Halloween Event – The Root of All Evil

Hail, warriors! It has been some time since we last spoke, eh?

In a normal year, the changing seasons would herald the arrival of the Animosity Weekender. Those of you who played in The Hallowed Necropolis last year are already familiar with the format: three days of hard rolling, playing as many games as you can to try and sway the outcome in your favor, pushing models and sharing meals with your friends.

Alas, this is hardly a normal year.

In lieu of the 2020 Animosity Weekender, it is instead my pleasure to announce The Root of All Evil, a one-week, one-turn, one-shot campaign set in and around the twon of Bolyany in the aftermath of the Burning Winter. In keeping with spooky All Hallow’s Eve traditions the world over, The Root of All Evil will take place over the course of a single night: Mallusnacht, where the fiery red core of the World-That-Was appears in the sky above Lake Bykaal as a twin-tailed turnip… and all manner of strange and terrible things stalk the shadows by its malign light.

The Root of All Evil will begin Wednesday, October 21st, and run until the 28th. Players will be allowed to submit up to 3 Reports each from the existing 5 Report categories. We recommend depicting lower-ranking characters because, in place of the army actions of The Burning WInter, players will instead be leading patrols, scouting parties, single characters, and other groupings of Warcry warband size or smaller- and we can’t promise you’ll all survive the night…

So, yeah! That’s what we have going on. Please watch the #updates channel on our Discord as we continue to roll things out over the next few days. 

Oh, and did we mention the turnip monsters?
Original art by Luis B.

Best regards,
Team Animosity

Watch the Animosity II Twitch stream w/ NarrativeLabs!

Animosity Campaigns is pleased to announce that we’ve partnered with the guys over at NarrativeLabs to bring you The Burning Winter streamed LIVE on Twitch in a match where YOU control the narrative. Will the Blades of Khorne of the Undivided mash aside the Perpetual‘s Seraphon defending the Cathedral of the Mariner? Viewer votes control for whom the bell tolls and its effects on the battlefield.

So, set up your device of choice and come join the Team Animosity watch party on twitch.tv/narrativelabs at 7pm BST (2pm EST) while you hobby on a lazy Sunday evening/afternoon, and we’ll see you all there!

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TURN 2 HAS BEGUN! SUBMIT YOUR REPORTS NOW!
Turn 2 ends August 2nd @ 11:59pm EST
Turn 3 begins August 5th @ 12:00pm EST

Get your Coalition Objective Markers today!

That’s right folks, courtesy of Tectonic Craft Studios Dan Cotrupe- whom you may be familiar with in our Discord as the Expedition’s own Valeo Valencia- you can commemorate your participation in #AnimosityII with custom Coalition Objective Markers made special for The Burning Winter! Submit an extra Arts & Crafts report next turn by painting up a set, or just rep your Coalition pride when you can finally get back to your local game store. Available in a matched set of 6 or a variety pack.

 

It’s worth noting that Tectonic Craft will also be doing our prize support, so if you aren’t familiar with what awards we’re handing out at the end of the campaign, take a minute to check them out

TURN 2 HAS BEGUN! SUBMIT YOUR REPORTS NOW!
Turn 2 ends August 2nd @ 11:59pm EST
Turn 3 begins August 5th @ 12:00pm EST

Animosity II Begins – The Rolling Rollout

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That’s right, folks, it’s finally here! Although we’d hoped to drop everything at once, I’m sorry to say the Campaign Map and Turn 0 Unfolding Narrative won’t be posted until later this evening; please check back later for some easy bedtime reading.  So, yeah: please pardon our dust, we promise it will be worth it. Furthermore, check back tomorrow for our #DaWarpath roundup! You guys (and gals!) absolutely drowned us in exciting narratives and jaw-dropping hobby, and we’re really excited to share it here.

Silver linings what they are, this just gives you a chance to dig into everything else we’re releasing now. First up, the campaign is a go, meaning you can submit your reports! You can find your Coalition’s Narrative Paths are in the report form itself or pinned for quick reference in your Coalition’s private Discord channel. Although we suggest waiting to read the Unfolding Narrative later today before you pick your Narrative Path, you can start discussing your options straight away.

To make sense of some of the things referenced in your Narrative Paths, you’re going to want to visit the all-new Campaign Setting page, with details about the 47 unique locations that will be appearing on the map when it’s posted later today. Some of these are simple fodder for your imagination; others are crucial to your Coalition’s campaign goals. Discerning which is which, is up to you…

And that’s not all the lore we’ve got for you so far. Several of your Coalitions’ narratives are tied to mysterious figures; if you’re in the Perpetual, the Expedition, or the Pilgrimage, you’re going to want to read about the Other Figureheads and learn just who Mithridates Besh, Han Shinzong and Anruil Althariel actually are.

Finally, you’ve all requested it, Nuno M. has assembled it, it’s here, go check it out: the Gaming Resources page, with everything you need for single-player Age of Sigmar and Warcry and more. Really, we’ll just let it speak for itself.

“Everything changes, given time. Lives filled by happiness and desperation fade into the background of centuries and aeons, worn smooth like a pebble in a brook. Armies and empires are ground away, baubles for the amusement of uncaring gods, and even the gods lose their meaning as the Realms dance to a rhythm entirely of their own making. Yet all history was once lived, and every moment births a new and furious struggle. From a distance, it all becomes meaningless, but here and now, nothing could be more important.”

May your gods favor you, warriors!
Alex P.
On be half of Team Animosity

 

 

War Story – Talaha Takes To Battle

Submitted by Rob C. of WA

Where: Galaza Dreadhold, Chamon

When: Four months ago.

“Tell me Crone, where shall I find worthy adversaries. Where shall I find worthy skulls for our blood God’s throne.”

The Seer was gazing lovingly into her scrying pool. Her old and weathered face  concentrated into staring at the vat of blood before her . Her eyes having turned completely black while using the blood incantations  to communicate with the dark gods. The fresh blood of many victims mingled with spices from around the realm, the hot tendrils of vapor wisped around her and gave the appearance of a mockingly angelic Halo. Her aged withered hands held sacred palms that were lit on fire above the vat made from the hollowed skull of a mammoth.

Dancing above the vat of vapor, one could see smokey images and dark symbols. All who were gathered could see what was happening, but only the Seerer could interpret what was before them all.

” A great time of war and tribulation is upon us. Very very soon you will have all the blood and skulls you need to worship Khorne. ” But alas what you seek is not here, it lies behind a great gate. You will need to  travel far from here and offer your services to a great Stone Warrior, then, and only then, will you be able to start your great path to Glory.”

Talaha, The Butcher of Galaza had something that passed for a smile crossed his scarred and tattered face. The remnants of which showed the results of a lifetime of countless battles.

” Yeeessss, yeeeesss this is what I seek. Tell me now where shall I go.” He hissed beneath his horned helmet.

” Before I give you what you desire, you must pay me what I desire.” The old Crones face lifted from her dark work to gaze at Talaha.

Talaha motioned to the gathering of Blood Reavers behind him. They thrust forward two young women. Both were dressed in the ceremonial clothing of Sigmar’s priestesses. Both priestesses clothes  bore the runes of the Temple they’d been stewards of just a week before.

” You have truly surpassed my expectations. I shall now Divine what you want and need.”

The Crone dreamily gazed at the scrying pool, and began to chant the dark incantations  necessary for the ritual, her body rocked in time to a dark dance that only the Crone could hear the music for. . After about 20 minutes she lifted her head and smirked at Talaha, her semi toothless smile showcased her rotting teeth.

“A great warrior plans to cast down one of Sigmar’s creations, you will join him by journeying north to the realm gate of Shan A’zon, then follow the old road south.” The Crone drew a long breath and then continued on. “You will find victory and glory. You will also find defeat and shame. Finally, you shall never return here. Ever.”

“I care not to return, I care only to serve the Lord of Blood and Hate.”

For a moment Talaha was worried, scrying is never so direct or clear, this might not be a good omen.

Talaha turned from the Seer, he motioned over to the two Blood Reavers. The Reavers stepped forward each with a cowering prisoner under their control. They shoved the prisoners to the ground in front of the seer. Both prisoners started crying and begged for their lives. The Crone seized the closest one by her red hair and pulled her over the edge of the scrying pool. A crooked smile crossed her wretched face as she pulled out a ceremonial obsidian dagger. The redheads green eyes filled with terror.

“Enjoy your payment.” Talaha and his men strode away from the Temple as the the cries turned to screams and then abruptly ended. 

“Gather all that wish to taste glory and victory first hand!” He glanced at his men for a moment. Then quickly raised his Gorecleaver into the air. “FOR CHAOS! BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD!”

At once the assembled Reavers began chanting!

BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD!BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD!

BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD!BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD!

BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD!BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD!

Yes, Talaha smiled, Khorne shall be pleased.

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