Teclis

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Teclis, with his brother Tyrion in the foreground.

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A High Elf character from Warhammer Fantasy, once considered just a plain standard suped up archmage for the High Elf players, Teclis has now proven himself to be a grand manipulator so underhanded, so devious even Tzeentch is impressed and eager to scout him out for his talent. He's primarily responsible now for bringing the three elven splinter races back into one united race, and as of End Times: Thanquol, he's shown to have survived and runs around stealing the power of the remaining gods to bring back his brother Tyrion. All the manipulation and horrible stuff he did in End Times is however out of character with how he was before, where he was a pretty nice guy. (Also if you pay attention pretty much everything bad that happens in the End times is his fault.)

The Legend[edit]

Tyrion's twin brother. While Tyrion's "Aenarion's Curse" manifested in being a half step away from being Gollum for the Widowmaker, Teclis was born an anemic cripple with a bad cough instead. The book out right calls it "consumptive" which is an old time word for tuberculosis, not a fun disease at all (though unlike tuberculosis, Teclis' condition isn't communicable). After spending most of his life in a magical wheelchair and being tended to (AKA experimented on) by the healing mages in Saphery, he wound up very thin and weak (even for an elf) and needs regular magic healing potions as well as the magical staff gifted to elfkind by Lileath the goddess of magic herself just to keep him standing upright. Don't think he's a no good weakling though (this goes double around Tyrion who will beat your ass if he finds out you're dissing his bro without a second thought. The two have a direct emotional psychic link, and while Teclis has a good deal of patience and good humor Tyrion...does not). Teclis, Nagash, and a few Slann are the strongest magic users alive (so to speak). After spending most of his teenage (hundreds of) years among mages and learning from them, he decided on the day that it became clear Ulthuan was about to be fucked that it was now or never to make something of himself. He began to forge a magic sword underneath Hoeth (a ritual that the Swordmasters, as well as their Loremaster superiors must do to become a man (or woman)), and upon it's completion (it was a really fuckawesome sword too, called the Sword of Teclis and in ages to come will probably be an awesome heirloom item for future heroes) was awarded the magical pimp hat of awesomeness (the War Crown of Saphery) as well as the rank of Loremaster. He set out to find his brother and the Everqueen, and would become something of a legend to the embattled elves during his travels. With a single word, he reduced the Slaaneshi champion Albrecht Numan and his warband to dust, and he turned the tide at the battle of Hathar Ford, and slew the feared Tzeentchian sorcerers known as the Coven of Ten.

He finally caught up with them right as a Keeper of Secrets was pulling off Tyrion's and the Everqueen's pants for some serious assraping. The KoS...didn't make it. After engaging Teclis's brother, the Everqueen gave Teclis the aforementioned staff as a consolation prize, and the two brothers set out to carry the entire High Elf race in the Battle of The Finuval Plain. While Tyrion was committing genocide Paul Bunyan-style in melee, Teclis nuked EVERYTHING and dispelled every miscast. After a short magical duel between Malekith and himself, Teclis cast a spell so powerful that Malekith had to escape into Chaos itself to avoid being obliterated mind, body, and soul (how he escaped is unknown. Possibly Morathi summoned him as one would a Daemonette concubine). While Tyrion retired to the Everqueen's boudoir, Teclis decided that (in a very un Warhammer-ish way) it was the duty of those with great power to save the entire world, not just their own race. He left for the Empire, and taught humans true magic for the very first time (kickstarting the beginning of the Warhammer renaissance that is currently just beginning to take hold) by founding the schools of magic and fighting against the Daemons and Warriors of Chaos that were about to wipe out humanity. That task being complete, he set out to explore the world (apparently all great heroes are either world explorers or fuck the Everqueen. Finubar must be glorious to behold if he'd ever get a mini). Meeting the uncorrupted giants, Slann, amazons, all the minority/non white civilizations there's never been an army for like Ind and Cathay, and even leading an expedition to see the Rift into Chaos at the north pole (and learn how to make toys!) Teclis returned home, whereupon he was made the head Loremaster. Recently Teclis was gravely injured from a bitch move assassination attempt from Morathi. Nowadays he chills in Hoeth, reading articles on the internet, sexing High Elf courtesans (think prostitutes who only service royalty and not always for money), and feeling up Lileath's boobs on his ronery staff.

Age of Sigmar[edit]

Teclis survives the End Times, with Tyrion now can only see through Teclis' eyes as he's blind now. Both brothers are the gods of Hysh and allies with Sigmar.

The End Times[edit]

In the End Times, Teclis got bored of the canon and stalemate getting everyone nowhere, he decides to take action at Lileath's behest. The two are also responsible for some Just as Planned so dickish that even Tzeentch would be impressed. His master plan; to unravel the vortex and bind the winds of magic to chosen mortals to make them potential rivals to the Chaos Gods. His first move was to try to form an anti-Chaos alliance with Nagash (an idea that horrified even Malekith when he found out), but Nagash rejected the offer to Teclis' face, so Teclis worked to sabotage Nagash's resurrection plan.

Then Teclis tried to get the Phoenix King to take action. Tired of Finubar's inaction he decided to breach his magical wards, kick down his door, drag him out of his bedroom and make him start ruling his kingdom, this did not end well, he left the room, sealed it back up, and went to convince his brother to take over. The reason behind this is because Finubar had been killed by Malekith. At some point, Teclis contacted Malekith and made the offer to him. Though desiring failure and a painful death for Teclis, Malekith considered the offer in the face of he coming apocalypse and decided to play along for the time being. They contacted Caledor after Malekith sent a ship with all the dragon eggs the Dark Elves had stolen form the High Elves over the millennia as a peace offering to Caledor, along with lifting the spell that made it harder for the Caledorians to rouse their dragons.

Teclis plays both sides according to Lileath's plan to try and see them through the apocalypse. There are some stumbling blocks in the manipulations of Morathi and Nagash's plans for apothesis, but things go mostly as Teclis hoped. It's revealed at Nagash's resurrection that Teclis allowed Nagash's servants to claim Aliathra so she would be sacrificed, but unbeknownst to Naggy, Arky or Manny (Neffy knew and had a private chuckle at their expense) Aliathra wasn't the Everchild so Nagash got no divine power from her but did get infected with the Curse of Khaine, weakening him and delaying his plans. Soon Tyrion found out the depths of Teclis' plans, which were something of a betrayal, drew the sword of Khaine and lost himself to his grief and Khaine's influence (with a little prodding from Morathi here and there).

After the war went back and forth, Teclis revealed the big part of his master plan. Unravel the vortex and bind the winds of magic to chosen mortals to make them potential rivals to the Chaos Gods. Nagash had already stolen Death, so he needed a choice for the others. Teclis eventually convinced Malekith of the need to destroy the Great Vortex and create the Incarnates of the Winds of Magic. They travel towards the Isle of the Dead. While Malekith's and Tyrion's forces did battle Teclis started his ritual at the Great Vortex. He was assisted from inside the Vortex by the mage of legend Caledor Dragontamer who had been trapped inside the Vortex when he created it millennia past.

Malekith's summoning the spirits of various elven heroes throughout the ages destabilized the Vortex so Teclis and Caledor failed to harness the escaping winds properly. Ghur, the Wind of Beasts broke free and soared eastwards. Teclis continued trying the bind the Winds but Chamon, the Wind of Metal, and Aqshy, the Wind of Fire, escaped. When Azyr, the Wind of Heavens, broke free Teclis noted a mind at work within it. When Alith Anar shot Tyrion and Malekith, the death of her lover and champion and the apparent death of her son sent Morathi into a suicidal rage. She entered the Vortex and started to tear it open. This allowed the Chaos god Slaanesh to start to enter the mortal realm. Teclis was forced to rush the ritual and seal the rift so Slaanesh couldn't enter. In the process he destroyed the spells supporting Ulthuan, with Slaanesh managing to grab Morathi and Caledor as the rift closed. He bound the remaining three winds to the wounded Malekith (shadow, though Teclis had originally planned to give him the Wind of Fire), the Everqueen Alarielle (life) and his own staff (light).

With the ritual completed as well as it could be the Vortex faded away and Ulthuan began to fall apart, collapse and sink into the sea, killing hundreds of thousands. Unbeknownst to any other elf, Teclis used his magic to rescue himself, Tyrion's corpse and Malandhir, refusing an offer of help from Imrik in the process. He showed in End Times Thanquol messing around in Middenheim by taking Ulric's flame, unintentionally dooming Middenheim to defeat and allowing Archaon and his forces to capture it and use it as a base of operations.

In End Times Archaon, the final part of his master plan is revealed. He had used the flame of Ulric to purge the taint of Khaine from Tyrion, used the Heart of Avelorn to resurrect him and imbued him with the Wind of Hysh to become the Incarnate of Light (with Malandhir being his steed again after temporarily serving as Teclis' packmule). Tyrion arrived just in time to stop Bea'lakor from fast-tracking the world's destruction by attacking the Oak of Ages. However, very few are glad to see Tyrion back after everything he did, especially Imrik and Malekith. When Nagash and the undead arrived in Athel Loren after the destruction of the Black Pyramid, which thwarted Nagash's plans of apotheosis, Teclis told everyone how he'd been conspiring with Nagash to use him as an ally/weapon against the Chaos Gods and had given him the idea of harnessing the Wind of Death.

After everyone else grudgingly made an alliance with Nagash in exchange for punishing Mannfred, Teclis tries to council the Incarnates alongside Lileath on their next course of action. When Bea'lakor, who had been skulking in Athel Loren after his defeat and had freed Mannfred, was captured trying to kill Lileath, Teclis learnt just how badly his taking the flame from Middenheim had backfired. The forces of Chaos had found a device of the Old Ones and were re-purposing it into a warp gate that would destroy the world. After Bea'lakor was imprisoned in an unbreakable gem by Malekith and Caradryan, Teclis argued that they had to go to Middenheim to stop Archaon. When they finally started agreeing on a plan (also because the Bretonnians abandoned them after Mannfred revealed Lileath's deception as a final middle finger to his former allies), an army of Khorne daemons kicked down their door and tried to kill them. Things were desperate as, at Lileath's behest Teclis sacrificed her and used her power (aided by Karl Franz and, unbeknownst to him, Arkhan the Black) to teleport them and their armies to Middenheim (along with Grimgor). But instead of being teleported to the city as an organized army, they were scattered all over the place with Teclis literally landing at Archaon's feet. Archaon takes Teclis captive for... reasons, and Teclis is trapped there until being freed by a fully powered Sigmar and reunited with his brother.

They get to the artifact and combine their power to try and stop it. Teclis shows his magical abiltiy by filling in for two Incarnates, for with the deaths of Grimgor at Archaon's blade and Caradryan at Ka'Bandha's, Teclis takes into himself the winds of Fire and Beasts. However the sheer magical powers clashing in Teclis slowly rip his body apart, but Teclis keeps it together (literally) through sheer will. Then Mannfred ruined everything by sneak-attacking Balthazar with a sword through the back. Teclis tries to take the Wind of Metal as well, but it proved too much and Teclis died as his body was ripped apart; not living to see the doom of the world or his brother avenging him by stabbing and incinerating Mannfred.

On The Tabletop[edit]

To represent Teclis on the tabletop, at his current point in lore development his own mini and 8th edition stats do nicely. For a campaign where rules can be improvised, a Loremaster Teclis who has just returned home to Ulthuan after his travels is best represented by his 7th edition overpowered stats when running a campaign, or Alarielle the Radiant's stats with Teclis as a proxy model. For a Teclis setting out to explore the world, a level 4 Archmage with Book of Hoeth works well. For a pre-Loremaster Teclis, equip him as a Loremaster of Hoeth or a level 1/2 Mage while using another mage model (since he doesn't have his hat or staff yet).

Total War:Warhammer[edit]

In Total War: Warhammer 2 Teclis appears, alongside his brother, as one of the starting Legendary Lords for the High Elves. He leads his own faction called the Order of the Loremasters and starts on the Turtle Isles in the vortex campaign and the Star Tower in the mortal empires campaign. From a gameplay perspective Teclis is a highly versatile caster unit, possessing a wide array of spells from the game's various magical lores. As such, he can fulfill a variety of different roles in battle. His campaign buffs include bonuses to diplomacy with all High Elven and Human factions, reflecting his role in the lore as a mediator between the two races.

Gallery[edit]

The High Elves and their gods of Warhammer Fantasy
High elf icon.jpg Characters: Eltharion - Everqueen - Teclis - Tyrion High elf icon.jpg
Cadai: Asuryan - Hoeth - Isha - Kurnous - Lileath - Loec - Mathlann - Vaul
Cytharai: Addaioth - Anath Raema - Atharti - Drakira
Eldrazor - Ellinill - Ereth Khial - Estreuth - Hekarti
Hukon - Khaine - Ladrielle - Morai-Heg - Nethu
Events: The War of the Beard - The invasion of Naggaroth
Misc: Ulthuan - The Vortex - Waystone - Widowmaker
Appearances: Blood Bowl - Dreadfleet - Mordheim - Warhammer Fantasy Battle
Gods of the Age of Sigmar
Alarielle - Gorkamorka - Grimnir - Grungni - Malerion - Nagash - Sigmar - Teclis - Tyrion