Post by wilsonthenarc on Dec 19, 2015 22:13:30 GMT
I decided to start an EEFL thread dedicated to my Revamped Tomb Kings army. This is where I'll post army fluff (the who, the why). This is where I'll post WIP pictures of miniatures, scenery, and other cool hobby stuff.
Post by wilsonthenarc on Dec 19, 2015 22:14:12 GMT
When one considers the Tomb Kings of Khemri, one must consider not only the actual Kings and Princes, but rather the entire royal family. An army marching forth from Nehekhara owes its allegiance to the King, to be sure, but so much of its power is derived from the Liche Priests that apply their magics to each and every soldier in said army. Herein is detailed an overview of the leaders of the Legion of Lybaras that became involved in the Dark Tidings Campaign in the year 2523 of Imperial Reckoning.
King Lakhashar For any army of Nehekhara, the Tomb King is the ostensible leader. The field commander. The general. He is the one that swings the sword, he is the one that bellows commands. Our army is led by King Lakhashar, hailing from the city of Lybaras. But without a Hierophant, our army will certainly crumble to dust. (more on that later) The Tomb King is one of the few individuals amongst hundreds that could march on without a Hierophant. He is the ruler and commands the political clout.
In the city of Lybaras and surrounding realm, the common subjects obeyed and respected their Tomb Priest King. Lakhashar was a just but stern King in life, as he is in undeath. His subjects did not love him – but he was never hated. His rule came after years of warfare and before many more years of warfare. It was a time of regeneration and rebuilding for Nehekhara as a whole, and for Lybaras in particular.
--Lakhashar was born in the year -1677. He lived his life at the end of the third dynasty, before the fourth dynasty began. This was a time when the dread Nagash first began his rise to power. As a young boy, Lakhashar heard stories of the fratricidal murder of King Thutep by his brother Nagash, and came of age in a time when this murder caused unravelling hardships throughout the land. King Lakhashar came to the throne at the age of 96 (year -1581) and ruled for 117 years (-1581 to -1464), owing much to the work of the Mortuary cult in preserving and extending his life.
---Lakhashar is son of Lahmizzash, who in turn is son of Lahmizzar, who was slain at the hands of Nagash himself. Much of the story of Lakhashar himself is invariably intertwined with that of the rises and falls of Nagash. As a contemporary, Lakhashar was a first-hand witness to the evil depravities of Nagash. Lakhashar was born in the midst of a century long war against the great necromancer, while Tomb Priests still walked the land as living men – not as hollow, bitter, resurrected husks.
**It is worth noting that during the time while Lakhashar was King of Lybaras, the Tomb Kings, as a whole, had not been prematurely resurrected by Nagash. The Great Ritual of the Waking was perpetrated by Nagash in -1151, and Lakhashar was indeed one of the Tomb Kings unnaturally raised by this foul spell. Lakhashar saw the pain on the undead faces of his fellow Tomb Kings when they were raised against their will. It is for this that Lakhashar harbors an intense hatred of Nagash. Knowing full well that the great necromancer spoiled the promised paradise of so many of his ancestors and descendants, Lakhashar seeks to bring closure to his people.
----While he lived and ruled as a Tomb Priest, and now in undeath as a Tomb King, Lakhashar was a cautious man and a restrained leader. Coming of age during a time of warfare shaped his world view. He witnessed hundreds of years of court politics and intrigue, civil war, and disease. As a King, he preferred to focus on building and creating, rather than on war with his neighbor. His contemporaries would discretely mock Lakhashar as too careful. Lakhashar and his advisors would simply prefer to never enter a fight they were not beyond certain they could win. His diplomatic skills were strong, although he was stern.
-----Lakhashar passed from this world peacefully in the year -1464. He remained at rest for 313 years, when he was raised as a part of The Great Ritual of the Waking. After these battles, once Settra the Imperishable had consolidated his rule over all of the cities and lands of the dead, Lakhashar was permitted to return to a state of rest. Settra summoned Lakhashar and his formidable Legion of Lybaras in the year 2523 to march on Nagashizzar.
Post by wilsonthenarc on Dec 19, 2015 23:41:49 GMT
This unit exists simply to be a bunker for the Wizard that keeps this army buffed up to the max. They are just terrible, yet - they never run away and we can keep bringing them back. over... and over... and over again...
If their sole purpose in life is to eat cannonballs so my Heirophant doesn't, they've had a good day.
Ka-Lakmil was Lakhashar’s most trusted advisor in life, and remains so in undeath. Ka-Lakmil was a dedicated study of the Mortuary Cult and worked tirelessly to preserve his King, year after year. He was and is a dedicated servant, and the one leader in Lybaras who could be counted on to be even more cautious that Lakhashar himself.
If ever there was a chance to weather the storm of battle behind thick walls, Ka-Lakmil was first to volunteer himself to that task. As a lieutenant with responsibility for helping to raise the armies, Ka-Lakmil would prefer to minimize losses while battering the enemy with arrow, missiles, and dark magics from afar. When Lakhashar marched to war in distant lands, it Ka-Lakmil to whom he entrusted his regency and temporary rule as mediator.
[Ka-Lakmil will lead one of the banners in my campaign army. You could expect him to have a long range range banner dedicated to defending a home base fortress. I have a model painted that could represent Ka-Lakmil, but hope to purchase a new miniature soon and custom paint him as Ka-Lakmil.]
Khemesin and Lahzlerrin are the offspring of Lakhashar.
Khemesin is the firstborn son, destined from the first moment for a life of study in the Mortuary Cult. Lahzlerrin was born only two years after her older brother and the two developed a strong bond. Lahkashaz, as the second born son, sat in line to be King after his father and never shared strong relations with his older siblings. Lahzlerrin joined her older brother in the Mortuary Cult, and the two studied side by side for years.
Upon reaching early adulthood, they were to a great extent intellectual equals, always mentally sparring for even the slightest edge. Each spurred the other to greater heights of learning and skill. Untold hours and days they spent searching for clues to the mysteries of eternal life. Their work together advanced the mortuary cult more than any other contemporary. [Khemesin and Lahzlerrin do not lead their own banner. Rather, they accompany their father to war with his banner, acting jointly as his Heirophant(s). Typically, Khemesin will use the Lore of Light and Lahzlerrin will use the Lore of Nehekhara.]
Prince Lahkashaz is the second born son of Lakhashar.
In life, he was a young prince faithfully serving his elderly King and father for hundreds of years. Lahkashaz did, in the due course of time, come to rule as his own as King. His was a rule that was seen as weak in comparison to his father. Lahkashaz's upbringing was during a time of sustained peace. He was never exposed to the true evils of Nagash and he was never exposed to the hardships of a lifetime of war.
As a Prince, Lahkashaz was always excited to lead the elite mounted troops of his father's state armies into wars of conquest. This was where he shone. He cared not for affairs of state or law or judiciary, nor for the world stage of strategy. Lahkashaz loved nothing more than the tactics of a battle – the infantry, the charge, the terrain. He was a true student of warfare. [Prince Lahkashaz will often ask his father to lead his own independent banner, acting as an all mounted fast moving expeditionary force. He prefers to bring ambushing units that will often be Entombed Beneath the Sands.]
-2500 Settra conquers all the lands of Nehekhara, appointing Princes to protect his rule. Thus begins the First Dynasty of Nehekhara. Settra founds the city of Khemri as his seat of power. The Nehekaran Priesthood of Awakening is founded. The Pyramid of Eternity is built. During the reign of Utep of Khemri, the Priests of Awakening take the first steps towards immortality.
-2000 Birth of the future First Necromancer Nagash. -1968 Nagash studies Dark Magic from a group of Dark Elves stranded in Zandri after a heavy storm. Having learned all he could, Nagash defeats the elves' leaders in a sorcerous duel. -1959 Nagash slays his brother, the Priest King of Khemri, and seizes power with an army of dead warriors. Arkhan the Black, Nagash's right hand, led the coup. -1717 Nagash creates an elixir from human blood to prolong his fading youth.
-1750 Prince Lahmizzar of Lhamia gathers the Priest Kings of Nehekhara and unites their forces against Nagash. Nagash flees inside his Black Pyramid and summons a vast legion of skeletons. The people of Khemri were so horrified by the Undead of Nagash that they unite with the Kings and march against Nagash.
-1650 After nearly a century of warfare, Nagash's power is finally broken. Lahmizzar's son avenges the death of his father by the hand of Nagash and strikes down the Great Necromancer. The Undead horde collapses. Arkhan the Black leads the suicidal counter-attack, granting Nagash the opportunity to escape. Arkhan is slain. Nagash flees north.
-1200 The end of the living line of Nehekharan kings and the 6th dynasty. The rebel Kings who studied Nagash's works send emissaries to Nagash. Rumor of this reaches those who have not fallen to the dark powers. King Alcadizaar unites the Priest Kings and rouse the people of Lahmia against their dark rulers, bringing a great army to assault the vampires' temple in Lahmia. After a week of battle, King Alcadizaar's army conquers and set flames to the vampires' temple. Only the strongest and oldest Vampires escape.
-1163 to -1152 Led by the renegade Vampires and Arkhan the Black, Nagash launches war against Nehekhara. Alcadizaar is victorious over Nagash and releases the Tomb Kings from his servitude, founding the 7th dynasty. Plagues sweep through the Nehekharan lands. All its citizens are left dead or dying. Nagash and Wsoran launch a second attack and are victorious over King Alcadizaar. King Alcadizaar is brought in chains to Nagashizzar. Nagash sacks Lhamia.
-1151 The Great Ritual of the Waking turning Nehekhara in the "Land of the Dead". Nagash consumes warpstone and starts his Great Ritual, but is thwarted by the Skaven. However, many of the Undead raised by the Great Ritual remain animated.
Settra awakes and becomes Settra the Imperishable. Arkhan the Black is reborn. The Priests of Nehekhara are unaffected and become Liche Priests
The Council of Thirteen has Nagash assassinated. The Skaven free Alcadizaar, who cuts down Nagash and flees with his Crown of Sorcery. Nagash's body is burned, except for his hand.
-1150 Settra wages and wins a civil war with the other awakened Tomb Kings for the throne of Nehekhara, and declares it his "Reign of Millions of Years".