Supreme Patriarch

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The Supreme Patriarch is the overall leader of the Colleges of Magic located in Altdorf. He holds a considerable amount of political influence in The Empire, where he is an extremely important authority in all matters dealing with magic. The current Supreme Patriarch is Balthasar Gelt, who recently defeated Thyrus Gormann, the previous patriarch.

This position is decided through a ritual duel held once every eight years[1][2a] between any challenger and the incumbent Patriarch. The winner of this duel receives the Staff of Volans as a badge of office[3][1][2a][2b]. The staff was made by Frederick von Tarnus for the first Supreme Patriarch Volans.

Known Supreme Patriarchs

known Supreme Patriarchs
name order term of office notes sources
Volans Light Order 2304 - ? first Supreme Patriarch, taught by Teclis during the Great War Against Chaos "Winds of Magic - Advanced Magic and Wizardry", Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (3rd Edition), pg. 26
Warhammer Armies: The Empire (4th Edition), pg. 71
Warhammer Armies: The Empire (6th Edition), pg. 52
Warhammer Armies: The Empire (7th Edition), pg. 64
Alric unknown unknown, around 2415 Supreme Patriarch during the Night of a Thousand Arcane Duels White Dwarf 389 pg. 61
Thyrus Gormann Bright Order unknown Defeated by Balthasar Gelt Warhammer Armies: The Empire (4th Edition), pg. 71
Warhammer Armies: The Empire (6th Edition), pgs. 53, 54
Warhammer Armies: The Empire (7th Edition), pg. 64
Balthasar Gelt Gold Order ? - 2525 Warhammer Armies: The Empire (6th Edition), pgs. 52, 53
Warhammer Armies: The Empire (7th Edition), pg. 64
Warhammer: Nagash, pgs. 165, 197
Gregor Martak Amber Order 2525 - ? Warhammer: Nagash, pgs. 165, 197
  • Another Supreme Patriarch was named Paranoth.[4] However, nothing is known about him beyond that he was from the Jade Order.

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