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The High Elves, Asur or Annulii, are one of the Elder races created by the Old Ones. Isolated from the rest of the world, the High Elves mainly reside in the continent of Ulthuan, dividing their people into ten great kingdoms. Long-lived (more so than dwarfs), refined and having a strong affinity with magic but with haughty hearts, the High Elves' history is marked by numerous tragedies, fratricide wars and an unending fight to quell the forces of Chaos ever since the Great Chaos invasion. As such they are a dwindling race contemplating the ruins of better times. Their current ruler is the Phoenix King Finubar the Seafarer but its foremost champions are the twins Tyrion and Teclis.
The High Elves are the very definition of the Elite Army. What they lack in number they compensate in quality, fielding highly trained units of infantry or cavalry, from the humble militias to the Phoenix Guard, Swordsmasters of Hoeth, or Prince Dragons of Caledor (although they mostly ride horses nowadays), most of which lack toughness but strike fast and true. Around these units the High Elves make ample use of Mages whose mastery of the Winds of Magic is supreme on the battlefield. They can also call upon powerful monsters such as Phoenixes or mighty Dragons for help.
Having taken it upon themselves to protect the world, the Elves siphon the Winds of Magic out of the world to prevent the Daemons of Chaos from invading again. However, it can be said that their archenemies are the Dark Elves, corrupted and cruel reflections of themselves bent on invading Ulthuan. Arrogant as they are, the High Elves keep few relations with the other forces of Order, but will fight with them if need be.
- Amazon Brigade: The Maiden Guard of Avelorn are an elite troop of female warriors tasked with protecting those areas of Ulthuan that are most sacred to Isha, the Elven Mother Goddess. The majority of the Maiden Guard fight as Sisters of Avelorn, skilled archers who fire bolts of mystical, purifying flame. The most talented of the Maiden Guard are chosen to become the Handmaidens of the Everqueen, the fiercely loyal bodyguards and heralds of the High Elves' spiritual leader.
- An Ice Person: The oldest phoenixes known as Cryophoenixes have had their flames cool to such low temperatures that their former fiery power have turned to ice instead. The Blizzard Aura rule forces Always Strikes Last and a strength penalty to all units near a Cryophoenix.
- An Axe to Grind: Atypically for elves in fiction, the White Lions of Chrace wield large and powerful axes on the battlefield. The reason for this is because the White Lions were originally a group of Elven woodsmen who saved the life of Caledor I, and when they were officially made bodyguards to the Phoenix King they retained the axes that had proven just as efficient at cutting down Dark Elf assassins as they were at felling the mighty trees of Chrace. In-game, these axes are represented by basic great weapons.
- Archenemy: The High Elves have had such a fratricidal history with the Dark Elves that as a whole, their armies are especially suited to fight them. Valour Of Ages which is pretty much omnipresent to the High Elves allows to reroll Panic, Fear and Terror tests against the Dark Elves, and moreover the Shadow Warriors of Nagarythe have Hatred against them.
- Atlantis: Ulthuan is a Fantasy Counterpart Culture version of it, an ancient and highly advanced civilization sitting in a content situation in the center of what is equivalent to the Atlantic ocean, arranged in several concentric geographic circles.
- Automatic Crossbows: The Eagle Claw Bolt Thrower is a repeating ballista.
- Back from the Dead: Phoenix Reborn allows slain Flamespyre Phoenixes a chance to come back at the end of the turn they were killed.
- BFS: Wielded by the Swordmasters of Hoeth... which seem to resemble zweihanders in some works. In other works they're pretty much standard-sized longswords which are already big as-is. In any case, the swords count as Great Weapons.
- Blade on a Stick:
- The traditional melee weapon of the High Elf militia is the spear. These finely-honed weapons are wielded by the more experienced members of the militia, who are so well trained in their use, they are able to present a near impenetrable wall of spikes to the enemy. This is represented in-game by High Elf Spearmen being able to fight with extra ranks.
- The elite Phoenix Guard are equipped with long, ornate halberds. Although they are mostly ceremonial weapons, the halberds are still deadly weapons, capable of cleaving an enemy in twain with a single blow.
- Born in the Saddle: The Reavers from the Kingdom of Ellyria. It's a location famous for its wide rolling plains and sparse woodlands, where young elves learn to ride almost from the time they've learned to walk, and the riders will raise their own hourses from foals, forming a strong bond of mutual trust before ever mounting them. In war, the Reavers act as outriders for High Elf armies on the march and light cavalry to harass enemy flanks and run them down when they break.
- Brought Down to Badass: The Dragon Princes must be content with riding warhorses. Originally, Caledor was the most influential kingdom of Ulthuan purely because of their plentiful Dragons which they rode to war. Sadly for the Dragon Princes, the Dragons have now great difficulties waking up so the Princes were downgraded from Dragon Rider to mere heavy cavalry, which is still quite good by anyone's standard.
- Civil War: The Elven civil war began when Malekith, the son of the Elven saviour Aenarion, assassinated the Phoenix King and attempted to install himself as the Elven ruler and has continued, on and off, for more than four thousand years. The conflict has caused incalculable suffering, split the Elven race in two, began the sinking of the isle of Ulthuan and has weakened some of the defences against the forces of the Dark Gods.
- Conscription: The High Elves have a long tradition of the Citizen Levy where all young males are subject to being drafted into Ulthuan's armies on an as-needed basis. Each family is provided with spear, bow and armor, which is passed down from father to son and each bearer is expected to keep his equipment in fighting condition and be proficient in its use. In this way the High Elves can field a professional-quality army in larger numbers than their limited population would suggest.
- Cool Crown: The Phoenix King possess a crown named the Phoenix Crown, symbol of his kingship. The first crown is said to have been made of ingots and gems coming from all of Ulthuan, making it a masterpiece of craftsmanship. Alas the Dwarfs took it and a replacement was forged, which was seemingly so elaborate it took one hundred years to do so.
- Cool Helmet: Ubiquitous in the army. All High Elf helmets have a recognizable long and dome-like shape going twice the height of the head, giving the Elves ample space to ornate the helmets with jewels, gravures, feathers, panaches and whatnot.
- Cool Horse: Elven Steeds are perhaps the best horse units of the game with a better Movement 9 for all of them instead of the usual 8. In lore the horses have also a higher intellect and are more than mere obedient beasts but loyal partners to their riders.
- Dark Is Not Evil: The Shadow Warriors are secretive stealthy Elven warriors specialized in guerrilla and all underhanded tricks. Yet they still fight for Ulthuan and hate the Dark Elves with a passion.
- Dissonant Serenity: The Phoenix Guard are often unnerving to their enemies in battle because of this. Their voicelessness makes them eerily quiet in combat and their foreknowledge of the moment and manner of their own death makes them completely fearless and perpetually calm.
- Dragon Knight: The Dragon Princes of Caledor are a heavy cavalry unit that, since they lack dragons as of late, compensate by wearing really ornate and dragon-themed armor both for them and the horses. The helmets in particular are forged to resemble dragon heads or have dragon wings sprouting out of them.
- Dragon Rider: In days pas this used to be a major source of High Elf strength but most dragons have fallen asleep and can only be woken with great difficulty. Nowadays, only a scant few Princes and Archmages can ride one.
- Dying Race: They're frequently said to be a dwindling people although this is apparently relative. They routinely absorb casualities that would bleed the Empire white in the fiction.
- Elective Monarchy: The Phoenix Kings are elected from the various Princes of Ulthuan.
- Elite Army:
- Despite their decline in population, the Elves have some of the most powerful armies of the world thanks to their sheer excellence in all skills pertaining to war. Every single High Elf is a decent fighter by necessity (see Conscription) and the specialist warriors they field are some of the bravest and most skilled around, their longevity greatly helping in that regard. One rule that is pretty much universal to them is Martial Prowess, allowing one further rank than the usual to fight as to demonstrate that their phalanxes are better coordinated.
- Standing out even among High Elves is the Lothern Sea Guard and their commanders, the Sea Helms, who guard the only sea entrance inside the ring of Ulthuan and thus the inner kingdoms. Not having the flashier units of other provinces, they nonetheless possess an ironclad discipline allowing them to be effective inland and at sea. The Sea Helms possess a rule named Naval Discipline allowing a unit to reform immediately upon being charged to better optimize the fighting.
- Energy Bow: Sisters of Avelorn do not shoot regular arrows but bolts of flame borne out of Ishas power shaped like arrows that burn the enemy. As a result, they get Flaming Attack and inflict a penalty to armor save hit on the attacked model from the destructive force of the arrows.
- Expy: They have quite a few similarities with the Melniboneans, being a race of elves with pointy helmets who live isolated on a large island and use dragons as their ultimate fighting units. However, the High Elves are definetely on the side of good while the Melniboneans' cruelty and decadence are taken by the Dark Elves.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: A mix of the Ancient Greeks (more specifically being the cultured and educated but still very badass Athenians to the Dark Elves' warlike and positively Darwinian Spartans) and the Byzantines with a little bit of feudal isolationist Japan (foreigners are forbidden to set foot on Ulthuan, except for certain designated ports) for flavor. If you were feeling rather sardonic, you could also make the comparison to Eagleland as the possessors of the strongest navy and air forces in the world (even using giant eagles as mounts) and a (quasi) democratically elected government and generally being a bunch of snobby jerkwads who annoy everyone else with their ceaseless (though well-intentioned and quite often needed) political and military interference.
- Fantasy Pantheon: Two of them. The Elven gods are divided into the Cadai the gods of the heavens and the Cytharai the gods of the underworld. All in all there are fourty four of them. The most important ones include:
- Asuryan, the Creator: The Top God of the Cadai. The Elves believe that he has been shaping their destiny since the beginning of time. The Phoenix King is considered to be his mortal representative.
- Isha, the Mother: The Hera to Asuryan's Zeus. It was her who taught the Elves to love and respect nature. The Everqueen is considered to be her mortal representative.
- Lilieath, the Maiden: Goddess of Divination. Mother of Isha and wife of Asuryan. She's also the Lady of the Lake.
- Kurnous, the Hunter: God of the hunt and wild beasts. He is the spirit of untamed wilderness, and the husband of Isha. Together, they represent both the feral aggression and the motherly fertility of nature. The Elves of Avelorn and Ellyrion consider him their primary god, rather than Asuryan.
- Hoeth, the Wise: God of Wisdom and Knowledge. He began the Elves' famous magical tradition. He has no actual priesthood, as the mages of the White Tower are his clergy. Religion is very literally magic.
- The Federation: Much like the Empire, the High Elves run on an Elective Monarchy with each of Ulthuan's ten constituent kingdoms ruled by their various princes, one of whom is chosen by the others to become the Phoenix King.
- Flying Car: Flying chariot in this case. The Lothern Skycutter is an airborne chariot pulled by a Great Eagle and supported by magic, allowing two Lothern Sea Guards to fire at targets from above.
- Foreseeing My Death: The Phoenix Guard are shown how and when they will die, which makes them fearless. In game the Phoenix Guard have the Witness to Destiny rule giving them a 4+ ward save to represent their Plot Armor since a given battle may or may not be a Phoenix Guard's time to die.
- Fragile Speedster: As a whole the Elves are this. Even the occasional human commander gets Toughness 4 but elves dont have that luxury. However, they move faster, have a better initiative and all of them get Always Strikes First.
- Giant Flyer: Elves make ample use of Dragons, Phoenixes, Great Eagles, Griffons, Roc Birds and other flying beasts to maneuver above the battlefield and rain down death on their enemies. No other faction has access to such an array of flying units.
- Gold-Colored Superiority: High Elves spare no expense on gold plating their armors, helmets, chainmail, weapons and various accessories to flaunt their superiority in the enemys face.
- Good Is Not Nice: While the High Elves are certainly noble, overall good-hearted beings, they are still major assholes to anyone who isn't them.
- Horse Archer: The Ellyrian Reavers who serve as scouts, messengers and monster hunters.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: Swordmasters of Hoeth are known to be able to deflect arrows in flight, cutting them out of the air as they fall into their formation. Of course this does not make them immune to arrows but it does limit the damage they can cause. Their Deflect Shots rules gives them a slight ward save against non magical projectiles.
- Infinity +1 Sword: The Widowmaker, or Sword of Khaine, is a terribly powerful sword said to be a splinter of Khaines own sword. Central to Aenarion the Defenders story, it allowed him to cut swathes of daemons with ease, but it also an Artifact of Doom that corrupted not only Aenarion, but a good chunk of the Elves from Nagarythe with him too. It is thankfully not available in the game proper but the End Times, we learn more about its powers; every successful hit with the Widowmaker wounds automatically with a Multiple Wounds bonus and it ignores armor saves as well as boosting its bearers stats in Strength and Toughness to Champion of Chaos level. Finally it is so powerful nothing in game, be it spells or special rules, can destroy it.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Their main hat; yes they're pricks (who isn't?), but they have the world's safety in mind. While the High Elves pretty much look down on the lesser races and also mainly fight for themselves, the Asur have the safety of their world in mind. The Dragon Princes of Caledor take it even further, being such haughty snotty jerks in general that even the other High Elves are deeply annoyed. Yet in battle a Dragon Prince won't think twice about risking his life to save the humblest among the footsoldiers.
- Knight In Shining Armour: The Silver Helms, essentially the Elven knights.
- Lazy Dragon: The Dragons of Ulthuan have been hit by a mysterious stupor which makes them really sleepy and hard to wake. Only weeks of praying and chanting ancient Caledorian songs can wake them up and some Dragons are too deep in their slumber to ever wake again.
- Ley Line: The Hive Elves built many waystones across Ulthuan generations ago during a great surge of magic from the Chaos wastes in the north. This turned Ulthuan into a magical "anchor" around which the Winds of Magic would swirl in a controlled manner, adding order to what was otherwise a chaotic source of destructive arcane energy across the world. Disturbing any of these carefully placed stones can have disastrous effects on the Winds of Magic, potentially ripping Ulthuan apart with the unbalanced power.
- Light Is Good: The High Elves are some of the most enthusiastic enemies of Chaos and their armies stroll battlefields in bright white garb for the most part.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: No Elf would be caught having hair that does not reach his shoulder. In fact long hair is also seen as a sign of martial skill, strength and overall nobility.
- Mage Tower: The famed tower of Hoeth, half a mile high and guarded by many illusory spells, shelters the greatest repository of magical knowledge in the world. The Loremasters of Hoeth studying within it are the greatest mages of Ulthuan although they do not necessarily wield magic for battle.
- Magic Knight: The Loremasters of Hoeth are no mere mages but also master swordsmen, having Weapon Skill 6 as well as a level 2 Wizard level which explicitly doesnt reflect their overall mastery of magic at all but how much they deigned to practice combat spells. Indeed, their pursuit of knowledge in all its forms has led to them mastering both swordsmanship and magic, their intellect being such that they find both easy.
- Master Swordsman: The Swordmasters of Hoeth, duh. They have a Weapon Skill worthy of a Lord unit from lesser races and their Deflect Shots rule represents how they can cut down arrows fired at them.
- McNinja: The Shadow Warriors, stealth experts from the province of Naggarythe. Living in the province most frequently the target of Dark Elf raids and invasions tends to result in individuals skilled at moving quickly and staying out of sight.
- Medieval Stasis: The Elves do not have much in the way of pure technology despite millennia of existence. Their most complex machine is the reaper bolt thrower in fact and the Elves mainly perfected the science behind their existing tools instead of inventing new ones. That said, when magic enables a civilization to create things that even technology wouldnt be able to reproduce, there is little incentive to go down new and innovative paths.
- Merchant City: Lothern, the southernmost city in Ulthuan and the surrounding province which bares its name. It sits at the only strait giving aquatic access between Ulthuan inner sea and the wider ocean. This has turned it into Ulthuan's most major sea port, and most of the goods that flow into and out of Ulthuan go through Lothern. It's also the only city in Ulthuan to have a substantial non-Elf permanent population, as many mercantile interests from other nations keep guild offices and warehouses there along with secondary industries and a transient sailing population. This has turned it into one of the wealthiest cities in the world, and it's strategic importance and fortifications against sea invasions make it a bit of a Citadel City as well.
- Mithril: Ithilmar ("Sky Silver"), an equivalent Fantasy Metal, the only known deposits of which are on Ulthuan. Described as being as strong as steel but lighter, more flexible and a joy to work. Most High Elf armor and weapons are made from more common metals, but the more elaborate armor worn by the nobility uses Ithilmar extensively in its construction. Mechanically this is reflected by High Elf units who wear "heavy" armor are not slowed down the way heavy steel armor does for other factions.
- Nemean Skinning: The White Lions wear the skin of a white lion. It's not just for show either, their Lion Cloaks add a +2 bonus to their Armour Save against shooting attacks.
- Only the Worthy May Pass: A Phoenix King may be elected by his fellow nobles but he must step into the sacred Flame of Asuryan to be judged for kingship by his god. A worthy king will emerge unscathed but as Malekiths story shows, anyone who do not meet the standards will be burned down to a crisp, suffering untold pain for a lifetime. The End Times reveal that since Malekith all kings have pretty much cheated their way out of the trial through protective spells, the real trial involved being heavily burned but then reformed by the flame.
- Our Dragons Are Different: The dragons of the Caledorian mountains are ancient, wise beings and close allies of the elves, and split into three classes by age — Sun Dragons are the youngest, weakest and most hot-blooded, Moon Dragons older and more sedate, and Star Dragons are incredibly rare, immensely powerful elders. They also spend most of their time asleep for unclear reasons — the oldest ones are also the hardest to rouse — and view the dragons of the Old World in a similar light to how the Asur view humans.
- Our Elves Are Different: The Asur fit the High Elves archetype just right with them being an ancient dwindling empire that is better than humans at everything (craftmanship, magic and fighting) except checking their ego when they need to. They also downplay the usual elven association with archery and light weapons — they do have those, but also use greatswords, axes, halberds and heavy armor.
- Our Gryphons Are Different: Elven Griffons are smaller and weaker than the Empire equivalent but slightly more agile.
- The Phoenix:
- Phoenixes are available to the High Elf army as monstrous units, and come in two kinds — the Flamespyre Phoenix, which is young and fiery and can come back from the dead in a shower of flames, and the ancient, much tougher Frostheart Phoenix, which trails ice and chill rather than flames, and has lived so long it is no longer able to rebirth itself. There are also Arcane Phoenixes, described in the Monstrous Arcanum, a much rarer variant with rainbow-colored feathers, swallow-like tails and the Flamespyre's ability to rebirth itself, which are believed to be companions of Asuryan himself and only appear in the material world as omens of imminent catastrophes and a hope of rebirth afterwards.
- The phoenix is also the symbol of Asuryan, the king of the elven gods, hence the king of the High Elves being known as the Phoenix King and the guards of Asuryan's temple being the Phoenix Guard.
- Phoenix feathers can also be used to create a talisman that can resurrect its bearer if they're killed, although the talisman itself is consumed in the process.
- Pillar of Light: At the center of the Inner Sea rages the Great Vortex, an enormous vortex of magic which vacuums the magic winds out of the world so that the Daemons of Chaos may never invade the entire world in full force again.
- Playing with Fire: Dragon Mages of Caledor do not pursue the path of High Magic but instead devote themselves to being wizards in the Lore of Fire and being quite aggressive with it. This is represented by a neat bonus to casting attempt but an inability to receive bonuses for dispelling any enemy spell. Moreover, the Flamespyre Phoenixes are engulfed in flames and will use that to their advantage. Wake of Fire makes Flamespyre Phoenixes hurt any unit they fly over by virtue of the remaining flaming trail behind them falling upon the foe.
- Praetorian Guard: Two of them, one for each of Ulthuan's most important rulers. The White Lions guard the Phoenix King ever since a party of woodsmen saved Caledor the First from an assassin, while the Everqueen is guarded by her hundred Handmaidens.
- The Proud Elite: Dragon Princes are known for their excessive haughtiness to the point "Dragon Prince" has become a common slang meaning someone excessively prideful.
- Retcon: At one point, there was a fourth Elven subrace, the Sea Elves, who lived in Ulthuan's Outer Kingdoms while the High Elves inhabited the Inner Kingdoms. Eventually, though, they were Retconned into a subculture of High Elves native to the more navally inclined kingdoms and cities.
- Roc Birds: The coastline of Eataine is populated by the Swiftfeather Rocs, blue-feathered raptors about the same size as the giant eagles found elsewhere in the world. They're among the various species of giant flyers allied to the elves, and in times of war are employed as both advance scouts and to pull the airborne Skycutter Chariots.
- The Speechless: The Phoenix Guard, whose stoic silence in combat is so eerie to their foes that they cause Fear in opponents. The Phoenix Guards have in fact sworn an oath of silence so that they will never reveal the secrets of the future that are inscribed inside the temple of Asuryan.
- State Sec: Swordsmasters double as elite infantry and Secret Police.
- Sword and Sorcerer: Present in both High Elf characters and their roster. Tyrion is the heavily-armored Sword, while his brother Teclis is the Glass Cannon Sorcerer. It's also the case with the Swordmasters and their charges, the Mages of the White Tower.
- Undying Loyalty: The great white lions of Chrace are unflinchingly loyal to their pride, putting their bonds to their kin above everything else, and will go to immense lengths to bring vengeance to those who harm their pride-mates. This is something a wizard seeking to magically bind them has to keep in mind. Once the magic inevitably wears off, the lions are more than capable of tearing a wizard limb from limb to avenge companions who died in their service, but if the wizard manages to be accepted into the pride then the lions will remain at their side long after the spells fail and fight to the death in their defense.
- Utility Magic: The Asur have been practicing the arcane arts far longer than man and use it for mundane tasks that humans would rarely trust their own wizards to perform. It is through this magic that High Elves build their soaring, seemingly impossibly slender towers and manage to have abundant harvests despite cultivating very little farmland.
- Weak, but Skilled: The High Elves do not impress with their natural Strength and Toughness stats but have impressive Weapon Skill and Ballistic Skill as a whole, plus several other rules to represent how much "better" they are.
- White Magic: Elven (and Slann) High Magic is the "least corrupt" form of magic and draws upon the full spectrum of the Winds of Magic. It is considered one of the best lores to use thanks to its versatility and extremely useful signature spell Drain Magic, that can either weaken an enemy's sorcerer or end any magical effect on allies.
The Illustrious Defenders of Ulthuan
Prince Tyrion, Defender of Ulthuan
The Defender of Ulthuan and Champion of the Everqueen, Prince Tyrion is widely regarded as the High Elves' greatest living warrior, with some claiming him to be Aenarion the Defender reborn.
- The Ace: In all martial matters. Tyrion is one of the greatest swordsmen alive as well as an accomplished commander and strategist.
- Armor of Invincibility: Tyrion wears the Dragon Armour of Aenarion, an exquisite armor of such quality it gives him a 1+ Armour save and 4+ Ward save.
- Berserk Button: Tyrion, who's already The Berserker has two; the nobles' snobbish attitude and making fun of his brother or friends.
- Big Brother Instinct: Fiercely protective of his younger brother.
- Bling of War: The Dragon Armour of Aenarion is ornate even by Elven standards.
- Blood Knight: A heroic example but one nonetheless. Tyrion loves to fight and largely considers his martial prowess to be his only worthwhile skill, a fact is he aware of and concerned about at times.
- Bodyguard Crush: Tyrion and Alarielle are lovers despite Alarielle being the Phoenix Kings consort and Tyrion being only her champion on paper.
- The Champion: His official position is as the champion of Alarielle the Radiant, Everqueen of Ulthuan. From a broader perspective, he counts as one for all of Ulthuan.
- Characterization Marches On: Tyrion used to be fairly charismatic, now he's a blunt Brutally Honest berserker.
- Cool Horse: His steed Malhandir, a mighty stallion said to be descended from Korhandir, the legendary father of horses. It is the fastest horse in the game with Movement 10, and in lore is stated to effortlessly evade the strikes of larger, less agile monsters.
- Cool Sword: Tyrions sword is the Sunfang, a Flaming Sword forged by Caledor Dragontamer to smite Daemons and which contains some essence of the Sun itself. Its attacks are resolved with +3 Strength and it can unleash a neat Sword Beam too.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: The deed which cemented his rise to fame was the defeat of the infamous Keeper of Secrets N'kari mightiest of Slaanesh's daemons, a feat which he and his brother achieved while still underage. The twins have battled N'kari on a least one other occasion since then and that too ended in defeat for the daemon.
- Generation Xerox: Is said to greatly resemble his famed ancestor Aenarion, to the point where some believe him to be Aenarion reborn. This resemblances shocks Morathi to the point she seemingly falls in love with him.
- Genius Ditz: Tyrion is a natural genius in single combat and military engagement. Not so much at anything else...
- The Hero: To the High Elves, as evidenced by his title "Defender of Ulthuan". Unlike his brother however, he typically extends his heroism only to Ulthuan and seems little concerned with the fate of the other races. As the greatest hope of Ulthuan, his Inspiring Presence bubble is 18 wide.
- Heroic Lineage: As previously stated, he and his brother are direct descendants of the first Phoenix King Aenarion.
- Hot-Blooded: Tyrion has a tendency to be impulsive, passionate and often reckless.
- Master Swordsman: His skill with a sword is preternatural, even by Elven standards. With Weapon Skill 9, there is almost no one to match him in battle among mortals.
- No Social Skills: Downplayed. While Tyrion is certainly capable of turning on the charm he is an honest and straightforward elf at heart, and has little patience for the pomp and ceremony most Asur hold as sacred.
- One-Man Army: Tyrion is stated to have defeated a Skaven Army alone, with only Malhandir for a mount.
- Power Crystal: Tyrion possesses the Heart of Avelorn, a magic ruby connecting him to Alarielle and which will protect him from death at the cost of their love. If he is slain, on a 2+ roll dice, Tyrion will be Back from the Dead.
- Replacement Goldfish: Tyrion is seen as this to Aenarion by Morathi.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Tyrion very much represents the ideal Elven Warrior-Prince, being a masterful swordsman, a charismatic leader and an accomplished tactician. In addition he is also charming, good looking and in peak physical condition. His brother Teclis by contrast is a sickly cripple who has long endured scorn from his fellow elves, despite being an immensely powerful mage.
- Sword Beam: A variant. In addition to being an Flaming Sword Sunfang can also project blasts of fire.
- The Un-Favourite: In marked contrast to how they're received by Elven society at large, the twin's father Arathion has always seemed to favor Teclis over Tyrion, mainly due to how alike the two are.
- World's Best Warrior: He is definitely in the running at the very least and his Weapon Skill 9 for his model attests of his exceptional prowess.
Teclis of the White Tower
Twin brother of Tyrion. Teclis, caustic-tongued and frail-bodied, is perhaps the mightiest mage amongst all of the High Elves, founder of the Imperial Colleges of Magic after the Great War Against Chaos.
- The Ace: In all matters relating to magic. As a youth and with minimal training, he was already able to cast highly advanced spells almost instinctively.
- All of the Other Reindeer: During his youth Teclis often endured the scorn of his fellow elves on account of his physical frailty. While this has left him with some understandable bitterness, it also instilled in him a sense of compassion for those most Asur would consider beneath them.
- Arch-Enemy: To Malekith the Witch-King himself. Out of all the living Warhammer characters it's Teclis who has earned his ire (and grudging respect) the most, after he defeated the the dark elf king in a Wizard Duel at The Battle of Finuval Plain.
- The Archmage: Regarded as likely the greatest natural sorcerer of his age, even standing up to sorcerers with millennia more of experience. In game Teclis is a natural Level 4 (up to Level 5 with the Moon Staff) and doesn't generate spells normally. He can either be a Loremaster in High Magic or know one spell of his choice in each of the eight basic lores. That's how great he is.
- Badass Bookworm: As a High Elven loremaster he is the embodiment of this trope.
- The Chessmaster: A mostly benevolent example.
- Cool Crown: Teclis wears the War Crown of Saphery, a helm decorated with a distinctive crescent moon and which imbues him with such magical power that he is considered a level 5 Wizard.
- Cool Sword: In spite of his frailty he still carries a blade, known only as the Sword of Teclis. He forged the weapon himself in a sort of self-enforced Rite of Passage, in order to prove his skills as an enchanter. Teclis rarely actually uses it in combat, which is a shame since it wounds on 2+ dice rolls and ignores Armour, making it very powerful and just a step down from the famed Runefangs.
- Deadpan Snarker: Renowned for his sharp tongue and cutting wit.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: As noted above, Teclis, at that point a fairly young (by Elven standards) elf, managed to defeat Malekith himself, a nearly 7000 year old walking nightmare who can take down greater daemons with ease. Admittedly, Teclis managed to achieve victory via exploiting his enemy's Achilles' Heel (using a spell to ignite the fires of Asuryan which still smouldered within the Witch-King's body) but this does nothing to diminish a remarkable accomplishment, and demonstrated Teclis' razor sharp intellect in the process. In addition, he and Tyrion have also defeated the greater daemon N'kari on multiple occasions.
- Expy: Of Elric of Melnibone, except much nicer with more emphasis on the hero instead of the anti... mostly.
- Genius Cripple: Teclis is so frail he can't even walk under his own power without magical assistance. Fortunately, he's also one of the greatest wizards who's ever lived.
- Handicapped Badass: As a result of Aenarion's curse, although he is an extraordinarily powerful mage, Teclis is sickly and frail and has to regularly drink special elixirs in order to even stand up.
- In the Blood: Teclis shares Aenarion's Curse with his brother. In his case it's affected his body instead of his mind.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Teclis' sharp tongue is one of his most famous traits, causing him to often be regarded as rude and discourteous. However, he is also one of the few High Elves to genuinely give a damn about races other than his own, even treating humans and dwarfs with a modicum of respect and courtesy. He also taught the men of the Empire how to safely wield magic, founding the Imperial Colleges of Magic in the process.
- Limited-Use Magical Device: Teclis carries with him the Moon Staff of Lileath and the Scroll of Hoeth, the latter being an Anti-Magic artefact that can automatically dispel once and makes the user forget the spell that was thrown.
- Magic Knight: Teclis is one of the most powerful spellcasters in the World, but he's also capable of killing people with his sword. Technically. It's entirely the sword's enchantments that make this possible, however, as it compensates for his abysmal strength and also depends on his totally average skills as a fighter.
- Magic Staff: Teclis Moon Staff of Lileath, a relic left to the Elves by the goddess of the Moon Lileath, adds a dice to every spellcasting attempt for one turn of Teclies choosing.
- Mystical High Collar: His robes sport an impressive high collar.
- Parental Favoritism: When he and Tyrion were growing up, their father Arathion seemed to favor Teclis over his brother. This was mostly due to the strong resemblance between them, with Arathion being a scholarly mage like Teclis would one day become. Not to mention the fact that the sickly Teclis simply needed more care, whereas Tyrion seemed to have everything come easily to him.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: His brother is a powerful and charismatic warrior-general, Teclis is a physically frail, sharp-tongued archmage.
- Squishy Wizard: Even more so than most spellcasters, thanks to his infirmity. His stats reflect this by giving him a paltry Strength and Toughness 2, as much as a Goblin.
- Sword and Sorcerer: The sorcerer to Tyrion's sword.
- Training the Gift of Magic: Something he engaged upon when he taught men of The Empire the rudiments of magic during The Great War Against Chaos centuries ago. He in fact founded Altdorf's Colleges of Magic so that humans could teach other humans how to wield The Winds of Magic safely. This was considered a radically dangerous idea by his fellow High Elves, given human's short life span and unpredictable character, but Teclis considered it necessary that the younger race be trained so they could serve as a secondary bulwark against Chaos.
Eltharion the Grim
Warden of Tor Yvresse, Eltharion is the lord of that domain, responsible for hurling back the Waaagh! of the infamous Goblin Warlord known as Grom the Paunch, and commands respect as the first Elven general ever to take the High Elves to war against the Dark Elves in their own territory, leading the first war on Naggaroth itself.
- Ancestral Weapon: His family blade, Fangsword.
- Came Back Strong: He was fatally wounded during the attack on Naggarond by a poisoned blade, and almost died on the return trip home. The spirit of his father pulled him from the grip of death, leaving him with Fangsword, letting him use its power to stop Grom.
- Cool Helmet: Eltharion wears a golden helmet decorated with deployed eagle wings, the Helm of Yvresse. It adds a bonus to Armour save and grants a 5+ Ward save.
- Cool Sword: He wields the Fangsword granting a +2 Strength for matter of resolving wounds, and which ignore Armor saves.
- Didn't Think This Through: Eltharion tried to exterminate the Greenskins of the Badlands once, but in doing so forgot how much of a Blood Knight their entire race is. It only served to attract more Orcs to fight this one Elf and his lads who could give a propa fight.
- Dressing as the Enemy: How he was able to successfully attack the city of Naggarond. His troops used the attire of slain Dark Elves to send troops in to open the gate up.
- Fantastic Racism: Due to Grom the Paunch and his horde ravaging his ancestral lands and slaughtering his family, Eltharion hates all greenskins with a passion far greater than any other member of his race. This is represented in-game by Eltharion having the Hatred (Orcs & Goblins) rule, giving him bonuses when fighting against greenskins.
- Four-Star Badass: Eltharion is extremely renowned as a general, hes been the mastermind behind the Asurs first open raid on Naggarond which was successful, he repelled the WAAAGH! Grom and then took the battle to the Badlands to scour it from Greenskins. In fact, he was so renowned that the Greenskins consider him to be the the only "Pointy Ear" that is a Worthy Opponent.
- It's Personal: Hates Orcs and Goblins, especially Grom the Paunch. The Blood Oath rule gives him a +1 bonus to Hit Grom.
- Knight in Sour Armour: Seeing his homeland ravaged by the Greenskins turned Eltharion into a bitter and cynical elf. He still fights for good despite this, and overall is a rough but noble person.
- Magic Knight: Due to the Talisman of Hoeth, which makes Eltharion a level 2 Wizard.
- Our Gryphons Are Different: Rides the Griffon Stormwing.
Alarielle the Radiant, Everqueen of Ulthuan
The current Everqueen and high priestess of Isha, and normally runs the civilian and cultural parts of Ulthuan society. However, in recent times she has been taking to the battlefield, something that is regarded as a terrible omen.
- Action Mom: She has at least one daughter.
- Amulet of Concentrated Awesome: The Shieldstone grants Alarielle and the unit she joins a 5+ Ward save.
- Blow That Horn: Alarielles presence enables her army to take the Horn of Isha to battle, which will grant a +1 to Hit bonus to the bearers unit for one turn.
- Cool Crown: Alarielle wears the Star of Avelorn, a diadem made of ithilmar embedded with a single radiant gem said to contain a star. It makes Alarielle an even better Combat Medic since she can give back a lost wound to a nearby character per turn.
- Fertile Feet: Flowers are said to blossom where she treads.
- Friend to All Living Things: Well, with some obvious exceptions; Dark Elves and Chaos worshipers for instance.
- Good Is Not Soft: Don't be fooled, threaten Ulthuan and she won't hesitate to strike you down.
- Good Hurts Evil: Daemons die from her mere presence, and her touch has the ability to kill outright any creature from the "Forces of Destruction" category. Her Chaos Bane rule makes it so all Daemonic units suffer D6 Strength 4 hits. Moreover, Touch of the Everqueen grants her the Heroic Killing Blow rule against the forces of Destruction.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Golden haired, and one of the noblest characters in the setting.
- The Heart: Alarielle is the avatar of Isha on Ulthuan, and since Isha is the Mother goddess, Alarielle is mostly expected to give spiritual support. Her Boon of Isha rule makes the unit shes in immune to Fear and Terror to represent the courage her presence inspires.
- The High Queen: Regal, benevolent, beautiful and powerful.
- 100% Adoration Rating: To the point that the rumor of her capture was enough to cause a collective Despair Event Horizon among the Asur.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: She kills demons just by being near them.
- Light Is Good: A straight example. Alarielle wears a light blue/white robe, signifying her status as the avatar of the mother goddess Isha and protector of Ulthuans hearts.
- Magic Staff: Alarielle wields the Stave of Avelorn, allowing her to reattempt to cast a spell that was dispelled or cancelled before in the same turn.
- Polyamory: She's "married" to a couple of different elves at the same time. They all mostly get along.
- The Power of Love: A simple touch from her can dispel all of a Chaos Champion's dark gifts and even when his patron god forces ALL of his power into said champion, none of them will work as long as she's still touching him.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: The first Everqueen to actually take to the battlefield and lead armies and she was even in command of the High Elves at Finuval Plain. Some elves however consider the Everqueen, typically not a military position, going to war to be an ill omen.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Isha is supposedly the Mother Goddess and her avatar Alarielle is thus expected to remain in a passive supportive role while others make war. However, Alarielle will walk the battlefield to directly fight the forces of Chaos and heal her subjects where it is needed the most.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: Alarielle wears a large and long ponytail and is not coincidentally a Lady of War who walks the battlefield and fights the enemies of Ulthuan head-on.
- White Mage: Wields Qhaysh, Ghyran and Hysh, the three most benevolent lores of magic.
- World's Most Beautiful Woman: Said to rival Morathi for the title.
- Your Cheating Heart: Despite being married to Finubar, she and her protector Tyrion secretly made love, resulting in her giving birth to their illegitimate daughter Aliathra. In a deeper look, Finubar might have ignored their adultery since he fathered Alarielle with the previous Everqueen — who died when Alarielle was quite young — and was not willing to perform unintentional Parental Incest out of reasons.
Alith Anar, The Shadow King
The last king of Nagarythe, the former homeland of the Dark Elves, it was Alith Anar who was chosen to lead his people after Malekith the Accursed fled to the west. Driven by his hatred of the Druchii, the Shadow King led a brutal war of vengeance against those Dark Elves who dared to remain in Nagarythe, culminating in the famous Battle of Griffon Pass, where seven hundred Druchii were captured alive and then nailed to the white cliffs high above the pass until their bones rotted and fell to litter the pass's floor.
- Anti-Hero: He's essentially a Dark Elf who only preys on Dark Elves.
- Archer Archetype: A master archer, Alith Anar is a cool, almost cold and aloof Elf who prefers to remain unseen until the time is right to shoot his enemies through the chest. He also has an exceptional Ballistic Skill of 7.
- Casting a Shadow: The Stone of Midnight, an artefact created by Morathi (and which Alith Anar stole right under her nose) casts a shadow around Alith Anar. It grants him a 4+ Ward Save and causes a penalty upon enemies trying to shoot him.
- Cool Crown: The Shadow Crown grants Alith Anar and his unit the Swiftstride rule.
- Dark Is Not Evil: He's a grim, shadowy figure to say the very least, and almost as brutal as the Druchii themselves. That said, if you don't happen to be a Dark Elf he has no quarrel with you.
- Doomed Hometown: The Dark Elves destroyed his family's mansion, and of course later the Sundering decimated all of Nagarythe.
- Expy: His history, design, and psychology take a lot of cues from Shevarash the Black Archer, a minor Forgotten Realms elven deity of vengeance. They're both ancient elves from a Doomed Hometown who pledged eternal vengeance against the Dark Elves/Drow that destroyed their homes and became mythical boogeymen to the entire race as a result. Both are grim, dour, and humorless, are legendary archers, are associated with shadows and darkness, tend to be seen as a Necessary Evil by their High Elven comrades, tend to encourage Pay Evil unto Evil and Terror Hero tactics, and seem to keep popping up long after they should have died. They both even prefer black arrows.
- Foil: To Grombrindal. Both very close to Malekith (Alith was his blood relative, Snorri Whitebeard was his best friend), and both cheated death to have their vengeance on him. They're both mysterious wandering warriors that are motivated as much by revenge as by their desire to protect their people. The biggest difference is that Grombrindal appears among armies to aid in their defense, while Alith Anar leads his own personal army into Naggaroth to take the fight to his foes. Also, Alith is a Stealth Expert while Grombrindal, tendency to pop up all over the place not withstanding, is anything but stealthy.
- Hunter of His Own Kind: Alith Anar hunts the Dark Elves, former Nagarythes like him. He is extremely cruel in his quest for revenge, having for instance nailed down hundred of Dark Elves to a cliff and let them die there.
- It's Personal: With the Druchii, and Malekith in particular. He has Hatred of Dark Elves to represent his personal history.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: He strongly endorses this mentality.
- Sacred Bow and Arrows: The Moon Bow, granted to Alith Anar by Lileath herself, is in fact less his bow and more like his personal ballista with 36'' in range, Strength 7 Multiple Wounds and Quick to Fire bolts that ignore armor saves.
- Stealth Expert: He infiltrated Naggaroth, disguised himself to have a dance with Morathi herself who was fooled, and managed to steal artefacts from her then escaped her assassins. Indeed, he is the stealth expert among High Elves.
- Time Abyss: He was around to see the original Sundering and is still alive and kicking over 5000 years later. No one quite knows how he managed to survive this long in terms of both a elf's lifespan and his millenias-spanning vendetta.
- You Killed My Father: The Dark Elves killed his family.
Imrik, Crown Prince of Caledor
Prince Imrik is sprung from one of the noblest lines of Ulthuan. His blood is that of kings, and that of Caledor Dragontamer — the very greatest of heroes. Yet Imrik is also the last of his line; though he knows it not, his fate is intertwined with that of his entire race.
Finubar, the Seafarer
Prince of Eataine and latest in the line of the Phoenix Kings.
- The Good King: A decent and effective ruler by all accounts.
- Minor Major Character: As king of Ulthuan, Finubar is a major figure in the game of world politics. Despite this, he's never been a playable character and generally tends to take a back seat in the lore as well. Somewhat justified by the fact that he's primarily a politician, with his skills as a warrior and general being average at best.
- Non-Action Guy: Finubar doesn't usually lead his armies into battle, preferring to send his generals instead.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: At least for the chapter dedicated to his predecessor, Bel-Hathor. Most of the accounts of Bel-Hathor's reign are dedicated to Finubar's adventures.
Korhil, Captain of the White Lions
The current Captain of the White Lions. Korhil earned fame when as a youth, he sought and slew the mighty Chracian white lion known as Charandis, a mutant that had slain dozens of previous hunters. This caused him to be one of the youngest elves ever to be accepted into the ranks of the White Lions.
- An Axe to Grind: Like all White Lions he fights with an axe, but in his case it is the magical weapon Chayal. Chayal grant him +2 Strength in close-quarters combat and the Killing Blow rule.
- The Big Guy: Famed for his great stature and physical strength. Not only does he have Strength 4 (which is pretty common among the higher ups all things considered), he is stated to have wrestled a White Lion and choked it to death.
- Dual Wielding: He dual-wields really big axes.
- Nemean Skinning: Wears the pelt of the great lion Charandis, which, in an obvious nod to the trope namer, was said to be impervious to weapons. The Pelt of Charandis grants +1 point for close combat and +2 for shooting attacks in his Armor save, and makes him immune to poisoned attacks.
- Shout-Out: His slaying of the great lion Charandis is an obvious one to the first labour of Heracles.
Caradryan, Captain of the Phoenix Guard
The current Captain of the Phoenix Guard, said to have the keenest senses of any elf ever. Rides into battle atop his faithful Phoenix, Ashtari, a bond that has lasted long enough that the Phoenix has cooled into a Frostheart Phoenix.
- Badass in Charge: Caradryan is the commander of the elite Phoenix Guard.
- Blade on a Stick: Wields the Phoenix Blade, an ancient halberd passed down from Kor-Baelon, the first captain of the Phoenix Guard. Its blade in wreathed in flames and gives him +1 Strength as well as the Multiple Wounds rule.
- Giant Flyer: Caradryan may use his Cryophoenix Ashtari as a mount in battle.
- HeelFaith Turn: He was an arrogant brat and would have committed his greatest act of disrespect by looking into the forbidden temple of Asuryan, if said act wasn't meant to open him to the truth of Asuryan, making him the sternest and most loyal of servants.
- Heroic Mime: Asuryan orders him to take a vow of silence after he becomes a Phoenix Guard.
- Mark of the Supernatural: He has the Rune of Asuryan glowing on his forehead.
- Royal Brat: Had this attitude before he entered the Chamber of Days.
- Seer: Either by reading the prophecies of Asuryan or by standing atop the walls of his shrine to observe Ulthuan and meditate, Caradryan is now the most knowledgeable seer of the Elves.
- Taking You with Me: If Caradryan is slain in a battle then Asuryan becomes pissed and inflicts D3 wounds that cannot be Armour saved on the unit or model responsible for that, taking a little tithe of soul with him for killing Caradryan before his appointed hour.
Aenarion the Defender
The greatest Elf warrior who ever lived and the first Phoenix King.
- The Champion: Of the Elves.
- Dragon Rider: He rode Indraugnir, greatest of all dragons.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He attempted to sacrifice himself to Asuryon to save Ulthuan from the daemon invasion. He became the Phoenix King instead.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Except the Sword of Khaine is an Artifact of Doom.
- The Lost Lenore: He changed after the death of his wife Astarielle and his children, though his children were revealed to be alive.
- Never Found the Body: After defeating four Greater Daemons and saving Ulthuan, exhausted, Aenarion had his dragon Indraugnir fly him back to the Blighted Isle, where the dragon collapsed and died. Aenarion was last seen returning the Widowmaker back to its pedestal before disappearing. His body was never found.
- Posthumous Character: Long dead, and mostly defined by his legacy and his usage of the Widowmaker.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: A king who fought Chaos.
- Second Love: Averted: his relationship with Morathi is largely implied to have been one of lust; he thought Morathi beautiful, but it's implied a combination of the Sword of Khaine's influence and his awareness of Morathi's true nature kept Aenarion from ever truly loving her.
- Self-Immolation: He sacrificed himself in the Flame of Asuryan only to emerge with superpowers. Since then this has been the way a new Phoenix King is chosen.
- Tragic Hero: He destroyed himself in his quest to defeat Chaos and sowed the seeds of civil war by fathering Malekith, the future Witch-King.
The first Elf to tame dragons.
- The Archmage: Unquestionably one of the most powerful mages who ever lived.
- Dragon Rider: He was the first of the Dragon Princes, and began the tradition of Elven heroes riding dragons.
- Egopolis: His descendants renamed their kingdom Caledor after the war against Chaos.
- Fate Worse than Death: During the battle between the Aestyrion and Malekith's host. Morathi seeing Tyrion (by this point her lover) fall in battle, dived headlong into the vortex and killed all the mages maintaining the vortex except for Caledor, allowing Slaanesh to pass through the hole in the fabric of reality. Caledor channeled all of his power to trap Morathi inside the vortex, letting Slaanesh drag both of them away.
- Founder of the Kingdom: Founded the kingdom named after himself.
- Time Abyss: He and his mages are now forever trapped in a vortex to maintain the spell that drains Chaotic power from the world.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Aenarion. They were friends initially, but a combination of Aenarion drawing the Sword of Khaine and Morathi's influence over her husband drove Caledor away.
Bel Shanaar the Explorer
A Prince of Tiranoc, Bel Shanaar was a distinguished hero in the War against Chaos and became the first Elf elected to the Phoenix Crown.
- Frame-Up: He was framed as a member of the Cult of Excess by Malekith, who poisoned him and then planted evidence indicating Bel Shanaar's involvement in the cult, allowing Malekith to pass the murder off as a suicide to escape persecution.
- The Good King: Deconstructed, as his reign was long and brought wealth to Ulthuan... Which led to Chaos returning to the island in the form of the Cults of Excess.
- Inadequate Inheritor: The crux of why Malekith and Morathi had him killed; they didn't think him worthy of succeeding Aenarion.
- It's Personal: Though he hid it well for a long time, Malekith hated Bel Shanaar for taking the throne that Aenarion had promised his son. Malekith also resented Bel Shanaar taking credit for the alliance between the Elves and Dwarves that Malekith negotiated.
- Long-Lived: His was the longest reign of all the Phoenix Kings.
- Out of Focus: He's by far the least characterised of the Phoenix Kings, mostly because he was an able king ruling over a noneventful Golden Age and was overshadowed historically by Malekith.
- The Straight Man: He was chosen as a voice of reason, rather than Malekith.
Caledor I the Conqueror
A Prince of Caledor, Caledor I was elected Phoenix King when the civil war with the Dark Elves first broke out and oversaw The Sundering, the event that saw the Dark Elves abandon Ulthuan and the ruin of Nagarythe.
- Arch-Enemy: To Malekith; to this day he likely ranks as the Witch King's bitterest foe.
- Badass in Distress: Dark Elf assassins once tried to kill him but he was saved by Chracian woodsmen. Those woodsmen became the first of the White Lions.
- Blunt "Yes": When Morathi was charged with treason, she asked which prince wished to be known as the slayer of Aenarion's queen. Caledor said he would and was only stopped by Malekith.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: His ship was overrun by Dark Elf corsairs and Caledor drowned himself rather than surrender.
- Dead Guy Junior: He took his regal name after his grandfather, Caledor Dragontamer. His birth name was Imrik.
- Dragon Rider: Rode the great dragon Maedrethnir.
- Everyone Has Standards: He refused to draw the Sword of Khaine, even if it would have given him the power to destroy Malekith, knowing the Sword was too dangerous to be unleashed.
- Four-Star Badass: Known as the greatest of the High Elf warrior kings, and was able to unite a shattered Ulthuan against Malekith.
- Posthumous Character: Long dead by present day.
- The Quiet One: Extremely taciturn, he listened in silence when told of Malekith's betrayal, and when asked what should be done, he answered "War."
Caledor II the Warrior
The son and heir of Caledor the conqueror. Caledor the Second, called the Warrior, was elected Phoenix King after the former's death in the hope that he would prove a worthy successor to his famous father. Unfortunately, it swiftly became apparent that the younger Caledor possessed few of his father's virtues, save martial prowess. Arrogant, pompous and lazy, Caledor preferred to spend his days engaged in leisurely pursuits than actually bothering to rule his kingdom. His most notorious act was sparking the War of Vengeance by shaving the beards of a group of Dwarfen ambassadors, an act which was later compounded further when he personally slew prince Snorri Halfhand, the son of then Dwarfen High King Gortek Starbreaker, in single combat. Ultimately, Caledor met his end at the climax of the war, slain in combat with Gotrek Starbreaker.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He attempted to beg for his life when King Gotrek Starbreaker was about to kill him in their duel. Gotrek killed him anyway.
- Arch-Enemy: He was bitter foes with the Dwarf king Gotrek Starbreaker, whose ambassadors he humiliated and whom he publicly mocked, driving the two to war.
- "Ass" in Ambassador: Caledor II committed perhaps the worst diplomatic incident in the entirety of the history of Warhammer by publicly humiliating the Dwarfs' ambassadors, having their precious beards shaved, and then taunting their High King. Any of those three pettily dickish actions would have been a cause for a war, let alone with any other faction less serious about honor than the Dwarfs, and of course this started terrible war (in which Caledor died) and eternal animosity between two races that should have been allies.
- Authority Equals Ass Kicking: For all his many faults, he was a deadly warrior on the battlefield. While he may have been no match for Gotrek Starbreaker, he certainly slew many other Dwarven heroes over the course of the war.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Not that Caledor is in any position to care, but as the most hated Elf ever by the Dwarfs, they have given him several unflattering nicknames, from "Oathbreaker", which is the worst thing a Dwarf may call someone, to the more amusingly humiliating ones like "Princess" or "the Frightened of Loud Noises".
- Fantastic Racism: Towards dwarfs, whom he referred to as "pigs" among other things.
- Jerkass: Big time. Caledor II seemed to embody all the worst traits of the Asur and none of their virtues.
- Last of His Kind: He is the last king to wear the first Phoenix Crown, before his death and its resulting seizure by the Dwarfs.
- Poor Communication Kills: If he had spent even a few minutes listening to the Dwarf ambassadors it would have been obvious Malekith was framing him with a simple False Flag Operation since the Dwarfs weren't aware of the Civil War between the Dark Elves and High Elves. Learning this would have not only prevented the whole War of Vengeance but would have resulted in the Dark Elves' destruction by a High Elf and Dwarf alliance. But Malekith knew Caledor II wouldn't listen.
- Posthumous Character: Died at the climax of the War of the Beard, thousands of years prior to the present day.
- Pride: Few exemplify the elvish predisposition for pride and arrogance like he did.
- Royal Brat: When he was a child.
- Sketchy Successor:
- His father led the high elves through the most difficult period of their history, the civil war with dark elves, secured their homeland, resisted the temptations of the Sword of Khaine, made strategic decisions that are still important to Ulthuan in the present, a great general, great warrior, and great king. Caledor II had basically none of his father's virtues except for being a great warrior — and ultimately he fell short even there, slain in single combat by Gotrek Starbreaker.
- His rule proved so ruinous that he permanently discredited the idea of bloodline succession for the Phoenix Throne. While later kings' chosen successors have been elected, no sons of Phoenix Kings have ever been after Caledor.
- Too Dumb to Live: Did you really think that begging for mercy from someone whose language doesn't even have a word for forgiveness was a good idea, especially after killing his son?
Caradryel the Peacemaker
A Prince of Yvresse, Caradryel was chosen to succeed Caledor II following the latter's death and the Fourth Council. With the Dark Elves invading Ulthuan, Caradryel ordered the recall of all forces from the colonies, effectively abandoning the colonies in the Old World. He also initiated a system of rotating forces to the border fortresses of Ulthuan, ensuring a regular garrison that would always be fresh and near to full strength.
- Brutal Honesty: When faced with staunch opposition to his plan of abandoning the colonies and the Phoenix Crown, Caradryel replied simply that he would rather lose the crown than the realm and, if any of the colonists wanted protection, they would best seek it at home.
- End of an Era: It was during his reign that the Dragons began to drift off into longer and deeper slumber and the High Elf empire withdrew to Ulthuan.
- Foil: Caradryel was the complete opposite to his predecessor — an unremarkable warrior, but a capable ruler and administrator.
- Peaceful in Death: The first Phoenix King to die peacefully in his sleep.
- Pragmatic Hero: He gave up the War of Vengeance to spare any further Elven lives from unnecessary deaths and to focus on the bigger threat.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Caradryel knew he would be incapable as a general, so he came to rely on his eventual successor, Tethlis of Caledor, to lead his armies.
Tethlis the Slayer
A Prince of Caledor, Tethlis was chosen by the Fifth Council to succeed Caradryel as Phoenix King, while the wars with the Dark Elves continued to rage. Tethlis had already distinguished himself as a great general, having lifted the siege of the fortress of Griffon Gate. He had also learned the value of preparation and organisation from his predecessor, and his reign saw a painstaking series of military reforms. His wars with the Dark Elves proved to be largely successful, driving the Dark Elves out of Ulthuan and crippling them for over a millennium.
- Arch-Enemy: To the Dark Elves; he was determined to eradicate them forever.
- For Want of a Nail: He might have succeeded in his goals had the Dragons not begun their long slumber.
- Four-Star Badass: His military reforms and tactics led to the Dark Elves being driven from Ulthuan.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Many of his generals felt his brutality and viciousness towards dealing with the Dark Elves made Tethlis little better than their enemies.
- It's Personal: Tethlis's hatred for the Dark Elves was codified when they had killed his family during their raids.
- Kill 'Em All: When the Dark Elf fortress of Anlec was taken by the Asur armies, Tethlis ordered all druchii prisoners executed, regardless of age or gender.
- Never Found the Body: Regardless of how Tethlis died, his body was never recovered from the Blighted Isle.
- Pet the Dog: He recovered the armour Aenarion had worn during his final battle on the Blighted Isle and sent it to his living descendants.
- "Rashomon"-Style: There is still discussion as to how he died, with the only accepted conclusion being that it took place at the Altar of Khaine:
- One possibility is that he had dismissed his bodyguard to contemplate the Widowmaker, when a Dark Elf assassin suddenly jumped out and killed him.
- Another was that he was so eager to destroy the Dark Elves that he tried to unsheathe the Widowmaker and wield it himself. Fearing that the consequences of Aenarion's actions would be repeated by Tethlis, the Phoenix King's bodyguard cut him down themselves.
- The Strategist: Tethlis never fielded an army or fought a battle without being sure he could win.
Bel-Korhadris the Scholar-King
Chosen to succeed Tethlis, Bel-Korhadris of Saphery oversaw the reconstruction of various towns and cities destroyed during the Dark Elf invasions. He also oversaw the hunting of the various monsters of the Annulii Mountains that saw Tethlis's wars as an opportunity to prey on undefended settlements. Perhaps his greatest contribution, however, would be the construction of the White Tower of Hoeth and the founding of the Order of Loremasters.
- The Archmage: He was a wizard prince of Saphery, which has magic as its hat.
- Benevolent Mage Ruler: He was said to have ruled wisely and well.
- The Good King: His reign is remembered as the start of a second golden age for the High Elves.
- King in the Mountain: It is said that his spirit haunts the crypts beneath the White Tower, and occasionally aids scholars that are searching for something.
- Our Founder: Of the Order of Loremasters, a collective of scholars and sorcerers.
Aethis the Poet
A prince of Saphery, Aethis's reign led to the creation of many great artistic works, from creation plays to animated portraits to a five hundred feet tall Griffon being carved from the mountain above the Griffon Gate fortress. Aethis's reign was a time of complacency, with martial pursuits forgotten and cast aside.
- History Repeats: Just as they did in the reign of Bel Shanaar, the Cult of Excess spread again in Aethis' time. This time, the Swordmasters of Hoeth were able to investigate the cult.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Aethis was assassinated by his trusted Chancellor, who was revealed to be a Dark Elf spy.
- Muggle Born of Mages: Possible. No mention is given of him possessing magical powers or talents, which any Sapherian prince would be expected to have.
- Non-Action Guy: Aethis's reign oversaw the downsizing of Ulthuan's armies and navies, and martial pursuits gave way to courtly intrigue.
- "Rashomon"-Style: The accounts of his death differ in the High Elf and Dark Elf army books. In the former, he was stabbed in the heart with a poisoned dagger when his Chancellor was exposed as a druchii spy and chose to fight rather than come quietly. In the latter, he was strangled by a silk scarf.
- We Have Become Complacent: His reign is largely remembered for the High Elves frittering away their military traditions in favour of the arts, allowing the Dark Elves to both gain a foothold in Ulthuan with their spies, and build up their armies in secret for a return to hostilities.
Morvael the Impetuous
The High Loremaster of Hoeth during Aethis's reign, Morvael of Yvresse was chosen by the Eighth Council to succeed the assassinated Phoenix King. With the threat of the Dark Elves returned, Morvael immediately ordered an attack on Naggaroth, to disastrous effect. Following the subsequent Dark Elf invasion of Ulthuan, Morvael appointed Mentheus of Caledor, on whom he came to depend upon for his counsel and friendship to lead his armies, which he replenished by organising a system of troop levies which still exists to this day, all the while hunting down Dark Elf spies and devotees of the Cult of Pleasure.
- Ambiguous Disorder: He likely suffered from depression.
- Determined Defeatist: Morvael was sensitive and given to despair by the duties of leading Ulthuan in another war against the Dark Elves, recuperating the losses he had incurred in his failed attack and executing the spies that the Swordmasters arrested. None of this stopped him from doing his duty.
- Driven to Madness: A combination of his guilt over the disastrous attack on Naggaroth, his horror at the catastrophic death toll of the war and nightmares inflicted on him by the Witch King's sorcery drove him over the edge into suicidal depression.
- Driven to Suicide: News of the death of Mentheus led Morvael to abdicate the throne and walk into the sacred flame of Asuryan, to burn to death.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His first act as King was to order a punitive attack on Naggaroth in retaliation for Aethis's murder. His order saw most of Ulthuan's military massacred as it tried to land and left Ulthuan wide open to a full-scale invasion by the Dark Elves.
- Once Done, Never Forgotten: His epithet, the Impetuous, comes from his hasty failed invasion of Naggaroth.
- The Peter Principle: He was a learned elf and his time as High Loremaster led to the discovery of many important details about the Cult of Excess in Aethis's reign. However, he had little real experience of governing the realm or leading an army.
- Tragic Mistake: His order to attack Naggaroth was based on intelligence from Aethis's reign that the Dark Elves were on the verge of extinction and Malekith was dead; Morvael had believed it would have been an easy victory. After the attack's disastrous failure, it turned out that intelligence had been provided by Dark Elf spies in Aethis's court; Malekith had allowed such rumours to flourish to let him rebuild his armies in secret.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: He was the highly-strung sensitive guy to Mentheus's manly man.
- Younger Than They Look: The weight of his responsibilities left him stoop-shouldered and prematurely aged.
Bel-Hathor the Sage
Chosen by the Ninth Council to succeed Morvael, Bel-Hathor of Saphery oversaw the reconstruction of Ulthuan's infrastructure following the Dark Elf invasions. His reign also led to alliances made with the Bretonnians and the Sigmarite Empire.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Like many Sapherian princes, he was seen as eccentric, and so his courtiers believed him to be manipulable. He proved instead to be remarkably strong-willed.
- Pragmatic Hero: His most notable action was to refuse any and all attempts to coerce him into ordering an invasion of Naggaroth. He agreed it would be easy to destroy the Dark Elves after the defeat of their invasion, but refused because the high cost of life from such a campaign would guarantee the Asur's extinction as well.
- Out of Focus: Most of the accounts of his reign are given to the exploits of his successor, Finubar.
- Peaceful in Death: Bel-Hathor died peacefully of old age, something of a rarity among the Phoenix Kings.
- Unexpected Successor: He wasn't the first choice to be Phoenix King, but the obvious choice, Mentheus, was killed in the final battle to drive the Dark Elves from Ulthuan.