media blitz has been focused on BAMs
and smart AI of late, so it's only natural that Massively's latest exclusive from the world of Arborea has a certain monster-centric bent. En Masse Entertainment
has given us the details on two of the mobs you're likely to encounter during your travels, as well as a couple of new screenshots that show off just how big these BAMs really are.
First up is the kumas, and as you can see in the header image above, he's more than happy to be crossing paths with an adventurer (i.e., a potential meal). "Kumases exist to consume, it is their only function -- their place in the world, as it were. Forever striving to sate the Hunger, their bodies slow down into near-hibernation when there is nothing nearby to eat
," En Masse
tells us. Kumas territory is typically bare of plant and animal life, and the beast's keen sense of smell alerts it to the presence of nearby prey and brings its body back to a waking state.
Nagas are a bit more proactive and are prone to hunting in areas occupied by kumas. As a result, the naga has learned to control its scent secretions, the better to avoid conflicts with its deadly rival. "Nagas are a violent bunch
," according to En Masse. "Their primary concern is hunting for the sake of fighting. Food is occasionally useful too
." Jump the cut for the full descriptions.
Kumases exist to consume. It is their only function -- their place in the world, as it were. Forever striving to sate the Hunger, their bodies slow down into near-hibernation when there is nothing nearby to eat. Kumas territory is typically marked by being barren of plant or animal life, as the first thing a kumas does upon migrating to an area is strip it of all nearby life. Its keen sense of smell lets it know when food is nearby, which brings its body back to full consciousness.
Nagas prefer to hunt in barren territory so that they can more easily spot their prey. As such, they often occupy the same area that a kumas might. To defend against the kumas's keen sense of smell, the nagas have learned to control their scent secretions, so that it is difficult for any creature to detect them by smell. They hunt most often by smashing, and even those with weapons are inelegant at best. A violent bunch, their primary concern is hunting for the sake of fighting. Food is occasionally useful, too.