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Chosen

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Archaon the Everchosen, the Chosen of four of the major Chaos Gods.

The Chosen are individuals so named because at least part of their great martial and magical power derives from having been picked to be direct agents of one or more deities of the Mortal Realms; each of the Chosen are a force to be reckoned with.

The Chosen are not gods, though they may appear as demigods, and truly, the distinction will certainly seem to be near-meaningless to any hapless mortal that has to stand against them.

Most famous of the Chosen is surely the Three-Eyed King, Archaon the Everchosen, supreme commander of the forces of Chaos. Empowered by all the Chaos Gods -- save the Great Horned Rat, whom he despises -- it was Archaon's actions that destroyed the World-That-Was and that later also brought the Mortal Realms to the very edge of defeat and destruction during the Age of Chaos.

The coming of Sigmar's Tempest and Nagash's Necroquake may have stalled his plans, but Archaon remains the most dangerous threat in all the Mortal Realms.

Nagash's forces are led by his dread Chosen, the Mortarchs, immensely powerful Deathlords directly empowered by their Undying King. Each serves Nagash in their own way, performing whatever is requested of them, while otherwise ruling over portions of the god of death's vast empire in Shyish, the Realm of Death.

While each Mortarch is phenomenally dangerous, it is, perhaps, the spies of the ancient vampire lord Neferata, and Orpheon Katakros' legions of Ossiarch Bonereapers, that give Nagash's enemies the greatest concerns.

Within Azyr, the Celestial Realm, the Chosen known as the Six Smiths forge the weapons of the Stormcast Eternals as well as their very souls, as they oversee the foundries of the Sigmarabulum and every Reforging of a soul on the Anvil of Apotheosis. The Six Smiths are all heroic duardin scions of Grungni, the god of smiths, but much about them has been obscured.

Some would argue that the mortal heroes known as the Soulbound are themselves Chosen in the service of Order. However, were a lone Soulbound to stand against one of the true Chosen the terrifying disparity would swiftly become apparent.

Sources

  • Warhammer Age of Sigmar Roleplay - Soulbound (RPG), pg. 258
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