A new faction will soon be making its way to the battlefields across Western Immoren. They’re the Crucible Guard, and they’re coming in force. These scientists and alchemists have been pushed too far by those that would stifle their research. As such, they’ve taken up arms with some of the most technologically advanced gear ever to hit the warzone. They’ve got a bunch of releases coming in July, and you can check out some of them here.
Doctor Adolpheus Morley is an alchemist obsessed with his work, foregoing all comforts in his latest efforts to unlock new discoveries. Morley, who supports the Guard as head of its surgical division, has become obsessed with the effect of alchemical concoctions on the body, human or otherwise. Soldiers given to his care receive treatment with wary apprehension, as the man has a reputation as a dangerous lunatic. He views the battlefield as the ideal test bed for his latest creations, exposing his troops to all manner of combat stimulants without restriction. That a significant number of his mercenaries who survive the fighting subsequently expire does not deter the doctor in the slightest.
These soldiers combine alchemical talents with traditional combat training to support more conventional military units. Carrying a variety of specialized alchemical grenades, they can effectively assault many different targets. Combat alchemist teams are drilled in path-finding and skirmish warfare, as they are often deployed in advance of a larger army to neutralize key threats.
Crucible Arms ’jack mechaniks have taken the reliable Vanguard chassis and subjected it to systematic reconfiguration to produce several variant models, most notable among them the Liberator. To preserve the rare cortex materials required for traditional arc nodes, the Liberator is instead outfitted with an experimental new alchemical powered variant employing a formula of arcanely sensitive compounds. This apparatus is easier and cheaper to produce, allowing the Crucible Guard to deploy the machine in great numbers.
Crucible Arms has taken over the production of the Ordic Toro chassis, an aggressive workhorse heavy warjack armed with sword and shield that has fought with the Ordic Army for decades. As a part of the Crucible’s agreements with Ord’s king, Crucible Arms now produces Toros in number, as well as variants outfitted with proprietary weapons better suited to the methods by which these alchemists wage war. The Suppressor fields versatile pyrodraulic jets capable of burning, freezing, or rusting adversaries. The multipurpose Vindicator can fight with its heavy maul or fire its compression cannon at range to unleash tactically useful entropic and psychoactive substances.
Squads of Crucible Guard rocketmen streak across the skies, giving the Crucible Guard an edge against a more numerous foe. Rocketmen assault the flanks of an opposing force, picking off strategic targets with their carbines or dropping devastating gravity bombs into packed enemy formations. Able to fly over traditional defenses, rocketmen squads are tactically versatile soldiers unlike anything before seen in the modern militaries of the Iron Kingdoms.
Aurum Lucanum Athanor Locke is a young and accomplished arcane mechanik and warcaster who also happens to be a pious Cyrissist. Outfitted with a custom-built and augmented armor frame, Locke is not only a Crucible Guard warcaster, but she leads the arm overseeing the fabrication of the Crucible Guard’s warjacks. While her faith is known to her peers, they do not suspect she acts as a secret observer and agent for the Convergence of Cyriss, bringing them intelligence from within the other organization. Her skill with machinery and engineering both on and off the battlefield has made her a highly valued asset to both groups.
Dragon’s Breath Rocket artillery are devastating long-range rockets used in the place of traditional artillery like mortars and cannons. Containing a payload of explosive charges and debilitating alchemical agents, on impact they first devastate an area with a concussive blast wave, then the dispersed aerosol form of the compounds within blanket the target with a cloud of toxic gas.
Holden serves as a warning to all who would oppose the Defiers. Once this hollow man was a promising young man who might have been a hero, but his courage faltered and he failed in the face of the Wicked Harvest. For the impertinence of being sent against them, the Defiers transformed him into their own deadly tool, but they kept a tiny shard of Holden within his hollow shell, to remember them. All Holden can do now is watch in silent horror as his actions answer a will that is not his own.