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Galrauch

The first Chaos Dragon.

Galrauch, the Great Drake, is an ancient Dragon possessed by the will of the Lord of Change Fateclaw, becoming the first of the Chaos Dragons.

History

At the time when the Elves fought their great wars against the tides of Chaos under the mighty Aenarion, Dragons were at their side. These great wyrms were the nemesis of the armies of the Dark Gods, diving from the skies upon the evil warriors, crushing and incinerating them in their thousands. The strength of the Dragons could only be matched by the greatest of the Daemons, living incarnations of their god's power. The epic clashes between these mighty creatures were events of such magnitude that the mortal warriors could only witness them in awe, to later turn them into the songs and legends which have survived from that distant time. The most renowned of these duels was the one that decided the battle for the Isle of the Dead, where Lord Aenarion and his Dragon Indraugnir fought against four Greater Daemons, one sent by each of the Dark Gods.[2a]

During that same battle, the valiant Dragon Prince Learfin and his mount, Galrauch the Gold Drake, were leading the left flank of the Elven host against a vast force of Daemons of Tzeentch. Galrauch's glimmering scales clearly marked him as a sibling to the great Indraugnir, the most powerful of all the Dragons, and indeed Galrauch's strength was second only to Lord Aenarion's legendary mount.[2a]

Great was the slaughter on both sides that day, and eventually, Galrauch and Learfin came upon the Lord of Change that was at the head of the Daemons. The creature wielded the magic of chaos with such mastery that soon his spells blasted through Learfin's defences, slaying the noble Elf. Mad with grief, Galrauch fell upon the Daemon, determined to exact revenge at the cost of his own life. Surprisingly, the great form of the Lord of Change offered no resistance and the huge jaws of the Dragon snapped shut around his bird-like head, ripping it clean off. The broken body of the Greater Daemon instantly dissolved into a multi-coloured mist that enveloped the raging dragon and then disappeared. Galrauch was victorious and all the Elves around him raised cries of victory. But their voices died out when the Dragon's body was suddenly wracked by violent convulsions. Finally, the mighty drake froze, and an evil, iridescent light appeared in its eyes.[2a]

Galrauch, resplendent in victory, flew high into the air, and the Elf warriors below him raised cries of triumph. But their cheers died away when the Dragon’s body became suddenly wracked by violent convulsions. The mighty drake froze in mid-air, and an evil, iridescent light appeared in its eyes. His scales flowed like water, forming into evil, leering faces that cackled maniacally in praise of Tzeentch. Foul tentacles and wicked spikes emerged from the Dragon’s flesh, and finally the once-noble head of Galrauch split into two all the way down to the base of his neck. Where there was once one head, there were now two, and to the horror of the Elves below, both turned towards their ranks. One head belched dark fire, burning scores of Elves alive, but the other breathed a sorcerous mist that brought horrible mutations and madness. The heads were governed by the same will at first, but soon they started to tear at each other with hatred, a sure sign that the spirit of the great Dragon had not been completely destroyed. The mind of the Lord of Change managed to wrest control of the powerful body once again, but not before the Elves and Dragons had broken the back of the Daemon armies.[1a]

Galrauch withdrew from the lands of mortals and slept for centuries at a time, emerging now and then throughout history to wreak havoc on the lands of Elves, Dwarfs and Men. Legend has it that he was the first of the Chaos Dragons, and that many were the dark creatures born of his blood and of his evil sorcery. It was Galrauch who slaughtered King Thurgrim Rockarm and all his kin and sacked their ancient halls. It was he who single-handedly destroyed the city of Languerre de Lac and plunged its ruins into eternal night. Hundreds of noble heroes have tried to slay him, but they have all failed, and their remains hang high in Galrauch’s lair as a testament to the Dragon’s sorcerous might.[1a]

Gallery

  • Galrauch from Warhammer Fantasy "Hero's Call" by Sandara

Sources

  • 1: Warhammer Armies: Warriors of Chaos (8th Edition)
    • 1a: pg. 56
  • 2: Warhammer Armies: Hordes of Chaos (6th Edition)
    • 2a: pg. 100

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