What is death but an obstacle to be overcome? There is no true death beneath the eternal night.
Helman Ghorst was once a man, yet that life was ripped from him by the uncaring vicissitudes of fate. The loss of his father and brothers to plague sent Ghorst into an obsessive madness; he began studying the black arts in the hope of returning his lost kith to life. Inevitably, he drew the attention of the Witch Hunter, von Kordon, and so abandoned Templehof and fled to Vargravia, taking the corpses of his brothers and father with him, determined to find a way to return them to life through Necromancy. It was here, forsaken in a corrupted land, that he attracted the attention of Mannfred von Carstein. Rather than killing Ghorst, the Count revealed further dark secrets to him, transforming Helman into something beyond the grief-maddened man from Templehof. Now, he is carried through the night on a bone-ridged cart, pulled not by horses, but by the brothers he so desperately wished to save – each a once-handsome farrier restored to a mockery of life, forced to stumble along at the head of their kin’s unloving host.
That Ghorst provides poison attacks to his entire army (when chosen as your first lord) is a huge boon that drastically improves the effectiveness of his army. It should be noted that poison does not stack, so units that have poison attacks already receive no benefit. Because they are balanced around the fact that they inflict poison, it is better to recruit units that do not innately have poison (as they will receive the benefit from his bonus).
He has a unique variant of the Raise Dead Spell which summons Grave Guards instead of Zombies and a Wight King instead of Skeleton Warriors when overcast.
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