Morathi Finds Your Lack of Faith Disturbing

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The scions of Order gather to prepare for war. Morathi displays her devotion to an ancient religion.

The Daughters of Khaine are technically a member of the Order faction. And in the latest Malign Portents story, they showcase their membership in that grand alliance by crashing a meeting in style. It all begins in the squabbling, politic-filled chambers of Heavenhall where the assembled 244 Lords, gather to argue and bloviate with all the pomposity one might expect of luminaries like:

Evandelle, Wallmistress of the High Artisans

Barragust, High Despot of the Order of Azyr

Osrua of the Gilded Abacus

…naturally absolutely nothing is getting accomplished. The fates of the Grand Conclave seem sealed, none can agree on the best way to stem the rising tide of undeath without first securing their own temporal power.

That’s when Morathi shows up–although, for a High Oracle, she shows little regard I’m indeed for ceremony and has patience for none of the honors placed at her feet (well, you know what I mean).

Instead she speaks with little interruption, save for one choked back outburst, as she pleads her case. War must come to Shyish, and Order must move as one. That seems to be the consensus. But how much of this is to serve Morathi’s purposes? As we’ve seen before, Nagash seems to have it out for her personally for taking not only souls but the Iron Heart of Khaine. She has been called out–and now seems poised to aim the entire Grand Alliance of Order at Shyish. What other purpose does this serve? Will all this slaughter somehow bolster her stolen power?

And, curiously silent throughout the entirety of the Time of Tribulations–Sigmar. We’ve heard from mortals on both sides of the fence. Seen how Nagash has risen up to offer succor and vengeance to those beset by Chaos and Murder. Where is the god behind the celestial portents that wend their way through the skies of the mortal realms? What can he be doing?

Next up, Morathi might conure up the stolen datatapes that show off the weakness of Nagash’s undeath star.

  • euansmith

    Sigmar’s in the games’ room, chowing down on a stack of deep-fried peanut butter, bananas, and bacon burgers.

    • CPENinja

      It is an excessive amount of food, but it was sent to him by a friendly Slaan named Esh, so why should he be so rude as to not indulge a little?

    • Jesse Cavazos

      He’s gotta protein up if he wants those godly gains, bro.

    • Matthew Pomeroy

      party like its the end times!


    Perhaps Sigmar is working on some secret superweapon to stem the portants. Maybe a reference to the Emperor in 40k who was often missing down in his labs working on secret projects.

    I also like how Morathi and the Daughters of Khaine are being presented as the bared claws of Order. Their the ones who are most willing to go for the killing blow where others might be more hesitant.

    • euansmith

      “The Daughters of Khaine?”

      “Yes, Lord Sigmar.”

      “They are on our team?”

      “Yes, Lord Sigmar.”

      “And they are currently murdering…”

      “Erm, we prefer the term, Terminating With Extreme Prejudice.”

      “And we can’t recall them?”

      “They are, ah-hem, indeed, Beyond Positive Control.”

      “And people know they are acting on our behalf?”

      “Well, we have been unfortunately unsuccessful in initiating Plausible Deniability.”

      “Sigh… I’m not feeling so good about this…”

      “War On Death, Lord Sigmar, the War On Death.”

      • Dioscuri

        They’re like the Special Circumstances of Order!

        • euansmith

          Ah, I see that you are a person of Culture.

      • GWELLS

        Oh such prejudice. Extreme Prejudice indeed.

  • Xodis

    Nice how they address this as a very uneasy alliance of circumstance.

  • Drpx

    Random snake lady walks in and chokes a guy. Suddenly everyone wants to follow and listen to her.

    • euansmith

      “Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid. Unfortunately, we don’t have Blasters in this game universe. So, I say, we should do what the Snake Lady says.”

      • Matthew Pomeroy

        I do have a dorf skypirate with a gatling gun though 😀

  • Kabal1te

    They have to have an excuse to release more sigmarines, because there aren’t enough sigmarines. After all order is not a big enough faction. It needs to have more than the other grand alliances combined together and even then that may not be enough for them to feel like actually releasing a new range that isn’t order.

    • Munn

      Order still needs 2 major releases to catch up to how much stuff chaos has gotten, tbf.