- "Skryre’s most powerful engineers meld sorcery and science until the two are indivisible. These individuals are called Warlock Engineers, and they are more akin to walking arsenals than to Skaven. Warp energy crackles from the blades that emerge from the flesh of their arms, and their rat-like bodies are covered in all manner of bizarre artifice. Tubes and wires pulse and buzz with unholy life as they connect the Engineer to his harness and its fantastic apparatus. Fearful and horrible, indeed, is Skryre’s technology, if it allows such an unholy alliance of flesh and machine"
- —Steffan Paulus Adelhof, Scholar of Wolfenburg[2a]
Many Warlock Engineers considers themselves the very pinnacle of Skaven technomancy. They combine well-known weapons, such as warp-blades, with heavy armour and highly-experimental devices. Each Engineer equips his own harness with the devices that he prefers. These machinations do not always function flawlessly, however, and many Warlock Engineers have met their doom as the result of an exploding warp power accumulator. Some take it a step further and augment parts of their body with cybernetic enhancements. With their goggles, harnesses that seemingly beep, whir, and click of their own accord, and the warp-blades that protrude from the flesh of their arms, Warlock Engineers are an intimidating and horrifying sight to behold.[2a]
When the Clans go to war, the Warlock-Engineers are often amongst their numbers, either tending to the armies machinery or taking part in the action themselves. These sorceror-inventors often go to war carrying a large arsenal of weaponry, from warplock muskets or poisoned wind globes of devastating potency, to blades powered by crackling warpstone energies and other assorted instruments of destruction. Individually, each Warlock-Enginner are capable of decimating entire enemy columns with their own sorcery or the assortment of weapons they have on hand. So long as their technological components function normally, they bring terror and death to any battle or skirmish in which they participate in.[1a]
- 1: Warhammer Armies: Skaven (7th Edition)
- 1a: pg. 58
- 2: Children of the Horned Rat (Fantasy Roleplay)
- 2a: pg. 70