Stardrake

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Stardrake
Drakesworn Templar 01.png
Drakesworn Templar on a Stardrake
Grand alliance Order
Associated factions Stormcast Eternals
Origins Children of Dracothion
Languages Language of the Children of Dracothion
Type Beasts

The Stardrakes are mighty dragonlike children of Dracothion, creatures of celestial magic. [1b]

Communication

Although they have their own unique language, they can also understand and speak the varied languages of Aelves, Duardin and Humans. Until the Age of Sigmar however it was rare that they would interact with other races. [1b]

Nature

Some believe that Dracoths are actually immature Stardrakes that will eventually return to the heavens to complete their metamorphosis. [1b]

Stardrakes obtain sustenance both by basking in starlight and from consuming meat from prey such as stymphalions, zephyrgriffs, thundertusks and grigordons. Whilst they also hunt Chaos creatures, they will never feed on them for the corruption of Chaos is anathema to them. [1b]

When a Stardrake dies, it is normally reincarnated in the Heavens in a new form, but as the Age of Chaos continued, less and less spirits of slain drakes were able to reach the heavens to be reborn. By the Age of Sigmar, the stardrakes were at risk of becoming a dead race. It was this that finally spurred the creation and opening of the Extremis Chambers. [1a] Those stardrakes souls that become trapped manifest as solargems and are protected by powerful enchantments so that only the most noble can find them. [1c]

Stormcast Eternals seeking to become part of a Drakesworn Temple undertake the Trial of Starwalking and a worthy few are able to find these lost solargems. Returning them to the heavens will allow them to bond with the renewed stardrake. [1c]

History

It was during the most intense starfalls that the noble children of Dracothion would descend into the Mortal Realms, establishing fortress's in the remote locations, favouring the highest peaks with the oldest amongst them taking the highest perches. [1b]

On occasion a common foe would be enough for a drake to join other races but once the threat was destroyed, they would return to their isolation. This would not change until the Age of Sigmar[1b] when the Extremis Chambers where opened. Sigmar and Dracothion saw these as emulating their own relationship and bond - one able to deal with any threat that they might encounter - in particular the Greater Daemon. [1a]

Bonded Drakesworn Templars and Stardrakes now work together and can be found in their Stormhost's Drakesworn temple when not fighting against the enemies of Sigmar and Dracothion.[1c]

Notable

Sources

Sapient Races of the Mortal Realms
Mortals Ba'halCatDragon Ogor (Shaggoth) • Duardin (FyreslayerShadow Duardin) • FimirFomoroidGargant (Mega-Gargant) • HalflingHumanKurnothi CentaurKurnothi FaunOgor (Yhetee) • OgroidSlannSeraphon (Chameleon SkinkKroxigorSaurusSkink) • Skaven (Rat Ogor)
Aelf City AelfGrey AelfIdonethKurnothiLuminethScáthborn
Gor-kin Bullgor (CygorGhorgon) • CentigorGor (PestigorSlaangorTzaangor) • Ungor
Greenskins GnoblarGrot (CrabspiderScuttling) • HobgrotOrrukSnotling
Troggoth BileDankholdFellwaterMirebruteRockgutSourbreathSulphurbreath
Spirits Aelementor (Spirits of the MountainSpirits of the Wind) • EidolonShadow DaemonSpiteSylvaneth (BranchlingForest FolkNoble SpiritsFree SpiritsOutcasts)
Undead LicheMalignantMordantReanimant (Morghast) • WightVampireZombie
Daemons Daemon PrinceFuryKhornate (BloodletterBloodthirster) • Nurglite (Great Unclean OneNurglingPlaguebearer) • Slaaneshi (DaemonetteKeeper of Secrets) • Soul GrinderTzeentchian (Gaunt SummonerHorror of TzeentchLord of Change) • Verminlord
Automata Cog-People of Odsin
Other AbholonAetarDracothDrogrukhGholemkindJotunbergKelpdarMagmadrothMerwynnMindstealer SphiranxPhoenixSankritSilent PeopleStardrakeValayWarhawk
Dragonkind Draconith
Stormcast Eternals
Units Angelos Conclave (ProsecutorStormstrike ChariotVanguard-HunterVanguard-Pallador) • Azyrite Beasts (AetherwingCelestial DracolineDracothGryph-ChargerGryph-HoundStar-DrakeStar-EagleStar FalconTauralon) • Corpuscant Conclave (Evocator) • Dracothian Guard (ConcussorDesolatorFulminatorTempestor) • Drakesworn TemplarJusticar Conclave (JudicatorCastigatorVanguard-RaptorVigilor) • Knight-ArcanumKnight-AzyrosKnight-DraconisKnight-HeraldorKnight-IncantorKnight-JudicatorKnight-QuestorKnight-RelictorKnight-VenatorKnight-VexillorLord-AquilorLord-ArcanumLord-CastellantLord-CelestantLord-ExorcistLord-ImperatantLord-OrdinatorLord-RelictorLord-VeritantOrdinatos Conclave (Celestar Ballista) • Paladin Conclave (DecimatorProtectorRetributorAnnihilator) • Redeemer Conclave (LiberatorSequitorVanquisherVindictor) • PraetorStormdrake Guard
Characters ActinusArkas WarbeastArnhaultAstreia SolbrightAventis FirestrikeBastian CarthalosBalthas ArumBerek the IndomitableCassandora StormforgedCelestant-PrimeCerrus SentanusDacian AnvilFarstriders (Almeric Eagle-EyeElias SwiftbladeSanson Farstrider) • Gardus Steel SoulGavriel SureheartGolden PatriarchHamilcar Bear-EaterImperius (Loxia) • Ionus CryptbornIronsoul's Condemnors (Brodus BlightbaneGwynne IronsoulTavian of Sarnassus) • Jactos GoldenmaneKarazaiKalyani ThunderbladeKeiser ven BrechtKnossus HeavensenKrondysLarissa ShadowstalkerLeena StormspireLorrus GrymnLynus GhalmorianMorbus StormwardenNeave BlacktalonOrius AdamantinePharakisRamus of the Shadowed SoulSalonia GravewingSathphren SwiftbladeShining LordSteelheart's Champions (Angharad BrightshieldObrynSeverin Steelheart) • Storm of Celestus (AphusDrakan CelestusMellisan Star-SightedSleek) • Sylas BeastbaneStormsire's Cursebreakers (Ammis DawnguardAveron StormsireRastus) • Tarsus Bull-HeartTheurdis SilverhandThostos BladestormTornus the RedeemedTyberain VostTylos StormboundVandus Hammerhand (Calanax) • Victrian CyroccoXandire's Truthseekers (Calthia XandireDhoraz Giant-FellLuxa StormriderTaros) • Vorrus StarstrikeXandria AzureboltYndrastaZenius the DirgeZephacleasZeraphina Heldensdotter
Stormhosts First Striking Angels AethericAnvils of the HeldenhammerAstral TemplarsAzyrite ArbitersBlades of DawnCelestial VindicatorsHallowed KnightsHammers of SigmarHelden SonsLions of SigmarSigmarite BrotherhoodSons of the GladiusStormblood Guard
Second Striking Blooded DawnCelestial KnightsCelestial Warbringers Crimson SeraphsFists of SigmariteGhyran GuardKnights ExcelsiorKnights of AzyrKnights of the AuroraLightning HawksMaelstrom of LightRadiant Suns of SigmarSilent HostSons of MallusSons of the StormTempest Lords
Unknown Striking Azure GuardBarony of ThunderBlack DracothiansBlackhammersCelestial LionsCerulean CometsGleaming SpearsGuardians of the FirmamentHammers of RetributionHeralds of CasandoraIron TridentsJusticars of AzyrKnights AuroraKnights IndomitableKnights MercilessKnights TempestorKraken BladesSunboltsSundered BrotherhoodTempered BladesTrue Sons of Sigmar
Background Anvil of ApotheosisLord-CommandersReforgingRedeemedSigmariteStormhosts (ChambersConclavesRetinues) • Transfigured
ArtworkMiniatures - Endless Spells