|Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay | Published 06 April 2011|
As any general knows, cavalry are a powerful force on the battlefield. Not only do they fight from an elevated position, offering obvious tactical advantages, they are also able to sweep across the field more swiftly than units on foot. So when the omens of war are heard, the wisest leaders call for their cavalry.
Omens of War introduces several brutal new mechanics to Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, including detailed fighting styles and Enhance cards, which were previewed in the Fighting in Style article. Today we will take a look at mounts and mounted combat, as well as a career that makes good use of both.
Aside from quick travel between encounters and the heroic status that comes with riding into town on horseback, why would you want to invest in a beast of burden? Not only does a horse offer increased mobility, but there are direct combat advantages to fighting from horseback. Characters trained in Ride benefit from the following when fighting on horseback:
However, these benefits must be balanced with the disadvantages that come with riding a half-ton of horseflesh into battle. Ranged attacks from horseback suffer from an additional Misfortune die, while spellcasting increases in difficulty by adding an additional Challenge die to compensate for maintaining the reins while attempting to harness the Winds of Magic.
Acquiring a horse is the first step in unlocking the advantages of riding into battle. While some careers have immediate access to a mount (see below), most characters will have to earn theirs, either by taming a wild mount with a daunting Handle Animal check or by purchasing one with their adventuring spoils. Horses come in three broad types:
Know Your Limits
No matter how well-bred, no beast is without its limits. To reflect this, every horse has a Wind score, which represents how much strain, stress, and abuse it can take before it gives up or possibly dies. Players can track the Wind of most mounts by using Fatigue or Stress tokens, however some exceptional horses (with exceptional bonds with their riders) have specific Follower sheets with separate Wind trackers.
An example of a career that must maintain a strong bond with their mount is the Outrider. This career path takes advantage of the Trusty Horse Follower sheet included in Omens of War. Players aspiring to walk the Outrider’s path might want to begin their study of horseback riding post haste.
Hold on to your reins, more information on Omens of War is waiting on the horizon.
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay is a roleplaying game that sets unlikely heroes on the road to perilous adventure, in the grim setting of Games Workshop's Warhammer Fantasy world. Players will venture into the dark corners of the Empire, guided by luck and Fate, and challenge the threats that others cannot or will not face.
I love the Outrider and pondered as to it's absence, nice to see it moved up to an advanced career. Scout was the advanced career in 2nd edition now it is basic. Makes sense. Good work guys!
Looking good! So far, everyone one of these supplements has had quite a bit to offer.
Nice. This is shaping up to be yet another "Must Have"