For Here Be Dragons
I am going to warn you all now, Elder Scrolls is my favourite franchise so I may geek out a fair bit. With that out of the way, Elder Scrolls Online has announced their next big expansion, ELSWEYR!
We are taking a trip back to the land of the Khajiit and Moon Sugar with the coming expansion, launching for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Mac on June 4th.
Elsweyr is part of the Season of the Dragon, a year-long adventure that is built up over multiple DLCs. The first of these, Wrathstone is expected to drop February 2019 for PC and March for consoles. Elsweyr is the second stop on this invigorating tour and will unleash a new story, the Necromancer class, and a dangerous Dragon threat.
The third DLC is a Dungeon expansion, while the fourth will be a story-based expansion, similar in scale to Murkmire. We will learn more about both of these at E3, as well as seeing the second half to the cinematic release trailer.
But enough about that, because dragons.
Wrathstone, which is coming to the PTS on January 21st starts off the story with two new Dungeons: Frostvault and Depths of Malatar. Within both of these DLC, you will be tasked with retrieving two halves of the Wrathstone, which you can coincidentally see in the cinematic trailer.
You are tasked to retrieve these pieces by an old friend – Abnur Tharn, who believes that the Wrathstone will imbue him with power that will bring peace to Tamriel.
The Frostvault fragment has been sealed away by the Dwemer, deep within the mountains of Eastmarch. Depths of Malatar, on the other hand, has an openly hostile entourage of the followers of Meridia, trying to prevent the fragment from ever seeing the light of day again.
Frostvault and Depths of Malatar await you with glorious challenges; from hordes of Goblins, Dwemer traps and constructs, collapsing structures and even a boss fight that involves the player getting turned into a Skeevaton!
When both pieces are in possession of Abnur Tharn, he uses them to unlock the Halls of Colossus, and we are party to a massive screw-up, you may have seen it. Tharn unleashes dragons onto Elsweyr. Good ol’ Abby.
This is coincidentally what we witnessed in the cinematic release trailer, as Abnur Tharn, accompanied by Khamira, unleashes powerful dragons that will now terrorise the world.
According to Rich Lambert, Creative Director for Elder Scrolls Online, we will see the second half of that cinematic trailer at E3, lining up what we can expect from the story over the second half of the year.
Following Wrathstone, players can enjoy the bountiful joys of Elsweyr with a massive new expansion that presents an intriguing new story, new challenges to face and things to murder.
Aside from Abnur Tharn, players will encounter popular characters, such as Sir Cadwell and, of course, Razuum-dar. In the case of Raz, his appearance is more of a cameo, but will still come with an interesting story. Sir Cadwell’s appearance, will lead us on a new storyline where we will learn more about him before he was Soul Shriven.
With the arrival of Elsweyr players will be able to tackle a new 12-player Trial known as Sunspire, in which all the bosses are dragons. Each boss in Sunspire will even have its own dedicated hard mode.
What is important to know about the dragons in Elder Scrolls Online is that they won’t be easy to take down. You aren’t a Dragonborn in ESO, just a powerful adventurer, and you will need friends to help you eliminate them.
Elsweyr introduces a new playable class, the Necromancer, which has been requested since ESO’s inception. The Necromancer unsurprisingly focuses on the summoning and control of the undead, and to that end, the inhabitants of Tamriel tend to look strangely on that behaviour.
So, in keeping with the lore, any time you utilise your Necromantic abilities in front of ordinary citizens, they will call the guards on you, or attempt to harm you. It’s power, at a high cost.
Depending on your playstyle, there are multiple skill lines you can pursue as a Necromancer, like the above Soul Mending, which focuses on healing.
In the tank skill line, your Ultimate can even morph you into a powerful Bone Colossus, complete with a tail if you are Argonianially-inclined.
Whether you want to summon Skeletal Archers, Skeletal Bombers or turn yourself into a hulking Bone Colossus, the Necromancer is the perfect class for you. And to celebrate the Necromancer, everyone will be given a free character slot so you can jump right in and start raising hell.
Elder Scrolls Online is going to have a great year in 2019, full on dungeons, story, good times and Necromancy. I, for one, cannot wait to dive in.