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Second Orc Book of Arkain (Patch 1.29.2 or newer!)

Submitted by Shar Dundred
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A Campaign Series made by Shar Dundred

! Requires Version 1.29.2 or newer !



Story
While the Orcs had managed to break through the lines of their Imperial enemies, it quickly became clear that their invasion was doomed from the very beginning. The Demons used their attack to further their own invasion and not only smashed through the Human defenders but also through the clans. Now they on the run. A new strategy must be found. Allies must be found.
Command the powerful Orcs and form alliances with those who would ally with your kind in order to become more powerful than any Orc army of the past. Use your new forces to withstand the armies of your enemies and destroy them to survive this war and to find a place for your people to live.
Will you be able to unite all those different factions? Will you be able to maintain peace among your own ranks while fighting your enemies or will you fight not only against the enemies of your kind but also against your own? Only time will tell.



Features
- Three different storylines/campaign series
Take control of one of the three factions, the proud Humans of the Empire, the plundering and strong Orc Clans or the mysterious Undead Nexus and their endless army of the dead, and face the demonic invasion as well as other struggles that await you.
- New units
Command units, you already know, as well as completely new units with new upgrades and abilities.
- Decide the fate of Arkain
At some points of the campaigns, you'll have the opportunity to decide things, that affect the storyline, characters and sometimes even the chapters you play or how you have to play them. By doing or, well, not doing certain side quests, you can also affect the campaign.
- Three difficulties
You can play the campaign in either easy, normal or hard difficulty, just like in the original WC3 campaigns. It will impact on the AI difficulty and scripting as well as other minor changes.
In easy version, for example, the AI won't rebuilt lost buildings.

- Full Jass AI
In this campaign series, every single AI is written in Jass instead of being created with the AI editor. This makes the AI more intelligent.
- Universal hotkeys
All abilities, units and buildings use QWER hotkeys.
- Race Mechanics
Every available race has its own unique race mechanic to improve gameplay - and, in some cases, to add new ways influencing the story.



Characters

[​IMG] Rangul
Growing up as a usual member of the Deathbreeze Clan, Rangul's abilities and his dedication to his race along with his strength made him rise up the ranks of the clan quite fast until he became the first and most trusted lieutenant of the chieftain. Rangul sees his race on its way to utter extinction and dreams of a realm for his people. A strong realm that would prosper and serve as staging ground for many invasions. Dedicating his life to create this realm himself, he planned to not only be the successor of the chieftain but to also unite all other clans under his command, sending them against the Kingdoms of the Humans. Their lands would be taken over and used by the Orcs who would then become more than simple marauders and pillagers.
However, his plan has one major hole: The Demons and their constant attacks. While Rangul thinks that his people could be powerful enough to defeat some demonic army, he has yet to come up with any ideas on how his people should wage war on the Kingdoms on the one side and defend against the Demons on the other.
[​IMG] Amari
The chieftain of the Cliffhunter Clan, Amari, was born as the daughter of Rangul. While women in the Orc society were forced to stay at home and take care of it and the children while the males were fighting, Amari wanted to prove to her father, whom she knew was more tolerant towards new ideas - him adopting a human girl was perfect proof for his. She secretly gathered a few other members of the Deathbreeze Clan and went on a mission to gain his trust. However, she was betrayed and forced into exile - like all Orc women who were unwilling to "stay home". The fate of an exiled female was often death. However, Amari did not want to accept that fate. She sneaked her way through to the Kingdoms where she met other exiles and together they founded the Cliffhunter Clan - a clan consisting of all Orc women who had been exiled by their clains. Therefore the Cliffhunter Clan is considered an exile clan by the other Orc clans - and therefore hardly even considered a real orc clan.
Amari and her followers raided the Kingdoms for a long time, with Amari being smart enough to keep her clan moving instead of settling anywhere to avoid being detected by the armies of the Kingdoms. Since the foundation of their clan, the number of exiled Orc women has increased dramatically, showing that there are many women who want to fight. Amari promised to herself that, one day, she would make the other Orc clans accept her clan and reform the society of her people regarding females.
[​IMG] Sasrogarn
Sasrogarn is Rangul's eldest son and a strong spellcaster - like his father. He is Rangul's left hand and one of the few Orcs who already know of his plans and supports him. Sasrogarn shares the dream of his father and has sworn that he'd carry on his dream in case his father dies. But he doesn't share the patience of his father and approves of taking a more direct and aggressive approach. This seeming eagerness for war has not quieted the whispers that the son of Rangul is a weakling and coward, however.
[​IMG] Grofzag
Being the son of Ephrog, Rangul's closest advisor and ally, Grofzag grew up together with Sasrogarn, the two being friends ever since their birth, being even born on the same day.
Unlike his childhood friend, Grofzag has always been a strong and respected member of the Deathbreeze Clan. When he was still considered a child, he ripped out the back of a wolf that was trying to eat him and used it, to punch its rider, a member of an enemy clan, to death. Grofzag staying at his friend's side is often considered the only reason why Sasrogarn is even still alive, for he saved Sasrogarn's life in battle several times, providing the strength and brains his friend lacked.
While proving that he possessed the brutal strength of most Orcs, Grofzag is considered far less simple-minded than most others, including his close friend Sasrogarn - the friendship being the one thing whispered to be the only mistake he has ever made, so far. He also is one of the few members of his clan who respects the human Vanessa.
[​IMG] Vanessa
Vanessa grew up as the daughter of a lesser noble in the Human Kingdoms. When she was five years old, the mansion of her father was raided by the Deathbreeze Clan. Due to the absence of her father, they managed to defeat the guards and take everything they could find. Somehow, the girl wasn't terrified by the strange creatures and didn't hide. She was found by the Orcs and their leader, the young Rangul, decided to take her with him instead of killing her. She grew up among the Orcs and was even accepted as a member of the clan - at least by the chieftain and half of the clan. Many dislike her for still being a Human instead of an Orc. Still, she dedicates her life towards Rangul and the Deathbreeze Clan.
[​IMG] Commander Daric
The mercenary commander Daric spent many years in service of the Empire, putting down revolts and uprisings in many regions both in the Empire and the Kingdoms. For his service and his ingenious tactics and strategies, he had been rewarded with lands between the Kingdoms of Salria and Rengar. However, Daric refused to take any noble title and instead had decided to continue using his title as a mercenary commander, focusing on taking down the enemies of the Empire.
It is said that Sir Lerrig Goldheart has hired Daric to make up for Lerrig's own rather lacking strategic skills. While Daric himself considers Lerrig a poor tactician, the experienced mercenary acts professional and respectful and is the one keeping Lerrig's men in line - though now many soldiers began to say that things would go much better if Daric was in command instead of Lerrig.



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Changelog
Version 1.00
Initial Release

Version 1.01
General:
- Scrolls of Healing now require a Fortress instead of a Black Citadel, making them purchasable now

Version 1.10
General:
- Fixed Zarok
- Pechan no longer costs food in his Robo Goblin form
- Fixed Air Form ability tooltip of Warmechs

Chapter One:
- Fixed Korjaha's dialogue

Chapter Nine:
- Fixed tooltip for Red Drakes and Red Dragons

Chapter Ten:
- Fixed New Units message

Chapter Thirteen:
- Fixed description typo

Chapter Fourteen:
- Fixed description of the main quest

Epilogue:
- Fixed a special effect not appearing at the end of the cinematic



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Campaign Preview Screen:
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Campaign Logo:
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Campaign Chief Development Tester and Grammar Genius:
Kasrkin

Additional Testing:
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Everything else made by:
Shar Dundred

First Supporters:
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Please contact me via PM if I forgot to give you credit for your resource!


Special Thanks

To Blizzard Entertainment for this great game.
To Turnro and RazorclawX whose great campaigns inspired me to revive this old project.
To all who supported this project!
To all who reported bugs and gave/give constructive feedback both during and after the development!
And very many special thanks to Kasrkin, who supported the creation of this project in many, even countless ways!



Feel free to post your suggestions, opinions and questions!
Please report any bugs!

Keywords:
Arkain, Legends, Legends of Arkain, LoA, campaign, series, Gardon
Contents

Legends of Arkain Second Orc Book (Campaign)

Reviews
Daffa the Mage
One of the Hosted Projects. In addition, I have personally played the demo versions and they are well-made. Unless a major bug is reported in this particular version, I don't see why holding out approval status for this map given the sheer amount of...
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Pick your favorite characters

  1. Rangul

    22.2%
  2. Amari

    20.0%
  3. Grofzag

    15.6%
  4. Vanessa

    11.1%
  5. Rath Wolfscar

    6.7%
  6. Pechan the Mechanic

    6.7%
  7. Brockta the Stomper

    11.1%
  8. Flammedus

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. Grella the Bonesplitter

    2.2%
  10. Okri

    2.2%
  11. Zairmak

    13.3%
  12. Oneeye

    4.4%
  13. Lokar the Crusher

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  14. King Gran Gorehowl

    2.2%
  15. Sasrogarn

    17.8%
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  1. LISBOAH

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    Looking forward to play it and see all possible outcomes! :):thumbs_up:

    The only reason I won't start right now is because it is 1 AM here, but I will start tomorrow!

    Just to be clear, this is not an April Fool's Day prank, right? Certainly you wouldn't be too cruel to make a prank out of this, right Shar? :p
     
  2. Shar Dundred

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    Of course not, this is the actual release date!
    It was chosen to be the 1st of April on purpose, but I guarantee you it is not a prank. :p
     
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    Oh well, that's a first, i thought you out, Welcome back, mate, glad you returned with the series, i was getting board of what to do, well i will give it a shot
     
  4. LISBOAH

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    I want to see if anyone has the guts or gall to pick Sasrogarn as one of his/her favorite characters :D
     
  5. Shar Dundred

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    @LISBOAH You just encouraged them to. :p
     
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    Well-well, here we are. Damn, this was real fast. I imagine it was hard for you, Shar. ANyways, I guess you're gonna take a break for now, so good luck on your Hive-vacation!
     
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    maybe you can make a spoiler of different choice. i loved to play your campaign but there are so many ways for a choice . i want them all :pPPPP
     
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    One of the Hosted Projects. In addition, I have personally played the demo versions and they are well-made. Unless a major bug is reported in this particular version, I don't see why holding out approval status for this map given the sheer amount of testing for demos.

    Approved.

    Feel free to PM me OR file a complaint at Staff Contact if anyone wants to complain this review.

    EDIT :
    If author wishes to get a rating for this review, feel free to contact me via PM.
     
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    3 months development, the absolute madman!
     
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    I hope you're not pushing yourself to the limit @Shar Dundred. While we love your campaigns we also want you to rest properly and also @Kasrkin.
     
  11. Shar Dundred

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    Told you it would be April! :p
    Did not expect it to be the very first day of the month though. Or that I was THAT serious...

    I am totally fine, @Kasrkin may have a meltdown but he will get over it!
     
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    Why the hurry anyway? Rated btw.
     
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    Think I ran into a bug. In Chapter 12, Risen Resistance the objective to destroy all human bases cannot be completed due to there being some invulnerable undead buildings owned by the teal human faction to the left of your base.

    Aside from that, great campaign, as usual for the Arkain series.
     
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    That is not a bug. Just wait and see. ;)
     
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    A timed trigger eh? Never mind then.
     
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    There was an error of the first ability of Grella that did damage to our troops also do not know if that error has been solved
     
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    In the loading screen for Chapter Three, the text is too large for all of it to appear.
     
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    Minor hotfix regarding the Scrolls of Healing & the name of the campaign in the Map Section.
    Don't worry, you can continue your games normally, it really is only that. ;)
    Version 1.01
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    - Scrolls of Healing now require a Fortress instead of a Black Citadel, making them purchasable now
     
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    Lol. Just played the Chapter where we release the Gnoll King. If I kill the Redfist forces and buildings that would be on the harpies' path and then release the harpies, the harpies are capable of killing everyone inside the fortress without my assistance in a matter of minutes.

    And before you ask, no, I didn't release them pretty much at the same time. I went around the fortress killing Redfist and releasing the harpies. Even before destroying the 11th and 12th cages, the harpies had already killed all the units inside the fortress and were focusing on the buildings.