Thursday, October 11, 2012

Clan Blazenbeard Background


Summary

Originally settling in Slayer Keep, Blazenbeard can trace their lineage to the distant Thanes of Karak Kadrin. Over the years their mining expeditions have led them deeper into the mountains finally putting down roots in an exhausted mine near the end of Peaks Pass. As the Clan dyes their hair in homage to the Slayer Kings of Antiquity the Dawi have come to know this hold as Drengi Grung, which in manling translates to “Slayer Mine”. Far removed from the prying eyes of the Engineering Guild the Clan has invented several pieces of innovative mining technology which ensures their continued influence over the Mining Guild and access to some of the richest mineral
deposits in the region.




History

Blazenbeard has a rich and proud history established in Karak Kadrin during the reign of the Baragor,
the first Slayer King. Miners by trade the Clan has always been influential members of the Mining Guild.  When the Dawi abandoned the Eastern Side of the World Edge Mountains the Clan commissioned several expeditions to survey and stake claims on some of the richer mineral deposits in the region. The claims, while in hostile territory that had to be routinely defended, generated significant wealth for the clan which further increased their influence in the Mining Guild.


In more recent times the Clan found their expeditions going increasingly deeper into the World Edge
Mountains to find better sources of minerals and avoid the competition from the rest of the Mining Guild. Near the eastern end of Peaks Pass they discovered a significant Gromril lode. The Clan determined to build an extensive mine around the claim which would make it easier to excavate and more importantly defend. When, after many years, the Gromril was finally depleted the Clan decided to make this now exhausted mine their permanent home and base for further expeditions. The Dawi, for obvious reasons, have come to know this hold as Drengi Grung, which in manling translates to “Slayer Mine”.


Customs

With their departure from Karak Kadrin the Clan no longer had easy access to the Shrine of Slayers.
Even so, the decedents of the Clan wanted to continue to honor their past and pay tribute to the
great Slayer Kings of antiquity. Therefore every male Dawi dyes their hair in the way of the Slayer.
Fortunately, for Thorin Blazenbeard this is easily accomplished as he is ginger by birth.


In combat the Clan units prefer torches and braziers mounted to short banner poles in lieu of typical unit standards as their shorter height and additional light are more practical underground in the mines. Even the army battle standard, known as “Light of the Mine”, carried by Rutgi Ogrebane is a rune inscribed mining lamp that is said to provide magical light of immense strength even in the darkest of times. Further, the Clan makes use of flammable war machines whenever possible as the flaming attacks are extremely potent in the tight quarters when fighting underground.

Engineering

The move to Drengi Grung was a much about finding new mineral deposits as it was about removing
the scrutiny of the Engineers Guild. Without their interference the Clans’ prominent Engineers were
unimpeded to develop some of the most innovative pieces of mining technology the world has ever seen.  This technology was designed with rapid excavation and strong defensive capabilities in mind, both useful traits when working in the hostile environments typical of the eastern side of the World Edge Mountains. 


The first breakthrough was created by Rivek Tunneldweller and is simply know as Mine Delver. Mine Delver is a large, mobile steam powered mining drill that can quickly penetrate through thick walls of rock. The equipment is “driven” by an operator and is assisted by a complement of crewmen using hand drills to maintain a clear pathway. When pressed into military usage Mine Delver has proven capable of engaging the enemy in the tight underground tunnels. Rivek Tunneldweller’s second design was a rotating, multiple barreled blasting charge launcher that is quite proficient in reducing large amounts of solid rock to rubble in short order. Ironically the mechanism, which has come to be known as Armor Blight, is more celebrated for its armor, rather than stone, penetrating ability. Unfortunately, when pressed into combat Armor Blight has at times proven to be more deadly to the crew manning her rather than the enemy.

2 comments:

John Murrie said...

Great fluff mate - really fits your army, which is by the way simply amazing

retroalias said...

Thanks for the kind words! I will loads more on the army in the next few days.

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