Hello everyone, I think with the massive mess going on about the End Times and our army's place in it, it would be good to look at all of the badass things our race did in their part of the final battle and try to be positive about it. I'll point out a few annoying things here and there but I want Thanquol to be as good for us as it possibly can be, which may require some filling in of left out information on our part. As a first note, it is pretty clear in this book that it was not written with nearly the same beautiful detail as the previous three. I realized we were in trouble when I saw how small this book was, yet it needed to cover the fall of the Lizardmen, Dwarfs, and the end of the titanic struggle beneath Karak Eight Peaks. Yet despite covering the end of two entire races (or at least their dominions) this book was just short of twice the size of Glottkin or Khaine, both of which only covered a single campaign. However this book covered the final invasion of those damn rats, which was a global campaign, not even the massive Nagash book covered such scope. However, we should ultimately be extremely proud of how our race behaved in the final war. We did not crack and unleash uncontrolled energies into the world, like the Elves. We did not buckle underneath invasion and flee before it, leaving spoils for Chaos like the Men of Bretonnia and the Empire. Nor did we squat inside our cities in a stubborn refusal to fight for the fate of the world and others like the Dwarfs. No, the Lizardmen sallied forth in a final war to save the world and bring ruin onto their foes. I will cover the events for us from the End Times shortly, but I must say I think we should view what transpired as a victory, not failure. We did not crumple before unlimited waves of enemies or their recent perversely grown strengths in technology or magic. I feel bad for the author of this book that he was asked to cover SO MUCH in a single book. The battle for Bretonnia and the Empire was even more glossed over than our own battles in this one! So, without further talk, let's explore what happened to our beloved Lizardmen in the End Times and how we handled the events that transpired. 1. The Battle in Xahutec, the City of Echoes: This battle spelled the beginning of the end for the Lizardmen. The portal tore open to the Chaos wastes and daemonic hordes of size larger than those unleashed during the Cataclysm spilled forth...but we were ready. Kroq-Gar led a mighty host of lizardmen that surrounded the city, and kept it contained until the very land of Lustria itself was destroyed. Think about that, despite a Skaven-led war to exterminate the Lizardmen, we STILL managed to hold a NEVER ENDING ARMY OF DAEMONS at Xahutec and never let them break through. However, this battle had some unfortunate repercussions. The Slann expected the daemons to invade Lustria, not the Skaven. Our race's unmatched ability to see the future was being stopped the Chaos moon, which seems to have a damn life of its own and by the end times no longer even sets. So what did this have to do with repulsing the rats? Well, not good for us, the Slann devised continent-spanning traps to completely annihilate and "banish" any daemonic armies trying to swarm Lustria. However, these traps did not harm the Skaven armies besides blinding the crude out of them a few times. We'll revisit how this kinda happened at the end. 2. Pre-Skaven attack: This entry is to explain how the Skaven managed to cause such an issue in the first place. The Grey Seers were attempting to drag the Chaos moon all the way into the planet so that the Skaven could harness a planet-sized warpstone mine. This led to the death of Kritilisk, the Grey Seer who was on the Council of Thirteen before the Horned Rat offed him. The Slann stepped in and thwarted every attempt to pull the moon in without even straining themselves, but then the Verminlords arrived. A verminlord taught the Grey Seers a new ritual which would allow them to successfully pull the moon stupidly close, and so they desperately enacted it. The Slann felt the new power and were alarmed the Skaven suddenly found a way around them. So although the Grey Seers were dying from the power being unleashed, the Chaos moon began to make progress towards the earth. In this moment, every single Slann turned their attention to stopping the moon's progress, which succeeded but caused massive warpstone meteors to hurl themselves done upon Lustria. Between the strain of stopping the Skaven ritual and meteor shower that destroyed uninhabited parts of Lustria, every single one of the Slann collapsed from exhaustion. So let's analyze this incredible feat, the Slann stopped a daemon-taught ritual designed to overwhelm them AND stopped a shower of doom-boulders so successfully the Lizardmen did not suffer a single casualty, very impressive! I shall analyze the first invasion of Lustria in my next post so this one isn't never-ending.