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kleaneasy
01-11-2011, 07:12 AM
“We walk our own path, alone”

Nomadic barbarian tribes, the Orcs are the scattered but proud survivors of a long persecution.

During the First Eclipse, the wizards of the Seven Cities experimented with forbidden magic.
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By injecting demon blood into human criminals, they created a “mutant” race of shock-troopers: the Orcs. Half-brothers to the Demons, the Orcs were trained from birth to become their ultimate Nemesis. They would eventually defeat the Demons and push them back within their prison-world.

They were rewarded for their tremendous acts of courage appropriately. The peoples of Ashan decided to make them… slaves.

At the time of the Second Eclipse, the Orcs have gained their freedom but there are still those who prefer them in chains. Orcs are strong warriors and shamans with access to only certain types of magic - essentially either “blood magic”, which is chaotic in nature and linked to their demonic origins, or simple shamanistic spells.

The Marauder Centaur is the upgraded Centaur (http://static2.ubi.com/uk/mm/135941_495641524587_161184829587_5831223_6599002_o .jpg)


Elite unit: The Centaur (http://static2.ubi.com/uk/mm/169802_495641444587_161184829587_5831220_3115866_o .jpg) - Like the Harpies, Centaurs are Beastmen, created by the Wizards of the Seven Cities in the year 512 YSD.
Half-human and half-horse, they served their masters honorably as scouts and mobile archery in their armies.
But those days came to an end when the Wizards replaced them with their new creations, the animated constructs. The various Golems, Gargoyles, Titans, etc. were simpler to manage, cheaper to keep, and unfailingly obedient.
The Centaurs were given less and less noble tasks, and ended up carrying messages and pulling carts.
Disgruntled at their loss of prestige, they willingly joined the Revolt of the Beastmen and scattered across the face of Ashan, seeking space, dignity, and freedom.
They soon met with the Orc tribes and became their allies, out of common interest and like-mindedness.

znork
01-11-2011, 07:32 AM
tnx for the update.

wdcryer
01-11-2011, 08:50 AM
The Stronghold faction looks excellent. I particularly like the centaur and the harpy. This is definitely my favorite faction so far.

Ygds11
01-11-2011, 03:25 PM
got a question. Has the the origin of the centaur been retconned? From what I could find on their origin as explained in H5 the centaurs were created from mixing nightmares with humans not horses or zebras as the H6 ones seem to be.

This is not a very important question, I am just curious.

dchalfont
01-12-2011, 03:13 AM
Originally posted by wdcryer:
The Stronghold faction looks excellent. I particularly like the centaur and the harpy. This is definitely my favorite faction so far.

I agree. I was not expecting nor hoping for stronghold to be the next faction, but now that they are in this game has a much more familiar feel to it.

I'm liking the fact that the units have a colour palette this time around.

Warlord_Ade
01-13-2011, 09:33 AM
Yeah it's good to be getting the Orc's back again, it's just a pity that Heroes VI didnt have 8 factions to start with, but hell long as i get my Necro's i aint botherd lol. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

ImperialDane
01-14-2011, 04:14 PM
Interesting stuff, although i am more curious about the empire http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

kodial79
01-15-2011, 01:47 AM
Originally posted by Warlord_Ade:
Yeah it's good to be getting the Orc's back again, it's just a pity that Heroes VI didnt have 8 factions to start with, but hell long as i get my Necro's i aint botherd lol. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

H5 did not start with 8 factions either. Well, it started with one more than H6 but only had one class of Hero per factions and less abilities per unit. So even if H6 starts with less faction, it still feels richer. Besides, with expansions more factions will be added.

kleaneasy
01-18-2011, 04:52 AM
Originally posted by Ygds11:
got a question. Has the the origin of the centaur been retconned? From what I could find on their origin as explained in H5 the centaurs were created from mixing nightmares with humans not horses or zebras as the H6 ones seem to be.

This is not a very important question, I am just curious.

Can I ask where you found the information you read? any links you've got would be great http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Elementalist.
01-18-2011, 05:14 AM
The horns and raging blood ability suggests demonic heritage. Tail is also similar to a nightmare's.

Ygds11
01-18-2011, 09:15 AM
Can I ask where you found the information you read? any links you've got would be great

Sure, but my knowledge comes from some places that seem to no longer be active. And the one I could find is a wiki article:

http://mightandmagic.wikia.com/wiki/Centaur_(H5

Anyway the new centaur was stated already to be a cross between humans and horses. Also look at the H5 centaur design, the tail is hairless and meaty, the body is ridged and the skin is mottled in the upgrade.
Not to mention a change in horn design. But as I recall Horses don't have horns, so the new ones are still kind of different than you would expect given their horse-human origin.

Like I said though not really an issue for me.

kleaneasy
01-19-2011, 03:11 AM
Originally posted by Ygds11:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> Can I ask where you found the information you read? any links you've got would be great

Sure, but my knowledge comes from some places that seem to no longer be active. And the one I could find is a wiki article:

http://mightandmagic.wikia.com/wiki/Centaur_(H5

Anyway the new centaur was stated already to be a cross between humans and horses. Also look at the H5 centaur design, the tail is hairless and meaty, the body is ridged and the skin is mottled in the upgrade.
Not to mention a change in horn design. But as I recall Horses don't have horns, so the new ones are still kind of different than you would expect given their horse-human origin.

Like I said though not really an issue for me. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I only asked because the writers didnt seem familiar with it.

Anyway here's their response http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

“The Centaurs are a created race, first produced in the workshops of the Silver Cities in the year 512 YSD. The offspring of a brutal experiment crossing human blood and blood from horses under a powerful arcane magic field, Centaurs spent decades in servitude as the scouts and archers of the Wizards' armies.

Following the revolt of the Beastmen – the second such rebellion to which the Wizards of the Silver Cities were subjected – the Centaurs scattered across the face of Ashan seeking space, privacy and freedom. The Orcs, having thrown off the yoke of the Silver Cities in a similar manner some centuries earlier, welcomed these kindred souls to their encampments. Forever appreciative of the rapidity and sincerity with which they were accepted, the Centaurs have remained loyal allies.”

Ygds11
01-19-2011, 08:06 AM
Wow! I really did not expect a response directly from the writers. That is really appreciated. Thankyou a lot. I realize the question apparently came up on heroes round table, but ok Horses it is then. Thankyou, the devs are showing some real initiative, let them know it is appreciated.