Spears of Scyrah

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Spears of Scyrah
Retribution Mage Hunter Character Unit
Eiryss, Mage Hunter Commander
Character Command Attachment

The trio known as the Spears of Scyrah count among the most fanatical mage hunters in the Retribution. Worshiping Scyrah in her guise as Avenger of the Vanished, they aspire to appease the goddess by striking down those who have caused harm to the lost Iosan gods. The Spears have had many members over the centuries, starting from the first years of the Retribution’s existence, and all have accepted their mortality to serve without fear of death.

After years of hunting human spellcasters and gathering intelligence on the armies of mankind as a mercenary, Eiryss has returned to her proper place as one of the foremost leaders of the Retribution. Now she takes to the field leading other mage hunters, inspiring them to feats of incredible bravery and peerless precision while lending her own deadly skills to rid the world of humanity’s blasphemy against Scyrah.

Basic Info

Leader & Grunts

Spears of Scyrah
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Understanding
the Statblock

Abilities

  • Pathfinder - This model treats rough terrain as open terrain while advancing. While charging, slam power attacking, or trample power attacking, this model does not stop its movement when it contacts an obstacle.
  • Stealth - Ranged and magic attacks targeting this model from a point of origin greater than 5˝ away automatically miss. This model is not an intervening model when determining line of sight from a model more than 5˝ away.
  • Duelist - This model gains +2 DEF against melee attack rolls.
  • Reposition [3"] - At the end of an activation in which it did not run or fail a charge, this model can advance up to 3", then its activation ends.
  • Shield Guard - Once per round, when a friendly model is directly hit by a non-spray ranged attack during your opponent's turn while within 3" of this model, you can choose to have this model directly hit instead. This model is automatically hit and suffers all damage and effects. This model cannot use Shield Guard while it is incorporeal, knocked down, or stationary.
  • Vengeance - During your Maintenance Phase, if one or more models in a unit with Vengeance were damaged by enemy attacks during the last round, each model in the unit can advance 3" and make one basic melee attack.

Weapons

  • Spear - 2" reach, P+S 11 melee weapon
    • Blessed - Attacks with this weapon ignore spells & animi that add to the target's DEF or ARM.
    • Damage Type: Magical
    • Weapon Master - When attacking with this weapon, add an additional die to its damage rolls.

Eiryss3 (CA)

Eiryss3
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Understanding
the Statblock

Abilities

  • Officer - This model is the unit commander even if the unit has a Leader model.
  • Pathfinder - This model treats rough terrain as open terrain while advancing. While charging, slam power attacking, or trample power attacking, this model does not stop its movement when it contacts an obstacle.
  • Stealth - Ranged and magic attacks targeting this model from a point of origin greater than 5˝ away automatically miss. This model is not an intervening model when determining line of sight from a model more than 5˝ away.
  • Arcane Hemorrhage - When Eiryss hits another model with an attack, that model loses any focus/fury points on it and any upkeep spells it has in play immediately expire.
  • Granted: Reposition [3"] - While this model is in formation, models in its unit gain Reposition [3"]. (Reposition [3"] - At the end of an activation in which it did not run or fail a charge, this model can advance up to 3", then its activation ends.)
  • Quick Work - When this model destroys one or more enemy models with a melee attack during its Combat Action, immediately after the attack is resolved it can make one basic ranged attack.
  • Tactics: Advance Deployment - Models in this unit gain Advance Deployment.

Weapons

  • Crossbow - 12" range, POW 10 ranged weapon.
    • Blessed - Attacks with this weapon ignore spells & animi that add to the target's DEF or ARM.
    • Weapon Master - When attacking with this weapon, add an additional die to its damage rolls.
  • Crossbow Blade - 0.5" reach, P+S 7 melee weapon.
    • Blessed - As above
    • Weapon Master - As above
  • Saber - 0.5" reach, P+S 7 melee weapon.
    • Blessed - As above
    • Weapon Master - As above


Weapon Attachment(s)

As usual, they can take a Soulless Escort as a Weapon Attachment. Info omitted here for the sake of brevity.

Theme Forces

Recent Changes

2019.08 Dynamic Update

  • Points down to 8 (from 9)

Thoughts on Spears of Scyrah

Spears of Scyrah in a nutshell

They're an elite combat melee unit, fast, agile, and hit hard thanks to Weapon Master. They rely on their insanely high DEF to avoid hits (because anything that hits them tends to make them splatter). What makes these guys special is the presence of Shield Guard and Vengeance.

The Spears of Scyrah are elite melee Mage Hunters/suicide squad. Where they differ from other mage hunter units is that they are not simply hit and run harassers/assassins. Their long melee reach and their bonus defense in melee makes them want to stick it out more than other Mage Hunters. They also have Shield Guard, which on first glance seems pointless on a unit that can barely withstand a stiff breeze. But they are the only shield guard unit with stealth, which makes them ideal meat shields for your stealthy mage hunter assassins, Narn, or Eiryss. Yes, you'll almost certainly lose a model every time you trigger shield guard which is unfortunate, but you'll have protected a strong solo and also triggered vengeance.

Thoughts on adding Eiryss3 (CA)

  • Pros: Eiryss benefits from Vengeance. Spears benefit from Advance Deployment
  • Cons: Points Cost & Opportunity Cost. Repo 3 is doubled up. Spears are melee only, while Eiryss3 prefers ranged combat.

There's a good case to be made for adding her to this unit. Due to the way Vengeance is worded, she can make both Vengeance attacks and prompts the spears to make them if she is attacked, which is more usefull than it sounds, as this extends her threat range by 3". The Spears gain Advance Deployment, which means they can be where they are needed to be shield guards, though the Repo is wasted on them. Another issue you might encounter is the fact that Spears are a pure melee unit, so Eiryss will either have them hang back and not contribute much or will have to issue Press Forward! and charge a lot. She does have Quick Work though, so she can still shoot after she has killed something. In a sense, Eiryss benefits more from being part of the unit, than the Spears benefitting from her presence.

Thoughts on adding Soulless Escort (WA)

Totally worth it. Worst case scenario, he gets killed without achieving anything worthwhile... but that will still trigger an extra Vengeance move.

Combos & Synergies

  • Goreshade4 can also give the ghostly, making them immune to free strikes and therefore allowing them to do lots of melee range movement mischief safe from extra attacks.
    • As the Spears are not named characters, but rather Leader and Grunts, Goreshade4 can Revive them, even though they cannot attack the turn they are bought back, they can Shield Guard again
  • Elara2's Feat can provide them with ghostly as well as boosting their already impressive charge range. At 2" melee range they are also excellent Scything Touch appliers.
  • Issyria can bump up their armor, making shield guarding slightly less deadly.. at least being able to survive an average pow 10 shot.
  • Vyros1 and Vyros2 can likewise slightly boost their armor.
  • Garryth1 has a nifty trick up his sleeve with Mirage and Eiryss3. He can upkeep Mirage on the unit and have them shield guard something, which causes Eiryss to make a Vengeance move during you next turn, which stacks with the move from Mirage. This results in a 24" non-linerar threat range on an Arcane Hemorrhage crossbow bolt (or even 27" if you charge, kill and Quick Work). Due to Garryths proviciency at assassinating casters, this can win you the game outright.

Drawbacks & Downsides

  • If you're looking just at their offensive potential versus their cost, there are more efficient units and solos.
  • You pay extra for having 5 wounds, but have such a low armor value that each model effectively only has 1 wound.
  • Vengeance is okay, but nearly impossible to trigger without losing a model, making it less effective than with a larger unit with more disposable grunts like Dawnguard Sentinels.

Tricks & Tips

  • Be super selective with when you trigger Vengeance to minimise the chances of losing one of them, but also because the resulting Vengeance moves may turn out to be pointless, and they need to threaten a fair bit to make it worthwhile.
  • If you plan to charge, but one can't, run to engage. With native high DEF and Duellist, they're better off in combat than close enough that Stealth is not a benefit any longer.

Other

Trivia

  • Released 2017.04

Other Retribution models

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Battlegroup & Similar
Warcasters Elara2 - Garryth1 - Garryth2 - Goreshade4 - Helynna1 - Issyria1 - Kaelyssa1 - Ossyan1 - Rahn1 - Ravyn1 - Thyron1 - Vyros1 - Vyros2
Warcaster attachments Fane Knight Guardian (Retribution) - Sylys Wyshnalyrr (Retribution) - Madelyn Corbeau (Mercenary)
Other Warjack Controllers Elara1 (BGC) - Sentinel Scyir ('Jack Marshal) - Artificer ('Jack Marshal)
Light Warjacks Aspis - Chimera - Gorgon - Griffon - Harpy - Siren
Moros
Heavy Warjacks Banshee - Daemon - Hydra - Manticore - Phoenix - Sphinx
Discordia - Hypnos - Hemera - Imperatus
Colossal Hyperion - Helios
Units, Solos, & Battle Engines
Units Destors - Invictors - Sentinels - Heavy Rifle Team - Swordsmen - Arcanists - Battle Mages - Electromancers - Halberdiers - Riflemen - Infiltrators - Strike Force - Ryssovass Defenders - Stormfall Archers
Nyss Hunters - Spears of Scyrah
Special: Eiryss3 (CA) - Soulless Escort (WA)
Solos

Aelyth Vyr - Arcanist Mechanik - Destor Thane - Sentinel Scyir - Eiryss, Mage Hunter of Ios (1) - Eiryss, Angel of Retribution (2) - Eiryss, Fortune Hunter of Ios (4) - Elara, Tyro of the Third Chamber (1) - Fane Knight Guardian - Fane Knight Skeryth Issyen - Ghost Sniper - Hermit of Henge Hold - Artificer - Magister - Houseguard Thane - Lanyssa Ryssyl, Nyss Sorceress Lys Healer - Assassin - Narn, Mage Hunter of Ios - Nayl - Priest of Nyssor - Soulless Voidtracer

Battle Engines Arcantrik Force Generator - Dawnguard Trident
Theme Forces
Defenders of Ios - Forges of War - Legions of Dawn - Shadows of the Retribution
Mercenaries
Units Lady Aiyana & Master Holt - Lynus Wesselbaum & Edrea Lloryrr
Solos

Dahlia Hallyr & Skarath - Eilish Garrity - Madelyn Corbeau, Ordic Courtesan - Void Archon

This index was last updated: 2019.05

Rules Clarifications

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Rules Clarification : Blessed and/or Creator's Wrath     (Edit)

  • Blessed ignores buffs even if they're not directly on the target. For instance, Haley3's Temporal Distortion spell gives a DEF buff to everyone within 5" ... and Blessed ignores it. (Locked thread)
  • You only ignore the DEF/ARM buff if the spell directly adds to the stat. A spell which instead grants a separate non-spell ability, and the ability gives a DEF/ARM buff, would not be ignored. (Infernal Ruling)
    In this ruling, Blessed does not ignore the DEF from Ashen Veil, because the DEF bonus comes from Concealment, and not the spell itself.
  • If a spell buffs DEF/ARM and [something else] then you ignore the buff but not the [something else].
    • For example, the spell Cloak of Ash grants concealment, and models with concealment gain +2 DEF. You would not ignore this DEF bonus.
    • For example, the spell Death Ward grants +2 ARM and the defender chooses which column suffers damage. You would ignore the ARM bonus, but the defender still picks the column.
  • The Mk3 Blessed icon resembles the old Mk2 Magical Weapon icon. Do not get them confused.
  • This ability only ignores buffs from spells, not buffs from feats (such as Stryker1's Invincibility +5 ARM) or abilities (such as Protective Aura's +2 ARM).
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Rules Clarification:  : Magical Damage      (Edit)
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* 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)
  • All spells have "Damage Type: Magical" (refer errata).
    • This is inherited by "immediate" secondary damage (such as Eruption of Spines). (Infernal Ruling)
    • and might be inherited by "lingering" secondary damage (see below).
  • If a spell leaves a template in play that does damage to models that walk around in it, then:
    • if it is not described as a hazard it will do magical damage to models that walk around in it. (Example: Razor Wall)
    • if it is a hazard then it will not do magical damage to models that walk around in it. Instead, it does whatever damage type is specified by the spell description. (Example: Breath of Corruption).
    • (Infernal Ruling)
  • If a weapon/spell includes Magic Damage and another kind of elemental damage it will still damage Incorporeal models. Incorporeal models are not affected by the rule "if an attack does multiple types of damage and a model is immune to at least one it is immune to the entire attack."
    The phrase "immune to non-magical damage" should be interpreted as "immune to damage that doesn't include Damage Type: Magical" (not interpreted as "has immunity to Corrosion and Electricity and Cold and etc.")

Rules Clarification : Weapon Master - None yet. (Edit)


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Rules Clarification : Pathfinder      (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Stealth      (Edit)

  • "Automatically missing" is not the same as "cannot be hit by".
  • For instance, a stealth model can still be the target of an AOE attack and although it auto-misses, if the AOE deviates onto them they will get damaged.

Rules Clarification : Duelist - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification : Reposition      (Edit)

  • Models out of formation cannot move via Reposition. Refer to the "Out of Formation" rules in the core rulebook.
  • You cannot trigger abilities that occur "at the end of activation" (such as Sprint) after resolving Reposition, because your activation has ended. (Infernal Ruling) See also this article for a detailed explanation.
  • You cannot trigger abilities that occur "at any time" (such as Go To Ground) during a Reposition. Because you can't trigger it while moving, and after moving your activation has ended. (Infernal Ruling)
    • This holds true even if it's a unit with multiple Reposition moves. (Infernal Ruling)
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Rules Clarification : Shield Guard and/or Shadow Guardian     (Edit)

  • You can't use this ability vs spells.
  • You shift all effects onto the new model, including stuff that triggers on "when this attack hits".
  • When you use this ability vs an AOE attack, the template moves too. Because, with reference to Apdx A, the hit 'moves' at Step 6 and the template placement is determined at Step 7.
  • This ability doesn't work vs Point Blank attacks. Because Point Blank attacks are melee attacks that are made using a ranged weapon.
    • On the other hand, it will work vs Gunfighter attacks.
  • Shield Guard only
    • Since Shield Guard specifies "opponent's turn", it can't be used against stuff that shoots in your own turn (such as Watcher or Counterblast).
    • The Shield Guard does not necessarily need to be in the attacker's LOS or range.
    • The Shield Guarder is always hit even if they have an ability that makes them automatically get missed, such as Stealth. (Automatically missing is determined earlier in the timing sequence than the Shield Guard moving the hit.) (Infernal Ruling)
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Rules Clarification : Vengeance and/or Righteous Vengeance and/or Retaliation and/or Swift Vengeance and/or Tantrum     (Edit)

  • Vengeance moves do not have to be towards an enemy model.
  • You can choose to not move, but still get the attack. One is not conditional on the other.
  • When resolving Vengeance, move all models in the unit before making any attacks. (Infernal Ruling)
    • If you have more than one unit with Vengeance, move all of unit A then complete all of unit A's attacks, before starting to move unit B.
  • Vengeance is not an activation. It does not prevent the unit from activating and acting normally later in the turn.
  • Stationary and knocked down models may not perform Vengeance moves nor attacks.
  • Out of formation models cannot make attacks.
  • Due to the way it is worded Vengeance can be "inherited" by unit attachments that do not actually have the Vengeance ability themselves. For instance, a Soulless Escort attached to the Spears of Scyrah.
    • If anyone is damaged, including the attachment, everyone in the unit gets to trigger Vengeance.
    • But if everyone is killed except the attachment, then he doesn't get to trigger Vengeance because the rule is "no longer on the table".
  • Triggers
    • Only enemy attacks trigger Vengeance. There are plenty of ways enemies can damage you without attacking you (such as Electro Leap) and these will not trigger Vengeance.
    • If a CA has Granted: Vengeance then only models in formation have it. However, models that are damaged while out of formation can trigger Vengeance, they just will not benefit from it. (Locked thread)