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    Default Grave Rider

    Grave Riders are the most enigmatic of the undead. When beneath the ground they spend their time alone wandering your dungeon, guarding or working in the workshop. In underground battle they are little differing from skeletons save for their much higher health, role as blockers and slightly slower speed. When above ground, however, they appear mounted and act more like blitzers. Unlike almost all other undead, Grave Riders can manufacture.

    Health: Medium/Medium-High
    Attack: Medium
    Defense: Low
    Armour: Medium
    Accuracy: Medium-Low
    Speed: Medium-Low (Medium-High in the Over world)
    Dexterity: Low
    Intelligence: Medium
    Wage: Medium-Low

    Fighting Style
    When beneath the ground Grave Riders are moderately slow-moving, undead who carry rusty short scythes (not reaper style). Their attack isn't much better than the skeleton but they have much higher health. They are blockers though they have support elements.
    Above ground they act as blitzers and have vastly different charcteristics.

    Prospective Skills

    Level 1 - Melee
    A standard melee attack.

    Level 3 - Shield Undead
    A short-ranged (not melee) ability which applies a weak shield to all nearby undead creatures.

    Level 8 - Stunning Blow
    A melee special attack which instantly stuns most creatures and knocks them to the floor. This has a long-recharge.

    Level 10 - Spirit Self
    A self-targeting special ability which makes the caster insubstantial for a short period of time. All ranged traps (boulder traps included) and attacks will merely pass through him and all melee attacks and walk-over traps will be unable to target him. During this state he cannot attack but can move freely through doors and barricades. This has a long-recharge.

    Level 10 - Duplicate Self (Boss Only)
    A self-targeting special ability which spawns a complete duplicate of the caster with the same abilities. The duplicate lasts for ever but the original caster will die 30 seconds after the spell has been cast. When the duplicate spawns he will be exactly the same except for having completely refreshed health.

    Appearance
    Grave Riders resemble skeletons save for their weapon, slightly larger stature, cloak and rusty pieces of armour. They have a short rusty sickle or scythe. When on the surface they appear as mounted units and their short sickle gains a long handle.

    Obtainable by
    The Grave Rider is obtainable by prison, editor or temple. Although they are created in prisons, the circumstances of their creation are much more difficult than ordinary skeletons. They require a casino, a workshop and a graveyard of any size. The temple recipes are:
    Dark Knight + 2 Skeletons = Grave Rider
    2 Dark Knight + 3 Vampires = 3 Grave Riders
    Information
    The Grave Riders were once part of a tribe of evil horsemen who rode across the plains of the over-world. They came to the attention of the heroes after they began ransacking small hero settlements and generally overdoing the whole rampaging horde thing. After several years the heroes tracked them down and managed to kill almost all of them. The survivors fled underground and sought the aid of a powerful vampire who had once been in the employ of Keeper Malice. He turned them into to powerful skeleton-like creatures so they could seek out retribution forever more.

    "Boss" Version
    The "Boss" version is a much more powerful Grave Rider who appears on some maps as an neutral or enemy adversary. His abilities differ slightly in that Stunning Blow is available at level 4 instead of level 8 and that Spirit Self is level 8. At level 10 he gains an ability called Duplicate Self which is available only to Boss version.
    Boss Grave Riders are rarely mercenary neutrals in skirmish style-games and are aggressive neutrals mainly in such situations. They might appear in a mercenary sense in some campaign levels. When located, either as aggressive neutrals or booty, Grave Riders are often accompanied by several low-level skeletons.


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    Default Re: Grave Rider

    Nice, but how they appear in the dungeon? Via portal, graveyard, prison or something else?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Omega MK2 View Post
    Nice, but how they appear in the dungeon? Via portal, graveyard, prison or something else?
    Still working on it
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    cool, also try to think of a boss version of it, it will be good as a map goodie

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    Quote Originally Posted by natchoguy View Post
    cool, also try to think of a boss version of it, it will be good as a map goodie
    Boss Version? What did you have in mind. A treasure guardian, an mercenary neutral or what?
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    Default Re: Grave Rider

    guardian or a special type of boss (depends on how you make the scenario)

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    I've added another ability and I'd just like to see what people think of it. It might be OP.

    Level 10 - Spirit Self (A self-targeting special ability which makes the caster insubstantial for a short period of time. All ranged traps (boulder traps included) and attacks will merely pass through him and all melee attacks and walk-over traps will be unable to target him. During this state he cannot attack but can move freely through doors and barricades. Long-Recharge.)
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    are you using that old trick again?

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    What old trick

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    deleting post then putting it again

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