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Mythic Legions
by yo go re

Who wants to stop for a bite?

Groomed from birth by her father, the legendary Baron Volligar, to become the leader of Illythia's Brood, Lucretia couldn't be more suited to her bloody reign of horror. Completely devoid of emotion or empathy, she is a callous warmonger who is all too willing to wipe out thousands as a means to her cruel ends. A bloodline desended directly from Illythia herself gives Lucretia immense power and a militant sense of responsibility that continually urges her to bring back her ancient ancestor.

Wait, her father's a baron? Are we sure he's a baron? And not a count? Or at least an earl, since that's the British equivalent? (Which is why, lacking an English term, the wife of an earl is not an "earless" but a "countess.") The term comes from the French comte, which has the same Latin roots as "companion," denoting someone who was friendly/similarly entitled with the emperor. And the land owned or overseen by a count was of course called a "county," much like the land administered by a duke would be a duchy. They also could have gone Germanic, and named him a graf. The order of peerage goes King > Duke > Marquis > Count > Baron > Knight > Gentry > Serf. Maybe Volligar is hoping for a promotion that he can then pass along to his daughter when she kills him he dies of natural causes.

Lucretia keeps the vampire colorscheme that was introduced with Series 1's Carpathias: black and purple. The body is smaller, of course, since she's a she and he was a he, and that's how Mythic Legions works. The armor sculpt is the same Gwendolynne Heavensbrand had (including the optional shoulder pauldrons), but it looks a lot more sinister thanks to the gloss black paint. Her loincloth is the plain cloth one, not fancy armor, but the big difference is the huge collar that rises up behind her head. Unfortunately, it doesn't attach to the figure in any way: it just sits on her collarbones loosely, meaning it will get jostled out of postion any time you bump it even slightly.

Although she retains the bald head and large ears that Carpathis introduced, her face is a lot less monstrous. It's the Queen Urkzaa thing all over again. Yes, Lucretia has thick brow ridges, and the shape of her mouth suggests she's hiding some fangs in there, but she's got a human nose instead of an upturned bat-nose. Maybe the idea is that she's less wild and animalistic than he is, but it still comes across as "girl must be pretty!"

The figure has a balljointed head, swivel/hinge shoulders and elbows, swivel forearms at the top of the gloves, swivel/hinge wrists, a balljointed torso, swivel waist (though that's more for construction purposes than play and poseability), swivel/hinge hips, swivel thighs, swivel/hinge knees, and swivel/hinge/swivel ankles. Mythic Legions are built modularly, so you can pull all those pieces apart to mix-and-match your own creations. Lucretia's also one of those characters who gets an annoyingly frustrating cape, but since it's softgoods, it doesn't block the articulation in the slightest. You'll probably want to put it on her, though, because otherwise the collar looks out of place.

When the Kickstarter reached $645,000, Lucretia got a new weapon: the long sword from the Vampire/Shadow Weapons pack. Before that point, she was just going to come with two small blades - the simple Dwarf dagger, and the fancier Dark Forces knife and sheath. Apparently she prefers her murders up close and personal! Okay, technically the promo art just showed her with two of the standard daggers, not these weapon pack ones, but the idea is the same.

"Advent of Decay" had a female vampire Legion Builder figure and a male vampire knight, but Lucretia was the only one I cared about. Apparently her father, Volligar, was available in one of those side sub-lines the Four Horsemen have offered, but he was concealed behind his helmet, leaving only the coloration of his armor as a clue to his race. Even with the loose collar and the not-fearsome face, how can you pass up the vampire princess?

-- 10/26/19

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