Posted by: Rank-n-Vile | July 13, 2010

The Old World – Getting to Grips With The Lore

One thing that the universe of Warhammer offers, especially over World of Warcraft, is the lore. Deep and engaging, and full of mystery, horror and adventure. Much darker than the brightness of WoW and it’s almost cartoony feeling, it feels more….alive.

Since I knew Warhammer Online has so much in the way of in the know bits and pieces, I felt like discovering more of the world I would inhabit as part of the PvE experience.

So, let me share a bit about some of the recent books I have read and what I plan to read (thanks to my road trip this past weekend offering me a chance to grab some new novels).

MATHIAS THULMANN, WITCH HUNTER

In the grim medieval Old World, the dreaded Witch Hunters are feared above all others. These tyrannical individuals are tasked with hunting out evil throughout the towns and villages, using whatever means they find necessary in order to destroy those foolish enough to ally with the Dark Powers. Counted amongst the most zealous of the Witch Hunters is Mathias Thulmann, a ruthless individual whose exploits are recounted to scare citizens of the Empire.

Slightly dark, and the hero is…at times, not unlike an anti-hero, doing what must be done for the greater good. Great stories involving Vampires, Skaven and Chaos. Collects 3 novels and short stories.

THE VAMPIRE GENEVIEVE

The beautiful vampire, Genevieve Dieudonne, has been alive for hundreds of years, and has had a host of adventures in the dark forests and cities of the Warhammer world. Unlike the typical “killer” vampires of literature, Genevieve is a human friendly, adventurer in a manner you may not have seen before.

There are four books in this one volume. I have not started this one yet, but it is next on my list. I am interested in the aspect of the story being told from the side of the Vampire. More as I enter this story.

HELDENHAMMER

This excites me, as it is the history of Sigmar, and the first in a series on the gods of the Old World.

Book One of the Sigmar Trilogy

It is a time of legends. The lands of the old World are wild and untamed, where the primitive tribes of men struggle for survival. In this time of peril, by virtue of his valorous deeds, a young man claims leadership of the Unberogen tribe. His name is Sigmar Heldenhammer, and his actions will change history forever. This is the story of how Sigmar rose to power, culminating in the Battle of Black Fire Pass, where men and dwarfs fought against the vast hordes of orcs in their quest to safeguard the future of the Empire.

DEATH AND DISHONOUR

The world of Warhammer is filled with stories of survival and bravery, and also with tales of death and dishonour. This collection explores those themes with stories from some of Black Library’s leading authors including Nathan Long, Anthony Reynolds, CL Werner and many more.

Of interest is the first story, a tale of Felix and Gotrek, the most famous of the characters from the Warhammer IP. As a whole, the characters do not interest me, but in short story form, I really enjoyed the tale I read. This book will be good for quicks bursts of story from this world.

So, there you have it…the ultimate collection of stories and lore from Warhammer and a great way to learn more about this world my characters will inhabit in WAR.

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Responses

  1. Man, WAR would have been great with a Vampire class not the DoK type. I would loved to seen darker things like Necromancers and Zombies

  2. I’ve just finished the 1st book of the Genevieve anthology, and it’s very odd, lore-wise.

    It seems vampires like the eponymous character, are tolerated and accepted in the Empire of the time!?!?!

    I think the author mentions that back when he wrote the first book, the lore of Warhammer may have been a bit different to it is now.


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