In the stories in the first book contained within this omnibus, Gotrek and Felix encounter cultists, wolf-riding goblins, a ruined dwarven stronghold, a mutant-creating sorceror, and werewolves, among other things. After half a decade of putting it off, I finally picked it up. The big Warhammer logo on the front was off putting, so much so that I almost put the book back down. I mean, fiction based on a role playing game? And who is this William King person anyway?
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Grey Seer by C. Werner Temple of the Serpent by C. Werner Mind-Stealer by C. Werner Characters[ edit ] Gotrek Gurnisson is the greatest or worst, depending on the viewpoint Dwarven Slayer ever to have lived.
This apparent contradiction is rooted in the nature of the Slayer Oath. Having committed a crime so terrible that only death in battle will serve as atonement, Gotrek has fought and slain numerous monsters, including hordes of orcs and Skaven, a giant, trolls, Chaos warlords and sorcerers, an entire Black Ark of Naggaroth and even a Bloodthirster of Khorne, and unfortunately in his mind lived to fight another day.
His inability to find the heroic end he seeks begins to take its toll after a time, and by the events of Orcslayer, Gotrek is becoming worried that all that remains for him is a pathetic doom against unworthy opponents like Goblins, or even worse, death as a result of old age.
An experienced adventurer before taking the Slayer Oath, Gotrek has travelled across many lands and faced numerous foes of the Dwarven people, and possesses some engineering experience, including the ability to pilot gyrocopters. Like all Slayers, Gotrek shaved his crimson hair into what usually is a crescent shaped Mohawk and is described as broader than he is tall, heavily muscled, and wears a patch to cover an eye which he lost in battle with Orcs and Goblins.
He is also far stronger than the average dwarf and is able to perceive secret passageways in seemingly impenetrable tunnel walls. He is seemingly impossible to kill, having survived, among other things, a single combat with a Bloodthirster of Khorne, being hit by a stone hurled by a trebuchet, being catapulted into an orc ship and falling three hundred feet off a cliff. A blood-oath was the gravest one a dwarf could make even for a society obsessed with the sanctity of oaths , and so Felix was compelled to travel with Gotrek.
She was daughter to Ivan Straghov, March Warden of the Border, which was the first defense against the forces of the Ruinous Powers descending from the Chaos Wastes in the north. While still human, she was a notable swordswoman and beauty, attracting the attentions of both Felix Jaeger and Max Schreiber during the expedition to Karag Dum. Felix won. However, due to differences in background, they began to split after the Battle of Praag, and their division compounded when Ulrika was turned into one of the bloodsucking undead by Adolphus Krieger in Sylvania.
Her transformation is one of the reasons why Felix stayed out of the Old World for two decades. Ulrika also now has her own book series which seem to chronicle her adventures between her last appearance in Vampireslayer and return in Manslayer - "Ulrika the Vampire" series, beginning with Bloodborn and continuing with Bloodforged and Bloodsworn.
She also appears in the short story The Funeral of Gotrek Gurnisson, in which she temporarily joins forces with Felix to hunt down the villains whom he mistakenly believes have killed Gotrek. Max is an avid scholar into the powers of Chaos, having lost his family to beastmen as a child, and has made it his mission in life to destroy Chaos wherever he found it: however, he was expelled from the Imperial College of Magic for displaying too great an interest in the subject.
Gotrek and Felix first encountered her in Trollslayer when she was a little girl, the only survivor of a beastmen attack led by a female Chaos Champion. However, they encountered Kat again in Shamanslayer many years later, now a woman in her late twenties and a deadly warrior, driven to kill all beastmen to avenge the murder of her adopted family. Borek Forkbeard is an ancient dwarf who is near years old, he was originally of the hold of Karag Dum where he and a group of other dwarves escaped just before the siege of Karag Dum to bring aid.
He funded the first attempted rescue mission into the Chaos Wastes in armored dwarf ground vehicles in which he, Snorri and Gotrek were the only survivors. His second and successful attempt was to fly over the waste in an airship built by Malakai Makaisson.
Malakai Makaisson is a dwarf Slayer and mad genius engineer. The creator of the Spirit Of Grungi, the great and only airship that carried the fateful expedition to Karag Dum. He has a peculiar accent similar to a Scottish brogue that makes his speech difficult for even other dwarfs to understand. He is also the only known remaining living being, besides Snorri, Borek, and Gotrek and Felix, to have traversed the Chaos Marches and returned alive, with his sanity intact.
Snorri Nosebiter is another Dwarf Slayer and an old friend of Gotrek. Snorri is portrayed as being courageous, but incredibly stupid.
He is one of the few Dwarves to treat Felix with a great deal of respect, partly because of his connection to Gotrek, and as a result of the things he has seen Felix do.
His most notable feature is his crest: instead of a mohawk of hair, Snorri has a row of bright red nails hammered into his skull to make his crest. By the time of Shamanslayer, Snorri has lost much of his vitality and appears to be suffering dementia, having forgotten much of his past, including the reason he became a Slayer one of the greatest blasphemies in Dwarven society. Snorri seeks to make a pilgrimage to a shrine of the Dwarf gods and ask for his memory back.
Rodi Balkisson is another Dwarf Slayer, whom the pair encounter in Shamanslayer. Rodi, along with Snorri and another Slayer called Argrin Crownforger, had been travelling across the Empire since the Storm of Chaos , looking for their dooms.
Showing respect to the young Slayer for the first time, Gotrek killed Rodi to free him. Grey Seer Thanquol is one of the most recurrent enemies of Gotrek and Felix, a rarity in that he has encountered the pair more than once and lived to tell the tale. A Skaven Grey Seer of great power, Thanquol conspires to achieve a position on the Council of Thirteen and to bring about the day when the armies of the Skaven, led by him, will conquer the surface world in the name of the Great Horned Rat.
He came close to his goal in the novel Skavenslayer, nearly conquering the city of Nuln, but the constant intervention of Gotrek and Felix thwarted his plans, forcing him to flee. Humorously, even though they have foiled many of his plans and ruined his status among Skavens, Gotrek and Felix had no idea of who Thanquol was when he finally was able to catch them.
Thanquol like Gotrek and Felix is a proven survivor, though unlike Gotrek and Felix who survive on skill, bravery and honor, Thanquol survives mainly due to his cowardice and his willingness to put others in the line of fire.
It is proven fact that most Skaven armies or forces led by Thanquol are either wiped out or suffer extremely high casualties even by Skaven standards. Severely wounded by Felix, slain by Gotrek. The Manflayer Dragonslayer : An Orc chieftain who wears the skins of humans as a cloak, armed with an axe and a magic cleaver.
Killed by Felix. Slain by Gotrek. Adolphus Krieger Vampireslayer : An insane vampire who once served Mannfred von Carstein, Adolphus sought to use an ancient artifact of Nagash to bind all vampires to his will and use them to conquer humanity.
Slain by Snorri Nosebiter. In Giantslayer, they sought to use the ancient magic of the Old Ones to destabilise the very balance of the world and open gateways that would allow the forces of Chaos to strike all across the world.
Lhoigor was killed by Gotrek and Kelmain was slain by Teclis. The Sleeper Orcslayer : A gigantic, Chaos-twisted insectoid creature buried beneath the Dwarven city of Karak Hirn, the Sleeper escaped from its imprisonment and used its powerful psychic abilities to enslave a large number of Orcs, Goblins and Dwarves to do its bidding, in preparation for a war that would allow it to spread its corrupting influence across the world.
Lichtmann explains he joined the side of Chaos as he had begun to mutate, despite doing nothing to provoke it, and saw Archaon as the only one who might allow him to live, for the Empire would execute him for being a mutant, and he believed his genius would go to waste. The Harbinger sought to destroy the city of Marienburg.
Urslak Cripplehorn and Gargorath the God-Touched Shamanslayer : Two powerful Beastmen , Urslak is the titular shaman, while Gargorath is a powerful warlord who serves him. The pair planned, with the aid of Tzeentch to cast a spell that would transform everyone living in the forests of the Empire into beastmen, creating a vast horde of beasts that would allow them to conquer the Old World, but their plans were thwarted when Gotrek destroyed the enchanted menhir they needed to complete their spell.
Urslak died after being disembowelled by Gotrek, before being sucked through a hellish portal opened by the destruction of the menhir, while Gargorath was slain by Gotrek in the battle then magically raised from the dead by a powerful necromancer revealed in Zombieslayer as Heinrich Kemmler himself.
Heinrich Kemmler and Krell the Wight King Zombieslayer : One of the most powerful necromancers to have ever lived, Kemmler was believed to have died in battle twenty years previous in Bretonnia , but has seemingly returned to plague the Empire. He was encountered initially by Gotrek and Felix in Shamanslayer, posing as "Hans the Hermit", an eccentric tomb robber who showed them a way to reach Urslak Cripplehorn undetected.
In one attack, Krell managed to wound Gotrek with his axe; a lethal weapon that left slivers of its blade in a wound that worked their way to the heart, though Gotrek survived. When an army from the Reikland, including Max Schreiber, came to relieve the castle, it transpired that Kemmler had acquired the corpses of the count and countess of the castle and planned to use them as part of a spell that would, if successful, blight and poison all food and water in the Reikland, before his undead army marched on it.
As he fled, Kemmler swore revenge, and ominously remarked that his plans had only been delayed, not defeated. It is worthy of note that since both Kemmler and Krell escaped destruction at the hands of Gotrek and Felix, they are two of the few villains along with Grey Seer Thanquol to encounter the pair and survive.
Garmr Hrodvitnir Road of Skulls : One of the mightiest champions of the Blood God Khorne to walk the earth, and one of the few characters in the series to have matched Gotrek in battle. Garmr intended to raze the Slayer Keep to the ground, claim the skull of Gotrek whom he knew as the One Eyed Dwarf and thus open a gateway to the realm of Chaos which would thus consume the entire Old World and turn it into an endless daemonic battlefield which would allow him to fully indulge his bloodlust.
He and Gotrek face each other in the climax of the novel and after a close battle, Gotrek decapitates him.
Gotrek and Felix
Gotrek and Felix: The First Omnibus