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Doombringer – Lesser Daemon of Malal


Art by Tony Ackland

The history of Malal is well known. Created for the Kaleb Daark comic, he was cut from Warhammer canon over ownership issues. Two excellent posts from Awesome Lies and Realm of Chaos 80s give a fuller account.

Before the decision was taken to cut Malal, I worked to include the Renegade God in my draft of Realm of Chaos. This included describing two Daemons for him: one greater and one lesser.

No one had drawn or sculpted and Daemons for Malal, so I turned to the vast body of art that had been created for Realm of Chaos since the project was first begun several years earlier. The image above, with its birdlike skull, reminded me of Kaleb Daark’s weapon Dreadaxe, so I chose it for the Lesser Daemon.

Malal was cut, Mike Brunton wrestled Realm of Chaos over the finish line where so many others had failed, and this image was never used, so far as I know. The Daemons for each of the Ruinous Powers were set in particular forms, leaving this and many other Daemon images redundant and forgotten. So it was for more than 30 years.

Then last week, some Polish WFRP fans started to lobby for a treatment of this little beauty. As part of their fan project to bring the Old World to the Genesys system, they added Malal back into the lore and created a new treatment of the Lesser Daemon, naming it the Malignancy after the title of the Awesome Lies post. They asked me for stats, and provided enough blog follows and comments to unlock a new monster according to my promise of a little while ago – so here it is. I prefer the name Doombringer, but you can call it whatever you like in your own games. Trevor, for example.

As always, this post is to be regarded as a fan work and no challenge is intended to any copyrights held by Games Workshop, Cubicle 7, or anyone else.

Art by Barbara Szymańska

After the warriors known as the Doomed Ones, Doombringers are the most numerous servants of the renegade Chaos God Malal. They may be summoned by his followers to help fight the creatures and servants of the Ruinous Powers.

Doombringers are a semi-skeletal mixture of bird and beast, with hoofed legs, a head something like a bird’s skull, and arms that end in long, curving blades of razor-sharp bone. Their beaks are armed with sharp teeth. Their skin is pitch-black, contrasting with the gleaming white of their hooves, skulls, and blades in the favored colors of Malal: black and white.

They are fast and agile fighters, leaping and slashing with uncanny speed.

WFRP 4th Edition

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Traits: Armour 4, Belligerent, Bite 5+, Champion, Corruption (Moderate), Daemonic 8+, Fear 3, Frenzy, Hatred (creatures and followers of Chaos), Painless, Unstable, 2 x Weapon +9
Optional: Fast, Elite, Hardy

WFRP 1st Edition

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* For agility-based tests only. Manual Dexterity is 0

Special Rules: 1 armour point on all locations. Subject to hatred against creatures and followers of Chaos (except Malal). Cause fear in all living creatures under 10 feet tall. Subject to instability. Immune to psychological effects except those caused by Greater Daemons or gods. Cannot be forced to leave combat except by such beings.

The Monsters so Far:

Zoats
Ambull
Viydagg
Mardagg
Mabrothrax
Jabberwock
Gargoyle
Toad Dragon
The Spectral Claw
The Mud Elemental
Ngaaranh Spawn of Chaos
Leaping Slomm Two-Face
Zygor Snake-Arms
Independent Daemons
Chaos Snakemen
Menfish
Golems
Giant Bats and Fell Bats
Lesser Daemon of Malal
Greater Daemon of Malal


And while you’re here…

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  1. Maladie Szym
    February 26, 2022 at 3:12 pm

    AWESOME! Thank you very much!

  2. Totsuzenheni Yukimi
    February 26, 2022 at 3:47 pm

    Trevor it is.

  3. Arthur Fisher
    February 26, 2022 at 4:05 pm

    Any chance of stats for a Great Daemon of Malal?

    • Dreadaxe
      March 2, 2022 at 2:01 pm

      +1

  4. Noni
    February 26, 2022 at 4:31 pm

    Although I had played Warhammer many times before and had an interest in his lore, I’d never heard of Malal. Thanks to The Old World Grim and Perilious project, I had the opportunity to read about him for the first time and see a drawing of one of his demons. Thanks for adding the monster’s stats and outlining why Malal was not included in the original manuals.

  5. bät
    February 26, 2022 at 5:33 pm

    Knightmare Miniatures makes excellent Doombringers.

    https://knightmareminiatures.com/product/hook-horror-1

  6. Gaël Masrour
    February 26, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    Thanks! I love Trevor! lol. So Graeme, how do you explain the big differences in mental characteristics between 1st and 4th?

  7. March 3, 2022 at 9:53 am

    Hook Horrors of Malal is a best name I find.

    To my opinion, Doombringer is more for the Greater Daemon of Malal

  8. Łukasz
    March 11, 2022 at 1:28 pm

    Thank you for that monster.

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