They come from lands suffused with the corrupting touch of Chaos, hardening them into deadly fighters. These tribal communities of hundreds of thousands of warriors may be sneered upon as primitive by Azyrite scholars, but living amongst the harsh wilds of the realms has shaped them into robust and strong people. A tribe itself can be made up of anything from a handful of warriors lead by a charismatic warleader to vast throngs of barbarians united by a Shaman or Darkoath Warlord.
When the Slaves to Darkness wage war upon the civilised lands, the Marauders generally make up the vast majority of the horde's strength. It takes very little encouragement to convince them to join; should the tribe's oracles claim it to be the god's will, then they will march out en masse to the aid of whichever Chaos Lord has sought their aid. Often these battles will also be with fellow champions of the Ruinous Powers, clashing to prove the superiority of their gods and Overlord. Should the Warband meet defeat, those warriors with sufficient courage and skill are generally absorbed into the victor's horde, joining other like-minded warbands or warriors with a similar temperament.
Marauders rely on the sheer mass of their hordes to sweep away their foes in battle and their boundless ferocity, a furious battle-lust triggered by the smell of death in the air.[2b]
Marauders go to war armed with a Barbarian Axe paired with a Darkwood Shield or a two-handed Barbarian Flail. Icon Bearers either wield a Tribal Banner or a Damned Icon into battle to embolden their units.[2a][2b]
Mark of Chaos
It is rare for a tribe to dedicate themselves to a singular god, often paying homage to a whole pantheon of deities reflecting Chaos' different aspects. Most Marauders have yet to devote themselves fully to the Dark Gods as a Chaos Warrior - either from lack of readiness or having not properly caught the attention of their fickle masters.
Those who do so generally gather with like-minded warriors under a single champion, although this is considered to be an oddity - although amongst the Godtouched Warbands such zealots are the norm.
Chaos Marauders can have the following Marks of Chaos:
- Mark of Khorne[2a][2b]
- Mark of Nurgle[2a][2b]
- Mark of Slaanesh[2a][2b]
- Mark of Tzeentch[2a][2b]
- Mark of Chaos Undivided[2b]
- 1: Battletome: Slaves to Darkness (2019) - Warriors of the Blasted Wastes, pg. 40
- 2: Warscrolls