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    15th September 2020
    Ladies and gentlemen,
    today we will take another closer look at one of the Imperial Regiments. You know & love them since
    the Second Orc Book but do you REALLY know them? No, because I have not really given them
    the treatment they deserve! Until now!
    Today I give you the second entry of the Imperial Regiments - the Bull Regiment!
    Why I am doing this? Am I just giving you some lore for an AI faction? Will they have a bigger
    role to play in the True Story - or in the future after that? Who knows!

    The Bull Regiment

    [​IMG]
    "Provoke the Bull at your own peril."
    The Bull Regiment is one of those curious relics that should have been retired long ago but still retains service.
    Despite fielding soldiers wearing modern plate armor, the Bull Regiment is still also making use of rather ancient armor
    and weapons that would be more at home in museums and ancient arenas. Still, the Bull Regiment continues to use both
    with surprising efficiency. Then again, one should never underestimate a soldier at the peak of human ability.
    The soldiers of the Bull Regiment has proven time and again that their brute force alone is more than enough to further
    the goals of the Empire - though who would openly speak out against someone strong enough to crush a skull with bare hands?
    Unlike the Wolf Regiment with its werewolves, the Dragon Regiment with its beasts, the Falcon Regiment with its tamed
    animals or the Phoenix Regiment with its summoned creatures, the Bull Regiment relies solely on pure human force alone.
    While some believe that they use spells or magic potions to increase their strength beyond what a human is normally capable
    of, the soldiers of the Bull Regiment speak only of hard, daily training and workouts. It matters little where their strength comes
    from, the brute force of this regiment cannot be denied.

    It is said that when the Bull Regiment was first deployed to deal with rebelling lords within the Empire, who first laughed at the
    sight of such barbaric-looking warriors but as soon as they had started killing rebel soldiers with a brutality that made being captured
    and tortured alive look like a relief in comparison, they stopped laughing. It should be mentioned that the Bull Regiment treated
    its prisoners hardly any better than any enemies they met on the open field. The Bull Regiment was not about taking captives, it was
    about being unleashed to destroy anything that stood in its way, leaving nothing behind to be rebuilt.
    While many of them still wear their traditional armors, the best among them wear an armor so heavy that regular soldiers would not
    be able to wear it. Even if an enemy was able to resist the first wave of lightly armored, savage warriors, the second wave consisting
    of the heavily-armored elite of the Bull Regiment would be their doom.
    The current leader of the Bull Regiment, the veteran General Dorbric, is said to be as strong as ten men, his axe having cut large
    Demons in half with but a single strike. Like his warriors, he prefers to charge right into trouble and break through anything in his
    way, leaving the more complex strategies to other regiments and generals. Still, labelling him as little more than a simple-minded

    buffoon would be a grave mistake. One should not give the Bull a reason to start a stampede while standing in front of him.
     
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    21st September 2020
    Ladies and gentlemen,
    today we will take another closer look at not one but three of the Imperial Regiments.
    You know & love them since the Second Orc Book but do you REALLY know them?
    No, because I have not really given them the treatment they deserve! Until now!
    Today I give you the final three entries of the Imperial Regiments - the Dragon, Phoenix and
    Falcon Regiments!
    Why I am doing this? Am I just giving you some lore for an AI faction? Will they have a bigger
    role to play in the True Story - or in the future after that? Who knows!
    Note: The Imperial Regiments also deploy "ordinary" human forces, but these showcases
    serve the purpose of showing what sets them apart.
    I had to mention this here because... Well. You will see.

    The Dragon Regiment
    [​IMG]
    "Fear the wrath of the Dragon."
    According to legend, the founders of the founders of the Dragon Regiment rode on the backs of dragons whose scales
    were pure silver and gold. The founders of the Dragon Regiment somehow managed to gain the trust of these powerful
    beasts and, similar to the realm of Zyainor (despite not being aware of its existance), they joined forces to create a nation.
    Unlike the Black Dragons of Zyainor, however, the proud dragons of Rodan wanted no veneration, they wanted cooperation.
    These gold and silver dragons and the Humans of Rodan were said to have fought side by side against their enemies to
    create a great realm for the most advanced and civilized races - themselves. However, over the centuries, for reasons
    unknown, the proud races of these silver and golden dragons declined. One by one, they died out, leaving nothing but
    memories to be mourned - and the Dragon Regiment.
    It is unclear how much of this legend is actually true. It is true that there once were dragons on the continent of Rodan,
    but whether or not they were actually allies of the Imperials that even worked with them or not is debatable. In fact, only
    the soldiers of the Dragon Regiment seem to think that the dragons were once their allies - or pets, depending on who was
    asked, the opinions regarding the exact details of their relationship are being discussed even inside the Dragon Regiment itself.
    Regarding the decline of these dragons, scholars agree that the dragons probably were unable to sustain their breeding grounds
    in the growing civilisation of the Empire - and if the dragons' scales were made out of silver and gold, as the legend claims, then
    it would come to little surprise that they may also have been hunted down for these valuable metals. The truth of the myth may
    only be found in the archives of the Dragon Regiment - but they would not let anyone, not even most of their own, enter these places.
    Either way, the Dragon Regiment has made desperate attempts to once again have dragons at their disposal - though not as "ally"
    but as a weapon to be unleashed. Many leaders of the regiment have tried to find a replacement over many centuries - with some
    sort of success, to their credit, though it is hard to actually call most of their beasts "dragons". First, the Dragon Regiment had tamed
    some lizards by stealing eggs and raising them like any other domesticated animal.
    On the coastlines of Rodan and on small islands surrounding the continent, they found sea drakes - though belonging to the "dragon family",
    they were more ferocious and bloodthirsty than the dragons of the then-unknown continent of Arkain. These wild beings were forced into
    submission and tamed - and then, along with the lizards, used for magic experiments in an attempt to create new "dragons".
    While the creatures of the Dragon Regiment are by no means dragons (with the exception of the ferocious sea drakes maybe), it cannot
    be denied that these creatures are extremely powerful - and woe falls upon those who stand in their way.
    The proud and somewhat imperious General Ramerius is the current leader of the Dragon Regiment. Like all human members of the Dragon
    Regiment, he serves the Empire and Emperor with pride and has a high opinion of the abilities of his regiment.


    The Phoenix Regiment
    [​IMG]
    "The Phoenix leaves nothing but ashes."
    While there are no "legends" about the past of the Phoenix Regiment, its natural choice of summoned creatures or how
    they had originally mastered the summoning of phoenixes to a point that had allowed them to call upon entire swarms of
    the creatures, the regiment has had an interesting tale of rise and fall in the Imperial history books.
    Many times, it had been said that the Phoenix Regiment had completely fallen in battle and was done for after having been
    sent into a battle they had no chance of winning. But then they would rise again and again - just like a phoenix from the ashes.
    Some whisper that the archmagi of the Phoenix Regiment had found a special method that would allow them to actually rise
    from the ashes after their death - like the phoenixes they summoned. If this was true, the Phoenix Regiment would not share
    this secret with anyone else, discarding it as nonsense and insisting that their skills - and, as they are willing to admit,
    nothing but sheer luck - is what kept them alive. Yet the rumors stayed.
    The phoenixes deployed by the Phoenix Regiment are not actual animals like some believe. They are all summoned creatures made
    of the purest essence of fire. Alongside its ordinary military force, the Phoenix Regiment possesses a large number of summoners
    who summon the beings far from the frontlines and then send them out to support their soldiers in battle. Interestingly enough,
    many of these summoners have never participated in a battle themselves which is a reason why they are kept far away from the
    frontlines, serving a similar purpose as engineers or other workers instead. Some are however powerful wizards who accompany
    their soldiers into battle - though their number is rather low, mostly due to the unwillingness of the Phoenix Regiment to endanger
    its valuable summoners that easily. Their power of their phoenixes, however, is unquestionable.
    Silent and mysterious General Kenos is the leader of the Phoenix Regiment and a powerful summoner of phoenixes. He always
    wears his mask and is fully clothed, showing not even the slightest bit of his skin. This has of course led to rumors, as it always does.

    Most believe the rumor that a demon sorcerer had once trapped a then-unexperienced Kenos inside his own phoenix, slowly burning
    him alive. It is said that the pain and agony made Kenos, who was but a recruit summoner back then, accidentally channel too much
    magical power into the phoenix.
    This overflow of magic energy is said to have caused a massive explosion, killing the demon sorcerer and his henchmen - but also several
    members of the Phoenix Regiment and only further burning Kenos alive - it was a miracle that he was still alive. From that day on, he
    was never seen without being fully clothed - or without his mask.
    Since Kenos never comments on this (or speaks little in general), it is unclear whether or not this is true. Some rumors that could only be
    heard in the fewest backrooms claim that Kenos is in fact the original founder of the Phoenix Regiment. As it was believed that the regiment
    had mastered a method that allowed them to rise from the dead like a phoenix from the ashes, some even went so far to claim that the
    current leader of the regiment was the very same one who founded it.


    The Falcon Regiment
    [​IMG]
    "You cannot hide from the eyes of the Falcon."
    Many centuries ago, there had once been an Emperor who had grown weary of his responsibilities as ruler of an entire
    continent, having to deal with wars, rebellions, politics, economy and other things that he did not care about the
    slighest bit. He had never wanted his crown, he was born into a family that just happened to be in charge of the
    Empire - and what kind of son would just have thrown that away? As soon as he had an heir who was young, but
    old enough to take his place, he made his choice.
    Abstaining all claims to the throne and making this young son emperor in his stead, he left the court - despite heavy
    protests from advisors, family and nobles alike. He left for the wilderness, leaving everything behind him. However,
    after a few years, some were quite unhappy with their new ruler - and they also saw this as an opportunity:
    The former Emperor was out in the wilderness - unprotected, unguarded and alone. If they got a hold of him and put
    him back in charge, they could control him - or if he refused to be put back in charge, they could control his son and
    current emperor to do their bidding instead. So they sent several headhunters to get the Emperor back - putting a
    VERY large bounty on his head.
    The hunters searched the wilderness but they could not find the former emperor. He was able to avoid them, he had
    tamed the birds of the forest to warn him of any intruders so that he could avoid them. Several weeks passed and some
    of the hunters, realizing how their target kept avoiding them, started to hunt the birds. This was of course unacceptable,
    and so the former emperor decided to show himself - after having called upon a number of more... dangerous animals.
    He confronted the hunters on a clearing. As soon as he had shown himself, his animals surrounded the hunters. He demanded
    that they stopped killing his animals and returned to whence they came. To his surprise, they did not try to fight or run.
    They threw their weapons on the ground and knelt before him, declaring that they had never had any interest to kill him. Instead,
    they had only wished to protect him - their one and only true emperor - from the intrigant courtists who were seeking his downfall.
    He explained that he was no longer their emperor - but that he had spent too much time too far from court. Together with his
    animal pets and his former hunters, he returned to the court, where the group of intrigant and powerhungry nobles that had wanted
    to kill him, had already taken control. They were put in prison and later executed for their treason - presumably killed by the very
    animals that had protected and been fed by the man they wanted to kill. While he did not retake his throne and left his son in charge,
    the former emperor decided to form an army to protect his son - his first recruits were the headhunters. The Falcon Regiment was born.
    Skilled hunters and animal tamers, the Falcon Regiment consists of many skilled falconers that summon the favored animals of the
    regiment to their aid. They are said to share a mythical connection with their falcons, being able to see whatever they saw.
    While maybe not seeming as impressive as the other regiments, the Falcon Regiment has proven its strength many times - and one
    should never underestimate an animal that protects its master. Or the other way around.
    General Aveen, the current leader of the Falcon Regiment, is rumoned to be a distant relative of the Emperor - maybe even an heir
    of the original founder of the regiment. While she is a capable leader and beloved by her soldiers, she seems to prefer keeping her
    distance to the other generals and people that are no part of her regiment in general. The ones who believe that she may be
    related to the Emperor believe this to be the reason. Others think that she simply prefers her animals over her fellow humans.
     
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    22nd September 2020
    Today I am bringing you two different kind of news. So without further ado, let's start!
    No long intro this time!

    First of, given the fact that the Second Books have all (finally) been finished for a while now,
    with the Second Undead Book having been out for almost a month now, I have decided that
    it was time for another Arkain Question Time!

    What is an Arkain Question Time? Mortals asking Aridon about their future?
    Arkain Question Time (short AQT) is like an "FAQ) of Arkain. It is an event where people send
    me Arkain-related questions via conversation. I collect these questions and then release them in a single
    great post. As you can see in this thread, the questions also involve spoilers - and also some
    funny/less serious questions (and answers). All these questions are welcome and I will include
    as many as possible.
    I will accept questions from today until 4th October 2020. I intend to post the questions and
    their answers on the 5th or 6th October.
    Feel free to send right away!

    Second: I am presenting you something I have already teasered in the past weeks:
    The Imperial Regiments mechanic!
    [​IMG]
    "I don't like wolves. They're course, rough and irritating. And they get everywhere." - Blen Greymoore

    You remember the Leadership Boni? Yeah, that was a neat race mechanic. The race mechanics of the Orcs
    was broken by bugs and the Second Undead Book did not really get that. The First Books lack them completely!
    Now, with the True Story of Arkain, it is about time that we fixed some of these issues, right? Right!
    The Imperial Regiments I have introduced to you in the last few newsposts will be added with not only their name
    but also their unique units! You will be able to replace your "ordinary" units with these specialized forces to experience
    new ways to play the chapters. You want to overrun the enemy with pure melee power? Let's call the Bull Regiment!
    You want to release the hounds? The Wolf Regiment is just what you are looking for! You want to unleash some nasty
    beasts? Let's get the Dragon Regiment to serve your destructive desires!
    In addition, the new generals will also join the events of the books (to both Blen's and Zoia's dismay, they will have to
    spend some time with each other). This also serves to increase the number of named Imperial generals as their number
    has been quite limited before - especially after the events of the First Books. That's not to say that they are all going to
    survive these events however...
    Quick side note: The grey Greymoore will actually receive more of a backstory and characteristics in the True Story.
    No, don't worry, I will not change his character just to make him more interesting, I am just giving him some final touches
    before... well, you know.

    Anyway, that's it for today. Feel free to send me questions for the Arkain Question Time - and stay tuned for more news on
    the True Story of Arkain! A demo is in development!
     
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    26th September 2020
    As some of you have probably already noticed, I have reorganized the Faction Sheet and the
    Tales of Arkain threads to make them easier to navigate.
    I will make further adjustments when more factions/stories are added. The same goes for the
    Character Sheet.
    Currently it would not make much sense to differentiate between Empire and Kingdoms or
    seperating Elves and Dwarves from Humans due to the low count of entries on the current list.

    I have also added the Wolf, Bull, Dragon, Phoenix and Falcon Regiments to the Faction Sheet.
    In addition, the Generals Aveen, Dorbric, Kenos, Ramerius and Zoia to the Character Sheet.
    I have also slightly extended some of their backgrounds beyond what I have shown you
    in the newsthread - check them out!

    I am still collecting questions for the Arkain Question Time. We are currently at about 80 questions.
    Can we reach the one hundred or possibly even more? It is completely up to you!
    Send me as many questions as you want via conversation - I can take it & in fact want it! ;)

    Maybe the release of the AQT will accidentally coincide with the release of the first demo of the
    True Story of Arkain, who knows...? :)

    Stay tuned!
     
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    27th September 2020
    Alright, the questions for the AQT are still coming in and I am impressed - we are at over 100 now! Wow!
    And it has only been five days! I can't imagine how much more will come up!
    I am really happy & amazed to see your participation.
    Remember that you can still send in more questions until the 4th October 2020 (including the 4th)!
    I wonder if we can get to 130 next, that would be more questions than we ever had before in an AQT.
    Either way, it fills me with joy to see how many people are interested in Arkain - and I thank everyone
    who is helping the AQT by sending questions. Without these questions, without your participation, the
    Arkain Question Time would not be possible.

    As a little "teaser" and to thank for the already high participation, I have decided to give you a little
    insight into what is planned for the Orcs for the True Story of Arkain!
    Originally, I wanted to give them a similar mechanic as the Humans - then I considered a character-based
    Leadership Boni mechanic instead. However, I came to the conclusion that uniting the different orc clans
    in the First Orc Book was used as an important story arc. So why should I not include it?

    Let me present you:
    The Island Clans mechanic!
    [​IMG]
    "I dread to think what were to happen if the savages stopped killing each other." - Unknown Pyrrean noble

    From a gameplay perspective it functions just the same as the Imperial Regiments mechanic, replacing
    your units with these specialized forces! You want to go all in with cavalry power? Let Rath summon
    his Darkmind Clan riders! You want to wear shiny armor and have access to shady contracts to improve
    your economy, not caring where the gold came from? Let's get the Goldaxe Clan! You just want to crack
    some skulls? The Bloodhand Clan has you covered! You desperately miss the Dragon Lancers from the
    demo of the First Orc Book? Skullblade Clan it is!

    You want to see all clans in their new shiny look? Check the spoiler below!

    Stay tuned for future updates while I continue to tinker on the first demo for the True Story of Arkain!

    The Deathbreeze Clan
    [​IMG]
    With the Orcs having arrived on the shores of Arkain on ships, them living on islands and
    them being pillagers by nature, it comes to no surprise that many of them have become pirates.
    Still, no other clan has become as famous by raiding as the Deathbreeze Clan.
    When the Orcs first arrived and launched their first invasion of Arkain, the Deathbreeze Clan had
    not even existed yet. The clan was founded after the invasion was put to an end by the races of Arkain.
    This makes the Deathbreeze Clan one of the few clans that had been founded on Arkain - another one
    being the Cliffhunter Clan - rather than already having existed before.
    While the Elves have a hard time telling the difference between the different Orc clans and most of the
    human nations not caring to know, the Kingdoms of Pyrru and Toran quickly had to learn a harsh lesson:
    When the Goldaxe Clan attacked, you could give them gold and they'd leave. The Darkmind Clan would
    launch a proper charge into the heartlands of your realms, allowing you to fight them on the open field.
    But when the Deathbreeze Clan attacked, you were in for a guerilla strike. The Deathbreeze Clan mostly
    focused on raiding villages and castles along the coastline while also being a threat to any unprepared fleet.
    They were quick to strike and just as quick to return to their ships to leave.
    Mobilizing an army on land against their ordinary raids was pretty much a waste of time.
    In order to stop their raids, the Humans had to face them on sea - and going into a sea battle against the
    rising might of the Deathbreeze Clan and its dangerous ships without proper preparations was just asking for trouble.

    The Darkmind Clan
    [​IMG]
    Ever since the days of the first arrival of the Orcs, the Darkmind Clan had always been one
    of the most numerous. Great in number and naturally gifted with the skill to fight on the
    backs of animals, its warriors were born to be raiders and riders, riding the animals they
    had brought with them from their old home and the ones they found and tamed on Arkain.
    The warriors of the Darkmind Clan were the first to land on the shores of Arkain, charging
    into the lines of the pirate barons on back of their wolves. Later, they would also tame and
    ride on the horses used by the humans of Arkain. However, when they, along with the other
    clans, left the island baronies and landed on the shores of Arkain, they suffered a severe defeat
    at the hands of an army of Salrian Elite Pikemen who had arrived from the south, not being used
    to fighting against spearwalls previously.
    This taught the clan the lesson that brute strength, even when on back of a wolf or horse, was not
    enough. Therefore they began to deploy more infantry forces and warlocks as the war continued - and
    continued to do so long after the invasion had failed. Still, the Darkmind Clan remained consistent in
    relying heavily on its experienced riders.
    Like the Bloodhand Clan, the warriors of the Darkmind Clan prefer an open battle against their enemies.
    Due to them prefering to fight on the backs of their mounts, they are not too fond of fighting on the sea
    or the coastlines.

    The Goldaxe Clan
    [​IMG]
    In comparison to other Orc clans, the Goldaxe Clan could almost be called the clan that is
    the least unfriendly towards non-orcs.
    Despite xenophobia being common among Orcs, most members of the Goldaxe Clan do not
    appear to outright "hate" other races. Often, rather than simply raiding a village, they'd demand
    tribute and, if satisfied with that tribute, leave the village alone to return at some later point for more.
    The Goldaxe Clan cares for one thing more than any other: Gold. Wealth is an important aspect
    in their clan society. The chieftain of their clan is not the strongest warrior or the most powerful
    wizard but rather the one who was smart enough to obtain the greatest wealth.
    There's some claims that the Goldaxe Clan would even let itself be outright bought by Humans to
    fight against their human rivals - or against other Orc clans. While these claims cannot be proven,
    they DID let themselves be hired for gold by other clans to fight by their side.
    They are considered something like mercenaries by other clans. While they only care about gold,
    many of their warriors also considered themselves proud and honorable warriors. Dogran, the right
    hand of the chieftain, is one of them.
    Being the wealthiest of the clans, the equipment of the Goldaxe Clan tends to be the most expensive
    and highest quality, making them all the more dangerous in battle. However, their weapons also tend
    to be used less.

    The Ironthunder Clan
    [​IMG]
    The Ironthunder Clan is very shamanistic and it is said that they even feel connected to nature.
    At least that is what other clans believe, the Ironthunder Clan remains rather secretive when it
    comes to their focus on shamanism, keeping such things to themselves.
    They are however by no means peaceful caretakers of nature. They respect nature like a wolfrider
    respects his mount - and use it similarly. The Ironthunder Clan has always prefered cooperation over
    confrontation and is therefore willing to work together with other clans to fight against common foes
    or reach common goals.
    At the same time, many members of the clan are highly independent, unwilling to bend the knee.
    The clan has only once bent the knee - and that was when the Orcs first arrived on Arkain.

    The Bloodhand Clan
    [​IMG]
    When human parents and grandparents tell their children scary tales of green monsters that
    come for them if they are behaving badly, they often refer to the brutish Bloodhand Clan.
    While the clan does not care at all about how Humans behave, it really does look back on a
    proud history bringing fear into the hearts of their enemies.
    Brutal and bloodthirsty, the numerous warriors of the Bloodhand Clan prefer simply charging at
    their enemy and utterly destroying them rather than relying on tactics, strategy or magic.
    They are not without cunning, however, and will not hesitate to use any tool that is at their disposal.
    Still, strength is the most important attribute to the Bloodhand Clan members. They would often
    leave the Orc Islands to travel deep into the lands of the Humans, setting up their camps to raid
    surrounding villages. Legends claim that they even had set up one of their camps on the border
    to the land of the Demons prior to the creation of the Void.
    The arrival of the Empire however put an end to many camps, destroying them easily while pushing
    back the Demons, the Bloodhand Clan was little more than a group of insects to them.
    Still, the Bloodhand Clan holds much power both on the Orc Islands and in the Kingdoms.
    They were quick to retake their lost camps after the First Voidwar.

    The Ravaging Fire Clan
    [​IMG]
    While the Ironthunder Clan is completely shamanistic, the Ravaging Fire Clan embraces the dark
    arts of necromancy and sorcery. Many great warlocks and necrolytes of the Orc race are said
    to originally hail from this clan.
    Some Humans even think that the clan is using demonology and actually consists of secret slaves
    of the Demons. This is of course far from the truth, the Ravaging Fire Clan has never bothered
    to try demonology and they, like all Orcs, are by no means willing to ally themselves with the Demons.
    If it wasn't for the former hermit Zairmak however, the Ravaging Fire Clan would have ceased to exist
    a few decades ago. Despite its power, the clan had been waning. Poor leadership, internal struggles and
    wars against other clans had taken their toll. The clan had even begun to forsake their ancient mastery
    of magic in favor of training more warriors.
    Zairmak established his power and became chieftain, removing the Ravaging Fire Clan from all conflicts
    with other clans and staying out of future conflicts, preparing for the future war that Zairmak expected
    to come sooner or later.

    The Skullblade Clan
    [​IMG]
    The warriors of the Skullblade Clan boast that, unlike the other Orcs, their ancestors
    came to Arkain on flying beasts rather than than sailing on ships. While it is true that
    the clan is in control of many flying beasts, it is unlikely that they really travelled on the
    backs of these beasts all the way from the original home of the Orcs to Arkain.
    Still, since the Orcs have no historical records and do not even know where they came from,
    the Skullblade Clan stays to this version of the story. Many believe that the Skullblade Clan did
    not even have any beasts when arriving on the future Orc Islands but instead found and tamed
    the beasts there.
    Either way, there is one thing that all Orcs can agree on:
    While the clan also has strong ground forces, thirsting for battle, the aerial might of the Skullblade
    is not to be underestimated.
     
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    5th October 2020
    Alright, the time to send me questions for the Arkain Question Time is over and we have collected
    over 200 questions for it - not counting the questions I have been sent multiple times!
    I am still amazed at this high level of participation and want to thank everyone who sent me
    their questions.
    I will release the complete list of questions and answers tomorrow (about 25-26 hours from now).
    I intend to release the demo at the same time as the AQT is being released.

    Stay tuned, we've almost opened the first door to reveal the True Story of Arkain!
     
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    6th October 2020
    After some time of consideration, I have decided that I give you you all a little "early taste"
    of what I told you to prepare for yesterday.
    The Arkain Question Time has been released! You can find it here!
    BUT, because I want to keep you waiting to highten your hype level, I will stick with what I
    said about the release of the first demo, it will be another 10-11 hours until that gets released.
    Yes, I am that cruel. :p

    Stay tuned!
     
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    6th October 2020
    "TWO newsposts in ONE day? What is this, anarchy?!"
    Almost, Gary the fictional user who does not exist, almost. Now back into your box!

    Ladies and gentlemen,

    it brings me great joy to announce the release of the first demo of the True Story of Arkain!
    You can find it in Downloads, I am also leaving a direct download link here.
    It brings you the first four reworked chapters.
    I intend to update the demo later this week and add:
    - the completely new prologue
    - further edited versions of Chapters Three and Four
    - Chapter Five with the legendary "Clash in the Forest"
    - bugfixes
    - and more!

    I originally wanted wait for these things to be completed first before releasing the demo but
    I think that I have kept you waiting for this long enough. ;)
    Enjoy your return to murder and bloodbath! It's been about damn time after all!
     
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    11th October 2020
    Today I am releasing Chapter Five: Clash in the Forest, the first Arkain mission that has been
    released on the Hiveworkshop over six years ago, for the True Story of Arkain in its new,
    evolved form.
    In addition, the other chapters (especially Chapter Four) have been updated, you can see
    details in the changelog & I highly recommend giving Chapter Four another try (and the other
    ones too for reasons I will mention now).
    You can find the new demo here in Downloads.

    As written in the last newspost, I also wanted to include the Prologue here. I did not do that yet.
    Instead, I have added a little experiment of mine: The "Viewpoint Lore" mechanic.
    Originally I intended to add the forum sheets and other entries over the course of the chapters,
    then I had the idea of trying it by telling the lore from different viewpoints - meaning that it is
    of course not always cold facts but biased instead and can even develop as time progresses.
    I am very interested in your thoughts about this mechanic as it is highly experimental and I am
    not sure if I will keep it, change it or even remove it.
    I am looking forward to you sharing your thoughts both about this new mechanic & the other changes
    in the New Content Discussion [SPOILER] thread!

    Version 0.02
    General:
    - Renamed Altar of Kings into Altar of Emperors
    - Added the experimental "Viewpoint Lore" mechanic
    - Added more sounds

    Chapter One:
    - Removed the Spell Immunity of the Mayor
    - Removed the Sobi Mask drop from the Mayor
    - Stopped the cathedral from levitating

    Chapter Two:
    - Minor Epilogue dialogue adjustment
    - Added the Ensnare ability to Amari
    - Fixed the AI of the Imperial Army
    - Amari now starts with a Pendant of Energy

    Chapter Three:
    - Replaced the Spider Ring with Slippers of Agility
    - Removed the requirements for Shieldguards
    - Fixed the dialogue of Haran'tel'kazor triggering at the wrong time and the dialogue of the Icewind Clan chieftain not triggering at all
    - Removed the Power of Death ability from Krom
    - Added the Power of Death ability to Aridon

    Chapter Four:
    - Fixed the tooltip for Largoth's Dreadclaws
    - Bravery now deals Chaos damage & uses a new model
    - Adjusted the Wrath dialogue
    - Added a waygate to Wrath's position to avoid backtracking
    - Added new dialogues
    - Told Largoth to stop floating around



    Stay tuned for future updates!
     
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    15th October 2020
    Today is a day I am sure many of you have been waiting for - no, I am not talking about the
    release of even more new maps. At least not yet. No, ladies and gentlemen, today instead
    we will be taking a look at the first of the Nexus of Old and New - which I am sure some
    of you are already familiar with after having read the short story of the same name.
    Some of you may also have seen the images that have secretly snuck their way into the
    True Story of Arkain album earlier today. There you will find a total of nine entries (yes, nine,
    more than you were recently aware of).
    For those of you who don't know: The nexus were formed by Aridon to divide his unliving
    forces into several factions and organisations, allowing them to form their own personalities,
    behaviours and preferences. Those nexus were still bound to his will but at the same time free
    to develop their own quirks, directives and ideologies.
    As a little "behind the scenes": I think the inclusion of these "nexus" also allows to have the
    Undead be more than just the mindless servants of Aridon and give them more personality
    without making them "renegades with free will".

    Today, I will present to you the first three: The Ejara Nexus, the Zirr Nexus and the Rohir Nexus!
    The next six will follow in the next posts. And, of course, if you want to take a short sneak peak
    at them, just click at the link I provided earlier.
    Once I have published all nexus in newsposts, I will of course also add them to the Faction Sheet.

    The Ejara Nexus
    [​IMG]
    "Whether in life or death, all beings of Arkain are destined to serve our master in the end.
    We are the enforcers of his will, the harbingers of his rule. The Living will serve or die.
    There can be no freedom or alliance, only the master, the servants and the slaves."


    When the Ejara Nexus came to (un)life, it was the smallest in number in comparison to the
    other nexus. However, it had strong warriors and magic at its disposal - and both were
    immediatly put to good use. The enforcers of the Ejara Nexus entered the caves of the
    Dead Mountain and waged war against the Nerbuians, intelligent creatures that had evolved
    out of the spiders inhabiting the place. The Nerubians were numerous, but the Ejara Nexus
    used brute force to slay them - and dark magic to raise them. The mere sight of this caused
    many nerubians to surrender after each battle as the Ejara Nexus had decided to keep
    them - temporarily at first, to decide what to do with them. It did not take long for them
    to realize that living Nerubians were much more useful than their dead. The war was
    soon decided, the Nerubians were either dead or captured by the powerful Ejara warriors
    and the spider creatures had lost much more than their lives: Their freedom.
    The Ejara turned the creatures into their cattle: The living laid eggs, the Ejara Nexus took
    the eggs out of the cages and let the dead Nerubians hatch them. The Ejara Nexus were
    now the ones in charge of the Nerubian breeding grounds - and the ones who built them
    in the first place. The Nerubians became the slaves and the Ejara the masters, protecting
    their breeding grounds from outside harm.
    The Ejara Nexus was now far from being the smallest in number, its numbers rising like an
    insect swarm.
    It is their solemn belief that all creatures exist only to serve the will of the Watcher - and
    they prefer taking a rather "direct" interpretation of this doctrine. They believe that the living
    shall either live to serve - or die. The Nerubians have been the first to be put under the rule
    of the Ejara - but they will not be
    the last.
    Their directive to keep living alive to breed more brings them at odds with the Scarec Nexus,
    who believe that all flesh - and life - must be extinguished and the Rohir Nexus who prefer
    more secretive methods. They share interests with the Ardoz Nexus, however, who are highly
    interested in purchasing some of the living "cattle" for themselves.

    The Zirr Nexus
    [​IMG]
    "Knowledge and power are one and the same. Mastery of knowledge and magic is what makes
    us worthy in the eyes of the Watcher. Our knowledge is not for the mortals or immortals of
    this world to be seen, it serves one purpose only: To aid us in our eternal service."


    The Zirr Nexus' original goal was to simply gather all knowledge in the world. The race of
    the Rasi, which laid the foundation of this nexus, was created for the sole purpose of
    recording all history and knowledge wherever they could find it in the world of the mortals
    and immortals alike.
    The Rasi wandered the world, using their special powers to remain hidden from the eyes of
    the living, writing down any knowledge they could find to be sent back to the Dead Mountain,
    to be studied by the other members of the nexus, recorded and kept safe to be accessible by
    nobody but the Watcher of Arkain.
    As time progressed, the amount of knowledge grew immensely and, as arcane knowledge
    was collected as well as the most mundane of secrets, the Zirr Nexus began to not simply
    gather informations but to also put their immense arcane knowledge to good use.
    Not only did they wish to serve the Watcher and put their powers at his disposal, they also
    wanted to be prepared. For, if any living ever managed to get only a glimpse of their
    knowledge, they'd be obsessed with getting more - more than their simple and greedy minds
    were ready or even made for. Such was to be prevented at all costs.
    The Zirr Nexus may not be the most numerous nexus, but the power of their sheer endless
    arcane potential and their best kept secrets should never be underestimated. Some knowledge
    should be left to be forgotten in their archives.
    The promise of this knowledge may turn even the most arrogant demon into a husk of his
    former self, willing to do anything to get only a glimpse of it. However, no doors are opened,
    no archives glimpsed upon and no promises made. The Zirr Nexus has enough arcane power
    to pulverize any foolish enough to dare step a foot into their halls uninvited.

    The Rohir Nexus
    [​IMG] "The Living must see the folly of their ways. Only the master can grant vision. The Living
    will serve the master, whether they like it or not. We will infiltrate their ranks to make sure
    that they do what they are meant to do. If they resist, we will use our less subtle abilties instead."

    The Rohir Nexus originally consisted of nothing but spritis, possessing the bodies of dead,
    sometimes even bodies that once belonged to these spirits - to feel flesh once more.
    Possessed bodies not only did not decay as quickly as they should, the members of the
    nexus were even able to disguise themselves to make these bodies seem just as alive as
    they had once been.
    This allowed the Rohir Nexus to infiltrate the ranks of the living and do their master's bidding
    as well as following the goals they called their own: The Living were fools to them, blinded
    by their greed, their lust for power, their desire to make their own decisions rather than
    submit to the vision and will of the Watcher of Arkain. They infiltrated the ranks of the living
    ever since they were "born", using their appearance to wander among mortals to "turn them"
    to join them.
    In order to do so, the Rohir Nexus did whatever was required. If their persuasive skills weren't
    enough, brute force would do. The eyes of the Rohir Nexus are everywhere, looking for both
    recruits and all kinds of information. While the members of the Zirr Nexus collected knowledge
    and lore of old, the members of the Rohir Nexus brought the most recent information and
    whatever else their spymanship caught a hold of in the name of their eternal master.
    The numbers of the Rohir are evergrowing for even among the living there are those that
    dream of a better future - a future promised to them by those who have no life as well as
    those who have not embraced the kiss of death yet.
    If the mortals ever learned the true extend of the Rohir Nexus behind the unliving corpses
    they fought on the open field, there was no telling how much paranoia would spread among
    their ranks, knowing that any they consider their close friends, could secretly be a spy of
    the unliving...
    The idelogies of the Rohir Nexus clash with those of the Scarec Nexus who despise all kinds
    of "flesh", the Ardoz Nexus who prefer to torture the living rather than "turn" them and the
    Ejara Nexus who sought to enslave all life instead.
     
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    17th October 2020
    Ladies and gentlemen, today we will be taking another look at the first of the Nexus of Old
    and New - which I am sure some of you are already familiar with after having read the short
    story of the same name
    .
    For those of you who don't know: The nexus were formed by Aridon to divide his unliving
    forces into several factions and organisations, allowing them to form their own personalities,
    behaviours and preferences. Those nexus were still bound to his will but at the same time free
    to develop their own quirks, directives and ideologies.

    Today, I will present to you the next three: The Splecir Nexus, the Ardoz Nexus and the Scarec Nexus!
    The last three will follow in the next post.
    Once I have published all nexus in newsposts, I will of course also add them to the Faction Sheet.

    The Splecir Nexus
    [​IMG]
    "..."

    While all nexus embraced different personalities, the Splecir Nexus has never changed,
    never ever straying from its path to become anything else but the loyal servants of
    the Watcher, despite having gained some form of "independence". They simply used
    this new found freedom to choose to stay the way they had been before. They remained
    the loyal servants of the Watcher, developing no doctrines or quirks to set them apart,
    only serving his direct will.
    However, underestimating them due to this "lack of personality" would be a most grave
    mistake. The members of the Splecir Nexus are the champions of the Watcher, the
    enforcers of his will, the best of the best... And the purest of the pure.
    No morality or ideology dictates their progress. Only the voice of the Watcher could
    command and guide them. Among them are the most sacred chosen of Aridon, the Ethereals,
    such as the powerful Spirit Legionnaires, mortals who willingly sought out the Watcher of Arkain
    and even went so far as to give their lives to serve him in death, understanding the truth
    behind his words and deeds even if it meant turning against those they loved in life.
    It is said that the master of the living dead is interested in bolstering the ranks of the
    Splecir Nexus with new devoted members - such a decision is not made lightly however,
    as the Watcher of Arkain has high expectations of his personal elite.
    The undead of the Splecir Nexus do not fight with zeal or the goal of capturing as many
    enemies as possible alive. They fight with ice cold determination and once they have been
    unleashed, they do not stand down until they are told to.

    The Ardoz Nexus
    [​IMG]"Fear. Pain. Torture. Suffering. Agony. A slow, painful death. Cruelty is the key to unlock
    the powers of death. The more traumatic the death of a mortal is, the more powerful the
    servant when entering the service of our master."

    The Ardoz Nexus remained in a relatively dormant state for a long time, unable to really
    develop after being given the chance to do so due to lacking a proper course. Only when
    they first encountered intelligent life in the form of the Nerubians who had been captured
    by the Ejara Nexus, did they begin to actually evolve. They experimented on the captives,
    using dark magic and other tools of torment, slowly driving their prisoners insane while
    also crippling them.
    The pain that they inflicted upon their victims, the Ardoz Nexus believed, made the target
    more powerful when raised in undeath - or when the flesh or spirit were used to create
    one of their monstrosities or other devices. This also resulted in granting the torturers
    of the Ardoz Nexus enormous insight into the physiology of many different species.
    A living being may prefer death to being captured by them as the members of the
    Ardoz Nexus know how to make ANY living being beg for the sweet release of death.

    They are then using this knowledge to put their victims back together - in whatever way
    they consider the most effective - which certainly is not always the most visual appealing
    most of the time. They are driven by the desire to "improve", to cut and reshape.
    The Ardoz Nexus did not only create horrific abominations with their questionable "science",
    they also developed effective devices to be deployed both during the torture process and
    on the battlefield. These mechanical creations are the most technologically advanced
    weapons of the undead, brought to unholy unlife by dark magic and by binding tormented
    spirits to the vehicles.
    The behaviour of the Ardoz Nexus is considered barbaric by the Rohir Nexus who believe
    that the mortals should be put to good use instead of torn apart. They share interests
    with the Ejara Nexus who are able to provide "specimen" for any tests and the Scarec
    Nexus who have no quarrel with the machines of the Ardoz Nexus and appreciate that one
    of the practices of the Ardoz Nexus includes tearing the skin and flesh off of the bodies
    they are experimenting on.

    The Scarec Nexus

    [​IMG]
    "The flesh is weak. To serve the Watcher of Arkain means to let go of not only the desires
    and weaknesses of the mortal mind but to also let go of the filthy flesh. Only bones are pure
    and can bring both the living and dead understanding on how to best serve in the afterlife."


    The Scarec Nexus was the first nexus to develop its very own, very specific mindset.
    It is this mindset that they have remained loyal to up to this day, their religious doctrine
    and their solemn belief. For them, flesh in itself is an undesirable plague and must be
    disposed of. The mortals whose lives depend on the condition of their flesh are considered
    aberrations of whom the entire world must be purged eventually. Undead who refuse to
    have their flesh removed and rely on the purity of bone are unable to see the truth behind
    these words.
    While they are not considered enemies of the zealous believers, they still have the hint of
    impurity on them in the eyes of the Scarec Nexus whose members are nothing but bones.
    The Skeleton Legion of the Scarec Nexus have no doubt that the day will come when their
    time has finally come, the day when they will start their own unholy crusade to rid the
    entirety of Arkain of all that is flesh until nothing but bones remains. After all, have the living
    themselves not proven their own unworthiness by their actions?
    Wars, intrigues, desolations, greed, backstabbing, corruption... Those are all just examples
    of their impurity. The Scarec Nexus has no doubt that the world can only be in a perfect
    state when the fire of life has been forever extinguished.
    If it wasn't for the fact that they knew the master of all undead, Aridon the Watcher,
    would not approve of their crusade, the Scarec Nexus would have left hiding to begin its
    purge as soon as they had developed their mindset. They wait patiently for the day when
    he calls upon them to do what they do best: Liberate the world of living impurity.
    In their famed Cathedrals of Bones, they pray for the day to come up to this day.
    Unsuprisingly, the Scarec Necus' ideology is at odds with the Ejara Nexus who want to
    enslave the living rather than kill them all, the Rohir Nexus who cling to mortal bodies and
    use infiltration over zealous force of arms and the new Lenira Nexus simply for it having
    living members.
    They have shared interests with the Ardoz Nexus due to the latter having quite effective
    if painful methods to completely remove the flesh of their victims while also using many
    mechanical creations that consist of no flesh. The members of the Scarec Nexus also highly
    respect the neutral Splecir Nexus for consisting of the powerful - and, not unimportantly,
    fleshless - ethereal servants of the Watcher as well as being above adopting ideologies that
    would lead to prolonging the lives of the living.
     
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    23th October 2020
    Ladies and gentlemen, today we will be taking a final look at the Nexus of Old and New -
    which I am sure some of you are already familiar with after having read the short
    story of the same name
    .
    For those of you who don't know: The nexus were formed by Aridon to divide his unliving
    forces into several factions and organisations, allowing them to form their own personalities,
    behaviours and preferences. Those nexus were still bound to his will but at the same time
    free to develop their own quirks, directives and ideologies.

    Today, I will present to you the final three: The Kezzar Nexus, the Lenira Nexus and the
    Daviliad Nexus! I will of course add all entries to the Faction Sheet in the next few days.

    Let me present you:
    The Nexus of Old and New mechanic!
    [​IMG]
    "The living know nothing of fear. We can show them" - Unknown member of the Arodz Nexus

    "But Shar, the Undead have more factions than the Humans and the Orcs!
    Are you giving the Undead better treatment and abandoning the others?!"
    No, I am not, Gary, and now get back into your box and stay there!

    The entries presented to you today will NOT find their way into the "First Book era"
    of the True Story of Arkain due to not existing yet during that period.
    The Humans and Orcs also have new factions showing up during the "Second Book era",
    as I am sure you are all aware if you have played the Second Books (and the Humans
    also have Elves and Dwarves as "subfactions").
    That is not to say that I am "done" with the existing Second Book factions, of course.
    I will also be taking another look at them - once we have reached that point.

    Stay tuned for further updates and releases of the next demo version which will hold
    some stuff that I am sure you will be quite interested in!

    Now, enough of this, let's get to the final nexus entries:


    The Kezzar Nexus

    [​IMG]
    "We were betrayed. Left to die. Now we have returned to take revenge on them all.
    We were Demons in life, now we are demonic nightmares in death. The mortals shall
    not wake up again."


    Following the defeat of the Blooddrinker Legion and its leader, Ornasion the Destroyer,
    enormous amounts of Demon bodies have been collected by the Undead and brought
    to the Dead Mountain. The rebirth of the dreadlord was the beginning of the Kezzar
    Nexus, the first of the new nexus and also the nexus to hold the most undead Demons.
    Unlike the mortal races of Arkain, the leaders of the Demon Legions were all too well
    aware of the existence of the Undead on the Dead Mountain. Therefore they also knew
    the price of leaving corpses behind - which has led them to burn their dead, especially
    when leaving their homelands. While there have been cases of undead Demons before,
    the defeat of the Blooddinker Legion provided so many intact corpses that they
    could be formed into an army. Before this event, undead Demons had been rather
    uncommon in the ranks of the Undead with only few exceptions.
    The Kezzar Nexus consists mostly of undead Demons and their former slaves. While
    the former slaves technically no longer are the slaves of the Demons but they all
    serve Aridon, the Demons are the ones calling the shots in the Kezzar Nexus while
    the slaves are relegated to the lower ranks - though it should be mentioned that the
    Demons of the Kezzar Nexus also tend to be more powerful than their former slaves.
    The Demons of the Kezzar Nexus are the Demons that have been betrayed and left
    behind. It is their urge for vengeance and revenge that defines them. While they look
    down on living mortals like they did in life, it is their former kin that they hate with
    a burning passion. If it wasn't for their loyalty towards Aridon who would not tolerate
    such behaviour, the Demons of the Kezzar Nexus would do anything to invade their
    former home to completely destroy their former race - the very race they sacrificed
    everything for. Instead the same ambition that has controlled them in life still controls
    them in death and they want to prove their loyalty and usefulness to their master at
    any given chance.

    The Lenira Nexus
    [​IMG]
    "The will of the Divine One is our will. We are the humble tools of his divine will,
    students of his endless wisdom. Only the maidens of the True Elves are worthy of
    this sacred honor. No other race is worthy for we are his chosen creations. His children."


    The Lenira Nexus is quite the odditity in comparison to the other nexus - both in its
    roots, its members and doctrines. It is named after the Lenira Family of the Dark
    Elves, the family under the command of Pentiss who has taken the place of Quiraness.
    The Lenira Family still exists as the ruling body of the dark elven society but many
    of its warriors and members are now also members of the Lenira Nexus - while still
    being alive which sets them apart from the Undead as a whole to begin with since
    the Dark Elves of the Lenira Nexus are by no means unliving creatures. They still
    breathe.
    Despite the name, however, one should not believe that only the Lenira Family is
    providing forces to the nexus. Pentiss herself chooses who can enter the services
    of "her" nexus - in the name of the Divine One of course. For the religious, ambitious
    and fanatical Dark Elves there can be no higher honor than serve in the ranks of his
    unliving armies - meaning that this is a powerful political tool in Pentiss' hands. It
    can also be used, of course, to pull internal enemies away from their allies and family.
    And if said enemies were to suddenly die a mysterious death... Well, these things do
    happen in war.
    While there are of course also Undead in the ranks of the Lenira Nexus, it is mostly
    comprised of its living members - and the Undead have adapted the mindset of their
    living leaders quite quickly - which is not a surprise since some of them were living
    Dark Elves before their death.
    The members of the Lenira Nexus are fanatical zealots who believe that all should
    kneel in the dirt before their creator and by extent them - only to then be enslaved
    or slaughtered. They would rather see the entirety of Arkain burn than have it not
    serve the will of their Divine One. At the same time, they share the Splecir Nexus'
    determination to follow only the wishes of the master, which is also why they have
    not launched a full scale invasion against the surface. Yet.


    The Daviliad Nexus
    [​IMG]
    "In life, we failed our duty - and our people. We proved to be unworthy to be followed,
    adored or trusted by them. In death, we shall redeem ourselves. In death, we will
    find absolution. We shall rebuild our realm in the name of our new master."


    The Daviliad Nexus has been founded with permission of the Watcher when Queen Keera,
    the fallen elven queen, took control of the eastern part of the Elven Kingdom. This
    part of the realm had been heavily damaged by the battle between the Demons,
    Elves, Golden Guard and finally Undead. Most members of the Daviliad Nexus were Elves
    who had fallen under the control of the Demons - either by force, magic, promises or
    other twisted means. The entirety of the eastern forest had fallen under the influence
    of the Souleater Legion - without anyone taking notice until the signal had been given.
    To their surprise, the Golden Guard was able to withstand them despite not having
    foreseen a betrayal of this size - being attacked even by civilians and children.
    In the end, both factions were completely wiped out by the Undead.
    Queen Keera, still mourning over her own failures and the state of her realm, wondered
    if she could save it by turning it into an undead kingdom so that she could be the
    monarch her people had needed - even if it was in death. As she was given the chance
    to create this new nexus, she intended to try doing so, taking the region which was
    now known as "Dead Forest" for herself.
    Many members of the Daviliad Nexus are reflective of the state of their creator Keera:
    Their minds are filled with regret and the desire for redemption - which they find in
    their servitude. At the same time, they all are caught in a twisted state of mind which
    makes them both pity and adore their undead queen. They are broken spirits that look
    for a redemption that may be beneath their grasp - not because their deeds were
    indeed too horrific to be forgiven but because they cannot forgive themselves for their
    own actions which are sometimes even just of imaginative nature. An undead member
    of the Daviliad Nexus may blame themselves for killing a family member even if the latter
    had died of illness or by the hands of another with them never having been in a position
    to do anything about it.
    Despite their lethargy and self-pity however, they are able to push themselves into a
    frenzy when called upon. It is their ultimate goal to find absolution - by any means
    necessary. The burdens the put on themselves do not weaken their resolve one bit.
    When their master calls, the Daviliad Nexus is ready to fight anything and anyone - even
    if it means destroying what is left of their living kind. Also, while they cannot disguise
    themselves like the agents of the Rohir Nexus, some members of the nexus are trained
    to wander unseen through the realms - always ready to strike.
     
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    8th November 2020
    Today is the day I know some of you have been desperately waiting for:
    The release of Chapter Six and Seven!
    Originally I wanted to include the Prologue but due to the implementation of the Undead Nexus
    factions taking some time (I finished much more than what is currently playable), I decided
    to press this release simply because it already had been quite some time.
    I expect future releases to be smoother again due to the factions now being mostly designed
    and implemented (at least in the data, not in the maps. Yet.).
    The new version also features a great overhaul of Chapter Five - including a change of skills
    for General Zoia which is why I highly recommend playing Chapter Five again before you play
    Chapter Seven. Otherwise you will lose skill points, to put it bluntly.

    Anyway, here is a direct link to the new version which can be found in Downloads.
    Enjoy!

    I am looking forward to you sharing your thoughts in the New Content Discussion thread!


    Version 0.03
    General:
    - Several typo fixes

    Chapter Two:
    - Reduced the gold of the neutral goldmine from 1,000,000 to 50,000

    Chapter Five:
    - Fixed Artisans (only usable by the allied Wolf Regiment)
    - Fixed the Fire Shield Book ability
    - Reduced the attack speed of Stalkers in Hunter Mode
    - Fixed allied AI
    - Harmos now starts with his staff
    - The Pitlord no longer loses a Mindstaff but instead Claws of Attack +9
    - Reduced the mana cost of Zoia's Feral Spirit from 100 to 60
    - Moved Zoia's Feral Spirit to the Q position
    - Replaced Zoia's Shockwave with Howl of Terror
    - Increased the training time of Soldiers from 20 to 25
    - Increased the gold cost of Soldiers from 150 to 160
    - Added Bodyguards (Elite melee units) to the Goldaxe Clan base defense
    - Added additional Barracks to the bases of the Goldaxe and Ironthunder clans
    - Decreased the gold of the central goldmine from 100,000 to 60,000

    Chapter Six:
    - Released!

    Chapter Seven:
    - Released!
     
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    14th November 2020
    Today I am bringing you a little update of the True Story of Arkain, no new maps this time
    but fixes and tweaks.
    Also, I have added a little picture here showing you Birram's new look
    Finally, I have released a new short story in the Tales of Arkain thread: "A thorough Analysis of the Imperial defeat during the Second Voidwar".

    Here are all links:
    Download for the new version of the True Story in the Downloads thread!
    The new short story "A thorough Analysis of the Imperial defeat during the Second Voidwar" (at the bottom of the post).

    Version 0.04
    Chapter Five:
    - Fixed the destructible trees

    Chapter Six:
    - Slightly increased the strength of the the defenders of the garrison

    Chapter Seven:
    - Several dialogue adjustments
    - Aedale is no longer a Demonologist and deals no more Chaos damage
    - The prison gate now gets properly hit before it gets destroyed
    - Increased the strength of the Darkmind Clan attacks
    - Reduced the strength of the allied attacks
    - All AI factions now start with a selection of upgrades rather than having them unlock over time
     
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    19th November 2020
    Ladies and gentlemen,

    today I am giving you the Prologue of the True Story of Arkain - not to downloiad yet, but
    in video form instead! Enjoy!

    It also reveals a little something that some of you may or may not have seen yet!
    You might be surprised!

    Click here to learn more!
     
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    22nd November 2020
    Ladies and gentlemen,
    you thought I was done, didn't you? Well, you thought wrong! It's B-day - no, not birthday,
    today we will take a closer look at two more Imperial Regiments!
    You know & love them since the Second Orc Book but do you REALLY know them?
    No, because I have not really given them the treatment they deserve! Until now!
    Today I am giving you the "The Bear and the Boar"!


    The Bear Regiment
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    "Listen to the roar of the Bear and despair."
    To understand the Bear Regiment, one has to understand the legend surrounding its origins. The Bear Regiment has its
    roots within the very ranks of the regiment they have been rivals with ever since their creation: The Bull Regiment.
    According to legend, a group of the best warriors of the Bull Regiment was unsatisfied with the strength their training gave them.
    Sure, they outclassed all other soldiers of the Empire when it came to physical strength, but they felt that they should go
    even further. They wanted more, much more than what any training, even the training of the Bull Regiment, could ever
    give them. They wanted to be not just another strong soldier of their regiment, they wanted to be THE perfect soldier.
    They took a look around - and the Wolf Regiment quickly caught their attention. The power of science had given the
    Wolf Regiment its powerful armies. But this power could surely do more than just that. It would serve them as well.
    The warriors contacted Imperial scientists and asked them to increase their strength to outclass any other human.

    They did not want any of the other changes that the werewolves of the Wolf Regiment had to endure, they simply
    wanted to increase their own body strength. The scientists were intrigued but due to financial issues in the Empire at
    the time, their resources were stretched thin and they required funding. The general of the Bull Regiment disapproved
    of the entire operation and refused to fund the research himself. So the warriors had to invest their own resources - making
    it clear that success would mean that they would not share the results with the Bull Regiment if the latter did not support it.

    Due to the low resources, the abilities of the scientists were limited. So they decided to modify the process that had led
    to the creation of werewolves. Instead of wolves, they took bears due to their greater strength. The results were both
    outstanding and worrysome. The warriors who underwent the process were turned into giant bear monsters, strong and
    as tough as a bear, but also wild and mindless. However, the remaining warriors were able to subdue them, though
    it was due to wits rather than brute strength. It took some time but eventually the now as "werebears" labelled beasts
    could be given orders - if they were simple enough. The remaining warriors became the handlers of the werebears.
    While this wasn't what they had wanted, they had indeed created great warriors - or rather war beasts that could
    cause terror and damage if provoked - and the handlers had learned to provoke their former warrior friends while directing
    them at a target. After they had proven the strength of their beasts to the Emperor, they were given troops, resources
    and funding. The Bear Regiment was born. However, unlike the Wolf Regiment, werebears would not become the heart
    of their forces. The beasts were still too uncontrollable. Instead, the regiment was trained in a way similar to the way
    the Bull Regiment trained its forces to make them as tough as possible - without making them super-strong humans however.
    They had the werebears for that - and the bears that they eventually also tamed. The bears and werebears would become
    the war beasts of this otherwise "normal" regiment. And to this day, the Bear Regiment and the Bull Regiment remain rivals.
    The current leader of the Bear Regiment is General Fergon Chevar, who, like the original founders of the Bear Regiment, had
    once been a member of the Bull Regiment - not only that, he had once been its second in command and eventually even a
    friend of General Dorbric. General Fergon was a strong and fierce fighter, however, in his eyes, the Bull Regiment was too
    wild and uncontrollable for its own good. However, he could not change the regiment and so left it to join the Bear
    Regiment - while it used wild animals, its soldiers were still disciplined humans.

    The Boar Regiment
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    "Boars are dangerous to attack - as are those wearing their name."
    After the First Voidwar, when the Imperials became the de facto rulers of the Kingdoms, they realized that the Kingdoms,
    due to many centuries of conflict and infighting, had severely neglected their lands in favor of other petty concerns.
    Both wild animals and monsters alike were roaming the countryside and the royal forces were too depleted to deal
    with them properly. The Imperial Army on the other hand had to secure the borders and cities.
    The Imperials assembled hunting parties to take down the beasts but they also learned that the threat of wild animals
    and monsters was even more severe than they had thought. The nobles of the Kingdoms had allowed the many animals
    and beasts to create their nests everywhere - and not only that, the Orcs were also a constant threat.
    An officer of the Imperial Army, Tarm Luthran, asked for permission to take over. He was an offspring of a noble family
    that had a certain affinity to hunting. He promised that his experience would be of great help to take care of the predators.
    He was given his chance - and he fulfilled his promise: The amount of wild animals and monstrous creatures that were
    plaguing the Kingdoms went back. With each passing week, more and more areas of the Kingdoms became less and less
    dangerous. However, Tarm Luthran did not stop there, he added a different form of beast to his list of prey: the Orc clans.
    Luthran assembled and coordinated hunting parties all over the Kingdoms and they removed not only the wild animals
    and beasts but also the Orcs - though many also considered them little more than beasts. While Luthran's forces
    were not always the ones to destroy the camps set up by the Orcs, simply because some camps were too large to be taken
    down by mere hunting parties, they were experts in finding them - and leading others there.
    Tarm Luthran being promoted to general was more of a formality than anything else, he already had the respect and the
    forces to be equal to a general in all things with the exception of rank.
    General Tarm Luthran sees himself as an honorable hunter who protects the Empire and its "colonies" as he calls the
    Kingdoms (much to the dismay of its nobles) without showing any mercy to his prey.
    He has named his regiment the Boar Regiment, after the animal that was on his family's sigil - and the first animal he
    had ever killed.
     
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    25th November 2020
    Ladies and gentlemen,

    today I am bringing you the conclusion of the First Act of the True Story of Arkain!
    This update does not include any new playable chapters, but instead gives you access to
    the Prologue & the Interlude which also serves as the finale of the first act.

    You can download it here in Downloads.

    Enjoy and let me know what you think here!
     
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    2nd Decemer 2020
    I am bringing you a little heads up regarding the progress today, ladies and gentlemen, so
    this will be a short newpost.
    Progress is going good, Chapter Eight is pretty much finished (you can find screenshots below).
    It just needs some tweaks as it is still a bit too easy. We can't have that of course!
    I intend to upload both Chapters Eight and Nine at the same time with the next update.


    Stay tuned!

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    8th December 2020
    Winter is coming but things are about to get HOT in Arkain. The Phoenix Regiment is preparing
    a special Orc flavored BBQ - and you can surely say that the Bulls and the Wolves are excited
    about this one! Meat is back on the menu (for one of the them anyway, I dread to imagine
    a soldier of the Bull Regiment actually eating an Orc, that sounds like torture to me)!

    However, this lil hot grilling is not all to occur these days! One of the most prominent
    characters of Arkain has finally left his chambers to show the Demons the door once more!
    And I hear he has ordered a very special set of pikes that ANY head, no matter how large, can
    fit on!

    The first two chapters of the Second Act fo the True Story of Arkain have just been released!
    Make sure to check them out and share your thoughts here!

    You can download the new version here in Downloads!

    Also, if it was not obvious, I am definitely keeping the "Lore Viewpoints" I have introduced.
    It is way too much fun writing them and they are serving their purpose quite well.

    Version 0.06
    General:
    - Lerrig now uses Violet instead of Grey
    - Fixed campaign menu screen

    Act Two, Chapter One:
    - Released!

    Act Two, Chapter Two:
    - Released!
     
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    12th December 2020
    Thanks to the AMAZING Hive member/artist/moderator @Mythic Legends of Arkain has a brandnew logo:
    [​IMG]

    Absolutely outstanding, isn't it? Give mah mythical man @Mythic some love, he is an outstanding
    artist & member, I'd even say a PILLAR, of this community, he deserves every bit of it.

    In other news:
    There is currently work on some Demon Slave slaughter, a massive clan war and of course a
    war of the knife ears!
    Regarding this, there's good and even better news.
    Let's start with the good news:
    Lord Veringar (I already hear some people say "Who?", I don't blame you) is no longer part of the
    "main cast". He never was anyway. The character has been removed and in the fight against the
    Demon Slaves, he will be replaced with a much better known & sympathic character:
    Sir Edoarus the Executioner!
    For those of you who worry now: No, Sir Edoarus is not going to die... uhm, again later down the line.

    Unlike a certain someone who has just been removed from the story.

    And here is the better news:
    The Elven Kingdom & the Clan Wars can also look forward to some changes - and some twists that
    I am sure you will not be able to call!
    Two words for each:
    Elves: Ironfist Characters.
    Clans: No Moghtar.

    May the speculations begin!
    Stay tuned!
     
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