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The Scáthborn, also known as the Trueborn or Shadowborn are the product of souls taken from Slaanesh by Morathi.[2a]


When the Aelven gods Tyrion, Malerion and Teclis captured Slaanesh and siphoned away the Aelf souls, Morathi was given her own share, in return for her aid in binding the God of Excess. Underneath the temple-city of Hagg Nar an immense iron cauldron, Máthcoir the Mother Cauldron, was constructed to hold these newly freed souls.[2a]

Here, Morathi combined enchantments, shadow magic, the souls' own bitter anguish and hatred, and even her own blood to create a new race of beings. Some, like the Melusai were horrific, serpentine mirrors of Morathi's true form, others, like the Khinerai, were winged and clawed. These Scáthborn became Morathi's handmaiden, her most trusted servants and aids in her endeavors. Only they are allowed in the underhall of Khruthú deep below Hagg Nar.[2a][4a]

For the longest time, the Scáthborn were hidden from the Mortal Realms. Their strange form either hidden away in dark temples, or obscured by powerful shadow magic. Many outsiders thought of them as ordinary, but disturbingly devout aelves. But since her ascension, Morathi has been much more willing to show her Scáthborn for all to see. Proclaiming them heralds of a new age, and proof of Khaine's return.[2b] Most sects treat them as their elite warriors, outranking most of their unchanged khainite sisters. Most revered of them all are the members of Morathi's own honour guard, the vaunted Vyperic Guard.[2f][4a]

While Morathi's ascension has put the Scáthborn out of the shadows and into the light of the Mortal Realms, the ritual needed for her apotheosis also saw the great cauldron of Máthcoir shatter, a vital component in the creation of her Scáthborn. The exact damage is only known to Morathi and her most trusted servants, but rumors spreading in Hagg Nar speak of malformed monstrosities birthed by the splintered cauldron, hiding in the lowest depths of Khruthú.[2c]


A group of Khinerai Lifetakers

The Khinerai are a race of twisted winged aelves, descending from the skies on their membranous pinions at the behest of their Shadow Queen, Morathi.[3]

Born from the magical cauldron Máthcoir, the winged Khinerai roost among the great peaks of the Ashspires in the temple-city of Hagg Nar.[1b] While all Khinerai are born in the Khainite capital, its not the only place where they can be found. Each shade solstice, during the ritual of Gristead, Morathi chooses flocks of Khinerai to send out into the realms, to sects and covens favored by her.[2e] The Khelt Nar especially are known for making great use of these winged warriors of Morathi. Their capital of Ironshard is surrounded by dozens of tall brood-nest towers.[2g]

The two most common kinds of the winged Khinerai Harpies are:

  • Heartrenders: Javelin equipped Khinerai that can hurl their weapon with such a force that it can impale a rider and their horse in one quick motion.[2e]
  • Lifetakers: These Khinerai race across the battlefield and skies, cutting throats or decapitating their victims with one swift move of their sickles.[2e]


A Melusai Blood Stalker.

Melusai combine the lower body of a great serpent, the torso of a female aelf, with the cruel and cold-blooded mind of a killer.[2b] Partially consumed by the Chaos God Slaanesh, even when rescued from his gullet, many of these aelf souls are permanently damaged and transformed by their torment and now the Melusai are a race of half serpentine warrior aelves and spies at the behest of their Queen and Goddess, Morathi.[1a]

Birthed from the great cauldron Máthcoir, dark magic and drops of Morathi's own essence, each Melusai is imbued with magical powers and utmost, unshakable faith in their creator, as well as a burning hatred for their tormenter Slaanesh.[2b]

Temple Sects are blessed with the presence of sisters. Because of their changed appearance they were kept hidden. Either out of side in the inner sanctums of khainite temples or cloaked in illusory magic. These enchantments allow the Melusai to appear in the form of a normal aelf, wandering among their sisters, and acting as eyes in the temples for their queen, dealing with any that might question the high Oracle, her intentions or her actions.[1c]

Melusai can use their scáth touch to turn their foes into pertified crystal statues, still fully painfully aware of their new state.[4b]

With her ascension to godhood, Morathi has become far more willing to openly show her mightiest warriors. While there are rumors of additional forms, three kinds are the most commonly found across the battlefields of the Mortal Realms[2b]:

  • Ironscale: Elite war leaders made from souls with a burning hatred for Slaanesh.[2d]
  • Blood Sisters: Powerful warriors that can turn their enemies into unmoving crystal statues with a single touch.[2b]
  • Blood Stalkers: Skilled elite archers, their arrows can pierce an enemies heart from across the battlefield.[2b]


Hear me my sisters, and I will tell you the one truth that matters: power. It matters not where or how we acquire it. Only that we do so. We have all felt the taint of what happens to those who are defeated, and it must never happen again. Rise my scàthborn, for you are my will.

~Morathi addressing her Melusai .[1d]


Sapient Races of the Mortal Realms
Mortals Humanoids CreeperFimirFomoroidGrazHalfling (Rockwrist) • HumanMerkavethOgor (Rock OgorYhetee) • OgroidSkaven (Rat Ogor) • SankritSloggothTelantr
Aelf Aelf of the HollowsCity AelfGrey AelfIdoneth (CythaiNamarti) • KurnothiLuminethScáthborn
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Gor-kin Bullgor (CygorGhorgon) • CentigorGor (PestigorSlaangorTzaangor) • Ungor
Greenskins Grot (Bog-GrotCrabspiderGnoblarScuttling) • HobgrotOrruk (Black OrrukGorrukJunkarMorrukSavage Orruk) • Snotling
Seraphon Chameleon SkinkKroxigorSaurusSkinkSlann
Troggoth BileDankholdFellwaterIceMirebruteRockgutSourbreathSulphurbreath
Beasts AetarCatMagmadrothOchtarSphiranxPhoenixStar-EagleVulcanaurWarhawk
Dragonkind DraconithDracothFire-WyrmStardrakeStar-Wyrm
Centauroids Ba'halDragon Ogor (Shaggoth) • DrogrukhZoat
Spirits Eidolon
Elemental Aelementor (Cloud-SpiritSpirit of the MountainSpirit of the Wind) • FlamegheistLiving LandShadow DaemonSpite
Sylvaneth BranchlingForest FolkNaereidNoble SpiritsFree SpiritsOutcasts
Undead LicheMalignantMordantReanimant (Morghast) • WightVampireZombie
Daemons Daemon PrinceFamiliarFuryKhornate (BloodletterBloodthirster) • Nurglite (Great Unclean OneNurglingPlaguebearer) • Slaaneshi (DaemonetteKeeper of Secrets) • Soul GrinderTzeentchian (Gaunt SummonerHorror of TzeentchLord of Change) • Verminlord
Automata Cog-People of Odsin
Other AbholonGholemkindHomonculusJotunbergKelpdarMerwynnNaiadSilent PeopleVolc-giantWandering Mountains
Daughters of Khaine
Units Avatar of Khaine - Bloodwrack Medusa - Bloodwrack Shrine - Cauldron of Blood - Dark Steed - Doomfire Warlock - Hag Queen - High Gladiatrix - Khainite Shadowstalkers - Khinerai (Heartrender - Lifetaker) - Melusai (Blood Sister - Blood Stalker - Ironscale) - Sister of Slaughter - Slaughter Queen - Witch Aelf
Characters Anhil - Belleth - Cesse - Druthara - Faonora - Galene - Gryselle's Arenai (Gryselle - Retaria - Kalexis - Thrialla - Traxya) - Krylla - Selendti Llyr-Xiss - Malekandra - Morathi - Morgwaeth‎'s Blade-coven (Morgwaeth‎ - Khamyss - Kyrae - Kyrssa - Lethyr) - Rhaelanthe - Shadeborn (Slythael Shadestalker - Drusylla Viserax - Sylarc Greyblood - Valyssa Umbrael) - Thaelire - Trisethni - Vhorskaya - Yelena
Khainite Sects Draichi Ganeth - Hagg Nar - Khailebron - Kharumathi - Khelt Nar - Kraith - Zainthar Kai
Background Khaine - Morathi - Scáthborn - Hagg Nar - Magic (Lore of Shadows - Blood Magic) - Faith (Prayers of the Khainite Cult - Miracles of Khaine - Invocation of Khaine) - Leathanam
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