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.

 City_impression_frostling_lowres

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.

Frostling_Spire_s

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.

FrostlingIceScaper

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.

FrostlingWitch

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

 

The following two tabs change content below.
We’ve moved over to the paradox forums. Please come visit us there to discuss:
You can still read the collective wisdom - and lolz - of the community here, but posting is no longer possible.

Home Forums Dev Journal: The Frostlings are Coming!

This topic contains 136 replies, has 63 voices, and was last updated by  Draxynnic 4 years, 10 months ago.

Viewing 17 posts - 121 through 137 (of 137 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • #137828

    Ravenholme
    Member

    Hm, interesting. Then I wonder if the portal at the Isle of Last Goodbyes linked to the Shadow Realm or if it bypasses it and links directly to elsewhere. Still, see why you believe it could be the scene of a new campaign, as it is Commonwealth territory now and lies up towards the Frostlings holdings.

    And yeah, the Melenis thing could go back and forth, but the Frostlings from what I saw in AoW2/SM were fairly insular and not well disposed towards the other races of the Blessed Continent (in general, anyway), which I think would limit the opportunity for information exchange.

    #137856

    Draxynnic
    Member

    They kind of are and aren’t – they’ve had trading relationships with other races in the past, although they certainly haven’t been perfect.

    Another thing to consider, though, is that it’s possible that the frostlings figured out for themselves that they were being used. Their attacks on the dwarves and other races didn’t gain them anything, and they’d really have to be sticking their heads in the ground not to be aware of the context of the Keeper-Cult war and put two and two together. Even if the frostlings themselves didn’t figure it out, Artica certainly would have, and may have explained to her followers at some point just how Melenis used them.

    #137860

    Ravenholme
    Member

    They kind of are and aren’t – they’ve had trading relationships with other races in the past, although they certainly haven’t been perfect.

    Another thing to consider, though, is that it’s possible that the frostlings figured out for themselves that they were being used. Their attacks on the dwarves and other races didn’t gain them anything, and they’d really have to be sticking their heads in the ground not to be aware of the context of the Keeper-Cult war and put two and two together. Even if the frostlings themselves didn’t figure it out, Artica certainly would have, and may have explained to her followers at some point just how Melenis used them.

    That is a good point, though that would mean that specifically followers of Artica may be the ones most likely to oppose Melenis’ intervention, and I suspect that they may be easily bought off if she dangles the fact that aligning with her may allow them to reconnect with the Shadow Realm and bring Artica back.

    Of course, this circles around whether or not Melenis is actually a moving figure in the Shadowborn Conspiracy, or someone they were fixing up to use themselves (Hence their interest in the Oscillator Gem that apparently contained her Soul), The Shrines around the ruined Archon Necropolis in the Golden Realms would suggest that she is tied to the Shadowborn Conspiracy, but that may not be true.

    #137865

    Draxynnic
    Member

    I’d actually forgotten about those shrines – they certainly do point to a connection between Melenis and the Shadowborn.

    Artica followers are a bit of a potential wildcard in general. While most of the wizards with Shadai warshrines associated with them were also part of the Julioch conspiracy, Arachne and Artica are clear exceptions. They might just want Artica back. Or it might be that Artica gave them warnings about trusting certain people, and if Melenis shows up in the frostling territories, they might also look at the other shrines associated with the conspiracy and wonder if Artica would really be associated with them.

    Which brings up a crazy thought – while they focused on different things, Artica and Tempest technically had access to mostly the same powers, as did Nekron and Arachne. What if the artifacts powering the shrines of the Frozen Beauty and the Spider Queen were not actually Artica and Arachne, but Tempest and Nekron, and the conspirators made them in the form of Artica and Arachne in the theory that those wizards would be more acceptable to modern Athlans?

    Another connection, incidentally, is that some frostlings did fight for Merlin in the AoW2 campaign. Seconded to his use by Artica, granted, but it happened, and Merlin might be able to build on that past connection in the present.

    (Which actually raises a crazy thought… where HAS Merlin been hiding out since destroying the Circle of Evermore? The new Frostling or Tigran homelands would put him out of reach of vengeful Commonwealth officials out for his head…)

    #137871

    Psshhht…Merlin unlocked Master Illusionist at level 7 and has been hiding wherever he pleases.

    Seriously though, someone of his competence lorewise wouldn’t need to go very far to stay hidden. He could be with the Elven Court…

    also, the overriding characteristic of the Frostlings (that I get anyway) is that they are utterly pragmatic and not very sentimental:

    Trust a Frostling, die of hunger.

    I think it’s possible they knew what Melenis was upto and they decided the risk was worth it. Imagine if they had conquered the United Cities…

    Similarly, they might be very aware of the external forces, and be trying to use them, or simply be in an alliance of convenience.

    #137872

    Ravenholme
    Member

    I’d actually forgotten about those shrines – they certainly do point to a connection between Melenis and the Shadowborn.

    Artica followers are a bit of a potential wildcard in general. While most of the wizards with Shadai warshrines associated with them were also part of the Julioch conspiracy, Arachne and Artica are clear exceptions. They might just want Artica back. Or it might be that Artica gave them warnings about trusting certain people, and if Melenis shows up in the frostling territories, they might also look at the other shrines associated with the conspiracy and wonder if Artica would really be associated with them.

    Which brings up a crazy thought – while they focused on different things, Artica and Tempest technically had access to mostly the same powers, as did Nekron and Arachne. What if the artifacts powering the shrines of the Frozen Beauty and the Spider Queen were not actually Artica and Arachne, but Tempest and Nekron, and the conspirators made them in the form of Artica and Arachne in the theory that those wizards would be more acceptable to modern Athlans?

    Another connection, incidentally, is that some frostlings did fight for Merlin in the AoW2 campaign. Seconded to his use by Artica, granted, but it happened, and Merlin might be able to build on that past connection in the present.

    (Which actually raises a crazy thought… where HAS Merlin been hiding out since destroying the Circle of Evermore? The new Frostling or Tigran homelands would put him out of reach of vengeful Commonwealth officials out for his head…)

    Well, I had assumed that after destroying the Circle of Evermore he had been wandering around setting up the Seals of Power, when he wasn’t figuring out how to Mend the Elves. So at least part of his time was spent in the Golden Realms, which was a nice, uninhabited land for him to hideout in. (And, in fact, isn’t their a ruined city in the centre of the Master Seals that purports to have been settled by Merlin, given its name?)

    He also, likely, had some collusion from Julia in the Elven Court lands, given that she faked his execution to allow him to live on.

    However, you’re right in that he almost has to have had supporters (Either Frostling or Tigran, or perhaps others who have gone out beyond the bounds of the Commonwealth and Court lands) elsewhere, because I imagine that the Blessed Continent was not the only place that required Seals to be placed to block intrusion from other planes of existence.

    And that is an interesting thought about Arachne/Nekron and Artica/Tempest, though beyond the Melenis connection (And Serena/Inioch through the Guardian Angel/Wizard King shrines), the Shadowborn do seem to be concerned more with bringing back Wizards who are, at last accounting (before they all charged off into the Shadow Realm to find riches and power), alive. And possibly corrupted by whatever they found out there.

    #137884

    Draxynnic
    Member

    Really, any of the possibilities that have been raised for Merlin are plausible. He may have a base somewhere, or he may be hiding out because, all things considered, he’s probably still the most powerful sorcerer in Athla (in terms of research completed and levels, not necessarily in terms of mana income…).

    Regarding the shrines: If my Serena=Guardian Angel and Inoch=Wizard King assignments are correct, most of the shrines are linked to the original set of conspirators. Crimson Destroyer is Yaka, Earthen Mother is Mab, Fickle Mermaid is Nimue. That’s five of the seven. Artica and Arachne are the two that don’t fit with the others.

    It is worth noting, though, that of the wizards that were outside the conspiracy, Artica and Arachne were the two that didn’t willingly ally with Merlin either. Karissa, Fangir, Marinus and Anon all fell into line once they found out that Merlin was Gabriel’s chosen successor, but Artica and Arachne needed to be cornered in their last Tower in order to join the fold, and in each case their main contribution was information (Artica also provided some troops, Arachne didn’t even do that) – and Artica was probably the wizard outside the conspiracy that knew the most about what was going on thanks to her scrying. So it’s possible that what’s going in is that Artica and Arachne are the two non-conspirators greedy enough to go haring off into the Shadow World in pursuit of conquest, and of dubious enough morality that they could be pressured into switching sides.

    #137888

    Ravenholme
    Member

    Really, any of the possibilities that have been raised for Merlin are plausible. He may have a base somewhere, or he may be hiding out because, all things considered, he’s probably still the most powerful sorcerer in Athla (in terms of research completed and levels, not necessarily in terms of mana income…).

    Regarding the shrines: If my Serena=Guardian Angel and Inoch=Wizard King assignments are correct, most of the shrines are linked to the original set of conspirators. Crimson Destroyer is Yaka, Earthen Mother is Mab, Fickle Mermaid is Nimue. That’s five of the seven. Artica and Arachne are the two that don’t fit with the others.

    It is worth noting, though, that of the wizards that were outside the conspiracy, Artica and Arachne were the two that didn’t willingly ally with Merlin either. Karissa, Fangir, Marinus and Anon all fell into line once they found out that Merlin was Gabriel’s chosen successor, but Artica and Arachne needed to be cornered in their last Tower in order to join the fold, and in each case their main contribution was information (Artica also provided some troops, Arachne didn’t even do that) – and Artica was probably the wizard outside the conspiracy that knew the most about what was going on thanks to her scrying. So it’s possible that what’s going in is that Artica and Arachne are the two non-conspirators greedy enough to go haring off into the Shadow World in pursuit of conquest, and of dubious enough morality that they could be pressured into switching sides.

    There is a mission in Julia’s campaign in Shadow Magic (I believe it is the last mission of her campaign, in fact), which would suggest that both Artica and Arachne would be both greedy enough and of dubious morality enough to switch sides, as they both intend to take advantage of the chaos in the Forest to create a safe space for their own particular races and damn all-comers to the coming Shadows (I think they’re some of the few leaders in that mission, barring Phobius, that you can’t easily bully into an alliance – not helped by the fact that the Dwarves refuse to be in an alliance that includes them, of course)

    #137911

    Gloweye
    Member

    (I think they’re some of the few leaders in that mission, barring Phobius, that you can’t easily bully into an alliance

    You could ally the others? I only ever got Marinus, and always just killed the rest.

    #137916

    Ravenholme
    Member

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>Ravenholme wrote:</div>
    (I think they’re some of the few leaders in that mission, barring Phobius, that you can’t easily bully into an alliance

    You could ally the others? I only ever got Marinus, and always just killed the rest.

    Aye, you can, but its a pain in the ass such that I don’t think anyone ever bothers to do so.

    #138046

    Draxynnic
    Member

    I got an alliance with Artica fairly easily in that one, actually. Problem was that Fangir refused to join that alliance, and Marinus apparently took offense at allying with Artica and broke alliance too. I ended up having to take everyone out except Fangir…

    On the other hand, I also couldn’t get Anon to ally. I suspect alignment plays a role when not scripted otherwise (as it usually is with Karissa – who’s always happy to ally in the campaign, but the “good” wizards don’t trust her) – if you maintain a good alignment there you can ally with Anon, if you absorb enough evil towns to end up neutral, it’s easier to ally with Artica but Anon will declare war on you. (I’ve seen similar in scenerios – it was generally easier to get alliances with wizards with the same alignment.)

    #138051

    UltraDD
    Member

    Isn’t the spider queen shrine basically for Arachna though?

    Btw Karissa always broke alliance and kept it at peace.. She has commitment issues!
    Getting Artica instead of Marinus.. sounds like a very good trade :P. (Still hate him after the water initiation map, where he refuses to help me, to build a honey farm or something silly like that. He even invites me to visit his island and get stuck in it) Oh well at least he got us killed together a few times by Nimue.

    Anon kinda acts like you don’t exist even when allies. All he is obsessed with is chasing after Nekron -and vice-versa- with their troops dying in a non-stop grinder.

    Btw does the first AOW2 map -Fire initiate- carry a unique feel of despair that doesn’t happen in other maps? Guess its just because people scare you with dialogs about -scavengers, oh very rich scavengers- killing humans on sight.

    #138056

    With regards to the last shadow magic map as Julia, I finished with an alliance between Fangir, Marinus, and Anon. I was allied with Karissa briefly, but Fangir made a fuss about it and I eventually ended up taking her out.

    As I recall getting Anon to ally with my other allies was a bit tricky.

    #138064

    Yeah, Merlin didn’t seem to have lost any power with the wizard cataclysm he caused. And with the seals broken, it seems likely that all kinds of things are coming back into athla.

    It is quite fortunate that the Torchbearers will have two Dragon Dwellings: one with Reksar, and another in the final map.

    Something very powerful is going to have to come through the gaps to trouble that alliance.

    I could see something similar to the evil campaign in the Witch King of Angmar game: you have to pull together your cold forces, and then attack the warmer lands.

    Or maybe you’ll get to play as the good necromancer, maybe Meandor could come back.

    #138071

    Draxynnic
    Member

    Isn’t the spider queen shrine basically for Arachna though?

    That’s my point – Arachne and Artica are the exceptions to all of the other shrines being former conspirators.

    It is quite fortunate that the Torchbearers will have two Dragon Dwellings: one with Reksar, and another in the final map.

    Something very powerful is going to have to come through the gaps to trouble that alliance.

    There’s also two giant dwellings in Brisska, and at least one more (in the Sapphire Isles). More generally, I get the feeling that the independent Torchbearer territories reverted to their former allegiances after the war ended – the Torchbearers are now more the glue that forms an alliance between the Court, Commonwealth, and a few independent realms, rather than being a nation in itself.

    Either way, I suspect attackers are going to have no shortage of tier 4s. According to the lore, there seems to be at least one (frost) giant dwelling in the frostling homelands, and I’d be surprised if there weren’t frost dragons as well. And I’d be willing to bet that the attackers will be bringing their own powerful units with them.

    #138079

    There’s also two giant dwellings in Brisska, and at least one more (in the Sapphire Isles). More generally, I get the feeling that the independent Torchbearer territories reverted to their former allegiances after the war ended – the Torchbearers are now more the glue that forms an alliance between the Court, Commonwealth, and a few independent realms, rather than being a nation in itself.

    So they are a functional U.N., more or less. I suppose Reksar’s dragon dwelling in his homeland is more or less in the Elven Court’s corner, while the other one probably is held by the commonwealth, or at the very least by our friend Edward on their behalf.

    The Scaly ones have the hardest counters to the new things: Golden Dragons will give Necromancers fits, and both Fire (counter weakness for both undead and frostlings) and Frost (immune to a widely used non physical damage channel for both) Dragons are not friends for Frostlings.

    I would enjoy both sides of that conflict (although I do hate killing dragons when they would be much better off killing for me).

    #138082

    Draxynnic
    Member

    Lorewise, I think frost dragons are friends to the Frostlings. 😛

    Mechanically, I could see frostlings actually being okay fighting gold dragons – the golds have frost vulnerability, and not much in the way of fire damage that they’re dishing out in return.

Viewing 17 posts - 121 through 137 (of 137 total)

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.