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Carpathias

Mythic Legions
by yo go re

So what part of Mythoss does this guy hail from, Überwald?

Calculating and refined, Carpathias is a warrior with unmatched precision and effectiveness. As a high ranking member of Illithya's court, he has been responsible for the annihilation of entire villages. Rather than going in directly for the kill, Carpathias prefers to paralyze his victims with a poison-tipped blade, leaving them helpless as he silently drains them of life.

Really? All of them? That sounds time-consuming. If he's killing entire villages one person at a time, wouldn't the poison maybe wear off on other victims? Or does he walk around re-poking them all, so they stay in their torpor until he can get around to drinking them? Assuming a medieval-Earth-analogue fantasy setting, a "village" could have anywhere from 20 to 1,000 people; hypovolemic shock sets in when about 40% of a human's blood volume is lost; knowing how fast a vampire can drain your blood, it would take at least 10 minutes per person to go from "fully blooded" to "oop, he's dead." So for Carpathias to single-handedly annihilate a village could take anywhere from four hours to an entire week.

Carpathias is, befitting his name, Mythoss' version of a vampire. And this is a full-on Nosferatu-style vamp, not a pretty Dracula. The face looks like a humanoid bat, with a large, flat nose, a pair of fang incisors right in the front, and huge pointy ears. The skin is a very pale gray, with sculpted wrinkles and even veins on his temples. There's a rose airbrushing around his blank white eyes, and his teeth are slightly yellow.

The light head contrasts amazingly with the armor, which is black with purple accents. The rivets holding it together are silver, and the little bits of chainmail visible on his upper arms and legs are grey. The sculpt is the same we've seen on the rest of the figures - no surprise there - but the colors really make him unique. They do make it hard to really see the details in the Four Horsemen's sculpt, but everything is still there: the breastplate, the pointed toes, the flared kneepads, all of it. He has a loincloth and a scooped collar, and gets the short shoulder armor, rather than the gigantic pieces.

The Mythic Legions figures are incredibly well-articulated, and also incredibly modular. Count Cjôkula has a balljointed head, swivel neck, swivel/hinge shoulders and elbows, swivel forearms at the top of the gloves, swivel/hinge wrists, a balljointed torso, swivel/hinge hips, swivel thighs, swivel/hinge knees, and swivel/hinge/swivel ankles. Pretty much every one of those joints can be pulled apart with only a modicum of force, so if you want to create your own custom figure, it'll be easy enough to do. Imagine Carpathias' head on the Blood Armor, or even as a dwarf! Anyone can be turned into a vampire if you wish it. Anyone without any visible skin, anyway.

Carpathias comes with a sword and a dagger, either of which could be the poison-tipped blade mentioned in his story. He's got the brown leather strap to hold one of them, but more importantly, he comes with a spear. "Importantly"? Well, yeah: he's a vampire, the most famous vampire is based on Vlad the Impaler, he's got a spear he can use to impale people. Makes sense to us! It would have been neat if he perhaps had some new pauldrons with a bat-wing design, to go along with his pteropine theme.

The Four Horsemen have added a typical monster to their Mythic Legions line in a perfectly suitable yet understated way. Sure, we know a vampire when we see one, but there's nothing saying this couldn't be a completely normal resident of that world, as well. But now we want more! Bring on the Mythic Legions werewolf! The zombie! The ghost! A patchwork monster! Populate the world with all sorts of fun ghoulies!

-- 10/15/16


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