Hello fellow rule enthousiasts (or at least those that are curious enough to click on the title of this thread. I want to use this thread to clear all rules concearning the Sisters of Twilight.
After searching this forum, some wood elf fora, and reading the official FAQ, I am under the impression it is not possible. So I challange you all to help me finish this quest for clarity. There are several things I find unclear and I would like to have them as clear as possible before fielding them. I am aware of the 'most important rule off all' and the 'role-off' but I would like to see where our collective minds get us. Without any further delay I will write down what I have so far:
A debate on the type of unit and the associated wounds, rules and allocation.
The sisters of twilight have 2 options as mount, a forest dragon and a great eagle.
When fielded on the forest dragon things seem pretty clear. The dragon is a monster and thus the rules for characters riding a monster are used. The extra allocation works as written and things seem clear.
Things get interesting when you field the sisters on a great eagle. The great eagle is considered a monstrous beast by both the wood elf armybook and the BRB. This would make the sisters a monstrous cavalry unit. These rules force you to combine the wounds and toughness profiles, using the highest one. As they are 2 seperate characters on one monstrous beast, this leads to a strange situation. If you apply the rule, it could mean both sisters use the highest amount of wounds (3 each for a total of 6) or that the entire model has the total of 3 wounds. Or we could sort of ignore this rule and use the original 2 wounds on each of the sisters (as inteded?)
But then we have the wound allocation. The sisters have a special rule which forces shots to be randomised among both sisters, but they are actually 1 model now (since they are a monstrous cavelry). If we only use the total number of 3 wounds for the entire model, randomising seems useless and feels out of place, so that is probably not the right way. If we use the 3 wounds on each of the sisters, they suddenly seem quit hard to kill (as you need to kill both in the same phase or they will simply return). That doenst really feel like the rule as inteded but is the most logic consequence to me when you apply the 8th edition rules to this 6.5th edition special character.
However we have a strange ruling in the Wood Elf FAQ concearning the great eagle. It stated that both the dragon and the eagle react with a 5-6 result on the monster reaction table. This means either GW considers the great eagle a monster (contrarely to their own BRB) or they made a mistake in the FAQ and accidentally added the eagle to the dragon question. If we would use the eagle as a monter, the rules would be much clearer. However a monster has some added benefits like a thunderstomp (instead of a normal stomp), which seems strange and overpowered for a 50pt eagle.
Whatever becomes of this thread, I plan to finish my own version of this special character and use it in friendly games. I hope to use them in a tournament though, without fear of causing to much fuzz on how I use them.
Well there you have it. What unit type would you give the Sisters of Twilight on a Great Eagle. And what wounds and rules for allocation do you use?