First a bit of Lore.
[CAMPAIGN SPOILER] The secret society called Shadowborn have been integral in setting up the conflict between the Elven Court and the Commonwealth. Their ultimate goal is destroying the barrier between worlds, which was put in place by Merlin and unleash powers from the days of the great Wizard Kings. [END CAMPAIGN SPOILER].
The Shadowborn will do anything to achieve their goal; they won’t back down when it comes to manipulating and deceiving the people or causing death and destruction. As a Shadowborn you will become truly evil, it coincides with updates to the Alignment and relations system. Here are some examples of the Shadowborn skills.
Embrace Darkness: Let your city’s population embrace the evil within them with the Embrace Darkness spell. Cast it on a city and all newly produced units are now Dedicated to Evil and have Life Stealing.
Seed of distrust: Do you want to screw over good players that are all about befriending independent cities? Cast Seed of Distrust on their friendly independent cities. From now on those independents won’t trust anyone, including that good player.
Rite of Malediction: This Tactical Combat spell will only affect your darkest units. Once cast, it gives your Dedicated to Evil units two random dark powers. They will have these powers until the end of combat. Which dark powers your units get will be a nice surprise every battle you cast the spell.
Mab’s Boon: As a Shadowborn player you will probably want migrate your newly captured cities to your own race. Mab’s Boon gives a boost to your newly migrated cities. The Empire Upgrade gives you extra population, gold and a production boost for five turns in the city you just migrated.
The Fallen Angel: The ultimate evil unit you can summon as a Shadowborn master. Shrouded in darkness, she is a powerful force to be reckoned with on the battlefield. This infantry unit buffed with total awareness and good slayer, but what makes her truly terrifying is her Petrifying Scream she can use once per battle. The scream can leave her living opponents petrified, unable to take any action.
Next to these new spells and unit, the Shadowborn specialization gives you boosts that help you build a strong and powerful army. If you are a player that loves a warmongering, doesn’t mind or even loves being evil than this is your specialization!
I hope you’re all excited to play the Shadowborn specialization. Of course we won’t leave players of other alignments behind, but that is a topic for a following Dev Journal!