The Warhammer universe is a dark and unforgiving hellish nightmare of deep lore and enthralling detail. I think that it is honestly the setting alone that allowed me to power through and actually finish this novel. The wizard casts spells, Felix barely gets by, the dwarves slaughter all. King will spend a whole This will be my last Gotrek and Felix novel. King will spend a whole page describing just how dark and gloomy everything looks, but when he just spent not ten pages ago doing the same thing to the previous place, it gets a bit monotonous. I became painfully aware of how 1-dimensional every character has become, including Felix himself, and I just began skimming until I reached the body count at the end of the book.
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The Loop Games Do you like this video? NOTE: The content in this page is still under construction, and will still be subject to change. I did not then have any idea of quite how feebly and randomly the rule of law was applied. It was indeed a pity that all those sheriffs and all those bounty hunters who peopled my imaginations did not, in fact exist--for perhaps then The skills of these two heroes is near unequal in the known world, their deeds becoming near legendary in the eyes of many of their own people.
Their exploits have led these two warriors to places only heard of in whispers and legend. Such extraordinary lands includes them taking an expedition to the far north, towards the ancient Lost Hold of Karag Dum , being teleported to the mysterious foggy swamp-lands of Albion , travelling to the scorching sand-encrusted palaces of Araby , and even going as far east as the great cities and spires of legendary Cathay itself.
In these distant lands, Gotrek has cleaved a mighty toll of beast, monsters, and warriors alike, as he tries his greatest to find the glorious deaths that seems to elude him on every battlefield.
Alongside this fearsome warrior travels a young poet and swordsmen by the name of Felix Jaeger. A black sheep of a rich mercantile family, this poet and writer had been with Gotrek for nearly 20 years, fighting alongside his maniacal companion as he writes down all of his mighty deeds within one of his many published and popular books.
Though sometimes considered vigilantes of the law, and sometimes having themselves locked up by the very people they tried to protect, such is the deeds these two have achieved in their twenty long years of battles after battle that the Old World gives them a silent prayer of deliverance and thanks, for these two have done things no mortal has ever been able to accomplish in many generations, having defended many mighty cities like Nuln and Praag from utter destruction, saved entire Kingdoms from the claws of ruination, and felling mighty warlords of the northern wastes, who seek to bring the end of the world as we know it.
This apparent contradiction is rooted in the nature of the Slayer Oath. Having committed a crime so terrible that only death in battle will serve as atonement, Gotrek has fought and slain numerous monsters, including hordes of orcs and skaven, a giant, trolls, Chaos warlords and sorcerers, an entire Black Ark of Naggaroth, and even a Bloodthirster of Khorne, and unfortunately in his mind lived to fight another day.
An experienced adventurer before taking the Slayer Oath, Gotrek has travelled across many lands and faced numerous foes of the dwarven people, and possesses some engineering experience, including the ability to pilot gyrocopters. Like all slayers, Gotrek shaved his crimson hair into what usually is a crescent shaped mohawk. He is also far stronger than the average dwarf and is able to perceive secret passageways in seemingly impenetrable tunnel walls. He is seemingly impossible to kill, having survived, among other things, single combat with a Bloodthirster of Khorne, being hit by a stone hurled by a trebuchet, being catapulted into an orc ship and falling three hundred feet off a cliff.
However, some hints have been revealed over the course of the novels, though the authenticity of these sources is somewhat questionable. The vision then shows Gotrek in the court of an unnamed dwarf lord, and Gotrek arguing with said lord. Afterward the dwarf lord sentences Gotrek to an unnamed fate, at which Gotrek kills the lord and his bodyguard and all others that do not flee.
Wracked with guilt and shame, Gotrek shaved his hair, becoming a slayer. A blood-oath is the gravest oath a dwarf could make even for a society obsessed with the sanctity of oaths , and so Felix was compelled to travel with Gotrek.
Felix is also something of a womaniser, and forms several romantic relationships over the course of the series, most prominently with the Kislevite noblewoman and eventual vampire Ulrika Magdova. Over years of following Gotrek, Felix has become an accomplished swordsman and duellist. His own weapon is the rune sword Karaghul, a blade with a dragon hilt recovered from the fallen hold of Karak Eight Peaks.
A relic of the Knights of the Order of the Fiery Heart, it was forged for the purpose of slaying dragons. As the decades pass, old acquaintances comment that Felix has not aged a day. Upon self-inspection, Felix also discovers that many of his old scars and wounds have vanished from his body. The outlandishness and impossibility of the tales in question have brought most of its readers, including Otto, to believe it to be pure fiction. History Attention, Empire Citizens!
This article may contain spoilers from Books or Novels Long before these two mighty heroes had made their sacred Blood-Oath in the city of Altdorf , Gotrek Gurnisson was a talented Engineer amongst his people. For many years, his profession was not one of destruction and violence, but one of science and logic, designing and crafting wonderous inventions for the benefit of his kingdom.
As part of an expeditionary force lead by Borek Forkbeard, Gotrek was entitled to aid in the protection and care for a convoy of heavily armored steam wagons, whose purpose was to reach the ancient lost hold of Karag Dum, deep within the Chaos Wastes of the north. One by one the wagons were destroyed or fled back, until one wagon remained, hopelessly venturing ever further through the lands unknown, until an attack from a beastman herd had destroyed the vehicle, leaving only Gotrek, Snorri Nosebitter, and the expeditionary leader Borek Forkbeard still alive.
Seeing the expedition as a lost cause, the survivors tried to trek back towards their homeland, but a massive storm suddenly sprang out from the depths of the waste, huge dust clouds smothering the very sky until finally Gotrek was separated from his two companions. Seeking refuge from the storm, Gotrek delved deep within a cold dark cavern where he was beset by a horde of beastmen, eagerly confronting their next prey.
Trying desperately to find a way to fight against these monstrous foes, Gotrek went ever deeper into the tunnel. His dead skeletal hands held an artifact of dreadful power, forged in ancient times, powerful enough to kill even the monsters of Chaos. After butchering the horde that tried to kill him, Gotrek wearily traveled back to his homeland, growing more powerful as he sought desperately for the comforts of hearth and kin.
However, upon his arriving at his village there was nothing but ruin, bodies and burned houses everywhere. The dwarf entered a stone house, and within sprawled the wretched body of a dwarf woman and her child. Gotrek bowed his head at the sight and wept. After an unknown length of time, Gotrek found himself within the halls of a dwarf lord , where he stood, arguing passionately with a long-bearded noble.
He spoke mockingly, it seemed, and made a chopping gesture with his hand, perhaps forbidding Gotrek to do whatever he wished to do, or perhaps even ordering his death. The older dwarf shook his head and grinned darkly at Gotrek, and then ordered the guards to seize the axe-bearer. It was a mistake. Within a span of a few minutes, all that was left in the hall were bloodied dwarf corpses.
Driven by shame and grief for what he had done, Gotrek took up a knife and hacked away at his hair. Soon it was shaved bare, saved for a small rough strip. And so Gotrek strode out of the world, and became the slayer he was destined to be. Felix Jaegar is a man not at first glance the hero many believed him to be, for he was once a son of a wealthy merchant family, and a poet at the University of Altdorf.
His whole life, Felix had dreamed of the many great adventures he had read about in books and stories of his childhood, and so decided on becoming a successful poet and writer in the University, hoping to achieve such heights. However the grim realities of life shattered that dream forever the day Felix accidentally killed a student in a sprawling match during his years as a student.
Having been kicked out of the University, Felix soon became an instigator of the infamous Window Tax Riot. The riots became so bad that the emperor and his Reiksguard came in to quell the fighting, where Gotrek saved the young Felix from the death charge of the knights as the horsemen cleaved through the tightly packed masses of protesters and agitators.
After the incident, the two came into a tavern and there, young Felix got drunk on booze and misery, alongside his new companion. Gotrek thusly took up a knife and the unlikely pair swore their blood-oath of brotherhood.
On that day, the destinies of these two warriors became legendary for ages to come. The Night of Geheimnisnacht Eve "After the terrible events and nightmare adventures we endured in Altdorf, my companion and I fled southwards, following no path more certain than that chosen for us by blind chance.
The extent and nature of the evil was to become very clear to me one dark evening after boarding a southbound stagecoach, on what is perhaps the most ill-omened night in our entire calendar After the incident in the Imperial capital of Altdorf, Felix Jaegar was now a wanted man for being the main instigator of the infamous Window Tax Riot, along with his new companion Gotrek, also a wanted criminal for the killing of several Reiksguard knights during the chaos.
During their exodus, Gotrek got into an argument with the coach driver on the matter of not being inside the coach. The argument eventually boiled into a full fight, and Gotrek and Felix were unwittingly dumped into the Reikwald on the unholy night of Geheismnisacht Eve, where the daemon moon Morrslieb was at its largest and brightest of all the year.
Without any transport, the two heroes walked on foot along the road side, hoping to find an inn further down the path. Felix was not feeling too good himself, for he felt ill, possibly a fever he had caught before the riot.
As they traveled, Gotrek grew with blood-lust, and demanded that the ancient evils of the night give him a champion worthy of his axe. As if answered by the ancient powers, far, far off in the distance, a large, jet-black stagecoach roared past the duo, almost trampling them in its wake.
Luckily Felix jumped out of its path onto a pile of leaves and bush before it reached him, while Gotrek stood defiantly in its way. Upon his recovery, he found Gotrek still alive, filled with great excitement and fury, and ordered Felix to follow him towards the coach. Felix reluctantly followed. As they followed the Bogenhafen road, they found themselves on the doorsteps of a small roadside tavern, known as the Standing Stones Inn.
At first the inn looked deserted; not a single light was lit, and no sounds were heard of instead of the few ponies in the stable. They told him about the dark rituals that were seen during the night and how the son of the innkeeper himself had gone missing the evening before.
After drinking his fill, Gotrek burst into a vigor of activity, excited by the prospect of battle and that he might finally find his doom at last. Together with Felix, Gotrek set off on the trail along the road, eager to find a foe.
Deep within the forest of the Reikwald, the duo crept through the underbrush, silent and tense. Gotrek was especially talkative at the moment. The pair exchanged words for a time until finally, Felix broke the tension by asking Gotrek a very demanding question.
What was it that Gotrek had done to drive him to this? The question rocked Gotrek; his muscles bulging, as if restraining the fury with him. It grew tense and quiet for a few moments after, until the duo heard a maniacal laughter coming from deep within the forest.
There a mutant walked idiotically towards Felix, and was ready to pounce upon the paralyzed poet. Then the two heard distant chanting further into the dark and followed the strange sound to its source. There the duo spied a disturbing sight, a dark ritual taking place with many mutants of all kinds writhing in a mass of excess as they praised the word of Slaanesh.
Felix watched, fear-stricken at the sight of drummers with the heads of goats, pipers with the heads of dogs, mutant men and women all together in the ceremony, and finally the one thing the duo has been searching for: the black coach.
The door swung open, and from within emerged a man and woman carrying a child. The drums increased in tempo until finally the man placed the child on an altar. There dancers began to dance, and the robed man produced a knife and held it high, as a mist of eldritch energies appeared over the young sacrifice. A great battle ensued between the two heroes and their dark adversaries as Gotrek cleaved a hefty toll of the dead with his mighty axe, while Felix managed to hold his own.
Hoping to finish the ritual once more, the cultist leader held the knife high once again, and the mist began to take shape into a monstrous daemon. In desperation Felix gave a prayer to Sigmar and threw a dagger at the cultist, hoping to stop the ritual before it was too late.
Sure enough, the blade managed to hit the throat of the cult leader, and with the untimely death of their master, the mutants all fled in fear. After the battle, Gotrek rescued the young still-living infant, while Felix unmasked the cultist leaders. The two never returned to the inn again.
The Journey to Karak Eight Peaks "It was perhaps typical of my companion that for no more than this slim provocation, he was willing to risk life and limb in the wildest and most barren places imaginable. Or perhaps it was typical of the effect of "gold fever" on all his people. As I was later to see, the lure of that glittering metal had a terrifying and potent power over the minds of all of that ancient race.
Having gotten information from an old dwarf prospector by the name of Faragrim working at a tavern, Gotrek sought to claim the lost hoard of Eight Peaks himself, and also hoped to fight the massive Chaos troll that supposedly guarded it, granting him the doom he desired.
The two traveled towards the southernmost border of the Empire , making their way through the legendary Black Fire Pass , in order to reach the other side of the Black Mountains.
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The Slayer is armed with a mighty rune axe that was probably forged and used by the Dwarf ancestor god of war and vengeance in the first big throw-down with Chaos. The axe is also mutating him into some sort of super-Dwarf. The result is a Dwarfen demigod of violence and vengeance, a mythical ass-kicker of truly earth-shattering proportions. He wants to die in battle, but is just too good at winning.
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Grey Seer by C. Werner Temple of the Serpent by C. Werner Mind-Stealer by C. Werner Characters[ edit ] Gotrek Gurnisson is the greatest or worst, depending on the viewpoint Dwarven Slayer ever to have lived. This apparent contradiction is rooted in the nature of the Slayer Oath. Having committed a crime so terrible that only death in battle will serve as atonement, Gotrek has fought and slain numerous monsters, including hordes of orcs and Skaven, a giant, trolls, Chaos warlords and sorcerers, an entire Black Ark of Naggaroth and even a Bloodthirster of Khorne, and unfortunately in his mind lived to fight another day. His inability to find the heroic end he seeks begins to take its toll after a time, and by the events of Orcslayer, Gotrek is becoming worried that all that remains for him is a pathetic doom against unworthy opponents like Goblins, or even worse, death as a result of old age.
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