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I read in the Daemon codex that Daemon Princes are not liked much by other Daemons because they were once mortals. As far as I can tell Plaguebearers were once mortals too. They are created from mortals who contract and die from Nurgle's rot, some kill themselves before the rot kills them to avoid becoming a Plaguebearer.
This works by slowly causing the victim to die and as this takes place their suffering is made manifest in Nurgle's garden/forest as a big lump of snot-like gunk in a tree. When the victim dies the gunk plops down and a new Plaguebearer emerges. Are Plaguebearers treated badly by other Daemons because they are made at least in part from mortals or does Nurgle see to it in some way they are the exception?
However the codex is a little unclear in it's description of the creation of a Plaguebearer. The idea is that their soul-stuff makes a new Plaguebearer as they suffer and die. It seems to be that the soul of the person is reborn into Nurgle's realm as a Plaguebearer to serve Nurle for all time. Or is it the case that the soul is just raw material to make a new Daemon?
Chaos gods are emotions given form and strength by souls. Daemons are lesser incarnations of the gods, created as a seperate being created from the raw stuff of the parent god. Therefore, I read that part of the codex and say that Plaguebearers are not reborn mortals, but rather daemons who are created by Nurgle changing a soul into something new. So I say the raw material approach sounds the best.
That sounds fairly logical.
Though it has been implied strongly that the person to become a Plaguebearer is in some way distressed about it. O at the very least they find out what they have become, going off to count pestilences and be a happy plague-daemon.