Ulix is a Gremlin master that will be a part of Malifaux’s second edition. He’s all about pigs, rides them, herds them, hunts them, and fills his crew with them. He also has a few characteristics like a pig herding dog, he walks with a limp, and carries hunting tools. Totally on theme for Gremlins and fits right in! Right? What more needs to be said?
Well, the inspiration for Ulix comes from much more noble source. The name is derived from Ulixes, which is a variation of the name Ulysses/Odysseus in mythology. Odysseus kept herds of pigs on his island, both domestic and wild. He hunted them frequently with the companionship of his dog, trained for that task. During one hunting trip, he was gored in the leg and always walked with a slight limp due to that wound. He was well trained in all the tools needed to hunt pigs effectively – bow, spear, bola. He had a very “Gremlin” side to him! I think as you learn more about Ulix you’ll see more parallels as well.
Basically, if you take Odysseus, remove his epic tales, stick him in a swamp, shrink him a bit, and paint him green, you have your new Gremlin master! This was one of my favorite adaptations/inspirations for Malifaux 2e, and I’ll always think of Ulix as a little Odysseus with his pigs.