the extension to .xlsx
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fejoa wrote
Merged, nice changes!
The too-hard doors was probably an oversight. I chose iron more for color/mood combination without thinking about whether they could be knocked down.

Ebony instead?
Jul 7, 5:25 pm
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Batman? wrote
Ebony instead?

Is that a question whether the doors or ToX were changed to ebony? Not yet, they are still iron.
Jul 24, 1:42 pm
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As promised, I'm working on more lines for the cultists and other friendlies in TX to say. The following lines will be somehow distributed amongst them. (But if you don't want to spoil the surprise for youself when you talk to them, don't open the spoiler. )

SPOILER ALERT. Click here to see text.
Long, long time ago, there was a War in Heavens. Valpurus rose to usurp the throne of Mortifer, then King of Gods, and eventually triumphed.
After his armies conquered all Heavens, Valpurus murdered Mortifer and banished him into the darkness beyond stars.
To prevent the destruction of the very world they were fighting for, Mortifer placed a powerful geas upon all gods that prevents them from ever entering the world. Thus, even the primordial War in Heavens was fought by the many priests and other servants the gods have acquired and empowered.
The original Order of the Dark Knights was established by Cruentus nearly three millennia ago, to battle the knights templar of Valpurus during the ancient War in Heavens.
Today, the dark knights have splintered into two distinct branches, the Unholy Order of Infuscor and the Dark Knights of Cruentus, plus a handful of fringe cults.
All dark knights are still formally united under the leadership of a grand master dark knight, though how much do masters of each group heed the orders of their grand master depends entirely upon his or her power and authority.
The name of the first grand master dark knight was lost to history, yet his deeds remain. Legends say he was more a daemon than a man. He even won the favour of Mortifer and was given the newly forged Neerc Se-ulb to wield against the swarming armies of Light.
The first grand master dark knight led his armies from victory to victory, but pride was his undoing. Believing that none could defeat him, he challenged Pervetus, the high priest of Valpurus, to a duel. At first, it seemed to quickly be turning into another easy victory... until his mace-arm was severed.
When the first grand master dark knight fell and Neerc Se-ulb was lost for a time, Mortifer vowed to never lend his mace again but to a true champion of Chaos. But Cruentus trusted in the power of his dark knights and the next grand master received the terrible halberd named Mjolak to crush all who would oppose the god of blood.
The second grand master dark knight was a son of the first one. He swore an oath of revenge, to slay the high priest of Valpurus in honor of his father's death. Yet his name was erased from all records to clean the stain of shame he brought upon his family.
The second grand master dark knight ruthlessly crushed all resistance and many an enemy fled even before battle, for his trumpeters used horns of fear to devastating effect. Where the father took nearly a decade to slowly force valpurian troops back, the son brought his army of dark knights before the gates of the Citadel of Valpurus in only a few years.
As his men razed and burned the once-mightly Citadel of Valpurus, the second grand master dark knight assailed Pervetus, the high priest of Valpurus. Now being of venerable age, Pervetus quickly fell to the power of Mjolak. Alas, in a hubris of easy victory the grand master turned his back to the dead high priest and did not see a strange glow of a magical amulet that brought Pervetus back with renewed vigor. The high priest lifted Justifier and with a single mightly blow, cut off both of the grand master's hands. And in a single moment of weakness, the grand master shamed his family for the ages to come, for he didn't face death with dignity, but panicked and ran for his life.
Our lord Xinroch was the greatest and most powerful grand master dark knight to ever live, and the third to bear that title. His two crossed flaming swords are still found on the banner of the grand master dark knights to this day.
Some sources claim Xinroch was no one in his youth, maybe even one of the children kidnapped from forgotten villages to be trained for war. But soon, his talents became apparent. He was clever, quick to learn and utterly ruthless when he could get what he wanted.
In his many skirmishes with the forces of Light, Xinroch destroyed two archangels, Incendo and Lucis, and took their flaming swords. He wielded them with unparalleled skill, earning him the sobriquet of 'Xinroch the Firestorm'.
While his predecessors were beasts on the battlefield and masters of the military arts of tactics and strategy, Xinroch was well-versed in the use of another weapon they rarely considered - diplomacy. He conquered a land - then used the fear to gain ten times more in a fraction of time.
Xinroch was highly successful in all his campaigns, and it was during his life that the Unholy Order of the Dark Knights truly flourished.
Even Ischaldirh, the champion of Infuscor since times immemorial, who always thought of warriors as nothing more than brutes and uncivilized savages, eventually befriended Xinroch and accompanied him on many a campaign. Not even demigods could stand in their way.
Just as Xinroch outlived high priest Pervetus and took all his lands, years caught up with Xinroch at last after a life full of victory. No matter how strong magic sustains the body, mortals were created to die and all that lives will wither eventually. Only that which already died and was raised to undeath or which ascended beyond this world is truly immortal.
During one of the countless battles late in his life, Xinroch lost one of the iconic ruby flaming swords he wielded most of his life. The dwarves of Khaz-zadm forged an arcanite shield for him, but it was clear to everyone his prime years have irreversibly passed.
In his declining years, Xinroch heavily funded research into the newly-invented magic school of necromancy. It was thanks to his sponsorship that this discipline could start to spread, but unfortunately the early necromancers were unable to stave off the dwindling of Xinroch's life.
Xinroch died in a glorious battle. His army crushed the invasion of frost giants while Xinroch himself, by then of venerable age, dueled and slayed their jarl. Yet his years and exhaustion took their toll and Xinroch could not fend off the treacherous dagger his most trusted lieutenant turned against him. Old grand master slain and the battle won, this second-in-command became the new grand master dark knight.
Xinroch's successor feared his former master so much he eventually resigned his title of the grand master dark knight and entered the Tomb, to remain enternally vigilant as a keeper of Xinroch's grave and prevent Xinroch's resurrection and terrible revenge.
When Xinroch brought dark knights and dark mages together in a peculiar alliance, even their two ever-rival gods set aside their differences for a time. What none of their worshippers could expect, though, was the child born from the blood of Cruentus and the dark magic of Infuscor, the first vampire.
This Tomb was erected on the battlefield where Xinroch was slain, to honor and guard his grave against all who would wish to disturb his last sleep or defile his memory. Let his majestic glory never be forgotten!
Some believe it is possible to bring our lord Xinroch back. Whether through high necromancy or some dark miracle, he might be able to lead his faithful again!
It was a great shame to the dark templars when several decades ago, an unknown necromancer managed to slip past their guards and animate the skeleton of Xinroch in a mockery of his once-living might. Whether the spell was cast with belief that it could truly bring Xinroch back, or with utmost disrespect for the dearly departed, the dark templars swore they will never allow another man or woman to enter their lord's resting place.


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BTW, those lines are much easier to read in the game's message window. They won't look as ugly as above.
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But if you don't want to spoil the surprise for youself when you talk to them, don't open the spoiler.

The urge to click that spoiler button is overwhelming, but I must resist.
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We don't happen to have a pixel artist, perchance? The thing above, about Xinroch's banner, is giving me ideas about emblems and uniforms.
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chaostrom wrote
We don't happen to have a pixel artist, perchance? The thing above, about Xinroch's banner, is giving me ideas about emblems and uniforms.

Maybe 4zb4? Haven't seen him around lately...
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