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Mortis Engine is a Vampire Counts war machine unit. Bolstering the fighting spirit of all those around it and blasting enemy ranks with savage, dark energy.


Many Necromancers and liche-lords have risen to kingship over the Undead, becoming so saturated with evil power that their physical forms radiate magic. Some Vampires actively seek out the citadels of those lords who have gone before, hoping to take possession of their remains and to use them against the living. No mere casket or hearse could be fit to bear the remains of one of these masters of the night. Instead, they are enshrined within a Mortis Engine, a cage of fused bone, surrounded by trappings of grandeur and borne to war by a host of spirits bound to the infernal device. Some reliquaries also carry blasphemous tomes to battle, or scrolls of parchment rumoured to have been penned by Nagash himself. Oft-times the Winds of Magic become nigh uncontrollable when such a fell tome is near. Heavy with evil magics, painstakingly illuminated with such care that their creator's souls have passed into the leaves of human skin that form its pages, these books can be a boon to the twisted practitioners of Necromancy, but also the bane of reckless and unwary spellcasters.


  • Magic Harvester : Increases the level of magic x20pxpower reserves.
  • Magical Aura: This unit is surrounded by one or more magical auras that either support nearby friends or harm its foes.
  • Mass Regeneration : Regenerates nearby friendly units’ x20pxhit points.
  • Causes Terror: This unit can cause terror, making its melee target rout for a short time. Units that cause terror are immune to terror and fear themselves.



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The Mortis Engine is the premier version of the Corpse Cart (Unholy Lodestone). It regenerates nearby allies, provides a bonus to Magic recharge, and drains the life of enemies. The drain is only active when the cart is in combat, so it is most useful when it is on the front line hitting all of the units in the center. As such, this unit is an incredibly big target and will be destroyed first if an enemy has artillery/missiles or manages to isolate it.