Aelves have a long history of assassination, many finding grace in the art of the silent and swift kill. The Shadowblades are perhaps the culmination of these death artists and many speculate on their true nature. Very little is known about their origins of the Shadowblades or their nature. Some say that they worship a dead god of umbral might, while others claim that they wield the powers of the Great Void, the vast nothingness that lies between the realms. It is also said they are from the Realm of Ulgu or are divine gifts to Sigmar from another of his ancient pantheon.[2a]
The first known instant when the Shadowblades were deployed in large numbers was during the Age of Chaos when the Gates of Azyr were closed. Sigmar tasked the shadowblades with purging Azyrheim of corruption and the hidden cultists of the Chaos gods that his armies and priests could not find. For nearly a century did their blades cut away those who had fallen to the lure of the dark gods, from the humblest citizen to even a member of the Grand Conclave, leaving the corpses of the slain to hang at the crossroads of the grand districts.[2a]
|Maleneth Witchblade||Shadowblades||Assassin||Aelf||Trained in the Temples of Khaine, she is now a agent of the Order of Azyr, currently accompaning Gotrek Gurnisson across the Mortal Realms, protecting the Master Rune embedded in his flesh.|
|These Shadow walkers slit a few throats and you soil yourselves like children.
They are just charlatan sorcerers, things of flesh and blood that can be crushed, cut and killed. We will crush these assassins just as we...........
~ Last words of Kurgoth, Chaos Champion. 
- 1: Grand Alliance: Order, 2016, Shadowblades p252-253
- 2: Battletome: Cities of Sigmar (2019)
- 2a: Shadowblades, pg.41