Summoned by Dark Elven cabalists, these mysterious spellcasting chaos
creatures have earned the nickname "manowar" due to their strange appearance.
Comprised of a dome of energy covering a core which is not disimilar in appearance
to the less-advanced Chaos Elementals, Manowars are easily mistaken
for jellyfish when flying low over the sea.
Being of chaos, the Manowar can manipulate chaos magic in ways that
even Cabalists can barely understand. The Manowar can invoke both the
Chaos Pocket spell, which surrounds a small cluster of units in chaos
energies, preventing them from leaving or acting until the effect wears off.
Immolation, a more volatile spell, envelops a single unit in
chaos energies, slowly eating away at its lifeforce. Manowars, due to their
massive size, can also transport a limited number of units across
nearly any terrain. Unfortunately, they must drain all of their spellcasting
energy in order to prevent damage to the units.
Used primarily for sneak attacks and amphibious assaults, Manowars have
also been used from time to time to insert Grenadiers on the top of a
cliff face, or to start an island encampment. Although it takes additional
tools to do so, developing Manowar's magical talents can lend a significant
edge, particularly in aerial engagements, or while assaulting an island
stronghold. Chaos Pocket can hold a group of hostile air units
in place for some time, while Immolation can easily remove defending
spellcasters. Typical Dark Elven island assaults involve un-burdened
Manowars clearing defending spellcasters, followed by Chaos Djinns (escorted
by Chaos Elementals) destroying any static defenses. They are finished by
several Manowars landing with a diverse collection of Dark Elven ground
troops. Because of the wide range of abilities Manowars possess, they
prove invaluable to the Dark Elven cause.
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