The Empire despite being the most iconic faction of the Old World also has the fewest Legendary Lords of any WH1 race except Bretonnia.
The largest missing piece of the Empire is the Cult of Ulric and while I think many expect CA to introduce Boris of Middleheim I think the missing piece would be filled best by the Al-Ulric, Emil Valgeir who is more of a battlemage rather than the pure caster of Balthazar Gelt and would be the hybrid LL that the Empire needs as well as allowing Knights of the White Wolf cavalry, Teutogen Guard, Warriors of Ulric, and possibly Wolf-kin as new units.
I think CA would have to tip their hand quite a bit on the new Chaos mechanics if they redo Beastmen or leave them mostly as the current poorly implemented Horde faction which relatively few people seem to want to play.
It would be more natural to have Beastmen redone in WH3 and that separated the original DLC from by a whole game and would justify a higher price compared to a re-work that adds maybe a couple of new units to the Beastmen roster. Beastmen are decent candidates but the final strike against is that they are another WH1 race and extremely unlikely to see them as 2nd part of DLC for WH2 where both races are WH1.
The Mad Count of Averland? Great character, would be quite fun to have an Empire character written that way but he is down in Averland near Sylvania and has Gelt as his neighbour to boot, so unless CA decides to put him somewhere else on one of his mad crusades (would be very cool) probably not.
The largest empty spot on the map to me is the area of the Empire between Altdorf, Ostmark, and Sylvania. Ludwig Schwarzhelm has a history in Ostland but is supposed to be near the Emperor's side so I am not sure CA would put him there and I think Valten and Luthor Huss are unlikely due to Volkmar already being an LL.
That leaves the most likely candidate... the Al-Ulric while adding the Cult of Ulric which is the last most important aspect of the Empire that has been completely ignored so far.
That would give the Empire 5 LLs and leave Boris for a WH3 FLC as I think he will represent the Empire on the edge of the WH3 map. Ulric has many enemies, the god of war could really have any antagonist but of the remaining WH2 races the Dark Elves would make the most sense especially if the map of WH3 is a globe and the west coast of Naggarond is to the east of Cathay meaning CA does not have to reserve a start position for DE.
However, I think a Norscan is the most likely as Norsca currently has only 2 LLs and it is not clear how much Norsca will be included in the Chaos re-work for WH3 and Norsca is technically part of WH2 and deserves at least on par with the other FLC faction of Bretonnia which has 4 LLs.
Anyone know of a good Norscan LL candidate?
Even if CA does not introduce the Cult of Ulric in the next DLC and instead saves it for some mega combined map DLC to wrap-up the Empire, how do you all feel the Empire should be completed?
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