Tornus the Redeemed
Torglug the Despised
Once a champion of the Everdawn tribe, Torglug was one of the proud mortal defenders of the Lifewells. When Nurgle infected the Realm of Life with his foul touch, Torglug fought against the invading legions of Chaos, he fought day and night against the invading hordes, proving so redoubtable that instead of killing him, his foes pitched him into the Pit of Filth, He survived for weeks, each of which brought some vile new development to his disease-wracked body he was at last undone by his own stubborn refusal to die. When he finally emerged, riddled with disease, it was as a champion of the Plague God. Turning against his former allies, Torglug seeded kingdoms and lands across Ghyran with pestilence and plague – earning the name the Despised by those who once called him brother. Pleased with his offerings, Nurgle rewarded Torglug with a bodyguard of Putrid Blightkings and the honour of corrupting the Lifewells of Ghyran. It was a task the Nurgle lord accepted with twisted pride, raising the fortifications known as the Fangs of Decay to cage the power of life he had once stood sentinel over.
Torglug was ravaged most mightily by diseases and plagues, and had long since found allies in pain and despair. Those he brought to all who opposed Grandfather Nurgle, for there was nothing Torglug despised more than ungratefulness and the cowardice of those too frail to embrace Nurgle’s vision. The fact that he once opposed his patron bothers affected Torglug greatly, and he was keen to wash away the memory of his defiance in a tide of violence.
With each new day Torglug’s axe reaped more glory for Nurgle. Soon enough he was given the honour of poisoning the Lifewells he had previously defended. The Plague God is a forgiving sort, and Torglug’s past life became a distant memory for both disciple and divinity. Since that day, Torglug had risen high in Nurgle’s favour. He and his bodyguard of Putrid Blightkings claimed rulership of several noxious tribes, fighting at the forefront of the hunt for Alarielle, Queen of the Radiant Wood.
Torglug was known to the sylvaneth as the Tree-cutter of Thyrr. Many sacred groves have been denuded by the edge of his blade, just as their guardians were hacked down by the score. To the Ghyranites, he was the Despised One, a hero brought low by the slow rot of mortal pride. The Viridian Ogors called him Gut-Spiller, for his axe had opened many a stomach to the foul mist of the Graven Peaks. To the daemons of Nurgle’s Manse he was Ironhood the Woodsman, for he had hacked down life-trees by the hundred to better fuel the decay spreading from his master’s garden. By a dozen other names he was known, for Torglug’s allegiance was a high prize indeed.
For a time, he led the armies of the Plague God, and ultimately led the invasion that drove Alarielle from her haven. His rise to power brought him into conflict with the Celestant-Prime. Recognising a buried seed of valour under the villainous exterior, the avatar of Sigmar smote Torglug with Ghal Maraz, killing him outright – and in doing so, redeemed what remained of his soul. His essence blazed to Sigmaron, where he was Reforged as a Knight-Venator, and given the weapons he needed to wreak his vengeance upon the Chaos tyrants that had once polluted his spirit.