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Those who survive through the lifestyle of trial and combat that is a Bloodbound Warband, arise as Gorechosen, the lieutenants united around a Lord of Khorne. All of the Gorechosen aim at taking the control of a Bloodhound host, by slaying their Lord of Khorne. This is one of the most paradoxical aspect of Khorne's belligerent worshippers, serving as an elite guard for their Lord, but as soon as the occasion of a slaughter or an opportunity to slay the lord, the gorechosen will jump on it to ascend.[1a]

Aspiring Deathbringers

Aspiring Deathbringers are Deathbringers that aspire to become Exalted Deathbringers.[3b]

Some are gore-drenched fell champions scream praises to the Blood God and urge their fellow Bloodbound to destroy the foe in the name of Khorne. They wield Wrath-hammers and Bloodaxes into battle and have an insatiable thirst for glory.[3b][4c]

Other are the merciless hunters of the weak, striding through battlefields in search of hesitant or fearful foes that infuriates them so much. Once one is found they immediately smash them with their fury, leaving them to rot on the battlefield. These personifications of the Blood God's contempt for cowards are marked by the Khornate Skull Helm, a death's head mask that hide their twisted snarls, and the Goreaxe and Skullhammer they wield, designed to strike fear into their victims.[41][3f]

Exalted Deahbringers

Exalted Deathbringers are some of Khorne's mightiest Bloodbound followers, leading them into battle and second only to the Mighty Lords of Khorne. Most of Khorne's mortal followers die to his violent and destructive path, replaced with new devotees. Only those that survive the ordeal of endless war, using brute force and raw power, can become his Exalted Deathbringers.[4b][3a][5]

They are whirling torrents of rage, madness and bloodlust, killing, without hesitation or mercy, to reach ever higher panes of glory in the name of their god. Like other Khornate followers they wear little armor, showing off their scarred and mutated bodies to strike fear into their enemies. Their daemonic visage is reinforced by a pair of curved horns sprouting from their head, undoubtedly a show of favour from Khorne, which they can use as a weapon. Runes of Khorne are usually carved on their bodies or found on talismans they carry around.[4b][3a][5]

Some of them are armed with Ruinous Axes, a gigantic axe with a blade wider than a Ogor's torso, and Skullgougers, horrific bucklers designed to destroy weapons and disarm opponents and usually used to strike into the eye sockets like it's name suggests. Others wield Bloodbite axes and Runemarked Shields.[3a][5]


Bloodsecrators are icon bearers of the Khorne Bloodbound and a conduit for the fury of Khorne.[4f]


Bloodstokers are champions of the Khorne Bloodbound that have mastered the use of others, encouraging and punishing them with lash and torture blade, to reap more skulls for Khorne.[2a]


Skullgrinders are hulking warrior-smiths who command awe even amongst the most lunatic of the Bloodbound. They wield sacrificial, burning anvils at the end of long brass chains and their arcing, swinging attacks can burst the heads of their opponents instantly, leaving nothing but a faint red mist and some shattered, splintered bone. Each skull dispatched in this way causes the the anvil to burn ever brighter.[4e]


Slaughterpriests are the demagogues of the Khorne Bloodbound, the priests of the Blood God and beacons to his power. They command their fellow Khornates into battle following the visions sent by Khrone himself. Their prayers can boil the blood of their enemies in their veins and their booming chants can fill everything around them, enemy and foe, with a powerful berserker rage that forces them to completely disregard their sense of self-preservation for a suicidal battlelust. They gain their powers by drinking the blood of fallen foes, giving them stretched limbs and hardened bones.[3d][3e][4g][4h]

Some wield Bloodbathed Axes into battles while others arm themselves with a Wrath-Hammer and a Hackblade, with the hammer pulling in those that it doesn't kill so they can be decapitated by the blade. These priests are often mutated and carry many metallic restraints embedded in their flesh. Their scorn for sorcery, a trait shared with their blood god, gives them the ability to unbind spells and are able to call upon Bloodfuelled Prayers like Blood Boil and Blood Bind.[3d][3e][4g][4h]