Whether directing a raid for souls upon a coastline or heading the defence of an underground stronghold, the Akhelian Kings are the mightiest warriors of the Idoneth. They are the military leaders whose commands and personal heroics will determine the difference between victory and defeat. He must be swift and strong, able to best any of his comrades in single combat. Yet martial skill is not enough to make an aelf lord, for a king is first and foremost a leader. To repel an attacking sea monster, thwart a tide of ravenous voracudas or defeat an army upon a field of battle, an Akhelian King’s mind must be as deft as his swordplay. He must make tactical decisions without hesitation, and possess the ability to inspire his troops, pressing any advantage or rallying his warriors should any advantage falter.
He was the first of his kind, and is the last of the Cythai still alive. All Ionrach bow before him, their one acknowledged leader, the eldest and greatest of their race. He is Volturnos, High King of the Deep, and he holds undisputed authority at the Idoneth’s assembrals. He rides to battle atop his Deepmare Uasall, and sends a surge of pride coursing through all who fight beneath him. A leader of legendary status, it is said that none can read the flow of battle better than Volturnos. He carries a sword known as the Astra Solus, which cuts through armour with ease, leaving a blazing trail of luminescence; and a shield which can swallow hostile magic, rendering it null – Volturnus is not content to lead his troops from afar.
Namarti Reavers provide the archers and scouts for the Idoneth Deepkin phalanxes. The Akhelians recognise the need for reconnaisance, picket forces and massed missile fire, but regard such duties as beneath them – thus, the Reavers are assembled from the quickest and lithest of the Namarti. Their weapons training concentrates upon how to swiftly aim and fire the silent whisperbow, as well as how to defend themselves with short keening blades designed for stabbing. In battle the Namarti Reavers move quickly, probing defences, seeking out vulnerable quarry and harrying the enemy’s most formidable war assets, providing a distraction as the Akhelians line up their devastating charges.