Volkmar is among the oldest Legendary Lords in the game and it shows. Since I put forth suggestions for Helman Ghorsthttps://forums.totalwar.com/discussion/283161/campaign-balance-helman-ghorst#latest
it is fair that I do so for Volkmar /the Empire side of the "Grim and the Grave".
General problem is an unhealthy
focus on flagellantsFaction effects (Volkmar)+20% magical item drop chance is good as it is.
+30% Weapon strength for flagellants....
not good, flagellants are not exactly a staple in campaign and making them into supersoldiers, who can do anthing is not exactly better.I´d suggest giving the "faiths bastion" ability to Huntsmen General, General of the Empire and Empire captain instead. +2 recruitment rank for warrior priests.....
it´s an "ok" skill, nothing specialso´d suggest instead giving the Volkmar faction bonus public order (maybe up to +5) from % untainted, basically a mirror to the Vampire Counts race ability.
That would give the play at least an incentive to rout out corruption.
-30% upkeep for flagellants
not good because you rarely use flagellants and it gives you no combo options.
so I´d suggestreducing it to 20% and making reduced upkeep for flagellants, free company and Empire Knights(including the Electorial state troops)/ Knights of the blazing sun (for the crusader vibes)Lord effects (Volkmar)+30% replenishment rate
not good, as flagellants are a niche unit you cannot recruit until much later in the campaign. So I´d suggestmake it affect free company and melee state troops (Swordsmen, Spearmen/shields, halberdiers) aswell. These units usually take the heaviest casualties and this way they can stay viable throughout the campaign.
+ 14 attack and 12% physical resistance for flagellants is "ok"The 3 unique skills for arch lector and VolkmarBlessed holy war
Should apply to all units in the armyWar eternal
Should give all embedded units of the army "strength of the penitent", additionally to the 30% charge bonus for flagellants. The Work of god
Should be nerfed to 20% and apply to all units embedded into the army, making it more useful in general.
These changes would make the lectors /Volkmar a lot better in in terms of distinctiveness and effectiveness.
What do you think?