This is the final installment on Conjunctions. For reference see Part 1 & Part 2.In this last chapter of my conjunction series I’ll be covering “straight” type conjunctions as well as the more complicated “unique” fellowship maneuvers. The post will conclude with a “trips/tricks/best practices” section to help you get the most out of you fellowship maneuvers.
Straights are formed by ‘going around the clock’ either clockwise or counter clockwise. Straights vary in length from 3 to 6. The first two colors of a straight determine the order of the colors in the rest of the straight as you must choose a color that is adjacent on the wheel and moving around the wheel in the same direction through the whole of the manuever.
3-length straights are defined by the color that is in the middle. To reiterate, 3-length straights have the same name and effect forward and backward.
Sinister Plan Provides some power to the entire fellowship while dealing both significant direct damage and damage over time to the target.
Strength of the Pure
Strength of the Pure is a great ‘go to’ maneuver in a small fellowship that wants to ‘play it safe’ without simply going all greens. This conjunction provides the group with power and a strong heal over time as well as dealing some direct damage to the enemy.
Will of the Strong
Will of the Strong is another great ‘go to’ as it gives the same power and heal over time as Strength of the Pure but instead of heavy direct damage it deal moderate direct damage and a damage over time component.
Wrath of the Righteous
Wrath of the Righteous is a nice offensive maneuver for a small fellowship. It deals very good direct damage as well a damage over time component. The group will also receive a strong heal over time.
4-Length Straights are determined based on their starting color. Regardless of which direction you go around the wheel, The starting color of the maneuver determines its name. Since 4-length straights will all have exactly one of each color, the general effect of each is the same, the only real difference in the 4-lengths is what they’re building up to in terms of 5 and 6 length straights. All 4 length straights deal a considerable amount of direct damage as well as a damage over time component while also providing a strong heal over time and some power the the entire group.
5-length Straights, like 4-length Straights, are named based on their starting color (which is also repeated as the ending color). Since 5-length straights repeat their starting color at the end, the effect associated with the starting color receives a larger bonus and an additional associated effect than the other effects.
Entish Justice deals heavy direct damage to the target and up to 2 more nearby targets as well as a damage over time component on the main target only. This maneuver also provides a nice heal over time effect and some power for the entire group.
Leaves of Lothlorien
Leaves of Lothlorien (LoL) deals heavier damage over time and applies a wound that degrades into a block reduction and movement and attack speed slows. This maneuver also applies moderate direct damage and the usual heal over time and power restore.
Valour Unashamed provides a larger heal over time while also removing all fears from the group. This maneuver also has moderate direct and over time damage components as well as a group power restore.
Wrath of the Oathbreakers
Wrath of the Oathbreakers gives a larger power restore and summons two oathbreakers to fight alongside your fellowship for one minute. WotO also does moderate direct and over time damage while also providing a large group-wide heal over time.
6-length Straights are the real crown jewels of fellowship maneuvers and they are named and defined by what two colors they start with, independent of start order, as those two colors are the only ones repeated and they dictate what special effects the maneuver produces.
Dawn on the Deep
Dawn on the Deep has an increased power restore, increased damage over time, summons two oathbreakers for one minute and inflicts the same type of degrading wounds that affect block, movement and attack speeds. All of this is, of course, in addition to moderate direct damage and a group-wide heal over time effect
Thunder of the Oakenshield
Thunder of the Oakenshield provides a larger heal over time, high direct damage on up to 3 total targets and also removes all fear AND wound effects from the entire fellowship. A moderate damage over time and a group power restore are also given.
Whispers Under the Mountain
Whispers Under the Mountain gives a higher strength heal over time for the group, inflicts greater damage over time, applies a degrading wound and removes all wounds and fears from the fellowship.
Wings of the Windlord
Wings of the Windlord summons two oathbreakers, does high direct damage on up to 3 targets and restores a larger amount of power in addition to moderate damage overtime and a nice group-wide heal over time.
High-risk Unique Manuevers
I deem these final two fellowship maneuvers high-risk because the patterning requires careful execution, making it relatively hard to be on it 100% of the time and also because there’s no bonus along the way, that is, in the process of building these conjunctions you do not stumble across any shorter, bonus-bearing maneuvers along the way. It’s all or nothing with these.
Breath of Freedom
Breath of Freedom summons two oathbreakers, does high direct damage to up to 3 total targets, inflicts greater damage over time and degrading wounds as well as restores more power. This maneuver DOES NOT CONTAIN A HEAL COMPONENT.
Hope of Men
Hope of Men places a degrading wound on the enemy, does good damage over time, deals direct damage to up to 3 targets. This maneuver DOES NOT CONTAIN A POWER RESTORE.
Tips For Maximizing Maneuver Effect Outputs
- Every race has a racial trait giving them a 5% bonus to two of the four conjunction skills, this bonus would also carry to group wide effects associated with the player’s bonus who went that corresponding color.
- Minstrels have a skill called Call to the Fellowship that increases all Conjunction effects by 10%. If minstrel is thinking on their feet, they should cast this as soon as they see a fellowship maneuver open up.
- Burglars have 4 “signals”, one for each possible color on a Conjunction. The burglar gets 15% output bonus to the color of the signal they are using. In addition to this they can “use” the signal once every 10 mins to allow fellowship members to share their bonus for about 10 secs (just enough time to do a manuever). The fellowship-wide bonus also activates automatically(and without the 10 min cooldown) anytime a burglar uses Exploit Opening to start the fellowship manuever. These are especially useful on conjunctions consisting of mostly the same color, since a burg can only enhance one of the 4 colors at a time.
- If using a maneuver that is damage heavy, it might be worthwhile for the captain to hit the target with Oathbreaker’s Shame prior to contributing, this will increase the damage done to that target by a whopping 35%.
- Straights are your friend. Even if you only execute the first 3 steps of a 6-length straight you’re still getting a bonus that can effect the state of the battle quite favorably.
Tips For Setting Up Who Goes What And When
- Make note of which classes can contribute reds and yellows at range and take advantage of that because EVERYONE can use blues and greens at range. Having as many people able to get their color in from range will make this much easier as it will cut down or, in most cases, eliminate the scenario of someone needing to move closer to contribute.
- If you have a burglar in the group they should be the first or second contribution since, in all likelihood, they probably started the conjunction and should thusly be ready for it sooner than the others.
- It’s wise to put your healer on one of the last two spots since contributing to a conjunction stops you from doing anything else (a healer who’s not healing for 4-5 secs can be a deal-breaker in some situations). By putting the healer very near they end, they’re able to contribute and be back healing in just a second or two… or, in some cases they’ll note that it’s simply more important for them to keep healing in which case you will at least have gotten most of the fellowship maneuver in (and if it’s a straight, you’re still receiving a nice effect)
This article is part of the “ Ask Elborigorn” series, where I encourage CSTM readers to send questions to me at: email@example.com . I then will answer the question either with an entire article or as part of a multi-question weekly article.