Jimi and Andy's Warhammer Campaign
Ancestral Blade of the Von Harbinger family
Academic Knowledge: Genealogy/Heraldry
The Harbinger is of Dwarven manufacture. A two handed sword of the Hochland style made from Gromril and of the finest craftsmanship. Created by a master runesmith it carries the following runes.
• Minor Rune of Skalf Blackhammer. +1 to Damage and the Armour Piercing quality
• Minor Rune of Fury. +1 to Attacks
• Minor Rune of Striking. +10% to WS
These were its powers as of its forging. What powers it has developed in the thousand years since is unknown.
In 1055 IC a younger son of the Elector Count of Hochland by the name of Emerich Konig was travelling on a diplomatic mission on behalf of his father to Karaz-a-Karak. As he neared the mountains and Black Fire Pass he encountered a group of Dwarves who had escaped the fall of Karak-Varn. He and his small retinue joined with the refugees and continued on toward Karaz-a-Karak. As they neared the pass they were beset by a pursuing force of Goblinoids. Emerich and Skalf coordinated a rear guard to cover the retreat of the refugees.
They spent the next 10 days in a running battle until they reached Karaz-a-Karak, where Emerich and Skalf readied themselves to fight a final last stand to buy the refugees time to reach the Dwarven hold. The battle was long and bloody. In the final stages with only Emerich and Skalf still alive they fought back to back against the greenskins. Such was the ferocity and determination of the two that they managed to hold out until relieved by forces from Karaz-a-Karak. Emerich was sorely wounded and took months to recover fully from the wounds he had sustained, however he had earned himself the name of Dwarf-Friend. Once recovered from his wounds he pursued the diplomatic mission he had been sent to carry out and secured the relationship and supplies his father sought. Once this had been successfully completed Emerich chose to stay on in Karaz-a-Karak.
After Emerich’s death the blade passed on to his son, his house now named Von Harbinger continued to wield the blade in defence of the Empire and the Dwarven kingdoms. The blade was wielded for the empire during the great chaos war.
The Harbinger was lost some 30 years ago when Ozric’s grandfather died during a war in Kislev. The blade has not been seen since.