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MA Vanheim, Arrival of Man

Lore

These are all nations sprung from old Norse myth. The Poetic Edda and some later tales, combined with general conceptions of Iron Age Scandinavia, are the main sources. Vanir, Aesir and Giants are ancient antagonists in these myths. The Aesir, being perceived as gods, have been made pretenders in Dominions. Not that Vanir weren't, but they seem less so than the Aesir in most instances. As with most nations of supernatural origin, it seems fitting that their magic fades with each passing age as humans become more and more numerous. Niefelheim, Jotunheim, and Utgård are part of the history of a single nation through the ages. Vanheim, Helheim and Midgård also share a common ancestry and development. In the middle era Helheim merges with Vanheim and disappears as an independent nation. Only the valkyries remain as reminders of the legacy of Helheim. -Illwinter

Vanheim is a land of misty moors and bitter forests. Humans compose most of the population, but the rulers of the land belong to a tall and innately magical race known as the Vanir. The Vanir once fought the giants of Jotunheim, but with the coming of man, they have turned their attention elsewhere. Now only a precious few of the Vanir remain and humans are no longer slaves. Humans compose the basic infantry units of Vanheim. The Vanir have blessed some loyal humans with superior fighting skills and the ability to enter a state of wild rage or wolven shape. The Vanir are masters of illusion who fight while mounted on exceptionally fast horses. Female Vanir are called Valkyries and have the ability to fly. This ability was a gift from a dead god who used them as messengers of death. During those days, blood was sacrificed. The old ways have not been used in ages, but still the oldest of the Vanir remember how to sate nature with blood. The Vanir are very skilled sailors and can sail the oceans. -Illwinter

General Overview

Vanheim is an elven nation with glamoured elf cavalry, dwarven blacksmiths and shapeshifting troops. FIXME

Strengths

Vanheim has some fantastic battle mages: Dwarf Smiths and Vanadrotts. The dwarves can put up the standard army buffs (Legions of Steel, Strength of Giants, Weapons of Sharpness) and cast fun stuff like Blade Wind, Magma Eruption and Rain of Stones. The Vanadrotts can put up things like Arrow Fend, Storm and Fog Warriors and come with the usual lightning spam.

Vanheim has fantastic thugs. Vanjarls make great raiding thugs and can put up spells like Mistform and Mirror Image to protect them. With minimal investment you can turn them into solid raiders. Starting a war with a Cloud Trapeze paradrop of a dozen equipped Vanjarls can ruin someone's day.

Vanheim has some excellent troops (Skinshifters and Einheres) and some tactically interesting troops (Vans and Valkyries), as well as some reasonably cheap melee troops (Huskarls).

Weaknesses

Vanheim lacks the end game paths that can help transform a strong position in the mid game to a winning position in the end game. All Vanheim gets with regard to the big end game paths is death 11 and blood 22. They have no astral, limited blood (on expensive hunters), very low levels of Death magic and no Nature magic. A bit less of a problem now that you can with a bit of luck get access to blood 33 naturally.

Aside from your dwarves, all your mages are sacred meaning you will need temples and labs in every fort if you are going to produce them. Your forts are really expensive (your only fort that costs less than 1k gold is a Swamp fort) so you will need plenty of gold.

Vanheim lacks magic diversity. Barring 10% randoms the only paths you get with more than one in them are Blood, Air and Earth. While Earth and Air are not bad on a battlefield, this lack of diversity is a problem you need to work around.

National Features

Race Military Magic Access Priests Buildings
Prefer Cold scales +1
Humans
Skinshifters
Elves
Stealthy(65)
Glamour
High Defence and MR
Sailing Vikings and Elf Vikings
Strong Thugs
Expensive Mages
air 44 (rare 5)
earth 33 (rare 4)
blood 22 (rare 3)
fire 11 (uncommon, rare 2)
death 11 (uncommon, rare 2)

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

*Can't be summoned natively.
Average (max holy 22)
Can perform Blood Sacrifices.
Standard Fort(castle)

Capital Special Sites

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Valhalla The Halls of Andvare
Enables recruitment of:
Van
Valkyrie
Vanadrott.
Generates 2airgem per turn.
Enables recruitment of:
Dwarven Smith
Fay Boar.
Generates 3earthgem per turn.

Units

General description of the units in the nations rooster, any standouts, shared qualities aka temperature, any foreign rec, what makes a good basis to plan around

Commanders

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Img Unit Name Special Attributes Comments
Scout
Gold 25
4
1
Stealthy(50)
Mountain Survival
Forest Survival
Cheap scout.
Herse
Gold 40
22
1
Cheap non-steathy commander to do cheap commander things.
Vanherse
Gold 140
13
2
air 11holy 11 7
Sacred
Stealthy(65)
Glamour
Sailing(3, Max 999)
mounted
Army leader, light thug, and your cheapest mage.
They can become lighting casters if Storm is up, even making the most use of Shock Wave with their high defense.
Dwarven Smith
Gold 140
2
4
Capital Only
earth 22random1100%+10% 11
Master Smith(1)
Darkvision(50%)
Mountain Survival
The smith that makes a lot of your thug gear.
National master smiths are good but rare, able to forge a large variety of gear.
Can participate in battle but movement is visible on the map.
Grants protection boosting and anti-armor magic in combat.
Vanjarl
Gold 275
15
2
air 22blood 11holy 22 11
Sacred
Stealthy(65)
Glamour
Sailing(3, Max 999)
mounted
Better thug, Air mage, and your cheapest blood hunter.
air 22 makes them nearly impossible to hit by normal units.
In the mid-late game, they can form blood sabbaths and spam Thunder Strike.
Vanadrott
Gold 415
19
4
Capital Only
air 33blood 11holy 22random1100%+10% 15
Sacred
Resist Shock(5)
Stealthy(65)
sailing(Ship Size: 999, Max size: 3)
Glamour
Spirit Sight
mounted
Vanheim's masters of air and blood.
They put up Storms for the nation and perform big rituals.
Earth randoms make for better thugs.

Troops

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Img Unit Name Special Attributes Comments
Huskarl
Gold 10
12
9
Your Cheap recrutable siege chaff.
Comparable to Heavy Infantry and has a javelin. Vanheim has some magic to buff javelins.
Huskarl
Gold 10
12
9
Hirdman
Gold 12
20
14
Your resource intensive soldiers. if you go heavy on productivty scales, they can be your early to mid game workhorse.
Decently armored.
Choose between hard-hitting slashing damage or weaker piercing damage depending on your needs.
Hirdman
Gold 12
22
14
Einhere
Gold 25
21
31
Ambidextrous(1)
Berserker(5)
Ambidextrous berserkers with 2 weapons.
Skinshifter
Gold 25
7
31
regeneration(10%)
wounded Shape(Werewolf)
Regenerating unit that shapeshifts to a werewolf when hurt.
Valkyrie
Gold 45
15
29
Capital Only
sacred
Stealthy(65)
Glamour
Spirit Sight
flying
Female
Sacred stealthy flying units
Van
Gold 65
16
48
Capital Only
sacred
Stealthy(65)
Glamour
mounted
Sacred glamoured elven cavalry.
Fay Boar
Gold 100
1
30
Capital Only
supply bonus(50)
Immortal
animal
trample
Forest Survival
Small tramplers that respawn at your cap when killed. Buff them with spells like Enlarge and Gift of Flight to improve their performance in battle.
It's rare for Vanheim to run into supply problems with their smaller armies so you don't often need these units for their supply bonus.

Heroes

If playing with Worth Heroes, Laurin - Keeper of the Rose Garden provides nature 33.

Vanilla

Sprite Unit Name Special Attributes Comments
Farbaute - Einhere Unique hero
Ambidextrous(3)
Berserker(8)
If playing with Worthy Heroes:
Casts Personal Luck each battle
Summons in battle: Friend of Farbaute x2
Wields a Hero's Blade and a Axe of Sharpness
Can freespawn Einheres and Hirdman via an event.
Vanlade - Vanadrott Unique hero
air 44death 22blood 22holy 22 21
Sacred
Resist Shock (7)
Stealthy (65)
Sailing (Max size 3)
Inspirational (1)
Glamour
mounted

Worthy Heroes

Sprite Unit Name Special Attributes Comments
Dwarf Elder Multihero
fire 11earth 33random1100%+10% 22
Adept Researcher (7)
Forge Bonus (2)
Master Smith (1)
Geirskögul - Daughter of the Storm Unique hero
Casts each battle: Storm
Sacred
Resist Shock (25)
Stealthy (50)
Storm Power (3)
Glamour
flying
Female
Sigurd - Dragon Slayer Unique hero
Resist Fire (15)
Stealthy (90)
Inspirational (1)
Invulnerability (25)
mounted
Laurin - Keeper of the Rose Garden Unique hero
water 11earth 22nature 33 17
Temp gems: 2naturegem per battle
Resist Poison (5)
Darkvision (25%)
Animal Awe (5)
Supply Bonus (30)

Magic

National spells and Summons

  • Sloth of Bears: Conj 3 6naturegem nature 22 ( Great Bearx10+) Need indes to cast. Sacks of HP with high lot of strength.
  • Awaken Draugar: Conj 4 12deathgem death 22 ( Draugx3) They are undead with a chill aura and fear and hit harder when on their last legs. They are comparable to Wights, with Draugar being better equipped to win the grind game.
  • Summon Valkyries: Conj 4 1airgem air 33death 11 ( Valkyriex7) In combat, Summon Sacred flying ladies to Dive bomb the enemy with a high damage lance charge. They will be unscripted will prioriteze the squishy mages in back but will be hard to bless,
  • Summon Dwarf of the Four Directions: Conj 8 62airgem air 44earth 33. Shared between the Jotun and Vanir nations. Summon one of the four Dwarf smiths. Get a strong air 44earth 33random2200% caster and a forger for your troubles at the cost (or benefit) of some hurricanes ravaging the world. Your unlikely to summon all four, but having them all missing benefits your Vanir nation the most.

Magic Access

Mages in Vanheim are used more for thugging buffs than casting rituals or research. Off cap you have Vanjarls with air 22blood 11 plus any indies you find, paths that need empowerment or a Storm or expensive communions to be decent ranged casters rather than Mistforming and charging.

Dwarven Smiths are your earth mages and forgers. While Vanadrotts are good Air mages. Boosting a Vanadrott to cast Queen of Elemental Air is the gate to higher air, King of Elemental Earth for earth and Summon Dwarf of the Four Directions break you into strong air/earth and another path. Climbing blood for Bind Heliophagus gives you more Blood access as well as Death and Fire.

Combat Magic

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 not the most gold efficient roll for them.

Early game combat involves having a thug cast Mistform and Flight then attack rear, with summoned Air Elementals for extra support.

Capital only Dwarf Smiths which bring Earth magic to combat, improve armor with Marble Warriors and harass with Maws of the Earth, Rain of Stones and Destruction. Their movement on the map is visible to 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 boosters, you can cast higher Air, Earth, Death, Fire, and blood spells (you 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 shifting battles 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.

Ritual Magic

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 Dicount 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: let only a fraction of your human death balls and other summon, 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

FIXME do you have a game plan? Anything you should always be working toward? Any National weaknesses?

Pretender Building: Scales

Order/Turmoil: Vanheim has expensive castles, expensive mages, and expensive troops, so Order is preferable.

Production/Sloth: How you set this scale depends on how much you intend to use Einheres. if you want to use them a lot you will want at least neutral scales. If you intend to rely on Skinshifters you can afford some sloth scales. Conversely, higher production scales will help you afford your expensive mages and infrastructure.

Heat/Cold: Vanheim prefers cold 1 so you will want at least that to start with and you can push up to cold 3 when you need more design points.

Growth/Death: Growth scales help mitigate the population loss from blood hunting. Growth 3 is probably overkill but can be helpful if you have points to waste.

Luck/Misfortune: Vanheim's heroes aren't incredibly exciting, so Luck 3 might be overkill.

Magic/Drain: There are some nations who can get away with drain 2, but Vanheim is not one of them.

Pretender Building: Magic Paths

Vanheim is only really strong in Air and Earth and blood, everything else it has only a smattering of level 1s or 2s. Whichever pretender design you take you might want to think about filling some of those holes.

Air: Vanheim does not need air on its pretender. An A4 Vanadrott with one booster can cast every Air spell in the game except for the rather useless Fata Morgana.

Astral: One of Vanheim's biggest weaknesses is its lack of Astral access for forging and ritual casting. Its access to astral mages is limited. You have a couple of ways to get Astral access. Firstly you can rely on indies which is chancy and relies on you being lucky enough to find a province with recruitable Lizard Shaman or Crystal Amazon Indies. The second requires you to rely on summons from your pretender of which probably the easiest to cast are Hidden in Sand which gives you a 33% chance to get an E2S2D1 mage (it costs 35 earth gems and can only be cast in wasteland provinces by a E3D1 dwarf). One of the other spells is Summon Spectres which for D3 has a 25% chance of giving you an S2D2 mage. The third and final way into Astral is taking Astral on your pretender. Generally you will want some combination of all three.

Blood: MA Vanheim only gets up to B3 so if you want to go into blood in a big way you will either need to empower or take blood on your pretender. You only need B4 to forge boosters and there are generally more important magic paths for your pretender to take. At some point you may want to go down the blood school in which case empowering a B3 Vanadrott to B4 is probably not a bad idea.

Death: MA Vanheim only gets access to D1 on its native mages which, while not enough on its own to boost higher into death, can at least site search for death gems. You can either empower a D1 dwarf, use Hidden in Sand (which gets you an E1D2 mage with a 50% chance for D3), or have your pretender go into death.

Earth: Your dwarves cover most of your earth needs but you may want E1 or E2 so you can forge a crystal coin to buff your S magic.

Fire: Vanheim does not have much access to fire with only 25% of dwarves being able to get a fire random path. This is generally enough for basic forging but if you really need more F magic either take your chances with Hidden in Sand (which can get you F2 33% of time with an additional 50% chance of F3) or just empower. You might want at most F1D1 on your pretender to be able to forge a cheap skull of fire to enable your F1 dwarves to remote site search.

Nature: Vanheim has no access to Nature so you want at least N2 on your pretender so you can forge a thistle mace and give it to an Indy Druid or Shaman and cast Haruspex hopefully getting some enchantresses or other good Nature mages while searching. Alternatively, you can take N4 on your pretender, which is enough to cast most of the main nature spells as needed. Naiads are an option if you take at least W2N1 on your pretender as they get you into Nature and Water at the same time, 2 paths you lack natural access to.

Water: while water in itself is not very useful it can be handy for getting into other paths that you want access to and a minor W bless can be handy for your raiding thugs. To get into water in a big way you either need rely on summoning Naiads or summoning Koythaki.

Bless Effects

Your sacred elven cavalry benefit from increased strength. FIXME

Early Game

FIXME How to expand, potential pitfalls and how to get around them, obvious weakness strength, how much do you have to focus on war/infrastructure

Mid Game

FIXME what is the first big research rush, what is the first big powerspike, where do you shift recruitment to? what are the big magic diversity issues, are there particular globals you should gun for

Late Game

FIXME How do you close out the game if you are in it, is the high-level research stuff you can do uniquely well, does your nation fall off, aka do you have to force things to conclude swiftly

vanheim-ma.txt · Last modified: 2021/11/26 21:02 by fearsomefrog