The Road of Blades (short story)

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The Road of Blades
The Road of Blades cover.jpg
Author(s) Josh Reynolds
Cover Artist Lie Setiawan
Released 2016
ISBN 978-1-78572-285-1
Followed by Spear of Shadows

The Road of Blades is a short story by Josh Reynolds which describes the search by Ahazian Kel for the Raod of Blades which would lead him to the Soulmaw. [1]


Those who tread the Road of Blades do so seeking glory in the eyes of the Dark Gods, or so Ahazian Kel believes. He is the last of his tribe, a Deathbringer, a fearless warrior whose path leads him to the dreaded Soulmaw, a forge-citadel and bastion of Khorne's Skullgrinders, a place between realms. To breach such a fortress... the rewards could be beyond imagining, the power to determine your own destiny, but Ahazian must endure every trial of Chaos and prove he is worthy before he can become exalted.


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Following signs from his god, Khorne in the bodies and entrials of those he has slain, Ahazian Kel, deathbringer is moving through the Black Grasses, a steppe in the Realm of Aqshy when he is ambushed by riders of the Horse-Lords of the Caldera. He fights his way through and locates the Road of Blades - a magical causeway created from the weapons of the fallen defenders of the city of Caldera leading to the ruins of that city.[1]

On the road he encounters other champions of the blood god - also called to the city and the road to the Soulmaw by different Forgemasters before he finally reaches the forge of Volundr of Hesphut who tells him of the Eight Lamentations, weapons that he will seek out and perhaps wield in Khorne's name.[1]


To see if you are worthy of the quest. Do you think yourself one of the Godchosen, then, Ahazian Kel? Are you one of the eight champions destined to wield the Lamentations in Khorne’s name, in the final bloodletting, when the stars themselves are snuffed out?

~Volundr of Hesphut to Ahazian.[1]