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June 4th, 2021
Idle Champion Spotlight: Selise 
Posted in Idle Champions.

This relentless paladin will protect those she cares for, and her shield is just as deadly as it is defensive!

Selise Astorio is a human paladin who started on her path of vengeance after the death of her wife. During her travels she joined the Rivals of Waterdeep despite her initial misgivings, and now does what she can to protect them with all of her considerable power. She joins the Champions, as well as her fellow Rival Shaka, next week during Dragondown!

I. Selise

Dungeons & Dragons Selise Tanya DePass

    With steadfast confidence and a knowing smirk, Selise is ready to jump into battle whenever necessary, though afterwards she may pine for a hot bath. She keeps her wife’s ring on a chain around her neck, and her well worn Psychomancy shield on her arm. Despite losing her connection to her God after dispatching the one she swore vengeance upon, Selise continues to try to help those in need, even if sometimes she takes the morally gray path.

Selise knows a thing or two about using her shield, and can change her stance with that shield to buff the party in a variety of ways. When you want to add her to your formation, you can swap her with Arkhan (Slot 12)

II. Selise’s Stats

Race: Human Alignment: Lawful Neutral
Class: Paladin Gender: Female
Age: 42 Affiliation: Rivals of Waterdeep

STR: 19 DEX: 11 CON: 11
INT: 15 WIS: 13 CHA: 15

Role: Tanking and Support
Eligible for Patrons: Strahd von Zarovich, Zariel
Slot: 12 (Arkhan)

Dungeons & Dragons Selise

III. Selise's Design

As the founder and Director of I Need Diverse Games, part of the development team behind Into The Mother Lands, and a prolific writer and consultant on a variety of projects, we were very excited to work with Tanya DePass to bring her Rivals of Waterdeep character to life in Idle Champions! Selise Astorio has gone on an amazing, complex journey over the last 10 seasons of the show, and it was important to reflect that in the multiple ways she has to protect her fellow Champions.

Using her Divine Sense to detect enemies around her, Selise can leverage that knowledge to better prepare for battle. She prefers to be in the front lines of a formation, increasing the damage of those behind her and offering extra buffs depending on her current shield stance. When the time is right to strike, her Thunderous Smite will decimate an entire group of foes!

IV. Selise's Abilities

Basic Attack

  • Sword and Board — Selise leaps out and attacks the nearest enemy. This attack has a bonus effect based on her current stance:
    • Aggressive: Bash the enemy before attacking them, stunning them for 2 seconds. This can cause hits- and armor-based enemies to take two hits.
    • Wall: Take 25% less damage from all attacks for the next 5 seconds.
    • Deflect: Damage all enemies in a small AOE if Reflective Shield is chosen and gain one charge of deflection for each enemy hit.
    • Last Resort: Damage and knock back all enemies in a small AOE.

Formation Abilities

  • Divine Sense — Selise increases the damage of Champions in the two columns behind her by 100%. This ability has a bonus effect based on Selise's current shield stance, which can be changed by using her Ultimate Attack:
    • Aggressive: Champions affected by Divine Sense have their base attack cooldowns reduced by 0.5s.
    • Wall: Champions in the same column as Selise take 25% less damage from melee attacks; this stacks multiplicatively with Selise's normal attack Wall-stance buff on herself.
    • Deflect: Champions affected by Divine Sense take 25% less damage from ranged and magical attacks.
    • Last Resort: Selise's overwhelm point is increased by 15.
  • Shield of Psychomancy — While in Aggressive stance, every 4th attack instead of her normal attack, Selise will toss her shield in an arc targeted at the farthest enemy. It deals damage and stuns all enemies hit for 2 seconds, and the effect of Divine Sense is increased by 50% for each enemy hit until Selise attacks with Shield of Psychomancy again or changes stances.
  • Vow of Vengeance — While not in Aggressive stance, Selise increases the effect of Divine Sense by 100% for each enemy attacking her, stacking additively.
  • Thunderous Smite — When switching from Last Resort to Aggressive stance, Selise channels the divine power of Tyr and attacks a random enemy with her sword, dealing BUD-based AoE damage and BUD-based chaining lightning damage from the enemy struck to five nearby enemies. This effect can only trigger every 180 seconds.


  • Relentless Avenger — While in Wall stance, Selise cannot be stunned. Any enemy that attempts to stun Selise is instead stunned themselves for 4 seconds, if they can be stunned.
  • Reflective Shield — While in Deflect stance, Selise can deflect ranged and magical projectiles back at the enemies that shot/cast them, completely negating their damage and dealing 6 seconds of BUD-based damage. She can deflect one attack for each charge of deflection she has, and gains deflection stacks by attacking while in Deflect stance.
  • Mithral Skin — While in Last Resort stance, Selise takes less damage the more damaged she is. At 80%+ health she takes normal damage, but below 80% she receives a damage reduction bonus equal to 80% - her current health percentage.
  • Tyr's Eyes — Increase the range of Divine Sense to affect the three columns behind Selise rather than just two.

Ultimate Ability

  • Shield Stance — As a stalwart tank, Selise knows a thing or two about using a shield. She can subtly change her shield stance to buff the party in different ways depending on what the situation calls for. Using this ability rotates her stance through the following options in order, then looping when reaching the end: Aggressive -> Wall -> Deflect -> Last Resort

Champion Rebalance

Selise Astorio received the following changes as part of an update on October 8th 2021:
  • Increase to the duration of her Wall Stance damage reduction buff to 10 seconds
  • Increase the base effect value of Vow of Vengeance from 100% to 200%
  • Update to happen in version 406+ : Last Resort stance also increases the effect of Vow of Vengeance by 200%

V. Selise’s Equipment

Slot 1: Global DPS
Slot 2: Global DPS
Slot 3: Increase Max Health
Slot 4: Divine Sense
Slot 5: Shield of Psychomancy
Slot 6: Ultimate Cooldown

VI. Conclusion

We’re excited to continue to bring the Rivals into our Champion roster, and can’t wait to see Selise offering her tanking and support abilities in your formations! If you want to find out more about all the Rivals of Waterdeep you can check out their shows as livestreams or podcasts!

What do you think about Selise? 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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