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May 29th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Nova V'Ger 
Posted in Idle Champions.

Nova V'ger is a curious Air-Genasi Hexblade Warlock making her debut during Dragondown 3. Nova joins her companions on the Idle Champions roster, the Heroes of Aerois; Aila, Qillek, and Sentry.

I. Nova V'Ger

Dungeons & Dragons Nova High Rollers

    Nova V'ger has a voracious appetite for knowledge; she needs to know anything and everything about anything and everything. Her magic powers have been gifted to her by a mysterious entity called Tiangong. She dreams of traveling to the stars and discovering the location of the true genasi homeworld.

Nova is played by Kim Richards, a member of The High Rollers D&D crew, based in the UK. The High Rollers stream each week at the High Rollers Twitch page. For more info on Nova, the High Rollers crew, and the homebrew world of Aerois created by professional dungeon master Mark Hulmes, check out the High Rollers Aerois wiki.

Nova is a Tank and Support Champion who understands knowledge is power. She buffs her most intelligent allies for each monster killed, protecting herself with her Hexblade, Tiangong. When you want to add Nova to your formation, you can swap her with Jamilah (Slot 11).

II. Nova's Stats

Race: Air-Genasi Alignment: Chaotic Good
Class: Warlock (Hexblade) Gender: Female
Age: 20 Affiliation: Heroes of Aerois

STR: 7 DEX: 16 CON: 16
INT: 15 WIS: 8 CHA: 20

Role: Tanking, Support
Eligible for Patrons: Vajra Safahr, Mirt the Moneylender, and Strahd von Zarovich.


Dungeons & Dragons Nova

III. Nova's Design

It's always fun to work closely with a creator to make their character come to life, and Kim Richards was no exception. Kim provided us with a depth of material to draw from, including information about Nova's backstory that has still yet to be discovered on High Rollers(!). Like Kim, we've had a great time adding a bit of a science-fiction spin to D&D spells and abilities -- for example, turning 5E's Warlock Invocation, Tomb of Levistus, into Failsafe.

As a Champion, Nova is an explorer and a scientist, so we wanted to highlight those qualities in her Idle Champions design. Her main abilities focus around discoveries related to the internal anatomy of monsters and bosses, and sharing that knowledge with the party in the form of buffs to other intelligent party members.

With the addition of the final member of the Aerois team, Lucius Elenasto in Simril 4, Nova received updates to her Formation Abilities and her Aerois Synergy

IV. Nova's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Dissect — Nova leaps out and slices through the nearest enemy with Tiangong. The slash produces a spark of green flame. If her attack kills the enemy, and the enemy is a normal mob, it is guaranteed to drop a monster heart (once as Curiosity is unlocked).

Formation Abilities

  • Curiosity — Nova is intrinsically curious about the world around her. When monsters are killed, there is a chance she will collect a trophy from it. Trophies augment her abilities and reset every run. Bosses always drop monster brains, which provide big buffs but only drop once per boss per run. Normal monsters have a 10% chance to drop monster hearts, which can be farmed indefinitely and provide smaller buffs.
  • Discovery — Nova increases the damage of the five Champions in the formation with the highest Intelligence score by 100%. In the case of a tie for fifth place, all Champions with the given INT score are affected. This effect is buffed by 0.1% for each monster heart she has collected (stacking additively and then applying multiplicatively), and 10% for each monster brain she has collected (stacking multiplicatively and then applying multiplicatively).
  • Close Encounters — Nova increases the effect of Discovery by 100% for each enemy attacking her and each point of enemy/boss enrage, stacking additively and then applying multiplicatively.
  • Slow — Nova's attacks slow the movement of enemies she damages by 50% for 5 seconds. Enemies that are Slowed by this ability deal half damage to Nova. This effect does not stack if it is applied again before it expires, but the cooldown is refreshed.
  • Failsafe — When Nova becomes Overwhelmed, Tiangong creates a protective barrier around Nova, giving her 250 points of temporary HP and stunning her until the shield is broken or she is no longer overwhelmed. This can only trigger once per area (changing areas resets it so it can happen again). The amount of temporary HP granted is increased by 5.75% for each monster brain she has collected, stacking multiplicatively.
  • Protective Field — Nova increases the max health of all other Champions by 25% of her base max health.
  • Cosmic Resonance — Heroes of Aerois are automatically buffed by Discovery and are not included in the calculations for highest INT score.
  • Aerois Synergy — Nova contributes to the Aerois Synergy Pool as follows: 60% per Champion buffed by Discovery (multiplicative). Discovery is then increased by 25% of the total Aerois Synergy Pool.

Specializations

  • Mass Appeal — Discovery — now applies to the top eight Champions by INT score, up from the top five.
  • Journaling — Increase the effect of Discovery by 100%

Ultimate Ability

  • Activate Tiangong — Nova levitates up in the air as Tiangong floats in front of the formation, releasing three waves of blue energy that deal big damage (each deals 1/3rd of her stated ultimate damage) to all enemies. The damage is increased by 1% for every 20 monster hearts Nova has collected, stacking additively.

V. Nova's Legendary Equipment



Slot 1: Global DPS
Slot 2: Global DPS
Slot 3: Max Health
Slot 4: Buff Discovery
Slot 5: Ultimate Damage
Slot 6: Ultimate Cooldown

VI. Conclusion

What do you think about Nova? If you have feedback, 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!
May 8th
Idle Champion Spotlight: Jaheira 
Posted in Idle Champions.

A fierce protector of the balance of the natural world, Jaheira is the half-elf fighter/druid coming to Idle Champions with The Great Modron March 3 event.

Some of you may already know the name - perhaps you recognize her from last year's Dungeon Mayhem expansion? Or maybe you played one of the most acclaimed Dungeons & Dragons video games of all time and recruited Jaheira into your party?

If you'd like to learn more about Jaheira, read on...

I. Jaheira

Dungeons & Dragons Jaheira Baldur's Gate

    Jaheira is a noble-born half-elf who was raised by an enclave of druids after her family was killed. Having gained an understanding of balance, she resolved to serve nature with the skills the druids taught her. She was recruited by the Harpers, where she met her late husband, Khalid. Jaheira knows life isn't black and white. She lives in the balance, as nature demands.

Jaheira is a DPS and Support Champion who channels her anger into powerful DPS buffs for herself and her allies. Specializations amplify the abilities based on allied classes and enemy types. When you want to add Jaheira to your formation, you can swap her with Jarlaxle (Slot 4).

II. Jaheira's Stats

Race: Half-Elf Alignment:True Neutral
Class: Fighter/Druid Gender: Female
Age: 36 Affiliation: none

STR: 15 DEX: 14 CON: 17
INT: 10 WIS: 14 CHA: 15

Role: DPS, Support
Eligible for Patrons: Vajra Safahr


Dungeons & Dragons Jaheira

III. Jaheira's Design

We were inspired by the updated aesthetic design to Jaheira that came with her inclusion in Dungeon Mayhem last year, so much so that we based the Idle Champions version of Jaheira off that look instead of her appearances in the BioWare classics. It just felt right for us. But fear not, Champions. There are still plenty of throwbacks to her Baldur's Gate days.

When it came to Jaheira's mechanical design, well, we knew she was a fierce protector of nature so that's what we went with. Jaheira enrages whenever beasts are being killed, even if it was her hand that killed them. If you kill enough beasts, Jaheira goes into a primal rage, boosting her damage and abilities. She is ideal for adventures with lots of beasts, and depending on the specializations you select, she can be incredibly valuable in fights against humanoids and fiends as well.

There are a lot of beast enemies in Idle Champions, making Jaheira a strong fit for many formations, but in the event that your adventure doesn't include beasts you can choose a specialization for this fighter/druid that swaps beasts for fiends or humanoids.

IV. Jaheira's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Tangling Scimitar — Jaheira attacks the nearest enemy with her scimitar, briefly rooting them in place with some vines.
    Note: this does not stop enemies from attacking, it only stops them from moving toward the formation.

Formation Abilities

  • Fierce Protector — Jaheira goes into a rage whenever she sees a Beast enemy die (even if she herself is the one who killed it). This increases her damage by 400% and increases the effect of Class Warfare by 100% for 10 seconds.
  • Battle Rage — Jaheira keeps track of the number of enemies killed that she is a Fierce Protector of. After 20 protected enemies have been killed she flies into a Battle Rage, increasing the effects of Fierce Protector by 200% for 30 seconds. This ability is not buffed by anything. Once Lingering Anger is unlocked, when the effect expires she gains one stack of Lingering Anger.
  • Lingering Anger — Jaheira increases the damage of all Champions, including herself, by 10% for each stack of Lingering Anger she has, stacking additively. This ability is buffed by equipment and upgrades.
  • Unity — Increase the effect of Class Warfare by 100% for each Champion affected by it, stacking multiplicatively. This ability is not buffed by anything.

First Specializations

  • Class Warfare - Spellslingers — Jaheira increases the damage of Clerics, Wizards, Sorcerers, and Warlocks by 100%.
  • Class Warfare - Bruisers — Jaheira increases the damage of Barbarians, Fighters, Rogues and Monks by 100%.
  • Class Warfare - Hybrids — Jaheira increases the damage of Paladins, Rangers, Druids, and Bards by 100%.

Second Specializations

  • Protective - Nature — Jaheira continues to be a Fierce Protector of Beast creatures.
  • Protective - Twisted Creatures — Jaheira's Fierce Protector and Battle Rage ability now trigger off of Fiend creatures instead of Beasts.
  • Protective - Civilization — Jaheira's Fierce Protector and Battle Rage ability now trigger off of Humanoid creatures instead of Beasts.

Ultimate Ability

  • Insect Plague — Jaheira blankets the area in front of the party with a swarm of insects for 30 seconds, dealing a small amount of damage to all enemies within the swarm every half-second.

V. Jaheira's Legendary Equipment



Slot 1: Self DPS
Slot 2: Global DPS
Slot 3: Class Warfare
Slot 4: Lingering Damage
Slot 5: Ultimate Damage
Slot 6: Ultimate Cooldown

VI. Conclusion

What do you think about Jaheira? If you have feedback, 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!