Skaven Clan

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Skavendom is divided into a hierarchal society, that is separated into what is known as the Great Clans, each having their own specialisations, troops, armaments and methods of waging war.[1a][2c]. The chaotic societies formed by these clans are ruled by violence and treachery, as each Great Clan vies for domination. Each of Great Clan is divided into millions of smaller clans, scattered across the Mortal Realms and beyond.[2c][2d]

Ruling over all of these clans is the Council of Thirteen, a council with twelve seats for the rulers of the mightiest clans in Skavendom, and a thirteenth symbolic seat for the Great Horned Rat. Or so the council believes, in truth the whole of the Skaven race is manipulated by the Shadow Council, thirteen Verminlords who direct the skaven from within the horrifying sub-realm known as the Deepengnaw.[2c] The power structures within both councils are ever in flux, constantly changing as clans and Verminlords fight for power. With only the seat on the Council of Thirteen belonging to the Great Horned Rat and Skreech Verminking's position on the Shadoe Council being secure.[2c]

Great Clans

Every clan of Skaven is part of one of the Great Clans, or else vassalized to one. It has been said that the Great Horned Rat brought the Skaven to the Mortal Realms in his mouth, scattering them in the darkest corners of the Realms. These are known as the First Clans, the precursors of the Great Clans, and the Masterclan.[2d] It is believed that as many as thirteen Great Clans were first brought to the Realms.[2a]

All the Clans originate from the following Great Clans:

  • Eshin: Assassins and saboteurs.[2d]
  • Moulder: Breeders of horrifying beasts.[2d]
  • Pestilens: Religious fanatics dedicated to disease and pestillence.[2d]
  • Skryre: Arcane engineers, who employ a wide variety of unstable weaponry.[2d]
  • Verminus: Are the most numerous, formed of petty overlords and teeming hordes beyond count.[2d]

Some of the Great Clans were destroyed or disappeared since they were brought to the Mortal Realms.[2a] Of those the following are known:

List

Name Great Clan Territory Status Notes Source


Kratt Eshin Active Expert in the art of sabotage. Battletome: Skaven (2019) - The Clans Eshin, pg. 29
Nichtus Eshin Active At the beginning of the Age of Chaos they sent several slinktalons to assist the forces of Slaanesh in breaching the fortress of Obstryx. Battletome: Skaven (2019) - Rise of the Under-Empire, pg. 18-21
Nullix Eshin Active Specialists in slaying sorcerer's and mages. They often wear grey. Battletome: Skaven (2019) - The Clans Eshin, pg. 29
Scurrie Eshin Active Thought to be one of the two most powerful Eshin clans, having a master on the Council of Thirteen, but this may be a deception. Battletome: Skaven (2019) - The Clans Eshin, pg. 29
Slynk Eshin Active Grey Seer Retchnik hired them to use the partially flooded gnawhole that had emptied the Khaphtar Sea and sneak into Nagashizzar, causing the Necroquake. Battletome: Skaven (2019) - Rise of the Under-Empire, pg. 18-21
Stryk Eshin Active Thought to be one of the two most powerful Eshin clans, having a master on the Council of Thirteen, but this may be a deception. Long enemies of Clawlord Splitfang and his Clan Skrabb over a ruined duardin karak, they enslaved those who survived the Stormcast Eternals attack on his newly claimed stronghold. Battletome: Skaven (2019) - Rise of the Under-Empire, pg. 18-21
Battletome: Skaven (2019) - The Clans Eshin, pg. 29
Dregg Moulder Active Famed for its huge number of beasts, holding important contracts with clans in Verminus and Skryre. Battletome: Skaven (2019) - The Clans Moulder, pg. 28
Ghrubbitus Moulder Active In the Age of Chaos they engaged in a prolonged war with the Kharzmid Fyreslayer lodge. Battletome: Skaven (2019) - Rise of the Under-Empire, pg. 18-21
Snirk Moulder Realm of Shyish Active A clan from the Realm of Shyish. Battletome: Skaven (2019) - The Clans Moulder, pg. 28
Threbb Moulder Realm of Ghyran Active Their Master Moulder Scruntclaw was part of the assault on Mausol. Battletome: Skaven (2019) - Skaven Clans, pg. 23
Battletome: Skaven (2019) - The Clans Moulder, pg. 28
Blitus Pestilens Active A clan with a huge swarm. What's News Today: 2016/03/08
Brakkish Pestilens Expugtor Active Their burrow is on the flank of the pus-vulcano, Expugtor in the Realm of Ghyran. Battletome: Skaven (2019) - The Clans Pestilens, pg. 26
Buborix Pestilens Active A thrall clan to Clan Morbidus. Battletome: Skaven (2019) - The Clans Pestilens, pg. 26
Corruptus Pestilens Active A thrall clan to Clan Morbidus. Battletome: Skaven (2019) - The Clans Pestilens, pg. 26
Feesik Pestilens Active They are one of the three original Pestilens clans from which all others descended. Their plague monks number in the billions. What's News Today: 2016/03/08
Festerlingus Pestilens Active Legends of the Age of Sigmar: Skaven Pestilens
Grotus Pestilens Active A newly splintered clan. What's News Today: 2016/03/08
Morbidus Pestilens Active One of the three original Pestilens clans from which all others descended. Their plague monks number in the billions. Legends of the Age of Sigmar: Skaven Pestilens
What's News Today: 2016/03/08
Pustulous Pestilens Active A thrall clan to Clan Morbidus. Battletome: Skaven (2019) - The Clans Pestilens, pg. 26
Retchid Pestilens Active A clan with a huge swarm and a thrall clan to Clan Feesik. [9b] What's News Today: 2016/03/08
Battletome: Skaven (2019) - The Clans Pestilens, pg. 26
Septik Pestilens Active Known as the Right Claw of Pestilens. They are one of the three original Pestilens clans from which all others descended. Their Plague Monks number in the billions. What's News Today: 2016/03/08
Shrok Pestilens Active Battletome: Skaven (2019) - Rise of the Under-Empire, pg. 18-21
Skab Pestilens Active A clan descended from the Clan Morbidus. Battletome: Skaven Pestilens (2016) - Colours of Contagion, Pg. 22-24
Skrofulox Pestilens Active A newly splintered clan. What's News Today: 2016/03/08
Sputix Pestilens Active A newly splintered clan. What's News Today: 2016/03/08
Vomix Pestilens Active Battletome: Skaven (2019) - Rise of the Under-Empire, pg. 18-21
Vomikrit Pestilens Active A thrall clan to Clan Feesik. Battletome: Skaven (2019) - The Clans Pestilens, pg. 26
Ekkit Skryre Active Battletome: Skaven (2019) - War between the Clans, pg. 12-15
Ezzik Skryre Active Headed by Arch-Warlock Skrach, a member of the Council of Thirteen. Battletome: Skaven (2019) - The Horned Rat, pg. 8-11
Krakhl Skryre Active Proud to be known as pyromaniacs. Battletome: Skaven (2019) - The Clans Skryre - pg. 24-25
Phrikk Skryre Active Works with Clan Virulox to develop new plague engines to aid them in the civil war with Clan Septik. Battletome: Skaven (2019) - Rise of the Under-Empire, pg. 18-21
Battletome: Skaven (2019) - The Clans Skryre - pg. 24-25
Rhukrit Skryre Gryndfang Active Swift, direct war makers. Battletome: Skaven (2019) - The Clans Skryre - pg. 24-25
Tesnykt Skryre Active With Grey Seers they create the Screaming Bells. Battletome: Skaven (2019) - The Masterclan, pg. 30
Shokryk Skryre Active They attempt to capture Stormcast Eternal souls using voltovore engines, initially a terrible failure. Battletome: Skaven (2019) - Rise of the Under-Empire, pg. 18-21
Battletome: Skaven (2019) - The Clans Skryre - pg. 24-25
Shyvik Skryre Active Notable for Warlock-Admiral Steelklaw who creates a powerful air armada that inspires many others across skavendom. Battletome: Skaven (2019) - Rise of the Under-Empire, pg. 18-21
Battletome: Skaven (2019) - The Clans Skryre - pg. 24-25
Staktik Skryre Active They focus on spycraft devices such as arcanosectral spygoggles. Battletome: Skaven (2019) - The Clans Skryre - pg. 24-25
Vrrtkin Skryre Active The Realmgate Wars: Godbeasts - The Parasite's Feast, pg. 156
Zikk Skryre Active Creators of the city-sized Parasite Engines. Battletome: Skaven (2019) - The Clans Skryre - pg. 24-25
Ziknak Skryre Devastated In the Age of Sigmar, the Clan is devastated by the Much-great Sky-kill Air Armada under Warlock-Admiral Steelklaw. Battletome: Skaven (2019) - Rise of the Under-Empire, pg. 18-21
Fang Verminus Karak-a-Zaruk
Blight City
Active The most numerous clan. Its greatest stronghold is in the ruins of Karak-a-Zaruk in Chamon. Their war-warrens can be found across Skavendom including Blight City. Battletome: Skaven (2019) - Warriors of Verminus, pg. 42-43
Battletome: Skaven (2019) - The Clans Verminus, pg. 27
Ferrik Verminus Active The Realmgate Wars: Balance of Power
Gnarlkyn Verminus Active Battletome: Skaven (2019) - Skaven Clans, pg. 22-23
Grimus Verminus Active A lesser Clan, its Warlord Smurkit Driptail was killed during the assault on Furios Peak. The Realmgate Wars: Balance of Power
Irongnawer Verminus Active The Realmgate Wars: Balance of Power
Klaw Verminus Active One of the two original clans. Battletome: Skaven (2019) - Skaven Clans, pg. 22-23
Koniptik Verminus Realm of Aqshy Active Fiery-furred skaven from the Realm of Aqshy. Battletome: Skaven (2019) - The Clans Verminus, pg. 27
Mekkrit Verminus Active Clawlord Rikkit accidentally entered a Stormvault through a Gnawhole. Tales of Forbidden Power- Sacristy on the Warhammer Community Site
Morskrit Verminus Active Ancient clan who still clings to existence. Battletome: Skaven (2019) - The Clans Verminus, pg. 27
Rictus Verminus Active A powerful clan. Spear of Shadows
The Realmgate Wars: Balance of Power
Scour Verminus Realm of Hysh Active A growing rival to Clan Fang from the Realm of Hysh. Battletome: Skaven (2019) - The Clans Verminus, pg. 27
Skarrik Verminus Active One of the two original clans. Battletome: Skaven (2019) - Skaven Clans, pg. 22-23
Sootfang Verminus Magmalands Active Dominates the Magmalands with Clan Vekn and assistance from the Clans Skryre. The Realmgate Wars: Balance of Power
Stabbik Verminus Active Clawlord Gnawdrek defeated a duardin force. Battletome: Skaven (2019) - The Clans Verminus, pg. 27
Vekn Verminus Magmalands Active Dominates the Magmalands with Clan Sootfang and assistance from the Clans Skryre. The Realmgate Wars: Balance of Power
Vrash Verminus Active Trophy-bedecked and arrogant skaven. Battletome: Skaven (2019) - The Clans Verminus, pg. 27
Fetter Verminus Necros Active Death by a Thousand Gnaw-Bites (Short Story)
Krank Unknown Active They hired Clan Mekkrit to raid and loot the workshops of Vulkus Mont and bring back its contents, including its engineers back to Blight City. Tales of Forbidden Power - Sacristy

Sources

  • 1: Mighty Battles
    • 1a: The Threat Below...
    • 1b: Where Strides Bolathrax
  • 2: Battletome: Skaven (2019)
    • 2a: Rise of the Under-Empire, pg. 18-19
    • 2b: War Between the Clans, pg. 12
    • 2c: The Horned Rat, pg. 8
    • 2d: Skaven Clans, pg. 22-23
    • 2e: The Clans Verminus, pg.27
    • 2f: Warriors of Verminus, pg.42-43