The Mad God’s hammer Volendrung sows chaos in The Elder Scrolls Online’s Alliance War

    
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Madness and mayhem has been unleashed upon The Elder Scrolls Online’s Alliance War with the arrival of the relic weapon Volendrung, whose immensely destructive power will add a new dynamic to the faction war in Cyrodiil. As an artifact weapon of Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of Madness, Volendrung will bring an element of chaos to Cyrodiil, which is exactly what the developers intended.

“At this point in the game, a lot of the Alliance War’s play patterns are fairly well ingrained,” says ESO Combat Lead Brian Wheeler. “There isn’t a real mobile element that exists beyond capturing Elder Scrolls, so we wanted another way to get more people moving around.”

Volendrung is intended to spawn “between four and five times a day” at a random location throughout Cyrodiil, and although players will be notified when it spawns, they won’t immediately be told where. The lucky player who manages to locate it first will get to wield its mighty power, which will normalize his or her base attributes and grant access to “a brand-new suite of abilities that can strike down large groups of people and allow [the wielder] to do massive damage to fortifications.”

But this is a gift from Sheogorath we’re talking about, and that means its power comes at a price: “Volendrung requires you to keep it fed by acquiring Alliance Points via capturing, defending, or killing your opponents,” and should its wielder go too long without sating Volendrung’s rapacious appetite, he or she will be struck dead and dropped on the spot for another player to claim.

Although that may seem a high price to pay, the devs promise that it’s worth the risk: “It’s OP,” Wheeler says, adding that “while it’s lethal to players, its true purpose is to be a destroyer of keeps. It’s going to have a major impact on the state of your campaign in how quickly and effortlessly it rips down walls.”

Players will be able to witness the power of Volendrung for themselves when it arrives with Update 22, which is currently available in early access on PC thanks to the launch last week and will formally launch there as well as on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on June 4th.

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Utakata

I keep thinking of this every time I see that subhead… o.O

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Sorenthaz

Sounds like a fun addition, keeps it from being a straight-up monotony. Though I still haven’t even tried to dip into Cyrodil.

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Willie Elliott

Malacath Volendrung is the Daedric artifact that belongs to Malacath the hammer of might Sheogorath has Wabbajack
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Fork of Horripilation
Spear of Bitter Mercy
Staff of Sheogorath
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Folium Discognitum
Ruin’s Edge
Those are his artifacts get the basic game lore right or don’t make a fucking elder scrolls game

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Sorenthaz

I mean, Sheogorath steals things, so.

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hurbster

He straight up tells the player he ‘borrowed’ it for an indeterminate amount of time.

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Jokerchyld

Its just a game bro… relax. It really isn’t that deep.

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cursedseishi

… Eh. As far as Daedric weapons go, that hardly sounds like a “Sheogorath” flavored weapon. Mehrunes Dagon would have been a far better fit if you’re meant to constantly capture and kill to keep the weapon. Literally Dagon’s spheres include destruction (check), ambition (check), and revolution (also check).

Sounds to me more that they simply chose “Sheogorath” because he’s got the name recognition in the series, and not because he fits with its style. Seriously, Prince of Madness and you’re just given abilities that let you hit things harder? No. That is beyond lazy in my eyes, and its a disservice to the name they are attaching to it.

It’s like someone name-dropping Cthulhu as your inspirations for a horror story, when Cthulhu isn’t even the most horrifying thing in existence!

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Tobasco da Gama

Actually, it’s associated with Malacanth (though it was created by the Dwarves rather than any Daedric Prince). The ESO explanation is that Sheogorath stole it, along with others, from whoever had it beforehand.

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cursedseishi

Good to know! The name was ringing a bell, and without doing a good wiki-check of myself I was going off memory and didn’t immediately recall it as a Daedric weapon in other games. Would have been nice to put the ‘stole’ bit in their announcement I’d say, and that still doesn’t change that as far as curses go from Sheogorath, being killed is…

Well, it’s kind of weak.

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Tobasco da Gama

Yeah, the penalty should involve getting Wabbajacked at the very least. ;)

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Rottenrotny

Sounds pretty neat. I absolutely loved Cyrodil when ESO launched, but now it’s so boring as there are WAY less players in there and the ones that are are just going through the standard maneuvers.

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hurbster

Yup, grind to caltrops and then get the hell out.

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Chris Walker

Really? I play in Cyrodiil every day and it’s always hopping.