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As the King of Deyja during the Restoration Wars, Finneas Vilmar — also known as Deathknell — plays the role of an antagonist in Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia, and is a playable hero in The Shadow of Death. Obsessed with power and determined to avenge the necromancers, Vilmar raised Nicolas Gryphonheart to act as his commander, but found himself slain by his own creation.


Rise of the Necromancer[]

Though Finneas Vilmar's thirst for power makes him a virtually unstoppable Necromancer, the ability of political manipulation and battle tactics elude him. He has joined with Sandro so he can use his skills to move himself through the ranks.OffBck

A young lich who desired power during a time of turmoil in the kingdom of Deyja, Finneas owned a few holdings in the barren corners of the realm, seeking to extend his influence. When the Necromancer, Sandro, reached Deyja after extorting powerful artifacts from two heroes, he saw his chance to use this foolish young Lich for his own ends.

Finneas and Sandro first met at the Deyja border, and Sandro used his powers of persuasion to compel Finneas into trusting him impeccably. With his political and tactical prowess, Sandro led Finneas' armies to victory over Duke Alarice, the undead lord of a contested Deyjan region, impressing the current King with such a stunning show of force and ability. Soon afterwards, Finneas and Sandro overthrew the King of Deyja (though it is not explained how in detail), and Finneas became the new ruler. Sandro admitted to himself that, naturally, he would be the shadow whispering orders into the new King Vilmar's ear.

Sandro and Finneas counselling.

Finneas was able to hold his throne because, when Gem, Gelu, Crag Hack and Yog invaded Deyja to avenge the crimes committed by Sandro, they wiped out most of his opposition. Finneas sent Sandro to deal with the invaders, secretly hoping that his courtier would end up being killed in the battle. With Sandro away, the other court lords in Moulder began whispering into the puppet King's ear, but Sandro did not fall in the battle, and made a brief return to the court of Castle Gloaming before defeating his enemies. Finneas, disturbed to see him, dismissed the court early and retreated into his private chambers to collect himself. Sandro followed and confronted his puppet, reminding Vilmar that it was he who put him on the throne and it was he who could remove him from it. With a small spell, Sandro permanently emblazoned the impression of his bony fingertips on Vilmar's chest. Finneas would not soon cross Sandro again.

Last Rites[]

Sandro defeated the enemy heroes in a climactic battle at Bragden, who retreated to the west of Antagarich and regrouped their forces. In secret, they recovered the lost Angelic Alliance sword, invading Deyja again and using it to wreak havoc on Sandro's armies. Finneas participated in the last battles, but he and Sandro were forced to retreat when the heroes claimed Sandro's almighty artifacts. Sandro, weakened but not willing to give up, started a new plan for domination. He mustered the Kreegans and the Dungeon Overlords to plot an invasion of Erathia. Though his initial plots worked well, Finneas tricked Sandro into attacking Smedth, an innocent Deyjan Lord, subsequently imprisoning his former courtier. With the infuriated Sandro in prison, King Finneas took all the credit for his schemes and began planning the invasion further.

The raising of Lich King Gryphonheart.

Finneas' only active participation in the Restoration Wars was — with his country's internal wars over — to resume the Necromancers' scheme of revenge against Erathia for their banishment by King Nicolas Gryphonheart, earlier in the century. He stole into Gryphonheart's tomb in the city of Stonecastle with the Spirit of Oppression, performing a ritual to reanimate the dead monarch as an undead Lich. The reanimation spell worked but Finneas' binding did not take, however, and King Vilmar received his just deserts, as the risen Lich King Gryphonheart's first act upon stepping from his sarcophagus was to kill Finneas before departing Stonecastle to become the new king of Deyja.


Finneas Vilmar appears in Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia and in Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Shadow of Death, and is mentioned in Might and Magic VII


Necromancers' Guild of Enroth
Personnel and benefactors
Archibald Ironfist · Artorius Veritas · Brother Brax · Ciatlen Venitius · Clive Clanker · Dark Shade · Devlin Arcanus · Douglas Dirthmoore · Duke Alarice · Dyson Leland · Ethric the Mad · Ferredine the Merciful · Finneas Vilmar · Gauldoth Half-Dead · General Corlagon · Grand Archmage Terrax · Henden'lal · Judge Sleen · Kalibarr · Karanya Memoria · Kastore · Kehl · King Targor · Korbu · Lich King Gryphonheart · Lord Haart · Lord Smedth · Loscan · Luthiner the Severe · Maximus · Mot · Nathaniel Roberts · Neberneith · Nimbus · Payge Arachnia · Sandro · Thant · Tolberti · Vayarad · Vetrinus Taleshire · Vidomina · Vokial · Vorr the Insane · Wyrm · Zacharia · Zanthora the Mad
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Deyja (Antagarich) · Mire of the Damned (Enroth) · Shadowspire (Jadame)
Castle Darkmoor · Evenmorn Island · Moulder Moulder · The Pit · Twilight
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Armor of the Damned · Book of the Dead · Church of the Moon · Cloak of the Undead King · Death knight · Nekross · Occult War · Restoration Wars · Ritual of Endless Night · Skeleton transformer · Succession Wars · The Ebon Hand · The Hand of Death · Vampire · War of the Ancestors · War of the Chalice · War of the Unholy Alliance
Relevant games
Might and Magic VI: The Mandate of Heaven · Might and Magic VII: For Blood and Honor · Might and Magic VIII: Day of the Destroyer · Heroes II: The Succession Wars · Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Shadow of Death · Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Restoration of Erathia · Heroes of Might and Magic III: Armageddon's Blade · Heroes Chronicles: The World Tree · Heroes Chronicles: Masters of the Elements
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Restoration of Erathia campaigns
Protagonists Astral - Sir Christian - Lord Haart - Jenova - Korbac - Nimbus - Queen Catherine Ironfist - Ryland - Shiva - Verdish - Vidomina - Vokial - Zubin
Antagonists Ajit - Alamar - Arlach - Darkstorm - Edric - General Morgan Kendal - Griffin king - Gurnisson - Korbac - Kreelah clan leader - Lorelei - Loynis - Malekith - Mephala - Mot - Necrolord - Oris - Sandro - Tyris - Verdish - Yog
Supporting campaign characters Adela - Dorrell - Faruk Welnin - Finneas Vilmar - King Lucifer Kreegan III - King Nicolas Gryphonheart - Memphos - Orrin - Sorsha - Winstan Langer
Armageddon's Blade campaigns
Protagonists Adrienne - Ash - Sir Christian - Ciele - Cuthbert - Dracon - Erdamon - Gelu - General Morgan Kendal - King Kilgor - King Roland Ironfist - Mutare Drake - Olema - Oris - Queen Catherine Ironfirst - Sorsha - Xeron
Antagonists Ajorn - Alkin - Ash - Clancy - Clavius - Crag Hack - Deemer - Dessa - Dikisha - Duke Winston Boragus - Elleshar - Fiona - Ignatius - Galthran - Gird - Godomir - Gretchin - Gundula - Hortensia - Isra - Jabarkas - Jelan - Kajitianna - Krellion - Lorelei - Luna - Mihalis - Nagash - Nuzrath - Nymus - Obekan - Olema - Ordwald - Photima - Pyre - Qenay - Rion - Sandro - Septienna - Sethe - Shiva - Sir Mullich - Tamika - Tejveer - Terek - Vellore - Vey - Yog - Xeron - Xsi - Zartaj - Zubin
Supporting campaign characters Alamar - Archibald Ironfist - Ash - Baltron - Calh - Calid - Ciele - Dracon's mother - Erdamon - Dread Pirate Hogfling - Erik - Fiur - Gelare - Ignissa - Inteus - General Miah - Johannes Bonn - Judge Fairweather - Ketai - Khazandar - Khazandar's apprentice - Kilgor's father - Kieran - Labetha - King Lucifer Kreegan - Lord Caomham - Pasis - Lord Preuet - Master of Scouts - Morglin Ironfist - Nayestra - Sir Michael - Judge Sleen - Sylvia - Tamar - Tavin - Thunar - Xeron's mother - Xex - Zydar
The Shadow of Death campaigns
Protagonists Clancy - Crag Hack - Finneas Vilmar - Gelu - Gem - Sandro - Terek - Yog
Antagonists Duke Alarice - Barshon - Caleb - Charna - Charnath - Lord Chasim - Denarm - Lord Fayette - Gretchin - Gurnis - Marzeth - Shiva - Lord Smedth - Swankart - Tyranell - Lord Velmor - Venthin - Zinitha - Zorlan
Supporting campaign characters Aine - Alendora - Alkin - Amanda - Astral - Beleg - Broghild - Delino - Drakon - Duke Winston Boragus - Falor - Feredor - Isra - Ivor - Malcom - Orruk - Slash - Terwen - Thant - Tyris - Ufretin - Uland - Vayarad - Vokial