Kills-in-Shadow

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Background[edit]

Kills-in-Shadow of the feral Beast tribe.

Kills-in-Shadow is a monster. She's frightening and hairy. She stinks of wet animal and has an insatiable bloodlust for violence and slaughter. She's also a clever hunter, a brutish, skilled fighter, and is tenaciously loyal (unless, of course, she has sensed a weakness) to whomever she chooses to follow, whether that be her ruthless sister, Creeping-Death, who was the last leader of their savage tribe, or a human Fatebinder stronger than even the toughest of Beastwomen.

As a member of a race of partially-humanoid, feral Beast creatures, Kills-in-Shadow is intelligent but uneducated, hulking but agile, and an unapologetic killer but not evil. She's a highly evolved predator, forever marked by the magic of Haven's dark forests–primarily driven by instinct and an insatiable lust for violence. She is also boastful, daring, smart, easily excited, and has a quirky sense of humor. She often snorts, snarls, growls, and chuffs with laughter.

As the last surviving Shadowhunter, she's on a single-minded hunt for blood and vengeance, and will not be satisfied until each and every Disfavored has been wiped from Terratus. And though her kith were slaughtered mercilessly during Kyros' conquest, the Shadowhunters had a reputation for being one of the most vicious tribes of the Tiers. If most Beastwomen are hyenas, Kills-in-Shadow is a lone lioness–proud, regal, and wholly deadly. Drawn by a spectacular display of strength and prowess, she is now stalking the Fatebinder's scent.

And she likes to play with her prey.

Combat Role[edit]

Kills-in-Shadow was designed to be a silent predator and a savage bruiser on the battlefield. She possesses an abundance of stealth talents to help her initiate combat with an advantage over her prey and a tremendous hit point pool that allows her to stand her ground as she continues to batter her enemies into mush. Her talent trees focus on either further developing her skills as a deadly clawed stalker or those of a massive primal brute.

When building Kills-in-Shadow's talent trees, we wanted to give players elements that focused on evolving KIS' inherent racial advantages. Being a Beastwoman KIS possesses deadly claws, natural hide Armor, an affinity for stealth, as well as a sizable amount of health. She's quite the perfect hunter. Her talent trees take different aspects of these traits and enhance them further to help fit the play style most desired.

Ravager tree[edit]

The Ravager tree makes KIS efficient at leaping from the shadows onto weaker prey, aiming to kill instantly, before moving on to rend surviving enemies with her claws, tear into Armor, and cause heavy bleed effects.

KIS' Ravager tree.
Talent U Requirements Effects Description
TT rav Leaping Death.png Leaping Death 0 AAA From stealth pounce on a nearby enemy, damaging all enemies in the area as well as knocking them Prone.
TT rav Dual Claw.png Dual Claw 1 AAA While low on health, Kills-in-Shadow attacks twice with her normal weapon attacks.
TT rav Natural Weaponry I.png Natural Weaponry I 1 AAA Improves Unarmed Damage.
TT rav Primal Scream.png Primal Scream 1 AAA Roar at targets in a cone, Frightening them. If this is used from stealth foes will be Terrified instead.
TT rav Claw Swipe.png Claw Swipe 3 AAA Swipe at enemies in range, damaging and interrupting them.
TT rav Natural Weaponry II.png Natural Weaponry II 3 Natural Weaponry I AAA Moderately improves Unarmed Damage.
TT rav Rending Claws I.png Rending Claws I 3 AAA Adds Armor Penetration to Unarmed Attacks.
TT rav Stalking Prey.png Stalking Prey 3 AAA Gain a bonus to Subterfuge skill.
TT rav Wild Instinct.png Wild Instinct 3 AAA While in the party, Kills-in-Shadow provides a bonus to experience gained in Subterfuge, Unarmed, and One-Handed skills.
TT rav Natural Weaponry III.png Natural Weaponry III 6 Natural Weaponry II AAA Significantly improves Unarmed Damage.
TT rav Reaching Claws.png Reaching Claws 6 AAA Increases the Attack Distance of Kills-in-Shadow's Unarmed Attacks.
TT rav Shadow of Death.png Shadow of Death 6 AAA Significantly increases Critical Hit damage dealt by Leaping Death and grants a bonus to damage afterwards that lasts until combat ends.
TT rav Thick Hide.png Thick Hide 6 AAA Grants a bonus to the natural Armor provided by Beastmen hide.
TT rav Tooth and Nail.png Tooth and Nail 6 AAA While stealthed , gain 100% Hit Precision.
TT rav Bestial Constitution.png Bestial Constitution 9 AAA Reduces the duration of any harmful effects applies to Kills-in-Shadow.
TT rav Natural Weaponry IV.png Natural Weaponry IV 9 Natural Weaponry III AAA Greatly improves Unarmed Damage.
TT rav Raking Slash.png Raking Slash 9 AAA A two hit claw attack. The first hit Dazes the target and the second hit Weakens them.
TT rav Rending Claws II.png Rending Claws II 9 Rending Claws I AAA Further improves the Armor Penetration of Unarmed Attacks.
TT rav Disembowel.png Disembowel 12 AAA Use both claws to rip the target's stomach wide open, dealing Best of Slash/Pierce damage and leaving the target Bleeding.

Titan tree[edit]

The Titan tree is built to take advantage of KIS' massive size, by providing talents such as those that expand her larger health pool, allow her to engage multiple enemies, or that grant her devastating enrage effects.

KIS' Titan tree.
Talent U Requirements Effects Description
TT tit Breaking Iron.png Breaking Iron 0 AAA Strike forcefully with a weapon, dealing damage and Sundering the target's Armor for an extended duration.
TT tit Swift-Savage Strike.png Swift-Savage Strike 1 AAA Attack all enemies in a cone with a weapon, pushing them back a fair distance. Foes are left Hobbled.
TT tit Taste of Blood.png Taste of Blood 1 AAA Attacks from Stealth cause targets to Bleed and grant Kills-in-Shadow a heal over time effect that lasts until combat ends.
TT tit Untamed Might I.png Untamed Might I 1 AAA Increases one-handed melee weapon damage (Kills-in-Shadow uses two-handed weapons as one-handed).
TT tit Adaptation Earth.png Adaptation: Earth 3 AAA Gain a permanent health bonus and reduction to all incoming Crush damage.
TT tit Blood Rage.png Blood Rage 3 AAA As Kills-in-Shadow's health reduces, her damage and attack speed are increased.
TT tit Overpower.png Overpower 3 AAA Grants bonus damage on Prone targets.
TT tit Scars of Battle.png Scars of Battle 3 AAA Grants a damage bonus while Wounded.
TT tit Trample.png Trample 3 AAA Move rapidly towards an enemy, trampling foes in your path, dealing Crush damage and knocking them Prone.
TT tit Adaptation Frost.png Adaptation: Frost 6 AAA Gain a permanent health bonus and reduction to all incoming Frost damage.
TT tit Pack Leader.png Pack Leader 6 AAA Increase the number of enemies that Kills-in-Shadow can engage.
TT tit Relentless.png Relentless 6 AAA Reduces the skill penalty from being wounded.
TT tit Stance Berserker Rage.png Stance: Berserker Rage 6 Gain the stance "Berserker Rage" In this stance, damage taken is increased, but a large bonus to Endurance and Melee Damage is granted.
TT tit Untamed Might II.png Untamed Might II 6 Untamed Might I AAA Greatly increases one-handed weapon damage (Kills-in-Shadow uses two-handed weapons as one-handed).
TT tit Adaptation Shock.png Adaptation: Shock 9 AAA Gain a permanent health and reduction to all incoming Shock damage.
TT tit Blood Spike.png Blood Spike 9 AAA A three-hit attack with a weapon that increases in damage with each hit. The second hit causes foes to Bleed and the third hit Stuns.
TT tit Overrun.png Overrun 9 AAA Increases the Attack Range and Crush damage of Kills-in-Shadow's Trample ability.
TT tit Seize Prey.png Seize Prey 9 AAA Gain bonus Accuracy and Damaged with Disengagement attacks.
TT tit Snapping Bone.png Snapping Bone 12 AAA Rear up and bring both fists down on a target, dealing Crush Damage and knocking all enemies in the immediate area Prone.


Abilities[edit]

  • Beastmen Race: Kills-in-Shadow cannot wear armor, dual wield, or use ranged weapons that require both hands, but she possesses natural hide armor and is capable of wielding two handed weapons in a single hand.
  • Disembowel: Use both claws to rip the target's stomach open, dealing a large amount of Slash / Pierce (best of) damage and leaving them Bleeding for an extended duration.
  • Leaping Death: Leap onto a nearby enemy from stealth, heavily damaging all foes in the area and knocking them Prone.
  • Primal Scream: Roar at nearby enemies, Frightening them. If this ability is used while stealthed enemies become Terrified instead.
  • Stance: Berserker Rage: KIS enters a primal frenzy. While in this stance, damage taken is increased, but KIS receives a large bonus to Endurance and Melee Damage.
  • Taste of Blood: Causes all attacks from stealth to inflict a lasting bleed affliction. When Taste of Blood triggers, KIS receives a regeneration effect until combat ends.
  • Trample: KIS moves rapidly towards her enemy, trampling foes in her path. Enemies caught in her path take Crush damage and are knocked Prone.

Summary[edit]

Kills-in-Shadow is a fearsome predator and a powerful warrior. If she initiates combat while stealthed, (especially on a weaker target), the combat is heavily in her favor. With her Leaping Death and Trample abilities she is a highly mobile unit on the battlefield and can easily be positioned where she is needed most. Her huge health pool and strong single target abilities make her exceptionally apt for standing toe-to-toe trading blows with stronger enemies, often as a tank or bruiser. While she has a tremendous pool of health, she lacks the protective qualities of heavier Armor, causing her to soak up a lot of damage quickly from faster low damaging attacks that an Armored character might mitigate more easily. If KIS is quickly surrounded, or healing is not readily available, she is best to escape with Trample, or risk being felled.

With her stealthy tactical surprises, heavy hitting strikes, and damage soaking kit, Kills-in-Shadow is a force of claw and mass to be reckoned with.


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