For centuries, Arch Grand Commodore Luthor Harkon has ruled a stretch of Lustrian shore known as the Vampire Coast. While assaulting a hidden chamber, powerful glyphs rebounded Harkon’s sorcery, shattering his mind into many warring personalities and severing him from the Winds of Magic. Harkon’s multiple identities now battle for dominance but they have one common goal, to plunder the sacred places of the Lizardmen and use the power of their Slann artefacts to break the curse and heal his damaged mind.

 

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FACTION EFFECTS

Luthor Harkon’s fierce hatred of Lizardmen significantly hampers diplomatic relations but gives him a notable edge when leading his armies against them.

LORD EFFECTS

Luthor Harkon’s mind is fractured, meaning any one of his myriad different personalities can seize control – with unpredictable consequences.

MOUNT: DEATH SHRIEK TERRORGHEIST

Luthor Harkon can take to the skies astride a fearsome Death Shriek Terrorgheist.

UNIQUE ENCHANTED ITEM: SLANN GOLD

This filthy lucre reduces the cost of raising the dead, increases magic resistance, and reduces the Winds of Magic starting amount for enemy armies.

 

UNIQUE SKILLS

MAN-O-WAR

Luthor Harkon is no stranger to battle, his thousands of years of experience bolstering the leadership of his Depth Guard and Zombie Deckhands as well as increasing hero capacity for Vampire Fleet Captains.

 

SEVERED FROM THE WINDS

Luthor Harkon’s connection to the Winds of Magic was violently severed, increasing his magic resistance and reducing the Winds of Magic starting amount for enemy armies.

 

HAND CANNON

Luthor Harkon’s bullets pack an explosive punch, increasing missile damage for both himself and his Zombie Gunnery.

 

MOMENT OF LUCIDITY

Flashes of clarity through the madness serve to increase Luthor Harkon’s armour and melee defence.

 

PIRATE KING

Luthor Harkon’s reign as Pirate King of the Vampire Coast is absolute, reducing unit upkeep for Harkon’s army and increases global recruitment capacity.

 

FRACTURED MIND

Luthor Harkon’s shattered psyche can result in some unpredictable benefits, allowing him to unleash destructive frenzies against his enemies as well as increasing his leadership.

 

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Legend has it that the sea witch Cylostra Direfin was once the favourite court singer of the Bretonnian king. Sent on a voyage across the ocean to sing for the Phoenix King, they were hit by a fierce storm. The madame’s notes turned to screams of fury as the ship sank, and all onboard drowned. Decades later, a Bretonnian galleon of rotten wood and tattered sails can be seen navigating the seas even in the most savage of storms. It is The Lamprey, the ship of the vengeful spirit Madame Cylostra and her crew, the Drowned.

 

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FACTION EFFECTS

As Mistress of the Deep, Cylostra Direfin’s very presence increases the loyalty of new recruits while also reducing the upkeep and recruitment costs for Mournguls and Syreens faction-wide.

LORD EFFECTS

Cylostra Direfin can offer the loyal followers in her army increased physical resistance while also enabling magical attacks.

MOUNT: ROTTING LEVIATHAN

Cylostra Direfin can take the field resplendent on the back of a Rotting Leviathan.

UNIQUE ARCANE ITEM: THE BORDELEAUX FLABELLUM

Cylostra Direfin’s ornate ceremonial fan increases public order in all provinces and vampiric corruption in local provinces. It also grants Cylostra a passive ability that reduces ability recharge whenever she casts a spell.

 

UNIQUE SKILLS

GHOSTS OF THE PAST

Cylostra Direfin can call forth spectral Bretonnian knights bound to her will, summoning a unit of Damned Knights Errant who can be upgraded to either Damned Questing Knights or Damned Knights of the Realm.

 

FROM THE DEPTHS

Cylostra Direfin can summon countless lost souls from beneath the waves, reducing the cost of raising the dead and increasing the recruitment rank of her army.

 

CONJURATION THROUGH HATE

Cylostra Direfin is well-versed in harnessing the hatred required to master Mourngul Haunters, increasing their hero capacity and recruitment rank.

 

FIERY DIVA

Cylostra Direfin is a prima donna in more ways than one, but it works in her favour by reducing the cooldown and casting costs for overcast spells.

 

EMERGING TERROR

The creatures under Cylostra Direfin’s direction are as resilient as they are terrifying, with increased physical resistance for Syreen, Mourngul, and Bloated Corpses and greatly reduced upkeep for the latter.

 

SIREN OF THE STORM

A powerful sea witch, Cylostra Direfin benefits from a reduced miscast base chance for overcast spells as well as an increased Winds of Magic power reserve.

 

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Queen of the Tides, Aranessa Saltspite is one of the most respected and feared pirate captains of Sartosa. Some say she is the daughter of the sea god Manann himself and he whispers to her to take control of all the world’s oceans. Now, many a sea-bloated corpse washes up against the Swordfysh’s hull, and so the Vampire first mates breathe unlife into them, creating a vast rabble of loyal crew, ready to serve at Captain Saltspite’s command. As part of the living realm rather than the undead, she commands a human pirate crew known as the Sartosa Free Company, otherwise reluctantly sharing control of the denizens of the Vampire Coast.

 

 

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FACTION EFFECTS

Aranessa Saltspite’s ruthlessness earns her additional income from raiding and sacking settlements as well as increasing her chance of finding treasure maps.

LORD EFFECTS

Aranessa Saltspite’s inspiring presence and aura of leadership increases the weapon strength and melee attack of her Sartosa Free Company units.

MOUNT: ROTTING PROMETHEAN

There are few sights as terrifying as Aranessa Saltspite riding into battle on a giant, rotting crustacean.

UNIQUE WEAPON: KRAKEN’S BANE

As its name suggests, Kraken’s Bane bestows Aranessa Saltspite with an aura that increases the melee attack of friendly units as well as giving them a bonus when facing large foes.

 

UNIQUE SKILLS

MUTANT

Aranessa Saltspite may not be undead but she is far from human, the inherent resilience of her warped form increasing her hit points and making her immune to fatigue.

 

SAWFISH PEG-LEG

Aranessa Saltspite’s legs take the form of wickedly serrated sawfish bills, increasing her armour and weapon strength.

 

CREATURES OF MANANN

Aranessa Saltspite’s keen knowledge of Rotting Prometheans and Rotting Leviathans allows her to reduce their upkeep and improve their missile resistance – it is clear why some believe her to be the daughter of the sea god Manann.

 

GIFTED SAILOR

Aranessa Saltspite’s mastery of the waves brings many benefits, increasing the leadership of her Sartosa Free Company units as well as increasing her army’s movement and replenishment rates.

 

SELF-TAUGHT GUNNER

Aranessa Saltspite’s formidable gunnery skills increase the ammunition of Carronades, Mortars, and Queen Bess when part of her army.

 

YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE

Aranessa Saltspite’s reputation as one of Sartosa’s most formidable pirate captains is well earned, her notoriety boosting her melee attack and giving her a ward save in addition to increasing plunder gained from encounters at sea.

 

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Count Noctilus, once known as Nyklaus von Carstein of Sylvania, was drawn to the maelstrom at the heart of the ocean to feast upon its dark magic. He performed a mighty ritual to transport himself, his castle and all his undead minions there to the Galleon’s Graveyard, a mystical place where wrecks and hulks of the seas are drawn. Reborn as Count Noctilus, he raised the shattered remains of sunken warships to form the hull of the Bloody Reaver and ride the waves of the mortal seas once more.

 

 

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FACTION EFFECTS

Count Noctilus’s appetite for conquest allows him to gain war-declaration missions with unique rewards and rapidly swell his ranks for the task with increased recruitment capacity for his pirate crew and reduced recruitment duration for Necrofex Colossi.

LORD EFFECTS

As a consummate Lord of Dread, Count Noctilus benefits from reduced upkeep for Necrofex Colossi in addition to increased weapon strength for any monstrous units under his command.

MOUNT: NECROFEX COLOSSUS

Count Noctilus is often seen riding into battle atop the grotesque, rotting bulk of a Necrofex Colossus.

UNIQUE ENCHANTED ITEM: CAPTAIN ROTH’S MOONDIAL

This strange trinket grants Count Noctilus increased movement and line of sight in the campaign map as well as the ability to summon Zombie Deckhands across the battlefield.

 

UNIQUE SKILLS

MASTER OF THE DREADFLEET

Count Noctilus is the undisputed leader of the Dreadfleet, increasing lord recruitment rank faction-wide.

 

REGENERATIVE HULL

Count Noctilus’s preternatural powers of regeneration extend beyond merely himself, increasing the replenishment rate and recruitment capacity of his army.

 

VANDAL

Plundering is in Count Noctilus’s blood, increasing horde growth for his ship as well as income gained from raiding and sacking settlements.

 

OF THE VON CARSTEIN LINE

Count Noctilus’s former life as Nyklaus von Carstein means he is well versed in striking terror into the hearts of his foes as well as regenerating in the face of seemingly insurmountable injuries.

 

SEA CURSE

The curse of the Galleon’s Graveyard is known and feared throughout the coast but Count Noctilus has found a way to harness its power for his own gain, increasing the leadership and melee defence of his Depth Guard, Deck Droppers, and Terrorgheists.

 

INVINCIBLE FLEET

Count Noctilus and his fleet are infamous for their terrible tenacity, resulting in the leadership of his army being increased and making Noctilus himself unbreakable.

 

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