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Shadowbane E3 Movie and Details
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The Shadowbane Portal, fansite for the currently in development MMORPG Shadowbane, recently made available a video taken of publisher Ubi Soft's E3 Shadowbane booth. The bulk of the video shows SB in action, following a character through two different environments.

One point shown off in the movie that gamers may not be aware of is the fact that SB will feature underwater environments. A character is actually shown swimming through the water, eventually climbing onto a nearby embankment. During the showing, the SB reps point out that underwater combat is completely possible, though it may cause characters to slow down as well as limit their spell-casting options.

The second environment shows what appears to be a city under siege. The city itself is on fire, and characters are shown casting spells and entering combat with one another. Also shown is what appears to be the city's Tree of Life, an entity integral to any cities created within the SB universe.

More information on the Tree of Life can be found at the official Shadowbane site, which has recently posted a tale concerning their origins:

According to the most ancient Elvish epic poems, the All-Father found one withered sprig of wood emerging from the broken, barren face of Aerynth. He breathed his essence and Spirit onto it, and the plant came to life, and took root. The All-Father rested, and when he awakened, the twig had become Yglandir, the World Tree, and Braialla was sitting in its boughs.
Those interested in SB who haven't actually seen the game in action are encouraged to download the video, in QT format, at the Shadowbane Portal. In addition, the Portal also has some information about SB's leveling up mechanics, particularly in terms of the PvP nature of SB's gameplay.

Shadowbane Portal - E3 2002 Journal
Shadowbane Portal - E3 Video Transcript
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