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"Behind him, hastening down the long slopes, were a thousand men on foot; their swords were in their hands. Amid them strode a man tall and strong. His shield was red. As he came to the valley's brink, he set to his lips a great black horn and blew a ringing blast. 'Erkenbrand!' the Riders shouted. 'Erkenbrand!'"
The Two Towers

Erkenbrand was a warrior of Rohan during the War of the Ring as well as the lord of the Westfold. He can be recruited at a King's Camp and can lead one of various battalions into the field, making him extremely versatile. In addition he is trained at level 5. He is very similar to Elfhelm, Grimbold and the Rohan Captain. The battalion will not disband if the upgraded Marshal is killed, unlike the Thrall Master, but you will be unable to use the ability until they regenerate.

Abilities

Captain mount Mount - Erkenbrand can mount his horse (only available before purchasing a battalion of Meduseld)

Erkenbrand passive Marshal of Rohan - All units nearby are fearless. (Passive ability)

Erkenbrand summon Any Troop Upgrade: Warriors of Meduseld - Temporarily summons one battalion of whatever Meduseld units he was upgraded with.

Upgrades

Erkenbrand can be given one of the following upgrades:
Captain soldiers Soldiers of Meduseld - Call a battalion of Soldiers of Meduseld to serve as elite Swordsmen. Cost: 500
Captain wardens Wardens of Meduseld - Call a battalion of Wardens of Medused to serve as elite Pikemen. Cost: 600
Captain cavalry Knights of Meduseld - Call a battalion of Knights of Meduseld to serve as elite Cavalry. Cost: 800

Strategy

The strategy you use with him depends on the situation, what faction you are up against, etc. This is due to his special use of 3 different upgrades which give him 3 different kinds of elite units. The Knights could be used for spammy factions or factions with many archers, the Soldiers to counter enemy pikemen, or the Wardens for cavalry- based factions like Rohan. Also, once he dies and you revive him he is able to re-choose the battalion he will lead. He makes units fearless and can summon two battalions of the upgrade you chose, giving a chance to win the battle if the situation is dire.

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