Vampires have long been a favorite monster in literature, movies, and other works of fantasy. From the silent terror of Nosferatu, to the countless depictions of Count Dracula, to more modern takes like the motorcycle-riding punks of Lost Boys or the sparkling bloodsuckers of Twilight, there is a flavor of vampire to appeal to everyone’s tastes! With the reveal of the upcoming Illythia wave, it seemed like the perfect time to focus on these monsters for our latest “Races of Mythoss” feature!
The First Vampires
The first vampire released in the Mythic Legions line set the tone for what Four Horsemen Studios’ interpretation of these creature would be. These were not elegant or beautiful creatures, the vampires of Mythoss were terrifying to behold – truly creatures of the night who were to be feared and avoided at all costs!
The first vampire that was shown, and the first member of the Illythia’s Brood faction, was the deadly swordsman known as Carpathias. His bio tells of this horror – “Carpathias is a warrior possessed with unmatched precision and effectiveness. As a high-ranking member of Illythia’s court, he has been responsible for the annihilation of entire villages. Rather than going directly for the kill, Carpathias prefers to paralyze his victims with a poison-tipped blade, leaving them helpless as he silently drains them of life.”
The first wave of Mythic Legions also gave us a second member of Illythia’s Brood, albeit a very different kind of “vampire” – the Blood Armor.
This suit of “enchanted armor” has a long and bloody backstory, starting with a terrible bargain made by the vampiric warlord known as Lord Eddsek. According to the bio for this character – “One of the first to receive Illithya’s gift of eternal life as a vampire, the brutal knight Lord Edsekk became one of the first generals in Illythya’s Brood. As centuries passed and the tedium of immortality set in, Lord Edsekk was no longer satisfied with the vast powers bequeathed to him as a vampire. Edsekk's ambition drove him to seek out the dark sorcerers Azhar and Zazhar and strike a deal to obtain more power. He bartered the lives of one hundred of his men to the agents of Poxxus for an enchanted suit of armor that possessed immense power and near invulnerability. What Edsekk did not know was that he had been tricked into wearing a suit of armor infused with a parasitic spell that slowly consumed his lifeforce, causing him to vanish from inside the armor. The Blood Armor, known to the people as Vorgus Vermillius, now roams from victim to victim, leaving behind only the memory of the warriors it devours.”
Covenant of Shadow
While the aforementioned Lord Eddsekk may have been “one of the first to recieve Illithya’s gift”, Baron Volligar truly was the first. As his bio states: “As the first pure born Vampire, Baron Volligar is ancient Vampiric royalty. The product of an unholy union between Illythia and one of the Elves of the first age, Volligar is the most knowledgeable and powerful of all Vampire-kind. Early in the days following the disappearance of the ancient evil powers, Volligar bore a daughter named Lucretia who possessed a power that nearly matched his own. Wanting no part of leadership, Volligar spent decades training Lucretia so that she could take the mantle as leader of Illythia’s Brood.”
This storyline would start to shape the politics and leadership structure of Illythia’s Brood, while also giving a glimpse of how this terrifying race came to be. It introduced a connection between the vampires and the elves of Mythoss, and foreshadowed another member of vampire royalty who we would see in a future wave.
The Advent of Decay
The second Mythic Legions Kickstarter gave fans a number of new additions to the Illythia’s Brood faction, along with some additional insights into the storyline of these vampires.
Lucretia would be one of the first figures shown for the Advent of Decay wave, giving us the daughter of the first vampire and the leader of this faction. Her bio reads – ”Groomed from birth by her father, the legendary Baron Volligar, to become the leader of Illythia’s Brood, Lucretia couldn’t be more suited to her bloody reign of horror. Completely devoid of emotion or empathy, she is a callous warmonger who is all too willing to wipe out thousands as a means to her cruel ends. A bloodline descended directly from Illythia herself gives Lucretia immense power and a militant sense of responsibility that continually urges her to bring back her ancient ancestor.”
In addition to this important member of the faction, Advent of Decay also gave fans some releases which could be used to build out the ranks of their vampiric army. These included the Vampire Legion Builder and the Vampire Knight. Both of these figures came with extra heads, allowing fans to create numerous looks by buying multiples and bolstering their vampire displays with a terrible force of blood-thirsty warriors!
A New Breed of Vampiric Blood
While the Soul Spiller wave did not include any true vampires or members of Illythia’s Brood, it did introduce a new race to the Realm of Mythoss – the Uubyr known as Malynna.
“As one of the last remaining Uubyr in existence, Malynna has sought refuge in the dark corners of Alkyrium where she seeks to refine her dark magical abilities into a devastating and deadly weapon. An ancient mixture of orc and vampire bloodlines, the Uubyr have been shunned and despised despite their immense inherent magical potential. Under the protection of Malachi Cinderhorn and his Shadow Elves, Malynna the Malevolent has sworn to return The Soul Spiller to Lucretia and the Vampire kingdom.”
So despite the fact that the Soul Spiller wave did not include any vampires, this bio greatly furthers the lore of this race and their faction. Not only does it create a race that has vampire blood in it, but it details that the dreaded Soul Spiller weapon belonged to the vampire kingdom, and it may seemingly be back on its way to Lucretia and her armies of the night!
Discord in the Ranks
While the All Stars 3 series was largely made of reissued figures, there were a few new characters who debuted in that wave as well, including the vampiric war hero Lord Draguul. His bio not only details his history as one of the earliest vampires, but it also highlights some drama at work within this faction.
“An ancient vampiric war hero hearkening back to the days of Baron Volligar's rise, Lord Draguul has spent ages scheming to put himself in a position of power. When he was passed over in favor of Volligar's daughter Lucretia, a bitter Draguul chose to feign loyalty while surreptitiously continuing his pursuit of advancement. Lucretia, being quite aware of Lord Draguul's resentment, sought to keep him safely at arms length by tasking him with the recruitment of soldiers in the Northlands. Unbeknownst to both Lucretia and Volligar, Draguul is secretly assembling a motley army of brigands and cutthroats who share his ultimate aim of overthrowing the vampiric kingdom.”
How will the rise of Draguul’s splinter force impact Illythia’s Brood as well as the rising powers of Mythoss? Only time will tell!
At G-Con 2020, the wave that bore the name of the vampiric faction’s founder, Illythia, was revealed. These reveals included the terrifying Illythia herself atop her black steed, Phobus. Like the previously revealed Arethyr wave, this series not only gave Mythic Legions fans one of the dark gods of the storyline of Mythoss, but it also added another “Horseman” to the ranks, for while Arethyr is the personification of war, Illythia and her brood’s undying thirst for blood represents famine. Her bio details how she has once again risen to power to lead her brood:
“Cold and calculating in nature, Illythia is the gracefully lethal personification of the eternal famine which curses her vampiric children. Whereas Arethyr’s rage is full of fire and fury, Illythia’s touch is decidedly icy and silent. After waiting in the shadows, her reunion with her long lost weapon The Soul Spiller has brought the apocalypse closer than ever. And just as Soul Spiller possesses the power to rob its victims of their life force, Illythia stands ready to drain the blood from Mythoss itself.”
Joining Illythia in this latest wave were first looks at some other sub-species with in the vampiric race. These included the “vampire brute” known as Decebalus, who is a Vogrr, or a mix between an ogre and a vampire. His bio discusses this horrifying crossbreed:
“The cunning and strategic nature of Illythia’s vampiric brood is well exemplified in their experimentation with the breeding and manipulating of bloodlines. The results of such experiments bring to Mythoss such abominations as the winged Varggs and the massive Vampire brutes called the Vogyrr. A foul combination of Ogre and Vampire blood, The Vogyrr are bred for blunt force, and help guard the Vampire leadership. The first of all Vogyrr, named Decebalus, has been the personal bodyguard to Lucretia throughout her reign, and is now prepared for the ultimate honor of offering his service to the Vampire goddess Illythia.”
That bio mentioned the "winged Vargg", who were also introduced in this latest wave:
“Wildly ferocious and implicitly deadly, the Vargg are bred by the Vampires of Illythia’s Brood to serve as their personal bloodhounds. Bound by chains to their controllers, they are often brought on expeditions to sniff out and hunt prey for their masters. Massive wings and razor sharp claws equip the Vargg with an arsenal of weapons so deadly that they are some of the most feared creatures in the Vampire realm.”
In addition to these two new kinds of vampires, the Illythia wave also included the Vampire Falconer, Vallak, and a new version of a familiar character from the vampiric bloodline – Baron Volligar!
“Though Illythia’s return is reason to rejoice for the entirety of her Brood, for Baron Volligar, the significance of her homecoming goes far deeper. Volligar has spent ages tirelessly scheming not only to bring back his faction’s goddess, but of even more personal significance, to see his mother again. Relentlessly carving a bloody path through Mythoss, he has stopped at nothing to hasten her return. Now that he and his daughter Lucretia have been reunited with Illythia, Baron Volligar and his family will bring great suffering the like of which has been hitherto unknown in the realms of Mythoss.”
With the rise of Illythia, two of the Horsemen are now ready to ride and the vampires are out for blood. Can the hoofbeats of their fellow dark gods be far behind?
Published on 11.24.20