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EA Vanheim, Age of Vanir

Lore

Vanheim is a land of misty moors and bitter forests inhabited by a tall and innately magical race known as the Vanir. The Vanir are mortal enemies of the giants of Jotunheim and since the beginning of time they have waged a great war upon each other. They are masters of illusions and are able to trick mortals with their glamour. In halls under the mountains of Vanheim live Dwarves, smiths capable of crafting fabulous items. Vanheim is a land of magic and even the horses are enchanted and exceptionally fast. Vanir are skilled shipwrights and navigators and can sail the oceans. Lesser beings are not held in high regard and their blood is sacrificed to sate the Awakening God. – Nation Description

General Overview

FIXME How the nation plays and what it is good at should go here, aka why would it be cool to play, what's good about it (in general terms) and where they falter possibly there could be a standard for nation classification (sacred heavy, elves, communion nation, blood nation, research, economical, forging, stealth, thug based, etc.) National Features

National Features

Race Military Magic Access Priests Buildings
Prefers 1
Elves
Stealthy (65)
Glamour
High Defence and MR
Sailing Elf Vikings
Strong Thugs
No cheap mages
Berserking Vanhere sacreds
air 44 (Rare 5)
earth 33 (Rare 4)
blood 22 (Rare 3)
death 11 (Rare 2)
fire 11 (Rare 2)

Summonable: water 22*, air 44*,
earth 33*, fire 22* , nature 22*, death 22*

*Can't be summoned natively.
holy 22 in all Forts
Blood Sacrifice
Standard Fort(Fortress)

Capital Sites

Vanhalla The Halls of Andvare
Enables recruitment of Vanadrott, Vanhere.
Generates 3airgem per turn.
Enables recruitment of Dwarven Smith, Fay Boar
Generates 3earthgem per turn.

National Units

The nation is made up of mostly Elves, long-lived and glamoured beings with high defense skill. The majority of your armies will be invisible on the strategic maps of other players, making you an ever-elusive threat that can steal land at any moment.

Commanders

EA Vanheim's mage lineup largely lacks "efficient" spellcasters; all mages aside from the cap-only Dwarven Smith are skilled elves on horses and thus cost a heavy premium.

Image Unit Name Special Attributes Comments
Van Scout
Gold 40
15
1
Stealthy (75)
Glamour
Mountain Survival
Forest Survival
Scout for Scouting.
Glamour makes it near impossible for most patrols to catch him.
Vanherse
Gold 140
16
2
air 11holy 11 7
Sacred
Stealthy (65)
Glamour
Sailing (Max Size 3)
Mounted
Army Leader, Light Thug, and your "Cheapest" Mage.
They can become pinch "Mass" lighting casters if Storm is up, Even making the most use of Shock Wave because of their high defense.
Dwarven Smith
Gold 140
2
4
Capital Only
earth 22random1100%
10%
11
Master Smith (1)
Darkvision (50%)
Mountain Survival
Prophet Shape: Dwarf Elder
The smith that makes a lot of your thug gear.
national Master Smiths are rare and good, able to forge a large variety of gear.
Can participate in battle but movements a visible on the map.
Grants Prot boosting and anti-armor magic in combat.
Vanjarl
Gold 275
18
2
air 22blood 11holy 22 11
Sacred
Stealthy (65)
Glamour
Sailing (Max Size 3)
Mounted
Better Thug chasse, Air mage, And your "Cheapest" Bloodhunter.
Air two makes them nearly impossible to hit by normal units.
in the later game, they can form Blood sabbaths and Spam Thunder Strike
Vanadrott
Gold 410
19
4
Capital Only
air 33blood 11holy 22random1100%
10%
15
Sacred
Resist Shock (5)
Stealthy (65)
Glamour
Sailing (Max Size 3)
Mounted
The national masters of air and blood, are Vanjarl with more magic paths.
They put up Storms for the nation and perform big rituals.
Earth randoms make better thugs.

Troops

Image Unit Name Special Attributes Comments
Serf Warrior
Gold 8
6
5
Human militia.
Suitable for siege or patrol chaff; ineffective in combat.
Huskarl
Gold 25
10
21
Stealthy (65)
Glamour
Line infantry; elf defensive traits make them resilient in melee.
Huskarl
Gold 25
13
21
Stealthy (65)
Glamour
Less defensive and more killy than the spear infantry; axes hit hard enough to crack high prot.
Hirdman
Gold 30
17
25
Stealthy (65)
Glamour
Improved armor and Defence skill over Huskarlar
Elite nonsacred infantry.
Mounted Hirdman
Gold 50
13
48
Stealthy (65)
Glamour
mounted
Exceptionally high defense plus glamour makes these elf cavalry very hard to hit in melee, but they don't hit as hard themselves as heavy cavalry. Versatile raiders and skirmishers.
Vanhere
Gold 40
16
28
Capital Only
Sacred
Stealthy (65)
Glamour
Ambidextrous (1)
Berserker (5)
One of the most efficient sacreds in the game; huge offensive output with double weapons once berserked. High berserk value gives them respectable protection once they go berserk.
Fay Boar
Gold 100
1
30
Capital Only
Supply Bonus (50)
Immortal
Animal
Trample
Forest Survival
You likely won't have supply problems, and an immortal trampler isn't worth it. Pass.

Heroes

Image Unit Name Special Attributes Comments
Vanlade - Vanadrott air 44death 22blood 22holy 22 21
Sacred
Resist Shock (7)
Inspirational (1)
Stealthy (65)
Glamour
Sailing (Max Size 3)
Mounted
A greater Vanadrott with more paths.
He is more of a great caster and a great leader on the side.
Likely going to empower him further to give you access to greater blood and Death spell if you don't have a Pretender available for the job.
Sölvis - Vanadis fire 22air 33holy 11 15
Sacred
Resist Shock (5)
Awe (3)
Stealthy (65)
Glamour
Sailing (Max Size 3)
Flying
Female
Spirit Sight
Combat Caster
Mounted
Can be one of your tougher thug raiders.
Has all the good stuff of an Improved Vanjarl with Awe and Fire magic.
She is very hard to hit even for Elf standards.
Combos with casting Sulphur Haze for AOE kills, and thugging up with Phoenix Pyre and Mistform

Magic

Magic Access

EA Vanheim is heavily focused on air and earth magic, with a side gig in blood, fire and death.

Vanheim has access to the following paths for the purposes of rituals:

Elements

Sorceries

  • No astral magic
  • death 11 on Dwarven Smiths, death 22 via a Skull Staff (Master Smith)
  • No nature magic
  • blood 22 on Vanadrotts, as much blood as required via empowering and boosters.

National Spells

Combat

  • Conjuration 4 air 33death 11 for 1airgem: Summon Valkyries ( Valkyrie×7)
    Summons flying, glamoured sacreds. Useful for pressuring back lines in combat, but may require a few scripting tricks to bless as they are summoned.

Ritual

  • Conjuration 3 nature 22 for 6naturegem: Sloth of Bears ( Great Bear×10+)
    Undisciplined animals with low attack density but a lot of strength. Makes decent siege chaff.
  • Conjuration 4 death 22 for 12deathgem: Awaken Draugar ( Draug×3)
    Undead medium-heavy infantry with fear and a cold aura. They change into size 3 Draugar once under 20 hitpoints. Comparable to Wights; less mage-turn efficient and lower protection, but the fear aura gives the Draugar significant utility when mixed into front lines.
  • Conjuration 8 air 44earth 33 for 62airgem: Summon Dwarf of the Four Directions
    Summons one of the four Dwarves of the Four Directions, powerful mages who have significant combat, ritual-casting and forging capabilities (air 44earth 33random2200%). Also increases the likelihood of hurricanes ravaging the world for each dwarf summoned. If all four dwarves are alive at once, the world is plunged into perpetual darkness and storm.

Notable Generic Magic

Combat

Vanheim relies more on their surprise attack with hard to hit troops and commanders that can solo battalions over traditional magic artillery. Your thugs will be forced to take up the artillery role late game when Glamour stops being a huge advantage in combat, though this is defiantly not the most gold efficient roll for them.

Early game combat involving Van is having a thugged wizards cast Mistform and Flight then attack rear, with summoned Air Elementals for extra support.

Have capital only Dwarf Smiths which bring Earth magic to combat, improving amour with Marble Warriors and harass with Maws of the Earth, Rain of Stones and Destruction. But their movement on the map is see-able by most scouts.

Vanadrotts make up your wind power, being the ones putting up Storm so your Vanherse and Vanjarls can spam lighting spells.

Blood communions are also important to the nation. Vanjarl are expensive for nearly sitting around but are the only national way to empower your mages. With the addition of boosters, can cast higher Air, Earth, Death, Fire, and blood spell (can empower any Dwarf in Blood to join). For example, you can cast Storm without Vanadrotts. Blood is useful for taking out dangerous units with Life for a Life, and shift fighting in your favor with Blood Rain, Wailing Winds, and Rush of Strength.

Wind of Death is an interesting spell as Vans still have between 100 to 500 years of life in them, So armies made up of shorter-lived races and, more importantly, the elder mages that are the backbone armies, will be crippled and die, while only some of your will only be a few decades from retirement. (There are more races in EA with long Life spans, so not always effective.)

Ritual

Vanadrott and Vanjarl can Cloud Trapeze, Letting them immediately pounce on any province in range, including a surprise blood sabbath.

Late game use Storm Demons as they are strong demons. Also getting Bind Heliophagus and Elemental Royalty for Stronger power.

Magic Items

Your recruitable thugs are mounted mages that are really hard to hit. They may need not that much extra prot, but shouldn't but that much encumbrance on them as they will be casting spells. The better thing is giving them weapons to stab better (Fire Brand, or Frost Brand for AOE, Flesh Eater for anti thugging). Can make Earth, Blood, and even the hard to make air boosters (some rare Dwarven Smiths can forge Skull of Fire). Even make a Robe of the Magi for late-game magic boosting.

National Discount Items

  • Dwarven Hammer Cont 2, earth 33, 12earthgem: A quintessential item for forging. Forge Discount on an item that gives you Forge discount is an economic win.
  • Lightweight Scale Mail Cont 2, air 11, 4airgem: light armour for non-van thugs and mages.
  • Weightless Scale Mail Cont 2, air 22, 8airgem: pay more so the Scale Mail has no encumbrance of a thug build that's more consciences about fatigue produced per turn.
  • Cauldron of the Elven Halls Cont 4, air 33, 12airgem: if your glamoured army does get reported by a scout or contains non-glamoured units, only a fraction will be reported. If you into mind game strategies having a massive army mistaken as a small raiding party grants you a greater level of surprise.

Strategy

Power Curve

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Expansion Strategies

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Example Pretender Builds

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vanheim-ea.txt · Last modified: 2022/06/19 11:06 by wigglefig