Dev Journal: The Frostlings are Coming

Today we reveal the first information on the Frostlings, who return as a revamped, fully loaded playable race in the upcoming Expansion

Frostlings are a race of humanoids that settled in the cold northern regions long ago. Gradually adapting to the harsh winter clime, they possess a pale complexion and large, beady, deep-blue eyes. Often called Snow Goblins or Ice Devils the Frostlings have been at constant war with people living in more comfortable climes.

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Frostling Architecture is influenced by Nordic Pole Churches, Iglos and organic Gaudi style Spires.

After the Second Age of Wonders, the Frostlings retreated deep into the lands where winter never subsides and the sun’s rays have no power. There they evolved by mating with native Frost Witches. They developed a strong resistance to cold and some Frostlings gained magical abilities.

Frostlings embark on frequent raids on warmer lands. Their seafaring skills, offensive fighting style and frost magic strike fear in the heart of the peoples they raid. But Frostlings are even more deadly in their home arctic clime, where they build big cities crafted from ice. Their matriarchal society is governed by chariot riding Frost Queens.

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Frostling_Houses_colorStudies for Frostling Structures

Today we take a look at the first two Frostling Units, the Icescaper and the Frost Witch

The Icescaper: The Tier 1 Icescapers have their origins in Frostling city building; they have the ability to magically form and scape ice. The Icescapers’ ice balls damage and Freeze units at a distance. Their ice pick has the Shatter Strike ability which inflicts extra damage versus frozen units. The Icescaper pairs well with the Frost Witch as she can cause Frost Weakness with her Inflict Chilling ability making the Icescaper to be much more effective. As all Frostling units, the Icescaper has the ability to Fast Embark.

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The Frost Witch: Frost Witches were originally native fey creatures of the arctic. After they were absorbed into the Frostling race, the Witches were treated with something almost resembling worship, and they have been held in high regard ever since. The most powerful of them are elevated to Frost Queens. The Frost Witches’ Castigate ability throws Frozen Flames (a mix of fire and ice) at enemies. Futhermore, her attacks Inflict Chilling, making enemies more vulnerable to Frost Damage.

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In coming development journals we’ll be looking into more Frostling Units!

 

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  • #136527

    Lennart Sas
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    #136532

    UltraDD
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    That city is amazing! Lol is that a wizard tower in it?

    Their two trademark units are here! Although the ice witch in elegant sparking clothes fit better than ice amazons 😛

    #136534

    Harleyquin14
    Member

    It looks like the Frost Queen is tier 3 since the witch looks like level 2 support. They didn’t have something resembling pikemen in the last iteration so I wonder what’s the concept for that unit category.

    #136535

    Zorrino
    Member

    So how is the frostlings going to tie in with the fire sphere? I mean the frost witch wields fire sure but with the frostlings and their cold climate and the ability to live in a harsh enviroment, will they be able to turn any sphere they start with into a more cold like manner? So if they wield the fire sphere will it deal fire as well as cold damage for the fire ball spell? or will they just do the normal fire damage? Maybe taking extra extra fire damage as a penalty for wielding any other sphere other than cold related spheres. =D

    I like the fact that the Frostlings are returning and my all time unique race to play in AoWSM, because of their racial ability to hide in the snow along with being able to turn other types of lands into snow. =D So I hope to see allot more to this Frostlings race and the different combonations to the different classes like the Necromancers Frostlings would be very awesome to play since the Undeadish units are already immune to the cold. =D

    #136537

    Draxynnic
    Member

    I found that interesting myself. That said, with the mention of chariot-riding Snow Queens, I suspect they’ll be the ones wearing the royal regalia we’ve normally associated with the Frost Witches. These are the commoners, and the Amazonian outfits do a good job of demonstrating just how comfortable they are in the cold.

    The tier 1s seem to have an interesting combination there, although I’m wondering if I read it correctly that those guys inflict Freezing – isn’t that the cold equivalent of Stunning, that seems pretty powerful for a tier 1 by AoW3 standards.

    #136540

    sharky
    Member

    Ahhhh AHHH YESH FROSTLINGS!! CAPS LOCK ALL THE WAY BABY!!! THE SCREAMING OF THE INTERNET, YES!!!!

    #136541

    UltraDD
    Member

    I found that interesting myself. That said, with the mention of chariot-riding Snow Queens, I suspect they’ll be the ones wearing the royal regalia we’ve normally associated with the Frost Witches. These are the commoners, and the Amazonian outfits do a good job of demonstrating just how comfortable they are in the cold.

    The tier 1s seem to have an interesting combination there, although I’m wondering if I read it correctly that those guys inflict Freezing – isn’t that the cold equivalent of Stunning, that seems pretty powerful for a tier 1 by AoW3 standards.

    It might be similar to AOW2. They froze for a very length period (3 turns!) but anyone who damaged them instantly thawed them. Although it seems to have changed (Hence why I already fear half-ling sorcerers :\).

    #136542

    mrXD89
    Member

    “The most powerful of them are elevated to Frost Queens.”

    Does it mean that Frost Witches can evolve into better version riding a chariot? Amazing. At first I wasn’t really happy about frostlings cause i hoped for tigrans but this journal changed my mind.

    #136543

    Is this race going to be included in the necromancers expansion or in another one?

    #136544

    ESCL
    Member

    Hrm, possibly a chariot riding Frost Queen as T3 then – that would probably mean no Mammoth. I’m torn if that is the case, loved the Mammoth but Chariots are nice. Looks great though, can’t wait to go pillaging with my Frostlings again. Don’t mind the “ice amazon” myself, considering she is probably so completely immune to all things cold as it is, so she wouldn’t need the extra clothes. And I can see where they’re going with the idea of frostling society, and she seems to fit the bill.

    Will be interesting to see if they gain the Frost Tank/Cannon from AoW2/SM instead of the Flame Tank as the first racial machine. Unless I remember incorrectly there is a mention of it in a description somewhere.

    #136545

    Arlow
    Member

    awesome

    got that song from the frozen movie bout the cold never bothered me on a loop in my head is the only downside i can think of

    #136547

    Zorrino
    Member

    What if the frostlings were a Borg like race? Aggressive, assimilation of the lands around them, adding to their collective society, since they are cut off from other societies and having to survive on their own, maybe the new race shouldn’t have to deal with the normal chain of economy like the rest of the other races. For an example would be like they use a different type of resources to use, they get no trade ability which can be a very big disadvantage for them, but they can still offer peace, or not. They can be a xenophobic type of a society and they destroy every thing in their path. =D

    WE ARE THE FROSTLINGS, PREPARE TO MEET EVIL SANTA.
    turning elves into slave workers and making toys for the children =D
    P.S. make Santa a top hero/unit or something. =D

    #136550

    Draxynnic
    Member

    @ultradd: The condition already exists, as a medal upgrade for high-power cold units like frost elementals and dragons. It’s basically like stun, but on the cold channel. Which is why I’m wondering if I’ve interpreted correctly – after all, Storms Sisters need to touch to stun, and people complain enough about sorcerer stunning supports.

    If if does work as it did in 2, though, that would make it less potentially silly. I guess we’ll see!

    @escl: Chariot-riding Frost Queens as an alternative to historical tier 3s is an interesting option, but it does avoid overlaps with existing races… While allowing for the possibility of a tier 3 war elephant for Azracs if Triumph implements them in the future. After all, it would be hard to have both elephant and mammoth riders without them looking very similar if they’re both in special, and it’s hard to imagine either being anywhere else – and to be frank, I can more easily see frostlings without mammoths than azracs without elephants.

    #136551

    TheSpeaker
    Member

    I take everything back that I ever said about Snow Goblins 🙂 These guys are awesome.

    #136552

    Dagoth Ur
    Member

    Looks promising. Can’t wait for this! I mean, I can, but I don’t want to. 🙁

    Is this race going to be included in the necromancers expansion or in another one?

    Necromancer, as will the Cosmic Events. It’s scheduled for 2015.

    #136553

    LordTheRon
    Member

    Oh boy, these new Frostlings look absolutely badass! Great to have a weekly journal now.

    #136554

    Oh man I’m going to love these guys so much. Chariots, witches, sea raids, ice and snow.

    Gets me in the mood: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50aHxGI2WkI \m/

    The concept behind the castigate ability is great too because it makes sense that Frostlings would use fire as punishment.

    #136555

    Thariorn
    Member

    I really like your take on the social twists the Frostlings undergone during the Void between SM and 3.
    Tho….did the Icegoblins turned human again (the art for the Icescraper suggest so, right 😕 ).
    Anyway, really like them having adopted this sorta ‘We Vikings now guys’ 😀

    #136557

    rohirrimelf
    Member

    I dont like the look of the “Icescaper”. But i would love to play with a cold magic orientated faction. Dont care about gameplay when i say this. It gives me fond memories from playing HOMM 3. Loving the frost witch and other building pictures.

    I prefer to see them more goblinlike than humanlike. That might be why i dont like the “Icescaper”

    Ill buy the dlc once it comes out. Will the 2 new races come together within one expansion?

    #136558

    manicray
    Member

    Very pleased to see the Frostlings back.
    I sure hope the witches have path of frost so I can turn the lands to ice or maybe get the Doomwolves back in to do it.
    What I’m trying to say is I love turning lands to ice or decay or whatever…

    #136559

    Gloweye
    Member

    The tier 1s seem to have an interesting combination there, although I’m wondering if I read it correctly that those guys inflict Freezing – isn’t that the cold equivalent of Stunning, that seems pretty powerful for a tier 1 by AoW3 standards.

    That is, but to me, the word “Shatter Strike” suggests that this might consume the debuff?

    “The most powerful of them are elevated to Frost Queens.”

    Does it mean that Frost Witches can evolve into better version riding a chariot? Amazing. At first I wasn’t really happy about frostlings cause i hoped for tigrans but this journal changed my mind.

    My thought exactly, and I Like it!

    Hrm, possibly a chariot riding Frost Queen as T3 then – that would probably mean no Mammoth.

    Sounds so..Unless it’s the Mammoth pulling the Chariot.

    Overall, really like those units. As for the Frost Witches having fire damage, it makes sense having that ability – up there, warmth is much more important than in the tropics.

    #136563

    Bouh
    Member

    ESCL wrote:

    Hrm, possibly a chariot riding Frost Queen as T3 then – that would probably mean no Mammoth.

    Sounds so..

    Mammoth can still be their cavalry… 😀
    And Frost Queen could be T3 cavalry-support ! So much potential !

    Tho….did the Icegoblins turned human again (the art for the Icescraper suggest so, right 😕 )

    They bread with frost witches, that’s why they turned a bit more human-like.

    I love frostlings.

    PS : and please keep the old translation in french, it was awesome !

    #136566

    tonberryr
    Member

    Excellent news and I’m really liking the units so far. The fire damage for the frost witches makes complete sense (fire = warmth and probably attributes to why the witches became so revered). Can’t wait for more news this is shaping up (in description) to be a great expansion…I feel as if when it is ready would be a good time to release it. Although for some reason I could easily see an early february release.

    So is there any chance of getting two races or two classes with the upcoming expansion or is that too much to hope? The main reasons I say this is because of the different regions there still seem to be 2 that do not have a major race attributed to them. I feel as if something can still come from tropical climates (Tigrans maybe?) and perhaps the sea itself which seems underused (would love to see the lizards back).

    #136567

    Epaminondas
    Member

    I prefer to see them more goblinlike than humanlike. That might be why i dont like the “Icescaper”

    I hope they look human or Norse-men-like; I won’t play a Goblin-like race.

    #136568

    Looks good.

    Surprised noone else has asked this, but Fast Embark?

    I’m guessing the Icescaper is the Archer unit then, and from that I’m guessing they’ll do low damage and be more of a battlefield controlling type of unit.

    Inbuilt synergy with those Frostwitches.

    I’m just waiting for that guy to complain about their fur bikini! :O

    #136570

    Draxynnic
    Member

    Feels irregular-ish to me – single shot ranged, has a melee attack.

    Fast Embark is probably not being commented on because it’s fairly self-explanatory. Only question is whether it will remove the embarkment MP cost entirely or just reduce it.

    #136571

    madmac
    Member

    Looks good.

    Surprised noone else has asked this, but Fast Embark?

    I’m guessing the Icescaper is the Archer unit then, and from that I’m guessing they’ll do low damage and be more of a battlefield controlling type of unit.

    Inbuilt synergy with those Frostwitches.

    I’m just waiting for that guy to complain about their fur bikini! :O

    The Icescaper is a hybrid ranged/melee unit and a straight re-work of the old Snowscaper, he’s almost certainly the irregular unit.

    I’m guessing the Frost Witches are archers, just because the description only gives them Castigate and an on-hit effect. Making them dual-channel keeps their basic ranged unit from being completely shut-down by cold resistance.

    Anyway everything looks cool and yeah, Fast Embark as a racial ability sounds great. Go Frostling Warlord and Berserker raid over water for the authentic Viking experience!

    #136574

    Looks good.Surprised noone else has asked this, but Fast Embark?

    I mentioned sea raids. 🙂 Guess they won’t be losing mp when embarking or not all of it at least. While mariner is all about fighting at sea fast embark should be about enabling raiding and quickly crossing between water and land, thematically similar but functionally very different.

    #136575

    Gyg
    Member

    Speaking from the perspective of a incoming patch along the DLC: is the random map generator going to be tweaked? I’m thinking about the ‘Mountains problem’, i.e. too many mountains no matter how you set the mountains slider.

    #136576

    Yarovit
    Member

    To guys saying Ice Scaper is not frost goblin- I don’t think Frostlings are related to goblins. Truth be told this concept looks almost exactly like AoW’s Frostlings, with only difference being smoother skin on Scaper’s concept.
    And now I’ve noticed Frostlings resemble Others from A Song of Ice and Fire. In one of the old dev journals was something about AoW’s development starting in 1994 and A Game of Thrones was published in 1996. Maybe it influenced Frostling creation?

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