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Tales of Brave Ulysses - Smite / Ranger Paladin

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    Patriarch Ulysses
    Classically Themed Smite / Ranger Paladin​

    "I long for home, long for the sight of home.
    If any god has marked me out again
    for shipwreck, my tough heart can undergo it.
    What hardship have I not long since endured
    at sea, in battle! Let the trial come."

    The Odyssey, Book 5

    I was reading one of the Eternal Champion novels by Michael Moorcock and came across a mention of Ulysses as one of the incarnations. The Odyssey could easily fit in the series as Odysseus (or his Romanisation Ulysses) is the original doomed hero. Ulysses feigned madness in an attempt to be recruited to the Greek cause in the Trojan War. For ten years the Greeks fought outside Troy, then Ulysses wandered for a further ten years before returning home to slay his wife’s suitors, who sought her hand believing him dead.

    Most of the arms and armour in D2 are based on Medieval European sources, but there are also a number of Greek items, especially the Full Helm and of course the Hyperion Shield. So an idea for a character started to grow. I levelled him to about 45. I lost interest. I made him my glove shopper for crafting. Then just before the RFL I started to work on him again.


    Equipment
    On this character the equipment came first, so that is where I’m going to start.

    “Here is my lord Odysseus' hunting bow.
    Bend and string it if you can.”


    I had three possible weapon choices in mind for Ulysses:
    Pike / Spear - I was thinking about the Greek Phalynx from the time of Alexander The Great. Much later than the Trojan War of course, but just about fitted the theme.
    Shield and Short Sword - A classic Greek combination, this one had to be included.
    Bow - It doesn’t really get mentioned until the end of the Odyssey but gets used to grizzly effect:

    ”So the great soldier
    took his bow and bent it for the bowstring
    effortlessly. He drilled the axeheads clean,
    sprang, and decanted arrows on the door sill,
    glared, and drew again. This time he killed
    Antinous.”


    In the end I chose the short sword and shield with the bow on switch. But the trouble is with the short sword is the low damage. I can’t make any decent runewords in it as it only gets 2os. The uniques are also a low on damage, but Rixot’s Keen does have 25% crushing blow. So I decided to make the sword switch a Smite attack for boss killing. Of course the nice thing about Smite is it requires no AR... And nor does Guided Arrow. Using Widowmaker for the bow meant that I could ignore AR completely, which allowed me to stuff all spare holes and slots for damage output.

    Weapon: Widowmaker
    Shield: Arrows

    Switch Weapon: Rixot's Keen
    Switch Shield: Exile Vortex Shield

    Originally I was intending to go with a Sanctuary Hyperion, but found that a Vortex shield actually looks more Greek. That of course opened up Exile, which matched Smite perfectly. I made a new one specially for the character in a non-ethereal base though so it looks correct.
    Ulysses Shield Comparison.jpg

    Helm: Darksight Helm
    Armour: Duress Great Hauberk

    Darksight Helm is a great helm in it’s own right, with Cannot Be Frozen, Mana Leech and Cloak of Shadows charges, but the fact that it also fits the theme perfectly made it the only choice for this build.
    I could have made a Fortitude Great Hauberk or something, but chose to go old skool with Duress. The crushing blow fitted my sword switch and the FHR was much needed.

    Belt: Pain Chain crafted blood belt
    Boots: Gore Rider
    Gloves: Ghoul Hold crafted blood gloves

    Amulet: Highlord’s Wrath
    Ring1: Storm Grasp rare
    Ring2: Rune Grasp rare


    I wanted to pack the inventory with as many 1.07 damage charms as possible, so that meant getting as many resists in the belt gloves and rings as possible, so I wouldn’t need to rely on resist charms. I needed 40IAS to hit the maximum attack speed with Guided Arrow, so the gloves and Highlord’s took care of that. Including Widowmaker, Ulysses is at a tasty 79% deadly strike.

    Inventory: Mainly 1.07 damage charms, a few resists.

    Equipment Readouts:
    Code:
    Rixot's Keen
    Short Sword
    One Hand Damage: 9 - 14
    Durability: 24 of 24
    Required Level: 29
    Fingerprint: 0x10e37f84
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +20% Increased Attack Speed
    100% Enhanced Damage
    +5 to Minimum Damage
    20% Bonus to Attack Rating
    25% Chance of Crushing Blow
    +25 Defense
    +2 to Light Radius
    1 Sockets (1 used)
    Socketed: Shael Rune
    
    Exile
    Superior Vortex Shield
    VexOhmIstDol
    Defense: 671
    Chance to Block: 0
    Durability: 99 of 99
    Required Level: 66
    Required Strength: 148
    Fingerprint: 0x859d1292
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    15% Chance to cast level 5 Life Tap on striking
    Level 14 Defiance Aura When Equipped
    +2 to Offensive Aura Skills (Paladin Only)
    +30% Faster Block Rate
    Freezes target +1
    +248% Enhanced Defense
    Replenish Life +7
    +5% to Maximum Cold Resist
    +5% to Maximum Fire Resist
    All Resistances +43
    25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    Increase Maximum Durability 10%
    Repairs 1 Durability in 4 Seconds
    4 Sockets (4 used)
    Socketed: Vex Rune
    Socketed: Ohm Rune
    Socketed: Ist Rune
    Socketed: Dol Rune
    
    Widowmaker
    Ward Bow
    Two Hand Damage: 70 - 172
    Durability: 31 of 48
    Required Level: 65
    Required Strength: 72
    Required Dexterity: 146
    Fingerprint: 0xb72f3c71
    Item Level: 99
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Fires Magic Arrows
    226% Enhanced Damage
    +5 to Minimum Damage
    Ignore Target's Defense
    33% Deadly Strike
    +5 to Guided Arrow
    1 Sockets (1 used)
    Socketed: Ruby Jewel of Bliss
    
    Ruby Jewel of Bliss
    Jewel
    Required Level: 58
    Fingerprint: 0xc46a51
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    33% Enhanced Damage
    +5 to Minimum Damage
    
    Darksight Helm
    Basinet
    Defense: 250
    Durability: 30 of 30
    Required Level: 50
    Required Strength: 82
    Fingerprint: 0xa8422cbb
    Item Level: 99
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    6% Chance to cast level 3 Dim Vision when struck
    +26 to Maximum Damage
    5% Mana stolen per hit
    +166 Defense (Based on Character Level)
    Fire Resist +39%
    Cannot Be Frozen
    -4 to Light Radius
    Level 5 Cloak of Shadows (30/30 Charges)
    1 Sockets (1 used)
    Socketed: Vermilion Jewel of Carnage
    
    Vermilion Jewel of Carnage
    Jewel
    Required Level: 50
    Fingerprint: 0x5344b4cf
    Item Level: 75
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +26 to Maximum Damage
    
    Duress
    Great Hauberk
    ShaelUmThul
    Defense: 1319
    Durability: 50 of 50
    Required Level: 56
    Required Strength: 118
    Fingerprint: 0xff7d9328
    Item Level: 86
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +40% Faster Hit Recovery
    11% Enhanced Damage
    Adds 37 - 133 Cold Damage Over 2 Secs (50 Frames)
    15% Chance of Crushing Blow
    33% Chance of Open Wounds
    +165% Enhanced Defense
    -20% Slower Stamina Drain
    Cold Resist +30%
    All Resistances +15
    3 Sockets (3 used)
    Socketed: Shael Rune
    Socketed: Um Rune
    Socketed: Thul Rune
    
    Highlord's Wrath
    Amulet
    Required Level: 65
    Fingerprint: 0x8097018d
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to All Skills
    +20% Increased Attack Speed
    Adds 1 - 30 Lightning Damage
    31% Deadly Strike (Based on Character Level)
    Lightning Resist +35%
    Attacker Takes Lightning Damage of 15
    
    Rune Grasp
    Ring
    Required Level: 48
    Fingerprint: 0x8badefee
    Item Level: 60
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Adds 3 - 1 Damage
    +15 to Dexterity
    +37 to Mana
    All Resistances +10
    Lightning Resist +28%
    
    Storm Grasp
    Ring
    Required Level: 66
    Fingerprint: 0x30dc200e
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +9 to Minimum Damage
    +84 to Attack Rating
    +17 to Strength
    Replenish Life +7
    All Resistances +11
    Fire Resist +26%
    
    Pain Chain
    Mesh Belt
    Defense: 38
    Durability: 16 of 16
    Required Level: 47
    Required Strength: 58
    Fingerprint: 0x47e161f3
    Item Level: 87
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    12% Chance to cast level 4 Charged Bolt when struck
    3% Life stolen per hit
    9% Chance of Open Wounds
    +32 to Life
    Cold Resist +24%
    Lightning Resist +20%
    
    Gore Rider
    War Boots
    Defense: 159
    Durability: 34 of 34
    Required Level: 47
    Required Strength: 94
    Fingerprint: 0xb8a0605e
    Item Level: 99
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +30% Faster Run/Walk
    15% Chance of Crushing Blow
    15% Deadly Strike
    10% Chance of Open Wounds
    +196% Enhanced Defense
    +20 Maximum Stamina
    Requirements -25%
    +10 Maximum Durability
    
    Ghoul Hold
    Sharkskin Gloves
    Defense: 34
    Durability: 14 of 14
    Required Level: 57
    Required Strength: 20
    Fingerprint: 0xd39be350
    Item Level: 91
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +20% Increased Attack Speed
    Adds 1 - 5 Fire Damage
    3% Life stolen per hit
    8% Chance of Crushing Blow
    +20 to Life
    Lightning Resist +26%
    21% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    
    Grand Charm of Maiming
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 37
    Fingerprint: 0x4cc0b1a6
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion
    +20 to Maximum Damage
    
    Serrated Grand Charm of Quality
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 31
    Fingerprint: 0x69340324
    Item Level: 93
    Version: Expansion
    +28 to Maximum Damage
    
    Grand Charm of Maiming
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 37
    Fingerprint: 0x23b7c7d4
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion
    +20 to Maximum Damage
    
    Grand Charm of Maiming
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 37
    Fingerprint: 0xc2cb847
    Item Level: 63
    Version: Expansion
    +20 to Maximum Damage
    
    Grand Charm of Maiming
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 37
    Fingerprint: 0x7dd49455
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion
    +20 to Maximum Damage
    
    Grand Charm of Maiming
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 37
    Fingerprint: 0x573f4f3c
    Item Level: 91
    Version: Expansion
    +20 to Maximum Damage
    
    Shimmering Small Charm
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 25
    Fingerprint: 0x16d4cc74
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    All Resistances +4
    
    Shimmering Small Charm
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 25
    Fingerprint: 0x1af59113
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    All Resistances +5
    
    Shimmering Small Charm
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 25
    Fingerprint: 0x2bb85a73
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    All Resistances +4
    
    Jade Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0x8cf82d6b
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +17 to Life
    Poison Resist +8%
    
    Jade Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0xfe5180ca
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +18 to Life
    Poison Resist +8%
    
    Jade Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0x20afb092
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +17 to Life
    Poison Resist +8%
    
    Grand Charm of Maiming
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 37
    Fingerprint: 0x157c6576
    Item Level: 47
    Version: Expansion
    +20 to Maximum Damage
    
    Viridian Small Charm of Sustenance
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 17
    Fingerprint: 0xe593b2c
    Item Level: 69
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +14 to Life
    Poison Resist +7%
    
    Static Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0x24efbe69
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Adds 1 - 6 Lightning Damage
    +19 to Life
    


    Skills

    Smite: 1/2
    Only one point in smite, it was about applying the crushing blow, not the damage.
    No Holy Shield as then the shield would be a very un-Greek white cross instead.

    Holy Fire: 20/21
    Sanctuary: 9/10
    Fanaticism: 20/21
    I planned on using Holy Fire as a PI solution, but it sucked. The cold damage from Duress was almost better. Sanctuary was great against PI undead, although firing speed dropped significantly due to the lack of Fanaticism.

    Resist Fire: 20/21
    Vigor: 1/2
    Redemption: 9/10
    Salvation: 1/2
    Redemption always useful, especially against the un-leechables in A2.

    Stats

    Name: Ulysses
    Class: Paladin
    Experience: 955700115
    Level: 83

    Naked/Gear
    Strength: 139/156
    Dexterity: 131/146
    Vitality: 225/225
    Energy: 15/15
    HP: 879/997
    Mana: 138/175
    Stamina: 371/391
    Defense: 32/2507
    AR: 640/799

    Fire: 134/94/34
    Cold: 123/83/23
    Lightning: 178/138/78
    Poison: 100/60/0

    MF: 21 Block: 23
    GF: 0
    FR/W: 30
    FHR: 40
    IAS: 40
    FCR: 0

    Attack Stats (Smite / GA)
    LCS Damage 62-1083 / 1028-4356
    Crushing Blow 63% / 38%
    Deadly Strike 79% / n/a
    Open Wounds 52% / 52%

    Ulysses LCS GA.jpg

    Ulysses LCS Smite.jpg

    Mercenary Equipment
    Might Desert Mercenary
    Helm: Darksight Helm
    Armour: Chains of Honour
    Weapon: Pride
    I didn’t entirely manage to keep the theme going into the merc, but he did get a Darksight too, which was very useful keeping him alive. Maybe he was a bit slow in attack speed, but he died a lot, especially at /p3.

    Code:
    Name:       Hazade
    Race:       Desert Mercenary
    Type:       Off-Nightmare
    Experience: 69464246
    Level:      83
    Dead?:      false
    
                Naked/Gear
    Strength:   183/203
    Dexterity:  147/147
    HP:         1687/1687
    Defense:    1245/2263
    AR:         1889/545921
    
    Fire:       235/195/135
    Cold:       212/172/112
    Lightning:  212/172/112
    Poison:    212/172/112
    
    Chains of Honor
    Dusk Shroud
    DolUmBerIst
    Defense: 776
    Durability: 18 of 20
    Required Level: 63
    Required Strength: 77
    Fingerprint: 0xf0c887ec
    Item Level: 86
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +2 to All Skills
    +200% Damage to Demons
    +100% Damage to Undead
    8% Life stolen per hit
    +70% Enhanced Defense
    +20 to Strength
    Replenish Life +7
    All Resistances +65
    Damage Reduced by 8%
    25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    4 Sockets (4 used)
    Socketed: Dol Rune
    Socketed: Um Rune
    Socketed: Ber Rune
    Socketed: Ist Rune
    
    Darksight Helm
    Basinet
    Defense: 242
    Durability: 15 of 30
    Required Level: 38
    Required Strength: 82
    Fingerprint: 0xb9cefed
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    6% Chance to cast level 3 Dim Vision when struck
    5% Mana stolen per hit
    +166 Defense (Based on Character Level)
    Fire Resist +23%
    Cannot Be Frozen
    -4 to Light Radius
    Level 5 Cloak of Shadows (23/30 Charges)
    
    Pride
    Cryptic Axe
    ChamSurIoLo
    Two Hand Damage: 73 - 337
    Durability: 33 of 33
    Required Level: 67
    Required Strength: 155
    Required Dexterity: 93
    Fingerprint: 0x70c54500
    Item Level: 87
    Version: Expansion
    25% Chance to cast level 17 Fire Wall when struck
    Level 18 Concentration Aura When Equipped
    50% Enhanced Damage
    288% Bonus to Attack Rating
    +83% Damage to Demons (Based on Character Level)
    Adds 50 - 280 Lightning Damage
    20% Deadly Strike
    Hit Blinds Target +1
    Freezes target +3
    +10 to Vitality
    Replenish Life +8
    155% Extra Gold from Monsters (Based on Character Level)
    Ethereal
    4 Sockets (4 used)
    Socketed: Cham Rune
    Socketed: Sur Rune
    Socketed: Io Rune
    Socketed: Lo Rune
    


    Finds
    Hell Hellforge: Ist. I also found a Fleshripper in the Flayer Dungeon which isn’t bad. A Reaper's from Diablo, not Ethereal of course. Nothing else really interesting maybe I kept a few charms too.


    Gameplay

    “Let me not then die ingloriously and without a struggle, but let me first do some great thing that shall be told among men hereafter.”
    - The Iliad

    I really like the gameplay for this character, having a switch weapon that does something other than just cast Enchant / BO etc. makes for much more versatility. Fire some arrows to thin out the minions. Smite the boss a few times to drop his life, when he is knocked back switch back to bow and blast him in the face. Nice.

    The trouble with the Pride / Might combination is the Merc adds too much damage but doesn't do enough himself. I could do enough damage to player at /p5 - until he died, which he did quite often. So then my damage dropped and I had angry monster running after me with under 1k life. This led to a few deaths, until I got bored of resurrecting the merc and dialled down the players settings.

    Really I would have been much better to replace most of the damage charms with life charms. This would have made the character much more durable, as due to the high strength and dexterity investment I didn't have many points left to invest in Vitality. The lack of life made the ctc Life Tap from Exile not triggering problematic. It sometimes takes a few hits to trigger, of course I was taking damage at this time. If it triggered too slowly, I had to be quick about chugging a big purple or I could die easily.

    All in all I had a lot of fun with this character and I think the theme worked quite well. Of course it would be easy to make the character much stronger. Grief Phase Blade max Holy Shield make him hit harder and the resulting max block would make him more durable. I have the stats to switch to this for a bit of levelling if I decide to play him more.

    Ulysses Ancients.jpg

    Ulysses Baal.jpg


    I am John Daker, the victim of the whole world's dreams. I am Erekose, Champion of Humanity, who slew the human race. I am Hawkmoon. I am Corum. I am Illian. I am Aubec. I am Elric. I am Asquiol. I am Ulysses. I am Cornelius. I am many more.
     
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    Great theme you got going there and a cool looking char!
     
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    Really cool there. I'm planning an eternal champion myself. Have to gather some swords first!

    Granted, I don't know nearly as much of the lore as you seem to.
     
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    really like adding the theme in there, and you've managed to stick to it so well!
     
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    Great write up!
     
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    Great theme and some well-thought out choices to match it!
     
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    Cool concept, implementation, and documentation! Very nice results on the gloves and belt. Thanks!
     
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    Awesome!
     
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    Style points too for the Cream song thread title *thumbup*
     
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    Cool concept
    congrats

    I based my Brave Ulysses off the Cream song. Lot less time making up a backstory
     
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    Loving the theme, the write-up and the item choices were really well-thought and fitting.

    All around exceptional work!

    This reminded me, I still haven't read James Joyce's Ulysses. Odysseys I'm familiar with, though. Michael Moorcock is a familiar name but oddly enough I never read anything by him despite reading tons and tons of fantasy when I was a teenager. Maybe something to look into. Guy has some bibliography!
     
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    Moorcock is a cult author. Very recommended.
     
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    Exceptional !! Very well done, congrats.
     
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    maxicek Moderator Single Player

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    Thanks for the comments everyone.

    @LozHinge the Unhinged Glan you noticed the Cream reference. I thought I would just skip it in and see if anyone picked it up.

    @Grape Joyce’s Ulysses is the Hardcore 99 of literature. I started it, got about 150 paged in and gave up. I remember a part where it describes kidneys frying so well you can smell it. Trouble is that goes on for about 12 pages.

    If you want to try Moorcock I would start with either the Elric or Hawkmoon series, they are a nice entry to the series.
     
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    I started reading it on the subway on my way to the university, back when I started studying some 10 years ago. Very easy going, perfect literature for drowsy mornings. In fact, I have no idea why I never got past the first ~100 pages. :rolleyes:
     
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