Graunos

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Graunos is a khornate lord that was native to the city of Lykerna and who became a Daemon Prince of his god. [2a]

Appearance

When he was a mortal lord of Khorne, he had worn a brass mask through which he could see what needed to be destroyed, and the more powerful his rage, the more there was to destroy. [2a]

As a daemon prince he was a leathery winged colossus more than twice the height of the mighty Exalted Deathbringer Lord Kathag. His features were a powerful mask of terrible enlightenment and blind rage with blank silver and searing orbs for eyes. [2a]

History

His blindness was considered a blessing from Tyrion by the people of the city, but he considered himself a victim and the fact that nobody there acknowledged his plight lead him to abandon the city.[1]

He would later return to the city leading his khornate warband through its magical maze that could only be traversed by natives just to see the city. When his Slaughterpriest Therekal said he could see the light of the city, Graunos said he could also see, and only a quick apology from the priest stopped the once blind warlord from beheading him on the spot.[1]

Graunos had raged across the Realm of Hysh, destroying first Lykerna as part of his ascent to daemonhood. Following the defeat of Lord Ruhok and offended by Neferata's title of Mortarch of Blood, he was dispatched to the Realm of Shyish to make war upon her. He conquered the land of Angaria to use as a base and transformed it from a land where the dead ruled to a hive of bloody industry. [2a]

He ensured that the mortal population had grown for to feed the insatiable hunger of the Blood God, he required a great army and industry beyond that the lands and cities of Angaria had ever seen. Tombs had been breached, vaults plundered, graves turned into primitive forges and molten iron ran down the gutters of the streets of the cities. Although life in Angaria became savage and often brief, Graunos did not permit unbridled riot within his domain for whilst anger ruled this prince of Chaos enforced a from of brutal order in the service of the greater victory of the Skull God. [2a]

Graunos’ empire was created and maintained with violence, murder and rage but it was one that could sustain itself as he created a power base that was stable enough to grow, drawing more and more of Shyish into the bloody embrace of the Skull God. The Daemon Prince understood that armies that supplied themselves solely through plunder were short lived, rather he saw that savage competition and vicious trading were also a kind of tribute to the Blood God.[2a]

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