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Sylys Wyshnalyrr, the Seeker - Mercenary Solo
An Iosan scholar well versed in the arcane arts, Sylys Wyshnalyrr barters his talents to the armies of the Iron Kingdoms in exchange for access to their libraries and safe passage across their lands. Given Sylys’s attention, even the most puissant warcaster would find his own sorcerous ability strengthened, gaining an invaluable edge in battle.
A rundown on his stats: MAT below average, with a DEF and ARM that are considered unlucky in most cultures. At least he has normal small base solo damage boxes.
Staff of Seeking
- Despite its special properties, you probably shouldn't be using this. With the same SPD as most Retribution infantry, he should have no problem following behind warcasters.
- He works for Cygnar, Khador, and the Retribution.
- He sticks to your caster and no one else.
- One free upkeep for his warcaster per turn.
Arcane Secrets (★Action)
- RNG 3. The affected 'caster gets an extra die on attack and damage rolls for the first spell cast this turn, and must discard the lowest. Very useful for those casters who rely on offensive spells.
- A few extra inches of range on non-channeled spells for his warcaster. Very useful for everyone, but especially armies that don't have easy access to arc nodes.
- When working for the Retribution, he counts as a faction model.
Thoughts on Sylys Wyshnalyrr
Arcane secrets has a bit complication. It triggers on the first spell you cast wether it is offensive or not. This limits the utilization. Make sure you plan accordingly.
You want to end your turn with sylys 9" behind your caster. This allows the upkeep and you can get arcane secrets in. Again, keep in mind where your caster is going to be and move him to be there.
With the Retribution:
The free upkeep is a big buff with most Retribution casters coming in at FOC 6, as every extra focus is significant. Add in a couple of Arcanists to take allocation stress away and this frees up a lot more of the 'casters' arcane power for boosts and spells. Specifically:
a good scatter for Chain Blast results in a huge volume of damage into an infantry squad or other targets. In fact, Arcane Secrets is generally awesome with Rahn. Use it on his feat turn to really optimize your hitting potential. As well, Sylys will allow you 14 RNG on your Force Hammer if it's not channeled.
his 4 upkeep spells beg to include this model in his army, and Arcane Secrets can help you damage that 'jack you need to make stationary.
Big V generally likes to spend his focus for ripping things apart or letting his 'jacks rip things apart. The upkeep gives you Inviolable Resolve for free after turn 1, and Arcane Secrets can boost
of your Eliminator rolls or let you Stranglehold that key model.
Along with his SPD, his low FOC stat is what can make Gorten tricky to play. With a free upkeep (Solid Ground, perhaps?), and psuedo-boosts for Molten Metal and Eruption, Gorten and Sylys get along really well.
Sylys is pretty much built for a caster like Ashlynn. When she casts an offensive spell (while rare) it is going to be essential that you connect with as little focus spent as possible. He does make casting Distraction a lot more attractive, increasing its range and likelihood of hitting. She's also quite greedy with her focus, and always has one or two upkeep spells going, which Sylys loves to help with.
Cygnar has another excellent attachment, meaning this model will likely not make "auto-include" status. There are some synergies to consider, however.
Spiritual Conduit can let the good Lieutenant cast Arcane Bolt at 19" of RNG. It also makes his Thunder Strike reach out further than his (unbuffed) pistols, and Arcane Secrets makes it much more likely to hit. Great for doing what Caine likes best: setting up assassinations.
Khador 'jacks are pretty focus hungry, and effectively getting an extra one per turn is great. And since Khador 'casters can't arc their spells anyway, Spiritual Conduit is going to see plenty of use. Combine with
for two free upkeeps, or with
for the ability to fire off a 17"
. Arcane Secrets and Spiritual Conduit make
Arcane Secrets boosts mean values and standard deviation of a rolls as follows:
With Arcane Secrets
The Seekers are an organization within Ios that believes they can find the key to restoring Scyrah through research. Some Seekers travel all over Immoren in their quest for knowledge. The Seekers are sort of "the other guys" in elven society; that is, the elves who want to help their god without slaughtering all the human mages they can find. In recent times, however, some Seekers have been willing to help the Retribution, if only for a time.
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