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Following on from my post in the army list section...
How much precedent is there for a female Vampire to be leading a horde, including male Vampires? It seems that from what I have read that females whilst powerful have certainly taken a back seat to the males.
Can anyone shed some light on this? I haven't read anything other than the 7th ed army book.
All thoughts welcome! =)
This Roman knows...
I'm gonna say that's probably the Empire's fault. Sylvania was(is?) part of the Empire so Imperial views of gender are prominent in the area. Really it doesn't matter if your leader is male/female. Anyone can have ambition, and vampirism tends to crank ambition up a bit (see also: massively). Look into the Lamia vampires, they aren't really intrinsic to the new Army Book, but they were the classic female vampire army. Otherwise just play "build-a-vamp" and say it's a female because you can.
In the previous Vampires army book, we didn't have the same bloodline powers that we do now. You had to declare a bloodline, which dictated which bloodline powers you were allowed to have, and then your entire army had to come from that bloodline. It translated to this:
'The Severed' and 'The Beastialle' = Strigoi
vampires who became more beast than man, long ago. Little magic, tons of killy
'The Arkayne' = Necrarch
master necromancers who's bodies have withered. They could conjure massive numbers of undead beasts to fight at their command.
'The Martialle' = Blood Dragons
we didn't used to have Blood Knights, but the members of their order could lead our armies. Again, very little magic, but very elite armies that used to able to go all-cav and use Bret lance formation.
'The Master' = Von Carstein
pretty much the only blood line that the book focuses on anymore, so this is self explanatory.
'The Courtly' = Lahmians
These are the vampires that you're looking for. They weren't very popular, because they could really fight or cast very well, but just like the new bloodline powers- they could sow discord among the enemy. They used to also be able to take one male character from any other army book and "beguile" him into fighting on their side. This let them have some really potent character, like Warriors Exalted or High Elf mages. Of course, this was a back-of-the-book list that needed your opponent's permission, so it wasn't very widely played.
Black Library has also written a series of books that follow the tale of Guinevere, who is a rather regretful vampiress. Thanks to the Empire, women don't serve much end, but they still exist. The story of the Queen in the new armybook tells a tale very similar to a Lahmian story in the old book.
My personal army's general is Lady Christobel, the daughter of a norse king, who fell into a love triangle with my Army Standard Bearer- Sir Castille- and my army's patriarch Lord Chatould. She eventually married Chatould and was turned into a Vampire. Chatould has since been gravely wounded and while he recovers his strength, she leads his armies in his stead.
While others have got in before me, this is actually something I know about so I'll be damned if I'm not going to get my contribution in!
As CaptainSarathai has said, there were specific bloodlines in the previous Vampire Counts book; Von Carstein, Strigoi, Nechrach, Blood Dragon and Lahmian.
The Lahmian Vampires are an exclusively female order of Vampires. They tend to be secretive creatures, scheming from the shadows towards purposes unknown. They infiltrate normal society (usually within the empire) using their beauty and vampiric powers to bend others to their whims, and can gain quite wide-sweeping influence if not discovered.
In the previous army book, they never particularly struck me as a war-like faction, the Lahmians. They were more into the political side of the empire, and would attempt to gain power through those means. But that's not to say they weren't capable of leading an army, and with the specific bloodlines not as present in the new book there's nothing standing in the way of a female vampire leading your horde, and nothing restricting you from using male vampires in the same force.
So go nuts! Being a fan of the Lahmians, I'll be interested to see what you come up with!
Thanks for the replies everyone.
I just submitted a request to 'Capn's Fluff Shop' =)
My writing and imagination in general is sub-standard at best so I'm going to leave it to the professional!
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I don't know whether to be happy for that, or perplexed. I've been lagging WAY behind on my Arena of Death, and I unfortunately failed to complete the last fluff request (to my credit, I tried to overachieve, and it wasn't a really "needful" request).
I will write this fluff however. And as a note to all, the Shop IS still open, it just slips from my memory from time to time as I plumb the rest of the depths that are LO.
Capt - could you perhaps let me have a crack at this?
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