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    Chaos Dwarf Religious Texts

    Chaos Dwarf Religious Texts

    Akin to their uncorrupted western kin, Chaos Dwarfs have been writing for as long as their collective memory can remember. The cataclysmic events, leading to the coming of Hashut and their salvation from certain doom, cleaned their culture to a blank slate whose contents was to be determined by the Father of Darkness and His chosen Sorcerer-Prophets.

    Great was the change wrought upon the harried survivors of the settlers in Zorn Uzkul, for the new decrees of the fiery Bull God demanded nothing less than complete dedication. This the Dawi Zharr gave to Hashut, and as the oral teachings of the first Prophets and cult founders grew in mass and sophistication, they began to be carved into stone and bone, or written on parchment made from beast or Orc skin.

    The very first writings of the Chaos Dwarfs were frantically carved inscriptions left behind in their shallow tunnel networks beneath the Great Skull Land. These are generally short pieces of writing, often hidden and with clear signs of the Chaos at hand during that turbulent time of the Great Incursion. Some are obvious works of Dawi with challenged but largely intact values from their World's Edge Mountains origins, yet even these seem to contain hints of Hashut.

    Many of the subterranean inscriptions speak of the painful transformation phase, when the world fell apart for the beleaguered Dwarfs, and when Daemons and lesser gods of Chaos started to whisper to them. Those carvings often contain runic letters or even logographic symbols of strange shapes and unknown origin, sometimes reminiscent of the Dark Tounge script which later arose amongst the Marauder tribes in the far north. Some of these new characters are entirely unintelligible, whilst other symbols clearly are the beginnings of the future Chaos Dwarf writing system.

    Such transition period script do more often than not contain seemingly mad or nonsensical talk of supernatural beings, the praise of the Ascendant Bull and the final doom close at hand. Simple picture carvings occassionally accompany the letters, proving a new adoration of fetishes, beliefs in magical charms and horrifying events of insanity and carnage unfolding in the dark underground. Out from this torment grew the Dawi Zharr religion and world view, one obsessed with the domination of everything from creatures and landscapes to the Daemons of the Empyrean.

    The final phase of the Zorn Uzkul carvings bear all the hallmarks of the Cult of Hashut, where the old ways are clearly being forgotten and where Chaos is to be served. They might have damned their souls forever by doing so, but the Chaos Dwarfs possessed a ruthless drive to survive at any cost. This they did, thanks to Hashut.

    As Chaos Dwarf society grew and developed in the coming centuries, so did their religion and its body of sacred texts. These early versions of Khaozalid script soon began to show signs of the great wars against Orcs and Goblins being waged on the Plain of Zharr and beyond. Contempt for such lesser creatures was declared to be Hashut's will. The religious formalization of creating new technologies for the sake of the Father of Darkness also stems from this time, as does the earliest allusions to Daemonsmithing. Fire, cruelty and craftsmanship was at the core of Dawi Zharr religion from the very start. Visions of doom, and prophecies towards that end, was likewise present in the beginning.

    Sorcerer-Prophets and holy men have, throughout the centuries, constantly added to this increasingly massive body of religious scripture. Chaos Dwarf religion have never changed fundamentally, yet it is also a living religion in the sense that new texts of varying holiness are constantly added to it, especially by those wishing to leave their mark upon the world beneath Chaos before petrification overcomes them.

    Hordes of scribes working in different languages toil endlessly with this corpus of scripture, which have acquired a level of mysticism undreamt of in the lands of short-lived humans. Many of the texts would be scarcely intelligible if translated to outsiders, especially those based upon numerology or other esoteric methods of interpretation. Texts which would have been seen as philosopical, historical or even scientific in other cultures are here very much religious (if not written for the Dawi Zharr public's popular belief system), since Chaos Dwarf thinking is utterly permeated by their god, their mythology and their service to, and exploitation of, Chaos.

    As such the religious texts of the Chaos Dwarfs are immensely varied, written as they are over several millennia by thousands upon thousands of different authors, most of which have claimed to be divinely inspired, all of which added their particular twist to the sacred lore. Some teachings in some texts led to the creation of sects and schisms, of which there have been a great number in Zharr-Naggrund's long history. The number of writing styles in the Dawi Zharr scripture is almost as numerous as the number of Sorcerer-Prophets that ever lived. Many of the texts were clearly written in bouts of madness, or otherwise intentionally made into cryptic works which have kept the mystics busy through the centuries.

    They are texts about the Father of Darkness and his role in the wider Chaos pantheon, they are texts about mythological figures, Daemons and accursed villains. They are texts about the moral and right in strength, cruelty and oppression, and they are texts about insanity and approaching doom. Above all they are the scripture of the downright malevolent worshippers of an evil god, and they are not for those weak of heart and mind.

    These are the holy writings of the Blacksmiths of Chaos.

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    Chaos Dwarf Prophecies

    The Cannibal-Core - Audio (MadHatter)

    What will the tool do without its wise hand? (KNC)

    Lament for Mingol Zharr-Naggrund the Great (KNC)

    Predictions, Three Times Three, of An Ending of All (KNC)

    Prophecy of the First (Abecedar)

    Rebirth and/or Resurrection (Abecedar)

    Fragment of the Unbreaking Cycle (Dīnadan)

    The Beginning of the End Times

    Chaos Dwarf Myths & Legends

    The Twelve Trials of the Two Bull-Spawns (KNC)

    The Eight Trials of the Two Centaur-Spawns (KNC)

    The Cursed Ore of Grimdur Gutwrencher (KNC)

    The Walled-In Bricklayer (KNC)

    The Obsidian Fort (KNC)

    The Black Wanderer's Meatchest (KNC)

    The Sinful Stone Carver (KNC)

    The Fate of Death Rocketeer Ukkad Firebrow (KNC)

    Origins of the K'daai Oracle of Daemon's Stump (KNC)

    The Hanging Fire Fields of Hashkunezharr (KNC)

    The Changeling's Time Loop (KNC)

    The Breaking of the Three Spell Keepers (KNC)

    The Soil-Prophet (KNC)

    The Chaos Star Fort (KNC)

    The Two Winannas (DAGabriel)

    The Grim Fate of In'kari the Damned (KNC)

    The Stormforged Axe (KNC)

    The Damned Riveter (KNC)

    19. The Acolytes Progress, and the Four Slanders of Hashut (Beloss)

    20. Lordship in Heaven (KNC)

    21. The First Soulfurnace (KNC)

    22. The Bastard Son of the Bull God (KNC)

    23. The Will to Make Power Over Life (Fuggit Khan)

    24. Dirge of Awakening (Roark)

    25. F'Kari and the Eternal Flame (Ikkred Pyrhelm)

    26. The Fall of Karak Zorgelam (KNC)

    27. The Mask of Madness

    28. The Poison of Pessimism (KNC)

    29. The Folly of Nebirudnuzhak

    30. A Tale of Three Ships (KNC)

    The Khaosiad

    The Khaosiad is a collection of various myths, legends and ancient texts collated over centuries. It is not one single text but rather a catch all name given to this eclectic legendarium and is written across countless scrolls, tablets and books. The authors are unknown, but it is believed that they all lived before the founding of Zharr-Naggrund and the oldest surviving copies all originate from Uzkulak and from that time. The Khaosiad covers a wide variety of subjects but a common theme found in almost all of them is presenting the Chaos Gods and many of the most renowned daemons as having lives akin to mortals. Being a collection of various disparate texts, the Khaosiad is highly inconsistent in details with Gods, Daemons and other characters appearing in one myth only to be born or created in a different one set later. Many scholars have been driven mad trying to comprehend the truths behind the myths.

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    1. The Infernal Artificer (Dīnadan)

    2. The Serpent Within (Dīnadan)

    3. The Twelve-Hoofed God (Dīnadan)

    Descriptions of Chaos Dwarf Religion

    Brotherhood of Hashut (Grimstonefire)

    The Cow Herd of the Bull God (KNC)

    The Sacred Fuel of the Altar's Sacrificial Fire (KNC)

    The Great Thunderbull (KNC)

    The Great Firebull (KNC)

    The Dark and Fiery Heavens (KNC)

    On Fire and Water (KNC)

    The Temple Marriage Market (KNC)

    The Sacred and Unholy Dark Lands (KNC)

    The Pillar Mystics (KNC)

    On Hats and Masks (KNC)

    The Barren Shrine (KNC)

    The White Archives of Zharr-Naggrund (Dīnadan)

    The Hanging Gardens of Zharr-Naggrund (Dīnadan)

    The Azure Devils (Dīnadan)

    The Cartographers' Guild (Dīnadan)

    Excerpt re "The Doom of the Stonebreaker" from Jedak's "Tome of Betrayals" (Jackswift)

    Up North (KNC)

    The Stonetrap Mysteries (KNC)

    Excerpt from the Azzgorragead (Dīnadan)

    Zharkanul's Overview of the Lesser Races of Mortals (KNC)

    Faces of Hashut (Braided Beard)

    On Daemon's Stump (Revlid)

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