Corpse Cart (Unholy Lodestone)

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When the lodestone bell rings, dark magic exudes and ripples across the battlefield.

Corpse Carts act like magnets for Dark Magic, drawing their power from the land itself and re-animating the dead around them. Sometimes a Corpse Cart is hung with a great bell, the clapper of which is a fell lodestone of eldritch provenance. When necromantic magic is thick in the air, the bell tolls and ripples of Dark Magic emanate from the Corpse Cart. Under the influence of this ominous knell, the dead are drawn back together and cadavers stagger to their feet. Other Corpse Carts are lit by braziers that burn with infernal flames. The smoke from these 'balefires' contains particles of Warpstone that can drive enemy Wizards temporarily insane. Though most were hunted down and put to the torch, for more than a thousand years the remaining Corpse Carts have wandered along the back roads and dirt tracks of Sylvania, wearing death and misery like a shroud. On dark nights, they enter ramshackle villages, stirring the dead in their graves and filling the dreams of slumbering peasants with visions of rot and death. These strange constructs are valued highly by Vampires, for Undead creatures near a Corpse Cart will fight with frenetic vigour, bolstering the battle line of their armies.

Attributes

Attribute Description
Can Cause Fear This unit frightens all enemy units, reducing their leadership when nearby. It is also immune to fear. Fear penalties do not stack.
Hide (forest) This unit can hide in forests until enemy units get too close.
Undead The unit is Undead (does not rout, immune to terror, becomes unstable when is low). It will suffer from attrition when moving through territory not owned by the Undead.

Abilities

Ability Description
Unholy Lodestone

The ringing of the arcane bell atop the Corpse Cart inspires Undead minions to continue fighting, even when grievously wounded.

Vigour Mortis

The Corpse Cart hardens shattered spirits and emboldens tattered bodies to ever greater acts of violence.

Regeneration

There are beings and creatures that can mend bone and knit flesh at an incredible rate. A mighty boon, but one stunted by fire.

Crumbling

The dead do not rest easily in the Old World. Those summoned by Vampires and Necromancers no longer have mortal concerns - they serve only their master's will.

Disintegrating

The Dark Magic binding has failed. Both flesh and necromantic energy slough off the subjects leaving naught but dust.

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