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      For the last week in this little lorepalooza, I wanted to give you guys one more surprise.

      On many of the allies in Call of the Crystals you might have noticed that they carry a small section of text after their type, such as 'Undead' or 'Wulven'. In Dark Prophecies, we added several more of these to the game. These represent the different Tribes of Shadow Era- groups of individuals who come from similar places, whether it is a country, faith, or even a simple mindset. Over time, more about these groups will be revealed, but for today I thought we'd get started with one of my personal favorites.


      Tribes in Focus: Templar

      When the Last War began, the countries of Ellos and Vozit found themselves in the middle of a brutal war all their own. Their faiths in the Twin Gods had brought them to this point many times before, but never with such a threat looming across the ocean. Arthyle's armies would likely conquer the Gaderi before the winter, and then be upon them with the full might of Layar. Their only hope seemed to be setting aside their differences for a common good, but the hatred ran too deep.

      Arthyle's death from the dagger of an assassin, unbeknownst to most to be the Hand to the King of Vozit, saved their countries from mutual annihilation. This left them a cause for celebration, and a moment of respite. A moment that many among their nations seized to form a quiet pact. This pact became a written document known as the 'Writ of Brotherhood', and the group expanded until they gained enough money and clout to buy a large island off the coast of both nations.

      Here, on what they called the Brother's Isle, their church was formed. Looking to the ancient texts and translations that had formed the churches of Ellos and Vozit, they found obscure text that referred to them both as one entity: Unaxio. This became the name of their church as well, a group determined to unite the estranged brothers back into one force for the betterment of Balor.

      As the centuries passed, the peace between the nations they guarded became tenuous from time to time. Paladins, peacekeepers, and guardians became trained in order to protect that precious peace. A task they never failed in, not once in the thousand years between Arthyle's death and the opening of the Shadow Gates. Thus it was these same people who were turned to for protection against these invading forces.

      When the Shadow War escalated beyond what their fighters alone could handle, the followers of Unaxio began to look for a new answer. It was their common faith that had united them in ages past, and perhaps it would be again. They began to search among their nations for a new breed of warrior to take up arms, one who did not share faith in Unaxio himself but faith in any deity. They sought soldiers capable of harnessing these ideals into a fighting power. For this, they created the Order of the Templar.

      When the human armies joined with those under their protection, the church continued to bring in their kindred. Having followed Saymeht, the god of retribution and justice, since first being taught of the Seven, Gunther found himself joining with the followers of Unaxio, both in battle and in their new order. His leadership enabled them to bring more legitimacy to their ideals and a new enemy to the Shadow.

      Alone, each Templar is a powerful combatant. Together, they will drive back the darkness of the Shadow with the blinding light of their faith.


      This article was originally published in forum thread: Tribes in Focus (1): Templar started by NachyoChez
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      1. araedros's Avatar
        araedros -
        he isn't?
        oh well the story above is good anyway and I like how the Paladins are described?
      1. Direwulven's Avatar
        Direwulven -
        Quote Originally Posted by Index View Post
        What are you talking about? I think Paladin is no longer Templar since last version according to the card list!
        Paladin is still a Templar. Just checked the cards sold by the merchants.
      1. Index's Avatar
        Index -
        well, found another mistake in card list.
      1. roustabout's Avatar
        roustabout -
        Quote Originally Posted by NachyoChez View Post
        [SIZE=2][I]Alone, each Templar is a powerful combatant. Together, they will drive back the darkness of the Shadow with the blinding light of their faith.
        This quote made possible by the balance update whereby the passive effect of paladin of unaxio now stacks.
      1. darkCROSSBOW's Avatar
        darkCROSSBOW -
        With Zhanna, paladin if survives long enough in field, will give her strength of Jericho!!
      1. a player's Avatar
        a player -
        Quote Originally Posted by roustabout View Post
        This quote made possible by the balance update whereby the passive effect of paladin of unaxio now stacks.
        Didn't realize this. So, if one has four Pallies in play, Fireball will not affect hero or allies?

      1. Jazz's Avatar
        Jazz -
        Can anyone actually view the image in the OP?
      1. a player's Avatar
        a player -
        Quote Originally Posted by Jazz View Post
        Can anyone actually view the image in the OP?
        Nope.

      1. Jazz's Avatar
        Jazz -
        Quote Originally Posted by a player View Post
        Nope.
        That's what I thought...
      1. NachyoChez's Avatar
        NachyoChez -
        Odd... I can see it just fine both logged in and logged out. I'll see if I can figure out what's going on!

        Edit: Tried to refresh the image, see if that helps!
      1. Jazz's Avatar
        Jazz -
        Quote Originally Posted by NachyoChez View Post
        Odd... I can see it just fine both logged in and logged out. I'll see if I can figure out what's going on!

        Edit: Tried to refresh the image, see if that helps!
        Nope - tried both on IE & Opera!
      1. NachyoChez's Avatar
        NachyoChez -
        But it works on the other CiP threads?
      1. Jazz's Avatar
        Jazz -
        Quote Originally Posted by NachyoChez View Post
        But it works on the other CiP threads?
        I'm afraid not!

        Could you post a link to one of the images?
      1. NachyoChez's Avatar
        NachyoChez -
        Should be fixed now! Thanks for the heads up!
      1. Jazz's Avatar
        Jazz -
        Quote Originally Posted by NachyoChez View Post
        Should be fixed now! Thanks for the heads up!
        You are welcome!

        BTW, when I was talking about the missing images in other CiP threads I didn't mean threads dedicated to particular characters since those usually have their images in the OP! And I was lucky to discover the missing image here at work where I have to use IE!
      1. a player's Avatar
        a player -
        All the pics now look great in iOS' Safari browser!
      1. Saf's Avatar
        Saf -
        Quote Originally Posted by NachyoChez View Post
        Arthyle's death from the dagger of an assassin, unbeknownst to most to be the Hand to the King of Vozit, saved their countries from mutual annihilation.
        Hmm, Nishaven was wrongfully accused of killing King Rothem (CiP 7), I wonder if subsequently he joined the Vozitians and used a dagger instead of crystals to garner even less suspicion on himself...
      1. Warr Byrd's Avatar
        Warr Byrd -
        Quote Originally Posted by Saf View Post
        Hmm, Nishaven was wrongfully accused of killing King Rothem (CiP 7), I wonder if subsequently he joined the Vozitians and used a dagger instead of crystals to garner even less suspicion on himself...
        I'm going to highly suggest you read the rest of the lore before making any more comments about it. The assassination of Arthyle took place a long time before the Shadow Gates and Shadow Crystals started appearing. I can't remember for certain off the top of my head, but I want to say on the order of one thousand years earlier. Maybe it was only a couple hundred Either way, Nishaven probably wasn't born yet unless these people live for near forever.

        Edit: Yep, here's a post I made when another individual had a similar timescale problem. It's a little outdated since a lot more lore has been released, but it gives you an idea of the time frame and links to the referenced events.


        Quote Originally Posted by Warr Byrd View Post
        I think Sea's confusion is that he thinks Wizent's Journal is being written after the Last War has been going on for 1,000 years, as opposed to having ended 1,000 years ago. So, to try and get some continuity (and Nachyo and correct it if it's wrong):

        0 LW - The Last War Ends

        998 LW - The events in Wizent's Journal 1 - the war against the Shadow hasn't started yet (note: not what Loest is doing, but what Wizent wrote).

        Later that year - The events in Wizent's Journal 2 (this thread). Note that, again, this does not include Loest's actions. Also, Wizent's dreams, specs of shadow in the light of Balor, are apparently precognitive.

        Some point later, probably the next year - the opening of Gunther's background, where he has found Rothem dead and accuses Nishaven.

        The current war starts somewhere around here with creatures such as Firesnake arriving undetected.

        Nishaven runs, events of the Prologue to CotC.

        Loest reads Wizent's Journals, including sections we have not seen yet that talk about some prophecy, and eventually reaches the united armies of Balor.
      1. ahmet476's Avatar
        ahmet476 -
        I like this one
      1. Jo3yb0i's Avatar
        Jo3yb0i -
        Will there be more of this?
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