Hekarti, the Hydra Queen,[2a] is the Elven Goddess of Conjurations and Dark Magic. She has no shrines, save for a small temple within Ghrond's Dark Convent. She sees all the Winds of Magic and has six arms to carry her sacred accountrements—a serpent-headed staff, a beating heart, a scorpion, a broken arrow, a serrated dagger and a phial of orphan's tears.[1a]
Unlike many of her kind, Hekarti pays close attention to the desires of the Elves. She is ever locked in a jealous contest with her twin sister Atharti, the goddess of Pleasure, and resents her sway over mortals. It was supposedly this rivalry that first enticed Hekarti to grant wisdom to Morathi. That said, the Hag Sorceress has always kept her devotions to the two sisters in careful balance—Naggarothi legends have many grim examples of what happens to those who favour one above the other.[1a]
It was Hekarti that Morathi first turned to when she set out upon the long path to mastering sorcery. Indeed, as the goddess of Dark Magic, the wizards of the Dark Elves draw much of their power from Hekarti. In one form, she is many-headed, like the Hydra, so that she can see all of the Winds of Magic. With her favour, it is possible to tap directly into the Winds and unleash their full power. Such is the nature of Dark Elf sorcery, making their spells far more destructive than those of lesser races. Hekarti does not give her blessing freely though, and there is always a price to pay, in blood—the Sorceress' or someone else's, Hekarti cares not![2b]
- Hekarti is likely a play on Hecate, the Greek Goddess of Crossroads, Ghosts, Magic and Witchcraft. However, her depiction as having many arms and hands holds a distinctly Hindu aesthetic, with her title as Hydra Queen perhaps tying her to the serpentine naga of the latter religion.
- 1: Warhammer Armies: Dark Elves (8th Edition)
- 1a: pg. 37
- 2: Warhammer Armies: Dark Elves (7th Edition)