Slaanesh in the Mortal Realms

Battletome: Hedonites of Slaanesh is on its way, kicking off a long-awaited new age for the servants of the Dark Prince. Today, we’re looking at just how this youngest of the Chaos Gods works, how he came to the Mortal Realms, and just what he – and his followers – are up to right now…

What is Slaanesh?

Slaanesh is the Chaos God of obsession and excess. All the Chaos Gods draw their strength from the emotional animus of mortals, and Slaanesh is no exception. However, the Dark Prince is unique among his brethren in that he does not represent a specific, crystallised, concept like rage, ambition or despair, but instead draws strength from the intensity of any given emotion – any form of excess feeds Slaanesh.

This article from the Warhammer-community page answers the question that’s been left oddly unanswered in AoS until now: what has Slaaensh been up to since the fall of the Old World?

This makes Slaanesh terrifyingly powerful, to the point where he is secretly feared by his brother gods. Each god risks being consumed by Slaanesh, as each is an embodiment of the all-consuming ideals, mindsets and obsessions that sustain the Dark Prince.

How Slaanesh came to the Mortal Realms

After feasting on aelfkind during the End Times of the world-that-was, Slaanesh, for a time at least, surpassed his brethren in sheer power and influence. Despite being near-stupefied from his feast of souls, the Dark Prince was stirred from his digestive lethargy by the discovery of the Mortal Realms by Chaos. This was not just one world, but eight – a prize the Dark Prince sought to claim for himself.

The Age of Myth

Slaanesh’s war on the Mortal Realms was subtle at first, snaring mortals with distant echoes of sensation. As civilizations grew, so too did their tastes for vice and excess, with cliques and cults of self-advancement and pleasure allowing ingress for the creeping influence of Slaanesh.

Slaanesh’s greed was ultimately the cause of his imprisonment, leading him to be trapped between the Realms of Light and Shadow as he sought to devour the aelven gods. Slaanesh has a particular taste for the souls of aelves, who are by nature passionate, obsessive and focused creatures with highly attuned emotions, so the promise of consuming an aelven deity – let alone four! – was too much to resist. This gambit, perpetrated by Teclis, Tyrion, Malerion and Morathi, saw Slaanesh bound in vast magical chains and subjected to torturous pain as his captors drew the aelven souls he had once consumed from his corpus.

The Age of Chaos

The capture of Slaanesh greatly reduced his influence in the Mortal Realms but did not stop it. From the Realm of Chaos, the greatest Daemonic servants of Slaanesh continue the work of the Dark Prince. Many empires fell to excess during the Age of Chaos, ultimately destroyed by Slaaneshi daemons that tempted mortals and spread corruption. At the Battle of the Burning Skies – the apocalyptic conflict in which Sigmar’s hammer, Ghal Maraz was lost – the Keeper of Secrets known as Luxcious declared herself to be the Ur-Slaanesh and a replacement for the Dark Prince.

The Age of Sigmar

The persisting influence of Slaanesh was felt particularly keenly during the opening battles of the Realmgate Wars – Sigmar’s campaign of liberation. The Chaos Lord Lascilion, in his arrogance, sought to slay Neferata, Mortarch of Blood, but was stopped by the timely arrival of the Stormcast Eternals.

Meanwhile, the Daemon Prince Synlesha Paleblood used the speed of his host to great effect against rampaging tribes of Orruk before being slain by a well-placed headbutt from the Megaboss Dakkbad.

Slaanesh Today

Over the long years since Slaanesh’s imprisonment, his followers have split into three main camps. Some, known as the Godseekers, obsessively hunt for Slaanesh across the Mortal Realms. Some hosts are known as Pretenders, led by particularly influential individuals who seek to usurp their missing god’s position. Others, known as Invaders, seek only to please their basest desires, reaving and killing across the realms heedless of Slaanesh’s disappearance.

Will Slaanesh ever escape? Will his servants succeed in conquering the aelves? We’ll have to wait and see to find out…

To learn more about Slaanesh (and to kick off your army while you’re at it!), grab yourself a copy of Wrath and Rapture – and stay tuned for more previews very soon…


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17 Responses to “Slaanesh in the Mortal Realms”

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    The Traitor April 18, 2019 9:21 am #

    SLAANESH WILL RISE!!!! And hopefully Emperor’s Children will follow soon after!

    • Reecius
      Reecius April 18, 2019 9:58 am #

      That would be cool. I hope to see dexes for Emp Children and World Eaters at some point as we got with Death Guard and T-Sons.

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        Dakkath April 18, 2019 10:25 am #

        I don’t care so much about the World Eaters specifically, but at this point they seem like the only way we’re gonna get Khorne Daemonkin back.

        • Reecius
          Reecius April 18, 2019 10:52 am #

          Well, it’d just be cool to get each of the core Legion fully fleshed out for Chaos and loyalists, IMO. The T-Sons and Deathguard books are rad and add a lot to the game, so I’d love to see the same treatment for WE and EC.

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    Paul Winters April 18, 2019 9:37 am #

    I am hoping the 40k updates with this new release wave will bring Slaanesh Daemons up to a standing of the other Chaos Daemons.

    • Reecius
      Reecius April 18, 2019 9:59 am #

      Well, the new Keeper of Secrets certainly does that and more! Plus the Wrath and Rapture kits which are amazing.

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        Paul Winters April 18, 2019 10:37 am #

        The models coming out are top notch. The general rules are just a bit lacking for competitive play.

        • Reecius
          Reecius April 18, 2019 10:52 am #

          I don’t know, have you tried Fiends? They’re incredibly good. You just have to have a way to keep them alive if your opponent is savvy to their strength.

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            Paul Winters April 18, 2019 11:13 am

            Fiends are better with that +1w from Wrath and Rapture. If Fiends were like mid 30 points they could be a backbone unit. 42pts is just a little bit too much for a T4 5++.

            Slaanesh Daemons aren’t terrible they just don’t do anything to make them an attractive choice over other Chaos Daemons. Except for 1 trick ponies like the Fiends or Herald with the Forbidden Gem.

          • Reecius
            Reecius April 18, 2019 1:29 pm

            Don’t look at the Fiends’ melee or wounds, etc. It’s all about the ability to hold units in combat. That is so insanely powerful. You just have to keep them alive to do it, they’re very fast so just a turn or two is all it takes.

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            Paul Winters April 18, 2019 2:21 pm

            For sure Fiends have a fun kit. I went 3/0 at an RTT with an all Slaanesh Daemon army because of Fiends. They were hugging scary units like Hellhounds or Grotesques. They are also an easy summons at PL 2 a pop.

            I just haven’t had much luck running them in units > 1. They are easy to focus down with big weapons or small arms, and because they are Beast keyword they don’t interact with most ruins very well. They aren’t quite cheap enough to run multiple small units.

          • Reecius
            Reecius April 19, 2019 7:30 am

            Yeah, Frankie runs them in units of 1. So long as there isn’t a lot of no LoS shooting they rock, if there is and your opponent knows what they do it can be a bummer. But man, when they work it is game changing.

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            rvd1ofakind April 18, 2019 9:10 pm

            When you’re running daemons, you run hordes. Why not just surround something and not pay 42pts for subpar stats and an easy kill point for your opponent?

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          WestRider April 18, 2019 11:51 am #

          There are also a couple of things that really need to get Models and/or have their Rules updated to Codex from Index. Mostly the various mounted Heralds, whether on Steed or some form of Chariot.

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    AlamoMelt April 18, 2019 11:29 am #

    Based on the new Keeper of Secrets, if there’s a Demon Primarch Fulgrim on the horizon my 25 year boycott of Chaos may come to an end.

    • Reecius
      Reecius April 19, 2019 7:31 am #

      Lol, so true.

      Gah, give us more Primarchs already, GW!

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    WestRider April 18, 2019 11:31 am #

    Yesssss! I am so hype for this. Hail! Hail the Dark Lady of Excess!

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