The Knights Excelsior are a Stormhost commanded by the Shining Lord, wearing white and blue armour and blue shields. They march to battle surrounded by chains of lightning. "For the Glory of Sigmar!" is their motto. To them only two kinds of people exist, those who are Good and those who are Evil; and only the complete eradication of the latter is acceptable.[14a]
They are disciplined warriors with a martial philosophy that emphasises the Stormhost over the individual and have a preference for tactics and doctrines that have been proven in combat over risky experiments. This is done in part to ensure that individual members of the Stormhost do not think of themselves as individuals so that they are numb to the atrocities they commit to rid the Mortal Realms of evil.[14a]
According to Katalya Mourne, they were welcomed to the Jade Kingdom of Verdantia by the Shryke tribe at the Gate of the Gods Realmgate. They then drove the tribe from their homes and killed them all. [10b]
- Dawnbringers: After purging a cult of Slaanesh they were defeated by the Host of Syll'Esske [11a]
- Merciless Host [13b]
- Shining Lord: The Lord-Commander of the Knights Excelsior.[14a]
- Vyrmos, Lord-Relictor.
- Diomar, Knight-Azyros.
- Giomachus, Knight-Venator.
- Rygos, Liberator-Prime.
- Talador, Knight-Azyros.
- Cerrus Sentanus, The White Reaper: Lord-Veritant, stationed in Excelsis.
- Vasselius, Lord Ironshield: Lord-Celestant of the Ironshields Warrior-Chamber.
- Agrevaine: Lord-Aquilor. Many years before, she was a Vanguard-Hunter and she served Vasselius during the hunt for the Hektate shaman.
- Martoris Skywarden: Lord-Castellant and commander of the Excelsis Eeyrie. [10a]
- Theuderis Silverhand: Lord-Celestant of the Silverhands Chamber on Dracoth Tyrathrax. His Chamber fought together with Arkas Warbeast in the kingdom of Ursungorod [12a]
- Neros Stormfather Lord-Castellant of the Silverhands [12a]
- Voltaran Knight-Vexillor of the Silverhands [12a]
- Attaxes Darkbane Knight-Heraldor of the Silverhands [12b]
- Pharakis Lord-Celestant on Dracoth Zakanxar [13a] of The Merciless Host [13b]
- Thraejen, Lord-Aquilor[15a]
|The Shryke tribe thought different. Their shamans said the gods sent you. They celebrated your coming. Then the white sky knights came. They called themselves the Excelsior. They answered the Shrykes' welcome with lightning and steel. They drove them from their homes around the Gate of the Gods. They killed them all. That is what you do - you kill.|
- 1: Battletome: Stormcast Eternals (2015)
- 2: Battletome: Stormcast Eternals Extremis (2016)
- 3: The Realmgate Wars: The Balance of Power
- 4: The Realmgate Wars: All-gates
- 5: To Truly Excel short story on the Malign Portents website
- 6: Battletome: Stormcast Eternals (2017)
- 7: Legends of the Age of Sigmar: City of Secrets, by Nick Horth
- 8: The Lightning Golem (short story), by Nick Kyme
- 9: Battletome: Skaven (2019)
- 9a: Rise of the Under-Empire, pg. 18-21
- 10: Blacktalon: First Mark (novel) by Andy Clark
- 11: White Dwarf Vol 3 No 38:
- 12: The Realmgate Wars: Warbeast (Novel)
- 13: The Realmgate Wars: Godbeasts
- 14: Soulbound: Champions of Order
- 14a: Chapter Three: Archetypes
- 15: White Dwarf August 2020