Through the Breach – Choose Your Allegiance – Ten Thunders (Part 2)

We only have a few Masters left to cover…I thought about dragging this out into two articles so I didn’t have to think about what to post next week but that seemed a bit lazy…..

We have three dual faction Masters left to cover. Lucas McCabe (Ten Thunders/Guild), Yan Lo (Ten Thunders/Resurrectionists) and Jakob Lynch (Ten Thunders/Neverborn). Lets get on with it then…

Lucas McCabe.

Lucas McCabe first came to the attention of the Guild when he was caught attempting to smuggle antiquities out of Malifaux. For such an accomplished thief as Lucas to be caught by the authorities has caused some to believe that he wanted to be bought to their attention though why anybody such wish such a fate has cast doubt upon the verdict of these doubters…

Born into a family with a proud and ancient history and educated at Oxford, Lucas started as a Historian, then became an explorer before his arrest over the suspicious death of his fiancée. Though his involvement was unproven this became the start of a series of increasingly serious run-ins with the law ranging from accusations of tomb desecration through to robbery and perhaps even murder. He left Egypt for Malifaux barely a few steps ahead of some very angry and very powerful people.

Lucas is now in an apparently mutually beneficial relationship with the authorities of the Guild…of course the alternative was the threat of a return to Earthside straight into the arms of his pursuers. In return for the ‘recovery’ of relics for the Governors personal collection, Lucas McCabe and his associates are given protection from his Earthside enemies…for as long as he’s useful that is…

1.5.
Lucas McCabe is the first mounted Master who can get off his horse at will or when it dies and can divide Wounds between his mount and himself in order to stay mounted for as long as possible. On his horse he has the fastest base Wk/Cg of any Master in the game which gives him significant mobility and this combined with his net gun making enemies slower or paralysed gives him a large threat area. He can also have abilities purchased for him with soulstones at the beginning of each game which allows him to be customised for each potential scenario or scheme. As a dual faction Master he can also lead a Guild crew if you so desire.

M2E
Pretty much the same I’d guess 😉

Yan Lo.

For years Chiaki’s mother and father had told her tales of their ancient ancestor Yan Lo who was cursed to walk the paths between life and death for all eternity. Like all ancient tales these stories varied between each telling with the causes of this curse and the methods of lifting it changing with each retelling though certain consistencies remained. With her talent for communing with the spirits Chiaki gathered each shattered portion of Yan Lo’s mind together until he was once again a single entity. Though now of one mind, Yan Lo no longer remembers the source of his curse. Is he a good man cursed by evil or an evil man cursed by good?

Yan Lo can only hold onto his current form on the corporeal plane for brief periods of time after which he fades from existence. Once his strength is restored he seeks out the beacon that is his ‘niece’ and once again return to this plane of existence. This restoration of strength is facilitated by the simple fact that the paths he walks are far brighter in the realm of Malifaux than they ever were on earth and the veil between life and death is exceptionally thin indeed…

While in the spirit realm Yan Lo has been devising a plan to ensure a steady supply of aetheric power to turn his curse from the punishment it was intended to be into something altogether different regardless of the consequences to others…Perhaps he’s known what kind of person he was all along…


1.5
Each time something other than an ancestor dies within 8″ of him Yan Lo gains a Chi token that he must spend immediately to enhance a certain ‘Path’. Each tree increases Yan Lo’s effectiveness in different ways, ‘Spirit’ increases mobility, ‘Ash’ increases his resilience and adds control to his tools and Bone makes him into a highly formidable beatstick. Additionally, any model with the Relic ability on their card grants Yan Lo abilities when it dies which further enhances his capabilities.

M2E
I would expect him to remain fundamentally similar though I would expect his paths to become simplified in line with other formally overcomplicated in-game mechanics.

Jakob Lynch.


Depending on the source of your information, Jakob Lynch is either the finest gambler or worst loser Malifaux has ever seen. Unfortunately for him, his mouth is as fast as his hands and any winning streak invariably ends in some spectacularly horrible fashion. His winning of the Honeypot casino and cat-house at first felt like the highlight of the best winning streak of his life was instead to signal the start of a descent into desperation and dealings with dark forces he is yet to escape from.
 I may have used these pictures before…
Lynch’s talent for earning money at the gambling tables did not translate well to the running of the run down casino and brothel and though it wasn’t exactly losing money it wasn’t exactly making much either. Jacobs fortunes seemed to improve when a new backer offered to pay off his debts and return the Honeypot to success in exchange for part ownership and the timely return of the backers  investment. However this backer was merely a front for the Ten Thunders crime family and when the money was not forthcoming he was given twenty four hours to find the money or lose the Honeypot…and his life. Knowing that he couldn’t possibly get the money he resolved to save the Asian gentlemen the trouble and simply throw himself into the river unassisted.
Before he could complete this task he was intercepted by two gentlemen named Mr Graves and Mr Tannen who offered him a way out of his issues. His debts would be paid, repeat custom would be guaranteed for both the tables and the ‘hospitality rooms’ and all that was required was the use of his basement…no questions asked…
…of course his curiosity eventually got the better of him…

In the basement he encountered an ancient, twelve feet long creature feeding on the life of one of the Honeypots regulars. This creature of old Malifaux who had come to power at the same time as the Tyrants. Whereas the other Tyrants had ruled the lands as gods, the creature that was to become known as the Hungering Darkness’s aversion to attention had allowed him to escape the imprisonment that they had suffered. Unfortunately the devastation caused by these Tyrants left nothing for the Hungering Darkness to feed upon and it drifted into torpor until discovered by a pair of scavenging Neverborn who came up with a plan to restore it to power.

The Hungering Darkness has since offered Lynch a union of sorts. While it remains anchored to it’s physical remains in the basement a portion of it’s power is borne by Lynch who in turn can share that power as that of it’s master grows with each feeding. Of course had he refused it was unlikely he would ever have left that basement alive…

1.5
Jakob Lynch is a support master with many abilities in the area of deck control. Unlike with most Masters his Totem is the heavy hitter and (from a background point of view) is actually the one in charge. The Hungering Darkness does fairly high damage and can infect models with the Brilliance which it then uses to control and manipulate them. The Hungering Darkness requires models with the ‘Brilliance’ characteristic in order to feed itself and will take a wound if none are available. Jakob Lynch can take an extra non-Spell action by discarding a card and will usually use this extra action for movement.

M2E
Like many Masters with unusual in-game mechanics I expect him to be simplified while maintaining abilities which embody the characters core concepts…of course I could be wrong…

Well that’s all the Masters covered. I hope you’ve enjoyed this series and if you haven’t your probably not reading this bit anyway…

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