Hammond Ladrian - Master of the Einhundert
Before the fall of Nacht'Tor, Kolonal Ladrian was the commander of the Einhundert mercenary company. While the Einhundert and Ladrian himself worked for the highest bidder across the Realms, he was a personal friend and former companion to Duke Holsstok in his earlier more adventurous days. Like Janis Mistwalker, Hammond Ladrian's loyalty to the Duke came from years of travelling and fighting side by side with the Arch Mage seeking wealth and glory in their youth. When Duke Holsstok contacted his friend to hire The Einhundert, more than the promise of pay brought the loyal Einhundert through the gate into Nacht'Tor.
Janis Mistwalker - Realm Gate Warden
Janis Mistwalker has been a traveling companion of Duke Holsstok since they traveled the Realms together with Hammond Ladrian. Where Hammond was a peerless tactician and swordmaster, and the Duke was an arcane prodigy, Janis was a bit less specialized. While he drew on some arcane might of his own and learned what he could from Aldrik, he also sparred and learned the sword with Hammond. While Ladrian went off to form his own mercenary company, and Aldrik settled into a role as Lord and husband in Fendale, Janis continued to probe the Realms and investigate the waygates between them. It was Janis Mistwalker that convinced Aldrik Holsstok to form an expedition into the Harrowmark. As a Gate Warden he was extremely familiar with many of the Ways into and out of the Harrowmark, and he was instrumental in carving out the Harrowways between the villages in the Holsstok domain.
Arnold Holsstok - Marquees of Nacht'Tor
The son of Aldrik Holsstok, Duke of the Holsstok Duchy in the Harrowmark, is Arnold Holsstok. As the heir to both his father's titles and his arcane talent, Arnold was trained in arms by his father's swordmaster Hammond Ladrian, in arcane rites and the winds of magic by both his father and Janis Mistwalker, and horsemanship by the House retainer Talmanis. During his coming of age years he rode with the Knight-Host of Nacht'Tor directly under Ser Talmanis to respond to threats to the outlying villages of the Duchy as the mounted force was the primary security that the fortress could provide to settlements ranging far and wide from it's walls. Thanks to the Harrowway network of warded roads created by Janis, Arnold and the Knight-Host would have nearly a decade of success before the fall.
Lady Valet Shareez - Betrothed of Arnold Holsstok
The Lady Valet Shareez was the first daughter of House Shareez back in the city of Fendale. While the Holsstoks bore the twin tailed comet of Sigmar upon their crests for generations, the House Shareez had kept the faith in Alarielle The Everqueen. The marriage of the Marquees and joining of the two houses was thought to help unify some of the faction back in Fendale, as well as garner further support for the Holsstok expedition into Shyish from House Shareez and other faithful of the Everqueen. While the Holsstoks could bring Sigmar's Order to the fringes of the Harrowmark, only the touch of the Everqueen could hope to turn the struggling farms and settlements into truly thriving colonies. Unfortunately Lady Valet, her armsmen, and a cadre of her priestesses were in the Keep during the fall. Now the twisting vines and brambles in and around Keep Nacht'Tor writhe with malignant anger, and the shrieks of cursed banshees are not unknown among the haunted halls.
Fedrin Kane - Watchmaster of Nacht'Tor
As a former member of the Einhundert, Fedrin had retired into the Holsstok House Guard long before the Duke decided to launch his doomed expedition into Shyish. As a swordmaster of the legendary band, he had quickly rose in ranks among Duke Holsstok's armsmen and gained the position of Watchmaster. When the expedition was planned, Fedrin Kane was the foremost voice of warning about such an ambitious venture. It was also Fedrin's cautious voice that had Aldrik refrain from moving the House nobles into the keep until its construction had been complete. While the glories and fall of the keep is what is mainly recorded and whispered about, the construction of the keep though hastened by arcane means was a harrowing struggle of its own. Armsmen and mercenaries like Fedrin were the first ones through the realm gate and were charged with months of encampment at the site to defend the builders of the keep as they worked. The loyal Fedrin Kane was the first to raise the alarm on the night of the fall, though was quickly killed by a traitor in the keep. Now his shade is the most often seen specter by any who pass through the keep, with watch lantern leading the way, and his sound of alarms driving the spirits of the keep into maddening fury.
Keegan - Quartermaster of the House Guard
Unlike many of the important persons among the Duke's retinue, the man known only as Keegan was a man of humble beginnings in the slums of Fendale. Seeking a better life he enlists in the household guard of the first noble family that would have him. Fate would see that this House was that of the Holsstoks. He served a distinguished yet quiet and dutiful career in the House Guard for two decades before being chosen from the ranks for his honesty and skill with numbers. The Duke named him Quartermaster and attempted to give him a minor title, but the man known as Keegan humbly refused the title and took the position out of duty. Keegan it was said, thought honest pay and the love of his wife Bethany were all that was needed in the realms. He was last seen holding the passage to the Sanctuary of Alarielle where the women and children of the keep had been sent.
Sayzen Veloran - Chief Librarian
The mage known as Sayzen was first recruited by Aldrik a decade before the expedition to Shyish. Through their travels and adventures, Ladrian, Aldrik, and Janus had come by many artifacts, scrolls, books, and items of power across the realms. With the duties of being a Lord and seeing to his family, Aldrik no longer was confident in his ability to keep these items safe, nor did he have the time to devote to studying them and unlocking their secrets. The kindly scholar and mage known to all as Sayzen was a friend of Janis and fit in quickly with the House hold. He would even go on to be one of the Duke's most trusted advisors. His position also helped the scholarly mage learn much from the seasoned members of the household like Ladrian and Aldrik making him a compitent swordsman and powerful mage. Even so, if one wanted to find the man named Sayzen, the vaults and libraries of the keep were the best bet.
Swordmasters of the Einhundert
Not actually originally formed by Hammond Ladrian, the Einhundert was a Free Guild greatsword company working for coin in Ghyran. The seasoned company had fought campaigns against everything from beastmen to sylvaneth and everything in between. While not yet famous in anyway, they had an honest and reliable reputation that ensured that they were nearly always employed. When Hammond joined them, their rise and fame would enrich their company, and eventually doom them. In the decade Aldrik was building up his House, Hammond Ladrian was rising through the ranks and leading his mercenary company from a respected and reliable company of swordsmen, to becoming the single most famous company of swordmasters in the leagues surrounding the budding city of Fendale. While their fame was muted by distance as they traveled the Realms, the Einhundert would see action across half a dozen of the Mortal Realms. The loyalty of company was squarely behind the accomplished adventurer Ladrian when the call came from Aldrik seeking to hire their services. The friendship of Ladrian to Aldrik, and the loyalty of the men of the Einhundert to Ladrian, would see the famed company hired for much lower than what they might have demanded from other patrons. It would be the Einhundert that added backbone to the garrison of Nacht'Tor and made the setup of Aldrik's duchy in Shyish possible. Even the stalwart nature of this famed company however, could not stand before the ire of Nagash in his own realm.
Knight-Host of House Holsstok
Unlike the hired mercenaries and lowborn armsmen of the House, the men of the Knight-Host were to a man, third and fourth sons of various noble houses of Fendale. While they would find no lands or titles, a life in the Knight-Host gave these forgotten noble sons meaning and purpose and solidified their loyalty to House Holsstok beyond that of coin to a mercenary. This loyalty did not stop internal competition and rivalries among the lordlings, but this spirit of competition also helped garner an edge of skill in the Knights of House Holsstok. While the Knight-Host numbered only a couple hundred Knights plus that again in squires and supporting armsmen, they were numerous and well equipped enough to serve as the fast response force of the House when it moved into the Harrowmark. With Janis Mistwalker and the mage circle of the House spending nearly two years carving out warded roadways called the Harrowways between villages, the reach of the Knight-Host ever expanded. At the height of the Duchy's expansion, the Knight-Host could ride to the defense of even the farthest flung village of the holdings in two days or less depending on how hard they pushed their steeds. The combination of the Harrowways and the skills of the Knight-Host would see to the safety of travel among the haunted woods of the Harrowmark's fringe and allow the Duke's domain to flourish in what was everywhere else, the choking malignant forest of the Harrowmark.
House Shareez Armsmen
The souls of Lady Valet Shareez's personal Armsmen sent to ensure her safety in the keep of Nacht'Tor, lead by her Warden Kevin Kale.
Armsmen of House Holsstok
Lowborn soldiers of the House, one unit modeled with shields so I can tell them apart if they blob up.
I prefer endless spells that cannot backfire on me. Shackles are good for board control, Cogs normally can't be stolen from me, and the Pendulum goes on off in one direction and won't come back.
Thanks to the Legion of Grief, I can properly use my gravesite markers now. I had been using them as Nighthaunt objectives for a bit, but most missions have specific objectives.
I only have five more units unpainted in my collection. Once they are complete I just need to expand the Einhundert with more Bladegeists, total of 40, and but some direwolves as battleline to let me play 2k points.
Still on the painting desk is the Knight Captain Telmanis, the Traitor of the South Gate, Duke Aldrik himself, the Holsstok Huntsmen, and Aldrik's Circle of Mages. For those who care about actual AoS rules and such, the characters above are models representing these units.
Ladrian - Kurdoss
Janis - Dreadblade Harrow: normally with an artifact or command ability to make him a wizard
Arnold - Reikenor
Valet - Briar Queen
Fedrin - Spirit Torment
Keegan - Knight of Shrouds (foot)
Sayzen - Guardian of Souls
Telmanis - Will be a mounted Knight of Shrouds
Edis the Coward - Necromancer (traitor of the north gate)
Duke Aldrik - Lady Olynder
Duke Aldrik on Circle of Mages - Nagash