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wanted an excuse to collect a Lost and the Damned army list (or I suppose Codex: Daemons when it comes out) completely modelled with non-human models, so I slowly built up a history behind how such an actual army, almost a coalition, could be formed. Aaaaand, I wanna know what the you all think about it!
The Chaos Seer
The Chaos Seer was once a young Farseer of the Craftworld Empyr. Empyr was one of the unfortunate craftworlds caught too close to the birth of the Eye of Terror during the fall during their escape and was doomed to a slow and painful death. The craftworlds many webway gates were carefully monitored and preserved by their Eldar masters, and those that the Seers thought would become corrupted were sealed away. Despite the many precautions taken by the denizens of Empyr, the craftworld was doomed. The Eldar simply did not want to go out without a fight.
As things progressed, the skeins of probability became more and more vague and errors were being made. Slowly, one by one, Slannesh would corrupt a webway portal into a Daemon Portal, a doorway into the warp where the darkest minions of She Who Thirsts could enter the craftworld, also entering a bloody frenzy known more commonly to minions of the Blood God. As even more time passed, more and more portals would open and more and more and more Eldar would die.
Eventually, all but one portal were corrupted. The once beautiful landscapes of Empyr were blasted and the walls and floors were painted red with Eldar blood. The final moments of Empyr were a strange one, as Farseer Arroh, his remaining Seer Council and the few remains Eldar survivors battled to keep the portal open and to evacuate remaining Eldar into the Webway. A young Seer, Arroh did not have the many millenia of development and change that seers in the 41st millenium had, he was still much a product of the previous Eldar Empire; cowardice and despair were feelings that could quick overcome an Eldar.
Deep in the reaches of Space, a world was already being twisted, but not by Slannesh. Tzeentch's minions already set their sights on a divine plan. The warriors of the Thousand Sons had pledged their loyalty to the Lord of Change and the daemons found themselves lords over the mortal minions of Tzeentch. Not all these daemons were content with the weak servitude of humans, however, and one such daemon called Tzekari, knew of the events of Empyr and plotted away at one who may prove to be a worthy and infuential servant.
Deep in Empyr, on it's last moments, Arroh witnessed a vision, a blessing of Tzeentch. He was told how he could take the portal and flee safely from the minions of She Who Thirsts. He was promised salvation for him and all the Eldar survivors, if only they follow the endless power of Tzeentch. Next to eternal torment in the ever-loving jaws of Slannesh, this was heaven and in the next few moments, he opened his soul to Tzeentch and the portal became much the same, a daemon portal of shimmering blue energies.
The Eldar fled, the minions of Slannesh were denied there prize, and in the warped and ever-mutating lands of Tzekari's daemon world, Arroh and those minions willing to follow him became the first Eldar to follow the path of Chaos.
The Chaos Seer could not serve Tzekari without an army, and much as Tzekari chose, the dimwitted humans were not the ideal servants in his mind and he set his sights on a far more ambitious plan - the corruption of a Hrud Migration Fleet.
The Chaos Seer, his Darkseers and Warlocks took a surviving Eldar ship and piloted it in such away where they would intersect the Migration fleet. Being the ancient allies of the Eldar that they were, the Hrud would be willing to harbour the Eldar until they could repair their ship and be on their way. In secret, however, the Eldar commited dark rituals that slowly warped the minds of the Hrud. At first, the relativly sane species began to show signs of paranoia and suspision towards each other. What at first seemed like abnormal behaviour eventually evolved into full-blown homicides and insanity.
At the same time, the voices of Chaos, through Arroh, whispered dark secrets into the minds of the Hrud. In time, this peaceful migration fleet had utterly succumbed to Chaos.
These beasts, barely Hrud anymore, were mutated to become a soldier race. Their breeding cycle was increased massively so that new Hrud would be ready for war faster than any race other than perhaps the Orks. In only a few years, new Hrud were ready for combat.
Unfortunatly, the maddening corruption came at a price... The great Hrud minds that were once able to develop the most advanced plasma technology in the galaxy were now blasted and damned and, over time, the Hrud had lost completely the ability to replicate and even repair their old, advanced technology. Their advanced firearms steadily were replaced with far weaker weapons and their effectiveness dropped significantly. Nearing the end of the 41st millenium, all that are left of the advanced technology are relics weilded by Hrud heroes and advanced warmachines.
The Beautiful Lie
The Ork Warboss Gorksmakka was not one of the most successful in the galaxy. His Waagh! was hitting a snag on the world Tirdol Prime as the Imperial Guard, with Black Templar support, were successfully engaging Ork forces. In time, the Waagh! would be stopped in it's tracks and the Orks exterminated - if it were not for the subtle manipulations of The Chaos Seer.
As victory for the humans loomed near, The Chaos Seer appeared in visions to the disgruntled Warboss and showed him just where to attack, just how to attack - how to win. At first, he was skeptical and angry, but as victory after victory fell into place, he began to ignore his Orky instincts and relished in his victories.
Until there was one battle where Gorksmakka was fighting and losing. He pressed forward, "For Gork and Mork!" he'd shout to his troops, but Orks were falling and many more becoming demorilized. Arroh whispered, "Gork is weak, Mork is weak. Blood for the Blood God, find power in Khorne, feel his power, feel his bloodlust". The weak mind of the Ork was eventually overcome and from his mighty element in the Ork Waagh!, the bloodlust of Khorne spread through his troops like wildfire. They pressed forward, feeling no pain or fear and slaughtering Imperials in a frenzy alien even to Orks.
Gorksmakka denounced his old name and took up the name Blooddrinka'. The Chaos Seer promised him bloodshed, wars and power if only he pledge himself to Khorne. Arroh pledged his servitude to the Ork, a blatent lie, and would use his Waagh as a much-needed re-enforcement to his Hrud army.
The Blasted Sector
The Saruthi, a race pretty much extinct right now, was one of the most corrupt alien species of the galaxy. They had in their possession a book of Chaos called the Necrotouch that infected them mind, body and sould and gave them wonderful abilities on top of their innnumerable curses. They had the ability to maniuplate space-time in such a frightening way that they could develop entire cities with architechture resembling "impossible art'. Indeed, the very tiles of the ground seemed impossible by human standards and simply being in Saruthi territory could drive good men insane.
The Imperium and the Forces of Chaos, in their schisms, destroyed much of the race. On a battle lead by Inquisitor Eisenhorn, the Saruthi Homeworld itself was shattered and destroyed by an exterminatus. At this point, the Saruthi had accepted their fate and showed absolutly no resistance to the death that they perhaps even longed for. The Chaos Seer's agents had come here though... The necrotouch imprinted on the souls of the Saruthi was far beyond any human psykers potential to be read, but the Eldar were far ore powerful and knowledgable. They could speak to the hearts, souls and minds of the Saruthi and manipulated many of their kind into leaving their world.
The surviving Saruthi were mostly employed as builders and on many of the worlds slowly becoming daemon worlds, captured by The Chaos Seer, the Saruthi built their architechture. These worlds became nearly impossible for humans to fight on and victories in defending his territory escillated immensly. After his worlds were secured by the impossible Saruthi landscapes, the Saruthi were used as small shocktroops delivered into the heart of battle to use their psychic blasts to deal immense damage to enemy squads.
There are two other races that The Chaos Seer has stumbled upon in the galaxy and used to his advantage, though they were once primitive warriors who hadn't even mastered space travel. The Kyyrlin are a reptilian species that worshipped minor Warp gods of the elements, led by Shamens who could harness basic psychic powers. When The Chaos Seer's servants arrived to this world, Tzeentch destroyed the minor gods and took their place andthe race bowed to Chaos, and The Chaos Seer. Their world became part of The Chaos Seer's Blasted Sector and they pledged their martial skills to the elimination of the enemies of Chaos.
Another race was called the Gol'Rug, an extremely primitive, barbaric species that were incredibly resilient warriors. They were easily influenced by Chaos and their heavy masses were added as a great asset to The Chaos Seer's army. Though they are not hugely numerous, they are as unstoppable as Ogryns and fight well beside the Chaos Nobz of Blooddrinka's Waaagh!
On top of this, the Chaos Eldar still retain the ability to summon wraithbone and have used similar techniques to Spirit Seers to transplant the souls of warriors into combat ready husks, although these are rarely warrior equals to the Exarchs of craftworlds, and these are rarely the elegant husks of a Wraithlord. Many Limbed Wraithscreamers attached to ancient Prism Cannons and the corrupted version of eldar Bright Lances, the Daemon Lance, are the permenant home of deceased Hrud hunter-leaders. The Chaos Seer has also witnessed the steps involved in the taming of Warb Beasts and many of their kind have served the Chaos Aliens on the battlefield.
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interesting story, but i have a few questions.
- if i remeber correctly, when slanessh was born, all the eldar in a certain vicinity from her birthplace were instantly killed as thier souls were ripped from thier bodies and devoired by she who thirsts. maybe it would make more sense if Tzeentch came to the seer in a vision BEFORE slaaneshes birth, warning him to get away and offering him protection from slaanesh by joining his forces. might be a bit more fluffy.
- why did he turn the ork lord into khorne follower. I thought the seer followed tzeentch?!
pretty interesting, good luck with the army
That is not dead which may eternal lie,
for in strange aeons even death may die.
As for the Ork Warboss, Tzeentch is a fickle dude. He may be sacrificing his enemies to Khorne, but he's being used by Tzeentch to further his agendas, so really it doesn't matter if he's aware of that or not :p.
awesome story, better fluff than I could currently make.... seems like this is one twisted force!
Create flames for a galaxy and it will be warm. Put a galaxy in flames and it will be warm for the rest of it's existence.
Yeah, I'm hoping it'll be gruesome... 135 models and a Defiler in a 1800 pts list. It's not too decked out. Here's how I convert... Things:
The Chaos Seer - tooled out Daemon Prince.
Tzekari - Lord of Change standard daemon model
Darkseers - Mid-point sorcerer
Warboss - midpoint tank-ish Chaos Lord
Hrud Hunter-Leader - Low-point lord or luietenant
Warlocks - Aspiring Champions 3 choice
Gol'Rug Troops - Biog Mutants
Chaos Nobz - Big Mutants with firearms
Saruthi - Replaces Flamers of Tzeentch
Hrud Soldiers - Lasgun armed traitors (not sure what guns will be on the models) with lascannons (Plasma Lances) or Heavy Bolters (Gattling Cannons).
Kyyrlin Soldiers - Pistol/CCW armed traitors with flamers (Shamen Apprentice) and Agitators with power sword/Daemonic Flames (Shamen Leader).
Chaos Boyz - Orks as mutants with KHornate upgrade, maybe pistols upgrade. I might use Kroot to make Mutants with Firearms.
Warb Beasts - Chaos Hounds
Looted Hellhound or Eldar-Custom Vehicle - replaces Traitor Hellhound
Wraithscreamer - Replaces Defiler
Chaos Spawns as normal. MIGHT choose something to replace spawns, but I'm not sure if I'll even use them.
The only thing I have to say is that it's spelled Necroteuch.
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Mr_Wayne: "Some people believe that the World Eaters do not field any ranged weaponry. Those people often die at a distance."
Yeah, I couldn't remember. I'll fix it tommorow :p
Anyone else have any opinions on the coolness of (lack-there-of) my fluff?