Sylys Wyshnalyrr, the Seeker - Mercenary Solo

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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.

Statistics

A rundown on his stats: below average MAT with DEF and ARM that are considered unlucky in most cultures. At least he has the average amount of damage boxes.
He works for Cyngar, Khador, Retribution, and also for the Syndicate and Highborn contracts.

Weapons

  • 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 keeping up with warcasters.

Special Abilities

  • Mercenary - He works for Cygnar, Khador and the Retribution.
  • Warcaster Attachment - He sticks to your caster and no one else.
  • Arcane Assistance - This makes him great for upkeep-heavy 'casters, paying for one of their upkeep spells, freeing up their focus for other uses.
  • Arcane Secrets (★Action) - RNG 3. The affected 'caster gets an extra die on attack and damage rolls for the first spell cast this turn, discarding the lowest. Very useful for those 'casters who rely on offensive spells.
  • Spiritual Conduit - 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.
  • Retribution Partisan

Thoughts on Sylys Wyshnalyrr


Arcane Secrets has a small complication: it triggers on the first spell his warcaster casts, whether it is an offensive spell or not. This limits its utilization, so make sure you plan accordingly.
You always want to end your turn with Sylys no more than 9" behind your 'caster. This allows for both Arcane Assistance and Arcane Secrets to trigger. Again, keep in mind where your 'caster is going to be and move him to be there.

Some faction-specific thoughts:
  1. 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 some allocation stress away and this frees up a lot more of the 'casters' arcane power for boosts and spells.
    • Rahn: A good damage roll for Chain Blast can obliterate a light infantry squad. In fact, Arcane Secrets is generally awesome with Rahn. Use it on his feat turn to really optimize your hitting potential. Sylys will also allow for a 14" Force Hammer if it's not channeled.
    • Ossyan: His four upkeep spells beg to include this model in his army, and Arcane Secrets can help you damage that 'jack you need to make stationary.
    • Vyros1: Big V generally likes to spend his focus on ripping things apart or letting his 'jacks rip things apart. Inviolable Resolve can be upkept for free after turn one, and Arcane Secrets can boost all of the damage rolls on Eliminator or let him Stranglehold a key model more easily.
  2. Mercenaries:
    • Gorten: 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 on Molten Metal and Eruption, Gorten and Sylys get along really well.
    • Ashlynn: 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.
  3. Cygnar: Cygnar has another excellent attachment, meaning this model will likely not become an auto-include status. There are some synergies to consider, however.
    • Caine1: Spiritual Conduit lets the good Lieutenant cast a 19" Arcane Bolt, and also makes Thunder Strike reach out further than his (unbuffed) pistols. Arcane Secrets makes both spells much more likely to hit. Great for doing what Caine1 likes best: setting up assassinations.
  4. Khador: Khador 'jacks are pretty focus hungry, and effectively getting an extra focus per turn is great. And since Khador 'casters can't arc their spells anyway, Spiritual Conduit is going to see plenty of use. Combine Sylys with the Old Witch for two free upkeeps, or with Zerkova for the ability to fire off a 17" Razor Wind. Arcane Secrets and Spiritual Conduit make Sorscha1's Tempest even deadlier.

Arcane Secrets boosts mean values and standard deviation of a rolls as follows:



2d6
3d6
4d6
Without
Mean
Std
7.0
2.4
10.5
3.0
14
3.4
With Arcane Secrets
Mean
Std
8.5
2.2
12.2
2.8
15.9
3.4
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Lore

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.