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The Infernal ArteficerDînadan 08-16-2015

"Long ago in Ages past, the Gods of Chaos did not make war upon each other.  And in this Time the Gods did dwell in Grand Houses atop Mount Khaosus at the heart of the Realm of Chaos, and from there commanded their armies to make War upon the Heavens.  In this far off time they did not war upon each other, merely quarrel as brothers are wont to do.  At first there were Four; martial Khorne, bilious Nurgle, passionate Slaanesh and deceitful Tzeentch, but in time came more.

All were jealous of Khorne's strength, for in matters of the arm none could defeat him.  One day Tzeentch devised a plan to steal it for himself for he sought to set himself above his brothers.  After a glorious battle in which Khorne had won much renown, Tzeentch declared a toast to his brother and raised his goblet high.  Unbeknownst to Khorne, through slight of hand Tzeentch had replaced the wine in his skull goblet with a vintage spirited from Slaanesh's private cellar and when the Lord of War received the toast and supped the wine he felt a great weariness come upon him, for none other than the Prince of Excess could drink that wine and not fall into a deep sleep.  As his brother slumbered, the King of Sorcery cast a net over him and bound him tight.  Chanting a spell of transference, Tzeentch held an orb of crystal fashioned from his own eye to Khorne's lips, each breath filling the vessel with his strength.  But in that moment of triumph, he was betrayed for foolishly he had entrusted Korne's binding to a legion of pink horrors who did squabble amongst themselves and awoke the Blood God.  In his anger, he broke his bonds and battered aside the Great Mutator who did drop the orb.  Infused with a breath of Khorne's strength and a sliver of Tzeentch's magic, when it shattered on the marble floor and a new God was borne.  Strong as an ox, cloven of hoof and horned of head was the godling and Khorne's anger did turn to grim mirth, for he saw not his brother's treachery, but instead saw a son to set at his side and he named him Hashut.

Hashut learnt craft from both his fathers; at Khorne's right hand he learnt the Arts of War, and at Tzeentch's knee he learnt sorcerous secrets.  And being keen of mind he saw how he could meld the domains of his fathers just as he himself was a melding of they themselves.  Taking up a hammer, he sequestered himself in a vault deep within Mount Khaosus for twelve days and nights.  With each hammer strike the Mountain shook and gouts of polychromatic flame burst from its sides.  On the twelfth night as the clock struck midnight he emerged from his seclusion and went before the Great Four bearing gifts.  For father Khorne he bore a bronze sword, for father Tzeentch a golden staff, for uncle Nurgle an iron cauldron and for uncle Slaanesh a silver mirror.  So enamoured were they by the gifts the four brothers did declare that from thence forth Hashut was to be the Smith of the Gods and they rose up a house on the slopes on Mounth Khaosus below and betwixt the palaces of Tzeentch and Khorne.

Long Ages passed, and under his hammer, countless daemons toiled at the Forge, churning out armaments for the Gods' armies to fight their unceasing war.  From Hashut's mind sprang many ingenious devices and machines and it is said by some that it was he who first devised the idea of the Soul Grinders and bound a Prince of each of the Four to make the first ones.  In time the Great Four grew apart and became more hostile to each other, though none yet had openly moved against the others.  In this Time, Tzeentch did go to his son Hashut under the guise of reconciliation with Khorne and whispered in his ear. Hashut, ever the loyal son did listen to his father enamoured by the scope of his plan.  Knowing that Khorne would need mighty troops for the War against the Old Ones, Hashut lured the mightiest daemons below the Bloodthirster's in Khorne's army, the Bloodbrutes, into his forge and did slaughter them.  For ninety-six days Hashut hammered away at his forge, fashioning bronze armour and bound the souls of the Bloodbrutes to them and thus the Juggernauts were born.  Pride in his heart, Hashut went before the Skull Throne with his new work and showed it to his father.  But instead of gratitude, the work kindled wrath in Khorne's heart, for he saw what his son did not; the transmutation did not enhance the Bloodbrutes' powers, but contained them and if the armour were ever to be destroyed utterly, so too would the daemon bound to it.  

Blind Rage descended on Khorne for the first time and in his anger he did grasp his son by the hoof and cast him out of Khaosus.  Through Time and Places beyond mortal ken Hashut fell to earth where he smote the land and shattered it beyond repair.  And thus came to be that which in Later Ages is known as the Plain of Zharr.  And in his bitterness did Hashut vow to never truly trust his Infernal Kin again, for doing so had lead to his ruin.  Spite filling his heart he vowed to raise up Children of his own and become Master of All.  In time his anger cooled, for he was the son of the Hatemonger, not the Hatemonger himself, but the bitterness never faded..."


- one of the myths laid down in the scrolls known as The Khaosiad.  These heretical texts containing various myths which Dawi-ise the Chaos Gods and their daemons are among the forbidden artefacts contained within the White Archives of Zharr-Naggrund.  Other myths include the births of Nechoho, Zuvassin and the Horned Rat, and how the Doubter came to turn his back on the Gods, how the Great Undoer was undone himself and how the Verminking was expelled after devouring Nurgle's favourite crops.  Yet another speaks of how the downfall of the Lesser Four was the doing of Malal, although this is contradicted by the next which blames Tzeentch.  The scrolls are also notable for containing multiple versions of the same myth, or expanding on parts of one of the myths by creating a full blown narrative.  Trying to comprehend the truths behind the Khaosiad has driven more than a few Sorcerer-Prophets mad and these days most now dismiss it as an elaborate hoax by Tzeentch, though there are still those who search for the lost scrolls.


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RE: The Infernal ArteficerTimothy Archer 08-16-2015

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RE: The Infernal ArteficerAbecedar 08-17-2015

Well done. A nice addition to myth and legend


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RE: The Infernal ArteficerDînadan 08-17-2015

Thanks Abecedar.


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RE: The Infernal ArteficerAdmiral 09-22-2015

Mount Khaosus and the Khaosiad. Big Grin

Really well done. This is an elegant myth and fits perfectly into the Warhammer setting as seen through Chaos Dwarf eyes. Would it work to have Khorne enter into war with Tzeentch (and thus his fellow Dark Gods) because of his blind rage sparked by Hashut's crime, which in turn is dependent on the trickery and wizardry of Tzeentch? That would give Hashut's fall an even more ominous meaning to Chaos Dwarfs, since the fall of Hashut fractured Chaos irredeemably.


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RE: The Infernal ArteficerDînadan 09-22-2015

Thanks Admiral, and that sounds like a nice idea for another tale in the Khaosiad Happy


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