Skulltaker

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Of all of Khorne's Bloodletters in both 40K and Fantasy, none is as angry as U'Zhul, known more widely as Skulltaker.

The moment Khorne created him was also the day he scored his first kill by slaying the first creature he met via chopping off its head. That creature was another Bloodletter.

After scoring his 888th skull for the Skull Throne, Khorne promoted U'Zhul to the rank of Sacred Executioner, and thus he earned his moniker of Skulltaker.

Skulltaker is extremely competent and dead serious when it comes to fighting (and that's saying something about him, as Bloodletters treat war and slaughter as serious business). When the fighting is extreme, and the slaughter is immense, he will walk the battlefield looking for exceptionally powerful warriors and challenge them to manly combat one on one.

Unfortunately for his enemies, Skulltaker is a master duellist beyond and above the capabilities any other Bloodletter could possibly achieve. The daemon simply cuts off his adversary's limbs (but never slays them), grabs their heads and utters the eight Words of Sacrifice that wreaths his victim's heads in magical flames that burn away their flesh; this leaves only a bare skull that he throws into a sack he carries, along with the other skulls he collected while fighting. He'll often lift said skulls up in the air for everyone to see them before putting them on his cape.

After a battle, he returns to Khorne's Brass Citadel to give the skulls he collected as offering to the Blood God. Most of them Khorne collects, but the skulls of the most exceptional of opponents he makes Skulltaker keep as personal trophies that he sews into his cloak.

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The Bloodletter's achievements are as follows:

  • Slaying a quarter of the Grey Knight Brother Captains during the First War for Armageddon. Even though this only adds up to two (because GeeDubs doesn't always run the numbers when they make new lore) this is still enough to seal his status as total badass.
  • Slaying the Ork Warboss Grimsnag Urk and his Mega Armoured Nobz on Agripina-6.
  • Slaying 17 Eldar Exarchs on Haranshemash (seems they gravely underestimated him).
  • Dueled Castellan Crowe for SEVERAL HOURS (keep in mind that the Grey Knight cheated evened the handicap by throwing super-special holy water at Skulltaker before the duel).

Weirdly, before Skulltaker was released as a Daemon special character, the name U'zhul was given to the Daemon inside the Slayer of Kings, the Daemon Weapon wielded by Archaon. Whether this is a sign of something or just GW not fact-checking their lore again, who knows? The daemon in Archaon's sword is called U'zuhl and is a Bloodthirster. Not your fault if you mistook them at first though - it reeks of GeeDubs losing track of what they name their shit.

Gallery[edit]

The Daemons of Chaos
Khorne mark.png 220px-Nurgle Symbol.png Slaanesh mark.png 934501-tzeentch mark.png Hornedratsymbol.jpg Chaosundivided.png
Greater Daemons: An'ggrath
Skarbrand
Ka'bandha
Ku'Gath
Scabeiathrax
Ulkair
Rotigus
N'kari
Shalaxi Helbane
Zarakynel
Aetaos'Rau'Keres
Amon 'Chakai
Kairos Fateweaver
Lesser Daemons: Karanak
Skulltaker
Epidemius
Horticulous Slimux
The Masque
Syll Lewdtongue
The Changeling
The Blue Scribes
Daemon Princes: Angron
Doombreed
Samus
Valkia the Bloody
Bubonicus
Foulspawn
Mortarion
Azazel
Dechala
Fulgrim
Esske
Magnus the Red Skreech Verminking Be'lakor
Lorgar
M'Kar
Perturabo