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I am not sure how many of you guys have heard of Drachenfels, basically he is a character that appears in a Warhammer novel of the same novel of the same name.
Now this novel was reprinted in 2005 so GW clearly think the fluff is ok except.........Drachenfels doesn't really fit into the warhammer world. For one thing he is incredibly powerful, as in Nagash level of power but right in the heart of the Empire ..yet he is never mentioned outside of the novel...so Constance Drachenfels is he just a warhamer myth?
Not really - considering that there is a Castle Drachenfels etc in Warhammer maps, he may have been a powerful Necromancer, but certainly not Nagash league, probably not even Heinrich Kemmler level. He was also not particulalry bent on world domination, so it is entirely possible he passed unnotcied by the Witch Hunters and Priests of Sigmar or Morr
He attacked Parravon in Brettonia with an army of undead and daemons and killed the ruling family there.
Numerous witchhunters attempted to kill him and all failed.
He was called the Great Enchanter and again according to the novel he was very much bent on world domination, he managed to assassinate the the entire ruling elite of the Empire at one stage in something called the poison feast.
BAsically what I am getting at is the massive discrepancies presented by GW.
On the one hand you have this novel which they have reprinted so recently, basically meaning it is canon and have plenty of maps with Castle Drachenfels on it, on the other hand the man himself is never mentioned in any other timelines, despite being explicitly referred to as one of the most infamous villians of the warhammer world.
I suspect that GW new the novel would be successful commercially but don't really care to much about the fluff. After all it is such a classic that it makes little real difference.
Perhaps it's simply a timeline thing?
You mention Sigmar himself killing Drachenfels, so he's fairly far back in the history of the empire. From what I've seen (only two or three army books, mind you) the "present day" is the main focus for an army book, so I can understand them not focusing on a long-dead character who (unlike Nagash) doesn't seem able to return every so often.
Drachenfels would no longer be a threat, so there would not be so much focus on him. He may get a passing mention somewhere, but not a considerable spotlight, as he's just not worth bothering over in the "present day" setting.
However, I can also agree that Drachenfels is simply the invention of a Black Library author, and as such has never been officially worked into GW fluff.
More than likely, as it is Black Library stuf, it was written without GW fluff, and based loosely on it by using the maps and deciding "hey, Castle Drachenfel looks good, plop him here". As far as I am aware, GW fluff doesn't stretch back 15,000 years, especially human history. The High ELves perhaps do, but they had not taught magic to the humans until AFTER sigmar rose and fell. The Castle itself cannot be older than sigmar, because at the time of his existence, the humans were still gathered in nomadic hut-building tribes. The Dwarves don't mention him in any of their grudges, the goblins don't mention him, and High and Wood Elves fail to mention him (he'd have been a big deal if started the Dwarf/Goblin wars). The Brettonians mention Heinrich Kemmler only passingly, and don't mention Drachen at all. The Vampire Counts texts also fail to recognize him, and that- of all things- is truly the Cannon of all Vampire/Necromancer fluff. That, and of course the Tomb Kings, who you'd think would have mentioned him since only they could have trained him. And I don't even think that the tomb kings had started their necromancy 15,000 years ago.
FINAL VERDICT: Drachenfel's is a good book, but certainly only a myth as far as GW cannon is concerned. It is often argued that the BL material is never to be considered Cannon, as GW had no direct control over what novellas they churn out. If you want to read of discrepencies, I direct you to 'The Eldar Prophecies' by the scourge known as CS Gotto. Read half of it, and you will see that the higher-ups in GW are likely shyting themselves over how poorly handled the fluff in that book is.