Karl Franz upon his mighty Griffon, Deathclaw.

Deathclaw is the loyal and personal mount of Emperor Karl Franz of the Empire and reputed to be the mightiest Griffon to have ever lived.[1a]

A powerful bond exists between the beast and its master, one forged in countless battles and many adventures. Having been raised from a mere egg (which was taken in 2503 IC from the highest peak of the Grey Mountains and gifted to Karl Franz by the Wood Elves[2a]), the Griffon is eternally loyal to his master. During the Battle of Blood Keep, Deathclaw stood over the prone form of the wounded Emperor for three hours, slaying any who came near until the Reiksguard could hack a path to their fallen Lord.[1a]

Due to the beast's honorable nature, Deathclaw frequently flies freely above the capital-city of Altdorf, returning dutifully to his cage come nightfall, much to the relief of the capital's citizenry.[1a]


  • 8th Edition.
  • 4th Edition.


  • 1: Warhammer Armies: The Empire (8th Edition)
    • 1a: pg. 54
  • 2: Warhammer Armies: Wood Elves (8th Edition)
    • 2a: pg. 33

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