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Deathsights

KresslackKresslack Florida, United StatesMember Posts: 6,195 @@ - Legendary Achaean
I started thinking about how deaths are portrayed and announced to Sapience while browsing the Deathsights thread. Deathsights can be broken into three categories of causes: Adventurer, Denizen, Environment.

Adventurer: X has been slain by the might of Y.

Denizen: A troll has yanked X off a bridge and bashed their head in. (This is just an example, I know all Trolls aren't mindless brutes.)

Environment: X has been slain my misadventure.

Deathsights caused by denizens are generally entertaining and descriptive, while other deaths are really vague and, for me at least, come across as extremely generic and uninteresting. There are some Class based skills(Vivisect, Broken Star, Execute, etc) which give a more detailed and vivid depiction of how the person died, but as far as I've seen, that's about it.

I'd like to suggest adding in new potential Deathsights for Adventurer kills and Enviroment kills, to better give some indication of How they died, without leaving the entirety of the death up vagueness. For example, PvP kills could have various deathsights based on the killer's class:

Knight

Wiping their blades clean, X steps over the fallen corpse of Y.

Monk

In an impressive display of coordination and skill, X has beaten Y into unrecognition.

Dragon

Claws dripping with fresh blood, X has rent Y asunder.


These are just some quickly rendered examples to paint a bit of a picture. Alternatively, deathsights for class skills in particular could be expanded to give a more entertaining and personal touch to each PvP death. One thing I noticed a few months back, during a raid, is that the room message from when someone dies to Sniping has changed, something along the lines of the person getting sniped to death 'falling back with an arrow protruding from their heart'.

Stuff like that is amazing, and adds excitement and personalization to the areas of combat and death. For instance, that death(if it's still the generic Y has been slain by the might of X) could be something along the lines of:

X has felled Y with a well placed arrow to the heart.

This is just a thought I was having, and think it would be interesting to discuss, so if you have any thoughts to add or suggestions, feel free to list them below. Especially if you have any ideas for clever and worthy deathsight messages.


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  • AntidasAntidas Member Posts: 1,496 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    I'm very much in favor of more interesting deathsights. Yes please.

  • TrevizeTrevize Member Posts: 1,517 @ - Epic Achaean
    Love it.
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  • DaslinDaslin The place with the oxygenMember Posts: 2,492 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Love this idea. @Tecton prz can we haz?
  • RamasRamas Member Posts: 15
    I think this would be a cool idea.
  • ArditiArditi Member Posts: 841
    Perhaps tie it into the specific damage type as well. Kai chokes, garrote, noose could all have a message about strangling the life out of the victim, as an example.

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  • KresslackKresslack Florida, United StatesMember Posts: 6,195 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Arditi said:
    Perhaps tie it into the specific damage type as well. Kai chokes, garrote, noose could all have a message about strangling the life out of the victim, as an example.
    That would be pretty neat, adding a bit of a personal touch to it.


  • XithXith Member Posts: 2,602 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Add-on: could we actually have a CONFIG DEATHSIGHT BRIEF|FANCY?

    That way you have:
    Adventurer X has been slain by Adventurer Y
    Adventurer X has been slain by Denizen_short_desc
    Adventurer X has been slain by misadventure

    if you don't want to have to trigger hundreds of neat skillset death variations.
    HISTORY DEATHSIGHT would be fancy by default.
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  • KresslackKresslack Florida, United StatesMember Posts: 6,195 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Anyone else have suggestions to offer?


  • RispokRispok Member Posts: 712 ✭✭✭✭✭ - Grand Achaean
    Kresslack said:
    Anyone else have suggestions to offer?
    Yes, but they're not forum appropriate, as they involve neck holes and toilet paper.
  • KryptonKrypton shi-KhurenaMember Posts: 2,377 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Kresslack said:
    X has felled Y with a well placed arrow to the heart.
    Kresslack said:
    Anyone else have suggestions to offer?
    Y used to be alive like you, then X made [him/her] take an arrow in the knee.
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  • TrevizeTrevize Member Posts: 1,517 @ - Epic Achaean
    Y has given X the need for a coffin and an eyepatch, in that order.
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  • CardanCardan The GardenMember Posts: 437 Immortal
    Custom deathsights for player abilities is reserved for the instakill or near transcendent abilities. If there are some of those abilities that don't have custom deathsights, feel free to suggest them here but I don't believe we would be setting a custom deathsight for every single player ability.
  • EldEld Member Posts: 3,946 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    Cardan said:
    Custom deathsights for player abilities is reserved for the instakill or near transcendent abilities. If there are some of those abilities that don't have custom deathsights, feel free to suggest them here but I don't believe we would be setting a custom deathsight for every single player ability.
    I think a custom deathsight for every ability is a bit more extreme than @Kresslack was proposing in the OP. A default deathsight for each class or maybe each skillset, leaving the instakill ones as unique, seems less unreasonable.

    I would love to see a custom deathsight for deathstrike, but don't have any good ideas off the top of my head.
    KresslackSylvance
  • NellaundraNellaundra Member Posts: 1,556 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    ^
    <Victim>'s heart has exploded from <BM>'s masterful strike.

    ...on second thought, that's awful.
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  • ChryenthChryenth Member Posts: 1,323 @ - Epic Achaean
    With two masterful blows [X] has fatally ruptured [Y]'s jugular, killing them instantly.
    With perfect precision, [X] has caused [Y]'s circulation to fail catastrophically.
    Dead before they hit the ground, [Y] has been slain by [X]'s mastery of Striking.



    Actually, that last one could be a general form for all adventurer-related deaths. Small flavor phrase, followed by the x-slain-by-y part then the skillset used. 'Mastery of' could be replaced by 'skill in' for people below (let's say) skill rank nine.

    Overcome by vibrations, [X] has been slain by [Y]'s mastery of Crystalism.
    Cut down in the name of the Light, [X] has been slain by [Y]'s mastery of Chivalry. (paladin)
    Cut down in the name of Evil, [X] has been slain by [Y]'s mastery of Chivalry. (infernal)
    Afflicted by the shamanic gift, [X] has been slain by [Y]'s skill in Curses.
    Broken and battered, [X] has been slain by [Y]'s skill in Tekura.
    Unable to see into the shadows, [X] has been slain by [Y]'s skill in Subterfuge.

  • LukanLukan Member Posts: 170 ✭✭✭✭ - Eminent
    Separate deathsights for all skills is a lot. But deathsights for different damage types isn't a lot to ask for. Cutting, blunt, magic, etc.
    KresslackBonko
  • BatangBatang Member Posts: 195 ✭✭✭ - Distinguished
    I would LOVE it if the type of sword/axe was named on the Behead Deathsight.

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  • CahinCahin Member Posts: 1,246 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    edited April 2013
    I'm of the camp that if you want custom deathsights, you become an apostate.


    edit: every apo insta has custom deathsight

  • EldEld Member Posts: 3,946 @@ - Legendary Achaean
    They look to be a bit buggy. On Rispok shooting me to death:

        2013/04/21 00:35:15 - 188 has bled out, slain by the might of Lupine Rispok, Indefatigable.

    and on me devouring him:
       
        2013/04/21 00:36:24 - 44 has bled out, slain by the might of Grand Master Akechi Eld Fitheach.


  • TectonTecton The Garden of the GodsAdministrator Posts: 2,507 Admin
    Yep, that's fixed.
  • RispokRispok Member Posts: 712 ✭✭✭✭✭ - Grand Achaean
    Devour should be something other than generic cutting death.
  • JosoulJosoul Member Posts: 131 ✭✭✭ - Distinguished
    Can we get these new deathsights for arena kills too? 

    X has bled out in the Matsuhama Arena, slain by the might of Y .
    X dies in the Theatrum Mortalis, features contorted from the poison delivered by Y.
    etc.

    instead of the plain old
    X has been slain in <arena name> by Y.

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  • SeldinSeldin Member Posts: 170 ✭✭✭ - Distinguished
    Cardan said:
    Custom deathsights for player abilities is reserved for the instakill or near transcendent abilities. If there are some of those abilities that don't have custom deathsights, feel free to suggest them here but I don't believe we would be setting a custom deathsight for every single player ability.
    Custom deathsight for execute and/or snipe plz.
  • SylvanceSylvance Member Posts: 1,477 ✭✭✭✭✭ - Grand Achaean
    edited April 2013

    Seldin said:
    Cardan said:
    Custom deathsights for player abilities is reserved for the instakill or near transcendent abilities. If there are some of those abilities that don't have custom deathsights, feel free to suggest them here but I don't believe we would be setting a custom deathsight for every single player ability.
    Custom deathsight for execute and/or snipe plz.


    Who ever dies to snipe?
    *touches Shield*
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  • EchaldEchald Member Posts: 281 ✭✭✭✭ - Eminent
    How about a custom one for backbreaker? If there's an 'instakill' in tekura, it would be that.
  • XliXli Member Posts: 354 ✭✭✭ - Distinguished
    Echald said:
    How about a custom one for backbreaker? If there's an 'instakill' in tekura, it would be that.
    Pah, AXK > BBT.
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