Creative Assembly has released a trailer for a new Total War Warhammer 2 faction, the Tomb Kings, which will be coming out on January 23. The faction, while Undead like the Vampire Counts of the original game, is an Egyptian-inspired society of skeletons with powerful magic, enchanted statues, and legions of skeleton soldiers.
In the background of the Warhammer world, the Tomb Kings were originally the Empire of Nehekhara, the first great civilization of humanity. However, they were betrayed by the sorcerer Nagash, who attempted to conquer the Empire through foul necromancy. While he was defeated, his last curse destroyed Nehekhara, leaving great cities to be consumed by the sands. Now, however, the Tomb Kings have been awakened by the other mortal races, and march from their cities to reclaim their Empire’s glory.
The new faction will be available in both Mortal Empires and the Vortex campaign, though they won’t be going after the Vortex’s power like the High Elves, Dark Elves, Skaven, and Lizardmen. Instead, the Tomb Kings will be gathering the nine books of Nagash, which contain the sum of all of his necromantic knowledge. The final battle of their campaign will be taking place at the Black Pyramid, a structure built by Nagash as a nexus of necromantic energy (and which is a landmark building in the Vortex campaign.)
Legendary lords of the Tomb Kings include Settra the Imperishable, the greatest king of Nehekhara, along with Nagash’s chief servant Arkhan the Black, High Queen Khalida, and the Grand Hierophant Khatep. Tomb Kings players will be able to gather Canoptic Jars to awaken powerful units, unlock rites, and craft unique items. They will also get their own special magical lore, the Lore of Nehekhara, in addition to lores like the Lore of Life and the Lore of Light.
In battle, the Tomb Kings will be in contact with the Realm of Souls. Taking enough casualties to your enemies will trigger healing waves and regeneration among your units, allowing them to regain strength and eventually allowing you to summon Ushabti, enchanted statues that serve the Tomb Kings as monstrous units.
The Tomb Kings will become available in Total War Warhammer 2 on January 23, and you can pre-order them now on Steam. To see the trailer for yourself, and get a better idea of what the Tomb Kings are about, you can look further up the article.