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Undying Dynasties

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introduction

u n dy i n g dy n a s t i e s

Monarchs of the Dead


Death Priests
Tomb Harbingers
Tomb Architects
Ark of Ages
Skeleton Warriors
Skeleton Chariots

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Skeleton Horsemen
Great Vultures
Scarab Swarms
Sand Scorpions
Sphinxes
Shabti
Sand Stalkers
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Tomb Cataphracts
Necropolis Guard
Colossi
Skull Catapult
Winged Reapers
Dread Sphinx
The Casket of Phatep

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n a p ta a n m a g i c
army rules

treasures of the tomb


army list

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quick reference sheet


epilogue

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Thomas Karlsson cover art, pages 11, 14, 17, 23, 28, 32, 39 and ornamental art. Ollie Cuthbo pages 9, 35,
41, and 46. Francesco Sturlese pages 3, 8 and 30. Adalidsilvano pages 5, 21, 25 and ornamental art.
Alberto Bontempi pages 19 and 29. Davide Castelluccio pages 27 and 37.
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The 9th Age review team

kingdoms
of the dead:
my travels in Naptesh
by Beatrix von Ueblingen, Wizard of the Imperial
Society of Eichtal

6th of Keimzeit, 1648 A.S.

cannot believe my luck. Of all the


people the Society could have chosen
to lead the expedition, they chose me!
That whey-faced worm van der Grimm
looked like he was on the point of apoplexy when they made the announcement.
If this is to be my journal, I should explain: the Society is outfitting an expedition to Naptesh. Naptesh! The legendary Kingdom of the Dead, cradle of
human civilisation and the art of necromancy, which swallowed the Lost Crusade and generations of treasure hunters in its trackless deserts. The research
opportunities are endless.

Beatrix von Ueblingen,


Wizard of the Imperial Society of Eichtal

This all began one month ago, when the


Society purchased a number of artefacts
from the adventurer Ferdinand Valdes (whose exploits you have no doubt
heard of). Though our experts were dubious of their provenance at first, close
inspection proved beyond doubt that

the contents of Valdes haul were in fact


genuine Naptaan grave goods. The goddess knows how Valdes came by these;
he certainly wasnt forthcoming with the
information.
The prime specimen was a gilded sar-

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cophagus, containing the mummified


body of an actual Naptaan prince. As one
of the Societys foremost experts on the
Naptaan script, you can imagine my excitement when I deciphered the hieroglyphs on the sarcophagus that identified the body inside as none other than
King Kharatep, listed in the Chronicles
of Teput as one of the keepers of the funerary caskets of Phatep.
There was no sign of the casket among
the loot Valdes sold us, and close questioning of his men revealed they had
not seen anything matching its description. The implication is clear if Valdes men did not take it, the casket must
still be there! We wasted no time in extracting the location of the tomb from
them, and putting together our own expedition to retrieve it. Quite apart from
their historical importance, the caskets
are supposedly artefacts of immense arcane power how those strutting peacocks at Narrenwald will tear out their
hair when they hear we have one in our
possession!

cerpt from the Naptaan legend known


as the Time of the Great Dying, which
explains the origins of the caskets. For
now I must make my preparations for
departure the expedition sets off tomorrow.

For those unfamiliar with Naptaan lore,


I include on the following pages an ex-

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t h e g r e at dy i n g
The following excerpt is from Abd al-Latifs seminal translation of the
Naptaan Book of the Dead. It is reproduced here in the Imperial tongue by
permission of the Great Library of Eichtal.

reatest of all the kings of Naptesh


was Phatep, who sat at the right
hand of the gods. Under his divine rule
the summers were long, the harvests were
bountiful, and the borders of the empire
stretched from the mountains to the western sea. His queen was Teput the wise,
and together they ruled in harmony over
the peoples of the valley and the desert.

Vizier to Phatep was Setesh the outlander, whose heart grew hard with envy of
his king. In secret he brought together
others of the younger houses of Naptesh, promising them wealth and power when he came to rule. First among
Seteshs conspirators was Nepharet, the
queen of Hanaphuk. Nepharet had long
resented the rule of the kings of Teh5

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met, and saw in Seteshs plot a chance


to elevate her own city above all others.

nine pieces. He commanded that each of


the pieces of Phateps body be sealed in
a gilded chest of its own, and carried far
from Nepharets palace to conceal the
evidence of their crime. Setesh would
return to Tehmet and take the throne,
claiming the kings ship had been lost at
sea. He took with him the kings heart,
knowing that that was where Phateps
true divinity resided.

Together with his conspirators, Setesh


devised a trap. When Phatep travelled
by sea to speak to the little men of the
mountains, a splendid banquet was prepared in Nepharets court for his return.
When the white sails of the ship were
seen on the horizon, Setesh instructed
that the king was to be brought to the
palace in the hours of darkness, so that
none would see him come or go.

Unknown to Setesh, one of his followers


- Tekhamun, the twice-turned - already
grew sick with guilt at what they had
done, the taste of the kings blood turning foul on his tongue. So it was that on
his journey home, Tekhamun threw the
chest containing Phateps head into the
great river Napaat, which carried it to
the feet of queen Teput.

When the banquet table had been laid


and the king given the seat of honour,
Nepharet bade her servants produce a
wondrous chest, ornamented with gold
and lapis lazuli. With fine words, Nepharet
told all present she would present it as a
gift to the first of her guests who could
fit themselves wholly inside its walls.

Teput had received summons from


Setesh to attend him at court, but knew
now the treachery of Phateps grand
vizier. Carrying her husbands head as
proof, she rallied the old families of
Naptesh against the usurper, and the
empire was torn by civil war. At first, it
appeared Setesh could not hope to triumph against Teput and her allies. Their
wealth was greater, their armies more
mighty. Setesh, however, had stolen the
heart of the king, and with it the power
of the gods themselves.

One by one, Nepharets guests tried and


failed, protesting that they could not fit
themselves inside. At last, in his cups,
the king was prevailed upon to try. The
moment Phatep knelt down inside the
chest, Seteshs lackeys slammed shut the
lid. Drawing their swords, they ran the
chest through, striking again and again
until their blades ran red with the blood
of the king. Nepharet and the conspirators drank of the blood that ran from the
chest, hoping to gain some measure of
the kings divine power.

Setesh threw open the gates of the underworld, dragging the dead from their
rest to fight for him again, and the armies of Teput were thrown back. For

It was at this time that Setesh the traitor


chose to emerge from the shadows. He
bade his followers cut Phateps body into
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years the war raged, poisoning the


lands of the empire. Cities were razed
and villages were burned, leaving only
death and sorrow behind. Disgusted at
what had become of their favoured son,
the gods turned their back on Naptesh.
A terrible drought turned the fertile
fields of Naptesh to dust, and the traitors who had drunk of Phateps blood
were afflicted with a curse of eternal
thirst. Still Seteshs army of the dead
fought on, needing no drink, nor food,
nor shade.

realised the terrible truth of his promise. She cried to the gods of Naptesh to
spare her, and she was answered. The
gates of the underworld were shut forever, sealing Setesh in as god of his own
prison. In turn, the people of Naptesh
were condemned never to know peace
in the halls of the afterlife, wandering
instead in this world as the restless dead.

After long years of bloodshed, Teput


brought Setesh himself to battle on the
plain of Takhat. Beneath the blaze of the
sun, the two armies clashed, while the
usurper and the rightful queen sought
each other out. Face to face, they fought
until at last they fell, each having dealt
the other a mortal wound. As they lay
dying, Setesh mocked Teput. I have no
fear of death, he told her, for I have made
myself master of death. But when your
death comes, your spirit will become a
subject in my realm.

So it was that the kingdom of Naptesh


became the kingdom of the dead. Those
living who remained in the haunted lands
soon fled, their fields already turned to
ash by the curse of the gods. Only those
nobles who could not bear to leave the
proud history of their ancestors behind
remained. Waited on by households of
the dead, they lingered in their palaces of marble and alabaster until death
came for them. Then their undead servants would embalm them according to
the ancient custom, and carry them to
their tombs, to wait down the long ages
against the day that Setesh the betrayer could be destroyed, and their path to
paradise made clear once more.

Even as Setesh breathed his last, Teput

They are still waiting.

Variations on this myth have been found in the Annals of the Dust Sea and in the oldest catacombs of Avras. Records exist of another account encountered by the crusaders of Equitaine
under the rock formations on the north coast of Naptesh known as the Pillars of Har-Khowar
- regrettably, these carvings were destroyed at the order of the priesthood of Sunna - B. U.

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27th of Keimzeit, 1648 A.S.

t has been a long voyage, but we have


finally made landfall at the city of Port
Reynaud, on the north Taphrian coast.
I for one will not be sorry to say goodbye to our ship, the Glory of Sunna - the
Wallowing Tub would have been a better
name. I have never felt so sick in my life.

town itself. Thankfully we have no need


to stay here long just long enough to
pick up guides, guards and pack animals
for our expedition into the desert. Gunther has been out hiring and our roster
is almost complete. Few of the locals
seem willing to assist us. Perhaps in the
circumstances it is understandable, but
I do wish they could be made to see past
their superstitious fears. I suppose it is
their loss.

Port Reynaud was built as a crusader


port, and it shows the great fortifications surrounding the harbour and the
keep are far more impressive than the

Gilles DAuvigne - a
Johannes Grunstein
Gunther Helmgart grim fellow, and the
head of our porters from - a scholar of ancient hisnewly-appointed leader
tory from the University
the Imperial Society. A
of our guards. Gunther
of Narrenwald. He seems
stout and reliable man,
found him close to the
singularly useless to me,
he has been invaluable on
the journey thus far. I fear but Master Aldebrand in- docks, and says he fought
sisted we take him along. in the last crusade. From
however that the heat is
He claims some knowl- his scars it certainly seems
getting to him.
plausible.
edge ofNaptaan hieroglyphs, and chews so much
qat that his hands tremble
incessantly if he goes one
day without it.

Abdullah ibn-Rahil the head of our guides. He


claims he is well-known
to the desert tribes in these
parts, and can see us safely
through the sands - although it took a great deal
of money to convince him
when he learned of our
destination. Personally
I would not be surprised
if his fear was feigned. It
was certainly an effective
negotiating tactic.

nomarchs
of the dead

he mummy Valdes supplied to the society was the best-preserved


specimen I have ever had the privilege of examining. The hieroglyphs on the lid of the sarcophagus identified the body as Kharatep,
king of Djedesh. His list of titles was very grand - Favoured Son of
Nephet-Ra, Lord of the Delta, Pillar of the Sky, Right Hand of the
High Queen, Last and Greatest of His Line.

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monarchs of the dead

monarchs of the dead

These can be seen as typical for the kings of Naptesh. Though during
the time of their empire all the cities of Naptesh answered to the king
of Tehmet, each city had its own royal line. The kings, or pharaohs,
were glorified as demigods, separate from and superior to the common
people who laboured to build their great monuments.
Each pharaoh kept a court, filled with lesser nobles (or nomarchs)
who claimed various degrees of proximity to the royal blood. Those
whose relation was too distant to hope to inherit sought glory on the
battlefield, or else joined the orders of the empires priests. Those of
higher birth attended closely to the wishes of the pharaoh, seeking always to be confirmed as his heir. The history of the greatest dynasties of
Naptesh could be traced for many centuries, and the throne of Tehmet
changed hands between them on several occasions. Since the fall of the
Naptaan empire, it is the tombs of the pharaohs that have formed the
most enduring symbol of their kingdom. According to legend, the mummified bodies of the kings still sleep fitfully within, waking sometimes in
kingly anger to direct their armies against the lands of the living. Thankfully, Valdes specimen showed no such inclinations - but the Society has
placed powerful wards on the chamber in which it is kept. Just in case.

Rise up, O Haphut!


Take your head, collect your bones,
Gather your limbs, shake the earth from your flesh!
The gatekeeper comes out to you, he grasps your hand,
Rise up, O Haphut, you shall not die!

- Inscription found on the Sakur tombs, in Qassar

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priests

M.H.: Who are you? What is your name?

Akhamun? Is that you? You know me. Ages have passed and seas have dried
since last we fought, but I know the smell of your magic.
subject:

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M.H.: I am Witchfinder General Matthias Horst, and you will answer my questions.
Who is this Akhamun?
subject:

A mortal? This is an unexpected turn.

Akhamun is a worthy foe. All beings are measured by their enemies, and so he makes me
mighty. Once before we battled. He was only a mortal then, like you, and I was yet to rise
in my masters favour. But that was many centuries ago.
M.H.: How does he still live?

He died long ago. In life, he was the slave of kings, dressed up in a pretty
gown. His order saw to their safe passage to the afterlife. How ironic that he should now
call them back from the grave.
subject:

In the past, his lands were fertile ground for my masters, and we vied for the souls of his
people. Now that kingdom is a barren desert, but Akhamun remains. He is cursed, like all
his people - he cannot rest in death. But his magic is still strong. It would have to be, to
make him an enemy worthy of my power.
M.H.: If you are so mighty, why take this body? Speak!

After many centuries, I returned to those lands to claim them for my masters. There I found Akhamun, rotted body and empty eyes, yet the same power within.
My followers battled his, and broke through his lines. I advanced to victory, only to be
engulfed in light and cast into this prison of flesh. A feat your pitiful priests could hardly
have achieved. They have not had millennia to study their craft.
subject:

My legion fell as he summoned his army to life again. But this is not the end, merely
a setback. My star will rise again, my allies will return through the Veil and we will
march once more. Your chains will hold me no more than this mortal vessel. And when
I have claimed my rightful place as master of Naptesh, I will come for you, Matthias. The
last thing you see in this life will be my true form and I will await you on the other side.
Death is no escape from the Dark Gods.
[Subject began to emit smoke from his mouth and eyes. Subject was destroyed by fire.]

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tomb harbingers

tomb
harbingers

mong the grave goods Valdes brought us was the golden icon
whose rough shape I have sketched here. It incorporates common elements from the Naptaan religion, such as the winged scarab
and the radiant sun. It is also inscribed with heiroglyphs proclaiming
the praises of the king. It seems likely that this formed a part of the
kings banner.
Most interesting to me, however, was a carving we found on the decayed remains of the banner pole. From what legible sections we could
recover, it read:
l oya l s h e kt u k , f i r s t a m o n g t h e fa i t h f u l s o l d i e r s o f t h e
k i n g , b e a r s t h i s s ta n da r d .

l e t a l l w h o o p p o s e h i s l o r d t r e m b l e at i t s s i g h t .

This constitutes one of the few mentions in the written history of the
Naptaan of anyone not of the royal blood, for we can presume from his
name and lack of titles that Shektuk was a simple soldier. Valdes men
claim they found this artefact inside the tomb of Kharatep himself, a
position of great honour for one so lowly born.
One of Valdes crew in particular one Miguel was willing to tell
me a little more. According to Miguel, the banner-pole was found still
clutched in the hands of an intact skeleton, at least a head taller than
the other bodies in the tomb. Valdes was forewarned about how lightly
the dead sleep in Naptesh, and ordered the men to smash it to powder with clubs and hammers. If Miguel is to be believed, it killed three
men before the icon could be prised from its phalanges and even
then, one fleshless hand kept hold of the banner pole long after the
rest of the undead creature had been destroyed.

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tomb architects

tomb
architects

31st of Keimzeit, 1648 A.S.

e are four days out of Port Reynaud, and have come to the landmarks Abdullah tells me are called the Teeth of the Asp. The
name is certainly apt - these two great obelisks jut up out of the desert
hills like the fangs of a great snake.

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tomb architects

tomb architects

In the glory days of the Naptaan empire, these monuments would have
marked the boundaries of the Naptaan territory, standing as a statement of the empires great power and a warning against invaders. Now
they are eroded and half-buried in the dunes, but some of the intricate
carvings recording the victories of the king who erected them still remain.
I had Gunthers porters shovel away six feet of the sand obscuring the
base of the columns much to the amusement of Abdullah and his
guides, who were content to sit and watch our northerners labouring in
the hot sun. Beneath the dedication to the pharaoh Oseput we found
what I was searching for the makers mark of the Naptaan mason
who built the Teeth.
From the texts recovered by earlier expeditions, we already know that
among the common-born Naptaan the monument-makers were held in
high regard, second only to the priesthood. They were commissioned
to build the immense tombs of the pharaohs, and great statues glorifying their rule. The inscription we found on the Teeth says that this
architect one Ammtunek oversaw two thousand slaves in their
construction, and was favoured in the eyes of the pharaoh. Intriguingly,
the inscription also says that Ammtunek is buried under the obelisks,
and whosoever disturbs him by destroying his work will suffer his curse.
These great monuments must have been his lifes work.
I put forward the idea of sinking a mine pit under the right-hand obelisk to try to locate the burial chamber, but our guard captain Gilles
refused outright, saying the obelisk might topple and crush us all to
death. These people have no vision!
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ark of ages

n the second obelisk of the Teeth, we discovered another inscription. Though very worn by time and the elements, the hieroglyphs
were still legible, but of a variety I was not familiar with. A few pointed
prods of my staff woke Grunstein and set him to work translating the ancient script (I suppose this proves he is good for something, at least). It
would have taken the him weeks to study the entirety of this inscription,
but we had only until sunset Abdullah and his men insisted we had to
depart before dark. In the few hours we had available, what Grunstein did
manage to decipher made extremely interesting reading.
The inscription told of the great river Napaat, and the high priestess of
the river god who cruised its waters in a gilded barge crewed by eunuch
slaves. A loyal servant of the pharaohs, her power brought wealth and
glory to the dynasty. Barbarous kings from far and wide brought annual
tribute to her temple.
When she died, she was mummified within her ark, which was buried intact in a great tumulus along with its crew to serve her in the afterlife. According to the curse-script chiselled upon the obelisk, she would serve her
masters in death as she had in life, and sail the waters of the underworld
to bring divine retribution on any who defiled the lands of the great river.
We had no time to decipher any more of the legend. With the fading of the
light, Grunstein and I were all but dragged away from the hieroglyphs by
our native porters. Abdullah never ceased scanning the darkening skies,
eyes wide with fear, until we were far from the ancient monuments. He
asked me what the two of us had found from our translation, but I thought
it best not to tell him. These Qassari are evidently even more superstitious
than our own men.

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skeletons

2nd of Blhenzeit, 1648 A.S.

wo days past the Teeth, we have passed through the hills and entered what is known as the Great Desert. Before the fall of the
Naptaan empire much of this was supposedly fertile farmland. Now
there is nothing but windblown sand - the curse of the gods, or so the
legend says. I have my own theories - the Naptaan civil war was a bitter

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one, and the poisoning of water sources was a well-established weapon


of war even in those ancient times.
This evening, we came upon an area that Abdullah and his guides begged
us to avoid. When I pressed him as to why, he claimed it was the site
of a forgotten battlefield, haunted by the spirits of the dead. Sure
enough, a cursory investigation turned up a great number of human
bones and even corroded weapons buried only a few inches beneath
the sand. You can imagine my excitement - we must return this way
with more camels!
Allowing for Abdullahs nerves, I have allowed the camp to be pitched
on a nearby ridge, despite the fact that the old battlefield was much
better sheltered from the wind. A sandstorm is blowing in from the
southwest, and I fear we are all going to have to endure a sleepless
night to indulge the superstitions of our guides.
3rd of Blhenzeit, 1648 A.S.

omeone is playing practical jokes in the camp. When Gunther and


his men finally managed to clear the sand that half-buried us during the night, they unearthed several skeletons taken from the battlefield, posed as if crawling towards my tent! Abdullah and his men deny
it was them. I have told them in no uncertain terms that unless the
culprit is produced I will be docking their pay.

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skeleton chariots

skeleton
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4th of Blhenzeit, 1648 A.S.

his journey was bound to be full of moments of discomfort, but


this mornings sight exceeded my expectations in every possible
way. To the amusement of my colleagues and my chagrin, I took a tumble in the sands when confronted by two skeletal horses rising from the
sands with a scythed chariot in tow.
Only once I realised the chariot was (of course) stationary and half
buried was I able to pick myself up off the ground and collect my wits,
with the sound of laughter ringing in my ears. Our guides however
did not share in the mirth and instead tried to move us swiftly on. To
lessen their distress I reluctantly agreed, though I was able to make a
few sketches for later research. The similar iconography of this chariot
and the riders we encountered nearby seems to confirm many of the
theories of my old friend Doctor Friedman. Perhaps I can salvage his
reputation and prove at least some of this theories to be correct.

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skeleton chariots

skeleton chariots

Before the rise of the horseman, chariots were the first use of horses in war. As a means of carrying nobles into the heart of battle with speed and style, chariots were highly prized in Naptaan armies.
The prevalence of chariots in the Naptaan empire is disputed, yet my studies have unearthed evidence
of the vast scale of their usage. A tablet inscribed with a record of the battle of Qashek was uncovered
some fifty years ago and I have spent most of those years attempting to translate the hieroglyphics. It
tells the story of King Kentak the First, who led a force of ten thousand chariots against the Edu people. Allowing for poetic licence, this is still the greatest use of war machines in ancient times, or possibly even to this day.
As described on the tablet, each chariot was part of a squadron of one hundred headed by a noble, with
gilded hieroglyphics proclaiming the honour of the squadron leaders dynasty. I have often dreamt
of that sight; the lines of chariots as they crested the dunes, glittering in the sun like a golden wave
poised to crash down and wash away their foes. What I wouldnt give to possess a specimen for the Society, to display and to prove that Naptaan society predated the spread of modern cavalry, which was
only developing among the more nomadic peoples of the Edu and the ancestors of the Qassari.
Doctor Eckhardt Friedman - The Golden Dynasty (Eichtal Press, 1623 A.S.)

The messengers said, the Edu stand ready. We have strong men and strong horses, our arrows are
swift and our spears are long. We are more numerous than the grains of sand in the desert.
And Pharoah said unto them, just as the sand of the desert, we shall crush your armies beneath our
wheels.
- Excerpt from inscription on the Qashek Stone

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horsemen

where most of their neighbours lived a settled,


agrarian existence.
Of course, a nomadic life in this region does not
breed a love for material wealth as we would think
of it. The monuments and golden idols of Naptesh
were far below water in the Edu reckoning of
wealth. It was Naptaan control of the great river
Napaat, therefore, that eventually brought the Edu
into the fold as auxiliaries in the pharaohs armies,
after long years of conflict.
Some centuries after the end of the reign of King
Phatep, however the Edu appear to have suddenly
ceased their trade with the empire. Most of my colleagues believe this highly skilled and successful tribe
was wiped out in the wars that followed the kings
death, or by one of the many plagues which sprung
up around the time
I find these explanations unsatisfactory. Perhaps
there is some truth to the legends of the Great Dying. Why else were fields left to ruin and desolation
at the height of the countrys might? What other
force could have wiped out the Edu, who for so long
had resisted or evaded the armies of the greatest emRecords of running battles survive which show
pire of their time? It seems overwhelmingly likely
the success those riders had in many battles, both
that it was the curse of undeath which overtook
against the armies of Naptesh and the tribes which these people, and swallowed up their famed horsepopulated the less fertile lands to the east.
men into the armies of the dead.
The Edu tribe were rivals to the Naptaan, before
their empire reached its peak. Once Naptesh attained ascendancy, they were pushed to the fringes
of the region, but their unparalleled horsemanship
ensured their survival.

The success of the lightning raids made the Edu a


wealthy group, able the Edu to succeed as nomads

Dr Eckhardt Friedman The Golden


Dynasty (Eichtal Press, 1623 A.S.)

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g r e at v u lt u r e s
5th of Blhenzeit, 1648 A.S.

e are in the deep desert now. The nights are freezing, the days
are baking hot. This damned sand gets everywhere, even into my
books. Gunther has turned as red as a beetroot, but soldiers gallantly on.
A growing flock of vultures have been circling us as we progress. Tiring of
their attention, one of Gilles' men managed to bring one down with his
bow. Thinking it might make a decent supper, when he went to retrieve it
he found its flesh was putrid and decayed, as if it had been dead for many
months. It seems that in the kingdom of the dead, even beasts and birds
can find no rest in death.
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s ca ra b s wa r m s

e have lost one of the porters. He must have disturbed a nest of


some kind while he was searching for water. We were only alerted by
his screams. When we found him, he was completely covered with a swarm
of glossy black beetles, which were consuming his flesh at a startling rate.
Gilles men drove the swarm off with burning torches, but by the time the
last of the insects had fled little was left of the poor man apart from bones
and scraps of bloody skin. I managed to convince one of Gunthers men to
retrieve one of the dead beetles for me, though they were understandably
loath to touch even the dead ones after what had happened to their friend.
From the sinister markings on its carapace, I believe these may be the scarabs of Har-Khowar spoken about in von Bodenheims Pyramid Texts supposedly sacred to the god of the Naptaan underworld. It is easy to see now
how these insects might have picked up such an association with death.

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sand scorpions

6th of Blhenzeit, 1648 A.S.

oday we entered a bank of deep dunes that Abdullah claims is


one of the last obstacles between us and the necropolis of Kharatep. The sand here is very fine, making our boots sink up to the ankle
with every step.
Shortly after midday, we learned we were not alone in the dunes.
A huge claw burst up from beneath the sand, cutting one of our camels
in two and dragging the larger half under. I was scarcely able to believe
my eyes all of us must have stood there for a good two or three seconds before the hue and cry began.
Probing with their spears, Gilles men managed to unearth the beast
a scorpion bigger than a bear. It burst from the dune in a terrible rage,

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sand scorpions

slaying three of our guards with its claws and striking another with its
sting. The spears of the guards could draw no blood from it only a
trickle of desiccated dust. Like the carrion birds, I do not believe it
was truly alive. Even my strongest spells appeared to have little effect.
When it became apparent that our numbers were too great for it to
overcome, it burrowed back out of sight. The last we saw of it was
a fast-moving wave of sand, rolling away from us and out into the desert.
Whatever venom is in these creatures stings must be extremely
powerful the entire arm of the man who was stung is now severely necrotised, and the rot is spreading to his torso. It is a testament
to the strong constitution of Gilles guards that the man is still alive,
but he surely will not last the night. I must secure some samples
of venom from the wound to show to the alchemists back home.

The Lost Crusade


In 1101 A.S., King Guillaume the Vengeful called together a second Crusade from the knights of Equitaine. In retaliation for attacks on travellers out of Avras, they were to strike at the necropolis of
Hanaphuk, and cleanse the desert of the undead.
Two thousand knights rode south from the holy city. One man returned, delirious and dying of thirst.
The kings messengers searched for months, but could find no sign of their lost army - the dunes of
Naptesh had swallowed them whole.

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sphinxes

8th of Blhenzeit, 1648 A.S.

e have arrived! Our scouts sighted the necropolis early this morning,
and we pushed the men hard to reach it before dusk. The pyramid
of Kharatep is a magnificent sight. A man-made mountain, it towers over the
desert. Looters have stripped it of much of its marble facing, but much still
remains around the apex, shining a brilliant white in the sun. The necropolis
stretches for some distance around it, half-submerged beneath the shifting

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sands. We have identified several lesser tombs, and what appear to be an


avenue of statues leading up to the pyramid of the pharaoh. It was at the
entrance to this avenue that we found the Sphinx.
It is buried almost up to its shoulders in sand, but what remains above the
dunes is three times the height of our camels. Its head has been sculpted
bearing what I believe to be a pharaoh's crown - possibly this was once a
likeness of King Kharatep himself, although the frequent sandstorms have
weathered the face beyond recognition, giving it an almost skeletal appearance.
Grunstein has identified some inscriptions that he claims are spells of awakening, designed to turn the statue into a walking engine of war. I told him
his hypothesis was absurd, but for the sake of the record, I include on the
following pages a few of the sources he presented to me as the "evidence"
for his claims.

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shabti

shabti
a crocodile and an eagle and a fox. Its hard to see
their movements in the flicker of those damn lamps,
but theyve got giant bows, biggern me. The rats get out
their pistols and start firing back, but its no good. Behind us, the other statues are coming alive too, one right
I used to fight for the empire, but the verminnext to me. This thing is fifteen feet tall if its an inch,
kin caught me. Made a slave out of me, sweating all stone and bone, with a blade even bigger than those
down in the dark, til they rounded a dozen of us damn bows. Ive never been so scared in my life.
up for their expedition into the desert. All us humans had heard the stories about that place, but After that it was a blur. The rats stolen horses are
shrieking and the monster is slamming its jaws open
you dont say no to a rat with a whip.
and shut, making an awful clacking sound as it kills.
Some people call the rats cowards. Theyre probSeeing the rats running, I grab the pack horse beside
ably right. But rats are damn good at saving their me, motion my friend Lora to do the same and we
skins a rat will be running before a man has flee the cave, out into the storm. Never looked back,
even soiled his breeches. We were about three days not once.
into the journey when suddenly the rats went all
Wulli Schmidt,
twitchy. There was a big sandstorm blowing in,
once of the Seventh Auldheim Spears
and they could feel it in their whiskers. The overseer screams something in their filthy language and
next thing were all running for cover in a crack in
the cliff-face. Us slaves in the back barely make it
in before the storm hit.
You want to hear about the Kingdom of the Dead,
you say. You ever heard about statues that walk,
twelve feet tall and swinging blades bigger than
a man? I thought not.

It wasnt just a cave, though it was a tomb.


With the rats green lamps we can see the walls are
covered in marks glyphs and there are these
statues, huge things, surrounding us. The floor around
thems covered with pots and boxes, I figure valuable
stuff but the rats go dead quiet, all twitchy again.
Next thing I know, the overseer flies across the room,
stuck with an arrow the size of a spear.
The statues are moving. There are four closing off the
exit, each with the head of some animal; a bull and

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s a n d s ta l k e r s

s a n d s ta l k e r s

I remember as a boy I once went out into the desert. Some friends and I had wanted to do it for weeks
but my father had always forbidden it. I stole one of his camels and we took a tent between us. We
took it in turns, two of us would ride the camel and the other would walk.
We only stayed out there one night; we awoke to find our camel frozen into stone. I was sick I
think what kind of a thing can do that? All around our tent were ridges and valleys of sand, rising over and under one another for tens of feet in every direction. To the south of us, five valleys met
and carried on together as far as the eye could see. Must have been their tracks, whatever they were.
Needless to say we packed up the tent and fled. Ive never been comfortable in the desert since.
Funny thing is, when I got back, I thought my father would be angry about the camel, but other than
me, he seemed more worried that he would lose the tent.
Adil El-Amin, Qasari trader

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t o m b c a ta p h r a c t s

tomb
cata p h ra c t s
Dear Joanna, I close my eyes and picture you every day. I want to hold you close to me again, now
more than ever. The Caravan was attacked three
days ago, but thank Sunna, I am safe.

I long to talk with you more about this, for Im


sure your mind could find some wondrous insight
that I have missed. I shall probably head north to
trade somewhere safer, though I have more than
half a mind to travel home with this letter.

One of the women in our caravan spotted a dust


cloud to the north. Looking through my spyglass, Yours with love, Oscar.
I could pick out five dark shapes in the murk,
Letter found aboard the wreck
which I showed to Hassan, the caravan master.
of the Empress Matilda, in 1598 A.S.
I have never seen the blood drain from a mans
face so fast. The image of what descended on us
from out of the dust is burned into my memory.
Five stone beasts, ridden by grinning skeletons.
They took different shapes serpent, crocodile,
camel monstrous, scarab beetle and bird but
Joanna, they were living statues, foul facsimiles of
life, built from coloured stone and embossed with
gold. They fell upon us with terrifying speed.
Hassan called for the caravan to split into three
groups. The creatures attacked the northern group
with brutal efficiency. To their credit, the men there
brought down one of the monsters the huge bird
before they were overpowered. One moment it
was wreaking carnage, the next, it tumbled into
pieces like some childs discarded plaything. To our
astonishment, the remaining four creatures just
turned and left, though I am sure they could have
overtaken the rest of us if they chose.
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necropolis
g ua r d

The Luxopolis Codex, Page 17 Commentary and Translation by Guglielmo Baldarini


The Luxopolis Codex is one of our most valuable insights into the history of the ancient kingdom
of Naptesh.
Many lesser scholars have frittered away their lives debating its contents; they have grown hoary
with age picking over its every detail, seeking to imagine the some new implication how many
nights did they eschew wine and song for such pursuits? Here, I shall finally resolve one of its greatest
mysteries. I present here the definitive translation of the famous Verses of Amet-Ptuk.
According to the learned Professor Schiffer, these texts are merely a ghoul tale for children. Others
have supposed they represent a historical record of the punishment for tomb robbers. My translation
shows both views to be incorrect. I write it below square brackets indicate supplements or corrections to the damaged papyrus.

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n e c r o p o l i s g ua r d

t h e l a s t l i v i n g p r i n c e s p r e pa r e t h e i r f o r e v e r

i n t h e i r o w n h o m e s t h e i r a n c e s t o r s s e rva n t s

3
4

pa l a c e s i n t h e i m m o rta l c i t y .

wa i t u p o n t h e m .

i n t h e i m m o rta l c i t y t h e i r a n c e s t o r s
s l e e p , w ra p p e d i n b a n da g e s ,

[ a r r i va l o f t h e i r
armed, shield-bound.

wa l l e d u p awa i t i n g t h e

stores of weapons but

[a
[entered]

sir hezek of

[ . . .

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c u t b u t n o t e at .

[no

[armies]

m a s t e r s ],

. .

blade-

t h e y ca n ]

l at e n a p ta a n s p l i n t e r ]
t h at g r e at c i t y .

h e t o o k t h r e e g ua r d s a n d

p o rt e r s .] w e n e e d e d g o l d f o r t ra d e .

o n e t o m b wa s o p e n e d . d u s t i s s u e d
hezek entered.

[ f o rt h ].

h e z e k s fa m i ly n o w c o u n t s i t s e l f fat h e r l e s s .
a p o rt e r r e t u r n e d .

t h e t o m b h a d g ua r d s , u n b r e at h i n g , d u s t - f l e c k e d , d e a d ly .

As anyone of the meanest intelligence can see, the most valuable information contained in these
verses is not the robbers fate, but rather the guards cursed with undeath as the legends of the
old kingdom say, and sealed inside their masters tombs! A journey to the ruins of Luxopolis is all
that is required for proof that I am correct. I dispatched my assistant Beppe on a south-bound ship
to investigate such a possibility, but he has not yet returned. No doubt the lazy boy has absconded
with the money I gave him...

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colossi

I met a traveller through a southern land


Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Serve well the words on which the stone feet stand.
'My name is Phatep, king of kings:
This mighty city shows the the wonders of my hand.'
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

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colossi

9th of Blhenzeit, 1648 A.S.

ntering the necropolis, we passed an avenue of colossal statues


that might have stepped out of Schalles poem. There are few
works of sculpture that could have rivalled their size or grandeur when
they were intact. Even in ruins, they towered over our party to the
height of the largest guild houses on the Geldstrasse.
Grunstein, as always, is convinced that these colossi were animated by
the magic of the Naptaan priests. He claims they were used as labour
to construct the pyramids of the pharaohs, quite ignoring the historical evidence that the Naptaan used flesh and blood giants for this very
purpose.

In fact, we have found several immense burial pits on the outskirts of


the necropolis that can only have been dug for such creatures. I tried to
convince the men to excavate them, but even Gunther was reluctant
to do so, finding excuses about his men being tired and thirsty.
The Society is really going to have to start hiring a better class of servant.

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charnel
cata p u lt

n the remains of the necropolis walls, we have found remnants


of siege weapons likely used at the height of the Naptaan civil
war. Without exception they have been dilapidated and rotted, certainly not capable of useful function. I doubt they would teach our own
fine engineers anything, but they give the lie to those who paint this
ancient civilisation as primitive. During my readings on Naptesh I
have come across claims that these weapons have been used more recently. The tales make chilling reading, but can be largely dismissed
as hyperbole or invention. Interesting though they are, I do not think
these engines will be of much value to the Society, and likely would
not survive transportation home.

I beg yer forgivness Sire. The lads and me, we marched on the hill like we was ordered. There was a
few of the skellingtons there, but nuthin we couldnt handle. Until the bits of bodies started fallin.
One first, then two, it were just rainin bones and gristle. We went from 50 brave lads to just a handful of us
in minutes. We tried ta stand, we truly did Sire, but we was dyin by the score. But that werent the worst.
They spoke. I eard them in my head, whispering and laughin. I aint heard nuthin like it. Told us
they was coming fer us, they wanted to kill us all. Like they was alive and mad, and they wanted
to be chucked at us. And we knew those voices. Friends who died last week. Me wife, dead these five
years. Me old mam. Our own friends, our family, whisperin how they were coming for us, how we
failed them all, laughin at us. I know I shouldnt have run. Shoulda have stayed, shoulda reported to
army. But once we was running, we couldnt stop to save oursels. And now I cant get the voices out
me head. I hafta ask Sire, beg you, please take me home with you. Dont bury me here. The laughin
wont stop, and I dont want ta be one of them. Lady and Land have mercy on me.
Final words of Robert de Sadoul, leader of the 2nd Levy of Lord Auvrays Crusade
before being hanged for desertion. Recorded by the scribe Lukas Bernstein.

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winged reapers

write this late at night, having been woken by a frankly alarming


turn of events.

When we made camp this evening, one of Gilles men found a curious
onyx bauble in the sand. It was marked with Naptaan heiroglyphs, so
they brought it to me for study. I deciphered some parts most intriguingly the infamous name Setesh, and a strange mention of winged
guardians. Finding Grunstein in a rare moment of lucidity (the way

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the qat juice blackens his lips is repulsive!), I got him to confirm my
findings before tiredness got the better of me, and I fell asleep with
the thing in my hand.
In my sleep, angelic figures visited my dreams. They reached out to
me, gently but as their fingers brushed my face they became talons
of sharp bone. The flesh shrivelled from their faces, showing snarling,
inhuman skulls, and I sat bolt upright, tearing myself from sleep.
To my dismay, the precious artefact was gone. Bursting out of my tent,
I saw the thief had not got far. It was one of Gunthers porters, the thin
boy with the weasel eyes he was still clutching his pilfered prize as
he ran. Woken by my shout of alarm, Gilles went to intercept him with
a dagger in his hand.
I still do not trust my senses as to what happened next, but I will record what I saw all the same. It seemed that something huge dropped
suddenly from the sky, its wings hiding the moon for a brief instant. It
landed heavily, blocking the boys path, towering over him.
It appeared only in silhouette, but in the moonlight that filtered through
its ragged wings I thought I caught the gleam of bone. With a sweep of
its blade it severed the heads of both Gilles and the boy, then stooped
down to recover the stolen treasure. With a single beat of its wings, it
disappeared into the night sky, leaving nothing in its wake but dancing
motes of sand.
The camp is now in a state of ferment. Abdullah and his guides have
struck their tents, saying they will leave at dawn they say I am
cursed. Half of Gilles guards are leaving with them. The remainder
I have persuaded to press on whatever the thing was that struck in
the night, we have come too far to turn back now.

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dread sphinx

10th of Blhenzeit, 1648 A.S.

runstein was right. I was too quick to doubt him, too quick to
dismiss his ideas about the Naptaan and their cursed statues.
He has paid for the evidence with his life.
With some hesitation after our experiences last night, we made our entrance to the pyramid of King Kharatep this morning, using the secret
passage we were told of by Valdes and his men. Inside, we located the

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entrance to the kings chambers in a great pillared hall. The painted


murals on the walls were faded and crumbling, but what drew our attention was the great sphinx that dominated the far end of the hall.
It was quite unlike any such statue I have seen, more human than beast,
with great wings like an eagle. Approaching, we saw it was crouched
above what could only be the doorway we were seeking. The gates
were marked with hieroglyphs, which formed the riddle:
f e w s e e k m e , t h o u g h s o m e e m b ra c e m e ,
others flee me, but all find me.
w h at a m i ?

Grunstein immediately set to puzzling it out, claiming the answer was


Death. Reluctantly, I turned to the doors and spoke the same word
in the Naptaan tongue: Pakhat. With a deep rumble, the doors swung
open and as they did, the sphinx turned its head to look upon us.
Dust drizzled from the ceiling as its stone wings unfurled, moving as if
truly alive.
Someone screamed for us to run, and we did, straight through the open
gates. Grunstein alone was left behind, shouting for joy at how his
theories had been vindicated. The last I saw of him was the ecstatic
expression on his face before the lazy flick of a stone claw removed his
head from his shoulders. Moments later the passageway behind us collapsed, brought down by the shifting weight of the beast.
It is still waiting there, behind the rubble. There must be another way
out we must press on.

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Target, Multiple Wounds (2, Monstrous Cavalry, Monstrous Beasts and Monsters), Terror, Lethal Strike, Poisoned Attacks, Armour Piercing (1)
u p g ra d e s

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t h e c a s k e t o f p h at e p

t h e ca s k e t
o f p h at e p

write this in haste. If I escape this place, it will ensure I forget


nothing of what I have seen if not, I hope it will serve as a warning to those who come after.
With our escape blocked by the collapse of the tunnel, we headed
down into the darkness. In the narrow passageway. It seemed an age

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t h e c a s k e t o f p h at e p

before we reached the bottom. There we found two arches., each


sealed with a stone slab. One had been broken, no doubt by Valdes
men. This then was the burial chamber of King Kharatep. Inside, the
light of our torches reflected from a dazzling hoard of treasure.
A golden casket of exquisite craftsmanship stood on a stone dais above
the other grave goods. If the histories of Kharateps reign are true, this
was one of the nine funerary caskets of the god-king Phatep himself,
recaptured by King Kharatep at the battle of the Burning Sands. It
shone magnificently in the light of our torches, as bright and untarnished as the day it was made.
Before I could shout a warning, Gunther and the porters rushed forwards to open it, overcome by greed. The moment they had levered
open the lid, a searing light burst from inside, and howling spirits
swarmed from the casket, babbling curses on those who defiled the
mortal remains of their god. Where they struck, men fell dead without a mark on their bodies, faces contorted in terror.
To my shame I fled, leaving the others to die. I ran until I could no
longer hear the screams of the hunting ghosts. Now I hide in an alcove of the pyramids internal passageways, writing these words. I
will never forget what I saw not only when the casket was opened,
but during my flight. The second archway we passed the one still
sealed with a stone slab that would have taken a giants strength to
move is now open.

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War Machine

Lethal Strike, Magical Attacks, Ward Save (5+), Wailing


Spirits, Undead, Dust to Dust, Poisoned Attacks

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n a p ta a n m a g i c

n a p ta a n m a g i c
sun-bleached skeletons decked out in ill-fitting armour. In moments we were upon them.
I crushed two beneath my hammer, feeling their
bones shatter beneath each blow. The long forgotten
scent of cardamom filled my senses and my limbs
became weak, drained by more Naptaan sorcery.
Looking around, I saw my comrades stagger under
the weight of the same witchcraft. I thank the gods
we had destroyed so many, or in that moment we
might have been overwhelmed.
Behind me, I heard Klaus cry out: Father, they
are rising from the dead! I realised in horror that
he was right. As the silk-wrapped corpse before us
croaked her dry words, the shattered bodies of her
guards rose again and staggered back into the fray.
The mage! I shouted. We kill her and this ends.
Strike at the mage! At last, Berthold battled
Wed fought for most of the day to reach their mage, through the scrum, smashing her from her pedestal with a single blow of his hammer although
a desiccated woman, shrouded in tattered silk
and surrounded by her honour guard. As we rode, not before he had been pierced a dozen times by the
hammers raised, towards that final confrontation blades of her bodyguards. As the skeletons fell to
dust around us, that noble knight breathed his last.
I felt my throat parch. Magic, of some unknown
kind.
He did not die in vain. Magic so strong cannot
be left to survive. Magic stronger than the sands,
I was nearly thrown from my horse. Looking
down, its forelocks were sinking into to sand which stronger than the bodies of men. Magic stronger
had until moments ago been firm. I pulled the reins than death.
and my horse struggled free, moving slower now.
Grand
Master
Jonas
Kortig,
commander
of
the
The group of soldiers loomed larger, perhaps twenty
Knights of the Silver Hammer

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t h e pat h
of the sands
name

A Denied their rightful afterlife by the traitor

ca s t i n g
va lu e

type

d u rat i o n

Universal

Instant

This spell always targets the same


target(s) that the spell triggering the
attribute is targeting. For friendly
Undead units: Raise the number of
wounds as stated in the units profile
under Risen.If the target is a Combined
Unit declare whether the unit or the
character will have its wounds raised.
For enemy units: Target suffers D3+1
Strength 1 hits with Armour Piercing (6).

Instant

For friendly Undead units: Target


may perform a X Magical Move,
where X is equal to the units
Movement allowance. For enemy
units: Target suffers 2D3+2 Strength 1
hits with Armour Piercing (6).

n o r e s t i n d e at h
Setesh, the dead of Naptesh drag the living
down into the dunes or swell the ranks of their
deathless kings.

effect

S The legions of the dead ride the sandstorms

7+
(11+)

Instant,
24 (12
Aura),
Universal

cursed blades

6+
(10+)

Lasts one Augment


turn, 24
(12 Aura)

Target gains the Lethal Strike special


rule. Attacks that already had Lethal
Strike may reroll failed to wound rolls
in close combat.

protection
o f p h at e p

8+
(17+)

Lasts one Augment


turn, 12
(12 Aura)

Target gains Ward Save (5+)

righteous smiting

9+
(14+)

Lasts one Augment Target has +1 Attack. All Aspen


turn, 24
Bows, Great Aspen Bows, and
(12 Aura)
Massive Aspen Bows in the target
unit receive Multiple Shots (2).

shifting sands

9+
(12+)

Lasts one
turn,
24 (48)

Hex

Target has -D3 M (to a minimum


of 1) and treats all terrain (including
open ground) as dangerous terrain,
failing dangerous terrain checks on
rolls of 1 and 2.

deadly desiccation

7+
(9+)

Lasts one
turn,
24

Hex

Target has -1 T (and -1 S)

a n c i e n t g l o ry

t h e d e s e rt w i n d
that choke their enemies.

It is said that the edge of a cursed Naptaan


blade can sever the ties between body and soul.

The murdered god-king of Naptesh still has the


power to halt the spears and arrows of the enemy.

3
4

The warriors of the pharaohs are filled with


the fury of their masters.

The desert serves the will of the old gods


of Naptesh, swallowing entire crusading armies
down to their dusty graves.

The shrivelled bodies of tomb robbers are testament to the deadly power of the priesthoods curses.

For the briefest moment, the armies


of the pharaohs are returned to the glory
they possessed in life.

n a p ta a n m a g i c

10+ Lasts one turn, Augment Target has +1 WS, S and I.


(15+) 18 (Remains
in play,
[17+]
9 Aura)
[Remains in
Play, 15 Aura]

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army
special rules
rulers of the dead
An Undying Dynasty army requires the Player to field a special model called an Hierophant. The Hierophant of the army must be a Wizard using the Path of Sands and must be designated as the Hierophant on
the army list. The chosen character gains Regeneration (6+) and grants this effect to any unit it joins. Units
suffer one less wound than normally inflicted by Unstable and Dust to Dust if within the range of the Battle Standard Bearers Hold your Ground.

dust to dust
At the end of any phase in which the Hierophant is removed as a casualty, every unit in the army with one
or more models with Dust to Dust must pass a Leadership test or suffer an amount of wounds with no
saves of any kind allowed, equal to the amount by which the test was failed. These wounds are distributed
following the rules for Unstable except they can never be distributed to models that do not have Dust to
Dust. This is reduced by one wound if the unit received Hold Your Ground.

At the beginning of your next Players Turn following the death of the Hierophant, a new Hierophant may
be selected. In order to do so, the Player must nominate another eligible character who is a Wizard using
the Path of the Sands. This character is your new Hierophant. If the army does not have any eligible character, every unit with the Dust to Dust rule must once again pass a Leadership test or suffer wounds as described above. This effect will repeat itself at the start of each of the owning Players turn until the game
ends.

undead constructs
Models with this special rule reduce the number of wounds caused by the Dust to Dust and Unstable Special Rules by 1. Furthermore, models with this Special Rule are subject to Undead and Dust to Dust.

u n dy i n g w i l l
A character with this rule may confer its unmodified Weapon Skill to all Undead models that are part of its
unit. The Player may chose to do so at the start of any Close Combat phase. If the Character is mounted on
a Large Target, it may instead choose to confer this bonus to a friendly Undead unit within 6 or, if engaged
in combat, to one friendly Undead unit engaged with the same enemy unit as the Character. In either case,
the effect lasts until the end of the phase.

n e c r o m a n t i c au ra
Units within 6 of a model with Necromantic Aura suffer one less wound than normally inflicted by Unstable
and Dust to Dust. A model with a Necromantic Aura rule cannot benefit itself from the effects of this rule.

mummys curse
When a model with this rule is removed from play, the model which caused the final wound automatically
suffers a Strength 6 hit with Armour Piercing (6). If more than one model was part of the action which
brought the downfall of the character, the hit is randomly distributed like shooting

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underground ambush
A unit with this rule follows the same rules for Ambush with a one exception: instead of entering the
battlefield from atable edge, the designated unit must enter the board from a location called the Underground Point. To designate an Underground Point, the Undying Dynasties Player may select any point
on the battlefield outside 3 of an enemy unit and outside 1/2 of impassable terrain. The point is then
scattered 2D6 in a random direction. The Underground Ambush unit may be placed with with the
front of its first rank, or back of its rear rank, touching the Underground Point. If the point ends beneath an enemy unit, place the Ambushing unit in base contact with this enemys front facing instead
(maximizing contact as normal). The arriving unit counts as having successfully charged with no charge
reaction allowed. If it is not possible to place the Ambushing unit for whatever reason, the ambush is
failed and the Player may roll again next turn.

risen
Each units profile contains a Risen sub-section that determines the number of wounds healed or raised
with No Rest in Death.

a r m o u ry
aspen bow
Shooting Weapon. Range 24, Strength 3, Volley Fire; This weapon ignores all modifiers To Hit.

g r e at a s p e n b o w
Shooting Weapon. Range 36, Strength 5, Volley Fire; This weapon ignores all shooting modifiers
To Hit. Counts as Hand Weapon, -1 Strength in Close Combat

giant aspen bow


Shooting Weapon. Range 48, Strength 7, Multiple Wounds (D3), Armour Piercing (6); This weapon ignores all modifiers To Hit.

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m o n a r c h s o f u n d e at h

monarchs
o f u n d e at h
These options represent various kinds of Undead forces that can be encountered in the world.

commander
of the terracotta
army

lord of the barrow


legion
Skeletons must take Heavy Armour for +2 pts/model;
may take Halberds +2 pts/model

Skeletons, Skeleton Cavalry, and Necropolis Guard


must be upgraded with +1 Toughness, -1 Initiative and
Undead Construct special rule for +3 pts/model

Skeletons must take Heavy Armour for +2 pts/model;


may exchange Spears for Halberds +2 pts/model

All other non Undead Construct units (including


characters) must be upgraded with +1 Toughness, -1
Initiative and Undead Construct special rule for +15
pts/model.

Scarab Swarm must take with the Ethereal special


rule for +15 pts/model

Necropolis Guard must be upgraded with Heavy Armour for +2 pts/model;

All models reduce their Risen characteristic to 1.

Skeleton Cavalry may take Lance for +3 pts/model;


may take Heavy Armour for +3 pts/model

The Underground Ambush and Free Reform special


rule can not be used by any unit in the army.

Models with Large Target and Monstrous Cavalry


may not be taken in the army. Underground Ambush
and Scout Special Rules may not be used by any unit
in the army. Units with Heavy Armour cannot use Free
Reform Special Rule

Great Vultures, Scarab Swarm and Winged Reapers


may not be taken in the army.

Ethereal models reduce their Risen characteristic to 1

During the fall of Naptesh, many of the Naptaan


people fled the crumbling empire. Among those
recorded was Haskhunet, high architect of Hanaphuk
and builder of the queens own tomb. According to
the Gods Sea Annals, Haskhunet fled east, past the
Barren Mountains and out of recorded history.

The Naptaan empire once spread from shore to shore


of the Middle Sea. Many of the northern tribes who
traded with Naptesh absorbed parts of Naptaan culture; those who warred against them were subjugated
and assimilated in turn. From Destria the Empire,
barrow mounds can be found imitating the Naptaan
tradition of ritual burial.

Some years later, the histories of the eastern empire


of Tsuandan make note of a sage from the west who
aided the Emperor in the construction of a terracotta army, to guard his tomb for all eternity. If the
stories of the Naptaan proficiency with war golems
are true, this could well have been Haskhunet, plying his skills in a foreign land. Unfortunately, few
records of the Xun Dynasty remain, most having
been destroyed with the coming of the Dragon Emperor. No-one now knows the resting-place of the
last Xun Emperor or, if the legends are true, of
his slumbering army.

Like the pyramids of Naptesh, these barrows also


have a dark reputation for harbouring the undead.
Some may have worshipped a bastardised version
of the Naptaan pantheon, and so been afflicted by
Teputs curse; others ignorantly imitated the dark arts
of Setesh, inscribing the stones of their tombs with
necromantic incantations to keep their rulers from
true death. Such wights can be found haunting the
barrowlands of Volskaya and Equitaine, as well as
our own dear Empire - the greatest numbers being
found near the border of cursed Zagvozd.

- Excerpt from Chapter VI of Death Knows No Borders, Alberich Hauptmann, Eichtal Press 1597 A.S.

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- Excerpt from Chapter IX of Death Knows No Borders, Alberich Hauptmann, Eichtal Press 1597 A.S.

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treasures of the tomb

treasures
of the tomb

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magic weapons

va n q u i s h e r
e t e r n a l

55 pts

Steeped in scorpions venom and inscribed


with the direst curses, this weapon carries
the doom of a god. Down the aeons,
the blade waits for the hand that will cut
down Setesh, never to rise again.

scourge of kings

Halberd. Models on foot only. The Weapon has two


modes of attack, Focused Strike and Sweeping Strike. Choose
at the beginning of each combat round which mode is used.
type

Attacks in this mode have Multiple


Wounds (D3) and Lethal Strike Special Rules.

focused strike

All of the models attacks are exchanged


for: each enemy model in base to base contact with the wielder
suffers an automatic hit. Models which could make a supporting
attack against the wielder suffer a hit on 4+. These hits have the
Lethal Strike Special Rule.
sweeping strike

50 pts

The punishment for rebellious vassals was to


be flogged one strike for each day of their
rebellion. Khantakh the Just was famous for
ordering his smiths to make him a scourge
that could flay a man in under a ten lashes.

Hand Weapon. Attacks made with this weapon have


Armour Piercing (1). Every successful hit with this weapon
becomes two hits instead of one.
type

magic armour

crown
o f the pharaohs

65 pts

None (6+ armour save). The wearer may use his Undying
Will special rule on a single friendly unit within 6. If a character
is engaged in close combat, it may only choose to confer its
unmodified WS to one friendly Undead unit engaged with the
same enemy unit as the Character. In addition, the player may
choose to use the Undying Will special rule in the shooting
phase by bestowing his unmodified BS instead of his WS.
The Undying Will special rule may be used only in a single phase
of each turn. A wearer mounted on a mount with the Large
Target rule adds 6 to the items range.

armour
of eternities

35 pts

type

In life, the crown of Naptesh was a symbol


of divine rule. In death it is an object
of eternal dominion.

type

Plate Armour. Models on foot only. The wearer has +1


Wound.

Through forgotten magic, this armour


is bound to the great river Napaat. Just as
the river brings life to the barren desert,
so the life of the wearer is eternally renewed.
ta l i s m a n s

brooch of the
sun

First worn by Mentaawet, High Priest of


Nephet-Ra, this little trinket has doomed more
foes then some of the finest weapons of the world.
Polished to a mirror finish, its glittering reflections
dazzle those who raise arms against the bearer.

treasures of the tomb

15 pts

One model (or part of a model) in base contact with the


wearers model, chosen by the controlling player, has its Attacks
characteristic reduced by 1 (to a minimum of 1). Models which
do not use the Attacks characteristic to attack cannot be affected
by this item.

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treasures of the tomb

enchanted items

d e at h m a s k
o f t e p u t

30 pts

Enemy units in base contact with the wearer cannot receive the
Inspiring Presence or the Hold your Ground rule. Choose before
your opponent performs a Leadership test at the end of a round
of close combat.

sandstorm
cloak

60/40
pts

Models on foot only. Choose at the beginning of owners turn:


the Wearer either has Fly (7) Special Rule in the Remaining
Moves sub-phase, or all enemy shooting beyond 12 suffers a
penalty of -1 To Hit when targeting the Character or the unit he
is in. Either effect lasts until the beginning of owners next turn.

chariot
o f n e p h e t - ra

25 pts

Models on chariots only. The Impact Hits made by the wearers


chariot and the chariots mounts attacks have Magical Attacks
and Flaming Attacks special rules, and are resolved at +1
Strength.

To look upon the face of the last queen is to


share in her doom.

It is said that long before the rise of the


Naptaan empire, desert mystics learned
the secrets of the sands and wove them into
camel-hair cloaks. Few now remain, guarded
closely in the treasure vaults of the priesthood.

The golden scarab of the sun god carries his


blessing. When mounted on a chariot, this
gaudy ornament causes the wheels to burn
with the fires of the sun, setting light to the
unfortunates who are trampled in its path.

a r ca n e i t e m s

b ook of the dead

35 pts

According to legend, the first priest of the


Naptaan people won this book and its
knowledge from Har-Khowar himself in
a game of senet. The god of the underworld is
long gone, usurped by the traitor Setesh, but
his book still holds the secrets of life and death.

When generation spells the bearer must exchange the


Path Attribute of his chosen Path with No Rest In Death
Path Attribute from Path of the Sands. If already using No
Rest In Death, the D3 for healing effect may be re-rolled.

magic banners

unyielding
s ta n da r d

The jewelled standard of the royal city of


Tehmet invigorates the warriors who fight
beneath it to shrug off even the heaviest
blows.

treasures of the tomb

40 pts

Bound Spell, Power Level 4. Contains the spell Protection of


Phatep (Path of the Sands), which can only be cast on the unit
carrying the standard.

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lords
pharaoh
175 pts single model

4
armour

Light Armour
undead special rules

Undead, Dust to Dust


special rules

Flammable, Undying Will,


Fear, Mummys Curse

death cult hierarch


175 pts single model

undead special rules

Undead, Dust to Dust


special rules

Level 3 Wizard Master.


Generate spells from the
Path of the Sands, Light or
Death

ws

bs

ld

10

risen

2020 mm
infantry

o p t i o n s

pts

May take Magical Items up to 100


May take any of the following:
Heavy Armour 12
Shield 3
May take a Great Aspen Bow 15
May take a weapon (one choice only):
Additional Hand Weapon 5
Flail 5
Halberd 10
Lance 15
Great Weapon 15
May take a mount (one choice only):
Skeletal Horse 20
Chariot 45
Royal Sphinx 180
May select Monarchs of Undeath (General only):
Commander of the Terracotta Army free
Lord of the Barrow Legion free

ws

bs

ld

risen

o p t i o n s

2020 mm
infantry
pts

May become a Level 4 wizard 35


May take Magical Items up to 100
May take a mount (one choice only)
Skeletal Horse 20
Ark of Ages 150
May be upgraded to Soul Conduit 50
s o u l c o n d u i t

If a friendly model with this rule is present on the battlefield at the beginning of the
Magic Phase, the owning player rolls 7+D3 instead of 2D6 to determine the effects
of the Magic Flux roll. The number of Dispel Dice designated to the opposing player
is always 6 plus any generated through channeling and other means.

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heroes
nomarch
115 pts single model

4
armour

Light Armour
undead special rules

Undead, Dust to Dust


special rules

Flammable, Undying Will,


Fear, Mummys Curse

death cult acolyte


65 pts single model

Undead, Dust to Dust


magic

Level 1 Wizard Apprentice.


Generate spells from the
Path of the Sands, Light or
Death

army list

bs

ld

risen

2020 mm
infantry

o p t i o n s

pts

May take Magical Items up to 50


May take any of the following:
Heavy Armour 12
Shield 3
May take an Aspen Bow 3
May take a weapon (one choice only):
Additional Hand Weapon 3
Flail 3
Halberd 4
Lance (mounted only) 6
Great Weapon 6
May take a mount (one choice only):
Skeletal Horse 20
Chariot 45

4
undead special rules

ws

ws

bs

ld

risen

2020 mm
infantry

o p t i o n s

pts

May become a Level 2 wizard 25


May take Magical Items up to 50
May take a mount (one choice only)
Skeletal Horse 15
Ark of Ages 150

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tomb harbinger
70 pts single model

bs

ld

risen

Light Armour
undead special rules

Undead, Dust to Dust


special rules

Flammable, Undying Will,


Lethal Strike, Poisoned
Attacks

2020 mm
infantry

o p t i o n s

armour

r oya l g ua r d

ws

pts

May be the Battle Standard Bearer 25


May take Magical Items up to 50
May take any of the following:
Shield 3
Heavy Armour 12
May take an Aspen Bow 3
May take a weapon (one choice only)
Additional Hand Weapon 3
Flail 3
Halberd 4
Lance 6
Great Weapon 6
May take a mount (one choice only)
Skeletal Horse 20
Chariot 45
Amuut 50

Should a Pharaoh or Nomarch in the same unit as a Tomb Harbinger be attacked in Close Combat, before rolling
to wound, one hit may be transferred onto the Tomb Harbinger instead. A Tomb Harbinger may intervene against
only a single attack per round of Close Combat and cannot intervene against hits suffered during a Challenge.

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tomb architect
70 pts single model

ws

bs

ld

risen

o p t i o n s

armour

Light Armour
undead special rules

Undead, Dust to Dust


special rules

Flammable

2020 mm
infantry
pts

May take Magical Items up to 50


May take a Weapon (one choice only)
Additional Hand Weapon 3
Lance 6
May take a mount (one choice only)
Skeletal Horse 15
Chariot 45
Amuut 50
May be upgraded to Master Mason 30
master mason

The range on the Master of Stone special rule is increased by 6.

master of stone

At the beginning of the owning players Turn a single friendly Undead Constructs unit within 12 of a model
with this Special Rule may be given the Regeneration (5+) Special Rule. The Regeneration save lasts until the
beginning of the next owning players turn, or until the Tomb Architect is removed from play, whichever comes
first.
a rt i s a n s w rat h

At the beginning of the owning players Close Combat phase a single friendly nonUndead Construct unit
within 6 of a model with this Special Rule may be given the Hatred Special Rule. The Hatred lasts untilthe end
of owning players turn, or until the Tomb Architect is removed from play, whichever comes first. Ifthe unitis
already in second or other subsequent round of combat the unit counts this turns close combat round as the first.
If the Tomb Architects unit is engaged the rule may only be used on his unit. The Hatred Special Rule does
notwork on mounts. The Artisans Wrath cannot be used in the same turn as the Master of Stone.
masons menagerie

If a Tomb Architect is your army General one unit of Shabties may be taken as a Core rather than a Special
choice.

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core
skeletons
50 pts 10 models, may add up

to 40 models 5 pts/model

ws

bs

ld

risen

D3+3

o p t i o n s

armour

Shields, Light Armour


undead special rules

Undead, Dust to Dust

2020 mm
infantry
pts

May take (one choice only):


Spears free
exchange Shields for Aspen Bows 1 / model
May upgrade one model to each of the following:
Champion 10
Musician 10
Standard Bearer 10
May become the Veteran Standard Bearer*
*A Veteran Standard Bearer is One of a Kind and may take a Magical Standard
worth up to 25 pts.

skeleton cavalry
65 pts 5 models, may add up

to 15 models 11 pts/model

Rider
Skeletal Horse
armour

Mounts Protection (6+),


Shields
undead special rules

Undead, Dust to Dust


special rules

Vanguard, Scout,
Free Reform

army list

ws

bs

ld

risen

4
8

3
2

2
-

3
3

3
3

1
1

2
2

1
1

6
3

D3+2

o p t i o n s

2520 mm
Cavalry

pts

May exchange Scout and Free Reform for


Mounts Protection (5+) 3 / model
May take (one choice only)
Light Lances 1 / model
exchange Shields for Aspen Bows 2 / model
May upgrade one model to each of the following:
Champion 10
Musician 10
Standard Bearer 10
May become the Veteran Standard Bearer

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skeleton chariots
135 pts 3 models, may add up

to 7 models 35 pts/model

Chariot
Charioteer (2)
Skeletal Horse (2)
weapons

Aspen Bows, Light Lances


armour

Mounts Protection (6+),


Light Armour
undead special rules

Undead, Dust to Dust

army list

ws

bs

ld

risen

3
2

2
-

4
3
3

4
3

3
1

2
2

2
1

7
3

D3+1

o p t i o n s

50x100 mm
Chariot

pts

May take Free Reform free


May upgrade one model to each of the following:
Champion 10
Musician 10
Standard Bearer 10
May become the Veteran Standard Bearer

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special
necropolis guard
80 pts 10 models, may add up

to 30 models 10 pts/model

4
armour

Light Armour
undead special rules

Undead, Dust to Dust


special rules

Lethal Strike, Bodyguard,


Magical Attacks,
Poisoned Attacks

scarab swarms
70 pts 2 models, may add up

to 5 models 25 pts/model

ws

bs

ld

risen

2020 mm
infantry

D3+1

o p t i o n s

pts

May take Shields 1 / model


May take one of the following weapons
Additional Hand Weapons 1 / model
Halberds 2 / model
May upgrade one model to each of the following:
Champion 10
Musician 10
Standard Bearer 10
may take a Magical Standard up to 50

ws

bs

ld

risen

10

D3+3

ws

bs

ld

risen

40x40mm
Swarm

undead special rules

Undead, Dust to Dust


special rules

Armor Piercing (1),


Poisoned Attacks, Scout,
Underground Ambush

shabtis
120 pts 3 models, may add up
to 7 m
odels 40 pts/model

6
armour

Light Armour, Innate


Defence (5+)
undead special rules

Undead Construct
special rules

Fear

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o p t i o n s

40x40mm
Monstrous Infantry
pts

May take one of the following weapons:


Additional Hand Weapons 3 / model
Halberds 5 / model
Great Aspen Bow free
May upgrade one Shabti to each of the following:
Champion 10
Musician 10
Standard Bearer 10
may take a Magical Standard up to 25

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tomb cataphracts
165 pts 3 models, may add up

to 3 models 55 pts/model

4
7

Rider
Amuut
weapons

Light Lances
armour

Mounts Protection (6+),


Light Armour, Innate
Defence (5+)
undead special rules

ws

4
3

bs

3
-

4
5

4
4

1
3

3
3

2
3

ld

8
8

risen

50x100mm
Monstrous
Cavalry

o p t i o n s

pts

May take Underground Ambush 20


May upgrade one model to each of the following:
Champion 10
Musician 10
Standard Bearer 10
may take a Magical Standard up to 50

Undead Construct
special rules

Lethal Strike (Rider Only),


Fear, Poisoned Attacks
(Amuut Only)

great vultures
60 pts 2 models, may add up
to 7 models 20 pts/model

ws

bs

ld

risen

D3+1

ws

bs

ld

risen

40x40mm
War Beast

undead special rules

Undead, Dust to Dust


special rules

Fly (10), Skirmishers

sand scorpion
85 pts single model

50x50mm
Monstrous Beast

armour

Innate Defence (5+)


undead special rules

Undead Construct
special rules

Lethal Strike, Fear, Poisoned


Attacks, Magic Resistance (2),
Underground Ambush

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army list

sand stalkers
150 pts 3 models, may add up

to 4models 50 pts/model

ws

bs

ld

risen

o p t i o n s

weapons

Halberd

50x100mm
Monstrous Beast
pts

May take Underground Ambush 20


May upgrade one model to a Champion 10

armour

Innate Defence (5+)


undead special rules

Undead Construct
special rules

Fear, Free Reform


petrifying gaze

Models with this rule may perform a special shooting attack with the following profile: Range 12, Strength 2,
Armour Piercing (6), Multiple Shots (D6+1), Quick to Fire. When rolling To Wound, use the highest Initiative
of the model as its Toughness.

battle sphinx
220 pts single model
Battle Sphinx
Riders (4)
weapons

Light Lances
armour

Innate Defence (5+)

ws

bs

ld

6
-

4
4

5
4

8
-

5
-

1
3

4
2

8
8

risen

50x100mm
Ridden
Monster

o p t i o n s

pts

May take Innate Defence (4+) 25


May take Breath Weapon (Strength 4, Flaming Attacks) 25

undead special rules

Undead Construct
special rules

Lethal Strike (Rider Only),


Poisoned Attacks
(Mount Only)

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army list

rare
winged reapers
160 pts 2 models, may add up
to 3 m
odels 75 pts/model

6
armour

Innate Defence (5+)


undead special rules

Undead Construct
special rules

Fly (6), Lethal Strike, Terror,


Necromantic Aura

dread sphinx
225 pts single model

Innate Defence (5+)

bs

ld

10

risen

o p t i o n s

50x75mm
Monstrous Infantry
pts

May take Light Armor 10 / model


May take a weapon (one choice only):
Additional Hand Weapons 5 / model
Halberds 10 / model

6
armour

ws

ws

bs

ld

risen

o p t i o n s

50x100mm
Monstrous Beast
pts

May be upgraded with Innate Defence (4+) 25

undead special rules

Undead Construct
special rules

Fly (7), Devastating Charge,


Large Target, Multiple
Wounds (2, Monstrous
Cavalry, Monstrous Beasts
and Monsters), Terror, Lethal
Strike, Poisoned
Attacks, Armour Piercing (1)

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colossus
180 pts single model

ws

bs

ld

risen

o p t i o n s

armour

Light Armour, Innate


Defence (5+)
undead special rules

Undead Construct
special rules

Grinding Attacks (D3+1)

50x50mm
Monster
pts

May take a weapon (one choice only):


Additional Hand Weapon 5
Great Weapon 10
Giant Aspen Bow 15
Scales of Destiny 5

s ca l e s o f d e s t i n y

Close Combat Weapon. Type: Hand Weapon, -1 Attack in Close Combat. The
Colossus has two Bound Spells: Burning Brightness (Power Level 4) and Touch
of the Reaper (Power Level 4).

casket of phatep
115 pts single model
Casket
Necropolis Guard (3)

ws

bs

ld

risen

7
4

3
-

75mm round
War
Machine

weapons

Halberds
armour

Light Armour
undead special rules

Undead, Dust to Dust


special rules

Lethal Strike, Poisoned


Attacks, Magical Attacks,
Ward Save (5+)
wa i l i n g s p i r i t s

A Casket of Phatep may perform a special shooting attack which has the following properties: Range 36,
Armour Piercing (6), Magical Attacks, Multiple Wounds (Ordnance). Instead of rolling to hit and to wound
as normal, the target of this attack must take a Leadership test on 3D6. If the test is failed, the target is
automatically hit and wounded. Hold Your Ground cannot be used for this Leadership test.

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charnel catapult
130 pts single model
Charnel Catapult
Skeletons (3)

ws

bs

ld

risen

7
3

3
-

75 mm round
War
Machine

undead special rules

Undead, Dust to Dust


c h a r n e l cata p u lt

This is a Catapult (5) Artillery Weaponwith Range 48, Strength 3, Flaming Attacks, Magical Attacks. Units
that suffer at least one casualty from this weapon must take a panic test just as if had suffered 25% casualties.
Panic tests caused by a Charnel Catapult are taken at -1 Leadership.

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mounts
The Mounts section is for character mounts. Non-character mounts follow the rules given under their respective entries.

skeletal horse

8
armour

Mounts Protection (6+)

ws

bs

ld

25x50 mm
War Beast

o p t i o n s

pts

May take Barding 10

undead special rules

Undead, Dust to Dust

amuut

ws

bs

ld

ws

bs

ld

50x100mm
Monstrous Beast

armour

Mounts Protection (6+)


undead special rules

Undead Construct
special rules

Poisoned Attacks, Fear

royal sphinx

6
undead special rules

Undead Construct
special rules

Poisoned Attacks, Large


Target, Terror

chariot

o p t i o n s

bs

ld

Chariot

Skeletal Horse (2)

undead special rules

Undead, Dust to Dust

pts

May be upgraded with (one choice only):


Lethal Strike 25
Necromantic Aura 15

ws

Mounts Protection (6+),

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armour

50x100mm
Monstrous Beast

50x100 mm
Chariot

o p t i o n s

pts

May be pulled by two additional Skeletal Steeds free


Base Size increased to 100x100 mm

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ark of ages

ws

bs

ld

Ark of Ages

Necropolis Guard (2)

3
2

3
-

4
2

3
2

1
6

8
-

Bound Spirits
armour

Mounts Protection (5+)

60x100 mm
Chariot

o p t i o n s

pts

May gain Necromantic Aura 15

weapons

Aspen Bow (Necropolis


Guard only)
undead special rules

Undead Construct
special rules

War Platform, Ward


Save (5+), Lethal Strike
(Necropolis Guard
only), Poisoned Attacks
(Necropolis Guard Only),
Magical Attacks
sacred ark

A Wizard mounted on an Ark of Ages adds 3 to the range of his spells and gains three additional spells: Wind
Blast from the Path of Heavens, Curse of the Westerlies from the Path of Heavens and Shifting Sands from the
Path of Sands. The wizard gains these spells in addition to any spell he might already have. Duplicate spells are
resolved following the normal rules for duplicate spells in the Rulebook.

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quick reference sheet

quick
reference sheet
l - l o r d s , h - h e r o e s , c - c o r e , s - s p e c i a l , r - ra r e , m - m o u n t s o n ly

l
h

CHARACTERS

WS

BS

Ld

Pharaoh
Death Cult Hierarch
Death Cult Acolyte
Monarch
Tomb Harbinger
Tomb Architect

4
4
4
4
4
4

6
3
3
5
4
4

3
3
3
3
3
2

5
3
3
4
4
4

6
4
3
5
5
4

4
3
2
3
2
2

3
2
2
3
3
3

4
1
1
3
3
2

10
8
7
9
8
7

4
4

2
3

2
3

3
4

3
4

1
1

2
3

1
1

6
8

6
6

4
5

2
3

5
5

4
5

3
4

3
4

3
3

8
10

CAVALRY

WS

BS

Ld

Skeleton Cavalry
- Skeletal Horse

4
8

3
2

2
-

3
3

3
3

1
1

2
2

1
1

6
3

4
7

4
3

3
-

4
5

4
4

1
3

3
3

2
3

8
8

8
4

3
2
3
2

2
3
-

4
3
3
4
4
2

4
5
-

3
4
-

2
2
2
2

2
1
1
6

7
3
8
-

MONSTROUS CAVALRY

Tomb Cataphract
-Amuut

INFANTRY

c
s

Skeleton
Necropolis Guard

CHARIOTS

Skeleton Chariot
- Charioteer (2)[0]
- Skeletal Horse (2)[2-4]
m Ark of Ages
- Necropolis Guard [2]
- Bound Spirits
c

MONSTROUS INFANTRY

s
r

Shabti
Winged Reaper
WAR BEASTS

s
m

Great Vulture
Skeletal Steed

2
8

3
2

4
3

4
3

2
1

3
2

3
1

(2) - number of crew members when taken as a separate unit


[0] - number of crew members when taken as a mount

4
3

MONSTERS

MONSTROUS BEASTS

s
r
m

Sand Scorpion
Sand Stalker
Dread Sphinx
Amuut
Royal Sphinx

7
7
6
7
6

4
3
5
3
4

6
-

5
4
5
5
5

5
4
8
4
6

4
3
5
3
5

3
3
1
3
1

4
2
5
3
4

8
8
8
8
8

Scarab Swarm

10

6
-

4
4

5
4

8
-

5
-

1
3

4
2

8
8

7
4

3
-

7
3

3
-

RIDDEN MONSTERS

Battle Sphinx
- Rider (4)
WAR MACHINES

SWARMS

Colossus

Casket of Phatep
- Necropolis Guard
(crew)
Charnel Catapult
- Skeleton Crew

SPECIAL SHOOTING WEAPON


SPECIAL SHOOTING WEAPON

Sand Stalkers
Casket of Phatep
Charnel Catapult

Petrifying Gaze
Wailing Spirits
Charnel Catapult

Catapult (5)

Range

Multiple Shots

Multiple Wounds

Armour Piercing

12
36
48

2
*
3

D6+1
*
-

*
-

6
6
-

risen
All Characters
All Undead Constructs
All War Machines

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1
1
1

Skeleton
Scarab Swarm
Skeleton Cavalry

D3+3
D3+3
D3+2

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Necropolis Guard
Skeleton Chariot

D3+1
D3+1

epilogue

epilogue

A single figure stepped out of the darkness. Armoured in bronze scales, she carried a tall spear, and her face was hidden
behind a serene death mask of shining
gold. For a moment, its blank eyes passed
over where I crouched on the pyramids
side and I froze, convinced against all reason that she had seen me. I did not need to
understand the dry syllables she uttered
to the legion below to know who she was.
Mahatesh, handmaiden of Teput, wife of
Kharatep, queen of Djedesh, whose deeds
were written in chronicle and whose slumber we had disturbed with our reckless
rummaging through her husbands grave.

Unknown day, Blhenzeit, 1648 A.S.

t has taken what feels like an eternity, but I have found a way out of the
pyramid. In the kings chamber, I found a
narrow shaft behind a faded tapestry that
fell into dust at my touch. Barely wide
enough to crawl through, it led upwards
into darkness at a steep angle. With few
other choices, I crawled into it and began
the laborious ascent.
Hours later, my shoulders cramping, I
reached the top. A narrow aperture led onto
the flank of the pyramid, two hundred feet
above the ground. Taking a deep gulp of the
sweet night air, I inched out onto the narrow ledge and looked down. Lights were
glimmering down below, and for a moment
I thought Abdullah and the others had returned to rescue us. When I saw the scale
of the gathering, however, I quickly realised
the lights did not come from honest torches. They burned in the eye-sockets of an
army of the dead, standing in orderly regiments in the ruins of the great plaza.

Through the gates beneath her, a procession of skeletal guards carried out the casket, now firmly shut again. They loaded it
onto a gilded chariot, and the army began
to file out of the square, heading north into
the desert in a winding column of bronze,
bone and ancient stone. The queen rode
with them, riding beside the precious chariot that carried the casket. Having seen its
power first-hand, I have no doubt she intends to use it as a weapon.

As best as I could make out, there were at


least two thousand skeletal soldiers, accompanied by squadrons of chariots that
seemed almost as numerous. The statues of
the necropolis strode between their ranks,
like giants among children. I recognised
the great sphinx we had passed in the desert, and the winged beast that had killed
Grunstein. The moonlight picked out tattered banners flying over the ruins of a temple near the pyramids base. A convocation
of wizened creatures in white and gold
the tomb citys priests stood waiting on
its walls, awaiting the arrival of their leader.

I clung to the ledge on the pyramids side


until the last of the living dead had disappeared over the dunes and the sun began
to rise in the east. With trembling legs
and aching arms, I painstakingly picked
my way down to the ground, where I now
write this last entry in my journal.

We have her husband. The chronicle


cannot call her Mahatesh the Vengeful
for nothing, and unless I am very much
mistaken she and her army will be heading for Eichtal and the headquarters of
the Society. I must get there first.
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