Keeper of Secrets

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Keepers of Secrets are the greater daemons of Slaanesh. They are also known as Slayers of Slaanesh, Feasters of Pain, Base Ones, Despoilers of the Flesh, Great Horned Ones, or by the daemonic Q'tlahsi'issho'akshami.

Overview

A Keeper of Secrets has a large, bipedal form with four arms and horned head. Two of the four arms possess claws. The appearance of the head varies greatly from one specimen to another, although many have jewels or other ornaments.

These daemons are known for their typically Slaaneshi treatment of pain and suffering as another form of pleasure, and dispense that pleasure to their opponents with surprising speed and strength. Like daemonettes, their appearance is often cloaked in illusions but in addition to those minor illusions these daemons also tend to possess much stronger magical abilities.

The term 'Keeper of Secrets' comes from the belief that these daemons can hear anything said anywhere, and they are reputed to offer this knowledge in exchange for gifts and services.

Design changes over time

The original description in Slaves to Darkness emphasized 'a gloating, sadistic pleasure in killing and torture, and [they] exist only for the delights of carnage.' The daemons are depicted with horned bovine heads, four arms (some of which end in crab like claws), hove feet, one female mammalian breast, and wearing a mixture of leather and chain mail armor.

The basic description of the daemon has stayed the same, although the description has expanded to include the Slaaneshi penchant for illusion and trickery to manipulate their foes. Also, subsequent versions of the models have greatly reduced the clothing present and reduced or eliminated the hermaphroditic elements.

Notable Keepers of Secrets

  • N'Kari
  • Sss'el'ari the Golden, Lord of Paramountcy [3]

Gallery

A 6th edition Keeper of Secrets leading a Daemonette horde.[1]
A Keeper of Secrets from 5th edition.[2]
A Keeper of Secrets facing Aenarion.

Sources

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