Gotrek & Felix: Slayer – David Guymer – Track of Words
Long before the End Times, when Gotrek Gurnisson's doom was still many years away, he and his Rememberer Felix Jaeger found themselves in all manner of. Ulrika Magdova was a major character in the Gotrek and Felix series, as she was However as time goes by, Ulrika's relationship with Felix starts to stiffen and In the end however, they were too late, Ulrika was a Vampire and during the. Fabled hero of the Warhammer Old World, Gotrek Gurnisson is Gotrek Gurnisson was the greatest monster slayer of the age, who met his doom at the End and revealing untold secrets that would change their relationship.
However, he doesn't let this, and the numerous jokes Gotrek and other Slayers make about his stupidity, bother him. He is one of the few Dwarves to treat Felix with a great deal of respect, partly because of his connection to Gotrek, and as a result of the things he has seen Felix do.
His most notable feature is his crest: By the time of Shamanslayer, Snorri has lost much of his vitality and appears to be suffering dementia, having forgotten much of his past, including the reason he became a Slayer one of the greatest blasphemies in Dwarven society.
Snorri seeks to make a pilgrimage to a shrine of the Dwarf gods and ask for his memory back. He also suffered another major loss, losing most of his right leg to a Minotaur's axe. Rodi Balkisson is another Dwarf Slayer, whom the pair encounter in Shamanslayer. Rodi, along with Snorri and another Slayer called Argrin Crownforger, had been travelling across the Empire since the Storm of Chaoslooking for their dooms.
Rodi, being younger than most Slayers, got on Gotrek's nerves quite a great deal, as Rodi often made blunt and unsubtle comments about Gotrek's inability to find his doom after nearly twenty years a subject Gotrek is exceptionally touchy on.
After surviving the battle with the beastmen and retreating from the zombie onslaught to Castle Reikguard, Rodi played an instrumental part in the castle's defence, but in the final undead attack, Rodi elected to stay outside the walls, bluntly telling Gotrek that he believed the older Slayer cursed; none near him would die, and Rodi didn't want to be afflicted with that curse.
Rodi met his death fighting to the end against the undead champion Krell; later, when Gotrek and Felix returned with the Reikland army to stop Kemmler's ritual, they discovered that the necromancer had raised Rodi as an undead slave. Showing respect to the young Slayer for the first time, Gotrek killed Rodi to free him. Thanquol[ edit ] Grey Seer Thanquol is one of the most recurrent enemies of Gotrek and Felix, a rarity in that he has encountered the pair more than once and lived to tell the tale.
A Skaven Grey Seer of great power, Thanquol conspires to achieve a position on the Council of Thirteen and to bring about the day when the armies of the Skaven, led by him, will conquer the surface world in the name of the Great Horned Rat.
Thanquol first came to prominence when he took command of the armies of the Skaven Clan Skab after his predecessor, Warlord Vermak Skab perished in a ' tragic accident ' involving a loaded crossbow and an exploding donkey and used them for his own ends. He came close to his goal in the novel Skavenslayer, nearly conquering the city of Nuln, but the constant intervention of Gotrek and Felix thwarted his plans, forcing him to flee. Every time they encounter one another, Thanquol's self-proclaimed ingenious schemes are either confounded as Thanquol paranoidly believes by the incompetence of his lackeys or utterly destroyed by Gotrek and Felix or both ; as a result, Thanquol has lost much power and prestige in the Skaven Under-Empire.
Humorously, even though they have foiled many of his plans and ruined his status among Skavens, Gotrek and Felix had no idea of who Thanquol was when he finally was able to catch them. Thanquol has vowed to one day find and kill the pair for the many indignities they have brought on him, along with the loss of his health, sanity and his right hand which was chopped off by Gotrek's axe in Thanquol's last encounter with the pair.
Likewise, Gotrek and Felix have vowed revenge on Thanquol when they next meet, especially Felix as Thanquol was responsible for the death of Felix's father. Thanquol like Gotrek and Felix is a proven survivor, though unlike Gotrek and Felix who survive on skill, bravery and honor, Thanquol survives mainly due to his cowardice and his willingness to put others in the line of fire. It is proven fact that most Skaven armies or forces led by Thanquol are either wiped out or suffer extremely high casualties even by Skaven standards.
Though Thanquol thinks himself a tactical genius, a mighty sorcerer and a brave leader, Thanquol is, like all Skaven, a maniacal egotist and a complete coward who flees at the first sign of trouble.
While it is true he has phenomenal sorcerous skill and great cunning, Thanquol prefers to leave the dirty work to his underlings: There have been thirteen Bonerippers, nearly all of which have been killed by Gotrek and Felix. Thanquol has his own book series which would appear to chronicle his schemes in the period between his last appearance in Beastslayer and his return in Elfslayer which started with the novel Grey Seer and is continued in Temple of the Serpent and Thanquol's Doom.
The fate of Thanquol's Rat ogre bodyguards: Slain by Gotrek in Skavenslayer. Slain by Felix in Daemonslayer after Felix threw a dwarf bomb at the creature which Boneripper accidentally swallowed. Slain by Lord Skrolk in Grey Seer. Wounded by a gunpowder explosion in Temple of the Serpent and later eaten by Thanquol Boneripper 7.
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Is the Re-animated body of the first Boneripper. Made possible by Clan Skyres combined use of sorcery and machinery. Gifted to Thanquol in Thanquols Doom. Despite suffering heavy damage the seventh Boneripper is still up and running.
Other enemies[ edit ] Some other enemies Felix and Gotrek have faced and defeated in their adventures include: The Bloodthirster of Karag Dum Daemonslayer: An ancient and powerful daemon of Khorne who stalks the ruined city of Karag Dum in the Chaos Wastes. Severely wounded by Felix, slain by Gotrek. An Orc chieftain who wears the skins of humans as a cloak, armed with an axe and a magic cleaver.
He wanted to take Gotrek's axe to add to his collection, but was slain by Gotrek. An old and dangerous dragon that dwells in the World's Edge Mountains, disturbed from his centuries-long slumber by Lhoigor and Kelmain.
A mighty Chaos Lord and follower of the god Tzeentchwho sought to conquer the ancient city of Praag in Kislev. An insane vampire who once served Mannfred von CarsteinAdolphus sought to use an ancient artifact of Nagash to bind all vampires to his will and use them to conquer humanity. Slain by Snorri Nosebiter.
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Two powerful sorcerers of Tzeentch, Lhoigor and Kelmain first appeared briefly in Dragonslayer as sorcerous advisors and lieutenants to Arek Daemonclaw. In Giantslayer, they sought to use the ancient magic of the Old Ones to destabilise the very balance of the world and open gateways that would allow the forces of Chaos to strike all across the world. Lhoigor was killed by Gotrek and Kelmain was slain by Teclis. A gigantic, Chaos-twisted insectoid creature buried beneath the Dwarven city of Karak Hirn, the Sleeper escaped from its imprisonment and used its powerful psychic abilities to enslave a large number of Orcs, Goblins and Dwarves to do its bidding, in preparation for a war that would allow it to spread its corrupting influence across the world.
An Imperial wizard, engineer, mutant and secret leader of a Tzeentchian cult in Nuln called the Brotherhood of the Cleansing Flame, that intended to destroy Nuln and sabotage Middenheim to allow Archaon 's victory. Lichtmann explains he joined the side of Chaos as he had begun to mutate, despite doing nothing to provoke it, and saw Archaon as the only one who might allow him to live, for the Empire would execute him for being a mutant, and he believed his genius would go to waste.
High Sorceress Heshor Elfslayer: A Dark Elf sorceress of great power, Heshor, acting under orders from Malekith himself, planned to use an ancient Elven artifact, called 'The Harp of Ruin', to trigger earthquakes and tectonic movements that would destroy Ulthuan and raise the sunken realm of Nagarythe. She planned to test the weapon's abilities by using it on the Empire, but her plans were thwarted by two things: Skaven under the command of Thanquol attacking her forces, trying to steal the Harp for themselves, and the intervention of Gotrek and Felix.
Heshor is believed to have perished in the explosion caused by Gotrek's destruction of the 'Harp of Ruin'. An Avatar of the Storm God, Stromfels, the Harbinger is a gigantic creature composed of the lower body of a human and the upper body of a shark. The Harbinger was created when a gem called the 'Heart of Stromfels', was fused to the body of a willing host: The Harbinger sought to destroy the city of Marienburg.
The Harbinger, however, was slain by Gotrek in Marienburg: Two powerful BeastmenUrslak is the titular shaman, while Gargorath is a powerful warlord who serves him. Urslak is goat-headed and grey-furred, wears old robes decorated with hundreds of birds' feet and carries a magical staff topped with a blue crystal held in the claw of a griffin.
Gargorath, however, is black-furred and ram-headed, wears crude armour and carries a magical axe that 'eats what it kills': The pair planned, with the aid of Tzeentch to cast a spell that would transform everyone living in the forests of the Empire into beastmen, creating a vast horde of beasts that would allow them to conquer the Old World, but their plans were thwarted when Gotrek destroyed the enchanted menhir they needed to complete their spell.
Urslak died after being disembowelled by Gotrek, before being sucked through a hellish portal opened by the destruction of the menhir, while Gargorath was slain by Gotrek in the battle then magically raised from the dead by a powerful necromancer revealed in Zombieslayer as Heinrich Kemmler himself. One of the most powerful necromancers to have ever lived, Kemmler was believed to have died in battle twenty years previous in Bretonniabut has seemingly returned to plague the Empire.
He was encountered initially by Gotrek and Felix in Shamanslayer, posing as "Hans the Hermit", an eccentric tomb robber who showed them a way to reach Urslak Cripplehorn undetected.
Once the battle was won, Kemmler revealed himself, explaining that he couldn't perform his necromancy with the beastmen's herdstone in place, but knew Gotrek could destroy it for him.
Kemmler's army of zombies pursued the survivors of the battle to Castle Reikguard; Kemmler preferred to let his lieutenant Krell an ancient and powerful wight who had long been a servant of Kemmler's, as well as an old enemy of the dwarves do most of the attacking while preparing for some unknown ritual.
In one attack, Krell managed to wound Gotrek with his axe; a lethal weapon that left slivers of its blade in a wound that worked their way to the heart, though Gotrek survived. When an army from the Reikland, including Max Schreiber, came to relieve the castle, it transpired that Kemmler had acquired the corpses of the count and countess of the castle and planned to use them as part of a spell that would, if successful, blight and poison all food and water in the Reikland, before his undead army marched on it.
However, the count's son killed his undead parents, thwarting the ritual, while Gotrek severely injured Krell and wounded Kemmler before the necromancer used magic to escape. As he fled, Kemmler swore revenge, and ominously remarked that his plans had only been delayed, not defeated.
It is worthy of note that since both Kemmler and Krell escaped destruction at the hands of Gotrek and Felix, they are two of the few villains along with Grey Seer Thanquol to encounter the pair and survive. Garmr Hrodvitnir Road of Skulls: The stories of the Stormcast Eternals he has heard have led him to wonder if his old friend might be among their number, and he plans to find out for himself.
Gotrek eventually realized that even if Felix became a Stormcast, he wouldn't remember Gotrek so it would be pointless to try and find him and if you really buy the idea that Felix isn't coming back sooner or later, I can give you a great price on the Golden Gate His current quest is to find Grimnir's axe again, and use it to kill Thanquol and Nagash. The Robin to Gotrek's Batman, the Samwise to his Frodo or the other way around, since Samwise does all the heavy lifting while Frodo frequently fucks up and needs saving.
Felix is, despite appearances and his occasional obnoxiousness, the real hero and narrator of the series. Felix is pretty much permanently terrified of dying randomly while Gotrek throws down with godlike evil, and his constant whining about the same is one of his least endearing characteristics, at least during the early books.
He also typically acquires a wench-of-the-week in the early books. His long golden hair must have a magic appeal it does nearly get him raped by mountain men in the first book "In the mountains I'm from, anything like that looks good".
The point is driven home in one of the later books when he returns home to Altdorf and meets his older brother Otto, who is about 70, while Felix still looks Whatever enchantment affects him, he also comes to crave violence and danger, if to a lesser extent that Gotrek. In the final books, after Felix has married one of the aforementioned wenches and had a daughter, he finds himself despondent at domestic life and utterly uninspired by taking over the family business or restarting his once-promising poetry career.
Thankfully, Gotrek shows up and sucks him back into the fight and indeed into the End Times, where both he and Gotrek play pivotal roles.
It turns out that the Axe of Grimnir's super-Dwarfifying aura is affecting Felix and Felix's own enchanted sword, Karaghultoo, nudged along by an enchantment placed on Felix by a witch who wanted to make sure Gotrek fulfilled the axe's destiny, as well as Felix's own, which turned out to be preventing Bel'akor's ascension to become the fifth Chaos God.
A badass Gold later retconned to Light Wizard and scientist who accompanies Gotrek, Felix, and bunch of other Dwarfs on a giant air battleship to investigate the fate of the lost hold Karak Dum, in the Chaos Wastes. Originally a slightly disgraced wizard, having been expelled from the Imperial College for his insistence that Chaos must be understood if it is to be defeated, Max was hired to magically ward the airship. On the subsequent adventures, Max proves himself a valuable asset in combat against all sorts of nasties, a steadfast companion and good friend.
Initially involved in a love triangle with Felix and the Kislevite noblewoman Ulrika who later became a vampire, for reasons too idiotic to go intowhich was a source of pointless tension between them and prevented them from becoming real friends, even though holy shit!
Disappeared from the series when Gotrek and Felix got teleported to Albion. Showed up again much later, and was the guardian of the most butt-fuck retarded witch girl in the entire Old World; this caused yet another quarrel between Felix over a girl, but this time it was because the loopy bint came on to Felix and Max thought Felix was being a lech. Reappears in Kinslayer as a prisoner of Throgg.
His capture prompts the gang to reunite in order to rescue him. By Slayer he's returned to his old badass self as he has grown to encompass multiple schools.
He dies after being blasted off an airship, after fighting Be'lakor one-on-one and banishing him from the material plane. It's even implied by Be'lakor that Max might have utterly destroyed him if Max hadn't been also protecting Felix, which is badass as fuck.
A tomboyish even having short hair Kilsevite noblewoman. Very lusty because, despite resisting Felix's advances throughout his stay at her father's manse, she throws herself at him the night before he leaves by showing up in his bed nude. She becomes Felix's girlfriend for awhile, though tensions emerge due to their respective duties. Ulrika eventually grows close to Max after he saves her from a Nurglite plague and a lot of unrequited attention, ending her relationship with Felix.
Before Ulrika and Max can consummate their relationship she gets kidnapped by the vampire Adolphus Krieger, first as a human shield but then Krieger takes a liking to her and turns her into a vampire.
She leaves with Krieger's vampiric sire to work with the Lahmian vampires. The events are covered in two novels that the fanbase is divided on. Reunites with Felix twice later to help him record Gotrek's doom and live to tell about it. Though their relationship is completely finished Ulrika occasionally teases Felix about it.
Gotrek's best Dwarf friend and fellow Slayer. Complete idiot without two brain cells to rub together, he's still a badass and can almost keep up with Gotrek. He and Gotrek go way, way back, when they were the sole survivors of an expedition to the Chaos Wastes.
A massive sweetheart for a Dwarf, he's good friends with Felix as well. Disappears from the series around the middle, he returns much older and even more befuddled, to the point where he can't remember the shame that drove him to become a Slayer, which is a massive dishonor in and of itself.
This is exactly as pathetic and sad as it sounds. Still kicks ass, though, and finally manages to find his doom with his memory restored, and go on to whatever awaits. It turns out his shame is his blaming himself, justifiably, for Gotrek's taking up the Slayer Oath. He was the one who convinced Gotrek to go on the disastrous expedition, which is bad enough. But on the way back, he got drunk and got into a fight with some rangers, preventing them from stopping a goblin raid, which is heavily implied to be the same one that killed Gotrek's home town.
And then it turns out Gotrek's daughter was killed by goblins, but he killed Gotrek's wife on arriving at the burnt out village, since he was drunk and it was smokey, so he mistook her for a goblin that had remained behind to loot, she was on fire and would have died anyway. Gotrek finally kills him, reluctantly, after Snorri recovers his memory and confesses to Gotrek, thereby technically fulfilling the sad old Dwarf's Slayer oath.
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This shit here is real tragedy, you stone-hearted monsters. His ghost makes a cameo in Realmslayer, apparently the realm of Shyish is also home to people who died from the World-that-was. Malakai, son of Makai: Insane genius Dwarf Slayer engineer, who designed the above air battleship and countless other super-badass but ultimately overambitious war machines.
Speaks with an awesome Scottish funetik aksent that makes him one of the funniest and funnest characters in the whole series. Only side-character to make the jump to the fantasy game besides Thanquol; one of his war-machines was part of the Slayer Army of Karak Kadrin in Storm of Chaos.
He comes back in Slayer, still alive and having invented the Dwarven version of the Vindicare assassins. He has also rebuilt his airship and was planning on using it to drop bombs on Chaos, before being convinced to seek out the Temple of Grimnir. His fate at the end of the series is unknown. Though he is not shown to have died unlike everyone else, a character mentions that Malakai died; so the story killed him off in a footnote.
It is hinted at during Realmslayer that he might of survived. Teclis of the White Tower: Showed up in one book to help Gotrek and Felix kill possibly the greatest threat though not the greatest physical challenge they ever faced, the sorcerer twins below and a brainwashed giant of the ancient Sky-Titan variety, not the current foot inbred variety.
Earned something within shouting distance of Gotrek's grudging respect by kicking almost as much ass, which speaks volumes considering how much he hates elves. The primary recurring villain, a Skaven wizard whose incredible power is matched only by his incredible arrogance and exceeded only by his incompetence. In one of his spin-off novels, a Slaan deliberately makes sure Thanquol survives to get back to the Under-Empire because he is such a Starscream that he will certainly cause unparalleled disaster for the Skaven whilst he lives.
Yeah, that's right, this guy is so good at screwing things over for his own damn team that a member of a race dedicated to the destruction of his race considers him more useful alive than dead.