The Barrow Legion

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Overview[edit | edit source]

The Barrow Legion
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General data
TypePlayable Subfaction
CategoryVampire Counts
RulerHeinrich Kemmler
CampaignsMortal Empires
Starting territory
Starting location
  • Favour: Temperate, Wasteland, Mountain, Desert

The Barrow Legion is a playable sub-faction of Vampire Counts introduced in Total War: Warhammer II. It is led by Heinrich Kemmler and can be found in the mountains between the Empire and Bretonnia.

The Vampire Counts are a collection of immortal vampires and twisted human necromancers. Using dark magic, they raise the dead and summon creatures of the night to march upon the lands of the living, seeking to dominate the world. Their armies consist of hordes of Zombies and Skeletons, backed up by ethereal ghosts and huge bat-like monsters. Vampire Counts units never rout or break; but they also have no ranged units.

How they Play[edit | edit source]

A summary of The Barrow Legion gameplay:

  • Krell: A powerful hero, can only be summoned by Heinrich Kemmler.
  • Units: Large, varied roster featuring hordes of expendable undead infantry backed up by ethereal units and bat-like monsters. All lords are spellcasters.
  • Regiments of Renown: These are unique, more-powerful versions of regular Vampire Counts units.
  • Binding and Crumbling: In battle, units never rout. Rather, they will crumble into dust if losing badly.
  • Raise Dead: In campaign, units can be instantly recruited anywhere by raising the dead. Large battle sites provide more and better units to raise.
  • Vampiric Corruption: In campaign, vampires spread their influence, harming other factions. However, they take attrition in areas with low vampiric corruption.
  • Dark Magic: Vampire Counts factions use dark magic instead of money, though it functions the same.
  • Bloodlines and the Blood Kiss: Vampire Counts factions are able to collect a special currency when defeating and subjugating other factions. This currency is used to unlock powerful Bloodline Lords and faction wide buffs in the form of Forbidden Dark Arts.

Background[edit | edit source]

Heinrich Kemmler, the cunning Lichemaster who has troubled the Old World on many occasions is once more abroad. Freed from the shackles and illusion of subservience to the Von Carsteins, the Necromancer now prowls his old wanderings in the Grey Mountains, which straddle the border between The Empire and Bretonnia - sworn enemies who have moved against him in the past. But Kemmler has always coveted power beyond anything else, and this time the Forces of Order will not stop him - the dead will rise and the world will fall.

In Battle[edit | edit source]

The Barrow Legion uses the Vampire Counts unit roster and plays largely the same.

In Campaign[edit | edit source]

The Barrow Legion are a normal non-horde faction which controls settlements and provinces. They largely play the same as the main Vampire Counts faction, with the following exceptions:

Legendary Lord Choices[edit | edit source]

Starting Territory[edit | edit source]

Climate preferences[edit | edit source]

The Barrow Legion has slightly different climate preferences than other Vampire Counts factions:

  • Suitable: Temperate, Wasteland, Mountain, Desert
  • Unpleasant: Frozen, Savannah, Jungle, Island
  • Uninhabitable: Ocean, Chaotic Wasteland, Magical Forest

Victory Conditions[edit | edit source]

Mortal Empires Short Campaign
  • Maintain control of 12 province(s), either by direct ownership or through vassals and military allies.
  • Destroy the following factions:
  • Control any 8 of the following settlements either by direct ownership or through vassals and military allies.
    • Couronne, Altdorf, Castle Drakenhof, The Oak of Ages, Miragliano, Skavenblight, Kislev, Hell Pit, Karaz-A-Karak, Karak Eight Peaks, Black Crag, Lahmia, Khemri, Sartosa, The Galleon's Graveyard, The Awakening, Wizard Caliph's Palace, Black Pyramid of Nagash
  • Maintain 80 units total.
  • Construct 3 of each of the following buildings:
    • Necromancer's Tower
  • Ensure that 2 of the following building(s) have been constructed:
  • Maintain 3 of the following:
Mortal Empires Long Campaign

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The faction was added in the Aye-Aye! Patch.
  • The Barrow Legion does not exist in Total War: Warhammer. In that game, Heinrich Kemmler is part of the main Vampire Counts faction.