Shadows of Ravenlake Manor


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Far back... on the lands of a great kingdom... two royal families were fighting for domination. Both of them believed they have the true right to rule over the lands and none of them would back up.

One day... they decided to make a final and totally different battle. They had chosen their fifth most powerful members of the family and sent them to the forests around Ravenlake Manor. Here... the two groups would have to survive on their own... and after that kill each other. When one would succeed their family would be the winner.
Still... the Ravenlake Manor was a place of damnation... many tales of horror spoken of the place to be haunted by a being... a fiend of darkness that would hunt and kill anyone who gets near... but also there were tales of great powers... magical items which lie around in the manor... Also the heroes acknowledge that around the manor... lie magical portals which lead to another dimension.

As the two teams, from the House of Aetrys and the House of Hyveras come in the woods... the battle begins... shrouded in shadows...

Gameplay and Basics
The primary idea of this map is quite simple. There are 3 teams: 2 of them are human teams and the third team is only a single player. The last team that remains alive will win the game, but of course... the map itself isn't that simple.

  • Stats
    The humans have 3 primary stats: Health, Energy(mana) and Heat(appears instead of gold). The heat fades away from a maximum of 37 to 0. If it reaches 0, the health of the hero will being to decrease.In order to preserve heat, the humans need to make a fire. Also mana will decrease each time the hero attacks or casts a spell and it can be recharged by standing near a tent or by other ways.
  • Items
    Each human hero will begin with 2 starting items, depending on the chosen class. Also each team will be given at start, a torch and a little book with recipes for starters. The items here can be worn... if they are weapons or armors they appear attached on the hero but you can only have on of a type. Other items are found on the ground around the map and are simply ingredients or materials which can be used to create more items, buildings, etc.
    In order to combine 2 or more items the player needs to put them in a certain order. The items must be necessarily be put from slot 1 to slot 6 in the specified order, in a the inventory of the hero or of an certain building, so that the combination will succeed.
    Also some items are restricted to certain attribute heroes, mostly armors, therefore some hero classes cannot hold some special items.
  • Attribute-abilities
    The humans can choose from 6 different classes, each with a different set of skills and advantages/disadvantages, but all of them have something in common. Every hero can gain points by leveling up and those points can be spent on one or more of the attribute-abilities which are Agility, Endurance, Health and Spirit.
    These abilities do not appear as icons but they passively increase the hero's power. Still each of these abilities can be leveled up to rank 4 and the maximum hero level is 6, so choosing carefully between them is a major asset to personalize and make your hero better.
  • Spells
    The heroes start at first with one spell, depending on the chosen class and they will be given another spell at each level up until level 6 when they are given an ultimate. Even though the spells can't be upgraded, they are mostly useful.
  • Classes
    The classes for the humans are:
    >Knight - Basic warrior, based on resistance and team leading.
    >Scout - A versatile fighter, usually based on scouting or ranged combat.
    >Mage - The arcane spellcaster, usually using offensive elemental spells.
    >Priest - The mystic support hero, adept in using supportive and healing spells.
    >Rogue - A cunning hero, adept in high damage blows and sneaking.
    >Hunter - Versatile warrior, adept in fast fighting or taming animals.

  • Stats
    First of all, the shadow is not so dependent on certain stats like the humans. It doesn't use heat... and mana will not decrease with each attack. Still the shadow has an interesting resource. It can use Blood(displayed instead of lumber). This resource is "harvested" by the shadow hero from any enemy. Each kill grants blood depending on the power of the killed unit or hero. With blood, the shadow can always go back to the starting zone and buy items.
  • Items
    The shadow doesn't use items in the same way like humans. They don't appear on it... they are only talismans which give the hero some benefits. Still, each item has it's use... they are mainly for making the shadow better so it can kill the humans. In the same time... like the humans, the shadow can put some items in certain orders to combine them.
  • Spells
    The shadow uses the same way of getting new spells, begins with a starting one depending on the chosen class and gets a new one each level. Also the shadow can gain points and upgrade it's attribute-abilities.
  • Classes
    The shadow can pick from 4 different classes:
    >Stalker - The basic hunter, master of pursuit and assassination.
    >Shadowmancer - A necromancer with dark powers, uses offensive spells and summonings.
    >Sentinel - A valiant yet unholy knight, adept in resistance and brutal force.
    >Shapeshifter - The sorcerer of shapes, can morph it's form or the form of others.
Other Features
  • Books
    I can say that in here... the items are a big part of the game... so to make it more interesting, the combinations in the game can't be found out by pushing F9 or by looking around some plain text. The way to find out item combinations (at least the powerful ones) is to read the books spread around the map, more precisely in the manor. These books are filled with interesting facts that describe the history of the manor but also give clues and riddles about item recipes. They aren't that hard... so don't worry, but you still need to be a bit smart so you can understand them.
  • The Camera
    The camera in this map is quite different. Although this type has been used in most newer RPG maps or in different RPG games... i chose to give the map a Third Person Camera from 2 reasons. First, it gives the map a better look, making it harder for the player to go around place to place... making some orientation skills required. Second, it nullifies the advantage of some MapHack users (i had bad experiences with such players so i tried to make the map so that they're hacks wont' do much thing in it).

I, w3.player, am the author of the map but I must give first of all special credits to the ÆSO Team for their devotement along the making of this map. Therefore i thank:
Dynamiczx - map help. testing and ideas
neutrinus (lozici) - map help, testing and ideas
alpha11111 - map testing and ideas

Second i must give credits to all which have made the resources i use in the map:
Kitabatake, Happy Taure, KelThuzad, Big Dub, Revilo, Tranquil, assasin_lord, [email protected], Nightmare_X, Darkwind, D.O.G, Mr Doctor Good, MC! (i hope i didn't forget anyone)
I did get a lot of help from people around the Hiveworkshop so please thank the Hive's community as well.

You can find the team's forum here:

Note: This map is protected. I really ask and advise that you do not try in any way to hack this map and deprotect it for making fake versions. If you have any questions regarding it's mechanics please PM me.

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Rather use EpicWar or some other download site without waiting time in future please,
sounds great, downloading map now. Will give comment soon.
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  • tom_mai78101 tom_mai78101:
    I have a GIF though
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    In the GIF, I've configured it so the lower the "Main Value" is, the better. I had to compress it pretty far down though.
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    And this is the thread with the video that shows the wall clip.
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    Hmm, about the Headline News, I noticed threads are being moved into the subforum (Health News, Environmental News, etc.). When that happens, the TH Forum Home page loses the articles, and instead would show old articles posted 1 or 2 weeks ago.
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    What do we do with the Home page?
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    I added those forums to the filter for that widget.
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    Oh nice. They're back. Thanks.
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    Now I think it makes more sense for me to put news in their own subforums, without worry.
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    Awesome Ghan thanks! I was purposely not moving the first 15 news articles in Headline news to the different subforums but I guess I don't have to do that now?
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    Question: Is there a way to remove thread redirects? It creates a copy of the moved thread and takes up space, and I am leaning towards wanting to remove them in the Headline News. But if they have an expiration date, I guess I'm fine with it.
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    If you move a thread please leave a permanent redirect. You can delete any redirects after 6 months. The redirects are left to help Search Engines find the moved content.
  • tom_mai78101 tom_mai78101:
    What if you move the permanent redirect, not the thread?
  • The Helper The Helper:
    I think that works but I have not messed with it. You can delete redirects though if you have to that will not delete the original thread
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    if a redirect ends up in the same forum as the post it goes to though I think the redirect drops or fails or something but they are not bugged out and when you are working on an indirect the original post is safe.
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