Circle Orboros Faction overview
The Circle are headed by near feral druids who live in the woods, and have a close connection to the Devourer Wurm. Some of them want to keep it asleep - whereas others want to awaken it, possibly bringing about the end of the world.
Circle Orboros for Beginners
Circle Orboros is a faction of speed and aggression. This is typified by our signature heavy warbeast, the Feral Warpwolf. We have some of the highest threat ranges in the game, and most other factions require specific caster/support interactions to catch up. We can also put out a lot of damage with our warbeasts, and kill infantry more easily than almost any faction. That having been said, like all factions, we have some weaknesses as well. Our warbeasts (even our heavy constructs) tend to have either fewer hitpoints or lower armor than other factions' heavies, and often both. And while most factions have infantry options that excel at taking out warjacks, we're very lacking in that department, and tend to rely more heavily on our warbeasts to get work done than other factions. In addition, we rely fairly heavily on stacked buffs to achieve our high damage output. Most of our anti-warjack/beast packages involve a heavy warbeast, the Primal animus, and a warcaster buff in order to get the damage up enough to be a threat.
In addition to the above, we're also a control-heavy faction, sporting three outstanding control casters in Krueger2, Mohsar, and Wurmwood. In addition to those, most of our casters have at least one debuff spell, which reduces the stats of an enemy, or inhibits them in some way. Spells like Stranglehold and Rebuke can limit the opponent's activation by preventing them from performing certain actions, while other spells like Rift and Spirit Fang can keep them from getting where they want to go by putting down patches of rough terrain or directly reducing their speed. We have a lot of models with a knockdown ability of one type or another, and several other ways to block the opponent's game plan while we set up a better feat turn or board position.
Finally, we're a faction of unpredictability. We can use teleportation (mainly from Shifting Stones) to attack from an unexpected direction, use spells like Curse of Shadows to let us charge through a target, and use Geomancy on our Woldwardens and Megalith to throw out more spells than our warlock's fury value might otherwise indicate. Circle, perhaps more than any other faction, is known for convoluted assassination runs that involve moving models around, charging through other models, teleporting in, etc. for some 10-step long grand design that's incredibly difficult for even experienced players to see coming or protect against. While many of the changes in Mk. III have reduced our ability to back up that reputation, we still have plenty of spells and abilities that can provide very unexpected attack vectors.
Circle Orboros Models and Units
Minions that work for the Circle
Warlocks - Multi caster games only
Warbeasts - when taken with a minion lesser warlock or minion warlock
Circle Orboros Theme Forces
Circle Orboros Deep Lore
The Circle Orboros are an ancient order of druids dedicated to the Devourer Wurm, Caen's primordial god of chaos and the wild, destructive aspects of nature. They name this serpent Orboros. The blackclads have existed since before the rise of the earliest human civilizations, composed of people sensitive to the magic of the wild, and they channel this power in service of Orboros and themselves. Menoth—the great hunter, creator of humanity, and the god of civilization—is the ancient enemy of Orboros and hunts the Wurm across the spiritual world of Urcaen. The Circle believes that the inexorable spread of settled nations and industry has strengthened Menoth and weakened the Devourer. If this continues, Orboros may stir and return to wreak utter devastation on the world. Thus, they make war upon civilization itself and strive to preserve the wild spaces of Immoren.
Druids of the Circle display their natural magical talent while young. This wilding is an aptitude for wild magic and an affinity for nature. Largely the province of folklore in most of Immoren, such people are actively hunted in the Protectorate. The Circle always senses a wildling's awakening and attempts to abduct them, but this is not always possible. Druids with the proper affinity learn to control various natural beasts, the warpwolves (twisted creatures the Circle creates), and the stone-and-wood Wold constructs unique to their order. They also call upon the willing warriors of the Wolves of Orboros, humans living in wild areas with a long history of fighting for the Circle in return for protection, and the savage Tharn tribes. Once human worshipers of Orboros, the Tharn are now a race of shapeshifting, heart-eating barbarians capable of transforming into monsters.
The Circle opposes all human nations, seeing them as the agents of Menoth and destroyers of the wild. The blight of dragons is an unnatural power corrupting anything it touches, and thus they also hunt and kill the minions of dragons (Cryx and the Legion). The Circle sees the Skorne's mortitheurgy as little better than blight, arising as it does from the energies of death, and their civilization as no better than any other, making these two implacable enemies as well. Though the Circle manipulated their Trollblood "allies" for many years, the blackclads' ill-conceived assassination attempt on the upstart Chief Madrak Ironhide (to replace him with a more malleable chief) ended this association and also resulted in the death of some very senior druids. Ironhide subsequently declared war on the Circle. Now the druids find themselves beset on all sides, but they remain confident. Their order has survived untold millennia of upheaval. Now they will show all of Immoren why they should fear to go walking in the wilds.