To represent the Lemurs, we wanted to get away from the typical rotten and bloated demon, that players normally use to represent this creature. These concepts are closer to sins such as Sloth or Gluttony, and the Lemurs of The Ninth Age do not have to align with these concepts, since they are common troops to any of the Seven Sins.
We decided that our Lemurs should be based on the “mirror” concept of our Myrmidons. If you look at the rules for both units, you will see that Myrmidons have Strength 5 and Resilience 3, and Lemurs are just the opposite. Myrmidons have very offensive abilities, such as Battlefocus or Fight in Extra Rank, while Lemurs have Parry. We wanted to represent the Lemurs as the dark reflection of the Myrmidons.
With all this in mind, we decided to base ourselves on the following conceptual lines:
- We continue with the same “slave” concept that we use with the Myrmidon. In this case, the master slavers have mutilated the bodies of the Lemurs to “adapt” them to an opposite mission: an incredibly tough troop, but with very little offensive power. For that, without a doubt, the ability to see is counterproductive: these boys only have to go to the position indicated and stay there, regardless of any physical punishment they may receive.
- Being a slower unit (Advance 4), the legs are heavier and less agile, but they still show beastly details (remember that the unit type is Standard Beast).
- The unit’s weaponry is entirely defensive: crude shields and maces, which probably won’t do much damage, but can be used to block almost any attack. The weapons have been attached to the limbs of the Lemurs, to ensure that they will not let go under any circumstances.
- Once again, the unit leader is the only warrior who has not been so mutilated. He is allowed to see, in order to be more useful in guiding his subordinates, and he is equipped with a heavy whip to further “encourage” them to do their job. We have also freed the champion’s hands so that he can better fulfill his leadership role.
- We have decided that the Lemur in charge of the standard should carry it nailed to his back, since these guys are so stupid and it is practically impossible for them to hold something with the idea of handling it.
- The musician’s design also delves into this concept: he carries the horn practically “sewn” to his body, so that he does not even have to look for the mouthpiece of the instrument.