WEFOUNDAhriman: Sorcerer (Warhammer 40,000)


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Ahriman, greatest sorcerer of the Thousand Sons and architect of the Rubric that laid his Legion low, continues to walk the path towards salvation, or damnation. Searching for a cure for his Legion, he is forced to consider – was the great ritual somehow flawed from the very beginning? The answer may lie within the mysterious artefact known as the Athenaeum of Kalimakus, a grimoire of forgotten knowledge that is reputed to contain the exact words of the lost Book of Magnus... or, perhaps, even a transcription of the primarch’s deepest and most secret thoughts.

Written by John French

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John French reveals even more about what motivates Ahriman in his quest for salvation in the second, and final, part of ‘Who is Ahriman?’. (Check out Part 1 here .)

The thing about wanting to put things right, is that on the surface it seems very reasonable, praiseworthy even. Ahriman just wants to save his Legion, and undo his own mistakes. That is what makes him accumulate power and knowledge – not because he likes it, but because that power and knowledge is what he needs to achieve his goal. He is trying to defy the gods, break fate, and remake the reality of what has happened. That is going to take more than just a few rituals and a bit of wishing it so.

It’s not that he wants more power for its own sake, no, no, no, he wants it so that he can make things better. Then there is the point about Chaos. Ahriman does not worship Tzeentch, or any of the Chaos Gods, come to that. He sees what the forces of the Warp have done to the Thousand Sons, and tries to break its hold on them. He rejects the Dark Gods and all they stand for. He is following his own path in defiance of the daemonic powers that defy him. Look at all of that together, and it’s starting to look a lot like Ahriman is widely misunderstood. He is a tragic hero, laid low by vast and capricious forces, yet still defiant, still willing to fight for a better future.

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Ahriman, greatest sorcerer of the Thousand Sons and architect of the Rubric that laid his Legion low, continues to walk the path towards salvation, or damnation. Searching for a cure for his Legion, he is forced to consider – was the great ritual somehow flawed from the very beginning? The answer may lie within the mysterious artefact known as the Athenaeum of Kalimakus, a grimoire of forgotten knowledge that is reputed to contain the exact words of the lost Book of Magnus... or, perhaps, even a transcription of the primarch’s deepest and most secret thoughts.

Written by John French

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John French reveals even more about what motivates Ahriman in his quest for salvation in the second, and final, part of ‘Who is Ahriman?’. (Check out Part 1 here .)

The thing about wanting to put things right, is that on the surface it seems very reasonable, praiseworthy even. Ahriman just wants to save his Legion, and undo his own mistakes. That is what makes him accumulate power and knowledge – not because he likes it, but because that power and knowledge is what he needs to achieve his goal. He is trying to defy the gods, break fate, and remake the reality of what has happened. That is going to take more than just a few rituals and a bit of wishing it so.

It’s not that he wants more power for its own sake, no, no, no, he wants it so that he can make things better. Then there is the point about Chaos. Ahriman does not worship Tzeentch, or any of the Chaos Gods, come to that. He sees what the forces of the Warp have done to the Thousand Sons, and tries to break its hold on them. He rejects the Dark Gods and all they stand for. He is following his own path in defiance of the daemonic powers that defy him. Look at all of that together, and it’s starting to look a lot like Ahriman is widely misunderstood. He is a tragic hero, laid low by vast and capricious forces, yet still defiant, still willing to fight for a better future.

And what are the achievements of your fragile Imperium? It is a corpse rotting slowly from within while maggots writhe in its belly. It was built with the toil of heroes and giants, and now it is inhabited by frightened weaklings to whom the glories of those times are half-forgotten legends. I have forgotten nothing, and my wisdom has expanded far beyond mere mortal frailties.

Across a thousand worlds, Ahriman has sought the keys to save what he has already destroyed. The scars of his obsession have made his name a curse in the mouths of humans and aliens alike. Scraps of lore, artefacts both obscure and profane, and rare souls draw him like a raven to a corpse. To the Eldar, he is the carrion scribe who eats the souls of their dying race for secrets, to the Inquisitors of the Ordo Malleus he is the lightning rod which brings a storm of Daemons, amongst the servants of Chaos he is a flame of power and trickery as likely to burn those drawn to his light as to illuminate them.

A master of subtle manipulation, Ahriman has seeded cults on a hundred worlds, and bent the desires of the powerful to achieve his ends. With conspiracies and plots spread across the galaxy, he coils between them, a puppet master pulling invisible strings. When such subtle means are impossible he wages a sorcerer’s war, forcing armies to kneel with visions of terror, shattering war machines with invisible forces, and ripping the souls from mighty heroes. He knows the true names of daemons, and possesses pacts which can bring armies flocking to his call. Worlds have burned at his command, billions have fallen to the hunger of the Warp, and reality has bled at the fury of his power.

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Ahriman, greatest sorcerer of the Thousand Sons and architect of the Rubric that laid his Legion low, continues to walk the path towards salvation, or damnation. Searching for a cure for his Legion, he is forced to consider – was the great ritual somehow flawed from the very beginning? The answer may lie within the mysterious artefact known as the Athenaeum of Kalimakus, a grimoire of forgotten knowledge that is reputed to contain the exact words of the lost Book of Magnus... or, perhaps, even a transcription of the primarch’s deepest and most secret thoughts.

Written by John French

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