Grisly murders can be a common occurrence in Malifaux and, for as long as anyone can remember, a number of them have been attributed to Bete Noire. The legend tells of a mysterious woman who rises up out of a recently deceased corpse and unleashes a torrent of violence before disappearing just as quickly as she came. Many dismiss Bete Noire as a spook story, especially since the few survivors never seem to be able to remember her face, but she is out there. Waiting.
Bete Noire may start the game Buried. Whenever another model is killed, Bete may pop back into play. Before she is killed, she has the opportunity to become Buried again. This allows her to pop in and out of play, using “Flurry” with her knives before retreating to safety once more. She is a great force multiplier in areas of the board where lots of models are dying.
Karina spent an eternity of solitude in Obliteration’s prison, and it drove her quite mad. Despite this, she is a talented Resurrectionist. Tara likes to comment that Karina has forgotten more about the necromantic arts than most “experts” currently know. This is quite literally true as very little of Karina’s sanity remains. Even so, Tara keeps her by her side out of a sense of loyalty, as Tara is the only person who really understands what happened to Karina.
Karina is Tara’s totem and may only be taken if Tara is the master. Karina has a decent shooting attack for her price point, she can attack models that Tara Buries, and, unlike most totems, she can influence most Schemes and Strategies. Most importantly, her “Faces of Oblivion” upgrade allows her to summon Horror models, allowing her to fling unspeakable things from the void at her enemies!
In life, Yin was a human woman. She was happy and in love until she was completely and utterly betrayed. Her bitterness and hatred kept her going past when she should have died. Now, she is nothing but a writhing mass of viscera with a head. Her victims are often frozen in terror as she coils around them, poisoning them with her bile.
Yin is difficult to kill, and she works well in any crew that targets Wp. Her “Mass of Viscera” ability gives enemies penalties to hit her, making it almost impossible to damage her unless enemy models have the Focused Condition. She is slow, but she can push into base contact with enemies. Finally, she can apply penalties to a model’s Ca and Wp duels as a free action, which can leave them vulnerable to a number of devastating attacks. Yin is an excellent addition to crews that target Wp or produce Horror Duels as she cripple’s the enemy’s only defenses to these potent abilities.
Ikiryo is Kirai’s rage and thirst for vengeance made manifest. It is a part of her spirit set free from her body to vanquish her enemies. Initially, it operated without her even realizing it, but as time has passed she has become better at controlling it, keeping it locked in until it bursts forth in a violent storm of anger that leaves none standing.
Ikiryo may only be summoned by the “Malevolence” ability used by Kirai Ankoku and her totem, The Lost Love. When a friendly model near Kirai or her totem is damaged, Ikiryo may be summoned into base contact with the model that did the damaging, regardless of how far away it is. This makes sniping models in Kirai’s crew a dangerous prospect. Ikiryo has great close combat, but it is not mobile. It can also sacrifice itself, which is a good decision when it is too far out of position as this allows it to be summoned again later. There is no escape from Ikiryo.
McMourning has created many obscene creations in his time, but the Rogue Necromancy is probably the prize of his collection. It is cobbled together from a collection of vicious animals, with heads and limbs and wings assembled in a vague mockery of life. The beast is relentless, devouring its victims after tearing them to shreds. Even so, it somehow recognizes McMourning as its master, frequently bringing him trophies.
The Rogue Necromancy is a fearsome melee monster with an impressive Ml stat of 7 and good damage. It also has good movement, as the “Stalk” action allows it to follow its prey. It can even use its Acid Breath to damage models at range and produce blasts. Finally, it has “Smell Fear,” which allows it to attack when nearby enemies fail a Wp duel. This gives it particular synergy with crews that target Wp (such as Seamus), but it is a great addition to any list.
Death has been stalking Guild Soulstone shipments in recent months in the form of the Dead Rider. Where it came from and what it is remain a mystery. What is known is that few survive an encounter with the creature as guards quickly fall before its scythe. Disturbingly, it takes bodies from the scenes of its slaughter, which it seems to use to repair itself. More than one survivor has seen the Rider wearing a dead comrade’s face.
Like the other Riders, the Dead Rider is an expensive model designed to deal damage and survive while doing it. It becomes more powerful as the game progresses, gaining higher damage reduction, better Triggers, and more actions with each passing turn. It has a high Wk and ignores severe terrain, making it highly mobile. The Dead Rider differs in that it is more mobile than the other Riders, with a Trigger that allows it to Push after an attack, and it can even drag its target along with it. It can also force a large number of Horror Duels, making nearby enemies make a check or risk being Paralyzed.
Jaakuna Ubume is the angry spirit of a woman who drowned her own children. Now she stalks the waterways of Malifaux, luring unwary travels to her with cries before dragging them under the rolling waves. It is said that her victims haunt the waters with her, each death becoming a new pair of hands to help her drag others to a watery grave.
Enemies consider the area around Jaakuna Ubume hazardous terrain, which means they will suffer damage if they end a movement action in it. “Lure” takes advantage of this by forcing enemies to approach her. Once they are nearby, she can keep them there with her high melee value and “Denial of Sanzu,” which prevents them from walking. Jaakuna Ubume bogs down the enemy as the life is slowly drained from them.
Rafkin has always been fascinated with death. Throughout medical school he scoffed at his classmates who simply tried to preserve life. Such a temporary affair! When he was expelled and came to Malifaux, he got a job in the mortuary. Now he spends his days running errands between Nicodem and McMourning, and he couldn’t be happier. He has finally found some kindred spirits…
Rafkin excels at exploiting the Poison Condition. He can Charge models that have Poison for 1 AP, deal more damage to Poisoned models, and even heal friendly models that have the Poison Condition. He darts into combat, targeting those who have already been marked with Poison and ripping them to shreds. He can even apply Poison at a range with his “Flask of Formaldehyde” action. He is excellent in a list with McMourning or one that has models capable of handing out Poison, which includes much of the faction.