- "King Louis the Righteous, Duke of Aquitaine, seated upon his snowy destrier, Chevauchee, riding through the broken walls of Lasheik to rout the hosts of the Sultan Jaffar. King and warhorse were depicted life-size, a nimbus of light surrounding the sovereign's head and drawn sword. Before him, the swarthy Arabyans cringed in terror, behind him the face of every Bretonnian in his army was filled with awe."
- —A portrait of King Louis, depicting one of his many heroic battles during the Crusades.
Louis was a fearsome warrior and a great leader, such was his presence that he inspired men to feats of heroism that had not been seen since the time of Gilles le Breton himself. It was Louis who organised the crusades against Araby; alongside his brother the Duke of Aquitaine, Louis led Bretonnia's forces into the blistering desert.
The innumerable armies of Sultan Jaffar could not stand against the might of Bretonnia, and thousands fell beneath the charge of the noble knights. Not even the harsh desert conditions could perturb Louis and his army, the Sultan was ultimately defeated and Louis' army returned to Bretonnia with honour and fortune.
Louis mourned for his brother, knowing that the man he once knew was dead. Taking command not only as King but also as the newly christened Duke of Aquitaine, Louis led his army against this new foe that was once his own kin. The Red Duke's undead hordes sowed wreck and ruin across his former lands, giving no quarter and using the dead to swell his army yet further. Louis took solace in a Prophetess known as Isabeau, who advised him to face the Vampire at Ceren Field, where the armies of Bretonnia could charge without obstruction and trample the Duke's undead hordes.
The battle at Ceren Field was long and brutal. Needless to say, however, no undead creature could stand against the King, and Grail Knights do not fear the spirits of the departed. Louis rode into the thick of battle, smashing rotted faces with his lance and breaking fleshless bones with the heels of his armoured boots. For hours he fought, cutting down mighty Wights and destroying droves of skeletal spearmen and rotting Zombies. Against this sea of undeath Louis fought until eventually his enemies paused to make way for their leader, lowering their weapons and returning to a state of stillness. The Red Duke sat astride a steed of spectral bone and witch fire, its corruption swathed in a black caparison. Louis looked at his brother with tears in his eyes and vowed to defeat him, not to destroy the monster, but to avenge the man he had once been.
As the two knights charged, a beam of pure light surrounded the King of Bretonnia, his armour dazzled and shimmered under this holy light, casting a wondrous glamour to the vampire's hideous countenance. The Red Duke reeled in his saddle, throwing his arms towards his burning eyes. Louis drove his lance into the creature's breastplate, tearing through it as though it were parchment. The Red Duke was lifted clear from his saddle, his heart pierced. King Louis held the struggling vampire aloft, repeating his vow over and over again, not to kill the monster, but to redeem the man.
After his brother's defeat, Louis refused to burn his corpse out of respect. Despite the priestesses of the Lady and even his own Lords urging him to destroy the Duke's body completely, the King’s will was law. The body of the Red Duke was not consigned to the flames, but was instead borne from the field of battle. A great tower of marble was erected and into the pillar the vampire’s body was placed. The Prophetess Isabeau warned against honouring a thing that had turned to evil and visited such wickedness upon the land, but her words fell upon unheeding ears. The King’s grief was great; only by paying tribute to his dead enemy could he ease the burden of his heart.
Upon his return to Castle Aquitaine, Louis vowed to raise his brother's son, Galand, teaching him to become a just and noble knight. Indeed, the King's nephew would go on to become a renowned hero of both Aquitaine and Bretonnia itself...
Wargear and Abilities
King Louis was a Grail Knight, and thus a living saint who possessed abilities beyond mortal warriors. He was capable of defeating the Red Duke in single combat, one of the greatest Blood Knights since Abhorash himself.
- The "Crown of Bretonnia" was blessed by the Lady before being set upon the brow of the first King of Bretonnia by the Fay Enchantress. It shone with a golden light, enhancing the character of its wearer and inspiring those near him.
- "Chevauchee" was a great snow-coloured destrier, famously ridden into battle by King Charlen during the Crusades against Araby.
- 1: Warhammer: The Red Duke
- 2: Warhammer Armies: Bretonnia (6th Edition)
- 3: Warhammer: Circle of Blood