Set 2: Aasimar Cleric
By Bruce R. Cordell and Rob Heinsoo
It Rocks: Shes a strong commander (4 command points), has a
slew of divine spells to foil enemy warbands, and as an outsider, she
has 12" of vision even in the low-light "gloom" conditions
typical of underground battles fought in the Blood & Darkness
set. Thats important, because Thaloss other commanders, all
humans, can only see (and give orders) 6" in gloom.
and Tactics: The Aasimar Clerics armor and health are not exceptional.
She is not a front-line fighter -- she is a commander and should be held
back to do what she does best: command and support. One of her most important
duties is to dispel darkness spells cast by evil factions; she
can do so by casting daylight. However, before the first blow is
struck, the Aasimar Cleric should "buff" her troops as much
as possible -- she has a couple shield of faith spells to increase
the armor of an already high-armor model (dont waste it on a low-armor
model). Putting shield of faith on an already high-armor model
maximizes that models armor advantage.
Cleric has other "buffing" spells, but consider holding them
back for use as spontaneous healing spells instead, to be cast upon an
allied model that has been knocked down and needs another chance to get
the Aasimar Clerics spells are defensive. Her two command spells
can manipulate even the mightiest enemies, even models higher than 5th
level and no longer vulnerable to cause fear spells. Wait until
the target enemy model is in base-to-base contact with two or more of
your models: A command of "come here" could trigger several
attacks of opportunity against the enemy model, not to mention the round
of lost activity.
Who Hate to See It: Models who cast darkness as part of their
strategy (such as the Tiefling Fighter and the Drow Warrior) despise the
Aasimar Cleric, whose daylight dissolves their carefully laid plans.
It Counters: An Aasimar Cleric can wreak havoc against a warband of
low-level undead. Her excellent Turn Undead ability gives her an excellent
chance of routing one low-level undead per turn. That strategy isnt
likely to pay off if the enemys Human Death Cleric is responding
by rallying the routing undead each turn, but if you eliminate the Death
Cleric fast, youve got a plan.
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