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LA Vaettiheim, Wolf Kin Jarldom

Lore

Jotunheim fractured into two nations in the transition to the Late Age. The Jotun Skratti along with most of the Jotuns joined with human witches and troops to form Utgard. The Jotun Gygjas broke from the Skratti, allied with the Vaettir (goblins) and formed the splinter nation of Vaettiheim.

General Overview

Vaettiheim has:

  • A variety of size-1 Vaetti troops:
    • All are stealthy and have cold resistance 5
    • Their small size gives them high attack density
    • Their small size makes them take point buffs such as Luck, Mossbody, and Quickness well (AoE 1 affects six troops rather than three)
    • They are very vulnerable to AoE attacks such as Thunder Strike or attacks from Fire Elementals
    • Weaker ones can be recruited out of fort in forests
    • Despite their less-than-human stats, Vaetti Berserkers hit hard with their battleaxes
  • Phenomenal expansion from Wolf Brothers, size-2 wolf cavalry
  • A very inexpensive cap-only sacred: the Rimvaetti, who like it cold – with cold power, ice protection, and a cold aura
  • Extremely cheap (40g) foreignrec lab rats: Vaetti Hags are recruitable from any forest, where they can build half-price labs
  • Cap-only access to some Jotuns, including non-slow-to-recruit Jotun Gygjas and two kinds of Jotun troops
  • A wide variety of randoms on mages: random1100% (Vaetti Hag), water 11nature 11death 11holy 11random1100% (Vaetti Gygja), and cap-only access to nature 11death 11blood 11holy 11random2100%+100% (Jotun Gygja).
    • This gives them access to a lot of magic in communions, but no consistent high-path access, making their battlemagic scattered
    • They will eventually get water 22, astral 22, death 33, nature 33, and blood 33 access from Jotun Gygja randoms
  • Middling access to blood, with 20% of out-of-cap mages having blood 11, and cap mages having a good chance at blood 22 and a 4% chance of blood 33
  • Access to Illwinter, which unlocks the ability to summon Niefel Jarls using Winter's Call
    • Niefel Jarls provide minor air access, strong water access, and access to a thug chassis on a nation that otherwise lacks anything beefy

National Features

Races Troops Magic Priests Buildings
Prefer Cold scales Scale: +2
Frost Giants:
Unit Size 4
Cold Resistance (15)
Shock Vulnerable (5)
snow-move


Vaetti(aka. Goblins):
Unit Size 1
Cold Resistance (5)
Stealthy (40)
Wide variety of Vaetti infantry, including crossbows and berserkers

Axe and boulder-wielding Jotuns

Rimvaetti as cap-only sacreds, extremely powerful in the cold
blood 33 (Rare 4)
death 33 (Rare 4)
nature 33(Rare 4)
water 22(Rare 3)
astral 22(Rare 3)

Wide randoms

40g one-path Vaetti Hags
All other mages communion-capable
Summonable:
water 44*, air 44*, earth 33*, fire 22*

*Can't be summoned natively.
Weak (holy 11)
Dominion spreads Cold scales Cold (Max 1)
Primitive Forts (max: castle)
Labs cost 250Gold in forests

Capital Special Site

The Iron Wood
* Enables recruitment of:
Jotun Gygja
Dimvaetti
Rimvaetti
Jotun Hurler
Jotun Axeman
* Produce 1astralpearl1deathgem2naturegem

Units

As the name implies, Vaettiheim's units are mostly Vaettir. These small goblins are size 1 and have forest survival, stealth, cold resistance, above-average MR, and inexpensive cost, but below-average strength and HP.

However, they are still quite powerful. Their small size allows six to fit in a square, giving higher attack density than humans. Even though they are small, their Vaetti Berserkers hit quite hard, and their cheap Vaetti Crossbowman is a capable ranged combatants.

Because they are small, more units are affected per cast of AoE spells; this is an advantage when buffing friendly troops, but a marked disadvantage when targeted by evocation magic.

Wolf Riders and particularly Wolf Brothers are great at expanding, but may have difficulty penetrating armor of player armies.

In the capital, they can recruit giants: Jotun Axeman and Jotun Hurler.

Their cap-only sacreds are the Rimvaettir, who are very cheap for strong sacreds. These are miniature Niefel Giants; they have cold auras and are markedly stronger in the cold.

Commanders

The commanders you recruit with gold are mostly Vaetti mages and leaders, with a cap-only Jotun mage.

Vaettiheim notably lacks a gold-recruit commander with 80 leadership or more, which enables line formation. Because of this you will often make use of multiple smaller box formations to maximize frontage.

Img Unit Name —-SpecialAttributes—- Comments
Vaetti Jarl
Gold50
11
1
Stealthy(40)
Forest Survival
resist cold(5)
pillager(2)
These have 60 leadership and are a good default commander if you need to move slow goblins around.
Vaetti Herse
Gold50
8
1
Forest Rec +
Stealthy(40)
Forest Survival
snow-move
resist cold(5)
pillager(2)
Mounted
These have only 40 leadership but move faster. Useful to move faster troops around.
Vaetti Hag
Gold40
2
2
Forest Rec only
random1100% 5
Stealthy(40)
Forest Survival
resist cold(5)
Old Age(106/100)
female
Vaetti Hags are surprisingly useful, mostly due to the fact that they can be recruited in any forest with a (cheap) lab for only 40 gold. They are exceptionally efficient researchers, and all flavors are useful in battle. Nature ones cast Swarm, Web, and (if you don't have any N2's around) Protection; Water ones cast Frozen Heart; Astral ones can join communions; Blood ones can join sabbaths, blood hunt (with a Sanguine Dowsing Rod), and cast Leech; Death randoms are less useful but can put in good work casting Dust to Dust against enemy undead.
Vaetti Gode
Gold110
5
2
Forest Rec +
nature 11holy 11 7
sacred
Stealthy(40)
Forest Survival
resist cold(5)
snow-move
pillager(2)
supply bonus(10)
beastmaster(2)
Mounted
female
Summon Allies (Wolfx2)
Herses and Jarls are more efficient leaders and Vaetti Gygjas are better mages, but these are fast, can bless small groups of Rimvaettir, and can cast Swarm if need be. They can summon two Wolf per turn, but generally, they have better things to do. (This is 1/5 of a gem worth of Wolves; this is not really worth it. Often you will want some for patrolling; just cast Pack of Wolves.)
Vaetti Gygja
Gold190
2
2
water 11death 11nature 11holy 11random1100% 13
sacred
Stealthy(40)
Forest Survival
resist cold(5)
supply bonus(10)
Old Age(152/150)
female
These are physically weak but are your most common battlemage. All the randoms are potentially useful. Blood and Astral randoms can join communions/sabbaths; Nature randoms can cast Wooden Warriors on a very large number of Vaettir at once; Water randoms can cast Quickness or wear a Water Bracelet and cast Falling Frost or Summon Water Elemental; Death randoms can cast Horde of Skeletons or Shadow Blast. All can also cast Mossbody. They only cost 5deathgem to be Twiceborned into better chassis.
Dimvaetti
Gold100
6
1
Stealthy(80)
Forest Survival
resist cold(5)
Assassin(2)
These are useful early game to expand, but are generally too fragile to make effective assassins against player armies. You will have some leftover after expansion that you can use, but generally, they aren't as useful since they compete with Jotun Gygjas for cap turns.
Jotun Gygja
Gold290
3
2
Capital Only
death 11nature 11blood 11holy 11random2100%+100%+10% 15
snow-move
resist cold(15)
shock vulnerability(5)
supply bonus(10)
Fortune Teller(10%)
Old Age(330/300)
death-curse
forest survival
female
Your best combat mage and ritual caster.
These have a wide variety of randoms; they join communions and sabbaths (useful as slaves because of their HP pool), blood hunt, cast various rituals, site search, forge, and anything else you need. You will likely produce one per turn starting around turn 5 and never stop. They are not slow to recruit, so you will have more of these than many nations' cap-only mages.

Troops

Despite having below-average strength and HP, making 6 attacks per square makes up for it.

Img Unit Name —-SpecialAttributes—- Comments
Vaetti Archer
Gold6
3
8
Forest Rec +
Stealthy(40)
Forest Survival
resist cold(5)
Very massable archers you can spit out of any forest.
If you happen to encounter things without armor they will shoot it efficiently, but there's not much of that in the Late Age. They find a different niche as siege and patrol chaff since they are so cheap.
Vaettiheim lacks the normal paths to buff shooting (fire, earth, air).
Light Vaetti Infantry
Gold7
4
9
Forest Rec +
Stealthy(40)
Forest Survival
resist cold(5)
Very lightly armored chaff available in any forest.
They work well as cheap lance catchers.
Spears are more defensive, able to Repel and ignore most repels, while Hatchets can inflict more damage.
Light Vaetti Infantry
Gold7
4
9
Forest Rec +
Vaetti Spearman
Gold7
8
9
Stealthy(40)
Forest Survival
resist cold(5)
Decent cheap lineholders.
A decent mix of survivability (for a Size 1 unit) and cheap cost.
Vaetti Crossbowman
Gold7
8
9
Stealthy(40)
Forest Survival
resist cold(5)
Very cheap crossbows.
You may lack good native buffing magic for them but this is made up for by how many you can make per turn.
As with all your troops, they are stealthy.
Hirdvaetti
Gold10
11
17
Stealthy(40)
Forest Survival
resist cold(5)
bodyguard(1)
Their Bodyguard ability is usually not that notable, but they have good armor, good morale, and good skills. They don't hit as hard as Berserkers but survive longer, particularly against arrow fire.
Vaetti Berserker
Gold12
8
23
Stealthy(40)
Forest Survival
resist cold(5)
berserker(2)
These are incredibly killy troops, capable of dishing out six high-damage high-skill axe hits per square. They are rec point intensive, so you will likely want to take Order 3. They are somewhat fragile to arrows and very vulnerable to magic but will mince most things in melee. Even more than most of your troops, they take point buffs very well.
Wolf Rider
Gold15
4
18
Forest Rec +
Stealthy(40)
Forest Survival
snow-move
resist cold(5)
pillager(1)
Mounted
dying Shape(Wolf)
These can be recruited from any forest and make good supplements to early expansion parties and light raiders. Their expense and low protection, combined with low damage, meaning they are not very good against player armies.
Wolf Brother
Gold20
8
32
Stealthy(40)
Forest Survival
snow-move
resist cold(5)
pillager(1)
Mounted
dying Shape(Wolf)
Better stats and prot than Wolf Riders.
They are remarkably effective expanders and can be flankers in battle, but are held back by their low damage against the heavy armor in the Late Age.
Moose Riders
Gold25
6
29
Stealthy(40)
Forest Survival
snow-move
resist cold(5)
dying Shape(Vaetti Crossbowman)
Their bow attacks are weak (no strength bonus), their MR is awful, and they are expensive. Yes, the crossbowman survives the death of the moose (and gets a better bow), but they're still awful. Pass.
Jotun Axeman
Gold30
39
17
Capital Only
snow-move
resist cold(15)
shock vulnerability(5)
Giant heavy infantry, with high prot and HP.
If you need something that won't die to evocations, this is an option, and they can share tiles with Vaetti Berserkers.
Jotun Hurler
Gold30
11
17
Capital Only
snow-move
resist cold(15)
shock vulnerability(5)
siege bonus(5)
Huge siege bonus makes these efficient at knocking down castle walls. Boulders are also effective at splattering high-defense or high-prot elites.
Rimvaetti
Gold24
13
36
Capital Only
Stealthy(40)
Forest Survival
resist cold(25)
Chill Aura(3)
Ice Protection(2)
Cold Power(1)
One of the most efficient sacreds in the game for the gold cost, these guys are amazing in cold scales. Their overlapping cold auras will very rapidly freeze anything without cold resistance – and will slowly freeze things with CR5, including most of your other goblins. They have excellent stats in cold scales and trade well into almost anything but die quickly to AoE. For that reason, resistance blesses are good on them.

Heros

Img Unit Name —-SpecialAttributes—- Comments
Angerboda - Great Hag
(Cannot arrive before turn 20)
astral 33death 33nature 22blood 33 27
snow-move
resist cold(15)
Resist Poison(15)
Shock Vulnerability(5)
Supply Bonus(20)
Fortune Teller(15%)
Adept Crossbreeder(8)
death-curse
forest survival
Female
An improved Gygja, with higher astral than any Gygja can random.
Crossbreeding bonus means she can generate chaff if you need it.
She is also one booster away from death 44 which is need to break into Vampire Lords with minimum effort.

Magic

National Mages in Combat

Vaettiheim's magic is somewhat awkward because their mages have a large path spread but little depth. Of particular note is the fact that their troops come six to the square. This makes them uniquely vulnerable to evocations – and uniquely placed to benefit from point buffs like Luck, Body Ethereal, Quickness, and Mossbody.

Vaetti Hags come in five flavors. From least to most useful:

  • D1's are the least useful, but against enemies with undead they can cast Dust to Dust. Otherwise they are stuck with things like Animate Skeleton and Ghost Grip.
  • W1's research and cast Frozen Heart, which will do quite a bit of damage to elites with no cold resistance.
  • N1's cast Swarm, Web, and Protection
  • S1's join communions and cast Luck and Body Ethereal on troops, and can be Magic Duelists if needed.
  • B1's cast Leech and Summon Imps, and join sabbaths.

Your Vaetti Gygjas can do a number of things scattered across their paths, and it is often difficult to figure out the best use for them. They can make effective skellispam communions; ironically, the Jotun Gygjas make better communion slaves because of their greater endurance and regeneration and higher paths. All of them can cast Mossbody, which can be quite effective – but beware the poison hitting your own troops.

Jotun Gygjas are similar. All of them have blood and can thus join sabbaths; they have more randoms and have a chance to roll 3 in a path.

You will never have enough focused astral for big Soul Slay communions (compared to LA Ulm or Midgard), never have enough death for massive skellispam, and lack access to the more obvious troop buffing and blaster paths. Your mages will thus be pressed into duty doing random things as their randoms allow, and it can be a challenge to make your mage corps contribute in a coherent way. However, you have access to powerful communions capable of casting battlefield spells, skellispam communions, point buffs on your dense troops, Foul Vapors, astral offensive magic, Frozen Heart spam, and the like. You won't have an overwhelming amount of any of these things, so you will have to put together a hodgepodge of mages doing different things to support your troops.

Path Access

Vaettiheim's national mages (without 10% randoms) cap out at water 22 astral 22 nature 33 death 33 blood 33 natively. With boosters up to Construction 6 and Conjuration 6, you can get to water 55 astral 33 nature 66 death 44 blood 66. This gives you only limited access to powerful tools – in particular, powerful army buffs in air and earth like Fog Warriors and Strength of Giants – but gives you surprisingly deep access in Nature through Armor of Twisting Thorns and Moonvine Bracelet from crosspath forging.

You have enough magic (barely) to cast Illwinter, although you will need Construction 6 for boosters. From there you can summon Niefel Jarls and Ice Devils. One in three Niefel Jarls get you A1 access; these can hold a Skull Staff and cast Wailing Winds and Wind of Death.

You have a few routes into other paths and higher Death access. (Base Death 4 is very useful since it lets you get to D5 and beyond for Wraith Lords, etc.)

  • Transformation (useful with Twiceborn) can sometimes give you extra paths, but is not reliable.
  • Spectral Mages can break you (barely) into Earth.
  • If you are playing with Worthy Heroes, there is an air 22earth 22 hero who can break you into these paths somewhat.
  • At Blood 8 you can cast Bind Heliophagus; one of them comes with death 44 and another comes with fire 44.
  • If you make it all the way to Blood 9 you can Summon Demon Lords, who come with a variety of high paths.
  • Nature lets you cast Faerie Court to make a Faery Queen, with air 33 access.
  • A pretender with air, fire, or earth is very helpful; they can forge Staff of Elemental Mastery, empower in blood and cast Bind Arch Devil (fire access), and – at high Conjuration – summon elemental royalty or the Dwarves of Four Directions.

Getting New Tools

Vaettiheim has very effective size1 troops. However, they are vulnerable to evocations; Falling Fires or even Falling Frost will make a mess of your troops. Thugs and SC's can add needed bulk to your forces – and give you big casters.

If you are doing Twiceborn / Transformation shenanigans, you may get some decent undead chassis that way. These can thug in a pinch with Soul Vortex and Invulnerability, but this is somewhat janky.

Thankfully, you have access to Niefel Jarls. The W4's are big water casters; the W3D3's make great SC's with Soul Vortex and Invulnerability; the W3D2A1's can Cloud Trapeze with an air hat (forged by your pretender) or can cast things like Wailing Winds. They are also your only Leadership 80 commanders who give you line formation.

You will need to cast Illwinter to summon these, which can piss off folks; as a stopgap, you can summon Ice Devils, who are somewhat similar but don't have as much magic.

Higher-end Blood summons also contribute. Heliophagi and (if you pretender has fire access) Arch Devils give you big flying casters in death, blood, and fire – casters that can also thug in a pinch.

If you have elemental access on your pretender, Conjuration 8 is a decent target, since it gets you Elemental Royalty, giving you massive access to the elemental paths you previously lacked.

National spells and Summons

Summon Glosos Conj 3 13deathgem death 22 ( Glosox9). Trampling sacred poisonous stealthy boars with a heat aura. Trampling circumvents the high prot values on nations like Ulm, plus their heat aura helps expand into hot nations that believed they could counter Cold scales with Heat scales scales.

Sloth of Bears: Conj 3 8naturegem nature 22 ( Great Bearx10+). Large balls of HP; not that useful.

Brood of Garm: Conj 4 10naturegem nature 22 ( Jotun Wolfx5). These hit hard, but are fragile. They are stealthy, so can be worth mixing into raiding squads if you have a big bless. However, you may have better uses for nature gems.

Summon Dwarf of the Four Directions: Conj 8 62airgem air 44earth 33. Shared between the Jotun and Vanir nations. Summons one of the four dwarf smiths. You will need a pretender to cast this, but you get a strong air 44earth 33random2200% caster (breaking you into two and maybe three paths you don't otherwise have) and forger for your troubles at the cost (or benefit) of some hurricanes ravaging the world. You're unlikely to summon all four, but having them all missing benefits only the Vanir line the most.

Seith Curse: Thaum 5 3deathgem death 11astral 11. Inflict a Curse on a target and the caster. Situational but is way to better remotely deal with a thug by increasing its chances to pile up affliction especially while it's dealing with another player.

Illwinter: Blood 6 120bloodslave blood 55water 33. Cheap for a blood global. Cools the world down slowly but surely until everything is cold3. This also unlocks Winter's Call and is thus worth it. You may have to justify it to other players, since it does generate random raiding and unrest, and the cold scales may annoy folks. (LA Atlantis will love you, though.)

Winter's Call: Blood 6 86bloodslave blood 33water 22. ( Niefel Jarl). If Illwinter is up, you can recruit these supercombatants (water 33death 22random1100%, stronger in the cold.) Niefel Jarls are an excellent complement to your little goblins. These cost upkeep, but not as much as EA Niefelheim's recruitable ones.

Ritual Magic

As a size 1 nation, casting Twiceborn on a Vaetti Gygja, since it only cost 5deathgem to cast, how easy they die, and the Wight Hag chassis has decent survivability and thuggablity.

You are a nation that can summon Ice Devils and Vampire Lords

Awaken Sleeper is a great leader for a straight forward, non-stealthy army. The Sleeper is inspirational with 120Ld, Magic 80Ld, 40 Undead Ld, Gives out +3 morale, and line formations.

Without Skrattii, and how little HP Vaetti has, Soul Vortexing Lamia Queens with a Lamia Retinue makes great Turbo communion batteries.

Magic Items

Water, Blood, Astral, Nature, and Death are the Ideal paths for making thug items, and blood, nature, and death produces late-game immortal thug chassis. (ex: Vine Shield, Frost Brand, Ring of Regeneration, Boots of Quickness, Blood Thorn).

There are some items so your Jotun Gygja can Raid. Robe of Shadows Grants limited stealth ane makes you Ethereal while Ring of Returning Brings you back to the cap when you take damage after unleashing your harassment spells.

Strategy

Early Game

Vaetti armies come from overwhelming indies with large numbers of decent troops. It can expand with units like Rimevaetti and recruit wolf rider from forests. You run into a problem providence. You can sneak through it and have Dimevaetti deal with it until you have a stronger force to take it.

Vaetti fights in large numbers of quality troops for their price, but you will suffer slightly more casualties. Like most nations, Vaettiheim lacks safe counters against heavy calve and suffers more from aoe attacks like Evocations and Tramplers. During your Firest wars, summoning the larger Jotun Wolfs and Glosos are useful to beat back player rushes.

Vaettiheim is an Elfing nation, Sneaking into enemy land before the war starts and then raiding land so your opponent won't have enough resources to stop you.

Mid Game

Vaetti armies may start to lose effectiveness as board wipes start to be available at this point.

You communions and Skelli-spam starts to be more important. Also, should you look for ways to add Flaming Arrows and Earth magic to your arsenal and other protection buffs to keep your troops relevant.

Late Game

Late game is when big spells and immortal thugs come out. You do have the paths to summon and thug Demons and Vampires. This is also the best time to bring up Illwinter(save it when you try to end the game because it makes enemies) as it raids PD for you and allows you to summon your Neifel Jarl Super combatants.

Guides

Link here to guides for the nation, on and off(?) the wiki. This should likely include things like suggested pretender designs as well as strategy guides.

vaettiheim-la.txt · Last modified: 2021/04/18 20:31 by cactusowl