Monday 2 October 2017

Shadespire Fluff

Hi everyone,

Tonight, I've decided that I want to have a look at some of the fluff that goes along with the Shadespire game. 

Firstly, let's start with the setting of the game:

Shadespire is a city lost to the shadow of Nagash. It used to be a bustling city that was able to process shadeglass, leading to the creation of soul-mirrors (where the souls of the deceased were captured in the shadeglass). Soul-mirrors were a way to store the living essence of the deceased, to continue sharing their knowledge and expertise. After the city had grown some, artefacts were created that would allow the living to enter the Faneway mirror, a central point that linked every fragment of shadeglass in the city. Once Nagash's magic had taken the city of Shadespire, the Faneway mirror shattered into a thousand fragments, with each shard scattered around the city. With the connection broken, no soul was able to leave, stuck in an unforgiving purgatory. Many lost their minds in the prison that they found themselves in. Believing that if they collected all shards of shadeglass, they could restore the Faneway mirror, but no sooner after finding a shard of shadeglass, did another go missing. 

For more than a thousand years, Shadespire lay in ruins. The ruins of Shadespire became a subject of interest to Sigmar, who sent his Stormcast Eternals to fight the Chaos Gods. Only once the warriors had started to make headway, did something strange begin to occur. Stormcast patrols began to report singular members disappearing into thin air, with no sign of reforging, bodies or bloodstains left behind. When all attempts to find the absent warriors failed, the Hammers of Sigmar retreated to their defensive positions on the edge of Shadespire. With word sent back to Azyrheim of the evil they had seen, they were left without their missing comrades and alone.

Now let's take a look at some of the factions involved. There are 8 factions mentioned in the rulebook, and only 2 have been released so far, so we know that there is more to come.

Steelheart's Champions and the Farstriders
"Clad in gleaming sigmarite and armed with heaven-forged weaponry, the Stormcast Eternals are champions and heroes all, defenders of civilisation and sworn enemies of Chaos."

Garrek's Reavers and Magore's Fiends
"The Bloodbound are mortal warriors who have sworn themselves to Khorne, god of carnage and slaughter. Blinded by battle-madness, lost to the exultant sensations of combat, they care for nothing but the kill."

Ironskull's Boyz
"Orruks are savage, muscle-bound creatures who live for the crash and crunch of battle. Ironjawz are the mightiest of their number, clad in thick plates of rusted metal and wielding huge jagged weapons forged from the same."

The Chosen Axes
"The duardin known as Fyreslayers are fearless and intractable mercenary warriors. They will fight for anyone in exchange for ur-gold, the magical resource which fuels their great strength, and which they believe is the spiritual essence of their warrior-god, Grimnir."

Sepulchral Guard
"The Deathrattle of Shadespire are quite unlike the typical charnel slaves raised by minor necromancers and practitioners of fell magic. Their soul animus remains trapped within their decayed forms as a result of the curse of Nagash, and thus they retain a fragmented memory of their past lives long after their flesh has rotted away."

Spitclaw's Swarm
"Skaven are a race of malicious and devious ratmen in thrall to Chaos. Seemingly infinite in number, the swarms of the great skaven clans blight every corner of the realms, scampering forth from hidden lairs to enslave and prey upon the other mortal races."

I have personally enjoyed reading about the fluff and I am excited to have a go at the game. Kaelo and I are looking to play and report back on the game this coming Thursday, so keep an eye out for a post on how we found it.

If you're enjoying reading about Shadespire as much as we are, you can check out the website by clicking here.

Stay tuned and please comment below with any thoughts you have on the fluff, or with anything you'd like us to cover! :)

Danariel x


  1. Very kl. I wonder if black Library with do anything about this? Similar to what they did with silver tower

  2. I like the idea of the soul-mirrors. Very evocative!

    1. Yes, I thought so too! And it's a lot more emotive in the passage from the rulebook.

  3. Small correction Sepulchral Guard :)