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A dark elf trained Cold One, wearing heavy armor.

Cold Ones (Druchii Eltharin: Nauglir) are dark and feral beast that can be found in Lustria and Naggaroth. These species of giant reptiles are used as mounts by the Dark Elves and Lizardmen.

Overview

Warhammer Cold One Art

A Cold One raptor on the prowl

Cold Ones are rapacious predators, fuelled by a savage blood-lust that drives them to attack any warm-blooded creature that comes near. Cold Ones hunt in packs, and are perfectly capable of bringing down creatures many times their own size. As soon as they become aware of their prey, the pack will surge forth, some of their number harrying and snapping at their quarry, while the rest of the pack swings forward to left and right. Once surrounded, the unfortunate victim will quickly be dragged down and consumed.[3a]

Cold Ones are found in many places but are most commonly seen on the continent known as the New World that lies just to the west of Ulthuan. Their habitats range from the tunnels and mountains under Hag Graef in the realms of the Dark Elves, all the way, hundreds of miles south, to the Lustrian jungles that are home to the Lizardmen. The appearance and nature of the Cold Ones can vary depending on where they live; those found below Hag Graef are darker skinned and rather tither in appearance than those that hunt within the Lustrian jungles, for example. There have even been reports of Cold One packs that bear mottled camouflage or tiger-like stripes upon their backs.[3a]

Cold Ones can be broken to the saddle, and are used as cavalry mounts by both the Dark Elves and Lizardmen. However, breaking them in this way tempers their normally savage nature, and although still ferocious compared to most mounts, it leaves them dull-eyed and sullen compared to their wild cousins. For this reason, wizards will sometimes bind pocks of feral Cold Ones to their will with a Scroll of Binding, and then unleash them at the start of a battle to surge uncontrollably forward and savagely attack the foe. Used in this way, a large pack of Cold Ones can inflict terrible harm, while smaller packs are ideal for snapping and biting at the flanks of the opposing army.[3a]

Use by the Lizardmen

Certain Lizardmen Saurus may be spawned with the instinctive ability to tame and ride Cold Ones. Perhaps the normally vicious Cold Ones recognize a similar cold-blooded cunning in these Saurus. These Saurus form into units of Cold One Riders and serve as shock cavalry.[2a]

Very few Lizardmen are able to ride a rare Horned One, and only then a beast that has been reared with great care from hatching. It is said that to master such a beast, a warrior must be blessed in the sight of the Old One Itzl. Such warriors are extremely rare and are often spawned alone. Truly, these riders are great warriors, fated to perform mighty deeds in the holy name of the god of beasts.[2a]

Use by the Dark Elves

The Dark Elves make use of units of Cold One Knights as shock troops. Many nobles and sorceresses ride to battle on Cold Ones; the Witch King himself rewards his favorite nobles with Cold One Chariots.[1a]

The Dark Elves discovered the Cold Ones some time after their exile to Naggaroth. They were first used in battle by Amareekh Khail and his companions at Athel Oreirian. Khail's unit and its Elfflesh banners became infamous among the High Elves. Their legend is only equal to that of the Bloodscythes, a chariot regiment from Hag Graef, lauded by the Dark Elves. Cold One Knights also use them for the arena game shakhtila which pits two teams of cold one knights against each other were the object of the game is to kill more slaves than your opposition.[1a]

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Sources

  • 1: Warhammer Armies: Dark Elves (8th Edition)
    • 1a: pg. 42
  • 2: Warhammer Armies: Lizardmen (8th Edition)
    • 2a: pg. 34
  • 3 Storm of Magic (Supplement)
    • 3a: pg. 95

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