RED ELF

The following Special Character has not been playtested as thoroughly as the ones presented in the army books and is not necessarily as balanced or fair. Consequently, you must agree with your opponent about whether you can use him or not before the battle begins.

After a great and bloody battle the Witch Elves bathe in cauldrons of blood. By foul sorceries and the sacrifice of captives their bodies are renewed in the warm cauldron. The life-energy of their victims passes into the Witch Elves so that they remain forever young and beautiful. As the years pass many Witch Elves die in battle and also during the dangerous bridal rites of Khaine, but some live for many centuries. As they grow old they must bathe more and more often in the blood cauldrons, for if they do not their lithe and lustful bodies become bent and cold, beauty turns to foulness, and laughter to a thin and ugly cackle.

These ancient brides of Khaine are called the Hag Queens. They are the greatest of their kind, the mistresses of the Witch Elves and guardians of their god's temples. It is they who wield the crooked knives of slaughter and light the flames of Khaine's alters. It is a Hag Queen who plucks the beating beating from the breast of each sacrifice and tosses it to the young Witch Elves who tear apart the raw meat and gulp it down hungrily.

Of all the Hag Queens Hellebron is the most ancient, save only the mother of the Witch Elves herself, Morathi, the first and greatest of the brides of Khaine. But while the youth and beauty of Morathi is eternally renewed, that of Hellebron is now almost expended. The power of the blood no longer refreshes this ancient Hag Queen for long. Each year more sacrifices are needed to fill the cauldron, and yet the rejuvenating effects last for less and less time. Once beautiful beyond measure Hellebron must now endure many dark months as an old and ugly crone for each day of renewed youth.

Still, ugly and worn as she may be, Hellebron is the greatest of the brides of Khaine, after the seldom seen and reclusive Morathi. Witch Elves kneel before her to take the rites of the god of murder. To entertain their mistress the youngest she-Elves dance upon the steps of his alters, whilst Hellebron and the lesser Hags feast upon flesh and sate their withering lust with warm blood. They are the leaders and mistresses of the Witch Elves, with memories of battles and bloodletting that span five thousand years.

Hellebron can be fielded in a Dark Elf army. She counts as a Lord choice. She must be fielded exactly as described here and may not be given any additional equipment. She may not be fielded in an army that contains Morathi.

Profile M WS BS S T W I A Ld Points
Hellebron
5
7
5
4
3
3
7
4
10
300
490
Manticore
6
5
0
5
5
4
5
4
5
190

Weapons & Equipment: Hellebron has the Deathsword and Parrying Blade and wears light armour. She may divide her Attacks between each weapon freely, nominate how many Attacks she will make with each at the start of every combat round. She must allocate a minimum of one Attack to each weapon. She also wears the Amulet of Fire.

Mount: Hellebron rides into battle mounted on a Manticore.

Deathsword: Hits from the Deathsword are resolved at Strength 10.

Amulet of Fire: This gives Hellebron Magic Resistance (2).

Parrying Blade: For each Attack with the Parrying Blade, nominate one enemy model in base contact, this model loses 1 Attack until the end of that close combat phase. You may nominate a model several times if you wish. This only applies to models which attack using their normal Attacks characteristic (i.e. has no effect on special attacks such as Night Goblin Fanatics, Giants, etc). Attacks by the Parrying Blade are resolved as a magical hand weapon.

SPECIAL RULES

LEADER OF THE CULT OF KHAINE: Hellebron is a Witch Elf and follows all of the rules for frenzy, and may never join a non-Witch Elf unit. Assassins and Hags in the army may each spend an extra 25 points on items from the Temple of Khaine.

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