Dev Journal: Tigrans Part II

Today we reveal the second part of the Tigran Race! In Part 1 we discussed the background and shared characteristics of Tigrans, as well as the Prowler, Cheetah and Chariot units. Today we take a look at the Shredder, Sun Guard,  Mystic, Dire Panther and Sphinx. You might notice that’s 1 unit extra compered to other races; you’ll see why below!

Sun Guard

SunGuard

This armored Pikeman is the only unit that resembles something of a organized military unit. These pikemen carry Sun Shields, giving them +2 defense and resistance from non flanking attacks and +60% fire protection. Sun Guards also have the Guardbreaker abilty, meaning that melee strikes from the unit will stop their targets from guarding. Sun Guards are flexible units, but have slightly weaker stats than other pikemen to reflect their lack of specialization in any one role.

“The Tigran Sun Guards encircled the shrine of the Scarlet Destroyer. I tried to convince the feline spearmen that in the Commonwealth, all share the Shrine, but they believe those shrines hold pieces of their god, Yaka. Though they had little armor, their catlike agility rendered our archers ineffective. We had to clear them out, but they fought with the ferocious zeal of jungle cats. I fear the cost to the Empire if all our shrines are so abused.” – “Report on Religious Tranquility” by Enforcer Tendoniskadin

SunGuards

Mystic

The Mystic is an offensive support unit, who hurls magic bolts at ranged targets and can use the Break Control ability to remove mind controlling effects from her allies. Where other support units have abilities that buff allies or debuff enemies, the mystic can transform into a Panther, sacrificing ranged power for melee strength and speed.

“The Tigran religion has changed since I last encountered them. They once envied men, doing all they could to prove they weren’t animals. Now there is a powerful faction of Mystics that teach them to embrace their inner beast for their sun god. Some Mystics literally do.  One morphed into a ravenous hellcat.  Despite my most desperate attempts to reason with it, the creature tried to eat me.  So while pretending to fight, I deliberately tripped and tumbled down a gorge.” — “Where’s Symba?” by Ham the Wanderer

Mystics

Dire Panther

Mystics can transform into Dire Panthers, powerful and agile melee units which can pounce on enemies to rapidly cross great distances in combat. Its bloodthirsty abilty ensures that it does extra damage vs bleeding units, while its Coup de Grace abilty deals extra damage vs immobilized units.

Panther

People ask me how one negotiates with an oversized feral black tiger. It’s a stupid question, because when you see one it’s probably too late. Still, I seem to recall I said something like, ‘Whoah! Nice Kitty. That’s one seriously big cat. No, no! Bad Kitty. I’m not food. Stop! Don’t eat me!’” — “Where’s Symba?” by Ham the Wanderer

 

Shredder

The Archer-soldier of the Tigran. Unlike the average archer, Shredders are quite strong in melee as well. They throw boomerang like knives, which a skilled shredder can curve around corners, allowing them to ignore line of sight penalties. Their knives also cause bleeding wounds, creating a synergy with the Prowler who does extra damage vs bleeding units.

Shredder

“The double-bladed skalj buzzed over our heads like a swarm of angry hornets. A group of Tigran shredders flanked our diplomatic envoy. Our maddened horses charged furiously forward. The cabin of our carriage filled with a spray of splinters. Hundreds of Skalj blades embedded themselves into the side of our vehicle. Hostile Tigrans scrambled up the carriage walls. They cut the throats of our drivers and let our horses run. The diplomatic message was quite obvious.” – “Commonwealth Peace Offerings” by Vagon the Peacemaker

 

Sphinx

In rare occurrences, Tigrans are born with wings and a more feline body. These creatures are called Sphixes and are revered as holy emissaries from Yaka. They have the Sun Disc Ability, allowing them shoot a ray as hot as the sun, damaging all units in its path.  This flying tier III irregular can cause fear, has mind control immunity and True Sight.

Sphinx2

“We all knew what dwelt in Hillside Tomb.  The clever thing offered fortunes to anyone able to outwit it. Caleb Withers went in a beggar and left royalty, but thousands of others never returned. The Commonwealth judged this bargain illegal. They brought their war machines against the creature. It called down the sun to incinerate the advance.  It retreated into its lair. Foolishly, they followed, but it was ready. Traps slowed warriors; the creature finished them off. Even disciplined troops trembled with fear. Eventually, the Commonwealth drove it away using overwhelming numbers. That’s the price of bargaining with a sphinx.” – “Monsters of Hillside” by Olden Withers

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PS: The official announce is getting very close now! We didn’t announce this week because we had some more work to do on marketing assets, as well as didn’t want to announce during the hectic times of GDC/PAX.

 

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  • #164280

    Lennart Sas
    Keymaster
    #164281

    Kubera
    Member

    PS: The official announce is getting very close now! We didn’t announce this week because we had some more work to do on marketing assets, as well as didn’t want to announce during the hectic times of GDC/PAX.

    Very wait. We hope to release the game on March 30, or at least in April.

    p.s. Atmosphere Cool:
    https://ageofwonders.com/wp-content/uploads/ArrayArrayArray5/ArrayArray/DLCArray_SphynxTemple.jpg

    Sphynx undead Oo.. Places great emphasis on a new class. And so – a very strong unit.

    #164283

    Stormwind
    Member

    Awesome! A morphing unit! Can they switch back and forth, I wonders….

    #164284

    llfoso
    Member

    Yay! Tigran update! Woot woot!

    Edit: Now that I actually read it…what? Holy cow. Pikemen that break guard with every attack? A t3 irregular? Did we need any more motivation to make tigran rogues?

    #164285

    BreaxxBaxx
    Member

    The Tigrans look great and all the work looks great too!

    I posted about it a few weeks ago, I’m hedging on a April 10/17 release date.

    #164288

    Ravenholme
    Member

    Yay, but also boo!

    You guys are killing me with the wait for the actual announcement ;-;

    On the other hand, a Tier III Irregular, which is really (despite your handwaving) a racial monster unit? Interesting.

    And yay, I see a Tigran Archdruid riding a Sabertooth tiger, wish we would find out what the mount for the Frostling heroes is (Still hold out hope it is the polar bear).

    Shape-shifting units? Very cool.

    #164289

    Mythabril
    Member

    A tier III flying irregular. Very interesting. Synergizes great with Rogue class and the Explorer specialization.

    And shape shifting. Arch Druids need that. Also like the sabre tiger mount of the hero.

    Looking forward to this expansion.

    #164290

    ninninnin
    Member

    the sphinx forgoes its golden mask and domination abilities to “riddle” her enemies with lasers! haaah!

    #164291

    Teehon
    Member

    No beta patch still? 🙁

    #164292

    Low_K
    Member

    [i]PS: The official announce is getting very close now! We didn’t announce this week because we had some more work to do on marketing assets, as well as didn’t want to announce during the hectic times of GDC/PAX.[/i]

    So last week the announcement (and beta patch)was cancelled by ill employees, and this week because of GDC/PAX and marketing assets? Really? Okay, maybe that would entail the announcement of Eternal Lords, but the beta 1.5 patch surely would not be affected by this? It is not that it’s the official patch, it’s a beta and was looking forward to it last week, which couldn’t be released due to the illness of the employees appearantly (which we had to hear from an “insider”) which I can accept, but was looking forward to it this weekend instead. Very disappointed.

    Although I like the Tigran units, the disappointment of no info nor beta patch overwhelms me more.

    Kind regards,

    Low

    #164293

    Fizzbitch
    Member

    I WARNED YOU ABOUT THE SPHYNX BRO!!!! I TOLD YOU MAN!

    I love the Mystics and their ability to transform. It is bliss! Good to see the Shredder back too. It was either that or the Fire Cat, And I’m cool with the decision. I love their news looks.
    I like the Sun Guard particularly of how it reflects Tigran religion.
    One question; will the Dire Panther be available as a unit on its own as well?

    All in all, well done! I thought I’d prefer the Frostlings, but I will definately try out the Tigrans as well. 😀

    So will the DLC still be available end March or will it be moved too now?

    #164294

    Ravenholme
    Member

    Awesome! A morphing unit! Can they switch back and forth, I wonders….

    Pretty sure they can. I suspect the morphing into a Panther would be a combat only thing. (Maybe until the end of that round of TC)

    #164295

    Nodor
    Member

    /drool.

    Looking forward to new classes and abilities being construed as overpowered.

    AKA, a tier 3 that makes explorer more interesting is AWESOME.

    #164296

    Lennart Sas
    Keymaster

    These dev journals gives you early reveals as we’re working on the features – but it doesn’t mean things are a bit liquid. 🙂

    We’ll announce the release date when we formally announce the expansion.

    Beta should also be coming up next week.

    #164297

    Teehon
    Member

    Beta should also be coming up next week.

    :'(

    Really sad..

    #164298

    VoDJARA
    Member

    Sphinx look like manticore I.e. flying cat. Manticore already exist as warlord unit. So such flying sphinx – bad idea of developers, very bad.

    #164299

    Tibbles
    Member

    Sphinx is my favourite 😀

    #164300

    syntax_vi
    Member

    I absolutely love you guys, and love that you actually listen and respond to the players BUT I think you might owe us some sort of explanation here 🙂

    It was heavily hinted that last week would be a public beta patch announcement, and only through twitter did we learn that this was delayed due to illness (a post here would have gone a long way), but as others have said that only had us thinking that this Friday would be the public beta on steam.

    If it’s not coming out, just let us know, and if you feel like it, you can tell us why, but don’t leave us hanging!

    I know this might turn around to the devs thinking they need to have tighter lips (no hints means no anticipation which leads to disappointment) but I don’t think that is the case. If you guys can’t do it this week (or next) we will understand.

    It’s just going from open communication to a beta blackout that has people a bit out of joint.

    PS you are the best dev team I’ve ever come across.

    #164301

    mrXD89
    Member

    Sphinx look like manticore I.e. flying cat. Manticore already exist as warlord unit. So such flying sphinx – bad idea of developers, very bad.

    I don’t think so. There’re different concepts of sphinx in different cultures. This one is more Greek-looking like from King Edyp. I suppose it’s one of the best concepts in the game.

    Rest of the units look great too. The last screenshot made me decide. I will go for Tigran necromancer in my first game with the expansion.

    I don’t complain about no-beta because I won’t have time to play today. So nobody will …muehehe :p

    #164302

    Fizzbitch
    Member

    AND HOLY FUCK. I jsut saw the Tigran Hero in the background of the Mystic’s image. Looks awesome!

    Sphinx look like manticore I.e. flying cat. Manticore already exist as warlord unit. So such flying sphinx – bad idea of developers, very bad.

    Mythologically speaking the Sphinx and Manticore have VERY different backgrounds and behavior. Plus you’re forgetting about the scorpion tail.

    Originally the Sphinxes didn’t haven wings, did those fly too high to the sun and burned them, I wonder? 😉

    #164303

    syntax_vi
    Member

    ah, nvm I was writing the post as you were responding RE the beta. disregard, and thanks for the info!

    #164306

    Morty
    Member

    I really hope we won’t have to wait another week for the patch notes…

    #164307

    syntax_vi
    Member

    I would also love to see patch notes before the patch goes into beta 😀

    #164308

    Rhaeg
    Member

    I really love how the Tigran are shaping up, by the looks of them they’ll probably become my favourite race!

    Also, I love the facial expression on the cat mounted on a cat in the Mystic pic, lol. He looks utterly confused 🙂 I should make a forum avatar out of that one, but I’m too lazy for that atm.

    I absolutely love you guys, and love that you actually listen and respond to the players BUT I think you might owe us some sort of explanation here :)

    Read the PS

    #164309

    DragonWolf87
    Member

    Bah, we finally got the Tigran update, and people are whining about the beta. It’s hard to be a dev…

    Gosh, that Sphinx is so cute! I wonder if she will look exactly like on the concept piece cause I’m enamored with it. Also the mighty-morphing cat lady looks interesting. I’m sooo excited for Tigrans, heck, they’re the sole reason why I decided to buy Age of Wonders III now, and not later. My excitement peaks, especially because I knew this will be a great day. AoW III Friday update, and a new Hearthstone Adventure announcement to boot. Now I can die happy! Oh wait, first I must play those 😛

    PS: If Undead Archons weren’t enough, we’re getting regular Skeletons!

    #164311

    Thariorn
    Member

    we’re getting regular Skeletons!

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    Spooky scary skelingtons send shivers down your spine!
    EDIT: Btw., surprisingly that’s a pretty accurate depiction of the Skellingtons in the Video how they play in the Expack O.O

    #164312

    syntax_vi
    Member

    Bah, we finally got the Tigran update, and people are whining about the beta. It’s hard to be a dev…

    There are many people equally (if not more) excited for the patch than the races. Last DLC was the same for me – Halflings were ok , but the changes were huge. This case I’m about 50/50.

    Read the PS

    PS was about official announcement, not the beta.

    #164315

    Bob5
    Member

    I like the updates. Tigrans seem to be a really cool race, suited for aggressive and dangerous play in tactical combat. Not really having much options to stay alive or to alleviate their defenses, especially with that frost weakness and resistance decrease, but loads of options to move fast and dangerous in tactical, to kill before being killed. I can imagine them being quite decent Archdruids, combining the Bleeding Wounds from supports and archers with the Bloodthirsty ability (and it seems Shredders inflict bleeding through Razor Projectiles so it still checks twice with Hunter’s Finesse), and simultaneously getting loads of speed in tactical with combined Long Strider and Athletics. Those Panthers also get Beast Mastery boost and can be boosted by Savage Rage.

    I wonder if support boosts like Inflict Bleeding Wounds and Long Strider stick upon transformation. Phasing Panthers anyone?

    Those Cadavers are also really teasing, I wonder what they’re doing there.

    #164317

    Astraflame
    Member

    Not bad, shapeshifter how lovely…. and shamans will actually be able to shapeshift into bears like Brain hinted? Lovely 😀

    #164319

    Mythabril
    Member

    Just imagined a sabotaging Sphinx from the Dreadnought upgrade using your battlements as a scratching post.

    “No kitty! Not the tower! Why do you have to ruin everything?!?”

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