For the Witch King to do otherwise would suggest that the royal traditions of Nagarythe were somehow flawed, and if there is one truth closer to Malekith's black heart than any other, it is that the Nagarythe of old was a realm beyond all reproach. Yet the gods remained silent. Do you want to troll your enemy mercilessly and drink their tears? He ordered his Corsairs to target the Dwarf trade convoys, and provided maps of their secret routes that he had learnt whilst he was ambassador to Snorri Whitebeard. While Aenarion rode forth once more atop Indraugnir, Caledor resolved to enact his plan for the magical vortex. In Caledor's host, Sapherian mages dispersed the dark magic of Malekith's sorcerers and hurled fireballs and blazing walls of blue flame at the charging Naggarothi. In return, the crazed Witch Elves would fight for the Witch King and his nobles when called upon. Aided by renegade sorcerers, Hotek used the Hammer of Vaul to construct a suit of armour for the crippled Malekith; although his body had been all but broken, the prince of Nagarythe had clung to life. During the war, the Dark Elves had been defeated several times. Many of these Elves sought to escape the bitter grief that the Chaos incursion had left within their lives. Nagarythe became a land obsessed with war and death and Caledor departed to found his own kingdom in the south, much to the anger of Aenarion. So began the bloodthirsty raids of the Dark Elves. They lived in contentment and peace on the isle of Ulthuan in the centre of the world. The Witch King had not expected such a turn of events and his thoughts shifted to who might be named as successor to the Phoenix Throne. When news of the rout reached Malekith he flew into a rage, tearing the head from one of the messengers and hurling it at his fellow heralds. He brought down storms of lightning upon his foes and engulfed armies with conflagrations of white flame. His Dragon, Nightfang, went berserk and the Dark Elves were scattered by the Dragon's rampage. At first, their attacks were directed solely against their kin in Ulthuan, to take food and other supplies. Battered and bloody, Aenarion refused to yield to his wounds and fought on as the incantations of the mages grew in power.[1k]. When Aenarion died attempting to fuck a Daemon of Chaos, there was a debate amongst the Princes of Ulthuan as to who would become the next Phoenix King. Now Malekith expected the princes to choose him, but they instead chose Prince Bel Shanaar of Tiranoc, because they (rightly) feared that Malekith would militarize Ulthuan and go about destroying and conquering shit around the world. Product description For Thousands of years, the Dark Elves have plundered the riches of the world, using the blood and treasure of distant lands to fuel their war against the High Elves. Swearing oaths of revenge and bargaining his soul to forbidden gods, Malekith grew in sorcerous power. Feeling that his creature had been banished, Malekith howled with frustration.[1k]. Situated in a sheer-sided valley, the location of their new city was easily defensible against the creatures of the mountains and any punitive attack that Malekith might launch. Ever towards the sunset Malekith led his people -- towards the dark and welcoming night. For an age, the warriors of Naggaroth put aside their bloody wars with their kin on Ulthuan, to venture further and further abroad across the oceans. With his final strength, Aenarion flew atop Indraugnir to the Shrine of Khaine. Yet it seemed nothing short of outright war would quell the rise of the decadent cults.[1k]. Knowing that their fate was tied to that of the Witch King, the sorcerers agreed to this insane gambit. He would rather the world ended than see its greatest gem ruled by any other. But for all the guile and ferocity of the hosts of Nagarythe, the kingdoms of Ulthuan would not be conquered. Girathon had long been the Witch King's spymaster and when he became directly involved with the Phoenix King, he engineered his own capture and the subsequent opportunity to strike down Aethis.[1k]. A fringe benefit of these positions is that their lives belong to Malekith; only he may order their execution and he will punish those who kill his lieutenants. He tasked Tethlis with driving the kin of Naggaroth back from the walls of Griffon Gate. This is similar to a rebellion which can happen with low public order To fail was to invite ruin so the warriors of Nagarythe fought with unmatched zeal -- better to fall fighting than to lose and face the wrath of Morathi's cultists. The chance to profit from this endeavour was not missed by Malekith who again pitted the strongest Druchii noble families against each other with the promise of controlling this lucrative trade.[1k]. The princes dispatched heralds to locate Imrik and inform him of their decision to elevate him. Armed with the weapon of the war god, Aenarion slaughtered Daemons by their thousands from the back of the immense Dragon Indraugnir. As the Dark Elf Armada crossed the Sea of Chill, ships from the east brought news that might bode well or ill for Malekith's invasion. Any Dark Elf with the right blend of determination, bravery and ruthlessness could make his or her fortune fighting on distant shores. Thus ended the reign of the Phoenix King Caledor I, but his death did not end the war. Unlike Morathi, who kept the innermost secrets of the Cauldrons for herself, the Hag Queens' revivification was only temporary. The most notable successes were by Laithikir Fellheart, latest in a long line of Black Ark commanders and as cunning a she-Elf as was ever born. Of these, the most gifted was Tethlis. Sustained by the roaring magic of the broken gate, the Daemons roamed at will, slaughtering countless mortal creatures and defiling the lands. The Assassins seeking the Everqueen came upon their prey one night, almost by chance. The Dark Elves (or Druchii in Druhir) of Naggaroth are one of the major races/civilizations of Warhammer Fantasy and the dark kin of the High Elves. [1c], None consider the possibility that, when the last High Elf dies screaming in agony upon Khaine's altar, that ultimate victory might leave a void of purpose that is impossible to fill. When Malekith stepped into the Flame of Asuryan Ghrond, the North Tower, this citadel was called, and here Morathi founded the Convent of Sorceresses. As the deluge swept down upon the realm of Malekith, his followers used the last of their sorcerous power to hold back the storm. that's hard because the Dark Elf army is so versatile with lots of killing power its fun just to experiment with them. There were also those who embraced the opportunity to seize lands from their peers. In celebration, he hosted a vast ceremony in Naggarond. So after a series of events that involved lots of lying, backstabbing, secret bargains and other douchebaggery, Malekith poisoned Bel Shanaar (specifically, he grabbed him and forced him to drink a goblet of poisoned wine after being offered it but tried to politely refuse), and killed many of the Princes gathered in the Shrine of Asuryan. Bodies and blood littered the waters as the volleys poured down from the cliff tops into the seas below. [1k], Seeing his attack lose momentum, Malekith intervened directly. Amidst the thrashing of the sharks, engulfed by waves and the screams of the wounded, the High Elves and Dark Elves butchered each other, fighting up to their waists in water, hacking at each other with primal fury. Morathi spoke to Malekith and taught him the secrets of rulership and diplomacy, even as Aenarion taught his son his unmatched skill at arms and gift of command. Some of his people still clung to a pitiful existence in the ruins of Nagarythe, while the Blighted Isle, and upon it the Shrine of Khaine, was held by neither side. Malekith now turned his gaze from Ulthuan, and set his sights on the wider world. He instigated the construction of a chain of fortified towers along the border with the Chaos Wastes, to aid Ghrond in its eternal vigilance. Over the two hundred and fifty years since his ascension to the Phoenix Throne, Tethlis had waged war upon his dark cousins, and now the army of the High Elves was ready for the final push. The final part of Malekith's scheme was suggested by Khalaeth Mournweaver, ruler of Hag Graef at that time. The other princes who vied for control bargained with Malekith for warriors and sorcerers, and traded slaves and ships in return for his patronage. Yet for all of the strength of the Phoenix King's hosts, the legions of Chaos Daemons were without number and the magelord Caledor saw that there could be no ultimate victory by war alone. They blended in with the High Elves and assumed normal lives as carpenters and smiths, as farmers and poets. Malekith resolved to take matters into his own hands and ordered the fleet to make all speed to the coast of the Shadowlands. Only the High Elves have no hope of survival under the yoke of Naggarothi rule, for every Dark Elf dreams of the day when their ancient enemies will at last be scoured from every corner of the world. Though lacking the sheer size and grandeur of its previous incarnations, this new Anlec was still a formidable fortress and a secure base from which Dark Elf armies once more besieged Griffon Gate.[1k]. The Palace of Joyous Oblivion, commanded by Luthern Fellhearth, was sunk by the enchanted starblade ram of the dragonship Indraugnir in a sea battle not far from the Blighted Isle. He bade the Dreadlords of Naggaroth take ship about the globe, sowing terror wherever they might. Primitive humans lived there, in caves and mud huts. Whilst Dark Elves aim to rule the world, they at least make their ambitions plain. With a defiant shout, Caledor snatched up Mirialith -- the Spear of Midnight Fire -- from the dead hand of Finudel, and cast it into Sulekh's open maw. We just now have Elves. Too great were the perils for Morathi to venture there herself, and so she commanded a great tower to be built in the north of Naggaroth, from which she could personally look upon the energy of the gods.[1k]. The High Elves were greeted by a hail of crossbow bolts that scythed though Tethlis' troops as they disembarked into the shallow surf. Advantage was also sought in subtler ways: Dark Elf ships shadowed Ulthuan's merchant vessels as they plied their trade, learning the location of the High Elves' closest allies. Goes to show what GW thinks of the colonies. He senses great doom and death will soon come and he stands ready to unleash his legions once more.[1k]. Bloated on their victory at Finuval Plain, the confidence of the High Elves grows strong, and their daring with it. Across the Sea of Chill and the Sea of Malice the fleet travelled -- two storm-wracked bodies of water that had claimed many Elven ships and their brave crews as they had attempted to explore the rugged coastlines of the western seas. Knowing their intent was to capture him, Caledor cast himself into the sea in his full armour, escaping the torturous revenge Malekith had planned for him. The Black Ark that had once been Malekith's own fortress beached itself upon the stony shore, fusing with the slate and iron-rich rocks of the foothills bordering the water. Malekith though couldn't care less about it and left along with his people after salting the earth and wrecking the cities so the Chaos hordes won't have any plunder. Knowing that these short-lived savages could be easily controlled and swiftly grew in numbers, Malekith dispatched many fleets over the coming decades, to steal away whole settlements of humans and bring them back to Naggaroth. It is armed with a Barbed Blade and carries a Banner of Murder. In the ravaged lands of Nagarythe, in the north of Ulthuan, Aenarion set his capital and established his kingdom. See Warhammer Fantasy Elf Gods for further details on just who's who in the Dark Elf religious circles. For the Dark Elves, all of the world's bounty is theirs to do with as they wish -- provided that they have the strength to claim it. Advised by Morathi, Malekith poured support into the many cults and sects that the Dark Elves participated in, openly supporting High Priests and High Priestesses like Hellebron, Aegethir and Kherathi. From amongst the ranks of these fervent worshippers, the Witch King selected the most intelligent and devoted, and they were sent to learn the arts of subterfuge and spying from the Assassins of Khaine. When Caledor and his mages began their complex ritual to disperse the magical energy that sustained the Daemons, Aenarion had no choice but to protect them. Having been raised in the court of Nagarythe, he was an accomplished warrior, skillful general and powerful spellweaver. Driven mad by his dreams, overwhelmed by the terrors unleashed by the Dark Elves, Morvael committed suicide. How the fuck they get anything done is anyone's guess. For nearly ten years, the High Elf fleets sunk any Naggarothi ships that approached the northern coast. Unknown to either the Phoenix King or Malekith, the Swordmasters were waging a silent war against the pleasure cults and the conflict came to a climax in Lothern itself, when fighting erupted on the streets of the city between Naggarothi agents and the warriors of the Swordmasters, during which the cultists were all slain. Now formally trained in their towns and cities, these warriors fought for their homes and out of love for their king. Ever-eager to show off their wealth and power, the Dark Elves prized these stolen wares highly and their value soared. Yet a glimmer of hope remained for the High Elves, despite the darkness that had engulfed their lands. Clad in a rune-etched skin of black steel, Malekith could once again lead his armies. The Cult of Khaine is the greatest of the Dark Elven cults. [1k], The war continued for another hundred and fifty years, during which Assassins and agents of Malekith tried several times to kill Tethlis. They held noble families hostage and allowed the rulers to remain in power only to enact the will of Malekith. This indeed was news that could not be borne. The short, ugly Dwarfs and his effete kin on Ulthuan would never be able to unite against him.[1k]. Ulthuan was in ruins, but the vortex drew away much of the magical energy corrupting the world. Some of these mages had been tempted by the power of dark sorcery and subverted to the cause of Nagarythe. Malekith watched with grim pleasure as the tendrils of Dark Elf influence spread across the globe. Aethis was a weak-willed aesthete. Girathon used his power to subvert much of Aethis' commands and spread confusion throughout the realm. The Convent of Sorceresses spied a fleet leaving the port of Lothern, and aboard the flagship was the Phoenix King. Here the Elves met the Dwarfs and soon the two races were fighting side-by-side, their armies waging war against the fierce Orcs of the mountains and the hideous Chaos beasts who now inhabited the deep woods. Caledor and Malekith finally met at the field of Maledor. Black Ark; Sea Dragon; Black Ark Corsairs; Dark Elf Manticore Lord; Doomreaver; Black Ark Fleetmasters; Fellheart; ... Warhammer … Snow-swathed fields were awash with blood, strange onion-domed towns burned with magical fire and shambling, shapeless beasts fed on mountains of bloody flesh. Slaves in the shipyards at Clar Karond laboured through bleak winter days and nights, building immense ships of timber and iron to carry the army of Northmen -- the Marauders were terrified of the Black Arks, and were too clumsy to sail upon the backs of Sea Dragons and Helldrakes. The Dark Elves, or the Druchii as they account themselves, are not the only Elven race to walk the world. When the armies of the Dragon Emperor arrived, the Dark Elves had already returned to sea. His departure was seen by the scrying spells of Morathi and she called down a storm to sink the High Elf fleet. When Malekith discovered that his mother was the chief architect of the cults, he renounced her and ordered that she be imprisoned upon her capture, along with thousands of her misguided disciples. Into the night the fighting continued, until not a single tribesman was left alive, though fully half of Malekith's warriors had also fallen. This was to change dramatically when the Dark Elves of Hag Graef mined further into the mountains. In a cold rage, Aenarion swore that he would destroy every Daemon in existence in vengeance for this heinous act. DARK … Unable to muster the supplies for an outright battle, Malekith was forced to send his armies on hit-and-run attacks, luring Mentheus' forces into ambushes to whittle down their strength. Their every word conceals a depth of meaning that is altered wholly by the slightest change of inflection or stance. King Caledor responded to Malekith's invasion with typical determination, ordering the construction of immense fortifications at each of the main passes through the Annulii Mountains. In the Temple of the Goddess of a Hundred Eyes, Corsairs crucified a hundred red-robed priests and took a dozen golden statues, which were presented to Morathi as a gift. The Dark Elves could afford no such strategy and were tired and demoralised, while their enemies ever seemed fresh and prepared. The High Elves were overwhelmed by the first attacks. Freed from their long stasis, Caledor Dragontamer and his mages so long trapped within the vortex's stasis returned to the realm of the living. Though he battled as hard as before, this time Aenarion could not break the daemonic horde. - Malus got ripped apart by his own inner daemon as it grew strong enough to escape thus causing many fan powers of Darkblade to grief and gnaw on their fingernails in fury. Faced with this sudden aggression by their kin, the Dark Elves quickly set aside their seditious plotting and stopped their desertions, instead rallying to the banner of the Witch King. Such expeditions were fraught with danger, as storms and marauding beasts took their toll. New ranks and honours are created only on the rarest occasions, and most of those are abolished at Malekith's decree as soon as he hears of them. This page lists all Dark Elves units1. He abandoned Anlec, breaking out of a siege that lasted for two hundred days, and made for the sanctuary of the Blighted Isle. The Hung invade the kingdom of the Dark Elves. In their wake, they left a town empty but for heaps of dismembered and charred corpses, writhing with flies and disease. With the threat of the Daemons gone, many of the lessons of the hard war against them were forgotten. All Elves are beautiful, but such beauty is different between the three peoples. So Caledor devised a bold plan to rid the world of Chaos forever. For centuries the might of Ulthuan and the Dwarfs were pitched against each other. Dark Elves: Malus Darkblade: Elf: Infamous Dark Elf adventurer. His kingdom lay beneath the waves and his army was all but destroyed. While the Marauders were left to burn and plunder as they saw fit, the vanguard of the Dark Elves speared into the woodland realm of Averlorn -- the home of the Everqueen of Ulthuan. Directing every assault are the black-hearted Dreadlords of Naggaroth, who expend the lives of their followers as easily, and with as little compunction, as they order the destruction of the foe. There is but one ruler of the Dark Elves, and his name is Malekith, the Witch King of Naggaroth. Tormented by the god's judgement, Malekith summoned the last of his power and hurled himself into the Realms of Chaos to escape the crushing agony.[1k]. When Malekith returned to Ulthuan, he was heralded as a saviour. {Fn|1k}}, Yet no Dark Elf wishes to see these ancient titles cast down, for there is no more effective way of measuring one's worth than by reckoning the minions that grovel below and the fools who preen above. She set hideous tests of magical and mental strength to find the most promising young seers and witches from amongst the Dark Elves. Doing slave labor isn't any better, since they'll be continuously whipped or beaten to work until exhaustion, after which they'll still be tortured or sacrificed (and on the rare occasions they do get fed, you don't want to know what the food is or where they got it). The Khainites named the town Khairith Irlean -- the Place of a Thousand Bloody Delights. Edit. Laithikir had learnt to follow the High Elf ships, her Black Ark swathed in shadow and storm, tracking their ever-increasing journeys to the lands of the orient. The altar and the earth beneath it, saturated with the blood of so many sacrifices, were dug from the ground and taken out to sea, where they were dropped into an undersea chasm. Indeed, so much cruel delight did these manipulations elicit, that Malekith could well have continued upon this path for many centuries more, had his spies not brought unwelcome tidings: despite their woes, the High Elves had not lost heart. When news reached Naggaroth of the growing conflict, Malekith rejoiced. After attacking Anlec with the aid of Prince Finudel and Princess Athielle, co-rulers of Ellyrion, Prince Thyriol, who had presided over the First Council which decided that Bel Shaanar, and not Malekith, would succeed as Phoenix King, along with two other mages from Saphery, Prince Bathanair of Yvresse and Prince Charill and his son Lorichar of Chrace, took Morathi back to Tor Anroc after she had accepted Malekith's deal of clemency in exchange for handing over to him the leadership of the cults. [1b], Blood-drenched Witch Elves dance amongst the carnage, slashing with frenzied abandon at any who come within reach. In the campaign, they have three playable subfactions. [1k], The Dark Elves were ready for the attack and the High Elf host was soundly defeated as it landed its troops. They have turned aside the benevolent gods of the Elven pantheon, flocking instead to the worship of their more capricious and cruel deities, in particular Khaine, Lord of Murder. Druchii love raiding, pillaging, enslaving and killing the lesser races but especially their hated kin. He now had a new weapon to unleash upon the High Elves of Ulthuan. As winter abated, more troops were ferried across the Inner Sea from the eastern realms and the Dark Elves were soon outnumbered. Competition between the many family dynasties that held sway in the cities created inter-house rivalries that fuelled a massive expansion of the raiding fleets. Dark Elves have a hobby of taming vicious monsters to serve as beasts of war (though with great difficulty depending on what they are). With a bellow of hatred N'kari attacked, but a great coruscation of energy engulfed Teclis. Aerocrastic's Channel: Help Keep the Channel Alive! Such bitter fighting came to a head at the Siege of Tor Lehan. Unbeknownst to the Dark Elves, Tethlis had dispatched a small group of Hawkships from his main fleet, each with a mage aboard to swathe their vessel in a fog that obscured all detection. Spearmen drove the Chaos followers from the walls of Ghrond and allowed the defenders to sally forth and bolster the army of Malekith. Her temperament was evil and unpredictable, and only the Witch King could approach her. It was here, in the frozen north, that Malekith came across a dead city, built by no human, Dwarfish or Elven hand. Malekith soon realised that although he still had a formidable fighting force, his people cared nothing for the building of a new civilisation. It is this, more than anything else, which renders Dark Elf society so opportunistic and impetuous.[1c]. An expedition led by Eltharion of Tor Yvresse attacked Naggarond itself -- with stolen clothes Eltharion and a small group of warriors snuck into the Witch King's capital and opened one of the gates for Eltharion's army to enter. Caledor recognised the sacred blessing bestowed upon Aenarion and swore fealty to the Phoenix King, adding the strength of his armies to the host of Aenarion. As slaves began to erect a new palace to the glory of the Witch King, the Dark Elves moved south and besieged Griffon Gate, beyond which were the verdant Inner Kingdoms.[1k]. As the months passed, they began to age once more and needed to bathe again to reclaim their beauty. When he awoke from his fever, Malekith's eyes burnt with a new light. The Chracians slew the assassins but at great loss, and Imrik was saved. By this time, the Witch King had so many informers and cat's paws in other lands that he often received word of a High Elf fleet arriving at its destination before the Phoenix King did. 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