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Soulblight
Bloodseeker Palanquin 01.jpg
A Bloodseeker Palanquin of the Soulblight vampires.
Grand alliance Death
Major characters Mannfred
Neferata
Vhordai
Races Malignant
Vampire
Mounts Bat
Fell Bat
Nightmare
Zombie Dragon
Vehicles Bloodseeker Palanquin
Coven Throne
Spell lores Lore of the Vampires

Soulblight vampires are powerful undead creatures who are a curse upon the living and who hunger endlessly for fresh blood.

Overview

All vampires can trace their lineage back to Neferata who drank Nagash's blood, becoming immortal as she desired but also like her blood-children she became ever subject to his will.[8]

Soulblight Vampires have everlasting, inhuman strength and insatiable lust for blood with countless kings and queens across the Mortal Realms bearing this "curse". Many are blood children of the Mortarch's Neferata and Mannfred von Carstein who on their behalf build empires and carry out plots, schemes, wars. Some seek to forge their own place in the dangerous hierarchy of the dead, [1] with those of Neferata's bloodline tending towards at least a semblance of civilisation and those of Mannfred's likely to be macabre and treating mortals as cattle.[8]

Soulblight vampires often have dark magical power enabling them to control and raise the dead up to and including Zombie Dragons. Some ride to war as Blood Knights clad in heavy plate armour whilst others glide into battle upon coven thrones, sipping the blood of mortals, surrounded by clouds of servile spirits and beautiful handmaidens. Some are driven mad by the curse and form the dreaded Flesh-eater Courts.[1] They can vary as much in appearance as they do in nature - some are decadent courtiers or deadily knights (or even both!), on the Parching Wastes in the Realm of Aqshy ash vampires are skeletally thin and pale with knife like claws whereas the tribal chieftans of the Realm of Ghur are huge and hairy befanged monsters.[10]

The Bloodlines from the World-that-Was are still part of the nature of the various vampires. There are four of them, each of them with a specific affinity:[5]

  • Dragon Warriors with superior combat skills.[5]
  • Lords of Night with the ability to more easily influence their minions.[5]
  • Necromantic with the ability to cause fear and superior wizardry.[5]
  • Swift Death with superior speed and agility.[5]

Some vampires become obsessed completely by the consumption of blood, seeking always the perfect taste of mortal blood and become known as Sanguinarchs. Some take to the battlefield on Bloodseeker Palanquins to sample the blood of those they consider worthy but others live within mortal cities or temples, manipulating their hosts bloodlines to provide the perfect blend. When a Sanguinarch goes to war, she is often accompanied by a cloud of banshees - who may have been in life, rivals or chosen victims and who now slice their creators prey to fill her challice. [10]

Vargheists are monstrous bestial vampires who are often kept to the shadows of their kin's court but none can deny their power on the battlefield. Many vampires fear that should they be deprived of blood they will become a Vargheist. [8] Bats, large and small also carry the curse with Fell Bats being some of the larger breeds that can be found. When they descend to battle they are often accompanied by lesser Bat Swarms.

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Soulblight
Units Abyssal Terror - Bat Swarm - Blood Knight - Bloodseeker Palanquin (Sanguinarch - Spectral Host - Tomb Banshee) - Coven Throne (Pallid Handmaiden - Spectral Host - Vampire Queen) - Fell Bat - Nightmare - Vampire Lord - Vargheist - Zombie Dragon
Characters Adhema - Ahalaset - Annika - Aylessa - Cyssandra - Dessina Avaranthe - Doyenne Dalvia - Emalia Grimsour - Evered Halorecht - Giraldus - Harkdron - Harrowgheist - Helvir - Jedefor - Karya Treveign - Kemsit - Kritza - Mannfred - Markus - Mathas Hellezan - Mereneth - Naaima - Nagen - Nagra Halorecht - Neferata - Raia - Shordemaire - The Blood Dragon - Velaza Bentessas - Varkos Varactyr - Venzor - Vhordrai - Vinhela - Vorst Treveign - Yessanna - Zhlatomir
Armoury - Artwork - Miniatures
Grand Alliances and factions
OrderChaosDestructionDeath
Beasts of the GraveDeadwalkersDeathlordsDeathmagesDeathrattleFlesh-Eater CourtsLegions of Nagash (Grand Host of NagashLegion of BloodLegion of GriefLegion of NightLegion of Sacrament) • NighthauntOssiarch BonereapersSoulblight