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I don't know if it is okay to post this kind of question here, so I apologise if I am wrong.. but anyhow, I just wanted to ask you all a question about the background.
How many of you follow the background much? If not, why not? And if so, how far does your knowledge of 'the fluff' go? (Why is it even called the 'fluff'?)
I should clarify, I am referring to the background on WFB Chaos, it's gods, followers trivia and/or what ever else seems relevant.
As a final question, what is in your opinion, the strangest or most bizarre bit of back story you know of?
Personally, I know a lot about the fluff, I'm only 20 years old, but I picked up about 140 (give or take the missing ones) editions of white dwarf, from like issue 100 onwards. A lot of background reading in those, and everything else I've picked up from just being the right mix of inquisitive and bored...
Finding out that Warriors of Chaos used to have a spell that summoned a Chaos Space marine was one of the weirdest things I can think of right now. So anyway guys, what about you?
I can't say I'm one of those 'fluff heads' out there but I do like a story or two!! As for why it's called 'fluff', I've no idea. It's an interweb phrase and most interweb speak confuses the hell out of me.
The most interesting character I remember is one called 'Count Mordrek the Damned'. He was a mortal hero who was doomed to wander the world for eternity. If he was killed he would be reserected by the gods to fight again. A chaos hero who would never reach deamonhood or have the peace of death. It was the tragic fate that makes him the most interesting in my eyes, not someone who failed or someone who succeeded.
Just found this...........Let Mordrek be a warning to all those who would seek fame and life eternal from the daemon gods of Chaos, for he has both of these things and yet he is damned. For he must walk all the lands of the world at the whim of the Chaos Gods, always fighting, always serving, never dying, yet never ascending to the realm of Chaos as daemon or departed spirit. He has been slain countless times throughout the centuries of recorded imperial history, and yet each time it is said that Mordrek has been resurrected to serve his masters anew. Yes, Mordrek has endured many deaths and lived for many, many lifetimes of mortal men, yet his unnatural life is no blessing.
For Mordrek must slay in the name of his infernal masters, he is a pawn in their great schemes that they never tire of using. Beneath his all encompassing and faceless armour, Mordrek's physical form changes constantly, ravaged by the terrible mutations caused by the power of his curse.
The legends say that Mordrek hopes one day to be freed of this curse of non permanence and ascend to the peaceful rest of death. This is a dream of one in denial, for the gods shall never tire of their games. Surely he must envy even those victims that are transformed into grotesque spawn of Chaos by the touch of his sword, for they gain the oblivion he craves, but cannont have.
Such is the curse of Mordrek the Damned."
Personally, I love fluff and read quite a lot of black library books etc as well (liber chaotica is quite nice), but sadly, this is rarely reflected in my army lists. This is mostly due to the competetive nature of the games we normally play, fine tuning lists for tourneyes etc, so if I did turn up with a nice fluffy list (guessing it's called fluffy due to it being a soft value of a sorts compared to powergames hard lists? Dunno really) I'd have pretty much lost before we set up
Everything Zarb said goes for me as well sadly. I haven't encountered too much fluff though, probably since I'm still pretty new to it all. So on that note, what would be some good sources for it?
I went up against against a hard-core fluffer once [er...somthing wrong with that sentence I think] and he was very excited about his Bretonia army - complete with funny voices, lengthy desriptions of his heroes, and calling upon the Lady for luck with the dice. It was very entertaining I have to say, and the game was really enjoyable since he was only semi-serious about the whole thing.
Best moments were when his knights charged, he would start with a little speach to boost their moral and work his way up to finally rolling the dice. Another great scene was when I cast Fate of Bjuna on his lord - who survived with one wound, but had to act stupid for the rest of the game. Even his trabuchet got a little Superman speach - look up in the sky! it's a bird, it's a dragon, no it's...SPLAT!
Sona si Latine loqueris.
Certainly seems like an entertaining fellow, wish I had a few like him around these parts
Personally i like to hum the jurrassic park theme tunes when playing my lizardmen...
In terms of fluff, I love it. I wish that white dwarf adn the army books had more of it in there. The descriptive writing can be so evocative. That mordek story sounds pretty good to me. There was a good short story in the free novella for the storm of chaos a while back. Gave a good insight into chaos marauder culture when on the warpath.
The ambassador chronicles are generally about kislev and empire relations, but they have a great description of fighting a huge battle against chaos...
All these (link below) characters were from the 'Champions of Chaos' book. If you haven't read it see if you can, it's got some awesome background stuff in there and some good ideas for characters in your own forces
Alas this link is just rules, no back ground. I'll see if I can find some.........Chaos Special Characters
It really depends on what kind of fluff you're after. The old chaos army book that came in a box (can't remember what ed. it was) was quite nice, as is the liber chaotica for all things chaosy