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Gods of Diablo 2 Fallen: Fiacla-Géar - The First Druid

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This is the first update in a series that will tell about the new gods and their Divine Gifts.

The gods in Diablo 2 Fallen are the Nephalem of D2 lore, the god-like beings who first appeared as hybrids of Angels and Demons and later became the progenitors of all the mortal races. The lore has been mutated a bit to fit the world of Ancaria.

All Divine Gifts have the same cooldown of 400s (just under 7 minutes), which can be reduced down to about 65s with Divine Devotion Mastery at the highest levels. So don't underestimate the Divine Devotion skill!
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For more detailed info on Fiacla-Géar and his Divine Gift Cleansing, check his SacredWiki page.


Lore of the Nephalem
Book 1: Fiacla-Géar - The First Druid
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Fiacla-Géar is an ancient first generation Nephalem who became the enigmatic founder of the Druids.

Origins

In the ancient tome of the Druids, the Scéal Fada, it is written that Bul-Kathos, the great and ancient king of the Barbarian tribes, had a mysterious but trusted confidant, who was only referred to as Fiacla-Géar ("Sharp-Tooth"). This man is sometimes described as Bul-Kathos’s close friend, and at other times, he is referred to as his brother. Whatever the source of their relationship, their bond was strong, and together they shared the secrets of the ancients: of the mysteries below the peaks of Mount Arreat, of the venerated task put to their people to protect those mysteries, and of the prophecies regarding the dark times ahead.

They both agreed that, in order to fulfill their sacred trust, their people must devote themselves to nothing save that charge. However, they disagreed on exactly how the people could best do this. Bul-Kathos believed that only by bringing the tribes together and training them in strict martial discipline could the tribes faithfully concentrate on their goal for generations to come.

Fiacla-Géar, on the other hand, believed that only through obtaining a spiritual oneness with the land they had sworn to protect could the people truly appreciate the importance of their role. Both agreed the other's philosophy had merit, and so around the time Bul-Kathos united the tribes, Fiacla-Géar gathered together a small group consisting of the tribes’ greatest warrior-poets and shamans and mysteriously retreated into the forests surrounding the area known as Scosglen. There he and his people created the first of the Druid Colleges, huge mortar-less stone towers, covered in vines and safely hidden beneath the leafy canopies of the dense forests.

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Legacy

In Scosglen, in preparation for the impending conflict, Fiacla-Géar taught his people the Caoi Dúlra, a way of thinking that holds harmony with the natural elements of the world, its plants and animals, as the heart of its most intrinsic beliefs, for they are the personification of the very world that the Druids have sworn to protect. Not only was Caoi Dúlra the basis for their system of values, but through its study and practice, the Druids learned to bond with the natural entities of Ancaria. This bonding was so absolute that eventually they discovered how to talk to the plants and animals, and these beings taught them all the secrets of the natural world. They taught them methods to call animals from far away, how to summon sentient plants from the earth, ways to change their own forms to share the strengths of their animal cousins, even, to a limited extent, techniques to control the weather.

At the Túr Dúlra, the greatest of the Druid Colleges, stands the magnificent oak Glór-an-Fháidha. This tree is the most revered source of the Druids guidance and teachings. Under its branches, for centuries, the Druids of Scosglen have been honing not only their powerful arsenal of natural magic, but also the martial skills they have retained from their Barbarian forefathers. There they dwelt, forging a new way of life for themselves. They created a new culture and wait until the time of the Uileloscadh Mór, the final battle at the end of the world.

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Divine Gift: Cleansing
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The land itself grants a healing emanation to rid the hero and allies of all taint and corruption. Detrimental effects are blocked and cured while health regenerates at a heroic rate.

  • Cooldown: 400 seconds (~6.6 minutes)
  • Duration: 12 seconds
  • Hitpoint Regeneration: +30/second
  • Instant Heal: 510 Hitpoints
  • Detrimental Magic Effects -100%
  • Opponent's Chance to Wound/Weaken/Poison/Freeze/Burn -40%
  • Area of Effect Range: 10 meters

The original D2 Cleansing was a Paladin aura that cured poisoning and curses. The D2F version of Cleansing has similar properties and looks and plays very similarly to Kybele's "Infusion," being an area-of-effect party buff with instant heal and massive hitpoint regeneration.

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Statue
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Clicking on Fiacla-Géar's statue will partially regenerate his Divine Gift, Cleansing.

This statue and all others to be announced have been built by Silver Fox. A side part of that project means that the playable characters will have some more Diablo 2-inspired gear. Thank you Silver Fox for the awesome contributions!

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Flix, and Silver what a job!

You know, I spent some time reading the content last night, but was enjoying it so much, wanted to really get a feel for it, stopped reading, and came back to it again this morning. The prose and ideas here are just so fresh and exciting. I'm so happy that you guys are making this happen for Sacred 2, and all the time you're putting in, it's amazing!!

names like this, Fiacla-Géar, just thrill me!

I mean seriously, do other games ever get modded like this?

Beautiful work!

:)

 

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Gogoblender already said and I just can add to it: "Man, you both are crazy!" In the best and postivest way which can be imagined.

Many thanks to you both for creating mods like this one for us other players! It really feels like birthday, christmas and easter together! :l_santa:

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Flix, and Silver what a job!

You know, I spent some time reading the content last night, but was enjoying it so much, wanted to really get a feel for it, stopped reading, and came back to it again this morning. The prose and ideas here are just so fresh and exciting. I'm so happy that you guys are making this happen for Sacred 2, and all the time you're putting in, it's amazing!

names like this, Fiacla-Géar, just thrill me!

I mean seriously, do other games ever get modded like this?

Beautiful work!

:)

 

gogo

 

Thanks Gogo. Most Sacred mods up to now (definitely all the ones I've been involved with) were about just changing the flavor of the game, or adding new things to fit into the existing game world, by filling in gaps or fixing issues. This mod on the other hand, is a chance to really just change things up as much as possible. See how much we can transform the game - make it something new.

 

The challenge is the map - we're stuck with the "same old" Ancaria, unlike some games where you can make new maps and levels. So the other changes really need to be striking to make up for it, and luckily the sky's the limit when modding most other aspects of the game. We don't have to learn to use a lot of specialized modding toolsets and programs with Sacred 2. The games bares its insides to us with all its unencrypted files.

 

And actually, yes, mods like this do pop up for various games. Probably the ultimate example is a mod for Dungeon Siege. It's called Ultima V: Lazarus. It's a complete remake of the vintage RPG Ultima V, using the Dungeon Siege engine. A huge international team of modders worked to turn a fairly simple RPG into a completely different game. Mindblowing work.

 

However the major inspiration here was a similar mod for Titan Quest, called Diablo 2 Immortal, a five year project which merged together the map and quests of Titan Quest with the character classes and enemies of Diablo 2. It's an amazing piece of work with a level of quality I'm shooting for.

 

Why Diablo 2? Well it's old enough now to be a classic (it was an instant classic really), but the lore, monsters and character classes are just so great that it translates well to more modern RPG's too. A nostalgia hit for old fans and hopefully a new frontier for others.

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