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The recent Designers’ Commentary from October 2020 for the GH 2020 lists all the publications, which rules can be used in Pitched Battle: https://www.warhammer-community.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Jp8AWDibSM2831yA.pdf Forbidden Power has rules for the Tenebrous Court and the Greyfyrd Lodge. Those mercenaries were reintroduced in the later published General's Handbook 2019, which is not listed in the recent Designers’ Commentary. Forbidden Power however is mentioned as publication, which rules can be used without my opponents permission according to the update. Does this clarification include the rules for Forbidden Power's Tenebrous Court and the Greyfyrd Lodge? That would make them the only mercenaries legal in Pitched Battle.
I have read through the Mercenary rules and to be honest they seem fine to me. The rules are the same as Allies, ie. 20% of total points and a strict limit on the number of units based on the units taken from the main allegiance. On top of that you lose the first command point you generate. Allies and Mercenaries are bought from the same pool of points. For me I now have to chance to collect both a few Ghouls and a few Fyreslayers if I want. These would never really have been a full army for me anyway but I have wanted to paint some for a while. The Chosen Axes is perfect for what I want for instance. So for me this is a big plus to at least the narrative style of play that I prefer.