Cult of Pleasure

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Cult of Pleasure
Cult of Pleasure.png
General data
TypePlayable Sub-faction
CategoryDark Elves
RulerMorathi
Territory
Starting territory
Starting province
  • Mortal Empires:
  • Eye of the Vortex:
Climates
  • Prefers Frozen, Chaotic Wasteland and Island
Distinct features
Bullet chs corruption.pngChaos CorruptionThe Cult of Pleasure is the only Dark Elf faction to spread Chaos Corruption.
Bullet def black arks.pngBlack Arks:Powerful naval units that can replenish forces, recruit new units and forces, and bombard battles within range.
Bullet def slaves.pngSlaves:Provide a bonus to provincial economies at the cost of reduced public order.
Bullet def murderous prowess.pngMurderous Prowess:Dark Elves receive the favour of Khaine in the form of increased combat performance should they kill enough enemies in battle.
Icon minor rituals.pngRitesDark Elf Rites consume slaves, and provide bonuses such as summoning Black Arks.
 Names of PowerDark Elf lords can acquire prestigious names which confer bonuses on the lord, army and overall faction.
Icon loyalty.pngLoyaltyEach Dark Elf lord has a loyalty level: some may even rebel, taking their army with them.

Cult of Pleasure is a playable sub-faction of Dark Elves, introduced in Total War: Warhammer II.

Cult of Pleasure are playable in the Eye of the Vortex and Mortal Empires campaigns. They are led by the Hag Sorceress Morathi, who is the mother (and some say lover) of Malekith. The Cult of Pleasure are particularly corrupt and sadistic even for Dark Elves, and spread chaos corruption wherever they go.

How they play[edit | edit source]

A summary of Cult of Pleasure gameplay:

  • Chaos Corruption: In campaign, Morathi's Cult of Pleasure faction spreads chaos corruption, but other Dark Elf factions do not.
  • Units: Cult of Pleasure uses Dark Elves units. The roster is well-rounded, with a focus on elite infantry and cavalry, backed up by hydras and spellcasters.
  • Murderous Prowess: In battle, Dark Elf armies gain extra bonuses after inflicting a certain amount of damage.
  • Slaves: In campaign, Dark Elves gather the slaves resource, which boosts the economy at the expense of public order.
  • Black Arks: These are powerful naval units which can be used to recruit armies at sea.
  • Rites: Dark Elves have access to various rites which grant bonuses in campaign when slaves are sacrificed.
  • Names of Power: Dark Elf lords can acquire different Names of Power which have varying effects.
  • Loyalty: Dark Elf lords have a loyalty stat, which can cause them to rebel, taking their army with them. High Loyalty lords can offer items.
  • Sword of Khaine: Dark Elf factions can draw the Sword of Khaine.

Background[edit | edit source]

The events that led to the sundering happened millennia ago, and yet, the grand architect of a whole race’s tragedy not only still lives but remains one of the most powerful of all their rulers. She is the mother of the Witch King; she is Morathi, the Hag Sorceress of Ghrond.

Morathi was Aenarion’s second wife. He rescued the beautiful seeress from a Slaaneshi host. As the legends tell it, they soon fell in love, and Morathi’s influence became absolute. Through their union came a son, Malekith, destined to become the Witch King. This alone guarantees Morathi a place in history, but she is far more than a mother alone. It was Morathi that broke apart the magical spectrum to fashion Dark Magic. It was she that spread the Cult of Pleasure throughout Ulthuan, fermenting the seeds of discord and ensuring that Malekith’s followers were ready when he made his move against the usurpers of Ulthuan.

To this day, Morathi is both revered and hated by her own kin. While the Witch King tolerates his mother, she is more likely to be manipulating events that furnish her own agenda. Seduction and assassination are her favoured weapons, although she is no stranger to open war. Over millennia the Cult of Pleasure’s influence has waxed and waned, but it has always remained under Morathi’s sway. And so - even as Malekith banishes the Hag Sorceress away from the traditional powerbase of Ghrond to the Ancient City of Quintex - her followers are ready and waiting.

In battle[edit | edit source]

Main article: Dark Elves unit roster.

They have access to all the same units as other Dark Elves factions, except Malekith (though you can recruit Malekith if you are playing as Cult of Pleasure and you confederate with Naggarond).

In the campaign[edit | edit source]

Cult of Pleasure plays largely the same as other Dark Elves factions like Naggarond. Please see the Dark Elves page for more detailed information on their buildings, technologies, Black Arks, Slaves etc.

Legendary Lord Choices[edit | edit source]

  • Morathi - a powerful, versatile spellcaster lord who can ride a flying Dark Pegasus.

Chaos Corruption[edit | edit source]

Bullet chs corruption.pngChaos Corruption is the defining feature of Cult of Pleasure that sets them apart from other Dark Elves factions. Morathi herself has lord effects and items which increase Chaos Corruption. Unlike Warriors of Chaos, Cult of Pleasure does not take attrition damage when in areas with low corruption/high untainted. If you are playing another Dark Elves faction and confederate with Morathi, then she will stop spreading Chaos corruption. Cult of Pleasure spread Chaos corruption via characters, settlements and their unique building chain (see below).

Cult of Pleasure buildings[edit | edit source]

Cult of Pleasure has access to a unique building chain, instead of the normal Dark Elves entertainment building chain (Torture Posts, Fighting Pits, Arena).

The Cult of Pleasure chain spreads Chaos Corruption in addition to increasing public order:

Starting Location[edit | edit source]

Eye of the Vortex
Mortal Empires

Victory Conditions[edit | edit source]

Eye of the Vortex
Mortal Empires

Strategy[edit | edit source]

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