Thursday, October 25, 2012

[Rogue Soul] I: Bladedancer

The Soul of  A Bladedancer
The Bladedancer soul plays a part in these purposes:
  • Combat Medic (Healer)-10pts.
  • Voidtouched (Melee DPS)-15pts. **Requires Ascended Soul Pack (Shadeborn Soul)**
  • Mad Genius (Melee DPS/Support)-10pts. **Requires the Storm Soul Pack (Tactician Soul)**
  • Explosives Expert (Ranged DPS)-15pts.

External Sites:
A Bladedancer Guide
Bladedancer Talent Calculator
Bladedancer Video

For the abilities listed in the table below, this is based on a Rogue with no points spent in that tree yet, fair warning. Numbers will most assuredly change the further you go into the soul.

     **Bonus Mastery: Each point in the Bladedancer Soul increases damage by 1%.
Type of Soul
An offensive specialist who overcomes opponents with precision strikes and graceful agility. Their deadly dance is so fluid as to be mesmerizing, enabling a talented Bladedancer to easily avoid or deflect incoming damage, while simultaneously launching lethal attacks of their own.
40pt Talent
Hundred Blades”   40 energy           6.0second cast    
AE damage     Req melee weapon      Cooldown: 30sec.
Deals X damage over 6sec. with each weapon to up to 8 enemies in a cone within 20 meters of the rogue. Allows movement
Legendary Hundred Blades
Deals X dmg over 6s. with each weapon up to 8 enemies in a 20m cone. Allows movement. Consumes energy per tick, increasing by 25% each tick.
51pt Root Ability
Fated Blades  10 energy   Instant cast   Cooldown: 1.5min
Self buff     No Global Cooldown
Increases attack power contribution to all bladedancer attacks by 150% and causes them to completely ignore the enemy’s armor. Lasts 15sec.
Legendary Fated Blades
Increased attack power for all bladedancer attacks by 150% and causes them to completely ignore armor. Can have another Rythmic Action at the same time.
Main Weapons
History (from the Rift Site)
The first bladedancer was an Elven buccaneer by the name of Estrael, who became legend after defending a High Elf village from an Abyssal raid for ten days straight. She had no links to the village, being one of a larcenous crew of pirates who sailed up and down the coast, taking advantage of the chaos that ruled the Age of Dragons. When a storm caught up Estrael’s ship and dashed it against the cliffs of Moonshade Highlands, her battered body washed ashore with the wreckage. A young Elf woman named Loalai found Estrael, took the buccaneer in and nursed her back to health. Such kindness was rare on the high seas and Estrael was touched.
One morning, a dark fog descended on Loalai’s village, and deep ones and cephalons spawned from the mists to drag fisher-folk screaming into the sea. Before the monsters could escape, Estrael rushed to the beachhead, flashing twin scimitars and eyes as gray and cold as steel.
All fluid nimbleness and vicious grace, Estrael’s unique fighting style frustrated and dazzled the monsters, stalling the destruction of the village. She met the enemy attacks with parry and riposte, channeling the force of their onslaught into deadly strokes of her own. They came at her as a gibbering mass, but Estrael’s blades became a whirlwind of gleaming metal. For ten days, the Bladedancer held the forces of Akylios at bay, until a High Elf war-band arrived and drove them back into the sea.
But the war-band’s captain recognized Estrael as a wanted woman. As he stepped forward to shackle her, the villagers rushed to defend their protector.
“I deserve this.” Estrael said as she pushed the fisher-folk away. Loalai accompanied them, to make Estrael’s case before the elders. Out of respect for her courage and prowess, Estrael’s captors let her train Loalai during the march back to the Elven capital. Nightly they practiced, and a crowd of spectators gathered at every town. Soon, many female soldiers had joined in the drills.
One morning, Estrael’s bindings lay limp and frayed beside the tree she had been bound to the night before, while Loalai and a score of female guards were nowhere to be found.
Estrael was never caught, but the Elves still sing of a ship full of impossibly swift woman warriors thwarting the riftborn on Telara’s coasts and high seas.
Mastery of duel blades with sharply honed edges allows a Bladedancer to unleash devastating close combat attacks in quick succession. Their honed skills and supernatural agility allows them to avoid incoming damage for a short period of time and launch lethal sneak attacks on the unwary.
Once a Bladedancer’s fury is spent, their armor is scant protection against a foe. They must move quickly to avoid being overcome and defeated. A Bladedancer relies on their energy, quick blade-work, and use of abilities to survive long fights.


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