August is almost at an end, the Artefact discount and EXP bonuses will soon come to an end. Who knows what September will bring in the way of promotions but I am excited to find out on September the first. Today I will be talking about the two specializations open to the Magician class in Midkemia Online.
The two choices open to the Mage are Demonology, the summoning and controlling of demons from the fifth level of Hell and has a mix of offensive and defensive capabilities. Whilst the Demonologists may not be viewed kindly by others it is still a great skillset and provides ample opportunity for roleplay. The Psionics mages are taught by the Mistress Elliandre of Stardock and while the Skillset is looked upon a better light by others, those who learn it who aren’t members of Stardock will not see the same benefits as those who are.
Demonology Mages are viewed differently by the three main cities of Midkemia Online. Sar-Sargoth, the home of the Dark Brotherhood have no issues with Warlocks within the city which means that the Warlocks of Sar-Sargoth are free to practice their arts wherever they choose. Those of the city of Krondor mostly view the art as unsavoury but they allow its citizens to practice the art in a designated location in the city for general use or openly in times of city defence. Elvandar has the least amount of love for the Demons summoned by Warlocks and those Magicians of Elvandar are encouraged to either take up Psionics or if they do take up Demonology they are refrained from even bringing the demons within the city boundary. The only exception to this is with permission from an Elder during times of defence. Elvandar officials have even tried to outlaw the practice in the past but this ruling has never gained enough support due to the potential loss of able mages to defend the city from other Warlocks. Warlock Magicians can call upon a number of different demons for PVP and also have a little utility such as commanding an Imp to deliver mail, summoning a lurker to trap hidden foes, using a darkhound to lead you to a person and even sacrificing demons for buffs which can be used while hunting. Demonology adds tremendous benefits to the mage for PVP but as a result when a Warlock has an active demon his magic reserves take a small debuff to counter this.
A demon battle as drawn by Chris Bourassa; Artist for the Iron Realms.
The Psionic mages are primarily taught in Stardock, the academy of Magicians on Great Star Lake. While Elvandar do not allow citizens to become members of Stardock, they do allow their mages to travel there to learn. The mages who learn Psionics who are not of Stardock get a longer balance for their Psionic attacks but can still learn the skillset fully. Psionics is a fast and unblockable skillset which can be used with devastating effect against foes as it allows affliction combos to be easily stacked. When coupled with certain arcana skills the Psionics mage will really shine through and will become a hard person to take down. Psionics mages are also able to amplify certain areas of their brain which give great buffs to stats or add defences such as stun immunity.
Either way, whichever skillset you choose to take as a mage you will become a force all your own as you quickly and efficiently wear your opponent down with clever combos and fast thinking. Whichever you think is better be sure to come along and Play Midkemia Online, the best MMORPG of 2012 published by the King of MUD Games the Iron Realms.