More New Friends and Foes

Here’s another preview of some of the new demons that inhabit floors 27 to 29 of the Tower, this time using Geminimax’s sprites. :D

AsuraAsura: One of a clan of divine beings, said to be the heirs of a great sage, that is inclined towards aggression, violence, and hostility, but not necessarily outright evil. They are restless in their desire to make war upon the Sura.

GrootslangGrootslang: The Grootslangs were one of the first animals created by the gods, but their overwhelming strength and plentiful cunning proved too dangerous to be possessed by a single creature, so they were split into two different animals: elephants and serpents. However, it seems of them were overlooked and are rumored to live in South Africa, as well as being present in the Tower.

Kaliga-OnKaliga-On: A volcano spirit of the Philippines that will watch over and protect humans of good conduct, but send diseases and plagues upon those whose actions it does not approve of.

Night-GauntNight-Gaunt: Servants of Nodens, a primal Lord of the Great Abyss. These faceless creatures are normally not as malevolent as their appearance may suggest, but those in the Tower are invariably and unusually aggressive towards Summoners.

SuraSura: One of a clan of divine beings, said to be the heirs of a great sage, that is inclined towards peace, benevolence, and tranquility, but not necessarily good. They are locked in a cycle of endless conflict with the Asura.


New Foes, New Friends

Hey folks. :) Feels like it’s time for a brief preview of some of the new demons you’ll be encountering on floors 27 to 29 of the Tower when the new build is released. For this preview, the sprites are using my own versions: a preview using Geminimax’s sprites will follow soonish. :)

MarmooMarmoo: According to Australian legend, a spirit that was driven to create insects by its jealousy of the vibrant life created by others. Due to the tiny size of insects, the problem grew unnoticed for sometime until all of creation was in danger of being devoured by them. Other creator gods responded to the threat by transmuting flowers into birds, which brought the insect horde under control.

SprigganSpriggan: A type of nature spirit that appears as tiny, frail old man with a child like face. But appearances are deceiving: they possess immense physical strength in spite of their size, lending credence to the belief they are the ghosts of giants. They tend to use this strength to ill purposes, creating all sorts of mischief and destruction among mortals.

JorogumoJorogumo: Japanese stories tell of the “entangling bride”, a woman with the legs of a spider sprouting from her back. Initially they eat insects as other spiders do, but should they survive and grow large enough, they gain shapeshifting powers and begin to prey on men instead, using their beauty to lure them close enough to entrap and devour.

TelvoraTelvora: A Summoner chosen by the Faithful Heart relic. He was once a high priest of a major religion, but broke away from with a large number of followers to form a new sect that was eventually hunted down and destroyed by those still faithful to the original beliefs. He himself survived and, having nearly completed his journey up the Tower, believes he has found in his Relic and his new allies the means to see his beliefs spread over the world once he can escape.

SatiSati: A Hindu goddess who was reincarnated as the daughter of Daksha. She eventually came to marry Shiva, with whom her father Daksha had an ongoing dispute. Later when Daksha planned a grand fire ritual he invited a great many to attend, but not his daughter Sati or her consort Shiva. Angered, Sati insisted on going anyway; Shiva chose to remain behind. When Sati arrived, Daksha responded by loudly and incessantly insulting and denouncing her husband Shiva. Sati eventually became so angered at his behavior that she cast herself into the ritual fire, hoping to be reincarnated as the daughter of a more worthy father in her next life.

DakshaDaksha: A king of a divine bloodline. He was granted the boon of having a goddess, Sati, be born as one of his daughters. Unfortunately, this made him quite arrogant and he began to expect others, even among divinity. to bow before him. Most were willing, but Shiva would not bow to him. From that moment forth, Daksha regarded Shiva with hatred, hatred which came to include his daughter Sati as well, as she had married Shiva.

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Hitting the Books

Hey folks. :) Just a small update to let you know I’m currently in the “research” phase of the Tower: 27-29 build, i.e.: digging through mythological references to find appropriate demons for the next floors of the Tower. :D I should be ready to share specifics about some of the new demons you’ll be encountering soon with my next update. Cheers!

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5/17: A New Way of Looking At Things

The new build is out! Links at the right have been updated, so grab away. :)

This build was pretty much entirely about UI upgrades, with a couple of bug fixes as well. Included are durations on enchantment icons, damage and healing values show in message logs, a new startup menu, and some other smaller improvements.

The next build will add floors 27-29 to the Tower: that means new demons and new abilities. :D Until next time, good luck in the Tower!

A New Beginning

Also in the next build: a new start up menu that allows you to access options and the Shared or Spoiled versions of the Codex Daemonium. (You still have to enter the game a specific character to view the Codex in Solo mode.) Hopefully this will help improve visibility of the option menu, and fulfill a player request to allow Codex access from outside the main game. :)


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Back At It

Alrighty, break time is over. :)

I’ve started work on the next build which (has previous discussed) will be small fixes build. Going to take care of a balance problem with Miasma Aura first, and then at least try to make save game data a little more protected against unexpected power outages by improving the backup system. There’s a couple of other improvements I intend to try too, but would rather save mentioning those until/unless I get them working right. (They aren’t THAT exciting for most folks; just some UI changes a couple of players have requested that I promised I’d try for. :P ) Cheers!

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Development Break Ending Soon

Hey folks. :) Just dropping a line to remind everyone my short break from Demon development will be ending soon, in about another week or so. After that, I’ll begin work on a small build with some improvements / bug fixes / balance changes, and following that, I’ll begin work on the Tower:27-29 build. :D Cheers!

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