I’m really tired of hearing that bards get outclassed easily at high levels. It’s like people expect them to be able to cast spells as well as a 20th level wizard *and* fight as well as a fighter or barbarian. Like, of course they’re not going to outperform specialized classes, otherwise the game wouldn’t be balanced.
No one seems to understand that bards are meant to be a powerful jack-of-all-trades. In fact, there’s a class feature that bards get at level **2** that spells that out for the player. Bard’s aren’t supposed to be able to cast incredible spells like Wish or attack five times in one turn, they’re supposed to be able to fill every role in the party to some extent so that they can make up for any weaknesses that the party might have. That’s why they get both powerful healing and attack spells, like the literal one-shot instant kill Power Word: Kill. Bard’s are also one of only two classes that can bring characters back to life.
I honestly have no idea why anyone thinks that bards are useless or outclassed because they are EASILY the most versatile class in the game. The fact that they are both capable fighters and healers make them really good, and the bard colleges of valor and lore make them really good support characters too. The new College of Swords from the unearthed arcana also makes bards *incredible* melee fighters, and I would almost argue that a college of swords bard could replace your melee fighter or DPS while still being a good support class on top of that.
Bards get a lot of flack for being a “jack of all trades, master of none”, but everyone seems to forget that the saying goes “Jack of all trades, master of none,
Hey @goshdarnitmaria, so happy to hear that you are new to Champions! Let me give you the rundown!
This is Kamala Khan:
But you might know her as Ms Marvel
She’s awesome, and was the one who first suggested the formation of the Champions. If you’re not already reading her series, I’d suggest that you do, because there’s no way I can even begin to tell her story.
Kamala is an Inhuman. She can grow and shrink and stretch, and is a badass melee fighter. Over time, she’s learned from her mentors like Captain Marvel and Iron Man about responsibility and teamwork, and she’s pretty much the one holding the team together (in my opinion).
Next up, Miles Morales:
Also known as Spider Man!
Miles is actually from the Marvel Ultimate universe, and was brought here by the events of Secret Wars (along with his parents and some friends. Its pretty unclear tbh).
Miles was bitten by a radioactive spider in an experiment designed to replicate the powers of Peter Parker, and he’s picked up those powers and a few extra. Along with wall crawling and web-slinging, he can shoot electric shocks from his fingertips and hes got some cool one-ops too.
Then we have Sam Alexander:
You may have recognized him as Nova
Sam also has a long backstory, and it revolves around his dad, whose helmet he used to become Nova after his father disappeared.
The helmet gives Sam the power of flight, as well as some energy blasts and some other cool stuff. Sam provides the comedy for the Champions, and a solid ground to hold the team together (when he’s not making jokes at their expense).
Now, these three had been a part of the All-New All-Different Avengers, and they’ve known each other for some time. They’re good friends, and they’ve each had a few crossover issues.
In Champions, they meet up with Amadeus Cho:
(who I now realize is shirtless like 99 percent of the time)
And you’ve seen him as the Totally Awesome Hulk
Amadeus is officially the 8th smartest person in the world, and he was smart enough to cure Bruce Banner of the Hulk. However, he transferred the powers to himself, and now he has full control over the Hulk’s powers.
He’s the guy in the group that hosts the party, and makes sure that everyone has a place to crash after its all over.
Then there was Viv!
Viv Vision (who doesn’t have a superhero name, I guess), is Vision’s daughter. She’s had her own story (just read the Vision comic. It’s terrifying. and awesome), and now she’s got her own group.
She can phase through walls, fly, and so much more. She’s the best.
And last, but certainly not least, Scott Summers:
AKA Cyclops, this Scott is actually stuck in the future and not his future evil self. He used to roll with the X-men, but now he’s joined the Champions.
Scott shoots lasers from his eyes (I know, they’re actually concussion beams. but lasers sound cooler), and he is actively forging his own path through life.
If any of you have played the Descent DLC and beaten that final boss OH MY GOD. My team is Addy (Dual Wield Rogue), The Iron Bull (Two Handed), Cole (Dual Wield Rogue) and then Dorian (MAAAGE). Basically the goal of the load out is to hammer the enemy or a group of enemies with as much DPS as possible and then have Dorian to chip health with AOE and be NOT DEAD in case we need support or epic explosions.
BUT THIS BOSS.
OH MY GOD. Imagine your team of mostly melee fighters getting their health obliterated in 7 seconds of being near the rock tentacles but the only way to beat the boss is to destroy the rock tentacles who need more than 7 seconds of hacking to destroy. After dying too many times I went in with all 3 mages and they all hung back, ran around in circles, and slowly chipped at that behemoth.
BUT GOD DAMMIT I LOVE THE WELLSPRING SO MUCH I WILL FORGIVE THIS EVIL BOSS FOR EXISTING.
Let’s hope the next mission is calmer and not so high-stakes.(hahahahhahahahahahahhahahahah no)
Ladybug cradled her arm to her chest and bit back a sob of pain.
It had been a mistake.
She should have been smart, she should have waited for Chat to arrive. He was the melee fighter, not her. As much as it killed her sometimes to watch him dive in head first, there was no denying that there was a logic to their partnership. He was designed to take the brunt of the damage while she was supposed to be the attacker.
She had never really put a lot of thought into how much protection the suit could give her. She had never needed to before.
She heard the hurried sound of footsteps darting into the alley behind her, but she didn’t know if she had it in her to run away.
She would know that voice anywhere. He was the reason she was cowering here in the first place.
“Ladybug are you ok?” Adrien said, his breath coming hard and fast from his sprint to chase after her.
She didn’t say anything, tears trailing down her cheeks as she continued to clutch at her injured arm.
She was a failure.
The footsteps stopped and she could feel him drop to the ground behind her.
“Ladybug?” Adrien said again, placing his hand hesitantly on her shoulder.
A choked sob of pain, and exhaustion, and shame forced its way out of her throat and she huddled down further. He shouldn’t see her like this. No one should ever see her like this. She was supposed to be a hero, not a sad, broken girl who literally almost let her infatuation get her killed.
She felt Adrien pull his hand back as if he had been burned, and then hear him shift around so that he was kneeling in front of her.
“Hey, it’s ok,” he said tenderly, “it’s going to be ok.” He reached up and gently brushed her bangs away from her face and she couldn’t resist the pull of his gaze. His smile was kind and calm, but his eyes shone with worry. “Please,” he begged softly, “talk to me.”
“Adrien,” she sobbed, sagging forward into his arms.
“It’s alright, I’ve got you,” he soothed, holding he;2r loosely so as not to jostle her injury. “How badly are you hurt, do you need to go to a hospital?”
She shook her head, seeking comfort in his embrace. “No, I can’t. The Akuma-”
“Can wait,” he interrupted. “What matters right now is are you ok?” He pulled away from her slightly, his hands coming to cradle her face.
“I’m… I’m ok, but I think my arm is broken.”
He nodded pulling off his overshirt and wrapping it around her to make a makeshift sling.
“Don’t drop your transformation, it will be worse for you if you do. Luckily it will all be good as new once you use your powers. It shouldn’t be too hard to get the akuma back to you.”
“I need to call Chat,” she said fumbling for her yo-yo, but Adrien grabbed her hand and held her still.
“He already knows, just relax. We need to get you somewhere safer than this.”
A fresh round of tears burned down her cheeks.
“I am sorry, I am so sorry,” she cried, burying her face into his tee-shirt.
“What are you talking about? You have nothing to be sorry for.”
“I do I failed!”
“What are you talking about? You are a hero, you saved me.”
“And I was so caught up in trying to impress you that I almost got myself killed! Or worse! I could have lost my miraculous! And now I don’t even know if I can fight. I’m letting down everyone! You, Chat-”
“Hey,” he interrupted, “you haven’t let down anyone. Least of all me.”
She let out a small gasp as he wiped the tears away from her eyes. She felt herself flush under the weight of his smile, his thumbs reverently tracing along her cheeks.
“You… you were trying to impress me?” he asked breathlessly.
“I… well I…” the words died in her throat as he leaned closer, his eyes boring into hers, “yes,” she whispered.
“Why would you do that?” he murmured, his lips pausing just a hair’s breadth away from her own.
“Because.. Because I-” she leaned in the rest of the way. Everything faded except for the glorious sensation of his mouth moving against hers, his hands still cupping her face, holding her as if terrified that she would disappear. He tasted like chocolate and mint and cream, like a rich drink that you just want to savor as it warms you. He nibbled hesitantly on her lower lip and she deepened the kiss, losing herself in the feel of him. He pressed forward, one arm wrapping around her back and she broke away with a cry of pain, her arm trapped between them.
“Sorry! I’m sorry,” he stammered, awkwardly petting her upper arm. “This problem isn’t the right time for… well…” he coughed, his face going scarlet.
He stood and helped her to her feet as well. “We should get you someplace safe and deal with that akuma.” He began leading her out of the alley and back towards the main street towards a familiar cafe. He put an arm around her shoulder and she couldn’t resist leaning her head against him as he guided her into the small shop. It wasn’t until he was settling her down into a chair by the shops fire, the various staff and patrons whispering excitedly at her presence, that his words actually registered.
“I thought you said Chat was dealing with the akuma?” she asked, confused.
“He’s been a little preoccupied,” Adrien laughed nervously, “but I think it’s time he got to work on fetching a butterfly for you, don’t you think My Lady?”
“Adrien?” she gasped, eyes going wide as she stared at him.
He smiled- wide, and happy, and just a little sheepish. He brought her fingertips to his lips and gave them a delicate kiss.
“We’ll talk when I get back,” he said with a wink, the turned and hurried out.
you’re just upset because klance didn’t have much to do this season, but keith going on to the blade of marmora was actually amazing.
it helps him exercise all those flaws and insecurities he has with himself by not only taking a little time from being just a paladin and a leader (which was stressing him out incredibly), but it also stretches his field of experience to a more skilled swordsman and melee combat fighter as well as training his senses, how he goes about things, for example, and with the help of kolivan he can learn how to lead under pressure (which he’s terrible at), what decisions to make in sake of the team and the mission in question, and how to improvise in case of danger to the team or sabotage to the mission.it also gives shiro time to stretch out his bond with the black lion. i think the switching between leaders would be good on everyone because since keith and shiro are so different in terms of how they go about things, while keith goes to extend his fields of experience and dial down his stress and tolerance meters, shiro reaches new heights and learns new things as the temporary leader of the team and also gets to fit in and adjust to still being back and bonds with the team so he doesn’t feel left out or alone or outcasted from everything.and when keith is leading he has the ability to exercise what he’s learned in the blade and adjust to the new things that he knows and the techniques that he can try when he leads and becomes an even better leader.and then the black lion gets stronger and stronger when shiro and keith both individually unlock new things and strengthen their bonds with it and all that can be extremely useful in intense battle because if something happens to either of the two, the black lion can fly to the other and the team can still form voltron while the other black paladin is being tended to back at the castle. so shut up about the fact that keith not being there made the season horrible.
it was actually great.
plus, the season mainly focused on pidge and matt. the coalition between the planets under zarkon’s control and lotor’s plans.
that was season four’s aim.
but pidge appreciation is for another post. and matt’s attractiveness is a whole other story.
but the lack of klance was good for this season after the overload of klance last season.
i mean, that was a lot of klance.
the point is, this season was pretty good. i really enjoyed it and it didn’t lack comedy either. and the ending…
but all in all, give it a rest and just obsess over the upcoming season.
Since doing cartoon stuff uses up bits of the soul, and Henry presumably has his own, what would happen when/if it ran out? As a cartoon, does he have any unique abilities?
In general, he always feels a little queasy after doing that stuff. Odds are, he’d collapse into a Searcher if he pushed it too far.
While he has the same basic capabilities as the other toons, it’s his way of approaching it that makes it unique; they do things based on instinct and emotion (i.e. what would be funniest) while he actively thinks about it from the perspective of an animator looking to save time and energy to get the most out of the product. This largely amounts to the same end result, the only big difference being that Henry’s been working at different animation studios so he knows tricks and cheats that Joey’s studio never got behind, like smears and limited animation.
In a world full of magic, destiny and struggle… four heroes emerge.
For a newly
initiated plan to build energy towers that protect the Bright Empire from the
recently accumulating attacks from a parallel shadow world it is crucial to
track down the location of huge crystals that store magical power and such a
crystal exactly is in the possession of the Shadani tribe, laying deeply
guarded in the holy Temple of Mo…
Elco – The Scientist (Virgo, Aquarius, Aries)
pragmatic, quick-witted and responsible, Elco’s task is to provide the Bright
Empire with his newest scientific research and inventions. Pretty much
considered a genius, Elco caught Queen Lusica’s eye when he was only 14.
Searching for new and effective ways to protect the kingdom, Elco was the
youngest one ever assigned to be Royal Science Officer. Sadly, one of the
experiments went terribly wrong whereupon Elco lost his left arm which got
replaced by a mechanical one.
Elco is so
much more than he may appear at first: Rational, inventive, ambitious and
cynical, he shows a lot of sass when he knows he’s a step ahead of someone. Higher
beliefs concerning things like fate or predestination are a lot of mumbo jumbo to
him and he’s always relying on his experience and technological know-how. He’s
very passionate about the wonders of science and deeply devoted to the few having
gained his trust, respect and admiration – most notably his little wife Tilly who
was the first-ever to be given an insight into Elco’s inner world.
keeps a cool head and thinks strategically, which manifests in his (mostly
self-designed) energy blasters and short-range guns. He keeps his best
innovations for himself to test as he does with his jetpack and armor.
Simplicity and functionality create a great deal of a foremost classy working
appearance because why not look sophisticated when entering the fray?
Buki – The Warrior (Capricorn, Scorpio, Cancer)
up without parents but was soon discovered to be skilled in hunting and
fighting. Her natural talents were brought forward under the watchful eyes of
her fellow tribe members. She is deeply connected to nature, the gods and the
traditions of the Shadani tribe which is viewed as rather primitive by many.
Although the Shadani are part of the Bright Empire, they’d rather be left in
peace concerning royal business. And because of her strong will and eager
spirit it is Buki who is sent to fiercely represent the Shadani in the matter
of retaining their crystal.
Buki is the
incarnation of a fighter spirit: Strong, honorable, deeply spiritual and set in
her ways, it goes without saying for her to defend the lifestyle and traditions
of her people. As the quartet grows together, Buki’s wise understanding of the
world develops even further and she especially forms a tender friendship with
Ailish towards whom she is even a litte protective. Buki would never give up her
principles but still – she learns as much from others as she inspires others
with her questioning way of thinking.
Due to Buki
being a melee fighter, her armor protects from physical strikes. Her cat-like
appearance and agility though make it hard for the opponent to hit. She uses traditional
Shadani weapons that are forged metal claws, one on each hand.
Tal - The Soldier (Sagittarius, Taurus, Pisces)
his mother and brother when he was only 14, but still his father Arlo, Commander
of the Queen’s Elite Guard, blames him for not having been strong enough to
prevent his family’s death. Tal had to learn to grow up on his own which he
didn’t quite manage too magnificently for Tal is a real day dreamer, if there
ever was one. Because of his by the Royal Household acknowledged skills Tal is
assigned to accompany Elco, Queen Lusica’s royal scientist-in-charge, on his
his best, no matter what. He has a strong moral compass and it goes without
saying for him what is right and what’s wrong. He is just, focused and of a
calming and reassuring aura. Courteous and eager to meet his father’s
expectations, Tal is a hopeless idealist and first tries to see the good in a
person. He comes across kind, reasonable but also rattled and dreamy and is
driven by his determination to do good and to serve the right cause.
Tal is an
excellent swordsman wielding the finest blades that are (depending on the kind
of enchantment) weakening, cursing or poisoning tools of death. His armor
represents the pride of the Bright Empire – shining golden and silver elements
combined with maximum protection and practicability.
Ailish – The Princess (Libra, Gemini, Leo)
As a member
of the Royal family and the daughter of Queen Lusica herself, Ailish’s duties
actually lie with the Court in playing the role of the Royal heir and a lovely
princess. Growing up as a talented mage but restricted by her royal status,
Ailish could only watch the daily, quirky civil life (which looked a lot more
fun and alive to her) from up above her tower window. Her mother wants her to
behave herself as it befits a princess and doesn’t quite trust in Ailish’s
abilities but she craves for adventure and foremost responsibility. As she sees
a chance to prove herself, Ailish decides to follow the handsome soldier Tal –
son to the General of the Royal Guard – on a mission…
awesome. She’s so sweet, brave, stubborn, open-minded and fiery. She’ll stand
up for her friends, cares deeply and possesses the ability to unfreeze people
with her naïve and warm-hearted nature. Ailish tends to (re)act rashly but will
always account for her decisions. Trusting and forgiving, she has no problem
with approaching others and confront them with what she dislikes.
Ailish is a highly skilled witch, able to take
it to action using a variety of magic staffs that differ in fire power and
magic capabilities. Her armor’s of royal origin and therefore of a unique
elegance, it provides maximum flexibility and features white, purple, blue and
Hippolyta once said Kory rivalled Wonder Woman in terms of combat skill. WW is currently considered the best melee fighter in the DC universe, but I think that was stated quite a while after that NTT issue. What sort of skill level do you think she was intended as being? Do you think she’d beat Dick in terms of pure skill (i.e if she got depowered to human levels)? If so, are we talking her being Nightwing/Batman/WW level still? Tbh it’s sad people seem to forget how much a ninja she actually is
[New Teen Titans v1 #13]
I believe that she was intended to be a highly skilled and adaptive warrior that could easily adapt to all forms of combat. As you can see above, Hippolyta tells Raven they’ll see how well Kory handles a battle staff and Kory proves that she’s incredibly skilled because she was instructed in the use of something similar on Okaara:
I absolutely think she could take Dick in a fight if she was de-powered and even though she tends to rely on her starbolts a lot, she’s still a highly skilled fighter. Here’s something that Vic said about her in New Titans:
[New Titans #63]
He says she, Kory, and Raven are the three most powerful Titans and I think this applies to everything about them, not just their power sets. And we can’t forget about the time she beat Donna in Tales:
[Tales of the Teen Titans #42]
Suffice to say, I believe that Kory could definitely be on par with the bigger names of DC Comics but that writers forget/ignore how powerful and skilled she actually is. Hopefully one day, Kory will be able to return to that same skill level with her background as a warrior more fully explored and implemented in her story.
I’m pretty much a big fan of Azazel (’real’ one) and way back in uni I’ve studied the fallen angels and Watchers a lot. So, I thought I’d just draw some comparisons here (I really don’t have anything better to do). Be mindful, I’m taking into consideration only the Enochian Azazel, not the desert spirit. Though they might be one and the same. And, yeah, it’s all debatable cause no one can scientifically prove anything anyway.
#1. The Fall
Now, that’s a bit of a conjecture, because we don’t know for sure (I didn’t play the game) but in this post is stated that he fell for a human woman. Which could be true because that’s really what happened. In the book of Enoch (grandfather of Noah) Azazel is one of the Watchers - angels tasked with watching (dah) the Earth for god knows what purpose. What they saw though was that daughters of Men were very beautiful and immediately desired them. Their leader Semiazaz gathered his comrades (200 in total, including Azazel) and ventured to Earth where they took them as wives. Their union produced the Nephilim - hybrids said to be literal giants, extremely powerful (also violent because they couldn’t handle well all that power, according to one theory). That was one grave transgression.
#2. Forbidden secrets
Second was, that the fallen angels taught humans secrets not meant for them. Like root-working, astrology, writing, etc. Azazel taught them metal-working and how to make weapons and fight with them (could have taught
together with another angel though). Well, we know that prick is a proficient fighter. Melee fighter, to be precise, as we witnessed many times. He does rely less on magic and more on his martial skill.
Another skill he taught was … cosmetics. I really don’t need to elaborate here lol. Creators of SnB took this part to heart apparently.
Anyway, all that secret knowledge corrupted humankind immeasurably, and it is said Azazel really outdid himself spreading that corruption everywhere. That was probably the inspiration behind his sadistic games with humans in the anime and generally his nasty attitude. I love it though… *blush*
Well, of course God was furious with insolent whelps and sent other angels to kill Nephilim (publicly, in front of their parents preferably) and punish the Fallen. Which, in turn, sparked the rebellion. Now, that’s where Azazel shined. He spear-headed that rebellion (probably because he was such a skillful warrior) and actually kicked some ass for a time. Alas, it ultimately failed. Obvious parallel with the current situation in anime. His people being subjugated, he secretly resists, eventually starting full-fledged rebellion, but I think we all agree that it’s not going to work.
Now, in the story Raphael personally cut off his wings and imprisoned him beneath the desert mountain to await the Judgement day. I really don’t want it to end like that (though it would be a really dramatic turn of events). He has such beautiful wings… But we all heard what happened to Mugaro and all other captured demons. Horns and wings are the first things to go in the process of enslaving demons. I wouldn’t put it past Charioce to do just that.
Btw, Nephilim and the legacy of the fallen angels were washed away with the Flood, because God was fed up with their bullshit. Noah and his family survived because they were the only pure-blooded humans left on Earth. How is that for a familiar tale?
Truth be told, Azazel is not associated with snakes at all, unless you take into account the symbolism behind snakes in Christianity. Sin and corruption. Also, some attribute the seduction of Eve to Azazel, like, he was the Serpent (he wasn’t even the fallen back then…). But, honestly, let’s leave that to Satan.
#5. Association with Lucifer
Both Lucifer and Azazel has been classified as aspects of Satan in some sources. Which is not the case in this anime and actually is more accurate, as all three are completely different entities (initially) coming from different cultures and eras. Contrary to this anime though (and many other shows), Lucifer and Azazel have nothing to do with each other. There are debates whether there were two separate rebellions of fallen angels or just one, but who knows which one exactly, so really, let’s skip this confusing part.
Anyway, yes, they’re both fallen angels. But Lucifer fell much earlier for completely different reasons (’Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven’, right?). He is the strongest of the two (probably the strongest among demons) because technically Azazel was rank-and-file angel (albeit powerful one) and Lucifer was a cherub, the highest rank in their hierarchy, second only to god (in another angelic hierarchy it’s seraphim), and privy to most of his secrets. Cherubim have multiple sets of wings. Michael and Gabriel might be cherubim too, but honestly angelology is a mess to navigate…
I’m pretty sure they are being constantly thrown together cause they are the most popular in the fallen cadre. I mean, how two
such awesome dudes could not know each other?! That being said… I WANT MORE LUCIFER!
The matter of his current imprisonmnet is quite merky, because it doesn’t stop Azazel from spreading his influence as a demon. According to some demonology sources he is a very high-ranking demon, (apparenlty his abilities expanded vastly after the fall). And Hell Cocytus is such a fun place to make friends that I’m really not surprised Lucifer and Azazel became pals.
I really love Azazel lol. His character is quite consistent with his prototype, but I hope he’ll have a happy ending instead. I’m really looking forward to learn more about his past (and Lucifer’s).