Dungeon Siege II Friday Update

Gas Powered Games has posted another Friday update on the official Dungeon Siege II website, which includes information about the Kite Shield and a spell called Soul Lance. An excerpt about the latter:
Soul Lance was created hundreds of years ago. Early versions of the spell created a powerful but slow moving energy lance. Combat mages of the Plain of Tears refined it to shoot a penetrating beam of necromantic energy that is capable of striking all enemies in its path at once. Those who dedicate their studies to dark magic can absorb the life that Soul Lance tears away, using it to heal themselves.