Marienburg is the largest and most prosperous trading city in the Old World. Many call it the City of Gold which alone conveys a good idea of the wealth of this sprawling cosmopolitan city. Nowhere else can be found the vast array of shops selling goods from as far away as the Elven kingdoms of Ulthuan in the west and distant Cathay in the east. The city's craftsmen represent every skill known to man, and a few others beside, so that it is said in Marienburg there is no activity that cannot be quickly turned to profit.
Many mercantile guilds have their headquarters in Marienburg, most important of all the secretive High Order of Honourable Freetraders which represents the elite amongst mercantile society This large, rich, and ambitious body of men feel themselves shackled by the old order and are eager to seize power for themselves. Their champion for the Emperor's throne is the Lady Magritta. Thanks to the unseen influence of Freetraders throughout the Empire all the minor Electors were persuaded to support the Lady Magritta's claim. It was only the Grand Theogonist's refusal to crown her that denied Marienburg the throne driving a wedge between the City of Gold and the Temple of Sigmar.
Warbands sent to Mordheim are sumptuously dressed and armed. Though Marienburgers are often ridiculed as foppish and effete, their skill at arms and complete ruthlessness has earned them grudging respect. Their chief skills lie in duelling and in the use of poisons and other clandestine fighting methods. Richer individuals dress flamboyantly and wear jewellery. However, the bulk of most warbands are recruited from the dockland thugs, ships' crews, and stevedores who favour a simpler appearance: leather coats, bandanas and short swords that are easy to conceal.
As natural traders with contacts in the merchant guilds Marienburg warbands receive a +1 bonus when attempting to find rare items (see the Trading section for rules).
To reflect their enormous wealth Marienburgers start off with an extra 100 gold crowns (600 in total) when fighting in a campaign. In a one-off game they are permitted an extra 20% gold crowns when recruiting a warband. For example, in a 1,000 gold crown game a Marienburger warband will have l,200gc.
A Marienburg warband must include a minimum of three models. You have 500 gold crowns available to spend. The maximum number of warriors in the warband may never exceed 15.
Captain: Each Marienburg warband must have one Captain: no more, no less!
Champions: Your warband may include up to two Champions.
Youngbloods: Your warband may include up to two Youngbloods.
Warriors: Your warband may include any number of Warriors.
Marksmen: Your warband may include no more than seven Marksmen.
Swordsmen: Your warband may include no more than five Swordsmen.
The Captain starts with 20 experience.
Champions start with 8 experience.
Youngbloods start with 0 experience.
Henchmen start with 0 experience.
The following lists are used by Marienburg warbands to pick their weapons:
60 gold crowns to hire
A Marienburg Captain is a tough professional warrior, a man who will fight for anyone or against anything so long as the price is right. Mordheim offers such a man the chance to become rich beyond his dreams, though at great risk. But as ruthlessness and lack of mercy and pity are the hallmarks of a successful Marienburg Captain, it is no wonder that they flock to Mordheim.
Weapons/Armour: A Marienburg Captain may be equipped with weapons and armour chosen from the Mercenary Equipment list.
Leader: Any warrior within 6" of the Marienburg Captain may use his Leadership characteristic when taking Leadership tests.
35 gold crowns to hire
In any Marienburg warband there is one warrior who is bigger, stronger (and often uglier) than his comrades. These men are called Champions (or berserkers, first swordsmen and various other names). Champions are amongst the toughest and the best fighters in the warband. They often answer challenges issued to the warband and, after the Captain, they get the pick of any equipment and loot.
Weapons/Armour: Champions may be equipped with weapons and armour chosen from the Marienburg Equipment list.
15 gold crowns to hire
These are young fighters who are still inexperienced, but eager to win their spurs in the savage fighting in and around the ruins of Mordheim.
Weapons/Armour: Youngbloods may be equipped with weapons and armour chosen from the Marienburg Equipment list.
(Bought in groups of 1-7)
25 gold crowns to hire
These dogs of war are grim, seasoned fighters, fearing no man as long as they have their weapons and armour. They form the core of any Marienburg warband.
Weapons/Armour: Warriors may be equipped with weapons and armour chosen from the Marienburg Equipment list.
25 gold crowns to hire
The archers and hunters of the Old World are famed for their skill, and it is said that they can hit a coin from 300 paces with a long bow. In the savage street fights of Mordheim they snipe at the enemy from the windows of ruined buildings and pick out enemy leaders with their arrows.
Weapons/Armour Marksmen may be equipped with weapons and armour chosen from the Marksman Equipment list.
35 gold crowns to hire
Swordsmen are professional warriors, experts at taking on and beating several opponents at once. They are much sought after by warband leaders, as their skills are ideally suited for fighting in Mordheim.
Weapons/Armour: Swordsmen may be equipped with weapons and armour chosen from the Marienburg Equipment list.
Expert Swordsmen: Swordsmen are so skilled with their weapons that they may re-roll any failed hits when charging. Note that this only applies when they are armed with normal swords, and not with double-handed swords or any other weapons.