The Skathen have become a recent threat
to the Unicorn faction. That is not to say all Skathen,
but two particular clans; the Copper Spiral Skathen and
the Iron Fang Skathen.
Recent years have had many Skathen attacks
on the Unicorn encampments at various events. The Skathen
have used everything from Warp Fire throwers to Dark Trade
in their attempts to destroy the Unicorns. Members of
the faction have been kidnapped and taken over and the
Skathen's close ties with the Hive have meant that many
Hive attacks have badly crippled the Unicorns.
The Copper Spiral Clan have disliked the
Unicorns for a long time. They are the traders of the
Skathen, but have recently turned to Dark Trade as a means
of making more money and power. The Unicorns stance against
Dark Trade has made them enemies and recent acts have
escalated the conflict between them. Most recently the
Copper Spiral managed to kidnap Lord Greystoke, High Captain
of the 1st Fleet, and had his mind controlled by the Hive.
Though he was recaptured from the Skathen, the continuing
violence has kept the two sides enemies.
When Dragon and Viper ships invaded North
Isle they dropped several Skathen off on the shores. Not
wishing to invade themselves, the Skathen "conquered"
the land and immediately handed it over to the Vipers.
These Skathen were the Iron Fang Clan, one of the strongest
and toughest of the Skathen clans.
The Iron Fang are one of the most heavily
armed and armoured of the Skathen clans. More of a warrior
culture than the rest of the Skathen, they employ heavily
armoured warriors and are experienced in siege, offensive
tunnel building and large scale battles. The Iron Fang
are also one of the largest of the Skathen clans and regularly
push other clans into their wishes.
Overall the Skathen may not be the strongest
or most organised or enemies, but are one of the most
numerous. Their ability to build complex tunnel networks
quickly and breed at stupendous rates, means that if left
encamped in a position for too long they will be difficult
to ever remove.