Forger - by Drasca
The Cubist, in essence, can be viewed as a creator. He creates his own weapons, his armor, and all his fighting gear. He is a large muscular man of few words, set in a pitch-dark room aglow with coals and hot iron. He is the forger, the maker.
A smith needs tools, supplies, and experience. The Horadric Malus was Charsiís tool; the Horadric Cube shall be our heroís tool of choice and from the rare elements of jewels, gems and other supplies, and with those he shall forge the weapons of war.
-Note: It is possible to find magical jewelry with find item, however rare.
-Game Uniques ≠ They are a marvel to behold, but they were crafted by another and hold their allegiance to their creators. It is something every forger feels with the items he created. He put his soul into his work. We feel it and we respect it. Uniques are Restricted.
-Note: All the items our Hero creates are technically uniques. They are unique to him because no one else crafted them. They bear his mark.
Set items: Each Set item is but a part of a whole. When wearing any one set item alone, it feels imcomplete and missing its pair. Our Hero feels this and cannot bear to wield set items separately. They must be worn complete or not worn at all.
Magical + Rare Items: If these are not of your creation, then it would be humiliation among your peers to wear that of anotherís creation. One crafts his own work, however feeble it is in the beginning, whenever supplies build to the plateau (the arcane numbers 3 and 6). Seek out the weapon or armor of your liking that has within it the base magic needed to perform your work. The rewards are the most gratifying, as one has spent the most time in forging oneís own items.
When coming to forging rings and amulets, one finds that a great part of jewelry pieces is unsalvageable. Therefore in practice, it takes 3 amulets or 3 rings to forge 1 ring or amulet.
Note: The itemís clvl is not purely random. Difficulty (Possibly Clvl) matters. I am currently testing if area matters as well.
Basic & Superior items: Blacksmithing is fine work, and our Hero can freely don and wield such glorifying items without hesitation. No souls bother our hero in these works, but he can finely appreciate the superior work of blacksmiths.
-Basic items are freely used.
Socketable + Gemmed items: Ah, to stud Gems is a fine art in choice. Our forger recognizes gems as magical entities separate from the forger. Make use of Gemmed items Hero, for they will last you long.
-Note: In practice, socketable items will be the next step from basic items for our Hero. I personally recommend getting a dual perfect skull helm, and low quality diamonds, emerald (one weapon needs poison ), and sapphires for weapons. Higher quality perfect diamonds are the gems of choice for a tower shield.
Other: The Forger (Cubist) will never skip putting Griswold, Smith or Hephaesto out of their misery when encountered. Only death can come between the Cubist and these three, and even then death cannot completely stop him.
Summary: Make your own items, full sets are allowed, donít bother gambling, but purchasing basic items is fine. Use find-item and the Cube to add to your repertoire of battle machines enormously. Interesting
Tactics: Leap is extraordinarily useful for stun-knockback in its radius and for its low mana cost. This can give one the room one needs for creating a Grim Ward and using find pot when is in dire need. Of course, running away or portaling out is always an option too ;)
Lord of Destruction Update
Should ethereal equipment be allowed?
Yes, with the following condition:
It is scrap material. The item cannot be used, "as is" and must be shaped by the Forger's touch. As a Forger, you'll probably encounter some base items you'd like to work with using the cube or the newest LoD feature: having items socketed. Ethereal items should be no different, but as scrap.
Sidenote on socketing: Socket only base items or items created yourself. Socketing a unique or other restricted item does not qualify for being "created" by the Forger.
What should be done with Runes? Should they be allowed freely as gems, or should they be limited to use in rune words?
Rune Words feel too much like unique items personally, but I won't officially prohibit them. The point of the Forger was to create items of personal touch, acting some-what like an anti-elitist. In practice, the equipment would be sub-par most of the game.
As for individual Runes themselves, yes, create Battle-Armor laced with runes if you'd like.
Are jewels allowed to be used freely, or should they be restricted to the same acquisition rules as normal magic items?
Use jewels as you'd like, just follow regular item restrictions.
Are there any restrictions on Cube formulae allowed? The expansion has greatly expanded the possibilities of the cube.
I can't think of any game-breaking cube formula off-hand, so you'll have to use your own judgement on that.
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