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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Narnian Army Lists For 'Hordes of the Things'

These lists cover the Narnian Chronicles of C.S.Lewis. The information has been gleaned from the seven books* that make up the chronicles as well as Brian Sibley's 'The Land of Narnia'. The latter book contains a timeline, which has been used for all the dates. In the following all dates are Narnian time. Each list is designed to give a standard 24AP army and no more than half of the points can be spent on elements costing 3AP or more.

*The seven books, in chronological (not publication or reading) order, are: 'The Magician's Nephew', 'The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe', 'The Horse And His Boy', 'Prince Caspian', 'The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader', 'The Silver Chair' and 'The Last Battle'.

Army of the White Witch (900-1000)

Jadis, Queen of Narnia Magician General @ 4AP 0-1
Wolves, led by Maugrim Beasts @ 2AP 0-1
Upgrade Maugrim and his Wolves to Army Commander
Beast General @ 2AP 0-1
Minotaurs or Giant Behemoths @ 4AP 0-2
Bats and Vultures Flyers @ 2AP 0-2
Assorted Nasties Up to half Warband @ 2AP
Up to half Beasts @ 2AP
Remainder Hordes @ 1AP 4-20

This list covers the forces commanded by the White Witch Jadis, the self-styled Queen of Narnia, from her appearance out of the North to her overthrow by Aslan and the Pevensie children. Ideally she should be depicted as a tall woman with white skin, dressed in white riding in a sleigh drawn by two reindeer and driven by a dwarf. At the time of her final battle with the forces of Aslan, though, all the snow she inflicted on Narnia had melted and she in fact fought on foot. Maugrim was the wolf commander of Jadis' secret police and was slain by Peter. It is assumed that he led the army in the absence of the White Witch. In American texts he is called 'Fenris Ulf'.

Most of Jadis' army was made up of a variety of horrible creatures, few of which are described in detail. This list has been created by examining the text of 'The Lion, The Witch and Wardrobe' in conjunction with the original Pauline Baynes illustrations. Creatures mentioned are Ghouls, Boggles, Ogres, Minotaurs, Cruels, Hags, Spectres, the people of the Toadstools, bull headed men, evil tree and plant spirits, Incubuses, Wraiths, Horrors, Efreets, Sprites, Orknies, Wooses and Ettins. The illustrations show a mixture of weird and wonderful creations, some fighting with tooth and claw, others with weapons. Small dragons and a giant are certainly shown. The above list tries to give the best possible range of classifications for them. Bats and Vultures are specifically mentioned in the Flyers class, but other airborne creatures are possibilities. The small dragons depicted do not seem large enough to merit classification as anything other than Flyers or Beasts.

Narnian (1-2555)

Aslan Paladin @ 4AP 0-1
King and Bodyguard Knight General @ 2AP 1
Upgrade King to Peter, Edmund or similar Hero General @ 4AP Any
Human Nobles Knights @ 2AP 0-2
Human Archers Shooters @ 2AP 0-4
Friendly Giants Behemoths @ 4AP 0-2
Centaurs, Unicorns or similar Riders @ 2AP 0-2
Dwarves with Bow Shooters @ 2AP 0-2
Rearm Dwarves with Axes Warband @ 2AP Any
Big Cats or similar Beasts @ 2AP 1-3
Eagles or other Birds Flyers @ 2AP 0-1
Lesser Animals and Beings Hordes @ 1AP *2-10
Naiads Water Lurkers @ 1AP 0-1
Only After 1000
Talking Mice Blades @ 3AP 0-1
Only during the Civil War of 2303:
Downgrade King to Guerrilla Leader Blade General @ 2AP Any
Downgrade Hordes to Guerrillas Lurkers @ 1AP 0-1/2

This list covers Narnian armies from the accession of King Frank until the End of the World. The majority of Narnian armies were made up of talking beasts and various creatures of myth and legend such as unicorns, centaurs, dryads, naiads and fauns. Of the legendary creatures, the centaurs are best classed as Riders, as are the unicorns, which do not seem to be magical. The other legendary creatures are brave but do not seem to be sufficiently warlike to rate classification as anything other than Hordes. Illustrations show them fighting with slim swords, if they are armed at all. Talking beasts ranged from lions and leopards down to such things as beavers and squirrels. Those creatures with an obvious combat capability are classed as Beasts. The others are best included in the Hordes. Armies during the reign of the High King Peter and reigns of the Telmarine-descended kings also seem to have had a human contingent. These are assumed to be nobles, fighting as mounted knights, or archers.

Aslan is the archetypal Paladin. Although a driving force behind all events in Narnia he was by no means present at all battles that took place and should therefore be considered optional.

All four Pevensie children, who ruled Narnia from 1000-1015, took part in battles at some point. Peter and Edmund both commanded armies. Lucy and Susan either fought as or commanded archers so should be included in the Shooter elements.

Birds made up part of the party that rescued Edmund from the White Witch, and an eagle fought against the Calormenes, but otherwise they seem to have been used primarily as scouts.

Dwarves are described and depicted as attacking the White Witch's army with battle-axes. However, they do not seem to be the miniature Vikings beloved of other fantasy genres so are here classed as Warband. During Caspian's war with Miraz they were used predominately as scouts and seem to be skilled with the bow. Indeed, dwarven archers were especially effective against both Calormenes and talking beasts alike during the war of 2555.

Classifying Talking Mice as Blades may seem over generous, but anything less would reflect on the honour of the noble Reepicheep and his