Without a doubt, boasting a set of extreme-looking armor is one of the
coolest elements of any fantasy MMO. Many of those "Whoa" moments come
when a player first observes a special type of in-game armor. Out of
all the classes in Aion
the melee-based Templar sports the best armor in the game, and
according to the NCsoft devs makes them look like "metal gods."
In our second exclusive Aion
class interview, it seemed appropriate to talk about the
's more heavily armored brethren, so the Ten Ton
Hammer staff quizzed the Aion
team about the Templars. The answers we received were excellent. Armor,
abilities, lore and more subjects were all explored, so make sure you
check it out!
Ten Ton Hammer: Will the
two factions in Aion
have any influence on the classes that characters select? Will a
Templar of one faction be stronger than a Templar of another?
strength of a Templar is completely dependent on the skill set of the
player, so no; being on a particular faction doesn’t give you
an advantage. Each side has a rich history and background and I think
that will be one of the biggest parts of why a player chooses a side.
Ten Ton Hammer: Will the
Templar be seen as more of a “meat shield” type of
tank, with the Gladiator being seen as a higher DPS
alternative? Or will the Templar be playing a different role?
the Templar a maestro of defense wouldn’t be far from the
truth, but I wouldn’t say its only purpose is to be an
Atreian punching bag. With their high defense and various shield
skills, they can inflict some serious damage on their opponents. Also,
depending on the situation, a Templar can change the sword, mace or
shield into a great sword and can morph into a “damage
delay” form. So while its attack is lower when compared to
the Gladiator, it would be unwise to ignore the Templar’s
Ten Ton Hammer: What kind
of backstory have you given Templar characters? What is their purpose
in the world? Will the Templar have any religious aspects in relation
to the gods of the game?
first Templars were elite soldiers chosen to be an honor guard for
humanity’s grand temples—including the Tower of
Eternity itself. No duty could be more prestigious, so soldiers
competed fiercely to become a Templar. When the monstrous Balaur
besieged all of humanity, the Templars served as a reserve force of
last resort, leaving their temples only when humanity’s
defenses were about to collapse. To this day, Templars quote the
proverb: “When all else fails, send a Templar.”
In Ancient Atreia, the Templars were dedicated to the service of Lord
Nezekan, the Empyrean Lord of Justice, and while modern Asmodian
Templars believe that he turned his back on them when he chose to be
faithful to Ariel, they uphold the concept of justice as strongly as
At the start of the Abyss War, each century (100 soldiers) had 10
heavily armored Templars that would serve as living “rally
points” for the other soldiers. As the war progressed, the
Asmodians and Elyos started experimenting with more flexible
organizations, and now Templars can be found in units large and small.
But the notion of protecting the other soldiers—and being at
ground zero of the fight—is never far from a
Templar’s mind. Many Templars go so far as to inscribe their
comrades’ names on the inside of their shield to symbolize
that the shield stands between those soldiers and the perils of the
Ten Ton Hammer: Templars
seem like a very melee-oriented sort of class. How does this affect the
flight mechanic in Aion?
Will Templars be powerless once they leave the ground?
classes are more vulnerable in the sky, but thanks to the
Templar’s higher defensive skills and rating they will be
more protected that most. Strategy of when to fly and when
not to fly will affect the Templar’s just as much as any