Gotrek has miraculously survived all of his adventures and Felix too manages to stay alive each and every time. However, Teclis became aware of the fact that the gods played a huge part in Gotrek's and Felix's life and so did other important personae of all races. Returning through Araby, Tilea and other different countries of the Old World, Gotrek and Felix witnessed the magical resurrection of the vampire count Manfred von Carstein in his castle Drakenhof in Sylvania. They also participated in the battle against a huge horde of Greenskins, who besieged Talabheim. In its course Snorri Nosebiter finally found death in battle, which he was seeking for long. Felix wears light armour.
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The characters and name of a classic series from GW's Black Library , the series is on the top tier of the library's publications alongside Gaunt's Ghosts by Dan Abnett. Gotrek, son of Gurni : The most manly dwarfy Dwarf ever, he's butchered his way through so many legions of monsters, horrors and demigods it just makes your balls shrivel in honest to gods jealousy and more than a little fear.
The Slayer is armed with a mighty rune axe that was probably forged and used by the Dwarf ancestor god of war and vengeance in the first big throw-down with Chaos. The axe is also mutating him into some sort of super-Dwarf. The result is a Dwarfen demigod of violence and vengeance, a mythical ass-kicker of truly earth-shattering proportions.
He wants to die in battle, but is just too good at winning. Also, the axe won't let him. Before taking the Slayer Oath, Gotrek was just an engineer with a wife, Helga, and a daughter, Gurna. Then, his best friend Snorri convinced him to sign on for a crazily ambitious plan to travel to the Chaos Wastes and recover treasure from a lost Dwarfhold. The expedition went wrong and Gotrek got lost. During his trek home, he discovered the axe on the corpse of a Dwarf lord.
When he finally made it home, goblins had burned down his village and murdered his family. And then some dick of a dwarf thane possibly his own, since Snorri confirms Gotrek is a "kinslayer" provoked him until he snapped and killed the prick.
Gotrek finally meets his Doom in the novel Slayer , in combat with none less than Grimnir himself. Grimnir then resurrects Gotrek, cedes his position as the Dwarfen God of Vengeance, and presumably retires. His last moments show him rejoicing in the prospect of eternal war, and sends Felix back to the "real" world before going to slaughter an infinite army of daemons.
More recently, he found himself spat back out into the Mortal Realms. While the Slayers have ceased to exist as he knows them, Gotrek has a sense that he was called to the Mortal Realms for a reason and believes that if he can reunite with Felix he will be able to return to his doom.
The stories of the Stormcast Eternals he has heard have led him to wonder if his old friend might be among their number, and he plans to find out for himself. Gotrek eventually realized that, in his own words, the Stormcast aren't even worthy of polishing Felix's armor, let alone count him among their ranks, and even if Felix became a Stormcast, he wouldn't remember Gotrek so it would be pointless to try and find him and if you really buy the idea that Felix isn't coming back sooner or later, I can give you a great price on this one bridge in Brooklyn His current quest is to find Grimnir's axe again, and use it to kill Thanquol and Nagash.
Felix Jaeger, Esq. Felix is, despite appearances and his occasional obnoxiousness, the real hero and narrator of the series.
Felix is pretty much permanently terrified of dying randomly while Gotrek throws down with godlike evil, and his constant whining about the same is one of his least endearing characteristics, at least during the early books.
He also typically acquires a wench-of-the-week in the early books. His long golden hair must have a magic appeal it does nearly get him raped by mountain men in the first book "In the mountains I'm from, anything like that looks good". The point is driven home in one of the later books when he returns home to Altdorf and meets his older brother Otto, who is about 70, while Felix still looks Whatever enchantment affects him, he also comes to crave violence and danger, if to a lesser extent than Gotrek.
In the final books, after Felix has married one of the aforementioned wenches and had a daughter, he finds himself despondent at domestic life and utterly uninspired by taking over the family business or restarting his once-promising poetry career. Thankfully, Gotrek shows up and sucks him back into the fight and indeed into the End Times, where both he and Gotrek play pivotal roles.
It turns out that the Axe of Grimnir's super-Dwarfifying aura is affecting Felix and Felix's own enchanted sword, Karaghul , too, nudged along by an enchantment placed on Felix by a witch who wanted to make sure Gotrek fulfilled the axe's destiny, as well as Felix's own, which turned out to be preventing Bel'akor's ascension to become the fifth Chaos God.
Maximillian Schreiber : A badass Gold later retconned to Light Wizard and scientist who accompanies Gotrek, Felix, and bunch of other Dwarfs on a giant air battleship to investigate the fate of the lost hold Karak Dum, in the Chaos Wastes.
Originally a slightly disgraced wizard, having been expelled from the Imperial College for his insistence that Chaos must be understood if it is to be defeated, Max was hired to magically ward the airship. On the subsequent adventures, Max proves himself a valuable asset in combat against all sorts of nasties, a steadfast companion and good friend.
Initially involved in a love triangle with Felix and the Kislevite noblewoman Ulrika who later became a vampire, for reasons too idiotic to go into , which was a source of pointless tension between them and prevented them from becoming real friends, even though holy shit! Disappeared from the series when Gotrek and Felix got teleported to Albion. Showed up again much later, and was the guardian of the most butt-fuck retarded witch girl in the entire Old World; this caused yet another quarrel between Felix over a girl, but this time it was because the loopy bint came on to Felix and Max thought Felix was being a lech.
Reappears in Kinslayer as a prisoner of Throgg. His capture prompts the gang to reunite in order to rescue him. By Slayer he's returned to his old badass self as he has grown to encompass multiple schools. He dies after being blasted off an airship, after fighting Be'lakor one-on-one and banishing him from the material plane. It's even implied by Be'lakor that Max might have utterly destroyed him if Max hadn't been also protecting Felix, which is badass as fuck. Lady Ulrika Magdova : A tomboyish even having short hair Kilsevite noblewoman.
Very lusty because, despite resisting Felix's advances throughout his stay at her father's manse, she throws herself at him the night before he leaves by showing up in his bed nude. She becomes Felix's girlfriend for awhile, though tensions emerge due to their respective duties. Ulrika eventually grows close to Max after he saves her from a Nurglite plague and a lot of unrequited attention, ending her relationship with Felix.
Before Ulrika and Max can consummate their relationship she gets kidnapped by the vampire Adolphus Krieger, first as a human shield but then Krieger takes a liking to her and turns her into a vampire.
She leaves with Krieger's vampiric sire to work with the Lahmian vampires. The events are covered in two novels that the fanbase is divided on. Reunites with Felix twice later to help him record Gotrek's doom and live to tell about it. Though their relationship is completely finished Ulrika occasionally teases Felix about it. Then she succumbs to her vampiric bloodlust and Felix is forced to kill her in self-defense.
Snorri Nosebiter : Gotrek's best Dwarf friend and fellow Slayer. Complete idiot without two brain cells to rub together, he's still a badass and can almost keep up with Gotrek. He and Gotrek go way, way back, when they were the sole survivors of an expedition to the Chaos Wastes. A massive sweetheart for a Dwarf, he's good friends with Felix as well. Disappears from the series around the middle, he returns much older and even more befuddled, to the point where he can't remember the shame that drove him to become a Slayer, which is a massive dishonor in and of itself.
This is exactly as pathetic and sad as it sounds. Still kicks ass, though, and finally manages to find his doom with his memory restored, and go on to whatever awaits. It turns out his shame is his blaming himself, justifiably, for Gotrek's taking up the Slayer Oath. He was the one who convinced Gotrek to go on the disastrous expedition, which is bad enough.
But on the way back, he got drunk and got into a fight with some rangers, preventing them from stopping a goblin raid, which is heavily implied to be the same one that killed Gotrek's home town. And then it turns out Gotrek's daughter was killed by goblins, but he killed Gotrek's wife on arriving at the burnt out village, since he was drunk and it was smokey, so he mistook her for a goblin that had remained behind to loot, she was on fire and would have died anyway.
Gotrek finally kills him, reluctantly, after Snorri recovers his memory and confesses to Gotrek, thereby technically fulfilling the sad old Dwarf's Slayer oath. This shit here is real tragedy, you stone-hearted monsters.
His ghost makes a cameo in Realmslayer, apparently the realm of Shyish is also home to people who died from the World-that-was. He mentions seeing Max and Ulrika once long ago, but not Malakai Makaisson. Malakai, son of Makai : Insane genius Dwarf Slayer engineer, who designed the above air battleship and countless other super-badass but ultimately overambitious war machines.
Speaks with an awesome Scottish funetik aksent that makes him one of the funniest and funnest characters in the whole series. Only side-character to make the jump to the fantasy game besides Thanquol; one of his war-machines was part of the Slayer Army of Karak Kadrin in Storm of Chaos. He comes back in Slayer, still alive and having invented the Dwarven version of the Vindicare assassins. He has also rebuilt his airship and was planning on using it to drop bombs on Chaos, before being convinced to seek out the Temple of Grimnir.
His fate at the end of the series is unknown. Though he is not shown to have died unlike everyone else, a character mentions that Malakai died; so the story killed him off in a footnote.
It is hinted at during Realmslayer that he might have survived. Teclis of the White Tower : Showed up in one book to help Gotrek and Felix kill possibly the greatest threat though not the greatest physical challenge they ever faced, the sorcerer twins below and a brainwashed giant of the ancient foot Sky-Titan variety, not the current foot inbred variety.
Earned something within shouting distance of Gotrek's grudging respect by kicking almost as much ass, which speaks volumes considering how much he hates elves. Grey Seer Thanquol : The primary recurring villain, a Skaven wizard whose incredible power is matched only by his incredible arrogance and exceeded only by his incompetence.
In one of his spin-off novels, a Slann deliberately makes sure Thanquol survives to get back to the Under-Empire because he is such a Starscream that he will certainly cause unparalleled disaster for the Skaven whilst he lives. Yeah, that's right, this guy is so good at screwing things over for his own damn team that a member of a race dedicated to the destruction of his race considers him more useful alive than dead.
Is the only member of the novels to repeatedly get playable rules in Warhammer Fantasy throughout multiple editions.
Loses a hand in Elfslayer , but uses warpstone paste to grow a new one. Survived into Age of Sigmar, and when Gotrek arrives in the Mortal Realms in Realmslayer , the dwarf and rat immediately resume their old animosity following a hilarious panic attack on the rat's part. Assorted Slayers : Thoughout the series, starting in the book Dragonslayer, Gotrek and Felix are joined by several slayers.
The most notable two are mentioned below, the others include a former cowardly Dwarf who's a loudmouth, a slayer with a hate-boner for the dragon, a Dwarf who's hairless due to Skaven weapons and a lecherous Dwarf he's so horny he bangs a half-elf chick despite Dwarves usually hating elves who gets more nooky than even Felix though he's in fewer books.
Maleneth Witchblade : Gotrek's new travelling companion for his Mortal Realms adventures. A former Witch Aelf , she joined the Order of Azyr for protection after killing her own mistress whose soul is now contained in a vial of blood around her neck. She was sent on a mission to steal the Master Rune from a Fyreslayer lodge, and after Gotrek lodged it in his body to prevent it from falling into the hands of a Chaos arny she sees it as her duty to follow him around and hopefully either badger him into visiting the Order so the rune can be studied or take it from his body once he dies in battle.
She is very much aware that both of these are rather unlikely knowing Gotrek's history. Gotrek obviously dislikes her for being a filthy dark elf, and she dislikes him for making her mission such a hassle, though their shared struggles have given them a mutual respect to say nothing of Gotrek's admitted need for someone to teach him about how the Mortal Realms work. In case you haven't noticed from her name, opportunistic nature and her constant arguing with a malevolent voice only she can hear, she's basically a gender swapped Malus Darkblade, albeit more neutral than evil and without the beloved cool steed or the owner of the malevolent voice having any control over her body.
Jordainn : A prince of the african-esque nation of Edassa who Gotrek befriends in Aqshy. After Jordainn died in battle, Gotrek starts wearing his lion-engraved pauldron as a memento. He reunites with Gotrek, only for Gotrek to hate him because he broke his oath to defend his fortress, which got overrun by Skaven while he was absent.
This results in him being riddled with guilt, yet still following Gotrek out of a belief that Sigmar intended him to guide Gotrek to his destiny. Also he hears the voice of Grimnir whenever he tries praying to Sigmar. Trachos : Lord-Ordinator of the Celestial Vindicators left broken and traumatized after several perils in Shyish.
He is the last survivor of his chamber and feels that the only way to restore his honor is to return to Azyr with some form of treasure. As time passed though, his mind soon began to heal and he became more and more like his old self.
Gotrek & Felix
Even for a Slayer, Gotrek is a particularly grim example, for his shame is especially great. The trouble is, Gotrek is rather too good at his work — or bad, depending on your point of view — and has thus far entirely failed to die, instead becoming something of a celebrity. Gotrek and Felix are legendary adventurers and mercenaries, known throughout the Warhammer world by those that sing their praises and curse their names. Veterans of countless minor scrapes and grand battles, both are formidable warriors in their own right and would make a welcome addition to any army, if a commander is able to keep their attention for long enough…. Click it, recruit them, and let the adventures begin! Gotrek and Felix are wandering adventurers and mercenaries.
Total War: WARHAMMER II – Gotrek & Felix FAQ
As a Slayer, Gotrek seeks a glorious death in battle to atone for his unknown sins. Felix, bound to him by a Dwarven blood-oath sworn after a drinking binge, is tasked with writing and recording his heroic exploits and ultimately his death. Felix, however, has long since come to adopt the opinion that "anything capable of killing the Slayer would finish me off shortly afterwards". Together they have travelled the length and breadth of the Old World and beyond, fighting against all manners of evil from orcs to undead to the forces of Chaos so that Gotrek might finally fulfill his Slayer Oath by dying in battle. As well as appearing in the novels they have also been incorporated into the Warhammer Fantasy Battle game appearing initially as special characters in the 4th edition Dwarf army book and then gaining rules as a regiment of renown in the 6th edition of the game. The first twelve books of the series, from Trollslayer to Zombieslayer, have been reprinted in four Gotrek and Felix Omnibus collections.
Gotrek and Felix