Chaos Dwarf Sorcerer

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Chaos Dwarf Sorcerer Lord riding a fearsome Lammasu

The Chaos Dwarf Sorcerer is a character type available to Chaos Dwarf armies. In the 8th edition armylist Legion of Azgorh either as a Lord choice ("Sorcerer-Prophet") or a Hero choice ("Daemonsith-Sorcerer").

In the previous (pre 8th edition Warhammer) the choices were Sorcerer Lord or Sorcerer.


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Chaos Dwarf Sorcerer

In previous editions, Chaos Dwarf Sorcerers had access to unique magic spells. Since the introduction of 6th Edition and the new rules for using magic, they must now select from the Fire, Metal, Shadow or Death Lores of Magic in the Warhammer Rulebook. Chaos Dwarf Sorcerers are unique in that their Initiative characteristic decreases as they become more powerful[1] - this represents their petrification over time, as they turn to stone thanks to the warping effect of their magic.

Chaos Dwarf Sorcerer Lords are the only characters permitted to ride a Lammasu. This monster has always been said to be their favoured mount[2], but in the past it was available to other characters too, including less powerful Sorcerers.

[edit] Background

A Sorcerer performs the dark rites required to power the incantations of Hashut
A Sorcerer performs the dark rites required to power the incantations of Hashut

Chaos Dwarf Sorcerers are the masters of their race, directing the labours of their slaves and the conquests of the armies. Unlike their Dwarfen brethren, the Chaos Dwarfs have embraced magic, and have become extremely adept in its arts. They are also the High Priests of Hashut, their evil bull-shaped god. The Sorcerers are devoted to their deep and ancient lore, combining the study of machines and magic to produce arcane engines of power and destruction[3].

However, the use of magic is not without its price, and the dark arts have a strange effect on Dwarfs. Starting from their feet, over time a Chaos Dwarf Sorcerer gradually turns to stone, until his entire body is consumed and he becomes a statue. The stone Sorcerers are often used as statues and many line the roads leading to Zharr-Naggrund, a symbol of the devotion the Chaos Dwarfs have towards Hashut and their empire[4].

Sorcerers are the ruling elite of the Chaos Dwarfs - all of the Chaos Dwarf Warriors and Lords are bound to them as servants and every Chaos Dwarf army can be considered the personal retinue of a Sorcerer. There is no formal hierarchy amongst them - instead, the strongest voice belongs to the oldest and most powerful Sorcerer[3].

In Grudge Bearer, Chaos Dwarf Sorcerers were depicted chanting liturgies to Hashut and performing rituals using blood and entrails. They were intimately involved in the rites that bound Daemons to the war machines of the Chaos Dwarf army[7].

[edit] Supposition

Astragoth is the oldest living Chaos Dwarf Sorcerer, the High Priest of Hashut.[6] Once Astragoth was the most potent Chaos Dwarf Sorcerer to walk the Plain of Zharr, but his powers have waned with age, and now Ghorth the Cruel[5] is the most powerful Chaos Dwarf Sorcerer. As the strongest voice tends to belong to the oldest and the most powerful sorcerer, this perhaps indicates the presence of a power struggle within the Temple of Hashut between Astragoth and Ghorth.

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