“The Heretics were originally saintly priests, until they were lured into worship of the Dark Goddess. They are spreading all over Pendor now, and are a certain danger to all travelers." – Barclay historian
IntroductionThe Heretics are a group of evil cultists who worship Erida Occisor, and tend to dwell on the border between Sarleon and the Fierdsvain and from Avendor all the way down to the D'Shar border.
The worshipers prowl along trading routes, attacking caravans, defenseless farmers and even weak warbands for sacrifices. Their methods are vicious, even more so than the Red Brotherhood.
The heretics are one of the major Hateful factions.
|1st||Heretic Minion||Seer Initiate||Heretic Invoker|
|2nd||Heretic Worshiper||Seer Favorite|
*Can't be captured, will always fall dead. They are all considered Undead Troops.
The troops from the first two columns can be captured and used by the player, being the ones in the second column related to The Three Seers and will be seen more often when they spawn, whilst the other will spawn more often when Heretic Armies (see below) spawn. The ones from the third column can't be obtained by the player and most will die always, making them imposible to be captured, with the exception of the Invoker, that will have a high price when sold as prisoner.
Heretic patrols are not particularly difficult for a well-trained army, but their mounted units can be dangerous. The patrols of the Three Seers will have Seer Initiates, and its recommended to try to capture these and make them join your company. They have the potential to become mighty Doomguides, a troop very similar to the Omen Seeker. They are considered a mini-Hero Adventurer.
By far more dangerous are the Heretics' armies. Demonic Magni are one of the most enduring and heavily-armored troops in all of Pendor. The best way to deal with them is either to hit them very hard with couched lance strikes, or failing that, order your troops to attack without you and hope that they defeat them. Thankfully, once they are dealt with, the rest of the army is not particularly difficult.
A standard Heretic army usually has about 700-800 men.
- 4-24 Demonic Magni
- 12-48 Heretic Invokers
- 24-48 Heretic Magni
- 48-96 Heretic Worshipers
- 400-700 Heretic Minions
- 6-24 Adventurers
Note: Since 3.9, defeating this army will always reward the player with 2 Heretic Writings.
They also have warbands, that will be made of:
- 1-3 Heretic Invoker
- 2-6 Heretic Magnus
- 3-13 Heretic Worshiper
- 6-24 Heretic Minion
- 1-5 Farmer (as Prisoners) - 2 of these will be Fierdsvain Ladies in waiting
- When the Order of the Dawn and the Order of Eventide were a single order in Barclay, it seems that some reputed Knights were convinced into following Erida Occisor, corrupting themselves and trying to corrupt more members of the order, they were caught too late, when they had many followers. The Order was split into Dawn and Eventide, and they were pursued by Barclay, to be burnt. Some escaped and were forced to exile, however Barclay did not trust the Order anymore, as they feared it expanding like a plague, so both orders were banished and they both settled in Pendor. There, the Dawn constantly spread the word that Eventide was full of followers of the Heretics, and that some were even Heretics themselves, however the Eventide tries its best to hide this harmful rumors to avoid being chased to be burnt like they were in Barclay. There is a rumor ingame speaking briefly of this: "Rumor from a Barclay trader, whom he met in Javiksholm, that they burn Heretics at the stake there. Some of them are reputed to be Knights of the Dawn gone bad!"
- "The Heretics are terrifying the whole Fierdsvain. They are taking peasants from all the villages and sacrificing them to their Dark Goddess, Erida Occisor, that grows in power with every human sacrifice given her by her priests."
- The Order of the Dawn and the Inquisition have eradicating these unholy creatures and their followers as a top priority.
- It is known that heretics have portable altars, rumor ingame: "It has been reported that the Heretics have portable altars, so they can instantly sacrifice their captives on the spot!"