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Zso Sahaal Character Rules- 1st Time Creating a Special Character
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Old 12 Dec 2009, 20:39   #1 (permalink)
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Default Zso Sahaal Character Rules- 1st Time Creating a Special Character

So I just read Lord of the Night yesterday, and was inspired to do something Night Lordsy. Not wanting to dedicate the time and effort to build an entire Night Lords army, or even a small warband, I decided to focus more on rules and how to better convey the Night Lords' terror tactics.

Keep in mind this is my first attempt at a special character, and since the character in question is from a BL book I may have gone too far one way or another
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Zso Sahaal- The Talonmaster, The First Raptor 185 Points

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[td]Unit Composition:
  • 1 (Unique)
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[td]Wargear:
  • Power Armour
  • Jump Pack
  • Twin-Linked Bolt Pistol
  • Doom Siren
  • Pair Of Lightning Claws
  • Frag Grenades
  • Krak Grenades
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[tr][td] Unit Type:
  • Jump Infantry
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[td]Special Rules:
  • 5+ Invulnerable Save
  • Fearless
  • Independant Character
  • Deep Strike
  • Fleet of Foot
  • Aura of Terror
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Aura of Terror: In a 12” radius around Zso Sahaal for all enemy units must take all leadership tests regardless of special rules at -2 to their Leadership Value. This rule negates Fearless, Stubborn, And They Shall Know No Fear, and Combat Tactics. Summary Execution and God Of War still apply.
In a 12" radius around Zso Sahaal all enemy units must take a Leadership Test when annoucing that they are moving. If this Leadership Test is failed the unit will fall back as if it failed a Morale Check.

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So the Doom Siren is supposed to reflect Zso's use of his helmet's built-in Vox Caster as a weapon. I wanted to use a template attack, but a flamer didn't really make sense to me. I'm definitely open on changing it to another template style weapon.

I am a little worried about having gone too far with Aura of Terror. My goal with the rule is to represent the complete breakdown of control and sanity once Zso attacks. I really wanted to give a strong but not impossibly powerful boost to the character while remaining in the correct flavor. If you guys think that the ability is too powerful it could be toned down by either dropping the radius to 6” or by dropping the negation of ATSKNF and Combat Tactics. I want to keep negation of Fearless and Stubborn (or at least one of them) as I think that their use is fairly common these days- rendering the Ld tests fairly pointless.

Please comment, anything you have to say is good. I'm still learning this (quite obviously) so anybody that has anything to say should speak up. Thanks in advance for the help.

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Old 13 Dec 2009, 21:26   #2 (permalink)
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instead of aura of terror you might want to consider forcing units to take leadership tests (not morale tests, hence no problem with fearless) which they flee directly away from him if they fail

have you thought about adding rules which affect the unit he's in, making them night lords veterans by adding some special rule to them, possibly something like heroic intervention?

very good build btw, especially if it's your first
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Old 13 Dec 2009, 22:04   #3 (permalink)
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I dont like the Aura of Terror: all enemy units must take all leadership tests regardless of special rules at -2 to their Leadership Value.

The reason being units are Fearless and the likes for good reason. To have them run off for this guy going near them just does not do it for me. Other then that looks ok to me.
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I'm glad that it looks good for a first time waffles, I was worried whether it would work or not.

I'll change the rules to reflect a Leadership test.

Waaghsteve, what would you suggest as a substitute to the Aura of Terror as it currently stands? Keep in mind that I want to keep some form of "Fear" test for coming near Zso, as the Night Lords are famed for terror tactics and use fear as a weapon as much as bolters.
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I like the new aura of terror, it's up to bigger fish to say how balanced it is but it fits the background pretty well and is certainly better than the previous one. it can still cause unitsto be so terrified of him they run towards him though, you might want to do something with the direction
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