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Morrslieb, also called the "Dark Moon", is a giant black and green lump of rock that erratically orbits the Warhammer World. Morrslieb is seen as a symbol of Chaos and unvarnished evil to many of the inhabitants of the Warhammer World. Morrslieb has eclipsed Mannslieb several times during the history of the Warhammer World, an event that always heralds dark times, and the last occurrence of this was just before the terrible Storm of Chaos when the Chaos Champion Archaon's Chaos army attacked the Empire and the Dark Elves attacked the High Elves.

Morrslieb is said to be made from a giant orb of Warpstone, though obviously this is unable to be verified. In the Warhammer World, the Skaven, an intelligent race of ratmen, are notoriously fond of Warpstone, large chunks of which have been known to rain down on the Warhammer World from the skies.

Morrslieb's name translates from Old Reikspiel as "Beloved of Morr", the Old World's god of the dead, and there are a great many myths and legends that explain the Dark Moon's nature. However the deity Morr, unlike the moon Morrslieb named for him, is not associated at all with Chaos or evil, but rather the ending of life (regardless of the manner in which it is achieved) as well as dreams and portents.

Where Mannslieb is full every 25 days, on a constant and predictable cycle, Morrslieb is not. Indeed, few have been able to accurately predict Morrslieb's cycle, and the moon's appearance varies from night to night, sometimes appearing nearer the world, sometimes further away - it has been speculated by Imperial scholars that it appears differently when viewed from different locations, such that a man perceiving it as full over Altdorf would see it waning were he in Talabheim. In spite of this arcane irregularity, there are only two nights where both Morrslieb and Mannslieb are full during the year: Witching Night (the first day of the year, also known as Hexensnacht in Old Reiksiel, or Hekesdrazh to the Dwarfs), and the Night of Mysteries (exactly 6 months later, about a month after the Summer Solstice - also known as Geheimnisnacht in Old Reikspiel, or Skraksdrazh to the Dwarfs).

The Dwarfs know Morrslieb as Mhornalhune - translated roughly into Reikspiel as Shadow-Moon.

During the End Times, Clan Skyre of the Skaven decided to destroy the Dark Moon, sending its debris crashing down upon the Lizardmen and inadvertently also killing the rest of the Skaven in the process, along with the entire country of Lustria.

Canon-Conflict Edit

In older editions, the spelling of Morrslieb was "Morrsleib".

Sources Edit

  • Warhammer Armies: Beastmen (7th Edition)
  • Warhammer Armies: Daemosn of Chaos (7th Edition)
  • Warhammer Armies: Daemons of Chaos (8th Edition)
  • Warhammer Armies: Lizardmen (7th Edition)
  • Warhammer Armies: Skavens (7th Edition)
  • Warhammer Armies: Vampire Counts (7th Edition)
  • Warhammer Armies: Vampire Counts (8th Edition)
  • The End Times IV - Thanquol
  • Warhammer RPG 1st Edition: The Enemy Within - Shadows over Bögenhafen
  • Warhammer RPG 2nd Edition: Core Rulebook
  • Warhammer RPG 2nd Edition: Children of the Horned Rat
  • Warhammer RPG 2nd Edition: Tome of Corruption
  • Warhammer RPG 2nd Edition: Tome of Salvation
  • Mark of Chaos (Novel), by Anthony Reynolds
  • Trollslayer (Novel), by William King

Not confirmed yet

  • Nemesis Crown Campaign
  • Death on the Reik
  • Warhammer: Invasion The Card Game - The Morrslieb Cycle
  • Warhammer: The End Times Book IV: Thanquol

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