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Legion Logo.jpg Theme - Children of the Dragon

Legion Theme Force
Children of the Dragon - Oracles of Annihilation - Primal Terrors - Ravens of War

Reshaped by the dragon's power, the blighted Nyss serve as formidable fighters within Everblight's legion. Utterly devoted to the dragon, whole shards sometimes join battle together to enact their master's will. Such highly skilled and self-sufficient forces strike fast and hard with a combination of blade, claw, and bow. Supported by agile dragonspawn and powerful nephilim, these Nyss shards can strike anywhere the dragon directs them, moving unnoticed through enemy territory to secure objectives while outmaneuvering larger armies.

Theme Rules - Remix

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Rules subject to change - 2019 Theme Remix
All existing theme forces are changing from the "free cards" system into a new "Requistion Points" system. There will be an interim period between the end of 2019.07 to mid 2019.09 where players can use whichever system they prefer.

The Remixed version became officially available on the 26th July.

Theme Restrictions

An army made use the Children of the Dragon theme force can include only the following Legion models:

  • This army can also include one Minion solo and one Minion unit that will work for Legion.
    • These models/units can be included even if they have the Partisan [Legion] rule.
    • Minion units can have non-Ranking Officer attachments

Full model list

The models allowed in Children of the Dragon are:   [Show/Hide]

This list was last updated: 2019.07   (Edit)

Warlocks

  • All Legion warlocks

Warbeasts

  • Non-character warbeasts
  • Azrael
  • Typhon
  • Zuriel
  • Other character warbeasts can be taken, but only if they have a bond and they're in their bonded model's battlegroup.

Units

Solos

Minions

  • Up to one solo
  • Up to one unit

Requisition Points

You can spend each Requisition Point on either:

  • One Blighted Nyss weapon crew unit
  • One Legion command attachment
  • Five Incubi solos
  • One other small- or medium-based Legion solo.

Theme bonuses

  1. Nephilim warbeasts in this army gain Unyielding.
    Unyielding - This model gains +2 ARM against melee damage rolls.
  2. Warlocks in this army gain Tactician [Blighted Nyss].
    Tactician [Blighted Nyss] - While in this model's command range, friendly Blighted Nyss models can ignore other friendly Blighted Nyss models when determining LOS. Friendly Blighted Nyss models can advance through other friendly Blighted Nyss models in this model's command range if they have enough movement to move completely past them.

Recent Changes

2019.07 Theme Remix

  • Game-wide Remix changes
  • Theme now allows all non-character beasts (it used to be limited to just Nephilim and Lesser beasts)
  • Typhon and Forsaken added to the list of allowed models
  • Lost the +1 to go first bonus.
  • Gained Tactician for Blighted Nyss.
  • Weapon crew and medium-based solos added to the list of freebies

Theme Rules - Old Version

Old Restrictions   [Show/Hide]

An army made using the Children of the Dragon theme force can include only the following Legion models: Warlocks

  • All Legion warlocks

Limited Warbeasts

Units

Solos

Minions

  • Up to one solo
  • Up to one unit
Old Bonuses   [Show/Hide]
  1. This army can also include one Minion solo and one Minion unit that will work for the Legion.
    • The minion unit can include attachments, including a Ranking Officer.
    • These models/units can be included even if they have the Partisan [Legion] special rule.
  2. For every 25 points of warbeasts in this army you can add to the army free of cost either:
    • One command attachment, or
    • One small-based solo, or
    • Five Incubi solos. (Refer to the Infernal Ruling in #Rules Clarifications)
  3. Nephilim warbeasts gain Unyielding. (Unyielding - This model gains +2 ARM against melee damage rolls.)
  4. You gain +1 to the starting roll for the game.

Thoughts on this Theme Force

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Thoughts on the changes

This might as well be an entirely new theme force - it was originally a highly unpopular theme force intended to invite a lot of Nephilim and only allowing Nephilim warbeasts. Now it's the Blighted Nyss theme, giving them all tactician, that likes a bit of warbeast backup, allowing any beasts (but with a bonus for Nephilim).

Children of the Dragon in a Nutshell

Children of the Dragon steers you toward a more infantry-heavy approach, as you must say goodbye to most of your heavy and light warbeasts. However one bonus applies directly to warbeasts, and the other bonus rewards you for taking more warbeasts. Before the 2017.06. dynamic update this was one heck of a weird combination, especially that the 2 character Nephilims, Zuriel and Azrael were disallowed. Since then, the tables turned quite a bit. These 2 character beasts serve as the anchor of the CotD lists, often accompanied by the character beast of the chosen warlock (mainly Typhon or Proteus) to reach the free stuff point limit.

The overall usefulness of the Nephilim changed little since the inception of this list. Nephilim are not outright bad, but their performance is questionable (outside the characters) and ranges from adequate (Nephilim Bolt Thrower) to mediocre (Nephilim Soldier). Their points cost also deters you from spamming them, and two out of the four Nephilm are more support beasts than combat beasts; essentially, you wouldn't take more than one or two anyway.

Theme Weaknesses

Restricted Battlegroup
Any theme that limits your Warbeast choice is unpopular, as it really limits flexibility in list design. What's more, Nephilim are all of questionable quality (outside of the two character beasts).

Marginal benefits
Unyielding and +1 to go first are okay benefits, but nothing earth shattering.

List Building Tips

Whoever is interested in this theme force probably wants to know what it CAN do instead of what it can't, so here is a run-down by its elements.

Beasts

  • Zuriel - The first "must" choice in the list. Outside his obvious synergy with the Twins, consider him with any version of Abby, or Thagrosh. Thanks to his Combo attack and Precision Strike, he is one of your reliable heavy hitters (and thus, a priority target).
  • Azrael - The second "must" choice. Being relatively tough, he is Serpentine, so pop&drop tricks won't bring it down. This list also often short on ranged presence, so Azrael's spears can give some valuable ranged attack source to you. The fire immunity animus is also really nice if you are going against fire-heavy enemies, like Menite forces, or a Legion mirror match.
  • Nephilim Bloodseer - The "worst" Nephilim in the context of this theme. The Bloodseer is normally an interesting support piece with varying utility depending on other available beasts. Unfortunately the other available beasts' animi are useless to cast. Despite its poor personal contribution, Telemetry will help your warlock, Hex Hunters, Ice Witches, Sorceress, and the Blackfrost Shard - the latter two have a lot of merit in Children of the Dragon builds as well, so consider a single Bloodseer.
  • Nephilim Protector - Another utility piece, in this case to enhance your warlock's safety. Since it gets Unyielding in melee, it gets a bit more chance to survival, which is always welcomed for a defender warbeast. Sadly, the list offers no offensive bonus beyond that, and its offensive prowess is limited at best already. It is expensive for what it does.
  • Nephilim Bolt Thrower - Easily the most popular Nephilim, but unfortunately gets next to none from this theme force. It won't stay too long in a fight even with Unyielding, and if you have to rely on that, the enemy is probably dictating the flow of battle already. The +2 ARM does offer you a modicum of defensive flexibility. If you are in a situation where you must walk out of melee and receive a free strike (or if you charged a weak enemy looking to trigger Quick Work but failed), Unyielding might keep your Bolt Thrower alive an extra turn. Bring it along with the 2 other characters to reach the 50 pts threshold for 2 free solos. They're fairly autonomous beasts, so they are the least of a burden to include with any warlock.
  • Nephilim Soldier - Oft regarded as the most mediocre light warbeast in the Legion's arsenal. It has the task of going toe-to-toe in a heavy fight. Whether Unyielding will be enough to protect him depends on the support you can bring to bear. The Blackfrost Shard, as well as the Nyss Sorceress is near mandatory. With Brutal Charge and Precision Strike, a Nephilim Soldier stands a decent chance of disabling key warjack systems, moreso if you bring a warlock who can also buff their STR or melee damage rolls. Into warbeasts, bring a source of Grievous Wounds if you want this tactic to be more effective, or if you expect your warmachine opponents to bring repair models.
  • Lesser Warbeasts are available to bring in this theme, but more than likely you will want to be leave them, unless you need to hit a certain point threshold or fill the last few points of your list.

Units

Your unit selection is the saving grace of this force. Outside the Hellmouth, it has access to most of the good units in Legion, namely Swordsmen and Raptors. Expect your infantry to be the backbone of damage in Children of the Dragon.

  • Ranged threat is present in the form of Hex Hunters and Archers, though Their inclusion will vary heavily based on the warlock you choose, so don't consider them an auto include by any means. It can be valuable to back up their attacks with the Nyss Sorceress' Blight Storm if you expect to play into an appreciable amount of high ARM, single wound infantry.
  • As both the Teraph, and the Ravagore are off-limit, this might be the rare opportunity to consider including the Scather Crew to have some form or ranged AOE in your list. Probably not though.
  • You probably shouldn't consider this list without the Blackfrost Shard. You will desperately need the offensive boost, as you lack enough heavy warbeasts to go toe to toe with high ARM. Another magic supporting unit, the Ice Witches can also be crucial in ensuring a steady performance for your warbeasts with Puppet Master.
  • If you have any affection toward the Spawning Vessel, this might be the theme for you. You will definitely lose models on the advance, so there will be plenty of corpse tokens to cook lesser beasts. Also, replacing the model with an Incubus will give you both the Incubus AND corpse tokens. Keep in mind though that Lessers are often lacking so the points may be better spent elsewhere.
  • Incubi are a good pick as your free small based solo as they come in a set of five and are the second most expensive solo(s) available to get for free in theme. Obviously, their inclusion will require some small based infantry already on the table, but you're likely going to want to bring at least one infantry in CotD to begin with.

Solos

  • The Shepherd is your only option for fury management with the absence of the Forsaken. Do not leave home without it. If you have even a single worthy upkeep, a presence of a Succubus is also strongly advised.
  • The Sorceress' merits are of particular note in this theme. Blight Storm will help against high ARM single wound models, while Aerial Coordination spares Fury on your battlegroup with the free charges. Your battlegroup will be comparatively small in this theme, and the main melee bruisers (Soldiers, Zuriel and Azrael) all boast Flight, and your Fury management is limited entirely to Shepherds, so every bit of efficiency will be welcome. Taking two will enable you a bit of flexibility - disrupt the enemy with Wind Ravager to counter heavy losses against some gunlines and models that rely on assault or gunfighter, while simultaneously spraying down infantry or laying a Blight Shroud down. Unlike in Oracles of Annihilation, the Sorceress isn't free here, so consider her point cost carefully when considering a second one.
  • Annyssa, Craelix, Fyanna and the Nyss Warlord are all available for the list, and the latter 3 is also accessible as free solos.

Putting it all together

As a rule of thumb, a Children of the Dragon list should probably not focus on spamming Nephilim due to their inherent weaknesses (low ARM, POW, HP). Unyielding will not be enough to keep these flimsy beasts alive. Yes, even the ones that start at base ARM18 will easily die to almost anything in the game that wants them dead. Instead, a robust selection of infantry under a capable warlock will suit these lists well, as the Nephilim exist in these lists to fill niche support and meet free point quotas for free solos/CA's. Determine the main infantry and solos you want to bring, and determine the minimum number of Nephilim you will need to get those free points.

Warlocks Thoughts

Warlocks who have their own character warbeast have a leg up over those who don't - all warbeast points are valid for the theme bonus, so these warlocks can spend fewer points on Nephilim. These characters won't gain Unyielding, but it does offer a select few warlocks a little more flexibility.

Absylonia2

She is a turd-polisher without equal in the Legion, she offers everything you need for a Nephilim spam. She can also take Proteus to help dragging key enemy models closer to your other beasts. Sadly, she offers next to none to the units in the list, and you will struggle to control FURY as you cannot bring Forsaken in theme. That means your only way to control a swarm of Nephilim is three Shepherds and Abby herself. Consider other warlocks unless you like a lot of jank.

Bethayne

This army composition is surprisingly suitable for her. She demands both infantry and warbeasts to get the most out of her feat, and three out of the four Nephilim have 2" melee range on their weapons to more easily trigger Flank. It could be argued this is an ideal battlegroup for her as often you want to avoid having too many strong beasts if you want to properly use her feat.

Rhyas

She can take Zuriel to have one heavy beast, though most likely he will soften them up for your other beasts/units. She also prefers mix arms/infantry so she can make better use of the free points than other warlocks. Raptors are available in theme and she brings them Occultation, which they love.

Her feat is sort of like a damage buff thanks to the extra attack, but beyond that her battlegroup may suffer and she has no safe way to deliver more than one unit with Occultation. If you take this theme with her, she sorely needs the Shard.

Saeryn1

She can have one awesome turn, when you can drop Blight Bringer, get your warbeasts stuck in, feat, and watch your opponent trying to dispose of your super ARM buffed warbeasts. They also get a backhand-slap from each beast for fun.

A Saeryn + Zuriel combination might seem tantalizing, but sadly, she lacks any sort of damage buffs and will struggle to get work done after this one turn of super ARM.

Kryssa

And of course, her buddy, Azrael. With her, he's DEF 14/ARM 18 at range and DEF 14/ARM 20 in close combat (vs living 12/20 into jacks) with Serpentine. Add that to his usual tricks - he sets anyone tries to scratch him on fire, and hits at P+S 20 under Kryssa's feat. Azrael with Kryssa and Unyielding can be pure terror.

She also has some okay infantry support to help the units get into the fight (Tactical Supremacy to speed a unit up and Ashen Viel to keep one safer), and hit hard during her feat as it affects her entire army.

While her feat is decidedly solid for ARM cracking and allows Nephilim Soldiers to get a rare amount of damage done, strongly consider the Blackfrost Shard with her regardless. Without it, you still will often find yourself lacking the punch to get work done turn to turn against warjack focused opponents.

Thagrosh1

He can notably bring Typhon in theme, which allows him to have a much stronger battlegroup and rely on fewer Nephilim to make a compelling list. He also runs mixed arms reasonably well, which plays well to CotD's intended list building, as you will be able to get expensive CA's like Blighted Nyss Swordsmen Abbot & Champion or Bayal, Hound of Everblight with your free points. He can also stack Unyielding with Death Shroud for an effective +4 ARM boost to the Nephilim he brings.

Kallus2

He can built a Battle Lust focused list with Children of the Dragon with reasonable success. Some of his preferred infantry aren't available (Grotesques especially come to mind), but there's enough selection there to try it. Bolt Throwers have excellent hit and run with their Animus and Overrun as well. It may not be an optimal Kallus build but it can be made to work.

Free Incubi and Blazing Path combo well into each other/Kallus2's feat.

Kallus2 may have some difficulty delivering his infantry in this theme as he can usually rely on fast or evasive infantry (read: Striders) to jam and drop Incubi far up the field and spread fire everywhere. Hex Hunters are the best option he has for with CotD.

Other

Trivia

Released in the themopolcalypse (2017.09)

Other Legion models/themes

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Battlegroup & Similar
Warlocks Absylonia1 - Absylonia2 - Anamag - Bethayne - Fyanna2 - Kallus1 - Kallus2 - Kryssa - Lylyth1 - Lylyth2 - Lylyth3 - Rhyas1 - Saeryn1 - Saeryn2 & Rhyas2 - Thagrosh1 - Thagrosh2 - Vayl1 - Vayl2
Other Warbeast Controllers Beast Mistress
Lesser Blight Wasps - Shredder - Harrier - Stinger
Light Afflictor - Naga Nightlurker - Nephilim Bloodseer - Nephilim Bolt Thrower - Nephilim Protector - Nephilim Soldier - Raek - Teraph
Heavy Angelius - Carnivean - Neraph - Ravagore - Scythean - Seraph
Azrael - Golab - Proteus - Typhon - Zuriel
Gargantuans Archangel - Blightbringer
Units, Solos, & Battle Engines
Units B.N. Archers - B.N. Hex Hunters - B.N. Legionnaires - B.N. Raptors - B.N. Scather Crew - B.N. Swordsmen - B. Rotwings - B.O. Warmongers - B.O. Warspears - Chosen - Grotesque Banshees - Grotesque Raiders - Hellmouth - Ice Witches - Strider Blightblades - Strider Scouts - Spawning Vessel
Blackfrost Shard
Solos Beast Mistress - B.N Shepher - B.N. Sorceress - B.N. Warlord - Forsaken - Grotesque Assassin - Incubi - Spell Martyr - Strider Deathstalker - Succubus - B.O. Warmonger War Chief
Ammok - Annyssa Ryvaal - Fyanna the Lash - Craelix
Battle Engines Throne of Everblight
Theme Forces
Children of the Dragon - Oracles of Annihilation - Primal Terrors - Ravens of War
Minions
Refer to Who Works for Whom and/or Category: Legion of Everblight Minion
This index was last updated: 2019.07

Rules Clarifications

Rules Clarification : Unyielding - None yet. (Edit)

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Rules Clarification: Theme Forces     (Edit)

Rerolling the starting roll   [Show/Hide]
  • You cannot use the theme benefit to reroll if it is a draw. Instead both players reroll until there is a loser, and then the loser can use their reroll benefit (if they have it). (Infernal Ruling)
  • If both players have a reroll, first the original loser uses their reroll.
    • If the original loser still loses, fine.
    • If the original loser now wins, the other player can use their reroll.
    • If it is now a draw, both players reroll until there is a loser. Then the player that hasn't used their theme benefit reroll can still use it, if they want.
Warjacks/Warbeasts with bonds   [Show/Hide]
  • A warjack/warbeast with a bond can always be included in a theme force, whether or not they're in the list of allowed models, but only if they're controlled by that bonded model.
  • This applies even if that bonded model isn't a full warcaster/warlock (changed as of 2018.06).
Including Mercenaries   [Show/Hide]

Number of Mercenaries

  • If your "up to one Merc" ...
    • ... can take warbeasts/warjacks, then you can add warbeast(s)/warjack(s) (without exceeding your "up to one" allowance)
    • ... comes with a Companion model, then you'll get that Companion (without exceeding your "up to one" allowance)
  • There is a bug in Warroom that allows you to not only take one Merc solo/unit, but the entire FA of that Merc solo/unit. It's a bug.

Partisans & Theme Forces (Edit)

  1. If the theme force has the Partisan model on the list of allowed models, then it doesn't use up your "Up to one mercenary" slot, and so you can take the full FA plus another mercenary. Example: Cephalyx in Black Industries or Kayazy in Jaws of the Wolf. (Infernal Ruling)
  2. If the Partisan isn't on the list, it does use up your "Up to one mercenary" slot, and you can only take one. (There is a bug in Warroom that allows you to take the full FA.)
  • Whether you used option 1 or 2 above, once they're in your theme force they count as a Faction model and so can be taken as a Requistion Option (if they fit the Requistion description). For instance, Eiryss1 can be taken as a free solo in the Legion of Dawn theme. (Infernal Ruling)

Mercenaries and Quasi-Partisans

  • Some themes include a benefit that says "If this model is included, it counts as a Faction model instead of a Mercenary model". For example Greygore in Kriel Company.
    In this case, the mercenary model has effectively gained Partisan and is subject to the FA limits described above. To reiterate:
    • If that Merc is in the list of allowed models allowed (such as Savio in Storm Division), they won't count against your "up to one Merc" allowance.
    • If that Merc isn't in the list, (such as Order of Illumination Resolutes in Heavy Metal), they will count against your "up to one Merc" allowance.

Mercenaries and Ranking Officers

  • Adding a Ranking Officer to a Merc unit doesn't increase the number of Merc units you can take.
Requisition Points   [Show/Hide]
  • You can choose the same Requisition option as many times as you like, as long as it doesn't put you over a FA limit.
  • You can't mix and match models from different options. Say one option allows 3 Machine Wraiths and another allows 3 Necrotechs. You can't use your Requisition Point to get 2 Wraiths and 1 Necrotech.
  • If you have an option that allows one other solo, you can't use it to get something already on the list. For instance, Ghost Fleet allows 3 Misery Cages (which are FA 4) for one Requistion Point, and it allows 1 other solo. That "other solo" can't be a 4th Cage.
Free models and Specialists (ADR)    [Show/Hide]
  • If your theme only allows one merc solo, you can't have one in your main list and a different one in your specialists.
Unit Attachments   [Show/Hide]
  • If a unit is allowed in a theme, any-and-all of its attachments are allowed too. Exception: Ranking Officers are not allowed unless explicitily mentioned.
  • If the theme force gives a benefit to a specific unit, any-and-all attachments to that unit will benefit too. Even if it is a "generic" attachment like the Void Leech. (Infernal Ruling)
    For example, a Trollkin Sorcerer will gain Serenity if its attached to a Dhunian Knot unit in a Power of Dhunia theme force.
  • If your theme allows "3 weapon attachments" as a freebie, you can spread them into different units.
When to apply theme benefits   [Show/Hide]
  • Theme force benefits are applied when you construct your list and models keep the benefit for the whole game. You don't gain/lose theme benefits due to in-game changes.
    Also, if you put a new model into play midgame, they immediately gain any relevant benefits too. (Infernal Ruling)
    • For example, Scourge of the Broken Coast gives Dodge to "models in the army." If your opponent takes control of one of them, it keeps Dodge even though it's currently not "in the army".
    • For example, Storm Division gives lightning immunity to "Cygnar models in the army." If you include a Mercenary unit with a Ranking Officer, they will get the theme benefit and also keep it even after the Ranking Officer dies.

Cryx - Black Industries   [Show/Hide]
  • The entry which allows "Cephalyx models/units" only applies to Partisan Cephalyx. That's because the theme's rules start off with "this army can only include the following Cryx models"​. Partisan Cephalyx are the only ones that fill that condition.
  • The Cephalyx Agitator also works for Cryx and can go in Black Industries but, because it is not a Partisan, it will use up your Mercenary solo slot.
  • (Infernal Ruling)

Protectorate - The Creator's Might   [Show/Hide]

Mercenary - Flame in the Darkness   [Show/Hide]
  • You can take any number of Mercenary jacks. You can also select two additional jacks from Khador and Cygnar in any combination you like. Character warjacks with a bond don't count against this limit of 2. (Infernal Ruling)
  • There is a bug in Warroom that allows you to take two Cygnar and two Khador jacks.
Mercenary - Llaelese Resistance   [Show/Hide]
  • It is 2 Cruicible or 2 Cygnar or 2 Menoth.
    You can't take more than 2, and you can't mix and match from multiple Factions. (Infernal Ruling)
Mercenary - The Talion Charter   [Show/Hide]
  • The 3rd benefit is "Sac Pawn [Sea Dog trooper]", not just any Sea Dog. (Infernal ruling)

Circle - The Bones of Orboros   [Show/Hide]
  • Una1 cannot be taken in this theme (yet) due to the conflict between the theme's "Only Construct warbeasts allowed" and Una1's "Must take warbeasts with flight". There are no construct warbeasts with flight (yet). But if/when there is, then Una1 can be taken in this theme. (Infernal Ruling)
Circle - The Devourer's Host   [Show/Hide]
  • Bradigus1 is not legal in this theme. The theme only allows living warbeasts, his rules only allow construct warbeasts, and you can't just 'skip' his battlegroup - you have to spend your warbeast points.
  • If you create a new model mid-game (ie with the Well of Orboros and that model can have corpse tokens, that model does not enter play with a corpse. Because it's not the beginning of the game. (Locked thread)
Circle - The Wild Hunt   [Show/Hide]
  • When it comes to other things that alter COST (such as Lamentation), follow basic maths: Double/halve first, then add/subtract.
  • Due to the way Tanith's feat is worded, during her feat turn the COST of animi cannot drop below 1. (Infernal Ruling)

Skorne - The Exalted   [Show/Hide]
  • If a Construct model loses the Construct advantage mid-game, it keeps the theme benefit anyway. (Infernal Ruling)

Trollblood - Band of Heroes   [Show/Hide]
  • Boomhowler uses up your Minion slot. His Fell Calls ability is not enough to make him a "Fell Caller model/unit". (Infernal Ruling)

Crucible Guard - Magnum Opus   [Show/Hide]
  • If Mosby is attached to a Mercenary weapon crew unit, they would gain 3" reposition and would not lose it if Mosby is no longer in the unit. (Infernal Ruling)

Infernals - Hearts of Darkness   [Show/Hide]