Karak Kadrin

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Karak Kadrin

Karak Kadrin is a Dwarf stronghold named after the pass which it guards - Peak Pass, an important trading route which runs through the Worlds Edge Mountains from the distant east to the Old World. Karak Kadrin benefits from its position, having become a wealthy trading center. [9a]

Karak Kadrin is also an invasion route for the creatures plaguing the lands to the east, who, unchecked, would be free to rampage into the Old World. Despite being besieged countless times, Karak Kadrin has never fallen. Its impregnability is probably due to the fact it has become the home of the Dwarven Slayer Cult, who are naturally attracted to such a contested place. On account of this, Karak Kadrin is commonly known as "Slayer Keep", and is an important centre for the worship of Grimnir, the Dwarf Ancestor God epitomizing fearlessness and fighting spirit. [9a]

The Dwarfs and the many outposts they garrison along the route provide welcome security to the caravans in what would otherwise be a dangerous region, as well as keep a vital trade route open. In return, the Dwarfs collect much gold in tolls, paid willingly by merchants. [9a]

At Karak Kadrin, a weary Slayer may find lodging, food, and hospitality for as long as he needs it before resuming his quest for death. In return, those Slayers who remain at the keep are expected to help the King uphold his pledge to guard Peak Pass.

History

The Emperor Dragon Skaladrak Incarnadine slew entire armies from the Hold. [2a]

King Grundin was plagued by greenskins in the lead up to the War of Vengeance, citing them as a much bigger threat than the rumours of the Skaven. He attempted to strengthen his links with the High King Gotrek Starbreaker, but Gotrek's son Snorri refused to marry his daughter Helga. [4a]

In -4 IC the throng of the hold marched with that of Zhufbar to destroy the orcs that had invaded the lands of the Ostagoths. [7a]

Around 1200 IC and whilst the throng of Karak Kadrin fought against minions of the Blood God, Mur'gagh the Thrice Pustulent led his Coterie of Disease up through the catacombs and tunnels. Even the armour of Ironbreakers was little protection against the filth they unleashed and it took only a few hours for the Plaguebearers to overrun the Under Wardens and fill the lower levels with a putrid mixture of blood and effluent. King Kram Starhammer gathered his Runesmiths leading a counter-attack that banished the Daemons with their runic weapons. [6a]

However, even as they were defeated, three Bloodthirsters suddenly appeared in the upper levels, leading the Tetragore of Skullgrind. They slaughtered their way through the hold, heading for the workshop of the ancient Runelord Skalf Ironbrow. They dismembered him and then turned against his works, shattering the precious Anvil of Krong and other irreplaceable runic items. King Kram, weary but filled with anger, was later able to drive the Tetragore from his hold. [6a]

Following the tradition of his ancestors, Ungrim Ironfist, the king of Karak Kadrin, has taken the Slayer oath himself. However, bound by his duties as a monarch, he cannot leave and seek an honourable death in combat. Therefore he fulfils his Slayer oath by providing for other Slayers as they seek to fulfil their vows.

Storm of Chaos

As the hordes of Chaos invaded the Empire, thousands of Slayers had gathered and now marched behind Garagrim Ironfist, the War-mourner towards Praag. They marched through the foothills of the World's Edge Mountains , crossed the Urskoy and began to slaughter the beasts and monsters they encountered. [8a]

Meanwhile, his father Ungrim dispatched rangers and gyrocopters in search of the army of Vardek Crom whilst his forges rang day and night. Finally the enemy was spotted, the fury of the Slayer King growing when it was discovered it included six Hellcannons and their Chaos Dwarf crews. [8b]

The first battle took place between the Dwarfs and the warband of Tarkas Heng who fell prey to the perpared defences and traps, everyone of them being killed. [8c]

End Times

In 2524 IC, Ungrim recived a message from Karl Franz asking for him to aid a Elf rescue mission into Sylvania to rescue the Everchild. Although no friend to the Elgi, he deterimined to to set an example and give the world a reminder that the Dwarfs were still a force to be reckoned with. [9a]

He led an army into Sylvania but found his progress very slow, hindered by the spirit-haunted and oppressed woodlands. Finally they were confronted by a great horde of Beastmen leading to the Battle of Red Cairn in which although the Beastmen were defeated, the Dwarfs suffered huge losses. Eight of ten of the mustered Dwarfs had been killed and so with a heavy heart, Ungrim ordered the retreat. [9b]

Notable

Throng of Karak Kadrin

The hold fields an unusual army, the majority of which are Slayers.[3a]

  • Units
  • Lord: Daemon Slayer with same options as a Dwarf Lord. [3a]
  • All other characters must be Slayer characters. [3a]
  • Core: Slayers. [3a]
  • Special: Dwarf warriors, one unit of Hammerers if the Slayer king is leading the army.[3a]
  • Rare: Crossbows and Thunderers. [3a]

Gallery

The Dwarf realms
Karaz-a-Karak - Karak Kadrin - Zhufbar - Karak Azar - Karak Azgal - Karak Azul- Karak Hirn - Karak Angazbar - Karak Gantuk - Karak Izor - Karak Norn - Karak Ziflin - Karak Eight Peaks - Barak Varr - Karak Zorn - Karak Eksfilaz - Karak Kaferkammaz - Karak Grom - Karak Azgaraz - Karak Angkul
Norse Dwarf holds Kraka Dorden - Kraka Drak - Kraka Ornsmotek - Kraka Ravnsvake
Lost holds Kadar-Gravning - Karag Dron - Karak Azorn - Karaz Bryn - Kazad Thrund - Karak Drazh - Karak Dum - Karak Khazarak - Karak Krum - Karak Ungor - Karak Varn - Karak Vlag - Karak Vrag - Karak Zanda - Ekrund - Mount Silverspear - Karaz Ghumzul

Sources

Dwarfs
Units Anvil of Doom - Artillery Guard - Brewmaster - Daemon Slayer - Doomseeker - Dragon Slayer - Dwarf Bolt Thrower - Dwarf Cannon - Dwarf Engineer - Dwarf Firethrower - Dwarf King - Dwarf Lord - Dwarf Master Engineer - Dwarf Miner - Dwarf Mountaineer - Dwarf Ranger - Dwarf Seadog - Dwarf Stone Thrower - Dwarf Thane - Dwarf Warrior - Engineers Guild Organ Gun - Flamecannon - Goblin-hewer - Grudge Thrower - Gyrobomber - Gyrocopter - Hammerer - Ironbreaker - Irondrake - Long Drong's Slayer Pirates - Longbeard - Quarreller - Runelord - Runesmith - Slayer - Thunderer
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Holds Karaz-a-Karak - Barak Varr - Grimmpeak - Karak Angazbar - Karak Angkul - Karak Azar - Karak Azgal - Karak Azgaraz - Karak Azul - Karak Kaferkammaz - Karak Eight Peaks - Karak Eksfilaz - Karak Gantuk - Karak Grom - Karak Hirn - Karak Izor - Karak Kadrin - Karak Norn - Karak Ziflin - Karak Zorn - Zhufbar
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