The new book is out in a few weeks – check out some of the new units and characters available!
You’ll see some familiar names in The Chryseis Shard book – Concord Commander Josen, Isorian Drone Command Xan Tu, and Ghar High Commander Karg. It also introduces some new units and characters that are integral to the back story of the campaign. Let’s take a look at some of the new options you can choose from in the new book….
Algoryn Special Division Councillor General Ess Ma Rahq
Ess Ma Rahq belongs to one of the oldest and most renowned of all the great Optimate moch, or clans, of the Algoryn: the Rahq. With Leader 3 and Wound special rules she is also extremely survivable, although she never goes anywhere without her loyal bodyguard of SD troopers (Special Division). A commander with extraordinary qualities of leadership as shown by her Command, Follow, Hero and Nerves of Steel rules.
|1 x Ess Ma Rahq: plasma pistol, reflex armour||5||5||5||6(7)||8||10|
What is the Hero special rule?
Simply put, if a heroic model is within 10” of a friendly unit, that unit can use the heroic individual’s initiative (Init) stat to take any Initiative based test.
The secretive Algoryn Special Division is responsible for developing new weaponry such as the Fractal Sights. Units with Fractal Sights (such as Commander Ess Ma Rahq’s body guard) are able to predict the opposing unit’s action even before it shoots. It can make a Fireﬁght reaction in the usual way but will pass the necessary reaction test on any roll other than a 10, allowing them to shoot ﬁrst regardless of whether they are the unit reacting or the unit reacted against. (full rules on p. 67 in Chryseis Shard)
Boromite Miner Tas Geren’do
Tas Geren’do is a venerable Rock Father whose long and colourful past was spent – or more accurately misspent – chasing riches, dreams and women. The halfhuman, halfmachine body combines several familiar Antarean technologies into a single model. His suspensored machine body counts as a suspensor platform, while his assortment of mining and prospecting tools includes the capabilities of a borer drone. His Res stat includes the effects of an internal shield generator and the lectrolash attachment is a necessity, coming in handy when facing enemies.
|1 x Tas Geren’do: mass compactor, lectro lash, unitary-suspensor platform, integral borer||4||6||6||10||8||10|
Special: Command, Follow, Hero, Leader 2, Wound
What is Leader 2?
A model with the leader 2 rule is allowed to re‐roll two failed Res rolls at a time. So, a model that takes two hits and fails both can re‐roll both again!
Prince Batu Delhren
Prince Batu is a young scion of the ruling Tsulmar clan of the Freeborn House Delhren. Having misspent his youth upon the kind of frivolous and indulgent activities felt necessary to a princeling of the blood.
|1 x Batu Delhren: plasma pistol, hyperlight armour, impact cloak||5||6||4||4(6)||8||8|
Special: Leader 3, Wound, Meld nano-drone
What is the Meld nano-drone?
Batu and his nanodrone are represented by two separate models, but they act as a single model. Shooting from Batu, the drone can make a single or point black flame lance attack with a rate of fire of 3 and a strike value of 6 for the single shot. The position of the drone doesn’t matter and we can imagine it zipping around Batu, its ﬂashing suspensor blades slashing and stabbing at the enemy…
The Chryseis Shard – The Ascent of the Locus – describes events taking place in Antarean space since the destruction of the planet Xilos as portrayed in the first Antares supplement The Battle for Xilos. At the conclusion of that adventure, the discovery of an unborn Builder Gate and its subsequent escape from stasis consumed the planet Xilos and unleashed a new and terrifying power into the Antarean nexus.
The following forces all take part in the narrative:
- Ghar – The Ghar forces on the mining world of Chryseis 3 led by High Commander Karg.
- Concord – The Concord Combined Command mission to Chryseis led by Commander Kamrana Josen.
- Algoyrn Task Force Radiance led by SD Councillor General Ess Ma Rahq.
- Freeborn – Exploratory mission led by Prince Batu Delhren.
- Boromite – Geren’do Mining Company led by Tas Geren’do.
- Ghar Outcast Rebels – Ghar Fifth Columnists whose leaders guard their identities very closely indeed.
- Isorians – The Senatex expedition to the Chryseis system led by Commander Xan Tu.
- The Locus – A rogue machine intelligence of immense power.