Pets, Voodoo Island

We listened to you guys! :) The most requested addition to our game is companions! With our budget we can’t do companions the way most of you would like, and to be honest Balrum would not be the game it is with a large group. But, we always played with the idea of pets. Meaningful pets that are a strategic addition to combat! So we are announcing the addition of pets to the game! Pets won’t change the game as drastically like a full group of companions would, this way the main character stays a mysterious loner . :) As with nearly everything pets are an option, if you don’t like the idea of having an animal companion you can simply ignore the feature, we won’t force you to have a pet. :) To make pets meaningful pets in Balrum will have skills and will level up just like the player, and like your skills pet skills need to be trained they won’t just magically appear, you have to find someone (or a book) who can help you train your pet. There will be different types of pets:
-tank Bear/Boar
-melee Wolf/Spider
-ranged Spider/Eagle
-support Wisp/Deer
You will be able to order commands to your pet so you have total control over them. Your pet will have it’s own inventory(the poor thing will have to carry your stuff, not all pets have inventory space).
Pets will level up faster than the player but can’t be higher level than the player. This allows you to change your pet and have your new companion ready for real combat in a reasonable amount of time.
Taming will have to be learned! You will find NPCs around the world who will teach you the skill. There will be multiple levels of the taming skill and progressing in this skill will allow you to more tightly bond with your pet resulting in buffs and other interesting effects. You will be able to tame every animal in Balrum. So if you want a pig as your pet you can have your mighty warrior pig! :)

Also as this is a new feature (though we had plans for pets early on) we invite you to our forums where you can share your ideas with everyone and help us make decisions regarding pets. Pets will be financed out of our pockets.

Voodoo Island is an island close to the main continent and is inhabited by a peaceful tribe who live their lives in harmony with nature. The people of the island are religious extremist who won’t tolerate other beliefs than theirs. Voodoo Islands wildlife is distinct from the wildlife on the main continent. You can find exotic plants and exotic animals on this island.