Patriarch Mbwun - Fury/Rabies Wolf Alhizeer sized up his companion, the enigmatic man from Scosglen who had hired him in Lut Gholein. They were resting in the desert wastes amongst the ruined statues of civilizations past, eying a horde of malevolent beasts who now formed on the horizon, preparing to attack. Alhizeer briefly considered giving up ale; as he had clearly imbibed too much when he agreed to accompany this "druid". The scrawny man had no discernible combat abilities and would only get him killed. The mercenary's eyes moved from the approaching monsters and onto his companion. "Listen here, you little runt. Are you going to do any of the fighting, or hide like a coward?" The druid gave him a cold stare. "You're making me angry," he replied. Alhizeer ignored him and continued his insults. "And what's with the staff, anyway? You realize you aren't Gandalf, right?" The druid bared his teeth this time, becoming increasing upset. Was it Alhizeer's imagination, or were those teeth growing longer, and sharper? Unable to contain his rage, the druid now stood at his full height, brandishing his staff. "You're making me angry! YOU WON'T LIKE IT WHEN I'M ANGRY!! Greetings and salutations, SPF! I actually finished this character back in January 2009, but then took a year-long hiatus from the game (and pretty much the forums, as well.) All I can say is that it's great to be back! But lets get on with the character, already. STATS That's 8.2k Fury damage you see, somewhat in part because of all the points I poured into Strength. Mbwun is a little fragile as a result, especially because I opted for HoW instead of Oak Sage. I may respec later and think about changing things. SKILLS Werewolf: 1 (9) Lycanthropy: 20 (28) Feral Rage: 1 (9) Rabies: 20 (28) (35 with switch) Fury: 20 (28) Raven: 1 (3) Poison Creeper: 16 (18) Oak Sage: 1 (3) Hear of the Wolverine: 16 (18) Yup, I'm working on maxing out my spirit and Poison creeper. GEAR Code: [LIST] [*]Jalal's Mane - Um [*]Metalgrid [*]"Fortitude" [INDENT]Fortitude Archon Plate 'ElSolDolLo' Defense: 1560 Durability: 36 of 60 Required Strength: 103 Required Level: 63 Item Version: Expansion Item Level: 87 Fingerprint: 0x7cdca36f +200% Enhanced Defense +300% Enhanced Damage +15 Defense Damage Reduced by 7 Fire Resist +30% Lightning Resist +30% +5% to Maximum Lightning Resist Cold Resist +30% Poison Resist +30% Replenish Life +7 +1 to Light Radius 25% Faster Cast Rate 12% Damage Taken Goes to Mana 20% Chance to cast Level 15 Chilling Armor when struck +85 to Life (Based on Character Level) Socketed (4: 4 used)[/INDENT] [*]Ribcracker - Shael [INDENT]Mbwun's Ribcracker Stalagmite 'Shael' Two-Hand Damage: 324 to 485 Durability: 29 of 130 Required Dexterity: 35 Required Strength: 63 Required Level: 56 Staff Class - Fastest Attack Speed Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion Item Level: 49 Fingerprint: 0x2f350bc7 +15 to Dexterity +100% Enhanced Defense +293% Enhanced Damage +30 to Minimum Damage +65 to Maximum Damage +100 Defense +100 Maximum Durability Required Level +7 70% Increased Attack Speed 50% Faster Hit Recovery 150% Damage to Undead 50% Chance of Crushing Blow Socketed (1: 1 used)[/INDENT] [*]Nosferatu's Coil [*]Laying of Hands [*]Gore Rider [*]Ravenfrost [*]Beast Hold [INDENT]Ring Required Level: 47 Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion Item Level: ** Fingerprint: 0x890dbf72 +15 to Strength +9 to Mana +108 to Attack Rating 3% Life stolen per hit 5% Mana stolen per hit[/INDENT] [/LIST] MERCENARY Alhizeer, the Act II Might hireling Vampire Gaze The Reaper's Toll Duriel's Shell THOUGHTS? My basic play-style was like this: I had Feral Rage as my main attack, and would use it every few seconds simply to keep it fully-charged. My secondary skill was primarily Fury, but I switched to a Plague Bearer and "Spirit" Monarch when I used Rabies. I don't know why everybody is always hating on Rabies. I found it absolutely invaluable. Not only did it provide a safe way to wear down a pack's health, but I was also able to clear half a screen's worth of monsters within seconds. The Far Oasis was especially epic. An absolute TON of the physical immune locusts would spawn. I would switch to Rabies, infect one of them, then retreat away. Take a sip of my beer, then return. YAY! No more locusts. I'm not disagreeing that it's better for PvP, nor am I saying that I couldn't have beaten Hell without it. I just think it performs a lot better than people give it credit for. Thanks for reading, everyone; and thank you for welcoming me back to this awesome game!