Silver Pinnacle

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Silver Pinnacle as manlings name it, was once the Dwarf hold of Karaz Bryn at the northern end of the World's Edge Mountains.Needs Citation

History

Before the War of the Beard began, King Borri Silverfoot sent word to the High King Gotrek of strange grey men wandering on the hearth and hills near his hold. After a party of rangers had gone missing, dwarves were no longer to leave the hold at night. [3a]

For many years the hold traded successfully with the primitive city of Mourkain when that dark city was under the rulership of Kadon. However Kadon delved deep into the bones of the mountain beneath his own city and discovered the Crown of Nagash (as it and its master intended). He fell under the influence of that malign artefact and turned to necromancy and madness, souring his relationship with the dwarves and the trade ceased between them.[1]

In the year -800 in the Imperial Calendar, King Borri sent emissaries to the new ruler of Mourkain, the vampire Ushoran who was building a new empire from the primitives, hoping to recreate the lost city of Lahmia. Borri sent his son Razek to negotiate but he was waylaid by beastmen and nearly killed, only being saved from a brutal death by Neferata and her small retinue of vampires who had been drawn to the area by her visions of the Corpse Geometries .[1]

Neferata took up the role of Lady of Mysteries – the position which Ushoran had held in her own court and negotiated with Razek and Karaz Bryn to exchange gold for dwarven expertise and goods. The alliance continued to build under her stewardship and in -450 IC the two joined together to battle against a large orc horde, defeating it.[1]

The Crown of Nagash continued its malign work, this time on the vampire aristocracy that ruled the increasingly powerful Mourkain. Razek discovered things he should not and was slain and whilst the dwarfs did not know his exact fate the trading alliance faltered. Ushoran decided that he would take the Silver Pinnacle and all its riches and commanded Neferata to do so by force, his will backed by the Crowns growing power. [1]

In -326 IC the hold fell to the undead, Neferata and her handmaidens having infiltrated it and waged a brutal war of subversion before gaining entry for the armies of Mourkain. Even then she attempted to twist the designs of her proclaimed master, offering Borri the lives and freedom of the surviving rinn (women) and beardlings (children) of the hold in exchange for the surrender of him and his remaining warriors. [1]

However she in turn was betrayed by her own and whilst she parlayed, her own blood child Khaled al Muntasir and the Strigori vampires were already slaughtering the women and children. The king and remaining warriors took the path of the Slayer in shame and sorrow and were killed in turn before Neferata turned on the Strigori to take the hold for her own.[1]

With the Dwarfs gone, Queen Neferata rebuilt Silver Pinnacle, transforming it from a functional stronghold to a mirror of her palace in lost Lahmia. The scents of burning incense and perfumed oils filled the air. The walls are covered in hieroglyphics picked out with gemstones and gold. Statues with lapis lazuli eyes where once the dwarven gods sat stare down at beautiful vampire handmaidens wearing the clothes of Nehekhara. [2]

In -15 IC Arkhan the Black came to the Silver Pinnacle with demands from his master for vampires to aid his war against Sigmar. Although Neferata refused to leave or send any of her own sisterhood, she did give him the traitorous Khaled who she was still tormenting.[1]

Locations

Under Neferata, the hold has been transformed to contain oppulant chambers, redolant with the scent of incense and luxurious oils and where undead courtiers enact the ancient rites of her homeland. Statues of eagles and jackels guard doorways and lapis and gold gleam in the semi-darkness. [4a]

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Notes

The fall of Silver Pinnacle is described in different ways in different sources - the novel Neferata describes the campaign to take the city in great detail, whilst the 8th Edition End Times: Nagash states that Neferata claimed it only after it had been overrun by greenskins. Previous versions of Warhammer Armies: Vampire Counts agree with the novel's account.

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Sources

The Dwarf realms
Karaz-a-Karak - Karak Kadrin - Zhufbar - Karak Azar - Karak Azgal - Karak Azul- Karak Hirn - Karak Angazbar - Karak Gantuk - Karak Izor - Karak Norn - Karak Ziflin - Karak Eight Peaks - Barak Varr - Karak Zorn - Karak Eksfilaz - Karak Kaferkammaz - Karak Grom - Karak Azgaraz - Karak Angkul
Norse Dwarf holds Kraka Dorden - Kraka Drak - Kraka Ornsmotek - Kraka Ravnsvake
Lost holds Kadar-Gravning - Karag Dron - Karak Azorn - Karaz Bryn - Kazad Thrund - Karak Drazh - Karak Dum - Karak Khazarak - Karak Krum - Karak Ungor - Karak Varn - Karak Vlag - Karak Vrag - Karak Zanda - Ekrund - Mount Silverspear - Karaz Ghumzul
The Vampire Counts
Units Abyssal Terror - Banshee - Bat Swarm - Black Coach - Black Knight - Blood Knight - Cairn Wraith - Charnel Guard - Corpse Cart - Coven Throne - Crypt Horror - Dire Wolves - Fell Bat - Ghost - Ghoul - Gloom‎ - Grave Guard - Hexwraith - Mortis Engine - Necromancer - Master Necromancer - Necromancer Lord - Shadow Druid - Simulacra - Skeleton - Spirit Host - Strigoi Ghoul King - Storm Riders - Strigany - Swain - Sylvanian Levy - Terrorgheist - Tomb Stalker - Vargheist - Varghulf - Vampire Thrall - Vampire Count - Vampire Lord - Wight King - Winged Nightmare - Zombie - Zombie Dragon - Zombie Pirate
Characters Abhorash - Anark von Carstein - - Antoine von Carstein - Ariette von Carstein - Aucassin - Adolphus Krieger - Alicia von Untervald - Andraste - Ankhat - Anmar bin Muntasir - Asteron - Brachnar - Caleb - Chandagnac - Chown - Constant Drachenfels - Crovan - Dieter Helsnicht - Druthor - Emmanuelle von Carstein - Emmanuelle von Templehof - Estaban Valadische - Evegena Boradin - Faethor - Famke Leibrandt‎ - Frederick van Hal - Frich Von Haas - Gabriella von Nachthafen - Galiana - Gashnag - Genevieve Dieudonné - Gorgivich Krakvald - Gothard - Gugula Skell - Gunther Spengler - Harakhte - Hathurk - Heinrich Kemmler - Helena von Culper - Helman Ghorst - Heloise Kalfon - Hermione von Auerbach - Imentet - Isabella von Carstein - Isodora - Jacques de Noirot - Johann Haifisch - Kadon - Kalledria - Katherina von Dernsbach - Kattarin - Khaled al Muntasir - Khemalla - Konrad von Carstein - Krell - Laskar Noircouer - Layla - Leanora Navrre - Louis Cypher - Lothar von Diehl - Lupa Stregga - Luthor Harkon - Lydia von Carstein - Mallobaude - Malvous - Mangari - Mara - Malachias von Carstein‎‎ - Mannfred von Carstein - Margritte von Wittgenstein - Mariato - Mathilda‎‎ - Melidere Valadische - Melissa d'Acques - Merovech - Morath‎‎ - Mordac - Morgul - Moriva Darkstalker - Mundvard - Naaima - Nathmar - Neferata - Nicodemus - Nitocris - Nourgul - Nyklaus von Carstein - Obadiah Glothman - Palatine Drego - Petra Hirkeit - Pieter von Carstein - Pitre Fonce - Rabe von Stahl - Raiza - Rametep - Rasha bin Wasim - Red Duke - Renar - Rodrik von Waldendorf‎‎ - Rolinda - Rudek - Rudolph Brecht - Sanzak - Sethep - Sofia - Sorn Ghoulskin - Sycamo - Talia - Theodora Margrave - Thrashlaar - Tiberius Kael - Ulrika Magdova - Ushoran - Urzen - Verek - Vlad von Carstein - Vorag Bloodytooth - Ulffik - Ullo - Valnimir Valadische - Vangheist - Varis - Vorag Bloodytooth - Walach Harkon - W'soran - Yamina - Zacharias - Zoar
Organisations Dreadfleet - Lahmian Sisterhood - Necrarch Brotherhood - Order of the Blood Dragon - Vampire Coast - Von Carstein Dynasty
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