Five years after the epic events of Might & Magic Heroes VII and Ivan’s conquest of the Holy Griffin Empire, Trial by Fire recounts the growing tensions with the neighboring Dwarven kingdom of Grimheim through two original campaigns. When Ivan receives word that Dwarven war bands are once again descending on the Stag Duchy, he is ready to go to war to protect his people but he knows a new global conflict could bring the end of the Empire.Hoping to prevent such a tragic escalation, Vilma “Stoneshield” Bjornsdottir, leader of the Sudgerd Dwarves, comes to Ivan’s court as an ambassador. Her tale will shed light on some of the darkest chapters of the Dwarves’ history – and reveal the key to saving both of their people. Key Features:Master the Rune Magic Lead the new Fortress faction on a path to define the destiny of the Dwarves: fierce warriors, industrious blacksmiths, and masters of Rune Magic.Rediscover the richness of the Might & Magic UniverseTake control of a full new lineup of charismatic heroes and iconic creatures such as Fire Giants, Valkyrie and Red Dragons. With dozens of new artifacts, abilities and achievements. Explore a unique mountain environment with its new town screen and buildings set. New content & original tacticsPlay two original and thrilling campaigns starring the recently crowned emperor Ivan and legendary Dwarven heroes. Enjoy improved mechanics and extra content including additional Skirmish maps and bonus Scenario maps written by Terry B. Ray, Heroes IV’s celebrated writer.The Must-Have Heroes VII ExpansionTrial by Fire is a compelling follow-up to the Heroes VII experience, and an indispensable addition to every fan’s collection. Trial by Fire is also a standalone expansion, an ideal way for newcomers and fans of previous entries to enjoy the authentic Might & Magic Heroes experience.Experience the unique mix of Turn-Based Strategy and RPGExplore and conquer an enchanted world, develop and manage your economy, lead armies of legendary creatures to battle, build up Heroes of Might & Magic with hundreds of uncanny abilities and powerful artifacts.