Total War: Warhammer showcases threatening Sarthorael in new trailer

The only demonic lord in the game, Sarthorael the Ever-Watcher, gets shown off by Creative Assembly.

The legendary Ever-Watcher, Sarthorael, is getting shown off in the latest Total War: Warhammer trailer from Creative Assembly. As a Lord of Change, he is a greater demon aligned to Tzeentch. With his master being the god of magic, Sarthorael is capable of zapping your troops while being a proficient combatant himself. In the featured video, it takes a huge number of units, along with Archaeon the Everchosen, to take him down.

Who is he?

Well, the answer is simple. He's new. Sarthorael the Ever-Watcher is an entity created by Creative Assembly specifically for Total War: Warhammer. He's designed to be a huge in-game challenge to anyone who makes it to the late-game of the campaign. He functions a bit differently depending on which faction you're playing, though.

If you are Chaos, he is against you. Selected by Tzeentch to bring forth change, he will challenge you from the Chaos Wastes and repeatedly assault you until you deal with him. He will be a constant thorn in your side, and even then he'll come back after being bested. Demons aren't gone forever.

If you are anyone else? He is still against you. This time, though, he'll be teaming up with Archaeon to storm down south and bring ruin to anything he can.

The best bet in either case is to have overwhelming numbers. He's strong, so you're going to take losses -- there's no getting around that. Just accept it and swarm him with spearmen or units dedicated to hero slaying, like Empire Witch Hunters. Alternatively, pound him with cannonfire. Cannons always work wonders.

Hopefully Sarthorael is a sign of things to come. I certainly wouldn't mind more demons in the gameMaybe we can get greater demons as generals in the future? Or perhaps have them start popping up in multiplayer battles? I can dream.

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Published Jun. 10th 2016

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