Dev Journal: The Tigrans Part I

Yes – we have another race lined up for you for the upcoming expansion, and as many of you have already guessed that race is the Tigrans! These warmth loving cat people make for a great contrast with the Frostlings (we already have some cool terraforming maps in development)  Also with their Egyptian inspired culture, they make for a great fit in the Necromancy theme.

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Tigran Prowler Concept Art

Background

Tigrans are a race of feline humanoids, hailing from remote desert lands. Reclusive and mystical, they tend not to get involved in the conflicts of the populous northern lands. But when opportunity favors them, they pounce and kill without mercy.

Their reclusiveness has given rise to some rather extreme religious sects. Most Tigrans worship a new incarnation of the ancient Fire Wizard-god, Yaka as the Sun God. Tigran ferocity is legendary. The most devout strive to unleash their inner predator, seeing mercy as weakness. They worship the sun and track the cycle of day and night; life and death. Their natural curiosity about necromancy and the passing of regal souls into kingdoms of glory in the afterlife inspires them to construct massive tombs.

Cheetah_ConceptTigran Cheetha Concept Art

Traits

Tigrans are lean, muscular and agile. They are clever with magic and move quickly across the battlefield, able to avoid may obstacles. Many are masters of the flame, which they believe pleases their god. Some of their Racial abilities include:

  • Predator: Gain extra attack/damage with attacks of opportunity.
  • Athletic: Tigrans use fewer move points per hex in tactical combat, allowing to move much more quickly
  • Bloodthirsty: Some tigrans gain an attack bonus vs. bleeding and crippled enemies, while others can inflict bleeding on their targets.
  • Spirit Protection: Tigrans are highly focused creatures, and are resistant to mind affecting spells and damage.
  • Low Resistance: Tigran agility and high damage comes at a cost, they have -1 resistance compared to other races and are especially susceptible to cold damage

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We’ll start by looking at three base units:

Tigran Cheetah

The Cheetah is the Tigran’s tier 1 predator skirmisher. They have the ability to pounce, a fast attack that teleports the unit behind its target allowing it to strike without fear of retaliation.  After a Pounce the unit automatically enters guard mode. Cheetahs also have the ability to inflict bleeding wounds, which synergizes with the Bloodthristy ability of some other Tigran units.

“Entering the Tigran camp, I instinctively knew our best course was to surrender; especially as I saw the long-legged, spotted cheetah-ladies who served the settlement as its hunters. I tried to warn my party that it would be futile to run away. Sadly, my message didn’t get through to all, the back of the party fled.  Before they could even scream, the cheetahs pounced. Their extended claws slashed the fools. I will spare the reader a description of all the blood.” – “Where’s Symba?” by Ham the Wanderer

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A pack of Cheetahs in-game

Tigran Prowler

Prowlers are critical to the Tigran’s mobile attack force. Unlike other Tigran warriors, prowlers are stealthy and have incredible constitution.  They may lack high defense or armor found on typical infantry, but make up for this with their stealth, Martial Arts ability, and Improved Wallclimbing.  Prowlers have the new Bloodthirsty Ability, and Coup De Grace, for extra damage versus incapacitated targets.

“The most gifted battle surgeon I ever met had a gift for cutting up bodies.  Apparently he’d witnessed his father, a Tigran Prowler, eviscerate many a foe.  The cat man was dark like the night with eyes like amber jewels. He could disappear in the shadows of the trees. Unfortunately, he ran away when the city guard caught him selling our healing herbs on the black market. They say he clawed his way up the city wall and was away before any of the guards could reach him.” – “Battlefield Medicine” by Doctor Schwartzendoof

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The stealthy Prowlers in game

Sabretooth Chariot

Tigran Cavalry consists of light chariots functioning as mounted skirmishers.  Drawn by sabretooth tigers they  share the race’s core abilities such as the predator and athletic abilities, with good melee abilties. Although far more  fragile than the cavalry of other races, the charioteers can hurl enchanted sun spears, powerful single shot weapons that do physical and fire damage, and can set opponents on fire.

“Yaka dresses in Destroyer’s Flame. His breath is the Heat of Life. I serve the god of the Greatest Star. Yaka raises His head in the morning, drives His chariot across the sky, and hides His face at night. I revere Him by throwing beams of pure sunfire. My shield enables me to embrace Yaka’s body. My mane is His corona of fire. I am His devout tribute.”  — “Prayer of the Sabretooth” by Charioteer Felixine

City_Screen_EProwler, Sabretooth Chariot and Cheethas with a glimpse of Tigran Architecture in the background

In an upcoming development journal we’ll be looking at more Tigran content!

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  • #156951

    Lennart Sas
    Keymaster
    #156952

    Tibbles
    Member

    Yeeeeeessss :3

    #156953

    Jubeithar
    Member

    Holy sweet jeebes…. nice!

    #156955

    lemth
    Member

    They’re here!

    #156957

    #156958

    Ravenholme
    Member

    [incoherent swearing]

    I didn’t think you guys would do it. But I am glad you have.

    “I am Welcomed in the Home of Ravens and Other Scavengers in the Wake of Warriors, I am Friend to Carrion Crows and Wolves, I am Carry Me, and Kill with Me, and Die with Me Where the Road Ends; I am not the Honeyed Promise of Length of Life in Years to Come, I am the Iron Promise of Never Being a Slave.”

    #156959

    LordTheRon
    Member

    :faints:

    #156960

    Mardagg
    Member

    omg,wow!

    #156961

    Moloc32
    Member

    Wow just keeps getting better and better!

    #156962

    Khelle
    Member

    On the one hand I am super happy you have brought back one of most interesting races in AoW that is Tigrans, but on the other hand this expansion is so overstuffed with everything I am fearing this IS really the last expansion/dlc which makes me sad. Also, I hope the visuals on prowlers/cheetah will be improved to make them more unique, and not only differentiate because of fur color, as it seems now.

    One question in the end – is chariot a T1-level unit? Because it is written these are “base” units.

    #156964

    Ravenholme
    Member

    On the one hand I am super happy you have brought back one of most interesting races in AoW that is Tigrans, but on the other hand this expansion is so overstuffed with everything I am fearing this IS really the last expansion/dlc which makes me sad. Also, I hope the visuals on prowlers/cheetah will be improved to make them more unique, and not only differentiate because of fur color, as it seems now.

    One question in the end – is chariot a T1-level unit? Because it is written these are “base” units.

    I’m hoping it is rather a last throw of the dice – If this doesn’t sell well, they can move on having left the game in a very good place, but if it DOES sell well, that we may see another expansion.

    So, get spreading the word once the release date announced.

    Also, the Chariot might actually be their archer, but it could just be that they’re counting the Cavalry units as one of their “base” units, and thus not doing them in any particular order (Cheetha and Prowler are irregular and infantry, respectively, I’m pretty sure)

    “I am Welcomed in the Home of Ravens and Other Scavengers in the Wake of Warriors, I am Friend to Carrion Crows and Wolves, I am Carry Me, and Kill with Me, and Die with Me Where the Road Ends; I am not the Honeyed Promise of Length of Life in Years to Come, I am the Iron Promise of Never Being a Slave.”

    #156966

    Dr_K
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    One question in the end – is chariot a T1-level unit? Because it is written these are “base” units.

    They mention it being much more fragile in comparison to cavalry, so I would guess that it is technically the archer unit for the Tigrans.

    Alternatively, they could have a more sturdy archer unit to act as a balance for the more fragile T2 cavalry unit.

    #156967

    Thariorn
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    is chariot a T1-level unit?

    No, the Chariot is T2 and unlocked by the Warhall, at least I’m pretty sure about that ~

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    #156968

    Omg stop it! I have other games to play T_T

    #156969

    Rhaeg
    Member

    Wow, just… wow! You really caught me off guard with this one. Never had expected a second race in the expansion!

    I’ve only read the title and looked at the pictures so far (that charioteer with the tigers looks awesome!), but I had to say ‘wow’ at once… now I’m gonna read the actual article 😛

    #156970

    JPoll
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    OH
    MY
    GOD
    !!!

    Now where´s the burito hat!?!

    Awsome!

    #156971

    Eomolch
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    Hm and to think I originally assumed this expansion would only contain the new necromancer class 😮

    I honestly never was particularly fond of the tigrans in aow II/SM. Judged on this journal that might change in aow III. I especially like the basic racial traits, athletic in particular makes me awe, what should I say I just love fast units xD

    As for the chariots I am pretty sure they are their cavalry.

    One funny thing though .. the prowlers somehow remind me of the orcs from battle for middle-earth 1. I guess it’s because of the stance and the skirt. 😀

    #156972

    LRN
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    *Squees like a little girl*

    #156973

    I do believe that Bloody Battle Brain was to eat his dorito hat now, hahahahahahaha
    and make a video of that as well, please. We would love to see that

    #156975

    Awesome. Just awesome. You’re also surely squeezing minotaurs in the expansion somewhere.

    #156978

    I do believe that Bloody Battle Brain was to eat his dorito hat now, hahahahahahaha<br>
    and make a video of that as well, please. We would love to see that

    Indeed. I don’t know if I can acquire a doritos hat here in the UK, but I am on the way to the supermarket, and I will be buying rather alot of doritos, with which to fashion my own hat (using salsa as glue?).

    Either way, this Sunday, doritos are going down, and my body fat is going up!

    I guess this means I can’t troll any more :(.

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    #156979

    Rhaeg
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    Oh, and please tell me Tigran Warlord’s mounted archers ride tigers, not horses! 🙂

    #156980

    Astraflame
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    <3 No matter what i said, this is awesome surprise.

    #156981

    Ravenholme
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>David Kiezebrink wrote:</div>
    I do believe that Bloody Battle Brain was to eat his dorito hat now, hahahahahahaha<br><br>
    and make a video of that as well, please. We would love to see that

    Indeed. I don’t know if I can acquire a doritos hat here in the UK, but I am on the way to the supermarket, and I will be buying rather alot of doritos, with which to fashion my own hat (using salsa as glue?).

    Either way, this Sunday, doritos are going down, and my body fat is going up!

    I guess this means I can’t troll any more :( .

    I could think of a few ways to fashion a doritos hat, given what we can (usually) get here in UK supermarkets.

    “I am Welcomed in the Home of Ravens and Other Scavengers in the Wake of Warriors, I am Friend to Carrion Crows and Wolves, I am Carry Me, and Kill with Me, and Die with Me Where the Road Ends; I am not the Honeyed Promise of Length of Life in Years to Come, I am the Iron Promise of Never Being a Slave.”

    #156983

    EricMH
    Member

    Extremely excited for this expansion! Keep up the good work guys!

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    #156984

    Backero
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    Ok, now I don’t care about the cost. You got me!

    So there will be not only Frotling Necromancers in each game for few days after the expansion release. There will be Frostling and Tigrans Necromancers lol 😀

    I think that I will stay wil Frostlings anyway, but it’s cool to see another new race here 😀

    Zombie cats lol winged cats lol and Tigran Sukkubus as Batman’s and Catwoman’s daughter lol

    #156987

    RMZ1989
    Member

    And I was saying last week how this expansion already has too much stuff and how I didn’t expect 3 specializations at all…

    Guys, y u do dis to us!? My mind cannot take this anymore, I am going insane.

    I understand now why you have said that this is going to be last expansion, it is like the whole new game. Well, after we got all of this stuff, I actually don’t mind at all this being the last expansion. It is just too good.

    #156988

    Thariorn
    Member

    I could think of a few ways to fashion a doritos hat, given what we can (usually) get here in UK supermarkets.

    Step 1:
    Accquire Doritos
    Step 2:
    Accquire eadible string-like things (E.g. Balla STIXX)
    Step 3:
    Puncture Doritos
    Step 4:
    Put the STIXX through the Holes
    Step 5:
    Repeat until hat is finished
    Step 6:
    Eat that disgusting stuff 😀

    No Mod, but I try to help - Bane of Cockatrice, a Star and an Onion.

    #156989

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>Ravenholme wrote:</div>
    I could think of a few ways to fashion a doritos hat, given what we can (usually) get here in UK supermarkets.

    Step 1:<br>
    Accquire Doritos<br>
    Step 2:<br>
    Accquire eadible string-like things (E.g. Balla STIXX)<br>
    Step 3:<br>
    Puncture Doritos<br>
    Step 4:<br>
    Put the STIXX through the Holes<br>
    Step 5:<br>
    Repeat until hat is finished<br>
    Step 6:<br>
    Eat that disgusting stuff :D

    Will try.

    I could think of a few ways to fashion a doritos hat, given what we can (usually) get here in UK supermarkets.

    E.g?

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    #156990

    Bjmolf
    Member

    YES YES YES YES YES!

    I can’t wait for this expansion, and it becomes more awesome every friday!

    Keep up the amazing work! this is by far my most expected game of the year!

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