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* CombatPragmatist: A Thief has several abilities that non-magically debuff the attacking enemies.



* TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty: A Thief has several abilities that non-magically debuff the attacking enemies.


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'''"Canonical" class''': Berserker



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'''"Canonical" class''': Knight



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'''"Canonical" class''': Thief



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'''"Canonical" class''': Wildlander



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'''"Canonical" class''': Disciple



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'''"Canonical" class''': Spiritspeaker



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'''"Canonical" class''': Runemaster



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'''"Canonical" class''': Necromancer

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* MightyGlacier: Alric hits like a truck and has a ton of HP, but cannot move quickly even when his unlife depends on it.


A RagtagBunchOfMisfits who ended the Dragon Wars 40 years ago by [[SealedEvilInACan sealing away]] the mightiest of dragons, Gryvorn.

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A RagtagBunchOfMisfits who ended the Dragon Wars 40 three dozen years ago by [[SealedEvilInACan sealing away]] the mightiest of dragons, Gryvorn.

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* DragonAscendant: Eliza is one of the Lieutenants in the ''Shadow Rune'' campaign but becomes the Overlord in ''Heirs of Blood''.


* CrusadingWidower: Her husband was killed by soldiers who didn't bother to check whether the orcs in question were law-abiding citizens.

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* CrusadingWidower: CrusadingWidow: Her husband was killed by soldiers who didn't bother to check whether the orcs in question were law-abiding citizens.


* WalkingWasteland: As a Lieutenant, Serena can spread curses and disease with her attacks.

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* WalkingWasteland: As a Lieutenant, Serena can spread curses and disease with her attacks.
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* WhiteMage: As a hero, Serena specializes in healing and buffing her allies, but is less effective in direct combat because of her weak defenses.


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* MagicKnight: The Runemaster is the only class who can combine heavy armor with Rune weapons and Leoric's special hero ability in particular makes him suited to fight if not in the front row, then at least in the second one.





!!Jain Fairwood

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!!Jain Fairwood!!Tomble Burrowell



A wildlander who had been deemed a traitor by Terrinoth.

* ArcherArchetype: A taciturn but just archer lady.
* KnightInSourArmor: She is still bitter about being unfairly branded a deserter but keeps saving lives of the very people who misjudged her.
* ForestRanger: Jain retreated to the forests after being shunned by the human society.
* SoleSurvivor: After the Dragon Wars, she was the only member of Sir Garrick's company who survived the Uthuk ambush.

!!Tomble Burrowell
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* BackStab: The Sneaky ability increases the damage a Thief does to enemies who didn't have a line of sight to them at the start of the Thief's turn.
* DiscardAndDraw: After drawing a search (treasure) card, a Thief with the Appraisal ability can discard it and draw another one.
* ExtraTurn: The Bushwhack ability lets a Thief attack the only monster in their line of sight as a free action, effectively giving them an extra attack.



* LuckManipulationMechanic: The starter gear trinket Lucky Charm lets a Thief reroll one attribute check per turn.



* TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty: A Thief has several abilities that non-magically debuff the attacking enemies.



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!!Ashrian

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!!Ashrian

!!Jain Fairwood



An elvish shaman from the Whispering Forest.

* CunningLinguist: Speaks well over a dozen languages fluently.
* TheDrifter: This is implied to be Ashrian's ''modus operandi'': she arrives to a new land, learns the language, fights evil, then eventually moves on to parts unknown.
* MysteriousPast: No one quite knows where she came from and she is definitely not telling.
* NatureHero: She hangs out in forests, communing with spirits and mixing herbs.

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An elvish shaman from A wildlander who had been deemed a traitor by Terrinoth.

* ArcherArchetype: A taciturn but just archer lady.
* KnightInSourArmor: She is still bitter about being unfairly branded a deserter but keeps saving lives of
the Whispering Forest.

very people who misjudged her.
* CunningLinguist: Speaks well over a dozen languages fluently.
* TheDrifter: This is implied
ForestRanger: Jain retreated to be Ashrian's ''modus operandi'': she arrives to a new land, learns the language, fights evil, then eventually moves on to parts unknown.
forests after being shunned by the human society.
* MysteriousPast: No LuckManipulationMechanic: The Accurate ability lets a Wildlander reroll one quite knows where she came from and she is definitely not telling.
* NatureHero: She hangs out in forests, communing
power die when attacking with spirits and mixing herbs.
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* SoleSurvivor: After the Dragon Wars, she was the only member of Sir Garrick's company who survived the Uthuk ambush.

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* AreaOfEffect: The Radiant Light heals all allies and and harms all enemies within line of sight of the Disciple at once.



* CombatMedic: Avric's special power restores hit points to allies around him and lets them convert surges from their own attacks to hit points.

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* CombatMedic: Avric's special power restores hit points to allies around him and lets them convert surges from their own attacks to hit points. The Disciple class also has the Blessed Strike ability that converts their surges into healing for a nearby ally.
* HealingHands: The ability Prayer of Healing lets a Disciple heal an adjacent hero as a free action once per turn.




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* StatusBuff: The Divine Fury ability buffs an ally healed by the Disciple to do more damage on their next attack, while the Armor of Faith gives them an extra defense die.

!!Ashrian
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An elvish shaman from the Whispering Forest.

* AreaOfEffect: The Tempest ability of a Spiritspeaker harms all monsters in the vicinity and, at the same time, heals all allies.
* CombatMedic: The Drain Spirit ability lets a Spiritspeaker heal all heroes in the vicinity as a side effect of damaging enemies, while Vigor lets them convert their surges into healing for the entire party.
* CunningLinguist: Speaks well over a dozen languages fluently.
* TheDrifter: This is implied to be Ashrian's ''modus operandi'': she arrives to a new land, learns the language, fights evil, then eventually moves on to parts unknown.
* MysteriousPast: No one quite knows where she came from and she is definitely not telling.
* NatureHero: She hangs out in forests, communing with spirits and mixing herbs. Most Spiritspeaker class abilities are also nature-themed.



* AreaOfEffect: The Runemaster ability Exploding Rune lets them convert an attack with a Rune weapons into a Blast, hitting all squares adjacent to the target (and the Inscribe Rune ability lets them treat ''all'' weapons as Runic). Also, Break the Rune damages all creatures (even allies!) within the line of sight.



An orc necromancer who practices in the dark arts.

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An orc necromancer who practices in the dark arts.
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* AnimateDead: The Necromancer's starting ability lets them summon a skeleton familiar named Reanimate (see below). Also, Dying Command lets them immediately raise the monster they or Reanimate just killed to make them move and attack another monster once.




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* NightOfTheLivingMooks: The Necromancer's Army of Death ability invokes this, being an attack that uses the Reanimate's stats but targets all enemies within the Necromancer's line of sight.



The Necromancer class' familiar, who can be summoned with the necromancer's starting ability and is treated as a figure.

* ButtMonkey: The Corpse Blast ability lets the necromancer sacrifice the Reanimate to damage all enemies around it. Since it is a cheap ability and the Reanimate can be summoned right back again, this tends to happen to it a lot.

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The Necromancer class' familiar, who can be summoned with the necromancer's Necromancer's starting ability and is treated as a figure.

* ButtMonkey: The Corpse Blast ability lets the necromancer Necromancer sacrifice the Reanimate to damage all enemies around it. Since it is a cheap ability and the Reanimate can be summoned right back again, this tends to happen to it a lot.



* SharedLifeMeter: With the Dark Pact ability, the necromancer can redirect damage they take to the Reanimate and vice versa.

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* ExtraTurn: The Fury of Undeath attribute lets the Necromancer convert one of their actions into a full extra turn for the Reanimate (on top of their regular activation).
* SharedLifeMeter: With the Dark Pact ability, the necromancer Necromancer can redirect damage they take to the Reanimate and vice versa.


->'''''Note''': Although the players are free to mix and match individual heroes and their classes freely within the appropriate Archetype, most heroes' background descriptions make it clear which class they "canonically" belong to. For simplicity's sake, tropes concerning specific class abilities will be described in the corresponding hero's section.''



* CounterAttack: When a Berserker is attacked in melee, they can immediately retaliate out of turn at the cost one stamina.



* DashAttack: The Charge ability lets a Berserker move up to their speed and attack as a single action.




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* SpinAttack: The Whirlwind ability lets a Berserker attack all adjacent enemies at once.


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* DashAttack: The Advance ability lets a Knight move up to their speed and attack again after slaying a monster.


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* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: A Knight starts the game with a wooden shield that gives them an extra shield point once per turn. The Defense Training ability lets them enhance the benefits of a shield even further.
* LuckManipulationMechanic: A Knight's starting sword lets them force the enemy to reroll one of their defense dice.


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* ShieldBash: A Knight's ability of the same name lets them stun enemies with their shield as part of an attack.
* TakingTheBullet: The Defend ability lets a Knight redirect an attack from an adjacent hero to themselves.


* OurGiantsAreBigger: The term "ettin" is a cognate of the Old Norse [[UsefulNotes/NorseMythology Jötunn]], so ettins in this game are appropriately twice as big as humans and have extra long weapon reach to show for it.

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* OurGiantsAreBigger: The term "ettin" is a cognate of the Old Norse [[UsefulNotes/NorseMythology [[Myth/NorseMythology Jötunn]], so ettins in this game are appropriately twice as big as humans and have extra long weapon reach to show for it.



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* OurGiantsAreBigger: The term "ettin" is a cognate of the Old Norse [[UsefulNotes/NorseMythology Jötunn]], so ettins in this game are appropriately twice as big as humans and have extra long weapon reach to show for it.

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* TheDrifter: This is implied to be Ashrian's ''modus operandi'': she arrives to a new land, learns the language, fights evil, then eventually moves on to parts unknown.


* AngelsDevilsAndSquid: So ''Descent'' has goblins, zombies, giants, dragons... and this ''thing'': a giant walking fish with extra mouth-stalks on its it head. Seriously?

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* AngelsDevilsAndSquid: So ''Descent'' has goblins, zombies, giants, dragons... and this ''thing'': a giant walking fish with extra mouth-stalks on its it head. Seriously?


* BeardOfEvil: He has a goatee and a DastardlyWhiplash--how would someone not see him as a villain is anyone's guess.

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* BeardOfEvil: He has a goatee and a DastardlyWhiplash--how would someone not see ''not'' immediately recognize him as a villain is anyone's guess.


A RagtagBunchOfMisfits who ended the Dragon Wars 40 years ago by [[SealedEvilInCan sealing away]] the mightiest of dragons, Gryvorn.

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A RagtagBunchOfMisfits who ended the Dragon Wars 40 years ago by [[SealedEvilInCan [[SealedEvilInACan sealing away]] the mightiest of dragons, Gryvorn.

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