The Mage's Tale [Torrent]
The Arcane talent tree has undergone significant changes. From unplayable inClassic, it transformed into a very competitive and fun to play PvE spec in TBC.In Wrath of the Lich King the spec managed to become even more competitive andeven more dynamic. The new main nuke is still Arcane Blast (alsoreferred to as "AB"). With the Missile Barrage talent, the previouslyinfamous Arcane Missiles now become part of your new rotation. Pairingyour new rotation with Icy Veins and Arcane Powersimultaneously, Arcane is the spec with the highest burst damage potential ofall Mage specs. Stats like Intellect and Spirit, usually regarded as secondary,can be utilized by the Arcane talent tree and playstyle, but they are weaker thanthey were in TBC. The Arcane spec is considered to be the best Mage spec for themajority of the expansion. You will learn more about all abilities inmuch greater detail in the Arcane Mage PvE Spells and Arcane Mage PvE Talents sections ofthis guide.
The Mage's Tale [Torrent]
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Later, under the castle Mercurius in the Abyss Palace, Pisces is summoned once more when Yukino re-locates their key after having it taken from her. Being summoned for the sake of battling an incredibly powerful enemy, Pisces appears in their true form, the shape of two humans - a mother and son. Commenting on their appearance and the fact that, due to it, they must exterminate the enemy, both mother and son charge at Uosuke. Before they can reach him, however, the Garou Knight casts Terrain Effect: Gravity Zone, attempting to stop the duo's advance, however Yukino's swift summoning of Libra allows the spell to be cancelled before the two are affected, allowing them both to deliver a swift blow to Uosuke, who is flung backwards. Enraged, Uosuke stands and responds with Terrain Effect: Whirlpool Zone, engulfing Pisces in a swirling torrent of water and causing the two to revert to their fish form, rendering them next to useless for the rest of the battle, as Yukino comments that water is their weakness.
Hugh of Emblin is, so far as he's concerned, the worst student that the Academy at Skyhold has ever seen. He can barely cast any spells at all, and those he does cast tend to fail explosively. If that wasn't bad enough, he's also managed to attract the ire of the most promising student of his year - who also happens to be the nephew of a king. Hugh has no friends, no talent, and definitely doesn't expect a mage to choose him as an apprentice at all during the upcoming Choosing.
Kathleen Ryan, as is noted at the back of the novel, is a writer much loved by fans of White Wolf's Mage: the Ascension. She's written short fiction pieces and chapter introductions and a variety of other spot-appearances in almost every major Mage supplement, all revolving around the near-signature character of Amanda, a young Euthanatos mage. That work has been fascinating. Seeing that the introductory tale has involved Amanda has caused me to purchase more than one Mage supplement I might otherwise have ignored. So it was that they handed their past work on Setites to this incredibly talented writer, like so many ransom notes made of cut-out magazine letters, and said, "Give us a Setite we'll remember." Kathleen Ryan, as I had fully hoped, delivers.
The final high point of this novel's story is its nature. This isn't a butt-kicking romp through ultra-violence, Sabbat-style. It's not a tragically angsty romp through ultra-violence through the misty eyes of a few Toreador. It's not a knuckle-biting romp through ultra-violence with a massive pack of Gangrel. It's a slow-paced story about deception, corruption, and how one powerful personality ensnares, cripples, reshapes and then uses the other people around him. It's a psychological tale of tragedy, at last, something the game was originally intended to be all along. I would have been the last to guess that a story about a Setite would deliver it.
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Ivan reveals that Raven Tail is an anti-Fairy Tail guild with members who have specialized techniques to match Fairy Tail's weaknesses. However, he is shocked to learn from Laxus that Fairy Tail has already known about his guild and it's members for a long time due to Makarov thoroughly investigating him, realizing that Gajeel was actually a spy. Laxus explains that Makarov never made a move against Raven Tail because deep down he still had faith in his son. Enraged, Ivan furiously attacks Laxus with a torrent of shikigami and demands he tell him about Lumen Histoire, but Laxus blocks the attack and remains unscathed.