Official Nosgoth website description
Thousands of years on from when their ancestors attempted to extinguish the race of Vampires from Nosgoth, the remaining Humans have been paying the price for that war ever since. Having risen from slavery and rebuilt their civilization, Humans have joined forces from all corners of the world to exterminate the Vampires once and for all. Growing in number, their rediscovery of lost expertise in weapon-crafting and new technologies in alchemy now makes them formidable warriors.
Official Nosgoth Blog Article
Humans – From Slaves to Soldiers
BLOG ENTRY PUBLISHED ON: 2013-10-08
AUTHOR: George Kelion, Square Enix
The blood feud between Humans and Vampires has spanned the entire history of Nosgoth. Indeed it can be noted as its one immutable trait. Vampires have preyed on Humans since time immemorial – drinking their blood, violating everything that it is to be Human. In Human eyes, every Vampire is an abomination worthy only of extermination.
Thousands of years on from when their ancestors attempted to eradicate the race of Vampires from Nosgoth, the remaining Humans have been paying the price for that war ever since. Split into disparate communities, often without any communication, Human communities developed their own identity. Accents, fighting styles and skills varied from settlement to settlement.
Forced from warriors and Vampire hunters into being slaves and food for their masters, Humans eked out a miserable existence. Generations of Humans were reared by the Vampires in blood farms, the numbers tripling or more each generation, and the ease with which each Vampire could feed grew. Newborns were denied light, taken at birth from the breeding pens and drained until they were near death before being allowed to recuperate.
However, as the Vampire civil war took more and more of the Vampires’ attention, the Humans seized the chance to regroup. Growing in number, stealing new technologies in alchemy and rediscovering lost techniques in weapon making, Humans have now expanded from rough villages to retake and rebuild their lost cities.
Those Humans who survived battle with their former masters passed their skills and experience onto new generations. So it was that a new Human army came into being, fighting for the same cause as those in eras past – the utter extinction of the Vampire race.
Humans and Healing
Both the Vampires and Humans required healing throughout the game, the Humans required the use of Supply Stations. These were scattered across each map and took a few moments for a Human character to use. During their time using a Supply Station a player was vulnerable to Vampire attack, which if the player didn’t have their team watching their back or managed to sneak off without being seen it left them as easy pickings.
Supply Stations were not just for healing, they also acted as supply stations, so as a player run low on ammunition they could go and use the Supply Station to heal and replenish their spent ammunition.
In the games early development there wasn’t a Supply Station animations so character just stood at the Supply Station, and an icon would only display on the players own screen, meaning there was no indication to team mates if a player was using the Supply Station or if they were just standing near one. At a later date during the games development a healing animation was added to the game which gave the indication to other players (both allies and enemies alike) that the character was using the Supply Station.
Supply Stations could be used at any point during a game, though once used the same one couldn’t be accessed for up to a minute, meaning if the player required healing or ammunition again within that time they would have to travel to a different Supply Station.
Supply Station - NosCam screenshots
Humans - NosCam screenshots on GoogleDrive (various contributors)
Humans - Sun Emblem reference screenshots GoogleDrive (Andrew Nosgothian)