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Malifaux Lore guide

Malifaux Lore guide

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Project Blog by shadykx125 Cult of Games Member

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About the Project

Im doing a video series on the lore of Malifaux and the related universe! Its a really underrated fiction with a lot of cool characters. Each video will highlight a specific master, and go through their backstory and summarize each story they are featured in. This is meant as a jump off point for people to get into the lore, a summary for people who don't have access to all of the books or don't want to read all of the stories, or just a refresher for people who are familiar with the story but haven't read it in a while.

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Ep. 1 Misaki Katanaka

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Misaki was my first master and the reason I was attracted to the game. One of the coolest things about Malifaux is the diversity of the types of people you will see. Her backstory is pretty cool, as she is effectively a crime boss, but there is more to her than that.

This is one of the first videos I ever edited, so it’s a bit rough in places. The process of learning is fun, but can be tedious. I have to admit that I enjoy putting together the little scenes with my minis for the pictures.

Ep. 2 Von Schill

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I haven’t played Von Schill much, but I play against him often, and he’s a popular master. I think his relationship with the guild is interesting, since he’s got beef with the Governor General, but there’s sort of an uneasy truce where they tolerate each other. He didn’t have much lore, until recently when he got involved with some of the bigger world events and united the outcasts to some extent.

Ep. 3 Marcus

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Marcus is another favorite of mine. They put a science-y twist on the classic beastman. Hes basically a nerd who likes animals more than people. I feel lik emany of us can relate 🙂

Experimented with some effects in this video. The feedback was positive and I was pretty happy with it.

Ep. 4 Kirai

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Another of my favorite Masters from the game. Her backstory is pretty cool, a poor prostitute who experiences tragedy. Then acquires great power. Will she use it for good, or evil?

Ep. 5 Brewmaster

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The holy man of the Bayou. He has an interesting story, as he started as dual faction, but then betrayed the ten thunders. I wish they would develop that part of his story more.

Im glad I recently finished making a lot of plant scatter terrain that I could use to represent the bayou.

Ep. 6 McCabe

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Mr. McCabe, the man of many factions. I liked doing this video, because I got to see his whole transformation, that occurred across 6 or 7 years of the game, in a few hours.

I wanted to do videos on the new Explorers Society masters, but none of them have enough lore to make the video longer than 60 seconds. So just McCabe for now.

This it for my backlog of videos, going forward im trying to hit one video a week, released on Saturdays.

Ep. 7 Tara

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For some reason, Tara is really underrepresented in the Lore for Malifaux. In fact, none of the stories she appears in are primarily about her. She always just makes appearances in other arcs. Would love to see her more in upcoming stuff.

This weeks episode was short, because I wanted to get a head start on next weeks, its gonna be a long one 🙂 Any guesses who it’ll be about?

Ep. 8 Lady Justice pt 1

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Lady J is one of the most requested masters for this series. I knew it was gonna be a big undertaking, so Last week I did a short episode to get a headstart. Turns out, I underestimated how busy I would be cuz of the holidays. So I decided last minute to break it into two videos.

I would estimate that with Lucius and Zoraida, Lady J is one of the most featured masters in the lore.

So after part 2 goes up, I think ill be doing a short one to take a break, but Id love to know what my OTT peeps would like to see from the series.

Ep. 8 Lady Justice pt 2

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Man this was a big undertaking. I didn’t expect the videos to end up being this long, but her last few stories were dense. She’s a really cool character. It’s nice to see that Wyrd is willing to make such big changes in the lore and shake things up a bit. Some people hate it, but I think it makes the story better.

Expect a short episode next week, I need a break.

Ep. 9 Kaeris

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Arcanists are one of my favorite factions, and this episode contains an epic showdown between the two leading ladies. I think these stories really highlight how Wyrd has done a great job with diversity in their stories without making it feel forced or fake. Just well written characters from different backgrounds.

Ep. 10 Ironsides

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This episode gets into one of my Favorite masters, and some of the most interesting moral questions in the lore. If you watch the video, let me know what you thought about Ironsides decision, and if you would have done the same yourself.

Ep. 11 Jack Daw

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This was one of the harder videos to make, since Jack Daw does not have any dialogue. You sort of have to infer what is going on in a lot of the stories, but I think that’s why he is an interesting character, and he has been requested quite a bit.

Ep. 12 Titania

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Ive finally gotten some Neverborn painted up to do a video on them! Titania is a really interesting character, she defeated the Tyrants in the ancient past but was betrayed by her people and locked in a prison. What kind of chaos will she cause now that shes back?

Ep. 13 Jakob Lynch

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As far as back of the box pitches go, Jakobs is pretty good. A compulsive gambler, who begrudgingly works for the mob and helps the ancient creature that posesses him to spread its power by drugging people in his casino/brothel. My favorite thing about Wyrd is that they take common tropes that get overused in other fantasy settings, and put a big unique spin on them. Makes me wise the OTT crew would get more into malifaux. I think the stories and setting would really appeal to Warren, and the mechanics and tactics would appeal to some of the other guys.  Too bad you cant actually run a whole crew of bunny cav…

Ep. 14 Charles Hoffman

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Charles seems like a pretty vanilla master compared to the whoremongering serial killers and blind necromancer swordswomen that are typical of Malifaux, but when you go deeper he’s actually a really interesting character. I wonder if they planned out the explanation for his accident 10 years ago, or if they decided that when they wrote the newer stories.

Ep 15 Zipp

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The Gremlins in Malifaux are basically southern American white trash. Zipp is what would happen if a person like that accidentally got an education by listening to the radio… and then decided he wanted to be a pirate. His story is really fun, and the writers came up with a good reason for him to join the Outcasts faction. Looking forward to seeing more about him.

Ep 16 Nicodem

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Wyrd decided to put some masters in “dead mans hand” for 3rd edition, meaning they are out of the story for one reason or another. Nicodem’s reason is he got murdered. This made a lot of people mad, but I think its a cool idea. It makes it feel like the story actually has consequences.

As a 1st edition master, I expected Nicodem to have a lost of lore. But I was surprised to find that isn’t true. He has an arc with Kirai, and a few more appearences, before they start setting up his final battle. At least he took some of the guild with him when he went.

Ep 17 Pandora

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Pandora is easily one of the weirdest characters in Malifaux. Her stories are strange and hard to parse, but I think I did an okay job representing them here. I did a rush job on her crews bases leading up to shooting this video, but im pretty happy with how they turned out.

Ep 19 Nellie

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Nellie might look like one of the good guys, but as with everything in Malifuax, its more complicated than that. Im really happy with how her crew came together with the paint jobs and bases, but unfortunately most of them didnt show up in any of these stories. Maybe ill use them as backgroud characters in future videos.

Ep 18 Shenlong

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Somehow I forgot to post this one, so they are out of order, but oh wells.

Shenlong is really cool, I like that they take characters from different Asian cultures, not just Samurai and Ninjas… Even though im a sucker for Samurai and Ninjas. Unfortunately Shenlong is a bit neglected in the lore, only really having one big story. Considering he is posessed by a pseudo-god, I hope we see more of him in the future.

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