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"What is a man? A thimbleful of blood and bone. I have heard the sound of your cities as they spread like mould. The sound is the cawing of a nest of birds! The yowling of wild dogs! The history of your kind, everything any soft-fleshed insect has ever achieved, amounts to nothing more than the itching of a parasite suckling upon the earth."

—Kholek Suneater to Malofex.[3]
Kolek

Kholek Suneater, the "Herald of the Tempest," among the greatest of the Dragon Ogres.[1b]

Kholek Suneater, called the "Herald of the Tempest," is a Dragon Ogre Shaggoth who is among the oldest of the race of Dragon Ogres, sired by none other than Krakanrok the Black, the father of the Dragon Ogres, in eons past.

History

Heralds of the Tempest

The icon of Kholek Suneater and his Heralds of the Tempest army of the Warriors of Chaos in Total War: Warhammer III.

Every eight generations, when the malevolent, green moon Morrslieb waxes full in front of its benign white cousin Mannslieb, a terrible storm rages through the crevasses and chasms of the Worlds Edge Mountains. Jagged ridges are silhouetted like the broken teeth of some titanic beast as lightning flashes and thunder roars.[1b] [2b]

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Kholek Suneater, as rendered for Total War: Warhammer.

Before a great chasm that splits the mountains like a gigantic axe wound, hundreds upon hundreds of Northmen kneel in the pelting hail and snow, chanting sonorously as their captives are sacrificed and hurled bodily into a cavernous lair. Then, as the storm reaches its terrible climax, a terror from the prehistory of the mortal world bursts forth with a roar that shakes the roots of the peaks themselves -- Kholek Suneater awakes, and all the world trembles at his wrath.[1b][2b]

Kholek is a Dragon Ogre Shaggoth of tremendous age. He is one of the first-born kin of Krakanrok the Black, the father of the Dragon Ogres. Kholek was present when the terrible pact between the Dragon Ogres and the Dark Gods was forged, pledging their race to an eternity of servitude in exchange for immortality.[1b][2b]

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The monstrous warhammer Starcrusher wielded by Kholek Suneater, as rendered for Total War: Warhammer.

The sagas tell that Kholek's part in the bargain was such an affront to nature that the sun hid its face behind a bank of stormclouds and has never looked upon Kholek since that fateful day. True enough, Kholek's coming is heralded by roiling black thunderheads. Where the Herald of the Tempest walks, a raging storm blots out the sun.[1b][2b]

Like all Dragon Ogres, Kholek is energised and enlivened by the power of lightning, roaring with triumph as crackling bolts of pure power play across his ancient and scaly body. He wears great plates of brass as his armour, the better to attract the tempest's kiss. These plates are encrusted with the patina of age and blackened by soot. In his shadow march the mountain tribes of the Northmen that worship him as a primal god of destruction.[1b][2b]

Total War Kholek Poster

Kholak Suneater as depicted for Total War: Warhammer.

Kholek Suneater was imprisoned in a glacier of the north by the greatest High Elf Mages of their age aeons ago. In 1730 IC, the Chaos Sorcerer Malofex summoned a firestorm that melted the ice, setting the gigantic Shaggoth free.[1a] Kholek killed Malofex for his arrogance before contemplating what he would do next.[3]

Kholek Suneater was last seen by mortal eyes during the great invasion of the southern lands of the Old World led by the twelfth Everchosen Asavar Kul, remembered as the Great War Against Chaos by the Men of the south. Kholek strode southwards with his armies under the cover of a ferocious blizzard. The histories of that time describe a raging storm-beast tall enough to look over the ramparts of the Kislevite city of Praag, a god of winter who smashed his way into the city with pure brute force. The sagas tell of how this monstrosity stalked the Old Quarter of the city, demolishing each and every temple within the walls of Praag before returning to his glacial realm.[1b][2b]

If the rumours from the north are true, Kholek is abroad once more. Whenever the sky darkens with cloud and thunder rumbles on the horizon, all who know of the legend of the Suneater shiver in fear, for how can mortals stand against a being who has waged war in the name of the Dark Gods since before the dawn of Mankind?[1b][2b]

Wargear

  • Starcrusher - The gigantic warhammer known as Starcrusher wielded by Kholek Suneater was forged in the raging heart of a volcano and enchanted to fell monstrous foes. Kholek wields this enormous weapon with both hands as he bears down upon his doomed enemies.[1b][2b]

Canon Conflict

In Warhammer Armies: Warriors of Chaos (7th Edition), the glacier that held Kholek Suneater captive for millennia was said to have been summoned by the High Elf Archmage Teclis.[2a] As Teclis was born in 2157 IC, he could not have been the one who imprisoned the great Dragon Ogre Shaggoth so long ago.

Sources

  • 1: Warhammer Armies: Warriors of Chaos (8th Edition)
    • 1a: pg. 14
    • 1b: pg. 57
  • 2: Warhammer Armies: Warriors of Chaos (7th Edition)
    • 2a: pg. 40
    • 2b: pg. 75
  • 3: The Second Sun (Short Story) by Ben Counter
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