Berserker

Anger and emotions are often seen as weaknesses in battle, but for some, it is seen as their greatest strength. Berserkers are trained to use their fury and thirst for battle to become unstoppable war machines. Present since the beginning of times, Berserkers fuel the people's imagination with tales of impossible feats and battles.

Berserkers come alive in the chaos of combat. They can enter a berserk state where rage takes over, giving them superhuman strength and resilience. A berserker can draw on this reservoir of fury only a few times without resting, but those few rages are usually sufficient to defeat whatever threats arise.

Berserkers are mighty warriors who rely on their strength and incredible toughness, to cause havoc on the battlefield. Unstoppable and terrifying fighters , they gain their power through the rage of their souls. Berserkers are less versatile than other types of warriors but are tougher and capable of dealing heavy damage to their foes much more quickly. They have a reputation, perhaps not completely deserved, as reckless ruffians and savage nuisances who disrupt society by acts of mayhem. However, berserkers, while undoubtedly feral and unpredictable by the nature of their rages are not necessarily uncultured brutes. Berserkers can show cunning and resourcefulness as well as their sheer physical power and endurance. Sometimes, in spite of their aversion to an organized order, berserkers can even demonstrate honor.

Path of the Demon Soul

        Demon Souls are a type of berserkers that have a closer connection with demons and draw their power from it. Demon Souls carry a magical birthright conferred upon them by a corrupted bloodline, some demonic influence, or exposure to unknown evil forces. Their innate fury comes from demonic magic that was mingled with their blood or that of their ancestors. Most often, berserkers with this origin trace their descent back to a mighty warrior of ancient times who made a bargain with a demon. Some of these bloodlines are well established in the world, but most are obscure. Demon Souls are often seen as berserkers that have been chosen to carry on the will of a powerful demon, because no one really chooses this path; the power chooses them.

Path of the Primal Champion

        Berserkers who walk the Primal champion path draw their rage from a bestial spark burning within their souls. That beast howls to be released and bursts forth in the throes of rage. For some, their rage springs from a roiling reservoir of anger at a world full of pain. For every berserker, rage is a power that fuels not just a battle frenzy but also uncanny reflexes, resilience, and feats of strength. Primal Champions are often leaders of tribes and revered people. They have accomplished many feats, and can withstand an incredible amount of pain before falling at the feet of their enemies. Their only presence on the battlefield is enough to strike fear in the heart of their enemies.

Path of the Technoblade

        Rage burns in every barbarian’s heart, a furnace that drives him or her toward greatness and technoblades are no exceptions. Where some berserkers draw upon the essence of nature and primal magic for their power, Technoblades instead rely on modern technology to enhance their power and create enormous technomagic weapons to get rid of their opponents. While these urban berserkers' rough edges are smoothed into civility, they can use their primal nature and upbringing to move with the ebb and flow of civilization’s natural rhythms. Technoblades usually come from more urban areas and use their knowledge to modernize the “old berserker ways”.

© October 2018, Wendigo Workshop