Plague Monks are the devotees of Clan Pestilens, and are utterly dedicated to creating and spreading disease in the name of the Horned Rat. In battle they are the mainstay troops of the armies of Clan Pestilens, driven by a literally religious fanaticism for sickness and plague, and the grievous corruption afflicting their bodies inures them to pain and injury.[3b]
A Monk typically wields a dirt-encrusted Foetid Blades, with another such blade as a pair, or a Woe-stave, but if that fails they can still gnaw their foes with their rotting, but formidable, fangs.
Far beyond the knowledge of mankind, they cultivate diseases in the darkness of their underground strongholds. New plagues are unleashed upon their unknowing victims, using infected rats released into sewers beneath the cities of man, bringing new and terrible afflictions upon their victims. The results are recorded in the Liber Bubonicus, a great book also known as the Book of Woe.Needs Citation
They wear tattered, ragged hooded habits and bandages, favoring colors of sickly greens, purples and blues. These bright colors contrast horribly with the foul sores and bony growths which wrack their bodies.Needs Citation
The leaders of the Plague Monks units are the Bringers-of-the Word, for they carry their pestilent litany into battle. Some choose to carry Plague Scrolls, chanting its vile passages to weaken their foes with fevers and poxes, other choose wield Books of Woe, which by reading a corrupt prayer aloud can unleash a stinking blast of disease.
Icon Bearers brings Pestilens iconography into battle in the form of Icons of Pestilence and Contagion Banners. The Icons reveal that that unit of Plague Monks is infected with a highly disease blood, while the Banners give the Monks the ability to bless their blades with even more contagions.
Plague Harbingers carry musical instruments with pestilent magic into battle. Some carry Doom Gongs causing those that hear its clangs to stumble and vomit, while others pick the Bale-Chimes, that rust and rot their foes armor.
Plague Monks miniatures from Warhammer Fantasy Battles.
Three Plague Monks miniatures, wielding pairs of Foetid Blades.
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Three Plague Monks miniatures, wielding a Woe-stave and a Foetid Blade.
The topmost miniature is a Plague Harbinger wielding a Doom Gong. The one on the left is a Icon Bearer holding a Contagion Banner. The one on the bottom right is a Bringer-of-the-Word holding onto a Plague Scroll.
- 1: Plague Priest product description
- 2: Plague Priest warscroll
- 3: Warhammer Armies: Skaven (6th Edition)
- 4: Warhammer Armies: Skaven (4th Edition), pg. 65