Time for another deep dive on one of Wyrd Street’s Iconic Characters, playable in the Quicksilver War campaign releasing later this year.
Osiron is an odd one. Most of Wyrd Street’s heroes fight for those close to them — friends, family, and lovers — but Osiron has always been a loner. There is no one he is truly close to. His motives are more difficult to define.
Perhaps it is knowledge he seeks. His people, the Xandrians, are a race of scholars, and curiosity drives much of their culture. Yet even among his own kind Osiron is something of a black sheep. The uncertain art of the Fortune Teller has always been a bit taboo among the rational-minded Xandrians.
Perhaps the Xandrians are right to be wary. The Fortune Teller is one of the wildest classes I designed for this game. I threw caution to the wind as a designer so you could throw caution to the wind as a player.
I’ve already given a brief tease of some of the its abilities, and it gives you a bit of an idea of what this class is like. High risk, high reward is running theme. The future can never be entirely predicted, and neither can a Fortune Teller’s toolkit.
One ability completely changes its effect based on what month you’re playing the game in. Another rolls a massive number of damage dice — but those dice only count if they roll odd numbers. One entire tier of abilities can’t be chosen by the player; which ability you get is randomly determined by a dice roll, and it changes with every new adventure you start.
But that doesn’t mean you’re entirely beholden to the whims of fate when you play a Fortune Teller. They have many abilities to reroll dice, guarantee critical strikes, and otherwise twist the odds in their favour.
Most classes in Wyrd Street are designed to be versatile, able to use a variety of weapons and fill multiple roles, depending on your build. Fortune Tellers are an exception to this. They are highly specialized. They deal burst damage at range, and that’s about it. They have some useful buffs and debuffs, and their dice manipulation can benefit allies, but their lack of healing keeps them from occupying a primary support role. No, they’re here to bring the pain.
Of course, the upshot of being highly specialized is that they are damn good at what they do. They have some of the best focus-generation in the game, allowing them to throw out their most powerful abilities with stunning frequency. Most of their damage also ignores enemy armour, making them extremely potent against enemies with high armour but low health.
If you want to play it safe, this might not be your class. But if you want to defy destiny and prove wrong everyone who ever said “it’s too much of a risk,” the Fortune Teller might be the class for you.
My artist is currently working on Osiron’s character art. You’ll have to wait until the game’s full release to see the finished version, but here’s an early concept sketch.