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Alot of people speculate that the horned rat is its own chaos diety, I wonder if its some kinda facet of either tzeentch or nurgle, or at least some greater daemon of one of those gods. Nurgle for their immunity to filth and diseases. Tzeentch for the fact they are always shcemeing, mainly against each other.
Skaven are sometimes given the title of the Children of Chaos, and it quite likely that the manifestation of the Horned Rat, through the form of the VerminLord, is a form of powerful unaligned daemonic entity that is obsessed with bells, and with facets in the two of the major powers, Tzeentch & Nurgle, which is bizarre, as they are polar opposites and rivals - the strive for change and evolution vs. the desire for stagnation and corruption.
I don't think that Skaven have much to do with Khorne or Slaanesh, they don't appear to covet much beyond causing pestilence and craving warpstone, and scheming and manipulating is preferable to honourable skull-taking to a typical skaven.
Nurgle clearly has his hand in the direction that skaven have taken as far as worship is concerned, however his favor towards the skaven is exhibited in only Clan Pestilens, which is one of thousands of clans amongst skaven-kind. Even though Pestilens is one of the four prominent clans (the others being Clan Moulder, Clan Eshin and Clan Skryre) this does not mean that their representation of the Horned Rat is necessarily the correct interpretation at all. Clan Pestilens was said to have been lost many years before the first of the great skaven civil wars in the lands of Lustria where they resurfaced extremely changed from what they had been when they first entered the jungles. They preached the fact that the Horned Rat was a deity of disease and corruption and that the only true escape from his pestilence is to accept it entirely, and in turn, accept the death that would eventually come in the service of the horned rat. Therefore, Pestilens is categorized by Pestilence, Corruption, Disease and Death all of the things that Nurgle is known to be the deity of.
This is of course a very different interpretation from that of Clan Skryre, the largest of the rat clans in Skaven society. The rats of Clan Skryre strive for the integration of magic into all things mechanical in order to bring about their perfection through change. It is interesting that they are the only clan to utilize a feral form of science in their madness in the name of change for greater consciousness. So, the skaven of clan Skryre therefore epitomize the beliefs in Change, Knowledge, Magic, Science and Mad Science meaning they worship a far more Tzeentchian deity.
So, to say that the Horned Rat is his own god is a bit unfounded. It is possible that he could be a lesser demi-god akin to Necoho (god of anarchy) or Hashut (god of the chaos dwarfs) but it seems more possible that the Skaven worship a form of chaos more untainted and undivided. This would explain as to why Clan Pestilens was so changed when they decided to devote themselves to the Nurgle-like Horned Rat, or why the rats of clan Skryre are considered the most potent magic wielders of Skaven kind due to their worship of a Tzeentch-like Horned Rat.
In short, The Horned Rat is most likely a skaven name given to Chaos Undivided.
Perhaps, but where are the khorne and slannesh facets? Maybe I am misinterpeting the meaning of chaos undevided, but to have just nurgle and Tzeentch ele,ments and not the other two seems a bit biased and therefore not undevided.
Just a wild stab in the dark attempting to tenuously link in Khorne and Slaanesh
I guess Khorne comes in whenever the Skaven go to war. Yeah, I don't know, it is kind of hard to reconcile the sneaky tactics of the Skaven with any worship (however indirectly) of Khorne.
Slaanesh I can see in the engineers, vaguely; the constant striving for perfection in their machinery. Maybe in the assassins as well, their dedication to their craft.
It's not really a convincing argument, is it?
Well from what i remember Skaven were first introduced as a race of chaos.
If there would be facets of the gods in the horned rat khorne would be...
Warlord clans the clans of clanrats and stormvermin who sweep away all before them?