Darkling Covens

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Darkling Covens
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A Darkling Sorceress.
Grand alliance Order
Associated factions Cities of Sigmar
Main grouping Coven
Major characters Drusa Kraeth
Races Aelf
Mounts Black Dragon
Archetypes Darkling Sorceress

Darkling Covens are normally led by a powerful aelf sorceress, occasionally a male wizard, many of whom fled to the Realm of Azyr.[1]

Origin

During the Age of Chaos the invading armies of Chaos destroyed many aelven empires in the Realm of Shadow and, to a lesser degree, Shyish[Note]. The powerful sorceresses and wizardqueens were driven back to the safety of Azyrheim. Upon arrival in the Eternal City of Azyrheim, these shadowy spellcasters remained apart from their fellow refugees. Insular by nature, they were unwilling to share their accumulated knowledge and expertise with the already established Eldritch Council or the Collegiate Arcane. Instead, they formed their own cults and hidden orders. Collectively, these would become known as the Darkling Covens.[1][2a]

Organization

Each Coven is ruled by a single sorceress with the aid of several underlings and major-domos. While these retinues of major-domos and generals take care of matters beneath their concern, Sorceresses have absolute power over their Covens. Darkling Covens can field entire regiments of dominated soldiers, ensorcelled aelves who will throw away their lives without hesitation to protect their mistress. The Black Guard, the elite bodyguards of the sorceresses are an exception and retains their free will. The Executioners are skull masked warriors that are not part of the Darkling Covens but fight alongside them for mysterious reasons.[2a]

Espionage

During their time in Azyr the Covens continued to practise their rituals of sorcery and enchantment but beneath layers of misdirection and illusion as not to attract the attention of Sigmar's Witch Hunters and Shadowblades. They seeded their influence into the workings of the Eternal City with human Freeguild soldiers, duardin clan chiefs and aelven rangers falling victim to bewitching spells of the Sorceresses. The Darkling Covens have developed some of the finest and most widespread spy networks in the Eight Realms with many secretly enacting the desires of the Covens, their mind shackled by dark enchantments.[2a]

Diplomacy

On occasion they will find common purpose with the armies of Azyrheim but always with a specific goal that benefits their quest for power. Some are also on good terms with the Order Serpentis as during the Age of Myth the Sorceresses aided the Order in the creation of the first Black Dragons and many sorceresses ride upon one of their black Dragons as they fight again in the Mortal Realms. Some Darkling Covens have also found common cause with the Idoneth Deepkin and even provide them with shipments of rich souls in exchange for promises of aid in the future.[1][2a]

Society

Many of the Sorceresses who lead the Covens once ruled over their own empires, before the coming of Chaos. They seek to re-attain the power and influence they once had by building up vast personal armies, surrounding themselves with loyal generals, and building extensive networks of agents and lackeys. [3a]

Only aelves are allowed to join their ranks.[3a]

Ambition marks everything that these secretive aelves do, from the lowliest warriors of the Black Guard to the most powerful of the sorceresses. When they set forth to provide aid or assistance to supposed allies, it is simply because doing so advances their own agendas.[3a]

Religion

Many of the Darkling Covens worship and venerate Malerion, the God of Shadows.[4]

Trivia

Note

The original Grand Alliance book mentions that the Sorceresses come from Ulgu and Shyish, but subsequent sources only mention Ulgu.

Sources

Darkling Covens
Units Black Dragon - Black Guard - Bleaksword - Darkshard - Dreadspear - Executioner - Sorceress
Characters Drusa Kraeth - Felion - Thajara
Armoury - Artwork - Miniatures
Cities of Sigmar
Fortress Cities ExcelsisHammerhal AqshaHammerhal GhyraLethisMisthåvnSettler's GainVindicarum
Seeds of Hope Greywater FastnessLiving CityPhoenicium
Cities of Flame AnvilgardBrightspearHallowheartTempest's Eye
Free Cities AlshimeAnvalorAnvilheimAnvilspireArbitriumBarbed PromiseBlackwallBrighthallCatransaCelestriusColonnadeColostrumDarkdelveDesperanceDraconiumFort DenstFort GardusGlymmsforgeGravewildGreenfireGreyspireHarkraken's BaneHeldenhammer's TriumphHelmgardHoldashHoundsgateIzalendKurnotheaMatarkaMhurghstScant HopeSeven WordsSkythaneTabernaThanator's ManseThraeshTor LiminaUmbramoxVandium
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Collegiate ArcaneDarkling CovensDevoted of SigmarDispossessedFreeguildIronweld ArsenalOrder SerpentisPhoenix TempleScourge PrivateersShadowbladesWanderers
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