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HomeHome / Total War: WARHAMMER II / Followers of Nagash / Units / Arkhan the Black (Skeletal Steed)
Arkhan the Black (Skeletal Steed) Followers of NagashFollowers of Nagash Command

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.

Arkhan the Black (Skeletal Steed)

Unit Name

Arkhan the Black (Skeletal Steed)

Main Unit Key

wh2_dlc09_tmb_cha_arkhan_1

Land Unit Key

wh2_dlc09_tmb_cha_arkhan_1

Naval Unit Key

wh_main_shp_transport

Land Unit Group

Wizard

Naval Unit Group

Wizard

Soldiers

1

Caste

Lord

Category

Cavalry

Class

Command

Custom Battle Cost

1200

Recruitment Cost

0

Upkeep Cost

0

Melee Attack

40

Weapon Strength (Weapon Damage)

450

├ Melee Weapon

wh2_dlc09_tmb_sword_hero_lord

├ Melee Damage Base

290

├ Melee Damage Ap

160

├ Armour Piercing

No

├ Bonus vs Cavalry

0

├ Bonus vs Elephants

0

└ Bonus vs Infantry

0

Charge Bonus

32

Melee Defence

50

├ Base Defence

50

├ Shield

none

└ Shield Defence

0

Armour

90

├ Armour

wh2_main_plate_90

├ Armour Defence

90

└ Shield Armour

0

Health

5248

├ Man Entity

wh2_dlc09_tmb_skeleton_infantry_hero

├ Man Speed

31

├ Man Health

8

├ Bonus Hit Points

5232

├ Mount

wh2_dlc09_tmb_mnt_tomb_steed_hero

├ Mount Entity

wh2_dlc09_tmb_cav_skeletal_steed_hero

├ Mount Speed

76

└ Mount Health

8

Leadership (Base Morale)

75

Abilities

  • 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.
  • Disintegrating
    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.
  • Crumbling
    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.

Attributes

  • Causes Fear
    This unit frightens all enemy units, reducing their leadership when nearby. It is also immune to fear. Fear penalties do not stack.
  • Encourage
    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.
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Strengths & Weaknesses

  • Spellcaster
    This unit can cast spells.
  • Armoured
    Armoured units can block damage from any source apart from Armour-Piercing damage.