Terrorgheists are enormous skeletal beasts that were used as mounts by vampires in the World-that-was and the Mortal Realms. They have ragged wings made of exposed bone and a large daemonic skull filled with a prominent teeth and a long tongue.
In the hidden reaches of Sylvania, titanic bats the size of Dragons soar out from their caves to hunt horses, caravans and pegasi under the sickly skies. It is the ambush tactic of the creatures that give them their truly terrifying reputation. A Terrorgheist's vision is poor, so the swooping monstrosity ensures that its prey is rendered motionless by emitting a piercing shriek so loud and unexpected it can stun even a Bretonnian warhorse into paralysis. At that precise moment, the Terrorgheist will dive down, gather up rider and mount in its talons, and return to its lair to glut itself on warm blood. The lairs of the largest Terrorgheists are strewn with enough corpses to make a Necromancer rub his clammy hands in glee. Few have the nerve to stray inside, though, just in case the Terrorgheist returns from its hunt to find a meal has sought it out, rather than the other way round. Being drained of blood by a Terrorgheist's stinking snout is no one's idea of a good death. It is the mortal remains of these troglodytic beasts that the Ghoul Kings of the caverns bind to their service. The binding process comes easily to these reclusive Vampires, for Strigoi Ghoul Kings and Terrorgheists have much in common. As Dark Magic swirls around the monstrous cave-creature, a bond of blood is formed between master and beast. Much like any other creature that drinks from a Ghoul King's veins, Terrorgheists have necromantic power running in their blood that can heal even the most severe of wounds.
In death, a Terrorgheist becomes a nightmare made real. Guided by its master's will, the monstrosity creaks through the clouds above the battlefield on blotch-skinned pinions, its rotten flesh and withered organs open to the night air. Clotted hanks of fur cling in patches to its skeletal neck, and its skull swings from side to side as it tracks its prey on the plains below. It is the deathly shriek of an unliving Terrorgheist that is perhaps its most fearsome aspect. As the magics of undeath are worked upon the beast, its cry is transformed from a simple but shockingly loud noise into a barrage of eldritch power. Some say the Terrorgheist's shriek is nothing less than the screams of the damned, channeled directly from the Realm of Chaos. It matters little to the Terrorgheist's prey, for so devastating is its sonic attack that it can cause a man to die of fright in an instant. By venting this unholy noise as it dives down upon its prey, a Terrorgheist can cripple an enemy regiment moments before it slams into the reeling survivors, slaughtering the rest with tooth and claw.
These bloodthirsty undead bat-beasts often serve as mounts for the Abhorrant Ghoul Kings of the Flesh-Eater Courts. Their animus is directly tied to the will of these kind and unwittingly draw it's dark power that infuses the abhorrants with rejuvenating energies. They rip their foes with Skeletal Claws and their Fanged Maw, and can unleash a Death Shriek that can stop the heart of a warrior or freeze their lifeblood. When a Terrorgheist is destroyed it explodes into a swarm of bats that feast on those nearby.
A Strigoi mounted on a Terrorgheist.Needs Citation
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- 2: Terrorgheist product description
- 3: Terrorgheist warscroll
- 4: Abhorrant Ghoul King on Terrorgheist product description
- 5: Abhorrant Ghoul King on Terrorgheist warscroll