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Here's the dry run of my character concepts for my TK 1000 point army. After rattling around in my head for months, I've finally got around to writing it down. Please keep in mind this is still concept, not yet story.
Melek Taus, "The Peacock King" - Tomb PrinceMelek Taus was born by the name Atun in the latter days of the city of Mahrak. Although he was of royal descent, by the standard reckoning, he would not inherit the throne. As he was believed destined to serve either in the priesthood or a clerical position for one of his brothers, he was placed in the care of his governor and tutor, Suten Anu. Under Suten Anu's guidance, Melek Taus flourished in his studies, becoming a capable diplomat and scholar.Suten Anu, "Royal Scribe" - Liche Priest
Although his first love remained his studies, he was also attendant to his martial duties as a prince. While he did not have the natural gift towards tactics that many of his brothers possessed, his careful studies of past campaigns provided him with a modest victory over the greenskin warlord Hraga Bonechewer. It was during the pursuit of the broken remnants of the horde into the foothills south-east of Doom Mountain that his soldiers discovered a fissure in the rock which led to a large cave complex that would be dubbed the Caves of Mourning.
His success in the field, modest though it was, worried some of his brothers. They thought that he might be attempting to position himself to make a bid for the throne. Thus at least one prince, but possibly several staged an attempt on his life. Following the celebration of his victory in Mahrak, Melek Taus retired to his private study. Finding a basket and thinking it to be a gift, he opened it and was bitten by an asp contained within. He was found dead the following morning by servants.
The Mortuary Cult wished to pursue the killers, but the king blocked them since he could not believe that there would be infighting between his sons. Since they were not free to find the killers, they instead set a trap for anyone who would attempt to desecrate the body and prevent the Melek Taus from obtaining revenge following their rebirth. Many asps were laid in the sarcophagus and the body was secreted away. The night before the ceremony of internment, a small band of warriors broke into the temple and opened the sarcophagus. The Mortuary Cult interrogated both the survivors and the spirits of the dead soldiers, but were unable to find solid proof of which brothers were involved.
Fearing that another attempt might be made, they interred Melek Taus in a hidden stepped pyramid near the Caves of Mourning. Because the location was never revealed, it was eventually forgotten that he had even existed outside of the memories of Suten Anu and the Mortuary Cult. Melek Taus was one of the only royals to survive the wrath of Phar's reawakening.
Denied the right of revenge, after his awakening, Melek turned his eye forward and began to carve out a small demesne for himself in the foothills of Doom Mountain. He has taken in a small band of nomadic goatherds who he is currently attempting to civilize. It is from them that his current name, meaning Peacock King, comes. He is also enlarging his forces using the resources in the Caves of Mourning to strengthen his hand against the day that King Phar becomes aware of his presence.Suten Anu was a member of the Mortuary Cult, who, in addition to his other duties, was assigned to tutor the young prince Atun. Over the years, Suten Anu became quite attached to the young prince and hoped to groom him for a position within the priesthood. His own status was rising for the work that he was performing with the promising prince.
Unfortunately, before they could induct the prince, Atun was assassinated. Suten Anu spearheaded the quest for revenge that eventually resulted in the capture and death of several traitorous soldiers. However, since they were not aware of who had hired them, progress on the case was stymied. So instead, Suten Anu took over the rituals of internment, keeping a solitary watch over the murdered prince for the long years until his reawakening.
Following Atun's reawakening and crowning as Melek Taus, Suten Anu has taken over the role of chief priest. While Melek teaches the secular studies to the nomads of his domain, Suten Anu identifies the magically talented and trains them in the ways of the cult and how to safely channel their abilities through the old gods.
Suten Anu has been advising Melek seek sanctuary in Lybaras under High Queen Khalida, out from under the shadow of King Phar. So far he has had little luck convincing the prince. Since the prince refuses to move, he has also been researching the locations of lost artifacts and tools that might help when the elder king's wrath finally does descend upon them.
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains
I tried writing fluff for my TK once... failed horribly But good job here.
One thing I thought needs clearing up though is Suten Anu's story. He's a Lich priest, so I'm assuming he's dead, but there doesn't really seem to be any mention of him dying at any point.
I could have missed something, though. Just thought I'd mention that it confused me a little, and you can ignore it or clarify it at your leisure!
The Liche Priests were made undead after being exposed to Nagash's massive necromatic magic. They weren't so much brought back to life like the Tomb Kings but transformed into undead after unnaturally extending their lives through their Morturary Cult practices. Thoug it wasn't until after a significant amount of time had passed that they realised the were finally immortal, though not in the way hey had been searching for.
Hence why Settra was so pissed when he woke up.
A nice backgrounds.
Do not question the dice gods for their wrath is swift and terrible.
Ah, my mistake. I assumed it was die => lie around in a tomb a bit => get resurrected by some crazy guy's spell => wander round as a skeleton killing things.
So it's just that I don't know how the Tomb Kings work! I thought that might be it...
You were pretty close Brett, but the Lich Priests were a bit of an exception to that general pattern. They had already been blurring the distinction for a while, and it just took a bit of a nudge to push them over the edge.
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains