Step back over three decades 1988, when Slaanesh was new and his magic was extra, EXTRA creepy.
Once, Slaanesh was new, and the God of Excess got a grand rollout in 1988’s Realm of Chaos: Slaves to Darkness, alongside his arch rival – Khorne.
All of the Dark Prince’s original foundational lore, deamons, magic and rivalries came from this book. While Slaanesh has had lots of magic and spells across both Warhammer Fantasy, 40K, WFRP, and Age of Sigmar down through the years – they are all descendants of the following set of originals. These are the spells that set the tone for the Dark Prince and you can see echoes of them to this very day in active current rule-sets from GW.
Acquiescence – The bread and butter of Slaanesh. With only a symbol of Slaanesh needed as a spell component – it’s easy to cast. The effects are threefold, and useful whether used on friends or foes. It’s especially effective and insulting to use on Khornate victims. You do have to be in physical contact – so be careful – they are angry.
Pavane of Slaanesh – With only a flask of wine needed – most Slaanesh magic users will have the needed components on hand. You can cast it on a group, and it has a range of 24″ (or 48 feet in WFRP), keeping you at a safe and hilarious distance. Remember the victims don’t just dance… they dance LEWDLY!
Beam of Slaanesh – The much safer ranged version of Acquiescence is much more difficult to cast, but worth the cost. Same components – so it’s just a matter of needing a more powerful caster to pull it off. I love that “rainbow light” flies from the caster’s fingertips, and can kill followers of Khorne dead in a puddle or euphoric delight. For once, they won’t die mad.
Fleshy Curse – Ahh, the old fan favorite! This spell is truly horrible all around. Horribly difficult to cast, horrible effects on it’s hapless and doomed target. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse – take a look at its semi-legendary spell components: A severed humanoid limb, and 144 living spiders, all sewn into the skin of a Goblin, Gnome, or Halfling. You BETTER take care of the spiders – each and every one… not a 143, and not 145, you better have it JUST RIGHT!
~ Where do you see parallels and echoes of these in later Slaanesh spells?