Scáthborn

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

History

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, 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]

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. 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]

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]

Khinerai

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 Màthcoir, 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]

Melusai

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] There are least two distinct forms of the Melusai. [1c]

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]

Quotes

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]

Sources

Sapient Races of the Mortal Realms
Mortals Aelf (IdonethScáthborn) • Ba'halDragon Ogor (Shaggoth) • DuardinFimirFomoroidGargantHumanOgorOgroidSlannSeraphon (Chameleon SkinkKroxigorSaurusSkink) • Skaven (Rat Ogor) • Troggoth (DankholdFellwaterRockgutSourbreathSulphurbreath)
Gor-kin Bullgor (CygorGhorgon) • CentigorGor (PestigorSlaangorTzaangor) • Ungor
Greenskins Grot (ScuttlingGnoblar) • OrrukSnotling
Spirits Aelementor (Spirits of the MountainSpirits of the Wind) • EidolonSpiteSylvaneth (Forest FolkNoble SpiritsFree SpiritsOutcasts)
Undead MalignantMordantReanimant (Morghast) • SkeletonVampireZombie
Daemons Daemon PrinceFuryKhornate (BloodletterBloodthirster) • Nurglite (Great Unclean OneNurglingPlaguebearer) • Slaaneshi (DaemonetteKeeper of Secrets) • Soul GrinderTzeentchian (Gaunt SummonerHorror of TzeentchLord of Change) • Verminlord
Other AetarDracothGholemkindKelpdarMerwynnMindstealer SphiranxSankritSilent PeopleStardrakeValay
Daughters of Khaine
Units Avatar of Khaine - Bloodwrack Medusa - Bloodwrack Shrine - Cauldron of Blood - Dark Steed - Doomfire Warlock - Hag Queen - Khinerai (Heartrender - Lifetaker) - Melusai (Blood Sister - Blood Stalker - Ironscale) - Sister of Slaughter - Slaughter Queen - Witch Aelf
Characters Cesse - Druthara - Faonora - Krylla - Selendti Llyr-Xiss - Malekandra - Morathi - Morgwaeth‎ - Vhorskaya
Khainite Sects Draichi Ganeth - Hagg Nar - Khailebron - Khelt Nar - Kraith - Zainthar Kai
Armoury - Artwork - Invocation of Khaine - Miniatures - Icons - Endless Spells