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Since Word of Agony and declaration of challenges both occur at the beginning of close combat, which one happens first?
Just wondering if you can get around the pesky obligatory challenges by destroying the heroes/champions right off the bat.
To me, the question really is, "do you move your character in base contact with the challenger before WoA will activate?"
I have always played it as Word of Agony first, declare challenges second, fight third. This is supported by the errata on whether or not an assassin appears before Word of Agony occurs (you roll off for that, by the way.) Since assassins appear before challenges are declared, and since the appearance of assassins happens at the same time as Word of Agony, it stands to reason that any Word of Agony wounds will get resolved before challenges are declared.
Edited for clarity.
makes sense to me. Thanks guys