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Marbad was the King of the Endal tribe prior to to the formation of the Empire. He sought the aid of King Bjorn of the Unberogens when his lands were plagued by marsh demons, and afterwards the two kings swore a Sword Oath. Thus, when Bjorn's son Sigmar began uniting the tribes of man into the Empire, Marbad became one of his closest allies and sacrificed himself to save Sigmar during the Battle of Black Fire Pass, disarming himself by throwing his enchanted sword Ulfshard to Sigmar so that he could slay the Orc warlord.