For those unaware of the books, the Realm of Chaos tomes provide a massively detailed system for generating Champions of Chaos, with their attendant war-bands, and particular gifts and rewards from their patron power. War-bands fight it out in order to gain the favour of their God, increasing in power and status, attracting further chaotic miscreants, and hopefully achieving apotheosis - ascending to daemonhood. However, the road to power is a precarious and dangerous one, and most fool mortals are turned to gibbering spawn - mad, feral half-things, detached from sanity and biology - rather than arising to sit at their patron's side. The first book, Slaves to Darkness was devoted to the bitter rival forces of Slaanesh and Khorne, whilst the second enormous tome, The Lost and the Damned, details the rival factions of Nurgle and Tzeentch. Full of grisly imagery and dark tales of foreboding the volumes still encapsulate that true dark gothicry of the Old World for me, and I'd long relished building another war-band to reflect this grim majesty.
So, having invited five other gamers to join, I have the pleasure of being able to blog the progress of some of these extraordinary talents here on Isstvan: taking part are Peter 'PDH' Hudson, Tears of Envy, Neil101, RiseOfTheMagi, John Blanche, and myself. I should point out that as GW employees, I won't be blogging the progress of Jon, Tammy and John, but with permission should have some shots of their completed war-bands after the project is completed. Each member was allowed to chose their patron and select from a series of starting races - generating one from the standard table; choosing a human; or daring to risk one of the 'Children of Chaos' (Beastman, Minotaur, Centaur or Dragon Ogre) - and we began to generate our fledgling Champions when we met in February to play our Arkke Wald games. To move our narrative along slightly, each player generated their Champion, with their initial attendant retinue, and rolled for a further two sets of followers. We also allowed Champions to generate three separate rewards from their patron in line with these developments to represent their shift a little further down their path to damnation.
As well as building and painting the above, each player was asked to consider building a piece of terrain reflective of the Chaos Wastes to bring with them (should they have time) and to log the progress of their Champion in that Beowulf-ian saga-poem style as outlined in The Lost and The Damned, to be catalogued at the end of the campaign.
Ensuring that all four of the brethren were represented, we set to choosing our patrons as follows -
- Tears of Envy - Tzeentch
- John Blanche - Tzeentch
- Neil 101 - Tzeentch
- Peter - Nurgle
- RiseOfTheMagi - Khorne
- Myself - Slaanesh
Seems that the great trickster is in the ascendancy!
Tomorrow, I'll outline the individual war-bands as they currently stand and have the first in a series of WIP photos I've been sent by everyone.