The Disciple of Doom: A non-ladder elemental aura/conviction zealot build PREFACE: I haven't been a member of these forums long, but I've been reading them forever - and they've helped me out a thousand times. I'm personally indebted to Kitriara's Frost Zealot guide, and to the new runeword guides for ladder players: Sir SDG and Pougee, especially. I play on West, and I've always been a fan of odd builds - I've only just started with pallys, and got hooked on auras playing my shocker (he waltzes through Hell like he's going for a walk in the park). This build is born of a jealousy I've been feeling about all the cool new runewords on ladder, and fueled by my perverse desire to build characters never seen before. It will work off-ladder and on (better on, of course) and be tons of fun. Note: this is my first guide ever (despite an odd habit I have of writing guides for myself and failing to post them), so while I am enthused to hear any comments, please be gentle! Now, if you're up for an odd new pally build, read on! INTRODUCTION: Have you been surfing the pally forums and drooling over all the new elemental aura runewords and the builds possible with them? Are you a non-ladder player who's rich enough that moving to ladder just sounds like a whole lot of work for very little payoff in fun (there are those of us who can't spend days and days building up riches on a new account . . .)? Well then, fret no more, for here is an elemental aura pally in the mode of the Double Dreamer and the Double Dragon (ah, the dorky humor!) - the Disciple of Doom (please suggest any other ideas for a good name you might have!). The Disciple of Doom wields, as you might expect, the Doom runeword in a berzerker axe and synergizes its Holy Freeze aura with Resist Cold and Salvation. His Conviction aura breaks immunes and renders monster's defenses inadequate, and his equipment makes his enemies all ready broken resistances truly vulnerable to the force of his attacks. He Zeals to hit his enemies, hitting at 5 fps to lay down multiple deadly elemental hits. Finally, he slows his opponent's advance and attack to a crawl, and makes it nearly impossible for them to escape him once they run in growing fear and amazement. This is a very playable character, but requires the use of the Doom runeword - an expensive item for nearly any player to obtain. It also requires the use of multiple Rainbow Facet jewels - the more, the better: at LEAST 5 (1 in shield, 1 in helm, 3 in armor) and at most 11 (4 in shield, 4 in armor, 3 in helm). This will not be a cheap character to build, but will be tons of fun and will create a very unique (and terribly entertaining) paladin. It will be effective as a PvM build, being able to avoid damage by slowing opponents, block their attacks, and demolish them by destroying their resistances - end-game equipment and skills will be sufficient to break even the hardiest immunes. In addition, it will be an effective dueler for precisely the same reasons. Finally, it will be versatile, allowing for all sorts of different equipment combinations to suit almost any preference - barring the absolutely necessary Doom and Facets. Well, without further ado, here goes!