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Manual Dark Legions

Manual Dark Legions

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INTRODUCTION
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THE TWO AND THE ONE
.................1
BEFORE YOU PLAY
.........................6Game Contents............................6Copy Protection...........................6The README File.........................6The Controls in General...............6
GAME CONCEPTS
............................6The Course of Play.......................6The Characters of D
ARK
L
EGIONS
....7Modes of Play..............................7
INITIAL MENUS, OPTIONS,AND CONTROLS
..............................7Basic Interface.............................7The Main Menu............................8The Modem Screen......................9The Quick Start Screen..............11The Setup Screen......................12Creating an Army.......................14Army Placement........................21
THE STRATEGY GAME
..................23Characters Functionin Different Ways........................23Interface....................................23Actions in the Strategy Game.......243D View.....................................26Overhead View..........................27Ending Your Turn.......................27Times of Day.............................28The Game Menu........................29
COMBAT
........................................32Damage and Death....................32The Powers of Individual Characters.................32The Combat Display...................33Controlling Characters...............33The Battlefields..........................33
THE CHARACTERS
........................34Berserker...................................36Conjurer....................................37Demon......................................38Fire Elemental...........................39Illusionist...................................40Orc............................................41Phantom....................................42Seer..........................................43Shape Shifter.............................44Templar.....................................45Thief..........................................46Troll..........................................48Vampire.....................................49Water Elemental........................51Wizard.......................................52Wraith........................................53
DESIGNERS’ NOTES
......................54
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
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The Two And The One
A
s time creeps slowly over the mist-worn crags of TahrCarog, another cycle begins. A cycle which has been inmotion for undying ages. For a time that only an immortal cansense, should he be so bored as to keep record of it.The cycle of time undulates, almost rhythmically. Destinyrepeats itself; empires rise and fall, power shifts from one sideto another, but there is always a balance.Now, the balance of power is broken.The old man stoops over painfully, wheezing as he adjustshis position, easing himself into his crumbling throne. Helooks up with a pained expression, at the visitor who standsin the shadows.This man is as the old man was in another age. A power untohimself —a fierce warrior, ruthless leader, skillful adversary. . . .The old man draws a deep breath in preparation for his story.
One of the Two is about to fall and it is I.
Introduction
ARK 
EGIONS 
is a game of fantasy combat. You fight for universal power with the aid of the dark denizens from the world of Tahr Carog. Similarly, your opponent, eithethe computer or a human player, uses his own army of creatures to fight you. Each character type in D 
AR
EGIONS 
has its own strengths and weaknesses. Use them well and  you will be victorious; if you fail, abject humiliation will be the least of your worries.
 
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I know the bearer of that other Orb and I will tell you nowthat he is loathe to give it up. He lusts after the Orb that Ipossess, and I must pass on to you. You must take it anddefend it against him! He won’t give up easily; after all,omnipotent power is a rather hard thing to deny. . . .
Yes, it is. Very hard,
says the voice in shadow.A shape forms in the darkness, bringing with it the pungentstench of malevolence. Its immense bulk towers over the tinybody of the man, who cowers in fear, as twin pairs of armsunfold. Hot breath uncoils from some colossal orifice bestdefined as a mouth, lined with jagged shards of steel. Eyesflicker open, burning with the searing heat of seething hatred.
Your time has come, old one,
whispers the multitude of voices, trapped within the demon’s soul. It growls, and singsmelodiously, spitting and rasping juxtaposed with a liltingfragility that belies the power behind them.
Your flesh is mine.
The action is quick, the sound choked into silence by vice-gripped hands. A muffled sound of snapping bone, followedby the dull rip of rent flesh. The old man’s body crumples tothe floor, lifeless.
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My fate will remain unknown amongst the immortals. They carenot for what happens to me, only for what happens to that which Ipossess. For I am only one step away from immortality, one stepaway from the Ultimate Power. And so is my rival. Alas, though, Ihave had my chance, and failed. . . .
There are others who would relish the chance to experience mypower —to have a chance to grasp what I cannot. They are justas muscle-bound as you, just as agile and cunning . . . whatmakes you think you are any different? Ahh, ambition. . . .
A truly dangerous thing, ambition. It gave you power and thedetermination to beat the others. To demonstrate that you wereworthy of something, anything.
The Orb that I possess has power beyond any mortal’sunderstanding, and the potential for much more. There is atwin to this artifact and if the Two are possessed by One,unlimited power is granted!
Ah, I see that I have piqued your interest. Yes, you may bearrogant, but you have potential. You will go far —if you arewise enough.

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