Turn 0 Unfolding Narrative + CAMPAIGN MAP!

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For the record, every single one of those trees was individually hand-drawn by our in-house illustrator, Katie H.

Sorry for the delay, but you read that right, it’s finally here. Sink your teeth into the Turn 0 Unfolding Narrative, and then head over to the Campaign Setting page to continue admiring our beautiful map. Remember, every single location named has a corresponding description, and while some are just plot hooks for your own storylines, others will prove incredibly important before this war is over.

On that note, for those of you who aren’t familiar with our Unfolding Narrative mechanic, we’d advise you to read it with a fine tooth comb. Generally, there’s a reason Team Animosity picked these particular moments in time to focus on- and even if a particular story doesn’t seem to immediately relate to your Coalition or Figurehead, that doesn’t mean it won’t down the line…

With these updates completed, Turn 0 is in YOUR hands. We’ll be working on keeping the Community page updated with your narratives and hobby projects throughout the week, but otherwise, our job is done- well, for now, anyway.

May your gods favor you, warrior!
Team Animosity

Turn 1 Ends Sunday, July 26th @ 11:59pm EST.
Turn 2 Begins Wednesday, July 29th at 9:00am 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

 

 

24 hours until WAR! Share #DaWarpath with your friends!

It’s almost here, and Team Animosity has been working around the clock to make it happen. So, what can you expect from us over the next 24 hours? Why, just a couple-two-three little things:

  • A masterfully rendered map of Lake Bykaal and the myriad of locations that dot its surface and shores, such as the depressing, root-vegetable-farming town of Bolyany:

Once a small farming community around a central market-town hub, Bolyany was sparsely populated but always busy, farmer’s wagons pouring into its market square every day and traders from all around the lake would coming to buy produce. The root  crops were withered and meagre by any standard, but still superior to any grown elsewhere around the lake.

Wait, where’s that text coming from, you ask? Why, it’s because aforementioned map will be dropping with…

  • No fewer than 47 unique location descriptions to help you forge your narrative. For example, that’s not all we know about Bolyany:

Local tribes-folk now inhabit the place, a twisted husk of what it once was but still growing some form of crop, namely blood-red sour beets and extremely large varieties of hideous turnip, and pretty much the only source of food around the lake. The sullen masked people whisper prayers to nameless gods, but mostly keep to themselves and tend to their eerie gardens.

In addition to this massive expansion of Animosity II’s campaign setting, you and your Coalition will finally be able to dig into the…

  • Report form with 9 Narrative Paths. That’s 3 Paths per Coalition, each opposed by 3 different Coalitions. That means every single Coalition is fighting a battle on 3 fronts from the word “WAAAGH!”. For example, if you’ve joined the Expedition, you could have the choice to visit, that’s right, you guessed it, Bolyany:

Making contact with Lord-Celestant Han Shinzong- or at least discovering his fate- is first among the Expedition’s standing orders. Unfortunately, the vanguard Anruil Brighteyes sent to range ahead along the Thawing has found itself ambushed and encircled by the beast- and rat-things of the Wretched native to this cursed underworld. Although they’ve found temporary refuge among the local farming folk of Bolyany, it’s only a matter of time before the vanguard is routed or destroyed.

Of course, our Narrative Paths are nothing without…

  • The Turn 0 Unfolding Narrative, throwing you into the thick of current events and grounding your narratives in the present moment. Where #DaWarpath has portrayed your march to war, Turn 0 is where the boots meet the ground.

We’re still putting the finishing touches on the Turn 0 Unfolding Narrative, so you’ll just have to check back tomorrow to read it…

Speaking of #DaWarpath, we’ve got a BIG update coming for the Community page later today or tomorrow with YOUR hobby and narratives. We’ve been struggling to stay on top of the absolute flood photos and stories in the past few days, but don’t mind us- keep ’em coming!

So, that’s what we’ve got going on. But, what about you? Just like your narratives are an integral part of our campaign experience, your enthusiasm is what makes these things happen. With less than a day left on #DaWarpath, what can you do to help? Well, if you know some folks in your local group who like watching Warhammer YouTube videos, why don’t you put them onto this feature we recorded with absolute legend and all-around great guy Doug Griggs from 2+ Tough?

Or maybe they prefer to read their shameless self-promotion the old fashioned way, and would fancy a look at the Introduction to Animosity II we posted last week. No? Well, I don’t know anybody who’s ever turned down a stunning theatrical trailer… or maybe you just need to slap their facebook messenger chat with this little infograph:

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No matter how you help spread the word, every little bit helps. We’re working to build a vibrant and robust narrative play community for Age of Sigmar for years to come, and each and every one of you is a part of that community. So, please, if you have a minute today, let a friend know about Animosity, and we’ll see you- and them- tomorrow, on the frozen surface of Lake Bykaal…

Sincerely,
Alex P.
On behalf of Team Animosity
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New Figurehead Narrative: The Pilgrimage!

As our last few updates drop before the campaign goes live next week, we’d like to take a moment to focus on a Coalition that’s near and dear to our hearts. You know them. They know you. They’re The Pilgrimage, and they’re mad as hell.

Are you a Good Guy, but not about that life of bureaucracy and red tape that Sigmar’s civilizations are all about? Do you just want to put your sword in the foes of Order, like the silly walking skeletons of the Perpetual or the wretched talking animals of the Wretched without taking orders from some Magister of Hammershammers? Have you been chanting “ONLY THE FAITHFUL!” every five minutes since you were reforged? Then the Pilgrimage is the place for you, friend.

Remember, you’re always welcome to come and chat with other players in your coalition on the Animosity Discord server. If that’s not your jam, just keep posting your hobby and narratives to social media with the #DaWarpath and #AnimosityII hashtags, and we’ll aggregate it on our Community page once or twice a week!

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“OOONNNLLLYYY TTTHHHEEE FFFAAAIIITTTHHHFFFUUULLL!!!”

 

Animosity II: You Learn To Swim By Jumping In!

This past week has seen many new faces- and a few returning ones- coming around to see what Animosity is all about. With just one weekend (and six sleeps) until the campaign kicks off, we thought it a good idea to give you guys a crash course…

If you’re coming back for more, either after last year’s Animosity I or from our Warhammer Fantasy days, then chances are you aren’t asking “What Is Animosity Campaigns?“… but, if you’re new here, you might want to see what we’re all about before you read anything else.

If you are ready to dig into Animosity II – The Burning Winter but don’t know where to begin, then How To Participate is where you need to be. Our format has changed considerably, both from our forum-based days and, courtesy of COVID-19, last year’s event.

Most notably, Animosity II is not a map campaign. Although there will be a map, it is for narrative purposes only. Instead, each turn, your Coalition will be faced with three diverging Narrative Paths. The more Battle Reports you put into each Narrative Path, the more likely it will be successful. Keep in mind, there will always be an enemy Coalition opposing you, meaning you’re going head-to-head with other players from the top of Turn 1.

You win- or lose- the campaign by how successfully your Coalition navigates the Unfolding Narrative. There is no clean, numerical scoring: players will need to read the narrative and make their best guess. Beyond the campaign narrative, there are a large number of player achievements we will recognize at the end of the campaign, too.

Now that you know where you stand, we can dig into the fun stuff. If you haven’t already seen the Theatrical Trailer, you need to stop reading this and go watch it right now. Seriously, we didn’t pay a talent agency top dollar for Elric Edge’s deep, husky voice from Rolling Bad for nothing. So, you’ve seen it now, right? Good, let’s continue.

Next, you’re gonna want to read The Story So Far. You’re a busy grown adult, it’s 2020, we get it, but if you don’t read a word of the rest of our narrative, you should read The Story So Far. That’s right, it’s so important that we linked The Story So Far no less than three, make that four, times.

So, you know The Story So Far now, right? We’re on the same page? Great! Now you’re ready to figure out which Figurehead and Coalition is for you. You see, our players are divided into teams we call Coalitions, and each Coalition is led by an NPC we call a Figurehead. Figureheads allow us to write about your characters without, you know, writing them for you, because nobody wants that.

Each Coalition is themed around a handful of factions. For example, if you’re a goody two-shoes Order player, you could fight for The Expedition, led by an aelf trying to escape the shadow of his father’s legacy. If you prefer more violence and bloodshed with your Order, then The Pilgrimage is the place for you! They’re led by the previously mentioned aelf’s half-sister. Oh, and the Flesh-Eater courts have joined them because they think Daughters of Khaine are Valkyries, or something. *shrug*

If the Dark Gods are more your style, then you can’t go wrong with The Undivided. Led by two Varanguard who bicker like an old married couple, they’ve juuust about figured out the secrets of aelven god-binding. If you’re more of a degenerate beast-thing, rat-thing, or just a barbarian in a loin cloth, then The Wretched have you covered. Led by the Oracles of Peace and Humility, they’re ironic and can break your face with a club covered in rusty nails!

Speaking of breaking face, da Soulmuncherz are a dream-team of Idoneth and the forces of Destruction. What was worse than grots, orruks, and ogors charging at you? Not knowing grots, orruks, and ogors are charging at you until after they’ve already charged at you. But, hey, maybe you just want to save the Mortal Realms, in which case The Perpetual are the Coalition for you. While everyone else faffs about, your eyes are on a prize that will prevent- ah, well, we don’t want to say too much just yet…

Sound good? You’re darn right it does. Animosity Campaigns has sixteen years of worldwide online campaign experience under our belts. So, what are you waiting for? Join our Discord server! Meet the other players in your Coalition! Prefer to stay socially distant? That’s fine too! No matter what you do, this is the campaign for you!

Just submit your reports and tag your stuff with #DaWarpath and #AnimosityII on social media so we can share it to our Community page. What is our Community page? It’s a showcase of YOUR stories and hobby that’s updated every single turn so our players can follow along with each other’s efforts.

That’s what our campaigns are all about, after all: collaborative storytelling. And if all this hasn’t gotten you to board the hype train, then we’ve even got a soundtrack on Spotify to get you pumped.

May your gods favor you,
Sincerely,
Everyone on Team Animosity

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‘ERE WE GO!

Expanded Coalition Descriptions!

Yesterday’s update was big, but today’s is even better. Every single Coalition page has been expanded with insight into the forces that comprise it and the Figureheads whom lead it. Head over to the Figureheads & Coalition page to check them all out!

With this update, we’re opening the doors on our Coalition channels on the Animosity Discord server. Featuring both a private text and voice channel for every Coalition, you’ll be able to collaborate on your narrative with other players, strategize report allocation once the campaign begins, and as time allows, the Figureheads themselves may even weigh in on your discussions!

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The Oracle of Humility and the Oracle of Peace, Figurehead NPCs for the Wretched.

That’s not quite everything, though. Nothing has stirred more curiosity than the Wretched’s Brayherd and Skaven duo, the Oracles of Peace and Humility. “What’s their deal?” you’ve asked. Well, their Figurehead narrative’s been added, so, uh… go see for yourself!

We’re reaching the end of the road, but there’s still more updates to come- namely, the map and its locations, and some other details that’ll become important a little bit later…

 

YOUR Narrative Need-To-Know!

With the campaign launch day of June 22nd fast approaching, Team Animosity has been working ’round the clock to finish up everything you need to get stuck in. Thus far, we’ve only been teasing our main story, but today, we’re gonna dive right into it:

The Story So Far is where you’ll find what’s gone down since our last campaign, and what the stakes are this time- from the underworld you’ll be fighting in to what lurks below Lake Bykaal… and the mysterious figure at the eye of the gathering storm.

Animosity Campaigns are a different breed of narrative event. Each addition to our lore, including every Figurehead narrative, is carefully considered and written with the intention of forging a single, unbroken story arc. We’re aware our approach is a bit wordy, but even if something seems extraneous now, trust us… it’s not.

That said, all we’ve done is set the stage: your characters are the actors. This only works with YOUR contributions, and everything we write is meant as tools to forge YOUR narrative. Case in point is this #DaWarpath short story sent to us by Ron H., whose Lumineth Realm-lords have arrived to reinforce Anruil Brighteyes’ Expedition. Enjoy, and we’ll be back with more exciting updates tomorrow!

Arras’ Arrival
by Ron H.

Another 3 transport ships appeared from the Ghyrplunge Realmgate and sailed towards the Expedition camp. The first ship docked close by the camp and lowered the rampart, while the other two ships waited till the first had emptied.

First of the ship was an aelf clad in white armor and regal purple robes. He had long, golden hair, tied in a knot. In his left hand he held his helmet, with two purple plumes stretching out from the sides like angel wings. In his right hand he held the leash of an elegant, brown warhorse, which he guided of the ship.

As the aelf sat foot on the shore he looked around. A slight look of disgust appeared on his face and he turned to his horse.

By Hysh’s light, to what forsaken place have we been sent, Fornost?”

The horse shook his head, as if it understood what the aelf just said to him.

Talking to your horse doesn’t make it a better place, lord.”

The lord turned to see an aelf woman, clad in a purple robe, a golden laurel on her head, and her face covered by a veil, standing behind him.

“I talk to him to make him more at ease. He is a bit on edge. It is probably because of this place. Even I feel ill at ease here.”

Yes, I sense a great sorrow hanging over this lake. Something large and powerful is lurking in these waters. But we have to focus, we are sent here with a specific mission, lest you have forgotten, lord?”

No Felosial, I haven’t forgotten it. Its retrieval is of the utmost importance. Though I have not much faith in our allies, they seem divided and focused on different things.”

Yes, they are indeed divided. But I think we made the right choice to support the brother in this, he seemed to be calmer of the two.”

As the two aelf are talking, the second and third boat dock and throw out their ramparts. Felosial turns to the lord.

The Vanari are ready to come ashore, my lord. They are waiting for your signal.”

The lord nodded, let loose of the leash, and grabbed a horn. He puts it to his mouth and blows. The sound from the horn echoes through the canyon. Banners raise from the deck of the ships and the Vanari march down the ramparts. Wardens, with their long pikes, Sentinels with their longbows and Dawnriders disembark from the transport ships.

Noise came from the Expedition camp, as the horn alerted them to the presence of the Lumineth. Several minutes later, several riders came galloping towards the disembarking Lumineth. The lord steps on his horse, and motions towards two disembarked Dawnriders to do the same, he then turns towards Felosial, the Scinari Cathallar.

Felosial, when they have finished disembarking set up a camp. We Lumineth need a little more style then what they can bring us.”

And what are you going to do, lord?”

I am going to introduce myself to our allies. They should know that Lord Arras of Syar has arrived, with an Auralan Legion and a Dawnrider-Lance.”

And Arras spurred on his horse, towards the incoming outriders, closely followed by two Dawnriders, with one carrying the banner of the Syar.

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Questions? Comments? You’re welcome to contact us at AnimosityCampaigns@gmail.com or find us on Discord and social media!

New Figurehead narrative – the Undivided!

Another day, another update, as promised- this time, introducing you to some familiar faces leading the Undivided. If you participated in Animosity I last year, you may remember Basalt Lord Qarang Sarn and Irkut “the Spineless” Thousandeyes. After that campaign concluded- with the ruinous powers’ warriors razing a sacred grove of Alarielle, pillaging a tower of Teclis, and sacking a palace of Malerion- the two Varanguard fled through the Ghyrplunge realmgate with their ill-gotten gains. If you’re a mono-god Chaos player, this is probably the place for you!

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In other news, last night’s hobby hangout on the Animosity Discord server was great fun! I’m scheduling another for this coming Saturday, July 18th, at 9pm EST. Stop by and say hello!

Playing Soulbound in Animosity II + new Figurehead narrative!

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Download Animosity II – Soulbound Guide v1.4

That’s right folks, it’s officially here! Compiled by ever-industrious NEO Nuno M., the Soulbound guide will get your group stuck in with an overview of the campaign setting and story hooks for why your Binding (or less-than-blessed band of miscreants) would fight for any of the six Coalitions in the coming war. There’s lore here for everybody, even if you don’t intend to play Soulbound- and hey, it might just convince you to give it a try…

For the Order players among you, we have a twofer for ya: the Expedition’s Figurehead narrative, featuring less-than-friendly half-siblings Anruil Brighteyes and Arali Heartsbane. While Anruil is the Expedition’s figurehead, his destiny is ensnared with that of his estranged relative- and the fate of their father, presumed lost at sea…

Check back every day at 9am EST as we roll out the rest of the campaign info this week, including two (2!) hand-drawn maps of Lake Bykaal and its claustrophobic crown jewel, Tsatraya Citadel (perfect for your games of Soulbound or Warcry…). expanded info on all the major locations around the lake, Figurehead narratives for the Pilgrimage, Soulmuncherz, Undivided and Wretched, an updated FAQ, and more besides. Need to get in the fightin’ spirit? Don’t forget to check out the Animosity mix tape on Spotify!

“What will be, what will be, truth will bind and set us free,
through fiery animosity, Nemesis’ sovereignty…”

 

 

 

Figurehead Intro – The Perpetual

Join us for a look at the Perpetual’s motivations in the first Figurehead narrative to be revealed, as the Slann Zectoka of the Seraphon seeks an audience with Reikenor the Grimhailer. Mind you, even our Coalition narratives aren’t just for players with those armies- there’s plot teases here that will inform and impact every narrative yet written…

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A secondary Figurehead in our last campaign, Reikenor the Grimhailer now speaks with the authority of Nagash in the war to come…