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I JUST WANTED TO BUMP THIS 8 MONTH OLD THREAD OF MINE TO TELL YOU ALL THAT YOU SHOULD'VE BELEIVED ME WHEN I SAID ALBION IS COMING. ITS MORE LIKELY THAN EVER AND I JUST WANTED TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO GLOAT.
Ever since hearing about the New World being the setting for Warhammer 2 and subsiquently reading into the lore and backstory surrounding the time period of the first chaos invasion and great vortexs inception, I have been brainstorming different scenarios in which certain factions might be introduced which arent already explicitly present in the game as present. Im not reffering to factions such as the vampire coast who function as an NPC faction and for whom there is justifiably a large amount of support for being introduced as a playable faction. Im reffering to factions who have no presence whatsoever despite their prospective territories being held by "other factions" who at best can be considered placeholders and have no real claim to these territories if you look into the Warhammer Lore. These undoubtly include factions such as Araby, until recently the Tomb Kings, the Dogs of War, the Amazonians and most notably in my opinion Albion.
Now i know Albion isnt regarded as the most exciting faction is Warhammer and probably isnt even on most peoples lists as a faction they'd like to see implemented before some of the forementioned more notable factions, however I have reason to beleive that CA has them in the works as an intended DLC faction in the near future for game 2. I dont beleive they will arrive as a FLC like Brettonnia did, I beleive that might be reserved for Araby or the Dogs of War depending upon which is the most popularly requested as I dont beleive having both of those significant factions kept behind a paywall would be a popular decision amongst the community. Instead I think Albion may be amongst the next Paid DLC's to be released. My reasoning for this is based upon various factors that I will now explain in greater detail.
SKAELING HOLDS ALBION
The first reason is that Skaeling currently inhabit Albion which to me is unusual as Albion is reknowned for its ability to fight off invaders and has a long history of fighting Northern Tribes and chaos. It seems as though Skaeling is a placeholder for Albion much like how the Strigoi Empire and such inhabited the Tomb Kings territories. The island itself looks as though it could be expandes upon eastwards aswell should CA decide to incorporate it into the game as a full faction.
NEIGHBOURING FACTIONS SHIELD ICON
When you examine the shield icon for the neighbouring factions of Aghol, Mung, Skeggi, they all bear the same shape shield despite not all being northmen tribes. I assume this i to refference them being barabrian type factions and I beleive this may hint to us the type of faction that we could expect to replace them. With Albion being a celtic/barbarian themed race, I can see them being a suitable fit to replace these factions in these territories or directly compete with them early game for territory.
TOMB KING FACTION MECHANICS
With the release of the Tomb Kings and their campaign being independent of the Vortex itself, I beleive we could possibly see a campaign for Albion that is related to but not centred around the Vortex. Everybody knows about the role the Truthsayers played in erecting the Waystones that helped absorb much of the chaos energy early on into the creation of the vortex that was crucial in the high elves plan working whether they were aware of the truthsayers plans or not. I beleive that we may see a campaign based around these waystones, as the emergence of dark emmissaries bringing agents of chaos to albion to help them destroy the waystones to destabalise the vortex was featured in a book. Another key part of an albion campaign could revolve around something i read about albion sending out heroes and scouting parties in search of powerful lost artifacts to bring back to the island, which could provide us with the opportunity for some unique starting positions outside of the island itself.
We may find various LL within Albion itself trying to protect it from aggressive invaders who are trying to raze settlements thus destroying the waystones or spread chaos corruption throughout albion much like Tyrion defending the Ulthuan, and other Lords out searching for powerful artifacts from the age of the Old Ones to help strengthen Albion and aid in restabilizing the vortex outside of ulthuan itself.
I think this would add an interest mix to the New World, as the High Elves have some what descent relations with albion however because of past wars with the lizardmen following the lizardmens attempts to purge albion of the men inhabiting it, both are opnenly hostile i beleive now.
It would be interesting to see how two remnants of the Old ones great plan would interact on the map when each is at war with eachother, at least at the start of the campaign maybe.