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Flesh-Eater Courts
Abhorrant Archregent 01.jpg
An Abhorrant Archregent
Grand alliance Death
Main grouping Grand Court
Major characters Ushoran
Allies Nighthaunt
Soulblight Gravelords
Races Mordant
Vampire
Mounts Zombie Dragon
Terrorgheist
Creatures Royal Terrorgheist
Royal Zombie Dragon
Spell lores Lore of Madness
Endless spells Cadaverous Barricade
Chalice of Ushoran
Corpsemare Stampede
Scenery Charnel Throne
Archetypes Crypt Ghast Courtier
Crypt Haunter Courtier
Crypt Infernal Courtier
Warbands Grymwatch
Hidden among the ruins of the Mortal Realms thrive the Flesh-eater Courts. Bound by the madness of their Abhorrant Ghoul Kings, throngs of mordants live out their pitiful lives feasting upon the corpses provided by the endless war and strife of kingdom after kingdom. - Age of Sigmar faction guide.

Flesh-Eater Courts are the courts of madness that serve and are bound to the vampires known as the Abhorrant Ghoul Kings. Most of them are Mordants, former mortals starved by famine and desolation that trapped themselves within a horrific delusion. They are utterly convinced that their cannibalistic feasts are splendid and grandiose visions of nobility.[1] Their job is to gather feasts made from the flesh of the living and the dead and prepare such flesh to be fit for their lord's culinary pleasure.[2]

Leadership

A Flesh-Eater Court is led by an Abhorrant Ghoul King who is the absolute monarch of a deranged nation but sometimes he might create other abhorrants known as sycophants to share in his delusions. Members of the court, those with royal vampire blood take on half gruesomely appropriate titles such as the Offal Queen or Lord Marrowbroth. Some are true vampires, whilst others are ghouls who have tasted that immortal ichor and grown strong and powerful upon it. In all of them the madness of the Carrion King still runs strong and its only mercy is the delusions which the court believes in their group madness. An Abhorrant King or Queen that slays another may, by sheer force of will, join a defeated rivals court to his own. Occasionally a council of like minded or delusional vampires may command a court together. Above the mordants are the Varghulf Courtiers the greatest among which carry titls such as Marquis Gruelsop. They lead the Royal Mordants and may even command the court’s armies. Crypt Infernal Courtiers and Crypt Haunter Courtiers are field commanders and the greatest among them earn titles such as Lord Marrowbroth or the Lord Liverbelch who command the the Deadwatch and the Abattoir respectively. The Crypt Haunter Courtier who controls the Lickspittles keep order at court is given the traditional position of Lord Chamberslough. Crypt Ghast Courtiers stand as marshals for the king’s massed mordant armies with the Marquis Retchbile commanding the King’s Ghouls and Baron Gizzard commanding the stealthy Ghoul Patrol. However hierarchy and the names of titles may differ from court to court.[3][4d]

All swear allegiance to the Carrion King and in his absence the mightiest of all abhorrants see his will fulfilled across the realms and they are the Abhorrant Archregents who rule over vast empires of many separate courts. They collect flesh-tithes from the Ghoul Kings and deliver insane proclamations but some allow Ghoul Kings to act autonomously as long as they provide worthy gifts while others oversee all matters within their empires. To a sane mind the empires of Archregents are like continent-sized abattoirs and in them the air itself seethes with madness.[4d]

Religion

Some of the courts still revere Nagash as their god and seek to please him in any way that they can, raising great churches and monuments to his glory such as the famed Corpsefane of the Nightlands. Others distrust and hate the Great Necromancer and it is these that are most often found beyond the Realm of Shyish and are usually regarded a plague upon those lands. The greatest of these is Highhaven and Nagash now looks upon it as a great prize to be taken but the courts of that domain are determined to stay out of his reach, warding their Realmgates against the undead.[3]

Recruitment

Mordants are created from cannibals, starved mortals that turn on their own kind and eat them. These cannibal cults quickly devolve into hideous parodies of their societies. But only when these cannibals eat from the feast of an abhorrant king do they fully complete their transformation into ghouls, becoming fully engulfed in the king's madness of noble courts and benevolent monarchies, standing tall armoured in their own delusion.[2]

What makes the courts even more terrifying is that the madness of the king or queen and their court is infectious and those who linger too long may well succumb to the delusions themselves until they see the world (and the court) as the ruler does. The court itself operate like any other, so plots and schemes abound and ones standing can rise or fall in moments with a badly chosen word or deed.[3]

Promotions

Some mordants are blessed to drink a cup of the king's blood - which their minds understand as drinking wine from their master's table - transforming them further into more powerful, more loyal and less sane variants of mordants. Some even get further blessings allowing them to eventually turn into vampires and join the ranks of the abhorrants ghoul king, allowing them to eventually found their own courts and further spread the Flesh-eating madness.[2]

History

It is said that the first Abhorrant Ghoul King arose during the Age of Myth, originally a fair and favoured servant of Nagash. He fell from favour for reasons long forgotten and was transformed into a mockery of his once handsome form and condemned to prowl the Nightlands of the Realm of Shyish. However such was his rage, that he cut a swath through the lands and cities of that realm until his master imprisoned him in the Shroudcage.[3]

It was not until the Age of Chaos that he would be unwittingly released by Sigmar during his war with Nagash. Fleeing to the shadows, the Carrion King found the first Mordants, depraved mortal cannibals, some of whom he then gifted with his blood and so the Flesh-eater Courts were born in their bloody glory. It is said that Nagash still seeks him so that he might gain true control over the courts.[3]

Known Courts

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Flesh-Eater Courts
Units Abhorrant (Archregent - Ghoul king) - Courtier (Crypt Ghast - Crypt Haunter - Crypt Infernal - Varghulf) - Crypt Flayer - Crypt Ghoul - Crypt Horror - Royal Terrorgheist - Royal Zombie Dragon
Characters Atheldade - Carrion King - Fangheart - Galan - Gloomheart - Goretalon - Gristlegob - Horgloom - Maldoros - Marrowthirst - Prince of Crows - Shovergore - Skinless Sultan - Splinterblood - Splinterbone - Thyador Durenstein - Urglom - Zernmeister - Grymwatch (Crakmarrow - Master Talon - Night's Herald - Royal Butcher - Valreek)
Grand Courts Blisterskin - Gristlegore - Hollowmourne - Morgaunt
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DeathlordsFlesh-Eater CourtsLegions of Nagash (Grand Host of NagashLegion of BloodLegion of GriefLegion of NightLegion of Sacrament) • NighthauntOssiarch BonereapersSoulblight Gravelords (Beasts of the GraveDeadwalkersDeathmagesDeathrattleSoulblight)