Our focus on the upcoming Basilean army continues today with a look at the angelic hosts of Basilea: The Elohi.
The mightiest of all Basilea’s warriors, the Elohi are the angels Angels of the gods, sent from the top of mount Kolosu to protect the land the Shining Ones have chosen as their own. The Elohi are beautiful beyond mortal understanding, tall and free of blemish. Wings sprout from their shoulders and gleaming armour of unknown metals clads their limbs. They wield swords and spears which are reminiscent of the terrible weapons from the Wars with Gods.
The Elohi are one of the heaviest units in the Basilean army – flying Large Infantry with Regeneration and Crushing Strength (2). Their high Speed (10!) means they can be relied upon to be in the right place at the right time, and that suits they background perfectly. It’s easy to imagine a unit of Men-at-Arms, outmatched by something huge and terrifying, being rescued by (quite literal) divine intervention.
The Elohi are deadly and merciless in battle, they descend from the sky with righteous fury to destroy the enemies of the Shining Ones. They are immortal, nearly impossible to truly slay, for an Elohi who falls in battle will glow and fade away only to return to their masters on Kolosu. Their leaders are the Ur-Elohi, the archangels, mighty mortal heroes raised up by the gods to immortality above men and angels both. Few in number, they are among the most mighty of all the creatures on Mantica, their powers beyond human ken.
During the God War, the Celestian Fotia was split into two: the Shining one, who retained the name Fotia, and the Wicked one called Prykagia. Many were the wars between the two aspects, culminating in a great final battle. Prykagia struck at Irdima, Fotia’s High Priestess, and the Shining One brought about her own destruction by leaping into the path of the blow. She was cloven in twain, but did not die. Through the great power of Irdima’s prayers, the two halves were reborn as Jullius and Samacris, each representing a different aspect of flame. Jullius took on its regenerating, cauterising, vengeful and warlike nature, while Samacris manifests its nurturing, renewing, cleansing side. Together they are more powerful than Fotia ever was, and their story has become a parable of passion and the indestructibility of love.
Jullius and Samacris are a pair of hugely powerful characters, totalling 500 points between them! Jullius is the more combat-heavy of the two, with Crushing Strength (4), Elite and 8 Attacks, while Samacris tending more towards magic, with Heal (5), Breath Weapon (10) and Zap! (5). They each have various additional rules, but the most interesting is Twin Souls. As long as they are within 6″ of each other, they each lend an aspect of their being to the other. Samacris gains the Elite rule, making her more capable in Melee, while Jullius gains the Renewal rule, meaning his Regeneration cannot be brought to an end by Zap! or a Breath Attack.
We’ll be continuing our look at Basilea tomorrow – but in the meantime, Ronnie and I recorded a video preview that went up on our YouTube channel today. Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments!