Servant of Ratvar
Additional Access: Anywhere you can Warp or fabricate to
Difficulty: Medium to Hard
Duties: Forget to toggle your chameleon jumpsuit, don't set up any power generation, get crushed by an angry mech
Guides: This is the guide
Quote: "What's this lantern thi-" "QVR, URNGUR'A!!"
Although Nar-Sie is powerful in her own right, she has a mortal enemy: Ratvar, imprisoned ages ago in a conflict and endlessly seeking out freedom. Trapped in a place that none can enter or leave, Ratvar has enlisted the aid of (unwilling) servants such as yourself to free him.
If you're one of these servants and you have no idea what to do, you've come to the right place.
Introduction and Key Points
Despite the similar name, clockwork cult is nothing like the blood cult of Nar-Sie. While they both involve conversion (being cults) and both of their ultimate goals are to summon their respective gods, the similarities end there. While the blood cult is focused on sabotage, chaos, and stealth due to their status as normal crew, the servants of Ratvar need to worry about no such thing.
As a servant, you start on a z-level entirely separate from the station, called the City of Cogs (or Reebe, if you prefer.) This place can't normally be accessed by the station crew until a certain point, and comes outfitted with facilities for spying on, listening to, and getting onto the station, as well as disguises, spare materials, and an infirmary for healing yourself and fellow servants. Most importantly, it houses the Ark of the Clockwork Justiciar, which you will need to defend.
From the start of the round, a 'maximum servant' value is calculated. Once this many servants have been converted, the crew will be made aware of your presence, and all servants will be transported to and prevented from leaving Reebe; then, after a five-minute grace period, portals will open up on the station and allow the crew access to Reebe, from an area in the south that no servants can access.
This process can be sped up, by having 6 servants stand around the Ark and invoke 'Gateway Invigoration' together.
As a servant, your goal is to build defenses and sabotage the station to protect the Ark until it activates.
While such a task seems very daunting, rest easy! As a servant, you have a wide variety of tools at your disposal to make defending the Ark as painless as possible.
If you have experience with the blood cult, you can think of the clockwork slab as your version of a tome. It is the essential servant tool; it contains all of your special abilities as a servant, and you should have it on your person at all times.
The clockwork slab has several functions:
- Recital lets you recite scripture, the clockwork cult's special powers and abilities. Most structures come from scripture.
- Guide A small tab-based guide is located on the slab, allowing you to quickly get information about a small variety of topics, but since you are reading this, you probably won't need it.
- Up to Five Quickbind action buttons allow you to recite scripture without opening the slab interface. You can bind a scripture by clicking the Quickbind button next to its "Recite" button.
Clockwork slabs also generate a very small amount of power every second. Every human servant should have a slab! They're the key to any cult's success and you should have one at all times.
As a servant, you'll have several elements on your HUD that are all very important.
The global records display can be found in the top-right corner. Hovering over it will give you a short rundown of the status of the entire cult, including number of servants, stored power, and the Ark time left for its current phase. You should refer to this often to get a feeling for the state of your cult.
The Hierophant Network is INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT! Using it will allow you to send messages to all other servants, regardless of distance. Use this often to stay coordinated. Note that using it will make you whisper, so don't use it next to anyone who shouldn't be hearing you.
Servants don't use their own blood to power their magic like Nar-Sie's cult. Instead, they use power, measured in Watts like normal electricity. Just any power doesn't work for servants' tools, though. Power can be generated in various ways through different items and structures. Ensuring that you have a healthy supply of power is both easy to do and critically important to succeed as a servant.
Power is used by many structures, and it is used to power all scripture. Additionally, reaching certain power thresholds will unlock new tiers of scripture! 50 kW unlocks the Script tier. 100 kW unlocks the Application tier,
The Eminence is your leader. Elected by the servants through the Eminence spire, they are not a normal servant; instead, they are invisible, incorporeal, and can only interact in very limited ways. Anything they say is relayed to all servants in large text, and their goal is to serve as overwatch, coordinator, and leader.
The Eminence can travel between the station and Reebe at will, and can move freely as an all-seeing eye. Holy water will block its path, and it cannot enter the Chapel, but it is otherwise unrestricted. Note that it can't understand anything said stationside unless war is declared, meaning that while it can see movements and planning, it cannot overhear what people are discussing.
The Eminence can left click on certain objects to have a special interaction with them. Click on a door to open it for your cultist buddies, or click on a servant to access a variety of different abilities.
|Linked Abscond||Returns the targetted servant to Reebe. Anything the mob is dragging will be recalled too. The target does not require a slab, but needs to stand still for 7 seconds. Has an extremely log cooldown, but can get servants out of a pinch.||600 seconds|
|File:Mendingmantra.png||Purge Reagents||Removes all chemicals from the target's bloodstream. Useful for clearing holy water from servants being deconverted.||30 seconds|
Finally, once per round, the Eminence can activate a mass recall. After a ten-second windup, coupled with a sound that all crew (servant or not) can hear, every living servant will be pulled directly to the Ark chamber.
The City of Cogs and the Ark
Here is a map of the City of Cogs:
- The red room contains the Ark, which you need to defend.
- The green room contains the observation post. This is extremely important as the camera consoles can be used to access the station. They can be used by both servants and cogscarabs, however the cogscarabs will be extremely obvious on the station and are very weak.
- The orange room contains a listening outpost, containing Rat'varian intercoms and a hierophant relay. In practise this room will be of little use to you since most of the time you will be out converting or building defences.
- The cyan room contains a medical area, containing 4 sleepers which can inject any chemical into servants, as well as 2 standard medkits. There is a magic mirror on the northeastern wall of the medical room, which can be used to change your race to fit in better with the crew (or become a plasma-man and burn to death immediately).
- The blue room contains the storage area. There are a few clockwork slabs as spares here as well as 2 replica fabricators which can be used to summon brass for constructing defences.
The Ark spawns at roundstart at the northernmost point in Reebe. As a servant, your ultimate goal is to defend it until activation (which occurs automatically when you convert enough servants or can be opened by having a set amount of servants stand around it while summoning 'Ark Invigoration'.) Defend the Ark with your life - if the Ark is destroyed, the round ends instantly with a cult loss. If it completes its summoning, however, it will result in a cult win and a brief period of revelation during which the cult and its servants are made unstoppable by the presence of Ratvar.
The Ark has five "phases", listed below. In each phase check your global info alert to see the remaining time until its activation.
Scripture are the unique powers that clockwork cultists possess. They cost power to consume and vary widely in effects; from healing allies to creating power generators to building defenses, they are one of your most vital tools as a servant, and secondary only to teamwork in ensuring your victory. To recite scripture, use your clockwork slab and make sure you have the Recital tab open.
Scripture is divided into three different groups: Servitude, Preservation and Structures. To use scriptures of any tier, you must first unlock it using 'cogs' - A currency unlocked by placing integration cogs into APCs. Placing an integration cog into an APC that has not previously had an integration cog installed will grant you a point for unlocking new scriptures, and will also have the added benefit of generating power.
These scriptures are dedicated to the advancement of the cult, whether it be opening the gateway; converting new people or for generating power. These scruptures are the most important ones you have, and without using these it will be impossible to win.
|Icon||Name||Power Cost||Description||Invocation Time||Invokers Required||Unlock Cost|
|Abscond||5 W||Returns you to Reebe. If you're dragging a mob behind you, they will be transported too.||5 seconds||1||0 Cogs|
|Kindle||125 W||Stuns and mutes a target from a short-range. Will not work on the chaplain, cultists and will only have a limited effect on those with mindshields (Silencing them, but not paralyzing them).||3 seconds + 15 seconds to use it||1||1 Cog|
|Hateful Manacles||25 W||Applies cuffs to an adjacent target.||1.5 seconds + 5 seconds to cuff||1||1 Cog|
|File:Spatialgateway.png||Dimensional Breach||5 W||Activates the Ark, alerting the crew of the presence of the cult||5 seconds||6 + 1 for every 12 crew members above 18 (7 for 30 crew, 8 for 42 crew)||0 Cogs|
|Sigil of Submission||250 W||Summons a sigil of submission, which will convert anyone placed on top of it to the faith of Rat'var. The sigil requires that a victim is held on top of it for 8 seconds, and will not work on mindshielded or magic-proof crew.||5 seconds||1||1 Cogs|
|Vitality Matrix||400 W||Summons a vitality matrix, which drains the life force of non-servants, and can be used to heal or revive servants. The matrix only drains the health of people that cannot be converted but is useful when combined with traps such as the spike trap, which stuns those caught by it. It will heal 5 of all damage types every 2 seconds for 5 vitality, or can revive dead servants for a vitality cost 20 + the damage the body has.||5 seconds||1||2 Cogs|
Scriptures that are dedicated to keeping you and your fellow servants alive, mainly used during the combat phase once the Ark has opened.
The scriptures in this section will create structures, which are detailed in the structures section of this guide, this section is dedicated to the scriptures that go with them.
|Icon||Name||Power Cost||Description||Invocation Time||Invokers Required||Unlock Cost|
|Abstraction Crystal||750 W||Summons an Abstraction Crystal, which allows servants to manifest themself to protect the nearby area.||5 seconds||1||5 Cogs|
|Interdiction Lens||500 W||Creates a device that will slow non servants in the area and damage mechanised exosuits. Requires power from a sigil of transmission.||8 seconds||1||4 Cogs|
|Ocular Warden||500 W||Can eye turret that will fire upon nearby targets. Ocular wardens are highly resistant to energy damage, however very weak to physical forms of damage.||5 seconds||2||3 Cogs|
|Prosperity Prism||300 W||Creates a prism that will remove toxin damage and toxic chemicals from nearby servants. Requires power from a sigil of transmission.||8 seconds||1||2 Cogs|
|Tinkerer's Cache||700 W||Creates a tinkerer's cache, a powerful forge capable of crafting elite equipment.||5 seconds||1||4 Cogs|
|Stargazer||600 W||Creates a pedestal that will enchant any item placed upon it with a random effect however, the effects could be positive or negative!||8 seconds||1||2 Cogs|
|Replica Fabricator||400 W||Summons a replica fabricator, a powerful tool that fabricates brass for building.
Fabricate - Fabricates 50 brass for a cost of 10W per sheet on an adjacent floor tile.
|5 seconds||1||2 Cogs|
Structures, Sigils, Objects, Constructs, and Cyborgs
This is a listing of the various structures and constructs available to the Servants of Ratvar.
Clockwork structures with effects become up to 50% less effective (at 25% of maximum health) as they lose health.
All structures can be unsecured from the floor with a wrench.
This only applies to actual structures; brass windows, tables, and doors all have their own deconstruction/unsecuring steps.
Traps are useful objects produced with brass sheets. There are two types of trap: sender and receiver.
Senders are objects like levers and pressure sensors. They detect certain conditions and, when those are met, send a signal to all receivers they're linked to.
Receivers are the traps themselves, like brass skewers, that cause various things to occur when they receive a signal from a sender.
Senders and receivers can be linked by attacking them with a clockwork slab. The Eminence can also trigger traps by clicking on them.
Traps are built from brass sheets, and can be instantly deconstructed with a wrench.
|Sender - Lever||75||The most simple sender. Activates when clicked.||It's a lever. There's nothing else to it.|
|Sender - Pressure Sensor||5||Pressure sensors trigger when a non-servant walks over them. They are mostly translucent in-game.
||When built, pressure sensors will link with any receivers they're built on top of, to save time.|
|Sender - Delay||15||When an input is received all connected items will be triggered after a half-second delay.||Create a loop by linking 2 of them together.|
|Receiver - Brass Skewer||40||A deadly spear trap. When not extended, it's difficult to see, appearing only a small, dark circle on the floor.
When activated, it will become dense and block passage. If someone is standing on it, it will impale them, dealing heavy damage and hoisting them into the air.
|Combines well with pressure sensors, for obvious reasons.|
|File:Flipper.png||Receiver - Flipper||100||A small panel in the floor which will throw objects on top of it when triggered.
Can throw items and mobs, with a cooldown of 20 seconds between every use.
|Place spears and weapons on top of the flipper and activate it when invaders are walking past it for an extremely deadly trap.|
Sigils, while effective as unexpected traps, are incredibly fragile and can be easily removed by any non-servant hitting them with an item or simply striking them with an open hand.
You can stack multiple sigils of different types on a single tile, which allows you to create conversion traps, damage traps, or damaging conversion traps.
The primary threats in the defensive phase are the advanced weapons in the armoury, cargo, and science. One of your primary objectives should be to disrupt the production of such devices before the five minute grace period. The armoury can be easily looted with the help of the eminence to open a path for you, genetics and cargo can be subverted or destroyed, Research can be wiped with a screwdriver and teleports to three rooms, and recovery of these assets can be prevented with a trip to engineering storage. Your teleport is basically free, abuse this as often as possible. armoury weapons are much more powerful and concealable then anything you get early in the round.
A cultist or so should spend some time building walls, defences, and traps from the top down for when the crew attempts to invade. Each room and set of defences and traps will serve as a means to divide up the invading crew and create advantages for those defending. At times it might be more advantageous to, when trapping a crewmember during the invasion, to attempt to convert them to the cult instead. If you're unlucky you wasted time converting someone with a mindshield implant, otherwise, your numbers just grew by one, and theirs down by one!
You can teleport into areas without the crew knowing by warping into airlocks. Extra points if you have kindle prepared beforehand for an instant warp-->stun, allowing you to quickly nab important targets such as the HOP; but be careful, those with a mindshield will be immune to your stuns so staying quiet will be very helpful, although not a necessity.
Threats to the Enlightened
Although the servants of Ratvar are gifted with great power, they are still threatened by many things on the station. This can range from enemy cultists to things as simple as hard vacuum.
The one thing that Ratvar hates more than people telling him that he has a bad name are the followers of his nemesis, Nar-Sie. Not only are Ratvar's servants incapable of converting them, but they endeavor to do the very thing that Ratvar wants to prevent: Nar-Sie's arrival into the mortal plane. The two cults are enemies of one another, serving rival gods with rival goals. As such, Ratvarian magic will be more effective against Nar-Sian cultists. The opposite is also true; much of Nar-Sie's magic is more effective against Ratvar's servants.
Nar-Sie's cult is generally absent on the stations that Ratvar's servants are present, but the watchful eye of Security and heretical priests is ever-present. A tactical security assault can demolish the most well-prepared servant defences, and the chaplain's holy weapon weakens the Justiciar's magic; a holy weapon makes the user totally immune to the affects of sigils, for instance, and holy water will purge the light of Ratvar from even the most powerful servant's mind, given time.
It should be one of the servants' top priorities to damage and hamper Security. The Warden and the Head of Security can issue powerful weapons to loyal crew, which will make your time defending a whole lot harder if the crew is armed with e-guns and laser guns rather than spears. Keep in mind that servants cannot normaly convert security officers due to their mindshield implants, though. If you feel like going the extra mile, you can abduct an officer (or, even better, the HoS), and teleport them to Surgery with a friend to surgically remove the implant in order to convert them. As for the chaplain? Well, Ratvar says "Suffer not a heretic to live", so the answer should be self-evident.
Once you've defended the Ark for enough time, Ratvar will come forth.
His destructive power is unmatched, turning the minds of the unenlightened and twisting the very walls to suit his image.
Few things are capable of challenging Ratvar's sheer power.
One of them is Nar-Sie.
If Ratvar and Nar-Sie encounter one another,
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