I wanted to present some feedback as food for thought to improve the Strigoi Ghoul King lord characters in Mortal Empire campaigns.
(For reference, on tabletop, Strigoi were only level 1 lore of vampires casters (meaning only one spell, invocation of Nehek). They were reliant on necromancer and vampire allies for spellcasting. They performed well in melee because of Str5, poison and the ability to reroll failed to-hit rolls.)
1. No overcast = earthing skill wholly useless.
The ghoul king can no longer overcast at all in the single player campaigns (Mortal Empires). This makes the tier 2 skill “earthing” (-15% miscast base chance) redundant and a waste of space.
2. No crypt horror summoning.
The Strigoi can overcast the special ghoul summoning spell in WH2 custom battles (I guess can overcast in WH2 MP battles), but not in the campaigns. This is odd, because balance is less important in single-player campaigns than in MP battles.
2.1 Only the Strigoi had access to this spell, but now no one has access to it. I think it should either be available or changed to make it dangerous to use, from a miscast base chance. This would fit with the current design of Strigoi to reduce the focus on spell casting.
A. Remove the earthing skill and give a “Loremaster”-type skill that reduces the cost to cast spells. (least effort)
B. Give a secondary skill to ghoul summon skill to enable overcast to summon crypt horrors, but without the WH2-style reduction of miscast chance and spell cost. This would make existing earthing skill useful again. (low effort)
C. Give ghoul and crypt horror cost reduction and specialist buff ability to Strigoi to at least differentiate it for playstyle/flavour reasons from skeleton focused necromancers and generic vampire lords. (moderate effort)
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