Malekith/Malerion is one of the most iconic figures in Warhammer lore, and his origins are spread across multiple universes.
Whether you were on his side or not, there's no question that Malekith, the Witch King, Supreme Leader of the Dark Elves, is one of the most famous characters in Warhammer lore. I still remember the first Dark Elves cover I saw when I started playing in 6th edition, which featured the mighty champion prominently, his enchanted blade lifted high and his hand dripping blood in striking comparison to Khaine.
It's also pretty cool that his face is totally obscured
But like everything in Fantasy, the Prince of Naggaroth owes his origin to several sources, and the inspirations for this dark sorcerer are rather widespread. Here's a deep dive into said origins and who this terrifying (and arguably justified) warrior-king was before becoming the Shadow God of Ulgu.
The Warhammer Origin Story
Malekith was the son of Aenarion, First of the Phoenix Kings and greatest of the Elves. His mother, Morathi, was Aenarion's second wife, and he was the Prince of the province of Nagarythe by that right. When he was passed over as the next Phoenix King in favor of Bel Shanaar of Tiranoc, he traveled to the West to seek glory in the Elvish colonies and did fairly well at that. He established a friendship and trade with the dwarves of the mountains, raised the ...