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Auric Hearthguard

Auric Hearthguards are the protectors of the forge-temples of Fyreslayer Duardin and it's priesthood.[6][3] The trusted custodians of a Lodge's magma-vault, they are the elite that have the honour of protecting the Ur-gold earned by their brother, also guarding the spirit of Grimnir.[5] They are ancient warriors that have fought for the lodges for decades or centuries and are some of it's most experienced warriors. Their goal is to engage and smite the enemy first for their god. In battle, traditionally they fight alongside Runemasters and Runesmiters, protecting them from harm.[4]

They march to war carrying Magmapikes, magical glaives that spew molten rock searing, melting and igniting almost everything. Those that survive find themselves trapped in the cooled, solidified magma, the Hearthguard then move in to give them the finishing blow with it's bladed horns. These weapon are crafted in the heart of their forge-temples and are imbued with runes of fire that grant it it's abilities.[5][3][4] They wield minimal armor, with their ornate drake helms being the most notable piece of it.[5] They also often use these weapons to ensnare wild Magmadroths.[6]

Karls

Karls are the leaders of these units, stronger than their brethren, their rank noticeable by their modified helm and magmapike.[1][2]

Hearthguard Berzerker

Hearthguard Berzerkers are the oldest and most venerable of the Duardin warriors of a Fyreslayer lodge. As powerful elite warriors, some of the strongest of their lodge, they are the bodyguards of the Runefathers and his Runesons in war.[3][1] They are the chosen champions of the Runefather, sworn to protect them and their lodges to their dying breath.[2] They are filled with fiery determination and are eager to unleash the fury of the Fyreslayers upon their foes, powered by the Ur-Gold runes hammered into their flesh.[1] They are ancient warriors that have fought for the lodges for decades or centuries and are some of it's most experienced warriors. Their goal is to engage and smite the enemy first for their god.[4]

They wield Flamestrike Poleaxes into battle, heavy double-handed blades with a smouldering brazier attached on a length of barbed chain. These weapons swing in massive arcs and are able to puncturing the strongest armors of Chaos being subsequently set on fire by the braziers. When fighting larger foes they wield the double-handed Berzerker Broadaxes that can split a Troggoth in half. They also wield Fyresteel Throwing Axes and wear very little armor into battle, with their ornate drake helms being the most noticeable piece.[1][2][4]

Karls

The leader of the unit wield a modified axe and a special helmet.[1] They are stronger than the other Berzerkers.[2]

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