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The Death Rocket is a fiendish invention of the Chaos Dwarf Sorcerers. It consists of a tubular rocket packed full of a chemical propellant synthesised from the abundant raw materials of the Plain of Zharr. The propellant chemicals are highly unstable and extremely toxic, and the slaves that work in the rocket factories of Zharr rarely last for long. The poisonous fumes and deadly chemicals inevitably kill those lucky enough not to be involved in one of the regular explosions.[1a]

Although the Chaos Dwarfs have launched some extremely large rockets, they have achieved their greatest success with th small battlefield weapon known as the Death Rocket. This is about seven or eight feet long and is packed full of propellant. It contains a small explosive charge at its tip and is stabilised in flight by means of fins at the rear.[1a]

Despite the grand ambitions of the Chaos Dwarfs' experiments, their rockets have not proven very reliable. One especially large rocket, a huge thing as high as a tower and known as the Hammer of Hashut, went disastrously off course and almost hit Zharr-Naggrund itself, eventually landing on a Goblin camp, blowing a crater in the Plain of Zharr hundreds of yards across. Fortunately on this occasion little damage was done, Goblins excepted, but the Chaos Dwarf Sorcerers wisely decided to their experiments to the distant and mostly uninhabited Howling Wastes to the south.[1a][1b]

The Death Rocket carries an explosive charge, but due to its unpredictable nature it does not always explode when the rocket lands. Sometimes the rocket will smash into the ground and simply bury itself without exploding. On other occasions the rocket will hit the ground and spin round madly before its propellant sputters into life once more carrying the rocket off in a new direction. A rocket which goes wild in this way can sometimes hop and skip across the battlefield, changing direction several times before it explodes.[1b]

SourceEdit

  • 1 White Dwarf presents Warhammer Chaos Dwarfs
    • 1a: pg. 12
    • 1b: pg. 13

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