Sceptre of Fire

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A Bargain Is Struck

  • Objectives: Transport caravans to the castle and move Alanin to the castle, or defeat the elvish leader
  • Lose if: Haldric, Rugnur or one of the caravans die or time runs out
  • Turns: 24
  • Starting units: Rugnur and Alanin
  • Other: It is probably easier and quicker to defeat the elvish leader

After a short dialogue, you have to get four caravans to your keep in the north. This is a straightforward mission. Merely move the caravans towards your keep. Recruit two or three units for Rugnur and send them south at all speed (scouts work well here, provided you are playing on 1.7.x). Use your units to shepherd the caravans, cutting it off from the elves, until it reaches the mountains. Normally, your human allies wipe out the elven attack before your troops can get stuck in, but if you can get some experience, all the better for the next mission. Use this chance to gain some experience for Rugnur in particular.

Because the humans are so effective against the elves, you may be able to simply ignore the caravans and go kill the elvish leader. Remember elves are tough to hit in forest, so concentrate on picking off the ones who venture into the grassland and let the humans take their licks against the dug-in elves.

Closing The Gates

  • Objectives: Close the gates by having a unit standing on all six glyphs simultaneously
  • Lose if: Rugnur or Baglur die or time runs out
  • Turns: 15
  • Starting units: Rugnur and Baglur
  • Other
    • If there are any elves in the caves after you shut the gates, you must kill them.
    • Any units outside the caves when the gates close will die; pull your units back.

This involves hunting down some trolls and stalling the elves. Firstly, recall and recruit a substantial amount of thunderers and fighters. Move all your guardsmen down towards the three towers, those two glyphs can be easily covered near the end. Move two thunderers down that way as well.

Send Rugnur and one or two fighters and a thunderer down a passage and send the rest of your forces to kill the trolls at the other passage. Once they are dead, close the glyph beside the side entrance. This will close it (I managed to shut a troll whelp outside, who promptly killed two elf scouts over the course of the scenario and managed to level up :D). Leave two behind to hold those glyphs in the passage you picked and repeat for the other passage. Then once you have done that, defend the gate until turn 14 or so, picking up as much experience as possible (try to get Rugnor at least to level 2). Then, pull all your troops back behind the gate (any left outside will automatically die, and those trapped in the door will be squished) and place any soldiers on the two remaining glyphs.

Searching for the Runecrafter

  • Objectives: Send a non-Gryphon to Thursagan's village and bring him back to the signpost
  • Lose if: Rugnur, Baglur, Alanin or Krawg die or time runs out
  • Turns: 20
  • Starting units: Rugnur, Baglur, Alanin, Krawg and a Gryphon

As soon as you move one of your units, you'll encounter Krawg and his other friendly Gryphon. Thursagan is hiding in a random village. You have to go find him and bring him back to the signpost in your keep. He won't follow a Gryphon, so you have to send a dwarf (or Alanin).

The monsters you'll face are Wolves, Ogres, Trolls and Woses. Mostly Wolves. Maintain a defensive position in your mountain stronghold and send your Gryphons to find Thursagan. Then send a dwarf to bring him back.

The Trolls, Woses and Ogres hit hardest, so concentrate on killing them when they arrive. Don't let the wolves flank you and get inside your perimeter.

Gathering Materials

  • Objectives: Mine one gold deposit and two coal deposits (see below)
  • Lose if: Rugnur or Thursagan die or time runs out
  • Turns: 40/37/34 (easy/medium/hard)
  • Starting units: Rugnur, Baglur, Thursagan and two Dwarvish Runesmiths
  • Other: to mine you must recruit a Dwarvish Miner, move him to the deposit and move him back to the keep

The coal deposits are near the northwest troll and the southeast troll. The gold deposit is near the village in the middle. In order to mine, you must recruit a Dwarvish Miner, move him to the deposit and move him back to the keep. The mining can be done with just one Miner, but make it a priority to grab the deposits as quickly as you can. The gold is easy and the northwest coal can be snatched before you kill the Troll up there. Obviously don't let that Miner die.

Recruit 2 keepfuls of units and get to the middle area quickly. The goblins are numerous but weak. The trick here is to hold the northeast against Troll Whelps and Ogres, the southeast against more Whelps and Rocklobbers and still have enough units to kill all the goblins. Oh, and you only have one village and no healers. The AI doesn't like attacking your Runesmiths/Thursagan when they are on good defensive ground. I guess the outcome is too unfavorable given the 70% magical chance to hit. You can use this to your advantage when clogging up passageways.

Remember to move your Miner to and from the deposits as quickly as possible. In general, the order of things to do besides that is:

  • Get your troops into the middle clearing and dig in.
  • Kill the goblins and their leader.
  • Kill the last of the wave from the northeast and reinforce the southeast.
  • Move some of your forces to finish the northeast leader and the rest to reinforce the southeast.
  • Push to the southeast (there are villages down here) and get the last leader.

The easiest order to get the deposits is probably gold, northwest coal, southeast coal.

Hills of the Shorbear Clan

  • Objectives: Defeat the dwarf leader and have all heroes in the cave while no enemies are in it
  • Lose if: Rugnur, Alanin, Krawg, Thursagan or Durstorn die or time runs out
  • Turns: 24
  • Starting units: Rugnur, Alanin, Krawg, Thursagan, Durstorn, a Thunderguard and a Steelclad

Since Durstorn started a fight, you have to kick the dwarves out of their cave. The problem is that some elves show up and start fighting you too. So you have to take over the cave and kick everyone else out.

You can use Krawg and another Gryphon to go around the map and flag lots of villages. You'll get lots of gold and can use that to recruit a couple of fresh units if you need after you capture the Shorbears' keep.

The scenario is pretty straightforward. When fighting the dwarves use the terrain to your advantage. A dwarf on a mountain tile is only hit 30% of the time... unless you are attacking with a Runesmith/Runemaster. Their magical attacks (70% chance to hit) can make all the difference. Once you are in the cave and fighting off the elves, seal up the exits when you can. Now all you need to do is wipe out any stragglers and you are done.

Towards the Caves

  • Objectives: Move Alanin to the southern border east of the river, move Rugnur to the northeast cave
  • Lose if: Rugnur, Alanin, Krawg or Thursagan die or time runs out
  • Turns: 12
  • Starting units: Rugnur, Baglur, Krawg, Thursagan, and Alanin

It is important to realize that the two objectives do not need to be accomplished simultaneously; once Alanin touches the southern border, he disappears and his part is done. So, you can just send him straight south from turn 1. Have him go along the western edge of the river and cross over when he is at the bottom. The southeastern elves really don't like Alanin, so be careful not to attract too much attention. (Note that you can use that to your advantage to slow the advance of those elves).

This scenario is an exercise in holding a defensible position. The problem is that position has six entrances and you are up against a bunch of level 2 attackers. Recruit 2 or 3 keeps full of soldiers, sneak Alanin and Rugnur out (maybe with a few units (Gryphons?) for cover and village flagging), and dig in. Rotate your units and try not to lose to many. Since most of the attackers are level 2, you can level some units with a couple of kills. Stay on good defensive ground and don't try anything crazy. Yes, you can also win by killing all the leaders. Good luck with that.

Outriding the Outriders

  • Objectives: Reach the outpost in the south
  • Lose if: Alanin dies or time runs out
  • Turns: 12
  • Starting units: Alanin

The Dragon

  • Objectives: Get Rugnur, Thursagan and Krawg to the end of the tunnel; then move Thursagan to the forge and defend him for 9 turns
  • Lose if: Rugnur, Thursagan or Krawg die
  • Turns: n/a
  • Starting units: Rugnur, Thursagan, Krawg, and Baglur

Caverns of Flame

  • Objectives: ...
  • Lose if: Rugnur, Thursagan or Krawg die
  • Turns: n/a
  • Starting units: Rugnur, Thursagan, Krawg, Baglur and many others