Daemons of Nurgle

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Daemons of Nurgle are a faction of daemons created by the plague god, Nurgle. They are the embodied forces of decay, plague and entropy spilling into the Mortal Realms in a repugnant tide [1]

Daemons and their nature

Daemons are entities that are formed from their god, extensions of their will and power, and despite any individual goals, desires or motivations they are all driven by the essential essence of the deity. The Daemons of Nurgle are thus akin to their master and creator, abhorrent in nature and appearance desiring to spread plague and pestilence across the Mortal Realms and beyond. However they are also, like Nurgle himself, obscenely cheerful and most are without apparent malice, often singing and laughing at the antics of their fellow daemons.[2a]

At the height of the festering pyramid of power are the Great Unclean Ones, terrifying huge and suppurating flesh mountains, usually full of humour as much as fetid bile. Plaguebearers were once mortal, transformed by Nurgle's Rot into grotesque one eyed creatures bearing deadly plague swords. They are led by Heralds of their kind, Poxbringers, Sloppity Scriverners and move to the tune of Sloppity Bilepipers. Exuberant Beasts of Nurgle caper and bound to meet new friends, suffering only brief disappointment when they dissolve or are rent asunder in their uncontrollable frenzy of affection. In contrast are the vast and bitter Rot Flies, many bearing Plaguebearers aloft. Finally there are the Nurglings, mischievous and tiny versions of the great god, they are usually found in large numbers. [2a]

In warfare they may appear slow and lumbering, but they are supernaturally resilient and tremendously strong, growing hugely wrathful when they are obstructed from what they see as their sacred duty. Even if they are defeated and destroyed they merely return to the garden to be planted and harvested anew.[2a]

The Daemons of Nurgle may be brought into the Mortal Realms in a number of ways, sometimes Nurgle's power grows so vast that his garden swells and exudes into other realms, and be that those of his bother gods or other worlds such as the Mortal Realms. There are also corrupted Realmgates that lead directly to the Garden and these serve not only as a passage for pilgrims to the domain of thier god, but also as roads that the legions of Nurgle can march, crawl, shamble and undulate down. Mortals can gather the energy to summon them, using areas already corrupted to serve as a nexus and conduit for the same legions. It is a dangerous and difficult task to summon a Daemon and unless one is careful, the entities that come through may not be what was expected, having been plucked at random from the garden. [2b]

When they go to war the daemons of Nurgle will often form into Plague Legions, each led by a Great Unclean One whose nature and idiosyncrasies will influence its nature and tactics. Seven Tallybands will form the heart of the legion, each comprising seven packs of Plaguebearers and Plague Drones, led by a Herald whilst Beasts gambol about them.[2c]



Name Faction Unit Species Description
Bolathrax Daemons of Nurgle Great Unclean One Great Unclean One Ruler of the seven Plague Legions, with the seventh being commanded by himself.
Bul'gla'throx Daemons of Nurgle Great Unclean One Great Unclean One A jovial but utterly revolting Great Unclean One who leads the Befouling Host.
Father Decay Daemons of Nurgle Great Unclean One Great Unclean One The Hand of Nurgle, Lord High Admiral of the Plague-Fleets, a vast be-monocled entity with seven great antlers.
Pupa Grotesse Daemons of Nurgle Great Unclean One Great Unclean One He corrupted the River Vitalis by bathing in it.
Rotigus Rainmaker Daemons of Nurgle Great Unclean One Great Unclean One The Generous One, Lifefont, the Bringer of Plenty, one of the most travelled of the greater daemons.
Dolorous Gurm Daemons of Nurgle Poxbringer Plaguebearer A patron of the Order of the Fly who entered the Realm of Shyish through the Ithilian Gate seeking to destroy the last remnants of Nagash.
Epidemius Daemons of Nurgle Tallyman of Nurgle Plaguebearer The Tallyman of Nurgle, one of the seven Protectors of Pestilence. His unending task is record the progress of every one of his gods diseases.
Horticulous Slimux Daemons of Nurgle Grand Cultivator Plaguebearer Legends tell that he was the very first Plaguebearer created by Nurgle and he remains Custodian of the Garden.
Mulch Daemons of Nurgle Horticulous' mount Molluscoid The mount of the Grand Cultivator of Nurgle, Horticulous Slimux, which he rides into battle perched on top of his shell. Stuck to him is the Gruntleplough seeding the Garden of Nurgle into reality behind him. Mulch attack by snapping his slime-encrusted jaws at its enemies.


Image Unit Faction Grand
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Beast of Nurgle Daemons of Nurgle Chaos Warscroll
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Epidemius Daemons of Nurgle Chaos Warscroll
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Great Unclean One Daemons of Nurgle Chaos Warscroll
Old Warscroll
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Horticulous Slimux Daemons of Nurgle Chaos Warscroll
Nurgling M01.jpg
Nurgling Daemons of Nurgle Chaos Warscroll
Plague Drone M01.jpg
Plague Drone of Nurgle Daemons of Nurgle Chaos Warscroll
Plaguebearer M01.jpg
Plaguebearer of Nurgle Daemons of Nurgle Chaos Warscroll
Poxbringer M01.jpg
Herald of Nurgle
Daemons of Nurgle Chaos Warscroll
Old Warscroll
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Rotigus Rainmaker Daemons of Nurgle Chaos Warscroll
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Spoilpox Scrivener Daemons of Nurgle Chaos Warscroll
Sloppity Bilepiper M01.jpg
Sloppity Bilepiper Daemons of Nurgle Chaos Warscroll

See Also


Grand Alliances and factions
Order Collegiate Arcane - Darkling Covens - Daughters of Khaine - Devoted of Sigmar - Dispossessed - Eldritch Council - Free Peoples - Fyreslayers - Idoneth Deepkin - Ironweld Arsenal - Kharadron Overlords - Lion Rangers - Order Draconis - Order Serpentis - Phoenix Temple - Scourge Privateers - Seraphon - Shadowblades - Stormcast Eternals - Swifthawk Agents - Sylvaneth - Wanderers
Chaos Brayherds - Chaos Gargants - Daemons of Chaos - Daemons of Khorne - Daemons of Nurgle - Daemons of Tzeentch - Everchosen - Hosts of Slaanesh - Khorne Bloodbound - Monsters of Chaos - Nurgle Rotbringers - Skaven Eshin - Skaven Masterclan - Skaven Moulder - Skaven Pestilens - Skaven Skryre - Skaven Verminus - Slaves to Darkness - Thunderscorn - Tzeentch Arcanites - Warherds
Beasts of Chaos - Blades of Khorne - Disciples of Tzeentch - Maggotkin of Nurgle - Skaventide
Legion of Azgorh - Tamurkhan's Horde
Destruction Aleguzzler Gargants - Beastclaw Raiders - Bonesplitterz - Firebellies - Gitmob Grots - Greenskinz - Gutbusters - Ironjawz - Maneaters - Moonclan Grots - Spiderfang Grots - Troggoths
Gloomspite Gitz
Death Beasts of the Grave - Deadwalkers - Deathlords - Deathmages - Deathrattle - Flesh-Eater Courts - Nighthaunt - Ossiarch Bonereapers - Soulblight
Grand Host of Nagash - Legion of Blood - Legion of Grief - Legion of Night - Legion of Sacrament