Welcome to The Leech Kings crown campaign for AoS, pitting both the Sandheart Dynasty (Tomb Kings) and the Lords of the Pisces (Stormcast Eternals) fighting to claim the crown of the Leech king.
This post is the first of a two part series, first part is the narrative background and second is the campaign game layout.
Today’s post will explain the narrative story, as well as all information on where the campaign will be located. Enjoy!
In the combined kingdom of Skorton in the realm of Ghur, the ongoing war and politics between the Holds that vow to decimate one another has been going on for over a decade. Two sides are split on two masters, the God king Sigmar and the Queen of Blood, Neferata.
One side vows allegiance to the Sandheart Dynasty (both under Neferata’s control) and the Holds that defy joining the undead. These deserting Holds are called the Skorton alliance, defended by the Stormhost, Lords of the Pisces.
In the decade, many were unsure why the war was started, or even what value it had for both factions. Wether this was planned a long time ago, or the appearance of the Stormcast Eternals have caused friction in the land, none can say for sure.
That was until rumours spread that both factions seek to claim the Leech Kings crown from his Crypt in the north isles. Rumours also persist that the accursed Leech king himself may rise again to seek a bloody tally in vengeance.
Few could imagine a far worse time than the return of the Skorton blood stain history and tragic massacre by the hands of the Leech king. The crown, a cursed artefact of a forgotten age, reignites from its Crypt prison, raising the undead to seek a host to control and enslave. Only death will follow, and Undead eternally…..
The history of the Leech King
During the Age of Myth, a barbarian king of the salt seas of Skorton named Farnjorll, ruled his lands with an iron grip and a ruthless pursuit for riches and power. His tribe, the Dajnir, had built their culture around the cliffs of the salt seas of Skorton in the realm of Beasts, Known to be rich in sea life of colossal creatures of predators and prey. Large enough for the tribe to catch and feed the whole gathering for a month of food.
The king one day found a hidden cave on the coast line down south, which had been sealed by a long forgotten tribe centuries ago. He and his people opened the sealed cave to find a cold and unwelcoming Tomb. The king didn’t care for it’s dead inhabitants history, only treasure and power was his desire, so he ventured deep into the dark decaying carcass of the dead.
It was Farnjorll who first entered the tombs throne room, which was cast in shadows of the deepest darkness, save for areas of light lit by the tribes torches. The king entered the chambers of the extinct inhabitants throne room, marvelled by the epic scale that dwarfed him. Not long after, he found a crown on a black charcoal corpse that sagged on its crumbled Throne of stone and moss. It’s jaw was wide open, as if it was frozen in mid laughter at its eternal fate. The crown itself was made out of iron in a shape of criss cross horns like a stag, with amethyst covered gems that sparkled in deepest glows of purple. As he wore the crown, he was possessed of madness and raw power of the unknown surged within him. He was gifted with great necromantic power of the necromancer, and the curse of madness that sparks from his possessed sight.
He killed all of his people out of lust for their souls like a leech. He set about casting his fell magics to raise the dead with words of another world. The dead had arisen, along with his dead people and the forgotten bones of the dead inhabitants. He at this point was known as the Farnjorll the cursed, for he had set about raiding the lands of the living with madness and crazed monologuing.
History will remember this monster for many atrocities including the saking of a civil city of Fendrike and many innocent towns in the lands of Skorton. Eventually though, the king was slain at the battle of the five crows, slain by none other than king Senartati of the Sandheart dynasty with his blade of the sun gods.
The king of the desert lands was given a sign by his god (or ordered by Nagash, depending on which sources are true) to go to Skorton and slay the false necromancer. He fought the mad leech king with swift strikes and well timed counter attacks with his ancestors blade. Eventually, Farnjorll died with agony from a piercing blow through the stomach, and slowly turned into withered husk of a corpse.
Senartati Ordered his men to entomb this madman’s remains in a Tomb on an Island of no wealth, power, resources nor any foundation worth building for an empire. The corpse will be sent to a worthless tomb along with his dead soldiers, that will remind those who dare offend of the will Nagash and his fell Magic. However, the king didn’t realise that the crown on the corpses skull was the source of Farnjorll’s power, which still presented a threat to the lands of Skorton……
To this day, the crown has been waiting for its next host to control and enslave to it’s necromantic will. Events that will follow will shape the history of Skorton for it’s freedom of the crowns threat, or its sadistic power consumes its new host to destroy the people of Skorton.
The kingdom of Skorton After the fall of the Leech king, the Skorton tribes were free from one tyranny, and ruled by a far less bloody one under the rule of the Sandheart dynasty. Senartati, the king of the dynasty, divided the lands into seven Holds, ruled by sub leaders (like jarls under the High king). These leaders would manage their own Holds, as well as enforcing their Kings rules upon the people.
It was during the time of Ak’henaton’s great great grandfather did the Skorton lands become a forgotten place. The king was preoccupied with other duties, Nagash was ever wanting for more lands to be conquered, and the souls brought to his realm. Soon, the Sandheart Dynasty left during the start of the Age of Chaos, as their homeland was being invaded by the forces of chaos.
In doing so, leaving the Skorton lands to build itself as an independent state.
In current times, there are a total of six Holds in the land of Skorton, they all vary in traditions, culture and rulership by their Hold ruler. Each hold varies in races that occupy the Holds, for example, Jivan and Velbesues Hold contains races of Aelves and Humans.
However, one of the Holds is part of a long dead dynasty that was established after the Sandheart dynasty left. It was taken over by the Photenathos Dynasty, who carried out most of the rules and structures left behind by their deserted masters. Today, they are an undead army that are bonded by Nagash’s will, the rituals of mummification have turned the kings into undead carcasses of necromantic enslavement.
The seventh Hold was once the capital hold in the land, but now it is a hollow and abandoned centre, cursed by the wrath of the Great Necromancer. They call the seventh Hold now as Hollow keep, where the punished never rest in the cursed keep…
The list below records the current rulers of each Holds, and small context on the location.
- King Photenathos Dynasty– retaining millennia of traditions and laws from the past, the Dynasty is occupied by the undead legions who serve at King Photenathos’s tyranny. The pyramid was built after the Leech Kings defeat at the blade of Senartati, the pyramid was requested by the king to appease Nagash in worship and praise.
- Jivan and velbesues Hold- ruled by decedents of two hero’s who fought during the Battle of the Five Crows, The Hold was named after Jivan the human Blades man, and Velbesues, lady of the spell tempest. Currently ruled by Trescares and Tijarn, both swore oaths to Nagash, joining Neferata’s side in the conflict going on.
- Twilight spire Hold– built from hard crystal stone from the underground mines, this hold is considered to be the strongest in fortification and easily defendable. Ruled by Queen Zandrika, a widow who is considered to be weak at holding a blade to defend herself, but mighty in politics and noble in her deeds. She has proclaimed to disown her loyalty to Nagash, instead siding with Sigmar.
- Furiosious Hold- king Astortha is judged to be a morally centred, his actions are questionable at times, but his motives are for the good. He commands an army of Fyreslayers and human Freeguild, both bring the purging flames of purification on the undead legions. Astortha pledges to join Sigmars side in the war effort, his prejudice against the undead is a roaring fire of disgust and unquenchable hatred on the filthy necromancy.
- Hentalon Hold– The ageing king, Tarnzu, is alone and lost, stuck between his alligence to Nagash and Sigmar. He swore an oath to the Great Necromancer for many years, yet disagrees with his masters actions. However, he has also hated Sigmar for shutting Azyr’s gates, leaving many innocents to die in the Age of Chaos. Ultimately, he remains on Nagash’s side, but doubts are ever filling his mind.
- Kivansivul Hold– Seen as the least trustworthy ally to Sigmars cause, the Kivansivul family are greedy, single minded, opportunistic and cruel. They strive to build a Hold that’s vastly more wealthy and powerful than the rest, taxation and riches are all they care for. However, the family have pledged (by rare deeds) support their services to the God king with men at arms and supplies. But many see this as a means to be favoured by the God king, giving them more power by trade and wealth, as well as a chance at getting their greedy pig of a son, Gantharlix, to be reforged as a Stormcast Eternal.
The political and war effort
- Blue- Stormcast Eternals controlled Holds and lands
- Purple- Sandheart Dynasty controlled Holds and lands
- Yellow- Hold/keep/Dynasty capitals
- Realm gate symbols
Now a thunderstorm rages across the lands of Skorton, as the warriors of Sigmar seek to destroy the crown once and for all. They fear that that the long lost legends of the Leech kings return and its prophecy may come true. Lord Celestant Drayven, Lancer of Sigmar, comes to bring the wrath of Sigmar with his Sigmarite blessed lance, and destroy the evil that still lingers within the crypt of Farnjorll’s grace.
However, another faction joins from realm of Shyish, the Sandheart dynasty, seeks to reclaim the crown for their patron master, Nefferata, for she wants the crown for her own political agenda against her enemies. Led by the eternal Ak’henaton, he seeks to find the crown by all means necessary to keep his truce with the Blood Queen to endure.
The Tomb Kings goal
As the Dynasty enters Skorton, they must ensure that they recover the crown for their Queen without failure. For it’s power could progress Neferatas own wicked plans to boost her authority in her political seat of power and influence. Ak’henaton, king of his undead legion, must recover this necromantic treasure by any means possible, and maintain his oath of truce to his Queen, or be turned to ash as well as losing his daughter.
However, the Great Necromancer Nagash has demanded that he should have the crown for himself, it’s power could be used to advance his return to dominance in Shyish. Whilst Neferata wouldn’t question her master, she would however, make Ak’henaton pay for betraying her loyalty.
The king must make a decision, give the crown to Neferata, Nagash, or maybe, somehow keep both his masters pleased by another way. Or, he could keep the crown for himself….
The Lords of the Pisces Stormhost goal
Sent by Sigmar to stop the Leech king, the Stormhost must stop the threat from growing beyond control. As part of their growing alliance, the Lords of the Pisces seek to help the Skortons of their plight in return for their loyalty towards the Grey-mane Dynasty truce.
Lord Celestant Drayven, Lancer of Sigmar, has recently been reforged after being defeated during a failed scout attempt to regain the East Bastion of the Grey-mane Dynasty. Having lost more of his humanity, he is slowly becoming a cold and unforgiving automaton of vengeance. His remaining humanity is all that he has left to endure, or else become a hollow shell.
The Stormhost can’t fail, for not only would the people of Skorton be doomed by both the Undead legions of Nagash, but also from the Leech Kings reawakening. Failure will result in shame which will hang heavily on every Lords of the Pieces, just like their past lives when they lost their homeland from Chaos. But if they can succeed, the Stormhost may just be able to turn the tide, and rebuild a new civilisation in Skorton.
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