- The Nightbringer reminding how terrifying he can be
“When the Grim Reaper comes to call, words fail- they're just too small.”
― Dixie Lyle, To Die Fur
“Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.” ― Terry Pratchett, Reaper Man
Aza'Gorod AKA The Nightbringer, Warhammer's Grim Reaper, Necron's Mortarion, FUCKING CHEESE! is one of the main C'tan gods in Warhammer 40k alongside the Deceiver and the Void Dragon, that is still relevant enough to be talked about. The other C'tan gods are either eaten, shelved in a GeeDubs corner or have little to no limelight. The Nightbringer is known as the entity that single handedly enforced the concept of the fear of death or at least the Grim Reaper in the 40k Galaxy.
He along with the Outsider, another C'tan was infamous for being a team killing fucktard during the War in Heaven after he and the Outsider were tricked by both the Deceiver and Cegorach to eat his fellow C'tan brethren in order to gain more power. As you can imagine, things did not go too well with the Necrons and the C'tan during that incident. Making the Deceiver one of the biggest walking fuck ups in 40k history.
Consequently, the Nightbringer alongside the rest of the C'tan save for maybe the Void Dragon and the Outsider was stabbed in the back by the former slaves; the Necrons and subsequently turned into fucking Pokemon after being blasted into a million pieces. You can say all you want but at least Khaine was treated with dignity and respect by the Eldar after he was shattered by a bajillion pieces unlike the poor C'tan who have turned from one of Warhammer's most sinister forces into a fucking joke.
On the Tabletop
Before the Warddex, the Nightbringer was the hardest thing to kill outside of Apocalypse with toughness 8, five wounds, and a 4+ invuln save (Remember when that was impressive?). As a monstrous creature with S10 and loads of attacks that ignored invul saves, getting near him was a death sentence. The Warddex removed it entirely in favour of more customisable C'tan Shards. It was re-introduced in 7th edition, in a weaker state, in an edition with rampant power creep and in a codex with the strongest Necron roster yet. The C'tan went from being one of the most cheesy units Necrons had, to one of the weakest. Noticably a Relic in the Shield of Baal makes the Nightbringer Toughness 8 instead of 7, making it no longer die to boltguns, which is sort of a big deal if your opponent isn't playing Dark Eldar.
DoW Dark Crusade
The Nightbringer also appeared in Dawn Of War: Dark Crusade, sorta. The Necron Lord has the ability to turn into a manifestation of the Nightbringer, which skyrocketed his DPS (not as much as what Relic units had, but still high - enough so that when executed properly and against careless players to don't move their units out of range of his scythe, the Nightbringer will flat out kill any of the other race's Demon/Relic units before his timer runs out), but more importantly, he was INVINCIBLE while the ability was active, meaning the best an opponent could do was to hold it in place with a bunch of infantry until it wore off and hope it didn't kill anything too valuable.
|Necrons:|| Anrakyr the Traveller - Illuminor Szeras - Imotekh the Stormlord - Nemesor Zahndrekh |
Orikan the Diviner - Szarekh the Silent King - Trazyn the Infinite - Vargard Obyron
|C'Tan:||Aza'Gorod - Mag'ladroth - Mephet'ran - Nyadra'zatha - Tsara'noga|