|State:||Keepers of Adornia|
Biography[edit | edit source]
Forests outside of Egizar have been touched by the Prime Zone and are considered too dangerous for promenades and even usual hunting. However, it was no usual hunting. Since recently, people from adjacent villages were disappearing pretty often. The Touched were not uncommon here, places were considered dangerous, and local folks got used to the fact that sometimes, once in several months, the next villager wouldn't come back from the forest. But there were almost two dozen of them "lost in the woods" for less than three weeks, and that was too much! A local lord ordered to send troops and study out this new threat residing in the forests of the Prime Zone. Three heroes followed by one and a half dozen archers left the castle at a day-break to walk into the depths of the forest, going north towards the Prime Zone.
Early on, everything was just fine - they have found no traces of the "unknown Touched" or their victims. Acrid Naga started to bugger about "s-s-silly villagers-s-s" who probably had discovered a new sort of a drunkenberry and were celebrating it somewhere on the outskirts. "They will s-s-sober up and come back." Not a joke to write home about, but nevertheless, all other members of the troop were led to believe in a positive outcome of this trip.
The third day brought trouble. A troop of archers ordered to get some firewood for an evening camp hadn't come back. They were found pretty soon, but nobody could tell what had happened to them. Firewood was scattered all over a clearing, bodies were disfigured by poison, and their eyes were iced with horror. Silence deepened within the troop.
The next morning, Prince of Thieves disappeared. He was the last one to keep the night watch - apparently, the reckless hero had seen or heard something, decided to explore it and went into the woods all alone. Needless to say, his companions found no trail of the Prince. "He mus-s-st be in the castle already. Res-s-s-surrected and fresh after the Prime S-s-spring" - grumbled Naga. "He could at leas-s-st have written a note, telling what he s-s-saw." But nobody smiled.
The next day was keeping them in suspense. "It's the calm before the storm" - thought the Immortal leading the operation. And the storm has finally broken at sunset. The troops, resting on a tree trunk, jumped on their feet as soon as the ground started to shake under them. The next moment a beast arrived in the center of a clearing, scattering piles of dirt all around. One of the archers managed to squeak "Monstera!" As quick as lightning, the beast turned over to the sound and smashed him with its tail. Poor archer couldn't even scream, but his comrades screamed instead: Right in front of their eyes, the archer became acid-green and... blew out, spraying the nearby troops with poison. Meanwhile, the nameless beast (which actually had something in common with monstera used by the Keepers in military assaults against enemy outposts) turned to heroes and attacked them.
The fight was hot - the creature lashed around the clearing, mining into the fight, disappearing under the ground, mauling everyone with its terrifying claws and seemed almost invincible. The archers were killed within several minutes, and both heroes tried to stand at bay. Naga was the next one to fall, overtaken by powerful strikes of the creature's tail. He died, hissing: "Be s-s-strong!" And the Immortal was. Curiously enough, he actually won by using one of his classic tricks - falling and rising again, to finish the fight by one mighty blow.
The beast kissed the dust. The mission was accomplished. The Immortal stood up, shaking his buzzing head, and went in the forest in hopes to find some small Touched, kill it and regain his vitality... And he was lucky, though not quite as he expected. Within a few feet of the clearing, he found a hole where this damned creature lived, and three eggs laying in it. It appeared that the monster had come from the Prime Zone to lay its eggs. Well, it seemed that all human sacrifices were not useless. The Keepers were able to speak any language. Even tigers, Flame Throwers (they were considered demons once) and monsteras served them in a fight.
The Immortal reported his success to the castle and handed his findings to the lord. When hatched, little Noxs drew all possible attention. In spite of their highly aggressive nature, they never attacked any mentor, probably taking them for their parents. After a little while it developed that this new species of the Touched can be a powerful weapon of Adornia - Noxs were dangerous, poisonous, clever and obedient. And pretty sensitive to Prime. So sensitive, that one day the lords decided to improve them with all the power of Prime and tried to initiate them as some kind of Heroes.
And they have become not just some kind, but true Heroes - able to resurrect again and again, powerful, dangerous and, more importantly, intelligent. Though Noxs still weren't able to speak plainly, they could recognize any human commands or reactions and remained loyal to their masters. Soon enough, new Heroes departed to the frontier, arousing fear in the enemies of Adornia.
Talents[edit | edit source]
|Explosive Mutagen||Passive||0||1||0||0||Enemies finished off with an attack or class talent will explode, inflicting 38-330 damage around them.
Bonus: On Native Terrain, the explosion restores 16-142 Health (based on Strength or Intellect, whichever is greater).
|Fissure||Active||300||0||140||15||The hero digs a tunnel down and moves to a specific location, knocking up enemies in the area and inflicting 53-470 damage.|
|Defensive Slabs||Passive||390||4||0||0||If during 10 sec. the Hero wasn't recently damaged, he builds up extra defense that absorbs 50% of damage, but not more that 110-971 (based on Strength). The Hero gains 30% increased movement Speed while the shield is inactive.|
|Aggressive Assault||Active||300||0||100||10||The next 2 basic attacks will hit twice for 75 % damage and will drain 6-79 Health (based on Strength) with each hit.
Bonus: While on Native Terrain, Life drain is additionally increased by 3-40 (based on Strength).
|Toxic Emission||Active||540||8||110||0.3||The Hero moves to the target and inflicts 73-640 damage, spending a toxicity charge. The Hero gains a toxic charge every 30 sec, up to 4 charges.|
|Suppressing Rush||Passive||290||0||0||0||Aggressive Assault works 4 times and decreases target's Will by 0.9-12 (based on Intellect) for 5 sec. This effect stacks up to 4 times.|
|Cocoon||Passive||290||4||0||0||After using the Fissue talent, the hero creates a Cocoon that lasts 7 sec. Reactivating Fissure will transport the hero towards the cocoon.|
|Forged Presence||Passive||440||8||0||0||While the shield is active, the speed of nearby enemies is reduced by 30%.|
|Toxic Replenishment||Passive||12||0||0||0||Toxic Emission stuns the target for 0.3 sec. The hero also gains a Toxicity charge whenever he lands a killing blow with it, but only once every 30 sec.|
Skins[edit | edit source]