"A whole eye and half a life I have spent fighting these things. Vicious, powerful creatures they are, the more terrifying because some have Human intelligence to work with their animal cunning and Chaos-spawned savagery. Yet the worst of it is not that some of them used to be Human—the worst of it is never knowing which apparently normal, pious Human is a Mutant in disguise. They act as the Beastmen’s spies; aye, and sometimes as their assassins too."
- – Boris Todbringer, Elector of Middenheim
"KHAZRAK?! HE TOOK MY FUCKING EYE!"
- – Old Toddy, as channelled by Angory Tom
Elector Count Boris Todbringer, Graf of Middenheim, also known as Grand Duke of Middenland, Prince of Carroburg, Protector of the Drakwald, Warden of the Middle Mountains, Beloved of Ulric, and FUCKING TODDY, is the guy in charge of Middenheim. He is well known for having one eye, his fancy castle helmet and his rivalry with a certain beastman. He is also known for opposing Karl Franz himself in the past, by voting against his ascension to Emperor, believing young Karl to be a mere puppet of the Grand Theogonist (the Sigmarite equivalent of the Pope).
Fun fact: Tod meant "death" in german. Since the Empire is a gigantic parody on German culture, this means Todbringer actually meant "death bringer", a fitting name for the ruler of Middenheim.
His ancestor is Gunthar von Bildhofen, the brother of Emperor Magnus the Pious, you know, the Emperor who brought the Empire back to its feet, created the college of Magic with the help of the elf, and saved Kislev in the Great War against Chaos?
He once protected Drakenwald forest from a bunch of stupid beastmen led by Khazrak and took away said beast's eye. In return however, his eye was taken by the beastman. As you can see, the years of fighting beastmen and losing his eye has led him to paranoia and distrust, believing he is watched by beastmen's human spies (see quote above).
A much more believable paranoia compare to the chaos ratmen I say! *FWIP* There's no such thing!
He had two sons. The younger one Stefan from his first wife who died giving birth to him and the other Heinrich (not this one) born to some lady in the court. While Stefan is an edgy fucking idiot who likes to cut people, he was named heir to Boris' title the day after he was born. Heinrich However is the contrast, who is smarter and better than Stefan in every way, but cannot be named heir to Boris' title. To fix his family situation, Boris hired a famous Tilean (warhammer italy) doctor Luigi (mama mia!) Pavarotti as Stefan's physician. Luigi was known for his "appetite" and being a brilliant physician, he cured Stefan's flawed condition. Tragically, both Stefan and Heinrich died a year after which according to some is the work of chaos, or perhaps it was Luigi who was a Nurgle cultist sent to assassinate the two, which should've been obvious given his appetite and medical skill. This event depressed Boris so much and he ended up become his court advisor's puppet.
His daughter, Katarina, who was born to a court lady before his second marriage, is now Boris' only hope to secure a rightful owner of Middenheim. Many have tried to win over her heart, but none have succeeded and probably never will thanks to the End Times, which saw Katarina and other Middenheim citizens slaughtered or raped or rotted or roasted by Archaon and his goons.
Speaking of the End Times, Boris' paranoia and depression finally led him to make the stupid decision to chase after Khazrak The One-Eye into the drakewald forest. Believing he was the cause of The End Times, he left Middenheim to their doom and fought Khazrak. Their bout ends with him stabbing Khazrak in the eye, only to be torn apart by other Beastmen and thrown into the sea.
Relation with the Empire
Like a brotherly rivalry, Boris has shown resentment not at Karl, not at the Empire as a whole, but the Sigmarite cult who is constantly ridiculing the cult of Ulric. He hated the fact that his ancestor Gunther did not become the Emperor after Magnus' death all thanks to the Sigmarite Cult. Boris being the devoted follower of Ulric, he has a very strain relation with the Empire, distrusting anything coming from the Sigmarite cult or the Grand Theogonist himself. However, he is still the most loyal and energetic of all the counts and willing to work together with the Empire if there were urgent happening like chaos invasion or orc invasion.
Though that’s only what the Advisor says. In gameplay, none of those terrorists fly Todbringer’s colors nor does their defeat affect relationships with him. Either this is just segregation between story and gameplay, or a hint that the Advisor might not be truthful (Probably, seeing as he is secretly a Tzeentch cultist serving the Lord of Change Sarthorael the Ever-Watcher).
This deserves a mention because his hat has long pink feather and a castle on it! Look at his fabulous fucking hat! His hat's feather is blue in Total War: WARHAMMER however.
Boris was a generic NPC Lord until Call of The Beastmen gave him a unique model. Every subsequent update added more personality, including his trademark Runefang. As of the sequel, Boris's extremely aggressive, paranoid AI gained him the nickname "Toddy" and cult memetic status, mainly for his tendency to appear from nowhere; covering vast distances to attack targets of little strategic value.
"WHAT'S THIS? SOMEONE MINDING THEIR OWN BUSINESS IN A FAR CORNER OF THE MAP? TODDY AWAAAY!"
Angory Tom's memetic portrayal of Toddy eventually culminated into a video sponsored by Creative Assembly themselves, where he told Ben of his completely true adventures fighting many monsters (plenty of which that dropped in the recently-released The Silence and the Fury DLC, of course) while searching for Khazrak One-Eye.