Chaos Lord

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A miniature of a Chaos Lord mounted on a Daemonic Mount.

Chaos Lords are the masters and champions of the Slaves to Darkness hordes and warbands, standing only a step away from eternal glory or eternal damnation. The knowledge that the eyes of the Dark gods are upon them, gives them determination to prove their might to them.

Promotion

Most rise to rulership of their people by skill and strength. Many hordes contain numerous exemplars favoured enough to be considered Chaos Lords that are in constant competition with their rivals to achieve the position of Godsworn Overlord, and the divine favour that accompanies it.[1]

Abilities

In order to maintain their position in the eyes of the gods, Chaos Lords constantly perform great deeds, the dark rewards they have gained in their life ensures that a Chaos Lord is far stronger and swifter than a normal man while the hard-won experience has honed their skills to a razor edge. When challenged they will even stand in the path of a frenzied troggoth or duel with daemonic champions in return for power or knowledge, putting their very souls on the line.[1] The gods even heal the wounds of Chaos Lords with each success or are sustained by the act of killing alone.[2b][2e]

Mounts

Chaos Lords may ride upon a variety of deadly mounts. Those who particularly impress the gods may find themselves bequeathed a Daemonic Mount. These may take any shape ranging from iron-scaled serpents to huge flame-snorting destriers. Such strong-willed and vicious beasts pose a constant threat to their master, but this is considered just one more challenge a Chaos Lord must overcome to prove their worth. Such lords usually become the rulers of feared cavalry warband.[1][2e]

Some prefer more natural but deadly creatures known as a Karkadraks, reptilian brutes with scales are as hard as rock that can be further bolstered by plates of hellforged iron etched in runes that project an aura of fell magic while the its tearing horn could defeat any armour. Their rampages are known for being almost impossible to stop and only a Lord who can halt the creature's deadly momentum can force the Karkadrak to submit to them.[1][2g]

Even more ferocious is the Manticore, leonine creatures so thoroughly suffused with the power of Chaos that their only true point of commonality is sheer fury. Most Chaos Lords who attempt to dominate a Manticore end up being shredded to pieces but a rare few succeed in battling the creature to a standstill and proving themselves the apex predator. These iron-willed warlords can ride these berserk killers that intimidates even their own warbands into unquestionably following his order.[1][2f]

Transformation

Chaos Lord have walked the Path to Glory are always just one step from ascending into Daemon Prince with each success, or becoming a Chaos Spawn with each failure.[2a][2d]

Wargear

Chaos Lords wield daemon-possessed weapons that contain the bound essence of daemons that rage at their confinement and attempt to slip free of their bounds. But their destructive power means most Chaos Lords are willing to risk their wrath by unleashing the fury inside it and allowing it to devour an enemy's soul.[1][2a][2d]

Many wield Chaos Runeshields, shields inscribed with dark runes that protect the wielder from even the most powerful attacks.[2e][2f] They are clad in rich furs and baroque armours decorated with spiked surfaces, serrated plates, distressed mouths and the 8-pointed star.[3][4]

Chaos Lords on foot usually wield Daemon-possessed Reaperblades paired with a Chaos Swords or Daemonbound Steels, or a massive Daemonbound War-flails.[2a][2d]

Those mounted on Daemonic Mounts usually wield a Cursed Warhammers, malevolent weapons that blast apart those that it strikes with unholy power, paired with a Chaos Runeshields.[2b][2e]

Those mounted on Manticores usually wield Daemon Blades or Chaos Flails paired with a Chaos Lances, Chaos Runeshields or Daggerfists, bladed gauntlets that allow the wielder to easily counter enemy blows in close quarters.[2c][2f]

Those mounted on Karkadraks favour Hexed Battle-axes and Daemonbound Blades.[2g]

Mark of Chaos

Chaos Lords can have the following Marks of Chaos:

Notable

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Slaves to Darkness
Damned Legions Host of the EverchosenLegion of the First PrinceKnights of the Empty ThroneCabalistsDespoilersIdolatorsRavagers
Warbands Chaos LegionnairesCorvus CabalCypher LordsDarkoath SavagersHorns of HashutIron GolemsScions of the FlameSpire TyrantsSplintered FangTarantulos BroodUntamed BeastsThe UnmadeUnderworlds (Gnarlspirit PackGodsworn HuntKhagra's Ravagers)
Units Chaos Chariot (Gorebeast Chariot) • Chaos ChosenChaos KnightChaos Marauder (HorsemanWar Mammoth) • Chaos WarriorChaos WarshrineFomoroid CrusherMindstealer SphiranxOgroid Theridon
Daemons of Chaos Chaos FuryDaemon PrinceSoul Grinder
Everchosen Gaunt Summoner of TzeentchVaranguard
Path to Glory Centaurion MarshalChaos LordChaos Sorcerer LordDarkoath ChieftainDarkoath WarqueenExalted Hero of ChaosOgroid Myrmidon
Chaos Monsters Chaos FamiliarChaos SpawnCurs'd EttinDaemonic MountGorebeastKarkadrakManticoreMutalith Vortex BeastRaptoryxSlaughterbrute
Characters ArchaonBe'lakorEternusMarakarr Blood-Sky
Background Chaos CultsDamned LegionsDark GodsDarkoathEightpointsMark of ChaosOgroidsPath to Glory
ArmouryArtworkMiniaturesEndless Spells