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Thimble last won the day on March 16

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  1. Great to see this from the other side! I hadn't realized it was you who pulled me, that was a great pull! I was totally caught off guard. At the time, I was trying to say that we should form a defense on top of that rock outcropping to the right. But, alas, we just didn't have enough time before you guys hit us. Great job in the fight. We definitely outnumbered you guys, and you still won.
  2. The corridor was adorned with tapestries depicting past battles. Thimble always loved walking through the Hall of Battle. Busts of vessels wielded by heroes of the Citadel dotted the walls as well, each one placed carefully on a pedestal that Stoneborn had shaped and grown out of the walls themselves. Coming to a large set of doors, Thimble pushed them open and entered the chamber beyond. The War Room was large and circular, with several cylindrical tables that were designed to be moved around the room to mimic the configuration of one of the many worlds they visit before the Hunger destroys them. Praelian, Battle Commander of a group that called themselves the Fist of the Empire, was next to one of the tables talking to Vanboozled, one of the Sergeants of the Citadel. As Thimble entered, they turned toward him. “Our forces will stage at the Temple in the Trial of Illara shortly,” Praelian said in his gruff voice, which Thimble noted was both strong and confident. “How many will you be able to bring to support us, Van?” “I’m hoping we can commit two squads to tonight’s siege. Many of our warriors have been busy with other … projects.” If Praelian’s voice was gruff, Vanboozled’s was pure gravel, coarse and grizzled, both broken and strengthened from a tremendous amount of experience leading forces in battle. “Great. Now that Thimble’s here, I’ll tell you about the plan for tonight,” Praelian began. He went on to describe what the Fist’s strategists had come up with. A few minutes later, two squads of Corvus Citadel and 3-4 squads of Fist of the Empire gathered at the Temple in the Trial of Illara, ready to move out. Suddenly, eight warriors bearing black shield crests with green triangles on them appeared. Though Chaos, they had become infamous for their past actions, and both Praelian and Vanboozled knew well to avoid them. Once the order was given to go through the portal to Aerynth, the black shields followed. The Fist broke off and went one way while the warriors of the Citadel went another, and the black shields split up as well, in an attempt to follow. Vanboozled led his two squads in a circular path, twice dodging around outcroppings, and finally one of the scouts reported that there were no more black shields following. The report came in that the Fist had managed to shake their pursuers as well, so the two groups met up in the forest named Wolf’s Cry, just southeast of the Tetuoria Taubaet Keep. Mere moments later, all eight of the black shield warriors showed up; they must have had a scout who was following undetected. Almost immediately following that, a horde of Balance was reported leaving the keep and heading straight toward where the Fist and the Citadel forces were gathered inside the tree line and behind a cliff. The black shields had somehow reported the hidden position to the enemy. There was not even enough time to pivot before the enemy was upon them. A bloody battle ensued, and right at the start the vessel that Thimble was wielding was netted and pulled into the middle of the enemy forces before he even had time to build up enough pyrotechnic energy to immolate. He managed to struggle out of the net just in time for his Elken hooves to carry him to safety - or so he thought. With one final bleat, the vessel succumbed to its wounds, and Thimble found himself in crow form at the nearby portal. It seemed that much of the rest of the force had met a similar fate shortly thereafter, because the order came to return to the Temple and make haste toward the Brookhurst portal. Intelligence came in that the force that had attacked them was Hy'shen Avari and that they had won despite the combined force of Corvus Citadel and Fist of the Empire outnumbering them. Once in Brookhurst, the Sunset Keep was only a short run from the portal they entered through. Because the order was to make best speed, Thimble immediately took off with the few who had gathered around him. His Elken legs carried him faster even than the pack pigs that the other warriors were riding, so he made the objective and met up with the Fist with his brothers in arms trailing behind him. Immediately, the Fist summoned an enormous trebuchet and began firing it at the walls. Before the rest of Corvus Citadel could catch up, though, a huge force of Order came flowing over the walls and out of the gates of the keep like a tidal wave. Thimble and his brothers and sisters fought valiantly alongside their allies, but it was impossible to last long against such an onslaught. Where they outnumbered the enemy by a small margin in the previous battle and still lost, they were now sorely outnumbered and they simply had no chance at all. Praelian gave the order for a tactical disengage, but by that time all of the Corvus warriors who were there had perished. Afterward, back at the Citadel, those who had taken part in the battles gathered in the War Room to discuss and learn from the events that had transpired. The next phase of Thimble’s plans for the White Crow was nearly upon them, and when he reported that to the others they became excited. Changes were coming, and as always Corvus Citadel would continue to work with their allies to defend the Chaos faction. Later, in his chamber within the Citadel, Thimble touched a piece of parchment in his pocket. A note, left on his vessel as it lay on the ground after the second battle, with three words: “Friendship is coming.”
  3. Actually, this play style sounds like a ton of fun. If I wasn't super busy I'd probably try it out. I imagine there will be no shortage of applicants, so successful merc groups will be able to pick the best, especially if they establish a good rep early on and keep it. In that way, staying small would actually be an advantage.
  4. Do you mean like outside of campaigns? I expect that a successful small mercenary group could definitely have assets. They're going to be making money as well as exporting stuff from campaigns just like anyone else. There will also be public marketplaces where they will be able to get anything they want made, I'm sure. So a group with a lot of coin wouldn't necessarily have to have the same level of logistics as a more all-for-one-and-one-for-all big guild would.
  5. I've been thinking about this ever since a small group came to us and wanted to run with Corvus Citadel without actually joining. I think there absolutely is a place in Crowfall for small guilds. Most obviously is the mechanic mentioned early on where a guild could pledge itself to another guild. I'm not sure how that'll actually work, but I look forward to further design discussion. But aside from that, small groups will thrive as sort of mercenaries, hiring their whole group out to help with Dregs or other campaign types. I imagine that if there's a small group that makes a good name for themselves they could probably charge a hefty price, especially if they're very active.
  6. Mysterious link in a post about Trojans with broken English. No thanks.
  7. Did you make this? You should win War Stories hands down. Just awesome.
  8. Alright, I feel like I have to step in here. When SmokinJoker mentions numbers, he's not talking about in one zone; obviously that would be silly because Chaos and Order combined were about 45 people, so the most Balance could have had in the last fight was 55, and it's likely to have been 10 or so less because of random gatherers and spies. Balance has shown regularly that they can field enough to put up a strong defense at two keeps. 100 may be an exaggeration, but I certainly don't think it's more than double the reality. The truth probably lies in between somewhere. That said, props to Balance for being able to do that. Zerging seems to imply lack of individual skill so the group has to rely on numbers; I can tell you from fighting Winterblades and HoA frequently that skill is not in question. No, claiming a side is zerging is just a way of expressing frustration over a numerical disadvantage. If you have more people, bring them. Why tell some of your own guys that they can't come to a siege? That's the only alternative and that's silly. I think the point SmokinJoker is making is that we've seen people jump to the faction that has the numbers. People want to win, and that's the path of least resistance in a lot of cases. But that only makes the winning side even stronger. Most of Order used to be Chaos and both factions have grown since the split so I think if we merged again we'd be equal to Balance, but then we'll just always be zone capped and people will be sitting out in a queue while the fighting is happening and that's just not fun. That leads to sitting in zone hours ahead of time, and honestly I'm glad that time is behind us. At this point, the most fun is when Chaos and Order fight each other and Balance stays out of it. I think many on Order and Chaos would agree with me on that. And that's unfortunate. But when you have a faction that's good because they're skilled and organized, and then you see other groups and individuals join that faction on top of that, it creates a cascade effect. That's, ultimately, the problem. That said, Corvus Citadel will always be Chaos and we've shown that we don't give up. So we'll see you on the battlefield.
  9. A cold wind stirred above the white snow. It swirled and eddied before finding its way to the precipice, coalescing into an invisible wave as it tumbled over the edge. Down it went, leaving the peak in its wake, flowing around trees as it descended. When it reached the bottom, it sped out from the base of the mountain, heading south, losing intensity as it ran into obstacle after obstacle. Finally, nearly depleted in strength, the last tendrils reached out before dying and managed to barely move a banner on the walls of the Sunset Keep. Dark eyes surrounded by fur took notice of the movement, as they took notice of everything in sight. This vessel had revealed to Thimble even the most skilled assassins with its eyes, once thought to be a curse by Gaea, the Earth Mother. Now prized for their eyes above all else, Elken had become the vessel of choice for Thimble when seeking to expose the sin of his enemies to the Flame of Truth. He had wrestled with the White Crow for what seemed an eternity. Finally it had begun to struggle less, tiring from the constant fight against the magical energies harnessed deep within the Corvus Citadel. Soon the Citadel would control its powers completely, strengthening their forces, further solidifying their victory on the battlefield. Already Thimble had been able to siphon some of the power of the White Crow, giving the Sergeants of the Citadel the real time combat intelligence they needed to command successfully. Soon, he would be able to infuse the Citadel’s Artificers, greatly increasing the efficiency of their operations. The present suddenly rushed back to him as Duffy gave the order to move northwest, skirting the mountain on the way to the portal to Calinor. Without hesitation, Thimble leapt from the walls of the Sunset Keep, landing with the agility only an Elken could achieve, immediately transitioning into a sprint. The order was unexpected; the baneful trees hadn’t even spawned. Duffy was taking a risk with this move, but being bold was often necessary when fighting Balance. And, truthfully, Order had in recent weeks shown itself to be quite formidable as well. The Death Alliance leaving the freedom of Chaos for the rigidity of Order made no sense to Thimble, but as adversaries they had earned the respect of the Citadel, and it felt like that respect had been returned in kind. Bounding up the rocks below the portal to Calinor, Thimble caught a brief glimpse of Grimmel as the scout stepped through. Immediately the report reached them that the Free City was clear of enemies, and the order was given to proceed. They waited only seconds on the other side; the army of Corvus Citadel, for that was what it was becoming, had practiced squad movements and had become efficient at force projection. Grimmel had already reported the all clear on the other side of the portal, so when Duffy began giving the order the entire force was through the portal before he could finish. Swiftly they raced as one cohesive unit along the road through Thracia toward Storm Haven Keep. Stilling their breaths while positioned behind a hill near the keep, the forces of Corvus Citadel managed to remain hidden only a hundred yards from the walls. While looking for the flat ground necessary to perform the summoning ritual for the mighty siege engines, Duffy noticed a breach in the wall and quickly consulted the Sergeants to devise an attack plan. Mighty Vanboozled, grizzled veteran of the Citadel, suggested an immediate attack without waiting, to try to take advantage of the boon presented to them. The order was given, and five full squads of warriors streamed into the breach, pivoted left and flowed into the corridor inside the exterior fortifications. Emerging from the ramp at the top into a hail of arrows and seeing their desired avenue cut off by a ruined bridge, Thimble and Duffy, brothers in arms, ran along the top of the wall toward their secondary objective: a bridge, still in tact, to the left of the inner keep. The order was given for a small group to break off at the back to distract the Order defenders as the main force cut down guards left and right. Unfortunately, the enemy was not so easily fooled. When Thimble and Duffy reached the end of the bridge, with their brothers and sisters streaming across behind them, they ran headlong into the bulk of the enemy force. Worse still, Order had the high ground, and with great defensive positioning. Thimble could only assume that Chroma, who had shown his tactical cunning, was leading the defense. In an attempt to avoid total annihilation, a hasty retreat was called. Their numbers cut in half, Thimble and the remaining warriors of Corvus Citadel maintained discipline as they retreated down another ramp, taking shelter inside the fortified walls. That allowed Chroma, or whoever was leading, to order the defenders to advance across the bridge and attack from the top of the ramp, while splitting their force and attacking simultaneously through the courtyard into the chamber below. Performing the incantations and required movements as fast as he could, Thimble summoned tornadoes to toss the enemy left and right, granting a momentary reprieve to the now very small attacking force. That reprieve lasted only a moment, though, for the heavy hitters of the enemy were within their ranks. With a mighty bleat, Thimble charged, using his antlers to knock three of the enemy away. Instinct took over, his movements faster than his mind could even comprehend. He summoned a blast wave, blowing several of the enemy away and lighting them on fire. He then leapt into the enemy, pivoted on his hooves, and immolated an entire group as he teleported back into the chamber. It was a last ditch effort, however, and ultimately proved to be futile. Despite valiant efforts by Thimble and his brothers and sisters, they fell to the overwhelming forces of Order. At Duffy’s command, they flew back as crow spirits, recovered control of their vessels, and formed up on the other side of another hill close to the keep. Once all forces had been accounted for, they began an ordered retreat. Then, suddenly, Duffy received intelligence that the powerful forces of the Winterblades had been spotted near the keep, on the other side. Immediately the Corvus Citadel forces turned and advanced hastily on the nearest baneful tree. Arriving in moments, they found a squad of Order hacking at it with all the effort they could muster, clearly hoping to destroy it before anyone could interrupt them. It didn’t work. Five full squads under the banner of the Citadel quickly overwhelmed the squad attacking the tree, and then the healers began immediately healing it. Before they could bring the tree back to full health, word reached them that the Winterblades had done the same thing at another tree, and that the Death Alliance had retreated back into the inner keep for a last stand. Grimmel, who was able to use the shadows to stay hidden, relayed information as the Winterblades streamed into the keep, killed off any remaining guards that got in their way, and ran straight to the inner keep. He described a quick battle in which the defenders of the lower room were overrun almost immediately, then gave the recommendation Duffy was waiting for: if Corvus Citadel were to attack again, it would be at that moment or never. With a mighty roar, minotaurs and half-giants running in front, Corvus Citadel’s attacking force charged through the breach and straight into the inner keep, behind Balance. They ascended the ramps swiftly and saw an unbelievable sight at the top: the Death Alliance had repelled the Winterblades assault. Hesitating only a moment, Thimble began firing tornadoes at the small groups of Order left in the room with the Tree of Life. He charged with his antlers, blew up the enemy with blast waves, and summoned more tornadoes. Over and over, his pyrotechnics and antler antics forces the enemy off the edge and into the courtyard below. It looked like Corvus Citadel was going to be victorious in the pitched three way battle. Until, of course, the Winterblades streamed in, having regrouped from their earlier defeat. Corvus Citadel was able to hold them off for awhile, but in the end the Winterblades and their vassals were able to destroy the Tree of Life and plant their own Golden Apple. Corvus Citadel’s attack had failed. The Death Alliance, and the rest of Order, had lost their keep, but not to the forces of Chaos. For the first time in the Trial of Illara, the Winterblades controlled two of the three keeps. Still, even though Duffy’s plan was bold, Thimble knew that it was better to have tried and failed than to have not shown up at all. After all, Corvus Citadel had earned a reputation for not backing down from a fight without good reason, and they had proven that again today.
  10. The best feature is Campaigns. This one feature sets Crowfall apart from other similar sandbox territory control games. However, the Crowfall community is the best thing overall about the game. Enemies even have respect for each other, several of our enemies post friendly messages on our Discord almost every day. The smack talking isn't really that toxic, especially compared with other games. Several times I've seen people on opposing factions compliment the guild I'm in, and I've seen lots of positive interactions between individuals as well. A few months ago, when we were finally getting into gear as a group, it was an enemy group that helped us with info and even mats. You almost never see that in other games. Then, later, individual friends we've made on each faction continued to help us. So, while campaigns set Crowfall apart from other games, it's the community that really makes me love it.
  11. News from the front had reached Thimble mere moments ago. He had been busy helping run things at the Citadel and had been unable to help the war effort aside from the occasional flight into the Trial of Kane to quickly craft armor before he had to return. Raising the White Crow had proven to be a more difficult affair than anticipated, but the results would be worth it. As for the news from the front lines, it had been good, to say the least. In the face of overwhelming odds, three small groups of Corvus Citadel forces had managed to secure two keeps from the Winterblades and their vassals through the use of cunning tactics and swift decision making. The Balance faction began the night with three keeps, so their defenders were spread thin. Duffy Swiftshadow, Commander of the forces of Corvus Citadel, gave the order to the small group to assault Umbressa Keep, which was particularly light on defenders. Within minutes, the warriors of the Citadel overran the token defense and were able to destroy the Tree of Life and plant their own. Immediately, the band pivoted and marched at best speed to Rose Knights Grove Keep. The first to arrive were the scouts, and they reported back that the forces of Balance and Order were fighting over one of the Bane Trees outside the keep. Quig, Sergeant of Corvus Citadel, and Dirty, one of several Crowguard involved in the operation, quickly devised a plan while Duffy was commanding from the rear, helping the several recruits in attendance to catch up to the main force. It was a bold plan, and a risky one. Once Duffy and the recruits caught up, the small group of warriors began creeping along the wall of the keep, careful not to draw attention. Twice Grimmel, Corax Councilmember and forward scout, motioned for the force to stop all movement and cover their armor with their cloaks as they waited for a distant enemy scout to pass, hoping beyond hope that the scouts' attentions were always directed outward rather than inward toward the keep. Their luck held, as they were able to enter the keep through the breach without being discovered. Immediately they broke into a run, Quig leading the attackers in a glorious charge, straight to the objective: the Tree of Life. The brave warriors knew that they would only get one chance. Within seconds, Grimmel reported that the Winterblades were on to them. They must have had their own scouts watching the Tree of Life because their entire force turned on a gold piece as one and began streaming back toward the keep. The order was given to the warriors of the Corvus Citadel to throw everything they had at the Tree of Life in an attempt to take it down before they were overwhelmed. They grouped up, packing themselves tightly together, to maximize the effect of the beneficial magics of their clerics and other casters. The Tree of Life was nearly dead when the vanguard of the Winterblades slammed into the small force, but the phalanx held, though not without heavy loss. Zerst called out that he would begin the Resurrection Ritual, to try to save as many Corvus Citadel vessels as he could, to allow them to continue to fight. He was able to bring four of them back to life before he was knocked out of the ritual, more than anyone could have expected. Quig gave the order to blow novas, and one after another of the brave warriors gathered their energy and released it explosively, knocking the Winterblades off of the building. Finally the Tree of Life succumbed to its wounds. Quig and Grimmel, each with one hand on the same golden apple, dropped to their knees simultaneously, smashing the apple into the ground, causing a new Tree of Life to sprout, this one attuned to Chaos. The small band of warriors, half of which were green recruits wearing bits and pieces of hastily made armor, had done the impossible. Corvus Citadel had taken two keeps from the overwhelming forces of the Winterblades and their vassals. Thimble leaned back in his chair, taking two puffs on his pipe, the sun streaming in through a window illuminating the smile on his face.
  12. I actually love the game in the current state. I'm so excited for every patch to come, while at the same time enjoying the game for what it is until then. The patches are coming at a pretty good pace, too - about every 3-4 weeks. There are a couple of big changes coming that I think will dramatically improve things, like the character controller. Population, like srathor said, is usually a few hundred during peak times. It can drop down to only a few dozen at off peak times. During keep sieges, the zone cap of 100 is regularly hit in at least one zone and sometimes more than one, so there are big battles to take part in.
  13. I love my Confessor, but I stopped playing it because of Elementalist. One siege I was in I swear I healed the enemy more than I hurt them. I'm playing a different class until something changes. Confessor just isn't viable right now.
  14. Well I've beaten you wearing greens, so not sure where the elitism comes from. But yeah, we have one piece of legendary, which counts for crafting legendary gear.
  15. Corvus Citadel had a great time last wipe. It was extremely exciting, and when the wipe hit we hit the ground running and had a ton of fun blitzing everything. We've been talking excitedly internally about a wipe for weeks now, we can't wait for it to happen. Like I said, we'd prefer a total skills wipe, and our theory is that it's coming - mainly because it's been long enough now that people are max on crafting. But we're even excited about just a gear wipe, even though we've crafted legendary gear. That journey has been exciting, and we look forward to the next. If you adopt the mindset that a wipe ruins your hard work, then I can't stop you, but I can disagree with you heavily.
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