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Epidemius

Epidemius, the Tallyman of Nurgle, atop his throne.

Epidemius, also called the "Tallyman of Nurgle," is a powerful Herald of Nurgle and one of the seven masters of the Plague God's footsoldiers in his daemonic legions.

The task of cataloguing the potency of Nurgle's many diseases falls to Epidemius, the Lord of Decay's chosen Tallyman.

Epidemius is one of the seven "Proctors of Pestilence" who preside over the massed legions of Plaguebearers that answer Nurgle's call.

Borne aloft on a rotten palanquin by a horde of Nurglings, Epidemius moves amongst the daemons of Nurgle, making note of all the varied afflictions and poxes unleashed into the universe.

It is a never-ending task, for Nurgle is constantly creative and his anarchic hordes are ever keen to spread new and wonderful diseases.

Role

Nurgle's diseases afflict souls as well as bodies, destroying a being's sense of self and moral direction as thoroughly as they ravage the flesh.

Epidemius can track the crumbling soul trail of the recently slain, gleaning all manner of knowledge from it, as well as siphoning a portion of the spirit's strength to aid his master's cause. As an offer of thanks, Epidemius' entourage strike bells, the doleful sound celebrating as the spirit leaves for Nurgle's welcoming embrace.

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Carried upon a palanquin by Nurglings, Epidemius is Nurgle's Tallyman, and it is his task to count the souls of the diseased.

Epidemius can be found wherever Nurgle's pestilent gifts are most bountiful. His corpulent frame -- resembling that of an extremely bloated Plaguebearer -- is often seen upon the battlefields of realspace, for infected injuries and fresh corpses are fecund breeding grounds for contagion, and the stench attracts Epidemius like a fly to a rotten wound.

Amidst the raging conflict, Epidemius surveys the spread of filth and decay from his lofty perch, taking careful note of every bubo, pustule and sore.

Even as Epidemius writes, Grandfather Nurgle becomes aware of his findings, distilling the information for future experiments and brews. The more notes Epidemius makes, the more the Lord of Decay's attention is drawn to him, and the greater the blessings bestowed upon his pestilent legions.

To better observe the spread of disease, Epidemius orders his palanquin carried to the front lines, where the Nurgling bearers and the obese Herald angrily strike out at any foes that get close enough to disturb the Tallyman's work.

Wargear

  • Attendants' claws and teeth

Sources

  • Codex: Chaos Daemons (8th Edition), pp. 56, 97
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