November 13, 2007
Dark Elves and High Elves Battle it Out in New
Assets from Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning
EA Mythic Releases Details for WAR’s
Swordmaster, Witch Elf and Shadow Warrior Player Careers Along with New
Screenshots, Concept Art and Videos
EA Mythic released new information, screenshots,
videos and concept art from their upcoming MMORPG, Warhammer Online: Age of
Reckoning (WAR). Featuring career profiles for the Witch Elf and Swordmaster
classes, as well as a sneak peak at the bow-wielding Shadow Warrior, these new
details are sure to please fans eagerly awaiting the title’s 2008 release. Video
content includes a new game trailer, plus first game play footage of Altdorf,
the Empire capital city. Also featured are overviews of Chrace and the Blighted
Isle – the starter zones for the Dark Elf and High Elf player armies – and
hordes of new concept art.
High Elf Army – The Shining Guard
The Shining Guard is the elite band of warriors
charged with the defense of Ulthuan when the Phoenix King takes the armies of
the High Elves west to aid the Empire. Led by the renowned warrior Prince Tyrion,
the Guard is a small but highly skillful fighting force. Prince Tyrion
personally selects the High Elves who are elevated to the ranks of the Shining
Guard from among the best and bravest of the citizen militia. These prestigious
warriors stand as an example of the highest honor that a High Elf in the militia
can hope to achieve.
When word reaches Prince Tyrion that a great Dark
Elf invasion fleet is on its way to Ulthuan, he leads the Shining Guard north to
the Blighted Isle, guessing that the enemy fleet will attempt its first landing
there. Sure enough, the leading Black Ark of the fleet makes landfall on the
northern coast of the Isle, and the Shining Guard meet the invaders head-on.
The noble warriors of the Shining Guard do not
lack for courage or prowess on the field of battle, but the scale of the dark
Elves’ invasion is massive. The situation seems hopeless, until word reaches
Prince Tyrion that the Phoenix King is returning to Ulthuan with several legions
of warriors. Now, the Guard must fight to stall the invaders and buy time for
reinforcements to arrive.
Prince Tyrion knows that his casualties will be
heavy, and his heart mourns for the brave soldiers that he will lose. For those
who choose to fight in the face of such peril, however, there is great honor to
be earned. Should the Shining Guard prevail and drive the vile Dark Elves from
their home, they will be immortalized in songs and tales for centuries to come.
Dark Elf Army – House Uthorin
Of all the noble houses of the Dark Elves, few can
boast the power and influence of House Uthorin. As patriarch and ruler of the
house, Lord Uthorin is a master of intrigue and politics. Rumor holds that his
eye is fixed firmly upon the Witch King’s throne; if that is his ambition, he
has wisely kept it hidden, preferring to play the role of loyal advisor.
Through cunning and treachery, Lord Uthorin’s
eldest son, Kaloth Coldshadow, earned for his House the privilege of drawing
first blood when the Dark Elves attack Ulthuan. Along with every warrior of the
House, the Black Ark Nemesis conveys Beastmasters and their fearsome creatures
of war, fanatical devotees of the Temple of Khaine, and powerful masters of Dark
Magic across the sea. The full might of his armies now gathered, Lord Uthorin
chooses to strike first at the Blighted Isle, near the Altar of Khaine.
The Witch King has plans of his own, however.
Well aware of Lord Uthorin’s desire to rule the Dark Elves, Malekith commands
Lady Arkaneth, Uthorin’s most powerful rival, to land her invasion force on the
Blighted Isle as well. The cold and calculating Witch King has pit two of his
most powerful rivals against one other, so that both will be weakened by the
conflict and post less of a threat to him.
Lord Uthorin will need every measure of cunning
and skill that he possesses to outmaneuver Lady Arkaneth, the Witch King and the
High Elves all at once. If he should succeed, the reward for those loyal to his
House will be almost beyond measure.
Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning
Career Profile – Dark Elf Witch Elf
“Do not desire the touch of a Maibd, a bride of
Khaine, for her life is wholly given to the Lord of Murder, and he is a jealous
god, unwilling to share his chosen ones.”
-Ruerl Blackhand, Lord of Har Ganeth
Witch Elves are the maiden-elves who are wedded
to Khaine, the Lord of Murder, in midnight rites of blood sacrifice and magic.
The decadent fragile looks of the maidens of Ulthuan are nothing compared to the
intoxicating beauty of the Witch Elves. Witch Elves go to war alongside the Dark
Elf armies, eager to prove themselves in the eyes of their god. For them the
battlefield is just another temple of Khaine, and the screams of the dying are
praises sung in honor of the bloody-handed god.
Witch Elf Specialty
The brides of Khaine are fanatical fighters.
Wielding long sacrificial daggers dripping with vile poisons, these incredibly
quick and agile fighters race across the battlefield leaving blood and
destruction in their wake. The more blood they spill, the greater their fervor
for battle. As the Witch Elf’s Frenzy increases so do the incredible feats she
can perform in battle. A Witch Elf at the height of her bloodlust can penetrate
even the staunchest defenses.
Playing as a Witch Elf
A Witch Elf can be an unstoppable force of death
and destruction under the proper circumstances. By picking their targets
carefully, the Witch Elf can win a fight in a short amount of time. A Witch Elf
prefers to rapidly close with lightly armored targets, where their wicked
poisons can find exposed flesh. Using a combination of rapid attacks, the Witch
Elf works herself up into a Frenzy to execute powerful attacks that will stop
most opponents dead in their tracks. When facing a heavily armored foe, the
Witch Elf relies on her agility to survive long enough to pick apart her
opponent’s defenses and opening him up to a savage death blow.
Fighting the Witch Elf
The key to defeating a Bride of Khaine is not
being overwhelmed by the beauty of her savage attack. When facing a Witch Elf
the best counter to her tremendous offense is to respond in kind. The Witch
Elves pay for their speed and agility by having virtually no defenses, and using
this to you’re advantage is the key to success. One must either hold their
ground allowing her Frenzy to play out, or match it in kind in the hopes that
you can defeat her before she gifts you with the kiss of death.
Witch Elf look
- Lightly armored and agile, capable of closing
long distances rapidly
- Wields long sacrificial daggers coated in
- Armor is adorned with razor sharp hooks, and
wickedly barbed metal plates
Based on Games Workshop’s epic tabletop fantasy
war game, WAR features revolutionary Realm vs. Realm game play and is scheduled
for release on the PC in 2008. For more information, please visit
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