Arkhan the Black (Skeletal Steed)"Nagash must rise, or our realms of silence will fall."
Arkhan the Black, known now and forever as the Liche King, was the first and most loyal of the evil Nagash's followers. He helped lead the coup which brought the arch-necromancer to power, and he was the first, after his Lord, to imbibe the Elixir of Life. Arkhan was the most adept of Nagash's pupils in the study of dark sorcery, and he quickly rose to become the necromancer's trusted vizier and principal lieutenant. He led many armies against Nagash's enemies and was never defeated in open combat. In the end, however, the sheer numbers of the Priest Kings' soldiers forced Nagash to retreat. It was Arkhan who led the suicidal counter-attack that gave Nagash the opportunity to escape. For over an hour he held back the Army of the Seven Kings through feats of martial prowess and powerful sorcery. Arkhan finally fell, not to a hero's sword, but to a single spear hurled by an unknown soldier. He stared in horror at the shaft protruding from his chest, knowing that it had pierced his heart. With his dying breath, he threatened that a terrible curse would befall any who touched his corpse, and with that, he slumped to the ground. Within seconds, dark flames had consumed Arkhan's flesh leaving behind only a blackened skeleton. Whilst the rest of Nagash's followers were beheaded and burnt, none dared risk desecrating Arkhan's remains, and so they covered them under a cairn of stones instead. Nagash did not forget his most able lieutenant, and when he returned to wreak vengeance on Nehekhara, Arkhan was reborn as the Liche King - the first of Nagash's nine Dark Lords. These foul beings were the foremost of Nagash's captains, and they brought despair and destruction to his foes.
Unit NameArkhan the Black (Skeletal Steed)
Main Unit Keywh2_dlc09_tmb_cha_arkhan_1
Land Unit Keywh2_dlc09_tmb_cha_arkhan_1
Naval Unit Keywh_main_shp_transport
Land Unit GroupWizard
Naval Unit GroupWizard
Custom Battle Cost1200
├ Melee Weaponwh2_dlc09_tmb_sword_hero_lord
├ Melee Damage Base290
├ Melee Damage Ap160
├ Armour PiercingNo
├ Bonus vs Cavalry0
├ Bonus vs Elephants0
└ Bonus vs Infantry0
├ Base Defence50
└ Shield Defence0
├ Armour Defence90
└ Shield Armour0
├ Man Entitywh2_dlc09_tmb_skeleton_infantry_hero
├ Man Speed31
├ Man Health8
├ Bonus Hit Points5232
├ Mount Entitywh2_dlc09_tmb_cav_skeletal_steed_hero
├ Mount Speed76
└ Mount Health8
Leadership (Base Morale)75
- The Liber Mortis
One of the fabled nine Books of Nagash, this tome is one of the most potent sources of necromantic magic in existence.
- My Will Be Done
Death is no obstacle to those with unalterable, unassailable determination.
- The Curse
Like an insect sting at the point of death, striking out at the killer, sapping their strength as if shot by a thousand arrows.
The Dark Magic that holds these subjects together has failed. As the necromantic energy flows out of them, nothing is left but a pile of iron and bones in the sand.
In the blasted desert of deepest Nehekhara, the dead rarely remain so. Those dragged back to screaming, clanking Unlife are bound forever to the Tomb King whose will they exist only to serve.
- Causes Fear
This unit frightens all enemy units, reducing their leadership when nearby. It is also immune to fear. Fear penalties do not stack.
This unit provides a Lord's aura and an encouraging unit will receive the larger of the two bonuses.
- Hide (forest)
This unit can hide in forests until enemy units get too close.
Strengths & Weaknesses
This unit can cast spells.
Armoured units can block damage from any source apart from Armour-Piercing damage.