"When asked: "What is the name of the stone that burns?" Thou shalt respond: "Sulpher to be mixed with mercury."
When asked "What is the name of the universal solvent?" Thou shalt respond: "Al-kahest."
When asked: "What is the name of the remedy for all maladies?" Thou shalt respond: "Panacea Universalis."
When asked: "What is the name of the acme of the Art?" Thou shalt respond: "The Elixir of Life."
When asked: "What is the name of the noblest of metals?" Thou shalt respond: "Gold.""
- —Balthasar Gelt, 'The Training of the Alchemist'.
Balthasar Gelt is an Empire Legendary Lord unit introduced in Total War: Warhammer. As of The Empire Undivided Update for Total War: Warhammer II, he leads the faction The Golden Order. In battle, Gelt is a powerful spellcaster but is not suited for melee combat.
Description[edit | edit source]
Balthasar Gelt is the current Supreme Patriarch of the Colleges of Magic and one of the Empire's greatest Wizards of this very age. The position of Supreme Patriarch is the highest attainable position by a wizard within the Empire of Man. The patriarch is responsible for advising Emperor Karl Franz in all decisions dealing with the Arcane. Every couple of years each of the eight Colleges of Magic elect one of their number to compete in duel with an equal counterpart. The victor of this arcane dual receives the office of Supreme Patriarch and the right to wield the ancient Staff of Volans.
Balthasar Gelt's research into new formulations of black powder even made him popular with the Imperial Engineers School, an organisation that often dismisses magic as superstitious nonsense. However, during these studies, a freak explosion almost ended Balthasar's quest for knowledge forever. Somehow he survived, and from that day on has only ever been seen swathed in shimmering, metallic robes and wearing a golden face mask. Some say that beneath his mask his skin has turned pure gold, while others whisper than he is horribly disfigured, though the truth of the matter is known only to Balthasar. One thing is certain: the accident only furthered his will to succeed, and this determination increased his power to new heights. After defeating Thyrus Gormann of the Bright Order in a ritual magic duel, Balthasar became Supreme Patriarch of the Colleges of Magic, replacing the long-standing prominence of Fire with that of Metal. The way of fire is nothing compared to the fluid power of metal!
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Campaign Effects[edit | edit source]
When picked as your starting legendary lord:
Strategy[edit | edit source]
Gelt's bonus armor to all units is a valuable asset, especially to the lightly armored state troops (around 30 armor). His buffs to magic and magic users encourage the player to have casters in every army they field. His bonuses to artillery encourage such units as well. Overall an army of the Golden Order will have a slightly sturdier front line, more magic users, and heavier hitting artillery.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Gelt is the only metal caster available to the Empire, which is ironic considering his faction is supposed to represent the entirety of the metal casters in the Empire.
- Metal casters in general are very rare, only being found on Gelt, Sarthoreal, and Chaos Sorcerers.