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From Wesnoth
This walkthrough is in the process of being updated for versions 1.12.x/1.13.x


In this campaign you play the role of Gweddry, a human Sergeant who has the responsibility of dealing with a powerful Lich who wants to destroy Wesnoth. As a sargeant, Gweddry has the potential to level up into a Grand Marshal, a level 4 unit that can empower his troops significantly through Leadership. You start with the support of a White Mage named Dacyn, who will be by your side throughout the campaign.

As any other walkthrough, this document describes plot details that can be considered spoilers. This is particularly true for this campaign, since it contains quite a few surprises along the way, and at some points you will have to make choices that will have important repercussions for later scenarios. You may wish to read ahead to see what you will be facing. In particular, you might wish to read about the scenarios Captured, Evacuation and Weldyn Under Attack in order to plan ahead.

You will encounter different types of enemies, mostly undead units (especially towards the beginning and the end of the campaign), as well as orcs and trolls. Mages and Heavy Infantrymen will provide the backbone of your army. You'll probably want to level up at least one extra Mage of Light (other than Dacyn), and a few Arch/Silver Mages and Iron Maulers. You can also recruit Spearman, Cavalryman and Horseman units (the latter a few scenarios into the campaign), but their importance is perhaps less pronounced in many of the scenarios.

You will encounter a few tough challenges along the way, so be prepared, and be careful assigning experience to your units, especially during the first few scenarios.

The Outpost

  • Objectives: Defend the outpost, then move Gweddry to the trapdoor.
  • Lose if: Gweddry or Dacyn dies, or turns run out.
  • Turns: 16.
  • Starting units: Gweddry, Dacyn.

The best approach is to recruit heavy infantry and optionally a mage. Build a line using the heavy infantry, using the castle hexes and other hexes to the northwest. When and if you have more money available later, purchase additional heavy infantry.

Just hold out for the enemy attack during night time; only rotate wounded units if possible, but do not counter-attack. At dawn, start your counter-attack without worrying too much about keeping the original line intact. Instead, try to level 2 or 3 HI to Shock Troopers. The enemy's forces quickly will cease to be any danger to yours.

On turn 7, Dacyn will mysteriously disappear, and you'll briefly meet Mal-Ravanal, the leader of the undead. On turn 10 (easy) or 12 (hard) the white mage returns and points out a trap door to exit the level. (Note that this trap door will be near your starting fort, so you'll either need to hold the fort or be prepared to get back to it by turn 16).

Use the remaining turns to level as many units as possible and only move your leader onto the trap door in the very last turn. You may be able to finish with a couple of shock troopers, another white mage, or a level 2 Gweddry.

On challenging, this scenario is quite, hmm, challenging. You can try purchasing a couple of cavalry to use as a diversionary force, capturing enemy villages and running away, taunting and distracting the enemy, and sacrificing them if necessary to save your more valuable units.

Escape Tunnel

  • Objectives: Move Gweddry to the end of the tunnel.
  • Lose if: Gweddry or Dacyn dies, or turns run out.
  • Turns: 26/24/22 (easy/medium/hard).
  • Starting units: Gweddry, Dacyn.
  • Other:
    • Permanent holy amulet in north.
    • Treasure of 200 gold in southeast (50 in 1.13).

This scenario occurs in a small cave occupied by trolls and dwarves. You start on the far west of the map, and your mission is to take Gweddry all the way to the opposite side.

Take some time to choose your supporting units, depending on which ones you want to level up the quickest. Heavy Infantry are excellent frontline units, but the downside is that they move very slowly in caves. However, since Gweddry is the only unit that has to get quickly to the far east, this might not be a big problem. You can also go for a group of mostly Mages, and a couple of Spearmen. One keep of units in total should easily be enough—there's also a convenient keep with one castle tile to recruit additional units in the middle of the map, in case you need it during the battle.

The map is quite small. A little east from your keep the path is forked into three directions: north is a small area with a holy amulet, east is the troll keep and south is the dwarven keep. These two last paths will merge again to the east, leading to the exit, where Gweddry needs to go. The dwarves are friendly and will help you fight your enemies.

Given that you will probably be using inexperienced units, it's perhaps best to avoid going directly into the troll keep, but you can hold your position near the crossroads, on the southern path, where you can easily witness a lot of action between trolls, dwarves and undead (who are following you and show up on turn 6 from the west). The different armies will all fight each other. If you want to take a defensive stance, after having moved all your units south position one strong unit (a spearman or HI) at the end of the path leading south (so only one unit a turn can attack him) and position the White Mage right behind him to heal it every turn. These two units should easily keep of the enemies following you until the end of the scenario.

The holy amulet to the north is a very useful item, which will make all the attacks (melee and ranged) of the unit that picks it up of type arcane—and, unlike in other campaigns, this holy amulet is permanent! Send a quick Spearman there or Gweddry. Giving Gweddry the holy amulet (instead of a Spearman) allows him to level very quickly, which is important, since he can advance to Grand Marshal. This gives benefits in other ways on a number of later scenarios as well, such as the scenario The Crossing, where you can get an easy first turn kill against the undead leader and take his castle.

Move Gweddry to the northeast escorted by other units, to help him fight individual trolls if necessary, but before moving him to the end of the cave (which ends the level) send one of your units to the cave south–east, past the funny signpost warning you of the troll hole. In the cave you will discover a chest containing a troll treasure amounting to 200 gold (or 50 in 1.13).

[Thrash: Alternately, I used predominately Heavy Infantry on this level. I found (on medium) they were tough enough to hold the central cave and pretty much beat the trolls into submission long enough for Gweddry to run north to the the amulet and then cover his retreat south, only then recruiting a mage when the troll numbers were lower. With other units, I had problems with the trolls overrunning them and getting Gweddry trapped to the north. Also a heavy infantry in the village by your starting fort will hold off the undead for a long time.]

An Unexpected Appearance

  • Objectives: Defeat either enemy leader.
  • Lose if: Gweddry or Dacyn dies or turns run out.
  • Turns: 20.
  • Starting units: Gweddry, Dacyn.
  • Other:
    • Your next scenario depends on which leader you defeat.

In this scenario you have to defeat one of the dark sorcerers on the edges of the map. Your next scenario will depend on the enemy you choose to kill. Killing the one to the west will take you to the Elven Alliance scenario, while the one to the east takes you to The Undead Border Patrol.

Going east is more difficult, especially on hard, but brings you more reward, such as the chance to go to Mal-Ravanal's Capital, which gives you the opportunity to get extra experience (a lot for whoever survives) and a loyal Paladin and several Knights.

First kill Mal-Tar to get your keep. To do this, shoot him with Dacyn and attack him with Gweddry's melee. If you don't kill him the first turn, second turn kill him with Dacyn so Gweddry can recruit. You will be fighting a mix of undead and bats, so recruit Heavy Infantry and Mages (if you gave the amulet to a Spearman in the previous scenario, recall him, too). Dacyn might be wounded, so send him to a village. Don't worry, he can fend for himself, since the bats usually arrive one at a time and he can kill one per turn.

On easy or medium (or hard going west), the attackers should be no problem, so focus on leveling units. If you move quickly you should only need to fight the attackers from one leader. Of course you can have some of your units double back to engage the second set.

Diverging Campaign Path

Elven Alliance

  • Objectives: Defeat enemy leader.
  • Lose if: Gweddry, Dacyn or Volas dies or turns run out.
  • Turns: 24/22/20 (easy/medium/hard)
  • Starting units: Gweddry, Dacyn.

The Orc's warning about the assassin is overrated; Volas can probably take care of it himself, although you might want to leave ONE unit near him to make sure. The assassin disappears into the forest, but you won't bump into him, he'll just reappear near the elf leader on turn 6.

Recruit / recall a wide assortment of units, mostly mages, spearmen and cavalry. Send mages and spearmen up to fight the opponent, send cavalry down as scouts. Any heavy infantry should go up to fight also; they will probably arrive late, and be good for reinforcements when the first troops are wounded.

Align the troops in the forest, so that the enemy will be on grass; this gives you a tactical advantage. Use Dacyn to heal those who need it most - those on the corners, and any mages who are on the front lines.

There is a village at {20,8} that can prove tactically very useful, because the elves usually fight somewhere near it. The elves are defeated most of the time, and the orcs claim this village; it is crucial to kill the orc on this village and take it over with a resilient spearman, or a HI.

Once you have gotten past turn 6, it will be day, and the orcs will be very easy to defeat. When the assassin appears, you may ignore it unless you have a unit close-by. In that case, use it to fight the assassin. Keep pressing up. It is possible to kill the orcish leader by turn 9 for a nice gold bonus.

The Undead Border Patrol

  • Objective: Defeat either enemy leader.
  • Lose if: Gweddry or Dacyn dies, or turns run out.
  • Turns: 20.
  • Starting units: Gweddry, Dacyn.
  • Other:
    • Your next scenario depends on which leader you defeat.

This scenario also depends on which way you want to go. There is a Dark Sorcerer in the north-west corner and a Lich in the south-east corner. Defeating the Lich will give you the chance to go to Mal-Ravanal's Capital, a challenging but rewarding scenario, while defeating the sorcerer is easier, and takes you directly to The Northern Outpost.

If going NW, it is fairly straightforward. The enemy is relatively weak. Do the same as in Unexpected Appearance—you may recruit a couple of suicide cavalrymen to distract the bats. One will probably get enough XP to be worth recalling. Because of the open terrain, it is recommended to use mostly heavy infantry and spearmen with the holy amulet on this level and few mages. However, as in most scenarios against undead, white mages are very useful. Try to get the opponent to fight you from the sand; this gives you a significant advantage.

If you go East, expect to take some time getting over the river and through the swamp. A small force recruited to defend the fort will keep troops from the NW off of your backside and they'll pick up a good amount of experience in the process.

Mal-Ravanal's Capital

  • Objective: Escape from the capital by killing one of the two dark sorcerers.
  • Lose if: Gweddry or Dacyn dies, or turns run out.
  • Turns: 26.
  • Starting units: Gweddry, Dacyn.

Only reachable from The Undead Border Patrol scenario, but you may skip it and go directly to Northern Outpost.

The main reason to get here is to acquire a cavalry force of one Paladin (a loyal unit) and five Knights. Focus on freeing the horsemen as quickly as possible. To do this, kill the 6 Revenants guarding the cages (they will not move unless you attack them first), but note the number of Knights available is reduced by one for each of your troops that die *after you rescue the first one*. You might want to make sure any expendable troops are "expended" before this. Each rescued unit pops in with full moves.

The regular Time of Day cycle does not apply here. Instead, dusk and night are twice as long as usual, so adjust your tactics accordingly. Most importantly, try to finish the mission quickly.

Comments: This is a very challenging scenario. I started with only 100 gold, so I recalled one Mage, two Shock Troopers, one Heavy Infantry, and my holy Halberdier. I defended the starting castle for about 10 turns until the Revenants had made their way over to me. Upon killing several of them, I freed some imprisoned Knights and a Paladin. I moved my forces to kill the Death Knight, and then split my forces. I sent one group to attack Mal-Ravanal and the other to kill the Necromancer in the NW corner. By turn 30, my Eastern assault force was in postion to attack Mal-Ravanal. However, when I attacked him I wasn't able to defeat him. When I was ready, I killed the NW Necromancer and progressed to The Northern Outpost.

[Thrash] My take on just getting the paladin and 5 knights quickly is you want to send units in parallel to attack the NW enemy and free as many of the knights at the same time. The trick is you free the knights and then kill the NW leader right after before all your troops get overwhelmed by units from the East (and center). Time of day is critical - if you can get to the revenants before dusk, a white mage or shock trooper can kill them in one turn, after that it will take two turns or a little help (like a previously freed knight). Gweddry, even with an amulet, will probably take 3 turns to kill one, but with his one turn head start, that's OK. With one fort of recruits (2 white mages and 4 shock troopers), I was able to free 5 of the 6 and kill the NW enemy leader on turn 6 [?in which version?]. I sent 3 shock troopers and a white mage at the NW enemy, diverting one of those to freeing the 6th knight probably would have gotten me 6 out of the 6.

The Northern Outpost

  • Objectives:
    • Find the outlaw leader in the villages and kill him.
    • Defeat the undead leader.
  • Lose if: Gweddry, Dacyn or Owaec dies, or turns run out.
  • Turns: 20.
  • Starting units: Gweddry, Dacyn, Terraent.
  • Other:
    • A holy amulet is located on the south-west.
    • Horseman units can now be recruited.
    • Owaec joins your team after the fight is over.

This scenario is reachable from the Elven Alliance, The Undead Border Patrol, and Mal-Ravanal's Capital scenarios.

Here, there are two enemies that you must defeat: the undead and the outlaws. It is a good idea to create a separate task force for each.

The undead are fairly straightforward to defeat, and in any case Owaec usually does a good part of the work. To finish off the undead, it's useful to have a white mage, since Dacyn will be busy with his special spell to reveal the outlaws for this scenario. If you don't have a white mage, you can try recruiting a few mages or else go back one or more scenarios and promote a mage to white mage. In addition to the mages or white mage, recall whomever picked up the holy amulet in one of the previous scenarios and have them accompany Gweddry to the southeast. If Gweddry is the one with the holy amulet and you have a white mage, then you can supplement them with a mage. You should also send a cavalryman/horseman or quick spearman to pick up the new holy amulet in the southwest.

By contrast to the undead, the outlaws require a novel strategy. Recruit/recall fast units, e.g., cavalry and horsemen. You may supplement them by recalling quick spearmen and quick shock troopers. The challenge is that criminals will sometimes appear randomly around the villages you flag. Therefore, before flagging a village, make sure you have several healthy units around it. Note that you will get a chance to kill any newly appeared outlaws before they get a move. Outlaws will not appear in the villages that Owaec flags, so don't worry about him uncovering enemies for you. Send your outlaw hunting posse up the eastern side of the map flagging villages and fighting the bandits. One of the villages has the assassin that is the outlaw leader, and there are a lot of villages, so speed is of the essence.

Once your undead task force has finished the undead, form them into a second outlaw hunting posse, transferring units as needed from the first posse. When you come across the village where the bandit leader hides, divert any available units to the battle, as the bandits have a bite.

Note: A Cavalry force (such as the one acquired in Mal-Ravanal's Capital) makes short work of the bandits. Lower level units have trouble against the bandits, especially at night.

Also note, that from this scenario on you can recruit horsemen. You might want to level up a paladin or two, for fast mobile undead removal services (and quick leader assassination).

[Thrash] When I played, Oweac only recruited a couple mages, so he needed significant help as they get slaughtered quickly - I'd say 3-4 units. Also you don't really need to surround a village before flagging it, just have units in range to sweep in and attack if bandits pop out; this can save you some turns as move around as you can send one unit in to flag a village and move the rest on if nothing appears. Finally, the outlaw leader ran away when I played, so be prepared to chase him down.

Two Paths

  • Objective: Defeat either enemy leader.
  • Lose if: Gweddry, Dacyn or Owaec dies, or turns run out.
  • Turns: 18/17/16 (easy/medium/hard).
  • Starting units: Gweddry, Dacyn, Owaec.
  • Other:
    • Your next scenario depends on which leader you defeat.

You must choose between going north to attack the orc leader or going north-west to attack the undead leader.

One option is going north on the very east side of the map trying to fight your enemies from solid ground and mountains while they stand on sand ground with weak defense. As your troops move very slowly on this terrain, you will likely take some heavy losses however, as your enemies keep surrounding you. Also this will presumably take too many turns to reach the orc leader in time.

Thus the preferred choice is to recall a couple of shock troopers and white mages and move them on the path to the north-west in a tight formation towards the undead leader. Once you survived the first enemy onslaught without loosing units, the rest of this scenario becomes rather easy as the remaining enemies come one by one. Make sure to keep on moving fast to the north-west to reach the undead leader before turns run out.

On hard (and version 1.8.3), what will probably work better is an all-out suicidal cavalry charge to assassinate the undead leader as quickly as possible.

It's worth noting that killing the orc leader results in what appears to be an easier and more rewarding subsequent scenario (The Crossing) than killing the undead leader (Undead Crossing).

Diverging Campaign Path

Undead Crossing

  • Objective: Defeat the enemy leader.
  • Lose if: Gweddry, Dacyn or Owaec dies or turns run out.
  • Turns: 18.
  • Starting units: Gweddry, Dacyn, Owaec.

You need to cross the river, but not without first defeating a necromancer who is occupying a small island to the north.

A good general strategy can be something like the following: recall a couple of quick swordsmen (or about-to-level quick spearmen), two white mages, a red mage or multiple regular mages, and any units with holy amulets. Shock troopers are too slow. Send these units as quickly as possible northwest through the swamp towards the eastern crossing. Meanwhile, recruit/recall cavalry. The cavalry should run as fast as possible along the southern board edge (so as to not attract undue attention from bats and swimming undead) and then up the western crossing. You can divert a couple of cavalry and Owaec to snatch up villages and then those units can join the eastern assault.

Now, this scenario has a nasty surprise... Once you have fought off the bats and skeletons, you will find this was not all, as the undead leader summons a number of cuttlefish monsters (1, 2 or 4 according to the difficulty level: easy, medium or hard respectively), which appear in the water between the two crossings. These always appear on turn number 10. Be very careful where to position your troops as the cuttlefish have a very nasty melee attack.

You have at least three options for the crossing. Option 1 is to just try to get a couple of your cavalry across each of the two crossings, while the rest of your units run like hell away from the water and swamp. Option 2 is to send across more units while tossing a spearman into the water as bait. Option 3 is to fight the cuttlefish, which is extremely hazardous. For a fight, maneuver your units to encourage the cuttlefish to separate, then use good melee troops backed by Gweddry (for leadership) and a white mage to kill them one at a time. Good luck. Make sure you leave your units enough time to cross the river and kill the undead leader before turns run out.

The Crossing

  • Objective: Get Gweddry and Owaec across the river.
  • Lose if: Gweddry, Dacyn or Owaec dies or turns run out.
  • Turns: 24.
  • Starting units: Gweddry, Dacyn, Owaec.
  • Other:
    • Special bonuses if the objective is completed while the Ogre leader is still alive:
      • Ogre leader joins you as recallable a loyal unit
      • You get two additional recallable Ogre units

Looking at the level, one might imagine the challenge in this scenario is crossing the wide river - where units are very vulnerable, and have very restricted mobility (particularly horses). However, this will likely prove to be the lesser of your concern: The Orcish force on the Northern bank is preoccupied with the Ogres for a good several turns, and the opponents going after you will be the Undead from the South.

On Turn 2, the first contingent of Undead will appear to the South-East of your keep: A weaker leader (Revenant on Medium) "unpacks" a keep and recruits it full of units (on Medium these are L1 recruits). If Gweddry and Owaec are already in the water, you may find yourself pretty bloodied by the encounter; and the Revenant has Gold to spare for more recruiting.

On Turn 8, the Undead are reinforced by a powerful Lich (on Medium) and a few leveled units (on Medium - two Revenants and a Bone Shooter) - and they get initiative, i.e. they get a round of action before you can attack them. Do you have units ready to take the blow? They might not be numerous, but they're quite deadly when ganging up on a unit of their choice. If, however, your units remain at a distance, the Lich will enter the keep and recruit...

On the North bank, the Orcs and the Ogres are exchanging blows. Within a couple of turns it becomes apparent the Ogres are going to lose - but you want their leader alive. That means you either have to draw much of the Orcish forces to chase you into the river, or alternatively get Gweddry and Owaec across fast enough so that the Orcs aren't completely done with the Ogres (the Leader will most probably be the last one to die).

So, when can you afford to send Gweddry and Owaec, and/or other units, up into the water? A slight tactical error in judgement can mean either numerous casualties by the undead, or alternatively loss of your potential Ogre ally.

If you do manage to cross before the Ogre leader is dead, he will agrees to help you; you'll get the bonuses listed above and will skip the Training the Ogres scenario, proceeding directly to Xenophobia.


[Allefant]: I had only 100 gold, so recruited some units and went straight North from turn one on. The fighting in the water was quite hard, with some orcs coming down from the north. The Undead only appeared when I was in the middle of the river, so no encounter with them, and the ogre's helped get rid of the orcs on the north side.

[Thrash] Make sure to cover your rear flank with some expendable troops (such as Heavy Infantry) as the Undead can move more quickly through the water than your units. Alternately, if you kill the first wave of Undead quickly enough (by turn 3), you can make it across the river before the second wave catches you from behind.

Another strategy is to go straight into the water after killing the first Undead leader using the deep water in the middle of the path to Seperate the orc forces. You go to the right with Gweddry and Owaec and some support troops while letting the ogres kill many of the orcs in your way. Knights and a Paladin can hold off the Orcs enough to get across while the Undead behind you are not an issue.

I had problems with the Ogre leader dying before I could get to him with this strategy, but sending Oweac into the river on turn 1 seemed to draw enough of the Orcs south to solve this problem.

[Hipparchos] Agreed this is the only way to save the ogre leader (all others are too slow). I played this several ways before deciding the easiest is to recruit/recall only units with 6+ movement (Horsemen, Cavalrymen, quick Mages and quick Spearmen) which move 2 hexes through the water. Send them immediately South to the Undead leader's keep and defeat the units there within the first few turns. Then occupy the keep and wait for the reinforcements while one Horseman rides West to take villages. With no keep, the reinforcements are small and easy to defeat. Then you have no problems to your rear as your fast units catch up to Oweac and cross the river. You'll take some hits on the far bank but should get through in time to keep the Ogres alive.

Training the Ogres

  • Objective: Capture the ogres.
  • Lose if: Gweddry, Dacyn or Owaec dies.
  • Turns: Unlimited.
  • Starting units: Gweddry, Dacyn, Owaec.
  • Other:
    • To add ogres to your army, "capture" them by ZoC-locking them.


This can be a confusing scenario to understand. Basically, your three units just have to survive. However, if you want to be able to recall ogres later, you need to "capture" them by surrounding them. Any ogre which cannot move more than one hex in every direction will be added to your recall list. Ogres which reach the rocky borders will "escape".

Ogres are especially mobile on mountains (such as in the scenario Lake Vrug) and in caves (in the scenario Captured). Being of neutral alignment, ogres can be helpful at night (especially in the scenario Weldyn Under Attack). It's best to capture at least two.


Xenophobia

  • Objective: Defeat all enemy leaders.
  • Lose if: Gweddry, Dacyn or Owaec die or turns run out.
  • Turns: 40/36/32 (easy/medium/hard).
  • Starting units: Gweddry, Dacyn, Owaec, Terraent, Grug.
  • Other:
    • A holy amulet near the orcs' keep.

This is a fun and silly level as all parties in the scenario (i.e. elves, orcs, drawves, and yourself) decide to fight each other instead of forming alliances. The scenario is not very difficult, so you can use this time to gain some experience for your units and pick up another permanent holy amulet (in the north, roughly in the middle between the dwarf and the orc keep).

You have two obvious options: attack the elves first or the dwarves first. Don't worry, they will be distracted by the orcs. After you kill the first leader, proceed to the orcs and then finish off the remaining leader.

Attacking the elves first has the advantage that they have the richest lands, i.e., the most villages, so it means more gold for you by the end of the scenario. It has the side effect that you're more likely to face a live orc leader relative to if you had attacked the dwarves first, as the elves are pretty good at killing him.

Attacking the dwarves first has the advantage that it's probably easier, since the orc leader is more likely to die at the hands of the elves. It has the disadvantage that you have to spend time getting out of the dwarven mountains and then you will ultimately fight a lot of elves, though most of them will have come out of their forests by then.

In either case, you have a lot of ground to cover, so try to do without any non-quick shock troopers. cavalry, white mages, red mages and spearman track units (preferably quick) are all good.

By the end of this scenario, it's very useful to have Gweddry at least on level 3, allowing you to use his leadership ability on other units like ogres (who reach their maximum at level 2). Leveling up a group of key units will also be very important for the upcoming scenario Captured, where you won't be able to recruit, but a group of your most experienced veterans will have to fight their way out of a cave. You may want to prepare several mages and knights.

Lake Vrug

  • Objective: Defeat the Trolls and Gryphons (Drakes in 1.13), and move Dacyn to the stronghold
  • Lose if: Gweddry, Dacyn or Owaec dies, or turns run out.
  • Turns: 30.
  • Starting units: Gweddry, Dacyn, Owaec, Terraent, Grug.
  • Other:
    • The stronghold provides 100 gold.

This is a very confusing hide and seek scenario that could take you several pointless restarts until you have finally discover the enemy leaders.

There are three keeps, all north of the river. The troll leader has his keep on the northeast (go to the right into the mountains directly after crossing the bridge). To find the other two keeps, go west right after crossing the river; if you stay close to the southern line of mountains, you'll find the Gryphon keep pretty easily. Finally, there is a stronghold straight north from the Gryphons, and Dacyn must reach this fortress to complete the level.

Gryphons are vulnerable to the impact damage of heavy infantry and shock troopers, so recall two or three, preferably quick ones. Also recall another white mage to supplement Dacyn and as many ogres as possible, because they are probably the most useful unit for this scenario. The reason is simple: the enemy keeps are surrounded by high mountains which some of your troops cannot pass, but which the ogres handle quite easily. You might also want to recruit a horseman to scout ahead, although using that money for another mage or ogre may be a better investment.

The action for this scenario can be divided into two phases. The first phase will be surviving the first onslaught of Gryphons and trolls coming your way. This will start around turn 4 with quite a number of Gryphons appearing from the northwest. On hard, the onslaught will be especially difficult to handle. When you see the first Gryphon swoop out of the fog, watch out! This means many others are coming behind. So, fall back away from the fog and form a defensive line that will eventually become a circle. Keep in mind that you can grab good terrain, i.e., the mountains, as Gryphons are only too happy to attack you wherever you are, and your ogres will hold up well there. Once you have wounded units, position your heavy units such as shock troopers and ogres very tighly around them, as the Gryphons really have quite a large moving range and thus mercilessly slay unprotected injured units.

Just when you thought you had the Gryphons wrapped up, here come the trolls across the bridge. They may be only a minor nuisance on medium or easy, but on hard it's a strain facing a large number of trolls with troops bloodied by the swarm of Gryphons. Trolls are really no match for your shock troopers, however, who happily troll-crack away. Place these troopers on the grassland tiles on the edge of the river, so the trolls coming from the bridge will be forced to attack from unfavorable terrain for them (ice).

Once you have dealt with this first wave of enemies, the remaining phase consists in crossing the river, finding the enemy leaders and finishing them off, which will be much easier in comparison. Unfortunately, the shock troopers won't do you much good in this end phase. When taking the enemy keeps, use the ogres, who can move well on the high mountains, unlike most of your other units.

[revolting_peasent] Starting with version 1.13, the Gryphon leader recruits Drakes: First Glider Drakes (for the onslaught), then Sky Drakes. The former can be pretty safely defeated by a half-HP Ogre, the latter - not really, even individually. So even one of these can be very troublesome. This is especially true if they somehow gets near Dacyn, which they seem to have an inclination to do.

Captured

  • Objective: Rescue Gweddry, Dacyn, and Owaec, then escape through the south-west tunnel.
  • Lose if: Gweddry, Dacyn or Owaec dies, or turns run out.
  • Turns: Unlimited, then 16.
  • Starting units: Rescue leader and two sidekicks.
  • Other:
    • No recruiting, but a group of your veterans will be available.
    • A holy amulet to the south.

Three of your recall troops will escape from a cell and plot a rescue operation. The scenario tries to select a level 3, level 2, and level 1 unit, but it is possible to end up with many variations. This group only needs to fight an orcish grunt and a few bats as they travel west, then south. Shortly after they encounter the orcish trash heap, one of your rescuers will don a disguise to sneak past the troll guards.

The disguised unit can open a cell door to release the prisoners within. Try to select a cell containing ogres; a quick ogre has the best chance of reaching and opening another cell in the same turn. Your three heroes will also be freed, and either Dacyn or Gweddry can reach the final cell to release the last of your troops. You'll be surrounded by Troll Warriors, and unlikely to do enough damage to kill them in the first turn. Sacrifice some of your less experienced troops to block the trolls from reaching any important units.

Victory occurs when Gweddry moves through the exit in the southwest corner. There is a holy necklace in the southeast. Preferably grab the holy amulet with a horseman or something similar. He will come in very hand in later scenarios (if he survives the next scenario, that is).

If you have a large group of recallable units, loses in this scenario are not a big deal, as you're only going to be able to bring a fraction of your recall list past the next scenario, which is likely to kill off all but a few veterans. However, the steady stream of orc reinforcements can provide one last chance to level key units for Evacuation, the next scenario.

Evacuation

  • Objective: Destroy the bridge or defeat all enemies.
  • Lose if: Gweddry, Dacyn or Owaec dies, or turns run out.
  • Turns: 12.
  • Starting units: Gweddry, Dacyn, Owaec, Terraent, Grug, Engineer.
  • Other:
    • Every unit not on the south side of the river when the bridge is destroyed will be lost (including units in your recall list).

There are two options in this scenario: you can either defeat all enemy leaders or blow up the bridge in the south. If you finish by passing the bridge, all your units that are not on the south side of the river by the time you blow up the bridge are killed by the explosion. Cruelly, this includes your un-recalled units! Of the two options, killing all the enemy leaders is preferable if you can pull it off, so that you can keep your un-recalled troops.

This is one of those scenarios many deem "impossible" (at least on Hard) - but it is by no means impossible. You will, however, have to wrap your mind around an unpleasant truth: It may be necessary to accept significant losses of higher- level troops. You should have a large number of level 2 and 3 units to recall to start this scenario, with level 2 units with high experience and close to advancement being your best asset.

Whichever objective you choose to pursue, watch out for the very tight time limit of 12 turns. And watch out for the (Level 3) Warrior Trolls: They can defeat and kill most of your single units within a single turn at night. Best fight them with Mages or arcane-damage-dealing cavalry. Your mounted units are well resistant to impact (30% for Horsemen/Knights, 40% for Cavalry/Dragoons, respectively) and can deal with trolls, especially Paladins, or mounted units with an amulet (-10% Troll resistance instead of +20%). Also, you _will_ run out of money here - either on Turn 1 or on Turn 2, so don't let that large keep make you think all of your buddies will be joining you like in the last scenario.

Luckily, you can (versions 1.12.2, 1.13.4) lure out the Eastern and the Southern Orc Warlord leaders on Turn 1, and since their recruits can't move on that turn, they will both have opened themselves to be taken out during the next turn. Plan your Turn 1 recruiting and Turn 2 attack carefully, to have enough muscle to take out the leaders and enough brawn and speed not to expose the damaged units too much to the two keep-full's of recruits who will scream bloody murder (literally...).

The Western Troll-Warrior-lead contingent cannot reach you in full force until turn 3 and (on Medium) may not attack all-out even then, so regardless of the leader lure gambit - deal as much damage as possible during the first day, while maintaining some reserve for defense during the night.

The second option - blowing up the bridge - is quite a bit easier to pull off, especially if you're on Hard or short on gold. Run South with a sufficient amount of screening units and hopefully those units you want to try and evacuate (they shouldn't be slow ones). Focus on running the Engineer - using other units to block for him, creating a ZOC corridor. Keep in mind that almost everyone is expendable (sigh...). Engage the enemy sparingly, only at those points necessary to clear the way for the evacuee units, or where you see an opportunity to level-up and heal. With the large keep in this scenario you have no excuse to dilly-dally.

On Hard, If you finish the scenario with just the required units plus about three level 3 units, don't panic. You can indeed finish the rest of the scenarios, starting with just a few level 3's. Note that the next scenario, The Drowned Plains, is good for leveling raw recruits. However, if you have a lot of level 3's, it would certainly be easier to tackle another upcoming "impossible" scenario, namely Weldyn Besieged, so you may wish to replay Evacuation to get a better result.

WanderingHero: While this scenario is cruel, its not as asinine as it appears. You've already beaten the hardest scenarios of the campaign, so you don't have much to worry about taking losses. Try saving a White Mage, and maybe a Knight that's close to Paladin or a Paladin; although even this is hardly essential. Your heavily armored units and able-bodied Ogres can be used to wall the enemy. Although the situation looks grim, you're actually near the end of the campaign, and the worst is behind you. You'll see the Checkered flag soon enough...

The Drowned Plains

  • Objective: Defeat Khrakrahs.
  • Lose if: Gweddry, Dacyn or Owaec dies, or turns run out.
  • Turns: 28/26/24 (easy/medium/hard).
  • Starting units: Gweddry, Dacyn, Owaec, Terraent, Grug, Engineer.

Khrakrahs is a level-4 Skeletal Dragon that will be found in or near the castle (located on an island in the south). In getting there, you need to proceed slowly and carefully through the swamp. That is because there are lots of fairly high level undead hidden there, waiting to ambush your troops. Don't panic. They are easy to take one at a time, and you can offer the killing blow to troops that you are eager to promote. Think twice about trying to maneuver more units around the back of the one you're trying to kill, as there may be more ambushing undead there.

The dragon wanders around near the castle but only attacks units which he can kill instantly. If only strong units come near him, he tries to flee. Because of the fog the major challenge of this scenario is finding him and then getting him surrounded so he cannot just move away again. Once you have him trapped like this, slaying him should be easy using your stronger units —preferrably using impact weapons because the dragon has a low resistance there. Magical attacks from your magi are also very effective against the dragon.

This scenario is a good opportunity for all the units with holy amulets you still have with you. Use them against the ambushers. Since there's a good early finish bonus, just recruit a keep of your best anti-undead units, find and kill the dragon and reap the reward.


Approaching Weldyn

  • Objective: Get Gweddry to Weldyn.
  • Lose if: Gweddry, Dacyn, Owaec or Konrad II dies, or turns run out.
  • Turns: 24.
  • Starting units: Gweddry, Dacyn, Owaec, Terraent, Grug, Engineer.

The objective is simple enough; Gweddry has to reach the castle occupied by Konrad II. This is simply a matter of moving him there quickly. The end.

There is no challenge here, but with undead around you can pick up some XP with your fast moving arcane-enhanced troops (i.e., the ones that picked up holy amulets in earlier scenarios.) Try not to overrecruit or dilly-dally, though, as you need all the gold you can get for the next scenario, Weldyn Under Attack.

The Council

Only plot in this. You see the inside of the castle.

Weldyn Under Attack

  • Objective: Survive until end of turns.
  • Lose if: Gweddry, Dacyn, Owaec or Konrad II dies.
  • Turns: 18.
  • Starting units: Gweddry, Dacyn, Owaec, Terraent, Grug, Engineer, Konrad II.
  • Other:
    • At the end of this scenario you will have to choose whether to fight Mal-Ravanal directly in a duel, or repel his invasion with all you've got. This dictates the final scenario you'll play for this campaign.

At scenario start, you find your keep in the center of an island. Three allied leaders also have their keeps on the island around yours. There are three enemy leaders (Liches) with equal amounts of gold at their disposal. The southwestern enemy leader is the only one that recruits Nightgaunts, the Southeastern Lich is the only one that recruits Blood Bats, and the Northern Lich is the only one that recruits Spectres.

The time of-day cycle in this scenario is 3 times slower than usual, and it starts at sunset, so the first 3 turns are Dusk, and then it's night-time (first and second watch) during another half of the entire scenario, which is painful - literally, considering the damage the Undead will deal your troops. Fearless or Neutral-alignment units are important, as is careful use of your Mages of Light's Illumination (see also below).

Your strategy should be to kill off one of the Liches and his troops, so that you can take over his defensive position. It's probably easiest to take the Northern keep.

Typically, the backbone of your army will be Heavy Infantry track units, Mages, and your Mages of Light (Dacyn and hopefully at least another one). On the first turn, recall one of each, plus 3 Cavalry units to the rear, preferably quick. Send the cavalry to rob your allies of their villages. They won't mind. Later, the cavalry can run around to distract the enemy. Send your Heavy infantry types, Mages, and Mages of light towards the target enemy stronghold. You should supplement them with any units with arcane attacks: Arch Mages, Silver Mages, White Mages, and any units that picked up amulets in previous scenarios.

However, if you managed to get your forces off the lake Vrug island in Evacuation (without blowing up the bridge), it's likely you are now able to recall a good number of Level-3 units with arcane attacks and maybe you even have a couple of Ogres. If that's the case you stand a chance (on Medium and v1.13.4 anyway) to assassinate the Northern Lich before he runs out of money. The way to do it is instruct the North-Western allied leader to attack the Northern Lich. Your units will set up in the fortified positions near the bridge due North, and in the villages - drawing some enemy units into the water and clearing one or two for your ally - while he, brilliant tactician that he is, sends his units blindly forward, North across the bridge and the stream to tackle the Lich's recruits head-on. This will bring the Weldyn units (mostly Mages probably) within range of the Lich himself, and he may come out for an attack - and into the water. If this happens (possibly on Turn 4 or 5) - make a gambit for his life: One unit can attack him from the bridge and one or two from the water. Of course these have to be arcane attacks, otherwise you're probably not going to kill him off; and apply Illumination to the attacker and maybe the Lich itself (i.e. make a Mage of Light one of the attackers). To complete the gambit, have some high-HP units defend the wounded attackers of the Lich from the side, so they don't get picked off easily the next round. Still, an L2 unit or even a Paladin is not a terrible loss in exchange for a Lich leader and his 100-gold-or-more in unrecruited units.

... But it's more likely not to have such a convenient strike force, in which case you probably not be able to assassinate the Lich before he is out of gold. When he dashes out to attack, check his gold. If he's broke, you might wish to ignore him for a turn or two while you kill off other units.

After you take over the stronghold, you may be able to recruit some more troops, if you saved some gold and/or did a good job capturing villages with your cavalry. Note that saving gold is of no use for The Duel, so spend it now if you're in a bind (saving gold is a luxury in this level which would help you in 'Weldyn Besieged'). Next, you should start preparing for the assault waves of the other two Liches. The combined assault waves may be more than your forces can survive. Therefore, while your main force braces itself, you should send out some ogres, cavalry, and/or silver Mages as distractions, mostly along the board edges. They can even get in a few kills.

For your main force, unless you have taken over the South-Western keep, you need to mind those invisible, infiltrating, backstabbing Nightgaunts that can be up to no good... they are now headed your way. Have your units form a block with their back to the board edge. Round the corners of the block towards the enemy (so that you don't have one unit face four attacks.) Keep your whole line solid and heavily wounded units buried deep inside.

In addition to Nightgaunts, you have the threat of Banebows, which can do 52 ranged damage in one turn. However, they are fairly easily killed with proper strategy. Move a mage of light adjacent to blind the Banebow (i.e., remove its +25% bonus) and provide light for your lawful unit's attack (i.e., remove its -25% adjustment.) Move a Shock Trooper (or similar, preferably arcane enhanced) adjacent to the banebow and mage of light. Move a General up to lend Leadership to the attacker. You may kill the Banebow in one attack. Otherwise, if the Banebow is quite wounded, you can use the mage of light to finish it off.

If you lose when you try to make a stand, you could instead try splitting your forces in two to attack the remaining two Liches. Some players have had success with this, killing the last leader by turn 14 or 15. Just remember that the objective is to survive until the end of turns, and Nightgaunts may be a problem. Killing all three leaders is a victory though and will earn you a early finish bonus of 54/turn, which is important if you go on to Weldyn Besieged.

If you have one or two Silver Mages available, they are quite useful in this scenario. The map is rather large so have some fast-moving units like horsemen run through enemy territory and capture individual villages. Then use the teleport ability of your silver mage to perform hit-and-run (or rather: hit-and-teleport) attacks. Make sure you do not get him killed, though, by holding out too long after attacking. Make good use of Gweddry's leadership ability (he should be a Grand Marshal by now), and of Konrad's Sceptre of Fire to get rid of the most dangerous enemies coming your way.

At the end of the scenario, you must choose between challenging Mal-Ravanal to a duel (The Duel) or defending Weldyn against the final Undead attack (Weldyn Besieged). Weldyn Besieged is intended as a challenging final scenario; players without a good recall list and sizable warchest will find The Duel much more accommodating.

Diverging Campaign Path

The Duel

  • Objective: Defeat Mal-Ravanal while Dacyn is nearby.
  • Lose if: Gweddry or Dacyn dies, or Dacyn is not nearby when Mal-Ravanal is defeated.
  • Turns: Unlimited.
  • Starting units: Gweddry, Dacyn.
  • Other:
    • You can only recruit for the first turn.

This is a somewhat strange scenario: you get to recall/recruit exactly five units and then have to fight Mal-Ravanal and his six chosen troops. Mal-Ravanal will recruit mostly level 3 units so this looks difficult. However, it is, in fact, quite manageable. Your goal is to attack first and hit hard—you should be able to eliminate two or three enemy units before they even get the chance to attack.

Except for Konrad II, you will have all of your units available in the recall list (including Owaec). Recall mages of light and other high-level arcane troops. Advance onto the battlefield, but stop just short of the enemies' range. After the enemies move closer, concentrate your attacks on a few of their units, particularly those with the strongest attacks. "Cowardly" Gweddry may be able to grant leadership bonuses to your troops, however he should probably refrain from actual fighting so he does not accidentally get killed.

Try to finish the fight quickly, as Mal-Ravanal plays unfair and every so often recruits another 3 units, albeit not so tough as the first batch of 6. If you position a weak unit within Mal-Ravanal's movement range the arrogant lich will gleefully charge out onto the battlefield and leave himself wide open for your counterattack.

Weldyn Besieged

  • Objective: Defeat Mal-Ravanal while Dacyn is nearby.
  • Lose if: Gweddry, Dacyn, Owaec or Konrad II dies, any enemy unit reaches your keep, or Dacyn is not nearby when Mal-Ravanal is defeated.
  • Turns: Unlimited.
  • Starting units: Gweddry, Dacyn, Owaec, Terraent, Grug, Konrad II.

This battle is intended as a substantial challenge, and is inadvisable with low gold or an inadequate recall list. You face off against seven enemy leaders, with the goal of finding and eliminating Mal-Ravanal among them. The liches' names aren't revealed until they are attacked, and Mal-Ravanal is more likely to be revealed later in the scenario (the names are randomly assigned when you attack). Attacking a lich gives it a small boost of gold, but killing the wrong lich gives every other lich extra gold.

A quick scout unit can charge past the undead hordes to attack and identify a lich. Once you've found Mal-Ravanal, send Dacyn and any mounted arcane-attack units to attack. You can draw Mal-Ravanal out of the keep by positioning a sacrificial horseman nearby. Once the lich is out in the open, your arcane damage cavalry should have no trouble finishing the battle in a single turn.

Meanwhile you'll need the rest of your troops to hold the central keep against the undead onslaught. If you can spare the funds, a few sacrificial troops can delay the incoming enemies on one side, giving you the opportunity to focus your firepower on the undead approaching from the other side(s). Note, however, that each enemy killed causes the lich to recruit another. If things turn grim, retreat to the castle and make your final stand.

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