War of the Ring Edit
During the later Third Age, Saruman the White had fallen under Sauron's control through the use of the palantir came to willingly devoted himself to serving the Dark Lord. As one of the Enemy's most trusted lieutenants, he acted as both an advisor to Sauron and a spy in the White Council, betraying it's secrets to his new master.
Saruman did not reveal his true intentions until Gandalf presented him with the discovery and location of the One Ring. He then revealed himself as a servant of Sauron and advised his former comrade to join with him. Saruman then stood forth as "Saruman of Many Colours", and when Gandalf refused to side with the Dark Lord, Saruman held him captive in Isengard. Gandalf later escaped, and so Saruman's treachery became known to the rest of the White Council when Gandalf reported it during the subsequent Council of Elrond.
He would go on to breed a massive army of Orcs (Uruk-hai) at Isengard, and wage war on Rohan.
The Battle for Middle-earth Edit
He starts off with the standard power of wizard blast which can destroy an entire battlion of infantry (Without armor upgrades) His second ability is a fireball, very usefull for blasting away heros that threaten Saruman. His third power is a kind of Coerce called "Wormtounge" this ability allows Saruman to gain control of units with the power of his voice (Note: This power is temporary the units will return to their orginal faction after a minute or so.) His next power is Speechcraft this allows friendly units to gain a slight boost experiance equaling 3 ranks.. His final power is Lighting Blast, exclusive to BFME II in which Saruman calls down a powerful lighting strike that can decimate infintry.
Saruman is a powerful hero who specializes in the destuction of the backbone troops of any faction and when paired with "Wormtounge" can convert units over to his side for a time, long enough for them to weaken the other units on their former side. His lighting blast is extremely useful in large groups leaving nothing more than dead infintry and fire. His Wizard Blast can dismantle a very small army. His Fireball attack destroys regular troops in one hit, and greatly damages enemy heroes. His Speechcraft ability adds 3 ranks to his own soldiers.
Saruman is quite expensive expensive, costing 5000 resources. While having greater active powers, Saruman is of less raw strength than Gandalf. His health is not notable (1100) and his attacks are slow but can cause knock-back. When using Saruman, it is ideal to send him into battle with a band of Uruk-hai or Wildmen to cover him in the case of injury. Lurtz can also be used in this role.