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Hi everyone I am unless at writing this sort of stuff but a comp I am going to says your list has to have fluff written with it so I was woundering if you could help.
My army list is as follows:
Archmage level 4 with silver wand (lore of life)
Mage level 2 with seerstaff (lore of shadow -.the withering and okkam's mindrazor)
BSB with armor of caledor, potion of strength and great weapon
30 lothern sea guard with full command, shields and banner of eternal flame
14 sword masters with full command
5 dragon princes with musician
19 phoenix guard with full command and banner of sorcery
The archmage and BSB are going in the sea guard and the level 2 mage is going in the phoenix guard
So if you have any good ideas for fluff for this list then please wright it here I would be very grateful.
Thank you for your time.
Last edited by steven1984; January 27th, 2012 at 16:51.
When do you need to have your fluff finished by? You could use just about any "generic" High Elf fluff, since they pull their regiments from across Ulthuan. It's not the Empire, where a gunline would almost certainly have to come from the state of Nuln.
You could go for a bit of a darker route, and have your Mages be brothers. The Lore of Life mage is the favorite, and becomes more powerful, while his brother is pushed aside and begins to experiment with the darker winds of magic, hence the Shadow.
Swordmasters are usually bodyguards sent from the Tower of Hoeth, which is where Mages study. Maybe they are also on this expedition to keep an eye on the Shadows brother, since they are also the "secret police" of Ulthuan.
You would almost definitely be traveling to the Old World to do battle, as only the Dark Elves and Grom have ever attacked Ulthuan on it's own shores. The Seaguard serve as marines aboard elven ships, so they would obviously be along for the ride, it only makes sense that they would go ashore with their generals.
Caledor is known for it's strong mages. Although they are most famous for being the main contributor of Dragon Mages, they also have powerful wizards who go on to study the rest of the lores of magic. If these brothers are from Caledor, the BSB and Dragon Princes could all be along as a sort of household guard. The BSB could be a butler or loyal-retainer type of character, and the Dragon Princes (who are all nobility in their own right) may have signed on to help old friends or repay a debt.
Archers are standard, they have them in every province - they're the youngest members of the High Elf militia.
Great Eagles are also pretty typical, the Elf navy uses them similarly to spotter-planes, sending them airborne to get a better view of the area. Just remember that Great Eagles are very, very smart, so they would have decided to come along for their own reasons, or -like the Dragon Princes- because they are being rewarded somehow.
The Phoenix Guard are the only ones who are harder to explain, as they're nowhere near as common as the armylist makes them out to be. Perhaps this army is traveling to deliver a message or attend a delegation on behalf of the Phoenix King, and so he has sent along his most trusted guards to ensure that the message arrives safely. Just remember that Phoenix Guard do not speak, so you can't have any sort of conversation with them in the fluff.
Thanks that sounds really good I need it by the end of Feb but I would like it as soon as possible as I am planing on turning my list and army fluff into a type of scroll or make it look like an ancient text because there is an award for best list and it is judged on the fluff, how it looks and how it is presented.
So if you or anyone can help and has any good ideas for fluff to go with my list then it would be much appreciated.
You need someone to just straight up write your fluff for you? I can do that, I've done the same thing in the past for another person and they walked out with the victory for best fluff. If you're trying to make it into a scroll and have it look in-character, I could write your fluff as a charter for the expedition to the old world, which would naturally include a list of troops sent along, and notes on why they're present. It could be signed or at least on-order-of the Phoenix King, although Teclis or Tyrion would probably also have the clout to pull Phoenix Guard along.
Is the tournament themed, do you know what other armies are attending? Do you have any names that you'd prefer for your characters, unit champions, and Eagles? Any unit names? Do you know what province your archers would be from? Name of the ship they'd travel on?
I am not shore if I am going to make it look like a scroll or an ancient text yet but I will be putting my army list first and my fluff will go with it on the next page or after my list on the scroll it is for a tournament and there will probley be every race at the tournament as it is a big one.
I have not thought of any names I will leave that to you and what you mentioned about the Phoenix king sounds really good thanks for your help and I look forward to reading what your come up with if you want to know anything else please let me know.
Archmage Mithrain, 4th level Lore of Life, Silver WandAlright, I finally sat down and got to work on your fluff. Sorry that it took me so long. The main body of the fluff should fit onto one standard page if typed out. I figured that you seemed to want put your army list onto a scroll, and have your fluff in a standard format on a separate page. That said, I reformatted your army list to look more like a charter or ship's log, so that it ties in with your fluff. You don't have to follow my suggestions, I just thought that it would be something a little different.
Apprenctice Lothiel, 2nd level Lore of Shadow, Seerstaff – The Withering, and Okkam’s MindRazor
Retainer Cariour, Battle Standard Bearer, Armor of Caledor, Potion of Strength, Great Weapon
10 Archers of Caledor Militia
30 Seaguard of vessel ‘Myridea’
full command under Captain Saien
shields, Banner of Eternal Flame
14 Swordmasters of Hoeth
full command under Blademaster Tiell
5 Dragon Princes of Caledor
19 Phoenix Guard, Imperial Dispatch
full command under Keeper of Flame
Banner of Sorcery
Great Eagle, Areias
Great Eagle, Eyrian
Mithrain unraveled the charter to read its contents one more time. He and his apprentice had been sent to the Old World to bear a dispatch of the high loremaster Teclis, to the Emperor Franz at the Imperial Court in Altdorf. The dispatch itself remained sealed, guarded by the Phoenix Guard. The presence of any members of the Phoenix Court was unexpected to say the least, and unsettling at best.
“Why the tight-lips?” Cariour muttered beneath his breath. Mithrain glanced at the disgruntled elf. Cariour had practically raised him since birth, the family retainer from the estate in Caledor. Mithrain doubted that Cariour had any fear of the Phoenix Guard, or any curiosities as to why they had been assigned, but rather that the old veteran was slighted that his personal glory and the glory of Caledor had to be shared with the royal guard.
“I wouldn’t know, but don’t worry my old friend. There will be glory aplenty for Caledor, I understand your nephew rides with the Dragon Princes for this journey,”
Cariour looked over to the Dragon Princes, just now leading their proud chargers up the gangway to the Myridea.
“Indeed he does. I would be there in the spurs if it weren’t for the accursed Dwarf who shot me in the back at Riekspeak. Can’t stand any time in the saddle anymore – the horn and spurs had to go to Taiour to carry on.”
“It is a shame, but so it is with every passing generation – the young must rise to take the place of the old.” Mithrain sensed an eddy in the winds of magic, seconds before Lothiel stepped out from behind Cariour. Mithrain narrowed his eyes at his apprentice. The younger mage was from Nagarythe, his lineage proudly displayed in his dark eyes and midnight locks. A prodigy at the arts of Shadow, and possessing an almost sinister arrogance, Lothiel had been raising eyebrows throughout the White Tower.
“Watch yourself Lothiel,” Mithrain cautioned, “this is serious business, and Tiell has eyes on you.”
Lothiel sneered. The Swordmasters were here under pretense of guarding the mages, and ensuring that the message made it to the Imperial Court safely. However, even Lothiel could not pretend that his demeanor hadn’t raised suspicion with Loremaster Teclis, and that the Swordmasters were just as likely sent to ensure that Lothiel didn’t stray too far down the darkened path.
“All the cargo is loaded, and passengers and crew are aboard my lords,” shouted an Elf from the masts of the ship. Mithrain’s eyes picked out the face of Captain Saien – another childhood friend who had forsaken the mountain realm of Caledor and a post in the local militia, to join the Seaguard, rising to captain his own ship.
“Good to see that we’re in capable hands Saien – I am all too happy to come aboard.”
Mithrain climbed the gangway and motioned for his two companions to follow. Whatever the message held, and whatever they found in the distant Old World, Mithrain felt confident that he and his men would carry through victorious.Hope this works for you. If not, I can go back and make adjustments.
Thanks mate that's great and I loved reading it if I end up making any changes to my list I will let you know but I very much dawt I will but thanks agen.
How do you think think it will look best in a scroll or in like an ancient script or text so it would be in a type of envelope that is sealed with wax like they use to in the medieval times. What do you think would look best?
I'd say scroll. It's a lot easier and it's multi-use. Just roll the paper up and either tie it, or buy a cheap novelty ring and slip over it to keep it shut.
If you know how to do calligraphy, that would be your best bet to make it look really nice. Otherwise, a ball-point pen and some "open" writing can make it look authentic enough, check out some old Napoleon/American Revolution period font (Delcaration of Independence).
Remember to brown your paper before writing, and to use a slightly heavier gauge like cardstock. Burning the edges carefully after writing can add some age and wear to the paper too (let the edge catch, blow it out quickly, and brush away the majority of the ash). Careful that your browning solution (use coffee, tea, or a brown inkwash) isn't flammable!
I've done this sort of thing to make props for D&D roleplaying, as well as writing poems on 'worn' paper for girlfriends. Watered down brown paint, a little burning around the edges, and a beginner's knowledge of calligraphy can make some very convincing stuff.
Don't forget to sign the charter as Teclis! And maybe lead in with "Charter Log of the ship Myridea, The Seafarer/39"
"The Seafarer/39" is the Elf dating system - they name their eras for the current ruler, in this case, Finubar 'The Seafarer' and the year of his reign. It's a bit inefficient for such an advanced society, but oh well. The current WHFB date in Elf calendar reasoning therefore is 'The 39th year of the Reign of Finubar the Seafarer', so I just guessed at an abbreviation.