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Chaos Dwarf Religious TextsAdmiral 07-01-2014

Chaos Dwarf Religious Texts

Akin to their uncorrupted western kin, Chaos Dwarfs have been writing for as long as their collective memory can remember. The cataclysmic events, leading to the coming of Hashut and their salvation from certain doom, cleaned their culture to a blank slate whose contents was to be determined by the Father of Darkness and His chosen Sorcerer-Prophets.

Great was the change wrought upon the harried survivors of the settlers in Zorn Uzkul, for the new decrees of the fiery Bull God demanded nothing less than complete dedication. This the Dawi Zharr gave to Hashut, and as the oral teachings of the first Prophets and cult founders grew in mass and sophistication, they began to be carved into stone and bone, or written on parchment made from beast or Orc skin.

The very first writings of the Chaos Dwarfs were frantically carved inscriptions left behind in their shallow tunnel networks beneath the Great Skull Land. These are generally short pieces of writing, often hidden and with clear signs of the Chaos at hand during that turbulent time of the Great Incursion. Some are obvious works of Dawi with challenged but largely intact values from their World's Edge Mountains origins, yet even these seem to contain hints of Hashut.

Many of the subterranean inscriptions speak of the painful transformation phase, when the world fell apart for the beleaguered Dwarfs, and when Daemons and lesser gods of Chaos started to whisper to them. Those carvings often contain runic letters or even logographic symbols of strange shapes and unknown origin, sometimes reminiscent of the Dark Tounge script which later arose amongst the Marauder tribes in the far north. Some of these new characters are entirely unintelligible, whilst other symbols clearly are the beginnings of the future Chaos Dwarf writing system.

Such transition period script do more often than not contain seemingly mad or nonsensical talk of supernatural beings, the praise of the Ascendant Bull and the final doom close at hand. Simple picture carvings occassionally accompany the letters, proving a new adoration of fetishes, beliefs in magical charms and horrifying events of insanity and carnage unfolding in the dark underground. Out from this torment grew the Dawi Zharr religion and world view, one obsessed with the domination of everything from creatures and landscapes to the Daemons of the Empyrean.

The final phase of the Zorn Uzkul carvings bear all the hallmarks of the Cult of Hashut, where the old ways are clearly being forgotten and where Chaos is to be served. They might have damned their souls forever by doing so, but the Chaos Dwarfs possessed a ruthless drive to survive at any cost. This they did, thanks to Hashut.

As Chaos Dwarf society grew and developed in the coming centuries, so did their religion and its body of sacred texts. These early versions of Khaozalid script soon began to show signs of the great wars against Orcs and Goblins being waged on the Plain of Zharr and beyond. Contempt for such lesser creatures was declared to be Hashut's will. The religious formalization of creating new technologies for the sake of the Father of Darkness also stems from this time, as does the earliest allusions to Daemonsmithing. Fire, cruelty and craftsmanship was at the core of Dawi Zharr religion from the very start. Visions of doom, and prophecies towards that end, was likewise present in the beginning.

Sorcerer-Prophets and holy men have, throughout the centuries, constantly added to this increasingly massive body of religious scripture. Chaos Dwarf religion have never changed fundamentally, yet it is also a living religion in the sense that new texts of varying holiness are constantly added to it, especially by those wishing to leave their mark upon the world beneath Chaos before petrification overcomes them.

Hordes of scribes working in different languages toil endlessly with this corpus of scripture, which have acquired a level of mysticism undreamt of in the lands of short-lived humans. Many of the texts would be scarcely intelligible if translated to outsiders, especially those based upon numerology or other esoteric methods of interpretation. Texts which would have been seen as philosopical, historical or even scientific in other cultures are here very much religious (if not written for the Dawi Zharr public's popular belief system), since Chaos Dwarf thinking is utterly permeated by their god, their mythology and their service to, and exploitation of, Chaos.

As such the religious texts of the Chaos Dwarfs are immensely varied, written as they are over several millennia by thousands upon thousands of different authors, most of which have claimed to be divinely inspired, all of which added their particular twist to the sacred lore. Some teachings in some texts led to the creation of sects and schisms, of which there have been a great number in Zharr-Naggrund's long history. The number of writing styles in the Dawi Zharr scripture is almost as numerous as the number of Sorcerer-Prophets that ever lived. Many of the texts were clearly written in bouts of madness, or otherwise intentionally made into cryptic works which have kept the mystics busy through the centuries.

They are texts about the Father of Darkness and his role in the wider Chaos pantheon, they are texts about mythological figures, Daemons and accursed villains. They are texts about the moral and right in strength, cruelty and oppression, and they are texts about insanity and approaching doom. Above all they are the scripture of the downright malevolent worshippers of an evil god, and they are not for those weak of heart and mind.

These are the holy writings of the Blacksmiths of Chaos.



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Chaos Dwarf Prophecies

1. The Cannibal-Core - Audio

2. What will the tool do without its wise hand?

3. Lament for Mingol Zharr-Naggrund the Great

4. Predictions, Three Times Three, of An Ending of All

5. Prophecy of the First

6. Rebirth and/or Resurrection

7. Fragment of the Unbreaking Cycle

8. The Beginning of the End Times



Chaos Dwarf Myths & Legends

1. The Twelve Trials of the Two Bull-Spawns

2. The Eight Trials of the Two Centaur-Spawns

3. The Cursed Ore of Grimdur Gutwrencher

4. The Walled-In Bricklayer

5. The Obsidian Fort

6. The Black Wanderer's Meatchest

7. The Sinful Stone Carver

8. The Fate of Death Rocketeer Ukkad Firebrow

9. Origins of the K'daai Oracle of Daemon's Stump

10. The Hanging Fire Fields of Hashkunezharr

11. The Changeling's Time Loop

12. The Breaking of the Three Spell Keepers

13. The Soil-Prophet

14. The Chaos Star Fort

15. The Two Winannas

16. The Grim Fate of In'kari the Damned

17. The Stormforged Axe

18. The Damned Riveter

19. The Acolytes Progress, and the Four Slanders of Hashut

20. Lordship in Heaven

21. The First Soulfurnace

22. The Bastard Son of the Bull God

23. The Will to Make Power Over Life

24. Dirge of Awakening

25. F'Kari and the Eternal Flame

26. The Fall of Karak Zorgelam

27. The Mask of Madness

28. The Poison of Pessimism

29. The Folly of Nebirudnuzhak



The Khaosiad

The Khaosiad is a collection of various myths, legends and ancient texts collated over centuries.  It is not one single text but rather a catch all name given to this eclectic legendarium and is written across countless scrolls, tablets and books.  The authors are unknown, but it is believed that they all lived before the founding of Zharr-Naggrund and the oldest surviving copies all originate from Uzkulak and from that time.  The Khaosiad covers a wide variety of subjects but a common theme found in almost all of them is presenting the Chaos Gods and many of the most renowned daemons as having lives akin to mortals.  Being a collection of various disparate texts, the Khaosiad is highly inconsistent in details with Gods, Daemons and other characters appearing in one myth only to be born or created in a different one set later.  Many scholars have been driven mad trying to comprehend the truths behind the myths.


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1. The Infernal Artificer

2. The Serpent Within

3. The Twelve-Hoofed God



Descriptions of Chaos Dwarf Religion

1. Brotherhood of Hashut

2. The Shackled Consorts of the Bull God

3. The Sacred Fuel of the Altar's Sacrificial Fire

4. The Great Thunderbull

5. The Great Firebull

6. The Dark and Fiery Heavens

7. On Fire and Water

8. The Temple Marriage Market

9. The Sacred and Unholy Dark Lands

10. The Pillar Mystics

11. On Hats and Masks

12. The Barren Shrine

13. The White Archives of Zharr-Naggrund

14. The Hanging Gardens of Zharr-Naggrund

15. The Azure Devils

16. The Cartographers' Guild

17. Excerpt re "The Doom of the Stonebreaker" from Jedak's "Tome of Betrayals"

18. Up North

19. The Stonetrap Mysteries

20. Excerpt from the Azzgorragead



Chaos Dwarf Metaphysics

1. Liber Chaotica: Hashut

2. The Wheel of Chaos



Chaos Dwarf Religious Instructions

1. The Sacred Ziggurat

2. Gorgothian Maxims

3. The Way Past Death Sermon of the Slaghoof Sect



The One Hundred and Forty-Four Commandments of Hashut

1. The First Commandment of Hashut

2. The Second Commandment of Hashut

3. The Third Commandment of Hashut

4. The Fourth Commandment of Hashut

5. The Fifth Commandment of Hashut

6. The One Hundred and Forty-Fourth Commandment of Hashut



The Writings of Karzh Akkadur

Sorcerer-Prophet Karzh Akkadur the Builder was one of the most influential Prophets during the time of the founding of Zharr-Naggrund. Though some of his works have been soaked up by Chaos Dwarf folk culture as succinct sayings, well-known prophecies or popular stories, most of his writing actually deals with theological and philosophical questions not normally this attractive to the wider Dawi Zharr populace.

The partial popularity of his teachings amongst the masses is in no small part due to Karzh Akkadur's unusually simple writing style, which was relatively easy to follow and relatively free from the mystical formulations which riddles almost all other Chaos Dwarf scripture. As such he is regarded by most Sorcerer-Prophets throughout the ages as an overvalued simpleton.

This simplicity, for Chaos Dwarf religious writing at least, was in part due to his busy life as one of the founding fathers of the ziggurat city of Zharr-Naggrund. The magically aided construction of this titanic structure, with all its hidden vaults and catacombs, drained his days and left precious little time for prophecies and teachings.

To outsiders, Karzh Akkadur the Builder's texts would perhaps be some of the best shortcuts to fathom the enigmatic Dawi Zharr psyche, should they ever be translated for others than a few choice demented Human sorcerors from the north.



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The Seven Times Seven Ways of Karzh Akkadur

1. The One Credo of Karzh Akkadur

2. The Three Pillars of Karzh Akkadur

3. The Six Cruelty Reflections of Karzh Akkadur

4. The Seven Laws of Karzh Akkadur

5. The Eight Commandments Ritual of Karzh Akkadur

6. The Nine Fire Rules of Karzh Akkadur

7. The Ten Principles of Karzh Akkadur

8. The Thirteen Wisdoms of Karzh Akkadur

9. The Seventeen Spokes of Might of Karzh Akkadur

10. The Twentyfour Seductions of Power of Karzh Akkadur

11. The Twentyseven Origins of Power of Karzh Akkadur

12. The Thirtythree Cracks of Perfidy of Karzh Akkadur



Writings on Chaos Dwarfs Among Foreign Races

1. Grungni's Pained Anger



Related

1. Entering Zharr-Naggrund

2. Bread and Circuses pt1: The Father's Quarter Begins

3. Bread and Circuses pt2: The First Game

4. Harvest Time

5. On Diet and the Infernal Guard

6. Excerpts from Dawi-Zharr Law

7. The Black Lammasu

8. The Smith's Prophecy

9. The Keys of Rebirth and Eternity

10. Time of the Dawi Zharr

11. Entering Uzkulak

12. Zharkanul's Overview of the Lesser Races of Mortals

13. A Tale of Three Ships

14. Tales from Ostermark Vol. II

15. The Rat and the Bull

16. Prince Robu

17. The Binding of the Daemon Lugg-Hazh

18. When Even the Stones Become Echoes

19. The Cattlewagon

20. "I will tell you this: There is no afterlife."

21. The Unwritten Tablet of Zharek Kadeshak

22. A Lost Rune

23. To Carve One's Fate

24. A Left Turn at Albakhar'ri

25. The Ambush




List of Contents by Contributors: Chaos Dwarf Prophecies

Abecedar: 5-6.

Admiral: 2-4.

Dînadan: 7.

Enjoysrandom: 8.

MadHatter: 1.


List of Contents by Contributors: Chaos Dwarf Myths & Legends

Admiral: 1-14, 16-18, 20-22, 26-29.

Beloss: 19.

DAGabriel: 15.

Fuggit Khan: 23.

Ikkred Pyrhelm: 25.

Roark: 24.


List of Contents by Contributors: The Khaosiad

Dînadan: 1-3.


List of Contents by Contributors: Descriptions of Chaos Dwarf Religion

Admiral: 2-12, 18-19.

Dînadan: 13-16, 20.

Grimstonefire: 1.

Jackswift: 17.


List of Contents by Contributors: Chaos Dwarf Metaphysics

Dînadan: 2.

Grimstonefire: 1.


List of Contents by Contributors: Chaos Dwarf Religious Instructions

Admiral: 2-3.

Dînadan: 1.


List of Contents by Contributors: The One Hundred and Forty-Four Commandments of Hashut

Dînadan: 1-6.


List of Contents by Contributors: The Writings of Karzh Akkadur

Admiral: 1-12.


List of Contents by Contributors: Writings on Chaos Dwarfs Among Foreign Races

Admiral: 1


List of Contents by Contributors: Related

Admiral: 5, 12-13, 17.

Axtklinge: 14.

Carcearion: 23-24.

Darkmeer: 16.

Dînadan: 1-4, 8, 11.

Forgefire: 19.

Fuggit Khan: 9, 20.

Ikkred Pyrhelm: 15, 18, 22.

Jackswift: 21.

Miasma: 7, 10.

Slavemaster Hod: 25.

The_Penguin: 6.


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RE: Chaos Dwarf Religious TextsAdmiral 01-28-2015

Placeholder, just in case. First post updated with fable author fluff.


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RE: Chaos Dwarf Religious TextsMadHatter 01-28-2015

This is amazing...

Your hoarding treasures here my friend. Amazing work.


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RE: Chaos Dwarf Religious TextsAdmiral 10-23-2015

Tackar! Cheers!

A milestone has been reached, good folks. Forgefire is the first artist to complete an illustration for the story of another author, and it is magnificient. Check it out in the Sinful Stonecarver!

And second to contribute in the same vein, Hunter, with his fantastic drawing for the Origins of the K'daai Oracle of Daemon's Stump!


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RE: Chaos Dwarf Religious TextsBronze Bull 04-07-2017

These are also great! I feel like there needs to be a Chaos Dwarf RPG book or maybe a fluff book like Liber Chaotica. Happy

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RE: Chaos Dwarf Religious TextsCarcearion 04-07-2017

Well in the case of a compilation of the amazing artwork and stories found here on the forum that would be the Chaos Dwarf Culture Project

Exactly how all that is fairing is a mystery to me though, we're certainly getting allot of great stuff from the Scribe's contests (and talented people like Grimstonefire), but like any properly industrious Dawi Zharr the forum has a ton of irons in the fire, I'm certainly looking forward to seeing where it all ends up Takes Hat off


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RE: Chaos Dwarf Religious TextsAdmiral 04-18-2017

Thanks, Bronze Bull! There should be, and hopefully will be, in due time. Illustrations are key to this, obviously. They add so much. A bare text is naked without it. Happy

The CD culture project as it stands is simply what you see in this section of the forum, complete with illustrations when we're lucky to get some for some story. It's what we make of it. It's always happened in bursts with little or nothing in-between, and will most likely continue in this manner. There is no shortage of ideas for new stuff on my end (takes time to write, though, and I'm usually not in writer mode when I'm in sculptor mode), and I'm dead sure many others have stories and background ideas cooking to share when done. Grimstonefire's Liber Chaotica: Hashut would be a dream to see completed someday. We've been fortunate to have so many talented people contribute great background stories and illustrations so far. Who knows what the future might hold? There'll be more stuff nicked from Scribe's Contest if nothing else, and perhaps a cheeky Artisan's Contest down the road where the goal is to illustrate stories of some kind.


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Chaos Dwarf Writings: Fables. Chaos Dwarf Songs. Sayings. Quotes. Monumental Inscriptions. Religious Texts.
There's fourteen ways to skin a dwarf. Path to Glory: Chaos Dwarf Warband Rules.

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