Hans Leitdorf

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Grand Master Hans Leitdorf.

Hans Leitdorf, brother of deceased Marius Leitdorf, is the Grand Master of the Knights of Sigmar's Blood. [1a]

Though he had a claim on the title of Elector Count of Averland, he decided his position in the Order to be of greater importance. As time passed, he became convinced that the Empire was being bled dry by callow nobles who were more interested in attending balls than defending their lands. [1a]

Ten years before End Times, Hans Leitdorf along with witch hunter Tibalt Greer had led Brotherhood of Steel of the Knights of Sigmar's Blood into Sylvania to destroy the Black Dame of Kervheist. Although successful, many good knights had died in the attempt. [1a]

End Times

When the Undead under Arkhan the Black attacked the fortress-city of Heldenhame, he led nearly 1200 of his knights order in a charge that shattered the attacking Skeleton Warriors and their catapult support. However this only a ruse to draw out the best part of the defenders to allow Mannfred von Carstein to attack the keep and steal the armour of Nagash from the vaults. [1b]

Enraged by the trick, he was gathering his forces to ride after the Vampire Lord when the castle was again attacked - this time by Beastmen. [1c] After they had slaughtered the enemy, he rode to Altdorf through a ravaged Reikland and Talabecland, seeking aid to invade Sylvania. [1d]

In the capital he was introduced to three High Elves - Prince Eltharion, Princess Eldyra and Loremaster Belannaer who were seeking to rescue a captive held by the lord of Sylvania. [1d]

Shortly after they rode through the village of Klodebein, Leidorf and his knights were suddenly attacked by Mannfred von Carstein, unleashing a ten zombies for every knight in his force. As the living were dragged down and killed, they too began to rise under the influence of the [[Vampire Lord]. The Grand Master single handedly fought his way through a horde of skeletons to reach the Vampire Lord, but was ultimately slain in their ensuing duel. [1e]

His drained body was hung from a tree and the words And then there was one were carved into his forehead for the force of High Elves to find. [1e]

Sources

  • 1: Warhammer: Nagash, Book I
    • 1a: Chapter I, pg. 84-85
    • 1b: Chapter I, pg. 90-91
    • 1c: Chapter I, pg. 93
    • 1d: Chapter II, pg. 98-99
    • 1e: Chapter II, pg. 106-107
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