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Chapter VII: Grim Harvest

Submitted by Soul Reaver
This bundle is marked as approved. It works and satisfies the submission rules.

ATTENTION!

This map is now available as part of a larger, updated and enhanced Campaign file. The campaign includes the conclusion to this epic, so it is strongly recommended you play the Campaign instead of this slightly outdated version of the standalone Chapter.

You can find the campaign on Hiveworkshop here:
http://www.hiveworkshop.com/forums/maps-564/bitter-end-202289/


To the Bitter End
Chapter VII: Grim Harvest
Version: 0.7.05
(Beta release)

Single Player Action RPG/Campaign

The companions have smashed their way through Morganem's fortifications and fought their way into Khaal Spire. But the immortal Warlords still live, and their dark machinations may yet spell the Companions' doom...

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Map description:
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Control Soul Reaver, Fei Serumen, Cameron Aileron, Kitharsis and Sera Poi as they challenge Morganem's Warlords within the depths of Khaal Spire.


Installation instructions:
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Put the .w3x file into a folder named "To the Bitter End" (without quotation marks, obviously) in your Warcraft III "maps" folder.
You can play the game by starting The Frozen Throne, then selecting 'Single Player', 'Custom Game', and then navigating to the map and selecting it.
It helps to have your video settings for Warcraft III set to high quality, or some custom skins in some of the campaign might look a little... weird.


Difficulty:
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To the Bitter End is supposed to be very difficult. However, for those finding it simply too tough, as of version 0.7.04, I have added in variable difficulty levels. Once in-game, press Enter to bring up the chat window, then type in "easy", "medium" or "hard" (without quotation marks) to change the difficulty of the current Chapter. The default difficulty is "hard". Note that the only thing this modifies is the HP of enemy units, and enemy hero units are less affected than normal units are.

Remember though: real heroes play on hard!


Other Notes:
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For further info and an extensive manual, check the 'official site' at www.familykrieg.com/tothebitterend

This is the seventh of a series beta releases, it is suggested you play this one after Chapter VI: Harbingers of War.

The other releases in the series thus far are:
Chapter I: Dark Dawn
Chapter II: The Dream of Blood
Chapter III: Juggernaut
Chapter IV: Heart of Ice
Chapter V: Reunion
Chapter VI: Harbingers of War
They can all be found at the official site at http://www.familykrieg.com/tothebitterend/.

To check the version number of any of your TTBE maps, type "version" (without quotation marks) into the chat text in-game and it will display (or if nothing displays, then your version is definitely out-of-date). The newest versions are always available on the official site.

Although I am solely responsible for creating this map, the central characters featured in this campaign, as well as the Multiverse in which it is set, were envisaged by the writers at The Administorum (http://theadministorum.yuku.com/) and its newest incarnation, the Administorum 2.0 (http://nerdramblingz.com/starforums/index.php).

This was my first serious attempt at a campaign map, and my first release. I was going to wait until I had completed the campaign in its entirety before releasing anything, but at the request of one of my Administorum friends, I decided to release the completed Chapters here. Since the campaign itself not complete, this classifies the maps as beta releases. Unfortunately, with all my current commitments, it may be some time before I get all the maps done.


Some known bugs or issues (with suggested workarounds):
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- Does not automatically start Chapter VIII: The Bitter End on completion... because that map hasn't been completed yet!
- Some of the characters' textures look strange. (Solution: set the texture quality in the video settings to the highest available setting).


A word on cinematics:
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- It is possible to skip any of the cinematics, just press ESC.
- One 'bug' that occurs if you skip the cinematics is that any items or abilities that might have 'cooled down' and become available over the course of the cinematic will now not do this. This means that if you want to use those items/abilities often, you may have to wait around more... and if there's a timer counting down while you wait, that might not be advisable. This isn't a major thing, but it does mean that the game might be more difficult if you skip the cinematics.
- You are advised to watch the cinematics at least once. They will often give you instructions as to what to do next and offer clues as to what to expect. Making sense of the game plot without them would be pretty difficult.
- If you want to be sure to experience the game how it was meant to be played, then don't skip the cinematics. That's how I planned the level out and how I spent the most time testing it.


Hints/Notes:
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- You can play this map even if you haven't completed Dark Dawn, The Dream of Blood, Juggernaut, Heart of Ice, Reunion or Harbingers of War. You'll start with heroes of an appropriate Experience level and unused skill points that you can spend as you see fit. But only Morganem's lackeys would play Chapter VII without completing Chapter I, II, III, IV, V and VI first, and surely you aren't one of them?
- Use your quest log if unsure of what to do next... that's what it's there for.
- Read the tooltips if you want to know what an ability or item does. In fact, this is strongly recommended.
- Your items are re-usable. However, they have long cooldown times. Save them for when you need them, and then unleash hell.
- Your abilities are by now significantly more impressive than your items (especially your ultimates, which can often end a battle). However, your items are still valuable and can give you a vital edge in battle when used strategically.
- Sphere of Annihilation and Cataclysm are appropriately named, because they will pretty much obliterate ANYTHING in the target area. That includes things you might prefer to keep un-obliterated, such as yourself.
- By now all your basic skills should be at their maximum levels, so you will get a Skill Point every time you level up.
- It is not advisable to activate Sera's Healing Touch autocast unless you really want her to use it. Sera Poi's AI will prioritize healing over attacking, and that may not be a good thing.
- Your initial foes will not attack you unless you make a move first. This might be a good time to distribute any unusued skill points... and perhaps beging casting a powerful spell.
- You will find that actually getting to the Warlords can be rather a challenge. Rest if you need to, and try to take on new areas only when you are at or near full strength.
- When fighting the Warlords, keep your eye open for any glowing orbs that appear. If they do, get close to them so they turn into a rune. It will greatly improve your chances of survival. Note however that these orbs will appear less and less frequently as the battle progresses, however.
- You will finally reach your maximum experience level in Chapter VII.
- The Warlords are merciless and extremely powerful. SAVE OFTEN.
- Don't expect to find Raziel from the Legacy of Kain series in this game. I've been using the name Soul Reaver for my RPG alter-ego since long before even the first Blood Omen came out. The Soul Reaver in this map is an original character.


Storyline FAQ:
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Q: Soul Reaver consumed a soul! So does he get all kinds of awesome new powers now?
A: No, sorry. Soul Reaver has already absorbed many souls during his millenia of existence, and one more won't make a huge difference.

Q: So... what happens to the soul he absorbed?
A: It helps contribute to the stream of energy that Soul Reaver draws upon from his absorbed souls. The soul is not 'aware' of what happens to it - for the individual that has their soul consumed, it is much like an endless, dreamless sleep.

Q: Wait, wasn't there once a character called 'Clutchfiend'? Why is he called 'Cameron Aileron' now?
A: Ah, retcons, the bane of my existence. The guy who invented the character of Clutchfiend recently retconned his background (and name). Since I liked the changes he made though, I incorporated them into To the Bitter End. Thus, all references to 'Clutchfiend' have been changed to 'Cameron Aileron' from version 0.7.04 onwards.

Q: What are the names of the cool songs you used for this map?
A: "Welcome Within", by "Godsmack" from the "Prince of Persia: Warrior Within" soundtrack, and "Ultra", by "KMFDM". Buy the CDs, it's worth it.


Special Thanks/Credits:
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- Me, for being insane enough to make this all by myself.
- Cameron, Kitharsis, Fei and all the other writers, past, present and future, at The Administorum. That place wouldn't be what it is without you guys.
- Larc for helping me with some weapon models. You were quick, efficient and extremely helpful in resolving a major map issue. Thank you!
- Thanks to all the folks at The War Center map making forums (http://www.thewarcenter.com/forums/index.php?showforum=11) for helping me in my early days and inspiring me to keep trying. Special thanks to 1)ragonspawn for helping teach me how to deal with memory leaks.
- Everyone who submits their custom abilities and spells freely for use at www.wc3campaigns.net. You helped teach me how to do this stuff and provided a lot of inspiration.
- Warnicro from war3.incgamers.com. You put a lot of work into getting my map links working and then even put them up as featured maps, not to mention all the other help and comments you've been prepared to offer. I really appreciate all your efforts.
- Filefront for offering me the chance to host my maps there.
- Godsmack and KMFDM for creating the music I used. I don't claim to have written these myself.
- Everyone who play-tested the maps and gave me feedback. Thank you for taking the time to play.
- All the fans. It means very much to me to know that you enjoy my work.
- Everyone who gives me constructive feedback or takes an interest here. Thank you in advance.


Screenshots:
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Screenshot 3
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Tell me what you think! E-mail me (meet_soul_reaver@hotmail.com) if you have comments or questions about 'Grim Harvest', the 'To the Bitter End' campaign, the Multiverse, or Soul Reaver.

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Please do not redistribute or modify these files without my permission. These map files are not to be sold for profit.

Keywords:
Action, RPG, Single Player, SP, To the Bitter End, Multiverse, Soul Reaver, Fei Serumen, Cameron Aileron, Kitharsis, Sera Poi, Morganem
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Chapter VII: Grim Harvest (Map)

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17:33, 9th Aug 2010 ap0calypse: Approved
  1. TheSilverDrake

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    OK! I already finished dustwalker by the time I read your'e post, but thanks anyways (that's exactly what I did, although I just thought the Wraith Form expired on it's own.. I used Blood Plague mainly because it slows him down so effectively =])

    Now i'm stuck on eyiron (did I write that name correctly?), but I'm sure ill pass him soon enougth (I just gotta make him activate his anty-magic item before I use my ulti)

    really well-done campaign =]
     
  2. Soul Reaver

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    Thank you, glad you're enjoying yourself. If you need any strategy advice, ask away and I'll tell you what worked for me.

    Also, let me know what you think overall when you finish Chapter VII!
     
  3. MagnusREX

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    Don't know how the hell is happened but during the fight with Dustwalker,we surprisely killed us both (hard to believe but true),and the cinematic started without no one talking. (Fei was dead and I can't skip the cinematic)
    --A trigger that will check if the main hero is alive or not may help in this occasion--

    I'm curious about this Morganem guy,could you add a description? He is a sorcerer right?
    Because we know almost nothing about him...(we know only that he hates the mortals)

    Are you planning to add the strategies for the bosses in the hint section of your website?
    Thanks in advance and good luck for the remaining chapters.
     
  4. Soul Reaver

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    Haha, that's quite a fluke! I'll see about adding in a conditional trigger for it (if it's not there already), although I think a slight 'delay' in the death times of characters might mean it's futile (ie, I think Dustwalker might register as being 'dead' before Fei does).

    I have actually started writing up a description of Morganem (and the Warlords) and Morganem's rise to power, and will be putting that in the Manual after I finish it.

    Also, you'll actually get to see Morganem in the Prologue cinematic (once it's done)... after all, the companions have been here before!

    And yes, I will add some strategies for beating the bosses to the hints section eventually too.
     
  5. Zefon

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    Without even testing the map. I see you post alot and see other's reviews, This is a sign for me that you might be willing to make some changes... Important aspect.
    I will soon test the game, but just looking at the picture, I think you either made or got some decent models :)
     
  6. VeeTie

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    when will the last est chapter?! I LOVE THOSE MAPS. ITS BADASS! keep work on them!
     
  7. Soul Reaver

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    The official reply to that question is: when it's done. I honestly can't be sure, because it's early days for work on it. I'm still doing various bits of planning and finalizing my ideas for it.

    Your best bet is just to check on the official site occasionally (at www.familykrieg.com/tothebitterend) - I tend to update the news there whenever there are major things to report or when there's an important status update.

    I'm hoping that the next major release will not just be Chapter VIII, but also the Prologue and Epilogue cinematics and all previous Chapters as a single, final campaign file release.
     
  8. halsemon

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    NOOOOOOO WHY MUST I HANG ON VII!!! can't wait for 8 to come out man... this campaign has been epicly awesome and congratulate you on making all these maps... excellent job! +rep

    oh and when and if you release VIII could ya send me a message of it? =P
     
  9. Soul Reaver

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    I'm very glad you're enjoying it. :D

    I'll try to remember to send you a message. The next release is probably still a while away, but I'll definitely get be finishing TTBE - it's had so much work done on it already, and I personally want to play it to the end as well!

    In any case, I'll be sure to post up any new releases on the official site at www.familykrieg.com/tothebitterend when they happen.
     
  10. SonicFrenzy

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    when does chapter 8 come?
    im dying to know what happens next: like morganem be the good guy all along and they were the bad guys for killin most or something like that...
    come on make it
     
  11. Perkyguy

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    Just to bang my drum - I have finished all 7 chapters of the series WITHOUT using save/load.

    I've sent Soul Reaver he replays to show for it.
     
  12. Soul Reaver

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    SonicFrenzy: I can't give a precise estimate of when Chapter VIII will be done - every time I've tried to make such an estimate it's been wrong, so it'll be done when it's done. Lately there have been quite a few delays due to personal commitments, but I am still working on it and I am determined to complete it. Keep your eyes on the official site (www.familykrieg.com/tothebitterend) for any update news.

    Oh, and Perkyguy is right. He did finish all 7 Chapters without any saving/loading. I don't think I'm masochistic enough to try such a feat for myself, but it proves it can be done!
     
  13. Perkyguy

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    And I'll Be sure to try and pass this final monstrosity without any saves once more.

    Good thing I have nerves like tempered steel because, I tell ya, 10 straight hours of dying on the same thing on a different place aint for the faint of heart or potential cardiac arrest victims. And definitely a minus if you have breakable objects within your immediate reach.

    And its not about being masochistic - the time it takes you depends on you. If you have quick wit/fingers/mind process/decision-making abilities, it wont take nearly as long.

    Some guy on youtube said it took him 5 months of trying to pass the 5-th chapter with the saving option.
     
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    ahhh. you should have seen my face when the game ended because i really wanted to kill Morganem now!. i played through all 7 over this week and one word, epic! this one was so long, but very good and worth it:) my favorite so far because i got to kill those assholes:) even though eryion seemed to me like a good enough guy.
    +rep
    oh and the epilogue, will this just be a cinematic or will we get to do something?
     
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  15. Soul Reaver

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    Congratulations of battling your way all the way from Chapter I through to the end of Chapter VII, it's no easy feat. ;)

    Eryion is actually a noble and heroic individual. Unfortunately, he's fighting for the wrong side.

    The Epilogue will just be a cinematic, so Chapter VIII will the the final interactive part of the Campaign.
     
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    as usual, awesome, amazing!!!

    thanks for sharing!!!
     
  17. Soul Reaver

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    Thanks again, I'm really glad you're enjoying the series!
     
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    You've let your skills down this time, if the other ones got approved.


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    Epic map :D Played it thousands of times, always loved it! 5/5 and vote for approval! I wonder, though, why it hasn't been approved yet after all this time :S Anyway, can't wait for the epilogue :grin: Keep up the great work!
     
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    All problems solved.

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    Current State for this map: Approved


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