The Skaven, sometimes known as the Ratmen, the Ratkin or the Children of the Horned Rat, are a malevolent and diabolical race of large humanoid rat-creatures that inhabits a massive inter-continental underground empire known in their tongue simply as the Under-Empire, where at the very heart of Skavendom lies the horrific city of Skavenblight, the species capital city and the probable birthplace of the Skaven race. The Skavens as a whole are a cruel, treacherous and highly numerous species that have since spread their loathsome corruption to the farthest corners of the Warhammer World. From deep below the earth, these scavengers have built a vast Empire, whose military power and incomprehensible numbers has the potential to smother the kingdoms of the Old World in a seething tide of violence and anarchy. It is believed by all of Skaven-kind that the world is destined to be theirs, for they consider themselves the Supreme Master Race, undeniably superior in every way to all the other races of the World.
Out of all the mortal civilizations within the greater world, no single race, neither the ruthless Barbarian tribes of the North, nor the savage Greenskins can be compared in terms of instability to that of the Skaven Under-Empire. The Skaven race as a whole is extremely divided, often far more divided then perhaps any other race known in existence. Such disunion and ruthless lack of cooperation stems from the Skaven’s insatiable need to survive, thrive and reign tyrannical over his other brethren. To every Skaven, there is no such thing as pity, remorse, compassion, or cooperation. There is simply survival, survival in a turbulent society that only spares those that possess the brute strength, extreme cunning, and the vicious instinct to outmaneuver and kill the opposition, no matter the cost or the body count of either friend or foe. Though no matter how divided their race may be, they are nonetheless unified in a single cause, and that cause is to conquer the surface world and bring about the Great Ascendancy, where it is said that the Horned Rat’s children will swarm across the face of the earth and claim all of it as their own.
Players choosing Skaven will be able to select from the following Legendary Lords with which to lead their Grand Campaign.
Warlord Queek Headtaker, is the legendary, and much-feared, Great Warlord of Clan Mors and the personal right-claw of Warlord Gnawdwell, the one and true Grand Ruler of Clan Mors. Queek has been groomed by Gnawdwell from the moment of his birth to be the ultimate warrior, provided with the best armour and weapons, protecting him from the other Lords of Decay, and also staging assassination attempts to keep him on his toes. Queek is an uncommonly bloodthirsty and egotistical warrior whose need to conquer even the most impossible challenges has since earned him an infamy amongst the annals of Skaven history as the legendary Headtaker, the Dwarf-Smiter, the greatest Warlord to have ever graced the tunnels of Skavendom.
Queek’s temper is infamous amongst both his enemy and allies, having fought, defeated and survived almost every challenge that was thrown against him. Upon his trophy rack consists of the heads of all those that have challenged Queek in the past, such as the head of King Krug Ironhand of Karak Drazh, Warlord Ikit Scratch of Fester Spike, Warlord Sleek Sharpwit of Clan Mors and the hand of Baron Albrecht Kraus of Averland amongst other noteworthy challengers.
Lord Skrolk, is one of the most legendary disciples of decay within Clan Pestilen and one of the 9 legendary Plaguelords. That Lord Skrolk walks the world is an affront to nature and a sign of the power of the Great Horned Rat. Plants wither and die where Skrolk treads and the very air seems to congeal and darken, as if stained by his baleful presence. Skrolk is ancient, having existed many spans of even the most long-lived of his foul kind. Rather than weakening with age, Lord Skrolk is possessed with a diabolic vitality that belies the years and the heaped diseases he carries.
Indeed Skrolk is bent and gnarled by the weight of countless corruptions. The flesh that is not hidden by his tattered shroud is leathery and covered in a layer of dripping buboes. Even worse, the mysterious hunching growths promise something still more virulent. Each new pox only toughens the aged Plague Monk, who himself has become a disease that walks. Lord Skrolk is one of the Plaguelords, the rulers of Clan Pestilens under the direct command of Arch-Plaguelord Nurglitch, he-who-is-tenth on the Council.
|Melee Legendary Lord||Queek Headtaker|
|Caster Legendary Lord||Lord Skrolk|
|Uses Lore of Plague||Mounts: None|
|Caster Lord||Grey Seer|
|Uses Lores of either Plague or Ruin||Mounts: Foot, Screaming Bell|
|Mounts: Foot, Bonebreaker|
|Melee Hero||Warlock Engineer|
|Caster Hero||Plague Priest|
|Uses Lore of Plague||Mounts: Foot, Plague Furnace|
|Melee Infantry||Skavenslave Spears|
|Missile Infantry||Skavenslave Slingers|
|Melee Infantry||Clanrats (Shields)|
|Melee Infantry||Clanrat Spears|
|Melee Infantry||Clanrats Spears (Shields)|
|Melee Infantry||Stormvermin (Halberds)|
|Melee Infantry||Stormvermin (Sword & Shields)|
|Melee Infantry||Plague Monks|
|Melee Infantry||Plague Monk Censer Bearers|
|Missile Infantry||Night Runners|
|Missile Infantry||Night Runners (Slings)|
|Missile Infantry||Gutter Runners|
|Missile Infantry||Gutter Runners (Poison)|
|Missile Infantry||Gutter Runner Slingers|
|Missile Infantry||Gutter Runner Slingers (Poison)|
|Melee Infantry||Death Runners|
|Weapons Team||Warpfire Thrower|
|Missile Infantry||Poison Wind Globadiers|
|Missile Infantry||Death Globe Bombardiers|
|Melee Monstrous Infantry||Rat Ogres|
|Artillery||Warp Lightning Cannon|
|Melee Monster||Hell Pit Abomination|