However, soon their momentum had slowed as more and more Imperials began to flood into the streets in the thousands. This contamination touched all within Lustria. Alone of Nagash's surviving Mortarch, Vlad von Carstein yet felt a passing loyalty to the Empire. In the realm of mortals. Queek scrambled to get back, but could not. These three warriors soon made their way towards Brass Keep, there to link with the isolated bands of Nurgle's warrior and make ready to carve their way towards Altdorf. In the preceding days. [1s], Finally, after much laboring through the night, he found a disturbance taking place within Castle Rackspire upon the foot of the World's Edge Mountains known to the Imperials as Helsreach. Todbringer was scarcely less ferocious, his sword-arm lent strength by a potent mix of anger, hatred and sorrow. With a wave of his fingers, he betrayed his loyal friends and fellow priest, trapping their souls in Urns where he used their essence to resurrect the fallen Arkhan. Under her hands a lambent white light flowed out. Now. In fact, he makes an effort to appear to not pay attention. The majority of the lizardmen, however, were left behind, the skinks' questions unanswered. A moment later, the knights of Chaos crashed home, their armoured steeds smashing men aside and their sorcerous blades hacking through flesh and armour. Ghal Maraz slammed head down upon the cobbles before him. The city would've held longer, had it not been for Ka'Bandha holding the gates to the Averburg open, muscles bulging as he tore the gate off its hinges. Men screamed in terror around him, flames of change consuming their bodies and souls. The faceless god fell, and so Nagash leaped upon the corpse, consuming what remained of Usirian. But the blade Vlad had used sucked the blood from its victims and as corrupted blood was fed into Vlad, he fell back and vomited. Flying Cohorts reported the Skaven had already breached the city limits as the sharp crack of Jezzail Teams could be heard in the distance. Only a series of brilliant harrying tactics masterminded by Elector Count Aldebrand Ludenhof saw the fortress preserved from imminent destruction. It would've all ended there, if not for one last betrayal. He heads back towards Naggaroth, where he hopes to inform his mistress of Morathi's scheming. And still their numbers swelled, Beastmen drawn from all around by the sounds and smells of the ruinous host. Defiant to the very last, the people of Nehekhara all fought hard to kill the hated Nagash once and for all. However, it seemed that Skrazslik now had the chance to win victory in the eyes of the Everchosen. Being the last of the Dwarfen Holds, armies of Skaven numbering in the millions from all across the Old World now converge upon its gates, led by the infamous Warlord Queek Headtaker. Ulthuan was gone. The Skaven, sensing weakness in their allies, quickly converged and destroyed the Northmen's siege camp, killing off the survivors as civil strife amongst Northmen and Skaven swirled out of control. Amid the deepest shadows at the hack of the cavernous hall, something vast stirred on the cusp of reality. Every open combat the Prophet had allowed were picked personally by him, and in each battle, the losses upon the Skaven were much more staggering than even the mighty ambushes and traps that were laid before them. There Arkhan sacrificed the holy-blooded Lupio Blaze, a Knight of the Blazing Sun who accompanied Volkmar in his crusade against Sylvania. The Temple of Ulric was a towering edifice of granite and pale winterstone, graven with countless images of wolves and winter. All watched in amazement at what happened next. Chaos Invasion Some had been cut off from the muster before the temple, fighting their own battles with the reaving bands that ran wild through the streets. Shatter the city's gates and slaughter Its defenders. In an instant, an array of Bastiladons with Solar Engines magnified their beams together to sent a blast of pure solar energy directly to the first of the Plague Furnaces. The Crowfather attempted to disperse once more, but too late. Like the heroes of old, each Dwarf felled dozens of the Undead before they too fell, making one final last stand beside their great King. The Elven army however, fought according to a precise and highly-calculated battleplan. Up above, the face of a foul entity smiled down upon the scene. "I know," he replied, letting the bone dust run through his fingers like grains of sand, "but their presence will keep Karl Franz from fleeing any further. This was a battle he would win with his own strength, not the borrowed might of another. With the aid of these optics, Reekit and his band of Warlock Engineers navigated their way through the mist and crushed the hidden Skinks that awaited them. Yet behind him even still, a new ally stood to defend the Imperials. As the dark clouds gathered above, little by little, milk-white rain hit the corpses that lay scattered across the streets until the rain turned into a downpour. The Red Guard could not hope to match them. For the Karaz Ankor!’ Thorgrim shouted, and prepared himself for his ancestors’ censure for his foolishness. It was Gregor Martak who provided an answer. Soon, Gutrot ordered his entire army to carve their way through the forest; giant Dragon Ogres cleaving trees with each swing of their mighty axe just as marauders chopped through the vines and shrubs of the undergrowth. As the Dwarf's pace slowed to a crawl due to the unnatural landscape, Count Nyktolos and his host of terrorghest have unveiled their hidden plans to lure the Beastmen hordes directly towards the path of the Dwarfs, resulting in the devastating Battle of Red Cairn. Queek scrabbled with his hand-paws, raking at the king’s face. Though they made the coastal bay a graveyard of broken ships, there were simply far to many of them to sink and soon they finally made landfall upon the harbours and shores of the city. Upon the walls, the battle looked grim. Grief, frustration and utter hatred filling her teary eyes and numbing her thoughts, the Hag Queen mustered all the power that surrounds her and sent bolts of dark power towards the rock which Alith Anar shot his arrows, but the Shadow King has long left the place. His body went limp, but Thorgrim continued to squeeze, the litany of woes he shouted at Queek transforming into a long, inchoate roar. The Everchosen halted in a clatter of hooves, sweeping his withering gaze across the army that opposed him. The officers around him did not know it but as Ulric's power had fallen away so had the stubbornness and courage their god inspired in his people. Again and again, vast cohorts of Chameleons, Skinks and Saurus warriors would appear out of nowhere and kill hundreds of Skaven without so much as losing any of their own. [4f], Lord Reekit using optics to detect the Lizardmen hiding within the Mist, Blessed by their priest and by rubbing the juice of the pale blue lotus to their eyes, the Skinks known as the Mist Runners and the Shrouded Cohort were able to see perfectly through the magical mist. [3e], However, in time Tyrion and his Knights began to tire after much exertion, and in response the Dark Elves counter-attacked with Darkblade's Knights and Har Ganeth's Executioners. Yet even metal decays, and soon the gold turned rusted and crumbled to reveal shoots of vines and fungus growing out. Hapusneb, most ancient of Behedesh's Liche Priest summoned a spell which saw the ground beneath the Blood Knights burst into life as swarms of Khepra beetles and stinging Numak scorpions scuttled their way inside the joints and chinks of their enemies armour, sending the Knights into ignoble death. Meanwhile, the beastmen herds were fighting frantically for their lives. [1w], With a roar, the Tomb Kings unleashed their armies. Unlike the mindless assaults perpetrated by Plaguelord Kreegix during the Fall of Tlaxtlan, the Skaven armies under Plaguelord Gritch, the Great Potentate of Pustulates, and the newly promoted Plaguelord Grilok knew that such a tactic upon the greatest fortress-city in Lustria would lead to a genocide, and as such a different tactic was issued. Final battle of the elven civil war.From the the warhammer canon End Times. Swarms of Skink warriors and archer filled the battlements of the city just as innumerable cohorts of powerful Saurus warriors formed battle-lines all across the city streets. [3h], As this was going on, five mighty Lords of the Elven race fought their way to the summit. and In time this would forge itself into fresh determination. Martak raised one shaking hand, conjuring the beginnings of a whirling storm of ice-shards. The daemon's questions were sometimes pointed, sometimes strange. Malekith was tiring fast, worn away by the magics he had employed. Using his most elite troops, Queek led his Red Guard and a pack of Rat Ogres against Warboss Krolg whilst the second half of the army under Warlord Ikk Hackflay and his Ironskins tries to hold back the enemy ambushers. rivalling the grandest days of old Ulthuan. Karl Franz turned, his hand outstretched, and blasted the warlord with a column of lightning. If you are a veteran of the Warhammer universe, you will love revisiting some of its most iconic characters. One team had been assigned to each gatehouse, the Clan Eshin elite ordered to avoid contact with the enemy at all costs. With the aid of Dark Elven sorceresses, the Griffon Knights were entangled in a web of dark magic, and were falling like flies from they sky. At close range, in such tight confines, it was near impossible to miss. Gregor Martak dragged a dagger from his belt and hurled himself at the Everchosen. The great drawbridge gate of Middenheim's east viaduct yawned wide, and from its depths came a host of knights. Yet try as he might, he could not reach Archaon. The breakout went better than Valten and the Emperor could possibly have hoped. For hours, the blackpowder firestorm killed the Northmen by the thousands and still they came on like a swarm of insects. [3h], With the first assault faltering, Malekith sent his second assault force forward to reinforce. It came almost too late. harpies nested amongst the crags and monstrous hydras swam in the hidden lakes. [1m], The Skaven Sharpshooters known as the Skullsplinters, The fighting now drew nigh to the last defence -- a bottomless chasm that split the outer tunnels from the great cavern that was the heart of Clan Mordkins fortress-lair. Needing no sleep, nor breath or food, the Undead plowed right through the murky waters and emerged upon the outskirts of the Blight Water, a large river filled with toxic water which literally strips the flesh from the bone. The four-armed horror stumbled on for several steps, blood gushing from its neck in a dirty fountain. She first stopped briefly before Malekith's body, her magics changing the wooden arrow shaft into magical seeds which blew from the winds, scattering into the ground from which mighty Worldroots sprouted. There the Maggot Riders reached the infamous fortress of Brass Keep shortly before the height of summer, where the Chaos garrison offered themselves to the trio Champions. Even as the crumbling bodies tumbled down the temple's steps, Malager was gone again, the thunder of wings echoing in his wake. With a cry of sorrow and rage, Todbringer spurred his steed once more and thundered into the press. The beastmen made for a mighty warherd, yet they had charged alone. At this moment, the Vampires finally struck back. All across the city, the continuously resurrected dead fought on relentlessly against the ever appearing Daemons. The night's business dealt with, the Everchosen ordered his army readied to march. tears streaked Shallya's face as she laid her delicate hands on the shivering, corrupted mess that had once been her proud Lord of Nature. A good loss, thought Queek. Not so the true envoys of the Horned Rat. With a flash, Lord Kroak lifted his hand in defiance and summoned forth the greatest magic he knows, the Shield of the Old Ones, a massive magical dome which protected the rest of the world from the apocalypse, whilst Lustria and the Southlands was consumed by fire. with every garrisoned village or militia they saved, the army's numbers had grown. But this moment have been planned as all across Ulthuan, thousands of Elves were saved by these Worldroots, whilst many others stayed behind, proud to the last, cosigning themselves to death with their beloved home. with Ulthuan's destruction, thousands of waystones had been shattered. With this accursed alliance, the Vampire and Lich returns to Castle Steinste and discuss plans to lift the Wall of Faith and march out to recover the remaining artifacts of Nagash. Now he would complete the humbling of this jumped-up fool. With a mighty crash, the foundries and armouries of the Empire's arsenal were shattered all across the underground caverns. They would hold out and they would wear down the enemy like never before. and many of the Naggarothi believed that they had done exactly that. Seeing through the visions of bloodshed and misery, Settra witnessed the resurrection of an ancient and terrible enemy and knew that an awakening had to begin. [9g] With this signal, the Skaven sent nearly seventy-thousand ratmen against the first Dwarfen line. High above, a large pillar of dark-green light pierced the sky as it headed directly towards the Chaos Moon, the Morskittar Engine having finally unleashed its power. Manifold eight-pointed stars fluttered and snapped in the howling wind that drove off the straits of Kislev. Better still, out from the north, two mighty Griffons soar across the skies, one carrying a man that all Imperials couldn't believe to be. And for every lung full of breath each inhabitant took, another dies in agonising pain as sickness envelopes them. [4a], Soon, the clans had lost their momentum and began to fight amongst themselves for the bits of spoils that still remained unplundered. The Verminlord did not finish off the Lizardmen warleader but sprang to Lord Skrolk's side. Yet he raised his snout in bewilderment as he realised that the Lord of the End Times was not cursing in anger, but laughing. Every few hours another warband - would emerge from the forest fringes, beastmen or northlander tribesmen drawn to the dark beacon of Archaon's power. Gelt reassured the Emperor it is, but unbeknownst to him, it indeed had failed and Karl Franz was not one to be fooled so easily. Worse, a foul pestilence has begun to infect the capital city. Meanwhile, the centre was defended by the companies of Middenheim itself, halberds and crossbows held ready for battle. [1q], Mistress Imentet, favoured of all handmaidens, directed a contingent of spirits and dire wolves to form a rearguard to eliminate the Wolf Riders. Yet when Alarielle finally shared the same vision of the imminent future that Lileath gave to her, all dissent within the council had evaporated instantly and now were united like never before for their new beloved Queen. Army after army were pushed back, their assault being little more than a suicide mission. Too late, one of his thronebearers called a warning, dropping the throne and raising his axe to protect his lord. [3j], It had been many, many long months since King Belegar led the remnants of his once mighty army out of the collapsed caverns of the Hall of Clan Skalfdon, having to carve their way through debris and entire enemy armies before they were able to reach the gates of their mighty citadel. With his last breath, the Emperor called out the name of his god one last time. Then he saw shadows amongst the leaves and quickly drew his blade. The Geomantic Grid was emptied of power, and as the pressure of this magical duel took place, piece of the chaos moon have broken off and later rained down onto the world, whilst waves of chaotic energies washed itself over Lustria, where the Mage-Priests of all the Temple-Cities try they hardest to advert the apocalypse that is sure to happen. With the path cleared, Eltharion clove at the magical barrier with his magical sword until it finally opened to him. This has now become a race. Yet a single Festerwing Drone managed to bypass the firestorm and struck at their sergeant, Lutiger Swifts, forcing the Bronzeballs to flee. At their head was a representative of Clan Skryre who humbly Introduced himself as Grand Warlord Skrazslik. As the Vortex shrank and collapsed upon itself, Slaanesh frantically tried to grab any tasty morsel before he was denied. 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