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Background[edit]

Verse of the Scarlet Chorus.

Verse represents the bravado of the Scarlet Chorus. She's constantly proving herself, challenging others, prodding for weaknesses, and delighting in the social power play within Kyros' more volatile army. Her free spirit and playful sarcasm make her a fitting counterpoint to Barik and his iron walls of emotional repression.

Verse is a Scarlet Fury – one of the elite fighters in the Chorus, possessing training in all manner of exotic weapons and fighting styles. Combat for Furies is an art form, a coordinated dance ruled by passion over reason or tactics.

Like all members of the Chorus, Verse started out as a civilian in the southern continent of the Tiers – an ordinary girl on an ordinary farm. When the sun went down, she liked to sneak out to the barn and take a knife to the farm animals, and always sensed that she was destined for something more.

When the armies of Kyros arrived and started conscripting from the local populace, Verse recognized her calling. She was one of the few mad enough to volunteer and begin her new life in the howling mob, where she made a point of rising in the ranks with bloodthirsty ambition. She led multiple gangs at different times in the war, so she's no stranger to pushing others around.

Everyone who joins the Chorus gets a new name. The name “Verse” was a compliment from the Voices of Nerat, who – in one of his crazier, artistic moments – heard music in the shrieking and howling of battle. He said that hers stood out louder than anyone else's, and contained too many parts to be easily defined.

Verse has a special knack for learning the combat styles of others. She could spend five minutes watching a grizzled veteran wield a spear and know the form as if she had used it across a hundred battles. During the war, this talent manifested in an unexpected fashion. During a battle with the defenders of Apex, Verse suddenly froze in panic – a totally unheard-of reflex, coming from seemingly out of nowhere. The Scarlet Furies fighting alongside her died in battle because of this spasm of hesitation.

What happened next was stranger still: Verse felt the deaths of her sister Furies like a part of her mind getting ripped apart, and she stumbled from battle possessing knowledge of the battle stances and weapon acuity of her sister Furies – an unintended, almost parasitic reflex that fascinated and disgusted her.

Verse hates herself for the hesitation that stayed at her hand, and feels revulsion for everything that came after, which casts her instinctive need to challenge others and prove herself in perhaps a sadder light.

Combat Role[edit]

Verse was designed to blend between melee and ranged combat with ease, acting as a highly mobile single target damage dealer. Verse's talent trees support this synergy between short and long ranged combat and allow her to perform the roles of melee assassin or ranged archer on the fly. Verse also possesses unique combat stances that allow her to further match the party's needs in the heat of the moment.

When designing Verse's talent trees, we started by splitting them by Melee or Ranged combat specialization. Deep in each of Verse's trees lie talents that place strong emphasis on one style or another. Talents at earlier tiers are focused on value for both melee and ranged combat, maintaining synergy for users interested in a hybrid approach or those that enjoy switching styles frequently.

Duelist tree[edit]

The Duelist tree features a twin blade strategy geared around rushing through the fray and unleashing flurries of deadly melee strikes on weaker targets.

Verse's Duelist tree.
Talent U Requirements Effects Description
TT due Skewer.png Skewer 0 AAA Verse thrusts both of her weapons into the target, penetrating armor.
TT due Fury's Rush.png Fury's Rush 1 AAA Verse moves quickly about the battlefield - too quickly for enemies to engage her.
TT due Killing Spree I.png Killing Spree I 1 AAA After a kill, Verse will strike twice with her attacks for a short time.
TT due Know Your Enemy I.png Know Your Enemy I 1 AAA When an enemy strikes Verse, she gains a passive bonus to dodge and Parry Skill, until combat ends.
TT due Mocking Iron.png Mocking Iron 1 AAA Verse taunts her foe, Enraging them and forcing them to attack her for a brief time.
TT due Blade Dancer I.png Blade Dancer I 3 AAA Increases weapon damage while dual wielding.
TT due Gravedigger.png Gravedigger 3 AAA Sweep at the target's feet, knocking them Prone, then following downwards with strikes from each weapon.
TT due Lethal Opening.png Lethal Opening 3 AAA Verse will counterattack enemies that miss her in melee combat.
TT due Pig on a Spit.png Pig on a Spit 3 AAA Verse swaps positions with an enemy and then stabs them with each of her weapons.
TT due Blood Calls to Blood.png Blood Calls to Blood 6 AAA Melee Critical Hits damage enemies near their target.
TT due Fury's Embrace.png Fury's Embrace 6 AAA Unleash a rapid flurry of strikes against a single foe. Each hit applies a damage over time effect.
TT due Killing Spree II.png Killing Spree II 6 Killing Spree I AAA After a kill, Verse will strike three times with her attacks for a time.
TT due Know Your Enemy II.png Know Your Enemy II 6 Know Your Enemy I AAA Know your enemy will now grant Accuracy to Verse when she Graze an enemy.
TT due Blade Dancer II.png Blade Dancer II 9 Blade Dancer I AAA Greatly increases weapon damage while dual wielding.
TT due Combat Mastery.png Combat Mastery 9 AAA Verse gains bonus Graze Precision and Graze Deflection.
TT due Scarlet Vengeance.png Scarlet Vengeance 9 AAA When Verse is defeated, she immediately attacks all nearby enemies.
TT due Sprinting Death.png Sprinting Death 9 Fury's Rush AAA While using Fury's Rush, Verse will now passively attack nearby enemies as she moves.
TT due Sweeping Death.png Sweeping Death 12 AAA Verse executes a deadly spinning flourish, striking nearby enemies with each graceful movement and causing Bleeding with her attacks.

Skirmisher tree[edit]

The Skirmisher tree is built around escape tactics and long range devastation via bow and burning arrow.

Verse's Skirmisher tree.
Talent U Requirements Effects Description
TT ski Burning Iron.png Burning Iron 0 AAA Launch a burning arrow that sets foes on fire.
TT ski Eternal Flame.png Eternal Flame 1 Burning Iron AAA Launch an arrow drenched in oil and covered flames. Sets foes on fire for much longer than Burning Iron.
TT ski Hobbled Prey.png Hobbled Prey 1 AAA Verse pins the target's feet with an arrow, hobbling them so they move more slowly.
TT ski Nimble I.png Nimble I 1 AAA While only wearing Light Armor, gain a bonus to Dodge.
TT ski Piercing Arrows I.png Piercing Arrows I 1 AAA Attacks made with bows gain Armor Penetration.
TT ski Battle Mind.png Battle Mind 3 AAA When Verse is in the party, all members gain bonus experience for Dual Wield, Bows, and Athletics skills.
TT ski Born of Blood and Fire.png Born of Blood and Fire 3 AAA Gain immunity to the Burning and Bleeding Affliction.
TT ski Evasive.png Evasive 3 AAA When superior to Parry, use Dodge skill to avoid incoming melee attacks. Also gain a bonus to defense against Disengagement attacks.
TT ski Improvised Attacks.png Improvised Attacks 3 AAA Increases Accuracy and removes the Recovery Penalty incurred after changing weapon sets.
TT ski Mobile Recovery.png Mobile Recovery 6 AAA Increases Combat Movement Speed and removes Recovery Time penalty incurred by movement.
TT ski Nimble II.png Nimble II 6 Nimble I AAA Significantly increases the bonus to Dodge while wearing Light Armor.
TT ski Sense Weakness.png Sense Weakness 6 AAA Gain bonus damage against targets suffering from damage over time effects.
TT ski Skull Splitter.png Skull Splitter 6 AAA Verse fires a deadly arrow aimed directly at her target's head, Stunning them.
TT ski Lightning Reflexes.png Lightning Reflexes 9 AAA Sometimes catch hostile ranged attacks that would have resulted in a Graze, redirecting them to the attacker.
TT ski Piercing Arrows II.png Piercing Arrows II 9 Piercing Arrows I AAA Attacks made with bows now penetrate even more Armor.
TT ski Unbound.png Unbound 9 AAA Verse attacks all nearby foes and vanishes, appearing next to her target and leaving behind a spiritual remnant of one of her Scarlet Fury sisters.
TT ski Canvas Splitter.png Canvas Splitter 12 AAA Fire a spread of ignited arrows, causing Burning to all foes caught in the area.


Abilities[edit]

  • Burning Iron: Verse launches a single arrow doused in oil and flame. When it strikes, it ignites her enemy, burning them for Fire damage over time.
  • Killing Spree: After felling a foe, Verse will enter a Killing Spree where she attacks multiple times with each of her basic attacks.
  • Know Your Enemy: A talent which allows Verse to study her enemies in combat. This allows Verse to become increasingly more deadly the longer that a combat spans, increasing her Dodge and Parry each time she is struck by an enemy. As a quick thinking fighter, Know Your Enemy helps sell the idea that Verse won't fall for the same combat trick twice.
  • Rush: As a Scarlet Fury, Verse is no stranger to sprinting into danger with a wave of Chorus allies at her back. The Rush ability gives players the chance to send Verse like a streak of lightning through the enemy ranks, drastically increasing Verse's movement speed for a short time and making her immune to engagement.
  • Unbound: Verse performs a spinning attack and vaults through the air to a safe location. A remnant of one of Verse's fallen sisters appears in her place to face her foes.

Summary[edit]

Verse is a first and foremost a deadly assassin, her ability to dispatch high priority targets and remain mobile on the battlefield makes her well suited for the task. Abilities like Killing Spree and Know Your Enemy give Verse the momentum to tear down nearly any foe. While Verse is capable of dishing copious amounts of damage, she is notably more vulnerable than iron-clad counterparts such as Barik. Those with Verse in their party should expect to keep a keen watch to prevent her from getting in over her head. Abilities like Unbound and Rush are great offensive and escape abilities, though if on cooldown, Verse loses her mobility advantage and is left vulnerable.

With her highly active kit and powerful single target abilities, Verse feels like a storm on the battlefield, aggressive, relentless, and apt for dispatching key foes.

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