Clawlords are the brutal leaders of Clans Verminus. They fight with merciless and underhanded savagery, seizing upon the slightest advantages that may offer victory, much like how they rose to their positions. While. They are swaggering and arrogant they also share their race’s instinct for self-preservation and will not think twice about stooping to any depths in order to murder their foes while remaining alive. They will use devious tactics such as blowing warpstone dust into an enemy’s eyes to blind them, hurling a hapless lackey into their foe’s path or drop a massive stalactite on their opponent to gain victory. [1b]
The status of a Clawlord is not earned by merely working towards but is seized in a bloody instant. Some may arrange unfortunate accidents to fall on their rivals while the less-subtle Skaven may call out their rivals and defeat them in bloody one-on-one combat and then devouring their corpses in front of their horrified underlings. But the real challenge is hold on to the position after gaining it. A skilled Clawlord must be manipulative enough to set rivals against each other and keep the loyalty of their underlings while usurpers are ruthlessly eliminated. In order to reduce detractors the Clawlords must constantly gain victories and new conquests making them extremely aggressive and willing to spend as many lives of underlings as they must to gain new trophies. [1b]
- Lord Hakkrit of Clan Fang, member of the Council of Thirteen[1a][1b]
- Retchtooth: Underling of Lord Hakkrit who sought to assassinate him with the Thirteenth Blade. [1a]
- Vratch: His rule over Clan Gnarlkyn lasted a bloody three days. [1a]
- Before the 2019 release of the Battletome Skaven, Clawlords were named Skaven Warlords in both the rules and the lore.