Posted Mon, Feb 10, 2014 by Martuk
Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen is coming up on the halfway point of its Kickstarter goal with just 12 days to go. In a recent string of reveals, the Pantheon team unveiled its gnome and halfling races, both high fantasy favorites. Halflings may be small in size but they're big in crafting.
The Halflings are stubby humanoid race with a preference for domestic tranquility rather than high adventure. Being a small race in a dangerous world, they have honed their skills of stealth and acrobatics to hide from or evade threats. Most would consider the humble looking humanoids nothing more than helpless children with the prowess to match, but that would be far from the truth of the agile Halflings. Their powerful legs and tactical spryness make them difficult targets to strike. The Halfling settlements are built into and onto the forest realm they live within to help conceal their presence from wandering giants and soaring dragons. Their communities are agrarian and they specialize in unique crops that only exist within the shaded fields of their villages. They are perhaps the most resourceful race, learning to craft superior goods from meager environments.
Gnomes in Pantheon appear to in tune with the arcane arts, giving them an affinity for magic.
The Gnomes are a diminutive enchanted race who place their arcane desires above all else. Their race was born of magic and their bodies imbued with subtle arcane forces that emanate in the environment surrounding them. To the Gnome, magic is life. It is the foundation of all. It is the blueprint to the universe. Their affinity for magic has led them to be one of the more proficient crafters of magical items and allowed them to unlock the arcane potential of even the most mundane of items. However, that symbiotic relationship between Gnome and magic has slightly rattled their brains, leaving these tiny sorcerers a bit barmy. Most who encounter them find them somewhat loony and sometimes impish. If not for their superior arcane talents, they might be unwelcome in many villages. But a little madness is worth the magical prowess Gnomes offer. It is believed that it is a touch of this madness that drives them to secrecy, often hoarding magic items and rarely sharing the greatest of their knowledge. When not travelling through foreign lands in search of arcane secrets and enchantment gems, the Gnomes prefer the refuge of their hidden cities called troves.
In addition, the team also revealed a peek at the planned race and class combination for launch.
Read more on the Pantheon Kickstarter page.