This thread will be devoted to the Amazon in my Oskill Sept. The principle of the Sept is simple: every character will use an oskill as main attack. In the case of Paschendale this oskill is Zeal, granted through the Passion runeword: Code: Passion +25% Increased Attack Speed +160-210% Enhanced Damage (varies) 50-80% Bonus To Attack Rating (varies) +75% Damage To Undead +50 To Attack Rating Against Undead Adds 1-50 Lightning Damage +1 To Berserk +1 To Zeal Hit Blinds Target +10 Hit Causes Monster To Flee 25% 75% Extra Gold From Monsters Level 3 Heart of Wolverine (12 Charges) This character will be played on SC SP, twinked. Player setting will be adjusted depending on killing speed, but will most likely be /p8 for at least normal and nightmare. Respecs are allowed. In my past 2 Septs this was only allowed to optimize stat distribution, but for this Sept any respec is allowed. I'm not going to level up that Wolfbarb to 79 with just normal attack available ... . I will try to keep respecs somewhat limited to the theme. So for example that Zealing Sorc won't be a Charged Boltress early on, or that Bear Paladin a Hammerdin. On to the plan ... Character name Paschendale. I didn't give it much thought to be honest. Suddenly the name 'Paschendale' slipped into my head, when creating the Passion War Pike for her, and I stuck with that. For those of you who don't know, Paschendale is a Belgian village, which played a role in the first world war. More info can be found here. Iron Maiden made a song about it, God Dethroned devoted an entire album to it, both are very good, I guess that's why it stuck with me like it did, although there's no direct link with my Amazon. Build 2H Zealing Amazon. Planned skill layout Critical Strike: maxed Decoy: maxed Inner Sight: maxed Rest of the points: Option 1: Maxed Valk, 1 point Penetrate, rest in D/A/E Option 2: Maxed Penetrate, rest in Slow Missiles just because I can't spend them anywhere else Which option I'll take depends. I'll probably try out option 1 first, but I'm afraid that the D/A/E bug will drive me crazy. If that is the case, I'll go for option 2. Planned endgame gear - Helm: Guillaume's Face, probably socketed with ias jewel DS and CB are the main selling points here - Body Armor: Fortitude or Chains of Honor Fortitude would be the best option in terms of damage. The reason I'm also considering Chains of Honor, is because I'm worried that my resists will be severly lacking. I can't get any on my jewelry if I go with Fortitude, because in that case I'll be tied to Highlord's, Raven Frost and Bul-Kathos' (CBF and enough +skills to reach 5 swings with Zeal). So using CoH would give me much more flexibility in other gear slots - Belt: ??? This really depends on so many factors, mainly the choice between CoH and Fortitude. Assuming 40% ias from gloves and Highlord's, I need 3% more ias to reach 8/9/9/9/14 instead of 8/10/10/10/14 Zeal attack speed (and 18% more for 7/9/9/9/13, but I don't think that's worth it), so Nosferatu's would definitely be a good choice here, with 10% ias, but also life steal, slows target and +2mpk (which could be needed as I don't have space to include mana steal with the jewelry mentioned above). Other options are String of Ears (DR%, MDR, life steal), Verdungo's (fhr, DR%, Vita), a rare with resists and ideally fhr or even Death's Sash combined with the Gloves (freeing up the need for ias and Ravenfrost, with big life leech and PR and good res all to boot). The latter clearly has the disadvantage of only having two rows. So yeah, still pretty clueless here. - Boots: Gore Riders CB, DS ... enough said - Gloves: again many options here, as long as they have at least 10% ias A few options here ... LoH for insane damage vs Demons and huge fire res, Bloodfists for fhr, life and min dam (this would mean I certainly need the ias jewel in my helm), rares with ias and resists, Death's combined with the Sash - Amulet: Highlord's Wrath Scaling DS, lightning res and a much needed +skill - Ring 1: Ravenfrost CBF. Could be changed if I take Death's gloves + sash, but even then the AR, Dex and Cold Absorb might be my best bet - Ring 2: Bul-Kathos' or rare with life and/or mana steal, resists, ... Bul-Kathos' if going with Fortitude, rare if going with CoH - Weapon : Passion War Pike Spoiler: Passion War Pike - Shield: none Chaos probably gives most damage and would boost my ww skill with 1 point. Shadow Killer has the benefit of freezing enemies (which should make things very safe), decreasing enemy defense, a lot of mana per kill (which should help a lot with manaburners around). O yes, and it's indestructible, which definitely is a bonus, as I hear WW Sins have to repair their weapon a lot. - weapon switch: CtA and Spirit shield No-brainer there, no? So as you can see, still quite some things I'm not sure about. For now I tend to think that I shouldn't be playing this character like a Zealadin, but have to take the careful approach, use option 1 as far as skills go, go for offense (Fortitude) when it comes to gear and then attack monsters from behind my Valk and Decoy, enabling me to get away with not so ideal resists ... That's the theory though, and as always, and probably even more in this case, advice would be very much appreciated . Merc Act 2 Might Merc with eth Reaper's Toll, eth Fortitude and Andariel's Visage. Build before Passion The initial plan was to just invest points in CS, grab the best weapon I could get from my stash and whack away with normal attack. Until I finally realized ... this character should be played with big 2H Spears and 2H Spears only !! So I decided that, next to CS, I will put a point in Jab and a few in Fend, and go like that until I can equip the Passion, at which point I'll use a respec. Both Jab and Fend also have some similarities with Zeal, so that only seems like the appropriate thing to do. Come to think about it, Passion's highest rune Lem only requires level 43, so I'll create another Passion in a different base, so I don't have to wait for level 66 to start Zealing. Hyperion would be ideal, since it's level req is also 43, but I'll have to see what I have in my stash. I might have to farm or rack a bit for such item. That's about it as far as the theory is concerned. Time to start things in practice. I will give frequent (hopefully) updates here as I progress. As I said before, suggestions, criticism, advice is more than welcome to help me get the most out of this character.