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January 27th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Brother Uriah 
Posted in Idle Champions.

It can be difficult to find faith in the domains of dread, and almost impossible to find a truly good person. Which is why Brother Uriah is absolutely exceptional, and a cherished member of the Black Dice Society! He is the final member of that affiliation to join Idle Champions, and brings his do-good nature to the roster during Grand Revel 6.

I. Brother Uriah

Dungeons & Dragons Uriah Midwinter
    Brother Uriah Macawber is a native of Ravenloft, born in the dread domain of Darkon under the iron rule of Azalin Rex. After a horrifying childhood encounter at the Carnival with the demonic entity known as The Caller, Uriah would embrace the worship of the goddess Ezra, Lady of the Mists, offering protection from the forces of darkness to all those in need. Upon joining with the other future members of The Black Dice Society, Uriah would go on to find friendship, true love, and dark truths about himself and his past.


Brother Uriah is a Support and Healing Champion that completes the Black Dice Society affiliation. As a faithful Cleric of Ezra, Brother Uriah heals nearby champions as well as increasing their damage. In stressful situations, he becomes possessed by the spirit of Azalin Rex. While possessed, he increases the damage of Nahara and any Evil champions in the formation. Once unlocked, you can find this human cleric opposite Makos in Slot 9.

II. Brother Uriah's Stats

Race: Human Cleric Alignment: Lawful Good
Class: Cleric Gender: Male Pronouns: He/Him
Age: 33
Affiliation: Black Dice Society

STR: 10 DEX: 10 CON: 12
INT: 12 WIS: 22 CHA: 15

Role: Support, Healing
Eligible for Patrons: Mirt, Zariel
Slot: 9 (Makos)


III. Brother Uriah's Design

The Idle Champions community is very familiar with Mark Meer and the excellent work he does as an actor, voice over artist, and TTRPG player in a huge variety of places. He's also helped us bring Baeloth the Entertainer to life in the game as well as several seasons of Idle Champions Presents! But this is the first chance we've had to bring in a Champion he has created wholly himself.

Dungeons & Dragons Fen

Brother Uriah is designed to work well with the Black Dice Society affiliation, featuring multiple positional formation abilities for Valentine, a dead/escort synergy for Desmond, a buff for Nahara and evil champions, and is the first healer for the group. With Doomed in Darkon he increases the damage of Champions in his column and behind, while healing all Champions within two slots of him with Ezra's Embrace. After a while he succumbs to being In The Grip of Azalin Rex, who focuses on increasing the damage of Nahara as well as all evil Champions in the formation.

There are two different books that Brother Uriah can choose from when picking a specialization. The Book of Exalted Deeds encourages the destruction of Undead and Fiends, making them his Favored Foes and buffing all Champion damage against them. But if he chooses the Book of Vile Darkness he'll further increase the damage bonus to Nahara and all evil Champions. Brother Uriah prefers to attack damaged enemies with Toll the Dead, and when a more Ultimate attack is necessary he will create a Blade Barrier that whirls across the screen, slashing at enemies with razor-sharp blades of magical energy!

IV. Brother Uriah's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Toll the Dead - Brother Uriah points at a random enemy and deals one hit of magical damage. Brother Uriah prefers to attack enemies that are already damaged.

Formation Abilities

  • Doomed in Darkon - Brother Uriah increases the damage of all Champions in his column and the column behind him by +100%.
  • Ezra's Embrace - Brother Uriah heals all champions within two slots for 5 health per second. This effect is increased by 25% for each formation slot containing a dead champion or an escort, stacking additively and applying multiplicatively.
  • In the Grip of Azalin Rex - After 100 normal attacks by Champions in the formation, Azalin Rex takes over Brother Uriah for 20 seconds. While controlled by Azalin Rex, Brother Uriah increases the damage of Nahara and all evil Champions by +1000%.

Specializations

  • Book of Exalted Deeds - Brother Uriah reads from the Book of Exalted Deeds, making Undead and Fiends his Favored Foes and all Champions deal +200% damage to them.
  • Book of Vile Darkness - Azalin reads from the Book of Vile Darkness, increasing the effect of In the Grip of Azalin Rex by 100%.

Ultimate Ability

  • Blade Barrier - Brother Uriah creates a wall of whirling, razor-sharp blades of magical energy to appear in front of the formation, quickly slides across the screen, ending close to where enemies are spawned. Each enemy that passes through the barrier (or has the barrier pass over) takes one hit of ultimate damage. The barrier lasts for 10 seconds after it reaches its final location. If an enemy is pushed back through it and/or walks through it a second time they take another hit.

V. Brother Uriah's Epic Equipment



Slot 1: Global Damage
Slot 2: Doomed in Darkon
Slot 3: Ezra's Embrace
Slot 4: In the Grip of Azlain Rex
Slot 5: Specializations
Slot 6: Ultimate Attack Cooldown

Conclusion

The Black Dice Society affiliation is complete! Let us know how much you're enjoying Brother Uriah in your formations, and how well he's working with the rest of his companions, on the Idle Champions Subreddit, on the Steam forums, or on the Official Idle Champions Discord!

January 11th
Idle Champions: Midwinter 6 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Deadwinter Day has arrived once again in Longsaddle. While most citizens keep warm in their homes and exchange gifts to celebrate the midpoint of winter with friends and family, the Champions have been hired by the infamous Harpells to patrol the outskirts of town...

Midwinter 6 introduces Fen, the Drow Dhampir Warlock from the Black Dice Society, and brings back Rust on the Habour, hydrophobic Tabaxi rogue and sometimes member of the Oxventure Guild, and Talin Uran, a Combat Wheelchair-using Tiefling Rogue. Players have until Monday, January 23rd at 12 PM Pacific to complete their Midwinter 6 unlocks and objectives.

I. Fen

Dungeons & Dragons Fen Midwinter
    This Drow Dhampir Warlock has a touch of mischief and sneakiness, but she's loyal to those she cares for and a fearsome opponent for those who have earned her hate. Above all else, everything Fen has done has been for Isolde's freedom. Now she needs a new purpose to fight for, and maybe she can find it among the Society.


Fen is a DPS and Support Champion, and is the newest Black Dice Society member to join the formation. In addition to buffing the damage of Champions in her row, this Warlock/Rogue increases the attack speed of all Warlocks in the formation. Finally, she's keen to help you finish any Patron challenges you might still be facing. Once unlocked, you can find this Dhampir Drow in Slot 6 opposite Asharra.

For more details on Fen and her abilities, check out her Champion Blog, or her Spotlight Video below!

Year Six Variants


  • Adventure Variant 1: Mirtwinter Day - Patrol the outskirts of Longsaddle on Deadwinter Day with Mirt the Moneylender. Fen joins the formation and can be moved, but not removed. Mirt also joins the formation and only Champions in Mirt's column can deal damage.
    Complete Area 75.

  • Adventure Variant 2: The Wise and the Warlocks - Patrol the outskirts of Longsaddle on Deadwinter Day with the wisest of your Champions. Fen joins the formation and can be moved, but not removed. Vajra and redeemed Zariel also join the formation; they're here for moral support. You may only use Warlocks, Black Dice Society Champions, or Champions with WIS 15+.
    Complete Area 125.

  • Adventure Variant 3: Oh Great, More Mist! - Patrol the outskirts of Longsaddle on Deadwinter Day as the mists of Ravenloft envelop the city. Fen joins the formation and can be moved, but not removed. Since the weather is foggy, you can't use Champions with ranged attacks, except for Desmond. 1-2 zombies spawn with each wave; they don't drop gold or count toward quest progress. Strahd spawns as a second boss in each boss area and he must also be defeated to progress.
    Complete Area 175.

If you have feedback to share, let us know in a Community Q&A or Champion feedback post on the Idle Champions Subreddit, on the Steam forums, or on the Official Idle Champions Discord!
January 6th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Fen 
Posted in Idle Champions.

The mists of Ravenloft are full of stealthy hazards and creeping horrors. But this traveler from the Underdark is just mischievous and dangerous enough to survive!

Fen left her home to protect her family, and arrived in the domains of dread to find a new one. She joins her companions from the Black Dice Society in the Idle Champions roster during Midwinter 6!

I. Fen

Dungeons & Dragons Fen Midwinter
    This Drow Dhampir Warlock has a touch of mischief and sneakiness, but she's loyal to those she cares for and a fearsome opponent for those who have earned her hate. Above all else, everything Fen has done has been for Isolde's freedom. Now she needs a new purpose to fight for, and maybe she can find it among the Society.


Fen is a DPS and Support Champion, and is the newest Black Dice Society member to join the formation. In addition to buffing the damage of Champions in her column, this Warlock/Rogue increases the attack speed of all Warlocks in the formation. Finally, she's keen to help you finish any Patron challenges you might still be facing. Once unlocked, you can find this Dhampir Drow in Slot 6 opposite Asharra.

II. Fen's Stats

Race: Dhampir Drow Alignment: Chaotic Evil
Class: Warlock/Rogue Gender: Female Pronouns: She/Her
Age: 200
Affiliation: Black Dice Society

STR: 14 DEX: 14 CON: 16
INT: 13 WIS: 12 CHA: 14

Role: DPS, Support
Eligible for Patrons: Mirt, Vajra, Strahd, Zariel
Slot: 6 (Asharra)


Dungeons & Dragons Fen

III. Fen's Design

It's a rare treat to get the opportunity to work with a creator for several different characters, so we're thrilled to welcome Tanya DePass back to help us craft Fen from the The Black Dice Socity in Idle Champions! Previously we added her paladin Selise from the Rivals of Waterdeep, and she helped create Fenris the Dire Wolf Pup as a charity familiar. Outside of the work she has done with us, Tanya is the founder and Director of I Need Diverse Games, part of the development team behind Into The Mother Lands, and a prolific writer and consultant on a variety of projects.

Fen likes to get the job done as quickly as possible, so she focuses on making warlocks like herself faster and more deadly. She increases the damage of herself and all the Champions in her column because she is Mischievous, but Dangerous. That effect is boosted for fellow wise Champions or those from the Black Dice Society as she says I've Got You, Friends. She helps anyone who has made a Warlock Pact by increasing their attack speed, and her Patron's Oath means patron challenge progress will happen faster.

Depending on which Specialization Fen takes, she will focus on either her DPS or Support abilities. When the whole formation needs help, she'll call on the Shadows of the Underdark to imbue her blade with eldritch energy, increasing the effect of Mischievous, but Dangerous. If Fen embraces the Curse of the Dhampir she'll greatly boost her own damage. With her regular attack she darts out to slash at the closest enemies with her Pact Blade, and her Ultimate attack lets her take on her Form of Dread. Draconic wings sprout from her back and she leaps into the air to charge across the battlefield in a flurry of slashes and knockbacks!

IV. Fen's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Pact Blade - Fen darts out to the closest enemy and slashes with her longsword, dealing 1 hit to all nearby enemies.

Formation Abilities

  • Mischievous, but Dangerous - Fen increases the damage of all Champions, including herself, in her column by 100%.
  • Warlock Pact - Fen reduces the normal attack speed of all Warlocks, including herself, in the formation by 0.1 seconds for each point of Wisdom an adjacent Champion has above 10.
  • I've Got You, Friends - Fen increases the effect of Mischievous, but Dangerous by 100% for each Champion in the formation that is either a Black Dice Society affiliation member or has a Wisdom of 15+, stacking multiplicatively and then applying multiplicatively.
  • Patron's Oath - While Fen is in the formation and you are in a patron variant or free play, patron challenge progress made by her party is increased by 100%.

Specializations

  • Shadows of the Underdark - Fen imbues her blade with eldritch energy, increasing the effect of Mischievous, but Dangerous by 100% and causing her normal attack to deal an additional 5 seconds of BUD based damage with each hit. Buffs of this ability increase the effect of Mischievous, but Dangerous.
  • Curse of the Dhampir - Fen embraces her Dhampir heritage and increases her damage by 1000%.

Ultimate Ability

  • Form of Dread - Fen transforms into her dread form. She sprouts wings, leaps into the air, and charges directly across the screen, dealing one hit of ultimate damage to all enemies she passes and knocking them back a short distance.

V. Fen's Epic Equipment



Slot 1: Fen's DPS
Slot 2: Global DPS
Slot 3: Mischievous, but Dangerous
Slot 4: I've Got You, Friends
Slot 5: Specializations
Slot 6: Ultimate Attack Cooldown

Conclusion

The Black Dice Society has gained their stalwart Drow Dhampir and the whole affiliation grows stronger! Let us know how much you're enjoying Fen in your formations on the Idle Champions Subreddit, on the Steam forums, or on the Official Idle Champions Discord!