From the beginning I knew the barb for the sept would be a dual-Butcher’s Pupil whirler. I’ve said multiple times in the past the character could finish the game just fine with un-upped Butcher’s Pupils, so it seemed like the perfect time to make sure I wasn’t just full of hot air before. After reading the necromancer’s pat thread Nagisa approached me, pointing out plenty of good rare jewelry could be had within the terms of my sept’s ruleset. I explained that my goal had been to focus on the set and unique rings as more of a proof of concept, in so far as they tend to be inferior to using rares. It did leave me thinking about doing a little something extra later on, though. Since Whirlwind is such a known entity – and since I didn’t expect to be proven wrong about the Pupils – I figured adding the element of some fairly high-end rare items within the rules would at least give something of interest to the process and writeup. As a reminder: the rules for the sept are cookie cutters with gear "easily" obtainable from NM Mephisto. Easily in this case being arbitrarily set at 1:3000 odds at 0MF which translates to a little over 1:1000 at 250 MF. Low-level runewords are allowed, and I reserved the right to allow exceptions if I so chose. The Character Name: Dervish Class: Barbarian Level: 84 Code: Naked/Gear Strength: 170/208 Dexterity: 65/107 Vitality: 70/270 HP: 1261/1345 (2807) Mana: 93/93 (200) Fire: 18 (75) Cold: 67 (75) Lightning: 26 (75) Poison: 17 (80) FHR: 30 (6 frames) IAS: 50/50 (4frames each weapon) FCR: 0 (65 on switch; 9 frames) Concentrate: 522-1343; 9189AR Whirlwind: 427-1084, 421-1078; 9247AR Berserk: 567-1468; 11380AR Gomule doesn't count in Natural Resistance, so add 64 to the raw numbers above. Start to finish took 17 hours, 45 minutes and 43 seconds. I've done several WW barbs before, so there wasn't much dallying with this guy. Skills Code: Whirlwind: 20 (25) Axe Mastery: 20 (23) Battle Orders: 20 (27) Natural Resistance: 13 (16) Berserk: 9 (14) Increased Speed, Battle Cry, Battle Command, required skills: 1 Above is without point from Battle Command. I went over on Natural Resistance by one, but meh. Gear Code: Arreat's Face Slayer Guard Defense: 323 Durability: 55 of 55 Required Level: 42 Required Strength: 118 Fingerprint: 0x60cda0a5 Item Level: 85 Version: Expansion 1.10+ +2 to Combat Skills (Barbarian Only) +2 to Barbarian Skill Levels +30% Faster Hit Recovery 20% Bonus to Attack Rating 6% Life stolen per hit +167% Enhanced Defense +20 to Strength +20 to Dexterity All Resistances +30 Dread Necklace Amulet Required Level: 37 Fingerprint: 0x6b6b31a1 Item Level: 85 Version: Expansion 1.10+ +1 to Barbarian Skill Levels +1 to Maximum Damage Adds 1 - 14 Lightning Damage Cold Resist +33% Fire Resist +31% 11% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items Duriel's Shell Cuirass Defense: 703 Durability: 150 of 150 Required Level: 41 Required Strength: 65 Fingerprint: 0x1a11f1dc Item Level: 87 Version: Expansion 1.10+ +195% Enhanced Defense +105 Defense (Based on Character Level) +15 to Strength +84 to Life (Based on Character Level) Cold Resist +30% All Resistances +20 Lightning Resist +30% Cannot Be Frozen +100 Maximum Durability 1 Sockets (1 used) Socketed: Ort Rune Butcher's Pupil Cleaver One Hand Damage: 57 - 139 Indestructible Required Level: 39 Required Strength: 68 Fingerprint: 0x32b6c79b Item Level: 85 Version: Expansion 1.10+ Indestructible +50% Increased Attack Speed 170% Enhanced Damage Adds 30 - 50 Damage 35% Deadly Strike 25% Chance of Open Wounds 1 Sockets (1 used) Socketed: Shael Rune Butcher's Pupil Cleaver One Hand Damage: 56 - 138 Indestructible Required Level: 39 Required Strength: 68 Fingerprint: 0xfb4b8756 Item Level: 78 Version: Expansion 1.10+ Indestructible +50% Increased Attack Speed 168% Enhanced Damage Adds 30 - 50 Damage 35% Deadly Strike 25% Chance of Open Wounds 1 Sockets (1 used) Socketed: Shael Rune Blood Turn Ring Required Level: 48 Fingerprint: 0x1c3b60f7 Item Level: 85 Version: Expansion 1.10+ +114 to Attack Rating 5% Mana stolen per hit +15 to Dexterity Cold Resist +17% All Resistances +7 Death Loop Ring Required Level: 46 Fingerprint: 0x4b765200 Item Level: 85 Version: Expansion 1.10+ +4 to Minimum Damage +22 to Attack Rating 5% Mana stolen per hit Replenish Life +3 Lightning Resist +9% 5% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items String of Ears Demonhide Sash Defense: 107 Durability: 22 of 22 Required Level: 29 Required Strength: 20 Fingerprint: 0xf759eb56 Item Level: 55 Version: Expansion 1.10+ 7% Life stolen per hit +163% Enhanced Defense +15 Defense Damage Reduced by 14% Magic Damage Reduced by 14 +10 Maximum Durability Goblin Toe Battle Boots Defense: 78 Durability: 18 of 18 Required Level: 30 Required Strength: 95 Fingerprint: 0x29c92a18 Item Level: 87 Version: Expansion 1.10+ 25% Chance of Crushing Blow +58% Enhanced Defense +15 Defense Damage Reduced by 1 Magic Damage Reduced by 1 -1 to Light Radius Required Level +5 Venom Grip Demonhide Gloves Defense: 118 Durability: 12 of 12 Required Level: 29 Required Strength: 20 Fingerprint: 0xd4dbb7fb Item Level: ** Version: Expansion 1.10+ Adds 60 Poison Damage Over 4 Secs (100 Frames) 5% Life stolen per hit 5% Chance of Crushing Blow +159% Enhanced Defense +25 Defense +5% to Maximum Poison Resist Poison Resist +30% Spirit (on switch) Superior Broad Sword TalThulOrtAmn One Hand Damage: 7 - 14 Durability: 36 of 36 Required Level: 25 Required Strength: 48 Fingerprint: 0x202a66bb Item Level: 85 Version: Expansion 1.10+ +2 to All Skills +33% Faster Cast Rate +55% Faster Hit Recovery +1 to Attack Rating Adds 1 - 50 Lightning Damage Adds 3 - 14 Cold Damage Over 3 Secs (75 Frames) Adds 75 Poison Damage Over 5 Secs (125 Frames) 7% Life stolen per hit +250 Defense vs. Missile +22 to Vitality +98 to Mana +8 Magic Absorb Increase Maximum Durability 15% 4 Sockets (4 used) Spirit (on switch) Broad Sword TalThulOrtAmn One Hand Damage: 7 - 14 Durability: 32 of 32 Required Level: 25 Required Strength: 48 Fingerprint: 0xb2c78034 Item Level: 80 Version: Expansion 1.10+ +2 to All Skills +32% Faster Cast Rate +55% Faster Hit Recovery Adds 1 - 50 Lightning Damage Adds 3 - 14 Cold Damage Over 3 Secs (75 Frames) Adds 75 Poison Damage Over 5 Secs (125 Frames) 7% Life stolen per hit +250 Defense vs. Missile +22 to Vitality +93 to Mana +8 Magic Absorb 4 Sockets (4 used) Charms Code: Steel Grand Charm of Inertia Grand Charm Required Level: 41 Fingerprint: 0x46629f45 Item Level: 85 Version: Expansion 1.10+ +7% Faster Run/Walk +126 to Attack Rating Steel Grand Charm Grand Charm Required Level: 41 Fingerprint: 0xa5a0b93d Item Level: 83 Version: Expansion 1.10+ +131 to Attack Rating Sharp Grand Charm of Quality Grand Charm Required Level: 33 Fingerprint: 0x6dfe0f2e Item Level: 85 Version: Expansion 1.10+ +9 to Maximum Damage +71 to Attack Rating Steel Small Charm of Dexterity Small Charm Required Level: 49 Fingerprint: 0xc40c77cb Item Level: 85 Version: Expansion 1.10+ +34 to Attack Rating +1 to Dexterity Fine Small Charm of Dexterity Small Charm Required Level: 21 Fingerprint: 0x625d5382 Item Level: 85 Version: Expansion 1.10+ +2 to Maximum Damage +14 to Attack Rating +2 to Dexterity Steel Small Charm of Strength Small Charm Required Level: 49 Fingerprint: 0x21d9dc33 Item Level: 85 Version: Expansion 1.10+ +34 to Attack Rating +2 to Strength Sharp Grand Charm of Dexterity Grand Charm Required Level: 21 Fingerprint: 0x6e89899a Item Level: 64 Version: Expansion 1.10+ +10 to Maximum Damage +51 to Attack Rating +4 to Dexterity Fine Small Charm of Strength Small Charm Required Level: 21 Fingerprint: 0xd6b24454 Item Level: ** Version: Expansion 1.10+ +3 to Maximum Damage +20 to Attack Rating +1 to Strength Fine Small Charm of Lightning Small Charm Required Level: 21 Fingerprint: 0x8e364669 Item Level: ** Version: Expansion 1.10+ +3 to Maximum Damage +16 to Attack Rating Adds 1 - 8 Lightning Damage Leharas, Blessed Aim Mercenary Code: Duriel's Shell Cuirass Defense: 661 Durability: 38 of 150 Required Level: 41 Required Strength: 65 Fingerprint: 0x5d039965 Item Level: 86 Version: Expansion 1.10+ +174% Enhanced Defense +105 Defense (Based on Character Level) +15 to Strength +84 to Life (Based on Character Level) Cold Resist +30% All Resistances +20 Cannot Be Frozen +100 Maximum Durability Guillaume's Face Winged Helm Defense: 217 Durability: 40 of 40 Required Level: 34 Required Strength: 115 Fingerprint: 0xb5fa83ca Item Level: 87 Version: Expansion 1.10+ +30% Faster Hit Recovery 35% Chance of Crushing Blow 15% Deadly Strike +120% Enhanced Defense +15 to Strength Hone Sundan Yari Two Hand Damage: 106 - 215 Durability: 28 of 28 Required Level: 37 Required Strength: 101 Fingerprint: 0xd5fbe4da Item Level: 85 Version: Expansion 1.10+ +40% Increased Attack Speed 197% Enhanced Damage Adds 20 - 40 Damage 7% Life stolen per hit 45% Chance of Crushing Blow Repairs 1 Durability in 10 Seconds 3 Sockets (3 used) Socketed: Shael Rune Socketed: Shael Rune Socketed: Amn Rune Playthrough You can see the moment when I realize I misplaced the skill point. I had expected his damage to be fairly paltry. It was not. Such is the power of whirlwind, though. In hindsight I wish I had trimmed a few more points from vitality, but oh well. Additionally I felt like Goblin Toe worked just fine, much better than my first thought for the slot - Sander's - since keeping foot speed was very helpful to the lower damage output from the weapons. Would rather not use 0FRW boots, of course, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it might be. Clearly the jewelry is pretty decent (and Blood Turn more than that) but at the same time the Nokozan, Manald, Ravenfrost setup would give more AR and only leave lightning resistance to shore up with charms. As far as that goes, I left 4x4 inventory spaces empty, and would've broken roughly even on AR with swapping out one of the Steel GCs for a res one, if I didn't want to go down to 3x4 free with the unique jewelry. Took a few action shots along the way, but unfortunately Hell didn’t really cooperate for good pictures. Only saw Frenzytaurs in the Throne, and whirling around through 3 bosspacks of devilkin or flayers isn’t exactly on the same level. Found the waypoint before the forge in Nightmare, so I backtracked to a fork I hadn’t explored before which turned out to be a dead end, but from the edge I could see a spit of land across the lava, so I instructed the barb to make a leap of faith (reenactment), and discovered the forge, immediately beneath the waypoint. They don’t call me maar “wrong way” eek for nothing, or at all. Throne had gloams + OKs + Frenzytaurs. A bosspack of gloams + pack of OKs greeted me at the stairs, which prompted some "hey come around the corner, I got something to show you" action, and a Extra Fast Frenzytaur pack awaited just outside the archway into the throne chamber. Everywhere I went that could spawn gloams, did. Finds Forges: Um/Lem -Pluckeye in Normal Chaos Sanctuary -Sapphire (10) SC of Balance -Hand of Broc in the Pits -Pul in the Tamoe Highlands -The Fine SC of Lightning he’s using -Realgar (22) Jewel of Strength (8) in the Pits -Horizon’s Tornado in Tal’s Tomb -Arctic Furs from a normal monster in the Ruined Temple -Iron (24) SC of Vita (19) Deaths One. I wish I could tell you it was something interesting, but it'd be a lie. I was fighting an ES/Holy Fire/Stone Skin archer pack combined with a Holy Lightning/Cursed/Mana Burn skeleton pack in the Pits - actually the run after I recorded though several hours later - and just refused to do any of the dozen things (including just drinking some potions) I could've done to not just slowly die. Barbs are pretty sturdy, even with someone fairly inept at the controls, not that this is news. Thanks for reading. Well, the character may not have been flashy, but at least the thread gets its own f(x).