Lord Exhumator Scaverous
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| Lord Exhumator Scaverous |
Scaverous has served the Nightmare Empire for many centuries. His mortal life as a historian and arcanist who dabbled in the black arts was but a harbinger of the work that has consumed him since. Bestowed the gift of undeath for his obsession with and skillful pursuit of knowledge, Scaverous was immediately put to work, first in the Archive of Skell and later abroad to gather intelligence. He spent decades specializing in those exacting necromantic arts required to unbind the tongues of the dead, to manifest their shades from echos left on their bones and force from them answers to his questions.
- 1 Basic Info
- 2 Thoughts on Scaverous
- 3 List Building Advice
- 4 Other
Feat: Black Gate
- While in Scaverous' control range, friendly Faction models gain boosted magic attack rolls.
- When Scaverous casts a spell, reduce the COST of the spell by 1.
- When an enemy model casts a spell while within Scaverous' control range, increase the COST by 1.
- Black Gate lasts for one round.
The third effect:
- Knowledge of the Damned - When a model in this model's control range makes an attack or damage roll, this model can spend a soul token to make that model reroll the reroll. Each roll can only be rerolled once as a result of Knowledge of the Damned.
- Soul Taker: Cull Soul - This model can gain soul tokens. When a living enemy model is destroyed within 2" of this model, this model gains the destroyed model's soul token. After this model replenishes its focus during your next Control Phase, replace each soul token with 1 focus point.
- Avernus - 2" reach, POW 6, P+S 14 melee weapon.
| Death Ward
|Target friendly Faction model/unit gains +2 ARM. If an affected warjack is damaged, choose which column suffers the damage. Models are not affected while out of formation.|
|When a living enemy warrior model is boxed by Excarnate, RFP it. You can then add to play one Grunt to a friendly Faction small-based undead unit in the spellcaster's control range. Place the Grunt in formation and completely within 3" of the spellcaster. The Grunt must forfeit its Combat Action the turn it is put into play.|
| Feast of Worms
|(1) While in the AOE, enemy models suffer -2 ARM. (2) When a living enemy model is destroyed in the AOE, the spellcaster gains the destroyed model's soul token regardless of the proximity of other models. (3) The AOE remains in play as long as the upkeep is paid.|
| Icy Grip
|Target warrior model/unit without Immunity: Cold suffers -2 DEF and cannot run or make special attacks.|
| Soul Harvester
|When target friendly Faction model/unit destroys a living enemy model with a melee attack, the spellcaster gains the destroyed model’s soul token regardless of the proximity of other models.|
|Place target model completely within 2" of its current location. When Telekinesis targets an enemy model, it is an offensive spell and requires an attack roll. A model can be placed by Telekinesis only once per turn.|
Thoughts on Scaverous
Scaverous in a nutshell
Scaverous is a spellslinger caster with a strong soul collection mechanic. He enables his army to do their job better. He can debuff ARM through Feast of Worms, has control elements from Icy Grip, but his main shtick is Telekinesis and Soul Harvester. On feat turn he can put out at least 7 telekinesis, all of them with boosted attack rolls. If you got souls on the turn before, you can spam even more.
His model does look like a melee powerhouse, his DEF/ARM is okay, and Thresher on his 2" weapon is good - but despite all this, he doesn't want to get in melee. He'll be spending nearly all his focus stack every turn, leaving him reasonably vulnerable to assassination.
In an ideal world you'd use his feat the turn after you've gorged on souls, so that you have plenty of focus to sling spells around. But this would mean that you wouldn't use your feat until Turn 3 (given that you're unlikely to gorge on souls on turn 1) and often Turn 3 can be too late.
Instead, Scav often prefers to use his feat on Turn 2, just as the lines engage, to spam Telekinesis, to land a much-needed debuff, or Excarnate some Grunts into play. This can help him get the alpha strike and start the attrition war in his favour.
Last thought: it can be tempting to fill your army up with spellcasters to maximise on the feat, but just be careful you don't overload on fragile mages and leave yourself too few points to spend on "boots on the ground" combat troops.
- Death Ward is best on a high-value warjack who doesn't want Scav's Soul Harvester upkeep, to keep that warjack alive longer.
- Erebus is a good choice, as are colossals.
- Any jack with ARM 18 or higher, as stacking an ARM buff on an already-high ARM is just good sense.
- Alternatively, you could put it on a unit of high-ARM infantry. Bane Riders and Bane Knights with Death Ward are ARM20 (when B2B for Knights) and ARM22 against shooting and magic with a Wraith Engine. Combine with Darragh Wrathe for even more ARM skew.
- Feast of Worms is an expensive spell, but well worth it.
- It can be used for pure offense (vs clumped-up troops like Durst or Trollbloods), for extra soul-collecting, and sort-of as a board control element. If some high-ARM enemy are out of range, you can land the AOE in front of them and say "come towards me, and you'll be dust next turn."
- It can circumvent some forms of anti-magic tech that prevent targeting; you can run a Machine Wraith or TK an enemy model over, target them, and clip the warded model you want to debuff.
- It has slight skornergy because if you're throwing it at easily-killed models to gobble their souls, then the ARM debuff is likely overkill; and vice versa.
- You're generally putting Icy Grip out for the DEF debuff and let your army hit more reliably. Other applications include:
- Put it on a slow warcaster/solo/unit early in the game, to keep it out of the fight. Telekinesis it backwards to add insult to injury.
- Put it on a unit of spellcasters (like Hex Hunters) that rely on using a Special Attack to cast a spell. Without that, they can't act in combat at all.
- Soul Harvester is your main source of soul-income. It is best going on a unit that can a) quickly close the gap with the enemy, and b) can reliably kill infantry, preferably in droves.
- Soul Hunters or Bane Riders are a good choice, thanks to their SPD and number of attacks.
- I've heard people suggest Bloodgorgers with Gerlak, because Berserk + Overtake lets them "Pacman" through enemy units, but I think they're a bit slow to be ideal. On the other hand, you only need 1 or 2 to make it to the enemy to start a Pacman, and Telekinesis on 1 or 2 guys isn't hard.
- The Harrower can be decent thanks to its 2" Thresher ability.
- Telekinesis is, hands-down, a fantastic utility spell. Here are some general tips applicable to any caster: (Edit)
- Battle Engines can be placed (unlike other huge-based models).
- Enemy model out of your charge range? Move your own model 2" forward. Still too far away? Move the enemy 2" closer. That's a 4" threat range extender!
- Move enemy models 2" straight backwards, so they don't have range to charge/attack you next turn. While you're at it, spin them around so they can't declare charges and so you get the back strike bonus.
- Move models out of your charge lanes, or to open up LOS.
- Move enemy models out of scenario zones.
- Is there an enemy 'jack or 'beast right at the edge of control range? TK them away from their controller so they can't Power Up or manage Fury next turn. Turn them around so they might occasionally frenzy into the enemy lines.
- Is there an enemy unit with most of the troopers right at the edge of formation range? TK the commander away from his troops so they're out of formation.
- Do enemy models get a bonus for being B2B? You can stop that.
- TK your own caster forwards or backwards to be more threatening or more cowardly.
- TK enemy models into range of your passive debuffs (such as Dark Shroud), then gang up on them.
- TK enemy models into hazards to force them to take damage.
- Move friendly models out of melee before they activate, to avoid free strikes.
- Are you using arc nodes? After you're done, cast TK on the node itself to move it back and keep it safe(r) for next turn.
- Or TK the arc node forward before casting offensive spells. This is especially useful if advancing the node those last 2" would trigger something nasty like Garryth2's feat.
- Feast of Worms is a great debuff to move enemys into.
Drawbacks & Downsides
- As a spellslinger with 4 upkeeps, Scaverous doesn't play well with anti-spell stuff, particularly anti-upkeep stuff.
- Despite being modeled as a badass robot dude with a huge scythe, he almost never wants to get into combat.
- With only MAT 6 it's best you forget about Thresher. Although with Icy Grip he can push himself to effective MAT 8 vs warrior models, which are his preferred Thresher targets.
Tricks & Tips
- Don't forget that Feast of Worms' ARM debuff applies before the damage roll. So you'll be doing:
- Effective POW 14 vs the model directly hit
- Effective POW 8 blast damage vs enemy models hit
- Actual POW 6 blast damage vs friendly models hit
- Using Star-Crossed from Wrong Eye with rerolls from Scaverous can be a very potent combination.
- The "Spanish Inquistion" tactic
- Warning: This is a high-cost, low-reward venture. You want to avoid using it, if possible.
- But sometimes you're forced to be the 2nd player, your opponent advances very aggressively, just outside of your threat range. Furthermore, they're poised to feat on their turn 2 to lock you out of the scenario and/or prevent you making any meaningful attacks.
- Net result: you've got nothing to attack on your turn 1, and very little to attack on turn 2. You can try and play defensively for 2 turns and hope enough of your army survives to give you a meaningful turn 3, or you can try something nobody expects.
- Feat at the start of your turn 1 and only cast Telekinesis, and cast it as many times as possible - Deathjack, WSC, Doctor Stygius, Misery Cage, and/or Blood Priestess can all help here.
- Use this to launch your army straight into those aggressively-positioned models, that weren't expecting all your threat ranges to grow by 2" (or 4" if you TK the enemy too) on turn 1.
- Hope like hell that this surprise turn 1 attack upsets your opponent's plans sufficiently for you to stay in the game.
- Severa's "Mini-Hellmouth" feast
- Severa Blacktide has a Chain Attack which will pull models closer then do a POW 12 to everyone in an AOE, similar to the Hellmouth spell.
- This creates an interesting synergy with Scaverous's Feast of Worms spell - his spell will increase her Chain Attack to effective POW 14, and she will drag more models into the Feast AOE for him to gobble their souls.
- The downside is that you want an enemy model in the ideal position that can survive both the Feast of Worms being cast at them, and Severa shooting them twice, but has enough models clumped up for you to get the souls. Basically you're looking for a heavy warjack surrounded by light infantry.
List Building Advice
As an army-enabler, he doesn't really have one strategy. Instead he has a flexible toolbox that allows him to adapt to the flow of the game. Unfortunately, this can leave new players floundering with "Analysis Paralysis" where they spend so long thinking about what he could do with his focus this turn, they lose sight of the overall game and let the win slip through their fingers. To alleviate this, I suggest you choose one of the following strategies, build your list to capitalise on it, then play that list to death before picking another strategy.
- Telekinesis-enabled assassination
- Figure out if any of your models can charge the enemy caster (ignore everything between them). Don't forget to add 3" to your threat range. Now that you've checked that, start spamming TK to move anything blocking your charge lane out of the way, then charge and go to town.
- With this strategy, you'll probably want to have 2-3 fast, hard-hitting assassins in your army list. You spread them out the turn before the assassination, to saturate your opponent with threat vectors and maximise the chance they leave at least one with a "gap" to charge through (or at least a "gap" you can create with a minimum number of TK).
- Ideally, you won't have to cast TK too often and you'll have enough focus left to cast either an Icy Grip or Feast of Worms on the enemy caster.
- Telekinesis-enabled attrition
- In this strategy, you're looking to get the first strike, preferably against your opponent's most high-value targets. They'll try to keep them away from your army, and you'll just TK yourself and/or them closer, so that you get the charge.
- You should also keep an eye out for important support models (like Choir and the Krielstone) that are trying to hide. Then use TK to bring them forward where you can either shoot them or charge them.
- This strategy doesn't work very well with and/or against troop-spam lists - there's simply too many guys to cast TK on in any one turn.
- With this strategy, you'll probably want one or two heavy-hitters that you can TK forwards and then charge the enemy. You also might want a bit of shooting in your list, to kill any screening units that are trying to block you from getting at the high-value targets.
- Plain attrition
- Here, you're playing with and/or against a troop-spam army, where there are no obvious high-value targets worth TK-ing. Instead what you're doing is throwing out Icy Grip and/or Feast of Worms to debuff the enemy to the point where your army can kill them, preferably faster than they kill you.
- You want decent targets for his Soul Harvester and Death Ward upkeeps - refer to the Spell Thoughts section above.
As an army enabler, Scaverous does quite well in any theme. However, he does like something that can hit hard (like Dark Host) because his only ARM debuff is an expensive Cost 4 spell.
This theme gives him access to most of the stuff he has the best synergies with, so he will spend most of his time here.
- DJ can cast Telekenisis, and you can never have enough TKs in your game!
- DJ can cast Excarnate, but DJ can't spawn a trooper because DJ doesn't have a control range.
- Death Ward is DJ's favourite buff, stacking with Carapace to make DJ ARM 24 against shooting and making it hard to cripple DJ's systems.
- Mechanithralls are good targets for Scav's Excarnate spell. They can screen or ambush depending on your opponent's setup. The brute thralls hit reasonably hard and are shield guards to boot. Thralls have a low MAT but Icy Grip can help with that.
- Carrion Thralls - A very good flanking unit that make for excellent Soul Harvesters.
- Necrosurgeon - With Excarnate and this girl you can lay on thick the reinforcements.
- Thanks to TK, Scavy can actually make Seethers sing, because he can TK them into position should the enemy find a way for them to not have targets to charge in their front arc.
- As such an Overseether module can work quite well with him (that is a Seether marshalled by an Iron Lich Overseer for Dark Shround and Crush!).
- The Seether also gains Carapace in this theme.
- Warwitch Sirens can alleviate his focus burden by Empowering his jacks, and on feat turn their magical sprays become very powerful.
- Cephalyx Overlords have magical sprays that are great on feat turn.
- For warcaster attachment you can choose between Doctor Stygius or the Withershadow Combine (you can ignore the Skarlock Thrall)
- Either option can cast spells from Scav's card. So that's an extra TK each turn. They both benefit from Scav's feat. As with DJ they can cast Excarnate, but can't spawn a trooper.
- Dr Stygius is cheaper.
- WSC are more expensive, but give Scav a free upkeep, a re-roll, and on feat turn they get three boosted attacks instead of 1. Lastly they're a unit which can be good for scenarios.
- Aiakos1 - The main synergy here is Aiakos can stack Escort with a TK from Scav for some truly ludicrous threat ranges.
- A nice addition is Aiakos's pet warjack Kharybdis. TK plus Escort lets Kharybdis threaten 16" (or 18" if you TK the enemy closer).
- He is another source of threat extension. Stack Scaverous, Aiakos1, and Asphyxious's buffs onto Kharybdis and you can have a heavy warjack threaten 20"!
- He brings an ARM debuff that Scav appreciates.
- He gets boosted magic attacks from Scav's feat turn (but doesn't get cheaper spells).
- Asphyxious4 is available in other themes, but will use up your Mercenary unit slot in any other theme.
A few of Scav's favourite pieces are available here, plus some stuff you can't get in Black Industries
- Aiakos1, Warwitch Sirens, Overlords, and Stygius are all available here too.
- Misery Cage can feed him extra focus each turn.
- For warcaster attachment you can choose between Doctor Stygius or the Satyxis Blood Priestess
- The Blood Priestess spell-casting ability isn't as reliable as the Doctor's (she has to kill a living model first) but she provides a free upkeep and protection from ranged attacks.
- But the main reason to go in Scourge is to get the various combat troops which are a lot better than the thralls available in Black Industries.
- The Overlords and Stygius can also go in this theme, but they will use up your Mercenary slot(s) in these two themes.
- Dark Host lets you take double Void Archons but you'll have to take a merc unit to fuel them with souls. Usually this is Croes for the Telekinesis synergy, which also gives you an excellent shooting component for an other wise melee heavy theme.
- A Wraith Engine is a good model in its own right and Unhallowed and Death Ward make a unit of Banes really not worth shooting at.
- Darragh Wrathe - Same as the Wraith Engine but Mortal feat works better against melee than raged. He also makes Bane's faster.
- Bane Riders are multi wound models and thus take very well to all these ARM buffs. The single wound, small based, Banes will become very resistant to small arms fire, but will probably still fold in melee.
- Excarnate lets you add to play small based undead grunts, so it works for both Bane Warriors, Bane Knights. Tartarus also adds to the Bane recursion mechanic.
Scaverous is a very merc friendly caster because he has an ARM debuff, meaning he buffs damage by dropping enemy stats, thus bypassing the "friendly faction" clause most direct damage buffs have. Knowledge of the Damned and Telekinesis are also faction independent abilites.
- Cephalyx Overlords and Asphyxious4 already mentioned above are actually Mercenary models, so can go in any theme. They are Cryx Partisans so sometimes use up your Merc slot, sometimes don't.
- Croe's Cutthroats have a strong synergy with Scaverous. They get an extra damage die if they shoot someone in the back arc, and Scav can use his TK spell to spin stuff around for them. Combine with the feast of Worms ARM debuff and they shoot extremely well.
- Wrong Eye has the Star-Crossed spell which stacks nicely with Knowledge of the Damned. Assuming you can get souls, that is.
- Ragman, Hermit, and Void Archons are different ways of getting damage buffs into your list. ARM is something Scav can struggle vs. They love being TK'd into position.
Scaverous likes at least two arc nodes, and normally rounds out his battlegroup with one heavy. He doesn't like to put lots of warjacks in his battlegroup, because he'd rather keep his focus to cast spells than allocate it to warjacks.
- Two Deathrippers plus his pet heavy warjack Erebus is only 1 point more than his WJP. Or swap Erebus for Barathrum to exactly meet his WJP (Barathrum is available in three themes).
- I've occasionally seen people put Kharybdis in his battlegroup for some extremely long threat ranges. Personally I'd rather the Aiakos1 + Khary + TK combo for even longer threat, but that's a 21 point package that you can't spend WJP on, so there's pros and cons to either version.
- Seethers are sad when the enemy turns them around, because they HAVE to make a charge or run, but can't if they can see any enemies. TK solves this.
First Seven Purchases
A few veteran players have put their heads together and tried to figure out the seven best things to buy for this specific caster. This is not designed to add up to a nice round points limit, nor be balanced vs other "First Seven" lists you find on this website. It is simply going to give you some of the essentials this caster needs most of the time.
- Warjack: Deathripper (x2)
- Warjack: Barathrum
- Solo: Void Archon
- Solo: Doctor Stygius
- Unit: Cephalyx Overlords
- Unit: Asphyxious4
- Warjack: Stalker
Scaverous' top 7 is a bit funny, in that it is mostly Mercenary/Partisan models instead of Cryx models. On the bright side, it does let you expand into any theme very easily.
- Released in the Wrath book (2011)
- Nicknames: Scavy
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Rules Clarification : Feat : Black Gate
|* The "Damage Type: Magical" is not inherited by "secondary" damage from a weapon. That is, stuff like arcs (Electro Leap) or hazards (Scather). (Infernal Ruling)
|Resolving the attack|
Under this heading, the word "Thresher" is used interchangeably for "Flashing Blade" and "Cyclone" too
Flashing Blade only
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