The fourth piece of DLC for Total War: Warhammer has been announced - and it aims to spice up the eternal war between life and un-death. Face the fearsome undead, or bring an undeserving emperor to his knees in The Grim & The Grave.
This will be the first DLC pack for Total War: Warhammer to incorporate Lord Packs. That means that this will be the first piece of DLC to be focused around increasing the number of available legendary lords to lead your forces, and to be themed around a battle between two forces. The Grim & The Grave introduces Empire lord Grand Theogonist Volkmar the Grim. Spiritual leader of the Empire, Volkmar rides a gigantic War Altar of Sigmar into battle, instilling a holy fervor from his lofty perch. It certainly puts the "Popemobile" to shame.
Also joining the fight for the imperial forces is the new Arch Lector hero character. One of the leaders of the warrior priests, and only a single step below the Grand Theogonist himself, his sworn duty is to smite the undead with Sigmar's word (and hammer), all while pushing your troops into a pious frenzy. The Arch Lector will find willing combatants in the Flagellants. These religious fanatics whip themselves into a holy furor before throwing themselves into battle, their devotion to their god propelling them into their foes. And as if that wasn't enough, another knightly order has stepped up to the plate. Devotees of the Goddess of War, The Knights of the Blazing Sun will also be bringing their might to bear onto the hordes of the gruesome undead.
Thankfully (for anyone of a pallid persuasion), the Vampire Counts have their own reinforcements. The eternal bloodsuckers have enlisted the aid of Helman Ghorst - an insane Necromancer whose Corpse Cart is pulled by the rotting bodies of his deceased family, and whose mere presence grants poisonous attacks to all the units in his army. There's actually relatively little on this character outside of a random fluff piece, but his existence confirms something we already knew - the Vampire Counts are metal as all hell.
The Corpse Cart will also be available as a unit without Ghorst. This cart piled with corpses and pulled by the undead is (unsurprisingly) a focal for dark magic, bringing the dead back to un-life around it, and empowering them with dark energy to continue their slaughter. The Mortis Engine is something of a bigger version of the Corpse Cart, boosting the strength of dark magic around it to a much greater degree, and also bringing wraiths along to the party.
And to face the mighty Arch Lector, the Vampire Counts have brought their own terrifying new hero character. A member of previously proud Strigoi bloodline of vampires, the Strigoi Ghoul King has been forever changed and corrupted by a troglodytic existence hiding away from the prying eyes of the Empire's Witch Hunters. Now free to feed as they wish, the Strigoi Ghoul King is imbued with a ferocious and insatiable hatred for all life, his bestial form excelling at brutally tearing apart unfortunate foes.
Finally, elite versions of base human units will be available in the form of the Regiments of Renown - battle-hardened veterans of past campaigns, who sell their services for coin. Both sides are able to benefit from these mercenaries, and it's sure that the addition of Empire cannon and ranged units to the ranks of the undead will be a boon to Vampire players everywhere.
And that's not all - when the DLC is released on September 1st, all players - regardless of purchasing the DLC or not - will receive Vlad von Carstein, first of the Vampire Lords, as a free addition to their Vampire Counts forces, as well as five new battle maps.
Total War: Warhammer - The Grim & The Grave releases September 1st for £5.99/$7.99. Grab it on Steam for 10% off before launch. If you want to learn more about Total War: Warhammer check out our review!