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Founding of the 43rd Stormhost
Founded as the 43rd Stormhost to be forged for war into the Mortal Realms, the Knights of Mousillon are a proud host of armoured warriors. Tracing their origins from the tribes of the Corielatuvi, the Stormhost are prideful warriors with a fierce reputation for fighting at forefront of war.
The Stormhost can at times be viewed as unsettling by the aura that surrounds them, rooted deep within each warrior of the Knights of Mousillon. A lurking presence that has been mingled with the souls of the reforged, not of the influence of the Ruinous powers, but something ancient and long forgotten. Some say the warriors who are reforged gain a heavy burden of guilt, a memory that is forged into their minds that mark them as a knight of Mousillon. No matter how many times a warrior is reforged on the Anvil of Apotheosis, the implanted dark memory is intact and sharper than before.
What is the memory that haunts them? None can say for only the Stormhost knows what these dark shreds of the past are, so too does Sigmar know of this flaw in the Stormhosts founding. If the god king has a reason for this Stormhost to be still functioning and growing with the flaws, then all of the Knights of Mousillon would fight until their time has come for these memories bear fruit the answers they seek.
Home of the Knights of Mousillon
Like many Stormhosts who enter the Mortal Realms to reclaim lands lost by the ravages of the ruinous powers, the Knights of Mousillon were sent to the realm of Ghyran to reclaim lost territory in the name of Sigmar.
In the atlas area of the western realm, there is a land called Woldorian, stretching far and wide with grasslands, snow peaked mountains, flowing streams of water and forests covering much of the land. It seemed almost picturesque and peaceful at first, but deep within the mountains there are foul monsters and beasts that roam the lands. All these nightmarish things seek to feast the settlers that trespass into the domain of the lair.
An Ogre Mawtribe of the Bloodgullets had ruled these lands for many centuries as a central location for ceremonial feasting. When the tribe goes on a mass hunt for food, very few Ogres stay to Guard the sacred hills unless they’re picky for eating only the wildlife in the area. When the Mawtribe return from its gut crusade, they celebrate by offering spoils to the gut alter to Gorkamorka.
The snow peaked mountains of Wold, in the lands of Woldorian. It is here that human mages built towers of gleaming crystal keeps in the Age of Myth, until the Age of Chaos forced the Ogres to migrate and destroy the human population for food.
When the knights of Mousillon arrived through the Realmgate of the False Cup, they were entering the peak celebration of the feast. To the Ogres, these new arrivals would be a perfect offering to the gut Lord. A battle ensued as Warhammer and club sparked, Stormcast Eternals fighting in organised phalanx against charging brutes of Ogor warriors.
History would be written when Lord- Celestant Rodarnor Grismere and his Dracoth swiftly bolted through the battlefield like a knight on a steed, charging into the fires of enemy fire from the Leadbelchers. The Gutlord, Skrengus, faced the knight wielding his two handed halberd and lunged towards his foe. The two clashed as their blades made contact with a mighty clash of sparks and enchanted backlash.
Lord-Celestant Rodarnor would prove the better master of war when he charged his Dracoth toward the tyrant. As the tyrant swung his blade, Rodarnor would swing his hammer upwards rather than downwards. Catching the tyrant by the chin and tearing his head off.
Thereafter, the entire Ogor tribe was decimated apart from those who surrendered and offered themselves to the rulership of Sigmar. These Ogres would stay on to become the builders of a new city, one that their descendants would thrive and change (slightly) into civilised folk who still had an appetite for meat.
Some Ogres would escape the massacre and move on to another realm to lick their wounds. The tribe had lost their leader and holy prayer site, there will be bloodshed to spill when the Mawtribe was strong again.
Free-city of Woldwater coast
In the Age of Myth, a tribe of hunters called the Corieltavia settled on the coast near the mountain of the western peak. This tribe would be the founding population that would develop into a knightly order, the Knights of Mousil.
The order would carry on until the Age of Chaos when the Daemons and mortals of Nurgle marched into Ghyran. Infesting the land with decay, misery, disease and blight into the lands natural beauty. Nothing could stop this, not even a knightly order.
The last king to rule the throne, Maldra the ‘little’ (not for his size, but in jest of his short patience and his arrogance as prince of the kingdom), led a failed charge against the forces of Nurgle with an army of trusty knights of the Realm. The army was nearly wiped out, Maldra fled back to his citadel, the Tower of the Cup. He’d lock himself and his trusted lords in his throne room to die, dining on wine and meat in madness as the land was overrun by the legions of Chaos.
When the Age of Sigmar started, the armies of Nurgle had long since been erased along with their foul influence. Instead the lands of Woldorian were inhabited by Ogors from the Bloodgullet Mawtribe. They hunted anything for food, and offered much to their enormous bowl on the peak of the mountain to their god. When the Stormcast entered the realm and faced the Bloodgullet Mawtribe, the Lord-Celestant would slay the Ogor Tyrant and claim his head as a trophy, signalling he end of the battle.
Now that the land was free from the Ogor menace, the Stormhost established its base of operations in the lands of Woldorian.
A few centuries later, much of Woldorian had changed as on the island where the realmgate stood was now a Free-city called Woldcoast. Next to that on a smaller island is where the Knights of the noble son Chamber gather in their keep.
On the high peak of the great Wold mountain resides the collegiate arcana and (after the initial stages of the Soul Wars) The Sacrosanct Chamber of the Daughters of the Mousillon arcane.
South west from the peak is a village that is occupied by the tribals of the Corieltavia, those that stayed behind to carry on their traditions as hunters and settlers. They view the free city as a beacon for disaster as it’ll more than likely attract greater foes, and dark horrors from beyond…..
Hero’s of the Stormhost
There are many chambers under the Knights of Mousillon Stormhost that have earned great honours and deeds since the Age of Sigmar. Such legends like the Knights of the Noble son Chamber, who valiantly eradicated the Bloodgullet tribe from the face of Woldorian. Or other legends like The last son of valour Chamber, who assassinated the Warlord of the Blister Spire, a Mortal Nurgle army that wanted to reclaim Woldorian back into Nurgles Garden.
Such power and sacrifice have these men and women owed their lives in service to Sigmar. For the few saved, many more will follow.
Here are some of the Chambers of the Knights of Mousillon.
Knights of the noble son Warrior Chamber, led by Lord-Celestant Rodarnor Grismere
- The last son of valour Vanguard Chamber, led by Lord-Aquilor Alarbault, The Knight Errant
- Knights of the Midnight Order Extremis Chamber, led by Lord-Celestant Girvauldar, The Black Knight of Woldorian
Daughters of the Mousillon arcane Sacrosanct Chamber, led by Lord-Arcanum Malflerona, Lady of the shattered Soul
Chronology of the Knights of Mousillon
Age of myth-
- The tribe of the Corielatuvi started out as a small gathering of people who settled in the Realm of life. They build a small camp west in a place that would one day be called Woldorian.
- As the Gods gather and unite under Sigmars pantheon, the God king finds the Corieltauvi tribe and offers them the chance to prosper and grow. In return, he asks them to swear an oath of fealty to the pantheon. The most of the tribe agrees and joins Sigmars cause, the rest move on to find a safer place to settle. These would be the survivors of the Age of Chaos who’s decedents still settle in the lands today.
- Centuries later, the tribe evolved into a mighty army of a knightly order. They call themselves the Knights of Mousil, inspired by tales of legend by an old wise woman named Malfeur
- By the near and of the Age of Myth, a jealous prince named Maldra who wouldn’t be king by line of ascent, concocts a plan to assassinate his oldest brother. Hiring an Aelf assassin, his brother was killed on the night before his crowning. Unheard of in the land, the news of the Kings death shook the people of Woldorian. For not only was a promising prince killed in cold blood, but his brother would be crowned king. However, unbeknownst to Maldra, Nagash had marked his soul to be claimed.
Age of Chaos-
- Maldra, last heir to the throne is crowned king of the Woldorian peaks. The Knights of Mousillon bow before their new king, but doubt him in secret for he is a fool and an arrogant wretch.
- The horns of Chaos boom across the land announcing the Age of Chaos had begun. Maldra doesn’t send support to his frontier forts, thinking that payment would suffice these new and powerful invaders. His plan fails. The Mortal Nurgle army advances through the frontier and slaughters the guards at the forts.
- The armies of Nurgle invade Woldorian, decaying and spreading plagues to the living. Maldra full of arrogance and rage leads a knightly charge against the Lord of Plagues, Purifitor the squelch-heart, on the fields of Owerstan. The charge fails. With only a few surviving knights of Maldra’s army left, he calls for a retreat.
- Rodrigan, knight of the Realm, defends his village in Woldorian as the armies of Chaos storm through the defences. He died a noble death facing impossible odds against a Greater Daemon of Nurgle. His soul was captured by Sigmar and sent to Azyr to be reforged.
- Maldra locked himself in his court room along with his trusted lords and ladies in his tower. As they drink and eat to mark their final days, Maldra so drunk by his excessive drinking let slips his darkest secret to the court that he was the one that sent an assassin to kill his brother. Shock, anger and hatred flared in the court, causing a civil war as the one side wanted to kill Maldra. The Kings guards defend their king, but they all stopped fighting when they see that their false king choked to death from drinking his wine. The wine was poisoned from a false grail.
- Woldorian is claimed by the armies of Nurgle, and settles in the lands for a time until a band of Ogors from the Bloodgullet Mawtribe arrive into the land. They slaughter the worshipers of Nurgle after years of bloodshed and destruction.
-Age of Sigmar
- The Age of Sigmar arrives as Sigmar unleashes his creations out into the Mortal Realms. One of these Stormhosts is the 43rd, The Knights of Mousillon.
- The Stormhost is transported through a Realmgate out into Woldorian in the Realm of Ghyran. Partyway through a ritual celebration, the Ogor Mawtribe of the Blodgullets were interrupted by the arrival of these metal armoured warriors. An all out war commenced as Ogor and Stormcast Clash.
- Lord-Celestant Rodarnor Grismere slays the Gut Lord, defeating the Ogors and driving them out from the lands of Woldorian.