As we approach the August release of Total War: Warhammer 3’s Immortal Empire DLC, The Creative Assembly is explaining how Conquest’s revamped mega-sized campaign will work. We’ve seen a new map across the entire Warhammer World with revised starting positions, and in the latest blog (opens in new tab) Creative Assembly introduces a new Legendary Master and some changes to the old ones.
Most exciting to me, which assembled an army of plastic and metal back in the day, is the transition to the Vampire Counts faction. Previously, the war duet of Vlad von Karstein and Isabella von Karstein were both great masters. Since you can only have one lord per army, while you can start a campaign and recruit another by confederation, they will always lead separate stacks rather than fighting together. In Immortal Kingdoms, that’s changing.
As stated in the blog post, “Unlike other Legendary Lords, this power couple will stay together in undead marriage, but will be playable within the same campaign. If you choose Vlad as your Legendary Lord, So Isabella will automatically be unlocked as a hero and vice versa.” This is an A+ change and I wholeheartedly support it.
The real big news from this latest update is about Total War villain Belacore: Warhammer 3’s Arena of Chaos campaign, which will be playable in Immortal Kingdoms. From his home base on the Isle of Wight (damn I love the Warhammer names), he’ll lead an army with “an extensive selection of Chaos Demons” and abilities including a corruption mechanic that defeats human lords. is, “Slowly corrupting his spirit and eventually converting him into a Demon Prince to strengthen the ranks of his army.”
Other factions in the New Beginning position include the Dwarf Lord Grombrindle, heading to Nagarroth to fight the Dark Elves, the necromancer Hellman Ghorst, heading east, and the Imperial priest Volkmar the Grimm, who ruled the Southlands. The crusade has begun. Volkmar will have a mechanic for power as he clears away dark tombs called the Books of Nagash scattered in the area, while some other lord will receive “personal effects” from him.
Vlad and Isabella’s unruly heir Manfred von Karstein is mentioned as one of those lords, suggesting that he would find a new starting position nearby. It has already been announced that the two Lords of Chaos, Scarbrand and Kairos Fatweaver, are also moving to the Southlands. Looks like the messy free-for-all nickname Lustriabol in Mortal Empires might be getting some competition in the Southlands.