First Matriarch: Ember Matriarch Ember: The Fire/Cold Sorceress After battling the forces of evil for over a week, I've finally become a Matriarch! JOY! It took a very, very long time to defeat Baal and his minions - Surprisingly, I wasn't even underleveled despite the fact that the only grinding I did was against Pindleskin at the end of Normal, and obligatory boss runs. I think it was my build and my gear - The Orb-It-Aller seems to need the full Tal Rasha's set to do more damage than a run of the mill Meteorber, and the fact that I had pretty poor equipment meant that I pretty much Shift+1 healed my merc more than I shot Frozen Orbs (OK, maybe that's an exaggeration, but still..) Ember started out as a pure blizz sorc and eventually respecced to Frozen Orb/Fire Ball to deal with immunes in Hell. I wish I'd gone with Frozen Orb the whole time - Man, it's fun I played her entirely untwinked, although I did use some equipment I traded for to make my Mercenary's Fortitude, and a Spirit runeword that I never did gain enough Strength to equip...) At the end of the long road, I've learned a few things. 1. Diablo 2 is the most addicting game EVAR. 2. I enjoy magic finding much more than actually playing the game. Seeing something like this drop is way more fun and exciting to me than trying to survive the Chaos Sanctuary on /players 1. 3. Teleport is the best skill. I don't think I can play another class until I get an Enigma :| Well, I'm pretty damn burnt out on Diablo for now - I need to get some sleep! Special thanks to everyone who's posted advice in my threads and to Socialism for his build which I copied as closely as I could. Here's Ember! Stats: Level: 83 Life: 813 Mana: 533 Strength: 97 Dexterity: 183 Vitality: 190 Energy: 35 Resists: 75/35/57/43 Skills: 19 Fire Bolt 20 Fire Ball 15 Ice Bolt 20 Frozen Orb 12 Cold Mastery 1 Point: Warmth, Fire Mastery, Telekinesis, Teleport, Static Field, Frozen Armor, Shiver Armor, Prerequisites. Equipment: Helm: Tal Rasha's Horadric Crest Armor: Skin of the Vipermagi (Upgraded) Weapon 1: Spectral Shard Shield 1: Rhyme Weapon 2: The Blade of Ali Baba Shield 2: Rhyme Belt: Trang-Oul's Girth Gloves: Frostburn Boots: Aldur's Advance Amulet: The Mahim-Oak Curio Ring 1: Raven Frost Ring 2: Manald Heal Mercenary: Razan, Act II Defensive Weapon: 'Insight' Runeword (Partizan) Armor: 'Fortitude' Runeword (Archon Plate) Helm: Rockstopper Inventory: Stuffed to the brim with resistance charms - I had room for one 2x3 item and the space inside my Horadric Cube :| So, what's next? I plan on hunting down the essences so I can respec to something more friendly toward the gear I have available. I'll also keep running Mephisto for some gear - It never gets old, as repetitive as it is. I want to make a character for each class - I've only ever played Sorc, Paladin, and Necro into Hell, and the latter two have never completed it... Bonemancer IK Barb Frost Zealot Trapassin Shapeshifting Druid Strafezon Which should I make first? And feel free to post your build ;D Thanks for reading!