Handmaiden of the Everqueen
Handmaiden of the Everqueen is a High Elves hero unit introduced in Total War: Warhammer II with The Queen and the Crone DLC. At all times these beautiful warriors accompany the Everqueen, as her advisors and protectors.
Highest ranking of all the Sisters of Avelorn are the Handmaidens of the Everqueen. They are paragons of Elvenkind, as peerless in artistic pursuits as they are in the bloody business of battle. Should a Handmaiden grace the battlefield with her presence, she is treated with reverence by the High Elves that fight at her side. To serve as a Handmaiden is a great honour most commonly bestowed on those Sisters of Avelorn, who have proven their swiftness with blade, precision with bow and, above all, an unswerving loyalty to the Everqueen, many times over.
- ↑ Anti-Large: Anti-large units have an advantage against targets that are at least as large as a horse. This advantage can be a damage bonus against large targets or an attack that focuses on a very small area. However, some units are simply better against large targets because their attacks are slow and easy to dodge by skilled melee combatants.
- ↑ Bows of Avelorn: Loosing arrows of mystical blue fire, they excel at setting vulnerable units ablaze and piercing the toughest armour.
- ↑ Charge Defence Against Large Foes: When standing and bracing against a charge of large enemies (such as cavalry or monsters) this unit will negate the enemy's charge bonus.
The Handmaiden is a decent sniper hero who is basically a single entity Sisters of Avelorn unit. She can do heavy magical and fire attacks from range and is a decent melee combatant. They also get a horse mount, which helps them keep up with targets they are shooting at and allows them the mobility to get around the battlefield.
Comparing the Handmaiden to the closest match in terms of role, the Waystalker, reveals some good insights. For 150 more cost (MP), she has better melee defence, a notable boost in melee damage, and a surprising bonus vs. large in melee. In addition, her ranged attacks do fire damage and have another notable boost in armour-piercing damage. She is in most capacities better than her Wood Elf counterpart (although with stalk and abilities like the Arrow of Kurnous the Waystalker may provide more utility).