MiXeD has really produced an excellent map here. It has a bit of a gothic, cathedral feel to it. In the readme, there is a kinda long, but informative story about the map... it would be useful if you read it *wink wink* ;)
The stronghold in question was built by an order of warrior monks and, although many records tell of it's reputation, it was not discovered until recently. Both the order as the stronghold are surrounded by mysteries.
Mysteries, or *gasp* secrets! :D Stronghold has a number of secrets, 2 you can find without too much hassle (just remember to look for some things which look out of place ;)) but the last will have you wondering for quite a bit! MiXeD also made custom shaders (i.e. the beautiful windows) for this map.. each window represents a kind of Earth spirit (Flamma, Aqua, etc.). Great map, definitely worth the download!
Hint: To find the secrets you must use the "use" button from Specialities mode, not the normal 'use' button...
----=< STRONGHOLD >=---- =SPECIFICATIONS=---- Creator: Marnix "MiXeD" Donders Name: Stronghold/Burg/Citadelle BSP: hm_stronghold Game Type: FFA, tournament Recommended: 6-8 players Custom textures: 14 Custom shaders: 13 Bot support: No Notes: -Will run slow on low-end computers -Need "use" for some secrets =INSTALLATION=---- Unzip the .pk3 file to the BaseEF folder in your Elite Force Directory. It will now show up in your "Create Game" list as "Stronghold" (or "Burg"/"Citadelle" if you have text set to German/French). You can also start it by typing "/map hm_stronghold" in your console. =THE MAP=---- The stronghold in question was built by an order of warrior monks and, although many records tell of it's reputation, it was not discovered until recently. Both the order as the stronghold are surrounded by mysteries. The order is told to have started as a peaceful order. However, at an unknown point in history, the area is rumoured to have been plagued by vampires. As the story goes, the inhabitants of the area were unable to stop this plague, until the order was visited by a diety, going under the name "Quirinus". He encouraged the monks to teach themselves in the art of combat. The monks obeyed, and built a simple base to keep themselves safe from the vampires. After years of training, the monks emerged from what had become a stronghold, and rid the area of the vampiric plague. In return, Quirinus gave them a crystal with great powers, and then left, never to be seen again. Although the story about the vampires sound highly unlikely, many sources from the area have written about this, and about the mysterious crystal. Many have tried to take the fortress by force, hoping to use the power of the crystal, but the monks always succeeded in fighting them off. It is unknown how they did this. According to sources, as soon an attacker approaced, an alert of some sort was sounded. Within seconds, all monks were awaiting their opponent, fully armed. However, no weapons room has been found, nor is it clear what the alert exactly was. It is only clear that it had to be audible all across the stronghold. There are also sources claiming the stronghold kept record of everything, sometimes hidden in cryptical messages. This leads to conclude that there must be a library of some sort, but like the armoury, it hasn't been found. There is a bookcase available, but none of them contains relevant information. It is also unclear how much of the crystal story is true. What is clear, is the fact that after all those years all torches are still lit, suggesting some sort of power source is located in or near the stronghold. Yet again, it hasn't been found. It is your mission to solve these mysteries: find out what the alert is, where they gathered their weapons, what their power source is, where the library can be found, and ultimately, how the stories all fit together. But beware; you might not be the only one in search of these answers. =KNOWN BUGS=---- The area portal in the main door refuses to work, even though technically everything is correct. =THANKS=---- Everyone at the RavenSoft EF Mod Support BBS My brother for constructive critisism =CONTACT=---- For comments, compliments, complaints or simply spam: -= MiXeD@welcome.to =- For more information about my maps: -= http://welcome.to/MiXeD =-
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