Path to Glory

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The Slaves to Darkness seek to attract the notice of the Dark Gods through performing great deeds in battle. To court the Eye of the Gods is perilous, yet those who prove worthy are made might indeed. Those who set out on the Path to Glory risk being cursed to an existence as Chaos Spawn or potentially see themselves rise to Daemon Princedom.[1a][2]

Description

Every follower of Chaos, from the lowliest Marauder tribesman to the mightiest Chaos Lord, seeks to walk what is known as the Path to Glory. Though they may worship the Chaos Gods in a variety of different forms and guises, they principles of this metaphysical path are always the same: by pleasing the Ruinous Powers through acts of escalating slaughter and ruination, it is possible for a warrior to receive their boons and perhaps even higher glory. As a champion progresses along this path they will be granted mighty weapons and infernal servants, their dark charisma and legends of their bloody deeds drawing the service of more warbands. Nevertheless, most champions will fail to ascend the heights of glory. The luckiest are simply slain in battle, but those less fortunate will be unable to bear the uncaring 'gifts' of the gods and devolve into wretched Chaos Spawn. Only the rarest few are able to achieve the ultimate reward - apotheosis, rebirth as one of the immortal Daemon Princes.[3b]

Progression

As a champion of Chaos follows the Path to Glory under the Eye of the Gods, they will gain in rank prior to ascending to Daemon Princehood, generally in this order:[2]

Rewards

Potential "rewards", whether a blessing or curse, include:

  • Spawndom: Unable to bear the strain of so many 'gifts', a Chaos Champion's body is twisted into a new and hideous form.[1a]
  • Slaughterer's Strength: The champion's body swells with daemonic energies, their blows sundering even the most formidable armour.[1a]
  • Murderous Mutation: The champion is provided a mutation, whether a sharp horn or lashing tentacle, that proves most useful in the press of melee.[1a]
  • Iron Flesh: The champion's skin warps into living metal, blunting all but the mightiest blows.[1a]
  • Flames of Chaos: The champion is surrounded by a corona of multihued flame that devours hostile arcane energies.[1a]
  • Unholy Resilience: Fortified by the dark power of Chaos, the champion becomes almost immune to pain.[1a]
  • Daemonic Legions: The champion's deeds draw the daemons of their god to the battlefield.[1a]
  • Quicksilver Reflexes: Slaanesh graces the champion with inhuman reactions, making it possible to avoid otherwise fatal blows.[2]
  • Regeneration: Nurgle grants the champion the power to endure all but the most fatal injuries.[2]
  • Third Eye: Tzeentch gifts the champion foresight.[2]
  • Weapon Limb: Khorne blesses the champion with a deadly new means to deliver death to their enemies.[2]
  • Dark Apotheosis: The champion, having repeatedly excelled themselves in the eyes of their patron god, is bestowed the dark glory of daemonhood.[1a]

Sources

Slaves to Darkness Chaos
Daemons of ChaosDarkoathEverchosenSlaves to Darkness
Background Chaos CultsDamned LegionsDark CreedDarkoathEightpointsLanguages (Dark Tongues) • Mark of ChaosOgroidsPath to Glory
Sapients AelfDaemonDuardinHumanFomoroidGargantGoroaSphiranx
Magic & Prayers Lore (Lore of the Damned) • Unit-specific Spells (Daemons of ChaosEverchosenSlaves to Darkness) • Scripture (Idolators Prayers) • Unit-specific Prayers (List of Unit prayers/Slaves to Darkness)
Damned Legions
Legion Types CabalistsDespoilersIdolatorsRavagers
Major Legions Host of the EverchosenLegion of the First PrinceKnights of the Empty Throne
Bloodmarked
Fatesworn Bleak HordeBrethren of Moeraix
Plaguetouched Putridae
Pleasurebound Clamour of BlissCourt of Vain Rapture
Lesser Legions Lord Infernil's Reavers
Units
Core Mortal Chaos Chariot (Gorebeast Chariot) • Chaos ChosenChaos Lord (Chaos Sorcerer Lord) • Chaos KnightChaos Marauder (HorsemanWar Mammoth) • Chaos WarriorChaos WarshrineExalted Hero of Chaos
Chaos Monsters Chaos FamiliarChaos SpawnCurs'd EttinDaemonic MountGorebeastKarkadrakManticoreMutalith Vortex BeastRaptoryxSlaughterbrute
Other Centaurion MarshalFomoroid CrusherMindstealer SphiranxOgroid TheridonOgroid Myrmidon
Daemons of Chaos Chaos FuryDaemon PrinceSoul Grinder
Darkoath Darkoath ChieftainDarkoath FellriderDarkoath God-speakerDarkoath MarauderDarkoath SavagersDarkoath WarqueenWilderfiend
Overlords of Chaos Gaunt Summoner of TzeentchVaranguard
Lesser Chaos Cults Chaos LegionnairesCorvus CabalCypher LordsHorns of HashutIron GolemsScions of the FlameSpire TyrantsSplintered FangTarantulos BroodUntamed BeastsThe Unmade
Special Unique AbraxiaArchaonBe'lakorEternusGnarlspirit PackGodsworn HuntKhagra's RavagersSayl and NightmawSlambo
Endless Spells Darkfire DaemonriftEightfold Doom-SigilRealmscourge Rupture
Characters
Deities Dark Gods Great Horned RatKhorneNurgleSlaaneshTzeentch
Lesser Chaos Powers Devourer of ExistenceEver-Raging FlameGreat GathererHashutEightfold Watcher
Everchosen Core Archaon (DorgharU'zhul) • Be'lakor
Gaunt Summoners Eater of TomesPrince of Stolen BreathsSet'tyra'exSlayer of NamesStilskeenThief of WitsWatcher KingXer'ger'aelZazul
Varanguard AbraxiaEternusHarradroth Gorehammer - Kulgar Rhorgh - Lorgore
Darkoath Gunnar BrandMarakarr Blood-Sky
Slaves to Darkness Moeraix
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