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The Grand Theogonist is the head of the Cult of Sigmar and most important religious official in The Empire. He is one of the Emperor's staunchest allies and most trusted advisers. He is also one of the Electors, meaning he is able to vote for the next emperor (invariably, his vote goes to the Count of Reikland).

When a Grand Theogonist dies, the Lectors convene beneath the Cathedral of Sigmar to appoint his successor. By tradition, a Grand Theogonist adopts a dwarfish name when he assumes the office.

Badges of Office

  • The Jade Griffon is a massive amulet of jade in the shape of a griffon said to be blessed by Magnus the Pious. The Grand Theogonist wears it on his chest.
  • The Staff of Command is a staff with a griffon carved on top. It imbues the Grand Theogonist with inhuman strength.

Known Grand Theogonists

Name Reign Notes
Johann Helstrum 73-? First Grand Theogonist
Jürgen II c. 500 Nicknamed "Ogreblood". For him, Thorgrim, a large mattock was crafted by dwarven runesmiths
Ottokar c. 501 Persuaded Sigismund the Conqueror to invade Marienburg
Marius Mollus  ?-850 Dragged away by a Flesh Hound after proclaiming Sigmar was the only god.
Uthorson c. 1100 Secretly a servant of the Ruinous Powers. Slain by Thorgrad.
Thorgrad c. 1111 Relocated the centre of the Cult of Sigmar to Altdorf. Perished during the the Black Plague.
Gazulgrund c. 1111 Installed as a puppet of Adolf Kreyssig, representative of Emperor Boris Goldgather
Siebold II c. 1682 Officially recognized the Witch Hunters
Jürgen IV Age of Three Emperors Called for a crusade into Sylvania; was ignored
Vilgrim III c. 2000 ?
Wilhelm III  ?-2051 Killed Vlad von Carstein
Kurt III c. 2132 Endured Mannfred von Carstein's Siege of Altdorf
Reuben Wrolfgar c. 2287 Banned the Liber Malefic
Kazgar XIV c. 2369 Held the funeral oration of Magnus the Pious
Thoss c. 2400 Persecuted followers of other cults
Viktor Helmgart c. 2415 Ended the Night of a Thousand Arcane Duels
Hedrich Lutzenschlager c. 2420 Was Grand Theogonist during the fall of Diederick Kastner
Yorri XV ? Predecessor of Volkmar
Volkmar von Hindenstern Incumbent Current Grand Theogonist

Storm of Chaos

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Name Reign Notes
Volkmar von Hindenstern  ?-2521 Slain by Archaon, later resurrected by Be'lakor
Esmer III 2521 Appointed Successer of Volkmar, fled to Marienburg after Volkmar was recovered and decrying him as tainted by chaos
Volkmar von Hindenstern 2521-present Reinstated after the Storm of Chaos, recovering under the care of the temple of Shallya

End Times

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Name Reign Notes
Volkmar von Hindenstern  ?-2522 Died during the End Times; body used to resurrect Nagash
Kaslain 2522-? Presided during the End Times

Sources

  • Warhammer Armies: The Empire (8th Edition)
  • Marienburg: Sold Down the River
  • Warhammer Armies: Daemons of Chaos (8th Eiditon)
  • Warhammer Armies: Vampire Counts (7th Edition)
  • Mordheim Core Rules
  • Liber Chaotica
  • Van Horstmann (Novel)
  • White Dwarf 197
  • Archaon: Everchosen (Novel)
  • The Black Plague: Blighted Empire (Novel)
    • Chapter VI
    • Chapter XIV
    • Chapter XVII
  • Warhammer: Nagash
  • Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay Rulebook (2nd Edition)
    • pg. 184
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