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Aerysen created on 28th of December 2022, and is dead and gone (33 years old, 223 hours, 11 months lifetime)

Title: the Holy Knight, Executor of Valour
Gender: Male
Level: 50
Class: jotun paladin

Background history:

  1. The Oracle in the Stars - posted at 2023-01-12 14:43:17
The Oracle in the Stars
The icy winds at the mountain's peak pierced Aerysen's frostbitten flesh, whipping around him in a frenzy as he struggled to keep his feet in the heavy snow. Even a body born and bred for the fiercest winters was pressed to its limits atop Mount Aramore, where ten-thousand stars now gleamed impetuously at the young jotun's desperate quest. But, as exhausted as he was, Aerysen had managed to reach the mountain's peak in time. The aurora was yet to commence, and he could sense the veil between worlds thinning. His chance to change the past was nigh. Mount Aramore had claimed many of Aerysen's kith and kin. If Joleryn's demise had come at the claws of a yeti, or the crushing weight of an avalanche, Aerysen could have buried his grief along with her. But the creature that spewed forth from the All-Pine and felled his wife was wreathed in an alien and sulfuric scent. It was an aberration, and had it not been born into this world through hellish machinations, Joleryn would still be with him. Tears welled up in the corners of Aerysen's eyes, instantly freezing and falling to his wife's body cradled in his arms. At once, the aurora flashed across the night sky in a whirl of prismatic color. Beyond the din of the winds howling around him, Aerysen could hear the faintest sound of a tear. The veil had torn for the briefest of moments, and his message was ready to be delivered. Mustering all of his remaining strength, Aerysen roared for the injustice that had been done to his loved one, calling out to any god who would hear him. As the last of his breath was exhausted, before the cold air pierced his lungs once more, Aerysen suddenly found himself frozen in time. The winds had ceased, snowflakes hung suspended in mid-air, and his lungs no longer ached for air. But as he looked up, the stars undulated and coalesced into a winged being of prismatic light. In a moment, the vision had passed. Aerysen collapsed into the snow, still clutching the body of his wife. But in that same moment, eternity had sprawled before him. He saw endless possibility, pasts that could have been and futures undetermined. But in that infinite web of space and time, the winged being showed the jotun the only world line that could grant restitution. Aerysen would bury Joleryn on the peak of Mt. Aramore, but he would not bury his grief with her. Instead, that grief would fuel the storm of vengeance that was to be wrought on all enemies of the Light. And where else does such a storm coalesce but at the city of Light itself.

Description (commended):

A cold air seems to bellow from this ice giant, like the mouth of the North Wind. Locks of white hair cascade over his massive form, adorned in well-worn armor and weapons that are impeccably well-kept. The ice-blue skin of his fists, neck and face are blemished with frostbite along with various nicks and cuts. However, many of the finer features of his face are obscured by a thick beard adorned with metallic-gray rings that hold the various braids of his mustache. Despite his stern disposition, the jotun appears to carry themselves with an air of joviality. Wrinkles line the edges of his eyes and cheeks, becoming more prominent with boisterous laughter or an easy smile. His eyes are a frosty blue in color, while his pupils appear surrounded by a subtle gold halo. He bears a hawkish nose, bent at the bridge where it was likely broken once or twice.

PK stats:

Kills: 13, Deaths: 1 (Ratio: 13, Efficiency: 92%)
Pinnacle Kills: 12, Pinnacle Deaths: 1 (Ratio: 12, Efficiency: 92%)

Kills by class:
dark-knight: 2, monk: 3, warrior: 4, thief: 2, ranger: 1, vampire: 1,
Killed by class:
bard: 1,

Nemesis: Xhao

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Tags: #knight


  1. lionSpyre [reply]
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    Apologies for commandeering my own GY so quickly, but I just wanted to take a quick second to do two things. First, like a ditz, I totally forgot to type 'note post' before deleting >< so, Knights, here's my final note to you all:

    Knights and Friends of Valour,

    It is with a heavy heart that I shed this mortal coil to rejoin my beloved in the world beyond worlds. To serve as yer Executor o'er these many Renewals was the greatest honor that I could have ever seen in my time in this realm. It is my sincere hope that the service I've provided to the good folk of these lands will last, that others will follow in my footsteps and take up the beacon of Light against the ever encroaching Shadow. I know my service was far from perfect, but may history look upon my deeds and actions with indulgence, and recognize that I poured every once of my being into the safety and security of the good folk of Serin.

    To Ceridwel, thank ye fer yer ever present faith in me. It was never ignored nor forgotten, and it guided my hand in both wrath and compassion.

    To Avenar, thank ye fer showin' a humble jotun how he could make a difference in this world.

    To Dorbin, my Duke, thank ye fer yer ever present good humor. Yer constant devotion to aiding the Knights of Valour, and the good ye've done fer the city of Valour, will outlive any oath that I've procured from the shadow.

    To Ayinti, my friend, thank ye fer yer dedication to the fight against evil. Yer zeal matches that of a Knight, but ye wield the pen and the power of information far better than I ever wielded a sword or the wrath of the Light.

    Knights and Friends of Valour…

    May the Eyes of the Oracle and the Light of Valour shine upon us all.
    Sir Aerysen the Holy Knight, Servant of Valour.

    Second, I wanted to apologize for not sticking out the recent changes. I've been ready to delete Aerysen for some time, and with the new updates came lots of new and exciting classes that I've been really itching to try. Ultimately, this game is about having fun, and it was time for me to turn the page.

    Well damn, that was a good ride. There is so much I want to say that I don't know where to start. Aerysen is the character that I've invested the most number of hours in on AR (I know I could have played more per month, but this was a particularly busy year between work and personal life, so I'm just happy I got to play at all). He resembled to me that 'knight in shining armor' archetype that I've loved RP'ing since I was a kid. I was extremely humbled and happy when I had the chance to become Executor (thanks for all the faith and encouragement, Ceridwel), and how I managed to maintain the reputation of being a badass (although I don't know if dying to a bard still lets me claim that :P). Becoming Executor changed my appreciation for this game in a number of ways. Sure, a lot more of my job became writing letters. But, having that direct impact on an organization and being a symbol of something greater than myself was something I really embraced and loved about this character, so I think it's likely I'll be gunning for more top spots at other cabals in the future. Also I want to give a shoutout to my wife for coming up with the 'Tournament of Valour' idea. With her guidance, I suggested to Avenar that we should do a tourney involving a ball, a melee, and a joust. Avenar ran with it, and it was easily one of the highlights of Aerysen's life.

    There are specific people that I thanked personally via note before deleting. However, I would love to give a shoutout to the Consortium as a whole. You all drive so much rich RP, not just through the larger constructed stories guided by Avenar, but from each of your own personal dedications to befriend all the various residents of Serin. Long after the combat-aspect of being a paladin became a bit dull for me, I was always thrilled to play as this character whenever I was interacting with one of you. Thanks to all of you for making this character truly feel like what I had envisioned, and I hope I was able to fulfill a similar role for you.

    I'll save my peace about paladin balance for the forums, since I can finally say it with the additional context of having just played what I think is one of the strongest race/class/cabal combos in the game. All I'll say is this: paladins are a very forgiving class because they are extremely hard to kill and can turn even the toughest enemies on their heels. I highly recommend them for anyone who can handle the RP restrictions and feels like they're struggling with PK, whether you're new to the game or in a rut. For me, I hadn't really had a successful PK character before this, and I can already tell from dabbling in alts that my PK skills have improved dramatically. I can attribute this to lasting longer in battles, seeing different opponent tactics, and learning how to adapt to all of those.

    If you were a friend of Aerysen, 'Eyes of the Oracle and Light of Valour upon us all.'
    If you were an enemy of Aerysen, 'May the Light of Valour embrace ye, in warmth or in wrath.'
    1. What stinks in here? Lol, in all seriousness, Aerysen was a great character. I enjoyed Dothemman's sparse interactions with him. Kudos man and props for your impressive memory.
    2. BlackWidow
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      I'd have to break the forum rules to properly respond to this as I have multiple characters which have/had their various opinions of Aerysen, but... It was frustrating fighting you as an opponent regardless of who I was playing. I'm glad that hunt evil has finally been toned down, though I suspect that wasn't the only factor.

      I believe you created this character AFTER I had deleted Militha so we didn't have any interactions then. My memory is somewhat hazy but I recall late last year I deleted Militha early to mid December because I had end of year deadlines with work. So I doubt we ever crossed paths then.

      Two or possibly three of those kills were definitely from my characters to my memory, though I'm not revealing which ones.

      The deletion feels like poor timing, but then, is there really EVER a good time for a leader to delete?
    3. BlackWidow
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      PS. I also had some characters who were friends and allies of Aerysen, and I enjoyed my time with him as an ally. There were other times when we definitely clashed however... I'm not trying to say bad things about Aerysen or lionspyre, just so we are clear.
    4. Davairus
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      Lionspyre, you don't need to apologize about this timing. Even if it was why you did it, its still completely understandable to delete after a decent nerfing, especially when they hit you while a level 50 cabal leader. Its a large burden to carry on your shoulders. We can all obviously see you rolled that character significantly before the patch that tempered the jotun pierce vuln, so absolutely nobody can fairly accuse you of just being a fair weather player. Anyone sensible would get out if they sensed a significant rug pull.
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  2. Avenar [reply]
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    What an AWESOME character this was. Certainly sad to see you go. I loved that you reached out and really played up the religion interaction. That was a lot of fun.

    I was also happy to run with the Tournament of Valour idea because part of what I want to facilitate in AR is joint story telling (not just directed by staff). When a player is invested enough in a character to pitch event ideas, I think it's great to be able to support that.

    Hope you play other characters as you bring a lot to the game. Best of luck going forward!
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    1. Ceridwel [reply]
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      Awesome character. I literally said outloud "ahh you jerk" when I saw your name in the Graveyard :) Very sorry to see you go. Great job. Look at that record!
        [reply to Ceridwel]
      1. Well played!!! OP Jotun paladin is one thing. Knowing how to play a paladin very well, is another... You learned how to play a paladin, and you did it very well. Great job Lionspyre.
        I was waiting for the day for the stars to align and get my revenge. Paeix (jotun paladin before the changes), Militha decked with mournblade and shirking assassin, and Aerysen.. Probably my three toughest fights.
        Even with the new changes to stone weakness, I don't think it would have made a difference in our battles. A BIS fire giant forsaken with 50ish hit/45ish dam and all primary weapons being 25-30 ave damage...didn't matter. The damage taken versus received was so overwhelmingly lopsided in your favor that you never truly had to reply on healing as part of our fights.
        What was most frustrating was iron will. It's similar to weapon ward. When I'd get the stars to align via dirt/hobble in an area that has twists and turns to make it harder fleeing with blurry eyes, you'd just use iron will. With iron will all my skills are rendered useless. No disarm. No bash. Nothing, it blocks them all. So you'd iron will, and cure serious for fun to help burn that hobble/dirt timer... while also having avenging angels up your sleeve if luck did go my way and I was able to get you below half health during that dirt/hobble. So I'd go lick my wounds, giving your iron will timer plenty of time to refresh. Rinse and repeat.
        I can just imagine what it's like being an evil fighter class without BIS eq/weapons and no cabal powers against a very competent Jotun Paladin.
        Again, well played! Good luck with your next!
        Roll a Legion ;P
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        1. Mogu [reply]
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          Wow. What an incredible character! You were the perfect blend of RP and PK, exemplary at both. I've interacted with Aerysen across multiple chars as friend and foe and had nothing but positive interactions. My only complaint is that you didn't hang around longer. But you are correct, it's all about having fun. If you're eager to try another class then have at it! Best of luck on your next, looking forward to it!
            [reply to Mogu]
          1. Great character and really enjoyed the interactions. With hunt evil, dam I hated fighting you. Overall the Knights will take a major hit here and I was looking forward to reading more Aerysen vs Kryton battles. One can now only dream.
              [reply to Virac]
            1. I'd been mildly curious to know if my mal's would have landed before the what I suspected would be gross damage output would overwhelm me. I think in the end I'm okay not having found out.
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              1. Dogran [reply]
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                And with this delete, there is less standing in the way of legion.
                1. Phostan
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                  I dunno, now that he deleted, I'll probably delete my legion too out of boredom.
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              2. lionSpyre [reply]
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                Also, for those who are interested, here were Aerysen's final stats. Not sure when the next time is I'll see numbers like this :P

                | \
                | Aerysen the Holy Knight, Executor of Valour, follower of Avenar|
                | Adherent of Storm, Rank Executor of [KNIGHT] |
                | You are a Hero of Valour. |
                | You are 33 years old (223 hours, 3h:50m of bloodshed) |
                | |
                | Race: Jotun Hometown: Valour Health: 938/938 |
                | Sex: Male Class: Paladin Mana: 548/726 |
                | Size: large Alignment: Good Move: 232/445 |
                | Age: prime Ethos: Neutral Ail: 167.6 |
                \ -------------------------------------------/
                | |
                | Streng: 22 (22+0) Rating: Great Weight: 403/475 |
                | Intell: 18 (18+0) Level: 50 Pracs: 0 |
                | Wisdom: 23 (23+0) Exp tnl: 29412 Trains: 2 |
                | Dexter: 18 (18+0) Guildpoint: 3/3 Items: 35/36 |
                | Consti: 22 (22+0) Gold: 925 Wimpy: 0 hp |
                | Luck: Unfortunate Hunger: [*****] Thirst: [****-] |
                | |
                | Condition: In prime health |
                ------------------------------------------ \
                / |
                | Armor Vs Pierce: 407 Saving Throws |
                | Hitroll: 54 Vs Bash: 410 Afflictive: 59 |
                | Damroll: 59 Vs Slash: 435 Maledictive: 64 |
                | Vs Magic: 305 Mental: 62 |
                1. Xenyar
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                  Looks pretty darn close to what I said in the Jotun discussion on the forums. Inspiring prescence +6 damroll,, +6(or 8? can't remember)bonus for two-hander, and 7 layer enchant is how you get to 59 damroll, while being able to maintain very high hitroll, if anybody is wondering.
                2. Ashlyn
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                  Yeah Jotun is busted stat wise. Gnome paladin would be better though.
                3. Davairus
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                  Good news, or maybe bad news. Since you brought up all those numbers again, I dug around and found a serious (and very old) bug in hitroll. The patch only came out a week ago, so I spent the last day thoroughly researching how to fix it properly and did so. I also went around to a bunch of other muds to make sure that we're not doing hitroll any shittier than anyone else.

                  I know you want the details of the bug, and I'm not going to disappoint. It's pretty brain-dead. Basically, someone forgot a crucial divisor at a crossroads in parry/dodge, which jacked up hitroll's effect against those defenses. My guess is that since this bug was never reported, nobody really noticed or cared, but it actually benefited paladins quite nicely because of their Holy Armor/Protection spell being somewhat of a get-out-of-jail-free card for a scenario where you cannot block anything.
                4. lionSpyre
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                  Wow, nice find Dav. Thanks for that. I imagine this will have a notable impact on most fighter and rogue classes. It’s felt like for a while now that once you cross a certain hitroll threshold attacks land way more often (like there’s a jump rather than a smooth transition). Not sure if that’s related to it but I’m interested to see if I notice any difference.

                  Also to quickly note, Mogu and Xenyar are right in that this stat line is after I’ve popped all of my cooldowns. I was also rocking BIS with perfect forged, perfect gambles, dragon, order, titanium, etc.
                5. Ashlyn
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                  Same with first and second parry? Because I lost a lot of close fights to hit roll stacking
                6. Davairus
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                  Ashlyn remember you have other variables. Like monks get +25 hitroll from crane style
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              3. Mogu [reply]
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                Incredible stat line. I'm guessing this was captured with avenging angels popped (+8 hit), paragon popped (+5/+5, health/mana/AC), and inspiring presence up (+6 dam). Also worth noting he does not have 450+ AC across the board as people assume all paladins have.
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                1. Kalist19 [reply]
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                  This was the worst matchup I could have possibly imagined with Xhao. Massive hit/dam/armor, large size, no vulns, unlimited movement and golden road. That's ok when I went evil I knew it was going to be a rough ride.

                  I'm not at all blaming the hitroll bug because even if I dodged or parried a couple more attacks I don't know if I would have ever won that fight.

                  I'm just disappointed that I died to you so many times because I ran out of movement. I think the monk changes that help that aspect out are great.

                  I hope you have as much fun on your next char as you did with this one!
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