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The Mortarchs are powerful undead servants of Nagash in both the World-That-Was and the Mortal Realms. The Mortarchs were all given specific titles, but not all of them are known.

The World-that-Was

The Mortarchs were first created in the End Times by Nagash after his resurrection in 2524 IC and served him throughout that campaign which finally ended the world. They numbered nine and were meant to be replacements for his original Nine Dark Lords - his most trustworthy servants in the days of old.[1]


Only three Mortarchs were also among the original Nine Dark Lords:

The other six joined for various reasons:

The Mortal Realms

The Mortarchs are Deathlords, immensely powerful servants of Nagash, thus far only three have been named in the Mortal Realms, each of whom was a powerful force in the World-that-Was and who now serve him again in the Mortal Realms.[1] Each of the Morarchs have powerful relics and artefacts at their disposal and ride to war on Dread Abyssal mounts.


  • Arkhan the Black, Mortarch of Sacrament: Only Arhkan the Black is truly loyal to Nagash and it is he that the supreme lord of the undead often choses to lead his armies and carry out those tasks he would trust to no one else.[2]
  • Mannfred von Carstein, Mortarch of Night: Mannfred often seems to be scheming against his lord, but just as frequently he carries out his masters will nonetheless.[2]
  • Neferata, Mortarch of Blood: Queen Neferata serves him (reluctantly) not just through her armies, sorcery and skill at arms, all of which are formidable but with her vast network of spies that spans the Realms.[2]


We are him, and he is us. But we were all someone else, once. In us is Nagash’s power made manifest. But so too are his weaknesses. Neferata is his guile, Mannfred, his ambition, and I...I am his loyalty – to others, to this realm, to those he claims as his own. What Nagash has claimed, he will hold until time’s last gleaming, even if he must destroy it to keep it

~ Arkhan to Tamra ven-Drak.[1]