The Mysterious Wisp
The Mysterious Wisp is found on the left hand side of the dungeon entrance. Double clicking the entity begins a conversation and opens a back pack:
You are corporeal-sentient. We would deal with you
There follows a series of questions and answers:
You are corporeal, we are not
You are sentient. We are sentient
We would learn. You would teach. We and you would trade.
We would learn of evil and good. You would teach of evil or good
Good and Evil?
You would guide us. We would follow
You would show us why you fight. We would join the mind of one who fights
You would show us how to fight.We would command the mind of one who fights
In the earth here, find the shrine that resonates. There, ask and we will join you
Good or evil, what resonates in you?
We will form a corporeal entity that you would touch. Through touch you will command us. We will obey and we will learn
Command us to join the mind of one who fights. Command us where to fight. Command us when to fight.
Collect for us the hateful putrid hearts of those who fight. For those we will give you objects of magic
What does it mean?
The ‘corporeal entity’ that you will touch is a Wisp Orb. The ‘shrine that resonates’ is the one that matches your karma, ‘trade’ refers to the backpack that opens. It contains randomly generated ephemeral armor and weapons which can be bought using the putrid hearts that are gained as you fight. Double click the hearts to convert them into ‘Despise Crystals’, the hearts will disappear, converted to a figure on your Loyalty Ratings Prices in ‘despise crystals’ are shown together with the item’s description. The higher the power level of the creature killed, the more hearts will be awarded.You are allowed one follower, occupying only one follower slot in addition to your controlled creature.
Where to Begin
On entering the dungeon you must first find the correct shrine. Negative karma characters should take the staircase downwards, postive karma upwards. The map below shows the location of the shrines, which function as normally via the context menu to resurrect, lock karma or tithe gold. There are three pairs of moongates for travel between the levels, also marked on the map.
The Wisp Orb
When you reach the correct shrine double click the Ankh. A Wisp Orb will appear in your pack with the message ‘I will follow thy guidance’. You may only claim one Orb, and thus control one creature.
Double clicking the Orb tells you ‘target a creature to possess’. Choose your companion carefully. Good creatures trained by a postive karma character can reach a maximum level 10, as can evil creatures trained by a negative karma character. However evil creatures trained by a positive karma character or good creatures trained by a negative karma character can reach level 15. Choosing to change the alignment of a creature needs some care, as you will be the focus of an attack from the other denizens of the level, while your companion is ignored until the alignment change takes place with the following message.
|Phantom||Sileni||Bard – Discords the boss and wisp, but needs to be the main target. If it is not the target it will not discord.|
|Naba||Nymph||Mage – that can also poison the boss, often deadly poison.|
|Darkmane||Unicorn||Melee fighter – with Armor Ignore|
|Skeletrex||Sagittari||Archer – Its ranged attack make it a good choice if other members of the party are melee fighters|
|Hellion||Ursadane||Melee fighter – with Crushing Blow|
|Echidnite||Divine Guardian||Melee fighter – with Concussion Blow|
|Birling blades||Dendrite||Melee fighter – with Double Strike|
|Prometheoid||Fairy||Healer – Will heal pets that are nearby for a significant amount of hit points.|
Controlling Your Creature
Once you have chosen your creature double clicking the Wisp Orb gives you the following messages:
Target an object or creature to set the anchor
Target the Wisp Orb to change the leash setting
Target the possessed creature to change its aggression
Use these options to control the creature, toggling between them to achieve different results. All creatures begin at power level one, normal, then gain experience as they fight. You may heal your creature using either healing, magery or veterinary skills.
When a player damages any orb-controlled creature, that player will receive retaliatory damage and will do less than normal damage to the orb-controlled creature. Orb-controlled creatures also receive a damage bonus against players.
1 – 3 Normal
4 – 6 Improved
7 – 8 Heightened
9 – 10 Magnified
11 – 12 Amplified
13 – 14 Inspired
These power levels are also the source of the ‘army power’ figure shown in the Wisp Orb’s menu and represent the power of the ‘Army’ that is in the war zone. Army Power = creature’s level squared, so a level 8 creature will have an army power of 8 x 8 = 64. Three characters each having a level 10 pet in the war zone will therefore constitute an army power of 300.
Entering the War Zone
As you train your creature you will occasionally see the system message ‘The Call to Arms has sounded, but your forces are not yet strong enough to heed it.’ You may chose when you feel your pet is ready to answer the call by using the context menu on the Wisp Orb. This offers a choice of ‘Conscript’ or ‘Release’. Choose ‘Conscript’ when you feel ready to move on. Below you will meet creatures with higher power levels, which will allow you pet gain more quickly, if you can keep it alive. The Call to Arms comes thus:
The forces of your alignment are strong and you have been called to battle! You will be teleported into the depths of the dungeon within 60 seconds to heed the Call To Arms, unless you release your conscripted creature or it dies.
This is followed, after you have been teleported by further instructions:
You have been called to assist in a fight of good versus evil. Fight your way to the Lake, and defeat the enemy overlord and its lieutenants!
The Overlord is shielded from all attacks by players, but not by creatures possessed by the Wisp Orbs. You must protect your controlled creature as it fights.
The Lieutenants are vulnerable to your attacks. If you die during this battle, your possessed creature will fall. Furthermore, your ghost and your corpse will be teleported back to your home base.
Fight you way around the level, building the strength of your creature before finally reaching the center where you will find your foe with his familiar.
Evil karma characters will fight Adrian the Glorious Lord with his Ensorcelled Wisp. Good karma characters will meet Andros the Dread Lord with his Corrupted Wisp. The wisps can be killed by players and are lootable, but will be re-summoned by the Lord.