“Timett son of Timett rode alone. Every clan in the Mountains of the Moon feared the Burned Men, who mortified their flesh with fire to prove their courage... Timett's fellow Burned Men were so awed by his choice of an eye that they promptly named him a red hand, which seemed to be some sort of a war chief.”
- George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
Tribes of the Vale introduces Battles of Westeros players to the dangerous clansmen, who dwell in the mountains and crags surrounding the Vale. These uncivilized warriors survive by scavenging food and supplies from travelers, using their brutal fighting styles and superior numbers to their advantage. Previously we looked at the ear-collecting warrior woman Chella and her loyal Black Ears. Now, let’s meet the deadly Red Hand of the Burned Men, Timett son of Timett.
Anyone Mad Enough to Take Their Own Eye...
The Mountains of the Moon are a hard place, breeding hard men. Timett son of Timett is no exception, earning his place as Red Hand by putting out his own eye. While some may question his mental stability, Timett is an astounding swordsmen, possessing uncanny accuracy with his remaining eye.
To reflect his precise swordplay, whenever Timett rolls a Valor symbol he can discard that die to double the amount of hits he caused. Combine this with his commit ability to change the result of any die, and you have an extremely lethal fighter.
While Timett is quite a force in his own right, the men he leads offer even more devastating potential. Imagine how much destruction Timett can bring when leading a high-rank unit. His abilities make him a commander-capturing monster.
Now, let’s take a look at how Timett’s fellow Burned Men contribute to their Red Hand’s cause.
Burning Down the Opposition
The Burned Men have the Looter keyword, which allows them to take advantage of the spoils of war. Whenever an enemy unit is eliminated, any adjacent Looter units of lower rank may place a Loot token in their hex. During the Resolve Status Conditions step of the Regroup Phase, these Loot tokens can be discarded to upgrade the Looter unit to the next higher rank.
When leading a unit of Burned Men with Timett, you can use his commander ability to help you quickly upgrade them to a red unit. Trading a valor result in for double the amount of hits gives you the chance to take out some higher-ranking units. If you manage to rank Timett’s unit up to red, it’s time to play the right Leadership card and go in for the kill.
The crows are gathering, so stay vigilant. More Tribes of the Vale information is on the march!
Set in the rich and vibrant world of George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series, Battles of Westeros is a board game of tactical battlefield combat for two players. With scenarios that include beloved characters and settings, players can recreate the most significant battles from The War of the Five Kings.