December 26th, 2018
Idle Champions: Wintershield 2 
Posted in Idle Champions.

It's time for the Magical Talking Map to take the Champions on another adventure around Waterdeep to celebrate another Wintershield, marking the end of one year and the transition into the next!

This year the Champions are joined by a deadly and devout Cleric of Kelemvor, Nerys Kathon, ally to Minsc, Boo, Delina, and the Heroes of Baldur's Gate!

Wintershield 2 runs until Monday, January 7th, 2019 at 12:00pm PST, introduces Nerys Kathon, War Domain Cleric of Kelemvor, and also brings back Barrowin Undurr, the Gold Dwarf Cleric!

New Champion: Nerys Kathon

    Nerys Kathon joined the Heroes of Baldur's Gate on a mission to protect her church, but was soon pulled into a harrowing journey to Barovia and beyond. As a cleric of Kelemvor, she grew up in service to the dying and the dead, and developed a cold detachment to anything outside of duties to her faith. Beneath that frosty exterior is a loyal and caring adventurer, but it's a side she rarely shows to anyone outside her closest friends.
Nerys is a Support / Healer Champion. She uses her Spiritual Weapon ability to support DPS Champions, giving a powerful extra attack to the highest DPS Champion in the formation, while at the same time healing Champions within two spaces. When you want to add Nerys to your formation, you can swap her with Arkhan (Slot 12).

For more information about our latest Champion, check out the Idle Champion Spotlight: Nerys dev blog!

Returning Champion: Barrowin Undurr

    A proud daughter of Clan Undurr and a devout follower of Gorm Gulthyn, the dwarven god of vigilance and duty. She spent fifteen years in the city of Ironmaster, in Icewind Dale, overseeing and protecting her family’s investment in the city’s lucrative mining operations. However, she saw little action and feared that her talents were being squandered. She has recently found a home within a budding organization called the Order of the Gauntlet, which vigilantly guards against the rise of evil in all its forms.

Barrowin is a Support / Healer Champion. She uses her Blessed Hammer ability to increase the power of Champion’s attacks through a stacking buff each time she attacks, while at the same time healing Champions in her column. When you want to add Barrowin to your formation, you can swap her with Tyril (Slot 10).

Year Two Variants

  • Dragons Are Wild — The Cult of the Dragon attempts to distract you by unleashing illusionary dragons within the walls of Waterdeep! Armored Bronze Dragon Wyrmlings spawn in each area. They do no damage and drop no gold.

  • A Waterdhavian Party — Now that you're a 'local' adventuring group, you've become a tourist attraction. Two Drunk Waterdhavians join your adventure, taking up slots in your formation and moving every 25 areas.

  • Once More with Necromancy — Nerys begins the adventure in your formation. Relentless Undead spawn in each area, attacking your formation. When Relentless Undead are killed, they get back up after three seconds and continue their attack. However, Relentless Undead killed by Nerys' Spiritual Weapon are destroyed for good.

Year One Variants

  • The Chatty Map — The map is extremely chatty. Every 15 seconds it engages in deep conversation with a random Champion in your formation, disabling their DPS and Formation Abilities for 15 seconds.

  • The Cult of Daggers — Dagger-throwing Cultists spawn alongside normal waves and toss daggers at random Champions in your formation. These additional monsters drop no gold.

  • Only the Strong Survive — Only Champions with a Strength stat of 13 or higher can be used.

See the in-game FAQ for more information!

December 27th, 2017
Idle Champions Event: Wintershield 
Posted in Idle Champions.

It’s considered lucky to possess and examine a map on Wintershield, so put on your most durable boots and head out into the streets of Waterdeep to claim one for yourself in this new limited time event.

Complete the adventure and you'll recruit the stout gold dwarf cleric, Barrowin Undurr, who has some unique buffing mechanics and shares a seat with Tyril. This event will run until January 8th, 2018 at noon PST. Good luck!

New Champion: Barrowin Undurr

A proud daughter of Clan Undurr and a devout follower of Gorm Gulthyn, the dwarven god of vigilance and duty. She spent fifteen years in the city of Ironmaster, in Icewind Dale, overseeing and protecting her family’s investment in the city’s lucrative mining operations. However, she saw little action and feared that her talents were being squandered. She has recently found a home within a budding organization called the Order of the Gauntlet, which vigilantly guards against the rise of evil in all its forms.

When you want to add Barrowin Undurr to your party, you can swap her with Tyril.

Wintershield Variants

  • The Chatty Map — The map is extremely chatty. Every 15 seconds it engages in deep conversation with a random Champion in your formation, disabling their DPS and Formation Abilities for 15 seconds.

  • The Cult of Daggers — Dagger-throwing Cultists spawn alongside normal waves and toss daggers at random Champions in your formation. These additional monsters drop no gold.

  • Only the Strong Survive — Only Champions with a Strength stat of 13 or higher can be used. This includes base Champions Bruenor, Celeste, Nayeli, Minsc, Tyril, Jamilah, and Arkhan, and event Champions Gromma, Krond, and Barrowin Undurr.

Features:

  • Added the Wintershield event, our fifth limited-time campaign event! The event will run until Monday, January 8th at noon PST.
  • Added a new Champion: Barrowin Undurr, the Gold Dwarf Cleric.
  • Added a new event Divine Favor: Oghma's Favor.

See the in-game FAQ for more information!
December 4th, 2015
The Origins of the Arrow to the Knee 

If you're a keen-eyed player of Crusaders of the Lost Idols you've probably noticed we have a lot of fun integrating gaming and movie references. We do it for no other reason than it tickles us.

The whole team at Codename are ardent fans of both gaming and movie culture. Sometimes it reaches the point where an innocuous conversation in the office will quickly devolve into a cross-office debate about tactics and experiences in Fallout 4 or fan theories about Star Wars.

In Crusaders, one of the most noticeable references often called out by players is the 'arrow to the knee' text for the Washed Up Hermit upgrades.

The Washed Up Hermit



The 'arrow to the knee' reference became famous for most fans due to its inclusion in the awesome The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, a game we played religiously when it first launched.

Arrow to the Knee in Skyrim

However, unbeknownst to most pop culture fans, the original inspiration for the now infamous meme was the popular 2007 novel, The Name of the Wind by author Patrick Rothfuss.

The book is the first in a series of fantasy stories that won several awards and is much-loved by members of the Codename team. The original passage is delivered by an innkeeper character:

“Took an arrow in the knee on my way through the Eld three summers ago. It gives out every now and then.” He grimaced and said wistfully, “It’s what made me give up the good life on the road.” He reached down to touch his oddly bent leg tenderly."

The Name of the Wind



The Washed Up Hermit's scraggly appearance and ranting should give players just enough pause to question whether he is a broken-down vestige of an epic adventurer or just a rambling, booze-fueled delusional old fart. We won't tell.