Alaric the Mad

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Alaric the Mad was an ancient Dwarf Runesmith [2b] of Zhufbar. [5a]

He is famous for his many creations, and most of them are indeed among the most powerful artifacts in the world. He was known as "The Mad" by his fellow Dwarfs because he chose to remain with the Human tribes in order to teach them crafts such as blacksmithing, rather than return to the mountain holds. [1a] [1b] Alaric believed that humanity would become vital allies in the fight against Chaos and the Greenskins, so taught them vital skills to aid them in battle. [1b]

Appearance

His beard was plaited with iron cords. [3b]

Creations

Some even claim that he created Fearfrost for the Khan Queens of Kislev. [5a]

History

He arrived in Reikdorf with the Dwarf King Kurgan Ironbeard to help construct a stone longhouse, and remained afterwards to teach the smiths of the Unberogen. [1a] Alaric found an avid student in Pendrag, Sigmar's banner bearer, whom he taught to make iron swords with a superior edge by blending metals. He welcomed the now regular Dwarf caravans that travelled to Reikdorf throughout the year and soon all the Unberogen warriors had iron swords. [1b] He later made a silver gauntlet with working fingers for Pendrag to replace those he had lost in a battle. [1c]

When refugees from the lands of the Ostagoths arrived and pledged their king's sword-oath in exchange for the aid of the Unberogens against greenskin invaders, Alaric told them that the throngs of Karak Kadrin and Zhufbar were already marching to counter them. However, he also warned the humans that a much greater horde was coming. [1c]

He fought alongside his king at the Battle of Black Fire Pass and, after their victory, Kurgan asked him to make the finest blades forged by dwarf craft for the allied kings. [1d]

When Middenheim was besieged by Cormac Bloodaxe, Alaric travelled to its aid, arriving in time to save Wolfgart from Skaven in the tunnels beneath the city. [2a] Five hundred dwarf warriors accompanied him, including a hundred Ironbreakers and Hammerers from King Kurgan's own guard. He also brought the first Runefang, which Sigmar gifted to Pendrag. [2b]

Under his direction, Dwarfs built a black stone longhouse for Sigmar from stone quarried from below the Worlds Edge Mountains. [3a]

After Queen Freya was defeated at the Battle of the River Aver during Sigmar's War against Nagash, Alaric travelled with a hundred warriors to Three Hills to warn the remaining Asoborn. There he met with Maedbh, who immediately led the Asoborn on the road to Reikdorf. [3b] Around 600 people formed a long column, but on the fifth day of the march the dead caught up with them and Maedbh resolved to make a last stand rather than leave the very young and very old. Honouring his life-debt to Wolfgart, Alaric and his century of warriors stood with her. [3c]

When the High King sent word to Sigmar of the trail of destruction that Krell was leaving, Alaric joined the manling king on his expedition to destroy him. [4a]

Name Runes

Weapons with his name rune ignore all armour, magical or otherwise. [5b]

Weapons and Equipment

He wore a suit of armour, glittering with gold and silver, his helm crafted to resemble a stern bearded god and used an axe almost as tall as he was. [3b] After the Battle of the River Reik, he created a mechanical hand to replace the one he had lost. [4a]

Quotes

This is a grim world, lad - orcs, beasts and things best not spoken of seek to drown us all in blood. The elves have run scared to their island, and it's only the likes of men and dwarfs that are left to stop these creatures of evil. Some of my kin think we should just seal up the gates to our holds and let you and the orcs fight amongst yourselves, but the way I see it, if we don't help you with better weapons and armour, and teach you a thing or two about making them, then your race will die and we'll be next.

~ Alaric to Pendrag. [1b]

Sources

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