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Character Classes for High Elves, Swordmaster, Archmage, Shadow Warrior, White Lion


Amongst the oldest of the races to walk the world, the High Elves of Ulthuan are a people of incredible grace, skill, and wisdom. Masters of almost every art imaginable, the High Elves are tested more and more with each passing year. Though their numbers wane, they are ever up to the challenges they face.




Swordmaster

archetype: Tank special mechanic: Blade Dance

class details: Fighters specializing in magical attacks, Sword Masters string together short chains of attacks in a graceful Blade Dance. With each swing of their weapons they step into a more balanced fighting position, allowing them to use more powerful attacks, and increase their balance even further. With magical enchantments to bolster the strength of their attacks, Sword Masters are deadly front-line warriors.

description: The Swordmaster fights with magical enchantments to bolster the strength of his attacks, and is a deadly front-line warrior. Surprisingly agile with his finely crafted Elven Greatsword, the Swordmaster is the vanguard of any Elf army.

mechanic: The Swordmaster strings together short chains of attacks in a graceful Blade Dance. With each swing of his weapon, he steps into a more balanced fighting position, which allows him to use attacks that are more powerful and increase his balance even further.

master classes:

Khaine   A Mastery path focused on offense and Greatswords.
The Path Of Khaine focuses on the Swordmaster's signature Elven Greatsword, a massive but exquisite weapon that he can swing with deceptive speed. While no High Elf would ever worship the God of Warfare, a Master of this path acknowledges Khaine as a potent and necessary figure, and the Swordmaster brings swift death to any who stand in his way.

Vaul   A Mastery path focused on defense and protection.
The Path Of Vaul is primarily focused on defense, and a Master of this path may very well be temped to lay aside his Greatsword in favor of an elegant Elf-crafted shield instead. The Swordmaster who specializes in this path will be the core that the lines of battle form around.

Hoeth   A Mastery path focused on magical attacks and effects.
The Path Of Hoeth is for Swordmasters who have spent much longer amounts of time in the White Tower, honing their innate magical skills and learning how to smoothly work magical power into their attacks. A Master of this path will learn subtle ways to both expose weaknesses in their foes, and shield themselves in battle.

Swordmaster - Abilities, Tactics and Morale.


Archmage

archetype: Healer special mechanic: High Magic

class details: Long-range healers, the Archmages are masters of High Magic. Through careful and balanced use of the Winds Of Magic, Archmages can use the power generated by their offensive spells as fuel for their healing abilities. By weaving back and forth between damaging spells and healing magic, they reduce and sometimes even negate the cost of beneficial spells, allowing them to remain efficient for long periods of time.

description: The High Elves are known far and wide as the most powerful mages in the world, and the Archmages are the best even among their own kin. Capable of weaving all of the Winds of Magic together in complex and subtle ways, the Archmages can easily turn the tide of battle in their favor.

mechanic: The High Elves are the only living beings who can grasp the depth and subtlety of true High Magic. By understanding the true natures of all of the Winds of Magic, the Archmage can transfer the power of his destructive spells directly into his beneficial magic, using this balanced power to make his healing abilities less expensive.

master classes:

Isha   A Mastery path focused on healing and restorative powers.
The Path Of Isha is focused on restoring health and life to the Archmage's allies. A skilled Master of this path will be adept at weaving offensive magic in with his healing magic, greatly extending the efficiency of his beneficial spells.

Asuryan   A Mastery path focused on offensive and damaging powers.
The Path Of Asuryan is primarily aimed at bringing forth the destructive side of the Winds of Magic. An Archmage who specializes in this path will become adept at raining down doom upon his foes, while simultaneously manipulating the flows of arcane power to fuel his healing magic as well.

Vaul   A Mastery path focused on hindering and weakening foes.
The Path Of Vaul is a subtle Mastery that focuses on both crippling the Archmage's enemies, and strengthening his allies. The specialist in this Mastery relies on cunning effects to lead his foes to an inevitable doom that they won't even realize is approaching until it's too late.

Archmage - Abilities, Tactics and Morale.


Shadow Warrior

archetype: Ranged Damage special mechanic: Strategic Maneuvers

class details: A flexible offensive attacker at any range, Shadow Warriors are skilled at both bow and blade. They pick strategies to best suit the battlefield, and can easily shift from being a deadly long-range attacker to a highly mobile medium-range skirmisher. In hand-to-hand combat, Shadow Warriors are also lethal, and can dispose of enemies swiftly with their blades.

description: The darkest, most sinister and brutal of all the High Elves. The Shadow Warriors are masters of ambush and guerrilla warfare. They strike swiftly and noiselessly with deadly accurate volleys from their longbows, before charging forth to slay any survivors with a flurry of blades.

mechanic: To excel as a Shadow Warrior you must carefully observe the flow of the battle and choose the best strategy for the situation at hand. A Shadow Warrior must always be aware of his opponent's location. This is critical to making the most of his maneuvers and the abilities associated with them. A Shadow Warrior should also fight with a cool head and understand that his vengeance should only be unleashed at the most ideal moment on a weakened opponent. This boiling rage will add power to many of his attacks allowing him to quickly kill a properly weakened foe.

master classes:

The Scout   A Mastery path focused on long-distance bow attacks.
The Path Of The Scout focuses on delivering devastating attacks from a great distance. A Master of this path will prepare patiently and then strike swiftly, unleashing a deadly hail of arrows with grim results. A Shadow Warrior specializing in this strategy will prefer to stand his ground as far as from his enemies as he can, and force them to come to him.

Assault   A Mastery path focused on hand-to-hand combat.
The Path Of Assault teaches Shadow Warriors to augment their bow attacks with blades as well. Someone who adopts this strategy will prefer to first cripple their target with bow fire, and will then bring the fight to the enemy instead of remaining back at a distance. While even a specialist in this path will still place their trust in their longbow, they will be able to easily throw an enemy off-balance by charging in to the fight instead of trying to stay back at a distance.

The Skirmisher   A Mastery path focused on short-range, mobile bow attacks.
The Path Of The Skirmisher is a strategy for close-quarters combat. Focused on short-distance bow attacks, someone who specializes in this path will still remain mobile while drawing their shots. These nimble attacks grant deadly flexibility to the Shadow Warrior - while he must get much closer to his enemies, he does not have to remain stationary, and is able to draw his targets out into bloody ambushes.

Shadow Warrior - Abilities, Tactics and Morale.


White Lion

archetype: Melee Damage special mechanic: Tamed Lion

class details: An offensive melee attacker, White Lions fight side-by-side with a lion companion that they have captured and tamed. Whether distracting the enemy while the lion mauls them, or disposing of them directly with their mighty Great axes the White Lions can take down enemies in nearly any situation.

description: The proud and fierce White Lions have their roots in the lands of Chrace, where they have been know for centuries as woodsmen of great skill. While long ago, circumstance and necessity forced them to turn to the path of the warrior; they never neglected their roots, and today continue their ancestral woodsman axe to this very day.

mechanic: Being a part of a White Lion regiment is a great honor, and initiates must prove their worth by single-handedly slaying one of the feared Chracian white lions and returning with the great cat's pelt as proof of their deed (and the attempts turn in favor of the predatory cats as often as not)! While this also serves the secondary purpose of keeping the lions' numbers in check, the High Elves are also well aware that all creatures serve a purpose, and they never slaughter the lions needlessly. Therefore, if a victorious Elf finds his prey's lair full of pups, he will bring the young cats back with him to raise, train, and care for. While most of these tenderly reared lions go on to draw the famous Lion Chariots of Chrace, some will occasionally form a deep and lasting bond with their White Lion caretaker, and grow to become a lifelong companion to the Elf.

master classes:

The Hunter   A Mastery path focused on both you and your pet equally.
This path focuses on fighting with your war lion as an equal, each of you taking a part in the hunt and the kill. The White Lion and his war lion have coordinated their attacks so well that they are capable of attacking multiple targets at once, tearing through enemy lines with ease.

The Axeman   A Mastery path focused on your pet distracting enemies while you deal damage.
A specialist in this path has trained his war lion to menace and threaten enemies, making them vulnerable to the White Lion's brutal attacks. Foes who become distracted by the mighty war lion will often never even have time to register the greataxe blow coming it's already too late.

The Guardian   A Mastery path focused on assisting and supporting your pet while he deals damage.
A master of this path has focused on training his war lion as a hunter and predator. While the White Lion acts to protect and assist his war lion, the great cat tears its enemies apart with fang and claw. Specializing in this path will provide tools that allow the White Lion to defend himself and threaten foes while his pet is prowling up from behind the oblivious enemy for the kill.

White Lion - Abilities, Tactics and Morale.


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