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  • Yes, because his rage will flash over to the Living Races as well

    8 34.78%
  • Maybe, because he cannot take revenge on Torrin and might attack the Living Races for that one

    5 21.74%
  • No, he locked himself in and around his castle and everyone coming close does so by own fault

    10 43.48%
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    Question Is Valkor the Impaler really evil?

    from the ingame lore:
    'Listen well, Research Assistant Pharaxes Sphaerideion, for I will tell you a tale of misery and sorrow. A tale of the terrible evil that is at the heart of the Withered Aegis. A tale to freeze your bones and wither your spirit. This is not for the faint of heart! Leave now if ye have not the stomach.'

    'Many years ago, there was a revered member of the Paladin Order by the name of Valkor. He distinguished himself during the early years of The Lament as the Withered Aegis and their Undead Hordes poured into Western Aradoth. So it was with great surprise when the Leaders of his Order learned of his disappearance. Or rather, his capture.'

    'It was as they had feared. The Withered Aegis had ambushed Valkor and his wife while they were traveling to the small town of Harro from Feladan. They were taken, as the story goes, far to the east into the depths of Torrin Macalir's fortress on the Eastern Continent. There, Valkor and his wife were tortured mercilessly. Eventually, Valkor's wife succumbed to her torture and died.'

    'Valkor, upon seeing his beloved wife's death, vowed eternal vengeance upon Torrin and the rest of the Withered Aegis. But he was still firmly imprisoned and continued to suffer gruesome torture daily. Despite Torrin's best efforts, Valkor remained strong and refused to give in.'

    'Finally, after a year and more of unending torture, Torrin switched tactics. Break him with magic, he decided. And so he set upon Valkor with powerful necromantic magics... These magics warped and twisted Valkor's body, nearly destroying him, and turning him into a specter of death with a terrible thirst for the life force of others. The magics, though, had an even greater impact upon Valkor, one that physical torture could never have achieved... it broke his mind!'

    'Valkor went mad beneath the evil magics plied to him. His hatred of the Withered Aegis for his wife's death and anger at the gods for abandoning them both to this fate, turned to unending rage, the source of a terrible, twisted power.'

    'Torrin soon discovered that further tortures could no longer touch Valkor, so he simply locked him away, for decades, in a cell deep in his dungeons. Years passed. Rachival fell. Feladan fell. The Battle of Tazoon was fought. Torrin Macalir was destroyed, and the tide turned. Feladan was recaptured by the Gifted. It was at this point, with the power of the Withered Aegis waning upon the Prime, that Valkor finally escaped his captors!'

    'Breaking free of his cell, he cut a swath of destruction through the Aegis minions who had remained behind to guard him. Leaving the fortress with a trail of pursuers, he ran aimlessly through the destroyed lands, obliterating all he encountered in his mindless rage, until becoming cornered in a portal complex. With scarcely a thought, he leapt through an open portal following a regiment of Aegis troops, returning to the unblighted lands of Istaria in the west.'

    'In Istaria, he found that his tortures had turned him into a terrible creature, one that would be hunted in these lands. He found a ruined fortress high upon a mountain-top in the northern regions of Istaria and there, with an army of undead minions he found he was now able to command, he had locked himself away, his hatred festering for all these long years. His rage has given him power, but twisted his form. Valkor's form is the visage of death and his power can warp the world around him, as well as bend the beasts of darkness to his will.'

    'He remains to this day, Pharaxes! Brooding, biding his time high atop the mountains in his fortress. One day he may come down and feast on us all! And that is the end of the tale...'
    (worth to be put on his wiki page, isn't it? *ponders*)

    Actually... I don't see, why he should feast on us all (except the countless battles for his weapon parts) because he still hates the Withered Aegis, not the Living Races.

    So is he really considered to be evil? All he wants is to revenge the death of is beloved wife.
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    Default Re: Is Valkor the Impaler really evil?

    This is the way I see this...
    Before all the (magical) torture he was good... That is true.
    After all that (magical) torture he was no longer his old self, his grief and pain for the loss of his wife forgotten and replaced with nothing but anger and rage.

    Considering he is not a part of the Withered Aegis I do not consider him trully evil...
    However due to his hostility towards all the living races that come near him is still to be considered extremely dangerous and to be left alone in peace.
    My statement would change however if in the future he would join the WA or starts to go on a conquest for his own gain.
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    Default Re: Is Valkor the Impaler really evil?

    He cannot (or refuses to) tell the difference between those upon whom he wants revenge and the "innocents" among the living. He destroys anything he encounters save the undead that serve him, regardless of whether they meant to encounter him.

    If he truly sought revenge, he would be out attacking the Withered Aegis where they infiltrate Istaria. His refusal to go after them indicates acceptance of their destruction of Istaria. From this Gifted's point of view, he accomplishes work for the Withered Aegis and does nothing against them. Therefore, he is evil now. The Blight has twisted him to its purpose.

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    Default Re: Is Valkor the Impaler really evil?

    The story says that Valkor is angry not only at the Withered Aegis, but also the gods for allowing such terrible things to happen. To me, it sounds like Valkor has simply become an agent of rage, indiscriminately destroying all that cross his path (except for those under his command, for some reason).

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    He is both evil and undead now. Doesn't matter how he got there. None of them started out "undead".

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    Yes its a very sad tale but the end result is that Valkor is evil now. He may not be an agent of the Withered Aegis but the saying "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" does not apply. He's hateful and murderous, thus evil.
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    Default Re: Is Valkor the Impaler really evil?

    I dont think he's evil, he was twisted and driven mad, he can not control his anger and his bloodlust when he smells any of the living races, however he does not want to seek them out on his own accord, he chooses to lock himself in his castle when he has the clarity to make that choise.

    What i find strange however is that he does not execute any plans of revenge?
    Is he unaware of the vast icelands to the east of his castle? which are empty and depraved of any living beings besides some wolves here and there?
    He would have a clear route to execute sneak attacks on the withered aegis by day and by night without ever touching civilization, thus taking his revenge slowly bit by bit.

    If ever a gnome could create an automation to communicate with valkor without driving him in a blood frenzy, and slipping him some information to where the withered aegis could be found and how it could be reached without encountering any of the living races Valkor could be a strong ally in the war against the withered aegis.
    Ofcourse troup movements would have to be planned -around- Valkor en a special gnomish communications team should be assigned to keep track of Valkors position at all times (using the -mobile- communication automations) to avoid any harm done to Istaria's own army.

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    Default Re: Is Valkor the Impaler really evil?

    Quote Originally Posted by Thangorodrim Atanatari View Post
    If ever a gnome could create an automation to communicate with valkor without driving him in a blood frenzy, and slipping him some information to where the withered aegis could be found and how it could be reached without encountering any of the living races Valkor could be a strong ally in the war against the withered aegis.
    Ofcourse troup movements would have to be planned -around- Valkor en a special gnomish communications team should be assigned to keep track of Valkors position at all times (using the -mobile- communication automations) to avoid any harm done to Istaria's own army.
    I love this idea... even if Valkor went into a blood frenzy, I wonder if we could plant information on the automaton for him to find after smashing it to bits, like a map saying "Here be Withered Aegis" or somesuch.

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