Return of the Exile
Previewing the Prince Faolan Hero Expansion for Runewars Miniatures Game
Since their exile to Mennara, the Eolam have faced a difficult decision. Do they turn inward, ignoring the outside world as they work toward redemption, or do they embrace their new world and defend it, striking down evil wherever it appears to prove that they are worthy to ascend to the Empyrean once more?
For some among the Latari’s ranks, this is no choice at all. Their culture must be protected if they are ever to regain their former grace. The son of King Aanir, Prince Faolan, is one such individual. He values the lives of his people above any antiquated alliances. Now, as old threats return and the four great factions go to war, he will do whatever it takes to ensure that his people stay safe, no matter what the cost to Terrinoth may be.
Prince Faolan was already a brilliant strategist and accomplished military leader when the shadows of dragon wings fell across Terrinoth in the Third Darkness. While some Latari withdrew into hiding, the elven prince led his warriors in a valiant defense of the Aymhelin, allowing the army of dragon hybrids to breach the forest’s borders, then picking off their ranks from the safety of the trees. But Faolan’s confidence grew to arrogance and he fell into the trap of the Dragonlord Baalesh, putting the capital city of Lithelin at risk.
While Faolan eventually broke the siege of the city, the cost was great. The prince’s father perished in the fight, and in the following months Faolan’s guilt consumed him. If not for his rash strategies, he would have a father and his people would have a king. For years, Prince Faolan lived in self-imposed exile, roaming the Aymhelin Forest and slaying any who dared to trespass. But now, he has heard that his uncle has opened the Aymhelin to all of Terrinoth, in defiance of the tradition set forth by his father. Faolan has seen what the peoples of Menarra are capable of and now a dark thought weighs on his mind—would not the Latari be safer under his own leadership than that of his uncle?
Though it has been many years since his greatest victories, Prince Faolan has lost none of his martial mastery. Whether he is leading his allies into battle standing stoic and alone, or fighting shoulder to shoulder with his fellow soldiers, Prince Faolan is able to use his years of combat training among the tangled roots of the Aymhelin to increase the mobility of his allies. When the Prince is acting alone, you may equip him with the Etharyon of the Ailatar upgrade. This unique upgrade lets Faolan use a skill action to order an ally to reform or shift. While this may not seem particularly impressive compared to the innate maneuverability of the Latari, you have the chance to turn this everyday action into a maddening maneuver by further modifying the shift action with a turn.
If, however, you use Prince Faolan as a figure upgrade in either your infantry or cavalry , he can still increase his allies’ mobility by modifying his unit’s first march with either a turn, wheel, or charge, giving the lithe Leonx or the deadly Darnati Warriors access to wheels or even inviting you to create a rare wheeling charge. By executing these shocking maneuvers, your enemy will fight an uphill battle trying to tie your units down. The battlefield becomes your playground as you run circles around your opponent and always remain one step ahead of the competition.
The Prince Faolan Hero Expansion gives you everything you need to bring the long-exiled prince into the fold of your elven army, including a miniature of Faolan alone and one of him astride Sorisal, the grand-hatchling of his father’s cyrssaerele mount, who has acted as his only companion for many years of roaming. In addition to the miniatures themselves, you will also find the prince’s unit card and command tool, a new terrain piece, objective, and deployment card, as well as a collection of tokens, and six available upgrade cards to customize and strengthen your elven army.
Witnessing his father’s demise has ingrained the prince with both a sense of guilt and of duty. As he inspires confidence in his troops, the Valor of the Fallen instills Prince Faolan himself with the Steadfast [Fear] keyword and lets him inspire an ally if he has faith in his own cause. But Faolan has more reasons to desire this guiding light than simple bane removal. In battle, whenever a counterattack threatens his warriors, Faolan is there to stand against it, moonblade sword in hand. Whenever the line threatens to break, Faolan inspires his warriors with new vigor. When wielding The Spirit Sword , Faolan can spend two surges to receive an inspiration token during a melee, which he can then spend while defending to remove an enemy’s dice icon! This noble’s mastery over motivation rivals even the Daqan Lords, though Faolan himself would scoff at the comparison. But in these times of strife, the only way to earn victory is to learn from your rivals.
The wars of Terrinoth continue to rage without end, and with the threats of the locust horde moving closer to Lithelin each day, it may be that those currently leading the Latari are ineffective and unready for war. This cannot stand. Restore Prince Faolan to the leadership of the Latari hosts and let him lead your people to glory and grace once more!
Pre-order your copy of the Prince Faolan Hero Expansion (RWM34) at your local retailer today or on the Fantasy Flight Games website here!