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The Hammer of Thursagan

The walkthrough is up-to-date as of version 1.7.0 and is based on medium difficulty.

Scenario 1 – At The East Gate

  • Objectives: Defeat Orcish leader
  • Lose if: Aiglondur dies or turns run out
  • Turns: 32/30/28 (easy/medium/hard)
  • Starting units: Aiglondur, Gryphon Rider

This is pretty simple. Send a mixed force of Thunderers, Fighters, and Guardsmen along the road, and a few units south into the hills if the orcs go that way. That path through the forest can be deadly – they will surround you if they can, and can heal at the base of the path. Any Dwarf in forest is weak, while Wolf Riders are at a defensive advantage. Send the Gryphon Rider off village gathering to the north. The enemy recruited mostly Wolf Riders and Grunts, with a few Archers as I neared his keep. Preserve the Gryphon Rider; you are not able to recruit more. Try and keep your units alive (this can be tricky to achieve while moving forward – his units are dangerous, and some are very fast – make sure hurt units stay out of reach, rather than failing to notice that an almost dead Wolf Rider being chased by a Gryphon is still a threat), and try to level at least one dwarf – your leader is an excellent choice. Play according to the basics, and you’ll have no trouble.

Scenario 2 – Reclaiming The Past

Plot only. You gain what is perhaps the best support unit ever invented. Your new companion has two magical impact attacks, one of which slows, he’s very fast, and most importantly, he can give a Leadership-like 25% attack boost to units on the same level. He later becomes able to cure, and then heal +4. As he is your only healer for a while (until scenario 8), make it a priority to level him and get the curing/healing. Angarthing makes fighting much easier.

Scenario 3 - Strange Allies

  • Objectives: Defeat Bandit leader
  • Lose if: Aiglondur, Angarthing or Marth-Tak (Orcish leader) die or turns run out
  • Turns: 30/28/24 (easy/medium/hard)
  • Starting units: Aiglondur and Angarthing

In this scenario, you are allies with the orcs, and must defeat the bandits, who start at the east end of the map, and with quite a fair bit of gold. The bandits recruited mostly footpads and outlaws, but a few thugs, and a poacher or two near the end. I recalled only one turns worth of dwarves and the Gryphon, and sent them straight east, through the river at the ford. Your allies are an incredible help in this level; once you reach the bandit's side of the river, the orcs should already have engaged most of their troops to the south. One good way to go about the rest of this battle is to keep your units off to one side, and grab the finishing blows, especially to those level 2 outlaws. You should have 3 or 4 people (hopefully including Aiglondur and Angarthing) leveled by the end of this battle.

Scenario 4 - Troll Bridge

  • Objectives: Defeat Troll leader
  • Lose if: Aiglondur or Angarthing die or turns run out
  • Turns: 20/16/12 (easy/medium/hard)
  • Starting units: Aiglondur and Angarthing
  • Other: You loot 200 gold from the troll

This one was a piece of cake. Recall a castle-full of troops, and set camp at the first line of trees and mountains, to the north side of the road. Your opponent can only recruit Level 1 Troll Whelps, so he doesn't have much attack strength. After the first onslaught, the remaining Whelps either retreat, or throw themselves at your weakest unit. Try and kill the enemies with weaker units, as it's a great chance to gain some experience. Also, after you kill the Troll leader, you find that he was sitting on a pile of 200 gold.

Scenario 5 - Invaders

  • Objectives: Defeat enemy leaders (3)
  • Lose if: Aiglondur or Angarthing die or turns run out
  • Turns: 40/40/40 (easy/medium/hard)
  • Starting units: Aiglondur, Angarthing and another dwarf
  • Other: Hostile villagers come out of some villages when first flagged

When you flag your first village, you will discover that there are quite a number of outlaws hiding in it. This can be your undoing, but it can also work to your advantage: Try not to flag too many villages and retain a tight group. That way, your opponents will be quite preoccupied fighting the outlaws and you won't have to fight them simultaneously. Move in a tight pack along the southern border of the map and take out your enemies one by one. When I finally reached the northern orc, his troops were happily brawling away with the outlaws in the northwest...

The randomization on the bandit spawning system is also another advantage. Occasionally, you may play a map in which all the villages you flag are bandit-free.

Scenario 6 - High Pass

  • Objectives: Move Aiglondur to signpost at end of pass
  • Lose if: Aiglondur, Angarthing or Ratheln die or turns run out
  • Turns: 24/18/12 (easy/medium/hard)
  • Starting units: Aiglondur and Angarthing
  • Other: Friendly Arch Mage, Ratheln, available in a village near the middle of the path

Recalling your Gryphon Rider is a must on this scenario, he will be your eye in the fog. Dwarves just can't see very far in the snow. The rest is pretty straight forward, just make sure you meet the Arch Mage hiding in a village near the center of the pass. Time is pretty tight in this scenario. Don't dawdle.

Scenario 7 - Mages and Drakes

  • Objectives: Defeat Drake leader
  • Lose if: Aiglondur or Angarthing die or turns run out
  • Turns: 30/24/18 (easy/medium/hard)
  • Starting units: Aiglondur and Angarthing

Guardsmen and Thunderers are your units of choice in this scenario since they have piercing attacks that are quite deadly to drakes. Do not try to sweep the map of all opposition, your mobility disadvantage is too huge for that. Just move to the nest of the drakes with a pack of well seasoned troops, trying to stay in the mountains/hills as much as possible, otherwise the fire drakes could really hurt your dwarves.

Scenario 8 - Fear

  • Objectives: Find the villagers then defeat Masked Dwarf leader
  • Lose if: Aiglondur or Angarthing die or turns run out
  • Turns: 30/24/18 (easy/medium/hard)
  • Starting units: Aiglondur, Angarthing and 1 or 2 Mages and Ratheln (depending on difficulty)

The worst mistake you can make in this scenario is to recall too many troops. Those Ulfserkers look dangerous (and they probably are, if you let them get at one of your Thunderers or Magi), but otherwise your enemy is weak and you will need your gold. Just make sure, the Dwarvish Ulfserkers hit only a Dwarvish Lord or Sentinel, preferably while he's standing on a village, and everything will be fine.

You get an experienced Mage (or two, on easy) at the start of this scenario. Level him to a White Mage, you'll be facing undead before long and you'll need his healing abilities. It really pays to educate a second White Mage, by the way, even better if he's quick.

You can recruit the Mage unit now. If all of your Magi die (and you have none available for recall) you will lose the ability to recruit them. This would be a big blow, so don't let it happen.

Scenario 9 - Forbidden Forest

  • Objectives: Move both Aiglondur and Angarthing to the eastern signpost
  • Lose if: Aiglondur or Angarthing die or turns run out
  • Turns: 40/34/28 (easy/medium/hard)
  • Starting units: Aiglondur, Angarthing and any surviving Mages from Scenario 8

This is a tough one. You are fighting elves. You are fighting them in a forest. And you are fighting them under fog of war. So, once again, your Gryphon Rider (preferably leveled into a Gryphon Master) is a must. Trouble is, Elvish Riders are as fast or faster than he is, and, he won't be able to spot Elvish Rangers or Woses because of their Ambush ability. If I were playing the elves in this scenario, I would take on almost any number of dwarves. Only the stupidity of the AI saves you from a grim defeat. So recall as many units as you can, you need your numbers to make up for your tactical disadvantage.

I've never tried to run in a tight pack to the signpost. It might work, but those elves would swarm you from all sides. Of course you don't have to finish off their leaders, you will have to finish off their entire troops however.

In that temple in the center of the map is the Staff of Righteous Flame that will strike down every enemy next to a dying Mage. It might be worth to give it to an inexperienced Mage and do a kamikaze attack with him. He might take out two or more Level 2 units that way.

If you are struggling with this level, take note that you have quite a few turns. You do not need to sprint to the signpost. The enemy leader to the south is poorly funded and recruits weak units. You should be able to handle her forces by getting to the riverbank quickly and digging in (there is some forested hill terrain useful for this). Magic users will have always have a high chance to hit elves in the forest. The leader won't come get you so once you have killed her units you can move on.

When you reach the central region of the map, expect to get ambushed by several Woses. Fighting them off will not be too hard, as Dwarvish Lords and Magi are highly effective in destroying them. Be careful with your Gryphon, as he is susceptible to getting ambushed, trapped and killed by the hiding Woses, Rangers and Scouts/Riders.

Scenario 10 - The Siege of Kal Kartha

  • Objectives: Defeat Orcish leaders (3)
  • Lose if: Aiglondur, Angarthing, or Dulcatulos(allied leader) die or turns run out
  • Turns: 35/35/35 (easy/medium/hard)
  • Starting units: Aiglondur, Angarthing and any surviving Mages from Scenario 8

It is quite easy to grab the patch of hills in front of you, wait for the northern enemies to come to you and chew them up. But you also need to make sure, that you put enough pressure on the central enemy. If left alone, he gangs up with the southern one and you may be too late to rescue your ally.

More often than not, the Orcs will ignore you completely and focus all their firepower on your weak ally. If this happens, create three strike teams and rush the enemy leaders (who will be completely unguarded), as your ally will not be able to hold off their collective might for very long.

Scenario 11 - The Court of Karrag

  • Objectives: Defeat Karrag
  • Lose if: Aiglondur, Angarthing, or Dulcatulos die or turns run out
  • Turns: 12/12/12 (easy/medium/hard)
  • Starting units: Aiglondur, Angarthing, Dulcatulos and Ratheln
  • Other: Neither side can recruit units

Almost story only. Once again, those Berserkers are your most dangerous opponents, so take them out with your Dwarvish Lords.

If you can, get Dulcatulos some kills. Leveling him helps his survival in the next scenario.

Scenario 12 - The Underlevels

  • Objectives: Defeat Karrag
  • Lose if: Aiglondur, Angarthing, or Dulcatulos die
  • Turns: no limit
  • Starting units: Aiglondur, Angarthing, Dulcatulos and Ratheln
  • Other:
    • Two alcoves with 150 gold in the first gallery
    • 4 caves with friendly prisoners in the north (just before the spiders)
    • Teleportation runes
    • Secret passage down to the first Lich

Don't start playing this scenario, if you don't have a lot of time to spare. It's not so much of a scenario, it's actually a small campaign in itself. This is even more extreme than the missions in "Under the Burning Suns". As this is the last fighting scenario, you can recall shamelessly. Two White Mages, your loyal Arch Mage and another Red Mage are really useful here. By now, your army should consist of numerous Dwarvish Lords, Sentinels and Dragonguards, along with lower-level units. Recall everything and recruit more with your leftover gold. It's going to be a long brawl, so you need to be prepared.

In short, you will have to fight a gallery full of Masked Dwarves, 4 different Masked Dwarf leaders and their armies, a cavern full of Giant Spiders, 2 Liches and their Undead armies, and finally, once you're done with all that, have a final showdown with Karrag. But there is no time limit, so you can take as long as you wish to complete this mission.

The Gallery

A hall with a line of dwarves on either side in extremely good defensive position. Try to take them out as fast as you can, cycling wounded units back to your healers for, before long, masked dwarves will start to pour into the gallery from the other side. There is a treasure behind each line of defenders, which provides a little extra cash should you need it for more recruits.

The First Enemy

He sits right at the other end of the gallery, again in a good defensive position. But with enough aggression, he should not be a problem. Once you've taken his castle, you will need to split your forces. Split them as evenly as you can. (Did I mention, that two White Mages are a real asset? Each group will need a healer!)

The Fight in the Corridors

Your enemies now are numerous and strong. But you are fighting underground in passages only three hexes wide. This is your advantage. Form defensive lines, let them come to you, and beat them to a pulp once they do. Don't worry if this takes some time, you will have to defeat almost their entire forces, before you can dare to enter the halls at the ends of the corridors. There is no turn limit anyway.

Once you defeat the southern enemy, you will find a locked door. Just leave your troops there, your other group can easily take care of getting the key in the north east corner.

When you have defeated the last enemy in the north, make sure to free the prisoners in the cells near his castle.

The Spiders and the First Lich

Before you move your norther force east to find the key, you should make a decision. There is a Lich on the eastern side of the map. You can enter his cellar from behind the locked door in the south, or through a long windy passage from the north. He's rather weak, but you need to take him out first, if you don't want him attacking your back while you face your real enemy.

The first possibility is to use the transportation runes to get your forces down to the locked door and fight him from there. In that case, go east with only a few well leveled dwarves, Angarthing and a White Mage, for there is quite a number of Spiders defending the key. Once your read the spell, go back to the runes, reunite your forces and take out the Lich in the east.

But if you want to get to the Lich through the back door, you need to take your whole northern force east. Defeat the Spiders, run down that narrow passage until your reach the end of the tunnel. It's just caved in, you can open it by moving a unit there. Before you do, open the locked door and advance with your southern force south east until you meet the undead forces. Be careful, they recruit quite a number of Shadows, nasty skirmishing, nightstalking Ghosts. Once the battle is raging you can open the backdoor to the Lich's castle and take him out.

Either way, you will have to do some boring running here.

The Second Lich

He sits in a big cavern behind the doors in the south west. Only take him on with your entire army (if you don't want to do another chokepoint fight at the door). He too makes heavy use of shadows, so make sure to form solid lines! His forces are likely to be at a fair distance when you open the door, so, with your entire army, you have a good chance to finish him in only a few turns by rushing in at top speed. If that does not work, safeload and do a chokepoint fight at the door.


He's defended by quite a number of Draugs. They can take out a fully healed Dwarvish Lord in a single turn! So make sure, they don't hack Aiglondur to pieces. Dwarvish Lords are your unit of choice nevertheless, since their hammers do heavy damage while they fight off the onslaught. Take out the wounded with your Mages, protecting them once again with Dwarvish Lords. You should be able to get to Karrag before you have to finish off all the Draugs.

Scenario 13 - Epilogue

Just story here.