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posted April 26, 2013 04:42 PM
Edited by Storm-Giant at 16:43, 26 Apr 2013.

Official Q&A for the Community: Sandro, H7 and more

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A few weeks ago we received questions from the community. Check out the official Q&A and learn more about Heroes 6 (how about Heroes 7?), Sandro's death and more else.

1) Will it be possible to use all of the Dynasty features from vanilla H6 in Shades of Darkness?

Yes, you will be able to do so if you already own Vanilla H6.

2) Are there any plans for a possible Heroes 7 game?

There are always ideas and discussions about a next Heroes game, we are always thinking about what we could do with it in the future. Right now, it’s still too early to discuss a next installment, but when the time will right, you will be the first to know

3) What do you think about possible developments and additions to the usual terrain types? Do you plan to add some new ones in a possible new game or to work on the ones you have?

Nope, unfortunately that notion was not heavily developed in Heroes 6. So we don’t have much room to iterate on those. But it’s definitely a notion we would like to make a strong comeback if we make a new Heroes.

4) Do you see any of H6 lore elements as potentially problematic for future developments, or you're happy about how it turned out?

On the contrary, the lore elements that were developed for Heroes 6 opened up a new world of possibilities for our writing / art / design teams. For instance, there were a lot of discussions about the afterlife in Ashan – the soul’s progress through the Void to the Moon (Asha’s resting cocoon), the principles governing reincarnation, etc. This led us to develop further the concept of the Void and create exciting new creatures, artifacts and abilities related to it (that you can discover in Shades of Darkness, H6’s standalone expansion, but also in Duel of Champions, and – when you get the chance to play it – in Heroes Online).

5) Did Sandro really die from Cyrus's hands in Lorekeep?

Sandro’s physical form has been destroyed by Cyrus. But if you read the biography of the city of Lorekeep in Heroes V, you know Sandro’s spirit form still haunts the ruins of Lorekeep… So knowing him, it’s possible he’ll find some way to come back one day :-)

6) What happened to the hydras and shall we hear about them again in future?

While hydras don’t appear in the line-ups of Heroes VI, they are still part of the bestiary of Ashan and might return in a future game.

7) What are your views on adding completely new creatures and even factions?

Adding a tenth faction to the world of Ashan is something that is forbidden by our “Universe Commandments”. However, we only mean by that the main races / nations. So there’s a lot of creative freedom for adding what we call “sub-factions” or “minor factions” (for instance the Crimson Wizards who are a split-faction of Academy, the Pirates who are a Neutral minor faction, etc.). As for adding new creatures, we have guidelines to justify the presence of any given creature on Ashan. Because of the “9 factions” rule, we will not add new civilized races like Halflings or Gnomes (for instance), but there’s a lot of room for unbridled creativity in some Creature categories like the Spirits, Constructs, Undead, Beastmen, etc. For instance, we could decide that Rainbow Fairies (Spirits), Starsilver Surfers (Constructs) or Wererabbits (Beastmen) exist in Ashan, and that would fit the rules of our universe :-)

8) Will Raelag's sister Eruina be featured in Shades of Darkness?

While she doesn’t play a role in the story, Eruina is one of the “tavern” heroes in Shades of Darkness.

9) What happened to Azkaal after the events of H6?

He seemed to be destroyed, but in the epilogues he's still bound to Kirill. Kiril might have decided to destroy Azkaal with the power of the Invisible Library, but since he decided to keep the Library and move it to Sheogh, he also kept Azkaal. We believe Kiril came to enjoy the power Azkaal brought to him, a bit like Bruce Banner never really get rid of the Hulk.

10) Why do centaurs and manticores have horns in Ashan?

And seeing how the jaguar warrior upgrades into the panther warrior, are panthers somehow different (and stronger) than in our world? There are many different versions of the Manticore in mythology. Some of them have horns. We felt it made a cool creature design so our Manticore has horns too. Centaurs (and Orcs) sometimes have horns due to their Demon blood. Our artists did several sketches for the centaurs, with and without horns, and we felt the horned version worked better. For the panthers, I think we first have to rectify something about panthers in general. People have a tendency to use the word panther solely as a synonym to leopard. In truth, the word panther refers any cat of the “panthera” genus: lions, tigers, leopards and jaguars. So even in the real world, a panther is not necessarily smaller or weaker than a jaguar, they can be the same animal. Many creatures of Might & Magic are inspired by various mythologies: pre-colombian tribes of South America often believed the black jaguars were stronger and more dangerous than the “normal” jaguars, and in Ashan, this myth is actually true :-)

11) Seeing how Belketh turned out to be an angel, could you tell us more about the disciples of Sar-Elam and their respective races?

Belketh was not directly a disciple of Sar-Elam, but a disciple of Sar-Shazzar (who was a disciple of Sar-Elam). Being nearly mythological figures in Ashan, the actual race and genders of the seven disciples remain shrouded in mystery. The only certainty is that they all belonged to the Elder Races (Angels, Faceless, Dwarves, Elves, Nagas, Humans) as the Orcs, Vampires or Beastmen did not exist at that time, and Sar-Elam would probably not accept a Demon as a disciple…

12) The Dragon Knights are supposed to be an order, but seeing how Cate operates on her own, was there really no one to stop her? Do Dragon Knights interfere with each others' plans?

Do they have a codex of sort which allows or prohibits their actions? Dragon Knights are indeed an Order with a Codex that regulates their actions, but their main concern is the preservation of the Cosmic Balance in Ashan. They act only when Chaos or Order becomes too extreme. Cate had an agenda of her own, that sometimes conflicted with her Order. But her superiors decided to no to interfere because her actions were mainly beneficial, rather than harmful, to the preservation of the Balance.

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posted April 26, 2013 04:49 PM

Looks like the cow can be milked even if it's nearly dead, in their opinion.

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posted April 26, 2013 05:19 PM

This Q&A is so ... uninteresting and useless ... Ubisoft is back to dumb mode.

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posted April 28, 2013 12:09 PM
Edited by DIEGIS at 12:11, 28 Apr 2013.

Not relevant questions!!!
only snorin'-borin' phrases for a dead game!  
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posted April 28, 2013 12:40 PM

You should consider that this Q&A might not have been for you. There are people who are interested in the lore and how it might affect games beyond H6. I can see how it can piss you off when other, so much more important issues have yet to be addressed but things will come to that. Sooner or later.
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posted April 28, 2013 12:56 PM

May be other things, "more important" will be addressed someday, but only to be said to them, NOT TO BE RESOLVED or IMPLEMENTED! thats what ubi taught us!
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posted April 28, 2013 02:05 PM

The fact that they dare to name Heroes 7 pretty much speaks by itself
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posted April 28, 2013 03:22 PM

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Adding a tenth faction to the world of Ashan is something that is forbidden by our “Universe Commandments”.
we have guidelines to justify the presence of any given creature on Ashan. Because of the “9 factions” rule, we will not add new civilized races like Halflings or Gnomes (for instance)
that would fit the rules of our universe


I mean, on one level it makes sense, but for a franchise that has to be as versatile as Might and Magic, how dumb is that. Why would anyone, want to impose such a stark restriction on a long running fictional universe like that, for no good creative reason.
Way to paint yourself into a corner, can't wait for the Might and Magic reboot in 2016 after Heroes 7 bombs,

At least, I hope these we are just in the John Nathan Turner years of the franchise here, before somebody with a brain shows up to save it from absolute ruin. If not, well

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posted April 28, 2013 03:53 PM

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You should consider that this Q&A might not have been for you. There are people who are interested in the lore and how it might affect games beyond H6. I can see how it can piss you off when other, so much more important issues have yet to be addressed but things will come to that. Sooner or later.

Well I'm interested in lore, but seriously ... do you think the majority of the community even cares about Centaur's horns ?

Not counting that they didn't even bother answering the somewhat interesting questions ... just like they did 2 years ago, back when Xhane was still in charge of the (non-existing) communication.

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posted April 28, 2013 05:13 PM
Edited by ChrisD1 at 17:14, 28 Apr 2013.

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You should consider that this Q&A might not have been for you. There are people who are interested in the lore and how it might affect games beyond H6. I can see how it can piss you off when other, so much more important issues have yet to be addressed but things will come to that. Sooner or later.

Well I'm interested in lore, but seriously ... do you think the majority of the community even cares about Centaur's horns ?

Not counting that they didn't even bother answering the somewhat interesting questions ... just like they did 2 years ago, back when Xhane was still in charge of the (non-existing) communication.


indeed and i'm guessing they picked which questions to answer! i'd like to know more about the expansion and how it will "merge" with the vanilla! will i be able to play the vanilla campaigns with the new creatures,heroes,artifacts around to make it more interesting?
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posted April 28, 2013 07:01 PM

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indeed and i'm guessing they picked which questions to answer!
This is sooooo unlike them. Shame on you for harbouring such indecent thoughts! Scandal!

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posted April 29, 2013 12:23 AM

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Well I'm interested in lore, but seriously ... do you think the majority of the community even cares about Centaur's horns ?


And who even asked this question? It's self explanatory because the Centaurs (as the whole Orc faction actually) are demonic in origin...

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posted April 29, 2013 12:55 AM

I think that was retconned and they are beastmen now.
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posted April 29, 2013 01:24 AM

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Because of the “9 factions” rule, we will not add new civilized races like Halflings or Gnomes (for instance), but there’s a lot of room for unbridled creativity in some Creature categories like the Spirits, Constructs, Undead, Beastmen, etc. For instance, we could decide that Rainbow Fairies (Spirits), Starsilver Surfers (Constructs) or Wererabbits (Beastmen) exist in Ashan, and that would fit the rules of our universe :-)
What's stopping them from turning halflings & gnomes into spirits/constructs/beastmen/uncivilized races?

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posted April 29, 2013 01:30 AM

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Because of the “9 factions” rule, we will not add new civilized races like Halflings or Gnomes (for instance), but there’s a lot of room for unbridled creativity in some Creature categories like the Spirits, Constructs, Undead, Beastmen, etc. For instance, we could decide that Rainbow Fairies (Spirits), Starsilver Surfers (Constructs) or Wererabbits (Beastmen) exist in Ashan, and that would fit the rules of our universe :-)
What's stopping them from turning halflings & gnomes into spirits/constructs/beastmen/uncivilized races?

That's so dumb T.T
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posted April 29, 2013 01:56 AM

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I think that was retconned and they are beastmen now.


Well, that's something new

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posted April 29, 2013 02:03 AM

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That's so dumb T.T

Please, I'm sure Ubi would handle it in a satisfactory way.

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posted April 29, 2013 01:28 PM

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That's so dumb T.T

Please, I'm sure Ubi would handle it in a satisfactory way.

Perhaps I haven't explained myself well, I think is dumb that Ubi has room to add any creature but doesn't want to add Halflings
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posted April 29, 2013 10:32 PM
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Well I found the Q&A half interesting at least. The bit about Pirates and minor factions was something I hadn't heard before and could offer some interesting things for Heroes 7 (may it blessedly be in the works, so we can abandon this abomination).
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posted April 29, 2013 10:32 PM

Halflings were so cool
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