Skaven in the Mortal Realms

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The Skaven are an insidious, malevolent race of humanoid rat-men and one of the most prolific. They follow an irregular cycle: they fight amongst themselves, expand their Under-Empire, multiply their population and surge to the surface to unleash sudden havoc. Eventually the Skaven weaken, often due to the violent treachery of the clans and sulk back to their lair. They are decay and entropy made manifest.[1a][1b]

History

Since the End Times, the Skaven's capital Blight City was merged into the Realm of Chaos, when their god, the Great Horned Rat, ascended into the pantheon of the Dark Gods. However their use of arcane machinery went wayward and Blight City sank to the edges of the realm, straddling reality. From this position they could gnaw tunnels into the Mortal Realms and beyond.[1b]

The Skaven were important to Chaos victories during the Age of Chaos, especially during the Allpoints War and the Red Century. Because of the sudden increase of lands and slaves the internal rivalries and the unexpected rise of Clan Pestilens sparked an all-consuming civil war, one far more brutal, thanks to the agents of Tzeentch.[1b]

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Sapient Races of the Mortal Realms
Mortals Aelf (CythaiScáthborn) • Ba'halDuardinFimirGargantHumanOgorSlannSpiteSylvaneth (Forest FolkNoble SpiritsFree SpiritsOutcasts) • Troggoth (FellwaterRockgutSourbreath)
Gor-kin Bullgor (CygorGhorgon) • Beastmen (CentigorGorTzaangorUngor) • Skaven
Greenskins GrotOrrukSnotling
Undead MalignantMordantReanimant (Morghast) • SkeletonVampire
Daemonic Seraphon (Chameleon SkinkKroxigorSaurusSkink) • Chaos Daemons (BloodletterBloodthirsterChaos FuryDaemon PrinceDaemonetteGaunt SummonerGreat Unclean OneHorror of TzeentchKeeper of SecretsLord of ChangeNurglingPlaguebearerSoul GrinderVerminlord)
Other Dragon Ogor (Shaggoth) • KelpdarMerwynnSankrit