- Sep 23, 2009
Word from leaks is the third nighthaunt hero is another brand new character, so it seems odd that they asked us to guess who it was? Eh, whatever.
Arkhan's hat is great, and, without getting into specific spoilers, he has some fantastic moments in the 'undying king' book that really highlight both his sense of honor and even courtesy towards those who show the dead their proper respect /and/ what a colossal bastard he can be even to his own allies despite it. It also does a great job setting the tone for his relationship with Nagash after so many centuries in the mortal realms that neither of them can truly remember a time before Nagash was a literal god of death.
If it was Mannfred from before the End Times, when he was a serious and credible threat, I would easily vote for him. After seeing his bullshit and hissy fits all over the End Times, I just have to vote for Arkhan, who remained as cunning, plotting, evil and dangerous as he should had
That's not true, because in all the novels where she is she rocks, more or less. Some even center on her for some part, like "Undying King" and "Lord of Undeath". Arkhan is much more underwritten, to be honest.Honestly, of the three initial mortarchs, Neferata's the one to get the most consistently lacking treatment. As in the end times, the writers just seem to have no idea what to do with her, and in particular seem incapable of writing her with the power and presence that she should have as the first true vampire. She's theoretically a very imposing figure, but in practice, sadly, not so much yet. I would almost blame the writing staff being cliche nerdbros who don't know how to write a competant female character to save their lives, except for the fact that that's exactly what I'm doing.
See also Failbaddon the Harmless…
You will enjoy this short but good story, especially after the overrated and too long "Spear of Shadows" which was frankly a huge disappointment. And yes, at least Neferata has that powerful weapon of Khorne, so she does have a win. But otherwise I get your point and agree for the most part.Maybe in Auction of Blood? I missed that one and still have to track it down.
back in the day he was bad, true, but now he is a demigod of immense powers. He defeated Sigmar and Nagash (the latter being defeated two times in a row), conquered most of the mortal realms and controls the Eightpoints which means all the hard-won victories of late are nothing while Eightpoints remain in his power. Sigmar may dream of ruling all over the realms alone but he knows he never succeeds while Archaon lives and he fears him to the point he never takes to the field while Archaon, destroyer of countless worlds, is as a feared warrior as he is a general.Archaon never won a campaign except through overwhelming force
In general, though, I'd rate Abaddon higher than Archaon, and I'm confused why the community gives archaon such a pass. Archaon never won a campaign except through overwhelming force, and in the end only managed to destroy one planet thanks to starscream von carstein throwing a tantrum at the worst possible time. Abaddon, even at his worst written, destroyed dozens of worlds, razed hundreds more, and did severe damage to an entire galactic imperium through multiple campaigns, despite being hugely outmatched in material resources and manpower. Yet abaddon is the joke of a failure, and archaon gets respect. Bah. Some things I'll just never understand.
Modelwise - yes, I like his old model just as much, but narratively he was just one of the many and not imposing at all. I like how he was promoted :DNot that the previous model was bad. Maybe that explains the difference, because Abaddon's figure is hopelessly outdated, and wasn't exactly jaw dropping when it was released. It was serviceable for the time, but was never really a 'wow' figure.
In "Balance of power" campaign book even :)Sure, it was destroyed at the beginning of Lord of Undeath
she is a woman first and foremost, so it's all more than logical for her.That neferata is still hung up on recreating lost glory days thus paints her as less mature and self aware than even starscream.