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Enjoy the Spellbook of Angmar. Two new spells a new central spell and a reworked final spell.

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Edain Mod 4.5: The Spellbook of Angmar

Greetings, companions of Edain,

A chill wind is blowing... after we introduced you to a submod that makes the Angmar campaign playable in Edain, we now want to show you the Angmar spellbook!


As you can see, many of Angmar's old spells fit very neatly into our new structure as part of the offensive tree on the right. However, there were a few cuts we had to make:

  • Horns of Angmar was a generic buff, so we chose the much more unique Blight as the starting spell for the offensive tree. The Obelisk slotted perfectly into the defensive tree as a stationary debuff.
  • Hordes of Mount Gram was almost as generic, simply summoning a few Orcs. We decided to use the more interesting Fell Wind as the second row spell in the offensive tree and utilize the Mount Gram Orcs for a new spell instead, detailed below.
  • For the second row of the defensive tree, the choice was more difficult, as both Snowblind and Frozen Land were thematic and unique. We ultimately settled on Frozend Land and folded a different version of Snowblind into the Stronghold of the Iron Crown.
  • Driving Snow, like all weather spells, should have slotted into the third row of the offensive tree, where it competed with the trolls and the plague. It was clear the trolls needed to remain as they're a favorite among Angmar players. Ultimately, we decided the Plague was more unique than Driving Snow, acting differently from all other damage spells in the game and representing a different aspect of Angmar's theme, while ice and snow are already covered by Frozen Land and the Avalanche. Driving Snow was ultimately just another weather spell, and as part of our bid for more unique spellbooks, we had already decided that not every faction needs one anymore.

In place of these cuts, we added several new spells and changed others:

Officers of the Shadow Guard

Thrallmaster hit points are tripled and they now summon an additional horde of Orcs with every thrall horde.

This passive spell replaces your ordinary thrallmasters with Shadow Guard lieutenant who are much more durable and wield greater authority. Whenever a thrallmaster summons a horde of vassals, an additional horde of weaker Orcs appears next to him. Their increased armor also makes it much harder for the enemy to oneshot the entire horde by killing the master, thus offsetting one of the unit's biggest weaknesses. If you want to focus your strategy around large armies of cheap units, this is the spell for you!


The new free Orcs use the model of the old Mount Gram warriors.


However, if you prefer hardened elite instead, you do have a different option as well:

Turncoats of Arnor

Summon three battalions of Turncoats from Arnor to the battlefield. The Turncoats must prove their loyalty to permanently serve the Witch-king. If they don't reach rank 2 in time, they are executed.


The Turncoats are the vilest of traitors, deserting their post in Arnor to throw in their lot with the Witch-king. They're a ragtag group made up of different former Arnor units, from regular soldiers to rangers all the way up to the Palantir Guard. In battle, they can switch between blades and pikes, making them effective against a large variety of enemies.


However, there is a catch: The Witch-king doesn't simply accept anyone. To prove that they have truly forsaken their former countrymen, the Turncoats must shed blood in Angmar's name. When you summon them, you have a limited time to get them to rank 2. If you don't manage that in time, they are deemed worthless and executed on the spot.

Those who do reach rank 2 are accepted into Angmar's army, adding a battle-hardened group of elite units to your force permanently. The Turncoats can now equip forged blades and heavy armor as well. This changes their style and shows their new allegiance. When they arrive, they look largely like Arnor units, though they hide their faces behind masks and wear tattered cloaks from their arduous journey across the border. Once you upgrade them, however, they don forged plate from the forges of Carn Dûm, visibly becoming closer to their new brethren.

However, the Turncoats are never fully accepted and earn mistrust from all sides of the war. This is reflected in their passive ability:

Despised by All: The honorless Turncoats steal resources with every attack against enemy structures and loot resources when they kill enemies in battle. Allied and enemy units alike gain -25% armor around the Turncoats. Only other Turncoats gain +10% armor for every other battalion of Turncoats in the vicinity instead, up to a maximum of +50%.


The Turncoats are thus best used as a self-sufficient force. Their weapon toggle lets them fight most enemies without additional support, especially because they weaken their foes as well. The larger your Turncoat army grows, the more powerful they become, feeling emboldened by the presence of their fellow traitors. In the long term, this spell allows you to build up a more powerful army than many other summoning spells and keep it permanently - however, there is always a risk involved. If your Turncoats don't manage to prove themselves in sufficient numbers, the spell is much weaker than other options. We feel this not only adds interesting new gameplay, but also represents another vital aspect of Angmar in the spellbook: The lure of treachery that led many Dunedain to forsake their noble cause.

Stronghold of the Iron Crown

Upgrades a chosen fortress to a stronghold of the Iron Crown. All structures are upgraded to rank 3 and gain a reinforced garrison. Wall catapults gain ice munition. Enemies near the gate are poisoned. The citadel gains the abilities Sortie, Bastion of Winter and Unleash the Black Knights.


This spell may not be new, but is has gotten several new effects. The stronghold of the Iron Crown now has three active abilities:

  • Unleash the Black Knights: Permanently summons a bataillon of Black Knights. You now get your knights for free, but the ability has a cooldown, so it takes a while to muster a larger force.
  • Sortie: Allied units within the fortress gain +50% damage and movement speed for a brief duration. Persists when they leave the fortress. Tired of waiting around in your castle while enemy catapults slowly wreck your defenses? Take the battle to the enemy!
  • Bastion of Winter: Conjures a snow storm around the castle that makes all buildings and fortifications invulnerable for 30 seconds. The old Snowblind spell lives on in this ability, though slightly changed. You can no longer disable enemy buildings with it, but it has become much better at protecting your own.

Might of the Iron Crown

Lowers the cooldown of all hero abilities by 20%.


This is Angmar's central spell, emphasizing the large number of heroes this faction can field and allowing them to wield their sorcery more frequently.

Originally, we had a much more complex spell planned for this slot, but this would have gone hand in hand with a complete rework of the Witch-king. While that is still something we absolutely want to do, we felt it would have been to much for version 4.5 and would have delayed the release even further. That is why in this instance, we opted for a simpler spell that still fit the faction - but stay tuned for the all-new Witch-king in a future patch!

We hoped you enjoyed this insight into the new Angmar spellbook and look forward to your feedback!

Your Edain Team

Comments
Glorfindel23
Glorfindel23

Good work! Like always ^^
It's always interesting to see your concepts.

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Mateusz707
Mateusz707

Really cool!

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GrandSerpent
GrandSerpent

Tell me how not to love you guys ?!?
Proved again and again that this mod has one of the most unique ideas and potential to outlive all LotR mods.
Thank you ❤️❤️❤️

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Paroubek
Paroubek

Central spell seems boring but I understand and even now I am looking forward to new central spell and WK rework in the future.

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traviangermano1995
traviangermano1995

Nice!

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Kmogon
Kmogon

How, if I may ask , those officers works in term of creating free orcs ? I undertand their concept but how we get those orcs - there will be separated battalion or they will be close to officer ?

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Joragon Creator
Joragon

Every time an officer summons a thrall horde there will appear an additional officer with a horde of orcs. So they will be a separated battalion. Exactly like in the picture. The right officer summons wargs and because of that there appears an additional battalion of orcs lead by another officer.

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Kmogon
Kmogon

Ok then. Also do turncoats cost cp or are they are like other time summons ?

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Malgalad
Malgalad

Very interesting! I think that the evil Dúnedain concept is quite intriguing and will add much more to Angmar.

One thing I am unsure about; are the Orcs of Mount Gram replacing the old Gundabad warriors, or are they just a more elite version of them?

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officialNecro
officialNecro

They are a weaker version that will spawn alongside any thrall master once you buy the passive upgrade power

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Malgalad
Malgalad

Okay, makes sense. I am glad that the Orcs of Mount Gram were kept in the mod in some way. I was always a fan of the unit models.

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Starwarsfan8
Starwarsfan8

Just curious why don't you make Bastion of Winter only target friendly buildings so you don't accidentally make the enemy buildings invulnerable?

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officialNecro
officialNecro

Not sure how the enemy is supposed to get buildings into your base :P

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FG15 Author
FG15

The spell only targets your own buildings but it isn't necessary to mention it for that reason.

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treefoz
treefoz

Love it!

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nerdboy123
nerdboy123

When Sam says this is the end of our chapter and Frodo says not quite the Edain team can relate

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MrTodd
MrTodd

All the changes are very interesting, I particularly like what you proposed with the turncoats of Anor, I never imagined such a thing, your ideas are gold!

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Bombur
Bombur

This looks really great! However I have a fear the Arnor traitors might be a bit too powerful:you say that there is always a risk involved, that if the turncoats don't manage to become permanent the spell is much weaker than other options. But I don't see how! If they fail to level up, that just makes them a time-limited summoning spell, on the level of similar invocations. I see the advantage, but I don't see any inconvenient ...

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Kmogon
Kmogon

You can see it clearly in terms of number. I assume that turncoats spell will summon probably only one ( maybe two) battalion when other summoning spells can bring much more soldiers at once which makes turncoat rather bad one summoning spell if we are thinking about short term use

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ElendilsCousin Creator
ElendilsCousin

Compared to other tier 3 summons, the turncoats are much weaker. They don't stay as long and they are not accompanied by a hero. Galadhrim come with Haldir, the Grey Company spell even has two heroes with powerful support abilities and Radagast or Gandalf can do lots of damage on their own.

The advantage of the turncoats is their longevity. But to get that, they need to reach level two.

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Bombur
Bombur

I see, thanks!

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EpicTslayer
EpicTslayer

I almost drooled when the significance of the rework of Witch-King's fortress hit me. It is truly Magnifico!

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hoho96
hoho96

I want my BFME to work again T.T

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marvincito
marvincito

felicitaciones! pero para cuando una nueva actualizacion?

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Guest
Guest

How to download patch 4.4.1???

Please I want to play as Imladris

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officialNecro
officialNecro

Download 4.3 from moddb then update through the launcher.

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kyleb4u789
kyleb4u789

i have no clue what i did wrong, but i did everything i was supposed to do, and when i try to run the game, i get this message.....

Gyazo.com

ps. i own the physical copies of both BFME2 and ROTWK

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kyleb4u789
kyleb4u789

the link will bring you to the error message i recieve by the way

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kyleb4u789
kyleb4u789

UPDATE: now i autodie after 5 mins and the texts arent complete, still says MISSING:_____ on half the objects/spells/buildings/factions/maps

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Guest
Guest

I am still wandering what happend to the goblins (Nebelberge/Misty Mountains)
I absolutely LOVED them when I first played edain ( back when it wasn't as much like Battle For Middle Earth 1 ( which I honestly prefered ). I don't mind it the way it is now, but I still miss the goblins a whole ton and the last updates I could find were YEARS ago.
The idea of adding them seems dead.

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officialNecro
officialNecro

Two things are infinite in this world, space and the number of people thinking they will never see the goblins in edain again.

Misty Mountains will be added in a further patch, the team decided that there were more pressing balance issues at the moment and are attempting to fix them. Doing this before misty mountains means one less faction to re balance. The team has not once mentioned that they no longer desire to add Misty Mountains back in but somehow people keep coming up with it.

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Dragon_Sword
Dragon_Sword

Well now Im kinda sad. You have to have internet in order to update this mod?

I dont have internet at home, so i usually just download the mods on a flash drive and install them offline. All im seeing for the most recent version that i can download and install offline is the version 4.3.

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Guest
Guest

Guys this is so long ;-; Question to admins. Patche will be in this year?

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officialNecro
officialNecro

Patch will be released when it is done ;) Nobody knows when, not even the creators.

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katsumoto1989
katsumoto1989

starting to look likes the mod is DEAD , no new pics no new concept arts

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titan60
titan60

give them time... They're doing it on their free time, and such comments aren't THAT constructive. A little link to explain : Moddb.com . (especially the "the mod is dead" section) (And btw, I'm as impatient as anyone here to see the 4.5 version released.)

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M2love
M2love

Time is ******* run out and still no update 😔

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