Sunnyvale, Calif. (April 1, 2010) - Leading online game publisher, GamesCampus.com ( www.GamesCampus.com), today announced details of the backstory and character classes behind its new genre-bending, free-to-play MMORTS, Soul Master. Developed by NPluto, Soul Master is an addictive new game that takes the innovation behind customizable "Hero" units in the RTS genre to a whole new level by allowing players to have complete MMORPG-style control over their characters. For more information on the game and to follow the latest updates, visit http://Soul Master.GamesCampus.com.
The Story of Soul Master
Nobody knows for certain how it was first discovered, but its immense power and endless potential were enough to destroy the greatest empire of the Bunden continent: Elamond. The Magic was a gift and a curse for the Empire that first experienced its effects. With its populace split between fear of the unknown and a hunger for power, the Great War that soon followed was swift and terrible. The conservative citizens that distrusted the corrupting influence of Magic were forced from their homes in an exodus across the continent, and eventually found refuge to the north. The revolutionists that had embraced the darker nature of Magic and brutally toppled the Elamond government entered into an age of obsessive, uninterrupted mystic study.
Decades passed, and the exiled conservatives struggled to establish a culture with powerful technologies of their own. After uniting the various factions among themselves over the intervening years, a new nation was born out of the distrust of Magic that had been passed down over generations. The "Valiant" Empire that emerged was soon well known for their advanced steam punk technologies and mastery over machines. The revolutionaries of the former Elamond Empire had since created their own nation state, one self-indulgently known as the "Holy" Empire. By combining the primeval forces of light, darkness, ocean, and sky they had perfected the use of Magic to both an art form and a terrifying weapon. The Holy Empire soon became the most unstoppable force on the continent, with the Valiant Empire keeping an ever wary eye from the north.
Many, if not most, of the citizens of the Bunden continent prayed that the uneasy peace between the two powers might last... but it was soon shattered. With the sudden appearance of the nomads from the east, the "Harmony" Tribe emerged from out of legend and tipped the balance of power in the region. Peace between the Empires began to crumble as isolated border disputes turned into pitched battles over control of key resources and territory. War had returned to the continent.
The Characters of Soul Master
The characters of Soul Master are broken down into three groups: Valiant Empire, Harmony Tribe and Holy Tribe. Within them are multiple characters and classes including Knights, Slayers, Priests and more. Below is a look at the characters and classes in Soul Master.
Soul Master Class: Knight
Regiment: Rulers of the Past
Characteristics: The Knight is a well-rounded melee fighter armed with a sword and a focus on offensive abilities. Their attributes are evenly balanced, and can take hits as well as they can give them out
The Knight is the backbone of the Valiant Empire's army. While they had not been trained to control the power of "Souls" until the Harmony Tribe introduced them to the region, the Empire has widened their train throughout the military to seize any tactical advantage they can.
Soul Master Class: Slayer
Regiment: Slayer Clan
Characteristics: The Slayer is a powerful melee fighter that uses a huge two-handed sword, and her devastating strikes are more than enough to cut through the toughest opponent.
The Slayer is the strongest caste in the Valiant Empire's army, and is the only one made up entirely of women. Descended from a unique Elamond bloodline, their almost unnatural power is thanks to a recessive trait passed down through generations of women warriors.
Soul Master Class: Bearcat
Regiment: The Black Shadow Clan
Characteristics: The Bearcat is a quick, stealthy fighter that uses two iron grapples to engage in deadly mid-range combat before slipping out of harm's way. The ability to set traps and obstacles in the paths of their enemies allow the Bearcat to either evade pursuers or run down and finish off their fleeing enemies.
The Black Shadow Clan is well known among the Harmony Tribe for generating many of the greatest Soul Masters, whom they call "Bearcats". Always at the front line of the Tribe's battles, their stealth and speed make certain they get the job done under any circumstances.
Soul Master Class: Maharite
Regiment: The High Bird Tribe
Characteristics: Maharites are experts in fast, ranged combat with their powerful Boomerangs while at the same time are adept at healing and strengthening the "Souls" under their control.
One of the most ancient clans of the Harmony Tribe. Normally Maharites are not interested in any type of violent conflict but after the destruction of their most sacred site, the "Nest of Life," by the Valiant and Holy Empires they decided there was no alternative but war.
Soul Master Class: Priest
Regiment: Curia, 17th Section
Characteristics: Priests specialize in defensive skills, and are able to heal both themselves, their allies, and "Souls" under their command. Augmented by powerful ranged attacks and able to move deceptively fast around the battlefield, the Priest is not an opponent to be underestimated in a direct fight.
The Priests of the Holy Empire have delved into the study of Magic to the point of devout worship. Driven to spread its influence across the continent, Priests can be found at the forefront of every military campaign the Holy Empire undertakes. Intensely loyal to their faith and fellow Magic worshippers, Priest are able to bolster their allies and hold the line of battle in even the toughest of confrontations.
Soul Master Class: Chirsnian
Regiment: Curia, 9th Section
Characteristics: The Chirsnian is a swift, lethal opponent in melee and mid-ranged combat that utilizes elegant swordplay and lightning fast kicks to dance around their foes. A good balance of speed and power, the Chirsnian is able to hunt down and eliminate enemy Soul Masters in the middle of the most crowded battlefield.
The fanatical devotion of the Chirsnian is unmatched throughout the Empire, and serves to make even the most faithful worshippers of Magic uneasy. Their zealotry does not discriminate between citizens of the Holy Empire and outsiders, and many an individual that expresses doubts as to the True Faith of Magic has vanished into the night with whispered rumors of the Chirsnians being involved.