AoS: Malign Portents Wages War With Narrative

The Narrative of the Malign Portents is shaping up to be a game changer!

So far, we’ve seen bits and pieces of the Narrative that GW is constructing. We know that the forces of Order, Chaos, Destruction and Death are on a collusion course. We’ve seen the videos and the signs. But it doesn’t end there – Games Workshop has been releasing a slow drip of information in the form of short stories on the website.

The Cycle Interrupted is a short story from the point of view of Horticulous Slimux. What should be a quick kill turns out to hide more secrets than actions.

Death at the Door is the tale of a man who wants to protect his home, but all is not what it seems.

A Bountiful Wager is another short from Horticulous Slimux. Something doesn’t stink right in the Garden of Nurgle and he intends to find out what’s going on. With the help of some friends…

Every few days Games Workshop has been releasing a new short story setting up the reason behind this conflict. It certainly got me interested in the narrative for AoS, which is a welcomed change. After all the video shorts, these stories and the new models, I’m ready to hop back on the AoS train to game-town!

What the heck is Nagash up to in the realm of the dead? What are these other factions hoping to find? How do you kill something that’s already dead? This has been a pretty great setup so far and I hope GW is able to capitalize on the buzz around Malign Portents. I don’t think this will be a ton of changes to the core of the game, I think this will be a spark that sets the narrative size on fire and gets folks excited – at least that’s the hope, right? Or is the Age of Hope truly dead?

What are you doing to prepare? What forces are you mustering for war?

  • Kabal1te

    This is really the sort of hype building they should have done before launching AoS. It hopefully isn’t to late to really pull in a bigger crowd to the game. I am glad it seems GW is learning frolm their mistakes and their successes.

    • Munn

      As someone who’s already into the game, it’s driving me insane not knowing. Who was the lady in the Voice video? What’s stirring in Shyish? Why is it important enough for everyone to suddenly be spoiling for a fight on Nagash’s home turf? When will we see new models?!?!?!

      • Slaanesh Devotee

        And finally, what the frig is happening with Slaanesh!?
        It’s been two and a half years now.. I’m growing old waiting.

        • Hagwert

          If your a Slaanesh fan I hope your growing old disgracefully !

  • Carl Frieder Kathe

    I’m mostly intrested in the Question, what will happen to that poor guy, who shot – accidentally – with his Repeter Crossbow at Stormcast Eternals. (dtsch. Ich bin vor allem schrecklich neugierig, was mit diesem armen Kerl wird, der versehentlich mit seiner Repetierarmbrust auf einen Stormcast Eternal geschossen hat.)

    • Koen Cambré

      Most likely: purged… There are chambers of the stormcasts who are a bit more “radical” in killing innocents if they carry the taint of Chaos, and his son was afflicted by Nurgle’s blight.

      • D. B.

        So kinda what the Grey Knights are to 40k. (I know, unflattering comparison, but apt nonetheless)

        • Vicent Martín Bonet

          Eh not, really. Think more really witch hunters as they will pursue witches and the like.

        • Vicent Martín Bonet

          Eh not, really. Think more really witch hunters as they will pursue witches and the like.

      • Hagwert

        Poor kid only had a bad dose of man flu !

      • Drew

        Indeed- the Knights Excelsior Stormhost wear white, and they are NOT good people. There are a number of mentions in the narrative of them carrying out purges just like this. Even some of the other Stormhosts (like my Hallowed Knights) don’t like them.

  • Marco

    Long live Warhammer Fantasy and the Old World!

  • marlowc

    The guys are obviously pulling out all the stops to do something about the fluff, which is the weakest part of AoS isn’t it.
    I hope it works, but only so long as it doesn’t delay their return to supporting the best fantasy setting yet created, too much 🙂

    • Munn

      …elder scrolls?

      • marlowc

        Good point – does anyone know when the next single player game in Tamriel is coming out?

    • Vicent Martín Bonet

      Yeah, Middle Earth deserves more attention.

    • Rafał Pytlak

      Forgotten Realms?

    • euansmith

      My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic?

    • If you get a chance to check out any of Josh Reynolds’ recent AoS books (Spear of Shadows, the novella Hammerhal, Plague Garden) there’s definitely a lot more focus on world building than in the early writings

  • Shadowstrife

    It would be ironic that after months of hype, this all boils down to ‘any army can use necromancy to summon ghosts/skeletons’ like with End Times: Nagash in 2014.

  • brandon howard

    I’m mostly intrested in the Question, what will happen to that poor guy, who shot – accidentally – with his Repeter Crossbow at Stormcast Eternals. (dtsch. Ich bin vor allem schrecklich neugierig, was mit diesem armen Kerl wird, der versehentlich mit seiner Repetierarmbrust auf einen Stormcast Eternal geschossen hat

  • dave long island

    They shouldn’t say ‘the age of hope is dead’, because there is always hope. Even in the darkest day, one can always hope things will get better, even in the crummiest, stinkiest, most violent, lowest rent portion of the scummiest bubble kingdom, like the Detroit of the bubble kingdoms, there still exists hope. Ya just can’t kill it. Ever.

    • Rafał Pytlak

      Good. without hope you can’t truly hurt someone. People who have hope can be hurt and tormented. Good, good…

      • dave long island

        I hope you’re kidding… No, wait. I don’t hope you’re not.. .kidding…

    • euansmith

      Good, for hope leads to disappointment, disappointment leads to rage, and rage leads to the daaaaaaarksiiiide…

  • Hagwert

    Really hope the elves get a role in all this , the half moon that was shinning down on Elias as he scampered away through the woods did used to be part of elven iconography in the old WHFB.

  • “We know that the forces of Order, Chaos, Destruction and Death are on a COLLUSION course.”
    Hmmm….

  • kobalt60

    A collision course sounds fun. A collusion course sounds like price fixing, and much less fun

    • euansmith

      Top comment!

  • ICHI

    I’m just crazily confused by all of AoS, I got shadespire and thought I would check out the main game. This is happening and I dont know what it is, nurgle are being bandied about, there are 3 starter boxes, a skirmish book, generals handbook and generals handbook 2017 (will 2018 be happening soon) and then a game which looks like another starter set with nurgle but I can’t tell if its actually a starter set! On top of that I can download warscrolls and buy books for armies! Where the hell are you supposed to start!