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The Tomb Kings are the long dead rulers of Nehekhara from thousands of years ago. [2a][3a]
Each city had several dynasties each with several kings and as such there are hundreds of kings vyeing for power now they have all risen from the dead. They would constantly wage war on each other to spread their influence across Nehekhara. [2a]
The greatest kings ruled in Khemri, making it the biggest and strongest city in Nehekhara. Certainly the greatest ruler ever to grace the lands of Nehekhara rose here. Settra the Imperishable founded Khemri and conquered the entire empire. He lived far longer than most before he eventually died. He was one of the last to be awoken by Nagash's spell, possibly due to his age, but he immediatly took control of the empire back and commanded all others to return to their tombs.
Each king had a pyramid built for them in the necropolis of their city, adorning it with fine statues they would use in the afterlife. Also buried with them is their kingly chariot and steeds waiting for the day they are called back to the world of life. [2a]
The Tomb Kings are revived by the Liche Priests when they are needed to defend an area that Settra cannot get to in time.
Mummies are nobles and royal undead from the Lands of the Dead stolen and brought to the Old World who because they are protected and maintained by powerful magic are often sought by Necromancers and Wizards in search of their secrets. Bound to the thiefs will, they are sometimes forced to share their secrets or even fight for them but dry and soaked in chemicals they are very vulnerable to fire. [1a]
My Will be Done
The personality and will of the Tomb King directs and orders his army and they are able to instil them with vigour through Horekhah's Incantation of Urgency or Mankara's Incatation of Urgency. [2a]
Notable Tomb King and Queens include:
Those who destroy a Tomb King or Prince are often struck down by the curse that protects the royal mummies of Nehekhara. [2a][3a]
Weapons and Equipment
- 4th Edition: Mummy Tomb King: Sword. May have Additional Hand Weapon, Barding, Bow, Crossbow, Double Handed Weapon, Flail, Halberd, Heavy Armour, Lance, Light Armour, Shield and Spear. May have two Magic Items. May ride a Skeleton Steed, Undead Chariot (which may have scythed wheels) or a Monster. [1b]
- 6th Edition: Tomb King: Hand Weapon. May have Flail, Great Weapon, Light Armour, Shield, Spear. May have Magic Items. May ride a Skeleton Chariot. [2b]
- 8th Edition: Tomb King: Hand Weapon, Light Armour. May have Flail, Great Weapon, Shield, Spear. May have Magic Items. May ride a Skeleton Chariot or Warsphinx. [3b]
Before the great ritual enacted by Nagash the rulers of the Nehekharan cities were called Priest Kings to reflect how they were chosen by the gods to rule. The term Tomb Kings refers to those Priest Kings reanimated by Nagash's spell.
- 1: Warhammer Armies: Undead (4th Edition)
- 2: Warhammer Armies: Tomb Kings (6th Edition)
- 3: Warhammer Armies: Tomb Kings (8th Edition)