Alright. Let’s talk about the single most fantastic faction in Hordes. You want elves? We’ve got elves. You want ogres? We’ve got ogres. You want dragons? Hell, we got them too. The Legion of Everblight may be the most popular of the Hordes factions (pure speculation, no empirical data collected) because it has the hallmarks of a more traditional fantasy setting… and then it breaks them all by having the dragon as disembodied force ghost, blighted mutations, and a swarm of eyeless gribblies born from blood and bile in seething cauldrons. Ew. Seriously, Everblight. Just Ew. Ladies and Gentlelost, it’s the Legion of Everblight Command Book!
The armies of Everblight operate under a unique dynamic. The dragon’s generals maintain some autonomy, but each has a sliver of Everblight’s athanc, his heartstone, embedded in their flesh so that their master is in constant contact and can assume control at any time. These puppet generals aren’t just slaves though – the connection they share allows for unparalleled coordination of the troops under their command across vast distances. Each warlock has their own gifts and their own roles to play in Everblight’s schemes, and woe betide any who dare underestimate Everblight’s chosen simply because their hats often cover their eyes…
The Legion of Everblight Command Book provides a history of the Legion dating back to the loss of Everblight’s corporeal form at the hands of those danged Iosans, and tracing the origins of the Legion itself as Thagrosh the Prophet discovered the exiled athanc and started a chain of events that would result in the corruption of almost an entire species. With shards of Nyss scattered across Western Immoren from Lion’s Teeth to the Neves River, the Legion may not have a territorial base, but this just harkens back to the Nyss’ nature as a nomadic people.
Three theme forces are detailed in the tome, and it wouldn’t be a Lost Hemisphere article if we didn’t touch upon them.
• Children of the Dragon is an interesting theme in that it doesn’t follow the existing pattern of each book having a “Play all the warbeasts!” them. Children focuses on the Nephilim, such that the only way to even get a Heavy Warbeast into the theme is to play Kryssa, Rhyas or Saeryn so that you can bring in Azrael or Zuriel. Granting all of your Nephilim Unyielding seems like a heck of a thing…
• Oracles of Annihilation taps in to the arcane side of the faction, calling for spellcasting models like the Succubus, Hex Hunters and the Blackfrost Shard. Free solos mean free Hellions, or perhaps a free Fyanna the Lash.
• Ravens of War is perhaps my favourite of the three because it calls back to the list that used to be known as the Flying Circus. Sure, there’s Raptors and Striders in the mix, but with two different types of Grotesque available and the variety of flying warbeasts available, Death From Above is once again a viable concept. Oh, and stripping Advanced Deploy away from your opponent is quite the trick.
With new art and updated rules for many models, the Command Book is a great resource for anyone looking to get into the Legion of Everblight, setting the foundation for the expanding army. Painting guides include the studio scheme, the red Scales of Everblight scheme, and the vibrant blues of the Blackfrost scheme. Also, can we take a moment to appreciate the tones in the below pic of the Blighted Nyss Archers? I love the forest greens.
Whatever it is that draws you to the dragon, the Legion of Everblight Command book is available now and ready to help spread the good word of Everblight through the means of pointy spikes to all and sundry.