It’s been an incredible year for fans of Slaanesh, with a dedicated battletome and a wave of spectacular new models – including the long-awaited Keeper of Secrets – but today we’re taking a closer look at what you can learn about Syll’Esske in this month’s issue…
What We Know
Syll’Esske is unusual among the daemonic hosts of the Dark Gods, in that they are in fact a symbiosis of two separate entities. Syll Lewdtongue is a Herald of Slaanesh, while the towering form of Esske the Scarred is that of a mortal who was raised to the rank of Daemon Prince by the grace of their dark master. The irony is that, though circumstances conspired for the daemon and once-mortal warrior to fight each other to the death on a bloody arena floor, those same events would see their fates become entwined forevermore in a relationship born of unparalleled devotion.
Syll and Esske ultimately fought as one to protect Slaanesh’s throne room against a devastating assault from a dread host of Khornate Daemons that had fought its way further into the Dark Prince’s realm than ever before. For their part in defeating the invading horde and saving Slaanesh from the ignominy of intervening directly to slaughter the intruders, Syll and Esske were greatly rewarded.
Ever since, the two daemonic champions have been inseparable, even becoming known as Syll’Esske, and are greater together than they ever were apart.
Tome Celestial – The Host of Syll’Esske
So, now you know the basics (if you didn’t already), your next step on the path of Syll’Esskan knowledge should be to read the Tome Celestial article in this month’s issue of White Dwarf. In addition to a detailed study of Syll’Esske’s history, the article includes a timeline of their key moments from the Ages of Myth, Chaos and Sigmar.
For the first time, you can also read about the Slaaneshi legions that march beneath the banner of Syll’Esske – a hybrid amalgam of daemons and mortals who fight with a unity of purpose unmatched by any other servants of the Dark Gods.
For the budding Slaaneshi warlords out there, you’ll find new allegiance abilities and four warscroll battalions for fielding the Syll’Esskan Host in battle. For example, if you want a powerful force of mounted mortal warriors, such as Chaos Knights and Marauder Horsemen, that can keep up with your quicksilver Seekers and chariots, then consider the Vengeful Throng.
With the ability to make a potential 18” charge, you can comfortably send your entire battalion crashing into enemy lines in the second battle round, making the potential of a double-turn all the more devastating!
And there’s more! As if loads of awesome new lore and rules wasn’t already enough, October’s issue also has Paint Splatter (a handy stage-by-stage guide) showing you how to paint Syll’Esske, as well as an exclusive short story about those who seek the patronage of the Vengeful Allegiance!