Zephacleas

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Zephacleas.

Zephacleas is the Lord-Celestant of the Beast-Bane Warrior-Chamber of the Astral Templars. He was once a chieftain of the Ghurlands tribe, fighting for survival and food or to clear the woods of monster. Now as a Stormcast Eternal he seeks nothing but to sweep clear the taint of Chaos out of the Mortal Realms.[1][2]

History

Origin

Before he was a Stormcast, Zephacleas was a brawling chieftain of the Ghurlands tribe. His tribe led a primitive, nomadic existence fighting off Orruks and Chaos traitors as they travelled through the dense forests of those savage kingdoms. He was chosen from amongst the greatest of barbaric tribal champions he was reforged and renamed Zephacleas.[2]

Stormcast

He and his Warrior Chamber earned their war-name in Azyrheim hunting the remaining beasts that lurked in the high crags and deep canyons of the mountains of that Realm. Zephacleas slew the Black Bull of Nordrath and his chamber had harried the beast-packs of the Antarktos Ridge to extinction. [3a]

He trains his warrior into battle as he once did, but now in Sigmaron, the place he had once worshipped as the home of the gods.[2] After landing on Tephra Crater he was given the task of leading his men to climb through its western slopes and clear the howling hordes that guarded and ancient duardin road that went through the Raxulian Lava-Tubes.[1]

Four Warrior Chambers of the Astral Templars entered the Gnarlwood and finally cleansed it of its Brayherd inhabitants, despite heavy losses. Zephacleas took the three monstrous heads of Grand-King Gidhora, the beastlord who had ruled there. Following this victory, Zephacleas and his chamber were dispatched into the wildest regions of the Ghurlands to seek out any sign of the deity known as Gorkamorka. They left the Amber Steppes and marched to Nettlefang Mere in the southern Ghurlands where they joined the battered remnants of another Warrior Chamber. [3a]

He engaged the army of Gordrakk and captured one of his orruks, Stabbajack before sending him back as an emissary to the megaboss, challenging him to a duel. [3c] Gordrakk met him and even listened briefly to his words- that Sigmar was seeking a renewed alliance with Gorkamorka and then they fought. However their duel was interrupted by the Gaunt Summoner Zazul who had been disguised as a shaman and now attacked them both, aided by the Ninety-Nine Feathers and horde of summoned daemons. [3d] Together Orruk and Stormcast defeated Zazul and then joined forces to attack the Howling Labyrinth where Sharizad the Shimmering Countess of Charn was seeking Marrowcutter one of the Eight Lamentations.[3d]

During the subsequent battle Lord-Celestant Gaius Greel stabbed her with her own crystal blade after she had discarded it in favour of Marrowcutter which unleashed her captured souls against her, badly wounding her. Seizing their opportunity and before she could regenerate, Zephacleas and Gordrakk struck her at the same time, shattering her in a storm of iridescent splinters.[3e]

Quotes

He likes to talk. It is his weakness and his strength. There is more of the mortal he was, in Zephacleas, than in some of us. It is not hesitation you see, but consideration. Zephacleas is many things, but he is not a fool. Not all enemies are the same. In the Jade Kingdoms, he fought like a bear, loud and brash, to give heart to his chamber. In the Crawling City, he was a hunter, harrying his prey to exhaustion and death. Here, he fights like a chieftain, seeking to win not simply a battle, but a war.

~Lord-Relictor Seker to Lord-Celestant Greel.[3b]

Sources

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