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Prince Ba'alorien

Prince Ba'alorien is the Alb prince in Darkness Falls.

This is the first large wall trophy to be introduced in over a year, which comes as a welcome relief. (Actually, this trophy was originally smaller, but Mythic increased its size the day after it went live. They should do the same thing with several other trophies starting with the nano-size Maldahar.)

To my eye there's something odd about Ba'alorien's trophy. It seems to come from some other game. The style is foreign. It looks like fake primitive art drawn with crayons. So far as I know, there is nothing else in DAOC that resembles it.

Of course, DAOC has never had a single visual style. On the contrary, each realm and expansion has had a new look. But within those categories, there was a certain amount of consistency.

With the new Darkness Rising expansion, however, even this limited form of consistency has been abandoned, as shown in the pictures below.

Darkness Falls mobs now look as if they come from four or five unrelated games. This seems to me to be a fairly large flaw in a game of this type, which is first and foremost a virtual world. Without a coherent visual style, the game world becomes less convincing and less immersive.

Prince Ba'alorien's trophy was introduced in version 1.82 on February 16, 2006. It is on display in house 41, Caerwent, on Gaheris.

Many thanks to Ciervida, Dagar, Gjo, Haytr, Sallvation, Shewarrior, Taaamatoe, Taggswife, Tagiras, Tawal, Trilogist, and Xeene of Gaheris.

Prince Ba'alorien
Prince Ba'alorien is the first large wall trophy to be introduced in over a year.
Prince Ba'alorien
The artwork seems to come from some other game. It's drawn in a style that might be called "Crayola faux primitif."
Who would imagine that this mob (a rocot) comes from the same dungeon as Prince Ba'alorien? The style of the artwork is totally different. (By the way, isn't this rocot great?)
Eight Darkness Rising mobs
Eight more mobs from the same dungeon. The overall stylistic theme is what, exactly?

Prince Ba'alorien
Category: Prince
Style: wall trophy
Species: unique
Level: 78
Potion: extraordinary behemoth potion and etched aquamarine eye
Realm: Alb
Zone: Darkness Falls
Time: anytime

Prince Ba'alorien
Prince Ba'alorien
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