[COMMUNITY VOTE] CHOOSE THE WIZARD ARCHETYPES! (Ends JAN 13)

Poll: Which Wizard Archetypes would you like to see implemented? (Vote for 2 Archetypes)
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Tactical Myzzrym
Level 14
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5 months ago (edited)

Hello there folks,

It's been quite some time since our last Community Vote, hasn't it? Wait, what's that? There haven't been any Community Votes since our Kickstarter Campaign? Oooohhh bummer. That won't do, that won't do at all!

Voting Rules

  1. You must be logged-in in order to vote.
  2. The vote will run from Friday December 13th to Sunday January 13th 12:00 am PT.
  3. You can vote for two out of three archetypes.
  4. You can't change your vote after casting it.
  5. Feel free to argue your case as to why the Archetypes you chose are by far superior to the last one in the comments below to educate the others (but stay civil).


Community Votes

When we stated back during our Kickstarter that we wanted to build the game with you, our community, we really meant it. Not "build the game FOR us" though - that's a very important difference - as we do have a solid creative vision for Solasta. Rather, we have all sort of cool ideas (at least we hope they are!) and a limited amount of time to implement them, so we thought... why not let you, our future players, decide on that! 

And that means we have a little something prepared for you every month until Solasta is released, starting this very month of December with a choice between three Wizard Archetypes. As you already know, one Archetype has already been revealed in our Kickstarter Demo - the Shock Arcanist, wielder of potent and destructive evocation spells. Now, the time has come to decide what the other two will be.

Trust us when we say, we've already had a hard time narrowing the candidates down to three. It is now up to you to choose the remaining two who will make it into the game at launch.


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The Archetypes

Greenmage

By Edalliath Keenmind, Loremaster of the Arcaneum

To the sylvan elves, magic weaves through every aspect of life. In addition to a powerful range of nature-related spells, the greenmages are versatile scouts and archers. Choose this archetype for a character who is useful in the outdoors as well as a good support combatant.

The tradition of the greenmages originated among the sylvan elves. They patrolled the borders of sylvan elf lands, using magic to confuse and discourage trespassers. Their magic evolved to use the forces of nature against enemies, drawing on the sylvan elves’ deep connection with the natural world. When the Cataclysm struck, the corresponding mana drain prevented arcane magic from working. The greenmages compensated by developing their non-magical skills in woodcraft, stealth, and archery. As magic returned, the greenmages kept these mundane skills honed as a  complement to their returning magical powers. Those dire times had taught them a powerful lesson about the limitations of magic.  

The greenmage tradition is no longer exclusive to sylvan elves. In the post-Cataclysm world many greenmages, especially those in the sylvan elf communities of the Snow Alliance, shared their knowledge with humans, and even with a few dwarves and halflings.

Greenmages are resourceful individuals, at home in the wilderness. They are skilled in outdoor survival, and deadly opponents in both magical and mundane combat. Even rangers respect the greenmages’ wilderness skills.

Greenmages commonly wear light, flexible types of armor that do not interfere with their arcane abilities. They are also extensively trained in archery. Their close relationship with nature has led them along some unusual paths, and they are reputed to have mastered certain spells that other wizards might consider unsuitable. Their skill in both magic and archery is rumored to lend their arrows unusual properties. In addition, some claim to have seen greenmages absorb blows that should have been mortal, and keep on fighting undaunted.

GAMEPLAY

To the sylvan elves, magic weaves through every aspect of life. In addition to a powerful range of nature-related spells, the greenmages are versatile scouts and archers. Choose this archetype for a character who is useful in the outdoors as well as a good support combatant.


Stonemage

By Heironymus Shearwater, Loremaster of the Guild of Antiquarians

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the first stonemages were dwarves. Their race has a natural affinity with rock and stone – so much so that some of the earliest dwarven traditions maintain that the first dwarves came into being when mana suffused the underground world and caused a few rocks to achieve sentience. Be that as it may, the dwarven mastery of stone magic is fully equal to their skill as stoneworkers.

Since the most ancient times, dwarven stonemages used their magic to shape tunnels, protect against rockfalls and cave-ins, and find valuable ores and gems. They were also vital in defending the hill dwarf kingdoms against the expanding Manacalon Empire of the high elves, burying their foes alive and sealing off the entrances to their underground realm.

In the centuries since the Cataclysm, Solasta’s races have learned to work together in order to survive and thrive. The path of the stonemage is now open to anyone who can find a teacher, and many elves and humans, as well as a few halflings, have become masters of this magical tradition. It has been claimed, only half in jest, that some dwarven masters particularly enjoy teaching elven students, both for the difficulty they have in pronouncing ancient dwarven spells correctly and for the satisfaction of proving that not all magic is elven in origin.

While the tradition originated underground, the powers of a stonemage are just as useful within a stone building. Being keenly attuned to the vibrations of rock and stone, a stonemage can spot a flaw, a trap, or a hidden entrance quite easily under most circumstances, and even manipulate those natural vibrations to weaken or collapse part of a tunnel, cave, or building. They have a superior command of spells relating to stone, rock, and the element of earth, and experienced stonemages can draw the unyielding resilience of rock into their own bodies, fortifying them against enemy attacks.

Regardless of their race, stonemages tend to exhibit qualities that are normally associated with the dwarves. They are tough in mind and body, determined, unyielding, and reliable. They usually listen more than they speak, and know more than they tell. In battle, they can turn any rocky environment into a weapon against the foe. A stonemage is a welcome addition to any party of adventurers that is contemplating an expedition below ground.

GAMEPLAY

Masters of earth and stone, mages of this tradition are - quite literally - in their element in a stone building or an underground complex. They are able to spot dangers others would miss, draw on the strength of stone to protect themselves, and turn the surrounding rock into a weapon against their foes. This is a perfect archetype for exploring caverns and ancient ruins.


Loremaster

By Heironymus Shearwater, Loremaster of the Guild of Antiquarians

The study of magic is an exacting one, and no wizard can achieve mastery without a great deal of learning and research. For some, the pursuit of knowledge becomes an end in itself, and these wizards are known as loremasters.

This magical tradition is younger than many others, at least in its current form. While there were some wizards in the days of the Manacalon Empire who devoted themselves to the accumulation of knowledge, the knowledge of the high elves was immense, leaving little to be discovered. All that changed with the Cataclysm of a millennium ago. With so much knowledge lost in the Empire’s collapse, recovering as much as possible became the key to power in the post-Imperial age, and the path of the loremaster became a matter of survival rather than a purely intellectual pursuit. Their skills are much in demand, and it is not uncommon for loremasters – especially young and ambitious ones – to join expeditions into the Badlands and search for lost knowledge among the ruins of the Empire.

To say that all loremasters are highly educated and skilled researchers is to state the obvious. Their minds are rigorously trained to absorb and recall information on any topic, including spells. At higher levels of mastery they can call spells instantly to mind and cast them with little or no preparation.

Each of the delegations to the Legacy Council includes a staff of loremasters charged with examining the objects and documents brought back by Council-sponsored expeditions. Others teach at universities or other scholarly institutions or advise at the courts of rulers, and some make a comfortable living using their superior ability to scribe scrolls or mix potions.

To a party of adventurers, a loremaster offers an unrivaled understanding of history and magic, useful spellcasting support, and the ability to make sense of ancient inscriptions and other clues that can help them understand their surroundings or warn of danger nearby.

GAMEPLAY

It has been said that knowledge is power, and Loremasters are masters of knowledge. They learn spells more easily than others do, and can cast some without needing to prepare them. They also have an advantage when scribing scrolls and concocting potions. This is an ideal archetype for a player who is interested in discovering ancient mysteries rather than throwing showy and destructive spells around.

Serrrg
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5 months ago

Loremaster is a must, just for completionists and quest lovers... and choosing between nature and stone...probably nature :/

Aethersworn
Level 4
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5 months ago

This has been a really difficult choice. All three archetypes sound amazing and bringt interesting things to the table. However, as much as I like the idea of the greenmage I eventually decided to pick the loremaster and the stonemage, the loremaster because of the focus on discovering ancient mysteries and magical support and the stonemage for the unconventional fact that it is a school of wizardry of dwarven origin and the many uses in exploring underground caverns and ruins, which will be a major boon in the badlands.

However, I'm sure I'll be happy no matter which two of the three make it into the game ^_^


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5 months ago

I agree that loremaster is a must.

I also agree that trying to choose between greenmage and stonemage is kinda hard. The idea I'm getting from the greenmage description is that it would be somewhat more of a druid than a mage.To me it's kinda the same with stonemage but this one sounds more interesting.

So I choose loremaster and stonemage.

Hexton
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5 months ago

Tough choices.  I went with Greenmage (since no Druid in-game as far as I recall & it sounds like a ranged hybrid), 

and Loremaster (master of the arcane) might be some interesting spells just for Loremaster, and I like the idea of searching the land for lost arcane knowledge.

Backabas
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5 months ago

I agree with those who have already answered.  Loremaster is a must. Between the other two, I must say it is a though choice but I prefer the stonemage.  I would think it's different than what is usually seen (like the arcane archer) and makes it a nice addition.

5 months ago

Love to see Greenmage like a druid/ranger hybrid and the Loremaster as a classic mage concept.

Magican
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5 months ago

Loremaster is absolutely most important and then I pick Greenmaster as I think it will be good to have some light around. But I really would like to explore caves and get that to discover hidden goods and special treasure or dangers 

 

Igor Faria
Visitor
5 months ago

As everyone is saying, Loremaster is a must!

I also chose Greenmage because of the ranged combat possibility and the lack of Druid on game - also, I think a Stonemage would be too specific and not very usefull overall.

But I'm very excited to see any of the three in the final game. :) 

5 months ago

Loremaster of course - no doubt!

So now is the question: Greenmage or Stonemage?I decided to vote for the Stonemage because of the following reasons:
The Greenmage is a charakter I have played a lot in different games. The nature-focussed mage is a very typical class. But the Stonemage sound very special to me. I would like to see how gameplay with a trapidentifiying mage looks like and I am keen to play with both types after the game is released. :)


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Severance
Visitor
5 months ago

Basically turning druid into a sub class of wizard feels like a huge step backwards, and a bit of a insult to both druid and wizard classes.

Severance
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5 months ago (edited)

Tactical Adventures I had faith at PAX, when chatting, and on the initial build.  This seriously feels like your team fails to understand the basic premise of the wizard class. Its extremely discouraging. 

Baraz
Level 7
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5 months ago

I thought, naturally, there were druids/rangers à la D&D, so my vote was ill informed :P 

I like all three of course.  The two others are more mage-like since I was presuming druids were a thing.

If there indeed are no druids, I change my vote* to Green and Stone.

* I know I can't : leave me alone ! :P


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5 months ago

Lore master and green mage for me. Hate to leave Stone mage behind though. 

JOHN CRUZ
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5 months ago

Loremaster feels like the baseline wizard, and stonemage seems nice and unique compared to stock D&D.

Not voting Greenmage because I want a real druid later.

SekhmetCLS
Level 1
5 months ago

Stonemage sounds amazing. Just from reading it I'm going to make a Halfling Stonemage!

Green Mage ain't half bad because I really like the bow wizard idea!

Lore Master is just...so basic!