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October 19th, 2020
Idle Champion Spotlight: Ezmerelda d'Avenir  
Posted in Idle Champions.

Those that have played through the Grand Tour adventures based in Barovia have already been introduced to our next Champion. For those that haven't, we're beyond excited to bring Curse of Strahd's renowned vampire hunter; Ezmerelda d'Avenir to Idle Champions. Read on to find how this prolific monster hunter from Barovia will influence your formations!

Ezmerelda d’Avenir, a Vistana, was once the protégée of Rudolph van Richten — despite their checkered history. When she was young, her family wronged van Richten, and yet he spared their lives. Ezmerelda witnessed van Richten’s act of mercy and was deeply moved by it.

At the age of fifteen, Ezmerelda, still troubled by what her family had done to van Richten, ran away from home and tracked down van Richten two years later. Ezmerelda remained by van Richten’s side for another two years, helping him track down and slay many creatures of the night. Sadly because of her origins, van Richten never fully trusted her, leading him to keep secrets from her. This lead to frequent arguments between the two vampire hunters At last, Ezmerelda suggested that they part company with some shred of their friendship still intact, and van Richten agreed.

Since bidding farewell to van Richten, Ezmerelda has struck out on her own as an independent monster hunter. On one of her less successful adventures, a werewolf bit off her right leg below the knee, and although she avoided being afflicted with lycanthropy, Ezmerelda was sidelined for months. She commissioned a master artisan to craft a prosthetic lower leg and foot. After several tries, he delivered a prosthesis that restored her mobility. Ezmerelda d'Avenir has joined the Champions to try and rid this new realm from evil.

I. Vampire Hunter

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    Ezmerelda d'Avenir, a Vistana monster hunter, has devoted herself to ridding the world of evil in all of its forms. After years of tutelage by her mentor, the vampire hunter Rudolph van Richten, Ezmerelda struck out on her own. She has since amassed a sizable personal fortune and an impressive arsenal of weapons for hunting monsters. Following the defeat of Strahd von Zarovich, Ezmerelda joins the Champions on their journeys through the world of Toril.

Ezmerelda is a Support Champion who increases the damage of Champions in her column, especially against undead, fiends, or monstrosities. Her ultimate attack is the ultimate debuff, creating a massive short-lived boost to global damage. When you want to add Ezmerelda to your formation, you can swap her with Bruenor (Slot 1).

II. Ezmerelda's Stats

Race: Human Alignment: Chaotic Good
Class: Fighter/Wizard Gender: Female
Age: 27 Affiliation: none

STR: 14 DEX: 19 CON: 16
INT: 16 WIS: 11 CHA: 17

Role: Support

Eligible for Patrons: Mirt the Moneylender, Vajra Safahr, Strahd von Zarovich

Slot: 1, (Bruenor)

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III. Ezmerelda's Design

A prolific vampire hunter from the land of Barovia. Ezmerelda brings a wealth of knowledge from Barovia to assist the Champions. Her design is based on a catalyst effect which triggers off the number of debuffs on an enemy. She's a master fighter and uses debuffs to her advantage, culminating in her ultimate attack with a sun dagger to create a strong short-lived massive debuff. It increases the formations' damage for a devastating final team attack.

Ezmerelda has 3 different debuffs that she bestows on enemies as she's training the Champions in her martial & magical style. Her debuffs are based on her skills as a vampire hunter and are named for moments during her training: Pause, Prepare, & Parry.

In addition to her training the Champions, she also brings a wealth of knowledge against undead, as illustrated in her The Devil's Playthings ability. Champions in her column (including herself) increase their damage against Undead by 100%.

Finally, Ezmerelda is never done training. Her Threat Tracking ability has her continuing to learn from her enemies in this new land. Both Threat Tracking and The Devil's Playthings start as undead based but can be changed to humanoid, fiends, or monstrosities with a specialization. Threat Tracking count remains for the adventure, and if the threats tracked changes to fiends or humanoid, she will retain her previous stacks and starts counting the new type instead.

IV. Ezmerelda's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Fire Bolt — Ezmerelda hurls a mote of fire at a random enemy.

Formation Abilities

  • Training Montage — Ezmerelda marks enemies as she trains the Champions with her vampire hunting skills.
    • Pause: Ezmerelda marks every third enemy that spawns with this debuff. Once marked, the target gains one stack every three seconds, to a max of 10 stacks. For each stack, Champions in Ezmerelda's column deal an additional 10% damage against the target. Buffs apply to the post-stack value.
    • Prepare: Ezmerelda marks every enemy she attacks with this debuff. The effect of this debuff depends on the target.
      • If it is a hits-based or armor-based enemy: Whenever a Champion in Ezmerelda's column would remove a hit point or a chunk of armor from the target, remove one additional hit point or chunk.
      • If it is any other enemy: Decrease the enemies' max hit points by 50%.
    • Parry: The first time a non-boss enemy attacks, the attack misses. Ezmerelda then marks it with this debuff, which illustrates that it has already triggered this effect.
  • The Devil's Playthings — Increases the damage of Champions in the same column as Ezmerelda against undead creatures by 100%.
  • Threat Tracking — Ezmerelda tracks the undead creatures the Champions kill while she is in the formation, increasing the effect of The Devil's Playthings by .01% for each undead tracked. This total resets at the end of each adventure. This ability can be buffed by upgrades, feats, and equipment. Buffs apply to the total calculation.

First Specialization Choice

The first specialization choice relates to which enemies Ezmerelda is tracking.

  • Stay on TargetThe Devil's Playthings and Threat Tracking continue to track & trigger vs undead.
  • Fiendish StatureThe Devil's Playthings and Threat Tracking now track & trigger vs fiends instead of undead for the remainder of the adventure. She will retain her previous tracking totals.
  • The Devil Wears Many MasksThe Devil's Playthings and Threat Tracking now track & trigger vs humanoids instead of undead for the remainder of the adventure. She will retain her previous tracking totals.
  • Monstrous IntentionsThe Devil's Playthings and Threat Tracking now track & trigger vs monstrosities instead of undead for the remainder of the adventure. She will retain her previous tracking totals.

Second Specializations

The second specialization choice lets you choose how you want her to augment the party for the remainder of the adventure.

  • Smells Like A Trap — Ezmerelda senses trouble, and begins to mark all enemies in preparation for a renewed assault! Ezmerelda now marks every enemy that spawns with Training Montage: Pause.
  • We've Trained For This — The Champions are seeing results from Ezmerelda's training! Training Montage: Pause, Training Montage: Prepare, and The Devil's Playthings now affect all Champions in the formation, not just Champions in Ezmerelda's column.
  • He's Still Out There — Ezmerelda steels herself in preparation for the next time she encounters Strahd, and increases the effect of The Devil's Playthings by 300%.

Ultimate Ability

My Signal — Ezmerelda reveals a magical sun dagger and launches it at the enemy with the most debuffs active (randomly if tied). The dagger lands in the target and remains there as it begins to glow with a burst of radiant energy, creating a new debuff that lasts 10 seconds. It increases the damage done to the enemy by 50% for each active debuff on them, stacking multiplicatively.

V. Ezmerelda's Equipment

Slot 1: Global DPS
Slot 2: Global DPS
Slot 3: Training Montage: Pause
Slot 4: The Devil's Playthings
Slot 5: Threat Tracking
Slot 6: Decrease Ultimate Cooldown

VI. Conclusion

What do you think about Ezmerelda? If you have feedback, let us know in a Community Q&A or Champion feedback post on the Idle Champions Subreddit, on the Steam forums, or on the Official Idle Champions Discord!
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