A Most Unfortunate King
This Kickstarter Exclusive expansion contains one of the most unhappy characters in Greek myth, illustrated by one of our favourite pieces of art from all the many pieces we have had done for Mythic Battles: Pantheon.
This expansion contains just two miniatures: Oedipus and the Sphinx, but they are potent forces in the game. They both have unique playing styles, which add an interesting twist whether they’re being used in their dedicated campaign or in skirmish mode. Lots of replayability squeezed into these two.
That dedicated campaign I mentioned is a special 3-scenario mini-campaign, built around the conflict between these two characters: The Riddle of the Sphinx.
Of course, the pack also includes all the cards and dashboards you need to play these characters in the game.
All for $15.
Riddle of the Sphinx Campaign
The campaign is a re-telling of the Riddle of the Sphinx. At least, that’s one way of thinking about it. Being a riddle, it wouldn’t make sense to be entirely straightforward, and being a riddle it would be unfair of me to spoil the surprise by telling you all the details in advance.
What I can tell you is that the campaign is very much focussed on the confrontation between Oedipus and the Sphinx, but they aren’t the only models involved. It starts out personal and adds more units from the core box as things escalate.
Poor old Oedipus. Nothing is ever simple.
The Tragic Tale
The story of Oedipus is well-known. The young prince Oedipus was abandoned on a hillside as a baby - his parents fearful of a prophecy that he would kill them both. However, Oedipus did not die. He was rescued and raised by king Polybus and queen Merope.
The Delphic oracle told the adult Oedipus that he would kill his father and marry his mother. To avoid this fate, Oedipus fled the palace of king Polybius and queen Merope, whom he believed to be his parents. Thinking he had safely removed himself from any possibility of fulfilling the prophecy, Oedipus fell into an argument with a stranger on the road, and killed him. Then, arriving at his real homeland, he discovered that the city was plagued by the Sphinx and that the king had recently been killed. He solved the riddle of the Sphinx, and won the hand of the queen.
Of course, you will have guessed that the stranger was none other than his father, and the queen his mother.
Years later, Oedipius discovered that he had killed his father, and when his mother discovered what had happened she hanged herself, thus completing the prophecy. In remorse for what he had unwittingly done, Oedipus blinded himself with pins from his mother’s dress.
In game, Oedipus is a strange Hero. He only costs 2RP, and adds 1 Art of War card to your deck. His fighting abilities are average, and only has 3 activation cards, so you probably would not take him to fight. In fact, why take him at all? Well, his importance lies in his unique powers.
The Answer is a power that reflects his ability to reason his way out of anything. Enemy models with a Strategy rating of zero can attack him as normal, but will do no damage unless they spend 2 Art of War cards to bypass his cunning. This makes him extremely survivable against the right opponents, which in turn makes him a great unit to collect omphalos with.
Oedipus’ experiences made him more than a little unbalanced. Repentance is a power that allows him to sacrifice a point of Vitality in order to count as having spent an Art of War card. A very useful ability, but when only has 5 Vitality, and he isn’t allowed to kill himself with it he has to think carefully about when to use it. Still, there are no other units that can provide this extra pool of Art of War cards for an emergency, and I expect him to be popular for exactly this reason.
The Sphinx is one of the rare flying creatures in Mythic Battles: Pantheon. With this ability, plus a move of 2, she can move about the board quickly to gather omphalos or pounce on her chosen prey.
She is a powerful Monster, with 8 attack , 9 defence, and Block, but the Sphinx has a weakness. She exploits the ignorance of men and monsters in battle, and when pitted against a clever opponent she is much less effective. Whenever she is in combat, she reduces her attack and defence by her opponent’s Strategy value. Against dumb monsters this is no problem as their Strategy value is nil. Against masters of strategy like Odysseus she is in trouble.
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