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     Gotrek Gurnisson 
Voiced by: BRIAN BLESSED (Realmslayer,)

The most successful, (or unsuccessful from some points of view), Dwarf Slayer in the Warhammer world. Seeking to atone for a terrible crime in his past. He seeks a grand doom, and has killed many powerful foes to find it. None have succeeded yet due to his might, skill, and badass ancestral weapon Perhaps along with divine mandate. So far his Doom eludes him, though it finally arrives in an unexpected form. They meet the Slayer God Grimnir, who easily dispatches Gotrek then resurrects Gotrek to serve as his successor.

  • Action Survivor: Especially in Elfslayer where he uses engineering and physics principles to help himself and his friends escape being trapped in a city recently resubmerged at the bottom of the ocean.
  • Ancestral Weapon: His axe, which is one of the most potent examples of its kind in the entire world and throughout history especially since it a weapon made by a Physical God. His axe, more than anything else, seems to be the reason why he just can't get killed: the axe is destined to kill something really, really powerful, and Gotrek absolutely cannot die until the axe serves its purpose.
  • Anti-Hero: He drinks, curses, bloodily dispatches his enemies, causes wide scale property damage, but many times his heart is in the right place and he's trying to help. He even goes out of his way to help a friend.
  • The Alcoholic: Gotrek loves his alcohol, but being a Dwarf he's more resistant to it than a human would be. Also he follows the Dwarf stereotype of having a cultural, almost physiological, need for alcoholic drinks.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: An in-universe example. In Realmslayer he insists on using the Old World terms for things. He's a Dwarf and can't be having this "Duardin" nonsense. His gruff no-nonsense speaking style also clashes with the flowery heroic pronouncements Fyreslayers favor, although it's still the standard for Dispossessed.
  • The Atoner: Details are sketchy, but it's implied he killed his lord, his bodyguards and a good chunk of his court while grief-stricken over the death of his wife.
  • Badass Abnormal: His rune axe is strongly implied to be boosting his strength and resilience to absurd levels.
  • Badass Beard: Par the course for slayers, but Gotreks is revered as the best (or worst, since Slayers are Death Seekers).
  • Brutal Honesty: Gotrek tells absolutely everyone what he thinks of them, friends are fair game, same with other slayer and even kings, much to the chagrin of Felix, and also Ungrim Ironfist
  • Catchphrase: "Come on!", "Kill me if you can!" and several variants thereof. Also criticizing something by saying it's for elves.
  • The Chew Toy: A Trauma Conga Line led him to become a Slayer, but when he wants death it keeps eluding him.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Shades of this. To seek his death, Gotrek looks for dangerous situations, though he sometimes helps for benevolent reasons.
  • Death Seeker: He's not very good at it, though. Not because he doesn't want to die, but because he kills everything that ever fights him, much to his disappointment.
  • Determinator: A key part of his character. Gotrek never gives up on anything.
  • Doom Magnet: At one point, Felix actually contemplates how death and destruction seems to follow the two of them wherever they go. Culminates in Elfslayer, which ends with the explosive demise of an entire city.
  • Eye Scream: Lost his left eye in the first book, courtesy of a band of goblins raiders. Probably the only time a goblin managed to cause him serious injury in the entire series.
  • Fantastic Racism: Gotrek generally looks down on non-dwarfs, with a few exceptions, though he outright and unreservedly despises elves, even compared to the average Dwarf. The first elf he encounters in the series, the arch mage Teclis, he threatens to kill after he's finished with a daemon and regularly mocks and ridicules him despite the fact that Teclis saved him and Felix from their world's equivalent of Hell and ravenous daemons. He even says the one positive of Teclis failing to prevent a magic ritual that would enable the followers of Chaos to rampage across the world is that there'd be one less elf alive. It's a good thing Teclis has a lot of patience and a good sense of humour - as badass as Gotrek is, Teclis could probably obliterate Gotrek by waving at him (though Gotrek would want that).
  • Good Is Not Nice: Gotrek is, frankly, a jerk.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Employes these when necessary, like, during his unarmed match against an Ogre Tyrant.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Losing his wife and child was part of the reason he became a Slayer.
  • Honor Before Reason: He's a Dwarf. Oaths and grudges are Serious Business beyond serious business to him, which puts him and Felix in jeopardy on several occasions.
  • Indy Ploy: Most of his "plans" are these.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Gotrek is a jerk, but he really does care a lot about his closest friends, even if he doesn't really show it. Releasing Felix from his vow to record Gotrek's doom, in order to help Snorri Nosebiter recover his memory, comes to mind.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: He's been fighting the meanest, nastiest monsters he can find for decades and not one of them has been able to kill him. Since his life goal is to get killed awesomely, it's only natural that he's started to get bitter about it.
  • MacGyvering: In Elfslayer, he gets to show off his engineering skills to save a bunch of people from drowning at the bottom of the ocean.
  • Made of Iron: Gotrek is, more or less, indestructible. The closest he comes to death is in Zombieslayer, which is followed by an Unexplained Recovery after Felix puts Gotrek's signature rune-axe back in his hands.
  • Manly Tears: Twice. First it's implied in the vision of his life when he finds his dead wife and child. The second is when he's forced to kill his mind-controlled friend in self-defence.
  • One-Man Army: Very close to it.
  • Pet the Dog: Towards a few including Felix, Katerina, and his friend who lost their bar to Gotrek's enemies.
  • Really 700 Years Old: He is over two hundred years old, not old by Dwarf or Elf standards.
  • The Resenter: In Realmslayer, he expresses how he despises Grimnir for having lied to him of the doom the god promised him.
  • The Schizophrenia Conspiracy: In Realmslayer, he has somewhat lost his grip on reality after spending an undetermined amount of time in the Realm of Chaos. After he somehow escapes and finds himself in the Realm of Aqshy, he spends the first act of the story believing that he is still in the Realm of Chaos, and everything is just another twisted game being played on him by the Chaos Gods and their minions.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to Felix's Sensitive Guy.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In Kinslayer, which is pretty impressive considering he was already a jerk before The End Times.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Never wears a shirt, though that could be due to not finding one his size or shirtlessness being the traditional garb for slayers.
  • Would Hit a Girl: While female assailants are rarer, Gotrek fights them as determinedly and readily as male assailants. In Trollslayer he kills a female Chaos Lord.


    Felix Jaeger

Gotrek's rememberer, tasking with turning the tale of his doom into an epic story. Saved by Gotrek from a riot, he got drunk and swore a blood oath to follow him and record his story.

  • Action Dad: As of Kinslayer.
  • Amazon Chaser: He's been interested in several women who can fight.
  • The Alcoholic: Drinks a lot, perhaps a side effect of travelling with Gotrek and dealing with all the monsters that the Warhammer world has to offer. But then again, it's how the two first met and Felix made that oath.
  • Battle Couple: With Ulrika and later Katriena.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Has no qualms about fighting dirty or using Improvised Weapons as well as his sword.
  • Cool Sword: Karaghul, a sword enchanted to kill dragons, which never breaks and never needs sharpening. Unfortunately, it's also semi-sentient and has a mental link with Felix, and when a dragon shows up, Karaghul turns him into a Leeroy Jenkins.
  • Dirty Old Man: Becomes this after the 20 year timeskip where he constantly oggles women half his age.
  • The Lost Lenore: Kirsten and Ulrika, though the latter is undead.
  • Mighty Whitey: Played with. He is an adventurer who explores several nations across the Warhammer world, including the lost Dwarf city of Karag Dum, Albion and even Nehekhara. In each land he achieves a heroic feat earning himself a place in history, and appears to be able to integrate well into each society if he chooses. He also seems to get a Girl of the Week in each one. Felix also happens to be white, which is only relevant because the novels he features in are British literature, the country this trope originated from (the Empire being fantasy Germany). Of course, the books almost never leave the equivalent of Europe in any case so he almost never meets anyone who isn't also white.
  • Never My Fault: Tends to shift blame towards others for his disfortunes.
  • Older Than They Look: Karaghul's enchantments may be extending his lifespan, which means he looks and physically feels like a twenty-year-old when chronologically he's well into his forties.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Felix is badass, but Gotrek is an unstoppable killing machine.
  • Rescue Romance: How me met most of his girlfriends, usually from being the rescuer.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Sensitive Guy.
  • Soapbox Sadie: When he was in university, due to his dislike for his family practices.
  • Warrior Poet: Accidentally. Drunk people don't make good decisions. Still, he seems to be growing into the 'warrior' part as time goes on.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?

Secondary Characters

    Maximilian "Max" Schreiber 

A wizard from the Colleges of Magic in Altdorf (originally a gold wizard but was retconned into a light wizard).

  • Burn the Witch!: Has received some scorn from various people due to being a wizard.
  • Disease Bleach: After Cold-Blooded Torture and almost being sacrificed to a daemon by the Dark Elves, Max's hair becomes white prematurely. Justified as the Dark Elves shaved his head before the torture and magic was involved.

    Ulrika Madgova 

A Kislevite noblewoman and Felix's love interest.

  • Action Girl: She is trained in combat and the most willing member of the party to fight apart from the Slayers.
  • Badass in Distress: She is held prisoner by the vampire Adolphus Kreiger.
  • Badass Normal: She is only a regular human with a noble's combat training, yet she keeps up with the rest of the party.
  • Defiant Captive: Urika is not happy about being captured.
    • She manages to resist Adolphus' arguments and makes several attempts to attack him or escape.
    • When she was captured by Thanquol and his Skaven, she actively sabotaged them and eventually escaped see Groin Attack.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: When she becomes a vampire
  • Groin Attack: Gives one to Grey Seer Thanquol when he and the Skaven are about to ambush the airship Spirit of Grungni.
  • Horror Hunger: She has a hard time resisting being around of Felix because of her bloodlust. An extended period of starvation and imprisonment during Kinslayer ultimately leads to her death at Felix's hands.
  • The Lad-ette: Downplayed. Ulrika is an Action Girl who keeps her hair short and quite direct (her method of seducing Felix for their first encounter is to lie in his bed and once he arrives reveal that she's nude). However, Ulrika does display feminine behavior at times.
  • Vampire Refugee: She is turned into a vampire by Adolphus Krieger.

    Snorri Nosebiter 

An old and dimwitted Dwarven Slayer, a former friend of Gotrek's from before the latter took up the Slayer oath. Most distinguished for sporting a crest made of nails hammered into his skull instead of the usual red-dyed mohawk. Stupid but friendly, even when in battle, and drinks so much that even other dwarves think he's a drunkard. His memory becomes increasingly spotty due to head wounds, his crest of nails and his drinking, until eventually he forgets his shame. Remembers it and achieves his death in Kinslayer.

  • The Alcoholic: Packs away liquour with a vigor that boggles even other dwarves. It helps that he drinks to numb the pain of his his guilt and his grief. Then again, he had quite the problem with alcohol even before becoming a slayer.
    • The first thing he and Gotrek does upon meeting up in an inn, is to have a drinking contest (Snorri loses by a hairs' breath).
    • Snorri has a habit of drinking vodka by the bucketload!
  • The Atoner: He drunkenly caused a fight with a scouting party of Rangers that lead to Gotrek's hometown being razed by a goblin surprise attack, then killed a wounded dwarf (implied to be Gotrek's wife) in the aftermath.
  • Despair Event Horizon: He's ultimately responsible for the events that led to Gotrek undergoing his Despair Event Horizon.
  • Death Seeker: Par for the course amongst Slayers.
  • Dual Wielding: Typically fights with an axe in one hand and a hammer in the other.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Perhaps even moreso than Gotrek. He's convinced, perhaps rightly, that Gotrek having to take the Slayer Oath was all his fault, and he knows for a fact that he was the one who killed Gotrek's wife.
  • Third-Person Person: As a sign of his stupidity, he does this.
  • Weaponized Limb: Sports a mace for a peg-leg in Kinslayer.


    Malakai Makaisson 

A highly unusual Slayer in that he was a former Engineer, kicked out of his Guild and forced to take the Slayer's Oath because of his crazy ideas and strange inventions, Malakai is from the northernmost of dwarfholds and pursues his Doom mostly with his incessant experimentations, happily accepting an inevitable death when one goes disastrously wrong as equally valid as being killed by some gribbly horror.

  • Bungling Inventor: Until the Spirit of Grungni, his last few inventions failed spectacularly, taking more than a few dwarven crewmembers with them. The losses are why he's a Slayer now.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: He's dead by The End Times. The only reason we know that is because another character mentions it offhand.
  • Funetik Aksent: His northern heritage gives him a strong Scottish accent.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: His defining character trait.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's a skilled warrior and also an excellent engineer, capable of creating things like armored dirgibles.
  • Only Sane Man: He is more even tempered and pragmatic in regards to seeking an honorable death than the other Slayers in the novels. His only concerns when the dragon attacks his airship are the loss of the ancient treasure and the lives of his non-Slayer passengers.
  • Tempting Fate: His naming preferences seem to tempt fate at every turn. His previous inventions included a steam-ship called the Unsinkable, which sank with all hands apart from Makaisson himself, and an earlier airship called the Indestructible, the explosion of which only he survived. In fact, he had wanted to name the Spirit of Grungni the Unstoppable, but was overruled on that for reasons that elude him...

    Otto Jaeger 

Felix's brother and heir to the family business. Otto represents everything Felix could've been, had he not run off with Gotrek.

  • Adipose Rex: Subverted as he is not a nobleman (to their father's chagrin).

    Gustav Jaeger 

Felix's imperious father, a relentless social climber who made it his life's mission to buy his way into the nobility. He failed.

  • Abusive Parents: Zig-zagged. He was a short tempered man with no patience for any indiscretions on the part of his children, and Felix has no memories of his father even being pleasant or kind to him, but he does acknowledge that Gustav, while hardly the perfect dad, did make sure that his sons didn't want for anything and did everything he could to ensure they had the best start in life.
  • Archnemesis Dad: To the point Felix spent a lot of his youth hoping his father would choke to death on his breakfast.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: He suffers this from Skaven agents looking for Felix and dies from it.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive
  • I Want Grandkids: Says this to Felix the first time they meet after twenty years, even though his other son Otto has a son of his own (which Gustav acknowledges).
  • Lean and Mean: He is skinny from having a lean build and being sick and he is mean. For example, his response to seeing his second son alive for the first time in twenty years is to give him a "Reason You Suck" Speech then demand a favor from Felix in exchange for regaining his inheritance.
  • Nouveau Riche: He spent untold amounts of money trying to buy a title for himself and his sons.
  • "Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a harsh one to Felix when he visits.


A minor character from one of the original short stories in Trollslayer who later reappears after the Time Skip grown into a young woman. Marries Felix by Kinslayer

  • Action Girl: Spent most of her life hunting down bandits and beastmen warbands in the Drakwald Forest.
  • Badass Decay: Justified; she almost starves to death during Zombieslayer and is recovering in a comfortable life as a minor noblewoman after she marries Felix.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Saves Felix from being killed by a Khornate Chaos Champion (who also happens to be her birth mother) by stabbing the warrior woman in the back with her own sword.
  • Child by Rape: She's the daughter of a minor noblewoman who was raped by a cousin (and went on to become a brutal champion of Khorne in her pursuit of revenge).
  • Forest Ranger: Although more an auxiliary of the guard than a self-appointed protector.
  • She's All Grown Up: A straight example, although the Time Skip and Felix's delayed aging result in her becoming a peer to Felix. This quite disturbs him when he begins to develop an attraction to her, at first.
  • Skunk Stripe: Inherited from her mother and key to proving the link between them. Disappears after her near-starvation experience leaves her hair white.
  • Underestimating Badassery: A lot of characters tend to do this because they doubt a woman could be so skilled and knowledgable about hunting. Kat recalls that when she went to show a local nobleman how his soldiers could surround the campsite of the beastman warband that had killed her family so they couldn't escape, the lord laughed at her. However, when she came back a second time with the head of a beastman Gor (having snuck into the camp and killed one of the sentries) which she dumped on his desk, the nobleman took her a lot more seriously. He followed her advice and the warband was utterly exterminated.
  • You Killed My Father: She hates Beastmen with a passion, as the creatures killed her adoptive family.



Specials Characters

Characters who feature in the books that are playable Special Characters in the tabletop game Warhammer Fantasy. Below are the tropes that apply to them in relation to the novels.

    Grey Seer Thanquol and Boneripper 

  • An Arm and a Leg: Loses a hand to Felix, though this gets healed and he has a new hand when The End Times occur.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Plans to do this to Gotrek and Felix. Does this to Aethneir for information.
  • Enemy Mine: Works with Gotrek and Felix to sabotage the plans of the other Skaven leaders. See The Starscream below.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Thanquol is unnerved when a Clan Moulder Beastmaster expresses an interest in acquiring human women for "experiments".
  • The Heavy: Thanquol is usually the one driving the plot on behalf of the Skaven, but he answers to the Council of Thirteen.
  • Hugh Mann: Thanquol tries to pass himself off as human in his letters to Gotrek and Felix. However Gotrek and Felix eventually see through his letters, it's just they're too useful to disregard and they're anonymously given so they can't track him down.
  • The Starscream: Due to the machinations of his fellow Skaven, Thanquol contacts Gotrek and Felix and helps them thwart his rivals.
  • Uriah Gambit: Attempts to use Gotrek and Felix for this to get the Harp of Ruin from the Dark Elves. While it does lead to the defeat of the Dark Elves Black Ark, Thanquol doesn't get what he's after.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When Thanquol finds out that Gotrek and Felix don't know who he is and have been ruining his life by accident, he has a brief mental breakdown, which he fixes with Warpstone.

    Loremaster Teclis 

  • A Lady on Each Arm: Downplayed. Teclis spends nearly all of his scenes in Ulthuan accompanied by two courtesans, even being introduced in bed with them. However, they are with him due to his high social standing as Loremaster and they still show an interest in Tyrion (the elven equivalent of a Hunk) when he visits Teclis.
  • Big Brother Worship: Downplayed. Teclis more than once wished that his brother Tyrion was here dealing with Gotrek and Felix due to the former's charm.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Is asked to make one by the Slaan to save the world. While Teclis agreed to a Truthsayer intervened and took his place.
  • You Are a Credit to Your Race: He tells Felix that Felix is mentally strong for a human.

     Tyrion: Defender of Ulthuan 

     Queen Khalida 
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Subverted. She makes one to Gotrek and Felix, first by telling Gotrek of a vision she had of him then rescuing Felix and then by putting a magical bracelet on Felix that would inject a deadly venom if they didn't do the job within a certain time frame. It's revealed that the bracelet was a trick as the bracelet's enchantment hasn't worked for centuries and the venom dried up even earlier.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Khalida is seen discussing politics with a foreign dignitary in her throne room. When a vampire sneaks into the room and tries to assassinate her, she dodges their attack just before the blow connects and then personally kills them. It's revealed she knew they were there and pretended not to know to lull them into a false sense of security. In addition, her adviser tells Gotrek and Felix that this is a common occurrence.

    Heinrich Kemmler 
  • Big Bad: Of Zombieslayer.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: He appears in Shamanslayer disguised as a grave robber who leads the group to Urslak and Gargorath.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Powerful enough to raise as vast an army of the dead that he does.
  • The Necromancer: Raises a powerful army of the dead from the Beastmen and soldiers that died in Shamanslayer.
  • Troll: Kemmler enjoys messing with the protagonists while carrying out his evil plans.


    Throgg the Troll King 

Main Villains

     The Skaven leaders 

The Skaven leaders from several different clans who are trying to destroy the city of Nuln in Skavenslayer. They are Grey Seer Thanquol, Izak Grottle, Heskit One Eye and Vilebroth Null.

    The Bloodthirster 

A Greater Daemon of Khorne who leads the army attacking the surviving Dwarfs in Daemonslayer.

  • And Show It to You: The Bloodthrister rips the Dwarf king's heart out of his chest and eats it in front of him in revenge for wounding and defeating it earlier.
  • The Dreaded: Everyone in the room is terrified of it, except Gotrek. Felix nearly soils himself twice; when he sees it for the first time and when it first speaks.
  • Holy Is Not Safe: The Bloodthirster is defeated by being hit in the face with a holy hammer and getting a holy axe through the heart from behind. They are holy weapons and it is a daemon.
  • It's Personal: Was badly wounded by Gotrek's axe and tracked them to their refuge through sensing its magic.
  • Large and in Charge: "Twice the height of a tall man", the Bloodthirster towers over both the Dwarfs and its own army.
  • Legions of Hell: Brings along lots and lots of Beastmen, and a few Chaos Warriors.
  • Made of Iron: It completely ignores volleys of crossbow bolts, several bursts from a repeater rifle, and Snorri's axe-and-hammer assault. Dwarfen rune weapons can harm it, but it fights on regardless - only the impact of the Hammer of Fate staggers it momentarily.
  • It's Personal: The daemon has been waiting twenty years to get revenge on the dwarf king that wounded it. It also swears vengeance on Gotrek and Felix when they 'kill' it, as daemons can only be banished back to the Warp rather than permanently killed.
  • Whip It Good: Wields a whip along with its huge axe, which is capable of slicing through dwarfen rune armour and flaying the unfortunate victim alive with multiple strikes.


An ancient dragon that attacks the party and has terrorized the surrounding area for hundreds of years in Dragonslayer.

  • Boom, Headshot!: How Felix manages to kill it. Subverted as he still needed the help of a sword enchanted to kill dragons.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The Warpstone in his flesh and the manipulations of two sorcerers implied to be Kelmain and Lhoigor make him go from violently amoral to evil.
  • Berserk Button: Intruding on his territory.
  • Dragon Hoard: And the Dwarfs are especially chagrined at having to leave it behind.
  • The Dreaded: It has been known and feared in the region for hundreds of years.
  • Eye Scream: Ulrika shoots it in the eye with an arrow.
  • Kill It with Fire: Being a dragon it uses this often. If not for magical shields, the heroes would have been killed.
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: After Razek crashes into with a bomb-laden gyrocoptor it gets a huge wound in its chest.
  • Worf Had the Flu: The wound Razek gave it became infected and weakened it enough that they could kill it.

    Kelmain Blackstaff and Lhoigor Goldenrod 

  • Bigger Bad: They're indirectly behind the dragon's return in Dragonslayer, responsible for Arek's rise to power in Beastslayer; which spurred the antagonist of Vampireslayer into action, and the cause of the trouble on Albion in Giantslayer.
  • The Chessmaster
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: They're very similar, unless they identify themselves or the story identifies them, they're distinguished by one wearing black and the other wearing gold.
  • Cassandra Truth: Their warnings to Arek Daemonclaw fall on deaf ears. They warned him against besieging Praag during the beginning of winter, and insisted that the best time to begin their daemon summoning rituals for the final assault was when the stars were aligned. Arek ignoring their warnings results in a disastrous siege along with his death.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Implied; it's said their mother mated with a daemon to sire them.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When it is clear that the siege of Praag will fail and Arek Daemonclaw will meet his end, the twins teleport away.
  • There's No Kill Like Overkill: In Giantslayer, Kelmain gets literally chopped to pieces by Gotrek while he and Lhoigor are in the middle of a magic duel with Teclis, then Teclis vaporises Lhoigor with a wave of molten magic.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Lhoigor undergoes one when Kelmain is killed, allowing Teclis to destroy him.

    Arek Daemonclaw 

The Chaos Lord of Tzeentch leading the attack on Praag.

  • Facial Horror: In his backstory, his facial features melt and run as he treks through the Chaos Wastes.
  • Four-Star Badass: The leader of a vast war host, comprising of followers of other Gods.
  • Genius Bruiser: As a follower of Tzeentch.
  • Smart People Play Chess: Walks in on Kelmain and Lhoigor's game and, to get their attention, moves all the pieces through the sequence of moves that result in a victory.

    Adolphus Kreiger 

A vampire (originally a Von Carstein, retconned into a Lahmia) who wants to control the undead with a powerful artifact.

  • Artifact of Doom: Seeks a talisman of Nagash to give him control over all vampires in the world.
  • Exact Words: He uses this to escape promises when they don't suit him and still keep his word.
  • I Gave My Word: He always keeps his word. However, he likes to use Exact Words.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Snorri kills him by impaling him the heart with the pointed bottom of a chandelier while Gotrek destroys his magical talisman.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: He murders a gang of racist Kislevite noblemen who try to harass him because their ringleader sees Adolphus and his girl make eye contact and assumes the worst.
  • The Pornomancer: Subverted. His vampiric charm allows him to sway women so they desire him, but he doesn't take sexual advantage of it, saying he no longer feels the desire for physical gratification. He only uses it twice in the story; once to get a victim so he can feed, and the second time to control Ulrika. The other time he mentions it is in regards to using it on a woman so his right hand man, Roche, can have a child who'll be Adolphus' assistant when Roche dies.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: A rare example of a male Lahmian Vampire.

    The Giant of Albion 

  • Brainwashed and Crazy: By Kelmain Blackstaff and Lhoigor Goldenrod.
  • Death by a Thousand Cuts: Gotrek rips out one of the giant's eyes then, while hanging from its optic nerve, cuts it repeatedly many times. He also hamstrings the giant and slits its throat until it eventually bleeds to death.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: A roundabout villainous variant. The Giant is convinced that it is protecting the temple from those who would defile it. It is mixed up due to brainwashing. The "intruders" are other guardians of the temple and its "masters" are evil and seek to destroy everything the temple was built to accomplish.

    Countess Nitocris 

A vampire working for Neferata who seeks to gain dominion over the Tomb Kings of Nehekhara.

  • The Vamp: Coming from a bloodline that specialises in seducing others for their own gains.

    The Sleeper 

  • Deal with the Devil: It's heavily implied the Sleeper made some kind of deal with the Chaos Gods in exchange for its extended lifespan and psychic powers.
  • Elaborate Underground Base: Found beneath an Underground City, no less.
  • Hive Queen: One which uses Orcs and Goblins as its drones and warriors, no less.
  • Insect Queen: Described as resembling a giant, immobile praying mantis.
  • Last of Its Kind: A brief connection Felix has into its mind as it's dying implies that the rest of the Sleeper's race were exterminated by the High Elves when they conquered the lands that became the Old World.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Its species has very rarely, if ever, been seen in the Warhammer universe.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: How it controlled the Orcs and used them to conquer Karak Hirn. It later does this to the Dwarfs of Clan Diamondsmith and to Prince Hamnir.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The novel implies the High Elves, after exterminating the rest of its kind, imprisoned the Sleeper in the ruins of its former temple.
  • Shout-Out: Has several traits in common with Cthulhu.
  • Time Abyss: It's implied to have existed long before the presence of Elves and Dwarves in the Old World.
  • We Can Rule Together: It makes this offer to Gotrek, and to the Dwarfs in general.

     Magus Lichtmann 

  • Affably Evil: Before his reveal as the main villain, he's quite friendly and polite, as well as engaging in lengthy debate with Malakai how magical fire might be used to aid the creation of new and better metal alloys.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: After his reveal as the main villain.
  • Kill It with Fire: As a Bright Wizard, he uses Fire Magic.
  • Man Behind the Man: He's the one directing the cultists of the Cleansing Flame.
  • Red Right Hand: His right arm is a chaotically mutated limb that glows as if on fire, with long, fiery talons. In public, he binds it up so he only appears to have a stump, claiming to have lost the limb in a house fire as a boy.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: If you've seen the cover for the original Manslayer book you'll know that Lichtmann is a villain.
  • Tragic Villain: He himself relates that his arm began to mutate, despite Lichtmann doing nothing to cause it. Since the only mercy the Empire gives mutants is that of a quick death to save their souls, and not wanting his intelligent mind to go to waste, Lichtmann joined a Chaos cult, despite despising the northern barbarians, because he knew their victory was his only hope for survival.
  • Villains Want Mercy: Begs for his life after being beaten and losing his mutated arm to Gotrek's axe. He doesn't get it.
    Lichtmann: Mercy, please. Mercy. I don't want to die.
    Gotrek: Ask your masters for mercy.

    High Sorceress Heshor 

  • Deal with the Devil: Summons a Keeper of Secrets in a bid to try and force it to help her activate the Harp of Ruin. Unsurprisingly, the Slaaneshi Greater Daemon turns on her and tries to kill Heshor and her acolytes.
  • The Dragon: She's under orders to implement the plan from the Witch King Malekith himself.
  • Earthquake Machine: She plans to use the Harp of Ruin to sink Ulthuan and raise Nagarythe, but not before testing it by causing an earthquake that would both cut off sea trade for the Empire and create a tsunami that would decimate it.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
  • Evil Sorcerer: Arguably the most powerful individual magic user encountered in the story, with only Teclis or the Slann spirits surpassing her (Kelmain and Lhoigor did their magical feats together or with a coven). She maintains a whirlpool the size of a small city, holds her own in a magical duel with a Greater Daemon and later a magic duel against Max, Claudia and Thanqoul single-handedly. Her abilities inspired a moment of self-doubt in Grey Seer Thanquol; GREY SEER THANQUOL, briefly conceded that a non-Skaven sorcerer could be better than him.
  • The Hedonist: Presides over an orgy between the sorceresses under her command and their warrior bodyguards to summon a Greater Daemon of Slaanesh.
  • Never Found the Body: Heshor is last seen jumping off the edge of the Skaven submarine into the ocean when Gotrek destroys the Harp of Ruin shortly before it explodes. Being a powerful Sorceress who hadn't suffered anything that prevented her from using her magic, it's possible she could have escaped the explosion.

    Urslak Cripplehorn and Gargorath the God-Touched 

Leaders of a swelling Beastherd rampaging through the Drakwald Forest bearing a giant, mysterious stone. They are the main villains of Shamanslayer.

  • Ax-Crazy
  • An Ax To Grind: Gargorath's weapon of choice is a brutal battle axe that eats what it kills; it drains the life force of those it kills and uses it to heal its wielder's injuries.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Urslak can use the stone to transform people into Beastmen. His plan is to conduct a ritual to transform the vast majority of the Empire into more Beastmen.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Either that, or Gargorath is Urslak's Dragon.
  • Brains and Brawn: Urslak is the Bray Shaman who sets the plot in motion, while Gargorath is the Beastherd's war-leader.
  • Luke Nounverber: Urslak Cripplehorn.
  • The Magnificent: Gargorath the God-Touched.

Secondary Villains


A lesser clanleader under Thanquol's command. Appeared in Skavenslayer, Daemonslayer, Dragonslayer and Beastslayer.

  • Butt-Monkey: Is singled out by Thanquol, subjected to the tender mercies of Heskit One-Eye, Vilebroth Null and Izak Grottle, forced to expose the plans of all four leaders on separate occasions, sent to the Chaos Wastes in an airship occupied by Dwarfs and exposed to warp dust.
  • The Magnificent: Abandons his previous agnomen of Snitchtongue and assumes this name instead.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Exposure to chaos energies during Deamonslayer mutates him into a pseudo-rat-ogre, to the point that even Thanquol fears him.
  • Unwitting Pawn: To Kelmain and Lhoigor.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Puns aside, he disappears from the narrative while trying to raise a rebellion within Hell Pit, the stronghold of clan Moulder.


Adolphus Kreiger's servant and bodyguard in Vampireslayer.

  • Badass Normal: Does not hesitate to join his master in facing down a pack of Goblin wolf riders.
  • Battle Butler: Described as being lined, with iron-grey hair. Is also described as having a hulking physique and massive strangler's hands.
  • The Dragon: To Adolphus Krieger.
  • Generation Xerox: His father and grandfather have also faithfully served Kreiger.
  • Off with His Head!: The vampire countess Gabriela tears his head off with her bare hands. It happens so quickly that Roche has time to realise the brain can temporarily survive decapitation.
  • Oh, Crap!: His reaction to realising the heroes have a vampire fighting on their side. He also has another one after realising that his severed head is on the ground, looking up at his decapitated body.

    Captain Landryol 

A Dark Elf Corsair captain who captures Gotrek, Felix and Aethneir in Elfslayer.

    Commander Talkhir 

The commander of the Dark Elf Black Ark that captures Gotrek and Felix.

  • Bling of War: Goes into battle in a magnificent suit of plate armour.
  • The Dragon: To High Sorceress Heshor, since she both technically outranks him in druchii society and is following the Witch King's orders.
  • Dragon Rider: He and his entourage ride on the backs of sea dragons.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: Talkhir is the subject of one of these; Felix, Gotrek and Aethenir overhear two slavers complaining about his obeying Heshor's orders to go back to the Empire's coastline, running the risk of the Black Ark being unable to return to Naggaroth when the Sea of Chill freezes, costing the slavers a great deal of their winter business...and realise he's done so Heshor can test out the Harp of Ruin.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: His reaction to Gotrek causing the Black Ark's destruction.
    Talkhir: You sank our city. Honour demands that we bury yours.


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