Thorns of the Briar Queen

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Grand Alliance Death
Faction Nighthaunt
Leader Briar Queen
Members Varclav the Cruel

The Thorns of the Briar Queen are an Underworlds warband whose members are Chainrasps bound eternally to the will of the Briar Queen. She is a former prisoner of the Nightvault who has been freed by Nagash to kill all those who seek to plunder the Mirrored City of Shadespire.[1] On her command they flock to defend her or look for victims that she can sate her malice, using their spectral chains to snare and render them helpless against the spiteful gheists.[4]


Briar Queen

Main article: Briar Queen

The Briar Queen was once a death mage of formidable power, a great enemy of Shadespire whose undead armies breached the city walls and threatened to tear down all that the Katophranes had built. Only after unthinkable bloodshed was the Briar Queen defeated, captured and sentenced to an eternity of imprisonment and torment in the Nightvault, far beneath the city streets. Years passed, and this agonising existence slowly drove the Briar Queen to madness. Trapped for centuries in a cell of obsidian shadeglass, she was consumed by misery and despair, yet an ember of hatred for those who had condemned her to this fate still lingered. She was the perfect tool for Nagash to unleash upon those who dared to trespass within the Mirrored City. The Great Necromancer dragged her screaming essence from her crystal tomb and fashioned her inchoate malice into the dread form of a banshee, with her former mastery of necromantic magic still intact. Nagash’s final gift to the Briar Queen was an army of malicious spirits with which to see his will done[6], and was unleashed to menace lands inhabited by certain souls that have cheated the Great Necromancer. With the aid of her spectral army – the Thorns of the Briar Queen – she visits each of the Mortal Realms, always bringing back her target’s soul. Between missions the Briar Queen returns to Shadespire, for her need for vengeance there remains unsatisfied.[5]

Varclav the Cruel

Main article: Varclav the Cruel

Varclav the Cruel is the Briar Queen’s majordomo, an infamously sadistic gheist who was formerly the high-warden of the Nightvault until he himself was imprisoned for a string of vile murders.[6]


Main article: Ever-Hanged

Greatest amongst the Briar Queen's numbers is the Ever-Hanged, the spectral echo of a serial murderer, around whose neck still hangs the gallows-rope that ended his reign of terror.[6]


Main article: Chainrasp



By decree of the Great Necromancer, the souls of all trespassers within the Mirrored City are forfeit [3]


Warhammer Underworlds Warbands
Shadespire Steelheart's ChampionsGarrek's ReaversSepulchral GuardIronskull's BoyzChosen AxesSpiteclaw's SwarmFarstridersMagore's FiendsStorm of CelestusDrepur's Wraithcreepers
Nightvault Stormsire's CursebreakersThorns of the Briar QueenEyes of the NineZarbag's GitzMollog's MobGodsworn HuntYlthari's GuardiansThundrik's Profiteers
Beastgrave Grashrak's DespoilersSkaeth's Wild HuntGrymwatchRippa's SnarlfangsWurmspatHrothgorn's MantrappersMorgwaeth's Blade-covenMorgok's Krushas
Dreadfane Ironsoul's CondemnorsLady Harrow's Mournflight
Direchasm Myari's PurifiersDread PageantKhagra's RavagersStarblood StalkersCrimson CourtHedkrakka's MadmobKainan's ReapersElathain's Soulraid
Harrowdeep Xandire's TruthseekersDa Kunnin' KrewBlackpowder's BuccaneersExiled Dead
Nethermaze ShadebornSkittershank's ClawpackHexbane's HuntersGorechosen of Dromm
Gnarlwood Gnarlspirit PackSons of VelmornGrinkrak's LooncourtGryselle's Arenai
Wyrdhollow Domitan's StormcovenEphilim's PandaemoniumHeadsmen's CurseSkabbik's Plaguepack
Deathgorge Cyreni's RazorsThricefold DiscordDaggok's Stab-LadzZondara's Gravebreakers
Wintermaw Brethren of the BoltThe Skinnerkin
Nighthaunt Death
Background DolorumElixiaMalignants
Magic Lore (Lore of the Underworlds) • Unit-specific Spells
Processions BlackguardBurning ScreamChainguard of ViniculumChainwraithsCrimson ProcessionBlood MavensEmerald HostGlowing HostGrieving LegionGrimguardMalendrek’s ProcessionQuicksilver DeadReikenor's CondemnedReaverhostScarlet DoomSepulchral Armada
Chainguard ChainraspGuardian of Souls
Condemned ChainghastChainraspSpirit Torment
Deathriders Black CoachDreadblade HarrowHexwraith
Death Stalkers Cairn WraithGlaivewraith StalkerGrimghast Reaper
Executioner Horde Lord ExecutionerSpirit Host
Shrieker Host Dreadscythe HarridanMyrmourn BansheeTomb Banshee
Shroudguard Bladegheist RevenantKnight of Shrouds
Beasts Ethereal Steed
Other Craventhrone GuardKrulghast CruciatorMourngulScriptor Mortis
Special Unique AwlrachDrepur's WraithcreepersHeadsmen's CurseLady Harrow's MournflightKurdoss ValentianOlynderReikenorGrimhailer Thorns of the Briar Queen
Endless Spells Mortalis TerminexusShyish ReaperVault of Souls
Deities & Mortarchs NagashOlynder
Characters Awlrach the DrownerCelemnisEntyr RochaKeldrekKurdoss ValentianLady Harrow's Mournflight (Anguished OneLady HarrowScreaming MaidenWidow Caitha) • Morwyrt BlackheartOmphalo DohlReikenor the GrimhailerSabrodtThorns of the Briar Queen (Briar QueenEver-HangedKreth SoulvoidVarclav) • Valentian HeraldsVorgen MalendrekWhite Witch