|Lend Her Your Ears
A preview for Tribes of the Vale, the upcoming ally expansion for Battles of Westeros
|Battles of Westeros | Published 15 March 2011|
"Tyrion, have you forgotten your courtesies? Kindly acquaint us with our...honored guests."
Tyrion licked his fingers. "With pleasure,” he said. "The fair maid is Chella daughter of Cheyk of the Black Ears."
"I'm no maid,” Chella protested. "My sons have taken fifty ears among them."
- George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
The Tribes of the Vale expansion for Battles of Westeros provides House Lannister with an ally force, similar to how Lords of the River introduced House Tully as a House Stark ally. While ally forces can be mixed and matched when using custom scenarios or Skirmish rules, the included scenarios in Tribes of the Vale ally Houses Lannister with the savage clansmen.
Led by the Ear
Today we’ll look at one of these clansmen, or clanswoman to be exact. Chella, Daughter of Cheyk is the ruthless warrior from the Black Ears clan, known for the grotesque trophies its members wear around their necks. Chella, despite her small frame, is an excellent fighter, collecting more ears than many men in her tribe. Her trophies have won her the support of her tribesmen, and they rally to her whenever she displays her hideous earnings.
Chella is a remarkable commander when fielded with her Black Ears clansmen. The Black Ears tribe is known for their agile cavalry, who can find their way through crags with ease. They are also more famously known for their practice of collecting the ears of their enemies. The Collector (ear) keyword means that whenever a Black Ears unit destroys an enemy unit, they collect a number of ear trophy tokens equal to the number of spaces the morale tracker moves as a result of the kill.
These ear trophy tokens are placed on the Commander card that shares the keyword. These trophy tokens will trigger special abilities as listed on the Commander card.
Hear the Sound of Victory
To reflect Chella’s superior collection of severed ears, her Commander card gives her unit the ability to collect double the normal amount of trophy tokens whenever they eliminate a unit. Cunning players will use the ability to their advantage, and send Chella’s unit in to take care of weakened foes. Before you know it, she’ll be swimming in a sea of severed ears. Once your necklace is heavy enough, flip Chella’s card to activate her commit ability.
If Chella has collected enough ears, and enough Black Ears units remain on the board, then the turn in which you activate her commit ability will be a savage one indeed...
Check back soon for more barbaric updates for Tribes of the Vale!
Set in the rich and vibrant world of George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series, Battles of Westeros is a board game of tactical battlefield combat for two players. With scenarios that include beloved characters and settings, players can recreate the most significant battles from The War of the Five Kings.
Can you play this ability only when she's flipped. What means "repeat if necessary"? What to do when you collect new "ear trophies"? Could be more interesting if she - once flipped - would keep this ability.
RAWR! Can't wait to start collecting some Stark... or Tully ears!
Chella is one hot looking mama (disclaimer: portrait not according to the book)!
Whoohoo! I love the idea of ear-collecting women! Can't wait for this expansion.