A Matriarch & Patriarch six pack. I have been doing a bit of tidying up of my character selection screen, so here are some Mats & Pats in brief. Most are cookie cutters, but I thought I would share (or bore you with) my thoughts anyway. The dumps are from GoMule, I'm sure they are not always accurate. Life figures don't take BO into account and there are other oddities. These six have mostly been completed over the summer period, although some have been started well before then. In fact I think Boreas was one of my first ten SP characters, but I didn't get motivated to play him before I got my hands on an Enigma. Bane Patriarch Bane, lvl92 PvP Whirlwind Barbarian (BvC) Bane is named after a bad guy in the Knightfall series of Batman comics. He is a cookie cutter BvC, along very similar lines to colony's Im_aBarb. In fact he is pretty much a copy of that character. He packs about 10K AR, all resists maxxed without the Anya bonus and about 5.6K life. That's a bit more AR than col and a bit less life IIRC. Some of my charms could do with improving, this could get me up to the 6K mark. Thanks to JDKerr for trading me his 1.07 ATMA Bugged eGrief before he gave up (briefly). So this awesome powerhouse of a character must be quite a dominating force on the moor then? Well possibly. I am going to make no excuses, I was just plain awful with this character in PvP week. A disgrace to barbarians. I can't even pull out the old "bad ping" chestnut as I was hosting most of the time. I'm not sure where I was going wrong really, maybe it is just a case of more practice required. I have a reasonable amount of experience playing WW Assassins and maybe I was thinking the gameplay would be similar with a BvC. It isn't. I'm not going to shelve him just yet though, expect to see him on The Moor again. Finds: Can't remember any of the HF drops, so they can't have been good. I found a Ruby Jewel of Daring which went straight into a Stormshield for my soon to be respecced BvB. I ran The Pits with Bane to level in an MFO where he found a Death Cleaver. Actually he found an Astreon's in the MFO too, but the computer crashed before I could pick it up and S&E. Yes, I am still bitter about it. Spoiler Stats Name: Bane Class: Barbarian Experience: 1924632509 Level: 92 Naked/Gear Strength: 69/195 Dexterity: 49/109 Vitality: 427/427 Energy: 10/20 HP: 1905/2366 Mana: 101/240 Stamina: 585/585 Defense: 12/1389 AR: 230/36645 Fire: 146/106/46 Cold: 148/108/48 Lightning: 151/111/51 Poison: 142/102/42 (add 31 to all these numbers to allow for Anya and Natural Resistance) FR/W: 45 FHR: 50 FCR: 40 Skills Bash: 1/9 Leap: 20/28 Stun: 1/9 Leap Attack: 1/9 Concentrate: 1/9 Whirlwind: 20/28 Berserk: 1/9 Axe Mastery: 20/26 Increased Stamina: 1/7 Iron Skin: 1/7 Increased Speed: 5/11 Natural Resistance: 8/14 Howl: 1/7 Shout: 1/7 Battle Orders: 20/26 Battle Command: 1/7 Equipment Weapon1: 'Grief' Berserker Axe (1.07 Ethereal hax) Weapon2: 'Beast' (Regular, made in 1.12) Switch Weapon1: Call to Arms (Beta Hax) Switch Weapon2: HoTO Helm: Arreat's Face with Ruby Jewel Armour: 'Enigma' Breast Plate Belt: Arachnid Mesh Boots: 'Brimstone Blazer' 28FR/31CR/37LR/10FHR Rares Gloves: Trang's Claws Amulet: Highlord's Wrath Ring1: 20/232 Ravenfrost Ring2: 20/240 Ravenfrost Inventory: Resists: 19% all, 38% fire, 10% cold, 65% poison. Steel / Sharp GCs / SCs all with FHR or life. . Boreas Patriarch Boreas, lvl92 PvP Wind Druid "Boreas was the Greek god of the cold north wind and the bringer of winter. His name meant "North Wind" or "Devouring One". Boreas is depicted as being very strong, with a violent temper to match. He was frequently shown as a winged old man with shaggy hair and beard." How better to describe a teleporting Wind Druid? Boreas was my second new character in PvP Week 6. As I said above he is one of my oldest characters, but was languishing around in Normal for years until I got hold of an Enigma. Even then I didn't get the motivation to play him, until I go a very nice pelt and some skillers in Pyro's giveaway. Thanks again Pyro and frozzen for organising everything. He performed reasonably well on the moor, despite my lack of experience with the build. The gameplay is fairly simple. Summon your minions, telestomp your opponent and spam tornados, retreat to re-summon and repeat. He has fairly low life, so the trick is to make sure the minions are up all the time. I had the most problems with colony's fire sorc, which would wipe the minions in one blast and me in a second, and frozzzen's trapper. It's interesting to feel what it's like to be on the receiving end on a mind blast for a change. Finds: I levelled him almost exclusively in /players8 pit runs. Other than another Death Cleaver, this was fairly uneventful, until mid way to level 92 I found a Ber. About 1/4 of an XP bar later I found a second Ber, so I was extremely happy. As usual, they come when you aren't looking for them. Not happy enough to level him further though, he is going to stay at 92. Spoiler Stats Name: Boreas Class: Druid Experience: 1924010058 Level: 92 Naked/Gear Strength: 87/162 Dexterity: 192/227 Vitality: 251/256 Energy: 20/25 HP: 703/859 Mana: 202/399 Stamina: 401/401 Defense: 48/1339 AR: 930/1246 Fire: 225/185/125 Cold: 233/193/133 Lightning: 239/199/139 Poison: 172/132/72 Block: 73 FR/W: 45 FHR: 102 FCR: 100 Skills Raven: 1/9 Oak Sage: 18/26 Summon Spirit Wolf: 1/9 Summon Dire Wolf: 1/9 Summon Grizzly: 1/9 Arctic Blast: 1/22 Cyclone Armor: 20/41 Twister: 20/41 Tornado: 20/44 Hurricane: 20/41 Equipment Weapon: HoTO (30% resist all. I really need to make a new one, it can't be worse.) Shield: 'Sanctuary' Tower Shield, 60%RA Switch Weapon: Call to Arms Switch Shield: Spirit Helm: Gaean Griffon Headdress, +3 Tornado, 'ShaelShael' Armour: 'Enigma' Breast Plate Belt: Arachnid Mesh Boots: 'Brimstone Blazer' 28FR/31CR/37LR/10FHR Rares Gloves: Trang Oul's Claws Amulet: Mara's Ring1: FCR + Resists Ring2: FCR + Resists Inventory: 8 Elemental Skillers (4 with Life), 1 Elemental GCs of Balance, 5 Resist SCs, SCs of Balance etc. Jagreen_Lern Patriarch Jagreen_Lern, lvl86 Trang Oul's Poisonmancer Another very old character only recently finished. One of the reasons this character has been around for so long was that I was wanting to find a Death's Web before completing him. Well it remains elusive, so I decide to finish him anyway. He is named after one of Elric's adversaries. I went the Poison / Summoner route. Having played both a bone armour version and a Skeleton version, I have to say that the skeletons are much more effective than bone armour. They were very robust and didn't need re-summoning often, even with only 1 point into mastery. Spoiler Stats Name: Jagreen_Lern Class: Necromancer Experience: 1152792168 Level: 86 Naked/Gear Strength: 82/117 Dexterity: **/103 Vitality: 325/345 Energy: 25/25 HP: 852/927 Mana: 195/516 Stamina: 474/504 Defense: 22/1798 AR: 395/470 Fire: 82/42/-18 Cold: 109/69/9 Lightning: 119/79/19 Poison: 119/79/19 MF: 130 GF: 176 FR/W: 65 FHR: 25 FCR: 50 Skills Amplify Damage: 1/4 Dim Vision: 1/4 Weaken: 1/4 Iron Maiden: 1/4 Terror: 1/4 Life Tap: 1/4 Decrepify: 1/5 Lower Resist: 1/4 Teeth: 1/16 Bone Armor: 1/19 Poison Dagger: 20/35 Corpse Explosion: 1/16 Bone Wall: 1/16 Poison Explosion: 20/35 Poison Nova: 20/38 Skeleton Mastery: 2/9 Raise Skeleton: 20/23 Clay Golem: 1/4 Golem Mastery: 1/4 Summon Resist: 1/4 Equipment Weapon: 'White' +3Poison Nova Shield: Trang Oul's Wing with Perfect Diamond Switch Weapon: AOKL Switch Shield: Trang Oul's Wing Helm: Trang Oul's Guise with Poison Rainbow Facet Armour: Trang Oul's Scales with Poison Rainbow Facet Belt: Trang Oul's Girth Boots: War Traveller Gloves: Trang Oul's Claws Amulet: Magical Venomous Amulet Ring1: Rare with resists and FCR Ring2: Rare with resists and FCR Inventory: 6x Fungal GCs, 6x SCs, both tomes and the cube. Persephone Matriarch Persephone, lvl 87 Lightning Sorceress Persephone is named after the character played by the delicious Monica Bellucci in the second Matrix film. In Greek mythology she is the Queen of The Underworld. This build got stalled for a while, mainly due to my lack of enthusiasm for sorceresses these days. But when I eventually made an Infinity, it was time to blow the dust off her. When I saw the -ELR role on the Infinity, I decided to carry it myself. My thinking behind this is that for non LIs, I really don't need more +skills to increase the damage. The conviction will do more than enough damage. For LIs, the best way to increase damage is to get the lightning resist down further. That means carrying the Infinity myself. The downside of this is a loss of +skills. As I think most Light Sorcs seem to go for 200FCR these days, I also loose some speed and a chunk of FHR and other nice stuff from Spirit. So the build is very like Thyiad's Atil. Thanks Thy for help with the equipment selection. I'm still not convinced I like Light sorcs generally though. I prefer Blizzard where I can cast it over a pack and retreat whilst it still does it's work. You have to stand still whilst you cast the Lightning and, although most things die quickly, there is sometimes that agonising moment where the boss creeps slowly towards you and you hope it will die before it gets to you. With only 1.5K or so life after BO and no block, it doesn't take much to kill her. If I play her much more I will get some FHR though. Spoiler Stats Name: Persephone Class: Sorceress Experience: 1285217900 Level: 87 Naked/Gear Strength: 132/149 Dexterity: 107/122 Vitality: 251/294 Energy: 35/35 HP: 668/668 Mana: 207/306 Stamina: 401/401 Defense: 26/1072 AR: 485/560 Fire: 178/138/78 Cold: 138/98/38 Lightning: 180/140/80 Poison: 176/136/76 MF: 33 GF: 62 FR/W: 55 FHR: 0 FCR: 133 Skills Warmth: 1/5 Charged Bolt: 20/31 Static Field: 1/12 Telekinesis: 1/12 Nova: 14/25 Lightning: 20/31 Chain Lightning: 20/31 Teleport: 1/12 Lightning Mastery: 20/31 Equipment Weapon: 'Infinity' Ethereal Thresher Switch Weapon: Call to Arms Switch Shield: Spirit Helm: Griffon's Eye Armour: Vipermagi Belt: Arachnid Mesh Boots: R - Plague Nails Gloves: Trang's Claws Amulet: C - Eagle Emblem Ring1: R - Viper Band Ring2: Stone of Jordan Inventory: , , , . Flana Matriarch Flana, lvl88 Lightning Javazon Not much to report really, she is a standard Javazon. I have some FCR on switch for teleporting to get Wirt's Leg, and I like Enigma to re-position the Infinity merc during cow runs. The FRW is good too. I am permanently messing around with her gear, she will probably get re-specced as a dedicated cow runner (no Valk etc) when I am happy with her. Actually any suggestions for optimising her cow running gear are gratefully received. Spoiler Stats Name: Flana Class: Amazon Experience: 1374224231 Level: ** Naked/Gear Strength: 131/221 Dexterity: 118/194 Vitality: 266/271 Energy: 15/30 HP: 1022/1022 Mana: 145/232 Stamina: 417/417 Defense: 29/1935 AR: 560/1112 Fire: 82/42/-18 Cold: 62/22/-38 Lightning: 111/71/11 Poison: 72/32/-28 MF: 87 Block: 45 FR/W: 108 IAS: 20 FCR: 45 Skills Jab: 1/20 Power Strike: 6/25 Poison Javelin: 1/20 Lightning Bolt: 20/39 Charged Strike: 20/39 Plague Javelin: 1/20 Lightning Strike: 20/39 Lightning Fury: 20/39 All Passive Skills 1 point. Equipment Weapon: Titan's Revenge Shield: Lidless Wall Switch Weapon: Wizardspike Switch Shield: Spirit Helm: Griffon's Eye Armour: 'Enigma' Breast Plate Belt: Razortail Boots: Silkweave Gloves: Lancers of Alacrity Amulet: Mara's Ring1: Ravenfrost Ring2: Rare Rune Grasp - resists and mana. Inventory: 6 Javelin skillers and some SCs with mana and FRW. Maugrim Patriarch Maugrim, lvl85 Wolfbarb Maugrim is named after the Witch's wolf captain in C.S. Lewis' The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe. He wasn't played through the game in the traditional pre-1.13 way of things, he is another 1.13 re-spec. He started as an eponymously named frenzy barb, but got stalled in hell at level 79. Actually he was my first ever D2 character. I had read a few (bad) guides after I started him, but he certainly wasn't a complete mess. A few points scattered around, but not un-playable. Anyway I always wanted to try a Wolfbarb and, as he was at the appropriate level, I decided to use an ATMA re-name and a re-spec. Cheesy? Maybe. But we all like a bit of cheese every now and again, even though we know it isn't good for us. I really enjoyed this build. With a powerful attack and huge defensive capability thanks to high defence, max block and damage reduction, he didn't really have any problems at all. He is built to be PvP capable, but I don't know if I will actually get the rest of the gear together for him and play him though. I have more PvP characters than I have time to play anyway, so I think it is better to try and concentrate my limited play time into a few builds, rather than diluting it across many. He is likely to get levelled a bit more though. Spoiler Stats Name: Maugrim Class: Barbarian Experience: 1052744855 Level: 85 Naked/Gear Strength: 146/189 Dexterity: 160/193 Vitality: 204/257 Energy: 10/10 HP: 999/1357 Mana: 94/134 Stamina: 354/485 Defense: 40/2720 AR: 785/1836 Fire: 111/71/11 Cold: 143/103/43 Lightning: 119/79/19 Poison: 124/84/24 Block: 75 FR/W: 30 FHR: 42 IAS: 33 Skills Sword Mastery: 20/20 Increased Stamina: 1/1 Iron Skin: 5/5 Increased Speed: 14/14 Natural Resistance: 14/14 Howl: 1/4 Shout: 20/23 Battle Orders: 20/23 Battle Command: 1/4 Equipment Weapon: Grief Phase Blade Shield: Stormshield 'Shael' Switch Weapon: 'Spirit' Giant Sword Switch Weapon: 'Spirit' Giant Sword Helm: Wolfhowl (+3/+5/+5/+6) 'Shael' Armour: 'Fortitude' Archon Plate Belt: Verdungo's Boots: Gore Riders Gloves: Crafted Blood Gloves (8%CB, 27% Fire Resist) Amulet: Metalgrid (+28 resist all / 437AR) Ring1: Ravenfrost Ring2: Rare with Mana Leech Inventory: Sharp Grand Charms, SCs of Vita, two tomes and the cube. Well maybe that wasn't as brief as I intended. That takes me to 49 Mats & Pats. Next up is the Amazon to complete my second 2h sword sept, she is currently in A3 Hell.