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The Adrenaline Vault has pointed out that today is day two of the Shadowbane "Character Creation Week," a week of updates focusing on the characters and races of this massively-multiplayer online RPG. As this game is currently in beta testing, the time has come to crank up the hype machine; thus the Shadowbane web site has been updated with details on the Humans, Dwarves, Elves and the Irekei. Although the first three in the list are common RPG fare, you'll find that Wolfpack Studios has done their best not only to add depth and background to each race, but to give them a bit more focus than the generic D&D clichés we've all become familiar with.


The Irekei in particular are a unique addition to the fantasy realm. With ten specialization classes within that race and a Dragon as their patron, they will surely be strong allies -- or deadly enemies. Here are more details from the web site:

The "Devilmen," little is known of these strange, fierce, red-skinned raiders of the desert. Folktales claim they are the descendants of a long lost family of Elvish nobles who were banished to the Burning Lands for their ferocity and warlike nature. While Irekei and Elves are distinctly similar, the Devilmen deny any kinship, and respond to the suggestion with violence. Known primarily for their ferocity in battle and their ruthless treatment of all non-Irekei, raiding parties of Irekei are the terror of all settlements that border on the deserts. Renowned for their teachings in the mystic arts, Irekei also make cunning assassins. It is said that Irekei children are trained in the use of knives from birth, and learn to fight before they learn to speak. What outsiders see as cruelty, Irekei see as strength tempered by grim necessity. The crucible of the desert has turned the Devilmen into a grim, hard people for whom survival is the ultimate priority.
Shadowbane will be a cross-platform MMORPG with a focus on alliances between powerful clans and huge, strategic battles. Currently the game is due Q2 2001; more details on the actual gameplay should be available in the near future.

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