Patriarch Dienekes. Yup, the Spartan is now patted. The name Dienekes comes from the novel, "The Gates of Fire" by Steven Pressfield, which is about the battle of Thermopylae, which a select force of Greeks held a mountain pass for a week against overwhelming odds. The character build was born long before the book however, the idea came from WhiskyJack and his 2H pally. I created this char to MP with a friend, but the MPing petered out by the time he reached Act 3 Norm. After I read the book, I revised the build for pure SP play and added some variety for a kick. Thus Dienekes, a Spartan using a spear, the Disciple set and the Veil of Steel was reborn. Patriarch Dienekes. lvl 82 Spear Fanatic. Stats: Str: 139 Dex: 99 Vit: 252. Ene: Hmmmmmm......... Total life was about 1.1k Skill pts: 20 in Zeal, Sacrifice and Fanaticism. 4 in Charge and Holy Shield. 6 in Conviction. Equipment The Disciple set, with a +8 str and dex jewel in armor. The Veil of Steel with a -15 req jewel in it Arioc's Needle (+4 skills, 222 ED) Ravenfrost + dual leech ring Switch is Lightsaber and Tiamat's Rebuke. Charms: either fine sc or sc of vita. And some resistances here and there. As Dienekes' squire in the novel was also his spear carrier, I used a NM act 2 merc for it. He uses Duriel's , eth Reapers and Guiliame 's Face. The squire is also an archer, but I opted for the act 2 merc in order to save whatever little sanity I had while designing this build. Comments Norm and most of NM was easy. He was wielding a 300+++ ED Stygian Pike that dealt 7.8k damage with zeal. OKs in Chaos gave me a lot of grief. In Hell, p8 was unsustainable after dying 10+ times in the area from Blood Moor to the Stony field. I kept on getting LE/FE bosses and a single bolt was enough to maim Dienekes. THe theme of FE/LE bosses continued throughout the rest of the game. I counted more than 20 of them and had a sequence of six in a row in Act 5. Fighting tactics are pretty much the same for all my melee builds: Charge in, and start zealing. ( Yes I am reckless). But the tactics was modified after act 1 Hell to run up abit, draw some creatures and take them down together with merc. Still number of times I died was a lot. Like ~30 times I guess. Most of the time he used the needle, except in areas where there were a lot of PIs or ranged attackers whereupon he switched to lightsaber + Tiamats. There is one quest he haven't completed yet though. The Anya quest in the Frozen River. Gloams+Vipers+ Succubi = major headache. I'll finish up that area once I think of a way to counter all that. Then he shall be retired. Hellforge dropped a Gul in accordance to the point where the most difficult builds get the best drops. FYI, my lightning spearzon also got a Gul. The rest of my builds, some 14 in number, got Lem , Ko and Lums. Next up: my chargeboltress sitting in act 3 hell, and a revival of Apollo my FC werebear. Oh yeah: before I forgot. Zeal damage was 5.2k with the needle and 2.5k with Lightsaber.