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Daemons of Khorne
Bloodthirsters are the mightiest of the Daemons of Khorne, physical embodiments of Khorne's rage and the fury of war given form. These huge, towering creatures have a never-ending thirst for blood, desiring only death and devastation and each of them equal to an entire mortal army.
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Bloodthirsters are covered in the iconography of Khorne, seen in the weapons and the details on the wings and armour. They wear belly plates and loincloth and sometimes armour plates on the legs and torso. When they leap flames often burst from their feet.
Khorne, being a martial god, has imposed military hierarchy on his daemonic legions. Bloodthirsters are arranged in eight hosts, ordered by might and skill at arms and each granted distinctive arms and armour. Each Bloodthirster commands eight Bloodthirsters of the host below them, each of which in turn commands eight of the host below them, and so on until the eighth host, who command no lesser Bloodthirsters but instead serve as the primary generals for the daemonic legions of the Blood God.[4a] The ranks are titled as following, in order of seniority: Exalted, Lord of Murder, Wrath of Khorne, Apoplectic Ire, Seething Frenzy, Insensate Rage, Executioner of Khorne, and Unfettered Fury.[6a]
The First Host: Exalted
An Exalted Bloodthirster surpasses other Khornate Daemons in size and thirst for war, being the most fury-filled. They butcher through the ranks of their enemies and leave great rives of gore in their wake. They are armed with a Mighty Axe of Khorne and a Lash of Khorne, a vicious barbed whip, forged in the fires of Khorne's forges.[1a]
They are very much like Bloodthirsters of Unfettered Fury, but better. When a lash entangles a opponent escape is impossible. The molten rock that comes from beneath their feet is stronger. They are better at leading fellow khornate daemons at rejoicing in slaughter.[1a]
There are but eight Exalted Bloodthirsters, who are below only Khorne himself in strength and fury. Only the greatest of champions can hope to stand against them, and only the greatest of wars in the Mortal Realms can draw them from the their lairs in the Brass Citadel, where they command Khorne's war efforts.[4a]
The Second Host: Lords of Murder
The Bloodthirsters of the Second Host are only slightly less mighty than the Exalted Bloodthirsters of the First Host.[4a]
The Third Host: Wrath of Khorne
Wrath of Khorne Bloodthirsters have hound faces framed with the Icon of Khorne. They wield Wrathaxes, double-headed axes with two equal-sized blades, and Bloodflails into combat. They are agents of vengeance, often tasked by Khorne to hunt down those who have personally offended him.[4b] In addition, they are given the sacred duty of humbling the greatest champions of Khorne's enemies and butchering them to show the superiority of the Blood God.[5a]
The Fourth Host: Apoplectic Ire
Little is known of these fell daemons.
The Fifth Host: Seething Frenzy
Like their immediate superiors, Bloodthirsters of the Fifth Host are rarely seen in the Mortal Realms.
The Sixth Host: Insensate Rage
Bloodthirsters of Insensate Rage have fanged maws and forked tongues with four horns atop their heads. They are armed with enormous double-handed axes that can obliterate entire regiments of the foe in a single gory strike and are given the task of breaking the seemingly unbreakable.[4a] The Bloodthirsters of Insensate Rage are the most brutal and savage of all Bloodthirsters, so enraged that their fury bleeds out to send nearby daemons into a killing frenzy.[5a]
The Seventh Host: Executioner of Khorne
The nature of these Bloodthirsters is unknown.
The Eighth Host: Unfettered Fury
Bloodthirsters of Unfettered Fury have gruesome skull-like heads. They wield Mighty Axe of Khorne and barbed Lashes of Khorne into combat.
These Bloodthirsters are experts at using their long, barbed whips as those that they lash, have their throats opens and flesh stripped from their bone, with those that are not are dragged closer towards the Bloodthirster. They are unsubtle leaders able to drive their fellow Khornate Daemons into their foes to rejoice in slaughter. The land beneath their stomping hooves rebels and recoils against them cracking and opening with molten rock bubbling up from deep underground, incinerating the enemies around the Bloodthirster.[1b]
|An'ggrath||Daemons of Khorne||Bloodthirster||Bloodthirster||He battled Sigmar in the Battle of Burning Skies.|
|Blut'Rexx||Daemons of Khorne||Bloodthirster||Bloodthirster||He managed to hold a banner of one of the Knights-Vexillor of the True Sons of Sigmar after he slew one in Kolgotha.|
|Kazarkos||Daemons of Khorne||Bloodthirster||Bloodthirster||A Bloodthirster bound to the will of Be'lakor.|
|Khar'zak'ghul||Daemons of Khorne||Bloodthirster||Bloodthirster||He tried to destroy the undead forces invading the Arch of Bones. He would have succeed if not for the timely arrival of the Stormcast Eternals that rescued the undead forces from certain doom.|
|Khazakhan||Daemons of Khorne||Bloodthirster||Bloodthirster||The leader of the Helfire Legion. He has fought extensively in the Realm of Shyish to claim it for the Blood God.|
|Kul'rhex||Daemons of Khorne||Bloodthirster||Bloodthirster||He fought in Vellixia against Lord Celestant Imperius.|
|Skarbrand||Daemons of Khorne||The Exiled||Bloodthirster||He was once the greatest of Khorne's champions but was cast down, mind stripped of all personality and thought and his body broken and tattered after he thought to challenge the Blood God himself. Now he is nothing more than a tortured shell filled with murderous hate, condemned to an eternity of indiscriminate slaughter.|
|Skul'rath||Daemons of Khorne||The Broken||Bloodthirster||He was the first, who was defeated by the Stormcast Eternals and later fought in Klaxus.|
- 1: Warscroll
- 2: Bloodthirster product description
- 3: Bloodthirster - Greater Daemon of Khorne forgeworld product description
- 4: Battletome: Blades of Khorne (2017)
- 5: Battletome: Blades of Khorne (2019)
- 6: Grand Alliance: Chaos
- 6a: Blood Host of Khorne, pg. 72