When Astrid's HP falls below 80%, she gains a shield that absorbs 500 HP for 4 seconds. The shield effect has a 24-second cooldown and will be reactivated when Astrid takes damage again. Cooldown is reduced by 3 seconds every time Astrid hits an enemy hero with an ability or normal attack and by 1.5 seconds every time she hits an enemy minion or monster.
Dire Blow makes Astrid immune to all damage and refreshes her shield cooldown, both of which are invaluable when she has low HP. This allows Astrid to deal additional true damage and stun enemies.
I will become your sword and cut through thorns for you.
When Astrid bent the knee in front of Thane and to take her vows, she was not yet 18. But as the bearer of the famous sword Embertrail and the legitimate heir of the Duke of Roses, Astrid took up the mantle imposed upon her by history. She raised the Flaming Rose standard high and stood next to Thane, showing the world the allegiance of an old noble house to the new king.
With Astrid's support, the doubts that followed Arduin's death eventually quieted and people started to reflect on the failure of Arctica. Even though Astrid's father and brother died in the war, she did not pay any mind to gossip and whispers from the Temple. Her support in Thane's ascension provided some much-needed stability in times of conflict.
In return, Thane awarded unprecedented honor to the Rose family, and Astrid became the kingdom's first duchess. But before she could do anything with her territory, dark powers returned with Taara leading the charge. Arduin and Mina, corrupted by dark power, were spotted among their ranks.
Astrid knew that the murderous leader was one of those responsible for her father's and brother's deaths. She could not wait to join the battle and avenge them, but Thane gently stopped her. Looking at the girl with affection and care, Thane said, You have done enough for me. I shall take care of the rest.
My lord, I don't think you understand, declared Astrid with her head held high, showing resolve that no man of her age would ever possess. I took my vows as a knight. Dukes can wait in their castles for news of victory, but knights must charge into battle! With that said, she unclasped her crimson mantle, unsheathed Embertrail and led her knights to war.
My resolve will never waver!