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AoS: Slaanesh Stirs, Seekers Seek – Is Slaanesh Coming Back

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Mar 6 2018
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Deep in the shadowed realms of Ulgu, a Champion of Slaanesh searches for the fallen Dark Prince of Chaos…

Deep in the heart of Ulgu’s shadow-haunted ruins, a revelry of Slaanesh, equal parts Mad Max and Hellraiser, charges forth following the screams of an impish mutant known as the Inhilus. Led by a Champion of Slaanesh who rides in a chariot brimming with psychotropic incense, barbed needles, and blades, Reshevious and the Scarlet Cavalcade ride Slaaneshi Steeds into the shadows, seeking…

They seek Slaanesh upon swift steeds and they find an ancient ruin that seems to lead somewhere beyond just the Mortal Realms. There, they are greeted by another old familiar face. Well–okay actually they’re greeted by a Darkoath Ambush, but at the end of it, the Darkoath Warqueen shows up, and the two pledge an alliance to go forth into the abyss to try and find Slaanesh.

So… it seems like this story has some pretty big implications for how things are shaping up in the Mortal Realms. For one, we know that Slaanesh has been locked away somewhere ever since the world that was disintegrated and is gone forever. Some thought Slaanesh was dead–having eaten Morathi and many other elves. Aelves, sorry. But after the worst case of indigestion and getting torn apart by Morathi, Tyrion, Teclis, and Malerion (nee Malekith) the ol’ Dark Prince of Pain and Pleasure hasn’t been doing so well. Hasn’t really been present on the tabletop.

Now whether this coincides with the fact that the other Chaos gods tend to do better, or have been getting more design love from GW is immaterial. The fact is, Slaanesh hasn’t really been a presence in either Age of Sigmar OR 40K for a while now. We’ve seen a resurgence of Nurgle, and Khorne got his fancy Khorne Book–the Khobb Battletome, I think it was called. Even in the Chaos Daemon Codex, Slaanesh gets the short end of the stick–the other Chaos Gods get their heralds renamed as specific characters. Nurgle makes out like a bandit, getting new models: Horticulous Slimux, Sloppity Bilepiper, and so on…

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But for Slaanesh? They didn’t even rename his heralds. They are just Heralds of Slaanesh, full stop. End of story. And with all that in mind, it seems like an interesting position to start revisiting Slaanesh. This is an opportunity to do some rebranding, as it were. After all we’ve seen how Morathi changed as a result of her imprisonment… who’s to say that Slaanesh or even Slaanesh’s forces will look the same by the time they come up out of the shadows of Ulgu. Makes you wonder how Morathi will feel about all this…

What do you think? Is this the story that heralds’ Slaanesh’s triumphant return? Or are they all going to die at the hands of the Daughters of Khaine?

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