To the Bitter End | Chapter I: Dark Dawn

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Stand up and take notice!! Soul Reaver has returned to us with the final release of Chapters 1 through 4 of his immensely popular To the Bitter End adventure! This is, however, not the best part of this spiel, the best part is...are you ready? He has also supplied Chapter 5!! Although this is the first sighting of Chapter 5, Chapters 1 through 4 have all had minor fixes and tweaks completed. I would also like to thank Soul Reaver for the opportunity of having them hosted here!

This is the first in a series of single player action RPG/Campaign maps; A lot of time and effort has been put into these releases, which will be extremely evident once you find yourself inside this gripping tale of the immortal warrior Soul Reaver! Will you have what it takes to reign victorious?

‘To the Bitter End’ is a single-player campaign created for Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. The characters, settings, and history of ‘To the Bitter End’ are based on the RPG/tandem stories found at The Administorum, but this knowledge is not required to play the campaign. As long as you know how to play Warcraft III, you’ll have what it takes to play To the Bitter End.

The immortal warrior Soul Reaver awakens to find himself imprisoned upon a foreign, hostile world. His memories lost, his equipment stripped from him, and his companions gone, things are looking bleak. But fate is often fickle, and can be quick to turn... And so the story begins.

This version has had some minor fixes made.

Be sure to see the readme for more information and installation instructions

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To the Bitter End
Chapter I: Dark Dawn
(Beta release)

Single Player Action RPG/Campaign

The immortal warrior Soul Reaver awakens to find himself imprisoned upon a 
foreign, hostile world.  His memories lost, his equipment stripped from him, 
and his companions gone, things are looking bleak.  But fate is often 
fickle, and can be quick to turn...

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Map description:

Take control of Soul Reaver to sneak and fight your way out of Greyholm 
prison in your greater quest to reunite with your companions and take your 
revenge upon the evil sorcerer, Morganem.

Installation instructions:

Put the .w3x file into a folder named "To the Bitter End" (without quotation 
marks, obviously) in your Warcraft III "maps" folder.
You can play the game by starting The Frozen Throne, then selecting 'Single 
Player', 'Custom Game', and then navigating to the map and selecting it.
It helps to have your video settings for Warcraft III set to high quality, 
or some custom skins in some of the campaign might look a little... weird.

Other notes:

For further info and an extensive manual, check 
www.familykrieg.com/tothebitterend

This is the first of a series beta releases, it is suggested you play this 
one before Chapter II: The Dream of Blood.

The other releases in the series thus far are:
Chapter II: The Dream of Blood
Chapter III: Juggernaut
Chapter IV: Heart of Ice
Chapter V: Reunion
They can all be found at the official site at 
http://www.familykrieg.com/tothebitterend/.

Although I am solely responsible for creating this map, the central 
characters featured in this campaign, as well as the Multiverse in which it 
is set, were envisaged by the writers at The Administorum 
(http://p202.ezboard.com/btheadministorum) - come and stop by (and join us, 
if you think you're up for it!).

This was my first serious attempt at a campaign map, and my first release.  
I was going to wait until I had completed the campaign in its entirety 
before releasing anything, but at the request of one of my Administorum 
friends, I decided to release the completed Chapters here.  Since the 
campaign itself not complete, this classifies the maps as beta releases.  
Unfortunately, with all my current commitments, it may be some time before I 
get the maps done.

Some known bugs or issues (with suggested workarounds):

- The map sometimes begins to slow down significantly near the end, although 
this doesn't happen to everyone.  This may be due to a memory leak which, 
despite huge efforts on my part, I've still not been able to find and 
eliminate.  (Workaround: if/when things start getting a bit laggy just save 
the game, quit the map, and then re-load the game.)
- Sometimes, even if you win, the final battle does not end the map 
immediately, although this does not always happen.  (Workaround: wait for a 
minute and you'll still win.  And make sure all of the enemy are dead.)
- Does not automatically start Chapter II on completion (Workaround: start 
it manually - your character from Dark Dawn should transfer into it fine.)
- Some of the characters' textures look strange. (Solution: set the texture 
quality in the video settings to the highest available setting).

A word on cinematics:

- It IS now possible to skip any of the cinematics.  However, although I 
have tested it and done my best to make it functional, it is still possible 
that there are some bugs in this.  If you find any, I would be very happy if 
you contacted me and told me about it.
- One problem that is certain is that, if you skip the cinematics, any items 
or abilities that might have 'cooled down' and become available over the 
course of the cinematic will now not do this.  This means that if you want 
to use those items/abilities often, you may have to wait around more... and 
if there's a timer counting down while you wait, that might not be 
advisable.  This isn't a major thing, but it does mean that the game might 
be more difficult if you skip the cinematics.
- You are advised to watch the cinematics at least once.  They will often 
give you instructions as to what to do next and offer clues as to what to 
expect.  Making sense of the game plot without them would be pretty 
difficult.
- If you want to be sure to experience the game how it was meant to be 
played, then don't skip the cinematics.  That's how I planned the level out 
and how I spent the most time testing it.

Hints/Notes:

- Use your quest log if unsure of what to do next... that's what it's there 
for.
- Read the tooltips if you want to know what an ability or item does.  In 
fact, this is strongly recommended.
- Your items are re-usable.  However, they have long cooldown times... and 
you have to find them first.  Save them for when you need them, and then 
unleash hell.
- Your items are a lot more powerful than your abilities this early on.
- When you gain a level but your skill points don't seem to have 
increased... well, it's probably because your "Master of Battle" skill has 
levelled up automatically.  Don't worry, it's a point well spent.
- You will not reach your maximum experience level in Chapter I.  Obviously.
- Your quest is likely to be quite tough.  SAVE OFTEN.
- Don't expect to find Raziel from the Legacy of Kain series in this game.  
I've been using the name Soul Reaver for my RPG alter-ego since long before 
even the first Blood Omen came out.  The Soul Reaver in this map is an 
original character.

Storyline FAQ:

Q: Why is the main character called Soul Reaver?  It's a bit of a strange 
name.
A: Actually, in terms of his background, Soul Reaver's powers come from his 
control over his own souls, and to some degree, over the souls of others.  
He actually has the power to absorb the souls of his fallen enemies, but he 
does not usually do so.  However, I decided not to include this power in the 
campaign.  Besides, 'Soul Reaver' isn't his given name - he chose it as his 
name when he left his mortal life behind.
Q: If Soul Reaver is an 'immortal', why can he be killed?
A: In the Multiverse, immortality and invulnerability are two different 
things.  Immortals are individuals who cannot die of old age.  They usually 
possess incredible resilience and regenerative powers that maintain their 
bodies at a certain age and in a state of good health (and conveniently 
replace lost limbs, worn down teeth and such over time as well).  However, 
if they are killed, they will usually stay dead... although thanks to their 
formidable powers, even that isn't always the case.
Q: Who's this 'Slayer' guy?
A: Slayer is a character from the stories in The Administorum.  He has sided 
with Soul Reaver and the rest of the companions in the past, but he tends to 
do so only because it also happens to serve the goals of his enigmatic and 
unseen 'master'.  He usually tends to show up, interfere slightly in the 
current state of affairs, and then vanish again.  Don't expect to see him 
helping you out directly in the campaign - it's pretty typical of him to 
come offer a hand temporarily and then forget about the companions for a 
year or more at a time.
Q: What's the name of that cool song you used for this map?
A: "The Wretched", by "Nine Inch Nails".  Buy the album, it's worth it.

Special Thanks/Credits:

- Me, for being insane enough to make this all by myself.
- Clutchfiend, Kitharsis, Fei and all the other writers, past, present and 
future, at The Administorum.  That place wouldn't be what it is without you 
guys.
- Larc for helping me with some weapon models.  You were quick, efficient 
and extremely helpful in resolving a major map issue.  Thank you!
- Thanks to all the folks at The War Center map making forums 
(http://www.thewarcenter.com/forums/index.php?showforum=11) for helping me 
in my early days and inspiring me to keep trying.  Special thanks to 
1)ragonspawn for helping teach me how to deal with memory leaks.
- Everyone who submits their custom abilities and spells freely for use at 
www.wc3campaigns.com.  You helped teach me how to do this stuff and provided 
a lot of inspiration.
- Warnicro from maps.worldofwar.net.  You put a lot of work into getting my 
map links working and then even put them up as featured maps, not to mention 
all the other help and comments you've been prepared to offer.  I really 
appreciate all your efforts.
- Filefront for offering me the chance to host my maps there.
- NIN for creating the music I used.  I don't claim to have written this 
myself.
- Everyone who play-tested the maps and gave me feedback.  Thank you for 
taking the time to play.
- All the fans.  It means very much to me to know that you enjoy my work.
- Everyone who gives me constructive feedback or takes an interest here.  
Thank you in advance.

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Tell me what you think!  Contact me on AIM (SoulReaver166) or e-mail me 
(meet_soul_reaver@hotmail.com) if you have comments or questions about 'Dark 
Dawn', the 'To the Bitter End' campaign, the Multiverse, or Soul Reaver.

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Please do not redistribute or modify these files without my permission.  
These map files are not to be sold for profit.

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