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Trolox (Pond Spirit)


Trolox dwell at the bottoms of overgrown ponds and swamps, rarely leaving their aquatic homes. Over the years, plants sprout from their bodies, making them difficult to distinguish from the places they inhabit. When they need to interact with the outside world, they command nearby plants to do their bidding.

Their command of plants makes trolox dangerous in battle. They can ensnare foes with thorny vines, making it difficult or impossible for them to move.

Pora (Medicine Spirit)

Poras are reclusive spirits that hide deep in the forest. Seeing one is very rare, and is considered a symbol of good luck. Stories are told of people who were hopelessly lost in the woods, only to wake up at the edge of the forest with their wounds healed.

Poras hate fighting and lack any sort of combat ability. However, as support units, few can compare. They can heal large amounts of damage, remove any sort of negative condition, and even grant temporary immunity from all attacks.

Monster Profile: Shrike (Sword Spirit)

Whenever a truly exceptional weapon is crafted, a shrikes comes into existence. They are initially reclusive, but if they ever come to possess their bonded weapon, they mature into incredible warriors. Their fighting skills are unmatched, since they are literally one with their blade.

Shrikes value nothing more than a challenging fight, regardless of the consequences the fight may have. As long as they are given plenty of opportunities for combat, Shrikes are willing to serve humans of all types, regardless of whether the human is a proper Commander. This makes them popular as elite mercenaries.

Shrikes begin each battle by meditating, which allows them to store up energy for later. They can unleash this energy to move or attack with impossible speed. With enough meditation, a Shrike can take down almost any foe before it even has a chance to react.

Shrikes look remarkably similar to humans, but they are actually composed of soft metal.

Monster Profile: Boltrush (Lightning Spirit)

As I develop Monster Commander, I’ll periodically post details about it, starting with profiles for some of the game’s monsters.

Boltrushes spend their entire existence in the air, often high above the clouds. However, during storms, they appear closer to the ground, in huge numbers. Like most elemental spirits, they enjoy unleashing blasts of uncontrolled energy, but they rarely come close enough to civilization to cause any real damage.

In battle, boltrushes use a wide variety of lightning attacks. Though they lack the raw power of some other monsters, very few monsters resist lightning. This makes them versatile attackers. Lightning attacks heal boltrushes instead of dealing damage, so boltrushes will try to catch themselves in their own area attacks.

Announcing my next game: Monster Commander

Monster Commander

A few weeks ago, I started serious work on my next game project. I’m planning for this to be my first commercial project, so it will be significantly better than anything I’ve released before.

Monster Commander will be a tactical RPG with an emphasis on smart decision-making over grinding and luck. Your army will consist of monsters recruited from the ranks of your enemies. Each monster will have very different abilities, and forming the right team will be crucial to achieving victory. I’ve wanted to make this game for years, and it is exhilarating to see it start to become reality.

I’ll be posting major announcements about the game on this site, but if you are interesting in more details about the development, you can follow my devlog.

I’ve also prepared an early demo, for those curious. It only supports hotseat multiplayer right now, but the gameplay is mostly intact. The Overseers are just placeholders, though – the real commanders will be able to draw energy from the battlefield to cast spells. The objective is to destroy the other player’s Overseer. Most everything is controlled by the mouse. You can also use the number keys to select actions, and the arrow keys or spacebar to select monsters.

Download It Here