Darnelle, the Drone Specialist


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    CONCEPT: A support centered around a drone that can fly around healing allies as well as damaging enemies. She also has a rifle that can heal or deal damage depending on the mode its in that further emphasizes her theme of being potentially simultaneously able to fulfill a healing role and a damage role.

    Maximum Health: 2200
    Movement: 360
    ROLE: SUPPORT

    LORE: Darnelle is the niece of the renowned Dwarven Engineer, Barik. She has always had an admiration for her uncle's work, and in time became his apprentice. A few years ago, they had a falling out over his alignment with the Magistrate and she fled to self-teach her own ways. She was already a talented engineer with a knack for building flying drones, in the wildernesses and plains of the Realm, she would perfect her craft and create her best friend in the whole world, L4N4. L4N4 is a drone designed as a companion that always looks over her owner's back and front. They are inseperable. But she also made other important friends in Moji and Inara in her travels. They both have proven to be invaluable allies to her in times of need. Now they insist her involvement in the Resistance, and although she's never wanted war, her life and the lives of many others are on the line. She and L4N4 will stop at nothing short of death to support the resistance's efforts, and Darnelle is keen to rekindle her relationship with her uncle who has since joined the Resistance himself.

    Species: Dwarf SIDE: (Resistance)

    Allies: Barik, Moji, Inara
    Enemies: None

    Abilities:

    LMB: Thunderstick- Darnelle fires her trusty traditional dwarven rifle, dealing 750 damage (or healing allies for 750 health) every 1.25 seconds with fall-off past 120 units. This weapon has a magazine capacity of 5, and takes 1.75 seconds to reload. Shots mark enemies or allies for her drone to damage or heal, and last until her next shot or for 1.5 seconds.
    RMB- Heal Mode/Gun Mode- Darnelle swaps her rifle to a healing mode that she engineered into her rifle, instead healing her allies or she swaps it back to normal if she's already in heal mode. This ability has a cooldown of 2 seconds on use where she cannot swap modes again.
    Q- Deploy/Recall L4N4- Darnelle deploys her drone and mechanical best friend, L4N4, to fight and support her allies for her. L4N4 is a deployable with 3000 maximum health, and 390 base movement speed, that flies off of solid ground. Prioritizes the nearest enemy or ally to damage or heal, unless one is marked. It fires a burst of energy when targeting enemies that deals 125 damage per .5 seconds at up to 50 units, also slowing them by 20% for .5 seconds on hit. When targeting allies, it heals them for 200 health every .5 seconds at up to 60 units. Upon recall, the drone moves to Darnelle at doubled movement speed and over up to 3 seconds, she heals L4N4 for 1000 health every second, and then sends L4N4 back out into the fight. Once L4N4 has targeted an enemy or an ally, her movement speed returns to normal. Upon destruction, L4N4 has a 18 second cooldown to deploy again.
    F- Somersault- Darnelle performs a somersault, sending her into the air briefly before she returns to the ground 16 units in front of where it was used after .8 seconds. This ability has a cooldown of 8 seconds on use.
    Ult- EMP- Darnelle throws a device creating an electromagnetic pulse that slows all enemies by 50% for 2 seconds and silences them for 5 seconds. This device also deals 200 damage to all enemies on use, as well as 1% of their maximum HP for each of 5 seconds.

    Talents:

    Thunderstruck- Thunderstick grants healed allies 250 armor for 2.5 seconds (stacks armor up to 4 times and always refreshes the duration of the effect each time it hits), and the drone deals 35 additional damage per hit to marked enemies.
    Dwarven Ingenuity- L4N4 is now granted 1500 armor on top of her 3000 health.
    Gymnastics- Somersault now can store 2 charges, and travels 50% farther.

    Once again, a rough concept that I came up with over the course of a few hours.

    Changes:

    *Drone slow decreased from 25% to 20% base (-), Slow was initially too punishing, though it needs strength to counteract her issues dealing with Bulldozer. Drone range increased to from 50 units to 60 units.
    *Dwarven Ingenuity's original effect has been removed. Now grants L4N4 1500 armor which cannot be affected by Bulldozer or Cauterize (if you didn't know, L4N4's healing on Recall would be affected by Cauterize).



  • @Dusklicious
    I think 25% base and 50% second talent slow is a bit too rough. Drone can slow its target consistently, 0.5s slow duration and attack rate. IMO it's better to reduce it down to 15 and 30% accordingly.


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    @JoeTheMoonwalker said in Darnelle, the Drone Specialist:

    @Dusklicious
    I think 25% base and 50% second talent slow is a bit too rough. Drone can slow its target consistently, 0.5s slow duration and attack rate. IMO it's better to reduce it down to 15 and 30% accordingly.

    I met halfway on this, but the drone has to be consistently strong or else she'll just get steamrolled when people buy Bulldozer and/or Resilience. Her drone's CC needs to be consistently there because without it the drone's DPS is negligible by moving out of range. The .5s slow can be reduced down to almost literally nothing with Resilience 3 so reducing the duration of the slow is absolutely not an option.

    Though I think I may have an idea to accomodate your suggestion, it will require a decent buff to the drone's range to make workable.



  • @Dusklicious that would be better indeed. I have nothing against consistent slow, but not when it makes you literally a statue. It should have less strength, not duration. You may also give drone a personal shield instead if increased slow with this talent. Say, 1500 health shield that reapplies automatically every 10s. That should make drone less affected by bulldozer.


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    @JoeTheMoonwalker said in Darnelle, the Drone Specialist:

    @Dusklicious that would be better indeed. I have nothing against consistent slow, but not when it makes you literally a statue. It should have less strength, not duration. You may also give drone a personal shield instead if increased slow with this talent. Say, 1500 health shield that reapplies automatically every 10s. That should make drone less affected by bulldozer.

    I went on your idea, but instead of making it a shield, I decided on armor, that wouldn't be affected by Bulldozer or Cauterize (Cauterize applies when L4N4's normal health is being healed while Recalled).


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    @Dusklicious L4N4 is a human or a drone?


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    @a_a said in Darnelle, the Drone Specialist:

    @Dusklicious L4N4 is a human or a drone?

    L4N4 is a drone.