So, besides Mortenebra being in Hearts of Darkness and access to some sort of anti-Infernal solo, we got the Void Archon. At first sight, he's not that impressive; he's got some nifty abilities, but costs 8 points, taking the place of Overlords or a Stalker, both of which have some overlap with him, but not counting towards points and taking up the Merc slot.
He has Flight, Dark Shroud, Divine Manifestation (non-living, no KD, no Blind), Dual Attack, Entropic Force, Soul Taker: Spectral Scavenger (Soul Phase, Strength of Death), Soul Ward and Void Walk. There's also a single melee attack and a good spray.
Now, he has a lot of special rules, but to me it still seems like a hard sell for 8 points in the Mercenary slot. He can charge into something and teleport somewhere else to spray and project Dark Shroud and Entropic Force, so that's great, but I think some extra defensive tech such as Soul Storm, cool utility such as Direct Spirits (then Cryx can finally get some sweet souls from friendlies) or at the very least the ability to buy extra melee attacks with Death-Powered.
For 8 points, he needs to be survivable, but that being said, he does bring a lot of special rules in one basket and is almost like a lord of the feast...who admittedly is (6 points or) free in themes that want him. I would certainly give him a try.
This was news to me today, that Mortenebra would be included in the infernalist camp. I guess it kind of makes sense with her ex-CoC story line of innovation and power at any sacrifice. Where she basically catches an iron lich, dissects it and eventually turns herself into one. I didn't know anything about the Void Archon but I am not well connected with the latest news.
tiberius They keep stressing that inclusion in the Hearts of Darkness theme does not necessarily mean that those characters are actually infernalists. It's more of a "what if" situation if they had gotten a little nudge at the right time.
The model is interesting, but I see 0 reason to ever include it in a list over Hermit of Hengehold. Hermit is half the cost, and provides so many amazing buffs to Cryx I can’t think of many lists where I’d ever use my Merc slot on something else.
I wrote a rather lengthy post about my thoughts on the Void Archon in the CID forums. I played him 3 times (BI, Scourge, DH) and he seems to work best when he can get friendly souls, which means we're kind of bummed already. Even then he doesn't do anything with those souls except boosting, so support is non-existent. He slots decently into a Scourge list, but I feel he will be hard to squeeze into SFR because that theme already brings a lot of tools and you're often strapped for points, and a mercenary slot.
So, I really want to like him, but I'm not sure if he'll ever be "good enough" for Cryx, especially considering his relatively fragile frame, compared to some other Archons.